Tesco set to scrap 5p single use plastic bags – and you’ll have to pay a little more instead – Mirror Online

Tesco, Britain’s biggest retailer, is launching a ten-week trial in three stores to see how customers get on without the 5p bag option

Love the no bag hack

Source: Tesco set to scrap 5p single use plastic bags – and you’ll have to pay a little more instead – Mirror Online

12 best sandwiches from around the world | The Independent

There are few meals as simple as the humble sandwich. Sweet or savoury, elaborate or plain, there is no time of day when one cannot eat a sandwich. From the Sunday morning bacon butty to the tea-time cucumber and cream cheese, we are a nation of sandwich-lovers. And the versatile food is being celebrated with its very own week – yes, we are currently in National Sandwich Week.

Source: 12 best sandwiches from around the world | The Independent

National Sandwich Week

National Sandwich Week

I have been taking part in National Sandwich Week, in order to support The days of dining out willy-nilly are pretty much over for a large percentage of the workforce. Millions of people — many of whom once ate out or brought in take-out every day at work — now pack a lunch at home and carry it to the office (or the school or the shoe store). Break rooms are overflowing with people trying to save some cash during the lunch hour, and some blog-based “Brown Bag Challenges” in the past few years have drawn even more people into the trend.
Is it worth the time and effort? How much money are we talking about here?
It depends on a couple of factors. First, how much do you usually spend to buy lunch on a work day? And second, what kind of things will you be putting in your lunch bag?
Buying lunch can run anywhere from £3 for, say, a cup of soup and a roll, to £15 (or more) for a restaurant lunch or some take-out sushi. Let’s just call the average daily lunch about £6, which gets you a fancy sandwich with some chips and a drink.
Make that same fancy sandwich at home, and you’re spending remarkably less. Using ingredients you buy at Supermarket or grocery shop, a sandwich that a deli charges £4+ for would probably cost you less than £1.50 to make at home. Add in a 60p for a bag of crisps and a pound for a drink, and we’re at £3, less than half the cost of typical weekday lunch out.

If you’re a bulk shopper, and if you bag your own crisps and fill a reusable bottle with water for refreshment, you could probably get the cost down to less than £2.
And that’s not even the cheapest way to go. You could make a pasta lunch for less. But we’ll go with an average brown-bag cost of £3, for some wiggle room. At £3 for lunch, that’s a 50 percent savings over eating out. If you save £6 a day, five days a week, that’s £30 a week, £120 a month, and almost £1,500 a year.
So is it cheaper? Very much so. Whether the money you’re saving is worth the extra effort of making your own lunch — that’s something only you can answer. But £1,500 can easily cover a year’s utility bills.
Add in the fact that the lunch you make at home will almost always be healthier than the lunch you buy out, and you might end up saving some money on medical costs, too.

New eco energy firm vows to cut your gas and electricity bill by 20% using ‘membership model’ – how it works – Mirror Online

Pure Planet promises no mark up fees and “rip off rates” often associated with standard variable tariffs, by charging customers no more than the wholesale cost

Source: New eco energy firm vows to cut your gas and electricity bill by 20% using ‘membership model’ – how it works – Mirror Online

Regrow Your Own veggies


Great money saving idea to regrow food in water. Perfect if you don’t have room for a garden & are trying to save a few Pounds! :: .

Then my friend  showed me how to regrow food in water – she had a couple heads of lettuce in a bowl in her kitchen. But as it turns out, it’s just one of several veggies that can grow without dirt, and without much effort too.

It’s great news for those buying organic vegetables, but even if you aren’t, it’s a simple way to stretch those grocery dollars just a teeny bit further is to regrow food in water!


There are plenty of reasons to regrow food, but the most important ones to me are:


You already bought the vegetable. All it costs is a few tablespoons of water – but if you’re smart about it, you can re-use water you’ve already used elsewhere, like from boiling pasta or water that you collected while waiting for the shower to get hot. Then it wouldn’t cost you a penny!


Little ways to save money really do add up to bigger savings, as long as you’re diligent about using them.

Now, you won’t get a huge harvest out of any of these items, but it is still food and every little bit helps. Even if it’s a few leaves of lettuce to scoop your tuna salad with, you can regrow food you didn’t have before and won’t have to buy.


Affording organic food just got easier! If you start with organic food, you’ll regrow food that’s organic… so you’ll reap the benefits of organic greens without actually paying for them!

(4) IT’S EASY.

Do I have to explain further? I mean, stick the plant in water and watch it grow. Really – it’s that easy!

Save money and regrow food in water – no dirt required! From lettuce to celery to onions, it’s one of the easiest ways to save money. ::

I’ve listed below all the vegetables that can legitimately grow in water and water alone.

Sure, there are plenty more that can START in water and then be transplanted to soil. And yes, beans will sprout in water too – but unless the vegetable will grow into more vegetable that can be eaten as-is with only a cup of water, I kept it off this list.


You don’t need a lot of water – just enough to cover the roots. About 1/2″ of water seems to be sufficient otherwise the food can get moldy and slimy.
Be sure to check the water every 2-3 days to ensure that A) there’s enough water, and B) no rogue lettuce pieces fall off and slime up your bowl.
The size of container should be relative to the size of the food you’re growing. Lettuce and celery grows best in shallow bowls like these. Green onion and lemongrass can be in taller, skinny glasses like these.
You can regrow multiples of the same plant as long as you’re not overcrowding the area.
I haven’t tried this myself, but using a fertiliser could help with the yield when you regrow food – especially if this is more than a fun side project. I would recommend this Dr. Earth organic liquid fertiliser or a hydroponic fertiliser.


Cut off the bottom of the stalk and place in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the centre in 1-2 days with significant growth in less than a week!


Place the root end in a shallow bowl of water and watch it regrow from the centre. Be sure to harvest on the smaller side to get the best flavour.


You can’t regrow an actual carrot, but you can regrow the carrot tops! Place the cut-off end of a carrot in a shallow bowl of water. Harvest the greens as they grow and add to salads. Better yet, make this amazing carrot top pesto and stop spending money on store-bought!

Did you know you can regrow food without using dirt? Stretch grocery pounds and save money by regrowing foods in just water! ::


Cut off the bottom 2″ of the stalk and place in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the centre in 3-4 days. It might take awhile for a full stalk of celery to grow, but you’ll get great growth in the centre for flavouring dishes. If you don’t know what to do with the leaves, dehydrate them and make your own dried celery powder.


Cut off the bottom 1″ of the base so that the roots are intact and place in a small bowl of water.


Garlic chives are the green that grows from a clove of garlic and can be added to dishes that traditionally call for green onion chives like salads and baked potatoes. Place a garlic clove in a small cup and add water to the bottom without submerging. Roots will grow in a few days and shoots will grow shortly after!

Tip: Garlic starts to lose it pungent flavor when the shoots grow, so if you find a rogue clove in your fridge or pantry starting to shoot, place it in a cup of water to grow chives instead of throwing the clove away!


Keep the white part of the onion with any roots that are in still intact. Place in a glass with water and you’ll have a never-ending supply of fresh green onion!

Amazing budget tip to regrow food in water! Save money on organic foods by regrowing more from scraps! ::


Cut off the bottom 2-3″ of the stalk and place in a cup of water. New growth will come from the centre of the plant. Usually only the green part of the leek is used in cooking, but it can be used interchangeably with onions for a delicious, mellow flavor.


Cut off 2-3″ from the bottom and place in a tall container with 1/2″ or so of water. New lemongrass shoots will grow from the centre.


Cut off the bottom of the head of lettuce and place it in a small bowl of water. New growth begins from the centre of the in as little as 3 days and you’ll have a new half-head of lettuce in about 2 weeks. I’ve heard romaine re-grows best, but I’ve had success with green leaf and red leaf lettuce too.

Learn how to regrow food like lettuce, celery, onions and cabbage in water without using dirt. Small money saving tips like these add up to big savings! ::


There are plenty more vegetables that will regrow using just a small scrap of the original food. These listed below can be started in water, but should be transplanted to dirt for full growth and harvest.

lemon balm
onions (white/yellow/red)
sweet potatoes
And of course, you can save the seeds/pits from apples, cherries, lemons, nectarines, peaches, peppers (sweet and hot), plums, pumpkins and tomatoes to grow your own new vegetables!

We have several heads of lettuce regrowing on our kitchen table, which makes for a pretty and practical centrepiece! If you had a shelf near a window, you could keep all your plants there and just harvest when they’re big!

Just think – if we did all of the above ways to regrow food, we might not ever have to shop at the grocery store again!