Economies, feminine plural noun (but you can use it in the singular – une économie, des économies) = savings (pronounced ay-co-no-meee, a slight stress on the first and last syllables, no s heard in the plural (I’m going to stop saying that from now onwards; after a month, you know by heart that you never hear the final s in the plural)).
Economie in the singular is economy, or the economy. In the plural, savings. And that’s what I want to talk to you about today.
After one whole month of posting daily, a whole month of thinking about, cooking, photographing and eating the recipes that I have posted, I have noticed something very interesting. Several things in fact.
1. When I finalized my monthly accounts, I found that I had only used three-quarters of my food budget. I have only bought good quality fresh food. Some but not a lot of organic. My vegetables come from a local farmer, my fruit from a specialized fruit shop. My fish from the coast or a local fish shop. My meat from a butcher. I don’t shop a lot at supermarkets. I have bought no frozen food (although I used a little I had already), no packaged food, no ready prepared food. I have eaten well, it has been delicious, pleasing to the eye, healthy and fresh. And the result is that I have saved 25% of my food budget.
2. I have lost a little weight. Not much, a pound or two. But it was without doing anything special, and it’s far far better than gaining a pound or two.
3. I have been generating far less trash. Hardly any packaging. A few plastic milk and juice bottles. Empty animal feed sacks. A wine bottle or two. But no food packaging. All my vegetable waste, and it has mainly been that, is composted. The result is that my trash count (which as it was, was not enormous) has diminished by at least 25%, but probably nearer 30%.
Interesting, don’t you think? That by giving yourself pleasure first in the kitchen and then on your plate, you can economize (faire des économies) on so many counts?