Eating the stockpile!

Hello Dear Reader,

I really enjoyed reading about your inconvenient food, your home cooking and the simple pleasures that so many of us enjoy from some stoveside pottering. It’s at the stage of the year, where I’m driving to work in the dark and groping my way home in the dark too and I’m getting home late and tired. I’ve made two fish pies which are bubbling away, a shelf each, in the mini-oven. One will be for the freezer and one will feed us tonight and tomorrow night. I’m getting used to the same meal twice in a row and I really don’t mind. Something else I don’t mind is the occasional delve into my stock cupboard and pulling out something that makes the meal go further. Tonight, it’s some Aldi beans and carrots. They are remarkably good for tinned and very cheaply priced. There’s plenty more and I always stock up on tins when I get paid each month as I like to have a good stock pile to feed us for quite a few days.

I’ve always done this; it comes from the days when four of us lived off Dearly Beloved’s wage of ten thousand a year. We never knew until years later that we could have applied for top up benefits, but by then I’d got a night shift job in a care home and we managed by being very careful. I used to stock up on plenty of tins, frozen food and cheap cuts to see us through to the next pay day. I still like to have spare food, even though we’re better off………some habits die hard.

What frugal habits do you hang on to? Whether you need to or not?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxx

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16 thoughts on “Eating the stockpile!

  1. I know this answer isn't exactly what you asked but i hope i continue to be frugal with my shopping even when i don't have to be. I have a nice little stockpile which sad i know,i enjoy looking at.
    Never done the tinned veg but i might look into that.

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  2. I stockpile,not only food but toiletries,loo roll,soap powder and so forth ,I buy when things are on offer Its better than money in the bank After all,if something is normally £1 and its on offer for 60p then that's 40% saved What bank account would give you that sort of interest rate if you saved the £ instead of spending it?
    But,in order for it to be money saving the stock pile has to be used,and used frugally We are eating and using our way through our stockpile and freezer at the moment I reckon it will last well into January ,I save up the money I haven't spent on food and we will have a big shop early next year. This plan also saves deisel as its less trips to the shops and so less impulse buying [whats that!LOL] too

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  3. i have followed you for months as a lurker but now its time to come out (although thats already been done lol)
    me and the OH are always frugal, everything cooked from scratch with butchers bargains aldi/lidl and the good old green grocer, nothing gets wasted – ever! reading your blog is like reading my own life….and we love it, beating the system, not paying through the nose and remembering how our nan's used to do it! 1lb of mince = 3 dinners and a meat pie! and all at the moment cos we dont and a pot to piss in but would't change a thing

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  4. I do my main shop in Sainsbury's and buy a lot of their 'Basics' range but for fruit and veg I now go to Aldi which is much cheaper. Today I got a Savoy for 49p and a bag of parsnips for 39p.
    Found your blog recently and love it.

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  5. I shop just like Joto, I also cut the ends of tubes of toothpaste, hand & face creams etc and add water to shampoo, washing up liquid and the like when almost at the end of the bottle> I use much less than recommended amounts of washing powder/liguid and add a shake of washing soda to the wash. Your “one to eat-one for the fridge or freezer” is great when you get home from work cold and tired. Please keep on inspiring us and helping those that do not know how to be frugal.

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  6. Right now we are eating down the stock pile so I can clean the cupboards and start again. We are heading into flood season and although we do not flood here the inconvenience exists. This January it was easy for us while south east Queensland suffered. It was great to open the cupboards and give to family members who had lost a lot food and toiletries etc. As Joto says it is an account.

    We store everything from toothbrushes to some spare clothing. While I was growing up often we had family and friends who could not get home. Long life milk is a very useful thing. I also keep a small picnic stove so tea, coffee and quick meals can happen during power loss.

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  7. I know what you mean I get paid once a month as we are contractors have been buying my groceries like this for the past 28 years. I also have a stock pile of tinned food especially baked beans as it is the only protein that my husband can eat. I even make baked bean casserole he loves it with rice.

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  8. I live in Africa, so my fruglities are now no longer the same as when I was living in the UK. Shopping in supermarkets here is a status symbol for the more affluent. We buy meat, fresh fruit and veg and pulses and get the rest of what we use from our local grocers.

    We save money buy buying from the “grossist” as we hve wholesalers EVERYWHERE here. And we can buy by “mizan” which is weight. So if I only have 50 dinars to spend on lentils, I get him to weigh it up for me. We can also buy things like eggs one at a time, or even a single triangle of cheese from the packet instead of a whole box.

    People don't really stockpile here because of the flies, moths and roaches which can infest dried foods easily. I try to keep a modest stockpile though to help me get through the month.

    I'm really enjoying your blog 🙂
    seeing your lovely made from scratch meal in your previous post gave me a real craving for a good old fashioned meal from home…

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  9. I too stand sauce bottles on their end, buy in bulk even with no children at home so although we will use all that toilet paper I probably have enough for the next 6 months. Stockpiling is my hold onto habit, which has the added benefit of meaning I am not so tempted by going to the shops and then don't buy on impulse as much.

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  10. I consider myself to be very frugal, have to be on my income! But that said I definitely want organic fruit and veg, organic flour for my bread, wholewheat pasta,recycled loo rool, unbleached 'feminine products', free range eggs etc. These are some things which I consider to be ethical too as well nutritionally best. There is a balance between frugality and other issues. How do others deal with this?

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  11. Hi Sarah, We deal with this by not believing the green wash! I would only eat organic if it came from close by as the thieving shites at places such as Riverford, drive their food across Spain and France in feckin' great pantechnicans bleching out CO2 as the go! bleached feminine products! do me a favour! I'm not that precious! I'm stuffin' up my chuff not displaying it on the sideboard!

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  12. I still up-end every bottle, cut the tubes in half and scrape out every last little bit of any product. Use every single grain of rice in the bag, rinse out tins and add the last dregs to the soup/sauce etc.

    If you watch the little things you save the little pennies, when you save the little pennies they become big pounds.

    It all adds up. It's so ingrained in me now…and I'm glad.

    Sue xx

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