We’re a week into March and so far and I’m determined to tackle my biggest expense – Enter Miss Piggy v Take-Away, Round 1.
Here are 5 things I’ve done since the beginning of March to cut down this major expense:
- Bought breakfast porridge sachets to keep at the office
Having breakfast prepared at the office means I don’t need to worry about rushing around to get breakfast before heading to work. The sachets cost 75c each and I used the free milk in the kitchen for porridge and tea. Cheap cheap!
- Brought my lunch to work for the past week and a half except today (met up with a friend at lunch).
As I’m always running late to work, having a stockpile of frozen meals which I can grab and microwave at work cuts down time and money in the morning. This week and last I had pre-made vegetarian Thai Green Curry, creamy chicken Laksa soup and leftover roast pumpkin and spinach salad for lunches. Note to self: don’t put 2 cans of beans and chickpeas into a salad – leads to awkward bowel movements in the office!
- Made dinner from existing groceries in the fridge and used up old vegetables.
I made vegetable fritters from corn, zucchini, potatoes, onion and eggs which I already had in the fridge and paired these with crispy bacon. This made enough for 2 dinners and a lunch. Yum!
- Switched to healthy snacks
Instead of chips and junk food for snacks, I’ve switched to healthier alternatives. I’ve become addicted to oven-baked, sea salt and olive oil kale chips ($2.50 for a large kale bunch) and seasonal fruit. I buy imperfect fruits which is much cheaper and the same quality, which is great given some fruit can be quite pricey. I also stock up on soft cheeses and crackers which is cheap at my supermarket – $3 for a quarter wheel of camembert – no one can complain about that!
and last but not least….
- Kept walking past McDonalds
At the end of a long day at work the first thing I want is a big cheesy burger, fries and popcorn chicken prepared and made by someone who isn’t me. Doesn’t help that I walk past two McDonalds on the way home. It takes a lot to remind myself that I need to eat what is in the fridge first, save money, and get fit – none are helped by buying a greasy $12 meal – and keep walking on.
Have you done anything frugal this week? Leave your comments below and don’t forget to subscribe!
xx Miss Piggy
Cover illustration by Blair Breitenstein