The Cost of The Beast from the East on your shop

Our supermarket deliveries are more or less back to normal and as expected, additional costs have been incurred due to the recent bad weather.
According to the ONS (source) inflation in the UK for January stood at 2.17%.
Looking at the website, this figure was released in February, and the next update (presumably for February) will be the 20th March.
So inflation for March, which will include the bad weather of late, won’t be released until April. I shall be looking for it with interest (yawn, if I can remember because it’s always been massaged).

The cost of the cold weather is 3p.
I say that because that it would appear that 3p has been added to practically every item we had been buying in the last couple of weeks or so.
Baguettes that were 19p each yesterday are 22p today.
Doughnuts were 29p yesterday and are 32p today.
Belgian buns were 49p yesterday and are now 52p.
Blueberry iced buns were 52p and are now 55p.
4 blueberry muffins were 82p and are now 85p.
Prepared salads, £1.76 at the beginning of the week, £1.79 today.
Hubby’s nuts (stop tittering) were 59p last week (different shop) and are 62p this.
However, some prices had already gone up before The Beast and Emma hit, as our cut loaf  increased from 46p to 49p, dried apricots a whopping hike of 10p from £2.29 to £2.39 for 500g (still cheaper by weight as 200g had gone up from 96p to 99p), breakfast cereal 85p to 88p for 750g and cheese £3.56 to £3.59 for just over 800g.

I haven’t done a big shop for a while preferring these days to just top up whatever we’ve used, apart from our meat drawer in the freezer which I filled on Sunday. For just under £15, I got the equivalent of 17 dinners, including 6 ‘packs’ out of a 1kg tray of lean minced beef, which if I play my cards right some could equate to 2 days chillis thus adding an extra meal or two for my outlay.

Saying that though, I have still managed to shave over £20 off our food bill for January and February combined, and doing well for March regardless of the above observations.
Our bill for 2017 was just under £1,770.
Just a note here: the buns and cakes are all in the same area, but we haven’t had them….. well, apart from a couple of doughnuts! 😉 🙄


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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