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    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 1st Sep 17, 7:46 AM
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    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

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    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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    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 6th Sep 17, 9:31 PM
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    Updated again posting just helps me know where I have got up to whilst I am away. Will definitely be on straight back on this when I get back!
    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
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 6th Sep 17, 9:33 PM
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    #6 2/16

    Had left over frittata today for lunch, apple and boiled egg for a snack and cereal bars for breakfast. Took two jars of coffee into work and filled my flask before leaving my house in the morning.
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear all the debt by Xmas 2018 #168 - £670/£11470

    BYOLTW Jan 2018 5/16
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 6th Sep 17, 10:34 PM
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    #5 3/16 picky lunch again today. Everyone was intrigued by my candy floss grapes so they all had a taste. Verdict: very sweet & slightly odd

    Pasta salad, strawberries & cashews tomorrow. With added fruit and a granola bar cos I'm always hungry!
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 7th Sep 17, 5:18 AM
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    Morning,

    I'm on 3/15 now.

    Hope everyone is ok today? X
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
    MBNA: £6900.00 Cap 1: £467.97 BC: £6900.00

    AFD 4/14 NSD 8/17 LTW 9/17
    POAMAYC 2018 #041 PD £878.17/£4000
    20p Savers 2018 £2 Savers 2018 50p Savers 2018 SPC 11 2018 #003
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 7th Sep 17, 6:25 AM
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    2/12 *lunch* (I no longer have a lunch break as work shorter days but no way I can not eat until 3.30!) will be hm houmous & cucumber sticks, 1/2 a marmite sandwich & fruit and yogurt mmmmmmm
    DF as at 30/12/16
    Wombling 2017 £3016.55/Roadkill £8.73
    Wombling 2018 £145.73/RK £0.04
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 7th Sep 17, 3:53 PM
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    Not at work today so can't count, but went out with DS and packed us a snack. Sister insisted on buying me a coffee which I couldn't refuse!
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear all the debt by Xmas 2018 #168 - £670/£11470

    BYOLTW Jan 2018 5/16
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 7th Sep 17, 4:50 PM
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    Not the healthiest lunch, I had two packets of crisps

    I was going to have baba ganoush but got engrossed in something and burned the aubergines!
    Make £20 a day in January £119.31/£620 (December £361.54, November £322.28, 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) Total for 2017 - £2,495.10
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 8th Sep 17, 9:25 AM
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    All updated hope everyone is having a good week!
    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 8th Sep 17, 12:43 PM
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    Sorry for the lack of check in yesterday - I had a bit of a naughty day. clearing out my purse I found that I had two loyalty cards for the canteen at work with enough stamps between them to add up to a free meal. I made the choice to use them up and didn't take my dinner in - I can't feel too guilty as it was free! I have recovered though today and have got leftovers from last night's bacon pasta bake and home made cookies.
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • leimichellecat
    • By leimichellecat 8th Sep 17, 2:02 PM
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    Nellie that sounds like a brilliant is of loyalty stamps, I've got a full McDonald's coffee card somewhere for emergencies.

    #6 3/12 it's not the end of my work day yet but I have no money on me, eaten my lunch and filled up my coffee flask so I'm confident to count today. I prepped a couple of meals yesterday in the slow cooker so brought that.
    Taking on the world one debt at a time!!!

    Clear all the debt by Xmas 2018 #168 - £670/£11470

    BYOLTW Jan 2018 5/16
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 8th Sep 17, 6:13 PM
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    3/14 so far. I also had two days with free lunches but then ended up spending £6 on a train yesterday evening since journey was 5.30pm to 8.30pm coming back from course.
    Total unsecured debt - £3,367 (January 2018) - Debt free Target 27th February 2018
    • FatVonD
    • By FatVonD 8th Sep 17, 7:14 PM
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    Not so good for me today, I spent £1.35 on a reduced duck and hoisin wrap and the 35 for crisps on top.
    Make £20 a day in January £119.31/£620 (December £361.54, November £322.28, 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) Total for 2017 - £2,495.10
    • mollymunchkin
    • By mollymunchkin 8th Sep 17, 7:29 PM
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    #5 4/16 on track so far. Although had a homemade pasta salad which was a bit yuk, nearly had to resort to the emergency cup-a-soup!
    Cos I don't shine if you don't shine.
    • scd3scd4
    • By scd3scd4 8th Sep 17, 7:33 PM
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    To be fair I nearly never don't.


    At work we have our own small canteen for five people. We have a toaster, toasty maker, George Forman, spare kettle just for boiled eggs and a micro- wave and of course a fridge..


    I take everything in, fresh fish, steak, left overs form the night before. Tonight I had a defrosted veg curry as the wife always makes extra. I always have a look at whats near the end dates and take that in.
    • fruitloop04
    • By fruitloop04 9th Sep 17, 6:58 AM
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    Updated Nelliepie, I am counting that one as you didn't have to buy anything!

    Scd3scd4 once you are in the habit it's so much easier isn't it? I got in to the habit of buying coffee on the way to work and then crappy meal deals, which add up to a frightening amount throughout the year!
    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
    • scd3scd4
    • By scd3scd4 9th Sep 17, 6:27 PM
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    Updated Nelliepie, I am counting that one as you didn't have to buy anything!

    Scd3scd4 once you are in the habit it's so much easier isn't it? I got in to the habit of buying coffee on the way to work and then crappy meal deals, which add up to a frightening amount throughout the year!
    Originally posted by fruitloop04

    Yep......they are having another take a way tonight. I will just have some fresh fish on the George with a little lemon juice and salt tonight.


    Cost.....nothing. Of course we did buy it but you know what I mean. lol


    Rode 10 miles to work...........cost...nothing.


    Have coffee and almond milk with me so the canteen machines are getting nothing from me. ;-]
    Last edited by scd3scd4; 10-09-2017 at 1:00 AM.
    • threepenny bit
    • By threepenny bit 10th Sep 17, 5:02 AM
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    I am in! I have 9 lunch times at work this month and am aiming for all 9 please!
    1st challenge to pay CC (JV1) 0/$2100 updated
    Christmas 2018 challenge 50/600
    Work on selling items and decluttering
    • NelliePie
    • By NelliePie 11th Sep 17, 11:11 AM
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    Another home-made ham salad wrap with cereal bars, crisps and 2 apricots for dinner (and/or munchies) today. I did have left over pasta bake from Thursday night's tea which was earmarked for today, but my lovely OH ate it on Friday! I can't complain too much because he obviously likes my cooking.
    When life gives you lemons, find the tequila!
    MFW: FTB June 2017 £144k. Target 128k June 2019
    • Purplemumof2
    • By Purplemumof2 11th Sep 17, 11:21 AM
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    Morning,

    I'm on 4/15

    Hope everyone had a nice weekend?
    Official DFW Nerd Club - Member no. 791 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
    MBNA: £6900.00 Cap 1: £467.97 BC: £6900.00

    AFD 4/14 NSD 8/17 LTW 9/17
    POAMAYC 2018 #041 PD £878.17/£4000
    20p Savers 2018 £2 Savers 2018 50p Savers 2018 SPC 11 2018 #003
    • glass_half_full
    • By glass_half_full 11th Sep 17, 7:41 PM
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    glass_half_full
    I am on 4/14. Today's lunch, sandwich thin, goats cheese, tomatoes, apple, piece of mil's very nice home made cake.
    Total unsecured debt - £3,367 (January 2018) - Debt free Target 27th February 2018
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