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Costco’s Freezer Aisle Is a Treasure Trove of Cheap Lunch Options. Here Are 8 Favorites for Under $2

Gina Zakaria

Buying lunch at work or school can be costly and time-consuming.

Based on the average cost of a takeout lunch — the usual range is between $5 to $15 — imagine what you could do with an extra $1,200 to $3,600 every year?

And it’s not just a waste of money. Standing in line during the lunch rush kills a lot of your lunch hour — and that’s time you could spend doing something else.

While bringing your own lunch to work each day is a good way to save a lot of money, sometimes homemade lunch options can become rather boring and uninspired.

As The Frugal Convert , I’m always looking for affordable lunch options to take to work and to give my kids for school. Costco offers a good selection of freezer meals that work for adults and kids alike, and many of them come out to less than $1 or $2 per serving (prices and selection may vary based on location).

Here are 8 budget-friendly lunch options from Costco that I’ve found are adult- and kid-approved.

1. Pizza Singles

A small personal pizza is easy to pack and easy to prep during your lunch hour. The box comes with 12 individually-sized pizzas for $9.99. For only $0.83 per pizza, you just can’t beat the price.

2. Chicken Melts

If you’d prefer to have a hot sandwich for lunch, this would be a good option. The chicken melts are made with chicken breast and cheese, and are nestled in pita bread. They are currently on sale for $7.89 for the pack of 15, but even at the regular price of $10.89, they are a solid choice.

Where else can you get a chicken sandwich for $0.73?

3. Burritos

With most fast food restaurants offering burritos for anywhere from $3 to $5, you can save a lot of money by bringing your own premade burritos to work.

Costco offers both a meat option and vegetarian option (selection may vary based on location).

Posada’s shredded steak and cheese burritos come in a box of 18 individually wrapped burritos for $13.99, which means each burrito costs $0.78.

Because the Lilly B’s bean, rice, and cheese burritos burritos are organic, the price is a bit more than the non-organic option. However, the 8-count box of burritos for $9.99 still portions out to $1.24 apiece, which is much less expensive than a fast food burrito.

4. Taquitos

If you combine taquitos with a bit of sour cream, lettuce, avocado, and tomato, you can have a well-rounded lunch option that will be enjoyable and inexpensive to take to work or school.

The 30-count box of taquitos costs $9.99, which comes out to $0.33 each. A lunch-sized portion of three or four taquitos will cost between $0.99-$1.33 and makes for an easy to-go option.

5. Grilled Chicken Sandwich

This is a more affordable option than a fast food burger and you’ll have a healthy meal that takes only a few minutes to prepare.

The 12-count box costs $9.99, which makes each chicken sandwich cost $0.83.

If you compare this grilled chicken sandwich with those found in popular fast food restaurants, you’re saving more than two-thirds the price. In addition, you can add the toppings of your choice, since it’s basically a blank canvas that you can spruce up any way you like.

6. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Filled with shaved seasoned steak, onions, and cheese, this is a great alternative to a standard Philly cheesesteak sub.

This is a bit more expensive than the other options mentioned, with a 6-count box selling for $11.89, which makes each sub cost $1.98. However, if we compare this price to a six-inch steak and cheese sandwich from Subway , which costs $5.69, you’re saving a lot of money.

7. Chicken Bakes

I always used to buy chicken bakes from the food court during my Costco visits. They are creamy, delicious, and filling! The size is comparable to a foot-long Subway sandwich, maybe just a tad smaller.

In any case, Kirkland chicken bakes are a good lunch option any day of the week because they’re easy to pack and easy to reheat. A 6-count box for $10.99 means you get a filling lunch choice for $1.83.

8. Hot Pockets

Hot Pockets personally bring up some nostalgic memories for me because as a kid they were one of my favorite lunch options. Needless to say, this option is kid-approved.

If you can’t decide between a pizza or a sandwich, a Hot Pocket might be a good option for lunch, especially if you add a side salad. The box is currently on sale for $8.99, but even at the regular price of $11.99 for a box of 17, each pocket only costs $0.71.