The picture has nothing whatsoever to do with the post, but Blogger in it's infinite wisdom will not let upload any pictures from my computer it would for some reason let me upload one I had recently used by pressing the 'From this Blog' option, but only the last few photos I used were available, and I guess you really don't want to see any more pictures of cheese (even though a surprisingly high percentage of you do like the smelly Stilton)!!
What I was going to talk about today were some of the finer points of the £2 Housekeeping Challenge, I have had a number of emails asking how I am going to be able to manage to feed two working adults for a year on £480, the contents of my Sealed Pot opened on 3rd December.
We sat down and discussed this and how it would work when we opened the pot and found out how much we had managed to save, we were very pleasantly surprised at the amount expecting to have even less and the Challenge possibly only being able to last a couple of months. But with this amount it gives us an average of £9.23 a week for 52 weeks, if we can manage to spend NO money at all for January which has five weeks this average then goes up to £10.21 per week for the rest of the year, so you see the longer we can keep our spending as low as possible while we still have supplies in the cupboards and freezers the longer the money should last.
Someone asked what is and isn't included in the 'Housekeeping money'.
Not included are dog and cat food, as this is picked up when we visit the farm supplies shop when buying the chicken food and therefore gets paid for by our company, the pets are classed as working animals (guards, ratters and mousers to protect the chickens) so this is perfectly legal. Vets bills are also picked up by the company. The only other real exception to the Housekeeping that is actually a foodstuff is our milk bill. We have a milkman and through him have either four or six pints per week of organic milk delivered, we believe strongly in supporting local tradespeople and something as important as a milk round which is needed for the elderly in the area must in our opinion be supported. This is paid by a monthly debit straight from my M&S credit card (which means I acquire points). As this is only usually around the £10 mark per month we decided to exclude it from the Housekeeping Challenge, I guess at a pinch we could have pulled it in as this would be £120 a year, but for ease of managing the actual cash we decided to leave it as it was.
Included in the Challenge is everything else that we need to buy from shops to keep us well and healthy this coming year. So this would be groceries, long life food stuffs, fruit and vegetables while we have little growing here, toiletries, washing and cleaning products (I am going to have a try at making my own when our supplies of bought in detergent runs out).
We have good supplies to start us off, with the freezers still being full after Christmas, the food cupboards looking very healthy and my stash of bought ahead foods virtually untouched. We have enough bread flour and yeast for example to last us the whole year, so even if we bought nothing else, with this, the eggs laid by the chickens and the milk off the milkman we would never starve.
I intend from next week to go back to writing out my weekly menu (this has slipped dreadfully over the Christmas break), planning ahead and making best use of all the things we have. I have the shopping list on the fridge that will only have real necessities written on it, and if and when I do venture to the shops I will go out with blinkers on to stop me being tempted by 'bargains' and special offers.
If you have any more questions please leave a comments and I'll try and answer them in the next post.