On our way back from Llandudno yesterday we called into Tesco to pick up some vegetables.
I was determined to spend only one of my vouchers and in the end managed to get what I wanted with the smaller of the two, the £4.50 one. Having Alan with me as a human calculator was brilliant, when we had bought the things we needed there was 77p left over, he did a quick mental recheck and yes just 77p left to spend ... and then I spotted the garlic for 78p and as we only have a handful of homegrown garlic cloves left in the freezer I decided that this was the perfect answer.
The receipt showing my 1p shopping.
Left in The Purse £306.01
I picked up the latest copy of the Tesco magazine, just because it was free and I could ;-)
Today I've been continuing with the weighing out of our supplies. It's time consuming but very interesting. I think rationing will help us to learn a lot about portion control.
8oz of dried Soup Mix = 1 point
1lb Rice = 2 points
1lb Lentils = 2 points
Plus as a vegan it seems I can have another one pound of pulses each week.
And THIS is our months ration of onions - for both of us.
Thank goodness for the Leeks.
Instead of having his lard ration Alan is taking the same weight in Olive Oil.
2oz = 6 tablespoons
Alan is combining his butter and margarine rations to take 6oz of Lurpak, which I guess is almost a mix of the two anyway!
Instead of my lard and butter I am taking 4oz of Trex, which is the vegetable equivalent. For my margarine I am using my usual Flora Dairy Free Spread to the same ration weight.
I have to make sure that I remember that as well as for spreading on bread and toast and cooking with in general, all this fat has to be used in my baking and bread making too. Not a smear will be wasted.
So now that just about everything has been weighed and accounted for we are almost ready to get started. So now I'm going to sit down and do a menu plan for the first week.