It's raining so it looks like an indoor day today. I've just had breakfast with Bobo in his little room. He is warming to me a bit now, his front paws have ventured onto my lap, but the rest of him stays on the cupboard as he stretches over to me. It won't be long before he trusts me enough to take the leap of faith and go for the full Monty love and kisses.
There were some bargains to be had at Tesco last night, mainly in the veg department. On arrival I deposited the remains of the grotty virtual fish portions on the counter at Customer Care, and told the nice young lady what I thought of them. She duly noted my comments on her computer and it spat out a full refund of 97p. Fish went in the bin. It probably won't be taken any further, but I'll say one thing for Tesco, they are on the ball at giving back no quibble refunds. I would have just binned them, but thanks to the advice from lizzie and Dont Unplug Your Hub, take them back without the receipt, it worked :o) The young lady looked bemused when I said, I know they are cheap, but they should be fit for human consumption, ha ha.
Bags of spuds were reduced from £1.12 to 28p for 2.5 kilos, I have to buy some now as my home grown have all been eaten, I picked up two bags. Carrots are a good price as always., I go for the Value label at 76p for 2 kilos. I always like to have onions in because they are so versatile, you can add them to so many meals, 2 kilos of Value at £1.17. Brussel sprouts were on offer, BOGOF, two bags for £1. I haven't had them for a while, usually get broccoli, so it will be a nice change, I love sprouts.
They have an offer on at the moment on the jams and spreads, buy 2 get 1 free. I don't eat jam, too much sugar, but I do like peanut butter and honey, so I stocked up on the Value versions of these.
There is a big price difference on tins of chick peas depending on which department they are housed in. I got 3 tins from the Continental foods section, 39p each. In the tinned beans aisle they were 79p. You've got to study prices to notice this rip off.
Bananas are cheap at the moment, I eat them all the time. My favourite from kiddywink days is banana sandwiches with sugar sprinkled on them. Now I drizzle honey on instead. Makes a nice little filler with a cuppa, to tide you over, mid morning or mid afternoon. If I have loads I cut one up on my bran flakes for breakfast. Banana with a yogurt on top is nice. I get Tesco yogurts (not Value, they are horrible) but the next one up, 6 low fat for 89p. I've gone off the fruity ones, and have a taste for the Vanilla, Toffee, and Chocolate Orange ones, lovely.
For cat lovers out there, Tesco have Whiskas pouches on offer, buy 1 get 1 free. Mine prefer Felix, but 2 boxes for £3.49 is a lot cheaper than their usual at £5 for two. I'm going to sneak some Whiskas into their diet and hope they don't notice. Fat chance I hear you say, cats being the fickle things that they are, ha ha.
If you want to see my full shopping list I have added it to a stand alone page, the link is at the top of this page. I am keeping a food diary up there for six months to monitor my eating habits and spending. A lot of people struggle to keep within budget, I want to prove that it can be done, and to eat healthily doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Toodle pip.
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