And now - TODAY - it really starts .... the truly frugal living.
Once again my cupboards are full, not purposefully filled up, things have just crept up on me as usual. Before I went away on holiday I placed an Approved Foods order with that weeks housekeeping money, they had tempted me with Ryvita of all things, but at 33p a pack who was I, nay how was I to say no!! We both love them, all the different flavours, with butter with jam, with spread, with pate etc etc etc. Of course I totally forgot I was still doing the Dukan diet and they are totally carbalicious!! I will be able to re-introduce them soon though as long as I stick to my diet a little bit better and get to my target weight by the end of November. It really won't matter if they are a little bit more out of date!!
The stash in this cupboard has gone down quite a bit and more room is now taken up with home produced stuff, pickles beetroot etc.
This cupboard is looking much clearer too now, you don't have to be ready to catch falling contents anymore as you open the door!
This cupboard has all the bottles of juice and olive oil bought when they were on offer, the juices make for a much cheaper drink for Lovely Hubby instead of the flavoured waters he used to drink. The big mixes are all from Approved Foods and save us a fortune.
Although this one came as a bit of a shock.
When I spoke to LH while I was on holiday he said "what have you ordered from Approved Foods this time,the box weighs a ton" and I honestly couldn't think of anything that would be that heavy. Then I came home and saw this, it is 12.5 kg of Chocolate Sponge Mix and not the 2.5 kg bag I thought it was!! But at just £4.99 for the bag it was a real bargain. LH will be enjoying chocolate sponge in many many guises for months to come, I may even have to help him a little bit, even though I'm not that keen on chocolate cake I can eat it with custard now and then.
This weekend I'm going through the household expenses with a fine toothcomb and whittling away at anything not totally necessary. Our lovely little red Fiat 500 went back to the lease company yesterday, it was simply one car too many and now that we live so close to where LH works we have no need for this little fuel economiser. So although we loved it we didn't need it anymore and with that gone we have almost £200 extra to add to our savings each month, it was sad to see it being driven away though.
Now it's time to get back to the arithmatic, I need to be so strict next month with the housekeeping that it is a good job we are so stocked up, we will be living off the stores for at least the next six weeks looking at my rough figures. I guess it will be another How Low Can You Go type challenge.
Have a nice weekend everyone.