Saturday, 10 February 2018
My plans for this year included saving as much money as I can which means getting my monthly living expenses down to a third of my take home salary. Easiest way to do this is to cut my supermarket costs. Every time I visited one last month I wrote on my kitchen whiteboard the amount spent and totaled it up at the end of the month. The first large amount was a restock of my storecupboard as I'd lasted a month without a big shop. The small amounts were when I popped into Lidl on my way home from work to get some fresh fruit and vegetables.
I'm mostly feeding myself and occasionally OH and his Teenogre but haven't yet worked out what a sensible average monthly spend should be. The £186.20 includes food AND everything else like toilet paper, bin bags, toothpaste etc. I really enjoy seeing how other bloggers cut their food costs by doing different challenges and admire how they work out what each meal costs. I'm not at that stage (yet) so for now am happy to do a general supermarket tally. Taking a look at my past supermarket totals, that's a huge improvement already!!
Throughout January I've been saving and drying my citrus peels to use as firelighters. I think it was my friend Sarah who mentioned it (?) Anyhoo I gave it a go and used them last night to light the woodburner, with mixed success! They were rather sparky but smelled lovely 😊