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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 £5 a day in November £36.28/£150 (October £288.52, 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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    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 25th Aug 17, 7:39 PM
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    fruitloop04
    Good going, well done!
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • swimminginaseaofdebt
    • By swimminginaseaofdebt 27th Aug 17, 11:26 AM
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    swimminginaseaofdebt
    Took pasta to work on Mon and had a cheese roll on the Tue, that's me achieved 10 out of the 13 days so far. Met an old colleague for a pub lunch on Wed, good food and I managed to get two courses and a drink for £10
    SPC11 #564
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 27th Aug 17, 10:21 PM
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    mollymunchkin
    Love this thread! I work in a school & on holidays at the moment but I usually take in lunch. It is good to try & stay out of the local Co-Op and their lovely meal deals.

    I've got some great new lunch boxes from Ebay https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/162546206243 and a insulated lunch bag.
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 28th Aug 17, 7:36 PM
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    Florence J
    Had a disaster in that my couscous was, unsurprisingly, completely inedible by the 5th day of taking it in to work, so had to buy a sandwich from the canteen.

    This week I am only in Wed-Fri and have prepped two portions of a dahl/soup type thing which is the tastiest thing I have ever made and will think of something else for Friday.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£94.58) £1000 Emergency Fund Challenge #253 Wombling free 2017 = £2008.60 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£3118.08/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1146.96/1146.96
    November 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4025
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 29th Aug 17, 7:59 AM
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    fruitloop04
    Morning all! Another day of taking lunch! Mozzarella, tomatoes and salad with a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar...took me all of 5 mins to put together On day 6 of no bought lunches whoop!
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 30th Aug 17, 8:47 AM
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    fruitloop04
    Day #7 - the excess mince mixture from my lasagna on Sunday with cheese on top!
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 30th Aug 17, 10:14 AM
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    determined new ms
    Are we setting up this thread for Sept?
    DF as at 30/12/16
    Wombling '16 £287.33 Roadkill £28.25
    Wombling YTD £2982.2/Roadkill £8.63
    SFDs Oct 13/15 CC saved £2372.50
    • squanderscouse
    • By squanderscouse 30th Aug 17, 1:52 PM
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    squanderscouse
    Back from annual leave and so far this week:

    Tuesday - 25p instant noodles from home
    Wednesday - Tuna butty from home

    Have already potted up tomorrows lunch of left over Cajun chicken pasta from last night's tea.

    Let's hope I stay strong on Friday!
    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
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 31st Aug 17, 8:01 AM
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    Day #8...I have done my target whoop! HM soup from last night for lunch today
    16.08.2017 CC 1 - £2050 £1,500 CC 2 - £1766.82 £1406 Emergency savings: £1250/£6000
    Mortgage - April 2017 £153,000 £149,954
    Debt free by xmas: 1070.86/1500
    (Non Mortgage) Debt Free Date: August 2018
    • swimminginaseaofdebt
    • By swimminginaseaofdebt 31st Aug 17, 8:52 PM
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    swimminginaseaofdebt
    Are we setting up this thread for Sept?
    Originally posted by determined new ms
    I hope so, who's going to kick it off?

    Took lunch to work 2 out of the 3 days I was there this week ending my monthly total on 12. Fell short of my target by 1 but pleased with my result.
    SPC11 #564
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 1st Sep 17, 12:12 PM
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    FatVonD
    I'm not very good at caretaking so I'm happy for someone else to take over?
    Make £5 a day in November £36.28/£150 (October £288.52, 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)
    • datlex
    • By datlex 10th Sep 17, 1:09 PM
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    datlex
    Do any of you use a food flask for things like risotto or pasta dishes? You can cook these whilst you are getting ready for work. Then you just have to open your flask put it on your plate and you get more or less the whole lunch break to enjoy your dinner.
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