Today at my allotment, I dug up some carrots for our dinner. I’m quite proud of my carrots as it’s the first year I’ve managed to get a decent crop from the ground, rather than having to grow them in pots of compost.
I managed to get a good crop this year by growing them in a raised bed, with lots of my own allotment compost, leaf mould and a bag of sand thrown in for good measure.
I will definately grow them this way again.
Little savings that all add up:
A little while ago, I realised I do little things to save money automatically, without even thinking of what I’m doing. I promised I would try really hard to make a note of these things so I could share them with you. So here are a couple more things:
Last week I decided my black jeans were looking faded and old. I didn’t want to buy a new pair as they were comfortable to wear and there really wasn’t anything wrong with them, except they were faded and looked old.
I spent £4.08 on the fabric dye below:
Fabric dyes are really easy to use nowadays. All you do, is put it in your washing machine with your fabric and put it on a 40 degree wash. Afterwards, you put it on a 40 degree wash again, but this time with washing powder and this removes all the excess dye.
The result is a pair of jeans that look brand new!
The photo above doesn’t quite show them as good as they actually look (due to the flash on my camera, I think), but the jeans do actually look as good as when you first buy them.
Hand wash is expensive to buy and my family goes through it really quickly.
So, when the hand wash bottle is empty, I refill it with the cheapest ‘bubble foam’ or ‘bubble bath’ that I can find. Both Tesco and Asda sell Value Bath Foam for just £0.40 per litre, which is far cheaper than their ‘Value Hand wash’, (which works out at approximately £0.76 per litre) and it’s just as good.
Once the bottle is filled up, no one ever knows.
A Week Of Main Meals For Under £10.00
For those who haven’t been following my blog this week, I thought I would set myself a challenge of cooking seven main meals for my family, for under £10.00. If I can do this, it will show people that we can and do actually ‘live well on less’. So watch this space Jamie Oliver!
To keep the costs down, I have been using my home grown vegetables and in the style of ‘Ready Steady Cook’, I have free use of store cupboard items, which can be found on Monday’s post.
Tonight we had a homemade lasagne, potatoes, swede and carrots.
I use lots of vegetables in my spaghetti bolognaise mix, to pad it out. In tonight’s mix I used onions, curly kale, broad beans and courgettes, which were mostly from my freezer.
I also used some frozen pumpkin puree, which I defrosted. This was left over from Halloween last week and it helps to make the meat go further.
You can find the recipe for the lasagne here.
Tonight’s meal cost me just £1.65 to make using my homegrown vegetables and the ‘free’ store cupboard items that were listed on Monday’s blog here.
£0.73 was for a third of a large pack of value minced beef (that I split into three) and £0.26 was for the value lasagne sheets I used and £0.66 was for the cheese I sprinkled on the top.
(Please note I always drain the fat off the value minced beef after I have first browned it, by putting the meat in to a large sieve, so the fat can drain through, otherwise it is far too fatty to eat).
So my total spent so far this week is just £ 6.48
Sunday = £ 3.33
Monday = £ 0.87
Tuesday = £0.00
Wednesday = £0.63
Thursday = £1.65
So far, so good
Yesterday, I talked about ‘Batch baking’ and how it saves time and money. I mentioned that I regularly make biscuits and freeze them for the week ahead. My lot eat the biscuits so quickly that this is the only way to ensure they aren’t eaten straight away. The biscuits defrost within half an hour, but this is enough time to stop them from eating them.
I made some Ginger Biscuits on Saturday, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you:
Ginger Biscuit Recipe (makes 24)
12 oz. self-raising flour
8 oz. soft brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
4 oz. margarine
2 heaped teaspoons of golden syrup
Preheat your oven Gas mark 4 / 180 C / 350F
Place the flour, soft brown sugar and baking powder into a bowl and mix together.
Beat the eggs.
Melt the margarine and syrup over a low heat then add to the dry ingredients with the beaten egg and mix until it is all combined.
Roll small balls in your hand, about the size of a small walnut and place on a greased baking sheet, leaving room for them to spread out while cooking.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. L
Leave for 1 minute before moving the biscuits to a cooling rack.
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