James Ransom/Food52
December 16, 2015 12:07 PM EST

Getting the email that you that you’ve just landed your dream internship is an amazing feeling. Then, after a few minutes of ecstatic joy, it sinks in: You are an intern. In New York City. How will you afford to buy food—and still have money to eat out? As thousands of other interns know, you get creative. Eating inexpensively does not, as I’ve discovered, mean you have to eat poorly.

And considering I’d be interning at a food blog, I knew the classic college lunch of instant noodles and a banana just wasn’t going to cut it. I decided to keep it simple, and only buy healthy, delicious, and filling items I knew I would eat within the work week. Here are five ways to eat well in the office, while still saving enough to buy the occasional Saturday brunch:

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