Day 1 – eveningPosted: April 27, 2015
I wasn’t planning on going anywhere by car to buy food, I was going to get it all on foot, but I unexpectedly had the opportunity of a lift to Asda where they are selling 1.5kg (which worked out to 6) potatoes on special offer for 87p, so I’ve got my spuds after all. I even got half of them baked for me!
I took the rest of my daily portion of slaw and 2 pickled onions in a container with me to serve over a potato, but ended up just eating a half-potato as I have been strangely un-hungry this evening. I will eat the rest cold over the next couple of days, but I also saved the other 3 to boil/mash/add to soup.
Since I’ve got everything I planned to, pretty much, here’s my final list for the week:
- Tesco yellow split peas, 500g – 53p
- Tesco value cornflakes 500g – 31p
- Tesco value crunchy peanut butter 340g – 62p
- Tesco value silverskin pickled onions 440g – 30p
- Tesco value self-raising flour 1500g – 45p
- Tesco value mustard 190g – 25p
- Tesco value teabags (40) – 20p
- Tesco value salt 1000g – 25p
- Sainsburys tomato purée 142g – 20p
- Asda ‘Extra Special’ Rudolph potatoes 1500g – 87p
- Aldi red cabbage (weight not listed, but weighed by me at 1270g) – 45p
- Aldi carrots 500g – 27p
That leaves me 30p as I couldn’t decide between a jar of jam, a bulb of garlic, an orange or lemon, and I was even kind of tempted to buy some Love Hearts sweets, even though they probably have even less nutritional value than the jam.
I don’t know if there’s much point in my costing out each day’s worth of food (I did make a start but it got fiddly with all the components in each thing I made), but I will run through what is left at the end of the challenge and work out the total spend and average nutritional intakes that way.
I already know I have enough here to last the 5 days in terms of calories and protein and will do roughly okay with regard to some vitamins and minerals although I’ll be falling short on a few things e.g. essential fatty acids and B12 and won’t manage to make the 5-a-day fruit and veg goal unless I eat more dandelions and other freebies.
I’m lucky to have plenty of spare time to source the cheapest item from each store, cook from scratch, and to own the equipment and know-how to carry that out, and I know that has made my cash go a lot further.