Friday, 24 April 2015
I Went To The Shop and I Bought
Loads of stuff.
Before I went out I had another fridge check and found three carrots, success!
After my shift at the shop I went to Sainsbury's and spent £6.19 on peppers, broccoli (cheaper than loose), houmous, chickpeas, milk, pitta (the yellow sticker man called me back as he was about to reduce them), bread and lettuce. It leaves a few bob left over for anything we might need to buy next week.
Lizzie asked me how I buy veg so cheap, my answer is that I don't really, but I think we use it efficiently. I buy plenty of things that are inexpensive/last a long time (onions, potatoes, carrots, celery) and less of more expensive items/things that don't last all that long. I base our meals around the cheap stuff - like lots of people I use onions, carrots and celery as a base for curries, chilli, stews, pies etc. then add the other veg to fill in the rest.
We also move from fresh to preserved, I don't try to make things last or buy larger amounts so we don't run out, we just eat the fresh stuff first, then move to salad made up of red cabbage/carrots/peppers/celery, finally we move to jars of beetroot/pickled cabbage/olives/beans or frozen veg. We're also quite flexible about what we buy, if something is on special offer or just a good price because it's in season then we'll buy that and alter the menu plan if needed.
Hopefully we'll have even more homegrown veg this year than last, we're still eating the onions we grew last year. I doubt I'll ever been keen enough to grow large amounts, but the bits we do grow are more than welcome.