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Pause

via Daily Prompt: Pause In 2009 my Dad got sick and we nearly lost him, my world as I knew it somehow shifted focus.  I love the bones of my Dad, he's my hero and then in an instant I became the responsible adult.  He wasn't himself , drugged up raving & hallucinating, chasing the… Continue reading Pause

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£50 a month for food is very possible

  Food can be as expensive as you want it to be. If you don't plan, have a list or shop around then you will always pay more.  Savings never fall out of the sky; you have to do a little legwork.  I always use an ingredients list for the week or month, spend a… Continue reading £50 a month for food is very possible

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Final Week – Some Lazy Treats

When I have mentioned the challenge, guesses on how much a plate of food costs have varied from 50 to 80 % out (they have all guessed more expensive). To the extent that I think I'll consider a pop-up as I'd clean up 😉

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Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 6-7

I am on the third week and I am not missing anything, I am well fed, my energy is up and my pocket has surplus cash. Some recipes I haven't eaten in years and they have been easy, quick and tasty.  The menu is varied and I am eating leftovers as well as cooking in… Continue reading Week3-Eat for £50 a month-Recipes 6-7

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Week 2 – Eat for £50 a month, recipe 6-7

I have founds so far on this challenge that I am rather partial to lentils and that's not just because they bulk out a meal and are cheap but because they are yum and research has found they are exceedingly good or us.  I love potatoes and eggs and I eat both a little too… Continue reading Week 2 – Eat for £50 a month, recipe 6-7

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Week 2 – Eat for £50 a Month Challenge

Today is the end of the first week of the £5o a month challenge and I am feeling a little smug as on the whole it's been a resounding success. Two friends & some of their friends are all set to sign-up, after one came round for dinner last week and sampled the meatballs and the… Continue reading Week 2 – Eat for £50 a Month Challenge

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Living Paycheck to Paycheck is Often a State of Mind

I started my adult search for a career straight out of college in Ireland,  I didn't get the jobs I applied for initially.  I was a trained analyst/programmer and female which 20+ years ago was unusual as there weren't many a) programmers around and b) female ones were a novelty.   I went for a… Continue reading Living Paycheck to Paycheck is Often a State of Mind

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Day 6-7 Eat For £50 A month Challenge

It's rather hot in London today! and hotter in my kitchen where I've had trial and error with recipes, requiring a few changes due to the remaining items still available on the shopping list.  I do think however that I have managed to conjure up a few tasty, healthy treats "high five to me", or perhaps a… Continue reading Day 6-7 Eat For £50 A month Challenge

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Day 1- 5 Eat for £50 a month Challenge

As I updated on the previous post the spend is £7.03 on the weeks essential food shop fruit, veg & protein and £8.57 on store items incl. rice, lentils, beans etc. The meal plan for the first week is for my sis who really wants to change things. Her requirements are to cut down on meat, eat… Continue reading Day 1- 5 Eat for £50 a month Challenge

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Eating Smart ‘Thrifty,Healthy,Simply’

I committed a little while ago to pulling together a menu for a month that was healthy, fairly local, easy to cook, economical to cook and that the total monthly spend would be £50 for 1 person. This would consist of £10 for the main store cupboard items and £10 a week for fruit/veg/protein etc. I know it's possible to live off of £10 a week with a little effort but it was the making it easy and 1 pot and and.....

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Child Friendly Day Out in London

I have a large group of nieces and nephews 'young and old' and I love spending time with them.  I wear them out and give them back and then they annoy everyone, telling them about their fun Aunty in London.  They then say things like 'when I grow up I'm coming to London and I'll live in… Continue reading Child Friendly Day Out in London

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Thrifty isn’t a dirty word it’s akin to brilliant or clever in my book?

I grew up in rural Ireland around strong men and women who taught me some key skills for life - even though I didn’t realise that at the time. I had a Nan called Kate and a neighbour, Hannah, who were both thrifty home cooks. They knew how to lay on a wholesome spread from… Continue reading Thrifty isn’t a dirty word it’s akin to brilliant or clever in my book?