January save on work lunches challenge

Nottoobadyet
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edited 24 January 2010 at 10:10PM in Debt-free wannabe
Lots of us spend way too much on work lunches, and with us all going back to the first work day of the year, it seemed like a great time to start saving!

So whether you bring in your lunch or downgrade your bought lunch to something economical, please join the thread and let us know your challenge! Up to you if you include beverages, Fridays, after work drinks or afternoon snacks.

Please let us know your progress, and if you're joining please do so in colourfull letters so I can see you!

My challenge -

Bringing in lunch every day of the month, with no buying snacks or drinks!

I'll update a members list once people start joining!

Members:

#1 Nottoobadyet - no spend!
#2 bramble1 - bring in lunch every day!
#3 pavlovs_dog - bring in lunch 17 out of 19 days of the month
#4 wigwam - no spend!
#5 focus888 - bringing in lunch every day!
#6 purple jay - £3 spend per week
#7 Tiny_courageous - no spend!
#8 izzydogsam - bring in lunch 4 days out of 5
#9 longhauladdict - only buying one lunch per week
#10 jayss - bringing in lunch 4 days a week
#11 Dreamer2010 - only buying one lunch at work per week
#12 easilydistracted - bringing in lunch 4 days out of 5
#13 Kayleighpea - bringing in lunch every day! (sorry, spelling fixed!)
#14 rictus123 - no going to the bakery!
#15 elfen - bringing lunch to uni 2 days a week
#16 LilyAllen - meal in office canteen once a week
#17 me-shelly - no spend!
#18 Wee Pilsbury - bring lunch every day and less than £1 on extras
#19 lysasparkles - no spend!
#20 incesticide - minimum of three lunches brought in and a maximum of £5 spent per week
#21 wendall - no spend!
#22 Nellis10 - 3 no buying lunch days per week
#23 sibles - bringing in lunch 17 out of 20 days
#24 Tixy - buying lunch only once per week
#25 Josephine82 - bringing in lunch every day!
#26 Intergalactic Floozie - buying lunch only twice per month!
#27 Double Six - not sure what your challenge is, but sounds like a good start!
#28 blueneleh - no spend!
#29 mavvysmum - not sure of your challenge, again sounds like a good start!
#30 rrrrachel - every day but birthdays!
#31 Vampiric Addiction - no spend at uni!
#32 BLaZiNgDucK -no spend!
#33 jennihen - not sure of your challenge
#34 natsplatnat - no bought lunches!
#35 La escocesa - no spend!
#36 InaPickle - no bought lunches!
#37 SADIE - no spend!
#38 eleanor - max £1.20
#39 DoubleSix - no spends over £1
#40 Debt:cant_budge_it - 4/5 days no spend
#41 bella.wella - no spend!
#42 sahara007 - bringing lunch every day (I think!)
#43 Melaniep101 - bringing in lunch every day!
#44 Shorelines - under £2 for 3 days of work
#45 Lelc - no spend!
#46 no spend for lunch/ dinner 4 out of 5 days!
#47 medini - bringing in lunch 8/10 occasions each week
#48 Mrs White - max AUS $10 per week
#49 pinkpinkuk - 4 out of 5 days a week
#50 blushingbride - no spending on sarnies
#51 rhilee581 - no M&S lunches, and a £10 budget for the week
#52 Lolypop75 - no buying lunches on 3 out of 5 days
#53 wannaberich1 - bringing in lunch every day!
#54 Dronid - bringing in lunch 4 days out of 5
#55 VALM - bring in more lunches
#56 Moodyblues - no spend!

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  • bramble1
    bramble1 Posts: 3,096 Forumite
    I'm in!
    my challenge is to bring in lunch everyday, no spending at the shops what so ever!

    If anyone can think of something i can do with baked beans thats not beans on toast (no toaster) i'd love you forever, we have so many tins of beans at home!
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  • pavlovs_dog
    pavlovs_dog Posts: 10,194
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    i'm a teacher and there are 20 working days of January for me. One of those (tomorrow) is catered as it is an INSET day. my challenge is to make sure i take lunch for at least 17 of the other 19 uncatered days.
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  • pavlovs_dog
    pavlovs_dog Posts: 10,194
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    bramble1 wrote: »
    If anyone can think of something i can do with baked beans thats not beans on toast (no toaster) i'd love you forever, we have so many tins of beans at home!


    on jacket potato?

    or i know some people like them on pasta of all things!

    cowboy hash is popular in our house - chopped chuncks of beefburgers, fried onions and a dash of worcester sauce stirred through the beans - yum :D

    add some curry powder to ring the changes

    add them to soup/stew to bulk it out

    on waffles - in my student days we used to cook them in the toaster as we didnt have a grill!

    in a cheese toasty

    on top of a sausage roll/pastie?


    as you can probably guess, i LOVE beans and will happily eat them cold from the tin :rotfl:
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  • wigwam
    wigwam Posts: 234
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    I'm in!!!

    This is the first thread I've read for my new debt busting 2010 and it seems like one I can do. I got into the habit of taking food from home a while back but over the last month or so this habit slipped away.

    I read a thread probably on the old style board about freezing sandwiches - will definitely be looking into this. So I have done it before and am looking at a no spend for January for me and my son on food at work / school.

    Pavlovs dog - potato waffles!! - Yum!!
  • focus888
    focus888 Posts: 1,483
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    Im in!! hoping to make January a no spending for lunch month =D x
  • PurpleJay
    PurpleJay Posts: 526
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    Can I join in please. I only work 3 days so my aim will be no more than £3 per week on work lunches. Sometimes I spend more than this in one day at the moment!
    'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'
  • Count me in! Plan is to take lunch in every day I'm in work (Monday to Friday). I don't drink tea/coffee and I take in water so basically the plan is no spending at work at all.
  • izzydogsam
    izzydogsam Posts: 190 Forumite
    I'd like to join too please! I'm going to try to take in lunch on 4 days out of 5 each week throughout the month and try and fit in a quick walk at lunchtimes if it's not raining! :j
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  • Me too please.
    I'm aiming for only buying one lunch per week so thats 16/20 lunches to take to work.
    The only reason I'm buying one lunch is that I'm often away over night so can't take anything the following day (ie when I'm driving back etc) - just been to Morribobs and bought the entire bread section I think!!!

    Good luck everyone xx
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  • jayss
    jayss Posts: 543
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    I'm in, to bring lunch to work 4 days a week and breakfast everyday.
    1 day a week is team lunch :rolleyes:
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