Thursday, 26 January 2017

Sammie is Skint

Hi all
sorry ive not been around for a few days caught the lurgy off my boss and been battling a cold ever since

its a skinter than ever back end to this week what with bills and other expenses im hoping to spend as little as possible on grocery for the coming week


i know when my bills are due out but some months a certain bill decides to alter the date it comes out, like today it wasn't due out until the 1st Feb so this morning i am forty something overdrawn-

im annoyed as now i will be charged £8 odd from the bank!! not very happy
anywho it will be pay day Friday then the routine starts again of splitting, saving and stretching the pennies for another week

 ho hum

so im making a quorn chilli con carne for tea tonight i will be stretching it out with extra tinned tomatoes, extra red pepper, and a whole tin of kidney beans,
only two for tea tonight so hoping to have plenty left over for portioned up freezer meals

ive had a look in cupboards and freezer so have thrown together a meal plan for the coming week and a shopping list of what we need

Thursday (tonight) - Quorn chilli con carne with rice and homemade yogurt flat bread
(making extra hoping to freeze a few portions of chilli)

Friday- Just me for tea tomorrow so it will be some of the above chilli or something easy like fried egg butty, sausage butty, noodles, or soup.
 ive not much of an appetite with this bloomin cold

Saturday/ Sunday - its just me at home so again easy meals, porridge, toast and soup, pasta or noodles, or something on toast, that will do me just fine

Monday- its always egg, chips and beans, i find this an easy meal when ive done a 9-6pm on a Monday and we all really enjoy this- kinda comfort food

Tuesday- Homemade mince and onion pies, cabbage and roast potatoes
( i will be making extra pastry and making quorn mince and onion pies and beef and onion pies for the freezer)

Wednesday - Just me at home so something easy for me or something grabbed from homemade freezer meals

Thursday - Homemade cauliflower cheese savory rice and onion fried potatoes

Friday- Homemade yogurt pizza, (in the freezer i have all the toppings i need, mozzarella, spinach, peppers, onions, and mascarpone) homemade potato wedges, baked beans

 (choice of puddings for the week  if anyone so wishes -rice pudding-ice cream-peaches-jelly)
will do some baking on the weekend, apple cinnamon buns i think ive apples to use up

Saturday - start again lol

so the actual grocery's i need to complete the upcoming weeks meals
Bread £1
3 litres Milk - £3 Corner shop
Fresh Orange x2 cartons -  £1.30 Tesco Value
Bag potatoes - 69p Home bargains
2x tins Beans 48p Tesco Value

3 packets cookies -  £1.20 Tesco Value
cereal bars - £1.00 Poundland
crisps - £1.00 Poundland

1 litre oil - £1.15 Tesco
Tea bags - £1.00 Tesco Red Lable temped to try Value ones 25p
Cheap margarine for baking 89p Tesco
Savory rice - Tesco Value  25p
Frozen cauliflower  - £1.10 Tesco

we have dog food and cat food, they need biscuits and treats £2 biscuits treats £3
we have laundry supplies
we have cleaning supplies
and we still have some fridge foods and fruit

so altogether a spend of £19.06 for the upcoming weekend and next week i can cope with that i think

ooh its blooming freezing up North, icy on the cars and roof tops again this morning although mighty better than a couple of days ago everywhere was frozen solid i literally ice skated to work lol

not much planned for the weekend fussy teenager is at the x's this weekend, OH is working away, im home alone with the fur babies, fish and Mr man (gecko)
lots to do at home thou the yard wants a good sweeping and a tidy up
i have a half decorated bedroom -tbh i just cant be arsed with it lol
everywhere needs a general tidy up
dont get me started on the front bush (ooh err, the privet hedge out the front :)
dog needs walking
and i need all the above groceries

and i cant be bothered with any of it as feeling all stuffed up with no energy
i shall have to force myself, you never know it might make me feel better

wishful thinking sammiantha

Catch up soon
Sammie xx

bloody hell i cant believe a gel pen at work must have leaked and ive not noticed it, i look like a chuffing smurf
all over me, one one has said anything and only just seen it all over my hands, and face when passing the mirror

one of them bloody days already !!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

An afternoon of this and that

Hello all
weather not much different ooop North we have had a few misty mornings, wet evenings and its been chilly and grey..roll on spring and hopefully some brighter days

worked this morning and spent this afternoon prepping some bits for the freezer

i had some fresh mozzarella that needed using ive sliced and diced and put in a tub, ready for adding to anything i fancy

what was left of the plums i bought reduced last week have been made into plum crumble, popped into plastic tubs but when frozen will easily pop out and transfer to a small Pyrex for baking in the oven

apples from xmas still sat in the fruit bowl, so they have had the same treatment and have been made into crumbles

a few carrots in the salad draw have started looking a bit well battered lol, fine when peeled thou, and blanched and cooled these are destined for the freezer too
phew not a bad afternoon and saves wasting food

Did a bit of laundry this morning before school and work, hung that up on the maiden, too damp to peg out so the maiden will do

no idea whats for tea tonight something cobbled up i expect haha as long as it is warm and filling we are not too fussy

off to tidy around now
sheesh it never ends

hope you are all warm and well wherever you are

sammie xx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Saving money on shower gel

Firstly thank you for the messages regarding the RSPCA, they finally got back to me and have concluded that yes someone must have been messing around, i said they are welcome to come and check the house for birds if they wish but they insisted that wont be necessary

thank good for that
they also said there was no name as to who reported it, so i still have no idea!

apparently the inspector who came and left the card had also put on the system that it seemed unlikely the right address as my house looked far too tidy from the outside

lol i had to snort at that
even though the bush needs extreme trimming and there were leaves all outside the front door oops but im happy that they agree i have done nothing wrong



So i used to buy our shower gels from one of the pound stores as i figures £1 or 99p was good value for some shower gel compared to some store own brands costing around the same, 89, 99p mark i just used to grab them from Poundland

Until i was in Asda one day and saw there brand of shower gel 250ml for 39p a bottle


i purchased some and can honestly say they smell amazing and clean you just the same

since spotting these and stocking up they can be tricky to find, just like anything else that's good value you will find them on the bottom shelf usually tucked away
but worth a look and definitely worth a purchase
even two bottles amounting to 500ml is worth  the 78p and still cheaper than Poundland

and i shall be buying these from now on and saving the pennies in return

they come in several scents and they even do a 2 in 1 shower gel and shampoo - double bargain!

The nourish and delight one i use to fill up the hand wash and smells lovely

If you see them give them a go, these will be permanent in our house and ive had no complaints from fussy teenager or the OH

Sammie xx

Monday, 16 January 2017


No post yesterday im afraid
and i shall keep this short

OH and myself were at the end of a phone for most the day
two friends who moved away to pastures new had found out they had lost their baby

such a sad time

and a horrendous ordeal

she started spotting last week to went to the hospital to be checked they said all was ok as she did experience this with her past two pregnancies with no problems
they didnt scan her, fast forward a week later and again started spotting and was experiencing pain

two days she has been in and out of hospuital to be told sorry no one can scan you for x amount of days as all the team are currently in emergency surgery's, and finally was only offered some kind of pain relief late last night, her husband paid for a private scan at another hospital to be told at 20 weeks, that the baby had died not long after the 12 week scan

last night they induced labor
and thats all we know as of yet

Mr and Mrs R we are so very very sorry and really have no words what a horrendous thing to go through


Sunday, 15 January 2017

Someones having a laugh

Someone is, i dont know who, or why

some idiot has taken it upon themselves to start reporting me for various things

i had a knock at the door earlier but was busy so when i actually got to the door no one was there but a card was through the letterbox

this time from the RSPCA
a note to call urgently a inspector Mr Small

ive to contact them about the birds in my care, or lack of care as the card states

i was bloody furious
the only bird in this house is the OH lol unless shes reported me for not looking after her lol
jokes aside i was fuming
i phoned them on the number provided

explained everything and now awaiting a call back from said inspector 

a couple of months ago it was the 

again i hadn't heard the door as was upstairs cleaning, i came downstairs with some laundry to put on and as i walked through the dining room to the kitchen i saw a Police officer and another woman with her dressed in plain clothes stood in my kitchen!!

what the hell is going on were my words'

Police woman said we knew you were in as i looked through your keyhole and could see the key in the lock, so we came around the back and your backdoor was unlocked so we came in

we are here as we have had  a report that you are miss treating two children in your care
yep that came out of my mouth too,

said woman with her as she introduced herelf to me was bloody social services to come and take said kids away!!! with van waiting outside 

omg again i was bloody fuming

i was quiet off with them

she asked if my name was Sarah? No its Samantha?
next question - do you have two small children? nope
i have a 14year old son would you like to see his pictures dotted around the room?
oh she said i think we have the wrong person
the address was correct on her call out but wrong name..hmmm

absolutely furious how the hell can the police have the wrong details on something so serious? i honestly think someone done this on purpose, i have no clue who thou

what on earth will be next
i was left shaking from the police visit i wondered what on earth was going on first thing you do when you find an officer stood in the kitchen i honestly though something terrible had happend to someone

seriously what sicko would waste emergency services times like this

Im really angry
sammie xx

Chicken Nuggets

Not sure if anyone eats these but i saw the offer and thought id pass it on

38 chicken nuggets reduced to £1
should be £4

theres a voucher in the tesco magazine for £1 off
makes these free

may help someone who like them 

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Coppering up

Good afternoon all, and welcome to a couple of new followers

So far in January i have saved £25.00 and put it on the Pockit card

Coppered up all the loose pennies £5.00 worth

Paid January's penny a day challenge up front £4.96

Made a start on Febuary's penny a day challenge im upto £2.74 with £10.00 to go- im trying to get ahead with it and will pick and choose amounts from here on as and when i feel it, as and when i have a little extra money or not basically

OH has started saving £30.00 a week with work, so we hopefully wont miss it but at the end of the day we are down 30 a week so need to make the money stretch even more

a good start to January i think - im happy with that progress so far

Its cold again oop North but has been very sunny and dry out, starting to draw in a bit now thou, and feels a little chillier

not much going on today im thinking i may attempt to sort out the pan cupboard
i dread it every time
so many Tupperware lids and no tubs! no idea where they vanish too

i need to nip out for some fresh milk but we dont need anything else
tea tonight will be cauliflower cheese, with the reduced cauli, savory rice and southern fried chicken
easy enough and filling, plenty of tins of rice pudding, peaches, and bits in the freezer for puddings if we fancy anything

popcorn in the cupboard to make if we watch a movie tonight
and unopened wine and beers from christmas if we fancy a little drink

its football today we live a couple of streets away from the turf and all i can hear is
'come on burnley
come on burnley
'come on burnley

meh not into football at all the OH is and played a lot with being in a team for years, now a few friends play for man city ladies, its all waffle to me i just don't get it -lol
and apparently it isn't 'just a game'

Thats it for today, im off to find my dressing gown and extra fluffy socks brrr its cold
hope you all have a lovely weekend, stay warm, until next time

Sammie xx