I was reading Shirley Goode’s blog as I do every day and looked at archived articles that she had written in the past, showing how much more you get for your money when you make it yourself. Take a look at her wonderful blog, which she updates every morning here at shirleygoode.blogspot.com. Shirley used examples of coleslaw and scones to show that you could make four times as much for the same price.
It got me to thinking about how much cheaper homemade is all together. I hear the frugal knockers saying that ‘life’s too short’ and they ‘haven’t got time’ but really chips are no longer cheap, unless you make them yourself.
Fish and chips in Liskeard at our local chippy costs £5 per head and mine cost: 75p (£1.50 a pack at Tesco) for the Pollock portion, 5p for the chips(150g of chipped spuds per person and a sprinkle of veg oil) and 9p for the(18p per tin) mushy peas= 89p and I cooked it all in my mini-oven which uses less electricity than my regular oven. I made my own oven chips and cooked the fish and chips all on the same tray and at the end of the cooking, put a tiny Pyrex bowl of the mushy peas in the oven to cook all in the same heat. Cooking it myself saved me £8.22, which would have been the extra cost if we had walked and bought our fish supper tonight.