Time for a reality check ……..Last week bit my bahookie big style! Best laid plans all crumbled away as it became apparent that this week was going to be all about late-night sittings, snap votes and endless Media Bids.
Basically a week in which you cannot predict the next thing that is going to blow up in your face and you spend the entire time in reactive mode.
I do reactive very well in my working life. I am cool, I am calm …. and the way I am able to do that seems to be to let everything else fall by the wayside.
But I had a bit of a wake-up call – I totalled up my weekly shop this week and it came to £32.44. Now I get that for most people that would be a YIPEE moment … but those of who hang around the frugal forums kind of see blasting through your budget by an additional 10% means that the eye has been taken off the ball somewhat. Reality Check!!!!!
Time for a clean slate … and a more organised way of managing our food to trim it back a little and keep us heading towards our Mortgage Free Goal.
First —- shop from home. Pull out all my perishables so that I can re-stack the fridge with what I need this week and freeze the excess … after all a meal in the freezer is like money in the bank. You buy cheap now, cut waste by freezing and have the benefit of a meal in reserve when a busy time at work hits….. OK when a BUSIER time hits at work!!!
Well I may have shopped over budget this week – but there are plenty of veggies to be playing with.
And time to give the fridge a good deep clean too …..always nice to get into the corners don’t you think?
Now I have played this game before … but its a good one for making the veggies you have go so much further if you are a “soups” kind of family.
A one litre jug gives enough veggies for about four portions of soup .. by the time you add other bits in like beans, tomatoes and pasta or potatoes.
Four potential pots of soup stashed in the freezer with one to play with today to make soup for packed lunches this week.
Whilst I was chopping vegetables I made a big pressure cooker full of “Beefless Stew”. Root veggies and mushrooms in a thick savoury vegetable gravy.
As the potatoes are already in the stew its a simple and cheap one pot meal for a busy night – heat up and ladle into bowls with some nice granary bread and dinner is done.
Urgh!!! Brown sludge!!!!
Actually its 15 portions of “Curry in a Hurry” curry paste for the freezer thanks to LIDLS cheapy onions this week.
Meaning that a handful of veg, a jar of beans and some rice equals a very cheap dinner one night when I can’t be bothered even thinking about cooking.
And speaking of rice I cooked up one cup of brown rice to use as the base for rice salads for lunch this week and turned a rather limp red cabbage into lovely fragrant spiced cabbage to go with some sausage and mash one evening.
Beefless Stew, Brown Rice,Curry in a Hurry Paste, golden vegetable soup and spiced cabbage, a couple of salad dressings and I am nearly done …..
And some for the fridge.
All in all I was cooking for about an hour … but I know that its will not only save me time when trying to get a weekday meal on the table but will save me money as I make sure that I waste less bits and bobs by not using them up.
So .. fingers crossed that however busy this week is going to get (and I have one staff member working from home with a sore foot and the other on holiday this week … eeep!) That I can trim back on the spendies and focus again on cutting waste, saving time and saving money.
What do you guys do on a Sunday that keeps you on track through the week?