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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your May budget, then keep on posting in the May 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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    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 17th Jun 17, 10:45 PM
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    Evening all

    Just a couple of small shops to add this week.

    Li*l = £2.41
    Morrys = £18.45

    This should keep us going for now. We are going to Glasgow for a couple of nights on Monday, as DH has a week's holibobs, so will do my Al*i shop on Thursday when we are back. We will be eating out in Glasgow but that comes out of the holiday fund

    Hope you're all enjoying the weekend
    Lx
    £10day..2014=3213..2015=3421..2016=3238..2017=1595....AUG=205.05/310
    GrocC..2014=2162..2015=2083..2016=2181..2017=1240....AUG=154.54/200
    Bulk buy.......AUG=12.38
    GC.NSD....2015=216....2016=213....2017=126....AUG=13/15
    SPC130x57...2014=1178...2015=1287...2016=4616. ..2017=414.96
    OS WL= -3/8 ......CC =666......Savings = £9250
    • Emma45622
    • By Emma45622 18th Jun 17, 7:34 AM
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    Emma45622
    A bit late with updates.

    Week 2 - £63.26 (plus 3 unplanned spends totally £29.98)
    Week 3 - £60.17

    That leaves me with £53.53 for the rest of the month
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 18th Jun 17, 8:09 AM
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    XSpender
    Unplanned spend in L1dl yesterday. We were passing and decided to pop in as we do not usually shop there. They do DS's favourite chocolate pastry so bought one of those plus a small sack of spuds and a bag of carrots which I was low on some energy drinks for DH and some ice lollies.

    DH was out last night and I ordered him a £10 takeaway for when he got home. I am hoping he has enough cash left to cover this so I don't need to add it to my total!

    Total is now

    Snacks £17.43
    Lunches at work £60.86 - overspend due to me being away and DH buying lunch everyday instead of taking sandwiches I had prepared
    Takeaway £13.00
    Food and everything else £203.86

    TOTAL £295.15/£290
    PAYDBX 2017 #99 from 4/5 - £2664.28/£10,000 26.6%
    Total Owed £39,547.78 May '17 Total owed July 17 £36883.50 Savings goal £1000 EF - £400
    DFD - May 2021 goal Feb 2020
    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 18th Jun 17, 8:29 AM
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    Weekly shop came in at $183. That's more than I'd hoped for, because I've been slowly buying and cooking more than I need each week and I thought this week would be just a top-up shop. The freezer is full of HM soups for lunches, meat for dinners, and yet. I think because I knew it would be a cheap week I let myself buy a few extra things, like nice bacon for a Sunday lunch. Anyway, no dramas, that does still put me on track, at $680/$950 with one big shop left to go. I will have to go to the butchers again next week but should be fine.

    Meal plan:
    Sunday - Malaysian steamboat (Sunday is 'fancy family dinner!)
    Monday - laksa with leftover seafood from steamboat plus some shredded chicken I have in the freezer and HM stock
    Tuesday - Gado gado
    Wednesday - Lamb chops and veg
    Thursday - Spaghetti puttanesca
    Friday - Veg lasagne
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
    14 August 2017 - Refinanced: $220,000
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 18th Jun 17, 7:25 PM
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    Florence J
    Oooops, have less than £5 left of the budget with a good 8 days to go.

    People on my debt free diary have kindly suggested that £250 a month for two people is a bit generous, but I am finding it extremely difficult to keep under that.

    I realised part of the problem is we are stocking the cupboards and freezer, but aren't then 'shopping' from them. So today we sat down to do our meal plan for the week, and OH was suggesting meals, which then lead to the creation of a shopping list, which then made me realise we were going to buy more things when we have so much stuff already in the house.

    I think I have been too lenient with OH, he is a bit fussy and I tend to let him dictate what we eat because most of what I suggest he turns down, I think I will have to be stricter with him
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1257.28 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2313.43/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £851.75/£1001.75
    July 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4519.44
    • mcculloch29
    • By mcculloch29 19th Jun 17, 1:52 AM
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    My new job has kept me busy, time for an update. So far, this month I've spent:
    £23.62 Aldi
    £13.62 Heron Foods
    £13.92 Decaff coffee Nespresso capsules from Amazon. (Not paid for with cash, but an Amazon gift card.)
    Leaving £58.84 for the rest of the month.

    (Spend £51.16/£110)
    Last edited by mcculloch29; 19-06-2017 at 1:55 AM.
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    • t14cy t
    • By t14cy t 19th Jun 17, 6:34 AM
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    still holding on tight to my last £7 of budget for the month!! xx
    • FoxFace
    • By FoxFace 19th Jun 17, 6:44 AM
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    Hi everyone

    I haven't really been updating this last week or so, but am still going strong! I had a couple of budgets which covered food this week, as it was smallest child's birthday party at home. I'll admit that the separate budgets did get a little blurred, but am very happy that in spite of this, I managed to work with the cash I had and did not use my card or withdraw any other money.

    Working from cash really is helping me right now, I haven't used any of my cards in almost a month now

    Just checked my purse and I had 98p left from this week's budgets, so I have bunged that in my sealed pot.

    Have a lovely day everyone
    Fox
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    ~Loan 04/07/17: £5500.00/5500.00~Credit Card: £4861.51/£4590.68p
    Total Starting Debt = £11,020.01p Currently: £10,090.68p
    ~Grocery Challenge: 5 Weeks under budget/1 over~
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    • mouche
    • By mouche 19th Jun 17, 9:21 AM
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    Another 1.09 to add - OH got milk from the corner shop (which he then didn't drink grrr.)

    We need fruit and other bits but I don't have time to go to the shops today so I will hold onto the leftover budget another day!
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    Make £300 a month: £107.42/£300 (July); £237.88/ £300 (June)
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    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 19th Jun 17, 10:28 AM
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    £55 spend for me over the weekend but I did have a NSD on sunday .. whoop
    This time I'm sticking with it !!

    May £264.56/£300 NSD lost track but much more than last month / 38 June £216.30/£300 NSD 15/30 July £120.21/£300 NSD 11/15 Aug £96.46/£300 6 NSD
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    June £3362.78 July £1803.88 Aug £1895
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 19th Jun 17, 2:40 PM
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    Oooops, have less than £5 left of the budget with a good 8 days to go.

    People on my debt free diary have kindly suggested that £250 a month for two people is a bit generous, but I am finding it extremely difficult to keep under that.

    I realised part of the problem is we are stocking the cupboards and freezer, but aren't then 'shopping' from them. So today we sat down to do our meal plan for the week, and OH was suggesting meals, which then lead to the creation of a shopping list, which then made me realise we were going to buy more things when we have so much stuff already in the house.

    I think I have been too lenient with OH, he is a bit fussy and I tend to let him dictate what we eat because most of what I suggest he turns down, I think I will have to be stricter with him
    Originally posted by Florence J

    your post reminded me of when I first met my ex, only spud he would eat was chips, crisps or smash! smash?!?! wth? making a spag bol that he ate the mince and then complaining he was hungry. no kidding? I told him his leftovers were in the fridge if he wanted to microwave them
    in the end I treated him like my parents did us when young... 'you can leave it but there's nothing else'
    it didn't cure all the pickiness, but then we all have stuff we don't like, but it did mean he tried lots more food and liked it, including cheaper stuff.
    the biggest budget saver tho was trading him in for a slow cooker, more efficient and economical
    gc jan 148.59/150 feb 134.58/150 mar 148.35/160 apr 139.24/160 may 165.78/160 june 129.05/160 july 148.23/170
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 19th Jun 17, 4:06 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    Since last post we have spent £14.13. OH may need to go to the shops later, I'm not sure. If he does I'll up update again.

    £135.19/£150.
    £14.81 left.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 19th Jun 17, 5:34 PM
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    Hi all,
    Did the weekly shop yesterday. Dd wanted berries to make a nice fruit salad, so I couldn't say no to that, but otherwise we did well and stuck to the list. £11.14 spent, so it's down to the wire next week! Less than £10 left, for a weekly shop. This is doable, especially as the children are with their dad next weekend, so I can shop carefully. It does mean, though, that I need the rest of the days to be nsds, not even any ys shopping trips. I'm determined for this month to be the month I stick to it! It's been well over a year that I managed it...!!

    PG x
    Family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(10), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries.
    Aug £60.90/£100 July £100/£100 June 2017, £113.38/£100.00
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 19th Jun 17, 5:37 PM
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    Actually, looking carefully at my signature, I've realised that I only have £1.93 left!! Bread =45p, milk =79p, so that's £1.24...
    Family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(10), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries.
    Aug £60.90/£100 July £100/£100 June 2017, £113.38/£100.00
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 19th Jun 17, 8:15 PM
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    Save Dosh
    so
    Less than £10 left, for a weekly shop. This is doable, especially as the children are with their dad next weekend. I'm determined for this month to be the month I stick to it! It's been well over a year that I managed it...!!PGx
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Actually, looking carefully at my signature, I've realised that I only have £1.93 left!! Bread =45p, milk =79p, so that's £1.24...
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Oh bless. Your budget is definately doable, but it really is quite low, £100pm, so seriously, well done. It's taken me so long to be able to come in on budget, I really mean that. I'm a food shopaholic, mentally, but I have learned how to control it. I think you r doin well. xx
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 20-06-2017 at 12:15 AM.
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    • Kittencat
    • By Kittencat 19th Jun 17, 9:49 PM
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    Kittencat
    OK so this week grocery spend has been [COLOR="red]£64.55[/COLOR] and that was with DH. Got lots of stuff we don't normally buy. Leaves £52.66 left until Friday.

    Next month I will put our total down as this was too high and really easy to achieve.
    May 2017 ..... debt was £37,000..
    June 17' - we now owe £34,500.
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 20th Jun 17, 8:10 AM
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    Florence J
    Went to the shops yesterday evening to buy bread, which we needed, and dinner stuff for me, which we didn't need. As a result we now have 77p left and need to buy milk.

    I'm going to try and do damage control to keep the overspends this month as low as possible.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1257.28 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2313.43/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £851.75/£1001.75
    July 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4519.44
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 20th Jun 17, 10:56 AM
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    Hi all, a bit late with week4 post - should have been last Thursday - I have been here just not posting!
    purpleybat your post did make me chuckle!

    I have now gone over budget. I kept last weeks shop to a minimum just buying fresh veg, then a couple of little extra top ups.
    Iíve realised this is an ideal time to re-inventory my freezer and work out a meal plan to use up everything so I can FINALLY defrost it! And do you know what, I've managed to do one! A decent one as well! Using those few bits of veg I bought last Thursday, plus freezer and stores, I can feed myself (and well and healthily) up until Sunday which is perfect AND my freezer will be essentially empty so I can defrost it!
    I couldn't quite accommodate girls night on Wednesday when I feed my mum and sister, into this, so I'm going to do sort of a Greek salad, and make tofetta as I have lots of plain tofu. So I'll need some tomatoes, a red onion, lemons and a garlic (I have olives and cucumber and tofu and olive oil). I have some tiny mini pittas in the freezer to go with it if it needs bulking out, or I could do some quinoa or bulgar wheat.
    Therefore my week 5 shop will be today rather than Thursday as I need the stuff for tomorrow, and the garlic and lemons for tonight to get my tofu marinating.

    In other news, Iíve just had a job role change (not a promotion, but a change Iíve wanted for ages and Iím SO excited about it!!) and even better, a small payrise, which kicks in this payday, so I guess theyíve backdated it a month, so Iíll get that on Monday when I get paid. Itís not loads, but itís enough to make things a little less tight, so Iím very pleased. Still need to try and get/keep groceries down though!




    ................................£150 Budget
    Date.......Shop......Amount.....Remaining
    26 May.....Ocad0.......£45.31....£104.69
    26 May.....Co-0p.......£01.60....£103.09
    26 May.....Superdrug...£08.32.....£94.77
    26 May.....Lush........£06.25.....£88.52
    26 May.....M&S.........£05.00.....£83.52
    26 May.....A1di........£01.10.....£82.42
    29 May.....Tesc0.......£20.95.....£61.47
    29 May.....A1di........£07.15.....£54.32
    30 May.....T3sc0.......£09.24.....£45.08
    31 May.....T3sc0.......£01.30.....£43.78
    1 Jun......A1di........£03.17.....£40.61
    1 Jun......T3sc0.......£25.15.....£15.46
    2 Jun......C0-op.......£01.00.....£14.46
    8 Jun......A1di........£06.29.....£08.17
    8 Jun......Tesc0.......£08.05.....£00.12
    12 Jun.....H&BÖ........£05.20....-£05.08
    13 Jun.....Tesc0.......£04.69....-£09.77
    14 Jun.....A1di........£00.59....-£10.36
    14 Jun.....Wírose......£02.00....-£12.36
    14 Jun.....Chippy......£00.65....-£13.01
    15 Jun.....A1di........£04.28....-£17.29
    15 Jun.....1ce1and.....£02.25....-£19.54


    Date....Fresh/Frozen..Cupboard/Dry Goods..Cleaning/Toiletries..Treats..Bags
    26 May..£04.80........£08.26..............£32.25...............-.......£00.30
    26 May..£01.60........-...................-....................-.......-
    26 May..-.............-...................£08.32...............-.......-
    26 May..-.............-...................£06.25...............-.......-
    26 May..£05.00........-...................-....................-.......-
    26 May..£01.10........-...................-....................-.......-
    29 May..£13.05........£07.90..............-....................-.......-
    29 May..£04.57........£02.58..............-....................-.......-
    30 May..£02.10........£04.50..............-....................£2.59...£00.05
    31 May..£01.30........-...................-....................-.......-
    1 Jun...£03.17........-...................-....................-.......-
    1 Jun...£16.62........£08.48..............-....................-.......£00.05
    2 Jun...£01.00........-...................-....................-.......-
    8 Jun...£05.44........£00.85..............-....................-.......-
    8 Jun...£05.05........£03.00..............-....................-.......-
    12 Jun..-.............£05.20..............-....................-.......-
    13 Jun..£00.70........£03.99..............-....................-.......-
    14 Jun..-.............£00.59..............-....................-.......-
    14 Jun..-.............-..............-....................£02.65..-
    15 Jun..£04.28........-...................-....................-.......-
    15 Jun..£02.25........-...................-....................-.......-




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    • mouche
    • By mouche 20th Jun 17, 12:50 PM
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    mouche
    £29.99 on fruit, veg, milk, yoghurt & ice lollies today + £15.50 on clothes for myself. The weather has exposed how little summer stuff I have!

    The clothes will come out of my pocket money so grocery fund down to the last £26. 83. This needs to last another 10 days. I think it's doable - fingers crossed.
    Last edited by mouche; 20-06-2017 at 12:52 PM.
    Mortgage (original/ current):193,000 (23/09/11)/ £144,515.84 (16/06/2017).
    MFW target for 2017: £2355.48/ £5,000
    2017 Challenges
    Grocery Challenge: £162.32/£200 (July); £200.76/ £200 (June)
    Make £300 a month: £107.42/£300 (July); £237.88/ £300 (June)
    Lose 3st 9lb: 1st 12lb/3st 9lb
    • claireyfairy82
    • By claireyfairy82 20th Jun 17, 1:32 PM
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    claireyfairy82
    Didn't get a chance to post anything last week.
    Couple of shops £15.25 & £49.25 at the Co-op bringing me up to £277.01 so far.


    Only £22.99 left for the month, think I'll end up over but shouldn't be by much fingers crossed.
    Aug 2017: £78.04/£250 NSD:
    Sept 2017: £0/£250 NSD:


    365 day penny savers challenge: £522.93/£667.95
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