I used to shop at good old M&S a lot for my foods back in the day.
Now with no store nearby thankfully I have no temptation to carry on with this. But when my M&S vouchers arrived last week and knowing that we were going into Reading for Lovely Hubby's eye check up appointment and realising that the reason I had soooo much to spend in vouchers was because we paid for his eye laser treatment on our M&S card purely to get a huge chunk of points and thus vouchers to spend, it all fell into place so sweetly.
(By the way the card was paid off in full at the end of the month, this is the only way we use credit cards now.)
And this is what we bought, the fresh stuff we needed for the week ahead and a few treats for the weekend. The total came to £20.46p, so I used £20 of my vouchers and 46p from the £2 House Keeping fund. So I still have £11 in vouchers left, a good result. And who remembered that good old M&S did such good offers, two boxes of two cream cakes for £2 and they were larger and more filled than anything we have had for a while ..... yes they have all gone!!
So house keeping money spent from the tin 46p, which means 54p for the Sealed Pot if I haven't spent it by the end of the week.
Not a bad weeks spending then :-)
Looking at my 'posh shopping' reminded me that I had a post lined up to do last week and somehow didn't fit it in, it was all about Pineapples. When my lovely Mum sent me this bunch of flowers and a fruit hamper from M&S for my birthday in amongst all the luscious fruits was a Pineapple.
Now it sat on the worktop looking magnificent until it was lovely and ripe and then I cut it into chunks ....
... being the canny shopper that I am I decided to weigh it to see how much edible pineapple I had got.
Usually at this time of year they are on special offer in the supermarkets, and yes, I just checked on mysupermarket.com and you can get one for £1 at either Sain*bury's or T*sco, in fact at T*sco you can get a 'Value' one for 80p, an average sized one for 95p and on special offer a large one for £1.
As you can see I got 476g of pineapple chunks for what would have cost me £1, if I had cut a little more accurately I think I could have got this up to 500g, because it was so ripe it was extremely easy to cut as well.
Which goes to prove that unless you are buying whilst out and about and needing to eat it immediately these packs of ready cut chunks are a total waste of money, Currently priced at £1.40 for 200g.
Time and convenience or money in your pocket - you choose.
Don't you just love it when you can see so clearly where money can be saved and how easily too, and all this as a result of me getting a lovely gift. And talking of gifts I had a lovely visit off a new Blogging Buddy yesterday who also came bearing gifts ... two gorgeous Rosemary plants to add to my collection, they smell divine and are currently sat with the other herbs in the old Belfast sink while I think where they will live to remind me of sunshine, food and friendship, all we really need in this world really.
Many thanks to Karan and it was lovely to meet you, see you again soon.