So, I’ve done quite well this week sticking to a budget, except for buying some unbudgeted things for one of my side businesses. And that knocked off my budget and made me curse myself for doing it. However, I do need the things I ordered, so it’s a kind of rock and hard place for me. Anyway, it is what it is and I’ve had to redo my budget.
How has your week been? Have you done anything to be more frugal or to set up a small side business? My side businesses – I’m a writer and PR person full time – are selling vintage knitting patterns and I’m about to set up one selling vintage images, calendars and some stationery. I’ll share more info about it when I’m ready to launch.
I am continuing to try and cook from scratch every day, but some days it’s near impossible. I’m working long-ish hours some days and am exhausted by the end of it. The last thing I want to do is cook a big meal, so we’ve been having quick and easy to cook meals. I’m going to tackle this by doing a meal plan for next week (I usually do this, but didn’t manage it for this week) and stick to it. Not easy when you have a fussy teen daughter (who is also quite stroppy) who only wants to eat Korean food because she’s obsessed with a K-pop band. Sigh.
Managed to snag a magic bag from the Too Good to Go app. It was for a local M&S mini store and we came away with an Indian meal for two, some rolls and two cream cakes for £4. Fantastic. Going to have the meal tonight. We picked it up last night at 8.30pm, which was too late to eat and it had a use-by date for yesterday, so I shoved it in the freezer and have defrosted it for tonight’s dinner. Yum.
Talking of cooking, I’ve got a whole lot of reading up to do on pickling, drying and other methods of food preservation. I’ve got a hankering to make home-made chutney and ice-cream (not to have at the same time!), biscuits and bread. I’d also like to make sauerkraut. I really loved the pickled cabbage you get with a donner kebab, so I’d like to have a go at making it. I’ll let you know how I get on. Need to find the time in my busy schedule to get all this done!
Right, so that’s my update for just now. I’m going to love you and leave you as I have two more blogs to write before I go and make dinner. Til next time.