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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Thrifty Talk

Welcome to my new followers, Pam Tamkin and Tania (Out Back)

In the last week I have been having a bit of a stock take, seeing what I don't need to buy this year. As you know I am a savvy shopper and end up with some really good deals, which is brilliant because it means this year I won't have to buy any of the following at all.

Washing powder
Toothpaste 
Deodorant
Shampoo
Soap
Conditioner


I also came across this.....

This was bought at the car boot last year for just £2, I have put some into an old pump dispenser bottle. We tried it and it is very good, so that alone will last ages.






This week has also seen a major declutter begin, anything we can live without will be sold, we are not hoarders and really don't keep a lot of "stuff" but it is amazing what you can find when you have a good look around, I am being ruthless, if it's not needed or we no longer have use for it, we will sell it, better to have the cash than things sat in the cupboards. It is going really well, I have already sold some of the things I sorted out this week, and that was from only one room.




I am really focusing on food at the moment, and making good food as cheaply as possible, we are meat eaters but don't eat meat every night, some simple cheap meals are always on the menu, I made a soup at the beginning of the week and the leftovers are going to be eaten tomorrow for tea, I like cooking once and eating twice, saves money, electric, washing up, something I will be doing much more.







The girls are still providing us with enough eggs, so that is one less thing to buy.


Only three out of four are laying, our oldest girl will be twelve months old next month and she hasn't laid yet.



The baby girl Daisy is having fun again in the pots, bless her.


Doris and Daisy in laying.





This afternoon I went up to Asda to buy some milk, and found a few good bargains.

I actually needed some jam, and was very lucky to find some Strawberry & Champagne conserve it was originally £1.50 a jar, but was reduced down to 38p, it had a really good shelf life. As you can see I got 10 jars, there were hundreds of them on the shelves.

So I won't be making jam or buying anymore this year, so its Strawberry, lump it or like it.




There was also a shelf full of mincemeat, again a really good date, and it was down to 40p a jar, so I had 8 of them.

Ideal for baking throughout the year, mince pies, mince pie brownies, mincemeat and apple crumble, mincemeat slice with crumble topping, cake etc etc.




I found just a few other things.

Bacon reduced to 84p a pack.

Shame there was only two packs, still £1.68p for 48 rashers I am happy with that, I have spilt it up and put in the freezer.




There was a big cage of damaged goods out, but the only thing I found was a 1 kg box of cereal for £2.25.

So some great savings once again, I will always snap up the food bargains, after all we have to eat. 


I have also been a bit naughty and have been looking at houses on the internet, just to see what is about, but like my husband says we need to get our health issues sorted this year, but it will be happening next year, I am feeling really optimistic about the future.






38 comments:

  1. I keep looking at houses too. No harm in looking.

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  2. You do get lucky with the Yellow stickers. Things here only get reduced by pennies which is annoying

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    1. It is a shame you can't find any good bargains Sue, shopping like this has just saved us so much money.

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  3. Great bargains once again.
    xx

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  4. Some great bargains. A delight to see the hens, ours are all laying eggs now its amazing how quickly they pile up I have given some to neighbours. Exciting times looking at houses, do you intend to stay in the same area?

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    1. It really is lovely to have hens I love them so much and the eggs are delicious. We are looking this time next year as we both have problems which will need operations I expect, so we will get that out of the way and it gives us chance to save more, we live in Cheltenham but could never buy here as a decent place would be too expensive, we do have a area high on the list, this year I am sure will fly by for us.

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  5. Great bargains Marlene. It's so nice to have eggs from your own chickens.

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  6. DS#2 was just in London and got me 2 Christmas puddings. He said they were 25p each and expire in 2021!! Yummy!

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    1. That was good Janice, I would have snapped them up for that price, I didn't see any puddings reduced at all this year, I love them.

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  7. We went to Asda yesterday and I made a point of looking for reduced stuff, but there wasn't anything but a few Ginsters pasties and only reduced by 10p, so we didn't bother. You got some great bargains there. Best, Jane x

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    1. That was a shame Jane, there always seems to be things in our Asda.x

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  8. I have a great fruitcake recipe that requires a jar of mincemeat. Let me know if you would like the recipe.

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  9. Great bargains Marlene. I find looking at houses is beneficial when it come to DIY ideas too.

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    1. Yes there is a lot to think about isn't there, ours would be a fixer upper.

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  10. Very hard to find mincemeat here in MN without paying an arm and leg. Good deal on the bacon.

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    1. Yes I have heard about how the prices can be for you.
      Bacon is good, so versatile.

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  11. What a good price you got the Strawberry jam and also the Mincemeat for.
    The hens are so cute in their little nest boxes. I wonder why the one hen hasn't begun to lay like the others have.

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    1. It was a brilliant buy wasn't it.
      I love the hens they are sweet little things, one of the others was hatched the next day as Charley (the one who is not laying) and the other two are a few months younger, I guess she will when she is ready.

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  12. Fantastic bargains - well done.
    xx

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  13. Hello marlene i had eight jars of mincemeat from Aldi when i had the christmas cakes for 80p esch it was the double jar size with a date of 2020 on it i forgot to blog about it you have reminded me xxx

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  14. Some good buys - I wonder if you do well because of the time of day you go shopping? It varies a lot in our Sainsbury's sometimes they have a lot sometimes not - but I think they are passing what they can onto food banks and the homeless of which we have streets full here.

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    1. No particular time, but I try not to go out shopping after 2 pm.

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  15. Nothing like a good 'chuckin out day' lol. You are doing very well with your bargain hunting.

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    1. Clearing clutter and getting some cash is all good, yes the bargain hunting always seems to go well.

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  16. I keep looking at houses too Marlene, bungalows, in fact, but they all seem way out of our price range. You found some brilliant bargains again xx

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  17. Some really good bargains there, especially all that jam. And of course you will have those lovely jars ready for filling with homemade jam next year :-)

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    1. I shall be trying out the jam tomorrow to make John a birthday cake. I do have a bit of a jar obsession, I always try to reuse them in some way. x

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  18. Hi I just found you what a lovely blog, I am trying to live a lot more simply.

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    1. Welcome and thankyou for following, simple living becomes a way of life and I love it, and we have a goal to work for as well,enjoy the blog. xx

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  19. Thank you for the lovely welcome. I think I may have followed you before on your old blog.

    Your chickens are just the cutest. I have a white silkie rooster here, and used to have hens but they have sadly passed away. Our rooster is boss in the hen house at the moment :)

    I love seeing all your bargains! We aren't quite as lucky here where I live, but occasionally I get a really good deal and stock up.

    Have a lovely weekend,

    xTania

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    1. I love my little Silkies so much, they all have their own little personalities and I swear they are trying to talk to me in their own way, everytime I go out they run to see me (after a treat I expect).
      Have a lovely weekend yourself.xx

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