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I have got to do something about this.
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My single largest frivolous monthly expense is eating at work. I really hate to spend $5/day eating at work, but really the facts are:
  • I hate to cook.
  • I'm not going to get up any earlier than I already do, which is finely tuned to be the absolute latest from which I can dress myself, brush my teeth, feed the cat, take some vitamins, and walk out the door.1
  • I don't own a thermos and I don't like soup anyway.
  • Prepackaged sandwich meats are disgusting, and deli meats are too expensive.
  • I don't have access to a refrigerator OR a microwave while at work, and I don't own any sort of cooler-lunchbox-thing.
  • I hate bananas.2

So, has anyone got any suggestions, other than finding a way to get through the day on a 99¢ bag of chee-tos and a 20-oz soda? I've done peanut butter and jelly before, but it gets all soggy unless you toast the bread first, and that takes too long. And I don't like peanut butter on its own.

1 Is it sad that I've got it timed such that in the usual amount of traffic, I walk in the door at work at exactly 8:00? Doesn't matter if it is, this is a deeply entrenched habit. I never brought my own lunch to school either, for the same reason.
2 This last included in case anyone didn't know that.
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ang_grrr From: ang_grrr Date: Friday 26th August 2005 15.36 (UTC) (Link)
But banana soup! It's the tops!

(It's a pity about the microwave or I'd say "make twice as much for your tea and then nuke it". You hate to cook, too, so that's no good on both levels).
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Friday 26th August 2005 15.45 (UTC) (Link)
Well I'm not above bringing in cold pizza (and have done so, on occasions when I felt I could afford pizza, which isn't so often when you have to buy food every day anyway)

But really I probably would cook something to bring anyway if I wouldn't have to eat it at room temperature. If I'm cooking, it tends to be some sort of pasta, and that doesn't work so well.
ang_grrr From: ang_grrr Date: Friday 26th August 2005 15.54 (UTC) (Link)


Rice salad. It's okay eating at room temperature and you can pretty much add what you like to it. I tend to eat it with onion, peas and some sort of canned fish.

A wide-necked flask. Yes, it's a bit sad, but if you buy a food flask you could take pasta and the like with you and it would keep warm. In the winter I take stew in mine or you could do ratatouille or whatever.

Quiche. Loads of people hate it but I often have cold vegetable quiche.
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Friday 26th August 2005 16.09 (UTC) (Link)

Re: Suggestions...

Sounds a lot better than strawberry pop-tarts, which is what I'm having today...
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valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Friday 26th August 2005 20.40 (UTC) (Link)

Re: The PB&J Secret

That's the other thing -- why is unhealthy food so much cheaper than healthy food?
From: maidofuriel Date: Saturday 27th August 2005 00.40 (UTC) (Link)
Lately, I've just been forgetting to eat lunch, so that's saved me some money.

Doesn't Wendy's also have salad type things on the $0.99 menu? Or am I making that up?

If all else fails, I suppose you could set out some pigeon traps and stock up on lighters... :-D
valamelmeo From: valamelmeo Date: Saturday 27th August 2005 02.43 (UTC) (Link)
Far as I know, just the baked potato. There might be a salad on there, thought. I'm really not sure. But there have been too many times I've scraped the change out of the seats of my car to buy a baked potato at Wendy's....