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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February 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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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 10th Mar 17, 10:40 AM
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    Save Dosh

    The Soap Saga!
    The other day I said about there not being any Or1ginal S0urce hand wash at my giant Mr T
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    I use this, I buy in one of the poundshops, maybe its being discontinued, might have to stock up.

    They do Ec*ver refills for about £8 a litre and atm have 3 for 2 offers on as well. HTH
    Originally posted by lynnejk
    Unbeknown to lots of people, Ecover are not Vegan.

    Well, didn't food shop yesterday as intended and am not planning on shopping today, so it will be tomorrow, that will be 9 NSD's - totally unheard of for me. Have been digging deep in2 stores. Am going to try and get really inventive. I have massive catering tins of beans from AF, about 2600 mls, butter beans x3 and some black beans x3, am thinking of making chocolate spread with the black ones, anyone done this or have a recipe, I have cocoa powder and will get some golden syrup 2moz. I can Google, but any suggestions greatly received. Happy Friday everyone.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 10-03-2017 at 10:44 AM.
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    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 10th Mar 17, 10:44 AM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Despite the bread being savaged by DS I haven't been shopping! I'm rather pleased. Just means he has to go locust something else. I think we're pretty much on target at the moment.
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 10th Mar 17, 12:37 PM
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    Hi all,
    Budgets list updated to here
    Welcome back tigerfeet2006
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 10th Mar 17, 12:47 PM
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    Morning folks.

    I don't know how many of you may remember me. I was on this board nearly five years ago before we moved to the ME. We are now back in the U.K. and our looking for jobs and housing and living with relatives at the moment. Once we actually are settled some where I will be back on the Grocery Challenge as we will have a seriously reduced income and to be honest I'm not sure how we are going manage but I know with everyone's help and advice and support I can keep the grocery shopping under control. I'm not sure when we will be in our own place and able to start the challenge but I will be following the GC thread until then to learn about what's changed in the last five years.

    Any one who wants to tell me their money saving secrets meanwhile can go ahead I won't object , we are probably going to be settling in Cornwall.
    Originally posted by tigerfeet2006
    Welcome back good luck in getting settled, it takes a while to re adjust but you get back into it. I had the same situation years ago when I returned from Africa, lol leaving the Husband behind. No home, no money and two kids to feed. Lucky had a lovely family who helped us out.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Mar 17, 1:46 PM
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    XSpender
    Quick update from me. We are now at £138.97/£400 for March with 3 weekends/shopping trips to go. I think there is another fiver to add on as DH has spent some money on lunches when I was away this week (even though I bought his favourite ready meals to avoid this). His spends are a lot less than last month though. He even went to a different shop last night to buy some beers as they are over a £1 more expensive in the c0-op.


    I start the next cycle of my healthy eating plan so will have to do a detailed meal plan and shopping list before I venture out to the shops at the weekend.
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 10th Mar 17, 1:50 PM
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    Islandmaid
    NSD here

    Have been Fridge and freezer auditing and meal planning
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!


    April GC £300/£347.00
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 10th Mar 17, 4:02 PM
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    Jumping in mid month!

    Used to do this challenge a few years back but got out of the habit of posting! My husband has just changed careers and is on a low training wage for 5 months and I work part time, so money is super tight right now and I really miss having the support of everyone in the challenge to motivate me

    Feeding myself, husband and 15 month old (who eats what we eat). Son gets breakfast/lunch/snacks at the childminder's three days a week but otherwise it's all meals for all of us including packed lunches for work for us adults. £120 budget.

    I have separate budgets for spending money (including alcohol), pets (we have three chickens and a cat) and household supplies/toiletries etc (£40 a month).

    So far we've spent £68.37 / £120 this month.
    Married 1 March 2014 <3
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 10th Mar 17, 4:03 PM
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    Forgot to say we do our big shop on a Thursday so shouldn't need much if anything for the next week.
    Married 1 March 2014 <3
    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 10th Mar 17, 4:44 PM
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    I would like to join you all again, please. I have done this challenge but maybe not for about seven or eight years. Our family is smaller now but we still seem to spend a lot on food. Or to me it is a lot. We cook everything from scratch including baked beans but there is always room for improvement. There are three adults here and until I can collect all receipts I plan to aim for £200 for the whole month. As it is part way through the month I think a plan of £132 from today until 31st March will be my aim.
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 10th Mar 17, 6:16 PM
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    I'll admit, I'm a little worried about our spending. Day 10 and we have spent over half this months budget! I have added a whole box of tea that will last me the year to this instead of spreading the cost. OH has picked up enough reduced meat for the month.
    It should be doable.

    Dinner : pasta and cheese sauce (OH). Shepherdless pie mix with pasta and vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts and spinach) (me).

    £79.91/£155.
    £75.09 left.
    27 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • karenccs67
    • By karenccs67 10th Mar 17, 6:42 PM
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    So, I have a Asda two minutes away which I shop in, well I did until Monday ..... It caught fire and will be closed for several months. My next closest Asda is a 25 mile round trip ... or I could go to Tesco but that is a 16 mile round trip. I could opt for home delivery but I find that doesn't have the same choice and I know they're supposed to deliver food with long dates but in my experience they don't, so my dilemma is where do I shop ...
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    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 10th Mar 17, 8:22 PM
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    poohbear59
    So, I have a Asda two minutes away which I shop in, well I did until Monday ..... It caught fire and will be closed for several months. My next closest Asda is a 25 mile round trip ... or I could go to Tesco but that is a 16 mile round trip. I could opt for home delivery but I find that doesn't have the same choice and I know they're supposed to deliver food with long dates but in my experience they don't, so my dilemma is where do I shop ...
    Originally posted by karenccs67
    Our nearest ASDA is 70 mile round trip and Tesco and Aldi 50. It was a steep learning curve when we moved here. The answer was planning the month's meals and shopping monthly except for fresh items which we top up on from local shops. We also have a huge chest freezer.(I freeze packets of ham, cheese, as well as usual, bread, milk, fruit, meat and vegetables). I agree that delivery services don't have the full range of items in store, and often items have very short dates on them. We use Aldi a lot, but monthly and in conjunction with another store, as fuel costs are so high
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 10th Mar 17, 8:39 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Ended up shopping today, still need/want lentils & garlic, but will get those Monday - I have enough to be getting on with and am still going through my stores. Got quite a lot and only spent £15.61. Have updated sig. Have a lovely w/e everyone.
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    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 10th Mar 17, 10:31 PM
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    lynnejk
    Hooray its Friday

    Another spend yesterday (£28.55) but this did include over £5 of spends for the office so I can deduct that.

    I'm struggling to think of ideas for tea tonight despite having a cupboard and a freezer full of food. Pft.

    I would rather avoid another visit to the supermarket this evening but I can't seem to decide what to cook and I haven't taken anything out of the freezer to defrost/

    I hope everyone has a good day.
    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    I used to be like this some days as well.

    I found doing a monthly meal plan sorted this. Do it a couple of days before the month starts and make sure you have all the 'makings' in, as far as possible. Check freezer and cupboard stocks and add what you need to your first shopping list. Just remember that you don't have to have each meal on the day you had planned - just each one sometime during the month.

    I know you still have to get fresh stuff like milk, fruit and veggies, each week, but otherwise you're sorted

    HTH Lx
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 11th Mar 17, 6:39 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Jumping in mid month!

    Used to do this challenge a few years back but got out of the habit of posting! My husband has just changed careers and is on a low training wage for 5 months and I work part time, so money is super tight right now and I really miss having the support of everyone in the challenge to motivate me

    Feeding myself, husband and 15 month old (who eats what we eat). Son gets breakfast/lunch/snacks at the childminder's three days a week but otherwise it's all meals for all of us including packed lunches for work for us adults. £120 budget.

    I have separate budgets for spending money (including alcohol), pets (we have three chickens and a cat) and household supplies/toiletries etc (£40 a month).

    So far we've spent £68.37 / £120 this month.
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143
    Welcome back! Really good to see you back. I seem to remember you used to organise part of this thread didn't you?
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    • sweetpea26
    • By sweetpea26 11th Mar 17, 7:48 AM
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    sweetpea26
    I am happy with how I have shopped this week. I am certainly more aware of what I am spending. Writing it all down really keeps me focused and reading everyone elses posts helps immensely.

    £8.57 local shops ... cooked ham potato salad and items for youngest son home from uni,,,this guy always costs me a few pounds when he is with me

    Lidl for the top up this weekend
    £19.91.. lots fruit, yogurt, fresh crusty bread etc. This includes a couple bags of fruit that I bought as a gift to a friend on way home from town.

    Chemist .... decongestant etc. we have all got the cold here this week.
    £3.49

    Popped to a local Chicken factory shop to buy fillets for next 2 weekends and for youngest heading back to city. Got a bit of bargain... 3 Tesco cook in bag stuffed chicken for £5 already frozen ... total spent £14.

    That is me well stocked up on fresh items. I am meeting a friend on Monday for lunch. I have a voucher so its not going to cost us anything.
    Nothing more needed until Tuesday/Wednesday except for fresh milk.
    Last edited by sweetpea26; 11-03-2017 at 7:56 AM.
    Monthly Groc Challenge £350
    March £327.59
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 11th Mar 17, 9:30 AM
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    squirrelgirl
    I'd like to join again (bit late I know but had major life changes going on!! )

    Still have an annual target of £4800

    Total Jan spends were £158.25, Feb was £164.09.

    I'm 'starting' this March challenge with £112.27 spent so far this month

    Got a mountain of food in the cupboard/freezer which I will plough my way through and just top up with fresh stuff as needed
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    • Baileys Babe
    • By Baileys Babe 11th Mar 17, 9:38 AM
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    Baileys Babe
    My total budget for January and February was £560, we spent £527.95, leaving £32.05 which I am rolling into this budget. We need to try better at not buying take aways or going out for meals as this has accounted for £139.75 of this year's food spending

    Budget: £381.05
    350 + 31.05 = 382.05

    Spends: £163.99
    Various super markets £92.96
    Wholesaler £59.03
    Take away £12

    Remaining: £218.06

    Day 9 of my March GC 7 nsd's
    Originally posted by Baileys Babe
    The meal planning this month is really working for us, I love waking up each day knowing what we are going to eat. Even better we batch cooked some of this month's meals meaning a lot less work day to day.

    Spends: £48.11
    Monday £46.37
    Tuesday £1.74 ys items

    Remaining: £169.95

    Day 14 of my March GC 10 nsd's

    Looking at this week I think we will need fresh stuff I guess £20 and we are going out for a meal on Friday, not sure how much we will spend would be good to keep it under £80.
    Last edited by Baileys Babe; 11-03-2017 at 9:44 AM.

    Apr '17 GC £280/117.17(overspend March) +
    Jan - Mar '17 GC £910/1027.17
    • Wysiwyg49
    • By Wysiwyg49 11th Mar 17, 11:28 AM
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    £117.42 so far this month, not including today's trip to the butcher which I'll add after I've done the sm shop.

    Had a good week with a successful chickpea and potato curry which DD wants to take every day for lunch she liked it so much! DH away yesterday so I had kedgeree (made with oven baked salmon I had in freezer, and everything else was in stock) and kids chicken goujons n chips.

    Going to check stocks and do meal plan and shopping list...happy weekend everyone.
    GC March £372.24/£300 April £325.00/£320 May £0.00/£375
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 11th Mar 17, 11:33 AM
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    Jing, how kind of you to read my ramblings and offer advice! All the fruit is eaten fresh, but I could swap some of the vegetables if I'm making a lasagne or a soup or something, you're right. I got a bag of frozen spinach at Ald! for 99c the other day, whereas a bunch of fresh spinach is $4. I'll play with that idea further, thanks so much!
    Originally posted by armchairexpert
    I'm so glad that's working out for you, Armchair. I guess, thinking about it this way, if your family goes through a pack of frozen spinach per week, that's $12/month alone just on spinach you're saving! It's crazy how it all adds up. Whether that's frozen spinach in omelettes, curries, etc. And you have a family of 6 correct?
    April GC = €63.87 / €250 // 0 NSD
    March GC = €296.17 / €200 // 12 NSD
    February GC = € 392.27 / €400
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