March 2014 Take-Your-Lunch-To-Work Thread.

edited 1 March 2014 at 10:45AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
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edited 1 March 2014 at 10:45AM in Debt-free Wannabe Challenges
Save your £'s bytaking your Lunch To Work (LTW)!

A new thread for March 2014!! Although the title is 'Take Your Lunch to WORK', ANYONE can join in :)You can be a stay-at-home-parent, unemployed, work part time or work full time.

The point is, buying lunch (or breakfast, or both if you were silly like me!!) 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).

I wont be making a list of contenders, as it's just too much for me to keep up with. But I encourage you to still declare what you are aiming for and check in with us daily to keep yourself on track :)

Don't forget if you have a yummy lunch idea then tell us all about it!
Here's the lovely lunch ideas - enjoy!

Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

*Coldfoods*
Sandwich combos:
Stuffing
Tuna mayo/salad cream
Tuna and sweetcorn
Tuna and onion
Tuna and cucumber
Egg Salad (hardboiled 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
BLT
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's rice dishhttp://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=64206224&postcount=59
Soworried's Gammon and Mushroom Quiche-
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=64387265&postcount=511


Add 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) cherry toms halved, cucumber, spring onions and a couple of dried apricots chopped up.
Salad in ajar:
http://blog.babygizmo.com/2013/01/salad-in-a-jar/
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*

-FrugalQueens lunchsize Sausage rolls (can be eaten hot-2mins in microwave-or cold):http://www.frugalqueen.co.uk/2013/10...-38p-each.html
-Pizza Wheels (Can be eaten hot-2mins in microwave-or cold):
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...&postcount=239
-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
-Mushroom risotto soup:http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...1&postcount=64
-Pasta (also can be eaten cold as pasta salad)
-Macaroni cheese
-Leftovers... pasta bakes, curry, spag bol,chilli..
-Falafel Onion bhajis, Samosas as side dishes to leftovers (or lovely on their own.
-Jacket potatoes with various fillings (cheese, beans, leftovers)

*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

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

*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.


*Breakfasts*
-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 one a day on the way to work :)
-AGIRLCALLEDJACK's replica of Starbucks Berry Bircher: http://agirlcalledjack.com/2013/11/1...t-at-home-37p/


Goodluck!
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  • hickles69hickles69 Forumite
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    Working 16 daysin march so I am going to aim for 13/16
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  • pavlovs_dogpavlovs_dog Forumite
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    My performance in January was almost saintly, life got in the way a bit in February. Back to it for March. 21 working days and I'm aiming for a clean sweep :)
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  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    My performance in January was almost saintly, life got in the way a bit in February. Back to it for March. 21 working days and I'm aiming for a clean sweep :)

    Same here PD! Aiming to be full on for March :)
  • Working 18 days, I'll go for 18 / 18
  • Giggles86Giggles86 Forumite
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    I imagine I'm in work 21 days in March (unless I've forgotten about a day off!) so I'll aim for 21 LTW days in March and see if I can keep up the good work. I'm sure recording it on here is helping me stay on track!
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  • WantToBeSEWantToBeSE Forumite
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    I think I am working 4 days a week for all of March, but 1 day a week i'll be home for 12noon, so I am going to aim for 13 days :)
  • BuffythedebtslayerBuffythedebtslayer Forumite
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    Am in 20 days for March :)


    13/15 for Feb.....Greggs is my weakness!


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  • Giggles86 wrote: »
    I imagine I'm in work 21 days in March (unless I've forgotten about a day off!) so I'll aim for 21 LTW days in March and see if I can keep up the good work. I'm sure recording it on here is helping me stay on track!

    It's really helped me Giggles, and has kept me on the straight and narrow!!
  • FoxgloveFoxglove Forumite
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    Hello all....I am a serial lurker on this site and have decided to take the plunge and join in :-)

    I often spend silly money at work buying a sandwich/crisps/chocolate which is as bad for my waistline as it is my bank balance. So I shall make a concerted effort to take my own healthier lunches in, and save the £££'s and lbs (hopefully).

    More motivation and energy needed to do this. :)
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  • GingerFurball_2GingerFurball_2 Forumite
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    My sandwich of choice has been seeded wholemeal rolls filled with pastrami, smoked cheddar, lettuce, gherkins and mustard.

    About to head out to Asda to pick up food supplies for the next week and I could do with some inspiration. Quite fancy something with Tuna but am unsure what.
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