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In preparation for the work week.

October 25th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

These are somethings I do in preparation to the work week:

>Prepared 7 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch. They are in the freezer (just grab and bag for my son's lunch). He alternates between pb and J and half of a large bagel with cream cheese and one day of buying lunch at school.

>bagged cookies and set aside nutri-grain bars.

>prepared 4 breakfast sandwiches (egg, cheese and half a slice of ham) on Arnold's Best multi-grain sandwich thins. Heat in the microwave for 35 seconds. This has been very useful for me because it helps me avoid the temptation to stop at McDonalds for a breakfast sandwich on my way to work.

>Prepared a batch of chicken and tuna salad for lunches.

>Prepared a batch of pancake mix. Shake and pour and my son can have them for breakfast.

I also make 2 extra servings every night for dinner. We alternate between leftovers and sandwiches for lunch. I also marinate or prepare any meat I will be making for Monday's dinner since its the only day of the work week I feel more inclined to eat out.

So far I've only spent a dollar buying a snacks at work in two months. I was craving something salty and I only had 100 calorie snacks stored at work.

We eat out twice a week but it's take-out, usually Pizza or Chinese food. I treat the boys to McDonald's once a week, even though we should do Subway instead (it's healthier).

All of this takes me about 40 minutes to prepare but it saves me a lot of time and money!

8 Responses to “In preparation for the work week.”

  1. LuxLiving Says:

    Nicely done.

  2. homebody Says:

    Great job! You may realize this already, but you could make up those pancakes and freeze, then pop in the toaster to reheat. Same with french toast.

    Have a great week!

  3. Ima saver Says:

    You are a smart gal!

  4. crazyliblady Says:

    My trick is to make a soup or stew, etc. and put servings in little containers. I put a couple in the fridge and the rest in the freezer. Then, every morning I put one in my lunchbox and take another one out of the freezer. I heat them up in the microwave for lunch. I also bag trail mix and take fruit with me to work. If I don't take something, I wind up paying about $7.00 for my lunch. By doing this, I calculate my cost is usually around $1.50 per lunch. I sometimes take sandwiches to work, too. Congrats on finding a way to stave off the urges to spend on lunch and get your savings account balances up so high. Can you give me any hints on how to increase the funds in savings? I occasionally get mine up to $1000 and then something happens (like something with my car) and it seems like it takes forever to get it back up again. I put my money in my savings every payday and then even in between paydays and try to forget it's there. I think one of my problems is not having my dh really onboard with getting us out of debt and financially free. He's all for it, but I can seem to get through to him that it takes work to make it happen.

  5. NJDebbie Says:


    My husband and I grew up very poor. I'm the fourth of seven and my husband third of nine and we did without a lot of things but we had our families to count on. We are fortunate to earn good salaries and throughout our marriage we've never carried any credit card debt. We also have a rental house that is completely paid off and nets us a good amount of money every month. We encouraged our college age son to go to a community college for two years instead of spending an arm and a leg for a four year university. He will finish the two years in the Spring of 2010 and has opted to attend an NJ state university and commute to school to save the money on room and board. He paid for the two years and planning to pay tuition for the reminder of his education. My husband and I realize that we are fortunate and that we need to be good stewardess of life's blessing. It is important for us to help out our parents in their old age and keep our children grounded. We also strive to take of the things we buy so they last longer. I read a lot and learn from other people, including all of you at savingadvice.com. All of you inspire me to find ways to economize.

    Thank you LuxLiving, Imasaver, crazyliblady and homebody for your comments.

  6. buddy Says:


  7. dmontngrey Says:

    Wow, good for you! I am impressed! Sure wish I could get that organized. I don't buy lunch or snacks out - EVER - but I can't plan that much in advance either. It's a nice middle ground for me. Might be different if I had kids though.

  8. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    I'm from a fairly large family, too. I can remember the lines of sandwiches, cored apple halves, pickled carrot sticks or celery sticks, and home-made oatmeal cookies all neatly laid out to go into paper lunch bags to send all us kids off to school. Then the bags would be lined up according to age with a few cents of milk money sitting in front of each bag. It's kind of a happy memory. Back then even the "rich kids" had similar routines in their own households, though maybe they also got potato chips and Hostess cakes in their lunches.

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