February 2014- 'Take Your Lunch To Work' Thread

edited 27 January 2014 at 10:36PM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
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edited 27 January 2014 at 10:36PM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
Save your £'s by taking your Lunch To Work (LTW)!

A new thread for February2014!!

The point of this thread is simple- buying lunch (or breakfast, or both if you were silly like me!!) and snacks/drinks from the works canteen/the newsagents/the coffee shop etc, is EXPENSIVE!

Save that money to put towards your debt/to save/for a holiday (or whatever you want).

Declare at the start of the month how many days you are aiming for. Please do this in BIG and colourful letters, so that i can easily see it and add you to the list.

***When updating your LTW days, PLEASE make sureyou make it clear that you took your lunch to work on that day! Just put 'LTW DAY TODAY' if you are unsure of your total so far, and I 'll know to update and keep track!***

Don't forget if you have a yummy lunch idea then tell us all about it!

Here's the lovely lunch ideas - enjoy!

43 different lunches, a great blog! http://adventuresintheballpark.blogspot.co.uk/p/whats-for-lunch.html

Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

*Cold foods*
Sandwich combos:
Tuna mayo/salad cream
Tuna andsweetcorn
Tuna and onion
Tuna and cucumber
Egg Salad(hard boiled eggs, S&P, mayo. Mash together and voila!)
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
Cheese & pickle/piccalilli/tomato
Corned beef & lettuce
Ham & apple sauce
Coronation chicken (shredded cooked chicken, mayo,curry powder. Mix together)
Fried egg baguette
Sausage &mustard / ketchup / mayo / pickle / onion relish
Brie & grape
Ham and coleslaw
Onion Baji & coleslaw wrap
Peanut butter, cream cheese & banana
Turkey/chicken &stuffing
Crisp butti
Chicken with pesto and mayo
Brie,crushed walnuts, feta &rocket wrap
Chorizo & goats cheese
Vegetarian (red lentil) pate http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/02...d-lentil-pate/
Sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and tinned sweetcorn
Falafel and salad sandwichhttp://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=150
Chickpea burger (thanks to Shortie for this one!)http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/20/jack-monroe-chickpea-chorizo-burger-recipe
B17c'srice dish http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=64206224&postcount=59
Soworried'sGammon and Mushroom Quiche-
Crustless quiche (good for GFdiets):
Spanish potato frittata

Add the following to salads:
Hard boiled egg
Red onion
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.

Salad in a jar:

*Warm foods*

-FrugalQueens lunchsize Sausage rolls (can be eaten hot-2mins inmicrowave-or cold):http://www.frugalqueen.co.uk/2013/10...-38p-each.html
-PizzaWheels (Can be eaten hot-2mins in microwave-or cold):
-Calzones(fill with whatever you want, yummy hot or cold)http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...4&postcount=42
Soups(with some bread?):
-Jamie Oliver's carrot soup:http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...5&postcount=50
-Mushroomrisotto soup:http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...1&postcount=64
-Pasta(also can be eaten cold as pasta salad)
-Macaroni cheese


Rice cakes & hummus
Crackers / carrot sticks / pitta bread & taramaslata (or dip of choice)
Crisps(multibags can be better value)
Hot choc
Sausage rolls
Cereal bars
Fruit salads (mix with a spoon or two ofjuice from tinned fruit to keep it from turning brown)
MincePies (especially for Betty Crumble)
Nuts and seeds
Dried fruit

*Emergency stocks for adrawer*
Porridge oats
Tinned macaroni cheese
MugShot pasta packs

*Other suggestions*
-Thermos flask of tea or coffee
-Either a flask or food flask for soups.
-Freeze sandwiches for the week or buy/make pasties,sausage rolls, and take them out in the morning.
-Wraps, bagels,baguettes, fruit bread and pitta bread can all be used instead of sliced bread.

-Makeyour own instant porridge on the gohttp://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...5&postcount=18
-Buya pack of 5 cereal bars and leave them in the car glove box. Eat onea day on the way to work :)
-AGIRLCALLEDJACK'sreplica of Starbucks Berry Bircher:http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/11/1...t-at-home-37p/



  • edited 18 February 2014 at 6:02PM
    WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    edited 18 February 2014 at 6:02PM
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    110 Posts
    I'm gonna go for 20 TLW days. :beer:
    Credit Card £[STRIKE]2332.04[/STRIKE] at 1st Jan 14 now £2089 :mad:
    Joint debts currently £[STRIKE]25000[/STRIKE] £17388 Debt Free date dec [STRIKE]Jan 2025[/STRIKE] :(2022:)

    PAD since 20/08/15 £61.16
  • With half term the last week of February I'm going to go for every day...15 LTW days yikes!
    *2014 £365/365days - £52/£365* *20p Savers club #17 £12.00/£50*
    March 2014 NSD 0/15 take lunch to work march 0/21
    sealed Pot Challenge #260
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    "Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but the moments that take your breath away."
  • Added to here :) Welcome back Les and Giggles!
  • edited 28 January 2014 at 9:53PM
    Maryland_CookieMaryland_Cookie Forumite
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    edited 28 January 2014 at 9:53PM
    Can I join you please - I've been following for a while but never posted.

    I'm working 18 days in February, I'll go for an ambitious 15

    thanks x

    Can't work out how to do colours, sorry!
  • shinnershinner Forumite
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    Seventh Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Hi can i join please half term so going for15 LTW That is everyday I have lunch at work
    sealed pot challenge 099
    2013 £365 in total
    2014 ???? Target £400
    debt 1 [STRIKE]6753[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]6386[/STRIKE] 0000 debt 2 [STRIKE]4973[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]4731[/STRIKE] 0000 debt 3 [STRIKE]3673[/STRIKE] 0000 debt 4 [STRIKE]2400[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]2239[/STRIKE] 0000
    OH debt [STRIKE]3800[/STRIKE]2780
    Bank of Mum [STRIKE]£2750[/STRIKE] 2000
  • stitchintimestitchintime Forumite
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    Tenth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    Hi there, can I join please? I am off work all next week (going to a bootcamp! What possessed me?!) so I'll say 13 days to give myself a couple of days lee-way. Thanks!
    As of 10 July: Debts:CC1:22.4% - £2900; CC2:0%- £3700; O/D - £1700; 0% 24 month credit purchase - £[STRIKE]1176[/STRIKE] - £0! :) OU loan: £[STRIKE]1305[/STRIKE] - 984.81
  • The_MooThe_Moo Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts
    :)Ooo I'm in please!

    I'm on hols for some of February but will LTW on all other days so please add me for: 11/11

    thank you!
  • focus888focus888 Forumite
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    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts
    Can I join please? Aiming for 20 again! x
  • TrixxibellTrixxibell Forumite
    699 Posts
    Eighth Anniversary Combo Breaker Car Insurance Carver!
    I managed my LTW in January :j so will try to do every shift in February as well. So that's 14 LTW for me please.:D
    3rd LBM July 2014: Debt [STRIKE]£31,416.68[/STRIKE] Down To: [STRIKE] £23,403.43[/STRIKE] [STRIKE]15th July: £25,709.83[/STRIKE] 26th March: £31,229.68
    CC £0 :j WFTC £1660, SLC £6600, Car £18,654, Emergency Fund £1,000 :T
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