I started this month with the delivery of my latest Approved Foods order (see the link on the sidebar if you want to nip over there yourself to see what goodies are available today). I was tempted over by the reduced price Pickled Onions, 3 jars for 99p saving me almost £5 on the shop price, unfortunately I only got the last three jars I really wanted more, and as you can see while I was there I bought a few other things too.
Balti Sauces - 50p - saving £7.14
Lloyd Grossman Madras Sauces - 50p saving £8.94.
Oxos - 10 for £1, saving £6.80
McCoys Crisps - 5 for £1, saving £1.95
Walkers Crisps - 36 for £5.94, saving £12.06
Cheese Sauce Mix 2kg - 2 for £1.50, saving £18.48
As I had credits in my Approved Foods account and just enough to cover the rest in my Paypal account after my recent charity donations ...
... I got my food for free :-)
To be honest I'm not totally sure what I intend to do with 4kg of Cheese Sauce Mix, but I guess lots of cheesey pasta bakes would be nice alongside our homegrown salads through the summer, I'll have to experiment with it, although any ideas would be gratefully received.
I have decided to photograph and put on here receipts for all the food I buy from now on, for my own records and so you can see that I am really sticking to this years tight budget. I just have to get out of the habit of throwing them away once I have checked them at the supermarket (or out of the Approved Foods box). I hate bits of paper in my purse so I stand and check the receipt and the coupons etc before I leave the shop and deposit all unwanted scraps of paper straight into their bin.
I must remember to tuck them in my bag instead!!
Somehow the larder cupboard has managed to hold most of the new purchases thank goodness as I like my now uncluttered worktops in the kitchen.
So the current £2 House Keeping Challenge money left in the tin now stands at £127 and all these new purchases should help it last even longer.
If you use them what was your best ever bargain from Approved Foods? Mine I would have to say was the mistaken purchase of 12.5kg of Chocolate Sponge Mix mentioned yesterday, as well as keeping Lovely Hubby supplied with chocolate cakes it has made us lots of money and paid for itself over and over.