Saturday, August 03, 2013

Testing Times

Despite my tries at altering print to help differentiate between paragraphs, this didn't work either. It did change, but then didn't change back. However, don't want to stop blogging because I'm in the middle of a £10 a week challenge and feel there is some info that might prove useful. My aim is to not just buy food as and when needed, but to build up a healthy storecuboard within the limitations of the budget. This means buying large packs of carrots/small potatoes/cooking onions, instead of buying them singly (they are cheaper in bulk and will keep for several weeks anyway). Thing to remember is that eating less should not be considered as deprivation at the lowest level. For gooness sake, if a multimillionaire an exist for several weeks eating ONLY 9 eggs a day (and how cheap is that?), and other celebs eat only 500 calories a day for the same reason - to lose weight, then perhaps it is more an attitude - they do it for a good reason and happy to live like that for a time, others who really can't afford to spend money, believe that eating less is poverty at the lowest level. Looking at working with a low budget can be inspiring. First all we have to do is make sure we have some nourishment each day, and my choice of 'best buys' would be a tray of egg (9p each), milk (25p pint), porridge oats, and own-brand bread (47p). Baked beans (of course) and a Bolognese Beanfeast. With some carrots and onions, we have quite a wide choice of meals (porridge for breakfast or scrambled egg on toast), for lunch could be beans on toast, supper a spag.bol (adding extra veg and oats to make it last for at least 3 meals). An that's only the start. Because of the problem with typing, I'm going to leave it at that and next time I write I'll be giving my 'shopping list' which proves that we can buy a lot for £10, but with at least half of the food being enough to last for at least a further week (if not a month!), leaving loadsa money left over to buy more food the next week, and especially 'food for store'. Remember, it is only the first week that we are limited to what we eat (but still have plenty of choice), ever after that we can make treat after treat after treat. And still have money left over. We've all been enjoying lovely hot weather, and at times like that we don't feel like eating much anyway. So what better time to start this challenge. One final comment. Re 'Jack's' challenge - and what a good one it is - "buy one less latte a week and use the money to buy food for a foodbank", only what did cross my mind was that anyone who would buy lattes in the first place (and assuming they are £3 each as that is the money she urges to be spent on food for the foodbanks), are they likely to be anyone who would read a poverty-level money-saving blog anyway? If not, let us hope we, at least, can find enough in our larders (well within to take to our local foodbank anyway. Hope this publishes, but in the lap of the gods.