Although our food supplies are still plentiful, aided and abetted wonderfully by the vast amount of salady things we now have coming through in the Veggie Patch and that we are making the basis for most of our meals, we are starting to run out of some non-food items.
This week it was tissues, now I know lots of you will assume I would use washable 'old fashioned' handkerchiefs, which indeed my Lovely Hubby does, but I don't, I am of the mind that germs are best in the bin not whizzing through my washing machine with my best clothes on a 30 degree wash.
So with the last box being brought into use and it being hayfever season and all, I nipped out to the supermarket and for once I decided to visit Waitrose, a supermarket I love but not one that usually has that many bargains. Although I must say I was pleasantly surprised when I got there. I did need some carrots for grating as all mine are sliced in the freezer, and some grapes as well as the tissues so it was worth going out for.
When I got there I wandered the aisles quite enjoying being in a different place for once and I noticed that my favourite brand of Oatbran was reduced in price, so as we were about to run out I bought two bags. I also spotted these 'Living Lettuces' which were reduced to clear at 69p a pack as the date was just up, so again I got two.
When I got to the checkout I was offered a Waitrose card which the lovely cashier told me all about, they really are nice the staff in our local branch. Seemingly as a card holder I now qualify for a free magazine every month as well as additional offers and the chance to win either the value of my weekly, monthly or yearly shopping free in various draws they do. Ah well the odds of me winning that one (or it being very much if I did) are not very great but a free magazine every month, as long as I'm passing in that direction is worth having the card for.
I spent a grand total of £11.26, seemingly for accepting the leaflet with the card I got 1p knocked off my shopping according to the receipt, so that was then down to £11.25, ah well they say every penny helps :-)
I got my copy of this months magazine, now for free instead of it being £1.20, and I picked up a copy of their already free 'weekend' newspaper as I knew it had an article mentioning the lovely Jack Monroe who's Blog A Girl Called Jack and exploits I follow avidly, (a really good piece by the way). Also in my trolley were two poly bags that the previous trolley user must have picked up and then not used, so I popped these in my shopping bag for use at home, if I had left them there they would have ended up in the bin, what a waste!!
When I got home I gave my 'Living Lettuces' a good drink ...
... and then an hour later after a sandwich and a sit down (for me not the lettuces), I popped them out of the tray ...
... split them, and then split them again ...
...until I had 16 separate little clumps ...
... and put them into two empty troughs, and then gave them another good drink of water.
Now we'll have lots and lots of lovely lettuces, hopefully enough to keep us going, along with all the others I have growing, for most of the Summer. Buying them this way was so cheap and gives us instant baby leaves and at least three re-cuts of each and every plant. So potentially around 48 lettuces for £1.38, which is around the price of two in the supermarket at the moment. Every little bit helps the £2 House Keeping Challenge go on for just that little bit longer.
It really made my day, an outing to a different shop, a couple of freebies AND lots of lovely lettuces :-)