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    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 28th Jul 17, 1:58 PM
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    FatVonD
    August Bring Your Lunch To Work Challenge
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    • 28th Jul 17, 1:58 PM
    August Bring Your Lunch To Work Challenge 28th Jul 17 at 1:58 PM
    I've not seen this challenge around for a while so I'm going to resurrect it!

    I'm fairly disciplined about bringing in lunch but haven't always been, three pounds per day spent on a meal deal used to be the order of the day (with a side order of St@rbucks hot chocolate and pastry for breakfast in the morning!) and I still work with people that think nothing of spending a fiver on lunch and, as we know, it soon mounts up.

    So, treat the challenge however you wish, you can declare how many days you intend to bring in lunch during August, keep a tally of how much you've saved, share what you're having or just drop in for inspiration.

    My lunches tend to be built around whatever sandwiches are yellow stickered at my local supermarket the night before where I get them at 80% off. I might be able to make them cheaper if I didn't mind having the same thing for five days running but this way I get variety for less than 30p a day!

    On the odd occasion when the cupboard is bare or I've left my lunch at home (or on the train!) and have to buy lunch on the hop I've found the cheapest thing to grab in a hurry is a twin pack of sausage rolls or a tin of supermarket own brand soup.

    What do you all do?

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    Last edited by MSE Matt; 02-08-2017 at 10:11 AM.
    Make £10 a day in October £207.56/£310 (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)
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    • DaisyWalker
    • By DaisyWalker 8th Aug 17, 1:08 PM
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    DaisyWalker
    @Florence J do you need to add the stock gradually for the Barlotto or can it all go in at once?
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 8th Aug 17, 9:20 PM
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    glass_half_full
    Today's lunch.
    - Mexican Quinoa Salad - was rather mushy won't be having it again tomorrow sadly, will need to adjust saving
    67p
    - Bread roll 30p
    - Banana 20p
    - Granola square 13p
    Total £1.30
    Saving of £1.70
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 9th Aug 17, 8:44 PM
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    FatVonD
    Hello all and welcome to destabilising

    I've been really tardy about posting but glad to see you all keeping the faith

    Me this week:

    Monday
    Leftover cauliflower cheese £1 and half a tin of sweet corn 23p

    Tuesday
    YS tuna and cucumber sandwich 26p and crisps 16p

    Today
    YS SFC pasta salad 40p

    So a total spend of £2.05 for three days saving £6.95
    Make £10 a day in October £207.56/£310 (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)
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 10th Aug 17, 12:48 PM
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    glass_half_full
    Lunch for today and yesterday was the same

    Pitta Bread, feta cheese, tomatoes and a banana. Weird combination I know! Saved about £2 per day on this.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • swimminginaseaofdebt
    • By swimminginaseaofdebt 10th Aug 17, 9:02 PM
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    swimminginaseaofdebt
    Evening everyone

    Took lunch to work on Mon (pasta), Tue (cheese sandwiches) and Wed (cheese sandwiches) so that's me achieved 5 out of my 13 days to date. My lunches are pretty boring!
    Pay all debt off by Christmas 2017 #150 - £1868.05/£3729.05
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    SPC10 #564
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 10th Aug 17, 10:01 PM
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    FatVonD
    YS ploughman' sandwich total which cost 13p My local Mr T chop and change between reducing by 80% and 90% and this was a good day!

    I had it with crisps from a multipack so another 16p so a total of 29p saving me £2.71

    I need to update my totals, I forgot to do it last night.
    Make £10 a day in October £207.56/£310 (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)
    • Destabilising
    • By Destabilising 11th Aug 17, 12:42 PM
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    Destabilising
    Chicken Sandwich - probs around 30p
    Apple
    Cucumber sticks - 17p tops
    Tomatos - 30p tops
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 11th Aug 17, 1:52 PM
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    FatVonD
    I had a YS all day breakfast sandwich, interesting, I'm not sure I'd buy it again but it only cost me 36p and some crisps from a multipack for 16p so a total of 52p with a saving of 2.48
    Make £10 a day in October £207.56/£310 (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)
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 11th Aug 17, 2:46 PM
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    glass_half_full
    I had a YS all day breakfast sandwich, interesting, I'm not sure I'd buy it again but it only cost me 36p and some crisps from a multipack for 16p so a total of 52p with a saving of 2.48
    Originally posted by FatVonD
    Hi FatVonD,
    Please can you tell me what YS stands for, I am probably being dumb. Also, how can you get a sandwich for 36p?
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 11th Aug 17, 6:26 PM
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    Lauralozzle
    I've still been doing well just forgot to post!

    Monday -annual leave so no packed lunch

    Tuesday: ham salad sandwich with fruit salad

    Wednesday: leftover macaroni and cheese pasta bake

    Thursday: ham salad sandwich with fruit salad and tunnocks wafer bar

    Friday: ham salad sandwich with fruit salad and tunnocks wafer bar

    I'm really quite proud of myself
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 7/15
    Credit Card: £220 (0%) | Car Finance: £8,240 (7.9% APR) | Mortgage: £111,684 (3.99% APR)
    Wedding Fund: £3,564.74
    • CompletelyLost
    • By CompletelyLost 13th Aug 17, 9:38 AM
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    CompletelyLost
    Hello,

    Just checking in to report my sins. Last week started off well and I took lunch in Mon-Wed. By Wednesday I was dreading lunch, as all week was cheese and cucumber sandwiches, which normally I love but I am now sick of the sight of.

    The latter end of the week was so much of a fail. Plus I'm working today and have already indulged in a Mcdonald's breakfast.

    My total spend this week is £13. Still only a third of what I would normally spend.

    ETA: Looking at all of your interesting lunches, I think I need to be a bit more creative next week so that I don't get bored and give up.
    Last edited by CompletelyLost; 13-08-2017 at 9:40 AM.
    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 14th Aug 17, 4:46 PM
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    Lauralozzle
    Working from home today so much easier to resist temptation

    Monday

    Leftover lemon pepper chicken, feta salad, potato salad and houmous/Greek yogurt dip.
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 7/15
    Credit Card: £220 (0%) | Car Finance: £8,240 (7.9% APR) | Mortgage: £111,684 (3.99% APR)
    Wedding Fund: £3,564.74
    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 14th Aug 17, 4:47 PM
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    Hi FatVonD,
    Please can you tell me what YS stands for, I am probably being dumb. Also, how can you get a sandwich for 36p?
    Originally posted by glass_half_full
    It means yellow sticker - i.e. Reduced section in the supermarket. You can bag great bargains!!!
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 7/15
    Credit Card: £220 (0%) | Car Finance: £8,240 (7.9% APR) | Mortgage: £111,684 (3.99% APR)
    Wedding Fund: £3,564.74
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 14th Aug 17, 6:43 PM
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    glass_half_full
    It means yellow sticker - i.e. Reduced section in the supermarket. You can bag great bargains!!!
    Originally posted by Lauralozzle
    Oh I get it

    Working from home today.

    Todays lunch : Pitta bread, Goat's cheese, tomato and an apple. Cost £1 so saving of £2.

    Did some baking to use up some fruit reaching the end of its life today and made a banana cake and an upside down pear cake so should help for the week's lunches also.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 15th Aug 17, 10:35 AM
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    FatVonD
    Yep, YS = yellow sticker. I live about 50 metres from a small Mr T and pop down most nights at final reductions time to nab a sandwich for the next day. They used to reduce by 90% but just lately it's only been by 80% but still bargainous and it means I get a good variety of fillings. They're always still fine the next day, I've only ever once had one that smelt a bit iffy
    Make £10 a day in October £207.56/£310 (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)
    • Maggie Bob
    • By Maggie Bob 16th Aug 17, 11:34 AM
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    Maggie Bob
    I'm in for this challenge please - trying to save money in general but also because we still hope to buy a house some time this year so pennies towards moving costs and fees will help! I'm (recently) veggie, have access to a microwave and boiling water at work, and there's a Tesco down the road I need to avoid visiting every lunch time!


    Yesterday: Rice and bean salad, heated up with olive oil drizzled through it. Did visit Mr T but only bought my fruit for the week (bunch of bananas, pack of flat peaches)


    Today: quiche and salad, yoghurt and fruit.


    Good luck and good lunch every one!
    Originally posted by Maggie Bob

    Need to catch-up! Listing what I brought in (or if I was naughty, bought) for lunch, usually have a supply of fruit etc to snack on


    3rd: Rest of the quiche and salad
    4th: Charity bake sale at work so I bought Spanish Omelette and scone for my lunch (£3)
    7th: Rice & bean salad
    8th: Rice & bean salad
    9th: Rice & bean salad
    10th: Tesco meal deal (£3)
    11th: Leftovers from tea the night before (but I've forgotten what!)
    14th: Leftover pasta bake
    15th: Leftover pasta bake
    16th: Leftover butternut squash curry
    In a better financial position than ever before (thank you MSE!). Moved back to Scotland and now trying to keep debt-free!
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 16th Aug 17, 1:15 PM
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    Ok, quick update so I don't forget.

    Tuesday - basically forgot but had some home made banana bread - cost practically zero - saving £3
    Today - sardines on toast, banana, apple - approx - 65p saving £2.35

    Not very exciting I'm afraid!
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 16th Aug 17, 1:42 PM
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    FatVonD
    I'm being really tardy about posting again, so far this week:

    Monday, pack of 2 sausage rolls, 65p
    Tuesday, jacket potato cooked by my mum and grated cheese supplied by me, £1
    Today, a YS turkey and emmental filled pretzel, 35p and crisps 33p

    So over three days a total of £2.33 saving £6.67
    Make £10 a day in October £207.56/£310 (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)
    • squanderscouse
    • By squanderscouse 17th Aug 17, 12:33 PM
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    squanderscouse
    Joining in a bit late (but better late than never I suppose!)

    This week so far I've had:
    Tuesday - Chicken wrap from Pret - £3.88
    Wednesday - leftover homemade vegetable soup
    Thursday - leftover cajun chicken pasta

    Great challenge, thanks for resurrecting
    Bank Loan 5000/PAID Barclaycard 2500/1872.13
    Overdraft 2000/Cleared MBNA Closed
    Littlewoods 1200/97.91

    Long time lurker - so grateful to MSE for helping me reduce my debt. August NSD 10/10
    Sealed pot challenge 10 #568
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 18th Aug 17, 7:15 AM
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    glass_half_full
    Morning all,
    Yesterday's lunch.
    Bread roll, houmous, banana, cereal bar. £1.21. Saving £1.79.
    Starting to become a habit now.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
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