Friday, 23 June 2017

Day 15

After yesterday's health-crash, I've been extra organised this morning.  The food is out of the freezer, ready and waiting.  When I open the tin of pineapple, it will be portioned out into pots and I will use it over the weekend.

B:  pineapple (from an old tin, 7p), natural yogurt (apf), muesli (gifted)
L:  the beans (9p) on toast (apf) from yesterday
D:  chicken and veg curry (43p) with rice (7p)
S/S:  apple (7p) and banana (12p), maybe a few strawberries (garden)

Please send lots of motivational vibes.  It will help that it's a lot cooler but that's no excuse!  :-)



(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Day 14

I was really lucky yesterday.  After the governors' meeting, I popped into Morrisons, just to see, and came out with two large sliced Warburton's wholemeal loaves and a pack of crumpets, each costing just 9p.  I shall take the cost of the loaves off at source so they will be apfs as it will be too tricky to cost each slice and two crumpets will be 3p.
Very pleased with that
I could have got more but there's no more room in the freezer, sadly.

On to today's plans.  It is day 14 and a £1 day
B:  fruit (last of the gifted grapes), yogurt (apf) and muesli (gifted).
L:  probably beans (9p) on toast (apf) as it's so easy.
D:  it's got to be easy as the evening is busy so I will get out another pot of cooked chicken (28p) and make a salad and some coleslaw to go with it (to be costed)
S/S: apple (7p - YS and not perfect but I cut off any bad bits and the rest is absolutely fine), maybe a banana (12p)

Plus the two loaves of bread (18p)

Is anyone else finding they don't want to eat much on these hot days?



Evening update:
A few changes, not terribly healthy ones.  It was a bit crash and burn as far as the calories were concerned.
B:  as planned  Total 2p
L:  two crumpets, toasted, with butter  Total 3p  (the butter was apf and the crumpets were YS)
D:  Oh, dear.  I had the other four YS crumpets and they were, frankly, absolutely delicious.  Total 6p
S/S:  apple    Total 7p

I have GOT to get myself organised again.  OK, yesterday was so, so hot, but I was just lazy and had what was hanging around instead of making the effort to eat properly and healthily - very bad.  Enough is enough.

Not bad for the old budget, mind you!
Today I spent 18p (not great, is it but those YS crumpets were only 9p, you see)
Budget so far £14.50
Spent: £11.93
Money in hand:  £2.57

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Day 13

. . . and another £1.00 day

B:  bread roll (2p - home made), butter (apf)
L:  probably fruit (garden and gifted), yogurt (apf) and muesli (gifted).  It's really a breakfast but it is nice and cooling.
D:  Dinner is problematic as I have no time between tuition and evening meeting so I have got out a couple of pots of cooked chicken (56p) and another bread roll (2p) and will make a nice filled roll with lettuce and cucumber (apfs) and maybe a dollop of mayo (around 6p), followed by an apple or a banana (7p or 12p)
No snacks or supper today


(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)


End of day update
All went well and I pretty much stuck to the plans
B:  Total 2p
L:  Total 2p (for some stevia)
D:Total 64p (I didn't have the fruit)
Also, seeing as I have plenty in hand, I am paying for a whole pack of butter rather than a bit at a time.  So that's another 99p (bought ages ago and popped in the freezer - isn't it shocking how much butter has gone up recently?)


Today I spent £1.67 (including the butter)
Budget so far £13.50
Spent: £11.75
Money in hand:  £1.75

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Day 12

Goodness, isn't it hot!  Lots of water is the name of the game, I think.

Today is a £1.00 day.
B:  fruit (grapes and any strawberries I can find), natural yogurt (gifted) and muesli (gifted)
L:  bread roll (2p) soft cheese (10p), lettuce (apf), cucumber (apf), apple (7p)
D:  chorizo and bean stew (28p) with rice (7p), banana (12p)
S/S:  carrot batons (4p),

I've also bought another carton of milk so that's 45p

(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)


Here's a link to the recipe for the chorizo and bean stew.  It's very tasty!
http://my30-30challenge.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/recipe-chorizo-and-bean-stew.html



End of day update.
All more or less went according to plan.
B:  Total 1p as I had a bit of stevia on the fruit
L:  Total 20p
D:  Total 35p as I didn't have the banana
S:  bread roll and butter   Total 2p (bread roll home made, butter apf)

Plus milk:  45p

Today I spent £1.03 (including the milk)
Budget so far £12.50
Spent: £10.08p
Money in hand:  £2.42


  

Monday, 19 June 2017

Day 11

I'm back after four days off challenge and raring to go again.  I've been staying with my parents and, as usual, have come home with freebies - soft fruit (in the freezer for years!), yogurt (saves me having to make a batch for a few days) and grapes.

It's so hot today that I really don't feel like much to eat so it's all very simple.
B:  muesli, fruit, toast (free as still away)
L:  beans (8p) on toast (3p)
D:  spag (2p) bol (25p), fruit and yogurt (probably all free - see above)
S:  banana (12p)

Just a one pound day today.

End of day update
B:  Free
L:  I had more beans and no bread.  Total  16p
D:  the bolognaise, from the freezer, was 22p so a total of 24p
S:  fruit and yogurt (garden and gifted), bread roll with cheese.  Total  27p

Today I spent 67p
Budget so far £11.50
Spent: £9.05
Money in hand:  £2.45

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Day 10

A £1.00 day.  I'm saving up the £1.50 day for when it's needed!

Today's menu
B:  strawberries (garden), natural yogurt (apf) and some muesli (gifted)
L:  beans (8p) on toast (3p), banana (12p)
D:  gammon (12p - from a pack of cooking bacon that had lovely thick wodges), sweet potato fries (apf), coleslaw (8p), salad (to be costed
S:  apple (11p)

(apf means 'already paid for' which means when I bought the item I took the whole cost from the budget rather than doing it per portion. It works for things like lettuce, cabbage, milk, yogurt, oil, etc, where working out one portion would make life a lot more complicated!
YS means Yellow Sticker - reduced)


End of day update.
It all went remarkably well, precious few changes except that I had the banana as a snack.
B:  Total 2p
L:  Total 11p
D:  Total 27p
S:  Total  12p

Today I spent 52p
Budget so far £10.50
Spent: £8.38
Money in hand:  £2.12


Now I am off challenge for four days because of visitors.  Back on Monday!

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Day 9

I shall forget that I am due a £1.50 day and move on, I think, because today's food is going to be exactly the same as yesterday's food, partly because it's there and needs using and partly because it was tasty and satisfying and filling.
I do have one thing to add that I had yesterday after I'd wrapped up the accounts for the day and that is a banana.  I'll put it on today's food.

B:  strawberries (garden), natural yogurt (apf) and muesli (gifted)
L:  beans (9p) on toast (2p)
D:  chicken curry and rice (50p)
S/S:  bananas x 2 (24p)


End of day update
B:  Total 2p  (I had some stevia on the berries)
L:  Total 12p (one extra slice bread)
D:  Total 50p
S:  Total 12p (didn't have one banana)

Today I spent 76p
Budget so far £9.50
Spent: £7.86
Money in hand:  £1.64