Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The 'Game'

 
Day  120
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £8.88
 
Seeing the money grow in my purse by one pound a day is reassuring.  But what if that £8.88 that is nestling in the bottom of my purse was the only money I had in the world!!
 
This week is making me very aware that my Challenge is a game and for so many it is still the reality of life.  A day to day living nightmare.
 
It brings it all back to me ....  opening a cupboard and seeing the bare shelves.  Opening the freezer and seeing half a loaf of bread and lots of ice cubes.  The only reason I'm happy to continue my game, this Challenge of  spending just £1 a day on food, is that the money we are saving is going towards paying off our mortgage, securing our future and hopefully along the way bringing back to mind all my little money saving tips, the things I learnt the hard way that will help us live cheaply in the future, and hopefully at the same time help any readers of this Blog that choose to pick up on them.
 
Todays Post on Our New Life in the Country
 
Sue xx
 
 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Food Poverty

 
 
 
Day  119
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £7.88
 
Not having much money in my purse for as long as possible this year as a Challenge is a choice for me, so many people don't have that choice. 
 
I was in that position years ago whilst I raised my boys so I feel that I do have the right to comment on food poverty in this country.  There are many reasons that lead to poverty and going hungry ... and each of us has our own story.  Taking time to learn those stories and supporting folk who need your support can be a wonderful thing, and for those of us who have been there and done that and have finally come out of the other side the idea of raising money to help someone else, wherever they may be in the world is somehow simply the right thing to do.
 
So once again I'm linking over to my other Blog where this week it is all about Living Below the Line
 
 
Sue xx


Monday, 28 April 2014

Live Below the Line Week


 
Day  118
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £6.88
 
Linking over to my other Blog where this week it is all about Living Below the Line
 
 
Sue xx


Playing Catch Up

 
 
Day  117
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £5.88
 
Can you tell I'm playing catch up a bit at the moment. 
 
I haven't been able to Blog as regularly as I normally do over this past week.  For lots of reasons,  it was Easter which this year owing to it being so late had to include my birthday celebrations, which meant for once we had lots of visitors, then we had a lovely house guest for the week, when she left us on Friday it was a quick dash round to catch up on a few jobs and then we helped our youngest son to move into his new bachelor pad on Saturday, and very nice it is too!!
 
On top of all that I had a sore left wrist for a couple of weeks, due I think to a small broken bone (it used to grate when I moved it, but rest has stopped that) with that almost better I then went and burnt off completely the fingerprint of my middle finger on my right hand, quite a few layers of skin were burnt off, which meant I had to do everything with my left hand which has now obviously made this start to ache again.
 
As a touch typist (from a former life) I am now struggling ...  touch typing with my left whilst doing Lovely Hubby's favourite method of index finger typing with my right hand.  Talk about brain ache!!
 
Cheapo lager served with lemonade in the form of a nice cold shandy would take my mind off things ... at 25p a can it was the wonder find of my Live Below the Line research.   :-)
 
Sue xx

Easter Chocolate All Gone :-(

 
Day  116
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £4.88
 
We were lucky with Easter chocolate this year, well I got one of my eggs for my birthday which was on the Saturday of Easter weekend ... now I know what folk born on Christmas day feel like when they get 'combined' presents ;-)
 
Still it was lovely to have some treats that didn't cost me any of my housekeeping or my personal spending money!!
 
But it's all gone now :-(
 
Sue xx

Friday, 25 April 2014

Not Spending, Not Spending, Not Spending

 
Day  115
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12  Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £3.88
 
My mantra for the day, or even the week is  ..... 'Not Spending Not Spending, Not Spending'. 
 
I really must let the money in my purse build up. 
 
Luckily we have lots of eggs at the moment as all the hens are in full lay and producing daily, and after yesterdays 'mayonnaise' post I've been fancying egg mayo sandwiches which make for a really cheap lunch especially as there are still bread rolls in the freezer .... which also saves me having to bake a loaf .... so cheap and quick :-)
 
Sue xx

Thursday, 24 April 2014

Mayonnaise

 
Day  114
 
Money Spent Today - £8.00   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £111.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £2.88
 
It's always the way .... just after saying how good I was being resisting the urge to spend something too good to miss comes along and I simply have to!!
 
The largest size of my favourite mayonnaise for just £2 a jar in Asda.  No matter how much homemade mayo I make, I still love this and I'd be lost without a jar or two in my cupboard.  So now I'm safe for a couple of summer salady months :-)
 
But I'm also down to just £2.88 in my purse, which is the lowest I have had in reserve since day two of the challenge, time to let things build up again I think just in case any more offers come along.
 
Sue xx

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Eggs and Herbs

 
Day  113
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £103.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £9.88
 
This week I am doing everything in my power to use up what we have ourselves and resisting the urge to shop for any more food. 
 
Luckily the hens are in full lay and we have lots of lovely fresh eggs.  The herbs in the old tin bath are doing wonderfully well considering the fact that were so rudely dug up, left to languish in pots for so long in the cold, wet Winter and have only now been replanted and cared for.
 
I had planted some Chive seeds to fill a gap that was in the bath, but a certain little doggie decided that this 'gap' was the perfect place to bury a bone and the seeds were scattered before they had a chance to germinate.  Now a second lot have been sown and hopefully, if I manage to keep them covered for a while, we will soon have chives to snip over our lovely fresh omelettes and scrambled eggs.
 
Lovely tasty fresh food free and right on our doorstep.
 
Sue xx

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Storage

 
 
Day  112
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £103.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £8.88
 
I've been asked how I manage to make the fresh foods I buy last so long.  Well the answer is simply good storage.
 
I have a nice cool, dark cupboard that I've found is brilliant for potatoes, onions and garlic.  I have the cupboard next to the Aga for dried foodstuffs so I know they will be kept completely dry and I have the drawers in the fridge for vegetables and fruit.
 
I make sure that I use the drawers in the fridge for fruit and veggies and wherever possible keep them in their original wrappings as well.  If I open something like a lettuce and the bag it's in splits or tears whilst opening (I curse these wrappings with that machine turned 'belly button' of  cellophane that is totally unusable once you struggle to free your lettuce) then I will transfer it to a 'stay fresh' bag bought from Lakeland years ago and used and re-used over and over again.
 
If all these bags are in use I will use a normal plastic bag but I put the lettuce (or other leaves) on a square of kitchen paper which absorbs any excess moisture and feeds it back to the leaves as and when they need it thus keeping them fresh for days.
 
It's all common sense really, keeping things that should be moist just moist enough and keeping things that should be dry as dry as you possibly can, and of course the best way to get the most from your stored foods is to keep your eyes on them, as soon as something looks like it is passing its best use it up .... or if you can't use it immediately change the method of storage. 
 
So if for instance your potatoes are looking older and slightly less appetising, cut them into wedges, blanch them very briefly and then pop them in the freezer ready to be used when you fancy some 'oven chips'.
 
Just don't waste food.
 
Sue xx

Monday, 21 April 2014

Condiments

 
Day  111
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £103.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £7.88
 
My little jar of freebie sugars and sweeteners has been joined by the 'Aga' tin with some salts, sauces and such like.  Sometimes I 'accidently' take one too many but mostly it's when we get given extras that we really don't need when we are out and about.
 
They all come in really useful and hopefully will eek out the condiments that I already have in stock and mean that I don't have to buy them too often during the course of this year.
 
 
It doesn't look a lot but it all helps.
 
Sue xx


Sunday, 20 April 2014

Sniffing the Cupboard .....

 
Day  110
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £103.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £6.88
 
 
It's funny how once you set your mind to something it gets done.  The potatoes that had been languishing in the dark recesses of the cupboard are now down to just three.  They have kept really well considering their abandonment.  It really is a good cupboard for spuds and onions, I've also slipped a couple of garlic bulbs in there and every time I open the door the most wonderful scent drifts out.
 
I'm turning into a weird cupboard sniffing person  :-)
 
Sue xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Yay .... Free Food

 
Day  109
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £103.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £5.88
 
I entered a little Facebook competition to see if I could win some lovely free veggie sausages ... and as you can see I did!!
 
 
I added a few little pork sausages to keep my man happy and some stuffing balls for both of us.

 
And served up with four more of the potatoes mashed ...

 
... and a good pour of gravy it made for a lovely lunch.
 
Free food after all that shopping, not to be sniffed at  :-)
 
*** *** ***
 
I've decided to add another page to the top of the blog called  'Free Foods', after all this is the second lot of free food I've won.   I wonder if I make a little bit more effort I could get even more!!
 
Sue xx

Friday, 18 April 2014

Easter Shopping

 

Day  108
 
Money Spent Today - 84p Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £22.50
Money Spent in Total - £103.12 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £174.60
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £4.88
 
This shopping malarkey is like buses, I can go for days and days without spending even a penny and then I splurge four days in a week ..... well Monday's was hardly a 'splurge' at just 10p but a girl can exaggerate ;-)
 
This time though it is with good reason, we have guests over the weekend and then a lovely houseguest all next week, so it was vital to have lots of lovely fresh things in to feed them all with.
 


 
That I managed to get all this food for just 84p surprised me and the cashier in Sainsbury's.  That's a whopping £22.50 of my Nectar points gone though.
 
A few treats and lots of lovely fresh food.  Now I have to make up a large batch of scones to go with that Clotted Cream and make Lovely Hubby a very happy man over Easter.
 
Sue xx
 


Thursday, 17 April 2014

Approved Foods Order

 
Day  107
 
Money Spent Today - £4.42 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £16.25
Money Spent in Total - £102.28   Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £152.10
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £4.72
 
Possibly my BEST Approved Foods order EVER!!
 
For an outlay of just £4.42 I got all of the above.  I really didn't think I would be putting in an AF order while this challenge was up and running.  I just didn't think I would ever get ahead enough with the money in my purse to be able to pay for one, so when they sent me an email last week pointing out that I hadn't ordered for a while and offering me a free delivery charge I thought I would nip on over and see if there was any money in my recommendations account ... there was .... a whole £11.
 
As you have to do a minimum spend of £15 I went to just over this, only just ... £15.42 to be exact. Then I was able to knock off the £11 and then cancel out the delivery charge completely which brought my total cash needed to just the £4.42 - RESULT!!
 
 
Happy little jiggy dance being done in celebration.
(Seemingly I've used this image before as when I Googled 'happy little jiggy dance' this is what I got with a credit to me!!)

 
Here's my receipt, which shows that I have made a total saving of £71.32 on the foods I have actually bought as well as the free delivery.  Click on this to make it large enough for you to be able to read.
 
So I now have enough Brown Bread Roll mix and yeast to keep us in bread for a long, long time, so no more excuses I have to stop buying bread!!  I have also topped up the Cous Cous mountain which had toppled to being a mere hillock, we have lots of Naan breads to mop up veggie curries and a few little Eastery treats in the form of crisps and Lion bars.
 
Happy folk all round.

(I've added a new link to Approved Foods on the sidebar in case you've never popped over before ...
it's usually worth a look.)
 
Sue xx
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

One Potato, Two Potato, Three Potato, Four ....

 
Day  106
 
Money Spent Today - £0 Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £97.86   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £135.85
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £8.14
 
I found this bag of potatoes lurking in the cupboard.  I'm terrible for doing this, I buy a bag of spuds use a couple and then leave the rest to their own devices in the cupboard.  I bought these last month, on the 16th March according to this Blog, and they have lain there abandoned ever since.

 
So I fished them all out rubbed off the chits, and lined them up for inspiration.
 
There were nine potatoes.

 
And now there are seven.
 
 I had two of them as jacket potatoes with a bit of butter and a sprinkle of  grated cheese from the freezer.
 
Now I just have to think what to do with the rest!!
 
Sue xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Shopping for Live Below the Line

 
 
Day  105
 
Money Spent Today - £5  Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £97.86   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £135.85
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £7.14
 
Well I spent a whole five pounds, but it's on food to last me through a full five days while I do the Live Below the Line Challenge.
 
This year the Challenge runs from 28th April until 2nd May, but I am actually doing it this week so that I can post about the foods I eat on the actual five days of the challenge without having to play catch up or post in the evenings.  I was going to do the actual cooking and eating the week before everyone else but we have a houseguest all through next week and Easter weekend and my birthday to celebrate and I didn't want to be stuck in the office for too long each day.
 
I've also been asked to publicise it a bit on my other Blog to try to inspire a few more to join in and help us raise money for the worthwhile causes that this wonderful Challenge supports and doing things ahead of time will help me to do this.
 
As the money has to come out of my food budget it has now left me with the lowest amount of money I have had in my purse for ages - not good.  Of course the up side is that while I am living on the pound a day my purse will fill back up at the same level.
 
To find out more about Live Below the Line for yourself click on this link - https://www.livebelowtheline.com/uk
 
Sue xx


Monday, 14 April 2014

Blowing 10p

 
Day  104
 
Money Spent Today - 10p   Vouchers/Points Spent - £1.40
Money Spent in Total - £92.86   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £135.85
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £11.14
 
As I was calling back to Tesco for some petrol, I decided to nip in and spend my £1.40 coupon ....
 
 
... and as you can see from the receipt I was extremely restrained in my shopping, managing to buy just a loaf of our favourite bread, which with the coupon only cost me 10p.
 
It's now safely stashed in the freezer to be taken out a slice or two at a time and made to last us as long as possible.
 
But none of it will be touched this week as I am 'Living Below the Line'.  More about that tomorrow, along with a sneak preview of what I spent my £5 on to last me a full five days.
 
Sue xx

Sunday, 13 April 2014

You'll Never Starve with Chicken or Two (or 26)

 
Day  103
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £10.24
 
The other day going over to the henhouse to let the chickens out I had the happy thought that I would never starve even if the money ran out ... at least they would always supply me with eggs for  breakfast.
That day there were NO eggs at breakfast time :-(
 
Luckily that is a rare occurrence and these are the eggs I picked up this morning at 7am.  Enough for breakfast for the two of us if push came to shove.  But we are usually at least two dozen eggs ahead of the girls, with boxes piled up in the fridge for us, as well as the three dozen or so that we sell each week to our regular customers.
 
Sue xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Homemade Takeaway

 
Day  102
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £0  Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £9.24
 
After a day travelling and shopping, enjoyable but tiring, I just wanted something really simple for tea.  When I used to visit Mum at her old house she had a brilliant chippy at the end of her road and the curry and chips, or curry and rice that I used to get was so tasty.  Now she's moved she lives as far away from a chippy as we do :-(
 
While travelling back from Manchester I decided that I would recreate a chippy meal at home and luckily this sauce is the nearest thing I have found and it is very cheap and easy and more importantly I already had it in the cupboard so I just needed to buy myself some chips.
 
I did have some potatoes in the cupboard but just for once I wanted to take the easy route, after all isn't that what a 'takeaway' is all about!!
 
 
So £1.85 for a large tub of sauce, £2.50 for a bag of lovely chunky chips and I have enough 'takeaways' to last me for at least five meals.  I'm sure it was much more than 87p for a portion at the chippy!!
 
Sue xx

Friday, 11 April 2014

Extravagant Shopping ?

 

Day  101
 
Money Spent Today - £13.36   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £92.76   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £8.24
 
Boyed up by managing somehow to spend less than my allotted £100 in the first 100 days of this Challenge, yesterday I hit the shops ... and I think I got a bit extravagant!!
 
Pastry cases that I could easily have made from scratch cost me 99p each, that's almost a whole days money !!  But with our own eggs and a supply of frozen grated cheese available I will have the means to fill them for no extra cost .... and then thinking about it a bit more,  it occurred to me that if I had bought a completely ready made one (which I would never do unless it was on a brilliant yellow stickered offer) it would be smaller and so much more expensive and less tasty than my own, so now I am not as dismayed with myself for succumbing to temptation.  Although I was shocked at the price, as just one year ago these were 67p each ..... now that is a huge increase in price!!
 
I wanted the icecream to go with all the homemade crumbles that I have lurking in the freezer, we have eaten all the homemade icecream now,  it lasted well as it was so rich you only needed a little bit at a time, but it was cheaper (and easier) for me to buy a tub of ready made this time :-)
 
I also got the chocolate .... well, it's almost the weekend, and with a bottle of wine in the fridge it will make for a lovely tasty treat whilst watching a film together.
 
The milk is obviously for my Lovely Hubby's drinks over the weekend.  I've taken to buying the four pinters as they are only £1 at the moment, he has half one weekend and then I freeze the other half for the following one and it's much cheaper than buying two 2 pinters.
 
And the chips because that's what I suddenly fancied for my tea.  I remembered something I had at the back of the cupboard and decided I simply had to have that for my tea, so easy to do after a long day with lots of travelling.  I did and it was totally yummy, although not something I have too often.
 

 
I bought some more of these to stash in the freezer too, we have eaten all the others and at two packs for £1.50 a real bargain.

 
And also a few more bread rolls, also now in the freezer.  Although I can make brilliant loaves of bread I really can't get the texture we like for brown bread rolls, and I have tried lots of the recommended methods for getting a nice soft crust.

 
As I bought lots of other things that weren't even slightly foodie I managed to get myself a £1.40 coupon off my next shop.  I think I may nip back and get us another sliced loaf with this as I do need to go and get petrol at some point over the next couple of days.
 
And as for the £5 off a £40 shop.  I'll have to see what meat LH has stacked in the freezer and see if it's worth me stocking him up a bit more to take advantage of this.  I like to consider these vouchers before just jumping in and spending them, after all they are given out with the sole intention of getting us back to spend more money than we actually mean to or even need to.
 
Sue xx
 
 


Thursday, 10 April 2014

Celebrating Day 100


Day  100
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £79.40   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £20.60
 
I thought I'd celebrate Day 100 of my Challenge by using some totally free food.
 
I've been foraging in the local woods and managed to find an abundant source of Wild Garlic, so to go with our tea I decided to make some Wild Garlic Mayonnaise.  Very simply just shop bought mayo with finely chopped wild garlic leaves added. 
 
 
It was totally gorgeous!!
 
 
I'll be going back to harvest some more so I can make some Pesto, but first I'm going to stroll though our woodland hack through the undergrowth and see if we have any of our own growing.  If we haven't there are quite a few places selling Wild Garlic bulbs at the moment so I will have to see about getting some that way it will be literally right on my doorstep for next years season.
 
Sue xx

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

The Last Bagel .... and How I Eat a Kiwi



 

Day  99
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £79.40   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £19.60
 
After yesterday's lovely yogurty and cerealy breakfast I fancied something totally different this morning so I ate the last Bagel from last weekends shopping.
 
 
But first I had a Kiwi fruit, I really like these and they keep so well in the fridge, this is one of the ones bought on 27th February and it was delicious.  Luckily there is one more left for tomorrow :-)
 
And yes ... I eat them with a spoon, just as though I was eating a soft boiled egg, although I draw the line at actually putting them in an egg cup!!
 
Sue xx
 
 

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Yummy Breakfast

 
Day  98
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £79.40   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £18.60
 
It was a totally yummy breakfast this morning.  A good bowlful of one of my Dorset Cereal prize cereals with a rather large helping of homemade yogurt, well I say homemade ... I'm still using up my supply of Easiyo yogurt powders at the moment.  I think I have one box left I will just have to have a scrabble at the back of the cupboard and see if there are any more lurking there.
 
 
Even if there aren't it will still be much better value quantity and taste wise to make yogurts myself using one pot of live yogurt as a starter and a carton of UHT milk with some added dried milk powder, of course I can still use my Easiyo flask and jars for yogurt made this way, the powders just make things so simple and quick.
 
Maybe I should ask for some for my birthday!! 
 
 I think I may be getting some lovely edible gifts this year as it is allowed in the rules of the Challenge :-)
 
Sue xx

Monday, 7 April 2014

WHAT!!

 
Day  97
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £79.40   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £17.60
 
You may recognise this photo from Friday's post.  Looking at the receipt (which I didn't photograph as it was long, containing lots of dog food and household products but it is stuck in my diary for posterity), I suddenly realised that my bananas cost me just 18p for two, what a bargain .....but my one courgette cost me 83p -WHAT!!
 
What a ridiculous amount for one Courgette, this reaffirms everything I think about planting and growing my own.  I can get a full packet of seeds for that price and that would give me a minimum of six plants which would give me absolutely hundreds of courgettes throughout the growing season.
 
It just goes to show either grow your own or wait to buy things until it is most definitely the right season for them.
 
I bought this one because LH was fancying some roasted Mediterranean Veggies, he'll have the next lot without a courgette that's for sure!!
 
Sue xx
 
 


Sunday - Not My Finest Hour

 
Day  96
 
Money Spent Today - £0   Vouchers/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £79.40   Vouchers/Points Spent in Total - £134.45
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money left in purse  - £16.60
 
This was most definitely not my finest hour.
 
It was just going to be a quick throw it together pizza using one of the frozen bases that I made ages ago.  I simply used too much of the jar of bought Red Pesto that I found lurking in the fridge.
 
If I had been a little less heavy handed with the pesto and added a few strips of frozen pepper along with the sliced onion that I popped on the top, and maybe even a little less of the grated frozen cheese it would have worked.  But as there was, just a bit too much pesto in the jar that I was determined for whatever reason to use up and it made it too rich and heavy tasting.
 
Sometimes flavours need to be lighter, less dense to be savoured more .... and of course thinking about it I might well have got two pizzas from the pesto in the jar instead of one thus saving myself money and disappointment.
 
Sue xx