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May Round Up

This month has been a big one for us, we haven't boosted the savings as much as we would have liked but we spent a lot on our day at CentreParcs, and there were quite a few gifts to buy - although I was able to save money on postage as I saw someone who could deliver two gifts on our behalf. The main progress we've made is with the grocery budget. 

A couple of months ago Dan suggested we increase the grocery budget as things were getting a little tight. For the last two months I've had to use the grocery budget to ease the budget in other areas and we've been really impressed with how much we've been able to stretch things without any pain. In fact, things have felt far more luxurious.   Since March these are the things we've started to make instead of buy.

salads and dressings of all kinds, houmous, baba ganoush, tapenade, falafel, bread, pitta, breadsticks, torillas/wraps, flat breads, potato cakes. Munchy bits like roasted seeds, dukkah, dips, popcorn, treats such as scones, cakes and biscuits. More meal based things like roast aubergine (bit of a failure), bean burgers and sweetcorn fritters (a new favourite based on the very nice ones from M&S). I've also made more soups and smoothies, I have these for lunch and breakfast most days.

There are a lot of these things we like but didn't buy very often as they were a bit more expensive, now they are affordable and in the main are made with things we have in the pantry all the time. There's also very little waste, and what waste there is goes into the compost bin. This week we've eaten the first few bits of veg from the garden - radishes and spring onions, there are good signs of life with other things we've planted too. Father dropped off some raspberry canes this week so there may even be a little bit of fruit later in the year. The ship is turning around and things are changing and becoming clearer. 

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  1. It all sounds very promising. I've stopped making houmous from scratch as it's only me who eats it. I've been buying a mini pack of three from Aldi which does me for lunch three days a week. Good luck with your raspberry plants xx

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    1. It's all been very positive, other than the roast aubergine!

      I can see that buying the mini pots make sense for you. We eat it all the time so I know how much we'll get through, the main reason I wanted to stop buying it though was to stop the constant stream of plastic that we were throwing away, I am at war with packaging!

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  2. Your journey is commendable. I get a sense that not only have you not sacrificed, you've enjoyed your new skills and have elevated your quality of life. Good for you.

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    1. Thank you. You are exactly right, it's about more than just the food.

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  3. glad to hear that things are looking up, hope you have a wonderful weekend
    All the Best
    Fast-SoS

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  4. We upped our budget a bit this year as well. Mostly due to items such as fruit and fresh veggies becoming extremely expensive over the winter this year. Most times I manage to come in under budget, but once in a while we splurge and do a stock up shop..... Like you I find that making bread items, bakery goods, and cooking from scratch seems to make every meal a feast.

    God bless.

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    1. Thank you. It really does make even the most simple things seem more special.

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    1. I'm starting to have more successes than failures, that's for sure!

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  6. Always nice to start eating the fruits of our labour, we have started to pick salad greens and spring onions which we have as a side most lunch times.

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  7. Nothing beats the taste of home picked fruit and veg.

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    1. You're so right, as long as we overlook the leeks I grew last year, they were inedible!

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  8. Great that things are looking up and you sound so positive xxx

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    1. Thank you, I feel much better at the minute.

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