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Free Lunches do Exist

Employee X explains why company-sponsored lunches are so valuable.

This story appears in the March 2009 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When people ask me what my favorite thing about my job is, I don't hesitate to answer: the free lunches. Yes, I completely love that I get a free every day. In fact, at the very moment the recruiter revealed this perk to me, I probably subconsciously decided to accept this job offer over other higher salaried offers. Sure, it defies logic, but my stomach has a mind of its own.

The most obvious benefit to these free lunches is the money that stays in my pocket. I'd say the average lunch at my office would cost about $8. That would come out to $40 per week, or more than $2,000 per year. That's a nice chunk of change to stash away (or spend) at the end of the year.

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