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    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 16th May 06, 9:00 PM
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    The sandwich piggy
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    • 16th May 06, 9:00 PM
    The sandwich piggy 16th May 06 at 9:00 PM
    OK folks, here it is! Your sandwich pig to save money!

    RULES

    1. A 'pig' is something you keep money in. It does not have to be pink, round, or go oink. You may however be tempted to 'feed' something that looks cute more regularly. Sandwich pigs (SP) rule!

    2. Each time you eat a home made lunch (HML) at work, deposit the money you have saved in your SP. The ideal amount to deposit each day is worked out by the following formula:

    SPI - actual cost of food = amount saved, which should be fed to your SP.

    The SPI is the Sandwich Price Index, which is the cost of an averagely tasty sandwich and banana. At the time of writing, the SPI (London) stands at 2.75. If you work in the City or in another particularly expensive conurbation, the SPI is 4. The SPI will be updated from time to time to reflect the RPI, price of bananas, and particularly persuasive arguments from other MSEs.

    3. The definition of HML includes lunches assembled at work from raw ingredients (SP owners are generally advised to buy the raw ingredients in supermarkets near their home, rather than running the risk of price inflation in city centre shops). HML also include instant meals cooked on the work premises, always assuming that the instant meal is cheap enough to render the SPI a positive amount!

    4. The author is a largish sandwich-pig farmer who does not particularly want to hear about people's success in going without lunch altogether. Lunch is the most important meal of the day for those of us who never get it together to eat breakfast, or are not hungry at that time of day!

    5. You have not failed if you buy the occasional sandwich, or have to go out with your mates to celebrate important work-related issues such as the boss's budgie's birthday. Count your savings and rejoice!

    6. Go on, you know you want to - update your signature now!
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    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 16th May 06, 9:02 PM
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    • 16th May 06, 9:02 PM
    Top plan JM

    Sadly Ive no budget for luches any more, as its amalgamated into the weekly grocery shop- but a fab idea for newbies!

    And surely, dont forget, the extras, crisps, chocolate, drinks etc.

    Ive saved somewhere in the region of 130 per month by taking my own lunch in, all the best to everyone doing the lunch pig challenge!!!
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    • savingpennies
    • By savingpennies 16th May 06, 9:11 PM
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    • 16th May 06, 9:11 PM
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    • 16th May 06, 9:11 PM
    I'm trying very hard to take my lunch to work and not buy it from work. Most days I succeed. Today I didn't and it cost me 3. Trouble is if I buy a sandwich at work and then I am also tempted to buy other things: that packet of crisps, that snack bar. It's not doing the waistline any good either. Seeing the pennies/pounds mount up in a sandwich pig might just do the trick and I can always put the proceeds into the mortgage pig later. Great idea!
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    • charlie007
    • By charlie007 16th May 06, 11:04 PM
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    • 16th May 06, 11:04 PM
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    • 16th May 06, 11:04 PM
    i have manyaged five days out of seven so far, not bad by my standards and the mornings lunch is in the fridge. I spend about 3.50 as i am awful and always buy sandwich, choc. fruit and a paper. That means so far i have saved 24.50. Will put it some of it to good use and treat myself to a piggy bank.
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  • wishingonastar
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    • 17th May 06, 7:54 AM
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    • 17th May 06, 7:54 AM
    saw this thread last night, and was inspired to make some lunch and bring it in with me today. normally spend about £2.75 for a sandwich and a cake. so now i just need a recepticle for the money. wonder how long i'll keep it up for. will amend my signature.
    thanks for the inspiration to do this, much appreciated.
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    • **purpleprincess**
    • By **purpleprincess** 17th May 06, 11:13 AM
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    • 17th May 06, 11:13 AM
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    • 17th May 06, 11:13 AM
    Excellent jobbingmusician!! Funny when someone takes my advice, makes me feel weird!! I look forward to seeing how much you save. It's good when you can see it mounting up!!

    Good luck!!
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  • wishingonastar
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    • 18th May 06, 10:23 AM
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    • 18th May 06, 10:23 AM
    second day and i've got my packed lunch with me. do you know yesterday i enjoyed my lunch more than i have in weeks. the andwich didn't taste plastic like they mornally do, lol.
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  • themaccas
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    • 18th May 06, 10:51 AM
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    • 18th May 06, 10:51 AM
    Great idea for newbies but wouldn't work for us, we have been taking packed lunches to work for the last 18 years!
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  • wishingonastar
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    • 19th May 06, 8:46 AM
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    • 19th May 06, 8:46 AM
    day three and packed lunch again. i feel almost organsised, lol.
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  • nabowla
    What a brilliant idea!!!

    My first thought was "I can't possibly afford to do this". Then I realised that I've been buying lunch/coffees/chocolate most days for the past month due to the fact that I'm deeply unhappy at work. So how can I afford to buy lunches when I can't afford to put money into a sandwich pig? Go figure!

    I'm going to start a Pret Pig to collect money every time I resist the temptation to buy something from a well-known sandwich chain close to work. I can't afford to save the money up long-term as I'm overspending right now but the plan is to fund my weekly spending (cinema, going out etc) from the Pret Pig. If there's nothing in the pig, I don't go out! That should motivate me to organise HM lunches every day
  • fizzel81
    THis is a good idea as i dont work i cannot really do it but its a good idea for anyone who regulary buys lunch
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  • pagan705
    Good Idea but I can't be bothered to make sandwiches anymore ...I take cereal to work for lunch cos its quick easy, healthy ...& I don't even have to supply the milk although today I'm taking leftover Tuna & past salad & an avacado
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 19th May 06, 1:07 PM
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    It could be called a cereal piggy if you like - the name 'sandwich' only comes from the fact that you are avoiding expensive commercially produced sandwiches

    I did wonder if some people on here would make quite a lot of money by throwing the contents of a 'Starbucks' piggy into their mortgage!!!
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    • Floss
    • By Floss 19th May 06, 2:53 PM
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    Can I call mine a Starbies Chocolate Chip Muffin Pig then? He would only get fed at weekends tho....maybe should have 2.....are they supposed to breed like that?
    • jobbingmusician
    • By jobbingmusician 22nd May 06, 11:34 AM
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    I think a row of healthy, well-fed little piggies on the mantlepiece is an asset to any room!!!
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  • wishingonastar
    packed lunch for me again today, though no sandwich, ave brought last of last nights pasta and some fruit. quite looking forward to it, lol. four days, will it last??? i hope so, putting a crisp £10 in my piggy this morning to make up todays amount, was quite thrilling, lol.
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  • Mirtos
    Damn. I just wrote this once then lost it!
    My sandwich pig is my egg credit card!
    Today I have home made lentil soup in a thermos, with dried fruit and walnuts for pudding and two malted milk biscuits as a snack! Yum yum.
    The soup is amazing - make up a batch at the beginning of the week and it'll keep for 5-6 days in the fridge!

    Recipe:
    250 gr green lentils
    1 large onion finely chopped or grated
    1 large/ 2 small tomatoes finely chopped or grated
    2tblsp olive oil
    1 clove garlic
    2 bayleaves if you have them but not essential!
    2 vegetable oxo cubes
    salt to taste
    2pints water.wack it all in a pan and boil for an hour, stirring occasionally and topping up water if necessary. done. yum yum.
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  • postingalwaysposting
    great idea for new 'take lunch to work' people, but i have been doing it all my working life i once forgot my lunch and had a plastic sandwich and got food poisioning, never again

  • oOMiaOo
    This idea rocks!

    I dread to think how much I've spent on lunches (and, I confess sheepishly, breakfasts too), not to mention my new-found Caramel Macchiato addiction (damn our office move! We're now right next to Starbies).

    I've been much better recently at making brekkies and lunches, but it would be nice to see that saved money mounting up. Thanx for the tip on buying food locally - I often get my lunch fodder in the city, which I'm sure is more expensive.

    My SPI is going to be 4 - I work at Old Street, and that is the amount we give our interns for lunch, so seems reasonable.

    I might even come over all creative and make a papier mache sandwich pig - will post pic if it works!
  • oOMiaOo
    And thanx for the soup recipe Mirtos - soup is on the meal plan this week and your recipe fits right into my storecupboard challenge!

    I love it when a plan comes together...!
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