Monday, March 19, 2012

Do You Pack Munchies for Your Commute to Work?






I drive about 40 minutes to and from work. Sometimes that stretches into an hour if traffic is bad. I have, from time to time, stopped for fast food. Its costly and I don't need the extra calories. So I have reverted back to my days in undergrad, when I packed three apples for the commute. Today I packed an orange and a few apples.

Do you have a long commute? What do you pack for the commute?

11 comments:

  1. Good question. I eat the rest of my lunch - whatever is left over. Sometimes, I will buy a big bag of chips and eat that over two or three days...

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  2. Music on my MP3...

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  3. no, i eat before I leave. Who wants that mess in the car?

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  4. If I kept a bag of apples in my front seat, I'd probably forget about them and end up with a bag of rotten apples -- hopefully a waterproof bag at that. That could be nasty. If I did eat them, I'd still have to deal with the core; throwing it out the window would have worked in the old days, but I think the crying Indian from the old PSA would shoot me now.

    Also, about the only thing that demands more attention to eat would be a watermelon. You can only safely take bites from an apple while completely stopped at a light or behind traffic.

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  5. You can put the core in your lunch bag and throw it out at home

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  6. More often than I care to say, it is fast food or junk food. I will try the apples.

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  7. Sure, I can put the core in my lunchbag and throw it away when I get home. Better yet, I can leave the apples in my fridge at home and eat them when I get back. I'm not a trucker; I can wait until I get home for supper.

    I think dried apple slices would work better. Less messy and distracting to eat, and they would probably keep longer -- if I had a need to keep food in my car.

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  8. I have a 40 minute commute and sometimes, I think I am a trucker. I keep the apples in my car and eat them over a few days. I take the cores in regularly. You must have a short drive to work and therefore, don't need to think about it. But believe me if you have to wait 40 plus minutes (depending on traffic), a few apples can be a great thing to have around!

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  9. You've reminded me of when my children were little. I would prepare for a journey by making lots of little 'bites'. Tiny sandwiches, segments of satsumas, small biscuits, cubes of cheese, raisins - anything I could think of. Works when you're out shopping too!

    I think your system is a good one - it hits the 'bored' munchies! Peeled carrots would be good, these things take longer to chew than 'junk' food like chips and sweeties. That's not to say I don't eat or like those!

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  10. Nothy I've been reading all your financial diet posts and it sounds very interesting. Sounds like it is working too. :) I have two suggestions - how about making a coffee at home for the drive, in one of those thermal cups. And I find that I cannot abide taking my lunch to work, but I can handle making it there. So, I have the makings in the work fridge, and make it there each day. SO much cheaper, and it can be hot too, if you have the right cooking things there. We are also trying to save money - a 50% drop in income being a big reason! And it is working - I feel like we have more moeny now even though we have less :)

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    1. I am really trying to stop buying coffee out. I am trying...I've cut down to only a few times a week. Making a lunch at work is a lot more attainable and more enjoyable than the leftovers I pack now. And i do know what you are talking about when you have more even though you are living on less. I wish I had started living like this a long time ago! Thanks for the tips!

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