Simply, Slurpily Thrifty
Getting Into The Habit Of Being Thrifty
Tartan Thrifty is all about getting into the habit of spending less without living less well. Some habits need to be carried out every day, some every week. Some only need to be carried out once a month – and, surprise, surprise, they are the hardest ones to keep up. To help with that you can find a wall-planner to help you keep on top of this week’s Thrifty Habits – the dailies, the weeklies and the ones that only come round once a month – here. Use it to plan when exactly you are going to carry out the Weekly and Monthly Habits.
Thrifty Things To Do This Week
I like a thrifty habit that requires minimum effort but delivers real savings. Here’s one so simple you might never even have thought of it: make soup. Soup fills you up very cheaply – which means you can reduce the size (and cost) of your main meal simply by serving soup as a starter, or reduce the size of your lunchtime sandwich by serving a flask of soup on the side. Our grannies knew this – how did we forget?
Making soup doesn’t even have to take time or effort. Tip some frozen veg into a slow-cooker in the morning, add water and a stock cube, switch it on and then forget all about it. By dinner time you have a steaming pot of delicious vegetable soup. It cuts the cost of your main meal – in fact, add bread and cheese and it is your main meal – and it provides an extra one of your five-a-day. What’s not to like?
It doesn’t even have to be a daily thing – just making one pot of soup each week will lower your grocery bills. If you make a big enough pot you can eat it over several days – perhaps as a good, thick main meal on the first day, thinned down on the second day as a starter, and then with a sandwich for lunch the third day. Or with cornbread. Or a cheese scone. Or…
And the best part? It’s a great introduction to cooking your own food if that’s new to you. Soup is all about texture and flavour. Learning which textures work together, and which flavours bring out the best in each other is the essence of all cooking. And cooking your own meals will save you and yours big bucks.
Want some inspiration to get started? You can read about my struggle to get into this Thrifty Habit and the simple recipes that helped me in Very Lazy Soup and Thrifty, Lazy, Tasty Soup. Happy cooking!