At first I wondered whether I should write a financial tip this week, in light of the situation in Haiti, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it was through my changing my spending habits and reducing my spending I became able to give more. I rang a close friend who I’ve made a budgeting system for and she shared she was, due to the jar system, able to for the first time see a disaster on tv and make a financial contribution. My hope is that as we reduce our spending we think more about not only saving but giving! Without further adieu, here is the tip:
Once a week make a big batch of soup and once a week use your slow-cooker/crockpot! Sounds easy enough, yes?
I have blogged before about my slashing my grocery and food spending by 75% while still ensuring I get 3 fruits, 3 veg and protein every single day! One of the ways I do this is to have a mix of very frugal meals with more costly meals! By making one large batch of soup a week, usually costing around £1.50 – £2.00 to make, I can get 8 meals at an average of around 25 pence per meal for a hearty bowl of soup with a small salad and a roll or crackers/cheese! You will find some of my soup recipes here! Similarly by using the slow cooker to make a casserole, dahl or curry each week, once again I’m finding healthy, frugal meals for around 40 pence per serving. Making use of leftovers for lunches as well as freezing meals for the future, I not only make sure I have three or four very frugal meals per week, I also have meals ready in a pinch when I have unexpected visitors or have 5 minutes to eat something before racing out the door! This very simple tool keeps my food budget in check!
Edited To Add: Picture of soup above once blended! This post actually inpsired me to make another soup I love this afternoon, carrot & lentil. It was deeeelicious