No Waste Tastes Great 5 August 2011

It’s Friday Guys and time for No Waste Tastes Great

Fridays I take a little time first thing to strip down the fridge and perishables cupboard, clean both of them, take note of anything that needs replenishing, return any items back to the fridge leaving what needs using up on the counter.

The original inspiration for No Waste Tastes Great came from The Frugal Girls’ Food Waste Fridays. Over the last 10 months my food waste habits have improved drastically. I am now at the point where the last few weeks I haven’t really had any waste to report.

This week I find 5 eggs (still in date by days) and some homegrown and freshly picked potatoes on the counter and that’s it. In fact, it’s not that they are waste, it’s that they are the only fresh produce I have in the house.

Friday Night is normally Date Night at Chez Wright, but not tonight. The Hubby is off biking as he missed his normal outing Tuesday, so Frittatas for dinner for us all!

That will leave the fridge and cupboard completely bare so groceries are required early tomorrow.

I have a secret to share…. I was a committed online grocery shopper. However since doing my Cooking From Scratch Cost Experiment a few weeks ago I have changed how I shop. It became apparent, thanks to feedback from you Guys through the comments, that I could be getting better deals on my groceries. I’ve tested this out since, and am nearly ready to post the findings! This means I will be doing a grocery shop in person tomorrow morning…

How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Footloose and fancy free or full of food waste? Please share…

{ 21 comments… add one }
  • Lauren August 5, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Well done this week, and the home grown potatoes look great! I think it’s going to be a bad week in our house. I was productive and made a huge salad to eat over a few days, then we’ve had a really hectic week and not made it home in time many days to actually eat it. So I think the last of that will end up wasted. Possibly the last third of some summer veg that didn’t get used either – although I’ll try and freeze them if they’re still decent. Doesn’t sound like much, but we only have about four things in the fridge so it’s a pretty big percentage to me! lol

    Enjoy your shopping trip! I’m excited to read about your findings!

    • simplybeingmum August 6, 2011, 3:20 pm

      See what you mean in percentage terms it is, but I wouldn’t worry too much you sound pretty on top of it!
      Salad – it’s a nightmare, not salvageable if not eaten!
      Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Lauren August 5, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Well done this week, and the home grown potatoes look great! I think it’s going to be a bad week in our house. I was productive and made a huge salad to eat over a few days, then we’ve had a really hectic week and not made it home in time many days to actually eat it. So I think the last of that will end up wasted. Possibly the last third of some summer veg that didn’t get used either – although I’ll try and freeze them if they’re still decent. Doesn’t sound like much, but we only have about four things in the fridge so it’s a pretty big percentage to me! lol

    Enjoy your shopping trip! I’m excited to read about your findings!

    • simplybeingmum August 6, 2011, 3:20 pm

      See what you mean in percentage terms it is, but I wouldn’t worry too much you sound pretty on top of it!
      Salad – it’s a nightmare, not salvageable if not eaten!
      Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Lauren August 5, 2011, 4:52 pm

    Well done this week, and the home grown potatoes look great! I think it’s going to be a bad week in our house. I was productive and made a huge salad to eat over a few days, then we’ve had a really hectic week and not made it home in time many days to actually eat it. So I think the last of that will end up wasted. Possibly the last third of some summer veg that didn’t get used either – although I’ll try and freeze them if they’re still decent. Doesn’t sound like much, but we only have about four things in the fridge so it’s a pretty big percentage to me! lol

    Enjoy your shopping trip! I’m excited to read about your findings!

    • simplybeingmum August 6, 2011, 3:20 pm

      See what you mean in percentage terms it is, but I wouldn’t worry too much you sound pretty on top of it!
      Salad – it’s a nightmare, not salvageable if not eaten!
      Have a great weekend 🙂

  • Jenny @ exconsumer August 9, 2011, 6:27 pm

    You’re an in-store grocery shopper now Jo? I always think about your easily purchased online groceries every time I’m trying to push through the isles of my grocery store on Saturday. 🙂

    My fridge looked pretty good last week. We had one half-eaten yogurt I had to throw away, but other than that it was good.

    Oh, it could really use a wipe down though. 😉

    • simplybeingmum August 9, 2011, 6:37 pm

      I couldn’t do it if I was trailing through my usual supermarket – or in fact any supermarket. If I was shopping at a place I could get a delivery I would! No what I have down the road is something too good to miss and I actually enjoy shopping there… The reason is that the prices of many staple items such as milk etc are sooo cheap. We have had a miracle in the UK and it’s called Home Bargains – I love love love it! I’ve been shopping there for a while now for non-food related items. Then I started noticing the food prices. It is branded stuff so I can compare directly, in fact I am going to do a post dedicated to just that. They only do store cupboard items, so I have been popping on the market and to the local butchers and freezer shop next to it to top up what I can’t get. It’s all in a very close proximity. Because I feel so good about the savings I am making I’ll happily walk round the shop – and every time I go in new items to compare appear… bonus! I do have to stick to my list though as it is common knowledge you nip in HB to buy one thing and end up buying four bags full as it’s all just too good to resist price wise.

      get that bicarb out girl! 🙂

  • Jenny @ exconsumer August 9, 2011, 6:27 pm

    You’re an in-store grocery shopper now Jo? I always think about your easily purchased online groceries every time I’m trying to push through the isles of my grocery store on Saturday. 🙂

    My fridge looked pretty good last week. We had one half-eaten yogurt I had to throw away, but other than that it was good.

    Oh, it could really use a wipe down though. 😉

    • simplybeingmum August 9, 2011, 6:37 pm

      I couldn’t do it if I was trailing through my usual supermarket – or in fact any supermarket. If I was shopping at a place I could get a delivery I would! No what I have down the road is something too good to miss and I actually enjoy shopping there… The reason is that the prices of many staple items such as milk etc are sooo cheap. We have had a miracle in the UK and it’s called Home Bargains – I love love love it! I’ve been shopping there for a while now for non-food related items. Then I started noticing the food prices. It is branded stuff so I can compare directly, in fact I am going to do a post dedicated to just that. They only do store cupboard items, so I have been popping on the market and to the local butchers and freezer shop next to it to top up what I can’t get. It’s all in a very close proximity. Because I feel so good about the savings I am making I’ll happily walk round the shop – and every time I go in new items to compare appear… bonus! I do have to stick to my list though as it is common knowledge you nip in HB to buy one thing and end up buying four bags full as it’s all just too good to resist price wise.

      get that bicarb out girl! 🙂

  • Jenny @ exconsumer August 9, 2011, 6:27 pm

    You’re an in-store grocery shopper now Jo? I always think about your easily purchased online groceries every time I’m trying to push through the isles of my grocery store on Saturday. 🙂

    My fridge looked pretty good last week. We had one half-eaten yogurt I had to throw away, but other than that it was good.

    Oh, it could really use a wipe down though. 😉

    • simplybeingmum August 9, 2011, 6:37 pm

      I couldn’t do it if I was trailing through my usual supermarket – or in fact any supermarket. If I was shopping at a place I could get a delivery I would! No what I have down the road is something too good to miss and I actually enjoy shopping there… The reason is that the prices of many staple items such as milk etc are sooo cheap. We have had a miracle in the UK and it’s called Home Bargains – I love love love it! I’ve been shopping there for a while now for non-food related items. Then I started noticing the food prices. It is branded stuff so I can compare directly, in fact I am going to do a post dedicated to just that. They only do store cupboard items, so I have been popping on the market and to the local butchers and freezer shop next to it to top up what I can’t get. It’s all in a very close proximity. Because I feel so good about the savings I am making I’ll happily walk round the shop – and every time I go in new items to compare appear… bonus! I do have to stick to my list though as it is common knowledge you nip in HB to buy one thing and end up buying four bags full as it’s all just too good to resist price wise.

      get that bicarb out girl! 🙂

  • Jo H. August 9, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Hi Jo W. – Over at http://www.365lessthings.com today’s post is about decluttering fridges and freezers. Sharron (one of your readers) and I recommended your blog for inspiration. Hope you don’t mind. You have great ideas here and I find hearing about it every week makes it stick in my head better 🙂 – Jo H.

    • simplybeingmum August 9, 2011, 10:28 pm

      Hi Jo.H – I had just nipped in to turn the pc off and got your comment (just watching the bbc reporting the riots over in the UK – what fun!). Thank you so much for this it’s really made my night… in fact I haven’t even checked the post out yet…wanted to thank you first! Jo.W

  • Jo H. August 9, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Hi Jo W. – Over at http://www.365lessthings.com today’s post is about decluttering fridges and freezers. Sharron (one of your readers) and I recommended your blog for inspiration. Hope you don’t mind. You have great ideas here and I find hearing about it every week makes it stick in my head better 🙂 – Jo H.

    • simplybeingmum August 9, 2011, 10:28 pm

      Hi Jo.H – I had just nipped in to turn the pc off and got your comment (just watching the bbc reporting the riots over in the UK – what fun!). Thank you so much for this it’s really made my night… in fact I haven’t even checked the post out yet…wanted to thank you first! Jo.W

  • Jo H. August 9, 2011, 10:22 pm

    Hi Jo W. – Over at http://www.365lessthings.com today’s post is about decluttering fridges and freezers. Sharron (one of your readers) and I recommended your blog for inspiration. Hope you don’t mind. You have great ideas here and I find hearing about it every week makes it stick in my head better 🙂 – Jo H.

    • simplybeingmum August 9, 2011, 10:28 pm

      Hi Jo.H – I had just nipped in to turn the pc off and got your comment (just watching the bbc reporting the riots over in the UK – what fun!). Thank you so much for this it’s really made my night… in fact I haven’t even checked the post out yet…wanted to thank you first! Jo.W

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