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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • -taff-taff Forumite
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    Primrose wrote: »
    And don't forget the Parmesan cheese !
    Would this freeze successfully wrapped in aluminium foil if there is no spare room in the fridge ?


    No problem, but as above, possibly might get dry and crumbly if left in foil. Have you got any ziplock bags? You can put it in there and squeeze any air out, it'll be fine. My parents were still using [and giving me ] parmesan that had been in the freezer for about six or seven years and it was fine.
  • cuddlymarmcuddlymarm Forumite
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    Hi guys
    I thought I’d pop by because I haven’t checked in for a while.
    Well my cupboards and freezer are full so I’m just rotating my stocks each week and adding a couple of bits as I do my weekly shop.
    My next major challenge is to get rid of my credit card debt. We have just been to visit my niece and her OH in Canada and between that an Xmas it has crept up.
    After yesterday’s backtracking by Mrs May I haven’t a clue what’s going to happen so I’m just going to keep plodding on and putting in a buffer to help against the inevitable price rises. We aren’t picky eaters so will make do with whatever we can afford.
    Our main issue is to eat healthily because we are past the age where we can eat what we like and our bodies will cope. But meals don’t have to be glamorous to provide what the body needs.
    Most of my Xmas preps are done and I’ve followed Martins advice and given money instead of vouchers this year and done most of my shopping in my local area to support those shops.
    I hope you are all keeping well
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  • mardathamardatha Forumite
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    I'm having to use all available money for xmas but starting after New year I'm going to pile in the preps cuddlymarm.
  • PrimrosePrimrose Forumite
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    I think with the current uncertainty now anybody whose future employment may even loosely be related to exports in terms of sales might be well advised to rein back on proposed Christmas expenditure now and start a financial contingency fund. With the economy in an increasing state of flux I find it difficult to work out exactly which businesses will be affected. I think it's the concern of uncertainty everywhere which is causing people to hold back on their spending.

    The sting in the tail is, of course, that when this happens, even businesses whose services are in no way directly involved with Europe are affected by the same uncertainty because people and firms reduce their expenditure across the board to reserve their cash and try to protect existing jobs.

    All we can do as individuals is probably to keep our own powder dry and primarily take all the steps we can to,protect our own families.
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    Keep your stocks high, your head down and your spirits up and wait behind the barricades of your own front and back doors until we actually know what happens in March if anything at all, it's all the population can do at the moment isn't it?
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    edited 11 December 2018 at 5:19PM
    You're right Mrs LW,...and fuming of course at the politicians who collectively seem to have got us to this point!
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    Fuming will just make you unhappier, I'm just waiting and getting on with the day to day stuff that keeps life ticking along, planning what to plant in the garden and allotment, keeping the home and our possessions in as good a state of repair as I can and as I can't influence what happens one tiny bit doing the best I can with what I've got and waiting.....
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    Well, lucky us, we get to keep Theresa May and the Brexit beat goes on.....and on and on and on and on and on ……..
  • cuddlymarmcuddlymarm Forumite
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    Yes Mrs LW
    We keep going round and round and time is ticking by until we end up leaving with nothing decided and nothing planned so all we can do is prep for us and ours.
    I’ve given up hoping for a good result and just want it over and done with.

    But on the up side it’s nearly Christmas 🎄
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  • Living_proofLiving_proof Forumite
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    I have been trying to formulate my own plans to minimise the risk to my food and household budget in the event of a no-deal Brexit. I came across this very interesting article from the Guardian (September, and of course a lot of politics has happened since then)

    https://www.theguardian.com/food/2018/sep/15/food-and-brexit-will-the-cupboard-be-bare-jay-rayner

    and I have downloaded the report mentioned therein 'Feeding Britain: Food Security after Brexit'. It's 35 pages long so I haven't had a chance to read it all, but the few pages I have done have horrified me regarding what we might be forced to consume in the long term if we have to import food from the States and Australia. Some of the practices are downright dangerous bearing in mind what's happened with BSE in the past. I no longer consume animal products so the emphasis for me is all about fruit and vegetables and a few Vegan processed foods like Quorn and cheeze. We only produce 49% of our unprocessed food now so either that is going to have to stretch wildly or some will go without.

    At first I thought this was all scare-mongering but the more I look at it I can see that politicians don't have a clue about food production and the whole supply chain involved in the various industries. We are all so used to putting the goods in our supermarket trollies, or just ticking an online list these days, that we don't stop to consider the origin of the items or how long they took to get here. Even those fresh foods grown in Lincolnshire will doubtless have been harvested and wrapped by immigrant labour, numbers of which will quickly diminish.

    I think we will all have to change our mindsets, and particularly those younger Brits who have never known anything other than EU or Common Market membership. We'll have to make the best of what is available and affordable rather like it was in the Fifties. It's not all gloom and doom but I think we will be in for some challenging times ahead.
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