Firstly, Hello and Welcome to my new follower - Mrs M. Thank you so much for visiting and your supportive comment. x
I did a shopping trip late last week which I forgot to photograph, but I thought you might be interested in how much I managed to get for £13.76. This list will cover me for 8 evening meals, 2 weeks of work lunches, and breakfast.
Tesco Every Day Value = TEDV
2 x 2L bottle of own brand diet cola 78p
2x peach barley squash 1.59 bogof
TEDV Antibac surface cleaner 25p
TEDV Bleach 29p
TEDV Value Instant Mash 20p
2x loaf 20p (reduced)
12x baps 10p (reduced)
TEDV 2 x cottage cheese 1.18
TEDV Kitchen Towel 1.10
tin of mushrooms 41p
TEDV Cornflakes 31p
TEDV Caramel wafers 40p
TEDV 2x chicken kiev 88p
TEDV 2x Baked beans 52p
Beef mince 2.00
2x milk 1.10
I x cabbage 76p
reggea sauce 1.00
Tom puree 29p
3 x mushrooms 25p
Total - £13.76
I am really pleased with the frugality of this shop. The mince lasts me 3 meals, I do not buy the TEDV mince as £2 is cheap enough for mince.
By changing and buying the low cost alternatives that Tesco have I was able to reduce my shop by quite a considerable amount.
For example in Tesco the Daisy Kitchen antibac in a spray bottle which is their cheap range is about 89p. By buying the TEDV Antibac which comes in a screw top bottle I reduced the cost by approx 50p, and only need to decant it into a spray to use. Plus it is larger than a spray bottle.
I am nervous about 2 chicken kievs for 88p, but I suppose the taste test will let me know if it is worth purchasing again.
The TEDV Cornflakes at 31p a box are indistinguishable from Kelloggs, and the TEDV cottage cheese is....um... well as nice as cottage cheese can be, but again no difference from more expensive brands.
I also then over the weekend popped into Iceland for a freezer fill up.
3 x Sweet Chili Chicken Pizza £4.50 (for those days when you cannot be bothered)
1 bag of chips £1
1 bag of mixed frozen veg £1
1 box of Mr Brains faggotts £1
So for about £21 I think I should have the majority of the month's food covered, with maybe a trip for some milk later on in August.
A convert to the frugal brands at Tesco? Time will tell and I think next month I might try similar frugal own brands at Morrisons.
Any recommendations on TEDV products to try?