Thrifty Thursday – Food Shopping

I’m back for my third instalment of Thrifty Thursday, which is hosted on Cold Tea & Smelly Nappies. This week I’m looking at small ways to cut your weekly food shopping bill. I know some people go grocery shopping at 5pm/6pm and get discounted meat and vegetables, but that does not work for me. I have two small children and they eat dinner at 5.15pm/5.30pm. 

I love LIDL. If there is one near you (I’m sure Aldi is similar), go there! I only discovered LIDL last year as and have found it great at helping me stick to my food budget. I go once a week for certain staples, which include free-range eggs, whole free-range chicken (less than a fiver!), parmesan, own-brand oatcakes, bread, fruit and vegetables. Highlights include a whole cucumber for £.49 and six large free-range eggs for £1.00.

These six items cost less than £5.00 in total!

We also get a weekly food delivery from Ocado. Husband and I love Waitrose, but I find that shopping there often leaves me with a hefty bill. There seem to be more discounts on Ocado, plus it is so convenient having heavy things like loo roll, laundry capsules and dishwasher tablets delivered straight to the house. Once you have done a few shops with Ocado, you can also check your favourite items to see whether they are on special. That way, if I know we will need coffee soon, I can keep checking whether or not they are on offer.

Hope these tips have helped. Happy Thrifty Thursday! 

Thrifty Thursday – Nappies

When my daughter was in nappies, I was in the lucky situation not to have to worry too much about the cost of things. Although I would try and buy nappies on special or the big bulk box, I normally bought Pampers. Now that I am a SAHM, we have to keep a tight reins on our finances. To keep nappy costs down, I had to do a cost and quality comparison across various brands.  My son is wriggly and does lots of wees and some crazy poos so I cannot skimp on quality in favour of cost. Although Pampers are good, they are a bit expensive (even when on special). I was not at all impressed with Tesco’s own brand, Tesco Loves Baby. Boots own brand nappies, Boots Baby, also failed to impress. I have never tried Sainsbury’s own brand, Little Ones. 
I have priced the size 5 nappies as these are what my 20-month old has been wearing for the past few months.  
Here are my Top Three Nappy Brands:
1. ASDA Little Angels Comfort Dry
Size 5 Junior 11-25kg, 40 nappies per pack
£5.97/pack , two packets for £10
Asda Little Angels Nappies
2. LIDL Toujours
Junior, 11-25kg, 44 nappies per pack 
Lidl’s disposable Toujours nappies top the Mumsnet chart for the second year in a row!
3. ALDI Mamia
Size 5, Junior,11-25kg, 40 nappies per pack
Mamia Ultra Dry Junior Nappies - Size 5
All three nappies are good at protecting from leaks, but the Little Angels are definitely the thickest and best for night time sleeps. It has won awards, as have Toujours and Mamia. All three seem to be quite comfortable. My son has sensitive skin and none of the top three have given him or contributed to nappy rash. The Toujours nappies are the most cost-effective so sometimes I will get them and primarily use them for daytime usage. 
Hope this helps! Happy Nappy (changing)!

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