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    • thejungles
    • By thejungles 3rd Dec 17, 3:36 PM
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    food for work
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 3:36 PM
    food for work 3rd Dec 17 at 3:36 PM
    Hello all

    Im trying to become debt free and one quite big bill i have at the end of the month is from the sandwich shop next to where i work, they allow tabs and we pay on payday, my tab ranges from £80 to £160 a month depending on the amount of weeks between payday and the food i get.

    im planning on knocking this on the head and preparing my own meals/lunches at home and im looking for some nice cheap alternatives and tips.

    i know i can cook up larger portions on a night and take the remains into work but to be honest im not clued up on how long certain foods last once cooked so im wondering on what you guys do to save money.
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    • GothicStirling
    • By GothicStirling 3rd Dec 17, 4:18 PM
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    I always just make a sandwich to take to work, and buy a box of shredded wheat/cornflakes which I put a handful into a tupperware box, than pay 95p for an small box at my work canteen.

    What you can do is batch cook things like soup on your days off. Separate into portions and freeze. Defrost them in the fridge the night before you take them to work. If you have a microwave at work, pre-cook a jacket potato at home, reheat the next day. The only issue with reheating is meat, which should only be cooked twice.
    • thejungles
    • By thejungles 3rd Dec 17, 4:23 PM
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    how long would a soup last in the freezer, call me an idiot but it should be months shouldnt it? haha
    • Mee
    • By Mee 3rd Dec 17, 4:32 PM
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    • 3rd Dec 17, 4:32 PM
    Hi newbie,

    Good luck in you endeavour. Would recommend reading some of the good websites/pages which can be found via Google.

    Pasta goes a long way, and investing in a good flask to bring in your own hot soup may be worth considering.
    I tend to buy discounted fruit for my lunch, or discounted baked rolls from supermarkets (Waitrose; M&S and Asda are often the cheapest) on my way home for the next day.

    I also try to eat a hearty breakfast so I'm not tempted to buy for lunch.
    • GwylimT
    • By GwylimT 3rd Dec 17, 4:35 PM
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    how long would a soup last in the freezer, call me an idiot but it should be months shouldnt it? haha
    Originally posted by thejungles
    Things in the freezer are essentially frozen in time, most things will last years if in an air tight container.
    • barbarawright
    • By barbarawright 3rd Dec 17, 5:30 PM
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    If you don't want to make sandwiches every morning and have a fridge at work then just buy a loaf, butter, cheese/ham/cucumber/whatever you like and some fruit maybe a package of crisps from the Poundshop and you can make lunch every day as you fancy it for about £1 a day
    • elsien
    • By elsien 3rd Dec 17, 5:36 PM
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    how long would a soup last in the freezer, call me an idiot but it should be months shouldnt it? haha
    Originally posted by thejungles
    I've just eaten a soup I made and froze 12 months ago and I've not poisoned myself. When you see on frozen food packets the recommendation to use within a month (or whatever) it doesn't mean that you can't eat it after that, just that sometimes after a while in the freezer the texture might change.
    If you do a search, there was a similar query not long back which might give you more ideas. Have a look on the oldstyle bit of the forum.

    Edit - here you go for a start

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5617322&highlight=lunches

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5726482&highlight=lunches
    Last edited by elsien; 03-12-2017 at 5:41 PM.
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    • tallyhoh
    • By tallyhoh 3rd Dec 17, 5:39 PM
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    I used to make my sons sandwiches every Sunday & freeze them. Pop some in a box everything morning with bag crisps (out of multipack) & a piece of fruit. Nicely defrosted by lunchtime
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    • Dobbibill
    • By Dobbibill 3rd Dec 17, 5:50 PM
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    This suggestion added to pasta or chicken (which I've done today).
    Evening meal and lunch in one.

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=73441523&postcount=21

    Freeze the rest for other meals.
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    • By -taff 3rd Dec 17, 6:25 PM
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    Have a look on the old style board, plenty of replies there if you post the same query
    • Tarambor
    • By Tarambor 4th Dec 17, 7:34 AM
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    , my tab ranges from £80 to £160 a month depending on the amount of weeks between payday and the food i get.
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    Originally posted by thejungles
    I take a packup with a sandwich, some grapes, a banana, sometimes a scotch egg and a bag of crisps and it costs me less than a quid. Without the scotch egg its 68p. Sometimes I'll take a tin of the beef soup from Lidl which is OTTOMH around 60-70p.

    Spending over £1000 a year on work lunches is madness. ONS figures have household expenditure for food shopping in the UK at £56 a week for a family, you're spending between 40-80% of that just on work lunches just for yourself. No wonder they run a tab.
    • Baileys Babe
    • By Baileys Babe 4th Dec 17, 9:00 AM
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    thejungles what facilities if any are available at work? Fridge? Freezer? Kettle? Microwave? Toaster? Hob? Grill? Oven?

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    • Ms Chocaholic
    • By Ms Chocaholic 4th Dec 17, 9:02 AM
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    What type of items do you get from the sandwich shop?
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    • Gazzafatcityboy
    • By Gazzafatcityboy 4th Dec 17, 10:34 AM
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    What type of food do you like to eat? Then see if you can make it yourself?
    • andydownes123
    • By andydownes123 4th Dec 17, 11:57 AM
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    Hello all

    Im trying to become debt free and one quite big bill i have at the end of the month is from the sandwich shop next to where i work, they allow tabs and we pay on payday, my tab ranges from £80 to £160 a month depending on the amount of weeks between payday and the food i get.

    im planning on knocking this on the head and preparing my own meals/lunches at home and im looking for some nice cheap alternatives and tips.

    i know i can cook up larger portions on a night and take the remains into work but to be honest im not clued up on how long certain foods last once cooked so im wondering on what you guys do to save money.
    Originally posted by thejungles
    Sandwich made at home every evening for the next day. Pack of biscuits for 70-80p that last the week for snacks. Whatever crisps are on offer that week.

    My weekly tab: about £5 per week.
    • laurenturner
    • By laurenturner 4th Dec 17, 12:50 PM
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    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5165401

    There are plenty of ideas here
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    • datlex
    • By datlex 4th Dec 17, 6:17 PM
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    I vary mine. Sometimes I get a sandwich £1 at local cafe, other times I use a pasta pot (80p - £1 depending on type), other times I take food in a food flask.
    • Fireflyaway
    • By Fireflyaway 4th Dec 17, 7:38 PM
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    You will definitely save money if you make your own!
    Pasta salad - make a big batch and in the fridge it will last a couple of days.
    When you go to the supermarket grab a sandwich / salad that's marked down and have that the next day.
    Cook extra at dinner for the next day.
    Extras like crisps / biscuits / fizzy drinks buy from somewhere like aldi. You can get a whole weeks worth of crisps for £1.
    You can get own brand microwave meals for less than £1. Sometimes a hot lunch fills you more than a sandwich.
    Cupa soup in your drawer for when you get peckish!
    Take a water bottle so you don't spend on bottled water.
    I did this but treated myself to a vanilla latte on Fridays! Nice to have the odd treat.
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