Have you feel the pain from the accumulated here and there small bill from the day-to-day lunch and coffee each month? Even I don't drink specialty coffee, $2 in the morning, $2 in the afternoon and then $7-10 or more lunch here and there really adds up.
I like to bring my own lunch and even coffee. It is more healthy and economical. I have been doing this the past 3 years that I've been working. Recently I changed jobs then my perspective changed a bit. It is so important to build a good relationship with your new team - get to know them. My company has branches all over different cities across Canada. Everyone's on the phone all the time in conference call. The only arrangable opportunity to get to know the team is lunch time and coffee time. It feels so anti-social not to tag along but lunch in downtown really hurts if you go out often. And I tend to eat more eating out and then spending the rest of the afternoon sitting at my cubicle really promote the growth of my mid-session. It hurts!
Is there an alternative to bond with co-workers but not hurt your wallet?
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