Octobers 'Take your Lunch to Work' Challenge!

WantToBeSE Forumite Posts: 7,729
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edited 21 October 2015 at 1:40PM in Debt-free wannabe challenges
Save your £'s by taking your Lunch To Work (LTW)!

A new thread for October 2015!!

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/ Christmas (or whatever you want).

Declare at the start of the month how many days you are aiming for. I will NOT be updating you all (I don't have time), so its up to you to keep track of yourself. I'll add you to the challenge list, along with how many days you are aiming for.

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

Here's the lovely lunch ideas - enjoy!

Recipe ideas for sandwich fillings and lunches

*Cold foods*

Sandwich combos:
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://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/vegetables-recipes/greek-salad/#P1sLzcfSalJRpfah.97
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
Chicken & bacon
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/2010/02/28/red-lentil-pate/
Sliced turkey, mayo, pineapple and tinned sweetcorn
Falafel and salad sandwich
Chickpea and Chorizo burger (thanks to Shortie for this one!) http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2013/nov/20/jack-monroe-chickpea-chorizo-burger-recipe

B17c's rice dish http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=64206224&postcount=59

Soworried's Gammon and Mushroom Quiche-


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.
-Salad in a jar:
-Rice cakes & hummus
-Crackers / carrot sticks / pitta bread & taramaslata (or dip of choice)
-Crustless quiche from Slimming World (good for GF diets):http://www.slimmingworld.com/recipes/bacon-and-mushroom-crustless-quiche.aspx
-Spanish potato fritata
-Cous cous

*Warm foods*

-Frugal Queens lunchsize Sausage rolls (can be eaten hot-2mins in microwave-or cold): http://www.frugalqueen.co.uk/2013/10/lunchsize-sausage-rolls-for-38p-each.html
-Pizza Wheels (Can be eaten hot-2mins in microwave-or cold):
-Calzones (fill with whatever you want, yummy hot or cold) http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/search/recipes?query=calzones

Soups (with some bread?):
-Carrot and coriander soup: http://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/member-recipes/recipe-detail/2235/#GKorga2WkSwu5qdS.97
-Mushroom risotto soup: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/64953/creamy-mushroom-risotto/
-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 left overs (or lovely on their own.
-Jacket potatoes with various fillings (cheese, beans, leftovers)
-Vegan Meatballs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-Y-8NqFdp4
-Vegan Burgers http://hilahcooking.com/veggie-burger-recipe/

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)
Mince Pies (not just for Christmas you know!)
Twinks hobnobs http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=10816149&postcount=968
chocolateovers banana muffins http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showpost.php?p=69377558&postcount=45

*Emergency stocks for a drawer*
-Cereal bars
-Porridge oats ( just add boiling water and stir for 5 mins)
-Tinned macaroni cheese
-Mug Shot 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.

-Make your own instant porridge on the go http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?p=64065218&highlight=porridge+on+th e+go#post64065218
-Buy a 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:

Good luck!


  • WantToBeSE
    WantToBeSE Forumite Posts: 7,729
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    edited 21 October 2015 at 1:38PM
    Reserved for challengers!

    #1 WTBSE
    #2 stormpassing 13
    #3 curlywurly82 7
    #4 KnitWitch 18
    #5 selloptape 21
    #6 chocolatelover93 15
    #7 LornaC
    #8 njacksmummy160712 17
    #9 abby1234519
    #10 freyasmum10
  • stormpassing
    stormpassing Forumite Posts: 145
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    Hi there,
    Great challenge. I've been doing this for the past couple of weeks and it's been a revelation. Please may I join in this month. I work 3 long days a week plus an extra half day every 4th week so I'm going for 13 days of taking meals to work :)

    SP x
  • WantToBeSE
    WantToBeSE Forumite Posts: 7,729
    I've been Money Tipped! Debt-free and Proud!
    Welcome, stormpassing. I have added you :)

    I havent put a number for myself, as i am not sure of the exact number. 6th Oct is my Birthday, so think I'll be eating lunch out with a friend, then i also have a pre planned lunch out with my other friend and their wife, so will work it out and put a number down soon.
  • curlywurly82
    curlywurly82 Forumite Posts: 176
    Part of the Furniture 100 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    Last month this thread really focused my mind. I didn't report the last few days however I think I ended on 13. Only targeted 10 so very pleased.

    With everything I have planned in October I am only aiming for 7 days in october
  • Knit_Witch
    Knit_Witch Forumite Posts: 4,436
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    Hubby was made redundant yesterday so really need to NOT go out for lunch! So aiming for 18 this month :(
    Must use my stash up!
  • selloptape
    selloptape Forumite Posts: 631
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    Hi there, would love to do this challenge, just lurked last month and think joining will really help me focus :)

    There's 21 work days in October so I'll aim for 21 days.

    Good luck everyone x
  • WantToBeSE
    WantToBeSE Forumite Posts: 7,729
    I've been Money Tipped! Debt-free and Proud!
    Added to here :)

    Welcome Curlywurly, Knit Witch and selloptape.

    Knit Witch, i am so sorry to hear about your husbands redundancy:( I hope he manages to find another job soon.

    LTW today will be Porridge with fruit (maybe plums and a banana).
  • chocolatelover93
    chocolatelover93 Forumite Posts: 1,033
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    Hello :)
    I would like to join please :) not sure on a number yet at the moment I don't take many lunches to work although will eat my lunch at home if I am doing the evening shift but will then buy something in my break at work :( so I really need to do this.

    Think I will start with 15 days (half the month) and see how I get on :D
    Read my diaryHere :)
  • Knit_Witch
    Knit_Witch Forumite Posts: 4,436
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    So far two for me. hubby had lunch out yesterday - but that was because he had an interview over lunch time :beer::j:beer:
    Must use my stash up!
  • stormpassing
    stormpassing Forumite Posts: 145
    Seventh Anniversary 100 Posts Name Dropper Combo Breaker
    Hi all :wave:
    Had a near miss yesterday. Was out on visits and had to go straight to some training and lunch was at the office :eek: I ate some crisps and an apple from home to tide me over and ate my tea early on return to the office (sausage and mash prepared at home). So still on track. Good luck and have fun everyone :)

    SP x
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