Money Spent Today - 0 Money Spent in Total - £1.50 Money left in purse - £17.50
Posh Foods on a Miniscule Budget ... I may have got you over here on a misconception, can you have posh foods on a miniscule budget?
Well I didn't get the above packs of coffee for my Tassimo coffee machine on my £1 a day budget that's for sure. The coffee machine was a Christmas/Housewarming gift from my very lovely Mum, and along with it came the offer of registering the machine and being able to claim £20 worth of packs of coffee, which we did and this is what we got. Now I love the coffee but these are going to have to last us until at least my birthday when I may ask for some more as a pressie, or maybe I can persuade my Lovely Hubby that a suitably romantic gift for Valentines Day would not be a dozen red roses or a large box of chocolates but a dozen cups of Latte instead ... we'll see.
Something else which I see as slightly posh food (mostly I guess because of the cute little individually wrapped packs, with 2 biscuits per pack) are these tasty little treats that I have been buying for a while to go with the coffees we buy when we are travelling. It's surprising just knowing that you have a little dunkable nibble in your bag stops you from drooling all over the expensive £2 or more each cakes on show at the coffee shops. They are small enough to pull out of your handbag without alerting everyone to the fact that shock, horror, you've brought your own food to consume in their premises!!
If I've spent money on their coffee I feel entitled to at least have my own little nibble!!
I've a few little packs lurking in the bottom of the biscuits tin and one unopened packet of 12 in the cupboard so this will give me time to consider ... do I buy them again or do I learn to live without. When you've a pound to spend you have to think carefully. These packs cost me a just a pound and that works out at just over 8p for each little pack of 2 biscuits, but do I want to spend the whole of a days money on them ?
(Coffees that I drink out of the house as a treat must come out of my personal spends and are therefore outside the remit of the Challenge, I guess I could buy cakes at the same time, but I'm a skinflint ... no I'm not ... I'm sensible.)
And to answer the question posed at the top of this Blog post, do I think you can have 'posh foods' on a miniscule budget ... well I think the answer to that is yes. You can make the very best of what you have, you can eat the freshest of fresh foods straight out of the ground that you have grown yourself.
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Just think about it spears of asparagus to dip in a freshly boiled egg laid by your own chickens only hours earlier, this was something I saw served at a dinner party on a foodie television show (I forget which one ... I watch a lot) as a novel starter, the look of delight on the diners faces belied that this could be the truest and best of frugal foods if eaten in season or bought as a bargain.
Now I just have to start an asparagus bed (something LH has wanted for years but because you have to wait three years for your first proper harvest it's something we have never been able to do) and have a word with the chickens. In the meantime I could always keep my eyes peeled for some being sold off 'yellow stickered' at the end of the day at the supermarket.