The Cost of Living Increase
Ok, so like everyone else, I can see the cost of living increase.
We are affected most by the rise in the price of fuel for the car. We only do essential journeys and have lived that way for the last 7+ years, so it is really clear how expensive petrol is.
The next thing that has affected us most is the cost of energy - I say has affected us, but it will affect us in the winter. We are putting away a little more in each summer month this year to have a buffer come the winter.
We are spending out on loft insulation in the next month as it was pretty nippy last winter at times (although we are made of pretty tough stuff and have plenty of jumpers and homemade quilts for the evenings). We will lay the insulation ourselves rather than pay someone to do it for us.
As for food - well, I've just placed our online order for the next month. Some items have increased in price, and I use the handy website Trolley.co.uk to search our local shops for cheaper alternatives. If something has shot up a lot we just simply don't buy that any more. Simples! There are so many recipes available online that use what you have in the pantry that stopping one or two regular items is not a massive burden.
We always stock take before I shop, and always plan our meals for the month. I know this sounds very regimented, but it is still flexible. It is always discussed and agreed on.
I'll post our meal plan in my next blogpost.
How has the cost of living increase affected you?