Family Friendly Frugal Meals – Rice Pudding….

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You know how I've said before that you should tailor your meal plan to what you have in your cupboards and any bargains that you find when you go shopping?  Well this week's meal plan is the perfect example of that.  I went shopping armed with my meal plan shopping list, found lots of bargains and ended up changing my plan completely.  I bought four packs of diced chicken, reduced from £3.89 to 78p each along with some cocktail sausages reduced from £1.00 to 25p and some naan breads reduced to 19p.  I also managed to get a big pack of Basa fish fillets for £2.95 so I've had a quick rethink … [Read more...]

Packed Lunch Ideas….

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When Miss Frugal started 'big' school she didn't want to take a packed lunch as most of her friends were going to be on school dinners and the people on packed lunches have to sit on separate tables (what's that all about?) so we gave in and paid the £1.85 a day for her to have school dinners. She came home every night and told us excitedly what she'd had and every night I'd tell her that some grated carrots and cheese with a wrap followed by a small cookie was not enough for dinner but the next day she'd have exactly the same thing again!  So by the time Master Frugal (the fussiest eater … [Read more...]


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Why is it that the only way I can stop the kids from shouting at each other today is by shouting at them? Why is it that when I tell them off for randomly stopping in the supermarket in case they get hit by a trolley, some grumpy old man catapults me in to the toiley roll aisle with his trolley? Why is is that as soon as I get paid, the gorgeous handbag I've had my eye on in town is now nowhere to be found? Why do the postman and the courier manage to come in the ten minutes that I'm at the shop buying milk for all the cups of tea I anticipate drinking whilSt spending the day waiting in for … [Read more...]

Scandal at the Boot Sale….

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I love having a wander around the car boot sale on a Sunday afternoon but yesterday I was quite shocked by something that I saw, perhaps naively so.   I was stood at a stall with Miss Frugal when someone pointed out to the stallholder that a lady was filling a carrier bag with items off the bonnet of her car.  The stallholder shouted at the lady who was moving away at this point and ended up running after her and grabbing the lady's bags off her.  They both started shouting and the 'thief' said she had just forgot to pay!  After a bit of a tussle the stallholder grabbed the lady's bags and … [Read more...]