1. Una Jordan

    Congratulations on the book Caitriona, I’m looking forward to getting a copy. I love a bargain too and have recently started saving a whole lot more by switching supermarkets, I’m wondering if you have a buget for other “shopping” items ie shampoo, surface spray, etc, and if you’ve any recommendations in that category as well? Love the post, as always.

    • Thanks Una.
      Yes I have an additional small budget for toiletries and cleaning materials. The 2 year old is still in nappies so I have to allow for that too. My overall grocery budget for the week is €90 including refuse charges.
      For shampoos etc we all have sensitive skin so the prices can be very expensive if you use specialist creams/potions. We use emulsifying ointment softened with hot water which is cheap enough and then a plain shampoo. For surface sprays I have cheap spray bottles I got in the pound shop. You can either fill them with a watered down cleaning agent or a combination of lemon and vinegar. Whichever you prefer!

  2. CatherineAnn Minnock

    Have you got a recipe for those home-made baked beans? I’m a fan of the idea but hate them from a tin, so I’d love to do my own.
    Saw your contributions in the Lidl brochure, brilliant!
    Also, I was wondering, since the likes of Aldi and Lidl have become more popular in the past few years, have you always shopped in these places (assuming by the prices you do!) or did you previously shop in the more expensive supermarkets? Had to pressure my mum for 2 years to switch to Aldi but now she’d never go back!

    • For the homemade baked beans – here is my recipe. http://wholesomeireland.com/?p=1874
      No I’ve not always shopped in the German supermarkets and I still don’t shop there all the time. I shop where ever and however it’s the most convenient and cheap. So for example if it’s cheaper to get what I want by going to the grocer and the butcher then that’s what I do! :)

      • CatherineAnn Minnock

        Thanks for the recipe, I’m going to try it this week :)
        That’s a very smart way to be, wish I had time to shop round in grocers’ etc.

    • Sorry David I’m only spotting this now. I do grow my own food but my shopping budget allows for only eating from the supermarket shelf. In reality my average supermarket spend is less than the magic €70 for food. However I’m really privileged to be able to do that and I understand that most of my readers don’t grow or rear their own. Which is why the prices for meals, and what I buy is calculated on a shopping basis only. :)

  3. belles

    Just discovered your blog after seeing you earlier on rte. I’m curious about the wok spices – what shop do you buy them in and do they contain any/much salt as I am trying to cut back too. Thanks

    • Hi Belles, I got them in Lidl, they’re an organic spice blend and it’s in their Vitasia range. They are low in salt but do contain some salt. I’d highly recommend the Goodalls range of spice rubs and mixes if you’re on a low salt diet as they are all salt free so a far better option for you. I’ve tried them all and find them excellent.

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