It's Bundle's Bring Your Lunch to Work Contest! Prizes! Celebrity Judges! Sandwich Baggies!
Our special report on America's food & drink spending confirmed, with hard data, what most of us already suspected: People who tend to spend more on groceries save money on food overall.
Which means, brown-bagging it may be one of the most money-saving-est habits you can develop. But in our quest to inspire adult lunch-bringers, we found all these ideas ... for kids. PB&J's with the crusts cut off? Carrot sticks? A freaking juice box? Give me a break. If the brown bag can ever hope to compete with the falafel/burger/sushi joint down the block, we're going to need some serious adult inspiration.
This is why we're launching the first-ever Bundle Bring Your Lunch to Work contest. At some point in the next three weeks, bring your lunch to work. Post a picture of it on our Facebook page, or share your story on Bundle. The crowds will vote for their favorites, and winners will be chosen by our distinguished panel of judges:
*Ben Leventhal, editor of NBC Feast and founder of Eater.com.
*Food52.com editors Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs
*Top Chef's Spike Mendelsohn and his fiancee, Apron Anxiety blogger Alyssa Shelasky
*Midtown Lunch founder Zach Brooks
The best entries will win a limited-edition Bundle lunchbox. And best of all, you'll save some money. Join the Bringers!
Here's what to submit:
A photo of your best brown-bag lunch, uploaded to our Facebook page. Tell us what's in it, how much it cost (roughly), and anything else you want us to know.
Post a story about your homemade lunch on Bundle.com. To indicate it's a contest entry, please include "My lunch" in the title.
How it will work:
*We'll collect entries from 5/12 to 5/28. No entries will be considered after 11:59pm, 5/28.
*Readers will be able to "Vote up" their favorite entries on Bundle.com, and/or to "like" their favorite entries on Facebook
*Winners will be announced on 5/30 and notified via an announcement on Bundle and Facebook
From the most popular submissions, our judges will choose four winners. Each will receive a limited-edition Bundle lunchbox, as well as the admiration and appreciation of the world at large.
The Fine Print
Contest is open to US residents 18 years of age or older. Prize is awarded as is, and may not be redeemed for cash. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Employees of Bundle Corporation, its affiliates, agents and representatives may not participate. Bundle Corporation will collect entries ("Submissions") from May 12 to May 25, 2010. No Submissions will be considered if submitted after 12:00 AM, ET, May 25, 2010. Visitors to the Bundle Website or to Bundle's Facebook page may vote on the Submissions, beginning 9am on May 12, 2010, and ending at 12am on May 25, 2010. To vote on a Submission, an email address must be given, and only one vote per person will be accepted per day of voting.
The Prizes are not transferable. Winners may not substitute the prize. If the stated prize is not available, then Bundle Corporation may substitute a prize of equal or greater value. There is only one prize available per user during any six (6) month period.
You acknowledge and agree that Bundle Corporation shall have no obligation to post, display or otherwise make publicly available any Submission, photo or other information submitted by you, and Bundle Corporation may, in its sole and unfettered discretion, remove, edit, modify or delete any Submission, photo or other information that you submit to Bundle Corporation. You further acknowledge and agree that Bundle Corporation has no obligation to filter Submissions for appropriate content, and that you view all Submissions and the Bundle Website at your risk.
You understand and intend that any Submission, photo or other information submitted by you to Bundle Corporation may be available for review and comment by the public, and you understand that comments or ratings with which you are unhappy may be published or otherwise become associated with any Submission, photo or information, including your name, that you submit to Bundle Corporation. By submitting any Submission, photo or other information to Bundle Corporation, you hereby waive any privacy expectations that you may have with respect to any such Submission, photo or information submitted by you to Bundle Corporation.
You hereby agree to indemnify and hold Bundle Corporation harmless from and against, and hereby waive any right to pursue, any claims of any nature arising in connection with your or your Submission's inclusion in, publication via or display on any Bundle Corporation site, or any other use authorized under these Terms.
Winners are solely responsible for all taxes, costs and/or fees that may be incurred as a result of their participation. Each prizewinner must supply Bundle Corporation with his/her legal name, mailing address, birth date, daytime and nighttime telephone numbers.
Neither Bundle Corporation, Bundle Corporation sponsors, nor employees of Bundle Corporation or sponsors may be held liable for any warranty, costs, damage, injury, or any other claims incurred as a result of usage of any prize once possession has been taken of the product by the winner. Bundle Corporation is not liable for any loss arising out of or in connection with or resulting from any contest promoted by Bundle Corporation.
Except where prohibited, winners may be required to sign affidavits of eligibility and copyright transfer/liability/publicity/permission releases. Affidavits and releases must be returned within ten (10) days of attempted notification, or an alternate winner may be chosen.
Bundle Special: The Truth About Food Spending in America
Infographic: The top cities for food spending
Infographic: Food spending by age group, income and household