We’ve had a productive morning insomuch as doing a tip run, going to the bank, a little bit of shopping for the first aid kit, walking Maya twice, cooking lunch, and then putting my feet up on the ice pack.
The accounts have been done and we are looking good, though I must admit my housekeeping sheet for groceries is galloping away like a horse in the Grand National.
Google picture of Red Rum who achieved an unmatched historic treble when he won the Grand National in 1973, 1974 and 1977, and also came second in the two intervening years, 1975 and 1976.
Having lost Maggie in November 2020, we had no dog food outlay for 2021, but comparing the figures and taking Maya’s food into account, our food budget has increased from £32 pw to almost £40. The main culprits for huge hikes are gingernut biscuits (something Hubby can eat without repercussions), Flora margarine (up from £1.09 to £1.45 for 500g), UHT skimmed milk which has gone up from 50p for 2 litres to 60p (we buy a month’s supply at a time), and breaded cod steaks from £2.49 for 4 to £2.79, not to mention fresh fruit like apples and pears which are working out at 70p or thereabouts each!!!
I’m not kidding myself I can get back on track as our basics have also gone up by at least 10p per item, but I shall be shopping around and being more savvy as weights have changed again plus toilet rolls are reducing in the sheet (not a typo) department. The three ply brand we had been buying is only 170 sheets per roll now, so I am trying a ‘luxury’ 2 ply roll with 220 sheets and see if it flushes away without issue (another play on words, boy I’m on a roll today). I noticed another 3 ply alternative and that only had 160 sheets per roll.
Lunch was chicken curry today as we haven’t had one for a while. All very nice and Maya had some chicken and rice in with her final meal today. One very contented doggy.