Sometimes, it’s the most boring tasks that save us the most money. We do all the big things to save money. We lift share, budget and stick to it, buy second hand, keep all our household bills and personal spending to a minimum, look after what we own so we don’t need to replace, reduce our water consumption and we shop around and get the best deal on anything we buy.
I still maintain that the best way to save money is just by not carrying any on a day to day basis but that takes planning. It means you have to have all your meals planned, all the ingredients, sides and everything for all the other meals. It’s too easy to pick up bits and pieces if you pop to the shops. It also means I need to take food and drink for work, the car needs enough fuel to last the week and I have the strength to say no if asked to anything that requires me spending any money.
My shopping always starts with a stock take and I menu plan from what we already have and then I write my shopping list. This week, we had a huge shop as we’d run down supplies before we went to France and our shop came to over fifty pounds! It’ll normally be around half that but we do have three fluffies to feed and I cook everything we eat from scratch.
My little kitchen friend stayed with me today as I cooked for the rest of the week. Having a freezer full of homemade ready meals means we can come home from work and I won’t have much to do and no matter how tired I might feel, I’ll never reach for a takeout or call into the supermarket for a ready meal. There’s no last minute discussion wondering what we’ve got for supper, I’ve got it all planned.
Here’s my ready meals: falafels, carrot and kidney bean burgers, lasagne and cottage pie. We had a chippy tea tonight of homemade chicken pie and chips, affectionately known as ‘fat Friday’ where we eat a fake away instead of a take away.
It’s, as they say, not rocket science, but with a bit of planning, you can just leave your wallet at home. Tough? What do you think?
Love Froogs xxxxx