Thursday, 30 June 2016

Day 182 - Holland and Barrett

I got this Holland and Barrett coupon through the post at the start of the week.  I managed to get this amount because I went a bit mad back in April and spent £41.17 on an assortment of nuts, nibbles and cheeses.  (See HERE if you missed that post.)

They are obviously trying to tempt me back, as they do all their customers, because along with my £3.50 coupon I got these two little vouchers.  Double points on my 'basket' and 500 extra points if I spend £30 or more.  Now if I were to spend £30 or thereabouts at Holland and Barrett that would take my remaining cash down to just over £50, and even with using the vouchers meaning that next time I would get at least a £5 coupon to spend ... with half the year still to go I don't think want to be using so much cash up in one go.

However, the coupons will stay in my purse until their expiry date just in case, and I have until the end of September to spend my £3.50 of coupon on whatever I need.

Today is a No Spend Day ...
... and tomorrow is a very special day  :-)

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Day 181 - Cheating

There were a couple of small Cauliflowers in the polytunnel that looked as though they were about to go to seed with the intense heat they had been put under while I have had to keep the doors closed to keep out marauding chickens,  so I picked them the other day and made one of our favourite teas ...Cauliflower Cheese.

It's so simple and quick.  I just cook the chopped cauliflower for five minutes in boiling water, adding some frozen peas for the last three and then drain and tip into an ovenproof dish.  But this time .....

... I cheated!!

We had some of this instant cheese sauce in the cupboard so I decided to use it rather than making a cheese sauce from scratch.  (Which is simply 50g each of butter and flour cooked together for a couple of minutes and then milk is added and then a big handful of strong tasting cheese.)

Instant cheese sauce was not as bad as I expected it to be, and topped with a handful of grated cheese and half of the jar of buttery breadcrumbs (both straight from the freezer) it made for a very good, very tasty and very quick tea.

Today is a No Spend Day

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Day 180 - Shopping with Lovely Hubby

Money Spent Today - 20p  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £4
Money Spent in Total - £245.53
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £164.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £83.18

Lovely Hubby wanted a sliced loaf at the weekend.  Things have been super busy here just recently and baking our own bread has been the last thing on my mind, and anyway I don't eat much bread during the week so I hadn't noticed that there was none at all in the freezer.

So while the car was in the garage getting a new bulb fitted we popped over to M&S to get a loaf.  Wanting to use my vouchers rather than cash meant I decided the '2 for £2.50' was quite a good deal and it meant we could have bought four loaves for a £5 voucher and tucked three of them into the freezer to save shopping trips like this one ... but a certain gentleman decided that a packet of Viennese Whirls was much more important than excess bread, so we went down that route and used a £4 voucher along with 20p in cash  ;-)

I didn't throw my receipt away and then fish it out of the bin .... it got very wet on the way back to the car.

Monday, 27 June 2016

Day 179 - Going to the Cinema

To save money on entertainment and nights out during the course of this year, our Christmas present to ourselves in December was a one year Cineworld Unlimited card each, and it's one of the best buys we made.

Now we've got the cards we go to the cinema most weekends, at least once and sometimes if a couple of good films have come out together twice.  Occasionally we miss a weekend but that only fuels our intent to go again the next weekend.  Some days like one day last week I have been tempted to go on my own during the day, although last week's film was a dismal affair.

I try and update the sidebar each time we go and give the films a score out of ten, looking at the list of films we have seen up to now it shows we are watching a wide variety of films, something we wouldn't dream of doing if we had to pay for our cinema tickets each time we went.

Take Saturday's film for instance, we would normally have waited for a film like 'X-Men - Apocalypse' to come to the television screen before we watched it, but we really enjoyed it and had a nice evening out.  Yes there was lots of CGI but with a good story and nice characters and dialogue it didn't seem to matter too much at all, in fact we both said it is the best of the Marvel films that we have seen.

Our favourite film of the year so far has been 'Me Before You' and the worst one we have seen together and both didn't like was 'Bad Neighbours 2'.

Anyway it keeps us from spending money on meals out so it's worked fine at curbing our spending for this years entertainment.  Oh and someone asked if we had recouped our money for the cards yet and the answer is yes, massively!!  If we had paid each week to go to see the films we have already seen it would have cost us just over £700, our cards cost £202 each so a total of £404 ... and we still have the rest of the year to see as many films as we want to.  So they have been a very good buy. although I don't think it's something we would do every year. 

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Day 178 - Books

Not spending on books this year (apart from my little 'blip' at the start of this month) means that slowly but surely I am working my way through my own large book collection.  I did a series of posts about all my books on the other blog last year and if I remember correctly it turned out I had over 600.  Of course by the end of the year and with Christmas presents that total grew even higher.

Now that the total is barely being added to I can really get stuck in reading through what I already have instead of adding new purchases to an ever increasing 'must read' pile.  I'm finding some that I must have bought simply because I already had the writer's previous book, maybe not even read yet, but making me want to have a 'complete set', this is something I am most definitely curing myself of.

This stacking books horizontally on top of others on the shelves is already a thing of the past so the overall total must be going down .... thank goodness.

Today is a No Spend Day

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Day 177 - My 1p Tesco Shop

Money Spent Today - 1p  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £15.50
Money Spent in Total - £245.33
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £159.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £83.38

I took the last pack of Lurpak from the freezer the other day so I knew it was time to start looking around for an offer to restock the supply.  So I nipped into Tesco on my way home from an afternoon at the pictures to check prices.  The builders were banging and making so much noise that I decided for the sake of my sanity to get away for a couple of hours and went to see the new Melissa McCarthy film 'The Boss', we really enjoyed her in 'The Spy'.  Whatever you do do not go to see this film .... instead stay at home and get someone to hammer solidly for 90 minutes  .... it would be preferable!! 

Anyway when I got to Tesco they had Lurpak at £3.25 each or 2 for £4 - result!!

I had last months vouchers still in my purse so I decided I might as well stock up.  Four packs came to £8 so I decided to use up all the vouchers in one fell swoop and stock up with Mayo as we were on our last jar of that too.  The cheapest way to get this was to buy the smaller jars at £1 each (I did what I always do and checked the shelf edge label for the price per 100g).  So £6 on mayo ... which left me wondering what to get with the remaining £1.50 that would give us the most benefit.

I decided on two packs of bread rolls and three bottles of sparkling water which brought my total neatly up to £15.51 ..... just 1p needed to add to my £15.50 worth of vouchers - result!!

Friday, 24 June 2016

Day 176 - Simple Teas

The only thing home-grown on last night's tea was the lettuce.  But every now and then when it's only me for tea I like to keep it simple, very simple.  I just class it as a 'posh fish-finger butty' and you can't beat one of those can you!

A fish fillet from the freezer, a fresh brown bun, a slathering of mayo and a leaf or two from the polytunnel and that's tea sorted.  Minimal fuss, barely any washing up and back out to the polytunnel in the cooling evening air.  There's just time for a quick re-potting of some Aubergine plants and a good watering for all the plants wilting after the heat of the day before I come in for a coffee and a sit down with the dogs cuddled up on the sofa.

Well it stops me spending :-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Day 175 - Shopping at Asda

Money Spent Today - £2  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £245.32
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £144.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £83.39

We needed some cat food (he eats tuna, so really it's 'human' food, but hey ho as it's for Ginger that makes it outside the remit of the Challenge), so while I was in Asda I took the opportunity to get Lovely Hubby some cordials.  It would have been silly not to they as were reduced to 50p a bottle.

And I was tempted by the lovely soft rolls that we get from there, two packs for £1 makes them really good value too.  Unfortunately, being Asda I had no coupons or vouchers to use so it was a cash purchase, but not a bad one at just £2.

But I like this shopping with little bits of money, and I like even more the fact that when I get home it takes only a minute or two to put all the shopping away.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Day 174 - Nutriblasts

The warmer weather and lovely light mornings have brought an urge to have Nutriblasts again.  Hence our purchase of some fruit at M& S last week using some of the vouchers.

It's such a simple and fresh start to the day, takes no time at all, produceus minimal washing up and surprisingly as the whole fruit, apple cores and all, are used ... they keep you very satisfied for a long time.

So much so that the two portions I measured out above ended up with just one of them one being enough for both of us and the other was tipped into a bag and left in the freezer for another day.

When I whizzed it up straight from the freezer this morning it gave me a Nutriblast that was more like a cup full of sorbet ... absolutely delicious, although I had to eat it with a spoon!!

Today is a No Spend Day

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Day 173 - Breakfast Pies

So what did I make with the bargain 18p block of Gluten Free pastry, I bet you've been wondering since yesterday's post.  Well the little offcuts made these four lemon curd tarts ....

... and the main part of the pastry was used to make six open pies.  

'Breakfast Pies' for Lovely Hubby, simply leftover chopped bacon, sausage, mushrooms from his breakfast, topped with beaten egg to complete the 'breakfast', and a cheese and onion version for me.

I had already eaten one of mine while Lovely Hubby had his afternoon snooze, so at teatime I just put one on my plate with a dollop of the salad.  Has anyone spotted the error ..... yep I plated up one of his pies for me  YUK!!

The dogs got that one for their breakfast the next day and I replaced it with a cheese and onion one.

So in total one meal for me, two for Lovely Hubby, he took a cheese and onion one with the last of the salad to work the following day for his lunch ... and one very tasty surprise breakfast for the dogs.

Not bad for a grand total of 28p of bought in extras.

I didn't like the gluten free pastry much and won't buy it again,  I doubt even at 18p.  Next time I'll leave it on the shelf for someone who needs it more than me.

Today is a No Spend Day

Monday, 20 June 2016

Ooops .....

I've been very remiss at answering the questions that have been posted on the 'Frequently Asked Questions' page.

I am very sorry.

I have now answered all the questions that have been asked recently if you want to nip over and take a peek.  

I'll try and check it out more regularly from now on.

Sue xx

Day 172 -Bargains

Money Spent Today - £1.28  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £243.32
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £144.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £85.39

I've not had a bargain buy like this for ages, but that's not surprising since I don't go to the shops that much at the moment .... perhaps I should!!

Anyway we were at the cinema on Saturday night and needed to pick up a bottle of milk for the workers this week.  It was after 8pm so I thought a walk past the 'yellow sticker' fridge would be a good idea .... and it was.

We got the block of pastry for 18p and the little salad pot for just 10p, I had a meal in mind straight away.  I didn't buy anything else, I wasn't even tempted :-)

I forgot to photograph the milk .... just like I totally forgot to bring the receipt home with us!

(I'm just pointing out here in case an eagle eyed reader reads this and sees that these purchases were made on Saturday and are being posted about today.  I don't always get on the computer at weekends due to pressure of outside work, so sometimes posts are done ahead of time and I spend other days doing catch-up posts.  But shopping is ALWAYS accounted for even if not on the correct day.)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Day 171 - Shopping at M&S for 87p

Money Spent Today - 87p  Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £15.00
Money Spent in Total - £242.04
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £144.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £86.67

Just 87p and £15 worth of vouchers bought me this weeks shopping.

It's been a good month up to now with this being only my second lot of food shopping and we are more than halfway through June.  Looking at the photos from each shopping expedition highlights the few foods that we do seem to buy over and over again, which is exactly what I wanted to find out during the year of the Challenge.  I apologise if it's getting very repetitive and boring for those of you who are reading on a regular basis but this blog was never initially going to be read by anyone other than us.

Hopefully there will be even less to buy soon as my Cucumber plants are looking lovely and healthy in the polytunnel and should soon be providing us with more than enough cucumbers to munch through on a daily basis.  Our strawberries are just starting to ripen too ... but Lovely Hubby was in a fruit buying frenzy and wanted some NOW!!

It's just a shame my Pepper plants are still so tiny, I'll have to go and molly coddle them a bit and see if I can get them to put on some growth.

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Day 170 - Leftovers .... and No Extra Pots to Wash

Each week as the weekend draws near I go through the fridge using up all the odds and sods that are cluttering up the shelves.  In my opinion you can't beat a meal made out of leftovers, it's nice to see every scrap of things used up and the knowledge that no new packets or jars have been opened up to produce a meal is very rewarding.

In this case it was the last of the choppy salad, a few tablespoons of cooked rice, half a salmon fillet that had been flaked ready for just such an occasion, and the scrapings from a jar of mayonnaise.  It made for a tasty and deceptively filling little lunch.

And to save washing even more pots I ate it straight out of the tub the salad had been in.

Now the shelves of the fridge are virtually bare ... so unless we want to eat Feta Cheese and homemade jam with a dash of tomato ketchup it's time to go shopping again.  Milk is needed for sure, and I think alongside the few salady vegetables we need,  for a change I'll buy some fruit to make some Nutriblasts, it's the time of year when a nice cool liquid breakfast is very appealing.

Today is a No Spend Day

Friday, 17 June 2016

Day 169 - Snacking

I'm making a conscious effort not to snack these days ... well I'm trying!!  

Eating enough at meals to see me through until the next one helps, but I don't have a huge appetite and tend to have a light lunch, especially when I'm going to be digging or bending over weeding in the afternoon, so I find it's one of the hardest habits for me to break, a cup of coffee sometimes screams out to be enjoyed with a biscuit or two .... or three after a couple of hours of outdoor work especially if it's being drunk sat in the sunshine outside the back door. 

I made a batch of shortbread earlier in the week, I was really fancying some and I thought it would last until the weekend .... no chance, it's all gone!!

Oh well I can always make some more ... or be good and just stop it with all the nibbling  ;-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Day 168 - Totally Free Potatoes

You've got to love potatoes that are totally free.  Free from money and free from planting labour, the only work involved with these lovely little spuds was the digging them up to get a raised bed ready for planting in.

Yep, you guessed these were 'leftovers' from last years potato crop.   I let them grow away until I needed to get the bed ready, I knew there would only be a handful or two of actual potatoes under the small plants but nevertheless they are well worth having.

There's a good meal there for the two of us ... now that they are cleaned up.

Today is a No Spend Day

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Day 167 - Frozen Vegetables

I'll be honest when I first pulled this bag of frozen Courgette chunks from the freezer my first thought was 'I'll thaw these out and the chickens can have them'.  Then looking at them in the colander I thought that I really should make much better use of them than that ... so they are currently bubbling away with some other vegetables from the polytunnel and the veggie patch and will form the basis of this weeks pot of soup.

I think I felt like that because they just look so unappetising and boring when they are frozen just as they are.  They tend to get left at the bottom of the big chest freezer, languishing with all the other bagged vegetables and fruits while the more interesting things get eaten and replaced.  I think once I've used up the bags of things that we already have in the freezer I will make more of an effort to turn them into finished dishes before I freeze things this year.

How I stash soup in the freezer usually.

I mean if they had already been turned into soup it wouldn't have taken that much more room to store, and they would no doubt have been eaten on a 'too lazy to cook' day, which are coming thick and fast after a few hours working out on the veggie patch or in the tunnels just recently.

Today is a No Spend Day

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Day 166 - Not Shopping

I'm enjoying not shopping more and more, and I didn't have to go shopping at all before the weekend last week as we had an almost full bottle of milk from the previous weekend that was still perfectly fine to drink, well nobody complained so I'm assuming it was!!  No venturing into shops for milk meant absolutely no temptation whatsoever, so no new purchases made  :-)

I used up all the salad bought the previous week in a tub or two of choppy salad.  I make it in stages adding the colour ones by one ... purely because I like to see the different colours mingling in and changing the look of the bowl so much .... yes I like to play with my food ;-)

It made the two blue tubs full that went straight into the fridge, and a large handful of the salad mixed with some leftover rice from the night before made a great lunch for me with a couple of the cherry tomatoes ..... for a splash of red as well as a lovely sweet flavour.

Today is a No Spend Day
... and in fact it has been a No Spend Week ... the last time I went shopping was on 3rd June.

Monday, 13 June 2016

Days 164 & 165 - Playing Spot the Difference

The main food cupboard this morning .....

... and the same cupboard in January at the start of the Challenge.  

In almost six months it barely seems to have altered .... and this is why I am doing this Challenge to see what we eat and how much of it.  It seems we do not eat a lot of food from either jars, tins or packets.  

And thus I get the feeling this cupboard could almost last us out the rest of the Challenge, unless I consciously start to base more meals around the contents of it to run the stocks down so that it eventually holds only the foods that we do eat regularly.

Both yesterday and today are No Spend Days

I just couldn't get on the computer to post yesterday due to Lovely Hubby needing it for a rather exciting project we have just begun, one that has been made possible by us cutting our spending to the absolute minimum during this Challenge for the first half of this year and a lovely early inheritance that we have just been given  :-)

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Day 163 - Keeping it Simple

I have been asked a couple of times about the size of our plates and of course our portions, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to quickly show you.  

You will have noticed by now that I photograph our food on the same plates over and over, that's just because that's what we use ... plain white crockery and the same cutlery that we have had for donkeys years.  All in one cutlery means that there are no handles to work their way loose, so unless I use one of my knives to prise open a tin of paint or cook Lovely Hubby's steak until it's like the sole of a shoe there is little chance of anything ever happening to them, meaning we should never need to replace them .... I like continuity (and I do have four steak knives stashed in the cutlery drawer :-)

The plates were bought from Dunelm and are a good make, we bought six and have four left without chips after three years of use.  The mugs are also from Dunelm and we have a couple of slightly smaller mugs that came from Sainsbury's BUT because they are all white and all have the embossed circle design we can pick up additions or replacements from anywhere and that has always been the plan.  I think plain white crockery lets the food sing out so much better, although I do admit to loving vintage mismatched china plates, proper vintage that is not all these modern reproductions available at the moment!

We also have a couple of other plates which were a bargain Emma Bridgewater 'Auricular' buy years ago, but these are larger and we have started eating off the smaller ones for virtually all our meals ...  our usual plates measure 8.5 inches (21.5cms) across, it makes your portions look larger serving them on a smaller plate and tricks the tummy into thinking you've eaten far more than you actually have,  Have you noticed that dinner plates have grown significantly in size in the last few years, so much so that kitchen wall cupboard doors can barely close over them, I do have four large white plates of a similar design to our small ones that live on the top shelf and come out as serving platters for buffet style meals at Christmas etc.

   Occasionally I will put Lovely Hubby's meal on one of the patterned plates if he's eating off his lap in the living room while we're watching television ... after all it's hard to slice up meat on a small plate on your knee!!  I had to go back quite a few months to find them in use at breakfast time as in this photo.

So this is what works for us, simple white crockery and stainless steel cutlery, a few fancier bits for use at other times or for specific purposes, but most definitely no special Easter, Christmas or Valentine's Day crockery that gets used once a year and then clutters up the cupboards or gets forgotten about in boxes in cupboards, and no large everyday plates or bowls that would make us eat far too much at each serving,

Today is a No Spend Day

Friday, 10 June 2016

Day 162 - A Day of Meals

I'm often asked what I eat so the other day I photographed each meal just before I got stuck in.

Above is breakfast, two of our hens eggs on a slice of seeded bread from the freezer.  

A loaf lasts for ages when loosely frozen so you can take out one slice at a time, for me a twenty one slices sliced loaf (that's the average number you get) means nineteen similar breakfasts and the crusts get whizzed into breadcrumbs for other dishes.

Lunch on this particular day was homemade Coleslaw.

It was simply shredded firm lettuce, a grated carrot, thinly sliced onion and radishes ... all from the polytunnel, with a good dollop of mayonnaise added after this photo was taken.  Sometimes I add a bit of grated cheese, or a sprinkle of salted peanuts or Fava beans, but that day I didn't.

Tea was a salmon fillet, buttered leeks and some leftover previously cooked new potatoes from the fridge.

Simple food, mostly home produced and very tasty ... and just looking at the three meals shows me why the contents of the freezer and cupboards seem to be lasting so well.  The only purchased components of these meals were the single slice of bread and the bit of ghee that the eggs were cooked in for breakfast, the dollop of mayo with lunch, the salmon fillet with tea and the numerous cups of decaf black coffee that washed it all down, everything else was produced here by me or the chickens.

Today is a No Spend Day

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Day 161 - Vegetable Burgers

We are trying to whittle away at the packet foods we eat and lots of them will not be replaced once they are gone from the freezer or cupboards, but I think some can be really worth having.

It's no good being snobbish and saying that everything will always be homemade, and that ready made things you buy in packets or boxes will have no place in your home, sometimes they just have their place for convenience sake.

Yes I could rustle up a big batch of veggie burgers myself and one day, perhaps even soon when all these have run out I will, but I do enjoy every now and then having something to eat that someone else has made ... even if that someone else was most like a great stonking big machine and a conveyor belt.  Something that I can simply pull from the freezer a year or more after I put it in there and know that  a tasty meal will be on the table in 25 minutes and all I have to do is wash the baking tray.

They do look a bit boring when they are waiting to be cooked though !!

Today is a No Spend Day

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Day 160 - Kale

The Kale plants in the polytunnel are now looking sad and old, well we've been eating off them for well over a year so I'm not surprised!  So now's the time for me to use them up and replace them with this years seedlings ready to start fresh regular picking all over again.  So I've been incorporating the leaves into all sorts of dishes.  

Last nights tea was a simple pasta dish with all the ingredients you see in the top photo and lots of freshly ground black pepper added at the end, and very tasty it was too.  The two little frozen cubes are homemade pesto cubes used straight from the freezer.  

It's so easy to do:

Cook your pasta as per the packet instructions, five minutes before it is cooked drop in the torn kale leaves.
In another pan gently fry the onions in butter or coconut oil until very soft,  adding the chopped tomatoes and pesto cubes after five minutes.
Drain the pasta retaining a cup full of the water. 
Return it to the big pan, tip the contents of your small pan onto the pasta, adding a handful of grated Parmesan style cheese.  If you want it a little more moist add some of your pasta water and give it all a good stir.  Then tip onto your plate and top with more Parmesan cheese and black pepper to taste.

Today is a No Spend Day

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Day 159 - Soup on a Hot Day?

I mentioned yesterday that we ate the little Spinach and Feta pasties after a bowl of soup for our lunch over the weekend.  I guess some folk stop eating soup over the hotter days of Summer preferring instead to live off just salads and cooler sounding meals.  But in fact we find that a bowl of  tasty homemade soup is very satisfying when you come in from a hot mornings work.

Providing you are stepping into the cool of the house, the soup isn't too hot and your bowl not overly full and you follow it with something like a warmish pasty or a bowl of choppy salad and it's all served with a glass of iced water .... it's one of the tastiest and quickest lunches going.

And of course you can make the soup ahead of time so that you have the weeks portions already stashed in the fridge ready for reheating, so no standing preparing lunch over a hot stove.  The pastys or salads can also be pre-prepared and in the fridge ready for grabbing and adding to the lunch table.   A couple of minutes for each bowl of soup in the microwave and there you have it ....   soup on a hot day :-)

Today is a No Spend Day

Monday, 6 June 2016

Day 158 - Using What We Have

My main aim during this Challenge is to make full use of what we have, no matter what it is and where it's from and I'm enjoying getting the old grey cells working and getting back to making things that I haven't made for a while.

I really fancied something in pastry the other day and now that my supermarket ready-made pastry is all but gone from the freezer, I think there is one Puff pastry and one Filo pastry pack left in the chest freezer, but no shortcrust.  So I made my own!!  It's so simple to make and buying it in even at 'yellow stickered' prices will never be as cheap as making my own.  I forgot how quick it was and now I will pretty much always make my own from scratch again.

I quickly whizzed it together in the food processor, something I have to do as I not have the requisite cold hands needed to make pastry, and by touching it as little as possible it always comes out better.

I filled my little pasties with a mix of crumbled Feta, chopped walnuts and lots of wilted spinach, they were delicious eaten two days running with a bowl of homemade soup for lunch.

Today is a No Spend Day

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Day 157 - Books

I went into Asda to get some tomato food and some more small sized plant pots ... I'm going through a ridiculous amount of first sized ones and they are as cheap as chips from Asda .... and I accidently walked up the book aisle (whistles innocently) and look what I spotted.

I was totally tempted, no to be honest I didn't even feel 'tempted' I just picked it up and popped it straight into my basket.  Well it was just £8,  less than half the cover price and I knew I wanted to read it as soon as I finished her first book.

So my year of no books has failed after just five months ... personally I think I did bloody well to last that long!!

The only good thing ...... Today is a No Spend Day

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Day 156 - Tomatoes

It's tomatoes as well as milk that's making me go out to shop each week.  

The sooner my own tomato plants start producing the delectable little red and yellow fruits the better.  I reckon I'll be saving at least £4 a week throughout the Summer months, and getting lots more tomatoes than I'm currently rationing myself to with the bought ones.

I've gotten in the habit of having a bowlful next to the kettle, this way when we're brewing up we grab a tomato or two whilst waiting for the kettle to boil instead of reaching for biscuits from the tin.  Much healthier and much, much tastier.

Today is a No Spend Day

Friday, 3 June 2016

Day 155 - Shopping at M&S

Money Spent Today - £1.03   Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £16.00
Money Spent in Total - £241.17
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £129.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £87.54

This weekends food shop includes a couple of 'treats'.  I've simply not had the time to bake this week, so I decided to grab a couple of our favourite M&S goodies, the Dutch Shortcakes and the Viennese Whirls.  It would have been a lot cheaper to make my own I guess ... but I'm not superwoman and have no intention of trying to be.  Sometimes you just have to be kind to yourself  :-)

The till spewed out another one of those £5 off a £35 shop when I paid for the shopping, it's in my purse just in case but I don't think I'll be using it.