Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Resession? Cut The Waste - Spoil Yourself

Today I have the pleasure of giving you our first guest blog wonderfully put be @Inheritance_Adv. Check out his website too. Enjoy...! 
An acquaintance of mine changed jobs in the City of London – so just by way of making conversation, I said ‘so I trust you’re getting a decent bonus then’ to which her broad grinning reply was ‘I should be thankful that I have a job at all – that is a big bonus in itself’.
These days, it is  nigh on impossible to open the newspaper or fire up the wireless without being assaulted by stories of how much the cost of living is rising – as if anyone who does the weekly household shopping needs to be reminded the extent to which prices have risen and how much less the same amount of cash buys.  
However, the rising cost of food is no reason to eat badly.  Simply ditch the ready meals and the processed foods – not only are they cheaper, they are much healthier for you – you know what’s in it.  You don’t have to be as skilled as Delia Smith or be capable of winning Masterchef, all you need is the desire to eat properly. 
Here’s a simple experiment – if you’re the sort who buys sandwiches [as opposed to making them], personally, every time I buy a sandwich, I end up at best feeling hard done by at worst robbed – the ingredients are far from the best, there’s so little of it, and the whole lot is very expensive. If you made exactly the same sandwich yourself it’ll cost you no more than 20% of what you’d pay in the shops – yes the retailer has a living to make, but I fail to recall any act of parliament that says that has to be at your expense.  If you bought sandwiches at work every day, just think how much cash you’d save – it’ll only take 5 minutes of your time to make your packed lunch – and if you get bored of bread with a bit of filling, mix it up a bit – just make an extra portion for supper the evening before.
And the reward – one can really feel good when ‘splashing out’ and buy a wonderfully delightfully scrumptious gift even to one’s self like a cake card – I’m told these things are best shared.
Thanks Ade! Couldn't have put it better myself! A little thought is all it takes and that boring cheese sandwich can be a delight, become the envy of the office. Give me 5 minutes please I'm off to make a butty!