Just to make the Challenge extra especially difficult, I went shopping with the children! Not the best plan, but it was the weekend. My usual ploy when they're with me is to keep the trolley rolling, so I walk and lift on the move, while scanning the shelves ahead. Stop and the trouble starts.....
This time I had to stop. My carefully crafted list was short but I needed to take a really good look at the prices. I also needed to shop around and went to FOUR supermarkets. Luckily they're all close to each other; that was the only lucky thing! I was on my knees by the last one.
It was hard deciding what to buy, but it did make me think about what I usually put in my trolley. My food shop can be seven or even more times the £12 limit. What have I been buying?! I used to be quite good at guessing my total as I waited in the checkout queue - now I'm always way under.
So here's my 'teeny weeny bit over' £12 list. I know lists are dull, but this one is important!
small chicken £2.82
large onion 14
2x500g pasta 60
soft cheese 250g 68
plain yogurt 500g 55
baked beans 29
2xtinned toms 62
milk 2.272l 1.00
10 eggs 85
carrots 1kg 59
rice 1kg 40
cream crackers 36
split lentils 500g 88
tinned peaches 29
potatoes 2kg 69
Blimey! It looks so short and took me so long! A neighbour has kindly given me two leeks from her garden and I have half a tub of Clover left in the fridge. That's it though, a part from leftover flour, sugar and cooking oil in the cupboard, plus the odd dollop of jam or honey. I don't think that's pushing it really? And as I've already said, the money normally spent on the weekly shop is going to the Rifles "Care for Casualties" Appeal.
I probably have a bit of an advantage because I'm catering for the kids and only one adult. Still, three pounds each stretched over seven days - it's going to be interesting!
Breakfast this morning was straightforward enough; just one for milk and cereal and toast for the rest of us. Packed lunches looked a little anaemic, (I'll delve into them in more detail tomorrow when I've heard the verdict!) and lentil soup for me.
Tonight I'm going to lull them into a false sense of security with chicken, roast potatoes and carrots!