Saturday, 5 August 2017

Frugal Food I Love & Make

Spinach & Chick Pea Curry

  • 2 cans Chickpeas
  • 3 cloves Garlic
  • 2 tsp Ginger
  • 1 Parsley/chilies
  • Big handful of Spinach
  • 1  onion
  • Oil for cooking
  • 1 can Coconut milk
  •  6 oz Tomato paste
  • 2 tsp Garam masala
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Paprika, smoked
  • 1 Salt and pepper

This recipe is great, because it is really cheap and tasty. Once you have the spices, you have them for ages for another several batches and then it's a case of just getting coconut milk, onion and garlic. I use fresh or bottled garlic and I also use ginger powder to bring the price down. You don't have to be exact and can simply throw the lot in after browning the onion.

Sometimes we have rice or quinoa or zoodles.

I never ever claimed to be a good cook, but I like cooking in army portions so I have lots of leftovers for the following days. I sometimes like cooking and other times I can't bring myself to find the creative energy. I eat very little meat, but prefer to eat quality food over cheap. Whilst I am out to not waste money, I value my health and don't want to eat palm oil ridden, crappy quality.

One place I have found a big money leak is in the area of food if I am not organised. If I am organised I can cook once or twice a week and have enough left over so I can take it to work, eat well and not use the services of the canteen. I sometimes have a takeaway coffee, but this is usually a treat and when I am on a date with my special friend. We take turns to buy for each other.

Friday, 4 August 2017

My Minimalist Challenges

One thing that the last few years has taught me is the art of understuffing or a sort of minimalist lifestyle.

This room above is not my own, but it is actually quite similar in a lot of ways. I used to be a collector, NOT a hoarder, but I did have a whole lot more things in my life than I have these days.

I love that in my kitchen I have empty drawers and cupboards. I love that in my linen cupboard there are empty shelves. I still have a few too many glasses and cups, but as they break naturally, I don't replace.

I love that my bathroom is pristine and not covered by towels or product type stuff. My good friend laughs that as a girl, I take even less time than him to get ready on a morning than he does - and he's very low maintenance. I really don't like stuff and I love giving things away or having natural attrition apply to the things/stuff in my life.

I'm going to set myself a few challenges in today's/future posts. I know from past experience that when I blog I really rise to the occasion of succeeding in achieving the aims I have for myself.

The first challenge is a simple, but applicable one and that is -

Challenge one: To not buy any body type products until everyone I have has been used up.

I'll let you know how I go....maybe do a stocktake as I buy in bulk for cheapness and I have a laundry cupboard all full of products

Thursday, 3 August 2017

I'm 46 And Has All My Thinking Been Wrong?

I'm 46 now.

It is my wish and dream to be retired by the age of 55 (at the latest).

At least I thought it was. Until one day I realised that if this really was my wish and dream as I have been telling myself for so long, then why had I not been putting all my energy into realising this dream? It seems it's only a dream and something I haven't really been working towards.

I don't have a credit card.

I don't have debts other than my mortgage and I do save each fortnight BUT I am still dilly-dallying along, buying myself more than a few treats and not letting my money really work to serve me. This year alone I have accrued a lot of new clothing and household items, that in truth I had no need of. I can't put a dollar price on what I have spent, but I do know that it would have added valuable extra cash to the savings or mortgage payments.

So it seems there are still many things I can do to boost my financial lifestyle in order to realise the dream I have.

I am a single mom and I have never had any assistance for my child from any other party, but in truth, the costs my child incurs aren't really big enough for me to complain about so far.

So it's thinking cap time. Where am I going to cut down and which treats really are treats and ones I wish to keep to ENHANCE not clutter my life up?

Next post to reveal.....