A slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. I thought I’d update you on how our spending went for our 2016 challenge. Well, we went over our planned budget but we managed to save 470€ on what we normally spend, so happy with that, but I know I can do better. We still have freezers packed with fresh fruit, veg, meat and lots of bits and bobs like pesto, breadcrumbs, pastry, cream cheese etc., more than enough to make plenty of meals in the coming months.
Coupons are a bit thin on the ground here in France, unless anyone can tell me otherwise, but when we bought our Christmas tree we were given a 10€ voucher to spend on anything. Surely there must be a minimum spend, surely I needed a loyalty card, but I couldn’t see anything on the voucher, apart from you had to use it in the store where you bought the tree and you couldn't buy more than 3 of something. Sounded straightforward but Roger was still convinced there was a catch, but I wasn’t going to let that voucher expire. So on our next shopping trip, I loaded my basket with basics, flour, sugar, eggs, tinned tomatoes, milk and a treat for Roger and would you believe it, everything came to exactly 10€. With fingers crossed I handed over the voucher, the lovely lady said thank you and I walked out very happy with my purchases. I need some more 10€ vouchers :)
Another way to save some pennies is swap what you have too much of. Friends from our French class grew the chillies above using the seeds they saved from chillies bought at Tesco, but they had so many they brought them in to share around. Mine were chopped and frozen ready to use when needed.