Thursday, 19 October 2017

Substitute Freedom~ How My Life Has Changed With One Single thought!

Everything fell into place for me last week. It was as if all the questions and disappointments and bad financial choices I'd ever made, suddenly became clear to me.

It's all so simple and yet somehow I had never seen it for myself.

It began with the statement written above. And it suddenly occurred to me that I had to think the same whenever I thought/think about buying anything other than a necessity. So for example if I find myself on the brink of buying something, I have to say to myself, for example," Is this ticket for the movies at $25 worth an hour/half an hour of my time/freedom to earn this amount?" If yes, because it is important to me to go to the movies, then I can pass GO and collect $200. But if my nose wrinkles and I think "Pooh, I wouldn't spend half an hour of my freedom in exchange to see that movie", then I know to give it a miss. It's really simple, but damn effective...How I wish I'd known this 30 years ago!

Oh well, live and learn.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Frugal Food ~ Chow Mein Becomes Tacos

Chow Mein in Lettuce Cups
I have to say, the chow mein of yesterday was delicious. I have to admit that I added a fair bit of sweet chilli, extra curry powder and sriracha, but what a revelation, delicious.

What's more, the recipe made army portions so even after my son and I chowed down on a couple of refilled bowls in lettuce cups, we found there to be rather a lot left.

Enter tomorrow's night tea, almost as if by magic!

With only the addition of taco shells, knowing we have cheese and a Greek yoghourt dressing, as well as a lettuce, I know we have Wednesday night's dinner in the bag!

I call that frugal. With my rates up to date and my monthly bills paid, now I can well and truly focus on only spending on that which is necessary. I love this frugal focus, it is a whole lot of fun. Even this last fortnight, even with the school holidays, I still managed to have enough left over at the end of the pay cycle to pay a bill I thought I would be paying for this pay fortnight.

Damn it feels fabulous!

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Frugal Food For Tuesday Night

Tonight I decided a chow mein was the order of the day, I like me some cabbage! These last couple of recipes have been so super quick, super simple and very tasty, I am loving the challenge of thirty frugal cooking days. Last night I added some asparagus and a few oven  chips to the apricot chicken, it was a huge meal. I am making an effort to cook from scratch as much as I can as I have been a little on the lazy side of late and am determined to overcome this behaviour. And I have to admit that cooking from scratch always leaves me with so much left over for the next one, sometimes two days. I have a laugh to myself as when I take leftovers to work, to warm up, I always eat my lunch at recess. I am also always super excited too when I know there’s leftovers on my menu! Also having leftovers really is a money saver, especially if the meal itself wasn’t too spendy in the first place. It also means I don’t start nosing around the canteen either, running up a bill of silly proportions.

I’ve been going mad recently, screenshotting all sorts of easy to make recipes. I promise to share them with you. I find it a lovely way to spend an evening, seeking, screenshotting and perusing fun recipes.

It really bothers me that when I am lazy, the wanton spending on food seems to spiral. And whilst I am saving very well, not wasting on clothes or possessions, I now am working towards applying that discipline with my food.

I never feel like I’m missing out on anything at all these days, yet when I was a spender I never felt like I ever had enough. Weird huh?

Here below is my apricot pulled chicken, chips, asparagus and a nice big dollop of pickle!

Monday, 16 October 2017

Frugal Food Apricot Chicken

Sometimes it’s a bit of a rush after work and I can also feel rather lazy. So I decided apricot chicken was the dish of the day for us. What I am trying to do is make sure that whatever I cook has enough for lunchy leftovers the next day. With that in mind, it’s important that I am not making too many rice or pasta dishes as I don’t want either my kid, or myself to be eating either on a seven daily basis. That is something I’ll need to watch. So I liked this recipe as it couldn’t be easier and can be thrown together in a very short amount of time. I coupled it with some broccoli and some sweet potato chips and it was thoroughly enjoyable. I’m going to tally my spending to see if I can settle on a rough daily average for our spending and food needs. For me, I find being organised and thinking ahead is the best way for me to not make stupid and lazy choices. Right now I’m experimenting to see what our realistic shopping for food actually looks like.

Let me know your fantastically frugal recipes, I’d love to try the, out on here.

Oh and here's yesterday's risotto!


Sunday, 15 October 2017

A Month Of Frugal Food

Since it’s no spend month, I will endeavour to share my frugal cooking  recipes. I began with this very easy risotto recipe as I had most of what we needed on hand. I only had to buy a can of soup and  some parmesan. I don’t normally make recipes with a soup base, or a canned soup base, but I thought I might as well give it a bit of a try, be a yes person and all that. Well it tasted pretty alright. The only thing I did add was some slices of celery for a bit of crunch and because I had some I needed to use up. Give it a go, I was pretty chuffed, along with the leftovers too!

Total spend ~ Parmesan and soup.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Becoming A Yes Girl!

Part of paring down my life of possessions and distractions has been to bring about more opportunity and more reason to say ‘yes’ to things. I am guilty of living in my own safe little bubble a lot of the time. I’m actually pretty happy there for the most part, but tend to get a little bit disappointed with myself when I get a little bit too comfy. So I am saying yes to invitations from my friends and people who ask me to do things with them.

Case in point, a friend texted me on Thursday night saying she had a spare ticket to a bawdy show at the theatre on Friday evening- did I want it? Now normally Friday night I loll on the sofa with my man friend watching home shows. I love doing this, but I also love the theatre and in my ideal life, I said I went to the theatre more, so I went. It was pretty rude, a bit amateurish and very funny. I am so glad I said yes.

When I got home, my man friend texted me and asked if I wanted to go on a motorbike ride for coffee in the morning. I am scared of motorbikes, but I also know he is a safe and goood rider, so I said yes to that. Ok, I’m a bit nervous, but so what? How can I grow if I don’t push myself outside my zone of comfort?

I really like the YES about you, are you a YES person?

Friday, 13 October 2017

Blogs That Rock My Socks (10)

I have a lot to thank Leo at ACTUALIZED for.

He is a wonderful self-help chappie who always leaves me feeling like anything is possible after I have listened to/watched him. He’s no airy fairy lightweight, he won’t let you be ordinary or predictable. He tells it like it is and then gives you suggestions for self improvement. This week I have really enjoyed his videos on not being a victim and how to be attractive and trust me it’s nothing to do with being thin and wearing make-up. Check him out, you will not regret it.