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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

We will Eat Well for less & rediscovering Tesco

Does anyone else get really frustrated with the women on the Eat Well For Less Program , I feed ourselves for a month on just over  what they spend in a week and that's after Greg has saved them money.
 Do you think its  idleness or more deep rooted.


This is what my cupboards look like at the end of the month waiting for the monthly shop to fill them up  

The store cupboard 



And shelves. 














I could make some meals out of what we have left but there are a lot of things we are out of so i need to do the shop.



For two months now instead of Aldi  we have been using Tesco as you  just cant get everything from Aldi , Plus we are fed up of not being able to park and look properly as the stores are so small so they get really congested  

I am really impressed how Tesco have dropped there prices to be more competitive and the meat range is really good quality also, very cheap .
 The only thing i am not impressed with is the wine range, But you get points on your shop too.

So today i did our monthly shop , It cost us £.72.77.

And the Checkout spit out a coupon for £7.00 of £50 so our next shop will be even cheaper .









I dont menu plan any more as we change our mind so much but i will blog about what we have had for meals week by week , The photographed food will last us a month with just a few fresh bits when we need them , Cooking from scratch , Baking our own bread and treats .


The only things i now buy outside of Tesco are toilet rolls, butter  sugar & frozen fish  from Farmfoods   & Tomatoes from B  & M  four cans for  £1.00
  
  


And the wine is on special at Sainsbury's if you buy 6 bottles there is 25 % off , They have two really nice bottles for £3.75 ( I only like a quality wine too ) Ones a Shiraz the other is a Chardonnay.

It  works out at £2.81 per bottle with the discount. 
Wish i had the will power to resist it so that i could stock up for christmas , Ohh no now i've gone and  said the C word lol

   

XXXX

Monday, 22 August 2016

A fantastic jumble sale this week

In the summer months Jumble sales are few and far between , so when  one was advertised double the distance i am prepared to travel  i thought is it worth the travel distance and the only way i could find out is to try it so i did , Well judge for yourself , some great finds here.

This tea set is all hand painted , Its called Bingo by Coalport.




Two pay phones in the original boxes , Priced at £94.99 



I also picked up an Art Deco Bedspread that's beautiful  , I will post about this at a later date. 

Then there was just one local one this week , This was just as good













Then i forgot to show you this , It was amongst the auction buys , Its Beautiful a muslin /cheesecloth type of fabric with lost of oriental style embroidery , It needs some repair but its still a rare piece  







Things seem to be looking up financially at the moment diversifying with the market , Ebay  and Facebook sales .
 At the moment all my profit is being spent back into stock wich hopefully will reap the benefits in the long run so i am still being as frugal as ever.
 Tomorrow i will be doing my monthly shop and will post about it in my next blog post showing you along the way how i make it stretch.

xxxx

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Some of my Auction finds


A Minton jug and Bowl 




I bought a job lot of miniature perfumes and this was two of the other items that were in there. 






 A beautiful cottage garden Foley tea set.




 Some perfect Embroidery's were included in a job lot of pictures 





A pair of Beautiful pastel signed water colours.




These small embroidery's would look great grouped together in a bedroom.
  

Another lot included some Gorgeous Antique style Frames.







This one we decided to keep as Dave liked it so much , It looks good on the red wall in the hall but the picture was hard to take because of the glass.





Today i am having a rest day , I love doing the market and will continue to do so as long as i can , But sometimes it makes me so tired , Health wise i am now waiting for some results for a barium throat X ray , The consultants secretary has been on holiday and she comes back next week so hopefully i will hear the results then xxxx  

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

I had some left overs and unused food

I am always  trying to live within a really tight budget its coming in at around £25/£35 per week for the two of us this includes toiletries and cleaning products it was always Aldi but we have re discovered Tesco ( I will blog about this another day ).
Some  of the ways i keep our food bill so low is baking our own bread.
  Cooking from scratch  and using very little convenience food i would never buy a jar of sauce for a casserole or spaghetti /chilli etc.
 But i dont make my own pickles and jam as i find it expensive to do so , Its all about swings and roundabouts to us , One of the main things i do is a big shop once a month and make it last as long as possible , I also use up leftovers and try and use what we have instead of buying special ingredients 


So today these needed using up , The tin of pineapple was opened for pizza  topping , The berry's were left over from a pie i made , The chocolate was a trail taste wich Dave didn't like and the marmalade has been in the cupboard for 12 months and never opened .




So i made these , The chocolate was melted and mixed in with a basic chocolate cake mix with coco to make  some really moist chocolate muffins . 





The pineapples were mixed with the berries to make two sponge puddings for the freezer.




Then i made a marmalade cake , It was made with brown  sugar as i had run out of white that's why its so dark.



I picked up three vintage pudding basins at a jumble sale for 50p and used them for the puddings. 


So that's some of the ways i keep within our very small food budget.




When we knew we were moving house last time i started to save things i really like for the move , This is the start with these pretty little brackets .  




XXXX