I am beginning to feel like we are "struggling in the fens" at the moment. The FH looked into the fridges last night and commented that he hoped I would be shopping today as there was nothing in the fridge...well, "nothing" that was instantly edible is what I think he meant! There was some baking margerine, some Clover for spreading, apple butter, some milk, some sweet potatoes, and some lard. So, yes, I did shop today, and I did spend more than I had hoped to spend:
Reduced price wholemeal loaf 19p
Condensed soup for pasta bake 37p
2 corned beef @ 1.32 each so 2.64
Reduced price wholemeal loaf 45p
Branston beans 3 for £1
Mature Cheddar 500g packs 2 for £5
Dove's Farm flour for me £1.88
Green grapes 2 for £3
Mandarins 2 for £2.50
Savoy cabbage 50p
Bag of apples £1.64
670g broccoli for £1.74
I was given a Tesco bag full of beautiful Picasso potatoes this afternoon, which will be used for baked potatoes, wedges and roasties as they are gorgeous! Thanks, A!
Hoping that I am adding that up right, it comes to £23.15. The kitty is looking seriously depleted now, with only £53.66 left for the remaining four weeks of the challenge - that amounts to just about £13.40 per week.
Last week's menu plan worked well, except that the vegetable risotto became a home-made pizza and the planned pizza today has had to become tuna pasta bake, hence the tin of condensed soup bought today.
This week's plan:
Sunday: Roast chicken, stuffing balls, roast potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, green beans and parsnips
Monday: Chicken leftovers and vegetable risotto
Tuesday: Shepherd's Pie (I have a huge pack of mince so half will be today's SP and half will become Wed's dinner)
Thursday: Baked potatoes and beans
Friday: HM Pizza
Saturday: Meatballs and spaghetti.
I am now thinking that I am going to have to work a little harder to use what I have here in stock if I am going to get through to the end of this challenge successfully. The ideas I have had so far include making our own bread, and increasing the meatless meals in the week. There is still quite a bit of meat in the freezer, and four chooks on death row to supplement that, but that probably wouldn't last to the end. Buying meat would take a big chunk of the budget so I am going to look at more tuna based meals as well! Any ideas would be welcome....
Apart from all that, it has been an interesting week. I have done several book fairs, been to the Women's World Day of Prayer service yesterday lunchtime, been to gym as usual, and read an excellent book. "Winter Solstice" by Rosamund Pilcher is a lovely, heart warming read and I couldn't put it down!!
The bare minimum.
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