Happy 2019 to you! Pictured above is the ancient fire festival of The Burning of the Clavie that takes place on the old new year, 11th January, at Burghead in Scotland. May this year bring all that you want it to bring.
And if that’s saving a bit of money? One of the fastest ways to cut back on spending is taking control of your food budget.
It’s a bright and frosty morning today and we’ve been out and about getting some bargains. Tesco, as seen above, have reduced their basic festive veg (full size bags including potatoes) to 29p. That’s cauliflower, sprouts, parsnips, carrots and tatties. We now have to see if we can fit them all in the fridge!
A staff member at Aldi confirmed that, unusually for a supermarket, the best time to get their marked down veg is first thing in the morning as it’s done the night before. Some Christmas tree shaped pretzels from Aldi:
Christmas Eve is a good time to catch the biggest food mark downs from other supermarkets especially early evening. Roll on the 10p bread and more 25p meal ideas!
Well, we finally have cool mornings and darker nights again. But that summer was great! It’s given us an abundance of apples which we are using up in apple pies and crumbles and cakes both brambley and appley 🙂
It’s hot. It was hot at 8am this morning, properly hot, here in Scotland as we sat on the bench above and drank our tea. We hope you’re getting a chance to do cooling things like paddling in the sea and/or eating ice lollies.
Some days it’s hot and sweltering, like being in another country, other days it’s cold and windy and, well, like being here! But it is time for gardening, planting, sowing etc. and we’ve been making a start on that.
A trip to our local B&Q started really well with the discovery of a large selection of last season’s pots sitting out front, all for 50p! We got the two pictured above, along with the 4 for £10 deal on quite large herb plants. Winter soup flavoured! See our section on gardening and wild food: Free Food
The snow has gone! For now… So we’ve actually been enjoying the wild garlic that grows near us! There’s been pesto and creamy soup and lots of garnishing and adding to sauces 🙂
We’ve discovered a new source of discounted shoes. It’s not as cheap as Everything5Pounds but Schuh Imperfects have some amazing deals on big name brands. All the shoes will have some small imperfection, but it’s well worth a look for the massive savings available.
For foody bargains and filling up your cupboards (in case of more snow!) check out Approved Food. We’ve been using them for years and have saved hundreds.
Well there’s been lots of really cold weather here: ice, snow, driving winds, sleet, hail… you name it. But we’re cosy in front of the fire and looking forward to Spring and all the sunshine and wild foods it will bring!
We have a new post up, all about super-frugal meal making, in fact aiming for 25p per person for a good dinner. See it here: The 25p Meal.
We’re all appreciating our warm jumpers just now, including the ones we got for Christmas from Everything5Pounds. Amazing quality items there, and all for £5!