Sunday, September 8, 2013

Sunday shopping...

I wonder if it's worth going between three different places for your shopping on a Sunday, when you'd much rather be sat at home watching Eastenders and eating crisps... First stop was B&M for dry goods, juice, soap etc, then Lidl for fruit and veg, then Morrisons for the little extras.  Took me ages, and in total came to about £60.  Oh please let it be worth it.  Let it save me money this week (cos there's not much left to last me til next weekend!)

Quite a busy week coming up so I need to be organised and have a menu:

Monday - Lidl ready meals for 3 cos I'm off out! Reduced to 99p each and decent ingredients too.
Tuesday - Gammon steaks, pineapple, chips and peas.  Needs to be quick as R's off to the camera club and I've got friends coming over.
Wednesday - Pepper and tomato risotto.  E's working so I'll make it after lunch so she can have hers in her break.
Thursday - Pizza for the girls as R and I are off to a wedding.
Friday - Spaghetti, meatballs and tomato sauce, before C goes to her piano lesson.
Saturday - Baked potatoes with egg mayonnaise and salad.
Sunday - Sausage casserole with potatoes and veg.
Back up meal - Sweet and sour stir-fry.

Should work if I stick to it!

So Saturday I spent ironing and Sunday I spent shopping and washing my couches.  I'm a strange woman cos I quite enjoyed it and feel nice and organised for my week ahead!

Be back soon.


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Poppodoms and Pasties!

I don't understand why I'm not rich and rolling in money...!  Popppodoms for tomorrow night's curry down from £1.79 to 50p, and not a broken one in the packet.  And tonights' tea, pasties and mini steak pies reduced to, wait for it, 30p for 3 steak pies and the pasties were silly money as well (don't remember the exact price!)  Really happy with that considering all I've bought this week are vegetables.  Just need to make sure I get time to cook and don't stray from my menu.

Now for a reminder of one of my bargains from months ago!
My gorgeous 50p scarf that I wear aaaall the time.

It's silky and has butterflies in all different colours so it goes with anything.  Love it.

And now to my reading list, as I dream of watching less tele and becoming an avid reader of all kinds of books... And I will become that woman once X Factor, Strictly, the Bake Off, Masterchef and Wife Swap go off the tele forever!

Since taking these photos I've read Queen of the Big Time.  Best book I've read in years.  I just love Adriana Trigiani.  I first read her when I was holed up in a freezing tent during the Wickerman Festival... Damp, smelly, desperate for the loo and needing a clean toilet, I lay reading Lucia Lucia, set in a beautiful part of Italy, surrounded by gorgeous.  Will never forget it.

Well, off I go for a bath, but will be back soon!

Wendy x

Monday, September 2, 2013

I'm Back!

This is ridiculous.  I've been writing blogs for three years for work, and never have I left it for four months between posts!  So, a catch up:

Had my surgery, and now, six months later I'm a new woman.  Still ache a bit, get really tired and knackered, have another half a stone to lose and am still a bit restricted in what I can do.  But it doesn't matter, my operation was a success and it's only been six months.  Am feeling very lucky.

It's funny, when I was unwell, with such limitations to what I could do, I got plenty of time to pootle round the charity shops and look for bargains.  It was my way of winding down and didn't take too much energy. So now... not so much!  Six months of letting things build up, gathering dust and clutter, means I'm more focussed on cleaning out cupboards, decluttering and making life a bit easier for myself!

I've been gradually getting the house cleaned and tidied, am being ruthless in getting rid of anything we don't need, and am desperately trying to safe money in my weekly shop... not easy!

So for the forseeable future I'm going to record my housekeeping expenses on this here little blog.  Any bargains I happen to get (like tonights tea!), I'll post up here so I can revisit it and remind myself of the odd foody bargain!  Sounds good.  Let's see if I actually do it!

Be back soon!