Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Soup


There is always soup on the menu here once a week. I just use whatever I have in, sometimes its a smooth soup, sometimes a chunky one. If I have the oven on the night before I will prepare and roast some vegetables ready. Sometimes I will add a handful of the dried soup mix to it also.

I made soup for tea yesterday , the vegetables I used this time were...


  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Carrots
  • Parsnips
  • Celery 
  • Onions




I chopped the veg into chunks and sauteed for ten minutes. 

I have plenty of herbs, seasonings, spices to choose from so I vary it each time.



Today I added a little curry powder and a little cumin, to give a little warmth.



I then transferred the sauteed veg to the slow cooker, added some veg bouillon and a generous squirt of tomato puree.

Then after a few hours when the veg had softened I blitzed with the hand blender and left on a low heat until tea time.





Enough for tea and some left for a lunch another day.


Soup is so cheap to make, and costs hardly anything if you use homegrown or yellow sticker veg.


Wombling


Sue mentioned on one of my recent posts about if I picked up till receipts.

Well the answer to this is yes.


Do you remember the children's books and tv series the Wombles?  They lived in the burrows on Wimbledon Common in London. There aim was to help the environment by collecting and recycling rubbish.

Today the term "Wombling" works on the basis that one person's trash can be turned into another persons treasure. It's simply about picking up discarded receipts and collecting loyalty points or price promise guarantees.

Walking around supermarket car parks, there are receipts just left in the trolleys or just on the ground, many people wouldn't dream of picking them up, but me well if they don't want them then thankyou I will. I have done it up Asda, you enter the barcode on the bottom of the receipt, the receipt has to have 8 or more items, if the shop didn't work out 10% cheaper than the competitors you get a voucher for the difference, you just print it out and attach to the till receipt and take to the store and use it to get money off of your next shop.

I have never thought about doing it with Morrison's (thanks Sue).
Morrison's have a More card where you earn points for shopping which you get paid in vouchers when you reach the payment threshold, but you if you find a receipt which hasn't used a "More" card you can take it in the store with your "More" card and ask them to add the points to your card.  From what I have read about this you can only add two receipts every two weeks.

I don't shop at Sainsbury's  or Tesco often, but I think you could do the same there.

But in my opinion the Asda Price Guarantee is the best.

The most I have earn't from picking up one from Asda is just under £5, but that doesn't happen often. You can print out 10 vouchers a month, but if you have multiple emails then you should be able to print out more.


I have no shame I am happy to do it.

One thing for sure its a good way of making/saving money which is what it's all about.





So have you ever wombled? Go on be honest.

Monday, 15 January 2018

More Bargains


We have a prepay meter here for the electric and I needed to put some more electric on today, so I went up to Asda.

I had a quick look around the store as I do everytime to see if there are any good bargains about, I came across a shelf of various items, this is what I came home with.


Vegetable Granules 25p



Olives 50p



Tomatoes 25p, Porridge £1.00

Razor and blades £3
Baby Wipes 20p



When I clean and wipe around the toilet I use the disposable cleaning  wipes, but for 20p these will do the job. ( I won't flush them away I always bin wipes)

With prices continuing to rise, I would be a fool to leave any bargains behind, it all helps save in the long run.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Every Little Helps



Welcome to four new followers P. and Laura, and Gill and Diane.

Today I decided I would pop up the supermarket to see if I could find some yellow sticker veg, I was very disappointed, not one single reduction, in fact the veg department was looking rather bare, perhaps they are not ordering so much in now.

While I was there I had a good look around to see if there were any more yellow stickers to be had. Not much today, but this is what I got.


Cheese and onion slices and steak pies 48p.



Doughnuts 25p, Bakewell tarts 21p, pork pies 20p.

These are what I call treat foods, so doesn't hurt once in a while.



Garlic bread slices 46p
6 rolls for 8p
2 cheese sticks for 12p each


Goats Milk 8p - I have never tried it, it says just use as normal milk, so for 8p I am willing to try it. 
Cottage Cheese with pineapple 13p 



Pastry 45p



Black pudding, 5p and 6p


Sausages for 99p



Better than nothing, as the saying goes every little helps.

Friday, 12 January 2018

Real Frugal Fare

Hello and welcome to another new follower Lucy.

I took these pigs in blankets out of the freezer last night to use for tea tonight.






This pack of veg was bought a few weeks ago and has kept fresh down in the cold shed.

The carrots, parsnip and onion were roasted with some thyme from the greenhouse.



The swede was cooked and mashed.

I made some lovely yorkshire puddings to go with it, a drop of lovely gravy, and there we have it a tasty meal for the three of us for around £1.

Now that's what I call frugal food.



Wednesday, 10 January 2018

All Go


Welcome to a new follower Eileen.

We have been very busy again today, I have been busy sorting and putting more items up for sale this morning, we now have over 220 items for sale. 

We have also made a contact, someone from a bird club came and bought 20 of our Quail this morning and is looking to buy large quantities regularly and we have another buyer coming at the weekend, so it is really going very well, we might get a few new Quail so we can get more eggs and we are currently looking at more housing. My husband has been working/cleaning out and taking care of their needs all morning. 

I haven't spent much on shopping this week apart from the basics I just bought some bargain cheese. Asda where selling off the Christmas Cheese the 400g blocks where £1 each, and the box of 3 cheeses was 75p. I did see the next day the last few blocks they were selling for 50p, never mind, I was still happy with the £1. 

So it was cheese and crackers for lunch today.





I love pretty and vintage china, but I have decided rather than have a cupboard full of it, I shall sell some of it, better to have money in our pockets than sat on the shelf I think. Money making is the name of the game, But I am not parting with it all, I shall keep just a few pieces.

I never pay much for it. This is my latest purchase for 50p Royal Albert Country Roses.




Tonight's tea was totally free, we had a Domino's pizza each, this was a freebie from our phone company "Three" they have a rewards app called Wantu and ever Wednesday there are new offers, prize draws and sometimes freebies. Last year we had lots of free trips to the cinema, several free pizzas and chocolates from Hotel Chocolat.









Nothing tastes nicer than a freebie!

Friday, 5 January 2018

Frugal vs Time & Money


Welcome to my new follower Donna.





Why are people frugal?

People are frugal so they can live within their means, many are on a limited or fixed income and being "frugal" and "thrifty" helps them to stay afloat with the bills and expenses of every day living, and also cutting back on certain areas can allow a little extra for hobbies, little luxuries , holidays etc.

have always thought of myself as being very resourceful, frugal & thrifty.

But if you have a major purchase or a goal, if you are on a low/fixed income the only thing to do is try and earn a bit more money.

I have to start managing my time better. 

Time is money. 





There are some things it's just not worth the bother with anymore, I am better off putting my time and effort into "making a little extra".

So when the cupboard in the spare room is full of things waiting to be sold, I need to be getting on with that rather than spending time for example baking bread, like I did yesterday.




It was very nice though, but I could just walk a few minutes up the road and pick up a reduced loaf for 20/30p, you see where I'm coming from don't you. I shall use the rest of the bread flour first then continue to buy it cheaply.

Another thing I have done on and off over the years is make cards and gift tags, well we don't actually send that many cards and I have made plenty to keep us going for a while and the last odd few card making items have already gone to the charity shop, and I can purchase nice cards from the car boot for very little.

Jams and preserves are another example, unless I am given free fruit, it's just not worth it.

The list just goes on and on.




Just because I am stopping certain things this doesn't mean I will jump of the frugal bandwagon, I am just stating that some things don't work for me at the moment as my energy is put to better use earning.

We will continue to be frugal with the outgoings, monitoring gas, electric, water usage, grocery spends etc and keeping the bills as low as they can be. 

Very little has been spent the last few days only some milk and a few reduced items.


Last nights tea, was some cheap sausages from the freezer and some cheap veggies, and it made a lovely slow cooker supper.


Some pigs in blankets for 30p a pack for another frugal supper.



A little couponing has been done.



Free peaches.



Whilst buying the milk a few other bargain items were purchased.

Greek yogurt for 20p and 6 pots of rice for 40p





Very interested to hear your thoughts and ideas on frugal vs time & money.