At the end of July Froogs (Frugal Queen) announced that she was having Austerity August (see HERE), well although we are now 11 days into this lovely (up to now) Summery month I had yet to take the challenge and join in.
Well here I am .... and it's now Austerity August in our house.
We are using up what we have in store, we really need to empty the big chest freezer ready for the move so we will be using up what's in there, emptying out and eating what's left in the cupboards and making what we can from what we have growing in the Veggie Patch and in the various tubs and pots around the place.
We've used up a lot of our stash of non-food items bought and documented on the stand alone page 'I Love Saving Money - 2013' at the top of the Blog, and the cupboard contents have dwindled because of our need to make the £2 Housekeeping Challenge money last as long as possible, so our saviour for Austerity August will be the Veggie Patch, thank goodness for green fingers.
I've been taking inspiration from one of my favourite books.
I read this many years ago when the boys were small, I borrowed it repeatedly from the library and read it over and over and it really gave me inspiration for saving money and growing my own food on a somewhat smaller scale. The weird thing is that re-reading it this week I have discovered that they lived pretty near to where our new place is situated. And only today a paragraph jumped out at me when they talked about going into Llanrwst for an interview for a job, Llanrwst will be our nearest town for shops, doctors, dentists etc, what a coincidence.
Although I am sincerely hoping our new home on the hill doesn't turn into a hovel !!
Austerity August has got off to a brilliant start with this lovely crop of potatoes just dug up by Lovely Hubby.
The cost of them .... absolutely nothing!!
They are the result of a few potatoes being left in the raised bed last year by accident and have grown wonderfully with only a minimal amount of earthing up and watering. Food fresh from the garden and totally free what more can you ask.
Off to cook some right now, they will simply be lightly boiled and then sprinkled with freshly ground sea salt and black pepper, some chopped herbs and a generous dollop of mayo, and served with some left over tomatoey vegetables and pasta from last night.
Tea for free, now that's a good start. :-)