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Food Frugality!

March 9th, 2016 at 11:51 am

We are hoping to sell our house & buy new this year. Unfortunately, I (single at the time) bought the house at the higher end of the market and the neighborhood has changed a lot and we are not sure how much we'll be able to sell the house for (we may take a small loss).

Because of this, and other expenses lately, we are buckling down on spending. Today, I have gotten a LOT of freebies at work and I am a happy camper.

My manager keeps a snack pile for the team - I grabbed a small bag of popcorn and a piece of candy today.

I packed my breakfast/lunch/snack:

Tuna & crackers, pasta salad, tomatoes & oil/vinegar/herb dressing.

I brought a water bottle and had a stash of soda at my desk. I also splurged on Snapples at the grocery store yesterday - 2 - 12 packs for $13.99. So for $0.58 each I can have a treat once in a while. I brought a few to keep at my desk at work. When I want a treat - I put it in the work fridge to chill.

About an hour before my shift ends, we got an email that a work meeting had a ton of leftovers & they were providing to-go containers if any of my group wanted to take some home. I got a piece of crusted chicken, some beef, potatoes and fruit salad. That and a bottle of water. The food, plus leftovers in the fridge will cover my husband & I for dinner tonight. Can't beat that!

I am thinking of restarting my Lunch Challange - so today is the 1st day of it. I spent nothing and packed or received free food today.

Since today is the 9th and I have 16 more work days in the month, (3 of which will be remote work), I am pledging to pack breakfast, lunch & snack for 15 of those 16 days. Wish me luck!

8 Responses to “Food Frugality! ”

  1. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Good luck!

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Excellent plan! We had to sell one house for a little less than we paid. It wasn't too bad in the end. We were glad to move forward.

  3. snafu Says:

    Is DH on board and willing to take lunch from home? We found it helpful to base our take-from-home lunch on the previous night's dinner. Most can be manipulated into lunch by adding to some type of salad, chowder, baked potato or sandwich. As dinner was readied to go to table, lunch was packed. I know you'll be successful with your challenge. You may need to change grocery list slightly to include easy to take yogurt, fruit and a variety of bread-like, tortilla/wrap products. I don't know if you make/like cereal based breakfast muffins or breakfast cookies but they are healthy and easier to manage. Dried fruit is convenient but lately more expensive. Terrific that employer provides snacks and even serious food from time to time!

    Plans to sell, buy new, translates to pack it all up, expenses galore to move followed by unpack and find a new home for every single item. If you haven't read/listened to audio ...'the life changing magic of tidying up' might be helpful. Many of us are super involved in it's unusual theories.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    I used to get a lot of freebies from work, too. I miss that -- but not much else!

  5. mjrube94 Says:

    That's great, good luck! I've been hard-boiling eggs on Sunday night / Monday morning for the week to take to work for breakfast. Planning ahead helps.

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    You can do it!

  7. househopeful Says:

    Thanks for the support guys!

    Snafu - yes, the Husband is on board with packing. He's actually really good at it. I have cereal & yogurts available to me, I just didn't pack any yesterday. I used to pack 90% of the time and prepped grab & go snack bags on Sundays as well as other food prep. I am hoping to be able to do that again this week.

    mjrube94 - I love taking hard boiled eggs! super easy to make a bunch on sunday & eat through the week! Sometimes, if home, I make quick deviled eggs out of them for something different. YUMMY!

  8. PatientSaver Says:

    if you're trying to save on current expenses, have you considered increasing your deductible for auto and homeowners insurance? That could save a lot.

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