This week’s thrifty achievements
Still suffering from a fibromyalgia flare up, so I have done little except go to work and drag myself home again (it feels like). Last night I had the longest, deepest bath and the pain in my shoulder seems to have eased a bit. I am hoping to be back to my usual self very soon! I did manage some thrifty achievements, though!
Joining the food co-op
As I said in my post Do you use a zero waste shop, I was bemoaning the lack of a zero waste shop here.
However, a friend reminded me that there is a small food coop locally, so I have joined that. The products are ordered in bulk according to the desires of the members and apparently much cheaper than the shops. I can also take my own containers. Can’t wait to use it!
Soup, soup, marvellous soup
To make sure I used up all of the bits and pieces in the fridge before I went shopping again, I made soup! A big batch of my favourite thick veggie soup. Full of vitamins and fibre.
I love soup, although this is almost a stew, so thick you can stand your spoon up in it. In went celery, carrots, potatoes and peas, thickened with red lentils in Marigold vegetable stock.
This is so quick and easy – incredibly cheap too! I made enough for six really big portions and put some straight in the freezer.
Back in my favourite shop
Now that I have discovered our £1 charity shop, I can’t keep out of it! It is chock full of the most incredible bargains.
I spent £11 and got a pair of winter boots, a Monsoon skirt and another pretty silk one, a couple of dresses, some vest tops and a witches hat. Well, it is nearly Halloween!
I also got the potato cookery book that I mentioned in last week’s meal plan. It has some lovely budget recipes in it.
I will sell most of these items and hope to make some extra cash for Christmas.
I love Amazon for second hand books too. I am interested in making some of my own chemical free and low waste toiletries. I managed to find this one, Natural Beauty: 35 step-by-step projects for homemade beauty, for £1.25! Not bad! I saw it new for £6 on the Book People but this was even better.
I will try it out and let you know how I get on,
I dig out my old yogurt maker a few months ago to try my own lactose free yogurt. It came out ok but was a bit runny. I am going to try again with whole milk and some added milk powder to make it thicker.
In the meantime I found this organic stuff on offer in Sainsbury’s for £1.20. It is delicious and I will use some of it as my starter when I make my next batch.
So, these are this week’s frugal achievements. What are yours?
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