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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June 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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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 15th Jul 17, 6:08 PM
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    Really pleased with myself today. Did my weekly ship for £3.14! Still in the sixties out of a hundred, and won't need to shop much next weekend because I'm away for five days, then the last weekend of July will be spending the rest of the budget on stuff for the start of the holidays (or save it if I have willpower!).

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    Family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(10), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries.
    Sept £29.38/£100 Aug £124.60/£100 July £100/£100 June 2017, £113.38/£100.00
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 15th Jul 17, 10:39 PM
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    Had to do some top up shopping today, I am much better at sticking to the list when shopping.

    OH and I went to a food festival and as we are doing quite well this month I said we could use some of the food budget wallet funds to buy a treat each.

    We have £33.01 left to last till the 27th, I think we will do it, we have a lot of stuff in the house.
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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 16th Jul 17, 4:30 AM
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    Three of five weekly shops down, and I'm at $670/1100 with $430 left to spend. Which is on target and I do still have a reasonable amount of food in the cupboards and freezer, although not as rammed as it was at the beginning of the month! Wish I could get to Costco and stock up more often but it takes a whole day out of my working week. I've got a whole chicken, plus enough leftover cooked chicken for a laksa, 3 more dinners' worth of beef mince, a bit of pork mince which is enough for Mapo tofu, and 5 good quality pork sausages that I can do in a casserole or something. It won't stretch over the rest of the month but if I can end this week with some of it left that would be good.

    Mr E has just made us a delicious lunch of beef burgers which is very sweet but also that was supposed to be one of my week's dinners, so now I'll have to come up with something from the store cupboard. Love him, but this meat-for-every-meal thing makes it expensive when he's home on holidays.
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 16th Jul 17, 1:37 PM
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    Wanted a bottle of Gin, got chicken thighs, reduced sausage and a celareac, used £11 in vouchers, so £9 spent.
    OCTOBER, £200=£106
    NOVEMBER £200-£40.29=£159.71-£40.86=£118.85,-£52.94=£65.91
    • Suzywoozy8
    • By Suzywoozy8 16th Jul 17, 2:51 PM
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    Another week has passed by at lightning speed!

    Have slightly reduced my spend this week based on the last two! First time I've taken our food budget out in cash for a long time and it's clear that it burnt a whole in my pocket at the beginning of the month and I'm now trying to be very careful. We also entertained this week for dinner and drinks, so I looked in the freezer to work out what we had before going shopping! This is novel for me as I'm so used to just going to the supermarket and picking up whatever meal I've thought of on the way there! Think I said it last week but I'm definitely learning a lot about how I can reduce my spends, just by doing really simple and probably obvious things - like checking what we've already got in!

    So, with 12 days to go, our spends currently stand at: £352.61/£400, so 47.39 remaining, it's going to be tight but I'm hopeful as I've done a meal plan based on what's in the freezer
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 16th Jul 17, 2:55 PM
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    Mr E has just made us a delicious lunch of beef burgers which is very sweet but also that was supposed to be one of my week's dinners, so now I'll have to come up with something from the store cupboard. Love him, but this meat-for-every-meal thing makes it expensive when he's home on holidays.
    Originally posted by armchairexpert
    I used to have this problem too but since retiring DH doesn't eat as much meat as he used to (probably not expending the same amount of energy!) so meals tend to be a bit more balanced these days. I try to do a veggie meal once a week, fish a couple of times, a salad-y meal and a stir-fry or pasta meal so we're probably having meat only twice a week, three at the most.

    Week 2 finished with a £24.70 spend; £15.35 of this was on Thursday in Sainsbobs where I used two vouchers worth an extra 500 loyalty points on each for a £1 spend. They both expired on the same date so I split the shopping into two piles and paid for each half separately and used both vouchers. That's another £5 on the loyalty card. Oh, and what I bought was needed not "wanted".

    Week 3 has so far seen a £17.73 spend in the market and the Co-op who had a few YS items but tbh there wasn't anything I needed/fancied, plus the reductions were very small indeed, so I didn't bother.

    This week's meal plan done and I shouldn't need anything from the shops so hopefully a few more NSDs to come.

    Baking day today - carrot & orange cake, banana loaf and orange & choc chip loaf - using a few more stock items (sultanas, mixed chopped nuts, squishy banana, one orange and chocolate chips).

    £32.70 left in the budget (looking good ) and 9/28 NSDs to date. I'm planning on eating out of the freezer and cupboards for Week 4; if all goes to plan there should be surplus cash left at the end of the month.

    Love reading everyone's posts - they really help to keep me on track so thanks all for dropping by. Enjoy what's left of the weekend, I'm off to watch the tennis now and chill for a couple of hours.

    Welcome to simplelivingcottage and elf06.

    Suzywoozy8 - using cash really does make you think about what you're spending and I'm sure your entertaining using what you already had was just as good as if you'd gone out shopping for yet more "stuff". Well done.
    Last edited by YorksLass; 16-07-2017 at 3:05 PM. Reason: Forgot a couple of bits!
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 16th Jul 17, 4:49 PM
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    Well, my 'away time' was cut short, went Thursday & got home Saturday. I did get to see the most amazing group - Placebo - never heard of them, but 'wow', totally blown away.

    Spent £5.23 on some wraps, houmous, salad & burger buns and three packs of pitta bread to go with stuff already in stores. I am going to meal plan for the next week and hopefully won't buy much, as I really want to continue working through stores, just want mushrooms, free from salad cream, beetroot, lettuce & cucumber, which will be £3.50. The meal plan will be (ish), but flexible.

    BREAKFAST - Fruit Smoothies - I have blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, mango, grapes, kiwi & bananas frozen.
    LUNCH - Homemade soup - I have Tomato & Lentil, Mushroom & Brown Lentils & Broccoli
    DINNER - Homemade Falafel, Houmous & Salad Wraps
    Sweet Potato, Spinach & Chickpea Curry
    Jacket Potato & Spicy Meat Free Mince with Salad
    Meat Free Burritos with Salad
    Linda Mc Quarter Pounder in a bun with all the trimmings and salad
    Savoury Bulgar Wheat with Meat Free Choriza & Salad
    Stirfry - maybe with vegan quorn

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone - have updated sig.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 16-07-2017 at 6:28 PM.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 16th Jul 17, 10:48 PM
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    Evening everyone.

    I've managed another nsd today. Seemed weird not shopping on a Sunday, but between church and lunch at a friend's, I was busy the whole time the shops were open! I should do that more often!

    We had roast at my friend's, and I ate loads - it was delish. The ch didn't eat a huge amount though, so we had a picnic tea so they could eat as much or as little as they needed.

    While at church, we gave four tins for the collection, so that's a bit more space too!

    Took some pre-made bolognese portions out of the freezer for the children's dinner tomorrow, and a tub of unidentified stuff for me - possibly beef casserole? Whatever it is, I'm having it with spaghetti!!!

    Nsd planned for tom, don't need anything, as going away next Monday until Friday.

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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 17th Jul 17, 1:39 AM
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    I used to have this problem too but since retiring DH doesn't eat as much meat as he used to (probably not expending the same amount of energy!) so meals tend to be a bit more balanced these days. I try to do a veggie meal once a week, fish a couple of times, a salad-y meal and a stir-fry or pasta meal so we're probably having meat only twice a week, three at the most.
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    Yep, this is what I normally do. Mr E cooks on the weekend, so I budget the extravagant meals for Saturday and Sunday (usually a roast and a seafood dinner), then I do a mixture of veg, cheap meat like mince, and storecupboard like tinned tuna patties or pasta. But it's school holidays, and I was trying to catch up on work on a Sunday, and he must have thought "goodness, there is some mince and also a packet of burger buns, those are definitely not already earmarked for a meal I bet".

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    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 17th Jul 17, 7:39 AM
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    Weekend shopping came to £49.09 so I have spent a total of £129.39.

    The weekend shopping included dog food but I've still got to get him his kibble so fingers crossed I can stay under budget.
    MFW #121. Mortgage at June 2017 £96,491.71. September 2017 £93,480
    OP target 2017 £1629.93/£5000
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 17th Jul 17, 9:55 AM
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    The frozen whole chicken I defrosted fro Sunday's dinner was grey and stinky so bought a fresh one from Aldi.

    Total is now £287.42/£410 with 2 weeks to go.

    My goal is to use everything up in the fridge and have no waste this week including the veg that is left over from the week before. I should not need to buy anything else until Friday if I can make some sweet treats and a batch of grain free bread.
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    • simplelivingcottage
    • By simplelivingcottage 17th Jul 17, 12:43 PM
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    Hello all,

    Done my weekly shop on Saturday, took £50 and spent £34.92 in two shops. Not to bad. We also put £1 into saving stamps, I was going to do two but we wanted to buy eggs from the farm shop so needed the change. Also managed to put £10 into savings so that I can overpay the mortgage.

    Shoprite List
    Manx Mince £5.07
    Cake things £1
    Manx butter £1.60
    Total – £7.67

    Tesco List
    lemonade £0.53
    Manx Milk 2pint £1.20
    0% Yogurt £1.05
    Oreo Ice Cream £1.49
    Kids Yogurt £1.50
    Manx Cream £0.69
    Mushrooms £0.79
    Strawberries £2.00
    Raspberries £2.50
    Cheese Slices £1.00
    Soy Sauce £0.68
    Peri Peri Soup £1.17
    Brown Sugar £2.63
    Grated Cheese £2.50
    Bananas £1.13
    Dog Treats £1.25
    Apples £3.14
    Greeting Card £2.00
    Total £27.25

    Farm Shop - £1.50 eggs

    Saving Stamp - £1

    Full total £37.42

    Saved half of the mince for another day too, in two sets of 250g for mince and gravy later on!
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 17th Jul 17, 1:00 PM
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    Elsiepac, you do seem to be struggling. Just by way of constructive support I added up your signature spends for the last 8 months and your average spend between November and June (inclusive) is £208.95 per month.

    Based on this empirical evidence, would you consider increasing your target to £200 per month and then aiming for a small reduction month-on month, rather than a target you always miss?

    - A lot of people split their budgets into weekly amounts - given your approach over the months does reflect someone who prefers to do your weekly shop (and top-ups), and always has certain things in your cupboard, why not add a week for your stores to each month - so for a five week month in July you would divide by six (yes, I know £200 doesn't divide by six) giving you £33 per week and £35 for your re-stocking.

    It's just a suggestion. I feel so sad for you when you miss every month. If something has to change, why not try this?
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Suffolk Lass thank you so much for your lovely post and all the effort you've put in for me!! I'm really touched!
    I like the idea of having a 6 week budget but one of them for stores... that actually really makes sense.
    I am still super stocked up - not to excess, it's all stuff I use, just like to take advantage of offers! And things like my dried beans and grains I tend to stock up as soon as the jars start running low, so that I always have a choice!
    I already feel like £150 a month is excessive, however I see what you mean about increasing a bit and then not going over every time!
    I will look at my budget for August (as I only have slightly over a week left in July, but shouldn't need anything more now), with a view to making it a bit less challenging and actually oplanning for my beginning of the month shop, which I always do, so you're right, I should account for it. I should also really examine whether I really need more tinned toms for example, before buying just because on offer!

    Again, thank you so much for your really thoughtful and kind post! I'll report back!
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    • pinkypig
    • By pinkypig 17th Jul 17, 6:48 PM
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    Hi everyone . £96.83/£140 after three weekly shops and the odd top up of milk and fresh bits which puts me slightly under budget with 11 days to go. I've meal planned and stocks are good so there's no excuse
    Hope everyone's having a good month
    PP xx
    • MissLemon
    • By MissLemon 17th Jul 17, 6:51 PM
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    Weekend shopping came to £49.09 so I have spent a total of £129.39.

    The weekend shopping included dog food but I've still got to get him his kibble so fingers crossed I can stay under budget.
    Originally posted by MissLemon
    Since posting this morning my OH popped into Tesco and spent £23.05, including stuff for the freezer as he said he didn't know we were having a pantry month

    So total spent is £151.98 with £48.02 remaining. I'm still hoping to be on budget but I think I might have to be more creative in the kitchen and get buy without much fresh veggies!
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    • GrowingPlants
    • By GrowingPlants 17th Jul 17, 7:05 PM
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    Another £16.58 spent yesterday. I didn't keep to my list but I had planned on looking at the reduced so I don't feel too bad about it. The peanut butter I like was 1/2 price so even though I don't need another jar yet I picked one up. It's one of the more expensive brands but I buy it cause it doesn't have any palm oil in it.

    It's looking like I'm going to be under budget.
    I think I have enough stuff in to last the remainder of the month. It will just be a top up shop for oat milk and apples next week.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 17th Jul 17, 7:18 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    Nsd today. My ch wanted icecreams after school as it was soooo hot... Instead of buying them singly at the local c00p, we went to ffoods (on way home so no extra fuel) and bought six double caramel magnums for £4! That's 67p each which is waaaay cheaper than singly, and meant I could treat myself too. This comes from ents/pocket money budget, but I managed to not buy anything else while in there. Go me!!

    Dinner for me was hummus with veggies and some ys garlic bread. The cb had bolognese nachos, which they quite enjoyed for a change.

    We were going to have ham and cheese baguettes for dinner on weds, but having looked at the date on the ham, we'll be having that tomorrow, and I'll just have to think of something else for Wednesday's quick dinner. Then I don't feed the children until 29th July as they'll be with their dad on holiday ( for me but for them). I'll be away for four of those days, and I'm out for food thurs fri and sat this week - that never happens!

    More stuff going out than coming in... Thankfully!

    PG x
    Family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(10), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries.
    Sept £29.38/£100 Aug £124.60/£100 July £100/£100 June 2017, £113.38/£100.00
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 17th Jul 17, 7:34 PM
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    Save Dosh, have you really never heard of Placebo before?????
    Originally posted by armchairexpert
    lol....... no never, but am now a fan.

    Well, my 'i'm not shopping for a week' blah blah, didn't quite work out. £9.78 spent in Tesco - no biggie - still within budget. Really wanted free from cheese/salad cream and beetroot, plus a few other bits. Just need a couple of salad bits and i'm done for the week. Have updated sig.
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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 18th Jul 17, 4:52 AM
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    Mr E continues to merrily go his own way re: food, but I cannot complain about last night's dinner: slow cooked chicken cacciatore on the wood oven with mashed potato and h/m bread, and all for the cost of a $6 packet of chicken drumsticks. We all had it again for lunch today.

    I'll wrestle control back tomorrow when his leave ends and he goes back to the office. $424 left of $1100.
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
    14 August 2017 - Refinanced: $220,000
    October 2017 - $216,963.86 Current MFD 31 July 2035
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    • By t14cy t 18th Jul 17, 10:38 AM
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    catch up time...reporting spends of £20 over the last week. best YS haul was in morrisons on sunday £58 of goodies for £8!! so, £19 left in budget for rest of the month.!! xx
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