What's for lunch?

Discussion in 'Budget Board' started by ZiPaD3doDAH, Sep 5, 2012.

  1. ZiPaD3doDAH

    ZiPaD3doDAH DIS Veteran

    Mar 18, 2009

    So I'm a 21 year old college student & I'm running tight on money (thanks to those spontaneous trips I take to wdw every other month - I'm only 4 hours away).

    Instead of eating out on Tuesday's & Thursday's (MWF I work) while I'm at school, I would like to save the money and put it towards things I like! Considering a meal nowadays runs up to $9 :scared1:

    I have been eating sandwiches for the past month in order to save money but i'm so sick of it!

    Can anyone recommend some lunch meals I can take or cost virtually nothing at the supermarket? However, It can't involve bread (tired of it & it's fating!) and I can't heat the food up since I don't have microwaves at my school - and also don't trust them if we did have them!

    Thank you!
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  3. mks18412

    mks18412 Mouseketeer

    Jul 11, 2008
    Maybe pasta salad.
  4. prncess674

    prncess674 DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2003
    I could think of tons of different salad combos. Start with a leafy base and just start piling different things on top. Just about anything can be a salad topping!

    Also think about what tastes okay cold at a picnic: cold fried chicken with a side of potato salad.

    If you are tired of blah sandwiches try to mix is up with a wrap. Lots of great stuff to put in a tortilla.

    Yogurt parfaits

    Try breakfast foods for lunch. Cereal, milk and a banana make a perfectly acceptable lunch.

    If you are always on the go for lunch try to switch it up with a big hot breakfast and just eat "snacky" items for lunch. If I have a full breakfast I can get away with a yogurt and a piece of fruit for lunch and maybe some trail mix later in the day if I am hungry again.
  5. clarabelle

    clarabelle <font color=green>Pandas don't seem to have much o

    Apr 12, 2003
    Hummus and pita
    veggies and ranch
    Bagel with Cream cheese
    Something in a thermos like chili or soup
  6. mrsklamc

    mrsklamc <font color=blue>I apologize in advance, but what

    Oct 29, 2006
    /Is a wrap too much like a sandwich for you?
  7. Mom_Rides

    Mom_Rides DIS Veteran

    Nov 20, 2009
    Bagel and cream cheese
    Crackers and cheese
    Loaded pasta salad
    Cottage cheese
    Fruit salad
    Hard boiled eggs
    Peanut butter on crackers
  8. pezheadmeg

    pezheadmeg feminsit turned fashion student

    Apr 23, 2006
    I'm a religious brown bagger who keeps low-carb diet. My go to lunches are bento style. You can vary it up easily.

    I always have some sort of chicken or a turkey burger sliced up. I then add some cold veggies. Most days I stick with sweet peppers or cucumbers. Then I put some dressing in for dipping and toss in a serving of fruit. I toss it into an insulated bag and I'm good to go.

    I don't sit at work and eating a meal like this mid shift usually keeps me going the rest of the day.
  9. prncess674

    prncess674 DIS Veteran

    Apr 8, 2003
    I am not following your logic. You say you work MWF amd thus presumably eat out lunch those days but want to brown bag it TT to save money. Hy aren't you brown bagging it 5 days a week or bagging it on work days where you may have access to a hearing element? Also since you mention $9 a day don't try to go cold turkey and spend 59 cents per meal. Try some nice brown bag lunches that maybe cost $4 per meal that won't make you feel like your a prison inmate eating scraps.
  10. 3angelsmom

    3angelsmom Mouseketeer

    Mar 11, 2011
    Soup in a thermos. I found some good recipes on crockpot365. Make a pot of it on the weekend, take some for lunch and freeze the rest in the one-portion ziploc containers.

    The black bean on the website if my favorite. Sprinkle on some cheddar or add tortilla chips and it's very filling. The corn chowder is good too. Have this with some cooked chicken (i.e., Perdue Shortcuts) or a packet or ready-made tuna salad.

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