I was in the vicinity of both Asda and Tesco yesterday so it made sense to call in and actually buy some of the things for my 28 Day £1 a Day Challenge.
I had written shopping lists based on my mysupermarket.co.uk research for both shops (and for B&M which was on my way into town) so I went in grabbed a basket and perused the shelves. In the space of me choosing my items and making a list and actually going to the shops the next day to get them things had changed.
The small sized Garlic Granules that I was going to be purchasing for 59p have been discontinued, so I bought some Chopped Garlic instead at 70p ... the only thing that would fit into my small budget.
Even so I thought I had cash over, so after a quick read of the label I picked up the gravy granules for 20p I thought it would be a good idea to jazz up meals. I should have read the label more carefully, it contains both beef fat and milk in the flavourings (both things I don't or can't eat).
I need to concentrate more!!
So now this has been literally crossed off my shopping.
And a good job too, as the oil I was going to get from Tesco for £1 wasn't available at all and I had to compromise with a bottle of Vegetable Oil for £1.20.
20p off, 20p on ... it's all very confusing.
While I was at Tesco I also picked up two items that I intended to buy during my 'Big Shop'.
The Flora Dairy Free Spread and the Violife Cheese.
I didn't want to be driving back there just for two items and I was starting to feel worried in case they went up in price, as the Flora was on special offer for £1.35, hence me splashing out, it's usually £1.80 ... almost two days money if you think of it as one pound a day available for food.
So this receipt has been altered to show the removed Gravy Granules :-(
... and this one combines a Store Cupboard item and two 'Big Shop' items.
It's no wonder I'm getting confused already. I seem to be over complicating things just to save pennies. Hopefully it will get easier, but this is proving that eating very cheaply takes a lot of thought, planning and trusting that shops won't drop lines and increase prices overnight.