1. Mindo

    We brought up 2 children in the UK on a tight budget and I nearly always bought store brand foods. We didn’t suffer from eating carrots, bread, beans, etc. from the “blue and white striped range” although I drew the line at cheap sausages! In fact I remember the economy baked beans scoring best for flavor in a blind tasting by top chefs. Lidl and Aldi often have great deals and I wish we had those stores here in Texas.

    For the new oven you might want to take a look at Freecycle, someone who is remodeling might have just what you are looking for. We always search Craigslist (in the US, don’t know if you its in the UK) and local adverts for furniture and electrical appliances as people are often upgrading or moving, and seem to be getting rid of like-new stuff. If you want new ask stores like Homebase when they will be selling their floor models – one of my family members recently scored a Neff hob and built-in oven for under 50 UK pounds.

    Let your girls know that you will be making economies in order to achieve your savings goals and that their help will be appreciated in making good decisions. I’m sure they’d love to be involved in cooking, especially the fun stuff like making pizzas/curries/thai food at home instead of getting takeaways.

    Good luck, being frugal can be fun and so worthwhile when the savings start adding up!

    • admin

      Thanks honey, great ideas. I’m going to have to try the store range products but I agree can’t have cheap sausages xx

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