Dirty Mash

I’ve rebelled this week. Every week, just about, for the past 18 months I’ve had Rubber Chicken. I roast it on a Sunday, have it cold and in sandwiches on Monday and Tuesday, then make soup with the bones on Wednesday. But this week, well – this week I haven’t done that!! I was in…

Rubber Chicken – revisit, one year on!!

I can’t believe it’s a whole year since I first wrote about Rubber Chicken. It’s the post that people keep coming back to. It’s been mentioned on the Forum of Money Saving Expert.‘ It’s been used by 67 and Stopped Counting during her ‘Holiday’ in Mallorca during Lockdown. If you haven’t read it, here it…

Rubber Chicken – Soup Day

As promised a few days ago, here’s how I make my chicken soup. You should know by now that I’m evangelical about Rubber Chicken, so-called because you stretch the chicken as far as it’ll go. I get 7 meals (4 main meals, 3 lunches) out of one chicken. My last chicken cost me £2.17, so…

Nerd Alert!!

I’ve been husbanding my resources for exactly a year now. I’ve kept a log of what I’ve been spending on food. Every. Single. Penny. There’s a spreadsheet. There’s a graph. I know how much I’ve spent each week. I know how much I’ve spent over the year in total.  And I know my monthly, weekly,…

Veganuary – how’s it ve-going?

Are you doing Veganuary? I decided I was going to eat less meat. I’m not going to go full-on Veganuary – but I’m going to eat less meat, and less red meat in particular. And it fits perfectly with my overall plan to eat healthily but cheaply. Good for my health, good for my bank…

Shopping for One – 7 thoughts

Back to normal after the jollifications. It’s quite nice to get back to some ordinary food!! Today I’ll be doing my first weekly shop of 2020. I’ve been ‘husbanding my resources’ since my husband left – but shopping and cooking for one isn’t always easy. I’ve been doing it for nearly a year now, and…

Thick Socks and Smart Meters

So many reasons for saving electricity – the planet and my bank account being the principal ones (and not necessarily in that order, if I’m being brutally honest). After my husband left, I needed to watch every penny. I also had an ongoing issue with my electricity supplier regarding my smart meter. Saving money would…

Christmas is a-coming…

It’s the 25th of October – Christmas is a-coming, the goose is getting fat. But what about the bank balance? So many calls on the money – drinks out here there and everywhere, the Office Do, Secret Santa, Christmas Jumper Day, pressure from the kids. Things you didn’t know you needed on every advert and…

Handbags and Gladrags

I haven’t bought any clothes AT ALL for eight months. I’m not a big clothes shopper at the best of times – but even for me, that’s a long time. I’ve been Husbanding My Resources like billy-o since my husband left the marriage in February. I’ve cut back my food bills, my energy bills, my…

Not-so-Smart Meter

I had a smart meter, which stopped working when I switched energy suppliers. I’d had it for about 6 weeks but then it stopped working. I liked it – I liked being able to see how much energy I was using, and I got a warm glow when I could see the usage drop after…

My Mean Food Bill

A couple of people (online and in real life!) have asked me to go into more detail about how I keep my spending so low (average £17.88 a week over the last 6 months) – what do I actually buy? You already know (from Husbanding my Resources) what my  rules are – use up what’s…