Ultra cheap tomato soup recipe

OK, so I thought I would try something a bit different today.

One big expense that I have cut out this year is the work lunch. I was basically too pre-occupied in a morning to think about what I would eat for lunch so would often end up at the local sandwich shop for my favourite bacon, brie and lettuce baguette. Yes, it was yummy, but once I had added the afternoon snack I was spending over £4 a day. That’s around £80 a month! Ridiculous! So I now take my lunch with me. I mainly have leftovers which I love, or take a couple of eggs and bread for scrambled egg and toast.

One thing I love though is homemade soup. It’s just so easy to make and cheap too. I make it in bulk so I only have to cook for work lunches once a week.

One of my favourites is a simple tomato and chilli soup. I make four servings and it costs me about £1.40 in total! It’s thick too so I don’t have to have bread with it, the soup itself is enough to fill me up.

So here is the recipe for my super cheap super nice tomato soup (prices are from Asda)

Ingredients:

Three carrots – 9p each
One Onion – 8p
Two vegetable stock cubes – 4p each
1.5 litres of water
1kg passata – (a box from Asda is 500g for 39p!)
Dash of Olive Oil – 5p
Teaspoon of sugar – 8p
Optional:
Crushed chillies – 5p
Handful of fresh basil leaves, chopped – 15p

Method:

  1. Roughly chop the carrots and onion
  2. Add a dash of olive oil to a large pan and add the carrots and onion
  3. Fry for a couple of minutes and keep stirring to avoid burning
  4. Boil the kettle and add 1.5 litres of water and two vegetable stock cubes to the pan
  5. Add both boxes of passata
  6. Bring to the boil and then lower the heat to simmer for around 30 minutes or until the carrots are soft and the liquid has reduced down by about a 5th (on my pan its an inch below where the liquid started)
  7. Remove from the heat and start blitzing with your hand blender
  8. Add a teaspoon of sugar and the a sprinkle of crushed chillies if using
  9. Keep blitzing until there are no lumps of carrot left
  10. Add the chopped basil leaves if required and stir through
  11. Split the soup between 4 soup containers

And that’s it! When the soup has cooled you can freeze it for another day or refrigerate if eating within two days.

The soup containers I use are from my local pound shop and the cheapest hand blender I have found is at Wilko for £4.75!

cups

My bargain soup cups! unfortunately I don’t have a picture of my tomato soup because I ate it all!

I would love to hear your reviews on the recipe.

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Sunday evening summary

So this week has been an ok week. Lots of thinking and even more maths to figure out what I need to do to make money, how I am going to distribute it between debts and Christmas and I’ve rediscovered Twitter!

I have saved another £23 towards Christmas this week which is brilliant. Everything is on track. 

I have added lots of things to eBay – this is my main way of earning money to pay my debts. We have LOADS of stuff in the house that is just sitting there so why not declutter and make money at the same time. 

I’m still on track to pay my first debt off by the 28th February. If eBay goes well this week I may even be able to do it sooner. 

Finally, I have rediscovered Twitter and I’m really enjoying posting little bits again. 

I’ve got some ideas for future blogs including some ultra cheap work lunch recipes that I can’t wait to share too!

Next blog post will be in the week!

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New Year New Start

I started last year saving well and blogging regularly about how I was getting on and ways to save and earn money. Unfortunately as the year progressed although my saving was still on track I lost sight of the blogging element.

So, after a month to reset, the saving is back on course and blogging has started.

As last year I managed to save so well for Christmas (£100 worth of alcohol, £400 worth of food, computer consoles, board games, scooters, all paid for with my savings) I’m trying two things this year.

  1. Save for Christmas
  2. Pay off debts

Christmas saving will pretty much be the same as last year. I want £150 minimum in vouchers, £500 for food and alcohol. Paying off my debts will be harder.

In my youth, before the recession, when banks threw money at you from the moment you turned 18, I embraced it. Credit cards, loans, overdraft, store cards, I had them all. And when I was struggling to pay the banks simply upped my limit or gave me another loan to pay a card off. Now I’m not blaming the banks, I am at fault but there has to be some sort of responsible lending issues going on to.

Now I have been with a debt management company for some time, slowly paying off my debts. I could have gone down the route of bankruptcy and all of my debts would be forgotten by now but this was my mess and I was responsible for fixing it.

I have paid of a number of debts over the years but I still have some to go. So, with this in mind, I am utilising websites such as eBay and TopCashBack to earn money to pay these debts.

I’ll blog again and go into more detail with regards to the debts but I am currently looking at getting an £86 debt paid as soon as possible. A lot of people will think £86 is not much and why don’t I just get it paid, but its not that easy when you budget your monthly pay pretty much down to the pound. I have already saved to pay this debt and earned a bit more. The original plan was to have it paid by April 1st but I am now planning to have it paid by February 28th.

£68 has been earmarked for this debt so far so less than £20 to go. I have things selling on eBay so there is even the possibility of paying this debt before the 28th if things sell well.

A quick rundown of my Christmas savings too are:

  01/02/2017
Asda £40.00
Park £40.00
Boots £16.16
Nectar £23.29
Morrisons £8.00

I’m pleased with this start.

My items I’m selling on eBay can be found here.

A new blog will be coming soon! I promise!

November update

So I missed a month being ridiculously busy but still saving and my latest count is:

Love2Shop vouchers – £220.89

Asda vouchers – £350

Compliments vouchers – £40

Morrisons vouchers – £70

Boots points – £12

Nectar points – £23

Christmas shopping is going ok too. Had a quiet month apart from stocking fillers so time to get back on it!!

August Update

August has come and gone so time for another update!

So far I have:

Love2Shop vouchers – £185.89

Asda vouchers – £275

Compliments vouchers – £40

Morrisons vouchers – £55

Boots points – £12

Nectar points – £22

This month I should increase my Asda savings to the £300 mark – I really want around £400 for the Christmas shop. I am also due a £5 Morrisons More voucher this month and my Bounts are adding up even if I have had a rather lazy month!

Christmas present wise, my Niece’s is now complete, I have a good list going on of what else I need to get so now the kids are back at school its all go!
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July update

July has been another good month for saving. I have finished my Park Xmas Savings so next month the money that I would have paid into that will now go onto an Asda gift card so I have plenty for food shopping. 

So far I have:

Love2Shop vouchers – £166.89

Asda vouchers – £245

Compliments vouchers – £40

Morrisons vouchers – £45

Boots points – £12

Nectar points – £22

 I’m waiting for a £10 Morrisons voucher from Bounts which will be added to my update next month. 

Christmas shopping has started and the lists are working!! Husbands present is fine, neice’s is nearly finished already!
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July update

June has been a good month for saving. I feel like I am actually getting somewhere and Christmas is starting to not look quite so expensive!!

So far I have:

Love2Shop vouchers – £165.89

Asda vouchers – £205

Compliments vouchers – £40

Morrisons vouchers – £40

Boots points – £12

Nectar points – £21

 I’m in line this month to get another £5 Morrisons voucher through their ‘more card’ and enough points from Bounts for a £10 voucher. I just need to decided what voucher to get!

Christmas shopping has started so time to start those lists!!

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