Brown Bag Challenge *FINAL WEEK* Recap

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Can I say that I am extremely relieved! The Brown Bag Challenge is officially over and life can become semi normal. For week 4 because the finish line was in sight it gave me the motivation to really push myself to bring my lunch to work. And boy was I successful. On Monday I brought tomato stew and rice; Tuesday saw me eating baked chicken with cabbage, potatoes, bell peppers, and carrots; Wednesday there was a work picnic (Yayyy free food!!); Thursday was a repeat of Tuesday; I went out to lunch on Friday so nada on that front. But overall it was a win.

For the last week of the challenge I saved $56. WOW!!! 🙂 🙂 To date on the challenge I banked $154.

The challenge, as you all saw, was extremely difficult for me. But I can say that my eating habits have improved and I will be more cognizant of bringing my lunch to work. I can’t promise that I’ve been doing this daily but I wont be going months without bringing my meals. So if you ever want to save money in a small way, I would say go ahead and try the brown bag challenge!

Brown Bag Challenge Day 7

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Today was a lazy but successful day. Lazy in that I took Haystacks in as lunch. Literally tortilla chips, beans, salsa, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. The idea being that I’d assemble and eat during lunch. And successful in that I took my lunch in to work. Yay me!!!

Because I was between 2 client sites today, by the time I got to the second client site I didn’t have much of an appetite. So i took a few bites and lost interest. Tomorrow will be interesting since I will be splitting my time again between 2 locations. Hopefully i eat more than a couple of bites and loads of water.

Money saved today $14. Overall banked $70 (including $2 from Friday and  $8 from yesterday). Small small steps.

Brown Bag Challenge Day 5&6 Recap

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3 out of 6 is all I can really say right now. So far I was able to bring my meals 3 out of the 6 days the challenge has run. I realize that when ever I run late, I’m prone to leaving my meals in the fridge and purchasing.

On Friday I was running late and purchased both breakfast and lunch losing about $12 dollars. Today I was running late again but I think it was in direct relation to the Labor Day Barbecue that I hosted. Ironically I had no leftovers so I had to purchase lunch for $8.

Combined loss $20. Overall saved $48.

For this week I going to aim to wake up earlier to allow for more wiggle room for my departure from the house; to reduce the odds of leaving the food behind. I also plan to add some variety to my brown bags to reduce the temptation to purchase, because I noticed that eating the same meal makes me bored.
It’s harder than I thought it’d be!

Brown Bag Challenge Day 4

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Today I epically failed the Brown Bag Challenge. I was running late this morning and missed the ideal window to leave by 5 minutes. While it seems its not that big a deal, those 5 minutes make the difference between beating traffic or sitting in it for 30 minutes.

In the rush I didn’t grab my food. I saved on breakfast because of an early morning meeting where it was offered, but had to buy lunch.

Luckily, it was food truck Thursday. So I went ahead and got Vietnamese Chicken Tacos and called it a day.

Spent $9 today. I’m still banking $5 for the breakfast I didn’t buy. Overall saved  $48.

Brown Bag Challenge Day 2

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Today started roughly. I packed my lunch bag, fruit and Chili. Gathered my laptop and work bags. Went out to my car. Put everything inside. Then prepared to pull out the drive way. I turned the key to start the engine. Nothing. I tried again. Nothing. The car battery had completely died on me.

I had to jump start my car and move it to a different part of the driveway so it wasn’t blocking the other cars, because I didn’t trust it to not go out once I got to work. I then got a ride to the train station.

At this point I was seriously considering leaving my lunch behind because mass transit commuting with 3 bags isn’t fun. Especially when there’s a 10 minutes walk to the office involved. But I held fast.

By the time I reached the office I was famished. I grabbed my fruit salad and headed into a meeting.

I ate lunch around 12:30pm, and really enjoyed it. I was worried that I wouldn’t like it since this would be the second day eating Chili but it was definitely what I needed.

Day 2. $14 saved! $28 total…this is going pretty well!

If you are interested in the challenge feel free to join and let me know how it’s going in the comments.

Brown Bag Challenge Day 1

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If you are a working person, you definitely understand the challenge packing and bringing lunch to work can present. Sometimes it’s too tiring to make food; the selections are too boring; or the pressure to lunch with coworkers it huge. But I recently reviewed my bank statements and was appalled by how much I was spending on meals. It wasn’t just lunch but breakfast too. (So you can imagine).

To remedy this situation and keep money in my pockets I am challenging myself to bring breakfast and lunch to work for 4 weeks and document it here. If I complete the day successfully I’ll bank the money I would have spent. That’ll be approximately  $14 (keep in mind I work downtown ;)).

To start of I prepped my meals on Sunday, Turkey Chili and fruit salad. This morning I packed my breakfast, fruit salad, and my lunch, chili, with water and left for work. By the time I got in I was starving but the fruit held me for about 3 hours until lunch. Which was delicious. All in all day one was a success!

$14 dollars saved.

Feel free to join if you are interested!