Some of this relates to choices and behaviours. I'd like to quote something I have only just read from 'Family Feasts for a Fiver':
'Disciplined household management is a bit like going to the gym and keeping fit; it's tough at the beginning but, if you stick at it, it becomes habit and then, ultimately, a lifestyle.'
I think that really hits the nail on the head for me. I'm more or less at the 'habit' stage, I think, having started this at the end of January.
Some of these tips are specific and some are general. Some relate to choices and some to behaviours. So I'd better stop rambling and start!
I still do. I ring the changes - wholemeal, white, granary, a mixture of flours. I also keep a sourdough for the occasional times when I fancy a longer baking 'experience'.
Use any leftovers - bread and butter pudding, croutons, breadcrumbs, toast. Don't throw your money away! Bread is one of the most wasted foods in this country and, with a bit of forethought, it doesn't have to be.
If you are time poor, batch cook/bake and freeze in portions so you only have to do a construction job at the end of the day or prepare your own ready meals and freeze them. A few hours spent doing this now and again pays dividends. Just think of the skills you are acquiring too.
But remember to keep that freezer list up to date.
There's some great places for ideas online. Find Jack Monroe's site, Thrifty Lesley's site, if you're on Facebook, join Feed Yourself for a Pound A Day (brilliant group), Take time now and again to Google something like 'very frugal recipes' and I then use Tools: Country: the UK because there are loads of US sites that are no earthly use to me in the UK - different ingredients and, to be honest, different ideas about what 'frugal food' actually means. Anything that starts 'make up a packet of Betty Whatshername's Make Your Own Thingummyjig' goes straight in the virtual bin!
I think we are now conditioned to 'need' a loaded plate. Look at the adverts, look at what you're given in a pub or restaurant. The food is almost falling off the side! If you find it hard to reduce portions sizes, use a smaller plate so there aren't so many gaps. The eye most certainly deceives the mind and the same amount on a smaller plate can look and feel so much more filling.
It sounds a bit like slimming advice, doesn't it? It works the same way and I can promise you that if you are wanting to lose weight, forget the calories and focus on eating healthily and in a balanced way on a fairly strict budget and you WILL lose weight.
So there you go. All these have helped me to turn a wish into a habit and will take me on into a lifestyle. All I am doing is taking control and making changes that I am happy with and I'm enjoying the bonuses by (as someone on Pound a Day said) saving £s as I lose lbs.
Thanks for reading.