The day started chilly and I didn’t want to get out from under the duvet this morning.
Maya slept through until 5.30 though and Hubby got up to see to her. I buried my nose and went back to sleep for an hour.
We decided to have stew today so had to go up the road to get the ingredients. I took the opportunity to check out a few prices and several things have gone up by another 10% from the beginning of the month. It is quite simple, I’m not buying it.
Food luxuries such as muffins and swiss rolls are up by another 20p, yet chocolate and confectionery seems to be holding its own, though the candy butter fudge we like has had a 5% hike and increased to £1.05p. The 6 pack of ice cream cornets have gone up by another 4p, so are 34p more expensive than they were at the beginning of the year. Bin liners have had another 10p hike and are now 20p dearer than they were 6 months ago.
The diet ‘treats’ are therefore being whittled down as we turn from sweet to savoury.
Crisps have gone up by 15p for a 6 pack (that’s shops own, not a branded make which is around £2) and the crackers we like for our cheese have increased from 79p to £1. Margarine and butter prices are still on the rise, and a 500g tub of a popular sunflower margarine we used to buy for 75p is now a whopping £2.25. Flora is £2.50 in most places, and I refuse to pay it so will do without as we did on the boat.
I was able to shop around a bit today and bought a swede for 65p, 3 large carrots for 24p, 2 large parsnips for 56p and a pack of 4 baking potatoes for 49p. We already had onions, so my outlay was about £2 for three days. I could have bought a larger swede from the discount supermarket, but it was so rubbery, I could have used it as a ball for Maya.
We put some chopped parsnips, carrots and swede in a bag and froze it so that we can add lentils and pulses to the next one and have another three days worth.