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  • Galtizz
    • #2
    • 16th Mar 05, 4:37 PM
    • #2
    • 16th Mar 05, 4:37 PM
    I don't use a spreadsheet for the grocery budget. I saved all of my receipts for 1 month to get the amount I was spending and, then knocked a bit off and tried to reduce the amount I was spending (if you knock off a few quid a week each until you get to an amount you are happy with, you don't notice so much)

    An idea posted on the monthly grocery challenge (by Sarahsaver, I think) is to have a seperate purse for the grocery budget. That way you can physically see how much you've got left, and if you have a light month and don't spend it all (yeah, right) you can put it in savings with Queenies pin money challenge.

    Another idea is to keep a diary (or a list on the spreadsheet somewhere) of the meal plans. That way when you are bored of having the same thing over and over you can look back and see if you used to have anything different and revive it.
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  • Vikingfan
    • #3
    • 16th Mar 05, 5:23 PM
    • #3
    • 16th Mar 05, 5:23 PM
    Is there anyway to make changes to the original Budget made in the spreadsheet without redoing it all?When I try it asks for a password
    • Xbigman
    • By Xbigman 16th Mar 05, 5:51 PM
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    Xbigman
    • #4
    • 16th Mar 05, 5:51 PM
    • #4
    • 16th Mar 05, 5:51 PM
    I have a page of my spreadsheet set up as a list of everything I buy and the price. I simply copy over what I need that week into the last few columns which adds it up as I go along.
    I have another page set up as monthly credit card expenditure which has estimates for what I'll spend in the upcoming months already on there, including groceries.
    Yet another page has all my expenditure per (4 weekly) wage packet, of which one figure is the monthly credit card total.

    Here's my estimated CC spending for April (CC month starts 18th Mar)


    April
    Tesco's 41.00 est
    Tesco's 41.00 est
    Tesco's 41.00 est
    Tesco's 41.00 est
    Morrisons 5.00 est
    Morrisons 5.00 est
    Morrisons 5.00 est
    Morrisons 5.00 est


    Food budget 184.00
    Food spent 184.00
    Other spending
    Amazon 26.99 est












    Fuel 2 -
    Fuel 27.00 est
    237.99


    OK, it didn't copy over too well but you get the idea.
    Regards



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  • Jumanji
    • #5
    • 16th Mar 05, 6:18 PM
    • #5
    • 16th Mar 05, 6:18 PM
    Is there anyway to make changes to the original Budget made in the spreadsheet without redoing it all?When I try it asks for a password
    by Vikingfan
    I've been wondering the same thing. I would like to remove some catergories and tailor it more to my needs so if anyone has any help or advice please let us know!
  • crana999
    • #6
    • 16th Mar 05, 8:09 PM
    • #6
    • 16th Mar 05, 8:09 PM
    I have a budgeted figure I try to stick to more or less, but then I have a spending diary and I put down the figures for each catagory per week then average them. this gives you a better idea of how you are doing in sticking to your budget and also helps you make your budget more realistic.
  • fazer6
    • #7
    • 17th Mar 05, 4:28 PM
    • #7
    • 17th Mar 05, 4:28 PM
    I take out the money in cash each month and keep receipts so I can see what I've bought. Once the money's gone it's time for storecupboard challenge. That's the best way to stop yourself going over budget!
  • Lillibet
    • #8
    • 17th Mar 05, 4:54 PM
    • #8
    • 17th Mar 05, 4:54 PM
    I'm a pen & paper gril, I simply write down the ammoutns availble in each catagory in my diary a the start of each month & subtract each cost as I spend. It doesn't get much more basic but I have access to it 24 hours a day & it keeps my maths in practise.
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