Monday, 14 July 2014
Are small savings worth the bother?
Hello Dear Reader,
Every Sunday, we eat a 'Sunday roast' of some sort or another. We ate an odd meal yesterday, 'mock roast'. I wrap a strip of bacon around each sausages, of the eight in the pack and cooked them in the oven along with some roast potatoes. We ate those along with a pile of steamed vegetables and gravy. As usual, I plated up four meals.....two of which we have eaten tonight.
It might seem like a small saving but every time I use my oven for one hour, it costs us 42p! It's a funny thing to be aware of but by having one meal a week that I cook before and microwave, means I save £21.84 a year. I try to use my oven as little as possible. I will often cook a joint of meat in the slow cooker, part boil the potatoes, spray them with oil and finish them in my mini oven until they are crispy. I use a triple stack steamer and cook all my vegetables on one gas ring. All of these things are really minor in themselves but they all add up. I only use my oven once or twice a week, so five times a week I'm saving 42p each time and over the year that adds up to £107.40 a year just by limiting the use of my oven.
I remember showing you photos of my new utility area and readers being aghast that I now own a tumble drier. I have a tiny house and wet winters. I needed it but I'm aware that each load costs 50p to dry. Consequently, I put my washing out to 'blow' all year unless it's wall to wall sleet and rain which of course it can be now and then. I try and dry what I can around the house but face up to 'finishing it' in the tumble drier. By simply being aware of the cost ensures that I use it only when I really have to.
I do the same when I shop. I look for the best value for money. I check silly things such as how many square metres of toilet tissue I'm getting and then compare prices. I check prices per kilo and look for the best deals. Often, prices are per 100g, so times that by 10 to get the kilo price. Supermarkets will do what ever they can to make comparison difficult. I never assume an offer is good value and always assume that BOGOFs have an inflated first price. I check 'mysupermarket' if an offer does look good, for example, I went to Waitrose, who have the reputation for being the most expensive supermarket, when they had on offer on Ecover. It turned out to be cheaper than buying it in bulk online and cheaper than anywhere else so I stocked up.
I think the small savings are worth it. In times when prices just keep rising, it's a small way for us to keep on top of our household expenses and although we never seem to have extra money in our hands, we can keep within a budget so we can save.
Over to you, what small savings do you make that are worth it to you?
As ever, I love to hear from you.
Love Froogs xxxx