With menu in hand I completed my Sainsbury’s shop last night after work and felt quite pleased with myself, especially as I limited myself to a hot chocolate without a little snack (I would usually have a scone to keep me going). Even though I was aiming to buy seasonal British grown produce I noticed the cabbage was actually grown in Spain! My trolley was mainly vegetables with a couple of loaves of bread and a few groceries – the ones we were running out of and one or two on offer. My total bill came to £32.21 for the week – so I am quite pleased with that especially as we are eating better than when I spend a lot more!
This was all the fresh veg that I needed to add to the bits and pieces in the fridge to make my selected weeks menus. The cheapest item was the Kiwi fruit at 30p and the dearest the dozen mixed sizes free range organic eggs at £3.70. I need five for the Spiced Chickpea bakes and the remainder will carry over for next week. The herbs were on offer and I will be able to freeze what I don’t use. In the end I decided to buy a ready pack of Butternut Squash and Sweet Potato for £1.
Last night we had the Mushroom Stroganoff unfortunately when hubby made it he forgot he was making Stroganoff not risotto and mixed the rice into the mushroom mixture – but in the end it tasted the same! Tonight we had the veggie stew with roasted chickpeas and butter beans a good warming winter dish – we both enjoyed the new recipe but perhaps the sweet potato and butternut squash made it a little too sweet for me so I would need to make slight adjustments next time. The other draw back is it does not make enough for 2 meals – the leftover portion will however do for my lunch. I will have to think of something to fill the empty slot for our tea tomorrow or move everything forward a meal.
Whilst in Sainsbury’s last night I had some returns – I had bought a snuggly throw for the bed at the caravan to keep us warm overnight. It was a knitted cream blanket with an acrylic sheepskin style underside. I never thought to check the washing instructions when I purchased it and was rather shocked to find it was not washable. When I found the receipt to take it back I noticed I had been charged twice for this item. As it was part of my weekly shop at the time I had not thought too much about my bill seeming a bit dearer than normal and had not checked the receipt afterwards.
So when I asked for a refund of the throw I had bought I mentioned to the lady at Customer Services about being charged twice and confirmed that I had only bought one – after a bit of a quiet moment and a few umm’s and argh’s she agreed to refund me the money for both. I thought this was very good of them as I had no way to prove I had not bought two at the time. So well done Sainsburys for the goodwill gesture – but I will be checking my receipts more throughly in future.
We are certainly getting back into a routine again, all though we are well into January now, and a few of those stubborn little tasks are being crossed off the list. I booked the car in for the MOT and service on Friday and made a dentist appointment for the same morning.
I am not sure if the car or my teeth will require any major repairs – I hope not as I need to make economies in all areas of my spending.