Keeping within budget

Well, my system works and of all the things on my list, the only thing we didn’t get today was tinned pineapple.
Spending the grand total of just under £26, I bought cheese, fresh fruit and veg, baked beans, minced beef for a spaghetti bolognese, baked potatoes, a red pepper, 8 cartons of milk, 2 tins of curry, ginger spice and stock cubes.

Tinned pineapple prices have rocketed. And I mean almost to Mars.
tinned-pineappleWhy for heaven’s sake? You can buy a fresh one for less than a pound if you want to faff about preparing it, getting juice everywhere and throwing the tufty bit and core away.
I also manage to find cuts I never knew I had and get an ulcerated mouth into the bargain, but saying that, I do love fresh pineapple. However for what I wanted, ie our store for future sweet and sours, it wasn’t a practical option.

The other day we noticed the shelf of our normal ‘own brand’ choice was empty.
Not surprising at just 27p a tin for 420g, but for the next one along 75p which was actually smaller, and a tin the same size as what was missing £1!
Leaving said items on the shelf, we drove to our other supermarket (shopping in both today anyway) and their tins of 300g were 65p.
In desperation we went to The T word (a supermarket we avoid unless absolutely necessary) and even they wanted 70p for a 300g tin.
I have one in the cupboard and we will be looking for reinforcements each time we shop now.
Either that or I shall be thinking of something alternative to pineapple to put in my sweet and sour mix. Any suggestions?
sweet-and-sour-chicken sweet-and-sour-pepper

Photos: left: sweet and sour chicken.           Right: sweet and sour peppers

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12 Responses to Keeping within budget

  1. nanny15 says:

    Grocery shopping is a nightmare, every week items on my basic list take huge leaps upwards without any justification at all. Grrrrrrrrr!!! Makes me mad.

    • This is why I started putting a price alongside the items on my list and if they were more expensive than my allowance, then I’d either buy less or not at all. I’m sick of the excuse of BREXIT for higher prices. It’s pure greed at the cost to the consumer.

  2. I wish I had an alternative for you! Pineapple is one of those fruits I can eat a lot of. I love the taste of fresh pineapple, but preparing it is such a pain I usually stick with the cans. We also have single serving cups which have been the cheapest alternative here recently, which is odd (though it ends up working out well, as I can take one in to work with me for a snack).

    • I’ve seen packs of fresh pineapple fingers for about a pound, so if the worst came to the worst I could buy fresh, though I do use the juice as my liquid rather than water. We shall see, as it could just be a temporary thing. Rest assured as soon as the 27p tins are back on the shelf, I’ll be buying at least 6!

  3. MrsCraft says:

    Hope the cheap stuff comes back, quite often I knock an item off my list if I think it’s too expensive, particularly if I know it won’t last for long.

  4. I’m in California, so I’m not sure what’s the same. But I sometimes get fruit cups packs out of the snack aisle; they’re smaller but more of them, and the total weight works out fairly close.
    Mandarins work well with sweet and sour chicken, if marinated a little in sauce first.

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