Insulated Coolers Reduce Your Annual Food Budget

| April 16, 2011

If you’re looking to save money and reduce your household food budget, you may want to consider investing in a couple insulated coolers. Americans know that they eat more than they should at lunch, but they don’t realize that they spend more than they should, too.

Even if you don’t dine out at a five-star restaurant everyday for lunch, consider how much you spend just by going to a fast food restaurant a few times per week. If you and your spouse both do this, you’re both overspending on food. And all too often, you’re probably buying fast food that is neither nutritious nor delicious.

By having a couple insulated coolers on hand, you and your spouse can pack healthy meals that don’t cost an arm and a leg. The savings can be considerable, so don’t be quick to discount what a difference it can make to your budget. You can forward the difference to something that matters, like your 401(k) or your favorite charity.

Whether you pack a simple lunch or something more elaborate, insulated coolers keep your food at the perfect temperature. You don’t have to worry about anything spoiling or going bad, even if you won’t be eating for several hours. Because you have complete control over what items you pack, you don’t have to worry about ruining your diet during the day.

All too often, Americans depend upon fast food restaurants more than they should. While anything is okay in moderation, it’s not okay to eat high levels of sodium, fat, and sugar every day of the week. Unhealthy foods are addictive, so it may take you some time to wean yourself of your bad habit. But once you’ve gotten into a new routine of packing a tasty lunch, you’ll notice a change in your energy level and overall attitude.

While insulated coolers aren’t the solution to the obesity epidemic, they are one part of the equation. You can pack a lunch in less time than it takes to drive back and forth to a fast food joint, so there isn’t even a major time commitment involved. Whether you pack leftovers or a healthy frozen dinner, you’ll soon discover that you’re a better cook than you thought.

Keep track of how much you save for a month, and you’ll wonder why you didn’t start packing your own lunch sooner.

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