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The 25p Meal

One of the cheapest ways to pare your food budget right back is to find out what time your local supermarket marks down its perishable products and do your shopping then. This makes possible  what we call the 25p meal: feeding a family of four for £1, or under, all ingredients.

For example:

Cauliflower (25p) in a white sauce (milk/marg/flour/water totalling 20p), and 30p worth of leftover rice made into herby tomato rice by adding:  1 onion (7p, not marked down but really cheap in Lidl) a squirt of tomato puree (5p), dried herbs (5p) salt (2p).

Above was a nice meal based around getting an organic unsliced wholemeal loaf for 10p, and adding marg and garlic to make it into garlic bread. Cheap spaghetti (often around 20p for 500g in value ranges) mixed with a tin of kidney beans at 25p and marked down pepper and courgette, both 10p each. Salad was a 10p lettuce with a squirt of lemon juice. There was a LOT of garlic bread made with that one loaf!



A firm favourite now, actually considered a treat in this house, is the meal of pizza bagels, or pittas, or, as pictured below, pizza paninis. Made with 4 Paninis at 19p for 2, then with pizza sauce consisting of an onion fried in a tiny bit of oil, tomato puree, herbs and salt, totalling no more than 10p. They only need a few minutes in the oven or under the grill as the bread bases are already cooked. We paired them with a reduced salad bag at 10p, reduced hummus at 32p and a tub of pasta salad marked down to 26p. Over budget by 6p! If we’d used cheaper bread, such as one pack of bagels reduced to 20p, we would have been under.

It would be cheaper to use the pizzas as a side to homemade soup (see our many soup recipes). Of course, you can add any topping you like to these, but the sauce is delicious in itself.

This next one pushes the budget again, though only by 10p, for a luxury breakfast! It’s porridge (20p worth value range oats) made with water, but with a huge box of blueberries (marked down to 75p) and half a bar of Lidl dark chocolate (bar is 30p, so 15p), smashed up. Yum.

Our local Tesco usually does a big mark down around 6pm. The one in the next town is a little later at 6.45pm and its prices go right down to 2p for many items. Asda starts much earlier in the day with its reductions. Martin Lewis wrote an article on the different supermarkets and their reduction times here.

Unless we’re going to use them that day, we tend to avoid ready chopped things which go off quickly. Whole vegetables and fruit will keep for a few days and bread will be good for a couple of days or can go straight in the freezer. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve filled our freezer with 10p loaves and buns!

It can be fun to use your imagination and ingenuity to make best use of what’s available on any given day in the reduced section. Please feel free to share your ideas and successes in the comments below 🙂


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Happy New Year and Fajitas!

Happy New Year Everyone! May 2018 bring you all that you wish for and more.

Today we’re bringing you a spicy and healthy new recipe for Sweet Potato Fajitas. Other popular recipes on site at the moment are basic, versatile soup and the exceptionally frugal potato bake. See all our recipes here.

Bargain source TK Maxx has been added to both The Sales page and the Household page. They currently have an 80% clearance on.

If you’re looking to save money quickly in January, frugal food shopping is one of the most immediate changes you can make. Read our tips here.

And if you’re looking to earn extra money this year: Making Money with Kleeneze – My Story

May this be a great year for us all!

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Spicy Sweet Potato Fajitas

Simple to make, lovely to eat.  Particularly frugal for us as we found these wraps reduced to 10p on Christmas Eve (freezer has quite a pile of them now) and the peanut butter at 4 jars for £1 at Approved Food, and it’s the nicest peanut butter we’ve tasted!

Ingredients for four people:
4 wraps or tortillas of your choice
a tablespoon of vegetable oil
3 or 4 small sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thin sticks
1 onion, very thinly sliced
1 teaspoon each: dried coriander, ground cumin, dried fenugreek. Or you could just use some curry powder.
1 tablespoon desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon peanut butter
salt to taste

Heat the oil in a pan and fry up the onion and sweet potatoes for a few minutes before adding the spices and mixing well. Add the coconut, peanut butter and salt along with a small amount of water (a few tablespoons), cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are soft. It should only take a few minutes: sweet potatoes cook much faster than white ones.

Lay out your wraps and divide the sweet potato mixture between them. We lay it out in a line and then fold down the ends of the wrap before rolling the fajitas up for less messy eating!

Yum!


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onion rings and designer tags

We’ve walked through and against snow and ice and gale force winds this last week. That’s a lot of weather to deal with! So, reaching for some comforting food, we made beer battered onion rings. The recipe is new to the site here, and is very simple and delicious.

Our order of jumpers for Christmas presents came from Everything5pounds today and we’re very impressed. Designer labels on them all, and an expensive price tag left on one!

Featured warming recipe: carrot, coriander and ginger soup

Stay warm!

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Beer Battered Onion Rings

These are gorgeous! They’re light and crispy and fluffy and wonderfully flavourful. And really, really simple to make.

Ingredients (for four side portions or two greedy ones):
oil to fry; we used sunflower
one large onion
about a cup/120g of self raising flour, we used Asda’s gluten free
about 200ml of beer of your choice; you could substitute sparkling water instead
half a teaspoon of salt
a quarter teaspoon of dried turmeric (optional, makes the batter more colourful)

Slice up your onion to make the rings, not too thinly, and discard the skin. Whisk together the flour and beer/water until a nice thick batter forms. You don’t want it watery but neither do you want it too stiff like a cake mix.

Heat your oil. If you have a deep fat fryer: go for it! We used a large pan with the oil at about an inch deep and did the rings in three batches. Test the oil with a small drop of batter: if it starts bubbling and frying, it’s ready.

Dip the onion rings in the batter, coating them well, and then pop them into the oil to fry for a few minutes until the batter goes nice and golden. It’s best to do this, both the putting in and lifting out, with a fork or other implement: don’t burn those fingers!

You can lay them on a kitchen towel to absorb the excess oil if you want.

Pile them up and enjoy!

Great on a day that looks like this:


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In the Bleak Midwinter…

We’ve been discussing Christmas this week and how sad it is that so many people end up feeling overstretched in various ways – financial, physical, emotional – come January. It doesn’t have to be that way! Some years ago one of us wrote an article on having the Christmas you want here.

Enjoy lovely food though. That’s always good. Our festive recipes are:
nut roast
roast potatoes
sage and onion stuffing
oatmeal stuffing
festive sweets
fruit cake

And if you have to buy pressies, don’t bankrupt yourself! Find the best deals. Places that spring to mind are Everything5pounds and Amazon Warehouse for open box and pre-owned goods.

Featured recipe: a healthy 4 ingredient, but rich and delicious, chocolate ginger mousse.

Stay happy and festive!

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But before Christmas… there’s Pumpkins!

Yes. Pumpkins and squash abound this time of year, and very delicious and nutritious they are to hold us in good stead through winter. We have a lovely new recipe for you to try: Roast Pumpkin and Garlic Pasta. It’s a good one!

The Around the House section has lots of good tips for keeping cosy as the season cools.

Curl up with a cup of tea and read about some of our favourite books here.

Featured site: Everything5Pounds, who still have that £2.50 sale on. Snag some jumpers and scarves for a snip. We even noticed some Christmas knitted slippers there today!

Cosy Cosy Cosy!

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