Hello Dear Reader,
I can only guess that some of you are new to all of 'this'................you know, frugality! (Visitor stats have shot up) It may be forced on you or you may have woken up to the realities, as we all have, that life if much more expensive and salaries remain the same. I'm used to this now and many of you who read are on the same journey as myself and Dearly Beloved. We want a simpler life. We don't want to keep up with Jones. We don't want a new sofa from DFS, we don't want kitsch Kitson dripping off our walls and we don't need to primp our appearances and know we are good enough as we are..............wobbly bit n'all!
In the style of my recent resolutions, I thought I would share the simple solutions to living cheaply, one by one. It gives me time to think of them and you time to digest and wonder if maybe it might work? For you, it may not, for others, it might.
1. Change your priorities.
Like so many people, I wanted my life to be organic, free range and fair trade, you know......all a bit Totnes and yogic, with a bit of Riverford on the side, a sprinkling of Seasalt, a dash of French lessons all tossed in a Volvo and served on a south facing patio. I wanted the hunter wellies, a frock like Kirsty and a bum that never sagged. Reality isn't like that!
Real life doesn't come with bunting (who ever thought of that stupid chaff!) and doesn't get served on a polka dot wipe clean oil cloth! It goes out to work, comes home creased (and sagging) and never has time to peel a celeriac!
I'm not digressing and I am getting to the point. Make it your priority to serve simple home made food. It doesn't need to be organic just the veg you can afford. Here is my home made veggie lasagne, with veg from Lidl, Tesco value mature cheddar and lasagne sheets, Tesco value UHT skimmed milk, Lidl strong white bread flour and Lidl sun dried tomatoes in the bread. All served on my thrifted world war two plates.
I make my cheese sauce in the microwave, I don't precook the lasagne sheets. I make my bread in a bread machine. I don't have posh ingredients, I just do the best I can with the ingredients I have. I can't afford meat every day, so we have it two or three times a week.
My priority is to get a meal on the table when we get in from work, for it to be wholesome, filling and tasty. We have piles of veg and nothing's posh. Learn a few recipes and get them right and then move on to a few more. When was the last time you just made soup, or a stew, or a cottage pie and yes, you can just use veg if that's all you have.
Our menus are very simple, not exotic and repeat themselves every so many weeks. There's no take aways or ready meals, just simple home cooked food. I make it my priority to just feed us simply and I don't care if it's plain and simple. We eat well enough for us.
So, if all of this is new to you, a first priority is to just eat simply, without the fuss and don't worry if it's what you can afford.
Love Froogs xxxxx