Becoming more frugal is a journey that the husband and I began last year. We were in the full throws of wedding planning, between us we saved the £4,000 for our special day in 6 months. So once we did the deed and became Mr & Mrs it made sense to look over our spending before curbed extravagance of our pasts crept back into our every day.
If only it was that simple. In October I changed jobs, my take home pay is now half what it was, time at home has doubled.
This forced us to think , to reassess, to prepare for tightening belts. Time at home and time to cook was the first big change, takeaway menus were recycled and we were saving £240. Looking at the cost per month makes me feel guilty at such wastage of money, in a year we would have spent in the region of £2,880 on Chinese food, Indian takeouts and pizza.
Frivolous spending is not a need, we don’t want to be living with it.
My lovely husband is very supportive, the maths spoke for its self and we binned the take out. He is a life long carnivore, often the takeaway would be his only meat fix. Still he has not grumbled as he is fed on lentils and beans.
I enjoy cooking for us and have been gradually reducing our food spending. Now we are at a point that I am confident I can invest some of my free time in feeding us frugally (we have eaten like kings for 2 weeks on £35).
Reading around the blogosphere many people have inspired me and educated me on our journey. Beans, lentils (love them, tasty and cheap) filling up on pasta, rice and potatoes, loaded plates of veg, porridge for breakfast , leftovers for lunch. Home cooking, real food, healthy food, cheap tasty, frugallicious food that has been our plan.
So when you find a plan that works
-stick to the plan… … simple?
My darling husband is type 2 diabetic. He has been advised to loose weight, around 3 stone. So dutiful wife here thought we were eating healthily, husband was convinced .
We were wrong.
Husband returned from his annual diabetic review appointment with a fist full of leaflets and a hint of confusion and a smile.
“I should be able to come off the tablets in a year”
“But we are not eating the right things”
Now this was a curve ball….. We are healthy aren’t we? Loads of vegetables, hardly any processed foods, minimal amounts of bread.
Well not if you are diabetic. I was handed the leaflets and darling husband retreated to the kitchen to make a cuppa.
High protein, low-carb ….. these are the words I am currently digesting. Wondering how we can shoe horn these needs into our want of a frugal life.
Like any life long change the diet remake will not happen overnight. It needs to be gradually introduced or my lovely Mr won’t stick to it (his idea) but it will mean a massive reduction in the staples of our current meal plans. Eventually we will say goodbye to white rice, bread and cake; pasta, potatoes, lentils and beans need to be used sparingly.
My plan is to read ….LOTS work out how to proceed.
All ideas are greatfully received.