Living & Eating on a Budget

Mimi ON Jul 01, 2011 AT 10:39 am

Want to live on a budget

Want to live on a budget

Living on £95 a week is just about possible, we can try to budget and cut back, but what would you miss if you had to really cut down on all the coffees, lunches, magazines and that nail colour you just have to have? When I have to watch every penny I spend I do feel like I am putting my life on hold a bit… it just doesn’t feel like I am enjoying myself as much or doing what I would like to do.

The positive side of saving money is being resourceful and my biggest gain was when I cooked for myself more (by making my breakfasts and lunches to take to work). I have ended up passing on my bircher muesli recipe to so many friends – which is completely made up, but totally delicious and super healthy:

Almost No Fat Banana Bread

Almost No Fat Banana Bread

Simply soak oats in water, add apple juice if you like, add goji berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, linseeds and any nuts and dried fruit you enjoy; like dates, apricots, raisins,  cranberries etc and then stir in a yoghurt of your choice. Make enough for the week and add fresh fruit every day to your serving. Once you have made the initial investment of the seeds, nuts and berries they will last you for a good few so is pretty economical.

Here’s a link to a brilliant almost no-fat banana bread that I make regularly too – www.allrecipes.co.uk – this will stop you lusting over cupcakes and spending £3 on one!

My favourite beef moolis

My favourite beef moolis

 

But the downside is not being to go out as much as you would like and the summer is a particularly more sociable month; I do love a Watermelon Martini, sitting outside and watching the world go by. One of my favourite places to go for a prime spot of people watching in Soho is Moolis, (www.moolis.com) in Frith Street, they make the best rotis ever, made daily and stuffed with the most delicious fillings, the beef one is to die for. Moolis is open till late and if you grab the window seat you can sit with your Mooli and mango lassi and get the same view as being in Little Italy across the road, my other favourite Soho spot, for a fraction of the price.

Now that is something I do miss if I don’t have any money; the Pappardelle, Scotch Beef Fillet Ragu, Parmesan shavings at Little Italy, which just melts in your mouth. This is the best place for a fun night out with friends, that always ends hours later than you thought, it’s usually worth the hangover (www.littleitalysoho.co.uk).

Little Italy

Little Italy

So the moral of this tale is, if you want to live and eat well you need spending power and it might just be a good idea to get some protection. So, for more information on income protection, please see www.unum.co.uk/askunum and www.which.co.uk

Produced for Beauty and the Dirt by Mimi to a brief agreed with Unum. Payment made by Unum restricted to ESA allowance only. A sponsored post with all editorial overseen and controlled by Mimi.

 

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