I have been taking some tips from Ilona over on Life After Money and started diluting stuff to make it last. Because I am lactose intolerant I buy Lactofree milk. This can be expensive – usually around £1.35 a litre, but I have seen it for as much as £1.50! Last night it was on offer at my local Sainsbury’s for £1 so I stocked up. I will make this last by diluting it in everything except tea and coffee. I drank a perfectly nice cup of ovaltine before bed last night made with 50-50 milk and water and the same this morning on my cereal. I put a little water in the orange juice as well. Not too much – I don’t mind it weak but everyone else complains.
I would drink soya milk as it is cheaper but I can’t stand the stuff!
I stopped buying handwash a while back and we now have good, old fashioned soap in bars. However, the last few bottles of handwash lasted quite a long time in diluted form 😀. I do the same with washing up liquid since everyone always squirts too much in anyway.
I add water to shampoo and sometimes a small amount to conditioner too. I don’t think anyone has noticed! I stopped buying shower gel and bubble bath when I switched back to soap or I would dilute those as well :-).
I encourage everyone at home to drink water instead of squash or juice anyway as it is better for you and almost free.
Talking of Ilona, I read on her blog that she will soon be on Shed of the Year on TV. I love this programme and look forward to seeing if she wins. If you haven’t seen her awesome summer house have a look here. It starts next Friday, 29th July, 8 pm on Channel 4.
I popped into the Co-op last night 15 minutes before they closed to see if there were any good reductions. There was a lot: I got yogurts, ham, some mince and diced turkey. Most of it will freeze but the yogurts and some of the ham will come in handy for the student’s lunches over the next coupe of days. I have to provide two rounds of sandwiches, fruit, crisps, a cake or yogurt and a drink each day.
He is proving no problem to feed. Tonight we had macaroni cheese, bread and leftover salad and again he ate it all with enthusiasm. He tells me that in France families still tend to sit together to eat, always have a proper meal rather than microwave rubbish and drink water rather than pop. I love this and it was how we approached meal times when the girls were younger. I think many British families have given this up in favour of the TV dinner. Shame.
However, our student even prefers water to a nice cup of tea. That’s a step too far for me 😀.