Where Lovely Hubby currently works there is a scheme that recognises hard work, special initiative and someone who generally 'gives it their all' in their current role. The reward is vouchers to the shop or organisation of your choice to the value of £25. My gorgeous LH has just won this recognition for the fourth time.
Each time he comes home with his reward recommendation certificate and lets me choose which vouchers we should go for. The first three times we got M&S vouchers, we bought things for our holiday for both of us with the first one, some things for LH with the second and he gave me all the third set to spend on myself. This time after discussion we decided to plump for Sainsb*rys vouchers instead to help the £2 House Keeping Challenge on it's way.
So yesterday I took them with me and instead of just the usual fresh food shopping bought some things that LH has been asking if we have, some of his favourite things. Yes, no doubt I could have made some of them myself but this was treat time, and while I was treating us with the food I spent some of my personal spends on things for me and us. A cook book and the latest Sainsb*rys magazine, a couple more little loose bottom individual quiche tins and some tiny little loaf tins.
I got us a few storecuboard staples too, some sugar, we neither of us take sugar in our drinks LH has sweeteners and I have nothing, so a bag full in the 'Sugar' pot on the worktop last us about a year. I use a spoonful in my bread making and guests that take sugar have the rest. Some value cheese slices, we both love them on burgers, some biscuits for when we are motorway travelling and a couple of ready made quiche bases, brilliant when your mind is blank at teatime. We always have eggs in the dish and a few odds and sods added to them from the fridge make for a wonderfully quick evening meal.
The Tartar Sauce, the Magnums (luckily on half price offer, hence the four boxes) and the Caramel wafers are all Lovely Hubby's absolute favourite things so it was a no brainer to treat him to these.
I was good, I brought the receipt home, I worked out and wrote in my diary what was for the dogs (not included in the £2 HK challenge) and what was my personal spending and then when I came to take a photo of it later , I couldn't find it anywhere. . It's a mystery I 've searched high and low and it's gone! I'm sure we've got a poltergeist in this house, I'm not admitting to it being my age ...... I'm not, I'm not!!
Anyway while I was out and about I called into D*nelm Mill to have a browse round their cookware department and treat myself to a coffee and lo and behold they have a 20% sale on at the moment and they had some of these giant Kilner jars for £3.99 instead of the usual price of £4.99. I had just enough left in my spends to buy two.
They are so useful when you buy the big bags of dried goods when they are on offer. My last jars cost me £8 each so I was really pleased with these. They are now washed and dried and waiting to be filled.
Don't panic and think that I've no fresh foods in and we'll be struck down with scurvy, I have just enough left from last weeks shop to see us okay until Friday and then as it's LH's monthly eye check up we will be in Reading and I can nip back to good old M&S to spend these vouchers on some fruit and veg.
Now I'm off to deal with this little pile of yumminess.