It has dawned a lovely day here and although the general weather forecast says rain after lunch, the on-line one mentions nothing about rain - very confusing!
After coming home from shopping, washing has gone on the line and hopefully will get dry before any rains comes, if it does.
This morning we visited Lidl where we got food plus spare cupboard top up's which came to £29.47. Off then to Pound-land where I needed a few things like foil containers (12 for £1) plus things we couldn't get in Lidl, so £13 was spent there, mainly on toiletries and sundries. Finally, we headed to Mr. T., somewhere we haven't been for months to finish getting a few food items but mainly sundries, after handing in loads of cash vouchers, the final shop came to £8.21. That is a total so far this month (our months work 24th - 23rd) of £50.68.
Toiletries should do us now for 1 - 2 months, some things longer, spare cupboard is topped up again and other than fresh food when needed, we hope this month will again be economical.
I wanted the foil containers so I can make a double batch of macaroni cheese, use one portion each then freeze 6 portions. Rather than top each dish with fresh tomatoes, I have some in the freezer which will be used on top of those being frozen - still with me? Things like curry, chilli etc usually go in the reusable containers saved over years from Chinese takeaways as they don't need to be oven heated.
DDL starts her new full time job in April, working for the same people as DS. Although their hours will be slightly different, it will be quite an adjustment on being able to prepare meals in advance. They will be getting up very early to exercise the dogs, organise packed lunches etc. before their 2 hours drive to work. Rather than a 2 hours drive home then eating, they hope to get themselves sorted out enough to eat before leaving work - home cooked food mind so they don't increase their shopping bill.
It is such a joy to see the next generation of your family endeavouring to be financially savvy on the shopping/living front:) They are hoping to move this year, closer to their work place to save such a long daily journey. At least now, they can share the driving.
Our menu tab at the top, has been updated, to reflect Week 12.