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    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 10th Dec 17, 8:23 PM
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    No Magic Money Tree....
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    • 10th Dec 17, 8:23 PM
    No Magic Money Tree.... 10th Dec 17 at 8:23 PM
    ...is my new Mantra!

    Following the price hike in Lloyds bank charges, I am being super uber careful not to go into my OD if humanly possible. We are making lots of jokes about taking one for the team, but what do you do if you need to cut back hard and you are already the most frugal person you know :/ ?

    I've started an Excell spreadsheet, and I'm logging all my shopping in various categories, so far the only pattern that's emerged is that the dogs eat more than we do
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    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 29th Dec 17, 6:22 PM
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    Well I sort of do that anyway, I've made a cake and four doz mince pies today! I don't tend to sell from the freezer (apart from my GF bread) I've been collaring my regulars and asking if there's anything they want me to bring the following week. Don't think many of the regulars are on FB TBH. We all kind of rely on the overall marketing for the market.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 29th Dec 17, 6:56 PM
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    I'd favour going for a "couple more meal things" - something that would just have to have some sort of veggies put alongside it and...bingo....there's your main course for a dinner meal.

    Say portions suitable for 2 and then it would do for a couple on the one hand or a single person to have two days running on the other hand.
    New Year's Resolution already made -

    Don't get mad....get firm ...
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 29th Dec 17, 7:30 PM
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    Katie - what about meals for the ill or housebound? I'd love that here but there is nothing.
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 29th Dec 17, 7:45 PM
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    Sounds like you need to a. have some 'order forms' on the stall so people can write their names and requests down for you and b. do a survey/wish list/suggestion box to see what other things people would like.

    I used to sell frozen meals to my work colleagues in one of my early jobs as an attempt to supplement my income. I'd take orders before the weekend and then arrange a weekday to bring them in when they'd bring their cold boxes etc. I think some of them were living off what I made... others were just using them for when they had people over and wanted a big casserole or something easy. Mind you, most of them didn't cook...

    GF, veggie/vegan etc. means you're a prime source of food not only for regulars who eat that way but for people who have guests who eat this way and aren't sure how to cook for them. Do your labels include the information that the food hasn't previously been frozen and can/can't be and how to defrost/cook?

    What about preserves that you can make at quiet times/from gluts to sell later? (You've probably thought of this already).

    Mar's idea is great, as long as you have a way of delivering (and frozen might be the answer for that - weekly delivery on a specific day different to market day) and you'd have to charge a delivery fee and/or work with someone else who is also delivering locally.
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 29th Dec 17, 8:06 PM
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    On hols in Cumbria this year, we saw a stall with tray bakes and it was all written out for allergy sufferers so I could see at once which cakes we could buy that I could eat (dairy intolerant), which had nuts, which had gluten. If we had lived there, we would have been back every weekend.
    None of the other stalls was as informative and many of the cafes aren't either.
    Some cafes don't even know whats in their offerings or whether the cakes they have made are made with dairy free 'marg' for example.
    • moneyistooshorttomention
    • By moneyistooshorttomention 29th Dec 17, 8:34 PM
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    GF, veggie/vegan etc. means you're a prime source of food not only for regulars who eat that way but for people who have guests who eat this way and aren't sure how to cook for them. Do your labels include the information that the food hasn't previously been frozen and can/can't be and how to defrost/cook?
    Originally posted by greenbee
    Seconded on this thought - those who are struggling to find ready-prepared (but healthy and in accordance with their tastes) food in any restaurants/cafes in your area would be glad of a "meal out" when they couldnt find anywhere to have a suitable "meal out" that's actually out iyswim. So - something genuinely home-cooked and healthy and a bit "special" that they could just add some salad or something to. A sort of equivalent of Marks & Sparks "meal for 2 for £10" sort of set-up and all people had to do was have their own bottle of wine in their home. Mind you - if you were able to supply wine that was organic and/or vegan = bonus time.

    Also it's surprising just how many people (and even owners of catering establishments) actually think it's acceptable to give a vegetarian, say, a roast dinner minus the meat element in this day and age. I'd read about that happening to some - but thought that attitude was in the history books by now - apparently it isnt. There are still people out there that will say "Wasnt it good of such and such eating out place to do a 'roast minus meat' and make vegetarian gravy to go with it specially for the vegetarian". Oh really?
    New Year's Resolution already made -

    Don't get mad....get firm ...
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 29th Dec 17, 10:39 PM
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    Katie - what about meals for the ill or housebound? I'd love that here but there is nothing.
    Originally posted by mardatha
    Mmmm funnily enough I have pondered that one! Need to make some enquiries!
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 29th Dec 17, 10:42 PM
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    Seconded on this thought - those who are struggling to find ready-prepared (but healthy and in accordance with their tastes) food in any restaurants/cafes in your area would be glad of a "meal out" when they couldnt find anywhere to have a suitable "meal out" that's actually out iyswim. So - something genuinely home-cooked and healthy and a bit "special" that they could just add some salad or something to. A sort of equivalent of Marks & Sparks "meal for 2 for £10" sort of set-up and all people had to do was have their own bottle of wine in their home. Mind you - if you were able to supply wine that was organic and/or vegan = bonus time.

    Also it's surprising just how many people (and even owners of catering establishments) actually think it's acceptable to give a vegetarian, say, a roast dinner minus the meat element in this day and age. I'd read about that happening to some - but thought that attitude was in the history books by now - apparently it isnt. There are still people out there that will say "Wasnt it good of such and such eating out place to do a 'roast minus meat' and make vegetarian gravy to go with it specially for the vegetarian". Oh really?
    Originally posted by moneyistooshorttomention
    Even more shocking how many serving staff just blink at you like you asked for a side of woodlice if you ask what the GF options are!
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 29th Dec 17, 10:44 PM
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    I really appreciate all your input here by the way! I've got next week off, so hoping to have a good think and dredge through the cookbooks for idea. Will go armed with a few new signs I think.
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 5th Jan 18, 1:16 PM
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    I submitted my monthly online meter reading a few days ago.....and I've just had someone out to read the meter I said they would if it went down didn't I?
    • mardatha
    • By mardatha 5th Jan 18, 3:47 PM
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    It's nice to give them a shock isnt it lol
    • greenbee
    • By greenbee 8th Jan 18, 1:57 PM
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    Great news

    Keep that Rayburn earning it's keep!
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 9th Jan 18, 8:57 AM
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    I buy meat from the local butcher for my dog - I can get a carrier bag full of lamb's hearts and ox liver and various meat scraps for £5. I chop all this up in batches in my food processor and mix it with cooked rice and beaten eggs (including the crushed egg shells) then bake it all as a number of meat loaves. I then slice these into thick chunks and freeze them - it makes enough to last a month and works out cheaper that tinned wet food. The dog loves it, and the happy side effect is that it has cured his windy bottom !!!

    It's a bit of a faff to do, but I only have to do it once a month so it's not so bad.
    Originally posted by C J
    I will give this a try, after our next visit to the butchers. Meat for the dogs is an expense and although I don't intend changing their meat based diet, adding something else that might work out a bit cheaper, is worth considering
    There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you - Beatrix Potter
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 9th Jan 18, 2:45 PM
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    I will give this a try, after our next visit to the butchers. Meat for the dogs is an expense and although I don't intend changing their meat based diet, adding something else that might work out a bit cheaper, is worth considering
    Originally posted by pipkin71
    I haven't had chance t get to the butcher yet but mine are loving having the meat stretched with rice and veg. I've been pouring hm broth over the rice and most of the veg are the cheapest frozen mixed veg. They think it's real treat and that they are getting human food! Also, neither of them have lost or gained weight in the last month!
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 13th Jan 18, 12:07 PM
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    Well, nearly half way through Jan and I thought I'd update. The spendy spread sheet is a marvel. Made two purchases so far this month, both Rayburn related....a four bar radiator drying rack, which fits on the chrome rail perfectly, meaning I can dry a few things while I'm pottering about in the kitchen, rather than dragging the drier in (£3.00 Wilco) and a replacement thermometer for the oven, because I broke the other one (£3.90 Ebay)

    I've had a couple of good hauls at the cash & carry earlier in the month which have really pushed the food bill down. I also discovered that one of them sells almond milk, nearly 50p a carton cheaper than Mr T (can't bear the Aldi one) so bought a case of that. I still can't work out the difference between the ambient one and the chilled one as the dates on them are similar. Project for tomorrow - compare cartons in my hand - it doesnt matter because its so cold where I am storing it, it can pass for fridge.

    December's spendy spreadsheet threw up that I was spending a few more pennies than I needed to on GF stuff for me, I'm not supposed to be eating it anyway, so that is well down this month as I am getting back on my low carb diet.

    I've done audits of all the stores in the house, just the last freezer to go, and we have tons of food in the house!!! I should easily get through Feb without buying much more than bread/flour for the guys, and milk and fresh veg.

    I have a pile of rice and grains to use for the dogs and also found a couple of things deep in the permafrost of the freezer they will enjoy (a salmon head and tail ) I'll need to get Raw food for Bizzy in about a week, but we've also had LOADS of eggs from the chickens, so they've had a couple of eggy breakfasts which were very popular.

    This week we both submitted our tax returns, and I've just phoned my actual figures through to tax credits. It's very discouraging when the bloke on the phone says HOW MUCH??? and you feel like saying to him, mate it nearly blooming killed me, I'm doing my best!!!

    Anyway...onwards and upwards. I'm still not in the overdraft and Xmas is behind me, we're all still fed, bills are paid and there's food in the house, so that's something. Better than a lot of folks that's for sure.
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