Okay, now it's 6 inches of snow and rising

Still, it's not going to stop me from walking to the supermarket for my weekly £7 worth of shopping.

Recession, hundreds of Chinese factories close, millions of Chinese workers unemployed, far less pollution in China and over here we get a winter like the good old days.

A single volcano puts enough emissions into the atmosphere to alter the global climate. What happens when a decade of Chinese economic activity comes to a halt? China's emissions over the past 10 years must equal many hundreds of volcanoes. Enough to warm the planet on its own.

Just throwing an idea into the air.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

i'd be interested to see a copy of your weekly shopping list. I guess you must plan your meals in advance.

Axel said...

How do you get enough fresh fruit and veg on the £7.00/week budget, especially in the winter?.
Do you recommend keeping a spreadsheet on food spending and/or an annual food budget allocation?.

I remember reading about WW2 rationing, the article stated how the population was much healthier on the wartime diet.
Such a diet would save people and healthcare systems a lot of money.

James said...

I'll answer both questions in one go.

Of course, the answer is to grow your own vegetables. I am still eating potatoes, onions and carrots grown last year. Seed costs very little, nothing if you allow some of your crop to go to seed. I haven't bought seed potatoes for 6 years, I just keep enough potatoes from last year for this year's crop.

I bought a 22 kilo sack of rice last April and still have plenty of it.

Also, as I have mentioned previously, I am on a low calorie diet until my weight hits 11st. I am currently on about 1500 calories per day. My £7 per week will probably rise to £10 per week when I stop dieting.

I eat apples everyday. There are cheap and filling. I also drink orange juice and dilute it a little.

I buy flour and make my own cakes and soda bread. I don't eat too much bread though.

I plan my meals a week in advance. I look at what I have and design different twists depending on what herbs and spices I have. I grow herbs too. They can be dried for the winter.

I buy cheap cuts of meat but have generally cut down on meat eating. I save bones and make stock for soups and casseroles.

I make sure to buy stuff that is reduced in price and visit the bargain shelf of the supermarket. However, I do not buy something because it is reduced. I only buy if it is needed for the week's menu. I don't get caught in the 2 for 1 traps left around supermarkets. I always take a list and only buy what is needed.

I have collected blackberries, cherries, hazelnuts and sweet chestnuts from the park and surrounding countryside.

Above all I have realised that I ate too much. I have stopped snacking between meals and have replace it with water drinking. Straight out of the tap, no buying water.

I am not a complete killjoy. I brew my own cider.

I feel a lot healthier than I was. My knee joints no longer hurt from the excess weight. Circulation problems gone. Racing heart, gone. High cholesterol level, greatly reduced.

I used to spreadsheet every aspect of my spending but I put a stop to it. I have (in other peoples' eyes) a problem with numbers.

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