Happy New Year! May 2017 bring you love, health and happiness, with maybe a side of wealth if you are lucky.
Today my no spend January begins in earnest. As well as buying nothing except necessities such as food and petrol, I am aiming for a low spend month even on groceries. To this end I will be making meals using up everything in the fridge, freezer and larder, buying only what I need to make meals out of what we already have.
Yesterday I cleared out all of the frozen chicken carcasses and bones to make a good stock. I then pulled out a couple of bags of frozen courgettes and all of the slightly wonky veg lurking in the fridge to make a huge pan of soup. This will do us for lunches for the whole week and I have also put about half of it back in the freezer to eat as and when.
I had two bags of apples taking up far too much space in my fridge what also needed using up. They have been there for months and had kept really well but I hadn’t got around to doing anything with them. So I made two big pots of stewed apple which is also now in the freezer. I will take some to work instead of fresh fruit once we have eaten everything in the fruit bowl.
This morning I will be making banana nut loaf as we have 4 bananas past their best as well as plenty of bits left over from Christmas.
Yesterday I managed to get a great bargain. I have been generally ignoring the sales in preparation for my no spend January but I spotted a pair of lovely leather boots in the Brantano concession in the Co-op where my daughter works. They were reduced from £60 to £40 , which was still too much, but my daughter had a 20% staff discount so I thought they were worth trying on. The lady at the till then pointed out that they had a further 25% off for one day only so I couldn’t resist. When she rang them through she discovered they had been reduced even more so in the end I paid £14.50! Not bad! Good job January hadn’t started so I could justify the spend 😀. I did actually need some more boots as I had to glue the sole back onto my other pair for the second time last week so I don’t think they will last much longer.
We are off to friends for lunch and a nice long dog walk today. It’s so great that we have yet another bank holiday tomorrow and I don’t need to go back to work until Tuesday.
How are you reducing your food waste? Anything you need to use up?