Thursday, 23 February 2017

Everything keeps going up in price.



Welcome to my new follower Chris.

On my last post I picked up cereals for 20p a box which Asda were clearing even though they had a very good date, Scarlet mentioned she noticed the cornflakes pack had shrunk in size and the price had gone up, so I guess that's why they were clearing other cereals. It seems this is the case with lots of things in the supermarket, has anyone noticed any changes in prices or packaging sizes over the last few weeks? 

I also noticed the direct debit for the TV licence went up from £12.12 a month to £12.18 .  Also our phone tariffs went up by £2.00 as well. All these things add up.


Tonight I got one of my Nigel Slater books out and made this Spaghetti Bolognese.



















A lot more work involved than just opening a jar, but  it was worth it, it  was very good indeed . We don't drink wine that often but finished the rest of the bottle off, well you have to have a treat now and then don't you.

 I was not happy  using all that electric just for one meal, so I doubled the recipe, which left enough for another spaghetti bolognese , and some to use for a lasagne at the weekend.



Saving me time and money, which is what it's all about.





28 comments:

  1. Looks yum! I'm trying to get into a regular habit of cooking double quantities, so another meal for the freezer. I do like Nigel Slater, I didn't know he had a 3rd Kitchen Diaries out.

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    1. It's certainly makes sense doesn't it. I have been having a cookbook clear out but Nigel will always stay.

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  2. That looks delicious Marlene.
    I might just do a spag bol for our Saturday meal...yummy.

    Lots of things are shrinking or going up in price...or even both.
    If it's something I buy I look for an alternative at a reasonable price or stop buying whatever it is altogether-x-

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    1. There is always a cheaper alternative isn't there, xx

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  3. I find they do clear out when packaging is changed, but in fairness the frozen blueberries I buy regularly just went up by a whopping 50gr per bag to 400gr from 350gr and the price stayed the same! That's nearly a whole extra serving.

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    1. That is good, I am buying all frozen berries now.

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  4. Nigel is always good value, I think. No frills, just good recipes.
    I agree with you about doubling up. It makes sense, and it is so nice when you realise that there's a meal waiting in the freezer and you don't have to ponder what to cook!

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    1. Absolutely I just love Nigel's recipes, love the simplicity, and they just taste so good. It is nice to have some decent food in the freezer, I shall be doubling up more often.

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  5. I did my very first on-line shop this week in an attempt to keep the bill low! It didn't work. I did get good offers though and £20 off my first on-line shop. It's being delivered tomorrow - I'm strangely excited!!
    The Bolognese looks lovely.

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    1. Thankyou it was the best Bolognese I have made. We went to Sainsburys today to buy our favourite Bertolli butter which was on offer, at the till it gave us £18 off a £60 online shop, I am quite tempted.

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  6. You can't beat a good spag bol! Love it!
    And yes, even if prices haven't risen, the items are shrinking!
    Margaret P

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    1. It was very tasty indeed Margaret, good ingredients and simmering for an hour made all the difference, no more jars of pasta sauce here.

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  7. I have one Nigel cook book, you must have his life's work on your shelf, Marlene! Must give that recipe a go. Like you, I usually make sure I make enough to freeze a few meals, maximising my efforts and pennies.

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    1. There are a few more I want to get on Amazon some time or I might see if I can find them at the car boot sale.

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  8. A firm family favourite and always good to double/triple the ingredients. Prices on utilities seem to be rising too.

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    1. Yes they are, looking forward to the warmer weather and saving on heating costs.

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  9. I love Nigel Slaters books. That bolognaise looks good. Here in NZ I have also noticed that packets and jars of food are getting smaller, very sneaky, ie our stand loaves of bread used to be 800 gm, now many brands are 650 gms.

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  10. that looks so good.
    Supermarkets treat us like idiots. I understand that they change prices, sometimes things are on offer, sometimes not, but quite often I walk around Asda and tut tut. Things don't just go up a penny or two, it's 10, 20, or 50p at a time. Well that soon makes a difference. Asda sell monogram candles, which I've been buying as and when. I have B, S,V,&, and was planning on buying a heart one. They've been £1.50 each. I went to buy the heart one, and found they'd been cranked up to £2.00. Not a ridiculous price for what they are, but a jump of 50p in a week? Too much so I left it. I wonder if they realise that when you shop somewhere often, and tend to buy more or less the same things, you get to know the prices and can tell when they crank them up?!

    Things are definitely shrinking but costing more. Heartless swines! xxx

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    1. They are so sneaky, I suppose a lot of people don't really take notice, but folk like us do. I do enjoy my candles, I bought a huge one in a nice pot for only £1.00 this week from the Range.xx

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  11. It's always worth making a double batch of something like that - both in terms of energy and taste, looks great!

    I watched the thing on Channel 4 the other night about prices staying the same but pack sizes getting smaller, I've noticed it with a few things, as well as some of the basic food ranges disappearing from the shelves.

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    1. Oh yes I must watch that programme on catch up thanks for the reminder.

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  12. I love Nigel Slater, his food us so tasty, we always make from scratch, no hidden nasties

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    1. Yes I am more wary of what goes in. Eating good home made food makes me feel much happier.

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  13. That spag bol looks yummy. I cooked a panful the other day so we ate it two days in a row.. not that it bothered us.

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    1. Same here, it wouldn't bother us either.

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