Feb-YOU-ary 2013 - Take your lunch to work thread

edited 2 February 2013 at 11:11AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
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kittiejkittiej Forumite
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edited 2 February 2013 at 11:11AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
Hello everyone :j

Here's the thread for February where the theme this month is "it's all about you" by that I mean you can take your LTW and you can save some money to put to better uses than wasting it on bought lunches (and breakfasts).

So including the list from last month as compiled by Shortie :A
here we go into Feb 2013.

Everyone is welcome even if you only work 1 day a week or stay at home but would like to join. So, the doors are now open......

Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...d.php?t=159329

http://pinterest.com/lbnblbnb/food-lunch-ideas/

Now everyone say a big thank you to Shortie for compiling this list of ideas for us.

:AThanks Shortie :A

*Cold foods*
Sandwich combos:
Stuffing
Tuna mayo/salad cream
Tuna and sweetcorn
Tuna and onion
Tuna and cucumber
Beetroot
Cheese & carmelised onion chutney
Cheese and chilli jam
grated cheese, mushed up egg, diced onion and mixed in with mayo
Peanut butter & marmite
Greek salad - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
Russian salad sandwich - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
Curry!
Bacon & banana
Cheese & pickle
Corned beef & lettuce
Ham & apple sauce
Coronation chicken
Fried egg baguette
Sausage & mustard / ketchup / mayo / pickle / onion relish
Scrambled egg (cooked in the microwave)
Chhese & piccalilli
Brie & grape
Cheese & tomato
Ham and coleslaw
Onion Baji & coleslaw wrap
Chicken and cranberry sauce
Chicken & bacon
Haslet and coleslaw
Peanutbutter, cream cheese & banana
Turkey/chicken & stuffing
Crisp butti :D
Chicken with pesto and mayo
Brie, crushed walnuts, feta &rocket wrap
Chorizo & goats cheese
Vegetarian pate http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/02...d-lentil-pate/
sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and a bit of tinned sweetcorn sprinkled

Adding the following to salads:
Hard boiled egg in salad
Carrot salad: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=110
Cold duck and spinnach, raddish, pepper & carrot
Cheese, ham & whatever salad is in the fridge
Chicken and cold bacon bits
Spice sensation cous cous with raisins, pumpkin seeds. little cubes of cheese (feta or cheddar) cheery toms halved,cuc, spring onions and a couple of dried apricots chopped up
Bulk making salads: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=358

Rice cakes & hummus
Crackers / carrot sticks / pitta bread & taramaslata (or dip of choice)
Crustless quiche (good for GF diets) - http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...3&postcount=38
Spanish potato fritata
Cous cous

*Warm foods*
Soups (with some bread?):
Jamie Oliver's Parsnip and Ginger Soup
Jamie Oliver's carrot soup: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...5&postcount=50
Mushroom risotto soup: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...1&postcount=64
Liquidised curry
Pasta
Macaroni cheese
Leftovers... pasta bakes, curry, spag bol, chilli..
Falafel
Onion bhajis
Samosas
Jacket potatoes
Cous cous (take dried and rehydrate from a kettle at work, add some fillings - meat, vegs, cheese, etc - once warm and hydrated)
Mash, veg, gravy and meat in a tuppawear box
Spaghetti/beans on toast or with butter bread
Falafel & chilli dip

*Snacks*
Cake
Fruit
Crisps (multibags can be better value)
Hot choc
Sausage rolls
Juice cartons
Cereal bars
Fruit salads (mix with a spoon or two of juice from tinned fruit to keep it from turning brown)
Biscuits
Mince Pies (especially for Betty Crumble)

*Emergency stocks for a drawer*
Cereal
Porridge oats
Tinned macaroni cheese
Mug Shot pasta packs
Cup-a-Soup

*Other suggestions*
Thermos flash of tea or coffee
freeze sandwiches for the week or buy/make pasties, sausage rolls, and take them out in the morning.
Hard boiled eggs keep for a week in the fridge with the shells on
Wraps instead of sliced bread


*.... and sneaking in here.... Breakfasts!*
Greek yoghurt and granola on top of fruit salad
Toast wrapped in foil asap after cooking - should keep warm for a 10 min journey to the train station etc!)
Scrambled egg (cooked in the microwave) and toast

Woo-hoo - good luck everybody :T
Sealed pot challenge member number 18 :)
Karma - the consequences of ones acts.
"It's OK to falter otherwise how will you know what success feels like?"
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  • May I join in this month? Pretty please? :)
  • kittiejkittiej Forumite
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    Of course you can SNH :T everyone is welcome to join and contribute :D
    Sealed pot challenge member number 18 :)
    Karma - the consequences of ones acts.
    "It's OK to falter otherwise how will you know what success feels like?"
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  • kittiejkittiej Forumite
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    Hi everyone - here's the new thread - enjoy yourselves :D
    Sealed pot challenge member number 18 :)
    Karma - the consequences of ones acts.
    "It's OK to falter otherwise how will you know what success feels like?"
    1 debt v 100 days £2000
  • going to stick with my saving £5 a day target again this month, so should hopefully have £100 by the end of Feb!
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  • junojuno Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture
    May I join in this month? Pretty please? :)
    You have to tell us your favourite lunch first :money:
    Murphy's No More Pies Club #209

    Total debt [STRIKE]£4578.27[/STRIKE] £0.00 :j
    100% paid off :j

  • edited 1 February 2013 at 10:27PM
    SmarterNotHarderSmarterNotHarder Forumite
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    edited 1 February 2013 at 10:27PM
    juno wrote: »
    You have to tell us your favourite lunch first :money:

    Haha, cheese, pâte, crackers, warm bread and butter, onion chutney and a glass of wine. They won't let me drink wine at work though!

    Today however was a cheese butty lol
  • sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and a bit of tinned sweetcord sprinkled arounf. Mmm mmm. Now I'm hungry :rotfl:
  • Morning all :wave:

    Pasta again for me yesterday. I have lots of veggies left in the fridge so might make soup later for next week save them going to waste.

    Welcome SmarterNotHarder :)

    Kobraki, impressive savings again! :)

    CW
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  • FatVonDFatVonD Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker I've been Money Tipped!
    Fell at the first hurdle, beer and a burger for me yesterday :eek:

    It was worth valuable networking points though and I'll be back on the wagon on Monday :o
    Make £25 a day in April £0/£750 (March £584, February £602, January £883.66)

    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
  • kittiejkittiej Forumite
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    Morning everybody :j

    kobra £100 will be an excellent amount saved - if you carry on this way you will have saved over a grand by the end of the year! :T
    You have to tell us your favourite lunch first :money:
    thanks juno - yes we need fave recipes to gives us all some inspiration :D

    SNH - are you a fellow cheese lover - say cheese :D

    Hi rainydayfund :hello: your recipe sounds lovely - I'll add that to the first post for ideas :T

    Morning CW - mmmm bottom of the fridge soup, very MSE :money:

    Hi FVD - don't worry about the beer and the burger - it was Friday and a treat once in a while is no bad thing :D

    Well done everyone :T

    I took cheese and pickle yesterday and have a small stash in work just in case I forget my lunch one day. I have however let myself down yesterday as I bought toast in work but it was only 40p for 2 slices so that is my blip :o

    I was getting a bit fed up of taking crunchy nut cornflakes into work so I need to have a think about what to have for breakfasts to stop me getting bored. I think I'll try some porridge for a change :)
    Sealed pot challenge member number 18 :)
    Karma - the consequences of ones acts.
    "It's OK to falter otherwise how will you know what success feels like?"
    1 debt v 100 days £2000
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