Firstly a warm welcome to two new followers; Lisa and Louise G :)
I hope you all enjoyed the new year celebrations (with no consequent hangover today!) We went round to some friends around 8pm and left at 1.30am having consumed a modest 2 drinks each, but having had a couple of quizzes and a lot of laughter. I wanted a clear head this morning to enable me to get my a*s into gear regarding the food budget.
2018 will be a challenging year ( as opposed to a year of challenge IYSWIM) I didn't mention it in the run up to Christmas but DD's husband lost his job 10 days before the big day. He went to work as usual and came home at 3pm totally out of a job. He didn't see it coming and it's the 3rd redundancy in 3 years so their savings are very much depleted. DD and SiL were in total shock as he was the sole breadwinner. It did put a bit of a dampener on Christmas celebrations, to be honest, but I was determined we should enjoy the festive season and worry later.
DD is now stretching every penny as far as possible. We want to help as much as we can so will dip into our savings a bit and budget even more carefully this year than last. Our only real bit of wriggle room is in the food budget. We allocate £2,600 per year which is £50 per week absolute max and I usually try to save a bit from that each week to save towards emergencies and the inevitable Christmas food splurge.
I drew the first £50 of the year today and ventured to Mr M's for a few bits and pieces. I was astounded at the YS prices. The bits below will be used for soup or stew (one pack given to DD)......
An amazing toffee apple pie for 25p! This will be dessert tomorrow when the family come to lunch. A GF xmas pud for 5p for OH. All the wraps, thins and teacakes are now in the freezer and will be given to DD to take home for the kids' school pack ups or after school snack attacks....
The Danone yogurts were 4 for 5p! (wish these could be frozen as there were plenty available)
We had resisted buying these walnuts at £3 a pack but at £1 each they will make tasty nibbles and are well within date....
I added up the value (excluding nuts) and the original prices were £11.78, we paid just £1.06
We were quite hungry when we got home (read ravenous) so shared the last of yesterday's salmon en croute (cold) with some bagged salad and leftover boiled potatoes cut up and fried in a little olive oil. Delicious! Pudding was a YS'd yogurt each (2.5p for 2)
I have begun a sealed pot challenge too. Any small change we can spare will be put into this lovely tin (pound shopped) and opened in time for Christmas shopping next November
Tea tonight will be the last 2 slices of bacon (for OH), poached eggs, baked beans, grilled leftover mushrooms and toast. The best bit is that OH will cook it! Yay! I can do a bit of crafting until it gets dark :)
I wish everyone a year of wonderful things. Stay safe and thanks so much for popping in x
Angie 💓 xx
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