This last week my husband and I decided to put anything extra money into a pot. I had a rather elaborate system of pots and jars, which we have simplified a bit! I counted it up today to see what I could put into the bank, and after just 10 days we have managed to put aside nearly £300 - how surprised am I!!!!! This is extra bits of money that usually disappears into our pockets and gets frittered (I like that word) away on nothing much - a bottle of wine, maybe a magazine, a bar of chocolate for me, another one 'cos I had a busy day, another one cos' I deserve a treat and on and on, until the purse/wallet is empty.
But now £300 for doing nothing and not really depriving ourselves of anything! I think this saving lark could get addictive!
I have also been diligent with what we are spending on food. I have only spent a few pounds this week topping up on milk and veg. I have stuck to my weekly menu (tonight is dips night in front of a film). Tomorrow will be 'use it up' day. All the left over bits of veg etc will be turned into a curry which should last us until Monday. I really enjoy planning my menu for the week (this weeks culinary highlights have been Moroccan Squash Stew with Couscous, home made flatbreads with squash, homemade pizza with kids, finished with a pear flapjack crumble). Looking forward to seeing just what our spend is by the end of the month.