It is second nature to many older people who were bought up in the era after the war to economise and make the best use of what we have available. I thought it may be useful for anyone trying to suvive the downturn with little money to have the benifit of some of our tips and experiences.
Good quality nourishment is very important and with little money to go round a few tasty but thrifty recipies may help anyone on a limited budget. Maybe some of us on the forum could come up with their money saving recipies.
Some budgeting tips are obvious and most people are already putting these into practice.
1) Work out a weekly budget for food and stick to it if possible
2) Cut out buying unnecessary items like crisps and pop etc but do have one or two items for a special treat sometimes.
3)Seek out the bargains regularly, or buy own brand goods.
3) Whenever you can, add to or build up a stock cupboard, buy in bulk if something is on offer and store an item.
4) Cook more than you need and keep some in the freezer for quick meals.
With the failure of the Russian wheat harvest bread may be expensive so you could try an Irish potatoe bread recipe to fill up on for breakfast instead of toast:
225g cooked mashed potatoe
25g melted marg or butter
50g plain flour or fine oats
1/2 tsp salt to taste
While potatoes are still warm mash in the salt and marg and then work in enough flour to make a pliable dough. Divide the potatoe dough into 2 peices and roll each of them out to form circles about 1/2 cm thick, then cut them into quarters. Lightly grease the bottom of a pan or griddle and turn each side for about 5 to 6 min until browned. Great with off-cuts of bacon and eggs for breakfast.
Anyone else have any tips or recipes?