Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Day 1

Yesterday was the first day of my £50 per month challenge!

I made a list from my menu for the week and purchased what we needed, along with a handful of things for the following weeks. I did splurge and buy a loaf of bread for 50 pence in addition to what was on my list.

Here is what I purchased:
2 cans tuna flakes (170g each): £0.50 each - £1.00
Milk (4 pints): £0.98
Shortening (Cookeen brand - 250g): £0.69
Frozen mixed vegetables (1kg): £0.75
Frozen sausages (20 count, 1kg): £1.00
Plain flour (1.5kg): £0.52
Spaghetti (500g): £0.24
Pasta spirals (500g): £0.30
Ground black pepper (25g): £0.18
2 cans peeled plum tomatoes (400g each): £0.31 each - £0.62
Loaf of bread (20 slices, 800g): £0.50

Total spent: £6.78

The store I visited was out of frozen mushrooms, therefore I still need to purchase these somewhere, or find fresh ones at a comparable price per kg.

Dinner last night was scheduled to be toad-in-the-hole with cheesy garlic mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. I ended up making two batches of the yorkshire pudding recipe. One pan (with four sausages) was for dinner, then I made 6 small yorkshire puddings as well as a half size pan (with two sausages) for lunch today. I used instant mashed potatoes (because that's what was in the pantry) along with approximately 30g of extra mature cheddar and some garlic granules for the mash. The broccoli was steamed from frozen and was pretty good.

Recipe(s) used for this meal:
Toad-in-the-hole recipe from "The best of Mrs Beeton's Easy Everyday Cooking"

Price breakdown of dinner last night and lunch today:
6 sausages: £0.30
2 batches yorkshire pudding: £0.40
1 OXO cube: £0.10
1/2 bag instant mashed potatoes: £0.33
1/4 kg frozen broccoli: £0.20
30g cheese: £0.14

Total for two meals: £1.47 (that's 4 servings, so £0.37 per serving)

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