I often think it might be easier, mentally and financially to learn a few lessons from our Grandparents. I think if my Nan was giving me advice it would be along these lines:
- Eat less and don't treat every meal like a 'banquet'
- Eat locally produced, in season food- it's cheaper and tastes better
- Don't do a massive shop every week- buy only what you need
- Make more food from scratch- learn to cook
- Mend rather than throw broken items away
- If you cannot pay cash, do not have it- with the exception of a mortgage
- Have occasional treats and bring children up to understand treats are occasional
- Make the most of free resources, from foraging fruit and veg to using the library
I am fed up of spending more time away from my family to strive towards the things I do not need, which will fill my life with junk and give me more to stress me out. I refuse to keep feeding my money into the big giants. And so we as a family have made a pledge *drum roll please*
- We are going to shop local. Not the local Supermarket (with the exception of the co-operative supermarket in our small town) but the local fruit shop, delicatessen, butchers and farm shop.
- I am going to keep a chart on my kitchen wall of what fruits and vegetables are in season and plan meals around these ingredients. This chart is not conclusive but it is a good enough start for me: http://eatseasonably.co.uk/what-to-eat-now/calendar/
- I am not going to over buy. When I do a 'big shop' I tend to buy everything I need for every occasion sometimes. I am going to make a conscious effort to only buy what we need to buy, when we need to buy it.
- I am going to take advantage of reduced foods, using them to freeze or batch cook and freeze etc depending what it is.
- I will be taking advantage of offers in my local shops to stock up on goods we use regularly for example when they are on offer.