So yesterday we spent just over £70 on food shopping. Oh well, I did stick to my list again and I've economised on some things, so £70 is probably less than I could have spent. Our guests only have the leading brand of tomato ketchup - in our cupboard I had half a bottle of the supermarket own brand one I usually buy, plus a little bit left in a bottle of the leading brand one (bought from Approved Foods ages ago when they had it at a cheap price). I was planning on swishing it out with water and adding it to a stew or something, but had a brainwave - I poured the own brand one into the leading brand bottle and shook them together....we'll see if our guests actually notice the difference! They don't read this blog so they won't know ;-). So that saved me having to buy another (expensive) ketchup.
We've recently started having a dominoes and cards night every fortnight or so with our lovely friendly neighbours, we take it in turns to host and provide food and drink. It's our turn this coming Friday but I don't have to buy anything extra for that, I'll make some snacks using what we've got. We've got some beers, cider and wine too....I almost never drink alcohol and OH doesn't drink much, so what we get given or buy on special offer always sits in the cupboard for ages - useful for when we have guests.
I think I might try doing the restricted shop thing next month, nothing much planned so far, we're not going away and no guests visiting.
Thank you 50 and Counting (good luck with your reduced shopping!), Fishcake Random and Gemma's Person for your comments on my last blog - retirement (well, OH's) is going just fine, we're busier than ever. Our Betty Boo is a year old this week, how time has flown! She's as lovely as ever, still making us laugh every single day, still very stubborn but reasonably well behaved. Our one-to-one training with the lovely Carrie-Anne has been put on hold as she is heavily pregnant, but hopefully we'll continue with it when Carrie's back to work.