Hello and welcome to Money Saving March! I will be taking on various money saving ideas and challenges; some lasting a day, some all month!
One of the common frugal tips is to bring your own lunch to work. I do generally do this, however the numbers are in and last month I bought lunch five times! Granted, the £3 supermarket meal deal isn't likely to break the bank, but that would still be almost £200 a year wasted on me being too lazy to make lunch in the morning!
So, challenge 1 for Money Saving March is to bring lunch from home, every single day, NO EXCUSES!
What makes a good lunch?
I take simple lunches to Uni. I tend to make it late the night before, or in the morning while I'm waiting for coffeeeeeeee, so it has to be quick and easy. Examples include:
- Cheese and pickle sandwiches, a tomato and an apple.
- Couscous mixed with pesto and a roughly chopped tomato, and a banana.
- Leftovers, such as lentil soup.
I know me. I know there are days when I sleep through my alarm and wake up with seconds to get ready and go! These are the days when I'd say, "Screw it, I'll buy lunch later". I need a back-up plan.
My solution? Keep emergency food at Uni! I've got cheap-o super-noodles, instant soup, bananas and apples that I can store under my desk. If I forget to take lunch, I won't have to resort to going to the shop!
If a homemade lunch costs about £1 a day, I should save £10 compared to last month's supermarket meal deals, and eat more healthily to boot!
Anyone else want to take on this easy challenge? How much do you think you'd save?