I am a Scot -I’m expected to be somewhat thrifty but we have a good saying…
“Thrift taken to the extreme is…meanness”
I do not want to be mean…ever!
So, today I want to discuss what I hope is some very basic math and how to spend just a little time getting to know how to upgrade every single meal you will ever eat from now on.
Well, that may be an exaggeration but it worked for me.
It is true that I went from tenderloin steaks flamed in good brandy, drowned in double cream –all set up on a slice of bread sautéed in butter and spread thickly with goose liver pate and chopped truffles.
I left this kind of food behind and plunged into the wild and wonderful world of great plant foods plucked from the earth and delivered swiftly to the pan. Ah! What a change!
Now, of course, this is an over-dramatic example but it does serve to illustrate my purpose, which is to reduce (but not exclude entirely) some foods that may do harm if consumed in larger portions over long periods and partially replace them with a wide variety of mostly fresh plant foods.
I once called this “MiniMax” for minimal risk, maximum flavor. For me, it’s a definite UPGRADE that I obviously love to share!
Because of my Scottish background I was fascinated that we were saving money and so I decided to find out how much that might be.
The past was gone in real numbers but I spent an hour in our local market pricing what we used to spend and then kept every single market receipt as we made our changes.
From these I was able to work out a monthly budget that I confirmed over two months.
These numbers were then compared with my estimated past and BINGO…I had a rough estimate.
For our family of four, during an October/November period (not hot but not cold) we had “saved” just on $80 a month or just under $1,000 for the year.
That was the moment we decided to use half of those savings to upgrade our meal with the most nourishing (and less risky) foods possible and then give the other half to those much less fortunate than ourselves.
Amazingly, those dollars and cents added up over time and our food budget has cost us just about $105,000 LESS!
This has allowed over $50,000 to be sent in support of those in much greater need.
For this, of course I am hugely thankful both my beloved’s better health for her last 28 years and for those we have helped. It has truly been a Double Benefit.
Such is Thanksgiving?