After reading a few Blogs yesterday I noticed that there were mentions of T*sco having a '3 for 2' offer on a lot of their baking ranges so I nipped over to a browse the website and then quickly made the decision to order enough flour and yeast to keep us in bread for a year.
12 bags of Strong White Flour
12 bags of Stoneground Wholemeal Flour
(I need both as I mix half white with half brown)
6 tubs of Yeast
The price for all the above, thanks to the '3 for 2' offer, came to just £18.48 and will make us around 72 loaves, which after adding in the cost of a spoonful of sugar, another of salt and a dash of oil, will work out at less than 30p a loaf. Not bad considering the price of a similar, although not as tasty loaf made with cheap ingredients and additives would set us back in a supermarket at today's prices £1.30. So a saving of £1 per every loaf made which equals £72 over the year.
I am going to start a stand alone page charting our money saving for next year so this is going to be the first item listed.
Because I ordered online (to save petrol and the chance that when I got there there would not be enough of what I actually wanted to buy) I also trawled around for other other savings and came upon this one. Ten kilos of aged Basmati Rice for just £8, (available for online orders only, although you can get similar for £9 in store.
Now this will keep us in rice for the whole of next year, allowing us just under a kilo of rice per month at only 80p per kilo. Comparing it against T*sco's own Basmati which is currently £1.57 a kilo this is a saving over the year of £7.70.
If you compare the cost against these microwavable packs (which I do own up to using on occasion), at a cost which works out at £6.36 a kilo, yes you read that right, as there is only 250g in each pack!! It would be a saving of £55.60 over the course of the year....WOW!!
This little plan ahead experiment has inspired me to have a look around at what else is on offer that we can stock up on to save money for next year. I am going to make a list of everyday essentials and necessities and see what we already have in stock, then I will make a list of what we would need to see us through the year and if I spy anything on a good offer I will buy enough for the year. Luckily as we have cleared so much of our clutter we are freeing up space in the spare room which could be turned into my store for the year.
As of now every penny must count, so if we can save on the day to day necessities as well as cutting back on unnecessary items we will be able to give our savings an even bigger boost in the year to come. And I thought this year was the 'frugal' one, it's not going to be a patch on next year!
What items would you or do you stockpile to last an entire year.