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    • MrGreen
    • By MrGreen 1st Aug 10, 2:51 PM
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    August save on work lunches challenge
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    • 1st Aug 10, 2:51 PM
    August save on work lunches challenge 1st Aug 10 at 2:51 PM
    Hello everyone and welcome to the August save on work lunches challenge, now into it's eighth month.

    Please let me know what your target is for August, for anyone new to this challenge, it's to help you reduce the amount of money you spend on lunches at work by bringing in food from home, you'll find lots of people on here to help you with ideas on what to do and keep you motivated though the challenge expecially now being summer it's a bit harder to remain focused. Why not enjoy the sun in the park with your own sandwiches or home made lunches, all the better when know you'll be saving money too.

    I've posted the links to the previous months challenges below.

    Challengers:

    #1 - Mr Green - 2 bought lunches, the rest from home.
    #2 - Nottoobadyet - No bought lunches
    #3 - 415SanFran - 2 bought lunches in August
    #4 - Danothy - Not buy any lunches at work for the whole month
    #5 - fluterbye - bring lunch to work 3 days per week
    #6 - Wee_Jo - 0 bought lunches for August
    #7 - Mrs A - 0 bought sandwiches in work
    #8 - Rachel021967 - 5 pack lunches a week
    #9 - d3mon4ngel - one bought lunch this month
    #10 - nodwah - 12/12 home made lunches
    #11 - Jamrock - 0 lunches for August
    #12 - swampduck - no more than 2 bought lunches
    #13 - titchthepunkess - I aim to buy 3 lunches (on butty Friday) so 16/19 home lunches
    #14 - eleanor73 - No bought lunches for the whole of august (including payday!!!)
    #15 - josephine82 - 0 bought lunches this month
    #16 - redcoltraine - No brought lunches, thats 18 in total
    #17 - robfromdublin - 2 bought lunches in August
    #18 - downcdebt - 0 lunches this month
    #19 - La escocesa - 2 bought lunches only
    #20 - PerfectPeaches - 14 days of home lunches
    #21 - missworks2jobs - 4 or less lunches bought this month
    #22 - Catwoman103 - No bought lunches in August
    #23 - Reverbe - so far no bought lunches
    #24 - ashbash11 - no bought lunches for the rest of august
    #25 - GraciesGran - Lunches brought - 0
    #26 - missworks2jobs - 4 bought lunches in the week


    July challenge
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=2569603

    June challenge
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/....php?t=2503615

    May challenge
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/...php?p=32332361
    Last edited by MrGreen; 12-08-2010 at 3:10 PM. Reason: adding new challengers
    Nearly debt free
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    • danothy
    • By danothy 1st Aug 10, 2:58 PM
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    • #2
    • 1st Aug 10, 2:58 PM
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    • 1st Aug 10, 2:58 PM
    Sign me up, I'll aim to not buy any lunches at work for the whole month.
    If you think of it as 'us' verses 'them', then it's probably your side that are the villains.
  • fluterbye
    • #3
    • 1st Aug 10, 10:18 PM
    • #3
    • 1st Aug 10, 10:18 PM
    Sign me up, I'll bring lunch to work 3 days per week in August. Buying lunches at work is a major weakness of mine.
  • Wee_Jo
    • #4
    • 1st Aug 10, 10:34 PM
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    • 1st Aug 10, 10:34 PM
    Hi Mr Green!!

    May I sign up for 0 bought lunches for August please? I would like to achieve 0 bought lunches in a whole quarter of a year!!

    Jo
    LBM 04/05/10 DEBT FREE 30/07/10 I made it!
    CHALLENGES: 0 bought lunches June or July
    Aug SoL: 15/21 June NSDs: 11/14 July NSDs 12/11 Aug NSDs: 5/12 Savings target: 500/5000
  • MRS A
    • #5
    • 1st Aug 10, 10:43 PM
    • #5
    • 1st Aug 10, 10:43 PM
    Can I join please?

    I will aim for 0 bought sandwiches in work, I've got a week off in August so I had better make sure I achieve my target lol.

    I have just made my egg mago sarnies for tomorrow so that's a start. Being on this DMP thingy allows me 7 per week for lunches so I need to watch what I'm doing

    I also take cornflakes for my brekky which I have at about 10am so I'm including this in my 7 per week as well. i get my milk from Farmfoods cos it's 50p a pint in work!
    DMP member no 390

    Start date August 2010 - End date June 2019 (but working on it) Now down to September 2018 - now August 2017
  • Rachel021967
    • #6
    • 1st Aug 10, 10:48 PM
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    • 1st Aug 10, 10:48 PM
    Can you also sign me up. I don't work, but eating out with the kids rather than packing a lunch and eating it in the park is getting rather expensive. Can you put me down for 5 pack lunches a week.
    • MrGreen
    • By MrGreen 2nd Aug 10, 9:21 AM
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    • #7
    • 2nd Aug 10, 9:21 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 10, 9:21 AM
    Hello all and welcome to the challenge, #3 - 415SanFranbought, #4 - Danothy, #5 - fluterbye, #6 - Wee_Jo, #7 - Mrs A, #8 - Rachel021967.

    Great to see some new challengers, good luck everyone
    Nearly debt free
    • d3mon4ngel
    • By d3mon4ngel 2nd Aug 10, 10:01 AM
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    • #8
    • 2nd Aug 10, 10:01 AM
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    • 2nd Aug 10, 10:01 AM
    Hi!

    I'm only in work for 16 days, as I have a week off for my birthday and I don't have work on bank holidays

    Please sign me up for a max of one bought lunch this month, though fingers crossed for 16/16
    ::: Total Paid Since LBM (27/05/10): 4639.85 Official Debt Gone!! :::
    That money talks, I don't deny, I heard it once, it said "Goodbye"
    ~ VSP2011: #104 ~
  • nodwah
    • #9
    • 2nd Aug 10, 10:17 AM
    • #9
    • 2nd Aug 10, 10:17 AM
    Right, i need to join in. I will be at work only 12 days this month (unless i get extra hours which might bring it up to 15).
    I used to only buy my lunch at the coffee shop as a Friday treat but I've been doing virtually every day lately so i must get out of the habit.
    That's between 3 to 4 every day and if I'm at the shop I might also buy the paper of a magazine so it must STOP!

    Okay I'll aim for 12/12 home made lunches
    Last edited by nodwah; 02-08-2010 at 11:25 AM.
    Just call me Nodwah the thread killer
  • Jamrock
    Hi Mr Green,

    I would love to join. Please can you sign me up for 0 lunches for August.

    Thanks
    Proud to be dealing with my debts.

    LBM May 2010 - Debt free July March 2012June 2011

    HSBC O/D 3,500 Lloyds CC 6,5502600: Barclays CC 3,700 Virgin CC 4,564.00 HSBC Loan 1650 650 443 0Bank of Mum 2600. LLoyds PPI Success 3846
    • swampduck
    • By swampduck 2nd Aug 10, 1:31 PM
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    Can you put me down for no more than 2 bought lunches please!

    Swampy
    Expect the worst, hope for the best, and take what comes!!
  • titchthepunkess
    Hi, Can I join please ?

    I aim to buy 3 lunches (on butty Friday ) so 16/19 home lunches

    Thanks

    Nics
    • eleanor73
    • By eleanor73 2nd Aug 10, 4:33 PM
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    eleanor73
    Can I join please? No bought lunches for the whole of august (including payday!!!)
    • danothy
    • By danothy 2nd Aug 10, 6:20 PM
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    danothy
    Managed to bring my lunch in today, off to a good start.
    If you think of it as 'us' verses 'them', then it's probably your side that are the villains.
  • Rachel021967
    Kids and I fed and watered before we went out this afternoon. So that's 2 days without a shop lunch.
  • MacsReturns
    Good luck to all with the challenge - I visit too infrequently to join in, but I'll happily share a tip or two from my own 'lunch challenge'.

    I realised that my habit of 'popping out' for a sandwich, samosa and slice every day was getting a bit steep (not to say unhealthy and fattening!) Bit by bit I trained myself to wake up five minutes earlier and make a packed lunch for work. This helped bring down the 3 to 5 daily expense. Maybe a couple of loaves a week, and some filling... but I was also buying muesli bars, adding another couple of quid a week. Cut those out in favour of bananas (only 1 for a week)... Then I joined the Coop to get divi (my village shop is a Coop...) added a Coop member's credit card for extra cashback. THEN I discovered TasteRadar (see thread in 'Surveys' section). With 25 a month to spend on fresh fruit and veg, that now covers my daily lunch of a banana or apple, some grapes, a tomato or two, and reduced my sandwich element. I also discovered when the Co-op mark down their bread, so weekly bread and rolls is only about 1, too. I think I'm now getting paid to eat lunch everyday I'm sure the weight will come off eventuallly

    HTH and remember you can save money AND eat more healthily
    Last edited by MacsReturns; 02-08-2010 at 8:16 PM.
    • MrGreen
    • By MrGreen 2nd Aug 10, 8:31 PM
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    #9 - d3mon4ngel, #10 - nodwah, #11 - Jamrock, #12 - swampduck, #13 - titchthepunkess, #14 - eleanor73

    You've all been added to the list, Good luck.
    Nearly debt free
    • MrGreen
    • By MrGreen 2nd Aug 10, 8:39 PM
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    MrGreen
    Kids and I fed and watered before we went out this afternoon. So that's 2 days without a shop lunch.
    Originally posted by Rachel021967
    That's what we do when we go out, today we had lunch at home, then took a bottle of diluted squash with us to the park, on the way we popped into Tesco and got a 8 pack of fab for 99p, the kids were entertained and had ice cream for 99p, so a great cheap afternoon.
    Nearly debt free
    • josephine82
    • By josephine82 3rd Aug 10, 8:47 AM
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    josephine82
    Can you add me please for August?
    0 bought lunches for me this month!
    Debt Free as of 2nd October 2009
    • d3mon4ngel
    • By d3mon4ngel 3rd Aug 10, 9:05 AM
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    d3mon4ngel
    No lunch bought yesterday, though didn't bring packing up so just went without. Surprising how well SQL can keep my mind off food

    No packing up brought again today, though no excuse as I was up in plenty of time Hopefully can keep myself busy enough to keep my mind off it again.
    ::: Total Paid Since LBM (27/05/10): 4639.85 Official Debt Gone!! :::
    That money talks, I don't deny, I heard it once, it said "Goodbye"
    ~ VSP2011: #104 ~
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