After a couple of weeks of feeling really poorly, this flu virus thing has a lot to answer for, this week I am really starting to feel better, in fact this morning my voice has almost come back, the family are really going to miss Little Miss Croaky from now on :-)
On Tuesday as I was half way to T*sco (driving through to the village to pick up a prescription) so I decided to carry on and go there, we needed some fresh stuff, I mean we really needed some fresh stuff, when you've felt this rough for so long just the sight of a piece of fruit makes you feel healthier, it's as though my body is screaming out "feed me fruit", so I am listening to it for once. (And even eating grapes as I type.)
Of course once there I was struck by temptation and the lure of the bargain, so my trolley was soon also holding onto more than just healthy fruit. It had a couple of half price pizzas, less than half price fish fillets, a few yellow stickered 'must haves' and some blocks of puff pastry reduced to just £1 each, I can't make it for that price and would I want to, what with all that rolling and turning, although funnily enough it was something we used to make week after week at school and I loved doing it then, (I think our Domestic Science teacher had a passion for puff pastry or maybe shares in a butter factory!). Unfortunately there were only two packs of the reduced pastry left so I picked them both up.
I also bought us a pack of T*sco's own brand bagels as a treat, we both love the cinnamon and raisin flavour ones for breakfast at weekends but usually buy a certain well known brand, so in the interests of money saving I thought we would try these (they were almost a pound cheaper). I bought my usual copy of Radio Times, the only magazine I actually buy now and then on the way out picked up a copy of the T*sco freebie for an extra bit of reading.
I must have enjoyed my shopping expedition even more than I thought as yesterday I had an urge to shop again, I didn't really need anything, but as I discovered last week that Wednesday was the quietest day ever to shop in our Sainsb*ry's I thought I would check out this phenomenon again (and yes it is).
I wandered round pushing my trolley in no real rush to put anything in it, taking the time to read packets and notice prices again (some things have gone up since last week believe it or not). It was actually very enjoyable, shopping without a real need to shop, just browsing the food aisles, something I used to do with clothes or bags or shoes but now have absolutely no inclination to do.
I thought I would buy us a couple of the Basics range of foods to try to compare to other brands that we usually buy. I've used the vegetable stock cubes before (during Live Below the Line week see HERE) at 10p for a pack of ten they are brilliant value, so I thought I would buy some of the 'meaty' ones for Lovely Hubby to try in his dishes. The Mackerel fillets look exactly the same as all the other packs on the shelves and were so much cheaper, they're well worth a try and the crackers well they were just 59p, the brand they are a copy of 'Tuc' crackers were £1.39, not a bad saving if they taste anywhere near as good.
For some reason I thought I had missed Pancake Day (or Shrove Tueday as it is really called), but wandering round there were lots of displays of frying pans, lemons and pancake batter mixes both in plastic bottles and bags, and I realised that it is in fact next Tuesday. Of course I was in no way tempted to buy any of the mixes as all you need is flour, eggs and milk, but something in my brain went 'ding' and when I got home I rummaged around in the storecupboard and look what I unearthed ...
... 14 yes fourteen bags of Batter Mix.
Bought from Approved Foods when they were on offer for some silly price (I think they were 50p for a tray of 7 packs). So I guess we will be having some pancakes on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday and Easter Monday and maybe even Bank Holiday Monday in August, you get the picture :-)
So what have I spent this week from my £2 Housekeeping money....... well I shocked myself I spent £30.32 at T*sco and a whopping £4.81 at Sainsb*rys so a total spend this week of £35.13, which on the face of it is a really good spend for a weeks shopping but when your budget for the week is actually £9.23 NOT quite so good..... oops!! In fact it's almost a months money.
So after careful consideration I am setting myself a mini Challenge for the rest of this month, I'll let you in on it tomorrow, I took a couple of photos to go with my idea and then the camera died on me so it is currently recharging, so I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.
Needless to say I enjoyed my retail therapy and I think (I hope) I have got it out of my system for now. Browsing the shelves is one thing ....... but it does make you spend money you needn't no matter how hard you try ...... I mean did we really need cheapo crackers when I have a years supply of Ryvita nestling in my cupboard :-)