13. 02. 2015

Good morning! Here are my supermarket purchases this week. I went to Aldi and Waitrose spending a combined total of £34.02.

aldi grocery haul

grocery haul

Receipt(s) breakdown:

– £5.38 Toilet Rolls (18)
– £1.99 Water x 12 bottles (not pictured)
– £1.59 Smoked Mackerel
– £2.59 Chicken Fillets (375g)
– £1.29 Gouda Slices
– £1.75 Cheddar (350g)
– £0.65 Greek Yoghurt
– £1.00 Milk
– £2.00 Fruit Yoghurt x 2
– £2.40 Eggs x 6
– £0.49 Panini Bread x 2
– £0.78 Hovis Wholemeal Bread
– £0.79 Bakewell Slices
– £1.38 Tortilla Chips x 3
– £0.49 Chili Powder
– £0.44 Broccoli
– £0.99 Mushrooms
– £0.44 Cucumber
– £0.49 Red Pepper
– £0.68 Bananas
– £1.89 Potatoes (2.5kg)
– £0.59 Onions
– £0.85 Babyleaf Salad Leaves
– £1.49 Black Grapes
– £1.59 Green Grapes

I didn’t need much in the way of meat this week, but I did buy two large packs of toilet roll and 12 bottles of water for the car. We keep some in there for emergencies (and for when M plays golf!).

My grocery spend for February is now at £106.46 with two Fridays still to go – I shop once a week on a Friday. I think I’m on track to stay within my £210 budget….let’s hope so anyway! :)



11. 02. 2015

I’m a little late showing you this, but here is a screenshot of the simple excel sheet I use to track the price of the main grocery items I purchase.

Please note that we eat very simply. I don’t cook anything too complicated. Ever. And I don’t bake at all! :)

Price Book:

Price Book


I’m hoping the sheet is quite simple to understand, even though I forgot the column headers. Across the top, in every section, it should read: Product/Regular Price/Offer Price.

If you’ve seen my grocery hauls you’ll know that I buy a mixture of generic and named brand items, it just depends on the product. In general I’m aiming to buy every item when there’s an offer on – I check supermarket websites for price reductions – it doesn’t always work with the weekly items, but I still try.

There may be a few rarely used products missing, but in general these are all the (grocery) items that I buy.

I have a similar sheet for household and toiletry items.

Ok I think that’s it. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Further reading: Stockpile Inventory




10. 02. 2015

Living in a small home requires us to be very strict with the amount of stuff we have, and so I’m constantly assessing our needs. This week my attention turned to our main clothing wardrobe, which also houses our linen collection. 

We downsized our linen collection years ago, but I thought you might like to see what we have now, since moving, and where we’re keeping it.

First off here’s a list of what we have:

Linen Inventory:
+ Duvet Covers x 4 (1 spare for each bed)
+ Flat Sheets x 2
+ Fitted Sheets x 3
+ Pillowcases x 14 (6 spare)
+ Mattress Protectors x 2
+ Topper x 1
+ Hand Towels x 5
+ Bath Towels x 2
+ Bath Sheets x 2
+ Beach Towels x 2 (use as spare bath towels)
+ Bath Mats x 2
+ Face Cloths x 4

I removed two blankets and an old grotty bath mat.

A lot of this stuff ^ is obviously on a bed, or in a bathroom, but the rest is kept on one shelf in the clothing wardrobe.

Here’s what it looks like stored – I roll the spare fitted sheet up behind everything in the front.


And here’s the stuff I de-cluttered from the wardrobe (+ a few extra bits and pieces) and what I’m doing with it.


For donation:
+ Blankets x 2
+ A small saucepan I never use
+ A print
+ Candle plate (?!)
+ Index book
+ Bracelet

For recycling:
+ An old shirt
+ Pyjama tops x 3
+ Small tub

To sell:
+ A handbag

To bin:
+ A rubber backed bath mat

Do you keep a lot of spare linens, or do you keep the minimum required?