April is Frugal Bento Month on Just Bento

'Saving money with bento' Re-ment scene

April is National Financial Awareness Month* in the U.S. And, let’s face it, a lot of us are anxious to some degree about the state of the economy, no matter where we live. So in keeping with this, we’re going to have a Frugal Bento theme for April here on Just Bento. Judging from forum discussions like Penny Squeezing I have a feeling that a lot of great ideas will be forthcoming!

While we covered the topic of money saving in Week 3 of the Get Started Challenge but I didn’t feel like a week was quite enough. This time we’ll go really in-depth with bento frugality! During April, I’m going to keep track of how much money I save by making a bento lunch vs. buying lunch. Maybe you’ll like to do that too! Even if not, I hope you’ll enjoy the frugal-yet-delicious bento recipes, money saving tips and and more that are lined up.

And..that’s not all! Just Bento’s sister site, Just Hungry, will also running with the Frugal Food theme, especially (though not limited to) as it pertains to cooking Japanese food. You can read more about that over on Just Hungry.

*You can read more about National Financial Awareness Month on here on Get Rich Slowly, one of my favorite personal finance blogs, where they are focusing again on financial literacy this year). I can’t think of a better time than now to learn more about fiscal responsibility than in this current economic climate.

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Re: April is Frugal Bento Month on Just Bento

I think that having a theme like this is a great idea.

I pride myself on how cheaply I eat, and eat well (colorful balanced meals). My bentos usually work out to be less than $1 (which most people cannot believe, but it is completely doable). Even with splurging on premade falafel balls is week (and for weeks to come in my stash), my bentos are coming in under $1.50, which still seems like a deal to me.

Re: April is Frugal Bento Month on Just Bento

I figure I save roughly $40 a week making Bento lunches for my husband. The $40 is $8 a day eating out. I use a lot of leftovers in my Bento and the things I do buy specifically for the lunches I get a lot of use out of. I'm going to try to really figure out how much money I spend (and therefore SAVE) so I can be even prouder that not only am I providing a well balanced lunch but a cost effective one too!

Re: April is Frugal Bento Month on Just Bento

We ate out at a sushi bar today for our wedding anniversary, which I pointed out to my husband was doable because of all the money we have saved in the last couple of months from bentos. His workmates laugh at him, but he laughs back because he loves the variety and taste in his little black box!

I have never priced out our bentos, but I will start doing it. Interesting topic Maki, and very relevant. Thanks!

Re: April is Frugal Bento Month on Just Bento

Hello, Maki! We have recently moved to Switzerland and had to pay extra tax this month. As a result, April simply HAS TO be frugal. I will cook the tuna soboro tonight, as it´s not only really cheap but also so quick and easy to do. Are there more recipes I can try with a tin of tuna? Have a great Sunday :)

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