Tuesday, 29 May 2012

2 more days

Just 2 more days until the challenge officially begins.  But I've worked really hard over the last few weeks to stick to a budget that feels realistic but has a bit of wiggle room for emergencies.  I may even start June with a few extra pounds to start off my savings and emergency funds.

I've been doing as much research as I can by reading blogs, forums and books.  Living frugally isn't about being cheap or denying yourself pleasure.  It's all about making your money go further and enjoying all the pleasures you want without going into debt.

Fortuitously, Channel 4 are repeating their Superscrimpers series.  I watched the recent series but missed some of the previous one so I'm picking up more good tips.  I've stuck it in the planner to watch at my leisure and sit down at night with a coffee to learn from the experts.  I'm pleased to see that a lot of what they're suggesting is stuff I already know how to do.  I just haven't been doing it!!

So 8 days ago I only had £35 left in my budget. We've had almost a week of bare minimum spending and I've got a few pounds left. I'm so excited to know that I can do this. So meals have been created using what's left in the bottom of the fridge, freezer and my storecupboard.

Last night's tea was eggy noodles.

I stir fried some onion, red pepper, garlic and ginger.  Then added 2 beaten eggs to sort of scramble.  Then added some egg noodles.

A good splash of soy sauce and a filling nutritious meal for 2 was served.

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