He invited me to a cafeteria - literally. There is a local large company with an in-house cafeteria open to the public, so we went there. It's a very short walk from our offices, so it's the "go to" place for a quick lunch, and some of my coworkers eat there every day.
The quality of the food there varies. They have a hot lunch special every day, plus sandwiches, salads, and soups. The sandwiches are decent, the burritos...well...it's California and I wouldn't choose a burrito there.
I like wraps and the wrap special that day was a BLT with avocado. For some reason I was STARVING - I'm not sure why - I hadn't slept well in a couple of days, so I skipped my morning workouts, so I shouldn't have been so hungry. Anyway, the BLT wrap came with a salad (basically lettuce and dressing). I succumbed to a soda also (I mentioned that I hadn't slept well? In the end, that soda, after 2 cups of coffee, was a bad idea. I didn't sleep that next night either.) My total bill was $9. (Yeah, I know, I should have made him pay - he's a VP and he invited me. But we go way back, so I didn't.)
I wolfed down that wrap and have been thinking about it ever since. In addition to the bacon, lettuce, and tomato and avocado - it had cucumber, cabbage, carrots. Delish. Today, at the grocery store, buying emergency coffee filters (how could I not realize that I ran out!!), I bought wrap/ burrito tortillas. I bought the 10 inch size, and being cheap, bought what was on sale - which was not, of course, the whole wheat version.
Today for lunch I made (and wolfed down, so - no picture, sorry!) my own version of the wrap. Here's a comparison of my version and their version on price:
Pretty amazing, isn't it? By making my own wrap (that took 15 minutes - the length of time to walk over and back, not including waiting for them to make it), I saved $5.27. And when you consider I don't buy soda - if I make it myself and eat it with a glass of water (which is what I usually do), then I am saving even more - $6.76.
That comes out to "earning" $6.76 in 15 minutes, or $27.04 an hour.
I know many people who eat out regularly. I admit, I can see why. Every night after dinner I pack lunches - 2 to 3. I usually make myself a salad, which involves washing and chopping: lettuce, 2 vegetables, a protein (often hard boiled eggs). I make salad dressing. I scoop out cottage cheese and fruit. When I make a wrap with so many ingredients, it means I am washing and chopping every ingredient - I washed the lettuce, shredded cheese, sliced the avocado, washed and sliced the radishes and cucumber. If you are cooking for one (or two) that is a lot of work.