Food, Glorious Food.

We all need food, water and shelter to survive, but the trouble is that the cost of food has been spiralling for a while now. According to the Daily Mail (September 2012) the average weekly food shop costs £77, that works out at £4,004 a year.

We are flooded by TV chef’s enticing us to create wonderful looking meals with a dozen ingredients that we will not be able to find a use for during the rest of the week,

We are surrounded by the temptations of processed ready meals and take-aways because we simply do not have the time to spend in the kitchen and cook on top of everything else we need to do.

But is it possible to slash our food bills, eat yummy food healthy and nutritious food and cook it ourselves?

I think so.

Over the next few weeks I’m going to try and be more conscious about what I buy, cook, eat, throw away. Share with you my progress the recipes and my shopping lists.



Money, Money, Money – 1 Week on

so a week has passed and how have I got on?

I’ve not done too badly, I don’t think. I brought my shopping online from Sainsbury’s, paid half of my bills through direct debit and just waiting for the rest to come out in the next few days.

I haven’t really spent much money this week. Spent a weekend in Mid-Wales which the Mr, paid mostly for. we went for  drink in the pub which was paid for in cash.

We did spend £60 on fuel driving to and from and around Wales. so this coming week I’m thinking of being a skimpy on my fuel and trying to walk more.

But in terms of impulse buys I haven’t really made any.

So plan for this week.

Plan our meal’s for the week,
Walk more rather than using the car,
continue building our change jar.


More in a week.



Vinegar – The new but old miricle cleaning product


I have recently discovered the wonders that is vinegar.

Who knew vinegar could be so damn clever? it cooks, it cleans, it launders! if only it could sweep my floor and raise the kids too!

Joking aside!

after researching what could be a cheaper alternative to the masses of cleaning products that seem to be available in every supermarket, Vinegar was the one thing that kept popping up. it seems it does everything bar sweeping the floor and raising the kids.

Quick tip to get you started.

Like me, do you have cloudy glasses that no matter how much you wash them never seem to loose that cloudy look?

pour a glug of white distilled vinegar into your washing up liquid and give it a shake. next time you do your dishes those cloudy glasses won’t be so cloudy.


The 3 Minute Rule

What is the 3minute rule?

The 3 minute rule is an easy way to keep your house clean. No, I’m being completely and utterly serious. If, like me, you like to sit down on an evening when the kids are in bed with a glass of wine a cup of tea and try and relax in front of your favourite soap or TV program,but really you’re wondering how you’re gonna get all that cleaning done before bedtime or the following day. Why not try and utilise the advert breaks to clean your house?

 How do I follow the 3minute rule?

Easy! when the adverts come on make yourself busy. Don’t stick the kettle on and sit back down basically.

What can I do in 3minutes?

Another easy one!

*Load your washing machine
*Load your dryer (if your lucky and have one)
*Put your clothes on to the airing line
*Dust your TV
*Wipe your coffee table
*sweep your living room floor
*wash up from dinner
*put your clean dishes away
*Dust your bookshelves
*clean your bathroom mirror
*Clean your toilet
*shake out your rug
*put all your DVD’s into their correct boxes
*Make your bed

I’m sure there are many others as well.

what do you do in 3minutes to keep you’re house ticking over?