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Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 3:50 pm

There's an interesting Subway ad on the radio that mentions how nobody really has the time to pack their own lunch anymore, and how people should be buying a Subway card instead. That made me wonder:

For those of you who have a full time job or school and have no time to eat at home for lunch, what do you do?
Do you bring your own lunch? If so, what do you normally bring? A salami sandwich?

Or do you usually eat out, let's say in the cafeteria or a restaurant nearby? Do you get takeout?

At first, I was very austere and always brown-bagged it to work, but lately I've been lazy and usually end up getting takeout, or go to a fast food place. Bad, I know...
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:06 pm

Depending on the day of the week our breakroom fridge is usually full of those reusable insultated lunch box things, mine included.

Most days I try and pack a lunch. Usually consisting of a sandwich, can of pop, whatever random fruit I have laying around the house, and some snacks for the afternoon. Some days I am more lazy and if there are choice leftovers from that night that gets packed instead (today it is chili I made for dinner from the night before). Some days if I am REALLY lazy I'll just go home for lunch (I live about 10 mins from work). And some days I just want a Big Mac and hit up the drive-thru at lunch time.


But sometimes the last thing I want to do at night when getting ready for bed is make a lunch. Even though it takes all of 10 minutes.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 4:29 pm

I'm retired so normally I just stroll into the kitchen.

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Thu Sep 13, 2012 5:26 pm

Does stashing a few cans of soup in my desk and a pyrex bowl count?

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Thu Sep 13, 2012 6:18 pm

Usually no. At school I have a schedule that either has a lot of free time for lunch or ends before 1:30pm. Either way it would be difficult storing the lunch. There is a also a subway right in the middle were I have class so in a time crunch that is where I go.

When working it depends on what other employees do and where the job is. Working in downtown I would usually just grab something outside but sometimes I would bring in lunch. This past summer I worked in a "remote" part of Miami right on the everglades so going to get something to eat took 10min drive or so each way. So Mon-Thur I would bring lunch and Friday we would go out and get something.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:12 pm

I usually take my lunch to work, mainly because it costs too much to buy lunch on a daily basis. I take a variety of lunches, from sandwiches, salads, home made soup, and I've just put up tomorrows - a mini chicken dinner to pop in the microwave.

I can't see how people do not have time anymore to make their own lunch, it takes 5-10 minutes and can prepared the night before.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:28 pm

When I work company packs my meals hehe. At home I usually cook, or go out to eat.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 7:56 pm

It has been over a month since I calculated how much money I spent on buying lunch monthly and it was a ridiculous amount. I switched to bringing food from home, either preparing a sandwich or a salad and some snacks or taking last night's leftovers with me. I do occassionally still eat out with colleagues but no more than 2-3 times a week. It's just too big of an expense.
 
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:02 pm

I work full-time and I take my own lunch to work: four rounds of sandwiches, a piece of fruit - usually an apple - and a half litre of milk. Because my lunch break is only 30 minutes, it saves me time and hassle and gives me time to read the paper as well.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:07 pm

I have a place where to eat at work. They offer a combination of sandwiches, salads, fruits and hot meals. It might cost me more than making my own stuff, but 1) I don't have the patience and the will to prepare my own food and 2) I would not have the same diversity of meals that I get going to that place.

I usually take 1/2 hour for lunch.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 8:37 pm

Here school lasts the whole day so since 3 years old (or even 2 years old in my case) we're used to eat hot meals at our "workplace". When I was in collège (junior high) was the exception since it was a 5min bike ride from home so I would often eat home alone, taking whatever was in the fridge (no, I didn't learn to cook at that age).

Now if I work at a big company there will be a company restaurant and I'll eat there with colleagues, usually it's cheap as the company will foot half the bill or more. Recently as I went back to school to get a diploma it was a small school with just a couple of fridges and a microwave so we would either bring our food or eat out, I would bring leftovers, a sandwich or a ready to microwave meal, and a bottle of San Pellegrino.
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 9:10 pm

It depends. When I'm in serious saving mode for a trip, I will start taking my lunch 3-4 days a week. Sometimes getting back into that habit is a tough one. I have what could be called an irregular work schedule, as the time I start work and finish it varies based on the day of the week and what particular week it is (I'm a delivery driver and I work certain areas on certain days, typically every other week.). There are times in which taking the time to stop for lunch isn't an option, so I end up carrying my lunch. Then there are days in which I know I will be home in the early afternoon so I opt to wait until I get home to eat lunch.
 
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Thu Sep 13, 2012 11:46 pm

I work 2 jobs, so I'm working 6 days a week. This gives me Sunday to do all my chores (cleaning the house and whatnot), but one thing I do so I can make time for myself during the week is PRE-COOK and PRE-PACKAGE my meals for the week (with some minor exceptions). So my breakfast quiche and dinners are cooked and ready to for me all week long, the only thing I have to throw together is my lunch. I do eat lunch AND dinner at work M-Th because my schedule is 11:00 - 21:00, so I bag it up in the morning. On Fri/Sat I do bag my lunch, dinner varies depending on what my plans are for seeing friends and family. Sunday I treat myself to pizza after my chores for the week are done.

Lunch:



Dinner:



....and of couse, considering the company I work for, I don't BROWN bag it, I BLUE bag it   LOL

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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:30 am

Yes, for years I bring a sandwich, keep some chips and granola bars in the cabinet, have access to ice so bring in 2 L's of diet soda. I work in an area of NYC with few cheap options, I need to save money and tend to be thrifty. I also like to know what I am eating, who has touched it, if it has been safely made. Besides, I can spend lunchtime looking at A-net and news sites.
 
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 1:39 am

I try to work from home as much as possible. Usually cook something and then take a one and a half to two hour walk. The advantage of setting my own times, most of the time.
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:15 am

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 12):

I work 2 jobs, so I'm working 6 days a week. This gives me Sunday to do all my chores (cleaning the house and whatnot), but one thing I do so I can make time for myself during the week is PRE-COOK and PRE-PACKAGE my meals for the week (with some minor exceptions). So my breakfast quiche and dinners are cooked and ready to for me all week long, the only thing I have to throw together is my lunch. I do eat lunch AND dinner at work M-Th because my schedule is 11:00 - 21:00, so I bag it up in the morning. On Fri/Sat I do bag my lunch, dinner varies depending on what my plans are for seeing friends and family. Sunday I treat myself to pizza after my chores for the week are done.

You are disgustingly motivated and hideously well-organized.   But good boy for eating your veggies.

I idolize you, actually. I wish I could be that organized and do it all ahead-of-time, but I get mixed up in other priorities (like having a life).

I don't bring my lunch. I do like to cook, but I'm too busy doing other stuff with my husband and two trouble-making dogs. Sometimes I'll make a lasagna or baked spaghetti or casserole and then we can eat that for the week.
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Fri Sep 14, 2012 4:25 am

I was lucky to find a beautiful house less than 1 mile from my office, so, every day at lunch I go home and have lunch with my wife and relax a little before heading back. My commute is about 3 minutes. I have about the best commute in Atlanta!
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 5:22 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 15):
You are disgustingly motivated and hideously well-organized. But good boy for eating your veggies.

I idolize you, actually. I wish I could be that organized and do it all ahead-of-time, but I get mixed up in other priorities (like having a life).

I don't bring my lunch. I do like to cook, but I'm too busy doing other stuff with my husband and two trouble-making dogs. Sometimes I'll make a lasagna or baked spaghetti or casserole and then we can eat that for the week.

Well, Doc, you were making me blush until you got to the "having a life" part LOL. But thank you, with so much going on in my life (and yes, I do have have one), the only way I can make everything work is by staying super organized. Guess it got handed down to me from my father (a German Electrical Engineer...that helps explain it!). Someday when I have a husband once again, I will be able to have a little more down time to enjoy life, but as for right now, it's working my ass off to make ends meet and get ahead eventually.

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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:24 pm

Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 16):
My commute is about 3 minutes. I have about the best commute in Atlanta!

My commute is an hour and crosses the Bay Bridge and the Carquinez bridge.

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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:17 am

Quoting B6JFKH81 (Reply 12):
Dinner:

I make lunches for the week but I'm not quite so organized as this!

Did you work in a flight kitchen at some point in your life? lol
 
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Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:07 am

In these harsh economic times I have had to cut back too and brown bag it.

Usually I will pack a few blinis and sour cream along with a tin of Caspian sea caviar for my simple lunch - maybe a few cornichons to perk things up. There is a little wine store around the corner that sells these little bottles so I may pick up a garden variety Montrachet to wash it all down. For a little variety, on alternate days I substitute the caviar with some D'Artagnan Hudson Valley Foie Gras which may call for a split of Medoc or Pomerol, unless its TGIF, when I'll splurge for split of Mumm. There are times when I just want to go 'everyman' with a burger, so it's a Wagyu Beef or Sashimi-grade Tuna burger.

The simple life has really kept me grounded and allows me to understand what plain folks are going through.

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Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:25 am

Not any more. But when I was working outside of the home I would take some sandwiches, fruit and maybe a biscuit or two. My work colleagues used to go out an buy their coffees, rolls or whatever and pay as much in a day as I paid for a week. That's how I could fly to Croatia, Jordan or Morocco on vacation while they might have made it as far as Bali.

Quoting comorin (Reply 20):
p.s. Can you buy vintage wine with food stamps?

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Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:27 am

Quoting Quokkas (Reply 21):
Quoting comorin (Reply 20):
p.s. Can you buy vintage wine with food stamps?

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Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:46 am

My brand new (1month exactly) good lady wife makes me sandwiches every morning, made from bread from the local bakery at the end of the village, if she has been baking I may get a scone or somethnig sweet aswell adn I am always given fruit, today I have blackberries from my parents farm.

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Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:53 pm

Peanut butter & jelly on whole wheat bread.

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Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:18 pm

I do take lunch to work. But then again it's only been that way since I married. I found that it was too cumbersome to buy small amount of groceries and cook just for myself. Eating out is 2x more expensive but the main reason is I always add pounds when I do it. It's all too easy to grab bread, butter and all sorts of things you are served.
 
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Mon Sep 24, 2012 4:33 pm

I think there's a cultural element to packing your own lunch.

I was speaking to a fellow team member in our Hong Kong office and she observed that the non-Asian staff members would almost always go out for lunch. While many of the Asian staff members would bring their own.

She did say there was one exception...this one white guy would always bring his own lunch. However, she has seen his wife, who is Asian, and believes that she packs his lunch for him.
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Mon Sep 24, 2012 5:58 pm

Quoting AM744 (Reply 25):
Eating out is 2x more expensive but the main reason is I always add pounds when I do it.

Same here.

Quoting max999 (Reply 26):
She did say there was one exception...this one white guy would always bring his own lunch. However, she has seen his wife, who is Asian, and believes that she packs his lunch for him.

I spent a summer in Japan when I was in high school...and my host mother made the most awesome box lunches for us. Far cry from the bilge slops that end up in my lunch bag nowadays (made by me   )
 
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:30 pm

Quoting czbbflier (Reply 19):
Did you work in a flight kitchen at some point in your life? lol

LOL...no, I did manage a restaurant for a few years when I was in college though!
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:43 pm

Quoting HOONS90 (Thread starter):
Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Always.

Two rounds of sandwiches, two or three pieces of fruit.

Try to mix up the fillings, anything from houmous and salad to cheese and/or salami, tuna or whatever. Main thing is that it has to be quick to throw together, but sometimes a bit of pre-prep the night before takes place in the form of, say, cooking an extra piece of chicken or a couple of sausages or eggs for sandwiches.

The best thing is that it saves a fortune.
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:23 am

I always wake up with just the bare minimum margin of time left to get to work, so packing lunch in the morning is outta the question. Not to mention the fact that I commute on a motorcycle, so I try and keep luggage to a minimum. Its a pain carrying the laptop and various papers, I don't wanna add lunch to the mix.
There is a small cheap restaurant near my workplace that I frequent. As long as they're in business, I dont see the sense in packing lunch.  
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:43 am

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 30):
As long as they're in business, I dont see the sense in packing lunch.

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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:01 pm

I like to cook noodles, add some diced ham or bacon at the last minutes, and take them to work.

Or my kind of perverted Spätzle:

100 g / 3.5 oz flour
1-2 eggs
a little less than a teaspoon of salt
add spices as you like it (curry, pepper, herbs...)

Mix it while adding water until it's gooey.

Put the mass on a chopping block and shove it, piece for piece, into boiling salty water.

Cook until the stuff is floating - altogether, it doesn't take more than 7-10 minutes.



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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:19 pm

Quoting comorin (Reply 31):
Chow Chow Bath - yummy!   

While I love chow chow bath, my staple happens to be Kerala food.. since that's where I'm from  
Seriously though, BLR has a lot of these amazing little cheap eateries with the best food ever..   
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RE: Do You Pack Your Own Lunch?

Tue Sep 25, 2012 1:40 pm

Quoting sturmovik (Reply 33):
Seriously though, BLR has a lot of these amazing little cheap eateries with the best food ever..

  
I've been lurking in BLR for the last few months and in the beginning would turn my nose up at these kinds of places, as I wasn't sure how my American intestinal bugs would get along with their Indian cousins. But eventually, your eyes get adjusted to India and its amazing what my visual cortex just processes out now! There are quite a few of these shacks in my neighborhood, and I get steaming hot breakfasts from them all the time. I've discovered little local treats like Kesari Bath, Akki Roti and so on; by now I don't miss the food back home in NYC anymore. At Rs 20 per breakfast ($0.40) it's also a great deal!

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