• Another meal plan (adapting to what I have)

    Published On: April 25, 2024Categories: Saving money on food

    This is my third week of just eating what we already have in, except for milk.  I have still been buying some staples and some reduced meat with my food budget, but have only been [...]

  • Different ways to serve one dish to add variety

    Published On: April 17, 2024Categories: Mains, Saving money on food

    About 3 times a month I make what I call a pauper's stew.  This is a stew that I make in the slow cooker with any thing that I have that needs using up (or [...]

  • My 7 day meal plan using as little as I can

    Published On: April 16, 2024Categories: Saving money on food

    I am living out of the cupboards, fridge, freezer and garden at the moment.  I am buying some food like flour and oil, but it is not for use this month.  It is to replace [...]

  • Savoury Nests from leftovers

    Published On: April 13, 2024Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    We never buy food especially for lunches.  We use what we have in.  Often this means using left overs.  The other day we had a bit of spicy stew left and some mashed potatoes,  There [...]

  • Thinking about food security.

    Published On: March 28, 2024Categories: Living Simply, Saving money on food

    I think about food security a lot at the moment with everything that seems to be happening in the world. My time line, the media. and my YouTube seem to be filled with scary stories [...]

  • Batch cooking

    Published On: February 24, 2024Categories: Saving money on food

    Batch cooking is great for saving on time, saving waste, saving money, and gives you the ability to have a nutritious meal on a day when you don't feel like cooking.  It ensures that you [...]

  • Things I no longer buy from the supermarket

    Published On: February 1, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    Over the last few years I have become more and more aware of the chemicals and rubbish that is in the food that we buy from the supermarket.  I used to think that I was [...]

  • A bag of flour can fill your bellies

    Published On: January 29, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    People are always asking me what are my priority ingredients when building a prepper pantry. If I could only have 5 ingredients to feed myself, for me, one of them would be a bag of [...]

  • How I organise my cupboards, fridge and freezer to save on waste.

    Published On: January 7, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    One of the things that has had the biggest impact on our food budget has been reducing food waste. I will do a separate post on the ways that I use items that I used [...]

  • Living on a low food budget

    Published On: January 2, 2024Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    People often ask how I feed the two of us on such a low food budget.  I don't have a weekly or a monthly food budget, but have an amount I am able to spend [...]

  • How to store 15p Christmas vegetables so that they last a few months

    Published On: December 22, 2023Categories: Saving money on food

    In the UK all the supermarkets compete with each other and a way they tempt people into the shop is to sell cheap Christmas vegetables.  Most things are 15p each.  I take advantage of this [...]

  • Christmas left overs meal plan

    Published On: December 22, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    We had our family Christmas last weekend with my side of the family, and have another one on Christmas Day with the family of Mr S.  This week we have therefore been living on the [...]

  • Affording salmon on a low income

    Published On: December 10, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    I love salmon, or any kind of fish, but the price of it means that I can not eat much of it out of my £750 a year food budget.  However, Mr S and I [...]

  • Getting ready to build my food store for next year.

    Published On: December 4, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    People who have followed me for a while, know that I have a stock of food that really helps me to keep ahead of inflation, but is also there for the months that we have [...]

  • Ways I stay food secure

    Published On: October 10, 2023Categories: Saving money on food, Wellbeing

    Do we need to worry about being food secure? There is a lot of disruption in the world at the moment, and some natural disasters that are putting a strain on food supply.  Farmers are [...]

  • Why I still preserve food for winter

    Published On: July 26, 2023Categories: Preserves, Saving money on food

    One of my older pals who popped in when I was making pickles the other day, and picking and freezing berries, said that she didn’t know why I bothered preserving these items of food for [...]

  • 9 cheap ways I add extra nutrition to my meals when on a tight budget

    Published On: July 23, 2023Categories: Healthy food, Nutrition, Saving money on food, Wellbeing

    I have become a lot more conscious about my nutrition and what I eat as I have got older. I want to stay healthy as I age, and am aware that the NHS is not [...]

  • Batch cooking with short crust pastry to stretch meals and save

    Published On: July 5, 2023Categories: Baking, Recipes, Saving money on food

    Today was bread making day and when use the oven, I don’t want to waste any energy and so I cook a few things at the same time using the same base ingredient.  Today it [...]

  • Another typical week’s menu

    Published On: May 8, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    My last weekly menu plan attracted a lot of FB comments and seemed to be helpful for ideas to some and so I thought that I would put my planned menu for this week up [...]

  • Meal plan for a typical week

    Published On: April 30, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    Each week I make a meal plan but I do not have set days for meals as how we feel, and what we are doing changes, and we might not want to eat what is [...]

  • Onion Powder from waste

    Published On: April 29, 2023Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    I hate waste of any kind and so make onion powder from the skins of onions and garlic, and the bits of onion that I had taken off when preparing onions to cook.   I dehydrate [...]

  • 22 Things I don’t throw away any more.

    Published On: January 25, 2023Categories: Saving money on food

    In these times of rapidly rising prices the last thing that I want to do is waste food.  Any left overs I will turn into another meal, but once upon a time I would throw [...]

  • 21 Cheap Sandwich fillings

    Published On: January 22, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    I am always looking for cheap sandwich fillings and something different. I am putting this post on to remind myself of things we have had in the past so that I put some more variety [...]

  • 16 Uses for fruit compote or stewed fruit

    Published On: January 21, 2023Categories: Recipes, Saving money on food

    I make fruit compote every week as it is easy, uses up gluts of fruit, it can be made from frozen fruit straight from the freezer, and it is so versatile to have in the [...]