The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Leftover Streak Edition

I’ve decided to try to see how many days in a row I can eat leftovers for lunch, since I had to break my previous run when we moved. The streak right now is at four. I actually view it as a challenge worth keeping, because my leftovers are always healthier than eating out and cheaper too, but I’m still sorely tempted to eat out with some of my coworkers.

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  1. Matt says:

    Wouldn’t the appraised value of your house be a more accurate measure of its worth? The assessed value seldom is in line with the actual market value of the house.

  2. Ted Valentine says:

    Assessed value is not the same as market value. It simply for the local government to apply a tax. I’ve seen assessed values can be as little as half the market value.

  3. daria says:

    In chicago, the assessed value is something like 17 percent of your house’s value.

  4. I either need more coffee or my glasses; I read the title as “Leftover Steak Edition”.

    Mmmmm… leftover steak…

  5. Trent says:

    Assessed value here is very much in line with a house’s value. They reassess about every three years or so and it gets adjusted to very close to market value.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Are you tempted to eat out by the food, or the company? Here’s one solution for Never Eating Alone that still allows eating leftovers: I sent out an email in my office announcing that I wanted to reinstate a tradition of eating lunch together in the conference room (this happened regularly about 4 years ago when I joined the company but had fallen by the wayside when we landed some big projects and people were eating at their desks more and more). This pretty quickly created a social space for eating lunch that is majority leftover-eaters, with some folks grabbing takeout and bringing it back to the conference room to eat with the rest of us. There are lots of people in the office that never join us, but there’s a core of folks who like to take a social break in the middle of the day — and who know they’re much better cooks than the local fast food restaurants! It also takes no planning/organizing like going out to lunch often does — I just show up at the conference room around noon, and other people will wander in, pretty much guaranteed.

  7. That’s it, I’m doing steak and mashed potatoes tonight at my place. I need it! :-) Been craving a sirloin with balsamic glaze all week.

  8. Matt says:

    If house prices are falling in your area, do assessed values also fall? Around here we have to fight city hall to get our assessments lowered. The assessors never lower the assessed value because it means the property taxes will be lower and we can’t have that, can we?

  9. Bobby says:

    Why not just take your leftovers along with when your coworkers go out to eat? Unless they are going some place fancy, it’s not too strange. As an intern, and even into my first real job, I almost always brought my bag lunch from home to lunch as we went to fast food places.

  10. Madame X says:

    I also read the headline as leftover “steak”!
    Actually that is one of my favorite things to bring as a leftover lunch– cold meat is yummy with a salad.

    Thanks for the mention, as always! I’ll keep trying to feed you stories of crazy NYC overspending!

  11. js says:

    I’m posessed by an absolute need to get out of the office at lunch, get some sun, be in an environment that’s not entirely artificial. I usually eat my lunch alone in the park. I’m a terrible anti-social person I guess, but it pleases me.

  12. Thanks again :D. I need to check out how Madame X has lost her shirt!

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