I had just started to do the usual weekly menu plan on Monday, when I realised that rummaging about in the freezers to see what we had was making my poor little hands freezing cold AND more importantly letting all the nice cold air out of said freezers. So I hatched a plan.
Or rather I made a plan!!
It was of course a lot rougher than this until I sat down at the computer yesterday and neatly typed it all out. Now whenever I am making up my weekly menu or even thinking about what else we might want to eat I have it all there in black and white.
Well green, black and white ....but you know what I mean.
And of course a good side of this was that now all the freezers are nice and neat and everything is well organised, so when I do go in there for the food for each evening meal I should be able to find exactly what I want within seconds and then close the door again.
But, of course I must remember to cross things off my list as we use them or we will be very disappointed when I next make up a menu!
What shocked me the most was the sheer amount of food that we have in stock and it has made me resolve to eat our way through all this food before we do anymore shopping.
It is a good job we have all this though as we have seriously gone into 'saving mode' now, and the plan this month is to pay off our credit cards. We usually do this in full every month but last month our spend was pretty high due to unexpected bills and we only paid off half of one of them so the other half, added to some spending after we paid the bill means that this one is pretty high again and we are simply biting the bullet and paying off the lot, which will take away most of my housekeeping money.
You may ask why we have credit cards when we are living simply and frugally, well it's simple the cards we have M&S and T*sco give you points for every purchase in every shop, and when we buy petrol. They reward you with vouchers every quarter that you can use for shopping or double up for treats, so we tend to put everything on the cards and pay them off each month so we have lots of voucher pounds at the end of each quarter.
Well for the next six weeks it's going to be cash all the way, as I want to watch every penny. I have to sit down and work out how much cash I will actually have, but I know now there's not a lot!!
Still it will get me practising for next year and my £2 Challenge.