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Thrifty Thursday – living well and spending less

July 25, 2012

The feedback on last week’s Thrifty Thursday post was pretty positive and a couple of people have encouraged me to make a regular feature of it. So what I’m going to do over the next few weeks is to write weekly blogposts about how I approach being thrifty, with a few examples of the kinds of things I buy – and don’t buy.

The theme of this week’s blogpost is: living well and spending less

If you’ve read any previous Minibreak Mummy blogposts you will probably have spotted that I enjoy some of the finer things in life. But I also have to be much more careful with money now that we are a family of three with a single income rather than a couple with two incomes.

So I love it when I find deluxe items at bargain basement prices. The photo above shows three examples I found this evening in my local Lidl store.

I have not tried the Comte de Brismand Champagne  before, but for £12.99 a bottle I decided to give it a go. I’ll take it when I visit my sister Lucy next week and we can both test it out together.

The Deluxe Butter Fudge (£1.25 for 150g) is one of the nicest shop-bought fudges I have ever tasted. Lovely and buttery, and much yummier than more expensive fudge I’ve previously purchased in pretty packaging in tourist destinations. I’m not surprised that it won an award.

We had some of the Parmigiano Reggiano cheese grated over pasta this evening and it smelt and tasted pretty good, if slightly too salty for me. At £3.69 for 250g it was almost as nice as cheese costing twice as much from premium supermarkets. Plus a little goes a long way – and I’d rather have a small amount of parmesan like this than a bigger amount of flavourless reduced fat cheese.

These are the kind of occasional treats that make life more fun without without breaking the bank. I would be interested to hear if you have tried any of these three items and what you think of them.

And if you have any thoughts on ‘living well and spending less’, or have written your own blogpost on this theme, let me know.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Missus Tribble permalink
    July 26, 2012 9:35 am

    I’m lactose intolerant, but I can eat parmesan and goats cheese. My husband occasionally finds parmesan at our local market for a knock-down price – he brings it home and puts it in the freezer so that it’s always fresh when we want to use it, and it’s delicious!

    • July 28, 2012 8:25 pm

      I sometimes have problems with dairy products too, but like you I am less likely to have trouble digesting goats cheese and parmesan than ordinary cheese.
      Unfortunately we don’t have a decent local market. But watch out for a future post on buying food in local, non-supermarket, shops.

      • Missus Tribble permalink
        July 29, 2012 9:34 am

        I shall look forward to it! 🙂

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