Time for another Tenner Week, seeing as we’re all so skint right now! Refresh your memory about the rules if you need to.
As is always the tradition with Day 1, it’s time to go through all your food and drink stores and make up a menu for the week. Remember to use up leftovers and avoid food waste if possible as well – you might want to freeze some milk or bread so it doesn’t go off.
Let’s add a new food challenge into the mix this time around: as part of your menu, plan for a winter warmer that you can have half of one day, and heat up for an easy meal the next day too.
You could cook:
- Stew or casserole
- Pasta soup
- Dumplings or gnocchi
For example, I’m making black bean chilli to have with flour tortillas on one evening, and with baked potato wedges and cheese the next. Might be adding some extra spices on the second night too, to keep it interesting.
I’m also challenging myself to eat more healthily, and will be having one extra portion of fruit with my breakfast every morning. That always sets me up nicely for the day, and after hunting around I’ve found:
- Frozen home grown raspberries
- Frozen home grown rhubarb
- Pears in the fruit bowl
- Longlife orange juice in the cupboard
- Tinned peaches in juice in the cupboard
Should be plenty to be getting along with! Join in with that too if you’re in the mood and have enough fruit.
The rest of my menu includes baked fish, roasted pumpkin risotto, spinach and parmesan pasta, bangers and mash, and roast chicken + veggie alternative.
Schedule for the week
- Mon: Make up a menu (see above)
- Tue: Finding things to sell, mini declutter
- Wed: Get selling your unwanted stuff
- Thu: Find a better deal on a bill
- Fri: Freebies and coupons
- Sat: Spend your points or gift vouchers
- Sun: Living on fresh air
What’s happening here
Tonight, in what can only be described as a complete stroke of non-genius, I’ll be meeting up with friends at an event at a cafe. Let’s hope I don’t destroy the entire budget on the very first day…
Are you going to do the optional TV diet as well? I’m rationing myself this week, but can watch telly if I’m on the exercise bike – here’s to getting a little fitter too.
Do you have a menu plan for the week yet? Any idea which winter warmer you’re going to cook?