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    • Nottoobadyet
    • By Nottoobadyet 3rd Jan 10, 1:16 PM
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    January save on work lunches challenge
    • #1
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:16 PM
    January save on work lunches challenge 3rd Jan 10 at 1:16 PM
    Lots of us spend way too much on work lunches, and with us all going back to the first work day of the year, it seemed like a great time to start saving!

    So whether you bring in your lunch or downgrade your bought lunch to something economical, please join the thread and let us know your challenge! Up to you if you include beverages, Fridays, after work drinks or afternoon snacks.

    Please let us know your progress, and if you're joining please do so in colourfull letters so I can see you!

    My challenge -

    Bringing in lunch every day of the month, with no buying snacks or drinks!

    I'll update a members list once people start joining!

    Members:

    #1 Nottoobadyet - no spend!
    #2 bramble1 - bring in lunch every day!
    #3 pavlovs_dog - bring in lunch 17 out of 19 days of the month
    #4 wigwam - no spend!
    #5 focus888 - bringing in lunch every day!
    #6 purple jay - 3 spend per week
    #7 Tiny_courageous - no spend!
    #8 izzydogsam - bring in lunch 4 days out of 5
    #9 longhauladdict - only buying one lunch per week
    #10 jayss - bringing in lunch 4 days a week
    #11 Dreamer2010 - only buying one lunch at work per week
    #12 easilydistracted - bringing in lunch 4 days out of 5
    #13 Kayleighpea - bringing in lunch every day! (sorry, spelling fixed!)
    #14 rictus123 - no going to the bakery!
    #15 elfen - bringing lunch to uni 2 days a week
    #16 LilyAllen - meal in office canteen once a week
    #17 me-shelly - no spend!
    #18 Wee Pilsbury - bring lunch every day and less than 1 on extras
    #19 lysasparkles - no spend!
    #20 incesticide - minimum of three lunches brought in and a maximum of 5 spent per week
    #21 wendall - no spend!
    #22 Nellis10 - 3 no buying lunch days per week
    #23 sibles - bringing in lunch 17 out of 20 days
    #24 Tixy - buying lunch only once per week
    #25 Josephine82 - bringing in lunch every day!
    #26 Intergalactic Floozie - buying lunch only twice per month!
    #27 Double Six - not sure what your challenge is, but sounds like a good start!
    #28 blueneleh - no spend!
    #29 mavvysmum - not sure of your challenge, again sounds like a good start!
    #30 rrrrachel - every day but birthdays!
    #31 Vampiric Addiction - no spend at uni!
    #32 BLaZiNgDucK -no spend!
    #33 jennihen - not sure of your challenge
    #34 natsplatnat - no bought lunches!
    #35 La escocesa - no spend!
    #36 InaPickle - no bought lunches!
    #37 SADIE - no spend!
    #38 eleanor - max 1.20
    #39 DoubleSix - no spends over 1
    #40 Debt:cant_budge_it - 4/5 days no spend
    #41 bella.wella - no spend!
    #42 sahara007 - bringing lunch every day (I think!)
    #43 Melaniep101 - bringing in lunch every day!
    #44 Shorelines - under 2 for 3 days of work
    #45 Lelc - no spend!
    #46 no spend for lunch/ dinner 4 out of 5 days!
    #47 medini - bringing in lunch 8/10 occasions each week
    #48 Mrs White - max AUS $10 per week
    #49 pinkpinkuk - 4 out of 5 days a week
    #50 blushingbride - no spending on sarnies
    #51 rhilee581 - no M&S lunches, and a 10 budget for the week
    #52 Lolypop75 - no buying lunches on 3 out of 5 days
    #53 wannaberich1 - bringing in lunch every day!
    #54 Dronid - bringing in lunch 4 days out of 5
    #55 VALM - bring in more lunches
    #56 Moodyblues - no spend!

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    Last edited by Nottoobadyet; 24-01-2010 at 10:10 PM. Reason: updating members list
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  • bramble1
    • #2
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:20 PM
    • #2
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:20 PM
    I'm in!
    my challenge is to bring in lunch everyday, no spending at the shops what so ever!

    If anyone can think of something i can do with baked beans thats not beans on toast (no toaster) i'd love you forever, we have so many tins of beans at home!
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    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 3rd Jan 10, 1:22 PM
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    • #3
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:22 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:22 PM
    i'm a teacher and there are 20 working days of January for me. One of those (tomorrow) is catered as it is an INSET day. my challenge is to make sure i take lunch for at least 17 of the other 19 uncatered days.
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    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 3rd Jan 10, 1:26 PM
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    • #4
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:26 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:26 PM
    If anyone can think of something i can do with baked beans thats not beans on toast (no toaster) i'd love you forever, we have so many tins of beans at home!
    Originally posted by bramble1

    on jacket potato?

    or i know some people like them on pasta of all things!

    cowboy hash is popular in our house - chopped chuncks of beefburgers, fried onions and a dash of worcester sauce stirred through the beans - yum

    add some curry powder to ring the changes

    add them to soup/stew to bulk it out

    on waffles - in my student days we used to cook them in the toaster as we didnt have a grill!

    in a cheese toasty

    on top of a sausage roll/pastie?


    as you can probably guess, i LOVE beans and will happily eat them cold from the tin
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  • wigwam
    • #5
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:35 PM
    • #5
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:35 PM
    I'm in!!!

    This is the first thread I've read for my new debt busting 2010 and it seems like one I can do. I got into the habit of taking food from home a while back but over the last month or so this habit slipped away.

    I read a thread probably on the old style board about freezing sandwiches - will definitely be looking into this. So I have done it before and am looking at a no spend for January for me and my son on food at work / school.

    Pavlovs dog - potato waffles!! - Yum!!
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    • focus888
    • By focus888 3rd Jan 10, 1:37 PM
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    • #6
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:37 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:37 PM
    Im in!! hoping to make January a no spending for lunch month =D x
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    • PurpleJay
    • By PurpleJay 3rd Jan 10, 1:40 PM
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    • #7
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:40 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:40 PM
    Can I join in please. I only work 3 days so my aim will be no more than 3 per week on work lunches. Sometimes I spend more than this in one day at the moment!
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    • tiny_courageous
    • By tiny_courageous 3rd Jan 10, 1:50 PM
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    • #8
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:50 PM
    • #8
    • 3rd Jan 10, 1:50 PM
    Count me in! Plan is to take lunch in every day I'm in work (Monday to Friday). I don't drink tea/coffee and I take in water so basically the plan is no spending at work at all.
  • izzydogsam
    • #9
    • 3rd Jan 10, 2:23 PM
    • #9
    • 3rd Jan 10, 2:23 PM
    I'd like to join too please! I'm going to try to take in lunch on 4 days out of 5 each week throughout the month and try and fit in a quick walk at lunchtimes if it's not raining!
  • longhauladdict
    Me too please.
    I'm aiming for only buying one lunch per week so thats 16/20 lunches to take to work.
    The only reason I'm buying one lunch is that I'm often away over night so can't take anything the following day (ie when I'm driving back etc) - just been to Morribobs and bought the entire bread section I think!!!

    Good luck everyone xx
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    • jayss
    • By jayss 3rd Jan 10, 2:33 PM
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    I'm in, to bring lunch to work 4 days a week and breakfast everyday.
    1 day a week is team lunch :rolleyes:
  • Dreamer2010
    Can i join please!!!
    I work 3 days a week and spend about 15 pw eeekkk!!
    So my chalenge is to only have one lunch bought at work per week and to bring lunch snacks and drinks with me on the other days instead.

    x x
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    • easilydistracted
    • By easilydistracted 3rd Jan 10, 3:13 PM
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    My first challenge
    Hi everyone. Just found this challenge so thought I'd join in, start me reducing my debts a bit faster. I'm going to go for the bringing luch 4 days out of five option- fingers crossed!
    • Kayleighpea
    • By Kayleighpea 3rd Jan 10, 3:30 PM
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    Sign me up!! I am terrible for buying lunches! I tell myself I'm being good because it gets me out of the office for a walk down to the shop but I will always buy a sarnie or salad for 2-3 and I am also one of the diet coke fiends who can't resist the 2 bottles for 1.60 offer! So I usually end up spending around a fiver a day - thats 80 a month that could be going on my debt

    I am also back to weight watchers now so bringing in my own lunch will make sure I keep to my points on that too. So I'll be going for no spends at all in Jan and bringing in lunch every day
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  • rictus123
    Well my mum gets my lunches when she does the shop and i take in a packed lunch everyday. Only thing i can cut back on is the odd bacon roll or cooked brekkie from the bakers, so im going to aim to go the whole of January without going into the bakers beside my work! Dont go back until the 8th but should still be challenging enough. Good idea for a thread, good luck everyone.
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  • elfen
    Can I join in? I aim to take in lunches every day I'm at uni - currently 2 as I'm waiting for an option change, then up to 3.
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  • tanmu
    I'm in!
    my challenge is to bring in lunch everyday, no spending at the shops what so ever!

    If anyone can think of something i can do with baked beans thats not beans on toast (no toaster) i'd love you forever, we have so many tins of beans at home!
    Originally posted by bramble1
    you could try it the caribbean way....sautee some onion, when soft add the beans some fresh black pepper and some hot sauce. Cook until it starts to thicken then serve - either with toast (it won't be anywhere near as boring!) or with a jacket potato (sweet potato?) You could also add other things to it like cheese, chillies, tinned tomatoes....you can actually make quite a nice meal of a tin of beans...turn it into a bake by adding mashed potato on top, then sprinkle with cheese and bake under a hot grill....

    I almost NEVER buy lunch and neither does my husband. We either eat take in left overs, or make packed lunches along with the kids'. On the rare occasion I do buy anything I am shocked by how much it costs even to buy a plain cheese sandwich
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    • By 3v3 3rd Jan 10, 6:15 PM
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    3v3
    I'm in!
    my challenge is to bring in lunch everyday, no spending at the shops what so ever!

    If anyone can think of something i can do with baked beans thats not beans on toast (no toaster) i'd love you forever, we have so many tins of beans at home!
    Originally posted by bramble1
    No toaster? Do you have *any* reheating facilities where you are? If not, then invest in a good flask and tanmu's carribean recipe would transport well if eaten with a nice crusty roll

    Baked beans can be "curried" up with curry powder and if you add a few more ingredients will make a veggie curry that could be transported in a flask.

    Chilli baked beans - again, a flask meal.

    Cook some sausages, some potatoes, chop them into bite sized pieces, add your beans - again, a flask meal.
  • LilyAllen
    Hello, can I sign up?

    I find food my biggest expense! Currently around 15 a week

    I'm going on the Special K diet for the month (it might make up for Xmas excess!!) but buying a meal in my office's canteen once a week for 1.20 (soup) to 2.45 (veggie meal).

    Thinking about getting a blender & making my own soup which will certainly help the cause!
  • me-shelly
    Count me in please. Aiming to take lunch the whole month - no spending!
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