Time is flying round now and thankful we are for that too! I normally hate wishing my life away but Friday 15th January cannot come quick enough!
I have made a couple of little splurges cash wise. We are lucky enough (some would not agree it was lucky!) to have inherited an Aga with the farmhouse. It is a 2 oven, special edition one which I posted about here. Therefore in anticipation of this, I have treat myself to an Aga gauntlet and some bake-o-glide. The research I have done shows that both of these items are must have, lifelong companions when you have an Aga.
Also my husband has bought an Aga toaster for the kitchen which is like a wire tennis racket that the toast goes inside and you ‘grill’ it on the hot plates. According to Agaliving, there is no cooked breakfast or toast quite like an Aga one. I shall keep you posted on whther or not I agree!
The van is booked for moving day and we’re waiting to hear where we will collect the keys from. No doubt we will be sat ready to go from 9am and the reality is it will be nearer 3pm before we get the keys!
My brain is full of ideas that I can’t wait to put in to practice. One idea that I’ve tried with intermittent success is menu planning, which I am in the process of doing. I need to stock our new pantry up, over time, and this will begin with the first food shop. I am getting it delivered to help myself but weekly shops after the initial one, will be done at Aldi. All menu plans and shopping, including prices will be recorded.
During this time of not actually having a home to call our own, it’s got me thinking about where to shop once we move. Of course the whole point about moving is so we can start to live a more thoughtful, self sufficient and healthier lifestyle. It will take us a while to get that established and in the mean time I will be reliant on the shops as per the majority of the population.
I’ve shopped at Aldi almost exclusively for the last 5+ years and I love it. I don’t love it in the sense that I rave about it, but I love it in the sense that I know where I stand. It had the basic foods every week that we use and doesn’t flash 20 of the same food in my face to make me choose. I can be in and out in 20 minutes with a weekly shop in toe. However I’ve often wondered if I would like to try Tesco and co, but on those few occasions that I have ventured in there, it’s left me feeling stressed and skint! 2 ‘s’ that I don’t like putting together.
However yesterday I nipped in to Sainsbury’s to pick some flowers up for my Mum on my way to hers as it was her birthday and I took the opportunity to be very naughty and pick something easy up for tea. The shop was well laid out and didn’t leave me feeling seriously stressed.
Weighing everything up, I will continue to shop at Aldi but every couple of months I might have a wander around Sainsbury’s if I have the time.
The shopping budget per month on the farmhouse (starting end Jan) will be £300 per month, regardless of how many weeks.