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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    May 2017 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    May 2017 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the fifth Grocery Challenge of 2017 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your April budget, then keep on posting in the April challenge.

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!


    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be 1 a week or 20 a week.

    If you are currently spending 200 a month don't suddenly drop it to 100 - you'll never do it but if you cut 20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is 80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on 80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post



    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of 600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at 15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at 280 per month and brought it down to 240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to 260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out 20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for X off a spend of XX - if you had no NEED to spend XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy 7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 #6 #7 #8 & #9 on this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #10 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 19th May 17, 2:26 AM
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    Top up shop today for tonight's dinner and a huge bag of dried beans for a meal I have planned next week. Am trying to avoid the top up shops but it's tricky: the more I buy in at the start of the week, the faster the family eats it! Considering scheduling in a regular mid-week shop and incorporating that into the meal plan rather than an as-I-go sort of thing. This morning I was so short of options that the 'sweet' in the girls' lunchboxes was a piece of bread and jam rolled up like a Swiss roll!

    Also trying to eat low grain low sugar (basically just low GI) which is going to be tricky to juggle with the budget: one or the other thing will give way, I'm sure.

    Anyway I'm at $491/900 and the big weekly shop is tomorrow: there are two more Saturday big shops in this months so if I can keep each down to $200 or less I should be able to make it.
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
    1 May 2017 $222,634.29
    • spendaholic
    • By spendaholic 19th May 17, 11:14 AM
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    spendaholic
    Managed to claw back a little this week - 62.54 against my 75 budget, 231.67 so far, leaving 68.33 to go, and only one more shop for May.
    Highest debt: 35k (2005); Current debt: 7k (2017)
    May GC: 300 (92.13/76.94/62.54 = 231.67)
    MY WINS

    2 tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters; designer cat food caddy; 2,500 cash; 36 cash; Jesus Christ Superstar tickets + 2 t-shirts; Creative Craft Show tickets; Birmingham City v Barnsley FC tickets; Marillion tickets; Beyond the Pole DVD; 1,000 cash; Legend of the Guardians goody bag; Dancing on Ice tickets; Barnsley FC v Millwall tickets
    • Makethedayscount
    • By Makethedayscount 19th May 17, 11:37 AM
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    Makethedayscount
    Baked my first batch of Twink's hobnobs last night. They are delicious. Highly recommended, so easy to make and gone down a storm with the family. Thanks again, Suffolklass! Still at 185.45 / 230. Off to check the red lentil recipes to save a bit more.

    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th May 17, 1:39 PM
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    caronc
    24 shop today mainly f&v and fresh stuff bringing total so far this month to 116/150
    Feb GC 122/100, Mar GC 131/150, April GC 150/160, May 116/150
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 19th May 17, 2:22 PM
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    Coriander and salad leaves bought as a top up on Weds.
    Never bought shower gel last week LOL - have been using hand soap all this time!!
    Last night did my last "big shop" of the month - shower gel in Mr T and a1di for tinned toms, wraps, big bag of peppers and a cucumber.

    I still have frozen meals and now have the fixings of:
    "cream" of tomato soup
    mushroom and lentil pasta sauce
    and "summer harvest" tortilla soup

    Combined with the fresh stuff I have remaining, stuff for veggie sticks for my work snack, plus my frozen meals, I have plenty to get me through. I am slightly over, and I may yet need more leaves or other small item, but this is still the best month I've had yet this year!



    ................................150 Budget
    Date.......Shop......Amount.....Remaining
    27 Apr.....Wa1tr0se..80.19.....69.81
    28 Apr.....H&B.......00.08.....69.73
    28 Apr.....Tesc0.....29.45.....40.28
    3 May......Co-0p.....01.29.....38.99
    3 May......Tesc0.....00.80.....38.19
    4 May......A1d1......16.45.....21.74
    4 May......Tesc0.....05.00.....16.74
    11 May.....A1di......07.05.....09.69
    11 May.....Tesc0.....04.00.....05.69
    13 May.....A1di......01.28.....04.41
    17 May.....A1di......01.84.....02.57
    18 May.....A1di......03.11....-00.54
    18 May.....Tesc0.....01.00....-01.54



    Date....Fresh/Frozen..Cupboard/Dry Goods..Cleaning/Toiletries..Treats..Bags
    27 Apr..24.14........11.24..............28.01...............16.80..-
    28 Apr..-.............00.08..............-....................-.......-
    28 Apr..20.36........09.04..............-....................-.......00.05
    3 May...01.29........-...................-....................-.......-
    3 May...00.75........-...................-....................-.......00.05
    4 May...16.45........-...................-....................-.......-
    4 May...01.66........03.34..............-....................-.......-
    11 May..07.05........-...................-....................-.......-
    11 May..03.00........01.00..............-....................-.......-
    12 May..00.69........-...................00.59...............-.......-
    17 May..01.84........-...................-....................-.......-
    18 May..02.43........00.68..............-....................-.......-
    18 May..-.............-...................01.00...............-.......-

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    GC: May 153.54/150 | Apr 316.94/200 | Mar 170.47/120 | Feb 199.45/160 | Jan 199.08/140 | Dec 187.76/160 | Nov 260.35/110
    Vegan 27 Aug 13
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 19th May 17, 3:18 PM
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    Mr T delivery this morning puts me on 429.24/500 with 11 days to go.

    I had a poor substitution choice this morning on cheese so will nip to Mr S to get that, some value sandwich bags which I couldn't find on line, a pie I forgot to add to my shopping and some fly spray as I have had a fly zipping around for the last few days and it is driving me mad.

    I should only need a couple of top ups for fruit, GF bread and milk before the end of month as I did a meal plan until the end of the month yesterday and had a slightly bigger delivery to cover the major items and the GF stuff I wanted.

    I might just come in under target
    PAYDBX 2017 #99 from 1/6 - 0.00/10,000
    Total Owed 39,547.78 May '17 Total owed now 38,210.10
    Savings goal 500 - 325
    DFD - May 2021 goal Feb 2020
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 19th May 17, 4:07 PM
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    shopped yesterday at lidles and it came in at 28.35. this leaves me 21.03 for next weeks shop!
    think i'll be over budget for the first time this year. I have definitely noticed prices creeping up and now can't wait for my veggies to start growing so can scoff them instead of buying them.
    also I think next month i'll have to plan in many more bean and root veggie based meals, earmark time to sort bread-maker rather than buying a loaf when I realise I've run out, and making more 'peelings soup' for lunches.
    I don't buy much meat generally and I don't throw food away so i'm thinking I must be buying lots of snacky type junk that tends to be pricy.
    gc jan 148.59/150 feb 134.58/150 mar 148.35/160 apr 139.24/160
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 19th May 17, 4:50 PM
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    YorksLass
    Week 4
    Week 3 is now over and spends this week came to 31.08, with 5 NSDs. Week 4 began today, a market shop totalling 17.62 (no sm shopping).

    14.90 left in monthly budget of 160 with 6 days to go before the end of May's GC. I'm happy with that; by the end of the challenge I should have an empty fridge (barring the opened jars of pickles, chutneys etc) and will have used up a few things from the freezer and cupboards too.

    Today I've made bread for the weekend and have used up a tin of chickpeas to make humous; that's my TV snack for tomorrow with breadsticks (DH has his cashews) and, although a bit chunkier than shop-bought, it's delicious,easy to make and considerably cheaper! No chickpeas left now but next time I see them on offer (drat, I think I've just missed a promo ) I'll be stocking up.

    Signature updated.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    May GC: 160 - 149.63 = 10.37 / NSDs 20/28
    June GC: 200 - 0 = 200 / NSDs 0/35
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 19th May 17, 5:48 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    Spent 27.40 since I last posted on this thread

    Hoping what we have left will last us. It should but it doesn't always work out like it should.

    126.19/155.
    28.81 left.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 19th May 17, 6:16 PM
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    I started on April 20th with a budget of 140, and have spent 59.61 in my month. I'm going to carry on to the end of the month with this. I spent some 15 of the almost 60 on buffet type food for a take your own food and drink night out and for a buffet lunch with my daughter. I'd expected to feed the entire family so that kept it down from the 25 or so I'd projected to spend.

    However I had shopped just before starting and have two reasonably stocked freezers, if I hadn't done that I suspect it would have been 100 at least.

    In addition to that I got sent some protein bars to review by Amazon which have provided a week's worth of breakfasts so far. It's helped! All my cleaning stuff with the exception of some laundry gel has been from supplies I already had in. I stretched the laundry gel by using unloved shampoo and shower gel. I have bars of soap and washing soda, but no borax substitute, making my own laundry gloop is planned.

    I've only bought biscuits twice this month and the only bread I've bought has been the 39p Danish loaf from Aldi, I can't make that one.

    I still have some treats to look forward to, as I got some drinks as a birthday present, and have bought cocoa and honey to go with the coconut oil I had in store to make my own luxury chocolate.

    I must get some syrup, block marge and dessicated coconut to make both Twink's Hobnobs and Anzac biscuits, both of which I love.
    I haven't eaten a lot of red meat this month, and veggie/fish dishes have featured quite heavily.
    Not declaring yet, carrying on to the end of the month to see how we go.
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 19th May 17, 10:02 PM
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    Oh no! I've got everything in a tangle... I'd clearly added last week's shopping to my bulk-buy purse instead of the monthly tally... I can't remember how much it was, so can't "remove" it & put it into the right "column" as it were. I've spent 80 today, which I know would take me perilously close to my target with another week's shopping yet to buy, but it bought me no more than 60 would have last month... have erased the whole lot by mistake now! Will backtrack on this thread & see if I can work it all out correctly...

    ETA: Phew! On adding up the declared spends & receipts so far, I'm actually a little ahead of the game, with just under 100 left. I've dropped the Bulk Buying total by last week's declared spend, which still leaves it a little higher than I'd like at this stage of the year, but - it's manageable. What a silly muddle!

    That'll teach me to jump on here and add things whenever I have a spare 30 seconds...
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 20-05-2017 at 10:58 AM.
    Angie

    GC 05/17: 321.94/420
    BulkBuy Purse 2017:228.40/420


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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 19th May 17, 11:58 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Really pleased with how its going this month. Had a lot of mini spends, nothing major, even my alcohol budget is in tact, not sure that will last though lol. Have a lovely w/e everyone. Have updated sig.
    G/C - May 56.16/80, Alcohol 10.34/20, GC Overflow 0
    Save 12k in 2017 #132 = 1,400/5,000 (28%)
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    Bedding, Books, Toiletries,Bric a Brac, Kitchen, Pantry
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 20th May 17, 1:28 PM
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    2 spent yesterday - gave it to my boyfriend for some rolls he bought me in the bakery (5 for 1.50) and the other 50p towards some chips he bought me, LOL. First ones I've had for a good few weeks since I had my little health scare. Enjoyed them, but won't be indulging regularly.

    I will need to buy mushrooms as found the ones in my fridge had gone manky. I have this problem sometimes - the veg drawer gets extremely cold and can even partially freeze things sometimes. It's very irritating.



    ................................150 Budget
    Date.......Shop......Amount.....Remaining
    27 Apr.....Wa1tr0se..80.19.....69.81
    28 Apr.....H&B.......00.08.....69.73
    28 Apr.....Tesc0.....29.45.....40.28
    3 May......Co-0p.....01.29.....38.99
    3 May......Tesc0.....00.80.....38.19
    4 May......A1d1......16.45.....21.74
    4 May......Tesc0.....05.00.....16.74
    11 May.....A1di......07.05.....09.69
    11 May.....Tesc0.....04.00.....05.69
    13 May.....A1di......01.28.....04.41
    17 May.....A1di......01.84.....02.57
    18 May.....A1di......03.11....-00.54
    18 May.....Tesc0.....01.00....-01.54
    19 May.....Bakery....02.00....-03.54



    Date....Fresh/Frozen..Cupboard/Dry Goods..Cleaning/Toiletries..Treats..Bags
    27 Apr..24.14........11.24..............28.01...............16.80..-
    28 Apr..-.............00.08..............-....................-.......-
    28 Apr..20.36........09.04..............-....................-.......00.05
    3 May...01.29........-...................-....................-.......-
    3 May...00.75........-...................-....................-.......00.05
    4 May...16.45........-...................-....................-.......-
    4 May...01.66........03.34..............-....................-.......-
    11 May..07.05........-...................-....................-.......-
    11 May..03.00........01.00..............-....................-.......-
    12 May..00.69........-...................00.59...............-.......-
    17 May..01.84........-...................-....................-.......-
    18 May..02.43........00.68..............-....................-.......-
    18 May..-.............-...................01.00...............-.......-
    19 May..01.50........-...................-....................00.50..-

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    GC: May 153.54/150 | Apr 316.94/200 | Mar 170.47/120 | Feb 199.45/160 | Jan 199.08/140 | Dec 187.76/160 | Nov 260.35/110
    Vegan 27 Aug 13
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 20th May 17, 3:09 PM
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    elsiepac
    Calculations...
    I've been doing some calculations on my spends so far this year...

    I've set myself an average budget each month of 154.
    I've spent an average per month of 207.90.
    This means my average overspend per month so far this year is 53.90, or 33.95%

    So far in total this year I have spent 1039.48.

    It's quite shocking to see that figure! I'm glad I've done well this month compared to the other 4 this year (I will finish up over budget but only by under a tenner), but the figures above include this, so the averages would have been much higher had I not reigned it in a bit!

    I'm definitely motivated to try really hard to spend as little as possible, this exercise has certainly made it all seem very real!!

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    GC: May 153.54/150 | Apr 316.94/200 | Mar 170.47/120 | Feb 199.45/160 | Jan 199.08/140 | Dec 187.76/160 | Nov 260.35/110
    Vegan 27 Aug 13
    • Cappella
    • By Cappella 20th May 17, 3:28 PM
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    Cappella
    Right. Last shops of May done and dusted. 57, which was much higher than I'd anticipated but included a new slow cooker as mine stopped working a fortnight ago and I've really missed it.
    So I'm declaring at 260/360 and am chuffed to bits.
    Bring on The June challenge say I.
    Many thanks for all your ideas and supportive posts
    May challenge 260/360
    • amandaatnumber7
    • By amandaatnumber7 21st May 17, 2:41 AM
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    amandaatnumber7
    I've been sick all week and not done a proper shop, we've been eating out of the freezer along with top up shops of the milk/bread/fruit variety these have added up to $98.75
    Plus the Dr has put me on a no fat diet so there is a few things in my freezer I cant eat (pastry and scones I'm looking at you ) and I'm expecting to spend more on lean meats rather than the cheap cuts.
    So now I'm feeling better I've gone through whats left in the freezer (not much) made a meal plan and will go to the shops later today.
    What does everyone do with the difference in their budget if they come in under budget ???
    Hubby has suggested I use it to stock up when things are on sale but I was also thinking I might put it away for Xmas
    Amanda
    Last edited by amandaatnumber7; 21-05-2017 at 3:23 AM.
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    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 21st May 17, 6:28 AM
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    spends of 10 yesterday on a huge haul of YS goodies from Tesco and morrisons. totted up and would of cost 98!!! happy days. popped tape over the freezer door just incase it popped open over night!! xx
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    • By Kayalana99 21st May 17, 9:06 AM
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    87/200 so far, I'm back from holiday and paid for the food shopping that week with cash that we had saved for holiday so I'm not counting it.

    So far the credit card (which we pay off monthly for food / petrol) is only on 260 including the food above, petrol and a DD but normally it finishes on around 500 before I started getting my food bill down...car has a full tank of petrol so hopefully just food left.

    If I can keep my food shopping under the 50 weekly budget for the last two weeks (just did a shop) our total shopping/petrol bill will be 360 this month and that will be a record.

    Wish me luck.
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    • By Wysiwyg49 21st May 17, 12:10 PM
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    What does everyone do with the difference in their budget if they come in under budget ???
    Originally posted by amandaatnumber7
    So far this has not been a problem I have had to wrestle with

    Gone over at 399.49. Things might improve now DS has braces and can't eat junk and DD is on a health kick!! Convincing DH that veggie meals can be good would also help...

    Meal plan this week (spot the influence of the braces):
    Sat: mashed potatoes and baked cod with roast veg
    Sun: pasta bolognaise
    Mon: baked potatoes with beans and cheese
    Tues: chicken fricassee with rice / beef stroganoff for the grown-ups
    Wed: sausage casserole and mash
    Thurs: bean chilli

    Making soup for lunch today. Breakfast is eggs/cereal/toast/bagels. After seeing a few mentions of Twink's hobnobs I''m going to try making them, also treacle sponge.
    GC March 372.24/300 April 325.00/320 May 399.49/375
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    • By 2childmum 21st May 17, 2:45 PM
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    Haven't done as well towards the end of this week as I was at the beginning. Mid-week shop of 20.90 wasn't too bad - mainly fruit/veg and soya stuff as it was a Tesco shop - the plan is if I do this mid week I will then buy everything for my main shop in Aldi or Lidl and won't be tempted by extra stuff when I nip in somewhere else for soya stuff.
    That was Thursday, and then unfortunately, on Friday, I filled the slow cooker and forgot to turn it on. Didn't notice for 31/2 hours, and as everything had been sitting in a warm liquid for that long I decided it was safer to through it away. I then had to dash out for ready meals (logistics of feeding everyone on a Friday is a night mare, and this was the quickest and easiest option) and whilst at the shop found some ys stuff for the freezer plus the ready meals and a couple of other bits i could really have done without. So that was another 24.97 I didn't really need to spend. Off to update my sig and meal plan for next week.
    May spend - 157.97/320.00
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