During February, the Veg Savings Spreadsheet currently tells me I got my hands on produce worth £20.33 over 22 trips to the allotment, store, or freezer. That’s an average of 92p each time and a couple of pence down on last month.
However, this doesn’t include the gooseberries…
Big Old (Potential) Gooseberry Saving…
See, if I were to add the 658g of summer goodies that I plucked from my freezer, I could be looking at a massive £9.45 saving. None of the supermarkets presently stock gooseberries, and the nearest I could get to finding a price was Goodness Direct, who listed their organic, English grown gooseberries at £3.59 per 250g, or a whopping £14.36 a kilo!
They were of course out of both season and stock, so I wasn’t sure whether to add the berries to the spreadsheet. I could have bought tinned gooseberries in syrup from a supermarket, which were priced at 71p per 300g, and might be a more realistic spreadsheet entry.
A Tasty Treat
Even so, it highlighted that not only will I be saving a lot on gooseberries come summer, it is also nice to have a fruity treat in the middle of winter, especially when that treat is Eton mess (bottom of the page in the link).
Should I Add the Gooseberry Savings?
I suppose the question is, should I include the gooseberries in the savings, and if so, should I put the price of a fresh tub, or the tinned stuff, as mine are frozen?
Given that I’m essentially munching preserved gooseberries on my muesli, I’ve decided to include the fruit at the tinned cost, which then gives me a total monthly saving of £21.91.
Apart from the gooseberries, I used the same produce as last month – French beans (frozen), squashes (stored), curly kale (loads), spinach, Brussel sprouts, leeks, and a couple of stray parsnips I found hiding.
I also bought seed potatoes, and two blueberry bushes, which actually brings my totals to a £13.77 loss for 2011 so far. I’ve got to confess though, I did feel a tinge of excitement when ordering the blueberry, as it made me feel like I was reinvesting back into the homestead!
You can have a look at my up-to-date spreadsheet at the 2011 Veg Savings Spreadsheet page by clicking here. Please feel free to download it, and let me know how you get on.