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    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 1st Sep 17, 7:46 AM
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    September Bring Your Own Lunch to Work Challenge!
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    • 1st Sep 17, 7:46 AM
    September Bring Your Own Lunch to Work Challenge! 1st Sep 17 at 7:46 AM
    Hello everyone

    Setting up this challenge again for this month, thanks fatvond for doing this last month!

    Buying lunch at work adds up over the year, a £3 meal deal - taking in to account 6 weeks of holiday, a meal deal at work every day costs £690 a year, but then I always want crisps AND chocolate

    So taking our lunch to work saves us money and must be better for our health!

    I am on holiday for 2 weeks in September but I am hoping for 10 days of bringing my lunch to work This means I cannot take lunch to work at all in September!

    Kicking it off today with pasta, pesto and cheese...I bought a large of pesto reduced to clear so will be eating this for a while

    I will try and keep this up to date whilst I am away - if I can't for whatever reason keep posting and I will update when I am back

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 20-09-2017 at 9:19 AM.
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
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    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 1st Sep 17, 7:46 AM
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    #1 fruitloop04 - 10/10
    #2 swimminginaseaofdebt 0/11
    #3 FatVonD 5/21
    #4 purplemumof2 10/15
    #5 mollymunchkins 7/16
    #6 leimichellecat 13/16
    #7 phoenix_dragon 3/20
    #8 Nelliepie 5/18
    #9 Weasel1 0/21
    #10 glass_half_full 13/14
    #11 Rachel24 0/15
    #12 determinednewms 2/12
    #13 threepenny bit 0/9
    #14 teaandkittens 5/
    #15 poorbabie 3
    Last edited by fruitloop04; 29-09-2017 at 5:44 PM.
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • swimminginaseaofdebt
    • By swimminginaseaofdebt 1st Sep 17, 8:10 AM
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    Thanks for setting the thread up this month, count me in please!

    I am at work 12 days this month, will aim to take my lunch in on 11 of those.
    SPC11 #564
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 1st Sep 17, 11:15 AM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 11:15 AM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 11:15 AM
    Morning,

    Count me in please, aiming for 15 this month
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    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 1st Sep 17, 12:14 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 12:14 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 12:14 PM
    I'm in for 21/21, I actually have a week off next week but I will be keeping the faith!

    Today I have YS mozzarella cheese 44p with cherry tomatoes and basil from the garden so a saving of 2.56

    Forgot, crisps 16p so just a 2.50 saving
    Make £5 a day in November £8.09/£150 (October £288.52, September £374.30, August £223.95, July £71.45, June £251.22, May£119.33, April £236.24, March £106.74, Feb £40.99, Jan £98.54)
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 1st Sep 17, 12:58 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 12:58 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 12:58 PM
    Can I join in please? I've been terrible recently as the canteen in my work place provides hot meals for only £3.50 and every Wednesday that's a full roast dinner! As We only work half days on Friday's there's no lunch but a fry up id on offer. I avoided this today and had my own toasted teacakes from home.

    I often get bored of having the same thing every day when I make it myself - either a salad or a sandwich/wrap so I'd appreciate budget friendly ideas to mix it up a bit.

    Thanks in advance and good luck guys and girls!

    Nell
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 1st Sep 17, 6:38 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 6:38 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 6:38 PM
    I want to join! I'm at work 16 days this month, we have just had our family light bulb moment so this is perfect! I'm including coffee in my challenge, I'm terrible at the canteen!!!
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear the CC by Xmas 2017 #168 - £900/£2370

    BYOLTW Oct17 13/18
    • Rachel24
    • By Rachel24 1st Sep 17, 7:47 PM
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    I need to do this! It's the vending machine for me and fizzy juice! Would be good seeing everyone's ideas!
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 1st Sep 17, 8:02 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 8:02 PM
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    • 1st Sep 17, 8:02 PM
    Welcome everyone! If you let me know how many days you intend to take your own lunch to work I will add you to the list

    I hope you don't mind me setting one up for September FatVonD!
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 2nd Sep 17, 4:21 PM
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    I have got 16 work days this month so I'm going to aim for all of those, starting on Monday. I've stocked up on nice bits from Aldi , including emergency cup-a-soups! I'm going to make a few cheese sandwiches to put in the freezer so I can have cheese toasties using those toaster pockets.

    Packed lunches so far 0/16.
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 2nd Sep 17, 6:03 PM
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    I have got 16 work days this month so I'm going to aim for all of those, starting on Monday. I've stocked up on nice bits from Aldi , including emergency cup-a-soups! I'm going to make a few cheese sandwiches to put in the freezer so I can have cheese toasties using those toaster pockets.

    Packed lunches so far 0/16.
    Originally posted by mollymunchkin
    Welcome Planning is the key! Good idea about the frozen cheese sandwiches for toasties!
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • phoenix_dragon
    • By phoenix_dragon 2nd Sep 17, 6:10 PM
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    I'm in for 20 this month. Today I've finally taken my head out of the sand. I cannot believe we're digging our way of of over £12k of debt, AGAIN!
    Total debt as of 1st September 2017 £12,742.82
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 2nd Sep 17, 6:27 PM
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    Oh I thought I should mention I'm aiming for 18!
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 2nd Sep 17, 6:29 PM
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    For those of you buying coffees, Sainsbugs had a proper branded Thermos flask reduced to around £8 the other week, the 1litre size.
    Make £5 a day in November £8.09/£150 (October £288.52, September £374.30, August £223.95, July £71.45, June £251.22, May£119.33, April £236.24, March £106.74, Feb £40.99, Jan £98.54)
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 2nd Sep 17, 6:33 PM
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    Welcome everyone! If you let me know how many days you intend to take your own lunch to work I will add you to the list

    I hope you don't mind me setting one up for September FatVonD!
    Originally posted by fruitloop04
    Of course not, somebody else started it ages ago but i don't know what happened to it, I only posted it last month as admin were looking for an August challenge for the newsletter and none of the usual suspects were around!
    Make £5 a day in November £8.09/£150 (October £288.52, September £374.30, August £223.95, July £71.45, June £251.22, May£119.33, April £236.24, March £106.74, Feb £40.99, Jan £98.54)
    • Weasel1
    • By Weasel1 2nd Sep 17, 6:48 PM
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    I'm going to do this too - working all of sept so aiming for everyday! And no coffee!
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 2nd Sep 17, 9:55 PM
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    Sorry, didn't bold my target 16 days for me please. I have a nice sealed mug that doesn't spil in my bag (I travel a lot so not always near a kettle or microwave). I have a stock of mug shots and curried lentils in my desk when I am in the office though.
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear the CC by Xmas 2017 #168 - £900/£2370

    BYOLTW Oct17 13/18
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 3rd Sep 17, 9:52 AM
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    I'm in for 20 this month. Today I've finally taken my head out of the sand. I cannot believe we're digging our way of of over £12k of debt, AGAIN!
    Originally posted by phoenix_dragon
    Well done for facing up to your debts and tackling them head on! Completing challenges monthly really helps

    Oh I thought I should mention I'm aiming for 18!
    Originally posted by NelliePie
    Added you to the list, good luck!

    For those of you buying coffees, Sainsbugs had a proper branded Thermos flask reduced to around £8 the other week, the 1litre size.
    Originally posted by FatVonD
    Thanks for this - I have just remembered my friend bought me a flask for birthday last year, must dig it out. Last month kicked the daily habit of getting coffee on the way to work at the McD drive thru with your lunch thread but need to continue this!
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 3rd Sep 17, 9:55 AM
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    I'm going to do this too - working all of sept so aiming for everyday! And no coffee!
    Originally posted by Weasel1
    Good luck Weasel1! I have put you down as 21 (did you take lunch to work on Friday?). Coffee on the way to work is my downfall too but see FatVonD's post

    Sorry, didn't bold my target 16 days for me please. I have a nice sealed mug that doesn't spil in my bag (I travel a lot so not always near a kettle or microwave). I have a stock of mug shots and curried lentils in my desk when I am in the office though.
    Originally posted by leimichellecat
    Thanks leimichellecat, sorry for missing it! Prep is key I find the sachets don't fill me up and I end up looking around for more food, I am a hungry gutted thing though
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 3rd Sep 17, 9:05 PM
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    Thanks for setting this up fruitloop! Please can you put me down for 14 days this month.
    Total unsecured debt - £5,367 (October 2017) - Debt free Target February 2018
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