An undertaking to spend no more than £100 on food during May was a pretty spectacular success – in one way. Total spend on fresh fruit and veg, bread, milk, cheese and yogurt came in at £101 and if I’m honest I could have reduced that further by not buying a few things where, instead, I could have improvised with items I already had. So I certainly met the challenge in terms of keeping to my budget. However, since the key objective was not actually about saving money but about preventing waste by using the over-full contents of my cupboards and freezer, that success has been rather more muted. How we have managed to eat for a month yet seemingly made such minor inroads to freezer and cupboard contents, I have no idea. Certainly there are things that have run out and that I need to replace but there is STILL way too much.
However, I’m determined that the objective WILL be met so I hereby undertake to repeat the exercise during June. This time I’m going to focus more on trying out new recipes where I tweak and improvise to make even better use of what we have. And to make it even more of a challenge, this month I’m reducing the spend to £90. I’ll keep you updated.
The fruit platter is one I made a while ago but I couldn’t think of what picture to take to accompany this post!