I am a young manager with five direct-reports. Due to heavy-duty student loans and some large medical bills, I am forced to maintain a very strict budget. I don't have the funds to go out for lunch on a weekly basis. This means that I'm always avoiding making lunch dates, even though I know they would be good for me. Even worse, I'm embarrassed about my money situation, so that when I'm invited out to lunch I make up an excuse.
Does anyone have suggestions for how to get the benefits of a weekly network building lunch without actually going out for lunch?