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Swop & Save – Ice Cream

As it’s officially summer (although you couldn’t tell by the weather right now), here’s some swop and save tips for your favourite frozen treat – ice cream!

Although I don’t have much of a sweet tooth I’m not one to turn down an ice cream on a hot summers day. Or a g&t for that matter.

I’ve done a video blog comparing the cost of some summer favourite HERE, but in case you don’t fancy listening to me natter on here’s a run down…

Classic ice creams like a Feast or a Magnum are going to cost you between £200 – £300 each, which, when you’ve got £2,000 a day to spend isn’t to bad. Ice Cream Comparison .png

Slightly cheaper you’ve got the Cornetto coming in at £161. This one’s strawberry flavour, the chocolate one is going to cost just a little more at £172.

HOWEVER…in comparison, if go for a more fruity option such as a Fruit Pastille ice pop, that’s only going to set you be £60! That’s more than a £100 saving compared to the Cornetto!

Basically you could just about have a Fruit Pastille PLUS a banana or a Kit Kat for the same price as the Cornetto = getting more for you money.

The biggest bargain though has got to be the classic Mini Milk coming in at only £30! Absolute bargain! You could have 2 Mini Milks for the cost of a Fruit Pastille, or 5 Mini Milks for the cost of a Cornetto. Who knew!?

Whatever you want to go for just take a look at the calorie cost first, you might be surprised at how much more you can get for you cash just by comparing.

Happy shopping!

If you haven’t yet take a look at the intro video HERE explaining more about the Shop and You Drop concept.

For more money saving tips, there’s a blog on coffee HERE!

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Swop & Save – Coleslaw

With BBQ season beginning it’s not just the burgers and hot-dogs that can come with a big price tag, it’s those seemingly low-cost ‘salad’ sides too.

I love a good BBQ (who doesn’t?!) and I love having a big selection of summery sides to go along with the main event. But we don’t often realise how much those delicious salads and sauces are costing us out of our daily budget.

Here’s where reading the T&C’s comes in – if you have read Shop and You Drop just yet (why the hell not?!) then this basically means knowing how to properly read the labels on food so you know exactly what you’re spending.

Really quick version is…

  1. Make sure you look at the calorie cost – of course
  2. Most importantly make sure you read the serving size that the cost is referring to!

One of my favourite BBQ sides is coleslaw, especially straight from the fridge. It’s got to be cold and crispy.

Here’s a picture of two different coleslaw’s, luckily both

Swop & Save_Coleslaw.pngcalorie costs are referring to the same portion size – 50 grams.

(It gets more complicated when you’re comparing the cost of two products but one’s referring to, say, 50 grams and the other, 70 grams.)


As you can see, the coleslaw on the right is DOUBLE the price of the coleslaw on the left! Or in other words – the one on the left is half price. Happy days.



This means you can have the same amount of the left-hand coleslaw for half the price.

Or you can have double the amount of the one on the left for the same price as the one on the right!

Totally up to you how you want to look at it.

I love the stuff so I’d go for double the amount for the same price.

So, when you’re out BBQ shopping the next time the sun’s shining, make sure you take a look at the calorie cost of those everyday favourites and see just how much more you can get for your money.

*I should also say that both are totally delicious, but come with very different real-life price tags too – the reduced fat cheaper version is from Lidl and just 60p (from memory) for a large 500g pot. The luxury version on the right is from the Co-op and came in a 300g pack and cost £1.09! So not only does the version on the left cost you less in calories, it costs you a lot less in real cash too!

Happy shopping!

**Remember, when we’re talking about £’s we’re talking about Calories – on average ladies you get paid £2,000 a day to go shopping with, and gents get £2,500. Take a look at our INTRO VIDEO – HERE

You can also order your Shop and You Drop book from Amazon as a paperback or e-book! Take a peek HERE for more info

For more money saving tips take a look at some past blogs HERE


Vlog Launch!

Today I’ve taken a leap of faith and published my first ever video blog on YouTube!

I wanted to explain the idea behind Shop and You Drop on my own words (even though I do babble a bit) because I’ve found when I explain in person, the whole concept tends to make a bit more sense.

I’ve never recorded a video before, or posted anything on YouTube before, so it’s a pretty exciting day to share it with the world…I really hope you enjoy!

Take a look at the first Vlog – and Intro to Shop and You Drop – HERE!

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Swop & Save – Eggs

*Remember, when we’re talking about £’s we’re talking about Calories – on average ladies you get paid £2,000 a day to go shopping with, and gents get £2,500. Find out more HERE.


Eggs are a staple part of a lot of people’s diets – fried eggs, omelettes, with soldiers, in cakes!

Here’s a really simply way to save a lot of calorie cash on those little balls of deliciousness…

A large egg will cost you around £100; but £85 of that comes just from the egg yolk and an egg white costs only £15!

That’s right – £15!

So, when it comes to your morning scrambled eggs on toast, or cheeky evening omelette it’s really easy to save a lot of money by swopping some of your whole eggs just for the whites.

Here’s a great example –Swop & Save_Eggs.png

Three whole scrambled eggs on one slice of toast = £400

Three scrambled egg whites on toast = £145

That’s a massive saving of £255!!

Or, if you don’t want to miss out the yolks completely (which is usually how I like my eggs in the morning), how about –

One whole egg and two egg whites on toast = £230

That’s still a great saving of £170 from your daily budget that you can spend on something else and enjoy eating more.

How ‘egg’-cellent is that! (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.)


To find out how to Save Money & Lose Weight you can no order your Shop and You Drop book from Amazon as a paperback or e-book! Take a peek HERE for more info

Want some more Swop & Save ideas? Here’s one for Rice!


**All calories costs are averages and will vary depending on the size and make of the different foods. Remember too, if you add extras such as tomato sauce, milk, butter or whatever you fancy you’ll need to consider those additional costs too.

Happy shopping!

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Hello Amazon!

Today is a pretty big day – today I woke up and I actually have a book on Amazon. (There’s something I never thought I’d say.)

Shop and You Drop is a complete labour of love, and tears, and love, and stress, but most of all love. People say that everyone has a book in them but I never really thought that included me for some reason. It was something other people did.

But clicking that refresh button and seeing it appear there, for all the world to see, it’s probably one of the most surreal moments (along with walking down the aisle) of my life.

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And I’m not going to lie, it was frickin terrifying!


Like really, really scary. I wasn’t expecting that at all – I thought it would be fun and exciting, but nope. I just felt complete fear!

Really putting your heart out for the world to see (and to judge) is always going to be a scary thing I guess, but I’m so glad I clicked that big yellow ‘Publish’ button.

The whole point of the book is to share an idea with people in the hope that it will make them happier! It’s certainly made me happier for so many reasons, and I want others to feel that too.

That freedom that it brings, and the fun – because saving money and losing weight can actually be bloody fun. Crazy I know but it’s true!

Anyway, a big thank you to everyone who’s given me so much support to help me reach this point, and if you do want to take a look, and hopefully a read, you can find it (in all its glory!) HERE