Scrimp and save means no red meat

CityPress - - News - – Luba­balo Ngcukana

Non­tuthuzelo and Nandi Moss love red meat. How­ever, since April, they’ve stopped buy­ing it be­cause it’s just too ex­pen­sive.

Now mother and daugh­ter eat chicken in­stead.

Non­tuthuzelo (50) is an ad­min­is­tra­tor and Nandi (29) a mul­ti­me­dia con­sul­tant. They both work full-time jobs in Port El­iz­a­beth, but when they get home to Mother­well at the end of a long day, they start their sec­ond jobs: clean­ing the house they share. They don’t have a do­mes­tic worker be­cause it’s one way to save some money.

“We are very wor­ried about the economic sit­u­a­tion. It’s very dif­fi­cult to keep up with the in­creases in bread, fuel and ev­ery­thing else in gen­eral. One needs to be smart about how one spends one’s money th­ese days,” Nandi says.

“Not having a do­mes­tic worker means we do have some cash saved. Don’t get me wrong, we do need some­body to help at the house, but we just can’t af­ford to pay them in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial cli­mate. We both have to do our bit,” she adds.

The pair was spend­ing about R3 000 a month on gro­ceries at the be­gin­ning of the year, split­ting the bill half­way. That didn’t in­clude things like bread and milk. Over the past few months, they’ve trimmed their bill down to about R2 000.

To do this, they cook more of­ten – at least two or three times a week – and make sure they have left­overs for the next day.

“I also have friends in one of the chain stores, Pick n Pay, who calls me and tells me when­ever there are spe­cials in the shop.

“At times, it comes to a point where we mostly shop only when there are spe­cials,” Non­tuthuzelo says.

“I have always en­joyed buy­ing food at Woolies be­cause they are fresh and nice, but now I would rather buy cheaper items in less ex­pen­sive stores – as long as I can get some small change to see me through the month,” she says.

PHOTO: LUBA­BALO NGCUKANA

SMART SPEND­ING Nandi and Non­tuthuzelo Moss

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