Tuesday, 24 January 2017


Who watched Winterwatch last night? I always, look forward to this as with all wildlife programmes. Weren't those Waxwings gorgeous. I would love to see them.

I have never seen a Mistle Thrush before but I was out for my walk yesterday there was a hugh tree full of berries, and there were several of them there feasting. 
Another bird I really would love to see is a Woodpecker, one of my blogging friends Sadie was lucky and had one on her feeder.

One thing I will never forget is last year when we went to Slimbridge  Wetland Centre and we saw two Kingfishers.

This is my little Winterwatch from the last few weeks.

I just love watching the birds so much, you can tell how much I care for them, as soon as I get up, I am off out to feed them in my dressing gown in all weathers, the regulars have got use to me now and soon as I am back indoors they are happily feeding away.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Simple Tomato Sauce

I am not always a domestic goddess, like everyone I do keep tins and jars in the cupboards.  
But one thing I have stopped buying are jars of tomato sauce for pasta or bolognese. 

It is so easy to make a simple tomato sauce.

This made enough for tonight's Spaghetti Bolognese with some left over for another time.

In the summer months I will use fresh home grown herbs, but now this time of year they are all in the green house and not at there best, so I  use dried herbs, I did have my 9p Basil from the other day so I used some of that.

I used some of my 10p tomatoes so this worked out cheaper than usual to make.

Chop the onion and crush the garlic and fry on a low heat until starting to soften, add the tins of tomatoes, 3 tbsp of tomato puree, and the herbs and some seasoning, and simmer for around 10 mins.

You can use a blender if you want to make a smoother sauce, but I keep it chunky.

Just add to the browned mince and mushrooms to make a tasty bolognese.

Now how easy was that.

Do you make your own sauces or do you prefer a jar?

Friday, 20 January 2017

Frugal Friday

Washing out in the free fresh air, bit of a breeze and the sun is warm in places so drying a bit today. Will be finished off on the airer.

Good water saved for flushing.

Bulk buying our favourite baked beans - £3.49 in Farm Foods.

Cards made from recycling images from old cards and magazines (free to me magazines of course)

Some more books, cd's and dvd's sorted, ready to send to Ziffit.

Freshly squeezed orange juice using some of my 9p yellow sticker oranges.

The car left at home, walking to get some eggs.

Can you see the Squirrel?
He made a mad dash across the road.

I can confirm the squirrel got to the tree on the other side of the road safely.

Back home putting my feet up for a while and reading some free from freecycle magazines.

I love this simple, frugal life we lead.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Shopping Apps

A few weeks I was asked about shopping apps, so I thought I would do a post about how they work.

I use checkoutsmart.com & Shopmium, I have the apps on my phone but when I use them I generally use the computer to upload my receipts, but either way is fine.

So this is checkoutsmart.com

You have to create an account and also have a paypal account so the payments can be made to you.

There are several items on here all the time here is just an example of what is on here at the moment.

Many items are free, others it will tell you how much cash you can get back, If you check mysupermarket.com and look through the supermarkets to see if that item is on promotion , that way you can get some really good deals, if you combine this with the promotion.

It is very straightforward to use, and tells you which stores you can redeem the offers in and how long they are valid for, some offers go on for quite a while others just appear and only last for a day, I check both the sites I use several times a day as new things are regularly added.

Today I took advantage of some offers on Shopmium.

My husband has an account as well, so between us  we got these completely free.

Both the crispy slices and yogurt breaks are on promotion in Asda & Morrison's for £1.00. 
The other offer says you get 50% off three packs, so if they are £1.00 each on promotion you are paying £3.00 and you will get £1.50 back. So infact in the end you are paying just 50p per pack.

I spent £16.00 all together.
But will end up being paid £10.00 back.

So using my account and my husbands account we got all of this for £6.00

Also my son has an account and he also did the offer.

I will not be adding our sons purchases to my challenge as he paid for the ones he bought.

So total spend in January now stands at £69.62.

It is creeping up but still doing ok.

So do you use apps ?

Monday, 16 January 2017

Thrifty goings on in the kitchen

This morning I took everything out of the freezers and washed the drawers out, it is amazing how much room you can make when it is stacked and tidied properly.

I had to make some room for some of my yellow sticker bargains from yesterday.

I love working in the kitchen with the pretty fairy lights on and with all my beautiful hanging crystals .

 First job the chillies .

What a lot I got for 9p.

27p for all of these peppers.

A few left in the fridge for some salads this week.

The rest for the freezer.

9p Limes .

The 9p Beetroot was steamed and pickled.

I had some plums which weren't ripening so these were stewed to have with some yogurt for breakfasts.

I still have all these so I grated a couple of blocks.

Saves time when there is grated cheese to hand.

For tea tonight...

One of these little pizzas each, I shall put some extra onions, peppers and cheese on top, served with coleslaw, boiled eggs and salad.

My 15p Bromeliad's 

My three bunches of flowers for 52p.

The 65p Jasmine has been put in the spare room until it flowers again.

The 19p Orchid was an amazing bargain, it looks really nice.