Lately I have been reading a lot of Lena's posts over on her Frugal and Thankful blog.
And while I didn't set out to get a "value" shop today, things from her blog must be sinking in, because I ended up getting a lot of bang for my buck! Unplanned, unexpected, but feels good!!
I am having my cousin Kasey over for dinner tomorrow and as I have a work day out today (family fun event celebrating 75 year history of the company) I said I'd go get everything organised this morning so that I don't have to think about it later.
So I popped over to Marks and Spencer which I admit is my Go To when I am entertaining. The food is all just so nice, and with alot of it being prepped it makes things very easy all round. It is more expensive than buying elsewhere but I always think it is worth it.
When I got over there I realised the Dine in for Two offer was on so I said I'd take a look. This is a really good deal where they offer a main, a side, a dessert and a bottle of wine for just €14. So I decided I would use that meal as the basis for my menu.
I bought the Dine in deal, plus extra vegetables, limes, oil and sea salt. A lot of the veg was short shelf (two days left) and were hence reduced. The potatoes for example were just €1.50 instead of €2.95
Total was €22.98!!
Let me remind you this includes a bottle of wine!!!!
So to give you a taster of what I am going to make tomorrow.
First up I am going to make a nice refreshing cocktail.
My caiproska's always go down a bomb :-)
For main I will do Gammon - which was the "main" in the Dine in for two deal.
I am going to try make hasselback potatoes for the first time ever. Hope they go okay.
And then with the meat and potatoes I have both roast Mediterranean veg and nice green beans and other veg.
Oh and for dessert, as part of the deal I got profiteroles which I always like.
So if all of this food is enough (and nice) that will be dinner for three people for €22.98.
And if I had the above in my store cupboard then the overall total would have been just €20.50