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May 04, 2008



I don't know the official percentages, but our grocery prices here in the US have risen drastically this past year, too. Recently, it seems each week that we shop, the same items are higher than on the shopping trip the previous week.

To combat the inflated prices, we've been shopping at a time of the day and week when our local grocery store has more items on the markdown rack. We get fresh fruit and veggies that way, as well as meat. The meat can always be stuck in our freezer until we're ready to eat it, but the fresh fruit and veggies generally require being eaten quickly. I try and work menus around whatever discounted foods we got that week. If we get lettuce on the markdown, we eat alot of salads that week, etc. :-)


A good post! I'm also trying to live a little more thrifty, which also translates into simplicity. Theres a pumpkin loaf in the oven right now for lunches this week!


The rising cost of groceries seems to be a popular topic of conversation wherever I go at the moment. I try to work out a weekly menu and then shop for it and it is the way to go. Of course it has all gone to pot during the school holidays but tomorrow will be time to get back into the routine. What is tiffin cake? Is it like an unbaked slice that you make with crushed biscuits or am I guessing totally wrong?

Sweet Mary

Hello - I have been reading your blog for a few months now, ever since I came across your gorgeous handmades in a Greytown shop. I once had the delicious tiffin made by a mum at a small, village primary school in Nth Yorks where I worked. She wouldn't part with the recipe - would you? I fully understand if you don't want to - Keriann. PS - we are trying to be thrifty too.


I'm really hearing you here. It's the same for us, but my desire to be more thrifty has evolved from a need to be more green. And in alot of ways this has led to money saving, not to mention being more environmentally friendly. For example: trying to use my fabric stash rather than buying more (this is a HARD one), making my own skin and hair care, shopping locally and seasonally, growing my own veggies, food scraps go to the chooks or compost, baking my own goodies - from bread to cakes etc and refashioning. So much potential for thrifty living and environmental consciousness. I could rant on forever about this so I'll leave you alone now...great blog btw :-D


I always find the same when we make snacks for the week.They never seem to last long enough so sometimes it works out cheaper to buy in. Especially if my daughter Maisie makes her flapjacks or lemon bars!
We very rarely throw food away but we started recycling recently and are amazed out how empty our bin is every week.We used to be forcing stuff into it and jumping on the rubbish to close the lid.Now we can go 2 or 3 weeks and it still isn't full.


I think you need to make Greg a man apron:)

French Knots

As petrol, fuel and food prices have risen so much recently I am being thirifty too - the bag of pasta I usually buy has gone up from £1.00 to £2.97! I am menu planning and shopping with a list to try and avoid impulse buys. I've also been reading which is full of great advice for simple living.


we started with the menu thing and it's amazing how you do save money. ANd it saves the 'oh what shall I cook tonight' stress...

Mrs CanterburyTales

I loved that post Al! I have told you about the Bokashi composting, haven't I?! For your readers, I shall put a link onto my next post - read it guys and gals, it is a wonderful alternative to a smelly compost heap, especially if you don't have the room in the garden for one. Oh, tell my wee nephew how much I would LOVE a man in the kitchen!!! You go Mr TS. Love Ya both - waiting to hear about secret squirrel building plans!!!


prices are soaring here in california as well.
thanks for the info on the book - it sounds interesting.


2 things Mrs TS - thought I should add my blog address, but can't work out how to link it to my comment for your readers, and also I totally agree about the planning ahead for food thing - have done that spasmodically, but learning to do it more now. Ciao

Miss Cinti

lovely blog, i wish my Mr was interested in making his own snack, would save me a squillion.

Five Flowers/ Emily

We live in CA in the US, and we have been hit hard here too: esp. since Jan. meal planning works well for us too; its kind of nice in some ways to just get back to only getting what you need, and helping those that need help just getting food on the table.


good on you! Have you tried the home made cleaners from my blog? Cleaning prods are sooo pricey (and smelly!).


Thats fab - will be looking into that bokashi link, thanks. We are be 'forward planners' with food. Like thinking what we can turn leftovers into (roast chik:chicksandwiches:chickquiche:3 meals!) and on it goes. Another good link is the original destitute gourmet book by sophie gray, lots of good ideas and recipes if anyone is interested:


Very pertinent post :o) You have a lot of great thrifty ideas! The Tiffin Cake looks delicious - thanks for posting the recipe! xox

Vickijo OConnell Saurer

What a marvelous blog. So enjoyed the reading of contant and comment. I agree we all need to practice thrift, I just dont see where they will reduce costs. We have found that creating from scratch is the best of savings. A kettle of soup is made weekly using all that we have from last years garden,a 14oz can of soup costs better thatn $2. Cost of homemade vegetable soup is 23 cents...we dont eat meat I guess that might elevate the price.

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