Scrimp and save means no red meat
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.
SMART SPENDING Nandi and Nontuthuzelo Moss