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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 £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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    • better_times
    • By better_times 1st Aug 17, 3:02 PM
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    better_times
    Sounds nice and healthy!
    Originally posted by FatVonD

    I am doing slimming world at the moment but I got the wraps for 10p per pack of 8 so bought 10 packs and found then in the freezer so lots of wraps will be on the menu
    Sealed Pot Challenge 441
    Loan £35,000 February 17/£30845.78 to date
    Step Change £12908.56
    Rent £565.95
    July focus Food

    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 1st Aug 17, 7:01 PM
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    Lauralozzle
    Day 1

    Made my pack up this morning before work, using up all leftover fruit in the fridge.

    Goats cheese and basil wholemeal sandwich.
    Fruit salad of strawberries, Apple, blueberries and cherries.
    Packet of French fries.

    I've still got half the goats cheese left so will focus on using this up before I pick anything else. I refused to pick up some sandwich meat this evening during our little food shop because I'm going to try and make the cheese last.
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 9/15
    Credit Card: £220 (0%) | Car Finance: £8,240 (7.9% APR) | Mortgage: £111,684 (3.99% APR)
    Wedding Fund: £3,564.74
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 1st Aug 17, 8:45 PM
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    Florence J
    I have only bought lunch at a work canteen 3 times this year, but that is because I am doing a 'no spend year' and have banned them, so you could say those 3 are still a failure.2 were last week. I went a bit off the rails in July and was buying coffee and gum in the morning, sometimes had to buy breakfast, so for me I am taking this challenge beyond lunch and just getting back to my goal of not buying any food and drink to eat outside the home (unless socialising).

    I prepped a batch of roast vegetable couscous on Sunday and have had that every day this week and will do so again tomorrow. Thursday's lunch will be left over Macaroni Cheese which is what we are having for dinner tomorrow night.

    In terms of savings for the last two weeks without failure I have spent at least £1.79 in the station spar each morning on food stuffs so that is my saving today as today was a NSD.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1623.56 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2953.21/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    October 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4163.86
    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 2nd Aug 17, 6:54 AM
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    Miss D Meanour
    Day one done and I had people's eyes popping out of their heads at the sight of Tupperware in front of me at lunch. Whispered comments of "she cooked! Did you know she could cook?" abounded.
    Well you need to catch people off guard every once in a while. NSD for me - yippee

    I have to pick up the milk for the team today so fingers crossed I make it through the supermarket without a pain au chocolat (or two) leaping into my basket!

    Wow Florence J a 'no spend year'?

    Take care everyone
    MissDM
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 10. #574. .......... How much will you spend 2017? #9
    Xmas 2017 - #40: £391 / £365. .......... CCCC 2017 - #9: £122 / £150
    PAYDBX 2017 #23: £6,540.26 / £8,100. .......... MFW2017 - #2: £5,808.10 / £7,000
    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • Maggie Bob
    • By Maggie Bob 2nd Aug 17, 9:10 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!
    In a better financial position than ever before (thank you MSE!). Moved back to Scotland and now trying to keep debt-free!
    • better_times
    • By better_times 2nd Aug 17, 10:59 AM
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    better_times
    Today is salad with king prawns, carrot and cucumber sticks with hummus and water
    Sealed Pot Challenge 441
    Loan £35,000 February 17/£30845.78 to date
    Step Change £12908.56
    Rent £565.95
    July focus Food

    • leenabeena
    • By leenabeena 2nd Aug 17, 11:06 AM
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    leenabeena
    sardines (I know not everyone's taste!).
    Originally posted by glass_half_full
    I sometimes have sardines with avocado, beef tomato and cream crackers (the ones from the discounters taste just as good as branded IMO). Low cost, filling and getting some of my 5 a day in
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 2nd Aug 17, 1:41 PM
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    glass_half_full
    I sometimes have sardines with avocado, beef tomato and cream crackers (the ones from the discounters taste just as good as branded IMO). Low cost, filling and getting some of my 5 a day in
    Originally posted by leenabeena
    That sounds really nice, will give it a try
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 2nd Aug 17, 1:50 PM
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    glass_half_full
    Todays lunch
    Bulgar wheat - this makes a nice base for a salad 23p
    Tomato 10p
    Cucumber 5p
    Avocado 45p
    Apple 15p
    Dark chocolate 2 squares 28p
    Total £1.26
    Saving £1.74
    Working this out is a real challenge!
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • Juliaskitchen
    • By Juliaskitchen 2nd Aug 17, 3:16 PM
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    Juliaskitchen
    Deja vu lunches
    My husband has always had 'deja vu' lunches....being what ever we had the night before. He has a 'Regulation' breakfast of 1 banana, 2 slices of toast with marmite (love it or hate it?) and plain yogurt with either sliced fruit, honey or nuts and a juice drink.
    He's just started at a new job and the food he eats has been viewed by his work colleges, they say he's spoiled.....He tells them he's not spoiled, he's ruined!!
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 2nd Aug 17, 8:48 PM
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    FatVonD
    Hey, new people, welcome aboard

    Today I had a YS chicken and bacon roll, it was gluten free and quite revolting but, hey, it was only 23p, (won't be buying that one again though.)

    I had it with crisps from a multipack which cost me 16p

    I also took in some flat peaches, Maggie Bob but didn't get around to eating them as we had free cake so I will count those tomorrow

    So today's total is 39p, a saving of £2.61 compared to a £3 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)
    • swimminginaseaofdebt
    • By swimminginaseaofdebt 2nd Aug 17, 9:54 PM
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    swimminginaseaofdebt
    Evening everyone,

    Took in pasta for lunch on Tue and a cheese sandwich today. 2 days down, 11 to go!
    Pay all debt off by Christmas 2017 #150 - £1868.05/£3729.05
    ,
    SPC10 #564
    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 3rd Aug 17, 6:27 AM
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    Miss D Meanour
    Too busy at work to stop to eat properly so just had a protein bar and cookies - yes a weird combo but energy giving. Had the chicken for dinner instead. I think the cookies cost about 25p as they were part of a discounted pack and bar was purchased at the beginning of the year (for just this kind of thing) so part of stash.
    Chicken & bacon & pasta with Caesar dressing today and that is the end of the chicken.

    Lunch from home three days in a row - fab

    Have a great Thursday
    MissDM
    LBM- June 2009 - 15 year plan started, Dec 2016 - half way there
    SPC - 10. #574. .......... How much will you spend 2017? #9
    Xmas 2017 - #40: £391 / £365. .......... CCCC 2017 - #9: £122 / £150
    PAYDBX 2017 #23: £6,540.26 / £8,100. .......... MFW2017 - #2: £5,808.10 / £7,000
    No matter how far you go, you always take yourself with you
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 3rd Aug 17, 6:33 AM
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    determined new ms
    working today boo! Lunch is falfel, humus and salad wrap, a couple of slices of melon, some tinned peaches and any cherry toms that are ready to pick
    DF as at 30/12/16
    Wombling '16 £287.33 Roadkill £28.25
    Wombling YTD £2982.2/Roadkill £8.63
    SFDs Oct 12/15 CC saved £2372.50
    • better_times
    • By better_times 3rd Aug 17, 10:19 AM
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    better_times
    Todays lunch is Tuna pasta with sweet corn, HM yogurt with raspberries and HM lemon curd, HM flap jack and a banana
    Sealed Pot Challenge 441
    Loan £35,000 February 17/£30845.78 to date
    Step Change £12908.56
    Rent £565.95
    July focus Food

    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 3rd Aug 17, 1:13 PM
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    glass_half_full
    Todays lunch.
    Bread roll 30p, Houmous 35p, Harvest Morn Bar 15p, Banana 20p
    Total £1
    Saving £2
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 3rd Aug 17, 4:24 PM
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    Lauralozzle
    Yesterday's lunch:

    Goats cheese and basil sandwich. Fruit salad and packet of crisps.

    Today:

    Working from home so leftover pasta-bake from last nights dinner
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 9/15
    Credit Card: £220 (0%) | Car Finance: £8,240 (7.9% APR) | Mortgage: £111,684 (3.99% APR)
    Wedding Fund: £3,564.74
    • DaisyWalker
    • By DaisyWalker 3rd Aug 17, 8:07 PM
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    DaisyWalker
    Love this idea for a challenge. I usually spend £3.65 if buying lunch so will consider anything less as a saving. I also can spend up to £4.50 on breakfast so want to avoid that too.

    Today's lunch was some leftover salad - leaves and peppers - with homemade dressing (but I need practice because it was way too vinegary) and a can of soup I'd bought in advance as a transition to bringing my own. In any case it was all around half the cost of my usual. Had cereal for breakfast so saved there too though I did buy a cup of tea.
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 3rd Aug 17, 9:18 PM
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    FatVonD
    bar was purchased at the beginning of the year (for just this kind of thing) so part of stash.
    Originally posted by Miss D Meanour
    Lol, you've just reminded me of the year the supermarket reduced the Quality Street purple bars to 7p and I bought all of them to go with lunches, I don't think I could eat another one now if you paid me!


    My lunch today was leftover pizza so I'm not too sure how to cost it as it was expensive when I originally bought it (two nights ago ) but didn't actually cost me anything today so I'm going to go half way and say £1.50
    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 3rd Aug 17, 9:25 PM
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    FatVonD
    Hello, new people, lots of inspiration from you all

    Better Times, you are really flying the flag for home made lunches with your home made yoghurt and lemon curd, I feel smug if I've managed to put a bit of ham between some bread
    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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