Do you watch the 'live' program Money Saving Expert (MSE) AKA Martin Lewis? Its back on our TV and I try to catch it most weeks. Last weeks was quite interesting because he spoke to the 'Yellow Sticker Queen'. Apparently she has been on his program numerous times doing challenges to bring home virtually a weeks shopping for a few pound. She was very savvy getting to work on her haul as soon as she gets home. Straight away she's cooking things that needed using up quickly, chopping and freezing other things and generally making sure none of it was wasted. She sort of does a quick meal plan according to what she has managed to purchase. This process is undertaken week in week out and it has saved her a considerable sum. Being frugal had become a habit but it was now impacting on her life. I suppose you could say she was hooked on the money saving and had become anxious about spending money. Let's face it 'all work(frugality) and no play (spending) can make Jack a dull boy'.
I thought Martin was really good in his explanation, he said he applauded anyone who saved money on everyday things, but saving money should enable you to spend money on what you choose. And I couldn't agree more. The money I save week in week out turning of lights, turning down the thermostat, checking the internet for the best grocery prices, not wasting water etc gives me extra coffers to spend on the things I like doing. Going on holiday, going out with my friends, running a car etc. I have the ability to choose, I'm not frugal for frugal's sake, I simply hate waste. My grocery spend last month was £95.19 and we ate very well with no compromisng. I would like to introduce more meat free days, we currently have 2 a week.
Over the weekend I visited a Food Warehouse a new outlet backed by Iceland foods. They do a lot of bulk items but I wasn't impressed. I purchased some Christmas cards for 79p from the Cancer Research shop and I got 2 large punnets of berries for £1 simply by waiting half an hour. I knew the market stall aims to close at 3:30 so by 3 they normally double up on what they are selling rather than put it back on the lorry. There was rather a lot so I've frozen a bag. I've been buying extra 39p broccoli heads from Tesco and freezing them once prepped. I've also put an extra 2.5kg bag of white potatoes (£1 Tesco) in a cool dark place to use next month. I'm hoping to pick up some apples from my daughters tree and make some apple and blackberry pie filling for those cooler autumn evenings. All those little savings and tweaks week in week out add up. Have you been to a Food Warehouse near you? Bye for now. Tx