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Frugal Friday | Read the ingredients

Junk in Junk food

Wheat Flour, Water, Whole Meal Wheat Flour, Rye Flour, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower), Sugar, Baking Agent (includes Emulsifying Agent (Sodium Stearoyl-2-lactylate), Wheat Swell Flour, Dextrose), Yeast, Salt, Malt Extract (Barley Malt Extract, Water). Chicken (60%), Coating [Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed), Water, Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Salt, Yeast), Maize Starch, Egg Albumen (Free Range Egg), Pepper, Potato Starch, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Salt, Dried Parsley, Natural Flavouring (contains Milk, Mustard), Ground White Pepper, Milk Protein, Mustard Flour, Stabiliser (Methyl Cellulose), Colours (Capsanthin, Curcumin), Ground Red Pepper, Celery Seed], Water, Potato Starch, Natural Flavourings, Yeast Extract Powder, Salt, Ground White Pepper, Anti-caking Agent (Silicon Dioxide), Emulsifier (Polysorbate 80). Prepared in the restaurants using a non-hydrogenated vegetable oil. Water, Vegetable Oil (Soya Bean or Rapeseed Oil) (38%), Free Range Egg Yolk (4%), Modified Maize Starch, Spirit Vinegar, Sugar, Salt, Mustard Flour, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (Potassium Sorbate), Lemon Juice Concentrate. 100% Batavia Lettuce.

The above list is the junk (ingredients) that go into a ‘chicken burger’ at a well known fast food ‘restaurant’.

This is the ingredients if I cook chicken, chips and peas – Chicken, potato, sunflower oil and garden peas. My meal is not only healthier, it’s very much cheaper.

Chicken drumsticks are 2Kg for £7.00 at Asda or I can get them £2.15 from Lidl; even better are the chicken legs for £1.99 at Lidl. I save £1.50 a week. When I taxed my car, I taxed it for a year; that’s £21.50 cheaper than taxing it for 6 months. The same with car insurance, it’s £50 extra to pay monthly. I tax and insure my car for a year and buy my chicken at Lidl; total saving on those 2 items £146.50 a year. Every little helps, they say at Tesco; that is so true but I never shop at Tesco! I must admit that I hate queuing and there is always a queue at the local Morrison’s petrol station but I save at least 2p a litre. I don’t use much petrol and that saves about £10 a year not so much, but people still drive around looking for the cheapest!  You can save a lot on major purchases, I got my Prestige microwave for half price. The thing I really save on is my car though and depreciation in particular. Many people worry about having a late model car; I just want reliable. It will go into a local garage soon that I trust for a service and MOT. They don’t do unnecessary work but keep my car in good working order. I have spent an average of £100 on MOT’s and servicing a year over the 7 years I have had it. Depreciation works out at £300 a year and it will be less if I make the car last even longer! If you compare that to a new car over the same period I am saving quite a lot.

If you have read my Investments blogs, you will know I am investing the money I’ve saved by being thrifty and frugal. I am also lending more on Zopa. You can find more blogs on the Home Page. I always welcome comments and so please comment if you have a frugal idea, an opinion or a question.


4 responses

  1. Great ideas on saving! I totally agree on the cooking stuff. If people knew what’s in the meals they eat out, I’d venture to guess that they’d eat their own meals prepared at home with fresh ingredients more often. Keep up the great posts here!

    4, November 2011 at 6:18 pm

    • Hi,

      I thought that list of ingredients demonstrated quite how unhealthy some fast food is. I think you always have to ask questions when you eat out; I’ve been shocked seeing what happens in some kitchens! I particularly dislike fast food places; you can’t even trust the drinks. I just saw Britain’s oldest man on TV, he’s 109 and he gave up red meat and eats healthily!

      4, November 2011 at 6:27 pm

  2. Well, if you had your chicken on the beach, you could at least get some sand, sorry – “anti-caking agent” – mixed in there for free. Dear God, it makes you shudder, doesn’t it?

    15, November 2011 at 5:26 pm

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