Thursday, October 30, 2014

No-Buy November and Potatoes

I signed up for a November challenge on my YNAB forum where I vowed not to purchase anything non-essential in November. This is timely for me and I think that food will probably be the biggest problem, especially snacks and convenience food. This all ties into potatoes, but we'll take about those a little later.

I plan to give it a real go though and test the limits of my own self-control. The reason why I am embarking on this journey is to do my best to continue to exercise my budgeting muscles and also to tie in well with a project I am carrying out.

I recently picked up the book SoulSpace again and I am going through the Assess phase where I write down every object I own and what feelings it gives me, or does not give me as the case maybe.

The goal is to de-clutter until your space is only filled with things that you love, things that inspire or things that are useful and you have neutral feelings for. I made this poster to keep me focused through-out the process.

I love Sharpies.

This process will definitely be made easier by not buying anything else (making a list of everything I own is already daunting). It also is a lot easier than it would have been before I de-cluttered hundreds of items earlier in the year, so I am thankful for that.

I aim to be finished with the Assess stage by the end of November and then move on to the Cleanse stage in December. During the Cleanse stage I will use my notes as a guide to say good bye to the things I need to part with in order to create space for the things that I really want to have around me. Wish me luck.

Now back to those potatoes. I had a craving for fries but since I knew my No-Buy November was right around the corner, I resisted the urge to just buy some ready-made.

Instead I bought some potatoes, diced them and boiled them just enough so they were cooked. I then pan-fried them until they were golden-brown after which I tossed them with some pink sea salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and dried cilantro.

I put the last of the pico de gallo next to it as well as a piece of smoked herring that I pan-fried as well. It was delicious and satisfied my craving a lot better than stopping at a fast food restaurant. Win! And it was a lot cheaper as well. Double Win!

Yum Yum Yum!

2 comments:

  1. Those potatoes look wonderful, and, as you say, much better than the fast food version.

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  2. Homemade is definitely better than store bought especially when one cooks like you do. That meal looks delicious!

    Best to you with the no buying month. Can't wait to hear how it went.

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