Saturday, 19 March 2022

How Do I Shop When I'm NOT on a Challenge?

 

So, how do I shop when I'm not on a Challenge ... well to be honest not that much differently.  

I didn't go out with a list this time, naughty me!!  I knew I wanted to 'stock up' on a few things but I just can't get my head around buying more than I need now.  I have plenty in the food cupboard, lots of tins, packets and jars so apart from there being not a lot of room to slide extra purchases in I just didn't want to over-shop at all.

Even with two bottles of wine this Aldi shop only came to £22.75, which I was really pleased about. 


 I did buy a couple more boxes of the Salt and Vinegar No Fish Fillets as I saw a label on the shelf edge of the freezer that simply said 'Cancelled' and had a little panic.  Of the five boxes that were there I graciously only took two leaving the others for someone else.

So my weekend treats were wine, dairy free ice-lollies, some new-to-me crispy nibble type things and my 'pathetic bulk buys' were two garlic breads for the freezer, two more packs of noodles and a bottle of lemon juice.

Then I lost my shopping mojo and headed for the checkouts, where I had a lovely chat with the guy on the till which made the whole shopping trip seem a lot nicer.  This sunshine is bringing out the best in people isn't it.



Sue xx



16 comments:

  1. I think that what we eat is more important than the total cost. You seem to eat healthy foods for the most part and you have always watched your money. I don't know that you need a Challenge to change your already good spending habits. If you find it fun to do, that is up to you, of course.
    Are you working on your garden area yet or is it still too cold there? It is too cold here (Illinois, USA)!

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    1. Definitely and I always think that when you buy fruit, vegetables and ingredients rather than ready prepared things you can save so much money. This was quite a treaty, snacky type of shop for me ... and it went down very well!!

      I'm ust about to start, it's been very chilly here until this weeks first sunny days.

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  2. You have to do what is best for you. Other than forcing myself to make a Quorn curry, DB has done food. Simple meals including cans of soup. I just can’t be bothered at the moment.

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    1. I have times like that for sure, hence all the treats and snacks I bought. I have also just rediscovered my love of pasta which makes for nice simple meals.

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  3. You did much better than I would do without a list! Have a great weekend and enjoy that sunshine!

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    1. Luckily I wasn't too hungry when I shopped. If I'm hungry I go berserk and if I've just eaten I come home with nothing ... I have to get it just right ;-)

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  4. This weather looks like its here for a week Yipee! I know you are a careful shopper and savvy cook, a winning combination. You will always be able to muster up a meal from nothing.

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    1. I love the challenge of turning minimal ingredients into a nice meal, I guess it comes from years of training.

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  5. Lately I've just been pick up fruit, veg, and bread. If there is something I know we will use, I'll pick it up.

    But somehow we just don't seem to be denting the stockpile.

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    1. That's exactly how I feel, even though I wasn't shopping until last week I don't seem to have made much inroad into the main larder cupboard.

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  6. I am still only shopping every two weeks and that really seems to help with the budget. I still manage to pick up a few extra items every time I go. With prices going up I want to be well prepared.

    God bless.

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    1. It's finding that balance isn't it, having a small stockpile but keeping spending down.

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  7. After I had only read the title, I thought 'Not so differently really but with a few extra 'treats' (which doesn't mean sweet stuff, by the way)..
    And yes, the weather is cheering everyone up, I think. xx

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    1. The sunshine has been lovely, but the icy air has really taken the pleasure out of it unless you're behind glass.

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  8. That's a jolly frugal shop even with 2 bottles of Pinot! My little bottle of Prosecco cost £3 so I will definitely have to check out Aldi because I really like to drink Pinot in the warmer months. Gosh...if there's no more fishless fingers to be had what will you do?? :/

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    1. There are two of Aldi's Pinots that I really like and luckily both are under £5 a bottle.

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