Would you consider becoming a Frugaltarian?
I don’t know if you are in the habit of checking your till receipts after every food shop, I know quite a few people just place them into their shopping bag or purse after packing and then forget about them. If you haven’t checked yours for a while, then I wonder if you could do me a favour just for arguments sake. Next time you do a big food shop take your receipt, have a quick scroll down it and tot up just how much money you have spent on meat in that one shop alone. I always find it shocking just how large the pound signs are next to those multi-packs of meat on our shopping receipts so my wife and I recently decided to – just for a couple of nights per week – kick meat out of our meal plan, we were pleasantly surprised at just how easy it was to do.
I’m sure we don’t need all that meat
There have been times in the past when I’ve thought about being a vegetarian, especially when I see some of the stuff that gets pumped into some animals and the conditions they are kept in. For some reason though vegetarianism has just never seemed truly practical and I know it sounds awful but I just love the taste of meat. Even though I enjoy meat, I do wonder if we really need it in every meal. I don’t think we do and I’m not so sure it’s even healthy, so we started thinking about alternative recipes for our new meat free days.
Take chilli for example. Chilli is a very easy meal to cook for the family and you can even stick it in the fridge, reheat it and have it over two nights if you want to make life a bit easier. With this one we decided that – instead of using mince – we would make a 5 bean chilli instead, it was gorgeous! Throw in a few fajita wraps, some guacamole, sour cream and salsa and boy was it a good meal. Another meal that I like is a simple chicken, leek and potato soup with dumplings. The thing is, does it really need the chicken? Personally after eating it without it I really don’t think it does, not every time anyway. Especially if you pay that little bit more attention to seasoning.
Do we buy meat as a force of habit?
So do we really need all that meat or do we just naturally buy it because we’re accustomed to doing so? If it could knock £10 or £20 a week off of your weekly shopping bill, would you consider becoming a Frugaltarian? Cutting out meat purely for budget reasons, even if it is just for a couple of nights a week? Even if you don’t need to cut your budget down, would you consider some meat austerity just to help with your savings and investments? With a saving of just £10 a week you could be saving or investing an extra £500+ a year. Is that worth a couple of nights a week without meat or are your carnivorous habits just too entrenched?