*So one of the main reasons for growing your own is to save money, although if you re just staring out and want that finished look straight away any saving you do make would probably been eaten up with the initial outlay, (there are ways to offset this and that is by being frugal and reusing other people's throw aways, etc). Once you are up and running though there are certainly savings to be had.*

*I'm not really going to look at the moneys I have spent this year but my garden is pretty much put away so my out goings this year is pretty small. From memory I have bought compost for sowing seeds = approx £30.00, and another £50.00 pounds on a mixture of stuff such as; bamboo canes, seeds, netting, planting containers, a couple willow hurdles and other bits and bobs. I will probably spend at least another £20.00 or so before the end of the year but I most likely won't need too.*

*So starting from my first harvest of the year I will list according to month and date my harvests their weights/ amounts and the cost of the equivalent according to Tesco's prices as that is where I do my shopping.*

*P.S. you can always find this posting by clicking on the link titled My Supermarket Savings which is on the right hand side.*

**April:**

*02/04/09 - *

*Lettuce (Little Gem): 4oz/100g - 88p**Purple Sprouting Broccoli (PSB): 8.5oz/230g - £1.82**Spring Onion: 2 medium stalks - 13p (approx ten in a bunch)*

*12/04/09 - *

*PSB: 13.5oz/ 380g - £2.43*

*13/04/09 - *

*Chinese Leaves (picked as pak choi): 200g - £1.18**Spring Onion: 2 med stalks - 13p**Oregano (no price available but will price re rosemary prices): 20g - 39p**Parsley: 20g - 32p*

*15/04/09 - *

*Spinach: 9.5oz/ 350g - £2.59**Rhubarb: 1lb 8.5oz/ 700g - £3.05*

*18/04/09 - *

*PSB: 4oz/ 100g - 79p**Chives x approx 1 bundle - 68p**Oregano x approx 1 bundle - 79p**Parsley x approx 1 bundle - 68p*

*19/04/09 - *

*Spinach & Chard (Tesco does not sell chard so pricing is as spinach): 9oz/ 240g - £1.78**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*20/04/09 - *

*Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chives**x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*21/04/09 - *

*Baby Carrots: .5oz/ 22g - 15p**Pak Choi: 3.75oz/100g - 60p**Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*22/04/09 - *

*Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p*

*23/04/09 - *

*Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*24/04/09 - *

*Baby Carrots: .5 oz/ 22g - 15p*

*25/03/09 - *

*Lettuce (Little Gem): 2oz/ 50g - 44p**PSB: 8oz/ 230g - £1.82**Spring Onions: 2 medium stalks - 13p**Pak Choi & Chinese Leaves (used and picked as pak choi): 600g - £3.54*

*26/04/09 - *

*Lettuce (Little Gem) (pricing is now each) x 1 - 44p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p*

*28/04/09 - *

*PSB: 7oz/ 200g - £1.58**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p*

*30/04/09 - *

*Radishes: 6oz/180g - 60p**Spinach: 12oz/ 340g - £2.52**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p*

*Total not spent in the supermarket this months was: £36.51*

*May*

*01/-5/09 - *

*Spinach: 3oz/ 85g - 63p*

*07/05/09 - *

*Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*09/05/09 - *

*Radishes: 3oz/ 90g - 30p**Lettuce (Little Gem) x 1 - 44p*

*10/05/09 - *

*Spinach: 12oz/ 340g - £2.52*

*11/05/09 - *

*Radishes: 4.5oz/ 145g - 49p**Lettuce (Little Gem) x 3 - £1.32**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*14/05/09 - *

*Radishes: 5oz/ 150g - 51p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p*

*15/05/09 - *

*Radishes: 3.75oz/ 110g - 37p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*16/04/09 - *

*Radishes: 3oz/90g - 30p*

*17/05/09 - *

*Turnips: 1lb 4oz/ 575g (no price available at Tesco, this is Sainsbury's price) - 80p**Turnip Tops: (froze 1lb 5o/ 600g) + (used 7oz/ 180g) prices not available, so used kale as a comparison - £3.04**Chard as per spinach: 7oz/ 180g - £1.34**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*19/05/09 - *

*Mizuna (no prices available, priced as pak choi): 7oz/ 200g - £1.19**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*20/05/09 - *

*Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*21/05/09 - *

*Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*24/05/09 - *

*Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*25/05/09 - *

*Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1 bundle - 76p*

*26/05/09 - *

*Lettuce (Little Gem) x 2 - 88p*

*27/05/09 - *

*Turnips: 1lb/ 450g (Tesco's has in stock now) - 72p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p*

*29/05/09 - *

*Mizuna (no price available, priced as per pak choi): 13.5oz/ 395g - £2.35**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p**Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*30/05/09*

*Pak Choi: 2lb 10oz/ 1.2kg (on sale) - £6.00**Mizuna (priced a pak choi): 1lb 11oz/ 790g - £3.90**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*Total not spent in the supermarket this month was: £37.49. That is 98p more than last month.*

*June*

*01/06/09*

*Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*03/06/09*

*Oregano (picked for drying to bottle for winter use): 10oz/ 280g - £7.28 (this price won't be included in this month's total, once dried I'll re-weighed I'll calculate to get the actual purchasing price).**Oregano (for current use, stored in freezer) x 1 & 1/4 bundles - 98p**Chives (glut stored in freezer): 1lb 4oz/ 500g - £13.50**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*04/06/09*

*Turnips: 1lb 4oz/ 500 - 70p*

*07.06/09*

*Lettuce (Butterhead): 15oz/ 450g (Tesco's closest match is their seasonal lettuce, prices per lettuce) - 68p**Chard as per spinach: 5oz/ 124g - 92p**Mangetout Peas: 15oz/ 425g - £2.27**New Potatoes: 1lb 14 & 1/2oz/ 870g - 69p**Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Basil (Greek): 1oz/ 28g - 73p**Thyme (lemon) x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*11/06/09*

*Mangetout Peas: 8oz/ 200g - £1.07*

*13/06/09*

*Parsley x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p**Spinach: 1lb 1oz/ 750g - £5.56**Lettuce (Lolla Rossa): 14oz/ 400g (Tesco's closest match is their crisp summer lettuce, prices per lettuce) - 99p*

*16/06/09*

*Strawberries: 3oz/ 86g - 38p**Mangetout Peas: 12oz/ 350g - £1.87**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 38p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*17/06/09*

*Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p*

*20/06/09*

*Strawberries: 5oz/ 150g - 66p*

*21/06/09*

*Chives x 1 bundle - 68p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*22/06/09*

*Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 19p**Lettuce (Palmorosa): 1 head (Tesco's match is their Red Gem Lettuce) - 48p each**Garlic Chives x 1/2 bundle -(none available at Tesco so I have priced the at the high end of the herb prices) - 38p**Basil (Greek) x 1/2 bundle - 38p*

*23/06/09*

*Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*24/06/09*

*Mangetout Peas: 8oz/ 200g - £1.07**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**New Potatoes: 2lb 1/2oz/ 125g - 89p*

*27/06/09*

*Lettuce (Lolla Rossa): 12oz/ 350g - 99p*

*29/06/09*

*Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*30/06/09*

*Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*Total not spent in the supermarket this month was £41.28. That is £3.79 more than last month.*

*July*

*01/07/09*

*Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Strawberries: 10.5oz/ 300g - £1.31**Mange tout Peas: 5oz/ 125g - 93p*

*02/07/09*

*Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p*

*03/07/09*

*Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*04/07/09*

*Lettuce (Lolla Rossa): 13.5oz/ 390g - 99p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Sage x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*07/07/09*

*Mange tout Peas: 1lb 14.5oz/ 875g - £6.52**Courgette: 1lb 11oz/ 775g - £1.43*

*09/07/09*

*Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*10/07/09*

*Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**chives x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*14/07/09*

*Chives x 1/2 bundle - 34p*

*19/07/09*

*Lettuce (Lolla Rossa): 3.5oz/ 100g - 99p**French Beans (I have grown a purple variety, I've priced them as regular F.beans but I'm quite sure Tesco would have sold them at a premium price): 9.5 oz/ 312g - £1.54**Mange tout Peas: 4oz/ 112g - 83p**Podded Peas (priced as per frozen peas): 5.5 oz/ 160 - 27p**Carrots: 4.5oz/ 127g - 11p**Mixed yellow Cherry Tomatoes (Tesco has various mixed tomato trays now): 1.5oz/ 30g - 22p**Runner Beans: 7.5oz/ 212g - £1.40**Springonions (the bunch I would normally buy has ten in a bunch) x 2 - 13p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 20p*

*20/07/09*

*Opium Poppy Seeds (couldn't find them online at Tesco, so the price is from Sainsbury's): 8oz/ 225g - 87p**Perpetual Spinach: 1lb 8oz/ 675g - £2.69*

*21/07/09*

*Garlic x 1 bulb - 30p*

*22/07/09*

*Courgette: 1lb 11oz/ 775g - £1.43*

*24/07/09*

*Sweet Peppers: 20z/ 55g - 60p**French Beans: 11oz/ 325g - £2.88**Runner Beans: 15.5oz/ 435g - 65p**Springonions x 2 - 13p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p*

*25/07/09*

*Garlic Chives (figuring this is a maybe classed as a high end herb, I've priced it according to the more expensive herbs) x 1/2 bundle - 20p*

*26/07/09*

*Courgette: 1lb 3oz/ 550g - £1.01**Kohl Rabi (priced as per turnips): 2oz/ 60g - 36p**Springonions x 2 - 13p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Chinese Cabbage: 15oz/ 425g - 88p**Garlic x 1 bulb - 30p*

*28/07/09*

*Lettuce (Lolla Rossa): 1lb 2.5oz/ 525g - 99p**Blackberries: 2.5 oz/ 75g - £1.00**Runner Beans: 1lb 6oz/ 625g - £4.14**French Beans: 7oz/ 200g - 99p**Springonion x 2 - 13p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Garlic x 1 bulb - 30p*

*30/07/ 09*

*Courgette: 1lb 5oz/ 600g - £1.10**Carrots: 8oz/ 225g - 20p**Mixed tomatoes: 4oz/ 110g - 82p**Mini Ochro - cute but negligbe :)*

*Total not spent in the supermarket this month is £41.24. That is 4p more than last month, not a great amount more than last month but then I didn't actively harvest much at the beginning of the month as I stupidly bought to much vege from the grocery and didn't want to waste them.*

*August*

*02/08/09*

*Blackberries (foraged): 4.5oz/ 125g - 3p**Spring oniions x 3 - 24p**Garlic x 1 - 30p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Chard: 1lb 2oz/ 500g - £1.97**Carrots: 7.5oz/ 212g - 25p**Runner beans: 1lb 8oz/ 687g - £3.44**Frenchbeans: 9oz/ 250g - £1.04*

*04/08/09*

*Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Chives x 1/2 - 34p*

*05/08/09*

*Cucumber (are sold @ 60p ea) x 1 = 1lb 1oz/ 475g - 60p**Tomatoes (mixed) [Tesco sells a mixed variety tomato punnet]: 7oz/ 200g - £1.49**Sweet pepper x 1 - 50p**Beetroot: 10oz/ 275g - 65p**Spring onion x 2 - 16p*

*07/08/09*

*Runner beans: 1lb 3oz/ 540g - £2.70**Frenchbeans: 13oz/ 375g - £1.56**Spring onion x 1 - 8p*

*08/08/09*

*Par-cel (herb similar to parsley so I will price it as flat leaf parsley) x 1/4 bundle - 32p**Oregano x 1/2 bundle - 40p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 32p**Chives x 1 bundle - 68p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Perpetual spinach: 2lb 6oz/ 1.75kg - £6.88**Hungarian Sweet peppers x 2 - £1.28**Carrots: 3.5oz/ 100g - 12p**Tomatoes (salad): 3oz/ 75g - 15p**Scotch bonnet chilli x 8 - £2.17*

*11/08/09*

*Tomatoes (mixed): 3.5oz/ 102g - 69p**Tomatoes (red cherry): 3.5oz/ 102g - 30p**runner beans: 6oz/ 175g - 88p**Scalloped squash (priced as butternut): 15.5oz/ 440g - 57p**Garlic x 1 - 30p**Cucumber x 1 = 1lb 4oz/ 555g - 60p**Frenchbeans: 5oz/ 150g - 63p*

*12/08/09*

*Cherry Plums (foraged): 8lbs/ 3.25kg - £12.19*

*The above savings will be calculated by the finished products it produced below:*

*Jars of Jam x 3 = 1020g - £2.24**Jars of Fruit Syrup x 2 = 680g - £2.92**Pie x 1 - £1.60**Cake x 1 - 78p**Fruit Bars (priced as per Jordans Fruit Bars which is the only type I buy) x 12 - £3.40**Chinese Plum Sauce x 1 jar = 340g - £2.18**Plum BBQ Sauce x 1 jar = 340g - 79p*

*14/08/09*

*Onions x 2 - 58p**Scotch Bonnet x 1 - 10p**Vietnamese Coriander (priced as regular coriander) x 1/4 bundle - 37p**Lemongrass x 1 stalk - 34p**Garlic x 1 - 30p*

*15/08/09*

*Tomatoes (red cherry): 3oz/ 95g - 28p**To,atoes (mixed salad): 6oz/ 190g - £1.42**Tomatoes (yellow cherry): 3oz/ 95g - 71p*

*16/08/09*

*Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 32p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Par-cel x 1/4 bundle 32p**Runner beans : 1lb 1.5oz/ 500g - £2.50**French beans: 2oz/ 55g - 23p**Scoth bonnet x 1 - 10p**Chard: 10.25oz/ 295g - £1.16**Tomatoes (red cherries): .5oz/ 10g - 3p**tomatoes (yellow cherries): 3.5oz/ 100g - 75p**Tomatoes (salad): 8.5oz/ 240g - 47p**Greek Basil: 60z/ 175g/ 9 measuring cups worth - £4.55*

*The above basil harvest will be calculated by the finished products it produced below:*

*Pesto x 2 jars = 680g - £7.14*

*17/08/09*

*Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Garlic x 1 - 30p**Scotch bonnet x 1 - 10p**Chinese leaves: 9.5oz/ 270g - £1.18**Tomatoes (mixed): 6oz/ 170g - £1.27**Tomatoes (red cherries): 1oz/ 15g - 4p**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 3.5oz/ 100g - 75p**Beetroot: 7oz/ 200g - 47p**Carrots: ".5oz/ 75g - 9p**Par-cel x 1/4 bundle - 32p*

*18/08/09*

*Cherry Plums (foraged): 2lbs/ 920g - £3.45*

*The above savings will be calculated by the finished products it produced below:*

*Plum Jam x 3.5 jars = 1190g - £2.62*

*19/08/09*

*Cucumber x 1 = 1lb 2oz/ 520g - 60p*

*20/08/09*

*Courgette: 1lb 4oz/ 575g - £1.06**Cucumber x 1 = 1lb 5oz/ 590g - 60p**Sweet pepper x 1 - 50p**Scalloped Squash: 13.5oz/ 380g - 46p**Tomatoes (mixed): 8.5oz/ 248g - £1.85**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 2oz/ 50g - 37p**Tomatoes (red cherries): 3.5oz/ 95g - 28p**Tomatoes ( cooking plum varieties) [these are generally what is used to produce tin tomatoes and so I have priced them accordingly]: 2.5oz/ 60g - 5p*

*22/08/09*

*Scalloped squash: 14oz/400g - 48p**Runner beans: 15oz/ 426g - £2.13**French beans: 5 oz/ 150g - 63p**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 1.75oz/25g - 19p**Tomatoes (cooking plums): 4oz/ 110g - 10p**Tomatoes (beefstalk- Sainsbury prices): 7oz/ 200g - 70p**Tomatoes (salad): 1.5oz/ 30g - 6p**Tomatoes (red cherries): 2oz/ 26g - 8p**Spring onion x 1 - 8p*

*23/08/09*

*Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 32p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Garlic x1 - 30p*

*24/08/09*

*Tomatoes (salad): 14.5oz/ 410 - 81p**Tomatoes (mixed): 2.5oz/ 70g - 52p**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 1oz/ 25g - 18p**Tomatoes (cooking plums): 1.75oz/ 55g - 5p**Tomatoes (red cherries): 5oz/ 145g - 43p**Courgette: 1lb 2.5oz/ 525g - 97p**Lemongrass x 1 stalk - 34p**Scotch bonnet x 1 - 10p**Veitnamese coriander x 1/4 bundle - 37p**Spring onions x 2 - 16p*

*26/08/09*

*Runner beans: 12.5oz/ 365g - £1.83**French beans: 1.50z/ 35g - 15p**Spring onion x 2 - 16p**Scalloped squash: 14.5oz/ 420g - 50p**Perpetual spinach: 13oz/ 475g - £1.87**scotch bonnet x 1 - 10p**Tomatoes (red cherries): 1.5oz/ 35g - 10p**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 4oz/ 120g - 89p**Tomatoes (beefsteak): 1lb 5oz/ 600g - £2.10**Tomatoes (salad): 15oz/ 426g - 84p**Tomatoes (mixed): 4.5oz/126g - 94p**Garlic x 1 - 30p**Parsley x 1/4 bundle - 32p**Oregano x 1/4 bundle - 20p**Thyme x 1/4 bundle - 17p**Par-cel x 1/4 bundle - 32p*

*27/08/09*

*Onions: 6oz/ 175g - 15p*

*28/08/09*

*Tomatoes (beefsteak): 2lb 1.5oz/ 960g - £3.36**Tomatoes (mixed): 1lb .5oz/ 470g - £3.50**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 1.5oz/ 45g - 34p**Tomatoes (red cherries): 3oz/ 90g - 27p**Tomatoes (cooking plum): 10oz/ 380g - 34p**Courgette: 1lb 11oz/ 760g - £1.40*

*30/08/09*

*Tomatoes (beefsteak): 15oz/ 430g - £1.51**Tomatoes (mixed): 1lb 5oz/ 600g - £4.47**Tomatoes (red cherries): 3oz/ 95g - 28p**Tomatoes (yellow cherries): 2.5oz/ 75g - 56p**Tomatoes (cooking plums): 4.5oz/ 130g - 11p**Runner beans: 6oz/ 75g - 38p**French beans: 1.5oz/ 40g - 17p**Onion tops (to be used as spring onions): 12oz/ 130g - 82p**Perpetual spinach: 1lb 14oz/ 850g - £3.34**Garlic x 1 - 30p*

*31/08/09*

*Scotch bonnet x 1 - 10p**Vietnamese coriander x 1/4 bundle - 32p**Onion x 1 - 15p*

*Total not spent in the supermarket this month is £118.88. That is £77.64 more than last month. The foraged foods and my tomato glut has certainly helped to increase the savings this month.*

It will be very interesting to see how much you have saved at the end of the year.

ReplyDeleteI was quite surprised by my first month's saving, so I hope to see this number increase as the year progress and the harvests increase.

ReplyDeleteOh my goodness Kella! I am so impressed with your stats. What a brilliant idea,I'm not sure I could commit to doing it myself, but I am going to follow you just to see how much you save all year. Bye the way the lemongrass that I potted on using your tip of

ReplyDeletegarden soil/compost/blood,fish & bone has worked wonders with that plant so I am going to re- pot the other 3, trouble is I didn't use a measuring guide for each addition, so I will just have to guess and hope for the same results.

Maureen thanks for wanting to follow my progess, having a few regulars will keep me on the ball.

ReplyDeleteI'm glad to know the lemongrass is doing well and has restarted to grow, I was checking mine today and they were looking quite impressive, must remember to water them tomorrow.

Fab! You've saved WAY more than me!

ReplyDeleteMrs Jones I'm quite certain you have done just as well as you also grow quite a wide range of vegetables. Its just the way you have chosen to calculate your savings, I have been really meticulous even entering foraged foods because as Tesco says; 'every little bit helps' :)

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