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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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Christmas is Coming too!

There’s no getting away from it now. That distinct nip in the morning air says it all. Jingle bells, jingle bells… But it needn’t cost a fortune. Here’s our Frugal Christmas section with all it’s shopping and decorating advice and also our frugal festive sweets, our oatmeal stuffing and even our roast potatoes!

The Sales page has been updated with Holland and Barrett’s Penny Sale.

And if you fancy something non-festive but warming, why not try some yellow split pea soup or a nice pie?

Featured site: Approved Food for clearance and short dated food, drink and household goods.

Keep Really Cosy!

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Toys, Porridge and Stuffing!

The most time sensitive bit: Argos have a 2 for 3 sale on selected toys just for today and tomorrow. A great time to get those Christmas presents hidden under the bed! Added to The Sales page.

One of the cheapest meals ever is porridge. Great for a filling breakfast or even a pudding, we can’t quite believe we haven’t added it before. Even if you know how to make porridge, we have lots of ideas for toppings. Feel free to add your own in the comments too. Go see our porridge!

The supermarket Iceland has been added to the food shopping tips section, as it is a source of bargains and bulk packs and you can now shop online.

And a favourite recipe this time of year: http://www.frugal.org.uk/sage-and-onion-stuffing/ We’ve livened it up with a wee picture 🙂

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A simple breakfast: porridge

So simple. So cheap. So warm and filling.

Seriously, centuries of Scots are not wrong: this is one of the cheapest and most fortifying meals ever.

Most supermarkets do porridge oats in their value range too.

For one person: Place 50g/half a cup of porridge oats in a small pan. Add 300ml/1and a half cups of liquid. This could be milk of your choosing, or water, or a mix of both. We like to use half soya milk and half water.

Bring to the boil, stirring frequently because porridge does like to stick to the pan, then turn down to simmer for 4 or 5 minutes until thickened, still stirring.

Pour into a bowl and eat.

Toppings. Some days we like a chocolate swirl (choc shot), other times we go for a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and raisins. Some like jam. You could use fresh berries. Blueberries go particularly well with the chocolate swirl!

We recall grandparents having their porridge made with just water and seasoned with salt which is undoubtedly the most frugal way to take it but… *shudder*

You could even sprinkle one compartment of a graze box (first one free) onto it!



Sales, Surveys and Chocolate!

Firstly we have a delicious and ever so easy chocolate recipe. Pictured above, go see our 3 ingredient raw chocolate bites here!

Inspired by that amazing £2.50 sale mentioned last time (still on, by the way) we have created a page to list all the sales, bargains and discounted shops we come across. Visit it here.

The Make a Few Pounds page has been updated with some new providers of paid surveys and cashback including Respondi Mingle and Swagbucks.

We hope you’re all enjoying the season of swirling leaves and conkers!

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3 ingredient raw chocolate bites

So simple. So delicious. Very like little Nakd bars. Made on a day when there were no treats, no chocolate, and only really boring biscuits left in the house. There was an old, but still in date, bag of currants in the cupboard and some almonds… so here we go!

Ingredients:
100g currants (raisins would be great too)
100g of almonds (substitute any nut you want)
1 teaspoon of cocoa powder (not actually raw, you could use the more expensive cacao if you prefer)

Food process or blend these ingredients up till they make a soft dough. If using a blender you may have to stop the machine to squash down/stir a bit now and again.

Squeeze the dough into little shapes and eat. You could press them into chocolate moulds or form them into bars to give them a more beautiful appearance. We didn’t do that and they did ever so slightly resemble those novelty Christmas chocolates that get marketed as Reindeer Droppings!

Totally scrumptious though. Totally.


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Shoes for £5 & Chocolate Chips!

It’s so autumnal here in Scotland now, which is fitting as this week brings the Autumn Equinox. Recommended for this time of year: all our soup recipes and homemade Apple Pie!

New to the Around the House section is the website Everything5Pounds which is exactly like it sounds. It sells mainly shoes and clothes, overstocks from the big High street stores, with some home wares too. While browsing the shoes we kept saying ‘Oh those look nice, wonder if they’re really expensive? Oh yes, £5…’

Moo Free Chocolates are running an alternative free from Bake Off competition. This is the last day to vote on the recipes for a chance to be 1 of 3 winners of 2 bags of Original Organic Baking Drops! We draw your attention to the low waste entry from Vegan Family House which uses Aquafaba, the water that’s usually thrown away from a tin of chick peas, to make light and fluffy pancakes. Poll here (closes 12 noon today).

It’s still coming: Frugal Christmas

Don’t forget, we’re now on Facebook, if you fancy following us there.

Here’s hoping for some more sunny days!
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