I went shopping yesterday to Tesco, the things on my list were not food related at all so would not have come out of our Challenge shopping budget ... then I spotted the girl with the price reduction gun and lots and lots of reduced yellow stickered items being stacked on the shelves.
The store was quiet and everyone at the reduced shelves was being very polite taking what they needed and stepping away to watch what else was being added. I picked up a couple of meat products and then carried on to the next aisle ... and there she was, another member of staff filling yet another trolley with yellow stickered items. So I went back to the reduced price shelves a few minutes later and managed to get some more things.
Two packs of sausages.
Three packs of pork products.
Four packs of beef products.
And finally two packs of chickeny things.
My receipt showing a total spend of £26.62 ... GULP!!
But, and it's a big BUT, there is a reason for me buying all this
dead flesh err meat!!
Maybe the photos of the now portioned up meat will give you a clue.
Items priced in individual portion sizes.
Prices carefully noted.
And what was one pack of meat portioned up ...
...and priced as three.
All neatly wrapped and boxed up, and now in the chest freezer ready for use in a couple of weeks.
Have you guessed what we had been talking about over the weekend and what we have just decided we should do. I could leave you wondering until tomorrow but that would be cruel ... wouldn't it?
It would :-)
We have decided that although originally this blog was to be about our kind of digging for victory, by which we meant growing our own food, saving money by not buying anything that we could possibly produce ourselves, it has grown in our minds over the first few weeks of this Challenge, that the original meaning of Digging for Victory as in the wartime years, producing foods to supplement the small amount of food available on the rations is really something we at least want to have a go at.
So with this in mind we are gearing up to a month (at least) of living on the actual rations from the war years, and as a start to getting ready for this it made sense to portion up the new supplies of meat with their monetary values so I can work out just what Alan's meat ration per week would look like.
He will be allowed £4.66 worth of meat per week (this is todays monetary value of the 1s 6d allowed for off-ration meat purchases at the start of the war), alongside his 4oz of bacon or ham ... and some sausages if they are available, as these weren't on the meat ration just not always in the shops and if they were, they were shared out between a butchers customers, so you didn't know how many you would get.
This is going to get a whole lot more interesting over the course of the next few weeks.
Our proper rationing will start on Monday 12th February, this is only due to us both being here, there and everywhere on business between now and then, and also us wanting to get it as accurate as we can. Once we get going no doubt it will be okay but at the moment it feels a bit daunting. At least there are a few bloggers on my sidebar who have done this in the past who I can turn to for help or advice.
One thing I did do after my shop was to fill in the 'Chance to win £1000' questionnaire on the Tesco website. I guess I have little chance of winning but you do get 25 points for doing it. And you can do it once a month, so if I remember to do it regularly it will be equivalent in points received to me spending an additional £300 at Tesco over the course of a year. Not a lot really but as they say 'every little helps'.
Left in The Purse - £324.96