Thursday, 8 June 2017



I am rather busy at the moment trying to finish off writing another book in amongst all the other things, so I shall only be posting once or twice a week for a while but I'll see how it goes.

So the holiday has been and gone and it's back to living simply and cheaply.

I have picked up some good yellow stickers this week.








Most of the above had been reduced twice.

4 x butter/spread - was £1.80 paid 40p
2 x cottage cheese - was 75p paid 10p
2 x potato salad - was 64p paid 10p
2 x kievs - was £1.70 paid 60p
Falafel bites - was £2.80 paid 50p
Garlic bread - was £1.00 paid 30p
3 x boxes of eggs - was £1.09 paid 40p
Plaice fillets - was £2.75 paid £1.00
3 x Quiche - was £4.50 paid 60p
Oranges - was £1.00 paid 20p
Grapes - was £1.80 paid 25p
Strawberries - was £1.00 paid 20p

At the original price it would have cost £31.50, I paid £7.45
Very pleased with those savings.



I have had a couple lots of lambs lettuce from the garden.



I sowed a few more salad leaves.


I also bought a living salad for £1.00 and living watercress for £1.07 from the supermarket, and planted those.




The pictures were taken on Sunday the watercress has already doubled in size.

I needed some peppers for the sweet and sour chicken I am making tonight, but there were none going cheap so I took a look in the freezer, for 600g it was only £1.00 which is very good value, so when I can't find what I need going cheap I think I shall be looking into frozen more often as you often get so much more for your money.



I sorted out a few books for Ziffit, I got £11.24 for these and they are free to post.


My hair is short at the moment but the fringe grows so quick and needs doing a few times in between cuts but no need to go to the hairdressers I just cut it myself.

Cutting it myself saved £10

So quite a good thrifty week so far.

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  1. Some excellent bargains Marlene.
    I am going to start and be a bit more diligent about searching out some bargains as I have noticed that my shopping bill is creeping up bit by bit-x-

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    1. It is creeping up all of the time x

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  2. Some great bargains there Marlene. I often use frozen vegetables especially if I'm feeling lazy - chopping doesn't come easy to me. X

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    1. They are a good time and money saver x

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  3. Some great bargains there , I find frozen veg can be very frugal and you dont waste any either , Check with your hairdressers some of them do free fringe trims in between cuts xxx

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    1. Thankyou I shall be buying more frozen in future, no freebies at out hairdressers I'm afraid.xx

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  4. Brilliant yellow stickered bargains there :-)

    I used to cut my own fringe when I had long hair, it saves a fortune in cuts doesn't it.

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    1. Thankyou Sue yellow stickers are saving us so much, it does save a fortune doing it yourself, I can only do the fringe I wouldn't touch the rest.

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  5. Great work with the yellow stickers. I haven't had any good bargains for ages, so I'm just working hard to get the most from what I do buy.

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    1. Thankyou we all need to start getting our moneys worth in these times where everything is going up and up.

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  6. Brilliant bargains, I think I need to check the frozen veg too. Ready chopped anything sounds like a time saver! Well done x

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    1. It is a good time and money saver. I shall study the freezer section next time and weigh up the costs between fresh and frozen xx

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  7. Wow, great bargains. My shopping bill is definitely creeping up so we are having to review our housekeeping. Mushrooms are another great buy frozen.

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    1. Yes I eat a lot of them and saw you could get frozen ones, so I shall try some.

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  8. I've never come across Living Watercress sounds a good idea. Which supermarket did you find it in?
    I got cross with Ziffit last time as my books were valued at £24 but I only got £18, two were rejected with no reason.

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    1. Hi Sue it was in Morrison's not advertised on the website but found instore also there was a living spinach as well I might get that one as well,the watercress is doing really well,I regualarly use ziffit but luckily haven't had any issues yet.

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  9. I thought of you yesterday- I checked my junk email and found two begging for assistance and offering financial aid. Must be doing the rounds! Excellent thrifty week x

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    1. They don't give up do they. Yes not a bad week, I will keep at it we have a goal to reach x

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  10. I'm guilty of showing my age here, but what are falafel bites? It sounds like something you have to rub antihistamine cream on! Only joking! But what we buy (a generation on ... well almost ... from yourself) and what you buy are often so different, not because we'd not like what you buy or vice versa, but because they are things we've not heard of nor know how we'd use them. Just as the next generation haven't had the joys of Sandwich spread or SPAM! And what person under 50 does corned beef hash and serves it with HP sauce? Who, indeed, buys HP sauce today? We only have it on corned beef hash and it lives in the fridge between times.
    We don't buy any ready-made meals at all, nor prepared foods, such as egged-and-breadcrumbed things ready for cooking. There is no need as we're retired and I can make all meals from scratch. These are very convenient convenience foods, I appreciate that, and save time and often money when they're on yellow sticker sale, but I do like to buy ingredients and make meals from scratch. I might be a bit naïve, but I just hope that I have some control then over the other additives that are with these convenience foods, things we don't want or need in our bodies. But I know it's a luxury today to be able to have the time to make everything from scratch.
    But falafel bites aside (do they itch? ha ha!) I think your frugal shopping is a credit to you (and your bank account will be a (in) credit, too!)
    We love watercress. It is only available in bunches in the period up to November in Waitrose, as then we're out of the watercress season. We buy lovely hunches of John Hurd watercress and mainly I make it into soup.
    I didn't know you could buy frozen mushrooms! You learn something every day, don't you?
    Now, tell me all about falafel bites! Does they need medical attention? (Oh, I must cease this silly humour!)
    Margaret P
    www.margaretpowling.com

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  11. Hi Margaret they are a chickpea and spicy snack, I bought these for a vegetarian, I make as much as I can from scratch, but on the odd occasion I have been know to cheat, after all I'm not perfect, for example I was going to bake for the weekend and have been so tired I bought some doughnuts and hot cross bun loaf instead.
    I tried frozen mushrooms and I have to say they weren't nice at all so will be sticking to fresh.

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  12. I confess to having looked falanel whatsits on the internet, I don't like not knowing what for others I assume is general information! They sound nice, not itchy at all!
    I'm glad to hear you are sticking to fresh mushrooms - frozen ones sounded rather awful, I have to say.
    Margaret P

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    1. I love my mushrooms and the frozen ones were horrible, it's not always about what is the cheapest, food is important and needs to be enjoyed.

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  13. What a great haul - well done as per usual. Phil.

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  14. I have never tried frozen mushrooms but have bought frozen peppers from time to time and they work very well in recipes. However, my local Tesco Express often has packs of three peppers reduced to between 11p and 16p so I buy, slice and freeze. I don't find much else reduced but did see a "luxury fish pie" for 30p from £4.50 one evening and decided to try it. I have to say we thought it was delicious, and quite honestly, as nice as the one I make. I would never pay £4.50 for it though! I really like cooking so mostly do so from scratch too.

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    1. I grow peppers and chop up for the freezer, but when I have none the frozen ones are fine but I will still look for the reduced ones first. Fish is expensive isn't it, I shall be making fish pies tomorrow but I bought fish pie mix for 75p a tray.

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