As it says in the title this year long Challenge is not just about the minimal housekeeping money it's also about NOT buying any new clothes or books. Those of you who know me well, either in real life or through my other blog, will know that doing without books for me will be much harder than the clothes thing.
BUT, what this is doing already just over a month into the Challenge is making me see the books that I do own through new eyes. Making me want to take them down off the shelves and read them. I have decided that any recipe book that gets less than 10 little sticky post-its on recipes I want to make, will be leaving the house at this years car boot sale. If there are just one or two things we fancy I will photocopy the recipes and add them to my folder and pop the book in the car boot sale box.
Yesterday I was reading about Jack Monroe's new book, the one that she is currently working on (and that I WILL be getting when it comes out later this year as I took part in the funding for it last year ... phew!!), and it made me want to get out her first book and work my way through it again seeing what recipes I want to try out.
What better than Jack's book to help me make things for pennies, easily and quickly. There are some brilliant ideas, and I've already used half a packet of post-its .... it'll be staying for sure.
Today is a No Spend Day