Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Bargain shopping and meat order

We've got quite a few outgoings this week, so I decided to use the nectar points I've been collecting since January for the shopping.  I've accumulated £46 worth of points, pretty good going.  Shopping came to £40.29, so it cost me 29p in real money - bargain. 

We collected our meat order today, I generally reckon on spending around £100 on meat every 3 months - as I said in a previous post though, the meat has been lasting us longer than that, more like 4 months, so it'll be £100 ish 3x a year now.  We got 1/2 a lamb, chicken thighs (19 or 20 of those) and 10 large lean boneless pork steaks, it came to just over £90.  All the meat is from local farms, we've had it all before and it's delicious, the pork steaks are the best we've ever tasted.  The lamb was a big one, it's come as 16 chops, 4 big joints (shoulder and leg, each cut in half), huge breast which the butcher boned for us, I stuff and roll it myself, liver and kidney.  We've still got 2 packs of steak mince, a pack of back bacon, 2 pork steaks and 4 chicken thighs left from the last order, we're having the chicken tonight. 

We don't bother much about Christmas, I don't like all the commercialism of it and object to paying overinflated prices for stuff that gets used once a year.  We don't buy each other Xmas presents, we have everything we need or want.  Since OH only ever has 2 or sometimes just 1 day off over Christmas, we don't go anywhere or have anyone to stay (our relatives all live quite far away), we just prefer to stay in, eat some nice food, watch something good on TV and enjoy spending time together.  We don't have turkey since neither of us particularly like it, we have a roast of something we really do enjoy.  We're thinking about beef this year, we don't have beef that often.  Or maybe a nice big gammon joint.  Think we'll go back to the butchers next week and have a chat with him.

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  1. sounds like a good Christmas to me, we like it simple just the two of us.

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    1. Yes, when it's just 2 of you what's the point of spending loads?

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  2. We eat meat but not a great deal anymore, and when we do I am very good at stretching it. x

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    1. I'm getting better at stretching it, and we are having more veg-based meals now.

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  3. I do not buy anything that I don't usually buy for the Christmas period. Perhaps a little extra fruit and cream and probably a decent chunk of stilton. No booze or mountains of chocolate, definitely no savoury snacks that are basically flour, fat and salt and no slabs of cake.

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    1. Sounds just right, Pam. I do love a good bit of blue cheese.

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  4. We don't bother much with Christmas presents for each other either unless I see something I'd like and then I'll say that can be my Christmas present. Or I'll buy him new underwear and tell him it's his Christmas present!!
    But I know where we are going on Christmas day they will be spending a fortune on each other - a fortune that they don't really have to spare!

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    1. It's such a pity that people get seduced into spending tons of money because it's seen as the done thing.

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  5. Sounds like a perfect Christmas to me! Also don't buy in loads and just have a few bits extra nice stuff. Well done on the shop - that is a big saving. i have £3.49 in Nectar points! i spend £40 every two weeks with them. cashing in summer holidays when visitors are here or at Xmas.

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    1. Ours built up because we mainly shop with them and OH usually gets his fuel there.

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  6. I have my T***o vouchers once a year in November and use those to stock up on meat. I look for offers to try and get the most I can out of it. This year I have £96 so should get quite a bit for that.
    I'm happy with just hubby, daughter and myself for Christmas or as this year us and my son, his wife and the grandaughters. I am done with having the world and his wife eating here and being in the kitchen all day and night. We'll have a turkey dinner followed by Christmas pud for those who like it or a lighter dessert for those that don't and that will be it-x-

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    1. Well done Sheila, that's a great amount to spend on meat.

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  7. Sounds like a lovely Christmas, we do a lot of visiting over that period and I hate it. We buy a few extra bits and pieces but not too much, I like to make a trifle and maybe some brownies or something but nothing that requires extra spending.

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    1. Trifle sounds good, not made one of those for ages.

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  8. We are keeping it simple my daughter and SIL and possibility my brother, a simple family time, forget perfection it's over rated. We will have our own perfect day

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