Wow ... it felt like I had so much money to spend on my shopping after the previous four days of shopping with just £2.75.
I went to Sainsbury's clutching my £5.47 and a list of items I had decided on from the mysupermarket.co.uk website, photographed off the computer screen onto my phone. This website really is the best way to do price comparisons and work out your shopping plan for general shopping and for Challenges 😃
As you can see the plan was going to be to get yogurt and banana for breakfast (a welcome change from porridge), a baking potato and a tin of beans for my lunch and a pasty and some Bisto gravy to pour over it. Plans don't always work out when you're shopping in a small branch of a supermarket and they don't have the full range of stock that the larger stores carry. In this instance I'm really glad they didn't, what was I thinking ... I already had pastry in the fridge and had just eaten a pasty over two days!!
Anyway I picked up all the foods in the top photo and I've photographed them laid out in the 'meal plan' idea. Breakfast, dinner and tea.
It only came to £3.05.
I was so pleased, and after sending Alan out to the car with the just paid for shopping and the things he had chosen for his last meal at the Van this week, I went back into the aisles clutching my remaining £2.42 in my sweaty little mitts.
My first thought was ooh a treat ... chocolate, a big bag of crisps, a packet of biscuits. But as I walked those aisles I realised that I didn't really want any of those things. Sometimes you just have to listen to what your body is telling you. My body, well my legs took me back to the fruit and veg aisle.
Obviously my body wanted GREEN!!
After only a few moments of deliberation and a bit of quick mental arithmetic I spent £2.40 on an Iceberg lettuce, a bunch of vibrant and fresh looking Spring Onions and a bag of six Golden Delicious Apples. An absolute fresh looking bargain.
And it was back to the self service tills to pay for my second batch of shopping, and still I had two pence over!!
So this is my shopping for my Challenge Within a Challenge Day.
Yes there are a few items, yogurt, apples, spring onions and lettuce, that will obviously in part be carried forward to join my little larder of foods but the majority of the food will be eaten today. As per my decision to buy a whole days food with my two days money.
So in fact thanks to my little tub of bargain fruit … reduced to just 24p and according to the label and the weight, forming two of my five a day ... I would have had a very well balanced days food for just £3.05.
I came home and put all my shopping away straight away so that nothing spoiled, the fridge stuff in the fridge the potato in the dark cupboard and my lovely Spring Onions after a good wash, and having the very top tips chopped off, were stood in a jar of water … did you know that they continue to grow if you do this and it keeps them lovely and crisp.
Carried forward from yesterday £2.72
Todays money £2.75
Total available to spend £5.47
Carried Forward 2p.