I really must get my act together and get up early enough to make sandwiches every day, because even restricting myself to just one sarnie a day from EAT that is still £15 a week on food at lunch-time. That’s over £700 a year.
Apparently, just over a quarter of the British work force takes a packed lunch into work, whereas 41% buy their lunch from the local supermarket, according to a recent survey released – for some reason – by The Co-operative Insurance Personal Pensions company.
Around 14% visit the staff canteen – a figure that would undoubtedly be higher were it not for the fact that the staff canteen seems to be going the way of the dodo.
Incidentally, did you know it was not man (directly) who killed off the dodo, but rats? True, man introduced rats to the island habitat of the dodo, but it was those rodent bastards who raided the dodos’ nests and killed off their young.
Sure, some dodos were killed by human settlers but they quickly discovered that dodo meat tastes like Charlie Chaplin’s boots.
Around 12% (characterised as “one tenth” by the non-numerate PR firm that disseminated the results of this survey) get their lunch from a sandwich bar while 4% (“less than a fifth” – technically accurate as a description, but you wouldn’t want the person who equated 4% to “less than a fifth” to divi up the bill at the curry house would you?) get their lunch from a fast food bar.
According to the survey, the nation’s favourite lunchtime meal at work is a BLT sandwich, a banana and a packet of crisps, washed down with a café latte. For those enjoying this lunchtime repast, they could save themselves £4.36 a day if they made their own sarnie and substituted water for the café latte, the survey says.
Or simply cut out the café latte and save themselves £4.35 a day, says I, returning to a theme of what bandits coffee shop owners are.
I am guessing that the Co-Op Insurance company would like us to make our own lunch and spend the money we save on – guess what? Pensions! So that the pension companies can piss it all up the wall on our behalf, I suppose.
Not that I am adverse to saving up for when I retire, but I prefer to handle my own investments and have a lump sum available when I retire, rather than be forced to buy an annuity at what might possibly be an inopportune time.
If I run short of funds as a pensioner, I could always go from office to office selling sandwiches.