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Thursday, 3 October 2019

October Spending

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post.  You are such a great bunch of people. 

Three days into October already, my oh my how quickly time goes.  I weighed in today and stayed the same having lost another half pound last week, so 3lb in 3 weeks.  But in my defence I have had a MacMillan Coffee morning which made it compulsory to try the cakes and I did wear winter clothes which are heavier than the summer ones I've weighed in previously.  The temperatures in the morning and evening are definitely lower and we need to keep warm. 





I was sent an email from Iceland with a coupon for £5 off £20 and I obtained another from my daughter who had 3 from various newspapers. So I prepared 2 lists carefully and shopped consecutively to get the best deal £15.05 (£20.05) & £15.28 (£20.28). 240 PG tea bags, 10 pints milk, 9 toilet rolls 2 jars coffee (400g), 1 ltr Fairy , 8 tins tuna, 15 mixed eggs, 1 pack ham, 8 Birds Eye fishcakes, 8 Greggs sausage rolls, 2 x 12 Richmond chicken sausages, 1 Bisto gravy granules, 2 packs easy peel oranges, 1 pack pears.

I also picked up some great vegetable offers at Tesco. They have onions @ 45p kilo, carrots @ 59p, plums @ 45p. cauliflowers @ 59p, so I grabbed 2 of the largest as its my favourite vegetable. Leeks @ 45p x 2  just in time for me to make Jamie Oliver's leek carbonara and some hearty leek and potato soup. The carbonara was delicious albeit a little dry because I cut back on the butter as I find Jamie heavy handed with the fats/oils. Next time I'll add a spoon of half fat crème fraiche. I'm hoping to try  a Weightwatchers recipe for cauliflower & chickpea curry.  I think this little lot will last a fair while, good job as I'm nearly at £85 already so far this month. So I'm hoping that I only need to spend out for milk, bread and some fruit and veg. I checked the price tag in Tesco and it looks like the plums, cauli's and leeks are at the low price until 14 October. I'll be doing another Brexit shop once I receive this months pension. My close friend is stockpiling, tinned tomatoes, baked beans, chickpeas, kidney beans and tuna. I'll be buying pasta, rice, tinned tomatoes, passata, chickpeas and cocoa. 

I've decided  not to purchase meat throughout the rest of October and use up what I have in the freezer. I really want to try my hand at 'yellow sticker' shopping from November.  I've never really bothered before but I think if I can make some room in the freezer in anticipation it would prove useful (fingers crossed).  Brrrrr, I think I'll have to don another pair of socks as I'm feeling chilly,  I know if my feet are warm I'm warm all over. I'll own up,  I'm binge watching Downton Abbey as I've never seen it and I'm loving it. What have you binge watched recently? Bye for now. Tx 





23 comments:

  1. You are a savvy shopper Tania, I hope you have some luck when you try the yellow sticker shopping. Funny I never watched Dowton Abbey when it was on the tv I found all the dvd's new and sealed at a car boot for £5 and I have just started watching them. xx

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    1. Thank you Marlene. I hope you are enjoying Downton as much as me. X

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  2. Coupons from Iceland, eh! Have you got relatives there?

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    1. No, I have their Bonus card which is linked to my email. Every week I get their weekly offer, I also get told when they are giving away free gifts. I've had a cake, ice cream and mince pies. And of course a coupon which you don't have to print, just show your phone at the checkout.

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  3. Yellow sticker shopping is very hit and miss, I find, so you'll need some space in your freezer. I can go for several weeks and find nothing of any great interest and then the next several times, I can bring home far more than I can carry really. Putting some in the freezer helps with the weeks when they don't reduce anything that we like eating : )

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    1. I thought that would be the case. I'll just have to be grateful for what comes my way. I tend to only buy meat on offer or when I have coupons.

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  4. Old episodes of the Wartime Kitchen and Garden circa 1993 with Harry Dodson and Ruth Mott. If you ever want to see people getting by well with little, these two can show you with a great nod to the grandparents generation and history. On You Tube. Good luck with your yellow sticker pursuit,

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    1. Thank you. I do have a wartime kitchen book. Getting the best prices for stuff has become a game, if I'm honest I don't need to worry about the money but I love the thrill of getting something for less. It means I have more to spend on other things.

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  5. currently on series seven of Supernatural it will take me till xmas at the rate im going , cant beat a few ghosts and demons at 5am

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    1. That sounds interesting. It's much better watching stuff back to back no flippin adverts.

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  6. I agree - Jamie is heavy on the fats and oils. 'Just finish it off with a little splash of oil' he says, emptying half the bottle over the dish! The leek carbonara looked very good and it's on my list of things to make so I appreciate the feedback, thanks.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Joy. The leeks did taste sweet and almost dissolved making sauce. Some no fat creme fraiche would help with plenty of black pepper.

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  7. Sorted my freezer this week - I have enough for a siege!

    Meant to say that it was good to hear about your husband going off the Spain idea.

    I shall look up the leek carbonara as I've got leeks in the garden.

    Don't do binge watching and have never shopped in Iceland!! ( So Don't know what I'm missing)

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    1. Thanks Sue. I have far more of a range of shops within a 3 mile radius than where I lived before.

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  8. Good luck with your yellow sticker shopping! I always look out for them, but to be honest, I don't shop at the right times to get the real bargains. Weekdays, I'm probably cuddled in binge watching programmes, haha! And on that subject, we recently binge watched Jamestown. We have the last series of Game of Thrones and this series of Peaky Blinders waiting in the wings. My hubby works away quite a bit, so we don't get many evenings to watch them.

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    1. Like you I stay out of shops when they are probably applying the yellow stickers. But I'm going to try and make an effort.

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    2. Meant to say, I've not got into Game of thrones or Peaky Blinders but now Ive seen the lead actor in his flat cap it could be about to change.

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  9. I couldn’t find normal cauliflower at all today so had to buy organic, ouch! Needed fresh though for piccalilli.

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    1. I know organic is quite hefty. I've never made piccalilli as I'm not a fan but hubby likes it. Looking forward to seeing your results.

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  10. Recently I binge watched Ugly Betty, all the series. Now I'm working my way through the entire Nip/Tuck. Also at home in Wales we are on the twelfth and final series of Bones 😄

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    1. I watched a couple of episodes of Ugly Betty. I liked Nip and Tuck but my favourite of all time is Breaking Bad.

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    2. I have that too. We watched a few episodes but Alan didn't like it. I'll take it to the Van with me and start again ... although I'm currently tempted to watch House 😄

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    3. Breaking bad is brilliant as long as you don't take it too seriously.

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