In the last week of September I spent my time in Greece with one of my best and oldest friends. I stayed with her, and her family in their apartment and I learnt some things like breakfast and home-cooked food. You see, I live alone with my pet human and if I don’t make myself food, then I simply don’t eat. Which is a very bad habit, let me tell you. I can recall my childhood and always having food in to eat, scoff or even stash for later so my brother or sister didn’t get it before me. But as adulthood settles in all around me I come to the realization that maybe, I should stop eating pot noodles and takeaway, and start planning my days better.
So I went shopping today, with the thought in mind to cook my own food (some of the time anyway) and I have to tell you, it is not cheap to be self sustaining. Fresh fruit and veg? While good for you goes off way too quickly, and even if you freeze it or manage to eat it on time. It is expensive not to go for cheap options like apples, oranges or bananas. Melon is good, if you can eat the whole thing on your own. But raspberries, strawberries and blueberries? We grow them here and still its like £3 a bonnet (one pack) and they do not last a week!
Bread is another weekly must according to most people, and I find that we don’t eat one loaf a week. We have gotten around the moldiness by freezing. However, this does decline the quality of the bread and unless you want slightly toasted sandwiches for the rest of your days then I suggest only buying bread when you need it. Milk and eggs also go in this little box of damn the BBD/UBD. I mean have you ever woken up at 2am and really wanted some cookie crisp but your milk has that weird smell and you really don’t want to risk it.
Live dangerously, because who really need’s Best Before or Use By?
Now, we move on the other bits that often end up in my trolley. Super noodles, meals in a box and passttaaaa~ Three main food groups for students everywhere. And while this is cheap and good and safe, it is also really really bad for you. You become semi-dependent on them and well, why make a fool of yourself trying to make the perfect homemade lasagna when you can have one already in a tray?
I will tell you, you don’t! I mean, my mother has one day a week where she batch cooks all her meals for that week from scratch and then freezes it. Which, is a really good idea if you have a two freezers. Alas, I only have one and my frozen chips come first.
And then we have the final block, the problem most people my age have, and that is buying stuff you really don’t need. Like, I didn’t have much money with me on my shopping trip today but I just had to get something halloween-y because, why not? and that just sort of snowballed to buying snack foods and pop and yadda, yadda, yadda. Some can hold that urge and be all adult like. Me? I see a little set of cow stickers and I just have to have them. Notebooks too. Oh and sweets. I am such a sweet tooth…
Nothing beats a low mood more then Nutella, all you need is a bed, a spoon and a jar ♥
So my piece of advice for all those young adults, children and other people who look at my generation and sigh. We are trying, but those pink fluffy Animal bedsocks are vital to my survival. And besides, if we can feed ourselves just one normal meal that was home cooked. Then I take that as an achievement! But maybe next time I will make a shopping list…