So today Team Pugh went off for a little swim and decided to use the journey back to go and do next week’s shop! So off we went to nearby Abingdon!
Firstly we visited Wells Stores and it was…….. AMAZING!
We treated ourselves to some lovely muesli, strong bread flour, some potatoes, a huge block of Lincolnshire poacher cheese (made where Becksie went to school), some lovely looking butter and some bargain cheese! This proved that one can still get bargains when not shopping at supermarkets – the cheese is a goats cheese coated in ash – previously £4.95 each purchased today at the bargain price of £1! Amazing!
Not only were the goods amazing but the whole experience was truly fab! We were served by Katie who was really lovely and gave us recipe tips for our cheese.
Whilst we were in the shop we were pleasantly surprised to see a steady stream of regulars who the staff a) knew by name and b) knew what they liked to purchase!
This truly felt like a ‘real’ shopping experience and a million miles away from going to a supermarket. So £12.04 later we left very happy shoppers and continued our way home via Millets Farm shop!
Now we were quite excited to visit Millets as……… they sell frozen peas! We stocked up on frozen peas, sweetcorn, gooseberries, blackcurrants and raspberries! And……. got yet more bargains! A half price pepper, some half price tomatoes and mushrooms and ………. Lots of reduced cream!
We also got some store cupboard essentials – golden syrup, olive oil, cocoa powder! Now store cupboard ingredients are something we get asked about quite a bit and we are planning a post about them (this could be a bit dry haha – get it dry store cupboard? Oh don’t worry) but basically our thoughts go like this…..
Store cupboard ingredients are the most expensive part of not shopping in supermarkets but…. our experiment thus far is proving for us this is still cheaper! We buy a few store cupboard items every week and although they might be slightly more expensive they are much much better quality! We then use them more sparingly and enjoy them more! In fact this weeks golden syrup is actually the first time that we have paid more for a like – for – like product! In the supermarket we used to pay £1 for exactly the same pot of golden syrup that today cost us £1.79 but……. golden syrup is after all liquid gold and therefore worth every penny! On all other store cupboard ingredients we can honestly say that even though they have sometimes cost a little more the quality is far far superior! And……shopping is still cheaper as a) other things are much much cheaper and b) scratch cooking everything really does save you money.
£41.63 ! A total of £8.37 to add to our savings fund!
Oh and if you think from looking at the pictures that we’ve turned vegetarian this week don’t worry it’s not a reaction to horse meat gate but a decision to use some of the meat we have in the freezer – some Derek, some pheasant and some other bits and bobs!