Sunday, 31 January 2016

Day 31 - Last Day of Month One

Money Spent This Month - £16.62    Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £30.00
Money Spent in Total - £16.62
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £30
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £312.09

Total Spent Cash/Vouchers/Coupons/Points   £46.62
Weekly Average £11.66
No Spend Days  26/31

It's been a good first month to the Challenge.

I've been getting into the swing of things, trying to remember to keep receipts to photograph for the daily blog post, keeping in the mindset of posting daily.  Getting used to not shopping from the shops and instead rummaging through cupboards.  

I could potentially have done things even better, to have kept costs down even more.  For instance I could have made all our bread instead of buying two packs of brown buns and two sliced loaves.  We could have  drank only chilled tap water saving me from buying a total of twenty bottles of sparkling water (9 of which are still in the cupboard so I am ahead for next month).  But the bread and the water in total only cost me £5.93 so I'm not that worried about my extravagance  ;-)

It's all a learning curve, and it's all a matter of getting into new habits.  Since my purchases I have made bread twice, once using up the dry almond powder left over from making the Almond Milk ... this didn't work and made bread much to dense for our liking, but the chickens enjoyed it, so I saved money of corn rations for two days ... when you have chickens there is no wastage in kitchen experiments!!  I am also trying to increase the amount of chilled tap water I drink and I keep a jug full in the fridge all the time, this should mean the sparkling water that we do buy will last longer.

How am I feeling at the end of Month One - INSPIRED to carry on.

Today is a No Spend Day

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Day 30 - Chickpea, Quinoa and Turmeric Curry

I've been really in the mood for cooking and baking this week, so striking while the iron was hot ... I have been known to lose the mood as quickly as it comes ... I got out my brand new Deliciously Ella cook book and found something tasty that I fancied for my tea.

I chose this curry recipe and got out all the ingredients, picked some Spinach from the polytunnel and went to open the can of coconut milk with the new tin opener .... and broke it!!   I really don't know what it is with me and tin openers, anything but the basic bog standard openers and I just can't use them!!   So I pushed everything to the back of the worktop, put the Spinach in the fridge and went out to get a new one. Plain cheap tin openers are harder to find than you would think, I finally got one from a little Kitchen Supplies shop in Llandudno.... PHEW!!

If you click on the photo you should just about be able to make out the recipe if you haven't already got the book I do highly recommend it, either get yourself a copy while it is on offer everywhere or order it at your local library.  I have marked almost half the pages as must try soon recipes.  I have also added it to the box on the sidebar so you can nip over to Amazon and read other reviews.  

I pre-ordered my signed copy from Waterstones before Christmas and paid for it with my points and Waterstones stamp card so that it would not break the rule for this year of not buying any books.  

Today is a No Spend Day.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Day 29 - Flapjacks

I don't eat cake and I've not really got much of a sweet tooth left but every now and again I do get the urge for something a little bit tasty to have with a cup of coffee.  These flapjacks fit the bill perfectly and as well as being deliciously moreish, thanks to the fruit and nuts they leave you feeling as though you have had a substantial snack and not like you want to raid the biscuit tin again ten minutes later.

I'll be honest it's taken me years to perfect a good flapjack recipe, they used to turn out too crumbly, too thin, too hard, well too everything not right about the perfect flapjack!!

Then I went to town on my ingredients ... although I do use Value Oats, Broken Mixed Nuts and supermarkets own brand baking butter ..... and my problem was sorted :-)

My Flapjacks

350g Oats
50g smashed Mixed Nuts 
(use a pestle and mortar or just put them in a bag and bash them with a rolling pin)
50g mixed dried fruit 
(I like raisins and cranberries)
200g Golden Syrup
150g Sugar
250g Butter 
(yep ...a full block)

Put the butter, syrup and sugar into a biggish pan and melt over a low heat.
Once melted tip all the other ingredients into the pan (why dirty up another bowl!!)  and stir well to combine.
Pour into a 8"/20cm square lined or well greased baking tin and press down evenly.

Cook for approx 30 minutes in a medium hot oven.  Check after 20 or so minutes to make sure the edges aren't cooking too quickly, if they are you can cover with a piece of tinfoil.

Take out of the oven when they are coloured to your liking and then leave them in the tin to cool down for ten minutes.  Then lift carefully out of the tin with the overhanging liner and put onto a chopping board, cut into 16 pieces and leave to cool on a wire rack.

Today is a nibbling at flapjack day ... but also a  No Spend Day 

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Day 28 - My 4p Shop

Money Spent Today - 4p  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £10.00
Money Spent in Total - £16.62
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £30
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £312.09

Well I didn't pay attention when I told myself not to shop did I  ;-)

I had a very good reason to go out actually .... our tin opener broke, and then the spare that was in the drawer got halfway round a can of tuna for Ginger's breakfast and that broke too!!  So I went out to get another one from Tesco and decided that while I was there to stock up on sparkling water.  Going past the end of the aisle to get to the water and I spotted our favorite brand of coffee on a really good offer £3 a jar instead of £5.29, so although I didn't really need any more yet I thought it would be silly to ignore such a good offer.

The sweet potatoes and ground ginger were two things that we had completely run out of so I picked them up on my way round the store, then I decided that I would make my purchases up to the value of my largest Tesco coupon which was £10 ... so I grabbed a cucumber - sorted!!

Spent Today  4p Cash and £10 in Tesco Coupons

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Day 27 - Using the Coupons

I was looking through the coupons in my purse earlier today ...  I have thirteen left.

I worked out that if I try to use just one a week, topping up the spend with as little cash as possible  they could last me until late April.  By that time, hopefully, I might even have a few more dropping through the letterbox.

Of course I also have Nectar points, almost £75 worth ... which would see me even further into the year and by that time we should have even more homegrown food available from the polytunnel.  I need to carry on spending wisely, resisting the urge to shop when there might be something in the cupboards or freezers that would plug a gap.  It's the resisting the urge to shop that I occasionally find hard.  It seems almost hard-wired into us to do a weekly shop and sometimes it's just not needed.

Repeat after me -

Do not go shopping
Do not go shopping
Do not go shopping.

That was for my benefit ... you can go if you want  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Day 26 - Weekly Soup

Firstly a big thank you to all of you who gave me suggestions for uses for the 'almond milk powder'.  There were some brilliant suggestions and I am going to try them all as and when I have more dry powder to use up after making almond milk.  I have enough blanched almonds for another 4 litres of milk so I can try most of them out.

Today I am going to make bread with it, because as usual there is a big panful of soup in the fridge, and what would be nicer than a loaf or a few nutty bread rolls to dunk into it.  

Every Monday morning I raid the polytunnel for cabbage, carrots, celery, a couple of leeks and some kale and along with any sad looking leftovers in the fridge and a handful of dried soup mix I make up enough soup to see me through the week for my lunches.

It's nutritious, quick to prepare and lovely and warming on these cold, dark blustery days, and of course the best thing ever it costs me next to nothing to make.  Every week it's slightly different, even using the same ingredients because I never weigh anything out or measure the bouillon powder so the taste varies.  This weeks version is 'blow my socks off spicy' ... I was a bit heavy handed with the chilli flakes so it's definitely warming  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Monday, 25 January 2016

Day 25 - Almond Milk

Occasionally I make my own Almond milk, and although I have two packs of longlife almond milk in the other cupboard, the Blanched Almonds that I have have an even shorter date on them so I thought I would make myself a batch for this week.

It's really simple to do, you simply soak 200g of blanched almonds overnight in enough slightly salted water to cover them.  In the morning drain them through a sieve and give them a quick rinse.  Then add the almonds and one litre of cold water to a liquidiser.

I tend to add the water in two halves, that way I can see in the first half that the almonds are whizzing up nice and small and the liquidiser doesn't overflow.  Once they are whizzed to oblivion I add the rest of the water and quickly whizz again to combine it all equally.

Then it's just a case of pouring through a muslin bag, giving the bag a good squeeze once the drips have stopped.  One litre of water and 200g of almonds give you just over a litre of Almond Milk.

Yes it works out more expensive than buying the packs of almond milk in the supermarket BUT and to me it's a big but ..... the only ingredients in the homemade milk are almonds and water, in the various supermarket versions there is a long list of ingredients with the almonds making up only 2% of the total. 

I'm just racking my brains trying to think of something to use the leftover powdered almonds in.  I usually give this to the chickens, and will do again if I can't think of something by the end of today, at least this way I am sort of trading it for eggs .... but there must be something I can add it to.  

My first thought was to use it like 'ground almonds' but it only has a very mild almond-y taste, maybe adding some almond essence to this would work ... see I am thinking as I type.

Any suggestions gratefully considered.

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Day 24 - More Shopping

Money Spent Today - £10.00  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £10.00
Money Spent in Total - £16.58
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £20
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £312.13

Our local farm shop, Bodnant Welsh Food sent out an email this week offering a £10 off a £20 or higher spend in the farm shop during January.  I think it's to entice customers back after a little spate of adverse publicity they have had recently.  I went and picked up my coupon yesterday and then went back to spend it with Lovely Hubby as I wanted him to choose some meat for the freezer. 

Of course he chose steak :-)
They were vacuum wrapped in pairs, which is fine if there are two of you that eat meat .....

... but I opened the packs and then individually wrapped the steaks so I can take one at a time out of the freezer.  Of course only seven steaks made it into the freezer, one will be for his tea tonight.  Eight half pound, locally reared and produced steaks at just £1.25 each - a bargain not to be missed.

Next month for Loyalty Card holders they have a five pound voucher off a £20 spend, I'll have to think a bit harder about if it's worth spending that one.

Saturday, 23 January 2016

Day 23 - Shopping

Money Spent Today - £1.17   Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £5
Money Spent in Total - £6.58
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £10
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £322.13

I was hungry when I went shopping ... big mistake, you would think I'd know better wouldn't you!!

I decided that a couple of garlic breads would make a lovely treat over the weekend, there was just no need - I could have made some myself, oh well I have to look on the bright side ... it's a treat  :-)

I got the bread on a 'yellow sticker bargain' so all was not lost.  The bread I bought was Best Before the date I bought it on and felt fresher than some of the 'newer' bread on the shelves so I just went for it.  It will mostly be used for toast over the weekend anyway.

To be able to see any of my photos, especially these receipt ones much clearer, just click on the picture and it should enlarge for you.

Spent Today  £1.17 Cash and £5 in Tesco Coupons

Friday, 22 January 2016

Day 22 - Sort of Cupboards ....

Not officially a cupboard but these shelves hold a good selection of our dried foods, so I thought I should photograph them as they are now.  I guess the photos won't change too drastically throughout the year as I have back up supplies of some of these things actually in the cupboards which will come out to top up the jars.

One shelf in one of our cupboards that doesn't normally hold food acquired some over the Christmas period and it just hasn't been eaten, so here it is.  A jar of nuts. one of dried cranberries, a box of cereal and the red lid is the top of a tub of dried milk powder, I add this to longlife milk when I'm making homemade yoghurts, it makes them much thicker.  In the plastic basket in my collection of herbs and spices all in their little jars.  It's so much easier to slide the basket out and rummage through it than it used to be playing 'spice chess' in the cupboard to find what I wanted.

A No Spend Day

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Day 21 - Cupboards 4

Another day another cupboard .... this one is mostly the homemade jams, chutneys and other preserves.  Of course other things have sneaked in as is the way with my cupboards, and the middle shelf has the crisps we bought for Christmas that never got eaten, packets of popcorn that we have been taking with us to the cinema as they didn't make it onto the Christmas party table, the giant jar of pickles that I was going to open and then I discovered an almost out of date jar of pickled onions in the cupboard one so that was started first instead, a cheese making kit that I have never gotten round to using and a few other bits and bobs lurking at the back.

The tins of tuna are mostly Gingers, he's partial to a tin almost every day, but every now and then he goes off it completely and reverts to just eating his dried cat food for a couple of weeks.  I say mostly Ginger's, because of course if we need some tuna for a pizza or a pasta dish or just to scatter on a salad we take one.  

I'll have to remember to factor that into my spending records as we are not including pet food in out housekeeping budget this year.  The one I've currently been buying for him is from T*sco at just 55p a tin.   We tend to mostly buy the dog food and treats from the farm supply shop and this comes out of the company account, so we decided to exclude all pet food purchases from this Challenge.

The top shelf holds my drawer of seeds, and  balanced on top of that my tin of free seeds collected during last year from the cover of my subscription magazines.  So also food ..... eventually  ;-)

A No Spend Day

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Day 20 - Cupboards 3

Well on Monday you got the chance to peek into the general cupboard, yesterday you got the messy baking cupboard, I don't really know what I would call this one!!

It's got all sorts in it, some condiments, some pastes and purees, the baskets on top are overflowing with nuts, popping corn and things of that nature.  It's really just a bit of a mish mash.  I guess the beauty of this Challenge is that I will begin to see what things are in there that really don't need to be.  What will be left until last when the things that I grab on daily basis are gone completely and I have to start thinking 'outside of the box'.

Hopefully this Year of Without will help me realise what we do need and what we can continue to live without when the year is over, the things that I buy out of habit and not really out of genuine necessity.

Today is another No Spend Day.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Day 19 - Cupboards 2

Remember Monica's 'cupboard of shame' ... well this is my version.

My baking ingredients cupboard, full to bursting and totally disorganised .... a complete contrast to yesterdays nice neat offering.  Hopefully sometime in the next couple of months it will have emptied enough for everything to be neatly lined up and easily accessible.  In the meantime I am always ready to catch whatever unsuspecting ingredient flings itself at me when I open the door ;-)

Monica's cupboard - Google Image

Another No Spend Day

Monday, 18 January 2016

Day 18 - Cupboards

For the first few weeks of the Challenge we have been making an effort to use up the contents of the fridge.  It makes sense to use up the freshest things first.  Some things from there have been popped into the freezer but the majority have been eaten.  

Our two freezers are  pretty chock-a-block with food, helped of course by the things we have moved over from the fridge, and using up leftovers to make more meals has meant even more things added to the already full to bursting freezer space.

It's meant that not a lot has been taken from the cupboards so I've not really bothered to photograph them, but now I thought the time was right to start a record of how things look now, during this the first month of the Challenge.  I'm hoping they won't empty too quickly, it makes sense for the next thing to be emptied to be the big chest freezer as sometime in the next few months it will be moving out into the workshop and obviously it will be much easier to move when it's empty.

So this weeks photographs will be a record of the cupboards as they are now.

A No Spend Day

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Day 17 - Entertainment

Image result for cineworld unlimited

We like to go out for meals, we always have ... our first ever date was lunch in a pub and we have always taken great pleasure in eating out and tried lots of different places in all the areas of the country that we have lived in. 

 BUT during this year, our year of knuckling down and saving as much as we can we realised that to be scrimping and saving with a teeny, tiny housekeeping budget and then to go out and splurge on a meal would be ridiculous and so far out of our Challenge remit as to be stupid, so before Christmas we sat and had a talk about what we could do instead.

We went to the cinema in the first week of December and the advert for the Cineworld Unlimited pass came up .... the answer to our dilemma.  So a week later as a Christmas present to ourselves we spluged and bought two passes.  At £202 each they weren't cheap, but it does mean that if we go to the cinema at least once a week by half way through the year we will have recouped our costs and the last six months of the year we will be enjoying free movies.

I have added a list to the sidebar to show the films we have seen so I can keep tabs on us getting value for money.  I have also added a book list so I can keep tabs of how many books I can read from our shelves during the course of the year.

Today is a No Spend Day

Saturday, 16 January 2016

Day 16 - Scraps

As I said the other day nothing is being wasted this year.  

When I had finished rolling out the pastry for the little quiches and lids there were some pastry scraps over.  I quickly rolled these out ....

... sprinkled on some of the grated cheese I had out of the fridge for the quiches, re-rolled it ...

... and cut out some little cheesey biscuits.

And you will notice that as this was a bargain pack of ready rolled pastry it came on a sheet of greaseproof paper, which I rolled the pastry out on top of and then used as baking parchment in the oven.  Waste not want not.

A lovely little snack with a cup of coffee ... and the eagle eyed amongst you will notice that two of them didn't even last long enough to go on the plate ;-)

A No Spend Day

Friday, 15 January 2016

Day 15 - Shopping

Money Spent Today - £3.52   Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £5
Money Spent in Total - £5.41
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £5
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £323.30

We needed a few few fresh things for the weekend, so I decided to go to Tesco where I could make use of one of my vouchers and stock up on Sparkling Water.  I bought ten bottles, only four of which are in this photo.  I also did something I don't usually do and I picked up a copy of their free magazine, if I'm not buying books or magazines this year I might as well make good use of freebies ;-)

I also decided to try Tescos own version of my usual Warburtons loaf, at 85p it was 65p cheaper, well worth a try.

Spent Today  £3.52 Cash and £5 in Tesco Coupons

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Day 14 - Leftovers

This year I am wasting nothing, and the crumbs of Stilton that were left when I chopped the wedge up ready to freeze the other day ....

...were tipped into the small handful of pasta that was over from the previous nights tea.

Stirred in and then popped into the two pastry cases on the left of the tray, topped with chopped tomato, a couple of tablespoons of beaten egg and topped with a sprinkle of grated cheese. they made a lovely meal for me .... Lovely Hubby was away.

But he was home to partake of the 'Leftovers pies' that I cooked alongside my little pasta filled 'Higgidy' style quiches.  I'm not even sure what was in the pies, I see Salmon, peas, onion, I know there was a bit of quinoa, definitely a little bit of beaten egg for moisture ... anyway they were delicious with a salad picked straight from the polytunnel.  Yet another meal at virtually no cost.

Another No Spend Day.

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Day 13 - Oops

I've been tidying the kitchen cupboards, mostly the non-foody ones first ... but I kept coming across packs of four tins of tomatoes ..... lots of packs of four tins of tomatoes.

They were on offer ... and one by one I seem to have stockpiled ... although even I think 24 tins is a bit excessive!!

Oh well they and the homemade sauces that I have in jars in the food cupboard should see us in tomatoey goodness until this years plants produce a new crop ... and possibly beyond.

Today is another No Spend Day  :-)

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Day 12 - Monday Morning Soup

Every Monday morning after walking the dogs round the paddock first thing, I call into the polytunnel and pick a selection of vegetables for my weekly soup pot.  This photo shows this weeks pickings.

I then check in the fridge to see what needs using up and this week I added a peeled Kohl Rabi that I had picked the day before and then not used, and an onion.

The stalks get chopped and added and the leaves, this time there were Cabbage, Spinach and Kale are all rolled up and chopped into lengths.

Everything gets a brief stir round the pan in a bit of butter and then I add a handful or two of dried soup mix, a tablespoon of bouillon powder, bits and bobs of flavourings ... garlic paste, chilli flakes, salt, pepper etc and a kettleful of water.  It's all brought to the boil and then popped into the simmering oven of the Aga for a couple of hours.  

Once everything is nicely cooked I half whizz it up.  It's a compromise I have recently discovered.  I like my soups completely whizzed and velvety smooth and Lovely Hubby likes his thick and chunky with big bits of vegetables, so half whizzed suits us both :-)

It gives me a big pan full of soup that last all week for lunches.  Cheap, easy to do and very nourishing.

Today is a No Spend Day

Monday, 11 January 2016

Day 11 - Potatoes

A few days ago I realised I had made a big omission in my plans for growing this year .... I had no seed potatoes!!  

I was resigned to taking some money from the Sealed Pot Housekeeping Kitty and buying some.  Then I went to put back the potatoes in the large bag that we had been storing in the cool cupboard under the stairs.  The contents of the cupboard had been relocated to the spare bedroom while the cupboard was being  plaster-boarded and decorated ... while the potatoes were there in the warmer and lighter room, they had started chitting.

I picked out a few for immediate use, washed them, removed the chits and put them in the potato bag in the kitchen cupboard ... the rest are now back in the under-stairs cupboard but sitting in a couple of egg trays while the chits grow bigger and stronger.

Then this morning while I was out walking with the dogs I went to the Veggie Patch to get a turnip for this weeks soup,  and lo and behold there are potatoes growing in the top bed,  I obviously missed a few when I harvested last year.  It turns out we won't be as short of potatoes as I first thought :-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Day 10 - Cheese

I've been going through the fridge in fits and starts, but something always seems to crop up when I try and get stuck into a job these days, but at last I am almost there.

We have a stupid amount of cheese on the cheese shelf ... even having 'a cheese shelf' shows we have too much cheese!!, So this morning in a fit of 'I must get something done' I grabbed the opened pack of Stilton left over from Christmas, gave it a perfunctory sniff and decided 'yes, it stills smells like horrible smelly Stilton', chopped what was left of the half round into three, double wrapped it and slung it into the freezer.

Now that should last us a bit longer.

Now all I have to do is find a complete hour of my time, empty the rest of the fridge, wipe it all out and assess what bits of fresh stuff we have left.  There's not a lot ... surely I can get that done first thing in the morning.

Today is another No Spend Day  :-)

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Day 9 - A Year Without ... Clothes

This year long Challenge is not just about housekeeping money, or the lack of it,  it's also about not buying clothes or books, or many other things that would have made the title ridiculously long ... note to self .....  must do a list on a stand alone page as I think of the things we are not buying during this year.

I used to follow the Project 333 method of rotating my clothes, having just 33 items out for every 3 months of the year, but since 'Kondo-ing' all my clothes last year it makes more sense(to me anyway) to keep everything accessible.  Well everything fits so neatly into my drawers and wardrobe, that to try and store things away would just get overly time-consuming and take up more space elsewhere, which we don't have!!

What I do need to do as well is repair any little things that get damaged before they are unrepairable, that's why last night saw me sewing up this hole in my sock.  They will be in use for some time to come now, thank goodness ..... I like them  :-)

Today is a No Spend Day.

Friday, 8 January 2016

Day 8 - Lemons

The lemons I found in the fruit drawer of the fridge were sliced, open frozen and then once completely frozen bagged and popped back into the freezer.  They are coming in handy while I have this cold.  One frozen slice dropped into a cup of boiling water, with a teaspoon of honey and a couple of paracetamols beats a Lemsip any day!!

The little knobbly ends were first used to clean the chopping board and then popped onto the shelf in the fridge for a lovely lemony scent every time I opened the door.

Nothing wasted  :-)

Today is a No Spend Day.

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Day 7 - Stockpiling

Money Spent Today - £0    Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £1.89
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £0
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £326.82

I was asked if before this year of no housekeeping we had stockpiled things in readiness.  The simple answer is no not purposefully.

All through the second half of last year I pretty much shopped as I always have, when the things we use on a regular basis were on offer I would buy enough of them to see us through until the next anticipated offer, and yes, they come round pretty regularly.

I know for example that our favourite butter comes on and off special offer over and over again.  Usually I can miss out one or even two rounds of offers and still be able to grab half a dozen on offer just as we run out of the stash in the freezer.  I now know that Lurpak spreadable butter freezes exceptionally well, and still tastes as fresh as non-frozen butter up to a year after freezing.

We did have one moment of madness in November and for some reason worked out how many toilet rolls we would need in a year ... and bought them.  They are now stashed under the guest bed, it will be interesting to see how long they do last!!  After this we quickly came to our senses and decided that this year should be all about seeing how little we can manage on, living day to day, week to week and month to month and just taking it as it comes.

The shampoo was bought in December, we were coming to the end of the dispenser in the bathroom and we use these to top it up.  Better to have one plunge of the dispenser than to squirt lots from a bottle into your hand and use too much.  We have had the same H&S dispenser since 2008 and fill it up whenever there is an offer.  These were £4.99 each or 3 for £10 so it made sense to make the purchase a little bit early ... the shampoo in the dispenser is still lasting so these are safely in the cupboard until it runs out.

Today is a No Spend Day.