At last here I am with the next Challenge, inspired by the photo above, well inspired by me sitting looking at an identical looking table in the local garden centre around a month a go. It got me thinking, really thinking, about our coffee drinking habits and how much we spend on them.
Now don't get me wrong I think there is something really good about supporting local businesses, taking time out of your day for yourself or to meet up with family and friends in a central place and all enjoying a good cup of coffee or pot of tea. It's one of life's little luxuries and one I relish now that I can afford to do it whenever I want to.
But what if the once or twice weekly habit got out of control, what if it turned into a daily 'must have'. Again I am not really saying there is anything wrong with this … as long as you can afford it.
But what else could that money be spent on, what would you do with the price of a cup of coffee a day. You all know by now that I don't like 'stuff', I don't like buying for buying sake. I didn't even really enjoy the Shopping Hauls Challenge in the end, it was a bit of fun but not one that I would ever repeat.
So … I decided to go down one of my favourite Challenge routes and use the money that I could have spent on a coffee each day for myself to instead pay for a whole days food.
Here's a shot of the menu as it stands today and actually as it has been all year. My coffee of choice is a Large Filter Coffee, served black and no sugar. So the cost of that is my daily allowance for my three meals a day for the next seven days.
So a weeks worth of coffees would be £19.25, but I decided straight away that as I only ever buy one cup of coffee at a time, I can only have one £2.75 at a time.
I decided to be nice to myself and set myself up with a five item store-cupboard, consisting of:
Seasoning (salt and pepper)
Dried Mixed Herbs
All literally just picked off the shelf here at the Van.
I have two empty shelves in the fridge.
An empty fridge drawer for vegetables.
And a shopping list.
It took much deliberating and scanning of the mysupermarket.co.uk shopping pages, to work out what I would buy first. I wanted to get the most possible 'bang for my buck' and have the makings of breakfasts, dinners and teas from day one. I also knew my first shop would be done at Tesco as I had to call there for fuel on the way to the Van, so it made sense to pick up my first days food at the same time.
Did I manage to get what I hoped to get, well you'll have to 'tune in' tomorrow to find out.
Off we go.