Current obsession: Cheap eating! 5 top tips for saving money on your grocery shop

Hello 2017! Happy year year everyone and thank you for tuning in once again. So here’s my current obsession that I’ve been getting a little crazy about this month: Saving money by shopping savvy on your grocery shop!

Whilst everyone is getting on the ‘new year new me’ gym wagon. I’ve been there and got the tshirt, you can check out my fun gym post here. Instead I have been thinking of ways I can be more savvy with my savings and knuckle down on my finances by saving a few pennies on my grocery shop. If you’re anything like me and find yourself without a penny at the end of the month, saving a few pounds a month on your grocery shop will add up. These few top tips might help!

5 top tips to save money on food and grocery healthy eating money savvy lifestyle blog blogger rinniboo UK Manchester

1. Brands brands brands!

I’m a self confessed brand snob and I will prefer a bag of Birds Eye petite pois over the supermarkets own. Which is fair enough because their grades are a lot higher (if you know how they’re picked, they are in fact, a lot fresher! Which means tastier!) So to counteract that I tend to buy them when they have a special offer on. Afterall peas are handy to have in the freezer for any burns and scalds that can happen in the house as well as on the plate!

Sometimes even the supermarkets own brands are super tasty! I’ve found Tesco cheese are the best!

5 top tips to save money on food and grocery healthy eating money savvy lifestyle blog blogger rinniboo UK Manchester
2. It’s still fresh!

‘Best before’ and ‘sell by’ dates are general guidelines that the supermarket has to adhere to as a regulation of their stock. That doesn’t meant it’s necessarily inedible! Sure some stuff can go off a little faster due to faults in the packaging etc, but some things are still good for a few more days. My general rule is: if it smells funny, don’t chance it! (Especially when it comes to chicken!) And if it’s fruit or a fresh produce but the package has expanded, it’s probably gone foul and I’d avoid it.

5 top tips to save money on food and grocery healthy eating money savvy lifestyle blog blogger rinniboo UK Manchester 3. Supermarket crazy reduction hours

Each supermarket will have a time when they have to put a final reduction price onto produce that they have to quickly get rid of before they have to officially remove them from their shelves. Asda even price everything at a measly 10p! I’ve managed to bag a steak and fries meal for two for less than £3 each with this crazy offer. That’s saving almost over £40 compared to eating out!

Here are some of my favourite supermarkets and their final reduction times:

  •  Asda – 7pm Everything 10p!
  • Tesco – 8pm Final reductions up to 75%+ off
  • M&S – 9pm get in there fast!
  • Co-op – 7pm for the cheapest before it’s removed from the shelves!

5 top tips to save money on food and grocery healthy eating money savvy lifestyle blog blogger rinniboo UK Manchester 5 top tips to save money on food and grocery healthy eating money savvy lifestyle blog blogger rinniboo UK Manchester

4. Reduce food waste

I’ve touched on the subject in my post about being more sustainable here. It’s not only great for your purse but also better for the planet if you plan your meals properly and only buy what you need. You’ll literally be throwing money away if you bin food!

5 top tips to save money on food and grocery healthy eating money savvy lifestyle blog blogger rinniboo UK Manchester

5. Ask for a doggie bag

When you’ve finished your meal at a restaurant and still have enough on your table for another meal, don’t be afraid to ask for it to be packed up so you can take it home with you! The chef with appreciate not having his hard work go to waste and you’ll have another great meal to enjoy again without you having to cook as much! Just pop it in the oven, heat it in a pan or shove it in the microwave.

Struggle with the grocery shop? Do not fear! You can get recipes and the exact amounts of food needed to make them from Hello Fresh. It seems like an ingenious idea for the days when you can’t decide what to eat, so I was thinking of trying it out. Have you tried it before? Let me know how you found it! Get 28.75% off your online purchases there with TopCashback anytime, and I know they give out some vouchers here and there with selected retailers.

What do you think of my top tips on saving money when doing your grocery shop? Do you have any great ones to add to the list? Let me know contact@rinniboo.com or leave a comment in the box below!

Eat savvy.

-Rinniboo

Current obsession: Cheap eating! 5 top tips for saving money on your grocery shop

VLOG: Laser vs IPL hair removal

New Vlog! Super late due to more technical mishaps, and yes, we’re still having beautiful weather. I start with a sneak peek at the LED light up shoes project I was working on and I update you on whitening sensitive teeth! I take you along to a laser patch test and SUSHI! Also… drive until you get lost… we find a beautiful hidden gem in the country side of Manchester.

I talk my experience with laser hair removal and why I chose to do it, I also elaborate on the pros and cons of both laser and Intense Pulse Light treatments. Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oa-SQHslGW8

-Rinniboo.

VLOG: Laser vs IPL hair removal

Cocktails on Tap at The Oast House Spinningfields

We got invited to a cocktail launch event at The Oast House, Spinningfields, to try the new cocktails!

The Oast House cocktail blog event From left to right: Long Island Iced Tea, Strawberry Daquiry, and Sex On The Beach in tasting glasses.
From left to right: Long Island Iced Tea, Strawberry Daquiry, and Sex On The Beach in tasting glasses.

All classics brought up to efficiency by pre mixing and sorting them in small tanks to hook up to a tap, making busy happy hour days run a lot smoother. The tanks are big enough to make it convenient for the bar, but small enough to retain the freshness when a new tank is switch in. Which is important for the taste!

Everyones inital reaction is that it would effect the taste, however rest assured it tastes just as good as your usual beloved classics!

The Oast House Blog cocktail event Starting off with a Long Island and margarita.
Starting off with a Long Island and then moving onto the Margarita.

My favourites are the Strawberry Daiquiri for the great strawberry taste, The Long Island Iced Tea, and Sex On the Beach for a nice juicy start into the night.

I would then move onto a margarita for the long sips that taste great with the salted glass!

The Oast House Blog cocktail event Starting off with a Long Island and margarita.

We then got invited behind the bar to create our own draught cocktails! It was as easy as 1,2,3.

To make a Long Island Iced Tea: I started by adding lots of ice to a glass, poured in 200ml of the premix from the tap and then topped it up with Pepsi. Simple! It took half the amount of the usual time of 25 seconds to making it from scratch, and I didn’t have to memorise a recipe!

The Oast House Blog Cocktail Launch Event With the cocktails we made! With fellow Manchester blogger ElenorGrace
The Oast House Blog Cocktail Launch Event With the cocktails we made! With fellow Manchester blogger ElenorGrace

Although I would have preferred the drinks more chilled being so warm outside, and having a cocktail shaken up fresh in front of you adds that special something. It cuts waiting time at the bar dramatically, making more time to enjoy drinks out with friends!

-Rinniboo.

 

 

This blog post is sponsored by The Oast House in terms of free drinks at the event. If you would like your company or product reviewing, please contact Rachael by emailing contact(at)rinniboo.com

 

Cocktails on Tap at The Oast House Spinningfields

Products I’m currently BUZZING about

Here are some of my absolute FAVE products at the moment that will hopefully inspire some Christmas lists!

  1. Micellar cleansers are currently all the rage and if you’ve checked out my Skin Detox post you’ll know why! I swear by this to take every trace of make up even right by your eyes and not irritate them. Perfect for travelling and on the go!
BIODERMA Sébium H2O Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution 250ml
BIODERMA Sébium H2O Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution 250ml for Oily/Combination skin – £10.20 Boots instore and online

2. OMG these were a pain in the butt to get a hold of (find out why in my H&M X Balmain blog) but I’m LOVING these to go with every outfit for the holidays! Sure, it’s not exactly winter/weather appropriate but they’re the hottest style booties to be wearing with almost any going out outfit. Pair with Jeans? Yes. Dresses? Yes yes!

H&M Balmain collaboration how to shop and live blogging
Well you’ll need a matching pair to go with the outfit, so style it with these strappy beauties or over the knee boots available from the collection too. H&M X Balmain.

3. Sometimes it’s the little details that I buzz over, except with these Bodum glasses the double walls are useful too! It stops you from burning your hands, but radiates just enough heat to keep them warm. How cool is that?? Before you start going on a rant about the proper way to brew tea so it’s the right temperature when it hits the cup, sometimes I just want a hot Vimto O.K?!

Bodum Pavina Glass Double Wall Cups, Set of 2, 0.25L John Lewis
Bodum Pavina Glass Double Wall Cups, Set of 2, 0.25L £18 John Lewis

 

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Etcetera - from MAC £15 Get your pout on and join the #overlinechallenge
MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Etcetera – from MAC £15 Get your pout on and join the #overlinechallenge

4. MAC Pro Longwear Lip Liner in Etcetera – This lip liner is the PERFECT nude for my lips and very Kylie Jenner esque ( I assume she uses her own lip kit now;that’s coming next year, but I bet she mixed this will a blueish undertone pink lipstick to get her signature shade of pout) It’s also versatile enough to be used with any lipstick and unlike the Estee Lauder products and Chanel lip liners that I’ve tried, it doesn’t make my lips peel! Love it!

WAH London Marble Zone Press On Nails boots
WAH London Marble Zone Press On Nails – from Boots £9

5. My complete obsession right now is marble on everything! I hate it on my Mac, phone, and table tops. So where next? Obviously my nails! I haven’t worn press on nails for a LONG time, but you just have to follow the instructions enclosed to apply them properly. Then they will last up to 7 days! I have to confess I did struggle with the sizing, so I had to file them to fit. And one of them came off and flew into the abyss, never to be found again. It helps to carry around the glue!

That’s my top five current products that I’m currently buzzing over, but what current purchases are you obsessing over? Let us know in the comments below!

Rinniboo

Products I’m currently BUZZING about

London for the weekend and FREE Blueberry pancakes recipe

So my cousin from China has never made her own pancakes before so I thought I’d share how I like my pancakes in the morning!

Watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/embed/xR_-icJeEu0

And she also has never been to London, so I had a bit of a tourist moment to show people around the world some of London.

Blueberry Pancakes recipe:

Serves 1-2 people

1/2 cup plain flour

1 egg

A punnet of blueberries and honey to serve

100ml milk (adjust as necessary for the consistency of your pancake)

 

Method:

  1. Beat the egg.
  2. Mix in the flour.
  3. Add the milk slowly to archive the consistency that you want. The thicker the consistency the thicker the pancakes, and the longer it will take to cook.
  4. Mix all of the ingredients well and then leave to combine for a few minutes.
  5. In a well oiled medium heat frying pan, use a ladle to proportion the pancakes and drop in some blueberries. Leave it to cook on one side.
  6. When the pancake is able to move/be peeled off, flip it over to cook the other side until equally toasted.
  7. Serve with blueberries and honey, bon appetite!

Great variations of this recipe is to replace the egg with a very ripe banana to make banana pancakes. To add a healthy kick, switch the plain flour for wholemeal plain flour!

So how do YOU like your pancakes?? Savoury or sweet? Have a weird combination/topping you like? Lets us know in the comments below!

Rinniboo

London for the weekend and FREE Blueberry pancakes recipe

Mango and Chia seed pudding

I tried out Indulgexplore mango and chia seed pudding recipe and had it as a filling breakfast! Here’s how it all panned out:

It was my first time trying chia seeds and it was pretty pleasant. I liked the crunchy texture it added to the pudding, and although it didn’t have much of a taste, it was like the healthy alternatives to hundreds and thousands.

Chia Bia 100 Natural Whole Chia Seed
Chia Bia 100 Natural Whole Chia Seed

There’s great nutrients packed into this tiny dessert, here’s some fun facts:

Chia seeds are a reasonably new ‘super food‘ that’s trending, so the heath benefits are yet to be fully explored. They can be incorporated into your meals by sprinkling over cereal, yogurt, smoothie, energy bar, bread, and into hot water to make a tea. They are rich in lots of vitamins B vitamins thiamine niacin calciumironmagnesiummanganesephosphorus, and zinc which is making them so popular. After soaking them, they produce a gel like substance that can be used to substitute egg and oil in cakes.

I did find a slight ‘warning’ on the package and was told that it is a novel food and no more than 15g should be consumed a day. I also heard it should not be consumed raw, as the nutrients need to be soaked out for your body to process.

Mango has around 44% and 11% of your RDA vitamin C and folate – although high in sugar, it’s has a fantastic taste.

The oats contain a great source of fibre, so that’s why it fills you up for longer, compared to filling up with carbohydrates instead.

Eat happy!

Rinniboo

Mango and Chia seed pudding