It was ironic that on the morning I had £2.06 to spend on my breakfast I was just not hungry at all. I wasn't going to shop just for shopping's sake even on a Challenge, so I left some of the porridge oats I bought yesterday to soak while we went out with the dogs.
When we got back I made the porridge and Alan helpfully gave it a bloody good stir for me while I was busy doing something else, this and a spot of over cooking made it very claggy and stodgy, so I only ate half of it. 😞
Oh well there's always lunch I thought to myself.
Heading out with yesterdays overage of £1.06 plus this mornings unused £1, and now the lunchtime £1 saw me with a vast budget of £3.06 and do you know it made it harder rather than easier!!
At first I thought I'll splurge on a ready meal and I went into Booths, but I saw nothing that I fancied and just couldn't make up my mind what to buy. I was about to buy some hummus when I suddenly pulled myself up short, why spend over a pound on hummus in Booths when I could get it much cheaper in Aldi. So I left Booths and went 50 yards across the car park to Aldi ... and suddenly everything made sense.
Mixed Leaves - 57p
Baked Beans - 22p
Coleslaw - 79p
Hummus - 69p
Total = £2.27
Leaving me with 79p still available.
A bit of everything I bought along with one of my remaining two potatoes. Absolutely delicious and just what I needed.
Microwave Rice - 45p
Tin of Tomatoes - 28p
Total = 73p
Before I have any comments telling me that this is the most expensive way in the world to buy rice, yes I know ... but I have so much rice in the cupboards here at the flat it seemed stupid to buy another kilo of rice that will obviously not be used up by the end of this week.
I was also tired and hungry and looking for an easy tea to cook, I almost bought a jar of curry sauce to go with it, but I pulled myself together and bought a tin of tomatoes instead to add to my curry powder, half onion and some of the beans left over from lunch. Easy rice is a real treat when you're tired and just want to sit and eat.
And with a handful of my lunchtime leaves, it made for a lovely tea.
Cash Carried Forward £1.06
... oooh a touch of deja vu here!!
Food Carried Forward
3 cloves of garlic
5 lemon slices
most of a tub of hummus
1/2 tin of tomatoes
1/3 tin of baked beans
1/2 bag of mixed leaves
a portion of curry
4 pitta breads
The apple is now in the fridge and the banana is in the freezer as I'm planning to have a smoothie for my breakfast, I'll add some of the oats to that but I'm definintely not having porridge again 😀