Frugal Friday – Lists

Lists!
I love them.   Never used to, in all honesty, if you were a list person 10 years ago, I would have thought you didnt get out enough.
But, oh, how times have changed, I have a list for near enough everything.
Meal plan, shopping list, freezer and cupboard list, you name it and I probably have a list for it.

My freezer and cupboard lists are what I have in them and this helps keep shopping down through the week.
I work my meal plans around what I have in them, so as not to buy a lot at the shops.
Since doing this, I have saved roughly £7-£10 a week.
Over a year that could be a saving of upto £520!

Here are a couple of my lists, the freezer and cupboard ones do get quite messy (all the crossing out and adding on)

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Do you use lists?
What do you use them for?

I would love to hear about your money saving, frugal tips, so share, share away 🙂

X

It’s The Little Things

Sometimes in life I am easily pleased, and right now it is the little things in life,  that are making a big impact on me.
And 9 times out of 10, theses things come from my Mini Man and Little Lady,  and occasionally Mr N.

Take for example,  today, the Mini Man came home from nursery and handed me a piece of paper.  On it was his name, a heart, and I am not going to lie, something else that I had no idea what it was.
And naturally when I asked him, he looked at me as if I had no brain.
“Mummy, you’re just stupid.   Its your heart and our home. I put the 2 of them together becsuse you fill our house with love”
Once he had said that, I forgot all about being called stupid, but felt , my heart swell snd my eyes well up.
I thanked him for his amazing oicture and gave him a cuddle, his response?
“Calm down mummy, it’s just a picture”
He has such a way with words!

Then there is the Little Lady, she is a bit more forward with her compliments.   And they range in size, depending kn what mood the little devil angel is in.
“I can’t see the telly mummy”, when I am giving, or rather trying to give, her a cuddle.
All the way to – “I love you more than macaroni and cake” and believe me thats a whole lot of love. 
Her latest one is, I don’t like you….. I love you.  But beware the signs  as she only does this on the now and again, or, dum dum dum, when she is after something, more than often something sweet.

I remember, way back in the day, when Mr N and I first met,  we used to leave little love notes dotted sbout, in bags, sandwich tubs, you name it.  

Aaaa young love!

What are the Little Thkngs that make you smile?

X

Meal Planning Monday 27-1-14

Well fellow meal planners, I *hangs head in shame*, have not taken part in the Meal Planning Monday in a while.
All this is about to change 🙂

I hope you ‘orrible lot have been sticking to it though.

Here goes:

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Homemade Mince and Tatties

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Homemade Leek and Potato soup

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Chicken curry and naan bread

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Some sort of fish, not sure yet, whayever takes our fancy

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The Mini’s will be at granny’s tonight, may persuade the Mr to take me out!

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Beef Tacos

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Roast beef

I am using up items in my freezer, cupboard, you name it, to help save some money.

I am in the process of setting up another blog for my recipes, so once that’s up and running, I’ll be sure to let you know.

Thanks to Mrs M for her Meal Planning hosting.

x

Frugal Friday Tips

I bet most of us are in the same boat moneywise,  especially after christmas.
And that boat is the Skint Boat.   I know I definitely am!

So I have decided to make some Frugal posts, to share with you.  These hints and tips are what I do to try and stretch the old dough a little further.  And please if you have any tips you would like to share, don’t hesitate to send them in.

The first Frugal Friday post is about Roast chicken.
Yes, yes, I know.  How can a roast chicken be frugal, well here goes…..

Have you heard about the 1 chicken, 3 dinners rule?
I LOVE it!  It’s one of the best money saving tips food wise, that I have come across.

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Basically, you get yourself a whole chicken anduse it 3 times.
And how might you do that?  Dead easy.
You have your Sunday chicken roast, once you have finished, completely strip the meat that is left and use it for the next meal.
Then take the carcass and boil it up with some herbs, veg, whatever takes your fancy.
And Bobs your uncle,  you’ve got yourself 3 dinners!
Tell me thats not amazing!?

1.  Roast chicken dinner
2.  Leftover chicken curry
3.  Chicken noodle soup

I think its fantastic, and the most I have had out of it is 4 dinners.
I just make, say, chicken curry or chicken pie, with the stripped mest and freeze it for another day.
Sameneith the stock,  just tub it up and freeze.

If you have tried this, how many dinners have you had out the chicken?
What do you make with your leftovers?

Be sure to let us know 😉

X

New Year – New Beginnings

Well hello there strangers!
I know it’s been a while and please accept my apologies for this.

My absence has been down to some personal ongoing issues, that I am, fingers crossed, just about rid of.
One day I hope to do a blog post, maybe a few, about whats been happening, but for now I am just glad to be back on the blogging horse.

What’s been happening in your world?  Anything exciting?

Not a lot happening in this household, we have just been preparing for the year ahead as we have a lot going on.
What do you have planned for this year?
We have our wedding (eeek!), the mini man will be starting school after the summer, the little lady will be starting nursery.
And that’s just a few things we have going on!

I am in the process of putting up some recipes and posts on the little ones blog, and I will be sure to put up the link for you all.

Anyhoo, I am glad to be back,  and I hope to “see” you on here 🙂

X

Exciting New Things ;)

Just a short, cheeky post to let you know about some changes I plan to make and get your thoughts on.

I am in the process of starting up 2 new blogs – 1 for myself and 1 for my mini’s.

The new blog for myself,  is basically recipes and anything foodie that I like.
Alas, my dear readers, I shall be keeping this one too.  Only it wont contain as much foodie posts.

The blog for my mini’s will be focusing on their cooking/baking, a tiny bit about what else they get upto.
I will be in full control of it, they will be in charge of the picking recipes, shopping and the cooking.

I hope you will enjoy the other blogs as much as this one, and if you have any hints or tips for us, we would appreciate them.
Maybe not the mini man, as we all know that 4.5 year olds know everything!

S x