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Bringing Lunch to Work Week: How Did You Do?

Posted By Smart Living on Jan 28, 2011 at 3:30PM

Today marks the end of my bringing lunch to work challenge, and I'm wondering how all of you did. As for me, I managed to bring lunch to work all five days, which I'm pretty happy about. I have decided that it's definitely something I'm going to try to keep up. So what about you — did you bring your lunch to work this week?

Lunch of the Week

Posted By TiVo on Jan 26, 2011 at 5:24AM

Not only do I always bring my lunch, I also always bring the same thing all five days.  This just makes shopping, prepping, and calorie-counting much faster.  This week, I mooshed (yes... I just said "mooshed") two cans of black eyed peas in my food processor with some garlic, a teeny bit of water, and spices.  I spread 1/5 of the mixture on a whole wheat wrap and cover that with some more veggies (ie: cucumbers and carrots that I chopped Sunday evening).  On the side, I have a little steamed pouch of brussel sprouts (Green Giant For-One Steamers).  One or two days I'll have a pear or apple instead of the sprouts though for a little treat.  It's a cheap lunch that requires no cooking, just some prep on Sunday.

The mooshed beans are easy in the food processor because the combinations are endless, and clean up is quick.  I mean, it's not like they stick to the blades or sides, they just rinse and wipe off without much effort.  You could do black beans and jalapenos, white beans and roast red peppers, or various other combos to give your wraps a different flavor.  Plus, beans are cheap and good for the environment!  Woohoo!

Big Hiccup: Snacking Way Too Much!

Posted By Emily Co on Jan 25, 2011 at 4:52PM

I need some advice guys! So I love the idea of bringing lunch to work, and I've been doing great on it so far. But for some reason, I end up snacking on whatever is available in the office kitchen. Goldfish crackers, pretzel mix — you name it. I just keep munching and munching away! I get the munchies because I get pretty hungry. I'm not sure why that is because I pack quite a decent-size portion. What do I do?

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Keep It Up, by Planning Ahead

Posted By Angelica Marden on Jan 24, 2011 at 1:30PM

Some people are able to pack their lunch for the week using usual groceries, but because I don't cook very much and I'm so used to grabbing lunch on the go, I have to map out my lunches carefully and shop in advance. I made a lunch plan for this week and bought all the goodies on Sunday evening. My bill was about $40 and my usual lunch is at least $10 a day, so it looks like I'll have a healthier and less expensive week this week.

Day 1: Did You Bring Your Lunch to Work?

Posted By Smart Living on Jan 24, 2011 at 10:15AM

Today is the first day of my bringing lunch to work challenge, and I'm wondering how you guys are doing. I'm doing quite well — I packed a healthy lunch of fish and brown rice. The only thing I'll miss is getting a breath of fresh air outside of the office, but perhaps I can just take a brief walk instead. Did you end up bringing your lunch to work?

Join my Bringing Lunch to Work Week group to share your updates, and see how others are doing. This challenge is only for a week so come and join in the fun. It's not too late!

Lunch Tips?

Posted By C K on Jan 23, 2011 at 12:29PM

Does anyone have any tips as to easy lunches you can bring to work?  I'm not much of a cook, and being in school full time and working 30+ hours means limited lunches.

Ready to Bring Your Lunch to Work Tomorrow?

Posted By Smart Living on Jan 23, 2011 at 5:00AM

My bringing lunch to work week challenge starts tomorrow so I hope you are all going to join in the fun. Let's save money and eat healthy by making our own lunches! I know how it might be hard to do that every day (I know I have trouble with it), so I decided to limit it to just one week — how simple is that?

Join my Bringing Lunch to Work Week group and share your updates as well as see how others are doing. I'm still thinking of what I want to make tomorrow so I'm open to any suggestions. Are you ready for the challenge — what dish are you bringing into work tomorrow?

I'm not as good as you are though

Posted By Ana Pierro on Jan 22, 2011 at 10:10AM

I've brought my lunch to work every day this week.  Although that meant eating peanut butter and Jelly (I'm not upset about that I love how they bring me back to my childhood) or some other "boring" sandwich.

The thought about this was that, every week, the husband and I take money out of the checking account for our "weekly spending."  By the end of the week we had both spent all our money and had to go back to the bank to get money to spend on the weekend or spend on unimportant little things we always wind up getting (nails, starbucks, etc.)  Today I looked in my wallet and it wasn't empty.  I had a lot of money left over from what I got last weekend as "spending money."

I got an envelope and put the left over money from last week in that envelope and still went to the bank and got my money for next week (as per our budget).  I'm thinking that if I can keep this up I will be able to have a great shopping spree with the money I didn't spent because I took 5 minutes to pack a sandwich.

This is a great idea.  I'm loving it.

Savvy Challenge: Bring Your Lunch to Work Next Week!

Posted By Smart Living on Jan 21, 2011 at 2:20PM

A new year brings new saving habits, and I have to admit, I haven't been very good about bringing my lunch to work. I've decided to stick to it all of next week, because I know it's a great way to cut down on my spending. How do I know this? Bringing lunch to work was the best everyday saving trick of 2010, voted by you, readers. Not only is this a savvy habit, but it's easy to eat better if you know what goes in your food. For those of you resolving to be healthy, be sure to check out FitSugar's Get Fit For 2011 Challenge as well.

So participate in the fun by joining my Bringing Lunch to Work Week group and share what you're bringing to work, and maybe even include tips and pictures. Let's start bring it in to work next week, from Jan. 24 to 28 — five days ain't too bad right?

Update the group with your downs and ups; we'll be your best supporters!

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