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.