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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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    • Miss D Meanour
    • By Miss D Meanour 4th Aug 17, 5:53 AM
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    Miss D Meanour
    Good morning all and a big warm welcome to Friday.

    Good news - I've finished the chicken. Woohoo!

    Am working from a different office today and have arranged to do a long awaited catch up with a good friend at lunch rather than dinner. Still in the saving mode. So am taking a pre-made meal out of the freezer for dinner instead of lunch. Hope that kind of makes sense.

    FatVonD I love the idea of bulk purchasing chocolate bars to add to the packed lunch each day, but even if you mix and max so the purple bar doesn't fall out of favour, I have a sneaky suspicion that the bars wouldn't make it to the lunch box. I have absolutely no self control.

    Loving all the different lunches that are appearing.
    Take care and have a great weekend everyone
    MissDM
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    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 4th Aug 17, 6:40 AM
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    determined new ms
    lunch bars would be eaten in seconds in my house too!

    courgette, pea & mint soup, melon, peaches and tomatoes for lunch for me.

    Also (virtuously) made oh a sandwich too (really annoys me he never considers that he is going to need to eat - b/l or d - so never considers getting something out of the freezer but will complain there's nothing to eat!)
    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
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 4th Aug 17, 7:19 AM
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    Morning early risers!

    I've messed up somewhat today in that I bought a YS tabbouleh and falafel salad thingy last night but I've just noticed that it went through the till at the full price of £2.80 I need to keep a closer eye on the till as this is the second time I've done this (contactless just makes it too easy to pay.)

    So lunch today has sadly cost me £2.80 plus 16p for some crisps from a multipack so a grand saving of 4p!

    Happy Friday everyone!
    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)
    • DaisyWalker
    • By DaisyWalker 4th Aug 17, 11:18 AM
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    That's so frustrating FVD. I've done it too.

    Had cereal for breakfast, worked out it cost around 20p so that's a massive saving from if I'd bought it for £2.50 or more. Don't think I actually looked at the real cost before and am stunned.

    Made a cheese and cucumber sandwich for lunch and will have a can of tomato soup with it. Definitely need to up my game with you guys having such interesting meals
    • better_times
    • By better_times 4th Aug 17, 11:58 AM
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    better_times
    Today is: Tuna and pasta salad, mint choc yogurt, apple, banana and an orange
    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 4th Aug 17, 2:30 PM
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    glass_half_full
    Ok, I can see I have to really raise my game here. I thought I was doing well just buying stuff cheaper, but now I see home made Better Times and using up leftovers Juilaskitchen etc this has challenged me to a whole new level. My baking skills are rudimentary, but I feel inspired to bake some fruit scones, lets see how that turns out this afternoon! As for using up leftovers, there rarely are any, but maybe I could make a bit extra and use next day for lunch.

    Todays lunch
    Mackerel from Morrisons £0.80p
    Bread Roll £0.25p
    2 squares dark chocolate £0.28p
    Total £1.33

    Saving from Meal Steal £1.67
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • Lauralozzle
    • By Lauralozzle 4th Aug 17, 5:34 PM
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    Lauralozzle
    Day 4

    The last portion of tuna pasta bake. I'm quite happy it's finally finished now. Won't want pasta bake for a while now!

    I conquered my first obstacle today - OH was like, shall we just just get hips at lunch? I'm proud of myself for saying no and having the pasta bake and watching him eat his chips whilst I did. Certainly much healthier option had by me!
    October grocery challenge £150.54/£200 | October cleaning budget £75.16/£75 | October NSD 9/15
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    • CompletelyLost
    • By CompletelyLost 5th Aug 17, 6:03 PM
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    I've been watching this challenge from afar, as eating while at work is my single biggest expense. I can generally spend about £150-200/month in the shops near where I work :/ It's such a waste because we throw so much food away that could be taken into work and used!

    This week I followed the challenge, but forgot to take lunch on Friday. So my total spend so far in August is £4.72 ( to give you an idea how much of a triumph this is, the week before I spent £25.72!)
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 6th Aug 17, 5:31 PM
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    That is an amazing saving, CompletelyLost
    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 6th Aug 17, 5:36 PM
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    I'm getting geared up ready for work tomorrow and saved some cauliflower cheese and sweet corn for lunch, in fact I put the cauliflower cheese bake in the oven after dishing it up so it would burn a little as I love the burned bits on the side, I just have to resist eating it tonight...

    Talking of resisting, how in hell do you manage to only eat two squares of chocolate glass_half_full?! I'm an all or nothing chocolate eater myself
    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)
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 6th Aug 17, 7:37 PM
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    I have allotment produce coming out of my ears at the moment! I am going to make a bowl of salad and rice for both me and oh tomorrow

    whoop only 6 more working days for me
    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
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 6th Aug 17, 7:46 PM
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    glass_half_full

    Talking of resisting, how in hell do you manage to only eat two squares of chocolate glass_half_full?! I'm an all or nothing chocolate eater myself
    Originally posted by FatVonD
    Don't know why I am ok with chocolate. Now cake I have more of a problem with!
    Getting really into this challenge now. I made some scones on Friday afternoon, they were really popular with the family, all went by Saturday. This afternoon I have made a large Mexican Quinoa Salad from Vegan cookbook. Hoping to share it with OH for lunches through the first part of the week. Apparently it can last 3 days because of citrus (lemon and lime juice) in the recipe.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 6th Aug 17, 8:03 PM
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    Batch cooked 4 portions of Mushroom Barlotto today (if anyone is wondering what a barlotto is it's basically a risotto but made with pearl barley), that will keep me safe till Friday
    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
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 6th Aug 17, 9:30 PM
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    You're all doing so well, I have to 'fess up and say that my cauliflower cheese was made by Tesc0!
    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)
    • DaisyWalker
    • By DaisyWalker 7th Aug 17, 1:26 PM
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    I've had a bit of a disaster today. Yesterday I made a tortilla I was hoping would last four breakfasts but I didn't cook it long enough so most was inedible. I had to grab a pastry when I got off the train = £1.60. I did bring a thermos of tea at least so that saved spending £1.90.

    Lunch was rice salad with peas, mint, and feta. I've made it in the past and it'd been lovely but it was really nasty. Supposed to be two days' worth again. I ate it but won't be able to make myself tomorrow. Luckily I also brought in last night's pudding I didn't have room for - apple pie and custard - so that's cheering me up.
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 7th Aug 17, 5:29 PM
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    Batch cooked 4 portions of Mushroom Barlotto today (if anyone is wondering what a barlotto is it's basically a risotto but made with pearl barley), that will keep me safe till Friday
    Originally posted by Florence J
    Sounds nice, would you mind sharing the recipe? (if it isn't too time consuming to type it out that is)
    Lunch today
    Mexican Quinoa Salad - 66p (the whole thing cost £4 but I reckon there are 6 portions sharing with OH)
    1/2 bread roll - 8p
    Crisps - 16p
    Total 90p
    Saving £2.10p
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • Destabilising
    • By Destabilising 7th Aug 17, 5:59 PM
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    Destabilising
    So, I'm not officially doing this challenge but I figured I may as well try to do it on days I'm at work.


    Beef sandwich - 50p
    Two apples - 30p
    One orange - 10p


    Total - 90p
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 7th Aug 17, 9:20 PM
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    Mushroom Barlotto, the recipe comes from a cookbook aimed at students called 'Beyond Baked Beans Green' by Fiona Beckett. Such a lovely little book, mostly cheap dishes although she does seem to think students can afford prosecco and nori sheets.

    The recipe makes 4 portions

    Onion (2 medium or 1 large)
    garlic
    150g mushrooms
    3 sticks of celery
    cumin and coriander
    hot paprika
    250g pearl barley
    400g tin of chopped tomatoes (original recipe said 1/2 tin but I used all)
    500ml stock

    Cook the onion and garlic in oil for about 5 minutes then add the mushroom and celery.
    Add the spices, chopped tomatoes and pearl barley, and then add the stock

    cook for around 25-35 minutes until all the liquid has been absorbed.

    I hope this helps
    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
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 7th Aug 17, 10:14 PM
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    Thanks Florence J, will give this a try and the book sounds interesting too.
    Total unsecured debt - £7,167 (October 2017) - Debt free Target March 2018
    • DaisyWalker
    • By DaisyWalker 8th Aug 17, 1:05 PM
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    put all the tortilla portions back in the oven last night so had a very tasty, and fully cooked, breakfast this morning. Plus I brought my own tea in a flask too so saved on that.

    As I threw away lunch yesterday and didn't have a lot of time to prepare a new one last night I bought lunch from the work canteen - £3. But they do give you one free piece of fruit each day so I want to make sure I take advantage of that. Had a very nice plum today. In total it's a saving from what I often spend but still not where I want to be
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