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Plum Jam, an Amazon ban and Tablet

Plums from my plum tree.

Okay, so I admit it! Hands up! I did use this same picture on my author website blog post, but you know… I am into recycling and this is recycling, sort of. Anyway, this is a small haul of plums from my plum tree that I plan to make plum jam with. Will get the ladders out tomorrow to have a proper good look in the tree for more plums and hopefully I’ll get some. I made plum jam last year with donated plums, so am looking forward to making it again. May even make plum duff or plum pudding. I’ll see.

So how have you been doing this week for frugality? I have managed to cut my personal spending down to nothing except for the purchase of a business book (on search engine optimisation) and taking my editor, Graham, out for lunch at Zizzi’s last week. Well, I owed him one. And we had a good laugh. I haven’t bought anything else so big tick and a gold star for me!

Part of my plan for cutting back is to try and cut down on the amount of plastic we have in this house. That’s mainly things like shampoo and conditioner. I try to buy glass bottles and other non plastics where I can, but it’s almost impossible for a lot of goods. The dog food, for instance, I buy in cans, but they are always wrapped in plastic. Even fruit and veg, which doesn’t need to be wrapped in plastic, is wrapped in plastic. It’s so annoying. Anyway, there’s a new green shop opened near where I live where you can buy things without plastic packaging. I fully intend to shop there this week and see what’s what.

For saving money, spent a good part of last week going through my pantry and working out what was coming to its best before or use by date and what I could store for longer. I’ve wasted a lot of money over the years simply by not using up produce in time and that is going to stop. One of the things I made was tablet which used up two tins of condensed milk which were at their best before dates. I love tablet and the first batch turned out great, the second not as good. However, I am still eating it!! 😉

Okay, so I’m going to finish up here and say goodbye until next time. Will share with you how my plum jam went and how delicious it was on the home-made bread I am planning to make to go with it. Yum.

Dawn x