Are you feeling the pinch?

How thrifty have you become recently?

Over the past 2 years both our sons have moved out. When there were 4 of us the weekly shop was regularly over £100. The oldest son used to eat us out of house and home and still remains skinny! After he moved out the shopping bill dropped to around £60 – £70 per week. We also had to take care as I had been made redundant and the loss of my pay coming in was a big drop.

Our youngest son moved out last December and although it was nearly Christmas we saw another big drop in the shopping bill. No more stuff for his lunches, bottles of coke and snacks.

So now there are 2 of us and still only one income. We are not hard up by any means – well not compared to when our first son was born anyway! We have no mortgage and hubby pays as much as he can afford into his pension pot. We also have decent savings but try not to dip into them too often. Our weekly shop is averaging around £50.
I also try hard to use up any last veg, meat anything else lurking in the fridge or bread bin! I have a few recipes you make like to try here: Soosie Wales Recipes

My thrifty tips:

  • When buying packages of meat such as chops, split them into meal sized amounts and freeze them.
  • Make double the amount of dishes like spag bol, casseroles, stews, curries and put enough for one portion in a plastic freezer pot. Instant ready meal for the days when you don’t feel like cooking.
  • Use cheaper cuts of meat, use chicken thighs not breasts for casseroles and curries.
  • Use a slow cooker for your stews, casseroles, curries etc. It saves energy and you can leave it to do its thing and have a lovely tasty meal.
  • If you have coupons for money off your bill e.g. £8 off an £80 shop make a list of things you are likely to run out of soon and go to a supermarket price comparison site and make up your list from special offers. Is the supermarket you have the voucher cheaper?  We had 3 of these recently from Tesco we just about made £80 on the first one  2 weeks ago. Our next voucher doesn’t run out until 1st July so we are putting things like cereal, cat food, tinned food on a list ready for the next £80 shop.
  • Which leads me nicely to the next thrifty tip – write a list of what you want and try your best to stick to it.
  • Go later in the day and most shops reduce produce like fruit, veg, meat and bakery items. You may even save enough for a little treat!
  • Use one of the smaller trolleys. I used to use a full size one and often thought ‘well there’s not much in there’.. I’d then walk around again to top it up with things I didn’t really need.
  • Leave your hubby at home if he is one of those that can’t resist a ‘Bargain’. Remind him it’s only a bargain if you wanted it in the first place!
  • If you don’t use much bread freeze half the loaf.
  • Search for promo codes for anything you buy – just put a search into Google for the shop you’re looking at.
  • Need more plates, mugs, glasses? Check out your charity shop. They usually sell for little and you’re helping them raise funds too!
  • Lastly use the Money Saving Expert Mantra: Do I need it? Can I afford it? Have I checked if it’s cheaper anywhere else? If the answer is NO… DON’T BUY IT!

This post is my entry for the Approved Foods/Tots100 competition.

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One comment on “Are you feeling the pinch?

  1. […] Soosie Wales had another post chock full  of money saving ideas for when you’re feeling the pinch. […]

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