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Lunch Challenge

February 1st, 2011 at 08:04 am

The Lunch Challenge

I eat in most of the time, anyway, but welcome the opportunity to share how I do it.

Since I have been out from work quite a while and just going home for lunch (since my return), the challenge reminded me it was time to restock some food at work.

On hand already:

BBQ Sauce
Salad Dressing
Apple Sauce (large jug)
cereal (in tupperware)

Brought today:

Granola bar (breakfast)
Bag of frozen chicken nuggets
leftover pasta casserole (dinner last night)

I forgot the ramen!

I don't think I have ever had ramen in my life, before, but dh picked some up on sale rather recently and I have come to enjoy them as a light snack. (Not enough nutrients or calories for a meal - but a nice winter snack). IT was funny because at first I looked at it and said, "Should we really be eating that???" But, in the end I decided I was a little overly concerned. My motto is always moderation, and my initial reaction was overkill considering we don't eat that much of it.

I'll have to bring some ramen in tomorrow - my work stock is gone.

I primarily drink water. No beverages to bring, but I usually bring a large cup (32 oz?) so that I don't have to run to the water jug every hour all day. A cup is just easy to grab, easy to clean, etc. Over the years I see more co-workers copying my idea. Wink I usually just bring one cup every Monday, and take it home to wash at the end of the week.

For the challenge, I have 23 work days this month.

I will aim to bring lunch 19 days out of 23. I meet dh or friends for lunch once a week. For me, I find it necessary for my relationships, to not hole up and eat in ALL The time. But, it's a challenge to remember and make the time, some times.

On the weekends, since I get paid overtime, I am usually a little less concerned about eating in. If I have to work on a Saturday, might as well eat some decadent fast food or something like that. BUT, when I eat in, I can get out of here faster. Since I didn't work most of January, I will just aim to eat in Saturdays. Will see how it goes.


When it comes to saving money in some areas so we have more to save (& splurge in other areas), these are the three biggies for us:

**Home - cut home costs as much as possible (moved to low cost region)
**Cars - cut vehicle costs as much as possible (buy older vehicles, for cash, and keep them a LONG time)
**Food - Eat in (most of the time) to cut food costs

Those are the three biggies, for us. Food is one of those things that can add up to a ton over time.

4 Responses to “Lunch Challenge”

  1. doxie Says:

    I just wanted to comment that the way I add some nutrients to ramen is to add 2 eggs right into the boiling water, let them cook about 3 minutes. That way you at least get some protein, and it makes a satisfying lunch. I've never tried it in the microwave, but I'm sure you could experiment.

    Also, they sell healthier ramen noodles in places like Whole Foods. They are more expensive (about a buck a piece), but have less sodium and no MSG. Just an option if that was a concern for you.

  2. HouseHopeful Says:

    I have several 32 oz water bottles that I take to work each week. I fill at the filtered water cooler in the office when I first get in & refill in the afternoon. This way I always get 64 oz of water per day.

  3. MonkeyMama Says:

    Oooh - the egg idea is a good one. We have an electric tea kettle at work.

    Spending a $1 on ramen? Teehee. I am just not interested in the Whole Foods concept (whole paycheck - little more than marketing if you ask me). But, that is intereting - Whole Foods ramen - I had no idea!

  4. doxie Says:

    I agree MonkeyMama, I don't shop at Whole Paycheck either. I get my healthy ramen at Henry's, but I don't think you have those in the Bay Area. I figured Whole Foods must carry them too.

    Yes, $1 is a splurge for ramen. I actually like the 25 cent kind, but a couple times I've gotten migraines after eating them. Just in case it was the MSG that was the trigger, I figure it's worth 75 cents so I won't be in bed the whole day!

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