Nightmare – I spent three hours in the supermarket trying to get my ingredients for my second week on Live Below the Line!
I hadn’t prepared before I went to do my food shop – huge mistake! I thought that I would just go round ASDA, look for the cheapest items I could find and get some inspiration as to what I could make with them (I wanted to buy items that could be used in a variety of ways). The inspiration didn’t come. On top of that, every time I added up the cost of the items in my trolley, it was more than £7 (from now on I am buying for 7 days as I am also doing Live Below the Line on weekends).
Stupidly, I went shopping on an empty stomach and because the Smartprice range is so cheap, I was picking up everything the range had to offer and putting it into the trolley. I think I imagined that because it was cheap it would come under my budget!
The best thing I found was a jar of of curry sauce for 20p!!! I’m holding my breath though, it may be disgusting. Sometimes these things are cheap for a reason.
I got there in the end and I was really happy with my purchases:
I was now running late for my mum so I skipped lunch (I hadn’t eaten breakfast either) and rushed off to meet her in town. We went to a coffee house (another error) and I watched her tuck into one of their amazing homemade scones while I sipped a tap water.
In the last year my coffee addiction has hit an all time high. I must have spent hundreds of pounds in Starbucks, Costa and Nero’s, so not buying any coffee is probably a good thing, despite having to go through the hideous withdrawal symptoms detailed in yesterday’s post.
I arrived back home ravenous so I had my dinner early – butternut squash risotto. For some reason I was set on using butternut squash this week but it cost me £1.03 – I think that has been the most expensive single item I have bought so far. I decided to use pearl barley instead of traditional risotto rice as it’s high in protein, fibre, essential vitamins and minerals.
Here is my risotto recipe:
I’m so chuffed with my dinner – it’s flavoursome, filling and doesn’t make me feel like I’m Living Below the Line.
My dessert wasn’t such a success though. When I found a bunch of bananas half price in the supermarket I decided to get some custard to go with it. I found a sachet of custard powder for just 7p!
Rather than making up the whole packet, I portioned it out and added boiling water to this evening’s portion. Unfortunately it didn’t thicken, so my bananas and custard looked a bit like this.:
However, you may have noticed that I have bought some chocolate mousses – a pack of four is just 18p. These are for my lunches for the week and for emergencies. Although I ate my bananas and custard, I needed a pick-me-up…and a chocolate mousse saved it and made my day!
Today I have eaten:
- Breakfast: nothing
- Lunch: nothing
- Dinner: Butternut squash risotto (39p), banana and custard (8p)
- Snacks: Chocolate mousse (5p)
Total spent today: 52p
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