Monday 11 September 2006

Homemade Latte

For once, the reason why I have not blogged for a couple of weeks is because I haven't gone out for coffee. In fact I haven't gone out for anything!

A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to challenge ourselves to a "spend nothing month". So we're giving it a go this month. It's for no particular reason really other that increasing some discipline when it comes to spending. We're not using it to get out of debt (although that's how we heard about it on....okay I'll admit it...Oprah. The couple being interviewed had a spend nothing year (!!!) to help their finances.) We're simply doing it to, in some small way, fight back against the monster god that is Consumerism.

The rules are pretty simple. Don't buy anything - except of course what you need to survive, like groceries. It means not buying CD's, DVD's, clothes, cakes, take-aways, sandwiches, chocolate bars, trips to the cinema (like that ever happens when you have young children!), newspapers, books, etc, etc, etc. AND COFFEE!!!

By the way, despite the fact that most of these items could easily be bought at our large Tesco that's not allowed.

So I'm having to improvise. I've found an easy way to make a homemade latte if you haven't got a fancy esspresso machine.

We are well into our second week and things are going well. Although you would be surprised at how often you think about buying stuff when you've said you wont. So many sales and special offers.

Why don't you give it a go?

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