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    • Planning ahead
    • By Planning ahead 1st Jan 17, 4:52 PM
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    Planning ahead
    Simplifying household stock and introducing routines
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    • 1st Jan 17, 4:52 PM
    Simplifying household stock and introducing routines 1st Jan 17 at 4:52 PM
    I am looking at simplifying food I have at home. I get annoyed when 4 boxes of cereal are open. I believed that if I stocked up it would save money when in reality more boxes are opened.

    Same with Jams and marmalade if I have 5 types they will all be open. I plan to simplify have one in the house - result it getting finished before going off, getting pushed to the back and another jar opened.

    I noticed the same with biscuits get three different types of Club and everyone wants one of each, if they are all the same only one is eaten at a time. I am not saying this will be the same forever but change after a few months.

    Shampoo and conditioner - my family will start new bottles because its new and different. Consistently buy one type and this problem is solved. I have been sucked into buying different ones because they are 'on offer'.

    I am beginning to think that because there is so much choice we are consuming more than we need to.
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    • Molillie
    • By Molillie 6th Apr 17, 3:04 PM
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    I looked at a blog which featured cleaning and organising a pantry a while ago. This involved discarding most of the dry goods as out-of-date, and cleaning the containers to restart. It seemed so crazy, and that was someone who was well-organized, with nothing that went out of date in the last century.
    I now only buy one starchy thing like rice or pasta at a time, it's currently barley, as the cheapest, and won't buy anything else until after it's gone, even then I also have porridge oats and bread flour plus about a million types of herbs and spices. My plan is not to have crammed cupboards, just a few pantry items that will all be used quickly. In my head, I am in a country cottage, and bake every week, with huge jars of ingredients. In reality, I live in a small space with little storage, but a huge range of shops within ten minutes of me. Cutting down on pantries does seem so counter-intuitive to anyone who wants to live economically and cook from scratch.
    • Planning ahead
    • By Planning ahead 14th Apr 17, 5:06 PM
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    All the cupboards are full...... so I have donated a carpet cleaner to a friend I have wood floors now so don't need it. How many dust pans and brushes do I need, moved all but one to the shed.
    The fridge is well organised so I am happy with that.
    I have stocked up on reduced de-icer, my aim is never to buy a full price tin again.
    I will be clearing out my linen cupboard this weekend, I am planning towels x 2 bath and a hand per person and one set of bedding plus a spare for each bed. The rest I will donate to the dog home or use for rags.
    There is too much in there no matter how much I organised the contents it always ends up a jumbled mountain.
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 15th Apr 17, 8:06 AM
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    I have stumbled across a way to clear out one of my cupboards. I haven't booked any time off work for this school hols as the youngest is now 14. Instead of rolling down the chippy for lunch, the money I left has been used for a weekly travel pass and socialising and they've eaten the items in the cupboard.

    First time in years I think I've had some bare shelves and we have another weeks school hols to go.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 15th Apr 17, 11:11 AM
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    I have been doing the Love Food Hate waste since the beginning of March and have used up so much stuff that I had in the cupboards.Takes a bit of getting used to at first but now I don't go near a shop if I can help it as my cupboards and freezer were absolutely crammed with food.Lots of OOD stuff has been used and I'm still alive and kicking my cupboards are starting to look slightly more normal now and I can at least see to the back of them My freezer is taking longer as I do have quite a busy life and often am not home to eat stuff up. But I have only shopped once this month and as I am away from next friday for a week I am using up all the fresh stuff that I can and wasting nothing. Saved a fortune in time and money over the past 6 weeks although I did post a cheque off to the Trussell Trust with left over cash from my March food budget. They can use it more than my OOD tins which I ate instead

    JackieO xx
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    • Planning ahead
    • By Planning ahead 12th May 17, 5:01 PM
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    I am planning a trip away, normally would buy new sun cream and insect repellent. This year I am using up all the stuff from last year, every last drop. Each year I think the unfinished stuff will be used up at home over the summer, but there is not much call for factor 50 in the north of England. Anyway I am always in work when the eventually sun comes out. This weekend I am planning to set up an organisation system, with week by week and month by month jobs that need doing to help get me focused and develop my routines.
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    • Helen2k8
    • By Helen2k8 12th May 17, 6:00 PM
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    I am planning a trip away, normally would buy new sun cream and insect repellent. This year I am using up all the stuff from last year, every last drop. .
    Originally posted by Planning ahead
    Be careful doing this, the active ingredients may not be effective this long after opening. Just something to bear in mind if you're off to the tropics or something
    General geekery on food - growing it, rearing it, eating it. With other oddities thrown in the mix
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 13th May 17, 4:43 PM
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    YorksLass
    I am planning a trip away, normally would buy new sun cream and insect repellent. This year I am using up all the stuff from last year, every last drop.
    Originally posted by Planning ahead
    Be careful doing this, the active ingredients may not be effective this long after opening. Just something to bear in mind if you're off to the tropics or something
    Originally posted by Helen2k8
    If you look on the back of the bottle, you should see a picture of a jar/bottle with an open lid and a number at the side of it. The number is how many months after opening that the product will still be effective - providing of course you can remember when you opened it! I use up my after-sun as a general moisturiser throughout the year, so it never goes "off" and isn't wasted.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

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    • Planning ahead
    • By Planning ahead 16th May 17, 5:38 PM
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    It is stuff from last year and has 12 months opening time so will be OK, plus more space in the cupboard .
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    • Planning ahead
    • By Planning ahead 7th Jun 17, 5:52 PM
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    Planning ahead
    Time to get my routines in order, I am going to concentrate on one a fortnight to get it embedded.

    The first one is going to be 'Getting to work on time, with everything I need including a healthy lunch'

    This will take preparation the night before

    Getting outfit and shoes ready
    Charge phone and pick it up!!
    Keys handy
    Preparing healthy lunch
    Bag ready
    Going to bed before 11PM
    Getting up in time so I do not have to rush and arrive on time (given up getting to work early, somehow cannot bear being there before I'm paid)

    Having this focus will stop me feeling overwhelmed and hopefully make my day run smoothly.
    :£120,000 / £28,000 Mortgage free date planned May 2023 Actual mortgage free date June 2030
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    • Molillie
    • By Molillie 11th Jun 17, 12:45 AM
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    How are you getting on with your lunches,Planning Ahead? I have tried making sandwiches with simple fillings that don't deteriorate when frozen, and freezing in bags or foil, They defrost over the morning and help keep the other things in the lunchbag cool. I still sometimes manage to forget to take one out, or decide that I can't eat any more peanut butter or cheese sandwiches for a while.
    • Chris25
    • By Chris25 11th Jun 17, 10:22 AM
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    .Lots of OOD stuff has been used and I'm still alive and kicking my cupboards are starting to look slightly more normal now and I can at least see to the back of them

    JackieO xx
    Originally posted by JackieO
    I found a few large packets of hand-cooked crisps on top of the wardrobe which I'd stashed away one Christmas but forgot about. The Use By date was Dec 2015

    I opened one & it was as crunchy as if just cooked - tasted fine too. Only one packet had a bit of an off-taste and smell (like old fat) so they got binned but the rest were eaten.
    • Planning ahead
    • By Planning ahead 13th Jun 17, 7:14 PM
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    Molillie - I am taking in a stock of soup / tinned fish / crackers /fruit and cereal bars so that i have something available everyday and will take fresh sandwiches in daily. I have tried making ham and cheese wraps for a few days which has worked well so far.
    Need to redo the freezer and might try your idea.
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    • Wednesday2000
    • By Wednesday2000 14th Jun 17, 12:49 PM
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    Wednesday2000
    I usually go through the food cupboards every so often to check that nothing is out of date. Sometimes I buy things on a whim and forget about them.

    I have put all the bathroom toiletries in a clear plastic box in the airing cupboard so I can see if I am running low on anything. I hate running out of loo roll or handwash!

    Seeing that awful fire in London has made me run around and check all the smoke alarms and the torches and batteries. I need to get some extra batteries so will order some later. I'm going to keep the batteries in a more helpful place as I realised I was keeping them in a box on top of my wardrobe. Not very handy in an emergency!

    It's because I have had my house decorated recently and everything was moved around a bit.
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