Frugal – spend cut – w/e 05/04/15

From my weekly budget of £20, I have spent:

  • £3.80 – metro ticket to Birmingham so I could get a lift with my mum and sister to my parents’ house (see car problems below).
  • £1.00 – chocolate cake for my nephew at an Easter event
  • £1.00 – raffle ticket at the same event; I don’t harbour hopes of winning, but it’s for a good cause.

Total – £5.80 £14.20 into savings.

For my mum’s birthday present, I took her for lunch, so I paid for her meal out of my present budget – £16.05.

I drove to my parents’ house which is about an hour away from mine. The car had some serious brake problems and I ended up leaving it at a garage up there and taking a train back. I took the money for the train ticket from our fuel budget – £15.70.

This week’s food spend is as follows:

  • Raw king prawns – £1.99
  • Turkey thigh mince – £2.29
  • 2 lamb rump steaks – £1.99
  • 1 ribeye steak – £3.99
  • 6 turkey steaks – 2.19
  • 4 beef quarter pounders – £1.89
  • diced mince – £1.99
  • Pig liver – £0.83
  • Mushrooms – £0.90
  • Sandwich steak x 4 – £3.50
  • Peppers – £1.00
  • Kale – £2.00

Subtotal – £24.56

Everything above pig liver was a yellow sticker reduction. Still not extremely cheap, but I expect at least half of it to carry over to next week. The liver is a bit of a test. I’m not very keen on organ meat, but I know it’s very good for me and also very cheap. Ideally I’d like to get used to it and be able to have it once or twice a week. I’m thinking of trying this recipe from The clothes make the girl to start with. I know it’s the wrong kind of liver but I figure how different can they be? Does anyone have any favourite liver recipes to recommend?

  • 3 x 40 herbal teas – £2.67
  • 2 x dessicated coconut – £1.98
  • Pistachios – £1.79
  • 800g beef mince
  • 2 pork chops

Subtotal – £11.50

Total – £36.06

Slightly over the weekly budget, but the second shop was at Lidl, where I don’t go very often, so I stocked up on tea and coconut which will last for several weeks.


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