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Saw this mentioned in another thread (can't remember which one now) and was wondering what peoples preference was.
I'm gluten free and my options are pretty much limited to poncey stuff that comes in a plastic pot in M&S.
.. save you some money doing it that way though eh.
two cans of relentless
when I worked in a place that had a dead cheap canteen it was hard not to go and eat there, even if it was a bit unhealthy eating there everyday.
That and being able to buy the going out of date food at the end of the day were the best things about working there.
I try and be sensible and make a packed lunch but sometimes the fine dining available from camdens markets are too hard to resist
I'm often out on site, and there's no guarrantee that I'll be within close range of a shop that'll sell enough vegetarian stuff to see me through the day.
Plus it saves me about £4 a day, too.
so I go home and have noodles every day.
Home made sandwich, with home made bread. Much better than any sandwich you could buy and costs about 30p.
Fruit, always a banana and usually an apple then citrus and pear or peach and plum depending on season.
Yoghurt and some sort of chocolate or cereal bar.
Estimated total cost - £1 to £1.50
Estimated quality - high to v. high.
I could save so much money if I just made my own, but I am just really lazy. This is where I think if I lived with a girlfriend we'd have this nice little system where we make each other sandwiches for work which is not only money saving, but a lovely little gesture too. Aww.
I can buy a lot of crisps and pop with that.
been having things other than sandwiches lately, namely homemade soup or cereal. Tend to have bits of fruit during the day around 11 then 3 to keep myself topped up.
Bringing stuff in saves at least £20 p/w which could be going to things other than sterile Tesco sandwiches.
i find most prepackaged food (a) nasty and (b) totally overpriced. i've better things to do with my cash than spend £4/5 a day on lunch.
so I usually make my own. Bought sarnies are so loaded with fat, so I'm making my current favourite of bagels with pastrami, lettuce, onion & tomato relish. Absolutely yumtious!
I bring my own sandwiches in. Saves money. Friday I treat myself to a jacket potato from the shop round the corner. Always the same sandwiches, always the same jacket potato. Regimented.
and gets really pissy at me buying stuff saying I'm wasting money.
dunno where people get the time to make butties and not eat them instantly.
Don't know where KiK is getting his figures from.
£2 worth of ham lasts about 8 days avg
1 tub of butter £1 last about a three weeks (and is used for other things) 10 rolls (2 a day) = 80p
round lettuce - 60p? Lasts all week.
value Mayo 60p lasts about a a month
10 clementines (2 a day) = £2.50
Pack of 5 sausage rolls - £1
= £8.50 and a lot of the ingredients last more than one week.
This is a saving of at least £12 a week. Multiplied by 52 = £624. That's a holiday in the sun or yer latest games console and two years worth of games.
remember, at all times, that 90% of what KiK says is about 10% grounded in reality.
remember that KiK doesn't care
Remember that a joke at the expense of kik, even if he doesn't care, is still a job well done.
Don't refer to buynikeshoes_09 as kik unless you are a loser
saying that I was spending around £13 a week only on work lunch, but it was never very satisfying and actually really gross, sometimes - massive hunks of slimy lettuce, covered in too much mayo and huge pieces of meat that my jaw is was too small and weak to bite into. Trauma.
Does it really work out much cheaper though? I just spent £20 on ingredients and stuff today for the week.
Home-made does just taste so much better than anything else though.
It shouldn't really be any more than about £1.50 a day though.
three bean salad (technically not sandwiches), yoghurt, banana, four oranges
mexicana cheese sandwich and houmous sandwich, yoghurt, banana, oranges
salmon sandwiches, mexicana sandwich, yoghurt, banana, oranges
pasta, pesto, oranges (ran out of bananas and yoghurt)
salmon x 2 (cheapo trimmings :"""()
oranges x 2
cheap wholemeal bread
1 x tigerbread (£1)
2 x chicken and bacon sandwich filling (2 for £3 I think)
that's a good idea
egg mayo, with salt and pepper on it - awesome
cheese and onion - food of the really cheap gods
I can't see the rest coming to more than a tenner though.
I have 2 rounds of salad sandwiches, a yoghurt, a banana, an apple and a cereal bar most days, if I can.
Do you buy all this from the Middle Class Supermarket near Catch?
if i buy food out it'll often be unhealthy - which i don't mind about too much cos my lifestyle isn't very healthy anyway - but eating shit for lunch makes me often feel tired/grumpy/shit in some way no too long after i've finished eating.
But then again, the only people who bring sandwiches to work in my office do so because otherwise the cool people like me would just take their lunch money.
Besides, I like the excuse to go for a walk on my lunch and because the Sainsburys in Holborn is fucking manic, there's usually only yoghurt/granola stuff (which I like) left, so I wouldn't save any money by being a Melvin anyway.
Occaisonally will go to the canteen but only to have a sandwich. The hot food is just institutionalised stodge crap.
I've also started bringing my own breakfast in to work. Getting paid to make toast and eat it at your desk is almost as much fun as being paid to poo.
A loaf of spelt or Granary bread made in it tastes great and is very filling and lasts about 3-4 days for sandwiches. This probably means I'm not saving a great deal but bugger it.
besides, how else would i be able to have a ham, boiled egg and salad cream sandwich?
and you have a yummy full meal to whack in the microwave come lunchtime
When i worked in London i used to get something from Eat everyday, cleaned me out.
I've yet to be laughed at. I save more than average though as packed lunch comes from the joint account, bought I have to pay for from my account. Blam!
Sarnies and an apple or a bag of crisps if I'm feeling particularly wacky.
Leaves me more money to needlessly waste on drinking on the weekend, but at least it's a step in the right direction.
peanut butter sandwich OH YEAH.
none of that sugar-filled Sun-Pat muck.
Aldi smooth peanut butter is the world'd greatest. Whole Earth stuff is crap and you know it.
Also, peanut butter butties does not constitute a packed lunch.
why not? it's a sandwich!
but morally, it's more of a sweet, like a chocolate bar or something. Also, I bet it doesn't last until lunch time.
- Smooth peanut butter is for fussy kids and child molesters.
- Whole Earth peanut butter is the peanut butter of the gods.
- Peanut butter sarnies is TOTALLY a packed lunch.
That's what they always do with reduced fat otherwise it doesn't have any taste.
And after the ridiculous sugar rush and teeth decaying waves of excess sugar, you won't be doing enough exercise to use it up and your body will happily turn all that sugar into fat for you.
Whole Earth is sugar free and thus a healthier option.
really? shit. but that whole earth stuff is like 3 times as expensive! is there any kind of happy medium peanut butter?
Cheap stuff is generally shittier and crappier in ingredients. Students don't have those luxuries unfortunately. To be fair, I've not seen the peanut butter in question but most things that claim to be 'low in fat' are also high in sugar because fat and sugar are where the taste is. Technically the large amounts of sugar can be offset if you lead an energetic life but most people don't necessarily.
Add to that the fascination people have now with cider and energy drinks and you can see the average diet of a student is definitely going to be ramped up with sugar (assuming you don't make sure you have the nutra-sweet variety energy drinks).
It really depends on why you think you should be having low fat anything? You're a student so chances are you should be burning off whatever you eat shivering in your under-heated flat and eating all your fat reserves thanks to not having enough food for a proper meal. You can pretty much spend three years eating whatever the fuck you like. :D
I just think sugar-laced peanut butters taste like sugar. If you can find low-sugar ones then go for it but it seems like Whole Earth's one is about the only peanut butter of that type I ever see in the supermarkets. :-/
whenever something comes in a low fat version i'll buy that instead. paranoia more than anything.
you think i'm rich enough to shop at sainsbury's?
Get their peanut butter. Life is that simple.
peanut butter is GOD
seriously it is the only pb worth buying, well worth the price, i have it daily
When it comes to food, you're about as trustworthy as John Terry.
You had already lost this argument, but now you've ensured that not only did you lose but you lost very, very badly.
I'M OFF TO ANOTHER CORPORATE EVENT TO EAT SOMETHING WEIRD OR MEET AN F-LIST CELEBRITY AND NOW I'M GOING TO MAKE A BAD JOKE!
I'm gonna level with you: it was bizarre.
but my californian friend stopped bringing it over for me. now i use tesco/asda 25% reduced fat smooth peanut butter.
UGH! You need the crunch.
they also do a peanut butter with chocolate chips. HEAVEN.
Well done, ghostpony.
watching it is both a little fascinating and a bit ewwwwwwwwwwwwww.
however I'm working at home today and was going to have leftover cold pizza for lunch... but I've just wolfed the best bits already (on top of breakfast). I imagine this is what sandwich-taker-inners struggle with too.
cheaper, often quicker (considering the queues - it only takes a couple of minutes to make a couple of sandwiches) and tastes better.
You have to ease yourself into the luxury of the weekend. so i treat myself to a Pret lunch on a friday :) and a cake and a milky coffee with chocolate in
is the day that you really need treats, Friday is a treat in itself if you're working all week.
But then Friday comes and I think "OH what the hell! I'm gonna spoil myself"
also Monday is the day I always start a diet and forget about it come Thursday night.
I never have any money left over at the end of the month, but i can't make myself get up early enough to have time to make a packed lunch every morning.
As long as you keep them in an airtight bag to defrost in over the morning (they will easily) and make sure you keep all fruit and veg ingredients separate to add in on the day (thawed tomatoes are really hideous) it's great.
It's a compromise in such cases. If you're just putting cheese and pickle and peanut butter in them I can confirm it's fine. It's not the best but if you get a decent loaf like a Warburton's Seeded Batch or a nice Hovis Granary then it's a good compromise for the person who just wants to save money on sandwiches but can't be arsed to make them fresh every day. (which is kind of what I'm thinking bobdylanblues might be like).
You really have outdone yourself this time TGB.
Where's PocketMouse when you need her?
I'll try it tonight!
Today I have some kale and canellini bean soup, and a couple slices of home baked bread, and a flapjack.
Or I could spent about £4 in the canteen on something awful, or spend £3 in a shop on a cold sandwich filled with too much mayo.
I shouldn't because it's money I could be saving, but I like walking to Waterloo to get it, and it's more interesting than what I'd come up with at home.
i make my sandwiches during my lunch break. we have a small box kitchen with a fridge and i work within walking distance of M&S, so at the start of the week i'll pick up salad, hummous, cheese and some meat (chicken, ham or pastrami normally) and then i'll use those to make lunch for the rest of the week. i'll spend about £10 on monday then all i have to buy are rolls the next 4 days. get's me out of the office like buying lunch does and i spend about the same as i would if i were buying sandwiches, i just get better quality food and more of it.
that said, if i was still working near old street i'd probably still be buying my lunch. soooo many good sandwich/lunch plaes around there.
The sweepings from turning your keyboard upside down?
Unless you work in the middle of nowhere?
There's always a cafe or something that'll do you a great sarnie/baguette for around £3. Not to mention freshly prepared stuff rom EAT/Pret - literally every 100 yards in central london.
Chinese round the corner does a lunch special of chilli chicken, fried rice, mini spring rolls and seaweed for £4.50 :-)
Definitely good to bring your own though if you can be bothered. Especially if you're heating up a particularly awesome dinner you had last night.
I'm hungry :'(
i buy my lunch pretty much every day. i really need to start making it at home and taking it in....but waitrose food is soooo good.
It's costs a small fortune to buy anything in our canteen.
5 x soup portions
5 x raspberry yoghurts
6 x wholemeal barms
6 x apples
5 x various tins of fish (mackerel/kippers/herrings/sardines)
1 x tin of cashew/almond nuts (Monday treat)
1 x massive bag of tangerines/satsumas
Usually comes to around £10. I used to buy food every day but would always just buy double pizza and ended up getting fat leg rash.
Last week, however, I completely forgot about it so ate it at 5pm on Friday on its own with no butter or anything. Shops should sell things in 5ives more often.
Has made me realise I need to eat more fruit.
I make sandwiches to take to work, for the record. Tuna Mayo today. Half an hour to go until I can munch away. I never give in to temptation and eat them before lunchtime. It's hard though sometimes.
deffo bringing lunch more often.
occasionally i'll buy a baguette from the baguette lady.
today i had soup - not the best bowl of soup i've ever made but it was alright.
a couple of colleagues have been to the local deli so many times that the staff give them discounts. you won't get that in M&S.
there's so much salt in M&S sandwiches that it makes my eye twitch.
so I don't usually eat anything. But I will go out and hunt down the nearest Frijj Chocolate Brownie Milkshake. No day is complete without one of them, I suspect it's more addictive than heroin.
and I can't be bothered leaving at lunchtime because I work through lunch. So I take sandwiches (usually egg or houmous with salad) plus a piece of fruit and usually have some dried fruit or nuts in my bag too.
are significantly fatter than the ones who bring a packed lunch.
One measly pound (Hi London!)
So making it at home would barely save a penny.
+1 yoghurt from home = ~25p
+1 Apple = ~20p
+1 Banana from home = ~25p