So ... I set off with £3.04 in my pocket and a shopping list that read ...
They had no vegan cheese whatsoever!!
Well it's only a little Sainsbury's I suppose, but I was disappointed. I had to think on my feet as I wandered the aisles for inspiration for something that would replace cheese in the meals I had planned. I decided that the thing I needed it most in was the two days of cheese and salad sandwiches, so I then thought 'aha ...hummus'.
I was about to pick up a tub of hummus for £1.40 ... then I came to my senses, put it back and instead went to the tinned food aisle and got myself another tin of chickpeas for 55p, much more sensible. I mean I already have oil and seasonings in the larder and garlic in my shop from home food. I can make my own hummus ... and a lot more of it for almost a third of the money.
The dairy free spread was on offer at just £1 as were the little cracker thins. I thought the spread would go nicely with the jacket potato I had planned, and on toast if I got peckish and the crackers, also reduced to £1 a box, would be ideal to have with a little bit of the hummus as a snack.
So I went out for two things and came home with four that actually could give me better options for my meals and definitely give me a bit more food for my money.
As you can see from the receipt above I came in under budget with change to spare. So my weeks worth of food has been bought with just £19.01. I'll be back tomorrow with a complete look at the food I have for the next seven days and a properly written out menu for the week. This will get me one day ahead so that I will be able to photograph my meals and write out the recipes after I have had them and then compose a blog post.
And if I'm out and about at all I'll definitely be looking for something I can invest my 24p in!! What would you spend 24p on?