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    kittiej
    Feb-YOU-ary 2013 - Take your lunch to work thread
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    • 30th Jan 13, 12:38 PM
    Feb-YOU-ary 2013 - Take your lunch to work thread 30th Jan 13 at 12:38 PM
    Hello everyone

    Here's the thread for February where the theme this month is "it's all about you" by that I mean you can take your LTW and you can save some money to put to better uses than wasting it on bought lunches (and breakfasts).

    So including the list from last month as compiled by Shortie
    here we go into Feb 2013.

    Everyone is welcome even if you only work 1 day a week or stay at home but would like to join. So, the doors are now open......

    Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...d.php?t=159329

    http://pinterest.com/lbnblbnb/food-lunch-ideas/

    Now everyone say a big thank you to Shortie for compiling this list of ideas for us.

    Thanks Shortie

    *Cold foods*
    Sandwich combos:
    Stuffing
    Tuna mayo/salad cream
    Tuna and sweetcorn
    Tuna and onion
    Tuna and cucumber
    Beetroot
    Cheese & carmelised onion chutney
    Cheese and chilli jam
    grated cheese, mushed up egg, diced onion and mixed in with mayo
    Peanut butter & marmite
    Greek salad - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
    Russian salad sandwich - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
    Curry!
    Bacon & banana
    Cheese & pickle
    Corned beef & lettuce
    Ham & apple sauce
    Coronation chicken
    Fried egg baguette
    Sausage & mustard / ketchup / mayo / pickle / onion relish
    Scrambled egg (cooked in the microwave)
    Chhese & piccalilli
    Brie & grape
    Cheese & tomato
    Ham and coleslaw
    Onion Baji & coleslaw wrap
    Chicken and cranberry sauce
    Chicken & bacon
    Haslet and coleslaw
    Peanutbutter, cream cheese & banana
    Turkey/chicken & stuffing
    Crisp butti
    Chicken with pesto and mayo
    Brie, crushed walnuts, feta &rocket wrap
    Chorizo & goats cheese
    Vegetarian pate http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/02...d-lentil-pate/
    sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and a bit of tinned sweetcorn sprinkled

    Adding the following to salads:
    Hard boiled egg in salad
    Carrot salad: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=110
    Cold duck and spinnach, raddish, pepper & carrot
    Cheese, ham & whatever salad is in the fridge
    Chicken and cold bacon bits
    Spice sensation cous cous with raisins, pumpkin seeds. little cubes of cheese (feta or cheddar) cheery toms halved,cuc, spring onions and a couple of dried apricots chopped up
    Bulk making salads: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=358

    Rice cakes & hummus
    Crackers / carrot sticks / pitta bread & taramaslata (or dip of choice)
    Crustless quiche (good for GF diets) - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
    Spanish potato fritata
    Cous cous

    *Warm foods*
    Soups (with some bread?):
    Jamie Oliver's Parsnip and Ginger Soup
    Jamie Oliver's carrot soup: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...5&postcount=50
    Mushroom risotto soup: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...1&postcount=64
    Liquidised curry
    Pasta
    Macaroni cheese
    Leftovers... pasta bakes, curry, spag bol, chilli..
    Falafel
    Onion bhajis
    Samosas
    Jacket potatoes
    Cous cous (take dried and rehydrate from a kettle at work, add some fillings - meat, vegs, cheese, etc - once warm and hydrated)
    Mash, veg, gravy and meat in a tuppawear box
    Spaghetti/beans on toast or with butter bread
    Falafel & chilli dip

    *Snacks*
    Cake
    Fruit
    Crisps (multibags can be better value)
    Hot choc
    Sausage rolls
    Juice cartons
    Cereal bars
    Fruit salads (mix with a spoon or two of juice from tinned fruit to keep it from turning brown)
    Biscuits
    Mince Pies (especially for Betty Crumble)

    *Emergency stocks for a drawer*
    Cereal
    Porridge oats
    Tinned macaroni cheese
    Mug Shot pasta packs
    Cup-a-Soup

    *Other suggestions*
    Thermos flash of tea or coffee
    freeze sandwiches for the week or buy/make pasties, sausage rolls, and take them out in the morning.
    Hard boiled eggs keep for a week in the fridge with the shells on
    Wraps instead of sliced bread


    *.... and sneaking in here.... Breakfasts!*
    Greek yoghurt and granola on top of fruit salad
    Toast wrapped in foil asap after cooking - should keep warm for a 10 min journey to the train station etc!)
    Scrambled egg (cooked in the microwave) and toast

    Woo-hoo - good luck everybody
    Last edited by kittiej; 02-02-2013 at 10:11 AM.
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    • PositiveBalance
    • By PositiveBalance 7th Feb 13, 1:49 PM
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    PositiveBalance
    I've brought another lunch today so I am feeling very proud of myself...since starting last Friday I've managed the equivalent of a whole week without buying lunch! I'm very happy about this and hope to continue...I honestly can't remember the last time that happened!

    I think a drawer store might not be a good idea although I maybe tempted to eat it out of boredom.
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    Original debt: £11,639.02; debt repaid: £1,510.02 (12.97%); remaining debt: £10,539. £3.06 tucked away to make it 13%
    Stoozed: quite a lot. Lemme do the sums shortly.
    Terrimundi: £32


  • Candlewick
    More savings for me today and am 1/4 way to my target.

    I am not sure what to make for lunch tomorrow so it may be soup again unless I can muster enough energy to make something a little more exciting.

    Am looking forward to warmer weather so I can start taking salads

    CW
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    • blue_mango
    • By blue_mango 7th Feb 13, 9:33 PM
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    blue_mango
    For the first time ever...I've made lunch for 3 days!! And it worked out around 1.40 per meal which the cheapest I've ever made...

    Reading about meal planning, taking lunch to work, emptying your cupboards etc does have an effect after all.
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    • mrsdee
    • By mrsdee 8th Feb 13, 9:43 AM
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    mrsdee
    I love those sesame ryvita things from Lidl (Rivercote brand) and sometimes bring those in to work with some home made smoked mackerel pate. Following recipe makes lots (also good starter if you have friends round as looks and tastes impressive but is v easy to make and cheap and nutritious!!) :
    packet of smoked mackerel fillets (preferably peppered, imo)
    some cream cheese (half fat)
    a dollop of horseradish
    lemon juice

    blitz in blender or mix by hand - delish!!!

    I bring in lunch every day apart from one day a month (last workign day) when I go out with a colleague from work and we either have nando's or have a sandwich and diet coke in nearby pub. We look forward to it and it feels like a real treat!
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    • mrsdee
    • By mrsdee 8th Feb 13, 10:07 AM
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    mrsdee
    I had another bread dough pasty today, really nice. I have some frozen leftover curry and rice so when the boredom hits withe never ending pasties I will take that instead.
    Originally posted by lbnblbnb
    ooh please tell me about the bread dough pasty - sounds yum!! I tire of same old bread based sandwiches every day (we have a breadmaker but are not very adventurous with it!).
    Sick and tired of waking up sick and tired...
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    • PositiveBalance
    • By PositiveBalance 8th Feb 13, 1:20 PM
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    PositiveBalance
    I've brought another lunch today...6 in a row!

    I'm disproportionally proud...what would a Nobel Prize feel like?!

    That means another £3 saved, although I cracked and bought a small bottle of coke as a treat.

    Still proud, though!
    Emergency Fund: £177/£1000 (17.7%)
    Original debt: £11,639.02; debt repaid: £1,510.02 (12.97%); remaining debt: £10,539. £3.06 tucked away to make it 13%
    Stoozed: quite a lot. Lemme do the sums shortly.
    Terrimundi: £32


    • lbnblbnb
    • By lbnblbnb 8th Feb 13, 9:21 PM
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    lbnblbnb
    ooh please tell me about the bread dough pasty - sounds yum!! I tire of same old bread based sandwiches every day (we have a breadmaker but are not very adventurous with it!).
    Originally posted by mrsdee
    I have found the recipe here:
    http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=2203283
    BUT I just used my breadmaker dough recipe and a pasty filling from River cottage veg everyday as I don't eat meat. I like pastry but it makes me want to go to sleep (?), so I found this much better. I would only do it if I was making the full quantity and freezing them as it is a bit of a faff, but they are lovely. PROOF: I have had a pasty everyday this week and still not bored!
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    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 8th Feb 13, 9:48 PM
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    FatVonD
    Thursday was Boirsin cheese (which I stocked up on and froze while it was half price) and cream crackers from my store drawer, it was smelly and very anti social but lovely!

    Last night I made my favourite courgette and salami pasta so had that today and I have another portion in the freezer for Monday. I cooked too much pasta but I found a jar of (only just) out of date pesto so I made another couple of days worth of pasta with that to go in the freezer too.

    Well done everyone and long live the store drawer!
  • kittiej
    Hello everyone.

    You all seem to be doing fantastically well

    I must apologise for not being around much lately - I had a marketing assignment to complete for my course so this has been taking up me every waking thought

    I have managed to take lunch every day except Friday when I had a planned treat of curry for my lunch. So now I've got that out of my system I am craving banana sarnies so that's Monday sorted and it does make a nice change from cheese

    Keep up the good work everyone
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    • SmarterNotHarder
    • By SmarterNotHarder 9th Feb 13, 10:42 PM
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    SmarterNotHarder
    I'm amazed! I got through another whole week! Although I did cave and buy a packet of crisps on Tuesday, my bad

    However, at an average of £2.50 per day saved and this also meaning I'm not having chips with every lunchtime meal I'm a very happy bunny!!

    I can NOT believe that I've saved £30.00 already! Especially given the £2.50 is a conservative guesstimate and didn't include "full fat coke" days, crisps and choccies or brews from the machine!! (I take my own brew stuff in now too)

    Now all I need to do is kick the nicotine habit
    Last edited by SmarterNotHarder; 09-02-2013 at 10:49 PM.
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  • kittiej
    Now all I need to do is kick the nicotine habit
    SNH if you could manage that then you really would save a small fortune and it is better for your health. I wish I could get DH to quit but he doesn't have the inclination.
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    • SmarterNotHarder
    • By SmarterNotHarder 9th Feb 13, 11:01 PM
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    SmarterNotHarder
    SNH if you could manage that then you really would save a small fortune and it is better for your health. I wish I could get DH to quit but he doesn't have the inclination.
    Originally posted by kittiej
    I've tried and failed previously, and the more you fail the harder it is to set yourself up for even more disappointment, add to that that it's not just you you're letting down and it's difficult

    I defend it as it's my only "pleasure" generally, I don't tend to go out much, I don't have any hobbies, expensive or otherwise really, I don't even go to the cinema as I'm very aware that any "fun" money I have goes up in smoke.

    I started doing that when I was in debt, and now, even though I'm not I essentially ban myself from doing stuff because I smoke. Sad eh?
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  • kittiej
    Aw don't be too hard on yourself SNH, we all have our addictions if you scratch the surface. Mine is tea and cheese ( but not generally together)
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    • SmarterNotHarder
    • By SmarterNotHarder 9th Feb 13, 11:06 PM
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    Thank you, KittieJ I think it's just been one of those weeks :S
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  • kittiej
    Well put your feet up and chillax over the weekend and start a nice new shiny week with your head held high and a bounce in your step!

    I have a new motto which I will share with you, anything is possible and everything is negotiable, I plan on using this at every opportunity to see where it takes me cos life is an adventure. Even from the comfort of your lounge you can explore endless possibilities with the power of the internet. You should try it, choose a subject and see where it takes you
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    • tealady
    • By tealady 10th Feb 13, 6:38 AM
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    tealady
    Hi and thanks all for the lunch ideas. Especial thanks to 365 for the cous cous mention (something I like, must drop in on Aldi soon).
    Also haven't been to B and M for ages, will make a trip there this week sometime.
    Hope you all do well this month and to those quitting (or thinking of quitting) smoking, well giving up paid for a new carpet for me. I put the money in a jar to keep me goion track.
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    • Twiggy_34
    • By Twiggy_34 10th Feb 13, 6:17 PM
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    Twiggy_34
    I am craving banana sarnies so that's Monday sorted and it does make a nice change from cheese
    Originally posted by kittiej
    Funny, I just hopped on to announce that lunch for me this week would be banana sandwiches. After over a week of egg mayo fillings I was in need of a change. Also got a loaf of fresh bread from the shop at a reduced price so that will make them extra yummy!

    Now all I need to do is kick the nicotine habit
    Originally posted by SmarterNotHarder
    It sounds like maybe you're toying with the idea, and that's half the battle. I'm 36 days into my attempt to quit but it took a few months of thinking about it to actually bite the bullet and have a go. I haven't been perfect and have had the odd ciggie here and there when an opportunity has presented itself (the last 2 times have been as a result of a trip to the pub). But instead of focusing on the one's I shouldn't have had, I'm concentrating on the one's I haven't had. Very easy thanks to the app I have on my phone which tells me I've NOT smoked 340 and saved nearly £30. I bought one of those e-cigs which have helped tremendously to resist the temptation when my dp has rolled himself one to smoke
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  • kittiej
    Hello darlings

    tealady - loving the name and we're all glad to be of service.

    Twiggy - well my best laid plans have gone off somewhat. My DS2 decided he would scoff all the nanas before I got up this morning - that'll teach me for having a lie-in Never mind all is not lost, I will call into ASDA first thing in the morning after dropping the boys off at nursery. I am determined to have banana sarnies tomorrow at least

    For everyone who is trying or thinking of stopping smoking I wish you every success because it is a really difficult thing to do.

    Enjoy your evenings everyone
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    • juno
    • By juno 10th Feb 13, 7:37 PM
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    juno
    My boyfriend came over, and decided to eat my lovely (reduced) rosemary and herb foccacia (I can't spell that) that I had intended for sandwiches.
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  • kittiej
    Oh no juno, naughty bf!

    what will you have instead?
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