In our house a scotch egg moment is one of those times one of us just has enough, hits the wall, falls off the wagon etc. It originates from many years ago when we were right in the middle of paying off our debts. One day when I was clearing up I found a scotch egg wrapper, and Dan had to confess that the months of no money for anything other than basics had got on top of him and he went out and bought a scotch egg!
It was a turning point for us, we knew we needed a release valve, so we freed up £10 a month for things like this. I seem to remember our main treat was to share a twix-style biscuit from Lidl, we'd have one finger each.
Anyway, I had one of those moments yesterday, and I have to confess it means I threw the peri peri fava beans into the bin. I can't remember the last time a meal went into the bin but we have an example now. I just couldn't face it, to be honest I have reached a point where the thought of eating anything sloppy makes me feel a bit ill. So we went shopping.
We stopped shopping at Booths last year and switched to Sainsbury's to save cash, and we have, but last night I just wanted to chuck things in the trolley and not think about it too much. It turns out that what I really wanted was fresh vegetables! I wasn't expecting it, but it's what my body was after. There weren't many bargains to be had other than the finger rolls 24p, pak choi for the buns was 65p, the chestnut stuffing 35p, and the quinoa bulghur was reduced to clear at 90p. I can't remember the last time I spent nearly £54 on groceries in one go, but then again I can't remember feeling as excited about cooking as I do today.
I am still optimistic we will lower our grocery spend compared to previous months, even with this blow out, but I will be surprised if it's under £100, but I'm feeling optimistic so you never know.