I'd like to share with you what I shared with them:
Frugal February was a challenge I entered into with some trepidation. None the less I've started so I'll finish. Setting a budget of only £25 per week for all things food, drink and leisure-related may have been tough, but judging by the feedback and comments I received via the blog/email, for some people it's a regular occurrence; so the challenge has been eye-opening in more ways than one.
It's been hard having to think of meals in advance and plan the use of ingredients so as to avoid throwing anything away. I could also murder a takeaway right now! It has however made me realise the amount of waste we normally produce simply because we buy/eat what we fancy at the time rather than what we already have in the cupboards. Hubby has certainly raised an eyebrow at the offerings I have presented him with for dinner on an evening, but it's been fun.
We've laughed and we've spent more time together; whether that be concocting all kinds of crazy things in the kitchen or walking the dog in lieu of going to the pub. I think it really has brought us closer together and made us take a step back from how crazy life was a times, which is no bad thing.
However, the planning is tough and as I am home-based, it is inevitably me who is left with that responsibility. There are days when I've felt as though I've worked a part time job around a full time one! There have been times when I've considered throwing in the towel and just ordering a takeaway or heading to the local for dinner, but perseverance is key and creativity usually kicks in and saves the day.
My top tips for any one else completing this or their own version of the frugal February challenge would be to:
- Try everything
- Dismiss nothing (New experiences can only be a good thing.)
- Get creative
- Involve others
- Have fun!