They are, in no particular order…
- Organisation and clutter control
- Healthy eating/cooking
So, here are my intentions for 2015…
Resolution: I have found (and hidden) a pot for saving £2 coins. I only have £6 so far and I will most likely take some out every now and then but it’s just one coin that I can take out of my change and put aside and it’s saved. Having it in my purse or pocket would most likely mean that it just goes in to the vending machine at work, so if it’s squirrelled away, I can’t spend/waste it. I have also taken part in a couple of surveys today and earned a little money on that. I have gone through the settings on our Tesco Clubcard and set it to save our points throughout the year so that we just get one load of vouchers in November, ready for Christmas. I’ve updated settings on our Tesco Orchard scheme to get more benefits and offers from that. I have joined topcashback and I have decided to set up a standing order to pay £30 in to a savings account each month. We’ve not spent any money on takeaways this month either. We are allowing ourselves one this evening as its our anniversary but then no more unless its a special occasion.
We have also pledged to do one morning a of the weekend of overtime each whenever it is available just to get that little bit extra in each month.
All little changes but a good start for the first week of the year in my opinion. I have an idea of some more websites I’d like to join and take advantage of, I’d like to be a bit more savvy with our grocery shopping and Liam and I have a date on sunday with Martin Lewis and the online budget planner. I am not looking forward to seeing how much money we throw away but I know we will both feel so much better and more positive once we are on track.
Issue: Crap. Junk everywhere! Unfinished projects, supplies for unstarted projects. Crap that we haven’t thrown away because we “could use that for something” TOYS! So many toys! Books that we will never read, clothes that we will no longer wear. Random household stuff like clocks and laptop bags and tv units. Just so much junk and all so unorganised and ‘cluttery’. Our house is not big, not by a long shot so why oh why do we keep filling it with all this crap that we don’t need?
Also, all of those ‘once a month jobs’ that never get done once a month and then all need doing at the same time… Like cleaning the condenser unit in the dryer, sorting the vacuum filters etc. Urgh! Too much.
Issue: We tend to eat the same things over and over. We buy the same things on our food shop and then still buy takeaways on top. When Dexter started weaning I was all over looking up new recipes and flavours but slowly slipped back in to old habits. We don’t eat a huge amount of junk and when I cook I generally cook from scratch but there are some things we buy out of laziness, foods we eat out of habit and boredom and not out of need or hunger. The takeaways over the last month or 3 have become increasingly more common and all the weight I worked so hard to lose 3 years ago has slowly started creeping back on.
I plan on doing one basic shop each month for basic ingredients or cupboard staples and then top up each week with fresh stuff. This way we can never say we’ve got nothing in. I have joined a few cooking groups on facebook and enjoy trying new recipes I find. I have also created a board on pinterest for freezer cooking ideas. Freezer cooking is basically where you can prepare so many meals in one go by dividing up fresh/ raw ingredients into food bags, freezing them and then taking out one bag to defrost before throwing it all in the slow cooker. It makes the whole process so much easier and you just do several meals worth of prep all in one go so you aren’t spending ages in the kitchen every day. It’s easy, convenient and I know exactly what I will be feeding my family.
What are resolutions? Have you made any? I’d love for you to share them with me. Please leave a comment.
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