Hey gang, is it just me or come January you are feeling the pinch too?
Dont get me wrong, we live on a pretty tight budget anyway, but come January it always feels a bit tighter.
For the past few years I’ve said to myself that I will treat myself to a gorgeous new pair of knee high boots in the sales. This hasn’t happened yet! Mainly because the ones I like are still on the expensive side. *face palm*
So today I thought I share with you some ways we are saving money this month, and beyond, hopefully they might help you too.
I’m looking specifically at realistic ways to save money– nothing daft here- all killer, no filler!
1, First up is this 365 day money saving challenge from Oh So Amelia. The idea being that it makes saving super easy, ending with a decent amount of cash- for little effort. Literally 1p on the first day, 2p on the second, 10p on the tenth day, and so on until £3.65 on the last day. I’ve printed out the printable from Amelia’s site and pinned it on our noticeboard type area. I’ve even bought a massive savings tin each for the Mr and I. Lets do this!
2, Paying for your caffeine fix. This one is more for those who work at a specific location and have to commute, like my other half. We worked out that some days he was spending £10-£15 on coffee (rounds of coffee, not always him drinking it all)!! But he does need his fix… So now he has an insulated coffee cup for his drive into work AND a massive Thermos king flask of coffee (1.2 litres!!).
He was a bit apprehensive at first about the massive flask, but his coffee is still hot even when he has had to work late. This flask boasts it can keep things hot (or cold) for 24 hours, the longest we’ve tried it for is about 18 but yes it was still hot!
3, Plan your meals!! Initially this involves several lists but is so worth it…
- Make a list of everything in your cupboards, fridge and freezer.
- Then another list- a meal list. I found asking the family or those you live with, or cook for what their favorite meals are is a good starting point. Try to get about 20 meals on your meal list.
- Choose seven for the week ahead. Then try and match up what you already have with the meals on your list.
- Then make another list, which is your shopping list. Fill in the gaps in ingredients that you’ve discovered from your detective work and voila you have a shopping list and a meal plan for the next seven days.
Once you’ve done this a couple of times it gets really easy and you don’t need to constantly stock take what you already have in. This way you wont go spending money you don’t have, when you are panicking about whats for tea on Friday afternoon. And it minimizes the risk of food going to waste.