Like a lot of people, I am busy engaging in a January economy drive. My economy drives don’t happen very often and never last very long. Still, now that I’m a freelancer, I have to conserve what little cash I have. So for the first time in two years, I headed off to Lidl a couple of days ago.
I’m not terribly sure why I bothered. Lidl is cheap, which is good because I’m skint. Lidl is cheap, which is bad because I have a heartfelt horror of cheap food. So I end up standing there gawping in entranced amazement at 19c tins of beans and then recoiling at the thought of all the awfulness that must be in 19c tins of beans.
In the end, I spent €47.52 on 22 items. Then I went to Tesco to buy the things that I just couldn’t bring myself to buy in Lidl, like wholemeal flour, free-range eggs, sugar, potatoes and so on. I realised as I trotted up and down the aisles that plenty of things I had bought in Lidl were the same price as in Tesco, including sunflower oil, Nutella (I know but eating it out of the jar is one of my vices) and salad cream (I know but the husband likes it).
The best way to eat cheaply, of course, is to make as much as possible from scratch but I don’t have the time or the inclination to make bread rolls on a daily basis. Maybe compromising the best way I can is the most realistic approach to take.
PS: A friend of the husband’s always refers to salad cream as “mayonnaise for knackers”. Horribly politically incorrect, I know, but it always makes me laugh. I’m a bad person.