Monday, 1 September 2014

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No spend/Low Spend September




Hello Dear Reader,

Normally, I have a 'Stoptober' where I have a no spend month in October. That's going to be impossible this year as i have major purchases in that month. Instead, I've joined Sue's challenge over at Our New life in the Country to have a no spend/low spend September. This means, we'll have as many no spend days as possible and keep our spending as low as possible. We have to pay to get to work, for some food but really that will have to be that for this month. I'm having a woodstove installed at the end of October and I also have the winter's wood to pay for. Then, as the calender comes around it's Christmas and we need to have some money aside for that too. I keep a good stock of food in the house and for the next three weeks we'll be eating down our supplies. Nothing fancy for us this month, just hearty basics to keep us going.We are then going onto a £20 week budget for the rest of September.

WB Mon 1/9/14
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sun



Mon
Poached egg and grilled bacon
Fruit/yog/salad/sandwich
Chorizo fried rice with plenty of veggies
Tue
Toast and jam
Fruit/yog/salad/sandwich
Spiced pork with lemon pasta with peas
Wed
porridge
Fruit/yog/salad/sandwich
Veggie pasta bake and salad
Thur
Rice cereal
Fruit/yog/salad/sandwich
Baked potatoes with baked beans and grated cheese
Fri
Poached egg and bacon
Fruit/yog/salad/sandwich
Haddock, chips and peas
Sat
Poached egg and grilled bacon
Soup/Bread
Sticky Chinese style pork with vegetables

WB Mon 7/9/14
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sun
Poached egg and grilled bacon
Roast chicken thighs, roast pots, veggies and gravy
Sandwich and fuit
Mon
Rice cereal
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Ding cuisine – Roast dinner
Tue
Porridge
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Cauliflower cheese and crusty bread
Wed
toast
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Fish Provencal – Pollock steamed and served with a tomato sauce, mashed potato and veggies.
Thur
porridge
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Venison meat balls, gravy, veggies and small baked potato
Fri
cereal
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Pollock and parsley fishcakes with green beans and carrots. Tinned fruit and custard
Sat
Poached egg and grilled bacon
Roast Autumn vegetables with feta
Cottage pie and veggies





















WB Mon 
14/9/14
Breakfast
Lunch
Dinner
Sun
Poached egg and grilled bacon
Lamb chump chops, roast potatoes, veggies gravy, fruit pudding and custard
Sardines on toast
Mon
Rice cereal
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Ding cuisine – roast dinner
Tue
toast
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Fish pie and veggies
Wed
porridge
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Meat balls in tomato and veggie sauce with pasta
Thur
toast
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Veggie fritters with rice salad
Fri
Rice cereal
Fruit/yog/sandwich/salad
Sticky pork and chips with veggies
Sat
Poached egg and grilled bacon
Homemade pasties
Haddock, chips and peas

My menu planning is interchangeable, meaning I will have anything off the plan if we fancy it and just change the days around. I might want a roast dinner on a weekday evening and just soup on Sunday, that's OK. Having a rough plan means I can budget effectively over the next few weeks. It also means I'm not tempted to go shopping and buy anything else but to make do with what I already have. 

Anyone with school age children will have just broken the bank buying bus passes for the school term (September - December) and everything they need for the school term. Half term is at the end of October which gives families seven school weeks before they are home again. As a teacher, that means I have seven weeks where I can really rein in any spending as I don't have time for anything but work in 'term time'. It also means I need to be organised but food budgets as it makes it easier for us to have meals prepared in advance.

Over to you Dear Reader, who else is going to join in with the No Spend/Low Spend September? Let's batten down the frugal hatches and really see what we can save this month. Think of each week that you don't buy groceries as money in the bank to help offset other winter expenses. Who's with me?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx