Archive for Bargain buys

Raising a bit of Cash

Over the past couple of days I’ve been rummaging through my house, finding stuff I no longer use, taking photos, writing descriptions and uploading it all onto various free listing websites.  I need the space! (and yes, the idea of extra cash was a bit of an incentive too!).

To be honest, it’s a very time-consuming business.  I’ve spent at least 10 hours on this and have £25 to show for it.  Is it all worth it I’m thinking?

I’ve sold a baby monitor (£15), an activity centre toy (£6) and some cute wall stickers for a baby’s bedroom (£4).

I’ve used Gumtree and Preloved, but all of the above was sold using local facebook selling pages.

I’m fed up of it all now, but I know that I’ll be doing it all again soon!

Do you ever sell unwanted items?  If so, what are your most successful methods?  Does it take over your life for a short while? (or is it just me?!!)


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Apple, Date and Walnut Loaf

My other half is very tight a great grocery shopper.  He often brings home stuff with reduced labels on them and leaves me to do something quick with them!

This week it was organic apricots and dates – both 30p a packet (instead of the usual £2.59!!)

This morning I’ve used the dates to make this lovely Date, Apple and Walnut loaf.  It’s a recipe I’ve adapted from the wonder Delia Smith.  I’ve been lucky enough to have an apple left from my in-laws’ tree (collected from the tree last Autumn!) and free range eggs from my uncle down the road.  He’s got 5 hens, all with names, some rescue battery hens – I’ve never tasted more beautiful eggs!  If you have the chance to buy your own, locally laid free range eggs, grab it with both hands!

Date, Apple and Walnut Loaf

You will need…..

1 small cooking apple

110g Soft Margarine

150g Soft Brown Sugar

2 eggs, lightly beaten

110g Wholewheat flour

110g Plain flour

1 ½ tsp Baking powder

110g Walnuts, roughly chopped

75g pitted Dates, roughly chopped

1)                Preheat oven to Gas mark 4, 3500F, 180C

2)                Grease a loaf tin (with base measurements of 8 ½ x 19 cm)

3)                Cream the margarine and sugar, add the eggs

4)                Add the sifted flours and baking powder

5)                Peel, core and roughly chop the apple.  Then add to mixture with the Walnuts and Dates.

6)                Plonk Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin.  Spread evenly and bake for 1 hour (or until loaf feels springy in

centre and a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean).

7)                Devour!!!!! Yummy!!!!!

Please let me know how you get on if you decide to try it!

Any ideas on how I can use the organic dried apricots?

Have you bagged any yellow-label bargains lately?

Are you able to get your hands on local free range eggs?

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Bargain – Clas Ohlson Plastic Tumblers

I found these lovely little tumbers today.  What a bargain – just 45p each!  They came in this lovely, pale blue colour.

Great for the kids.  Use them indoors/outdoors.  Take them camping or they’re cheap enough to use for the kid’s painting pots!

What do you think? 

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