In just a few months, it’s going to be that time of the year when we look back, suffer a guilt attack, and resolve to save more money, get healthy, and do things better in the new year.

Whether or not we manage to keep to these resolutions, there’s no doubt that bringing a lunch from home is a sure-fire way to save money and eat healthier. Of course, there’s the little problem of how to keep food fresh and appealing from the time you pack it to the time you sit down and eat. Nothing a little ingenuity can’t solve—like preventing cut apples from browning by holding them together with a rubber band, or packing a single serving of your favorite condiment in a contact lens case.

Whether you make lunch for yourself or for someone else, just remember, bringing lunch to work does not mean boring paper bags and soggy sandwiches. Here’s how to do office lunches the right way.