Welcome back, money savers! As I write this, we are heading into day two of our second lock down in England. Other parts of the UK have already been in lock down for a while. I’m not too worried about the coming month as far as staying at home goes. It has turned very cold suddenly, so staying in and being cosy seems like a plan. We are planning on keeping costs low this month, though. There may be tough times ahead, and it’s really important to me to be as frugal as possible.
Starting our food bank collection
I am well aware that there are people who are far worse off than we are. That is why I am joining in once again with the UK Money Bloggers Food Bank Advent campaign. I wrote a post about this in the week here. Please consider making some sort of contribution to the food banks if you can possibly afford to this winter.
It doesn’t have to cost a great deal to buy basic items. Most of ours have come from Lidl or Aldi. Here’s what ours looks like at the end of week 1.
Soup, soup, glorious soup
Regular readers will know that I love home made soup! It is super cheap to make, nutritious and warms your cockles after a long dog walk.
It is also great for preventing food waste, as you can throw in any sad looking veg that needs using up.
This week I made my own stock using a couple of chicken carcasses from the freezer, which gives it added nutrition as well as a delicious flavour. I used some odds and ends of mashed potato that I had also frozen, half a head of celery that was definitely looking a little limp, and various other bits of veg from the fridge.
It was really nice. Even Archie begged for some!
Getting the snip
Talking of Archie, this week we had him neutered. I guess this wasn’t perfect timing, because as we start lock down we aren’t allowed our usual long walks. It was walking the dog that kept us both sane during the first lock down.
We really didn’t want him to have to wear a horrible cone for two weeks. So miserable! Instead we bought him a post op suit from Amazon. We had to shop around as some of them were really expensive. This one cost £12.99, which I think was money well spent. It allows him to sleep easily and walk about the house without crashing into things!
Poor Archie. Still, he seems to be bouncing back OK and has his follow up vet’s appointment later today.
Mr S had a snip of a different sort, managing a very short pre-lock down hair cut, so he won’t end up looking like Dennis the Menace :). He gets his hair cut for free by his sister, so another frugal win.
I am glad I went to get mine trimmed a couple of weeks ago too, so I don’t come out of lock down with the same style as Archie….
Lidl bargain hunting
I have been so impressed with the Lidl app so far. This week it gave me £10 off our shop! If you ever shop at Lidl, it is very much worth getting the app to help you with keeping costs low when you do your grocery shop.
I went yesterday morning, pretty early. Day one of lockdown and I didn’t know if people would be back to panic buying and queueing outside. It seems that most people had done their shopping earlier in the week, as it was pretty quiet.
I was delighted to find loads of meat and fish very much reduced, so I took the opportunity to stock up the freezer. There were chicken thighs and drumsticks for 90p (I bought three packs), salmon fillets for £2 (I grabbed two of those) and one packet of smoked haddock for 90p.
I was very pleased with these reductions and a good start to my plans for keeping costs low this month.
How are you feeling at the prospect of a second lockdown? Maybe you have already been in lock down a while? I hope you are all OK and not feeling too down as the pandemic rumbles on. Have a good week.