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    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 28th Jul 17, 1:58 PM
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    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 £224.01/£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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    • fosterae
    • By fosterae 28th Jul 17, 2:33 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 2:33 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 2:33 PM
    I'd like to take part. Count me in.
    I bring in last night's dinner and heat up in the office microwave.
    • swimminginaseaofdebt
    • By swimminginaseaofdebt 28th Jul 17, 3:43 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 3:43 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 3:43 PM
    Afternoon,

    Please can I be added to the challenge I only work part time and in August I'm in work for 14 days. So I'd like to take my lunch for 13 of these.

    I normally make sandwiches/rolls and occasionally I'll take some leftover dinner or make a salad.
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 28th Jul 17, 9:01 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 9:01 PM
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    • 28th Jul 17, 9:01 PM
    Welcome aboard both of you!
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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)
    • Munchin
    • By Munchin 29th Jul 17, 8:27 AM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 8:27 AM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 8:27 AM
    Morning

    I would like to join as well. I must admit I get a bit fed up with my lunches so it will be good to find some new ideas
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 29th Jul 17, 11:19 AM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 11:19 AM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 11:19 AM
    Very apt user name there, Munchin
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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 29th Jul 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 1:24 PM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 1:24 PM
    Love this idea for a challenge, please sign me up. I am going to try to take lunch in every day that I go in to work and make it at home if I work from home so I make it 23 days. Sometimes I have been quite imaginative making a salad with bulgar wheat, olive oil, cucumber, tomatoes and fresh herbs if I can be organised enough! Otherwise it tends to be a bread roll plus some filling or sardines (I know not everyone's taste!). I've also given up my morning coffee on the way to work and replaced it with a free one in our group area at work, cheaper and more sociable.
    • Makeachange
    • By Makeachange 29th Jul 17, 1:34 PM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 1:34 PM
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    I liked this. i only work part time and currently down to work 10 times in august, i am going to go for 5 times bring my own lunch
    I WILL GET THERE.
    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 29th Jul 17, 10:20 PM
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    • 29th Jul 17, 10:20 PM
    Ohh sign me up. I usually do really well at this Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and by Thursday it all goes to pot and I end up in Greggs. So, I'm planning on bring lunch to work with me EVERY DAY.
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 9/15
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    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 30th Jul 17, 9:35 AM
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    I usually take lunches in as a rule so a fairly easy challenge for me! I did buy something on Friday (despite actually having something with me). I had had some bad news and fancied something a bit nicer.

    Think I'm going to revamp my creativity on this to take this into account

    I'll be working 9 days in August
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    SFDs Oct 11/15 CC saved £2372.50
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 30th Jul 17, 10:00 PM
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    sardines (I know not everyone's taste!).
    Originally posted by glass_half_full
    I guess as long as you're not microwaving them they're not too antisocial

    I went through a stage of scrambling eggs in a mug in the work microwave which didn't go down too well in an open plan office
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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 31st Jul 17, 7:21 AM
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    I'm not planning to microwave them. no. Does remind me of microwaving some kippers many years ago as a student with predictable results... Microwaved scrambled eggs, now you have got me thinking! Started early on the challenge today since it is my first day back at work.
    Todays lunch - Bread roll, goats cheese, banana, home made banana bread. A bit of a banana theme going on here. I will start recording savings tomorrow.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • better_times
    • By better_times 31st Jul 17, 3:13 PM
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    I would like to join, I will even declare we will take lunches with us when we go on our caravan holiday.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 441
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    July focus Food

    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 31st Jul 17, 9:50 PM
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    I'm getting geared up for tomorrow, I had a jacket potato with dinner tonight so stuck an extra one in. It's one of the few things I can guarantee my teenage son won't eat during the night as he doesn't like them!
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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)
    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 1st Aug 17, 6:29 AM
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    Hi there
    Can I join in? I tend towards bringing in apacket soup each day and then get tempted by other people's "let,s go to the local cafe" or something goes wrong and I buy lunch as Alan alternative to throwing my toys out of the pram. Doing this in the sure knowledge that I'm not wasting food since the soup won't go off.
    Well I've got cooked chicken, lettuce and cucumber from the weekend that needs to be eaten, so perfect opportunity to back on track. Also a really tight budget for August due to too much DIY!

    Thanks for resurrecting this
    MissDM
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    • better_times
    • By better_times 1st Aug 17, 8:53 AM
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    Todays lunch, Chicken and salad wrap, two oranges, an apple and can of diet coke
    Sealed Pot Challenge 441
    Loan £35,000 February 17/£30845.78 to date
    Step Change £12908.56
    Rent £565.95
    July focus Food

    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 1st Aug 17, 1:16 PM
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    First day done, I had:

    Jacket potato (from 40p bag of YS ones so I'm going to call it 4p!)
    Cheese from a block in the fridge (about one tenth of a three pounds block so say 30p)
    Half a small pack of coleslaw, 35p.
    Pack of YS cherries, 20p

    So 89p in total, a saving of 2.11p on a 3.00 meal deal
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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)
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 1st Aug 17, 1:18 PM
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    Hi there
    Can I join in? I tend towards bringing in apacket soup each day and then get tempted by other people's "let,s go to the local cafe" or something goes wrong and I buy lunch as Alan alternative to throwing my toys out of the pram. Doing this in the sure knowledge that I'm not wasting food since the soup won't go off.
    Well I've got cooked chicken, lettuce and cucumber from the weekend that needs to be eaten, so perfect opportunity to back on track. Also a really tight budget for August due to too much DIY!

    Thanks for resurrecting this
    MissDM
    Originally posted by Miss D Meanour
    I usually have a packet soup for breakfast, my workmates think it's odd but it's filling and cheap!
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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)
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 1st Aug 17, 1:18 PM
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    Todays lunch, Chicken and salad wrap, two oranges, an apple and can of diet coke
    Originally posted by better_times
    Sounds nice and healthy!
    Make £10 a day in October £224.01/£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 1st Aug 17, 2:00 PM
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    Ok, working from home but I'm still counting it, todays lunch: sardines on toast
    bread x 2 (9p)
    sardines (34p) - (unfortunately not all as shared with the cat)
    Banana (20p)
    Harvest morn bar (15p)
    Total 78p
    Saving over £3.00 is £2.22.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
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