My food shop was minimal last week. I haven’t really spent anything on groceries apart from £8 on some yellow sticker stuff I found in my local Co-op. We seemed to have quite a lot of food and it makes me more creative when I have to use up what we have.
We used the fish cakes for tea on Saturday with some salad. They were delicious but I wouldn’t have paid the original price. On Sunday we had the chicken pieces, roasted up with some of the carrots and lots of fresh veg that was hanging around plus half a tin of potatoes that needed eating. We had this one tray supper with the spinach and it was lovely!
The kiwis still aren’t ripe – I just can’t think why they were reduced at all! We have apples and oranges to use up anyway as well as frozen berries.
I am saving the whole chicken as we will have a roast over the Easter weekend. I will need to get some shopping before then but I do intend to go to the supermarket on Saturday evening to see if I can get some big reductions before Easter Sunday 😀.
So I am saving money on my food bill by finding bargains, not wasting fresh food and using up what we have in the cupboards and freezers. How about you?
Yesterday I said I don’t rely on yellow sticker bargains. I did, of course, take a peek in the reduced sections when I was in Sainsbury’s yesterday but there was nothing I wanted and the reductions weren’t that great. I only go in there for the cat food and my Lactofree milk anyway so trudged over to the pet aisle and was amazed to find this:
That is my idea of a yellow sticker bargain, 48 sachets of cat food for 99p! I don’t know why it was reduced so drastically. The box was a bit damaged but nothing major. I was chuffed and so were the cats!
I spent £45 for the 3 of us in Aldi for the week, which wasn’t bad at all. Last night we had a delicious chicken tray bake. I already had a pack of peppers that needed using and some olives. I adapted the recipe to use what was in the larder: green olives instead of black, dried thyme instead of fresh and balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar. The chorizo in Aldi was in huge packs for almost £2.50. I bought pepperoni instead at 89p and will use some of that today. I am making paella to use up some rice. I also added a 15p can of Aldi potatoes to make it more substantial and served it with canned sweet corn. It was lovely. The original recipe is here. I got it from the BBCGood Food website, which is a great resource when you need a little inspiration.
What are you cooking this weekend? Do you adapt recipes to suit what you have or what you can afford?
A very quick post today as work is mayhem and I have a busy evening ahead too. Back to reality!
I managed to get some seasonal food at bargain prices this week. A huge load of sprouts for £1 reduced from £2.99, a gluten free christmas pud which was 70p rather than £3, GF fruit cake slices for 50p rather than £2.50 and a big bag of chestnuts for 95p rather than £4.
We will happily eat sprouts and cake at any time of the year! And I feel a chestnut and mushroom roast coming on for the weekend.
Anything to keep grocery costs down works for me! Have you found any foodie bargains?
I popped into Asda after work at about 8.30 last night to check out the reduced sections. There wasn’t a great deal there, but what there was was reduced a lot!
I got a bag of salad for 20p, which made lunch for me and two darling daughters today with some chopped up cheese and ham, a bag of swede for 10p that I put in the freezer to add to stews as and when, and a bag of chopped casserole vegetables for 10p. These will form the basis of tonight’s dinner. Before I left for work this morning I threw them in the slow cooker with a packet of browned off Aldi sausages, a tin of chopped tomatoes, some stock, some chopped herbs and a dash of Worcestershire sauce. Hopefully this will be nice for tea with some mashed spuds.
Cheap and easy, that’s me!