I simply cannot believe that we are at the end of the first week of December. Where has the year gone? I have had most of the last two weeks off, following routine surgery to correct the slight squint in my left eye, which has been getting progressively worse the last few years and increasingly bothering me.
Happily the operation was a success, and both my eyes are pointing in the same direction, even when tired, or after a glass of wine. Prior to surgery even one glass made it far worse leaving me to explain on countless occasions at parties that I in fact had a squint, rather than had drunk too much!
Back to my desk, laptop and very long to do list it is time for another month of Credit Crunch Munch, which I run with Camilla. As ever we want to see your frugal and budget recipes. With the extra expenses of Christmas, and that most people are paid a week early in December, the weeks until January pay day can be very long indeed. With that in mind, and because everyone is so busy at this time of year I am running Credit Crunch Munch through to the end of January.
Some ideas for recipes to send to Credit Crunch Munch this month:
- Frugal Christmas feasts – buy reduced, cook ahead, freeze before the big day
- Inventive Christmas leftovers
- Substitutions. I want to try to get through to the end January without buying any non perishables. I have countless half bags and jars of lentils, pulses, lentils, grains and rice in the cupboard. I am exempting bread flour and coffee from this, as baking your own bread is far cheaper than buying it, and coffee is essential in this household for a happy relationship. Ed once gave me a decaf without me knowing one morning, and proved that my mood is mellowed in the morning by caffeine.
- Packed Lunches are far cheaper then buying lunch. Ed has gone back to university and I am trying to make him delicious and nutritious meals to take with him and I’d love some more ideas.
The usual inspiration list for Credit Crunch Munch is below
- Dishes using cheaper ingredients – cheap cuts of meat or vegetarian
- Meals using leftovers
- Meals using up the ends of packets
- Substitutions of cheaper ingredients
- Packed lunches
- Meals that use less energy to cook
- Pressure cooking
- Slow cooking
- Faster cooking – less oven time for example
- Batch cooking for the freezer
- Sustainable foods
- Food you have grown yourself
- Meals from reduced food in the supermarket
If you need more inspiration last month’s round up is on My Little Italian Kitchen.
Credit Crunch Munch
To take part, simply blog about any money saving idea that is vaguely food related, I am especially keen to hear about substitutions for when you run out of something this month. We do do a full round up so I will be mentioning all the recipes that are submitted.
There are a few rules
- Please link to the Credit Crunch Munch pages on my site and Camilla’s.
- Please link to the current host (ME!)
- Please use the Credit Crunch Munch Badge
- Tweet using #creditcrunchmunch
- Closing date – last day of the month – so 31st January 2015
- You are welcome to link up one or two old posts, but please republish them
- By entering you are agreeing to let us use an image from your entry on this site, and to pin to Pinterest
- If blogging a recipe from elsewhere on the internet or a book please be mindful of copyright
But feel free to
- Send to as many other events as you like, let’s help everyone save money!
Tell me about your money saving ideas on the linky below! I am also making this a blog hop, so feel free to grab the code and add to your post too. Let’s spread the money saving meme!
We’ll be looking for guest hosts later in the year, so please mail me if you are interested. helen at fussfreeflavours dot com