I’m a terrible adult. I know this is the truth. The main reason? I spend most of my money on food. That’s pretty much my only outgoing after all the other adult bills I have and to say it’s gotten out of control is an understatement. I’m embarrassed to even tell you how much I spent on food a few weeks ago. It was a one off, or so I like to believe, but it made me realise I have to stop.
When I decided to phase into a minimalist lifestyle [slow going but I’m going…] I stopped buying things I didn’t need. Clothes shopping is now something I’ll only do when I know I’m cleaning out old stuff and I want to invest in my wardrobe with an item that will last me a long time. I stopped buying books and started using the library – I just started thinking about the way I spend, or overspend.
Because I don’t have many outgoings [I don’t go out drinking or socialise at all, really, because I’m old and bitter] I always spent freely on food but it also meant I was going to the shops almost EVERY DAY and buying food I didn’t need, it also encouraged me to buy snack food and junk. Blargh.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been doing something about it and, whilst this is obvious and you might think I’m dumb for blogging about it, I started planning my meals…?!
I would normally know what I was going to eat during the week but I’d still get to 7pm on a random week night and think to myself ‘what do I feel like’. An hour later I’d run to the shops and come back with two bags full of stuff; one dinner might have cost me over £20. Eek. Like I said; bad adult.
My new thing is working out my weekly dinners on a Saturday night, writing them down, and then my weekly shop on a Sunday has more focus. I’m stocking my fridge every week with stuff I’ll eat until it’s gone. My vegetable consumption has gone up a butt load and my junk food consumption is way down. At the end of the week I am finding I don’t have much left in my fridge because it’s all been used up, which is perfect; less waste! I’m also making soup out of any left over veg [if there is any] – I love soup!
Here are some lovely shots of my fridge. I think you’ll be impressed at how much fruit and veg there is. This is my entire week’s shopping! Also… I enjoy condiments more than anyone should.
It really does sound like a silly thing to say but preparing the week’s meals in advance, mentally, means I am in control of my nutrition and my money and it’s great! Really. I used to try to do this but always failed; turns out having it written down in the kitchen makes it a whole lot easier to follow!
What simple adult hacks do you implement?