I’m still de-cluttering. I dropped off another bag of clothes (kids) at the op-shop today and sent out three items I had sold. Slowly but surely I’m getting rid of thing we are not using.
This process of getting rid of stuff is also making me think about living more simply in other areas as well. Here’s some thoughts:
Lately I have been forcing myself to stick within a weekly budget for food. I haven’t been able to really stock up and buy everything in bulk due to cash flow, and it has really simplified shopping.
My Mum always taught me to buy the specials and stock up on those staple items while they’re at a good price, to buy bulk whenever possible and visit the shops as little as possible. She maintained that these principles save you money in the long run. And on the one hand she’s probably right. The prices per unit are always cheaper when you buy in larger quantities, but there’s still a cost: storage space, refrigeration, hauling it home.
So I’m starting to think a better approach for someone like myself who is trying to de-clutter, tidy up and simplify my life, a more day by day approach is better.
Now I tend to pop down to the shops and buy only the main ingredients for meals for the next few days. I only have to think of one or two meals. The ingredients are really fresh. I can be in and out of the supermarket in half an hour, can carry it easily.
Again, it takes only a few minutes to put away. I buy fresh fruit & vegetables, bread and milk at a shop up the road when I’m on my way home from somewhere else and it takes only a matter of minutes. I still keep a list and replace items like washing powder when needed. Finally, (and this is important)I only buy what I need when I’m there.
My husband reckons our fridge/freezer costs us about $60 a month to run. Maybe we could get a smaller one?