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MibsBlog Thrifty Tips – March 2012

Here I try to share any money/time-saving tips that I have found to be useful each month.

Do feel free to share yours also if you don’t mind me keeping the list updated!

( I will of course name you as the author of your tip!)



Make Your Own Watering-Can! 


Today I had just finished potting up the next batch of seedlings into their new larger homes and was about to water them in my usual way for indoor watering with a jug, when I spotted the empty plastic milk bottles that I have been saving up to use as cloches. One brain wave and a few stabs with a small screwdriver later ( be careful and DON’T do what I did and stab yourself in the process!) and hey presto, a fab indoor homemade watering-can! 

With a bit of practice, turned upside-down you can control the flow of water simply by squeezing gently!


Make Your Cut Flowers Last Longer 

I was given this bunch of flowers a few days after my birthday as a belated birthday present….it’s now almost two months gone and with a bit of careful stem trimming every couple of weeks, and gently pulling off the flower petals that turn brown, I STILL have a lovely display!

The pic above shows them after my latest “tidy up” session!

Leaving a plate full of “food”    for Bill & Ben!    lol


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My First Bargain Buy In 2012

You just can’t beat getting some cheap nuts to chew on!

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MibsBlog Thrifty Tips – Feb 2012

Here I will try to share any money/time-saving tips that I have found to be useful each month.

Do feel free to share yours also if you don’t mind me keeping the list updated!

( I will of course name you as the author of your tip!)


Keep Your Nails Clean 

Don’t do what I just did, and forget your grandmother’s advice to always scrape your nails on a bar of soap before gardening, the object being to fill them with soap so they don’t get all clogged and stained with soil!

( and no, this is not a plug for any particular brand of soap!)


A Crafty Tip

A great tip from my Mother Dearest for all you crafty peeps out there, save those aerosol and similar caps to use as paint/glue pots when you need something to pour a small amount into!

 A Measure Of Kitchen Magic

Baby milk scoops make perfect kitchen measures as they usually, levelled off, give you a perfect 1 oz ( do check on the carton before disposing of it though, just in case the different brands vary some!)

And please do ignore the obvious fact that I must starve poor BabyMibs to make him eat scoop handles!



 A Fab Toy Storage Solution

As modelled by the scary red-eyed BabyMibs, another fab idea Mother Dearest came up with, instead of paying well over the odds for designer toy storage boxes, why not invest in a couple of under-bed drawers instead?

Mine came with castors attached so easy to move for cleaning, or making extra-large train tracks, and they hold heaps of toys tidily, yet still in view so they get played with and not forgotten!

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Today’s Meagre Bargain Buy

These bargains are getting harder to come by, today BabyMibs was promised the treat of some Maltesers if he was good at school…apparently he behaved reasonably well untill lunchtime, so I settled for a small bag of the chocolate footballs, and spotted this near the tills!

Not Too Shabby!
Not Too Shabby!

They were originally priced at £1.45 ( steep ) but marked down to 51p!

Cool, that’s a week’s supply of food for me!

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My Bargain Shopping Today


Spam Spam Spam

Spam BOGOF – priced at a whopping £1.59 each in Spar so still a bit pricey methinks BUT I do like the stuff! Get your own BOGOF voucher  HERE ON FACEBOOK  , simply like them and click the spam voucher link on the left,   but hurry, I think it’s limited numbers!

If you can’t print one off, scroll further down and you’ll find a request by post bit once you fill out the error message ( I said I don’t have a printer and put N/A in the boxes)

Yummy scrummy

 My local Spar is still doing 4 cans of Heinz Chicken Noodle Soup for £1, a real bargain here, they were also doing a deal on 2 squeezy bottles of Heinz Ketchup, I didn’t get any as have lots already!

Two loaves, sadly no fishies!


A small local shop had 2 loaves going out of date tomorrow for 50p each! – I have a freezer so that’s a great deal, I would have bought more but these 2 are all they had!

It certainly pays to stalk quickly around ALL foodie shops that you walk past when out on your travels, with practice you’ll find the mark-down sections easily.

Lovely jubbly
Lovely jubbly


Martin McColls are doing Baxters soup cans for 27p each, plenty of date on them and I can report the soup is very tasty and filling, despite my initial reservations at the “green” bit!


Nice threesome here
Nice threesome here

At my local greengrocer – these packs of three peppers were priced at 80p, I got this pack reduced to 20p simply by asking as in this particular pack the yellow pepper has a tiny patch that needs cutting out!

Never be afraid to ask for a discount!

The rest of the peppers, and indeed the yellow one once the tiny patch was cut out, are nice and fresh and crunchy!


For more great bargains and information, do pop over to  eatingonapound  blog, regular updates on what is on sale where, hints and tips to save you money, AND a fab Win A Hamper Competition currently running!


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Worth A Visit – Foodie Competition Now Live!

Now…I don’t as a general rule, advertise competitions here on MibsBlog other than my own….but a very good friend of mine who runs a fabulous money-saving tips and very funny tales of battles in Morrisons with the Mad Trolley Lady ( believe me, you haven’t lived till you’ve read about her!) is currently running a fantastic competition to win a fab Hamper of delicious foodie goodies.

What more could you wish for in these tough economic times, a lovely basket of treats and some great advice to help you budget/scrimp/save?

Now as I do a tiny bit of bloggy housekeeping for her, I have barred myself from entering, but there is nothing stopping you all from popping along, having a fun read of the useful posts over there and do remember to sign up for updates of her blog and make a comment under the competition post!

Easy peasey, and a visit I promise that you won’t regret making!

Link To Eatingonapound Blog Below Here

Foodie Competition Now Live!.

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MibsBlog Meanstreet Meals – Eggy Jacket Potato Surprise

Eggy Jacket Potato Surprise
This one emerged after I bought a load of free-range eggs really cheaply, they were “close” to their supposed use-by date!
The idea of cooking an egg in a potato comes from years ago when I was in the Scouts, it is one of those meals we tried to do in tin foil on a campfire, and after wracking my brain to come up with something slightly more interesting than fried/boiled/scrambled eggs, I vaguely remembered this and thought I may as well try it out!
per person
1 medium/large Jacket Potato
1 egg
Optional Extras:
1 portion Baked Beans
Wash your potato. Put your oven on full power/heat to pre-heat it for the next stage.
Cook it until almost soft inside (test with a knife blade). I started mine off in a microwave for speed. The time to do this will very much depend on how big your potato is, mine as pictured above, spent 12 mins on high in my old tired microwave, an oven would usually take quite a bit longer.
Carefully, as it will be HOT, cut off the top of the potato about a third of the way down, ( standing it pointy end up), and scoop out an egg-shaped space in the middle. Break your egg into a cup  ( this ensures you don’t have a bad one and thus ruin the potato), then pour the whole egg into the potato cavity you have made. Replace the potato lid you cut off, and remembering to keep it upright still, place in the pre-heated oven for around 15/20 minutes, or until the potato skin goes crispy!
Once crispy on the outside, the egg inside should be cooked through, place on a plate and serve with beans if desired!
Voila, one simple tasty supper!

Cooking Time – approx 45 minutes, less if you start off in a microwave

Cost – approx 35p/ 63p per person, it will depend on where you get your ingredients!



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