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Best great budget recipes for 50% or less: Cottage Smallholder 2009 Challenge January review

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Best great budget recipes for 50% or less: Cottage Smallholder 2009 Challenge January review

So how did we do? This is quite a tough challenge as it involves buying ingredients for 50% or less or being given food. Luckily D is honing his hunting skills at the Tesco condemned food counter and I am happy to try any transform these ingredients into something tasty. Or bung them in the freezer until we have enough to make a meal. When I go shopping my trolley whizzes to the CFC in Tesco before I venture anywhere else. In the other supermarkets my eyes are now trained to spot the small red labels that indicate marked down prices. This...

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Best great budget recipes for 50% or less: Cottage Smallholder 2009 Challenge

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Best great budget recipes for 50% or less: Cottage Smallholder 2009 Challenge

2008 was an eye opener for me. We set a challenge to save 25% on our over the counter spending. It was tough at first but by the end of the year we were almost enjoying the test. And the savings meant that sometimes we could afford real treats, visit the organic butcher and still save way beyond our original budget. We actually managed to achieve an average of approximately 50% savings each month over the year. How did we achieve this level of saving? The secret was to try and ignore all the old strategies that haven’t worked for me in the...

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