• 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 [...]

  • 33 Frugal Ideas for breakfasts

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

    I get bored of eating the same food regularly. I plan my frugal food spend around my main meals, and lunches are usually left overs, soups, sandwiches, something on toast or, in summer, salads. There [...]

  • Yellow Sticker or Reduced Items

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

    On money saving  sites here in the UK you will often hear people talking about yellow sticker items.  These are things that have been reduced because they are going out of date, the packaging is [...]

  • Homemade Ricotta Cheese

    Published On: January 3, 2023Categories: Light Meals, Recipes, Saving money on food

    We made some ricotta cheese today with two litres of blue top,  yellow sticker, reduced milk that was going out of date. Recipe 2 litres of full fat milk 100ml of white vinegar 1 tsp [...]

  • Ideas for Christmas left overs

    Published On: December 27, 2022Categories: Saving money on food

      If you have been entertaining this Christmas, or entertaining a large family and you are anything like me, your fridge will be packed with Christmas left overs. It is important that you freeze things [...]

  • A Way to Afford Salmon

    Published On: December 8, 2022Categories: Saving Money, Saving money on food

    I don't shop at Morrisons much as I do not have one near me but my favourite reduction is the whole half priced salmon which they do at Christmas and Easter each year.  It is  [...]

  • 7 tips for Building a Stock Cupboard

    Published On: November 25, 2022Categories: Saving money on food

    I am not a prepper, but last December I started to build a stock of extra food. I was aware of the impact that the Ukrainian war was having on food and was hearing that [...]