Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Day 264 - Spending Review

The Last Shop/ 4th September
Money Spent Today - 9p
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £4.00
Money Spent in Total - £321.08
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £286.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £7.63
A comment by 'Maryb' left on yesterdays post made me realise that I haven't discussed money for ages ... mainly because nothing has altered.  We still have a paltry £7.63 in the cash pot, there is still £48 worth of M&S vouchers in my purse and the Nectar point total stands at around the £10 mark.
We simply haven't needed to shop, we have been eating fresh every day from the poly and net tunnels supplemented by bits and bobs from the freezer in a vain attempt to make room for more freshly picked and processed crops to go in there.  The milk that was photographed on the 4th September post was put into the freezer for the following weekend and was used then.  We were both down in southern England over this last weekend so no milk was needed at all for home.
It's all back to normal now and I will have to venture to good old M&S and blow a whole voucher to get some milk for this coming weekend so you will have a shopping post in the next couple of days.  I don't know what else we need except milk to warrant spending a voucher ... but I will find something, I'm determined to hold onto the cash!!
16 days of No Spending - a record  :-)


  1. You are doing it extremely well. :) xxx...x

  2. 16 days of no spending is fantastic!! Thats over 2 weeks. We do our shopping week by week so can't ever hope to achieve that but I'd like to go a few days without needing a top up shop! Lol

    What's the pink stuff in the milk bottle though thats been put into ice lolly holders?

    1. I was going to ask the same question. I've just picked up some lolly moulds for a €1 at a car boot, so need to use them :)

    2. Sorry, yes I should have said!!

      The liquid is the juice that has dripped through muslin overnight after cooking a big jam pan full of apples, and in this case the last of the plums hence the lovely pink colour. I filled up the washed out milk bottle leaving headroom for when it was frozen and so had some over.

      I added a couple of spoonfuls of icing sugar to it to take the edge off the tartness as I thought it would make brilliant ice lollies :-)

      The liquid once thawed could be used for making jams, jellies, more lollies or by LH in his winemaking, it was just a way of preserving some of the masses of apples that are still raining down on us in a way that would give us various options for use further down the line.

    3. I'd not thought of using the juice before. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Hi Sue
    Interested to know what you were making with the apples and plums in muslin :) Thanks as always.

    1. It's just a liquid base to be stored in the freezer. The liquid once thawed could be used for more lollies, apple and plum jelly, a cordial base or as a wine base for LH to use in his new wine making obsession 😉


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