It might be Austerity August but when an opportunity to get stocked up for Winter comes your way you simply have to take it.
The other day I got my usual daily email from Approved Foods and on it was a brilliant offer for cake mixes. Now cake is not something I eat a lot of, honest ..... but Lovely Hubby is very partial to a nice slice of cake with his morning or afternoon coffee when he's been doing physical work on the land and who am I to deprive a man of obviously much needed sustenance. He's also rather partial to a slice smothered in custard for his supper after a hard day at the office and then I'm usually quite happy to join him on that occasion.
And these were all on at a brilliant price.
I got 12 packs of Madera Cake Mix, 4 packs of Ginger Cake mix and 8 packs of Oaty Crumble mix all for just 25p each, a total of £5.50 for all these cakes and crumbles. With our own eggs and using powdered milk and the only expensive thing I have to add is a spoonful of butter to each cake mix, which means we have 16 cakes that will come in at around 40p each.
As I have tipped all the Oaty Crumble mix into a tub in the freezer I can make many more than 8 crumbles with it, possibly up to 14 crumbles for two people I would say, we like our crumble thick on top of the homegrown fruit. With nothing to add to that it means 14 nice crumbly desserts for two people for around 15p each.
I also got six boxes of Carrot Cake mix, which comes with everything you need for the cake and frosting, again I just need to add powdered milk, butter and eggs, these were also just 25p each (and still well in date). So that's another six cakes for around 40p each.
I ordered three packs of shortbread for £1.20, I normally pay 50p each for something very similar from Sainsbury's, but I thought I would try these while the order was going in and there's still a small saving.
Some of LH's favourite salad dressing at 60p a jar. (Also in date until the end of the year.)
Enough tea bags to keep my man happy for at least eighteen months both at home and at work at just £3.49 a box ...
... and enough Vegetable Bouillon Mix to keep us both happy in veggie friendly stews and soups for a lot longer, for just £1 for a 2.5kg tub.
Also, very unusually for me I was in the right place at the right time and they had some of their Lucky Boxes available, they have a hundred or so every now and then, you get about £5 worth of food for £1.
Now when I was little I loved the Lucky Bags you used to get from the sweetie shop. Never knowing what sweets or little gift you were going to get was a brilliant way to surprise yourself with your spends every now and then. Obviously this mentality has stayed with me :-) so I ordered one ...
... and was pleasantly surprised.
Lots of lovely goodies and well worth my £1 outlay. Lovely Hubby's eyes lit up when he saw the jam tarts. Everything was well within it's sell by date and fine to pop in the cupboard to use whenever we need them. Luckily with our eating our way through the cupboards there is room for all the new purchases ... just!!
And following on from yesterdays 're-use, recycle and repurpose' mantra once I had unpacked all this lovely store cupboard stock I had some bubble wrap and nine cardboard boxes to use for our impending move, two large, six medium and one small.
And one bemused little Pug that was obviously wondering what on earth Mum was up to yet again!!
And I have to stand up and confess to buying a few little naughty treats, well it would have been rude not too! The Yorkie was a freebie for ordering more than £25 worth of goods and the box full of Snickers Cruncher just could not be ignored at only £2.99, making them 12p each. These have now been reduced again and are £1 for a case of 24 making them now only 4p each - WOW, I missed out on that one!!
The Easter Eggs ..... well who can resist a cute chicken and cow with Easter eggs AND fillings for just 50p each - nope not me!!
Obviously with our juicing journey still being well and truly ON, these treats are to be rationed out and we have decided that cake and chocolate will only be consumed in moderation and only at weekends if we have worked hard enough to earn them. So no dossing on the couch and munching our way through the cupboard :-)
I've temporarily moved the Approved Foods link to the top of the sidebar if you want to nip over and have a look at any of these goodies for yourself.
To look at any of the pictures, especially if you want to read the prices on the invoice a bit more easily just click on the pictures and they should enlarge.
Now I'm off to pack up one of the boxes with some of the things that we have been buying for the new house with our Car Boot sale profits, I'll be back tomorrow to show you what we bought.