Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Day 6 - Shopping


Money Spent Today - £1.89      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 needed to get some milk for Lovely Hubbys return, I didn't need to get any buns ....


... but I had unearthed a box of thirty fish fingers from the bottom of the freezer whilst having a sort out and I couldn't get the thought of a fishfinger bun out of my head.

The buns were 80p for four or two packs for £1 .... it just made sense to get two packs ;-)

Spent Today  £1.89 Cash 

24 comments:

  1. I am surprised you dont make your own bread products, I buy flour by the sack and it works out 30p a loaf to make, I usually have white and rustic ( that comes with the crunchy bits) on the go. Milk I buy in for the month its not any cheaper but it saves me trips into town.

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    1. I used to, but I have gotten out of the habit recently - very bad I know!!

      I should perhaps have made some rolls but I have been so ill for the last few weeks with one cold after another resulting in no energy that the thought of a quick lunch after a long dog walk won out.

      I can't buy milk in bulk as Lovely Hubby only likes fresh skimmed milk and doesn't like it after it has been frozen. So I will be out once a week buying his milk, I just have to be stricter and not buy other unnecessary things while I am getting it :-(

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    2. i think you are being too hard on yourself..fish finger sarnie sounds lovely...enjoy
      tess

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    1. Hi Sue just remembered a few more thinks I wanted to ask.
      When does your hubby retire? and are you doing this challenge as a one off or is it going to become the norm?

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    2. Our nearest shops are either the independent small shops in Llanrwst three and a half miles away, or the farm shop in the opposite direction that's about three miles away. But we usually combine any shopping we need to do with other errands in Llandudno which is about 10 miles away and has every shop you could possibly want plus the prom to walk the dogs along.

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    3. Hopefully if everything goes to plan he retires from the 'day job' next Summer. So this is a sort of practise run to see what we need to spend money on, what we can manage without and what would be the minimum income we can live simply but comfortably on.

      I think you may have asked this once before and I forgot to answer - sorry!!

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  3. Fish finger sarnie, heavily buttered white bread, lashings of tomato sauce. Lovely jubbley.

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    1. Ooh no!!

      Brown buns or seeded brown bread spread with mayo ....heavenly :-)

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    2. Sorry Sue, I have to agree with FiE......cheap 'bouncy' white bread, best butter and definitely tomato sauce!

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  4. That's the problem with supermarkets, too many things to tempt us.

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    1. I need to dash in wearing blinkers I think, straight to the milk aisle and then straight out again :-/

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  5. Fish finger sandwiches are gorgeous, oh such memories of being a kid. Well done on the brilliant, motivating work!

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    1. They are the ultimate comfort food aren't they :-)

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  6. Mmmm fish finger sandwich yummy

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    1. Haha .... I see there are lots of us fish finger buttie aficionados :-)

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  7. Like you say, it makes sense to buy 2 packs for £1 and stick some in the freezer. Morrisons also do 2 packs for £1. Not keen on fich fingers myself, but I can see it would make a filling lunch. I don't know if you have access to FarmFoods in LLandudno but last week I bought 3 x 2 litres (approx 4 pints) of milk for £1.50. It's usually 2 for £1.50 (75p a bottle) in there but they also had a 3 for the price of 2 offer on it, so it worked out at 3 for £1.50 or 50p a bottle. Milk freezes really well.

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    1. It's surprising how filling one bun and four fish fingers actually is :-)

      I don't buy milk in bulk and really wish the shops wouldn't sell it so cheaply. I would happily pay £1.50 for a two litre bottle if I knew the money was going to the farmers that produce it and not the supermarkets. Whenever possible I try to buy organic skimmed milk, more money for the farmers and the boy calves aren't killed at birth, but it the hardest to get hold of and sometimes when I can find it the use -by date is ridiculously short. It it weren't for LH I would never buy milk at all :-(

      Unfortunately he doesn't like it after it's been in the freezer. Skimmed milk seems to freeze differently from semi or full fat milk, well in my experience anyway and I've tried it lots of times.

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  8. Fish finger sarnies are great and saves me doing battle with the kids too! Yum. We plan on freezing milk in the new house as the freezer will a) need filling b) because i love the idea if being stocked up for a rainy day and c) because we always run out now !! However i do agree totally with your point re.cheap milk and the farmers getting ripped off so i shall look to see if we can buy direct somehow.

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    1. Milk can only be frozen for up to a month, so rotate your supplies carefully. LH doesn't like the taste of it once it's been frozen unfortunately :-(

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  9. Fish finger sandwiches sound nice but not very healthy, our 18 year old would love them, they are not a thing here in Australia so I haven't heard of them before, though the 18 year old might like them when he eventually leaves home.

    Do you get long life milk there that you can put in the cupboard? We dont go through much milk as only our 18 year old has it for his coffee and occassional milkshake and my husband and I use Almond milk for smoothies so it is all Long life milk for us.

    Looking forward to reading about your journey through the year and getting motivated myself. YOur 10 pound per week for two (which is about $20 here) is not much but with your garden and no unnecessary spending I think it can be done and I hope you do.

    We live in the tropics and not much will grow in the humidity and heat here right now though I do have some things in pots under the shadecloth and there are tropical greens in the garden. You are the opposite, in the cold. Do you have a greenhouse?

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    1. Not that unhealthy in my opinion .... brown bread 100% cod ... not all bad, and especially tasty and quick after working outdfoors for a while!!

      As I said in another answer .... LH only likes FRESH skimmed milk. The only thing I use long-life milk for is homemade yoghurt.

      I love Almond milk too, especially on homemade muesli and granola :-)

      I have a polytunnel and a net tunnel no greenhouse, I don't like them as much as polytunnels, nowhere near as productive throughout the year .... and it's a lot cheaper for the size we need ;-)

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