Money Saving : Raspberry and Rhubarb Crumble

Money Saving : Raspberry and Rhubarb Crumble

My Dad presented me with a bag of rhubarb from his allotment and this recipe for a crumble. This is one hell of a tasty recipe and its super easy. If one thing will convince you to grow rhubarb then this is it. As it’s just oats, fruit, nuts and honey it’s also basically … breakfast! 2 courses in 1! Serve hot, eat the leftovers (if there is any) out of the fridge. The making-of is a no-brainer: cook up the fruit base, cover with the crumble topping, bake. Done!

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Money Saving: Weetabix Chocolate Fudge

Money Saving: Weetabix Chocolate Fudge

I confess, I not sure this recipe saves much money as I smothered it with Cadbury Daily Milk Chocolate, which, to be fair, I think is required to make it taste nice. The premise was finding something to do with the Weetabix mountain in our house which everybody has decided that they will no longer eat for breakfast ( don’t get my started 😡 ). This was the first recipe that Google suggested. It’s quite rich, definitely needs the chocolate icing, and is best eaten in small chunks. We cut the chunk(s) in the pic into 2 after tasting. Probably won’t rush to make again although it went down reasonably well. Now just got to find something to do with the other 84 bars of Weetabix. Yes, you did read that right. 84 bars. HELP!

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Money Saving: Mint Tea

Money Saving: Mint Tea

With my new found spare time I have been doing more of the shopping. We have a liking for posh mint tea.mint tea

Hmm, it’s good but there are only 12 tea bags in this packet, it costs £3.50, and we have mint in the garden. Got me thinking about giving it a go. (Note to self: herbs are also on the list of things to add to the dogs raw diet).

Growing mint:

  • Anywhere, prefers light shade
  • Remove flowers or cut to ground when flowering to get new growth.
  • Stagger cutting to maintain mint supply.
  • Pot up for winter growing.
  • Good for butterflies

Here are my steps to make-your-own-mint-tea.

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Money Saving: The Dog Food Bill

Money Saving: The Dog Food Bill

As I have been cutting down on expenditure and have also been purchasing the raw food for our 3 Golden Retrievers for a while anyway, my mind has turned to how this rather large bill can be reduced. We feed our dogs raw food and mainly Raw Tripe mince from Natures Menu. They sometimes get leftovers thrown in as well but I noticed that the packet actually recommends a split of 50% meat, 25% veg/fruit and 25% carbs. This got me thinking about:

  1. How much money can I save?
  2. What veg/fruit is good to feed a dog?

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How about back to your roots?

How about back to your roots?

The joy of being unemployed is that you can go off on a tangent. I was pondering a plan I’ve had for a while to fence off a bit of garden for a veggie patch. I started wondering what would be the best money-saving plants to grow. A quick search of the internet before I started some more traditional job-related work became a few hours.

I found a few sites on this. This one is the most thorough, listing crop value per square foot of ground required to grow. It’s US based but I’ve highlighted crops wich are recommended elsewhere.

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