Posts Tagged ‘£5’

GUEST POST: How to get lunch for the week for £5

In a previous post Anna voiced a problem a lot of us have:

“I’m a student and I don’t have enough money to spend £5 on lunch everyday, anyway to get this stuff out for even cheaper or is that pushing it?”

LUCKILY, the creator of Look what I found! The place to share your vintage and second hand finds Harriet Thurley has stepped in to show you how to get 5 days (that’s a working week FYI) worth of lunches for £5 in total (no word of a lie). And you can trust her since she’s so cheap she only wears secondhand clothes.

Here is her how to:

I’ve never met The Sandwich Man. He lurks in the depths of a warehouse off Exmouth Market. I think of him as a great pal, a Samaritan even, an inspiration. Why? You won’t believe me when I tell you: he gives me lunch for an entire working week for under a fiver!


Five fresh, delicious sandwiches from Monday to Friday at 90p a pop. They’re cheaper than the cover price as these sandwiches are part of the Sandwich Man’s catering empire. He delivers his baked creations to people with jobs in offices at higher prices and the ones they reject get delivered back to his warehouse where the unemployed can get them for discount prices.

Here’s what was on my menu last week:

Monday – Bacon and brie baguette (90p)

Tuesday – Pasta arrabatia (they even heat it up for you) (£1.50)

Wednesday – Cheese and pickle roll (50p)

Thursday – Wensleydale cheese and chutney roll (90p)

Friday – Houmous, tuna and pepper baguette (90p)

Total – £4.70, so I can even treat myself to a 50p can of fizzy pop on a Friday (if I find 20p on the floor).

This isn’t the extent of the goods on offer, though. Get pasta (heated, optional), hot jacket potatoes (cold, optional, but gross), curries, noodles and pastries too. (NB. Some of these may set you back £1.50!)

The Sandwich Man has kept me fed and watered while I’ve been a short-of-cash student. For that, I am eternally grateful.

His location is top secret (bar the tiny hint above). I’ll leave you to hunt him out for yourself. Go on, smell him out.

Rating: £££££

So there you have it, cheap cheap lunches. particulary handy for students of City University but worth hunting out for all.

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Bikini Body Friendly Lunches (FOR £5 or LESS)

The sun is in town and while this can bring tans, days in the park etc it also means legs out, bikini on. As far as we’re concerned the sunny weather has made quite an early arrival this time round and you might not be quite prepared for  the wardrobe it brings.

So kindly here is a run down of cheap lunches you can get that are also bikini body friendly. To make sure you all have access to these combos and the nutritional info is reliable we are sticking with chain restaurants (the old reliable of caterers).

1. Monday:  Head to Pret A Manger and get a soup, skinny popcorn and a diet coke. Under £5 and bikini body friendly. The amount of popcorn you get to eat will also trick you into thinking you’re not even dieting.

Price: £4.99

2. Tuesday: Hit up Itsu for the Detox Seven Vegetables Broth and wash it down with Itsu vitamin enriched water. Super healthy.

Price: £4.79

3. Wednesday: Go to EAT and eat Smoked Scottish Mackeral and Beetroot salad which as well as being low in fat will make you well clever due to it’s Omega 3. Drink a green tea.

Price: £5

4. Thursday: Go to Wasabi for some sushi and a miso soup. Wide selection that you can get for under a fiver depending on your tastes.

Price: Most combos under £5

5. Friday: Get that friday feeling with a Naked Burritto at Tortilla all the good stuff just without the tortilla.

Price: £4.95 (get some tap water)

Weekend: sunbathe in your bikini/head to McDonalds (you’ve earnt it)

Cafe 338 Review, Bethnal Green (Joe Brothwell)

Name: Café 338
Type: Greasy Spoon
Where: Bethnal Green Road
Nearest Tube: Um, Can’t you read, Bethnal Green
Price: Big breakfasts start at about £3.50, but with the option of create your own you could spend up to £6 – or more if you’re greedy.
Rating: ££££


Café 338 is a personal favourite of mine because of it’s convenient location (it’s near my house, but don’t bother trying to track me down as I’m a crazy who carries around mace – not a good combo for you), cheap prices, large portions and ridiculously cute owner. Don’t expect gourmet fodder here, but 338’s selection of fry-ups and traditional greasy spoon grub (think jacket potatoes, omelettes and paninis) is perfect for hungover Saturday afternoons, and lazy Sunday mornings.

As a pseudo-vegetarian (I only say that to maintain the illusion that I’m ethical and a little bit skinny) the set menus (which are much cheaper than creating your own) are more than adequate. I had  – if you can’t be bothered to read the next few words just look at the photo below – the ‘light breakfast’ (two poached eggs, brown toast, tomatoes, mushrooms and coffee) with extra hash browns. It came to £5.20 but fortunately for ol’ Joe a clumsy charity collector was a bit too swing happy with the collection bucket and unknowingly deposited 70p into the Joe Brothwell breakfast fund. If you are unwilling to go over your five pound limit intimidating young children, old people and people that look vulnerable is an excellent way to get enough for an extra bacon rasher or glass of orange juice.

Having traipsed around countless cafes and brunch-appropriate eateries in the East end, in my opinion Café 338 is the best value for money and the food is consistent. Unfortunately the café is also pretty small so going at peak times (think weekend mornings) can result in a bit of a wait. STOP READING THIS NOW, GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND SEE WHAT ALL THE FUSS S ABOUT.