Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 4:51 PM
    • 2,853Posts
    • 29,490Thanks
    XSpender
    Spring Cleaning the Freezers - 52 days on £70
    • #1
    • 6th Feb 18, 4:51 PM
    Spring Cleaning the Freezers - 52 days on £70 6th Feb 18 at 4:51 PM
    I have 2 freezers and cupboards groaning with food. We eat some and top it back up again with the same things, eat these, top it back up again and so on and never get to the bottom to give them a good clean out. I buy too much and struggle to spend within my grocery budget every week.

    I have lots of fancy ingredients from various healthy eating regimes (I'm looking at you Joe Wicks ) and recipes I planned to make that are cluttering up the cupboards and I want to use them up before they go off.

    We also need to seriously save some money, so we can pay down our debt which has been run up doing up our house and, more recently, buying some furniture in the January sales. This challenge should allow us to save nearly £500 and clear the balance on the credit card that is attracting interest.

    To complicate matters I am coeliac and don!!!8217;t eat red meat or fish, DH will only eat a bit of salmon and does not have a sweet tooth so can!!!8217;t fill him up with cake or puddings. We have one DS who has school lunches and gets fed at grandparents most evenings.

    Our challenge, is to use the food in our freezers and cupboards and an extra £70 cash to feed all 3 of us (excluding DS school lunches) between now and 29th March, 52 days. This may seem a lot to all you super experienced old stylers but we normally spend £70 in a good week!!

    In addition to the £70 I can sometimes make use of a dinner allowance from work to buy groceries and sometimes have lunch/dinner paid for when away with work. This varies as this week I have none and next week I have 3 and DH has a rare 2.

    I will post the contents of my freezers and cupboards and will be meal planning, writing a (very short) shopping list and looking for inspiration for meals and any recipes anyone would like to share. No cupboard shaming please

    DH is on board and has even offered to spend some time in the kitchen with me at the weekend prepping our meals. DH never cooks and I!!!8217;m not sure he knows how to use the oven.

    I have done a meal plan and shopping list for the first 11 days as both DH and I have some days away with work. There are 3 things on my shopping list so far:

    Milk (4 pints semi skimmed) - £1.09
    Eggs (15) - £1.19
    Vegetable oil (1L) - £1.09

    Please feel free to join in if your cupboards and freezers need a spring clean too.

    This Forum tip was included in MoneySavingExpert.com's weekly email!
    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 14-02-2018 at 11:48 AM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
Page 1
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 4:55 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    • #2
    • 6th Feb 18, 4:55 PM
    Freezer Contents #1
    • #2
    • 6th Feb 18, 4:55 PM
    Frozen Vegetables
    Butternut squash
    Chopped onion
    Mixed vegetables
    Garden peas
    Cauliflower
    Sweetcorn (1.5 bags)
    Leeks
    Green beans (1.5 bags)
    Corn on the cob
    Mushrooms
    Broccoli
    1 veg steam bag
    Onion rings
    GF onion rings
    Sliced red onion
    Curly kale
    Stir fry veg

    Frozen Fruit (Bags)
    Avocado 1.5 1
    Strawberries 0.3
    Raspberries 1.5 1
    Mango 1
    Blueberries 0.3
    1 Banana
    Pineapple 1

    Potato Products
    Spicy wedges
    French fries GF
    French fries not GF
    Hash browns

    Meat/Fish/Veggie Mains
    Small GF chicken pie 1
    Sliced pepperoni pack 1
    Chicken Sausages 21 14
    Beef burgers 3
    Fish Fingers 36
    Chorizo ring - half
    M&S Sausages 50 30
    Mini sausage rolls 10
    Chicken breasts 14 12
    GF chicken goujons 13 5
    500g cooked ham 1
    Pork sausages 6
    Posh dogs 6
    Carrot and cumin burgers 3
    Lasagne portions 1
    Thin beef burgers 4
    SW beef burgers 1
    SW veggie burgers 2
    GF margarita pizza 1
    GF breaded chicken fillet 1
    BBQ pork shoulder steaks 4
    Chicken burger (not GF) 1
    Basa fillet with tom & chorizo 1
    Turkey breast mince 750g 1
    SW Chicken and Ham Pie HM 2
    Pork loin steaks 2
    1kg beef brisket joint 1
    Smoked pork shoulder (2 ptns) 1
    Asda slimzone meal 1
    SW chorizo sausages 6
    Breaded cod fillets was 4 now 3
    Salmon fillets 2
    Golden spice chicken escallops 4
    Quorn mince 2
    Quorn pieces 1
    Steak 5
    Chorizo burger 1
    Sausage casserole 1 portion
    Thai turkey mince and rice 3 portions 1 portion
    Thai turkey mince 1 portion
    Veggie chilli and rice 3 portions
    1 portion
    Last edited by XSpender; Yesterday at 6:41 PM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 4:56 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    • #3
    • 6th Feb 18, 4:56 PM
    Freezer Contents #2
    • #3
    • 6th Feb 18, 4:56 PM
    Bread
    Wheat garlic slices 10
    Flaxseed buns 2
    GF bread crusts 5
    HM GF garlic bread 1
    GF garlic baguette - half left
    Wheat naan 1
    GF wraps 10
    Bagels 6
    Large wheat yorkies 2
    Small wheat yorkies 2
    White bread buns 4
    GF Yorkshires 5 4
    Wholemeal bread 1
    GF white bread 10 6

    Deserts
    Vanilla ice cream
    Orange lollies x 2
    GF chocolate gateau
    Raspberry ripple IC
    Chocolate IC

    Soup
    Broccoli, pea & basil (2)
    Last edited by XSpender; Today at 9:43 AM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 5:47 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    • #4
    • 6th Feb 18, 5:47 PM
    Cupboards
    • #4
    • 6th Feb 18, 5:47 PM
    Ready made sauces
    Pepperoni pasta bake
    Value curry sauce x 2 1
    BNS risotto sauce
    Sweet chilli stir fry sauce
    Thai red curry paste
    Balti curry paste
    Thai green curry paste
    Miso paste
    Puttanesca pasta sauce

    Tins
    Baked beans 6 2
    Chickpeas 3
    Green lentils 2 1
    Carrots 1
    Vegetable soup 1
    Potatoes 2
    Pineapple 1
    Custard 1
    Rice pudding 1
    Mushy peas 1
    Butter beans 1
    Black beans 2
    Chopped tomatoes 3 2
    Taco mixed beans 1
    Passatta 1
    Sweetcorn 2 1

    Dry Ingredients
    White rice
    Boil in the bag rice (4) 3
    Arborio rice
    Paella rice
    Flaxseed
    Desiccated coconut (2 bags!)
    Spaghetti x 2
    Brown rice
    Pudding rice
    GF porridge (510g) 250g
    Value porridge (1kg)
    Weetabix (60!)
    Sugar puffs
    Moana cereal
    Honey hoop cereal
    Lasagne sheets (1/2 box)
    GF fusilli 500g
    GF pasta shells (few)
    Quinoa
    Tri coloured quinoa
    Savoury rice(not GF)
    Sugar free jelly x 6
    150g 70% chocolate
    Ready to serve custard
    GF fibre cereal (not much)
    GF rice cakes
    GF sage and onion stuffing
    Rye crispbreads
    Smash (1/2 tub)
    Red lentils
    Oat bran (GF)

    Baking Ingredients
    Raisins x 2
    Dried apricots
    Sultanas (bit past it)
    Sugar
    Sweetener
    Stevia
    Cornflour x 2
    Xanthum gum
    Yeast
    Baking powder x 2
    Bicarbonate of soda x 2
    GF plain flour 1kg
    GF SR flour 1kg 600g
    Raw cacoa powder
    Arrowroot powder
    Coconut flakes (lots) 1 bag
    Light brown sugar
    Chia seeds
    Prunes
    Flaked almonds
    Maca powder
    Sunflower seeds (2kg)
    Mincemeat
    Golden syrup
    large chocolate reindeer
    Whole almonds
    Protein powders - 3 flavours
    Gram flour
    Coconut flour - OOD
    Potato flour - OOD
    Brown rice flour - OOD
    Icing sugar

    Lots of herbs and spices
    Last edited by XSpender; Today at 12:42 PM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 5:48 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    • #5
    • 6th Feb 18, 5:48 PM
    Fridge
    • #5
    • 6th Feb 18, 5:48 PM
    Eggs - 5 11
    Cheddar - grated
    Muller lite yogurts 12
    Low fat yogurt
    Apples 4
    Bananas 2
    Oranges
    Grapes
    Kiwi
    Carrots
    Tomatoes 4
    White pots
    Jacket pots
    2 saltimboca pork steaks
    Parmentier potatoes x 2
    A little christmas cheese
    Ham
    Broccoli
    Peppers - bag of value1 green
    3 red onions
    Butter 1.5 1
    Lurpak lighter (small amount)
    Olive spread
    Pack of cooking bacon
    Tin of corned beef
    Mushroom soup
    Parmesan - a bit past it
    Lazy garlic
    Lazy chilli
    Ginger paste
    1/2 pack of bacon
    Vacuum packed beetroot
    1 jacket potato with chilli (HM)



    I'm sure I will come across some odds and ends I have missed!
    Last edited by XSpender; Today at 1:49 PM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 5:50 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    • #6
    • 6th Feb 18, 5:50 PM
    • #6
    • 6th Feb 18, 5:50 PM
    Hi XSpender

    Looks like youíve got some good building blocks for meals there, it will get trickier when youíre left with random bits but thatís the fun!

    What meals have you got planned?

    Thereís an ongoing ďeat from your cupboards and freezerĒ thread that Iíve recently joined, it helps keep me motivated. I will be following your personal challenge with interest too.

    Phizz
    Originally posted by phizzimum
    Hi Phizz

    I will put up my meal plan for the next 10 days and have a look at the other thread too. Getting DH to eat the random bits will be tough
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    • #7
    • 6th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
    Meal Plan 6th Feb to 16th Feb
    • #7
    • 6th Feb 18, 6:11 PM
    Today

    D - Pork saltimbocca, parmentier potatoes,(needs eating asap) green beans, carrots DS - frozen fish, same potatoes, sweetcorn (eating earlier)

    Wed 7th
    B - Toast, banana pancakes, frozen fruit, sugar free syrup
    L - Cheese and beetroot sandwich (me), corned beef and tomato sandwich (DH)
    D - Chicken in a mustard sauce, tinned pots, carrots and green beans

    Thur 8th
    B - Toast, GF porridge with frozen rasps and yogurt
    L- Cheese and beetroot sandwich (me), corned beef and tomato sandwich (DH)
    D - Sausages, beans and French fries

    Fri 9th
    B - Toast, GF porridge with frozen rasps and yogurt
    L- Cheese and beetroot sandwich (me), corned beef and tomato sandwich (DH)
    D - Sundried tomato and chorizo risotto

    Sat 10th
    B - Toast, GF porridge with frozen rasps and yogurt, cereal
    L - Jacket potato with beans/cheese/curried beans
    D - Beef/veggie burgers, white bread buns, onion rings, spicy wedges, corn on cob, cheese, BBQ sauce and ketchup
    Desert - jelly and ice cream

    Sun 11th
    B - Porridge with frozen fruit and plain yogurt/toasted bagel/cereal
    L- HM soup and cheese bread, cheese on toast for DS
    D - Sausages, smash carrots and cauli (DS) Sausage and Leek Casserole, smash (me and DH)
    Desert - Little jam puddings (HM) and custard

    Mon 12th - DH away
    B - Protein, yogurt and frozen fruit smoothie, toast
    L - Thai turkey mince (DH), egg on toast (me)
    D - GF chicken goujons, beans and French fries (me)

    Tue 13th - DH away
    B - Protein smoothie as Monday, baked oats as muffins
    L - Chicken, stuffing and cranberry sandwich
    D - Cheese omelette, peas, corn and HM wedges

    Wed 14th - Me away
    B - Porridge with frozen berries
    L - GF chicken fillet, HM chips and beans
    D - Chicken, stuffing and cranberry sandwich (me), HM veggie chilli and rice (DH)

    Thurs 15th - Me away
    B - Toast or banana
    L - Asda slimzone meal
    D - Thai turkey mince and rice

    Fri 16th Me away
    B - Toast or banana
    L - Veggie chilli and rice
    D - Pasta bake (jar), garlic bread

    Snacks - muller lites, jelly pots, fruit, ginger cake, tomato scones, Christmas cake, Christmas cheese and crackers

    DH doesn't usually eat breakfast.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 6th Feb 18, 6:29 PM
    • 15,570 Posts
    • 131,385 Thanks
    JackieO
    • #8
    • 6th Feb 18, 6:29 PM
    • #8
    • 6th Feb 18, 6:29 PM
    well done on listing stuff I too am tightening my belt a bit ,mainly because I have far too much food not only in the freezer but the cupboards, so apart from essential items this year so far I have spent under £30 in January and only under £13 this afternoon so I am doing my best to keep the purse shut, and the cupboard doors open, and as I menu plan on a Sunday morning and always have its quite easy to see where meals can be streetched a bit

    My breakfasts are normally porridge or bran flakes, lunch is usually home made soup and crackers.I don't make a sunday dinner as I goto my DDs every Sunday and Tuesday nights I go to a local pub quiz where we get a meal included inthe price so I only have five meals a week to actually plan for.

    With the amount of frozen stuff I have I have probably enough to feed half my street at the moment. I am a great one for batch cooking basic building blocks for dinner, then only having to add veg sides.

    I will watch to see how you get on and I'm sure you have now had your 'light bulb ' moment so onwards and upwards honey. Probably easier for me really as I only have myself to feed

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    2018 Food spend so far this year
    Jan; £29.22. Feb so far £12.44
    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Feb 18, 6:31 PM
    • 3,100 Posts
    • 20,739 Thanks
    caronc
    • #9
    • 6th Feb 18, 6:31 PM
    • #9
    • 6th Feb 18, 6:31 PM
    Sounds like a fab challenge though I don't think I'm brave enough to join you (it would literally take me months.)
    Is it worth looking through your lists and indentifying the "random" bits you might struggle to use up and try a plan one meal (or part meal) using these each week so that you are not having too many "Ready,Steady,Cook" concoctions towards the end?
    GC - Jan18 £55/£120, Feb18 £63/£120
    GC YTD - £118/£240
    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 6th Feb 18, 6:59 PM
    • 1,054 Posts
    • 9,738 Thanks
    donnajt
    What a brilliant challenge and I truly believe an achieveable one - I shall be cheering you on from the sidelines, reading your Kitchen Inventory made me feel extremely what is lurking in our fridge/freezer and hidden behind cupboard doors, so I shall be mindful of this when I work out next week's menu and intend to empty mine too x
    Slinkies 3st by summer (loss to date 10.5lbs)
    FlyMarketeers £1k by summer (sealed tin)
    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 6th Feb 18, 7:01 PM
    • 1,054 Posts
    • 9,738 Thanks
    donnajt
    ps I think it would be a really good idea if you edit all your Inventory posts and strike thru each item as you use it up x
    Slinkies 3st by summer (loss to date 10.5lbs)
    FlyMarketeers £1k by summer (sealed tin)
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 6th Feb 18, 7:06 PM
    • 3,325 Posts
    • 20,540 Thanks
    purpleivy
    I am reducing the number of shops I have from Ocado. I do get stuff there that I don't get at Aldi, so don't want to remove them altogether, but reducing the number of shops from them will reduce the number of Flash Sales of 50% meat offers I get and some other stuff, in order to get the freezer down a bit as well.
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 7:16 PM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    Thanks for popping in JackieO - I aspire to your 'don't go shopping until there are 10 things on the list' routine

    Sounds like a fab challenge though I don't think I'm brave enough to join you (it would literally take me months.)
    Is it worth looking through your lists and indentifying the "random" bits you might struggle to use up and try a plan one meal (or part meal) using these each week so that you are not having too many "Ready,Steady,Cook" concoctions towards the end?
    Originally posted by caronc
    That's a really good idea to try and use up random bits as I go along as we are likely to fail at the end when it feels like there is nothing to make a meal out of. Fish is the thing only DS eats so he has had that for tea tonight

    ps I think it would be a really good idea if you edit all your Inventory posts and strike thru each item as you use it up x
    Originally posted by donnajt
    I am going to do that donnajtso I can see what progress I am making and will add on new purchases too as it will help with meal planning.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 6th Feb 18, 8:58 PM
    • 764 Posts
    • 7,740 Thanks
    Mrs Cheshire
    Good for you. I'll be following with interest. I've got a few things lurking on my shelves that could do with using up!
    SPC #148 2014-£25 2015-£5.50 My stars from Sue-UU

    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan £400.33/£400 Feb £229.89/£400
    • hex2
    • By hex2 6th Feb 18, 9:21 PM
    • 4,699 Posts
    • 79,919 Thanks
    hex2
    Hello x-spender, I'll be reading along with interest. The meal plan is looking good.

    I chuckled at your tins of beans, I have 24

    I agree with the suggestion about the strikethroughs, I have done something similar elsewhere and found the hardest bit was remembering what I had actually used.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • newgirly
    • By newgirly 6th Feb 18, 10:07 PM
    • 6,103 Posts
    • 42,169 Thanks
    newgirly
    Hi Xspender, it must have taken ages to compile that list but well worth it to achieve your goal to save £500 , all the best
    MFW 21
    Target for 2018 £40k/£3769.26 paid so far

    Mortgage £43,856 4yrs 4 mths left. Total owed £58,228.74 planning to clear in 15 months
    Weight loss target 2018- 21lb /5 lb lost
    • try harder
    • By try harder 6th Feb 18, 10:20 PM
    • 666 Posts
    • 2,459 Thanks
    try harder
    Wow ,you have done wonders there,im sure all your hard work will save you loads over the next few weeks.
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 7th Feb 18, 11:13 AM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    Mango and Strawberry Pound Cake
    I found this recipe yesterday when looking for ideas on baking using coconut oil as I have 1 and a half jars of the stuff. This recipe will be good for using up the frozen mango and strawberries I have as well as the coconut oil and doesn't need any butter.

    It's a bit fancy for everyday but will make it when my Mum comes to visit in the next few weeks.

    Found it on this website - I Hola Jalapeno

    Mango and Strawberry Pound Cake

    2 cups white whole wheat flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    Ĺ teaspoon salt
    1 cup extra virgin coconut oil
    1 cup granulated sugar
    3 large eggs, at room temperature
    2 teaspoons vanilla extract
    1 cup pur!ed mango (about 1 medium mango), plus ĺ cup pur!ed mango, for the glaze
    Ĺ cup pur!ed strawberries (about 5 large strawberries)
    Ĺ cup icing sugar

    Heat oven to 350 degrees, grease a 9 inch loaf tin

    Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a separate bowl.

    Beat sugar and coconut oil together until fluffy, add eggs bit by bit.

    Add in 1 cup of the mango puree and the vanilla and mix together.

    Add in the bowl of dry ingredients and combine.

    Scrape into loaf tin and bake for 50-60 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Leave to cool for 15 minutes before turning on to a wore rack to cool completely.

    To make the topping mix the rest of the mango puree and the strawberry puree with the icing sugar and heat over a medium heat until thickens. Pour over cool cake and leave to set for at least 15 minutes.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 7th Feb 18, 11:23 AM
    • 2,853 Posts
    • 29,490 Thanks
    XSpender
    First shopping trip today which seems way too soon when I have just started the challenge!

    On my list:

    Milk - 4 pints skimmed - £1.09
    Bread x 2 - downgraded to Asda own from 50/50 - £1.10
    Sunflower oil - for baking GF bread and other baking/frying - £1.09
    Cumin - for chilli and HM enchilada spice mix - £0.49
    Eggs - for GF bread, baking and eating - 15 basic - £1.19

    I am wondering if I should buy semi skimmed and water it down?

    I am going to take the £70 out of the bank and keep it in a separate purse.

    I also need hair dye but this is not included in the challenge as I wont be eating it. DH has offered to buy his own beer from his personal spending money until the end of the challenge. I wouldn't have included it in my £70 anyway but at least it shows he is on board

    Made protein pancakes for breakfast using protein powder, eggs, 2 manky bananas and the dregs of a packet of GF oats. Fried in coconut oil and there is enough for tomorrow's breakfast too. Served with some defrosted blueberries from the freezer.

    DH has had corned beef sandwiches and the tin will be sufficient to do the rest of his work lunches this week. I didn't get around to making GF bread yesterday so must do it tonight. I have a solitary GF bagel out of the freezer for my lunch with the last egg and some bacon followed by fruit.

    Tonight we will have sausages, beans and French fries to use up some more of the food warehouse.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£510.80
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£652
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£1038

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £53,997.55 @ 31.01.18
    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 7th Feb 18, 2:52 PM
    • 1,674 Posts
    • 9,085 Thanks
    phizzimum
    Youíre doing great XSpender!

    Made me smile spotting your Joe Wicks items. I can relate to those (although I blame my friend with her sugar free cookbook)

    I see you have risotto planned soon. I make mine with roughly two thirds rice and one third quinoa (which I see you have). Iíve also used pudding rice for risotto and no one seemed to notice. Maybe rice pudding for breakfast would make a change from porridge for you

    Keep posting, itís going to be fun seeing your list gradually get crossed off.
    weaving through the chaos...
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

2,350Posts Today

9,267Users online

Martin's Twitter