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

13 comments:

  1. Next time you need ground ginger, have a look if your Tesco has East End branded spices. Their ground ginger is as good, if not better than the more expensive brands and is 99p for a 100g bag, so you'd get an extra 62g for 14p!
    I have always kept my spice jars (and bought more than a few new ones over the years) so I decant into jars and label them with an indelible marker.
    Any spice left in the bag is then sealed tightly and kept in a plastic box (an opaque black one, bought from a 'cheapy' shop in Buxton) in the understairs cupboard.

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    1. That's exactly where I always head first, unfortunately Ginger is one of the many spices they don't have in our small branch of Tesco, the East End/Ethnic 'area' is a three foot run of six shelves :-(

      Sometimes I really miss living in Berkshire, there our huge Tesco had a fantastic two aisles full of all sorts of bargain-ous spices and wondrous ingredients. I think I need to stock up next time I'm in the area.

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    2. We also go to a Thai supermarket when we get the chance. They don't just have Thai products, but also Chinese, Japanese etc.
      I stock up on all sorts of things when we get there, most of it healthy......Unfortunately they also sell pork and prawn sui mai, and I really can not resist them.

      Berkshire may have easier access to lots of things, but the north wins hands down on scenery (and friendliness)! X

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  2. Does your budget cover things like a new tin-opener? I ask because I had to get Mrs P some cold and flu tablets today and wondered how you managed if you need such things as over the counter medicines.

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    1. After a long discussion about this we decided that NO the tin opener could be purchased outside of the Challenge, along with any medicines we need during the course of the year. Cold and flu remedies have been consumed almost as much as food over the past few weeks, if we had included them in the Challenge it could quite possibly have been over by the end of the month :-(

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  3. Cucumber is one thing I couldn't live without - I get through at least three a week - I just break a piece off, peel it and it is SO refreshing. Mind you, I have been the same since I had some when I was being weaned apparently, so it's obviously in the genes.

    Is your budget purely for foodstuffs? Are toiletries, washing powder and w/up liquid, things like batteries, new lightbulbs, stuff like clingfilm and foil etc included too?

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    1. Yes, I'll save a fortune once I get some cucumber plants growing in the polytunel again. I must have eaten at least one a day all through the growing season last year. I don't peel mine though I just give it a wash :-)

      Toiletries, cling film and foil etc are included in the challenge as they are consumerables for us and the kitchen but things like lightbulbs would not be, although I think we have more than enough to see us through this year.

      Batteries, stamps etc are purchased through our company so we snaffle a few for personal use and washing powder and washing up liquid also fall under the company umbrella as they are purchased from the farm supplies shop when we are stocking up on chicken feed and dog food.

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  4. Now thats my kind of price!
    I used to be able to eat cucumber like Bovey Belle, but now it (and lettuce) make me burp like mad.

    Ive always been a bit surprised that you buy water. Is the tap water not good where you are? Growing up in the NZ countryside we took tap water for granted and I still tend to assume that countryside water is nice everywhere.

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    1. The tap water is lovely, and we drink lots of it, but we both like sparkling water too.

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    2. You're doing well Sue. You've just got to put the bargain in your basket when you see it. It would be silly not to!

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  5. Sorry both your openers broke...sometimes its the little things that send one flying out the door. I tried to leave a comment about your cute chickens at the other blog and was roundly defeated by blogger so I'm trying again here...

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  6. I do think a bit of bulk shopping when the price is great will help your challenge budget immensely. If this is a normal purchase for you, then how could you not? Smart woman!

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