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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your July budget, then keep on posting in the July 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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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 11th Aug 17, 8:03 PM
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    OH went shopping when he got home so another 3.90 spent. He got two pizzas (one 14" and one 10"), bread and cheese for that. The pizzas went in the freezer. We are both as bad as each other, we know we need to eat out of it and not add but...no I have no excuse.

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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 11th Aug 17, 8:13 PM
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    D'you know what? I've sat out this month, because we've had three German students for two weeks, & I had no way of knowing what they would eat & how much I'd need to spend. But as it happened, one was really interested in cooking - actually cooked our supper, scrambled eggs, on Sunday - one was very laid back & ate anything he was offered, and one, much fussier, was too love-sick to eat anything much anyway! Two of them had rather a lot of money with them and preferred to buy their lunches, and the third liked all the things that we like & always have in like fruit, veg, good cheese, & cold boiled eggs. (We're pretty much self-sufficient on the egg front.) So I don't think I've strayed far from my normal budget; the bank balance is looking remarkably healthy before we get paid for having them & August is traditionally our "worst" month financially.

    I suspect I won't "play" again properly until October, as we're away for half of September & the reason I took the students is to pay for meals out etc. on holiday; my "kids" are paying their own way this time (except DD2, not yet in a position to take paid employment) so I thought I'd better, too! But will be keen to get back on track when we return.
    Angie

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    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 11th Aug 17, 8:22 PM
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    Hello! I'm new to this but would love to join. I will not but down a goal since I don't even know how much we're actually spending. Or will be spending in the next weeks since we've been on a two week vacation and the fridge is basically empty. I guess I just start with collecting all the receipts this month, calculate and then fully start in September.

    OH and me always have the problem to spend money on things that we don't need. Or we buy stuff and then don't eat it and it lands in the bin. What a waste!!

    We actually drink a lot of water so I was thinking about buying one of those filters to drink tap water instead of always buying a six pack of it. Too much plastic and too heavy. But then again you have to buy filters regularly so that's again some money spend.

    We go grocery shopping tomorrow. I even have a little notebook to write everything down. We don't need to buy the most expensive things, right? Let's just see if we eat what we pay. I still have a 10% off coupon for a beverage. So I might use it tomorrow, we'll see.

    Anyway, now I'm off to completely read the thread cause all of you inspire me
    Nov GC 212,38 / 200 NSD: 21 / 30
    Dec GC 61,97 / 250 NSD: 2 / 31

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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 11th Aug 17, 8:48 PM
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    Hi all,
    Just spent 50p on a loaf of bread, which is all I NEED for the week. There are other things on the list that I could do with, but aren't necessary for this week.

    We just had picky bits for tea, as the children had had a bbq with their dad for lunch so weren't very hungry.

    No food spends planned tomorrow as we're off to the beach for the day. Oh is driving so I'm providing the picnic. Looking forward to it. Then, oh is taking us out for dinner on Sunday, so not much food required then - brekkie and sandwiches. Monday and Tuesday should then be fairly normal, and then I'm away weds and thurs so no food spends to count, as that's our summer holiday.

    I've been good at not buying fresh stuff as I know it would go off before being used. Now I need to work on the rest of it.

    Night all,
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    • GrowingPlants
    • By GrowingPlants 11th Aug 17, 8:59 PM
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    23.65 spend today. I was hoping to last the next week without shopping but when I went to do a meal plan this morning it looked so dull. Pasta or crackers every day for dinner. With the odd egg or beans to ring the changes.
    I might have still had pasta for dinner tonight but it was lovely, with pesto, peas and runner beans.
    Last edited by GrowingPlants; 11-08-2017 at 9:14 PM.
    July 17 GC 61.44/100 : August 17 GC 30.40/50
    Sept 17 GC 46.18/100
    • VickyV
    • By VickyV 12th Aug 17, 8:06 AM
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    Morning you gorgeous grocery guys!

    Back from holiday and into my budget like some kind of blas! shopping demon. Managed to lose an hour and a half in the shops and spend 107.36 of 210. Eek.

    On the plus side, the shopping for the week was actually only 8.46 in HB on sugar for making jams with foraged blackberries and toiletries/kitchen bits; and 42.60 in A1di on the weekly shop. The rest was on stuff for stocks as Lloyd's bank had 5% cashback on debit card spends.

    Got 12 meals worth of meat and plenty of dry/tinned foods etc so should still be ok.

    Only thing is that we should be getting a cat today, so will need to allow for cat things. Not sure if I should increase the budget... No, I'll try not to.

    Oh, and for any A1di shoppers, they've put butter up to 1.23! I'm sure it was 1.08 before I went away.

    Vicky. X
    August GC 138.50/210
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 12th Aug 17, 10:25 AM
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    French supermarket - sorry my mistake. The one I went to was one of the newer but cheaper supermarkets. It just that we have some very close french friends and they won't shop anywhere else. When we visit them it is their biggest supermarket and I just presumed it was french owned - sorry.

    I'd be interested to know whether folk count toiletries and cleaning stuff in their grocery challenge.
    I believe the average for a family of four is around 84 a week, does anyone know if that includes these items.
    There's only two of us plus a dog so our weekly spend should come in at 42. I never seem to get anywhere near that and I'm not wasteful and grow quite a lot of fruit and veg
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    It's OK re the "French" supermarket.

    To answer your question, regarding the budget, we set aside the following monies every month:-

    120 - general groceries and farm shop produce
    40 - meat fund (all meat except whatever is scored from the condemned counter at the supermarket)
    40 - bulk shopping fund
    10 - Christmas food fund (also used for Easter eggs)
    10 garden fund - for seeds, compost, etc
    220

    I only count the 120 for general groceries in my Grocery Challenge money, but that covers everything purchased in various supermarkets including tampons, toiletries, the Sunday paper (bought for the TV guide). If we find our favourite brand of toilet paper on offer in Lid! or Mr T's, then we'll break out the bulk fund and buy a year's supply. (Nouvelle, made from recycled paper, which is really hard to find now. Lid! sometimes sells an even better recycled one that I found this year.)
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    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 12th Aug 17, 12:36 PM
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    Today is the first day of GC and I'm already making lists of what we have to buy at the supermarket. I actually count everything you can find there: groceries, toiletries, books, cleaning supplies ...

    I've found some 1+1 free deals so we can stock up on there (like toilet paper, canned mushrooms and peas). Then my OH called and said he needs some post stamps as well which will be expensive. I try to not buy anything sweet for a while a) it's better for my teeth since I had cavities in b) it's cheaper to NOT buy them c) it's better for my health as well. Plus we still have some chocolate in the house

    Had dinner at my parents last night and had take away. We didn't pay for it but still have some left so I just re-heat it tonight and supper is settled
    Nov GC 212,38 / 200 NSD: 21 / 30
    Dec GC 61,97 / 250 NSD: 2 / 31

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    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 12th Aug 17, 1:06 PM
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    Spent quite a lot yesterday in Mr T, L and Ald1. Was a bit shocked to see the combined cost as 108.41

    37.50 was on a bottle of bourbon and vodka as we had ran out of both, my OH usually buys these separately! The rest was on food and I hope it's going to last more than a week as I only have 61.69 left in my budget.

    Great to read people's reasons for doing the challenge. Mine is to keep a check on my spending as groceries is main area that we can overspend on.
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 12th Aug 17, 3:17 PM
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    To answer your question, regarding the budget, we set aside the following monies every month:-

    120 - general groceries and farm shop produce
    40 - meat fund (all meat except whatever is scored from the condemned counter at the supermarket)
    40 - bulk shopping fund
    10 - Christmas food fund (also used for Easter eggs)
    10 garden fund - for seeds, compost, etc
    220

    I only count the 120 for general groceries in my Grocery Challenge money, but that covers everything purchased in various supermarkets including tampons, toiletries, the Sunday paper (bought for the TV guide). If we find our favourite brand of toilet paper on offer in Lid! or Mr T's, then we'll break out the bulk fund and buy a year's supply. (Nouvelle, made from recycled paper, which is really hard to find now. Lid! sometimes sells an even better recycled one that I found this year.)
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Many thanks PipneyJane and Suffolk Lass - I didn't know how to do two quotes on a posting otherwise I'd have posted yours as well.
    Made interesting reading how PJ budgets month by month and SL does it monthly but has a yr view on bulk items. it definately has given me ideas and hope. At the moment I'm going to concentrate on trying to keep weekly spends to under 50 and to use up a mountain of things in the cupboards and freezers.

    I seem to lurch from one glut/problem to another. At the moment its blackberries: I could pick them by the bucket full as we've got so many; but working out exactly how many I can use in a year is the problem. I haven't time to make jams, chutneys etc at the moment, so they are going in the freezer.
    A couple of weeks ago the table at the gate where I sell eggs was vandalised. By the time I had ordered a new money box and dog cage (eggs go in the cage to deter the squirrels and magpies/crows) I had 14 trays of eggs to use (that's 420eggs) and I hate waste which equates to money lost, so I've made cakes, both big and small, but the best way was to make icecream but I needed to buy sugar and cream - it felt like gallons of the stuff - but I have enough icecream to last well into next year in all conceivable flavours you can think of. What do you do with 420 egg whites so I froze them in fours, meringues are obvious plus I think I'll be eating egg white omelettes at least 4 times a week from now till Christmas!!!!!!!!
    Last edited by zafiro1984; 12-08-2017 at 3:20 PM.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Nov 153.48/300 Non food/alcohol Oct 24.30/Nov 28.49
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 12th Aug 17, 4:07 PM
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    I'd be interested to know whether folk count toiletries and cleaning stuff in their grocery challenge.
    I believe the average for a family of four is around 84 a week, does anyone know if that includes these items.
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    Yes, I count both these in the budget. I don't really spend much on cleaning products, though I clean a LOT. I mostly use vinegar 21p, salt 25p per litre, bicarb etc., with essential oils that I've had forever, savers disinfectant which is 30p for a litre and washing up liquid. That lot, which is not much more than 1, would probably last the month. If I have any monies left over from the grocery challenge, it creates the bulk buy fund. I don't include alcohol in my budget. hth.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 12-08-2017 at 5:05 PM.
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    • Chrystal
    • By Chrystal 12th Aug 17, 4:29 PM
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    Spent 47.05 on 10th. Over 13 was on biscuits, sweets and trifle. I was poorly so DS went shopping!
    Feel really down and trying to generate some motivation to go through the freezers.

    Had some YS roast pork in the kitchen freezer which 'someone' has taken out and put in the fridge a couple of days ago without telling me so that will have to go in the bin. The same 'someone' also cooked a frozen family sized apple crumble, without telling me, and then left it in the oven (switched off) Talk about waste.
    I think this month is going to be a real learning curve for me.
    GC. Oct.17 = 261.18/ 300 = + 38.82 NSDs 20/31
    GC. Sept.17 = 354.89/300 = - 54.39

    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 12th Aug 17, 11:15 PM
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    .....I'd be interested to know whether folk count toiletries and cleaning stuff in their grocery challenge.
    I believe the average for a family of four is around 84 a week, does anyone know if that includes these items......
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    I'm not sure where you found the 'average for a family' figures but it's difficult to find up-to-date figures for these. I think that would be just for supermarket spends - but what is included I wouldn't know.

    Our budget for the year is 2500. Month's budget is 200 and I put 100 in bulk buy fund in January. Month's budget covers all food, cleaning, laundry and general toiletries for myself and DH.

    I add any monies left over each month into the 'bulk buy fund' and this usually covers our butcher meat.

    We use mainly Al*i for weekly shopping and discount shops for things like beans, tuna, sauces and cleaning/toiletry products, always looking for a 'bargain'.

    We do eat quite well, lots of meat, fish, fruit and veg - though unfortunately we live in an apartment without a garden so can't grow anything except some herbs.

    We have separate budgets for wine and entertainment - don't have takeaways but usually eat out about once a month. HTH

    Many thanks PipneyJane and Suffolk Lass - I didn't know how to do two quotes on a posting otherwise I'd have posted yours as well............
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    If you use the icon that looks like balloons instead of the 'quote' icon you can quote up to three posts

    Spends today of 4.54 in Sainsbobs (pate and olives for a treat) and 24.71 in Al*i.

    Hope you're all enjoying the weekend
    Lx
    10day..2014=3213..2015=3421..2016=3238..2017=2370....DEC=80.15/310
    GrocC..2014=2162..2015=2083..2016=2181..2017=1800....DEC=67.86/200
    Bulk buy.......DEC=101.44
    GC.NSD....2015=216....2016=213....2017=191....DEC=2/15
    SPC130x60...2014=1178...2015=1287...2016=4616...2017=3843.51
    OS WL= -4/8 ......CC =00......Savings = 10,250
    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 13th Aug 17, 4:36 AM
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    I count everything in my budget, except alcohol because you can't buy it in Australian supermarkets. Bulk buying, which happens every couple of months, just goes on the monthly budget: over the year it should therefore get easier, since I don't go through everything I buy during the month I buy it, meaning that things like toilet paper build up over time and then I can have a really cheap month, hopefully, in November to save for Christmas.

    Didn't manage to get to the cheaper supermarket this weekend thanks to a mad schedule of children's birthday parties, but still managed to keep the weekly shop at around $210. I'm at $416/$950 with two weekly shops left to do.

    Meal plan!
    Sunday: Butter chicken and HM naan bread
    Monday: Gado gado (my chickens have started laying again! Lots of egg recipes coming up)
    Tuesday: Tacos
    Wednesday: Tuna/potato patties with warm couscous salad
    Thursday: Haven't a clue. Soup probably.
    Friday: Slow cooked beef casserole
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
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    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 13th Aug 17, 9:11 AM
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    Good morning!

    So we went shopping last night and it came down to around 68 €. Which isn't bad for a complete empty fridge after vacation Like I said OH wanted some post stamps and they were 7 € for 10 stamps

    But we really took advantage of the 1+1 for free deal. We got 2x8 rolls of toilet paper and 2x4 rolls of paper towels which will keep us safe for the next few months. So we won't spend that money next week or the week after, thank God. The stamps will also last a while, that's nothing we need to purchase every week.

    Even though we paid 68 € we still saved 17,49 €. We also got some points on our card that we can turn into coupons for 10 or 20 € off. Next time maybe!

    Overall I'm happy with the "first time budgeting". Maybe we can keep it under 200 € for the rest of the month
    Last edited by butterfly2507; 13-08-2017 at 9:26 AM.
    Nov GC 212,38 / 200 NSD: 21 / 30
    Dec GC 61,97 / 250 NSD: 2 / 31

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 13th Aug 17, 4:35 PM
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    YorksLass
    Hello to all the newbies and welcome back to all the returners.

    Spends for Week 2 came in at 13.94 two shops and 5 NSDs.

    Now into Week 3 with Friday spends of 7.60 in the market plus 37.97 in Sainsbobs.

    This was for "needed" items plus promo offers of things we do/will use and ys bargains of fruited teacakes, potato cakes and 6 decent sized turkey breasts. The turkey pieces were individually wrapped in a zip-lock freezer bag and cost 80p each.

    I also got some other reduced items that weren't short dated, more like sale items that I'm guessing they won't be selling in future as they all had BBE dates of 2018/2019. These were 3 sausage casserole mixes with the bags that you oven cook everything in (20p each) and enough stock cubes (beef/chicken/veg) to keep us going for a very long time. Bargainous price of 10p per box, 10 cubes per box = 1p per stock cube.

    Like others on here, were also on holiday countdown (14 days to go ) so now I'm concentrating on using up all the fresh foods from the fridge before we go. I've done meal plans for the next two weeks and as far as I can work out I'll only need to get milk, butter and perhaps a couple of other odds and ends. Im looking forward to having a very healthy surplus left in the budget!

    I do an online grocery order for delivery for the heavy/bulky stuff (no car and cant carry too much) but, since joining this challenge, Ive found these have gone down from one per month to one every other month. Were eating well (tbh, probably better than before) and Im not spending any more either so it just goes to show that I must have been buying far more than we actually needed.

    Will update signature in a mo. Have a good week everyone.
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 14th Aug 17, 12:43 AM
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    I'm not sure where you found the 'average for a family' figures but it's difficult to find up-to-date figures for these. I think that would be just for supermarket spends - but what is included I wouldn't know.
    Originally posted by lynnejk
    From the TV programme 'Eat well for less'

    I managed to go round a whole week with just one food shop, which I think is a first for me. I've done my meal plan and made a list of just the items I need so hopefully shopping tomorrow will come in at under 50.
    If I've any money left I need to get extra cream as I'm going to turn some brown/granary bread crusts from the freezer into brownbread icecream which is so yummy and a great favourite here.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Nov 153.48/300 Non food/alcohol Oct 24.30/Nov 28.49
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 14th Aug 17, 8:55 AM
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    Morning!


    Busy weekend looking after DD (as DH was away with his Dad for a weekend fishing trip for his Birthday), trying to tidy, clean and cook.


    Popped to Morries on Saturday for Milk top up, dr pepper zero, .......yeah, mostly junk food This would explain why I gained 2lbs this week, instead of losing any! Came to 11.85.


    NSD yesterday at least.


    Today, L for Diet Pepsi, a sandwich for lunch (wasn't organised this morning) and butter for home (running low). 5.26.


    New total 301.63/300. I'm over already


    I did a bit of a freezer tidy this weekend, and we have LOADS of food in. It's just top ups on fresh stuff that we need, and maybe a few more nappies.


    I used all the pureed veg to make a veggie soup, as suggested, so will have that for lunch this week. I tried making bread, and it tastes nice, but is quite dense. It did rise well, both times, but sank as soon as I removed the cling film the second time and didn't rise any further in the oven. Don't know why. Also made some more moroccan chicken for DD as had a cooked chicken breast left over. Have plenty of prepped meals in the freezer for her too.


    Got the PM off today, as got her 12/13 month jabs :'( NOT looking forward to that. Hopefully she'll recover quickly. Gonna have some sliced grapes in a pot ready to give her afterwards, as they usually cheer her up. Fingers crossed!
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 14th Aug 17, 9:10 AM
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    euronorris
    Oh, and also collected loads of blueberries from the garden. Yummy!
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 14th Aug 17, 10:41 AM
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    Wow, such a beautiful day in London - feel like skipping. Day 4 of no grocery spends. Hoping to go until Thursday, when Lidl have their veggie/vegan event (allegedly). I did run out of plant milk and prefer the Lidl one, so have made some oat milk to see me through.
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