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    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 1st Sep 17, 7:46 AM
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    fruitloop04
    September Bring Your Own Lunch to Work Challenge!
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    • 1st Sep 17, 7:46 AM
    September Bring Your Own Lunch to Work Challenge! 1st Sep 17 at 7:46 AM
    Hello everyone

    Setting up this challenge again for this month, thanks fatvond for doing this last month!

    Buying lunch at work adds up over the year, a £3 meal deal - taking in to account 6 weeks of holiday, a meal deal at work every day costs £690 a year, but then I always want crisps AND chocolate

    So taking our lunch to work saves us money and must be better for our health!

    I am on holiday for 2 weeks in September but I am hoping for 10 days of bringing my lunch to work This means I cannot take lunch to work at all in September!

    Kicking it off today with pasta, pesto and cheese...I bought a large of pesto reduced to clear so will be eating this for a while

    I will try and keep this up to date whilst I am away - if I can't for whatever reason keep posting and I will update when I am back

    This Forum tip was included in MoneySavingExpert.com's weekly email!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 20-09-2017 at 9:19 AM.
    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
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    • Rachel24
    • By Rachel24 3rd Sep 17, 9:30 PM
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    Rachel24
    Thanks for setting this up 😊 15 days for me! I need to do this!
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 4th Sep 17, 10:25 AM
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    fruitloop04
    Thanks for setting this up fruitloop! Please can you put me down for 14 days this month.
    Originally posted by glass_half_full
    Thanks for setting this up 😊 15 days for me! I need to do this!
    Originally posted by Rachel24
    You have both been added to the list
    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
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 4th Sep 17, 2:10 PM
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    NelliePie
    1/18 So today is my first real day of this challenge ( I work full days Mon - Thurs and only a half day on Fri) I managed to bring in a salad and some bread & pate for bulk (I finished the pate rather than opening a new pack of ham). I also had a yogurt, banana, cereal bar and crisps. I've munched everything except the last 3 items but these can stay in my draw as snacks if I need them. Hopefully it'll keep me away from the canteen!
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 4th Sep 17, 5:41 PM
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    fruitloop04
    1/18 So today is my first real day of this challenge ( I work full days Mon - Thurs and only a half day on Fri) I managed to bring in a salad and some bread & pate for bulk (I finished the pate rather than opening a new pack of ham). I also had a yogurt, banana, cereal bar and crisps. I've munched everything except the last 3 items but these can stay in my draw as snacks if I need them. Hopefully it'll keep me away from the canteen!
    Originally posted by NelliePie
    Updated! Snacks are always a good shout to have in an emergency. I travel a lot in my job and carry pistachio nuts with me, not easy to eat when driving though so have to wait!
    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 4th Sep 17, 6:30 PM
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    determined new ms
    I'm in again this month. I'm working 12 days But my working pattern is changing and I'll be working 8.20-2.30, no break as only 6 hours. There is no way I'll survive until 3.30 when I get home so will need to take several snacky kinda things so I can eat on the go!

    Will make a sandwich & fruit and yogurt I can eat at my desk (shhhhhhhh don't tell my boss!) No more leftovers for me!
    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
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 4th Sep 17, 7:35 PM
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    fruitloop04
    I'm in again this month. I'm working 12 days But my working pattern is changing and I'll be working 8.20-2.30, no break as only 6 hours. There is no way I'll survive until 3.30 when I get home so will need to take several snacky kinda things so I can eat on the go!

    Will make a sandwich & fruit and yogurt I can eat at my desk (shhhhhhhh don't tell my boss!) No more leftovers for me!
    Originally posted by determined new ms
    Welcome aboard!
    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
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 4th Sep 17, 8:45 PM
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    FatVonD
    I'm not at work this week and went to my mum's for lunch, she cooked jacket potatoes and I took some grated cheese which I reckon cost me about £1 so a saving of £2
    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)
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 4th Sep 17, 8:58 PM
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    leimichellecat
    Yay I have a number - Thank you Fruitloop!

    I'm very excited for my first day of officially packed lunching tomo, when I go a PL im normally quite good as sticking to it and feeling full - it's when I'm lazy and don't prepare I'm terrible!!!
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear the CC by Xmas 2017 #168 - £900/£2370

    BYOLTW Oct17 13/18
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 4th Sep 17, 10:10 PM
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    mollymunchkin
    First work day and 1 packed lunch done! Hummus, carrot & cucumber sticks, crackers, strawberries & blueberries. Followed by a granola bar. Food already sorted ready for tomorrow as well.

    Packed lunches in September 1/16
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 5th Sep 17, 6:28 AM
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    Purplemumof2
    Morning,

    1/15 achieved yesterday

    No lunch to work today as I'm holiday as DD starts secondary school
    Last edited by Purplemumof2; 05-09-2017 at 9:25 AM.
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    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 5th Sep 17, 3:41 PM
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    NelliePie
    Hi All,

    MollyMunchkin I like the idea of hummus,cucumber and carrots, I might have to try that. Today I took a ham salad wrap, yogurt and fruit 2/18 .
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 5th Sep 17, 6:04 PM
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    determined new ms
    1/12 done. Marmite sandwich with fresh tiger bread mmmmm

    Am going to have to think about what kinda stuff I can graze on, healthy but filling and not too much!
    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
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 5th Sep 17, 6:23 PM
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    mollymunchkin
    2/16 lunches day 2 done! Picky lunch similar to yesterday: soft cheese, cucumber & carrot sticks, crackers, chicken slices, small pear, plum, few cashews & almonds. Granola bar.

    Got complimented on my lunch box today
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 5th Sep 17, 8:29 PM
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    leimichellecat
    #6 1/16 my first no spends lunch and breakfast today. Best start!
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear the CC by Xmas 2017 #168 - £900/£2370

    BYOLTW Oct17 13/18
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 5th Sep 17, 8:46 PM
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    fruitloop04
    Right think I have updated everyone - about me if I haven't! It is harder updating from a tablet!x
    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
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 6th Sep 17, 7:25 AM
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    glass_half_full
    Hi there,
    I have achieved 2/14 so far. I am trying flat bread at the moment and quite like it. Today and tomorrow I am on two courses and free lunches are provided. I mean training courses, not two course lunches. Although they might be two courses. We'll see.
    Total unsecured debt - £5,367 (October 2017) - Debt free Target February 2018
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 6th Sep 17, 1:50 PM
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    NelliePie
    Hi all, managed another day today - another ham wrap. so 3/18. I'll be making bacon pasta bake tonight for tea so hopefully there's leftovers for tomorrows dinner.
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 6th Sep 17, 4:10 PM
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    Purplemumof2
    How's everyone getting on?

    I'm up to 2/15 now, need to keep going as this month will be tight x
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
    MBNA: £7100.00 Cap 1: £533.40 BC: £5090.00

    AFD 0/10 NSD 0/10 LTW 0/10

    20p Savers 2017 £2 Savers 2017 50p Savers 2017 SPC 11 2018 #003
    • phoenix_dragon
    • By phoenix_dragon 6th Sep 17, 4:57 PM
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    phoenix_dragon
    I'm on 3/20 today.
    Total debt as of 1st September 2017 £12,742.82
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 6th Sep 17, 7:47 PM
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    FatVonD
    It's a bit of an odd week for me on account of not being at work so my resources are greater!

    Yesterday was half a pack of YS ham with an egg and HM chips.

    Today was a YS chicken breast with Greek salad made with homegrown cucumber and tomatoes, an onion and a quarter of a pack of feta cheese.

    I think both days probably cost about 75p (on account of the meat being discounted by 80%) so I'll call it a £4.50 saving for the two days.

    Tomorrow might not be quite so easy!
    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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