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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your September budget, then keep on posting in the September 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 #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 5th Oct 17, 1:37 PM
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    Yesterday OH spent £2.30; appletizer and bread.
    I spent £2.52 in shops on onions, bananas, cucumber and lemonade. Also 'spent' £3.05 on a tub of nutritional yeast. I buy this bulk but haven't put it in any month budget so will 'buy' one whenever I open one. So total for me yesterday was £5.57.

    Yesterday I made a vegan frittata using chickpea flour, some left over cooked potatoes, 2 small onions and some nutritional yeast in my multi cooker, used white rice setting. Had with fine beans, half a tin of beans and a smidge of vegan pesto. Will have the same today but with more veg.
    Yesterday OH had tinned soup with toast.
    Earlier I set my multi cooker up to do porridge using most of the apples, some cinnamon and almond milk. That has just beeped to say it is done. Need to decant into containers for weeks breakfasts.

    Bulk - £67.57.
    OH - £12.56/£56.43. £46.17.
    Me - £7.44/£31. £23.56

    Over all budget.
    £87.57/£155.
    £67.43 left.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 5th Oct 17, 2:03 PM
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    Had an email telling me I have won a £100 Amazon voucher, filled in a survey from my energy supplier, must have been a boring day, will keep bulk toward Christmas pressies, every little helps.
    OCTOBER, £200, -£12.55=£187.45,-£39.70=£147.75,-£9.49=£138.26
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 5th Oct 17, 3:54 PM
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    Had an email telling me I have won a £100 Amazon voucher, filled in a survey from my energy supplier, must have been a boring day, will keep bulk toward Christmas pressies, every little helps.
    Originally posted by pamsdish
    It certainly does and such a nice surprise for you!

    Total spend for Week 1 has been £24.39 so well below the week's allowance, and x4 NSDs. Next week should also be a low spend as there's lots in the freezer/cupboards to make meals with.

    Will be going to Sainsbobs tomorrow for butter, onions and teabags and yes, I will be pootling around to see if there are any bargains to be had, but only if it's things I really can use.

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

    Oct GC: £200 - £72.51 = £127.49 /8/35 NSDs
    Sep +£42.85 Aug +£84.62 July +£7.98 June -£3.13 May +£10.37

    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 5th Oct 17, 4:39 PM
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    Went shopping today to buy bits and pieces of make up and things I really needed. They have been on my list for a while and I was REALLY running low on most of it. Still I didn't get a lot since I mostly buy cruelty free things.

    So for this week we have 16,68 € so far.

    Bought a mascara where the sign said 3,05 € and it came down to 3,85 € Saw it too late unfortunately...
    Sept GC 192 € / 250€
    Oct GC 84,90 € / 200 € NSD: 14 / 31

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 5th Oct 17, 9:31 PM
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    I spent a little more than I expected at the county town market yesterday; £10.49 in total, on raspberries, blueberries, avocados, bananas, a roasted gammon hock and - get this! an entire box of strawberries. That's 20 punnets, for £2! They were beginning to "go over" and needed picking through, but there were just a few in each punnet that weren't usable, and my chickens have disposed of those. We now have 11 large pots of strawberry jam and my porch smells wonderful; all 6 trays of the dehydrator are full of strawberry slices. I gave 4 punnets away, and we still have a few in the fridge.

    If only I could deal with a large carrier bag full of very stringy runner beans as easily!
    Angie

    GC Oct17 £265.12/£430

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 6th Oct 17, 7:38 AM
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    Yesterday I made a vegan frittata using chickpea flour, some left over cooked potatoes, 2 small onions and some nutritional yeast in my multi cooker, used white rice setting. Had with fine beans, half a tin of beans and a smidge of vegan pesto. Will have the same today but with more veg.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    That sounds lovely! I keep meaning to try something with chickpea flour - it's besan right?

    Had an email telling me I have won a £100 Amazon voucher, filled in a survey from my energy supplier, must have been a boring day, will keep bulk toward Christmas pressies, every little helps.
    Originally posted by pamsdish
    Fantastic, what a lovely surprise just in time for Christmas!

    If only I could deal with a large carrier bag full of very stringy runner beans as easily!
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Ugh, I love runner beans but it takes SO LONG to trim them if they've gone stringy! It's probably my least favourite thing to do in the kitchen!!
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    GC: Oct £0/£tbc | Sep £244.34/£250 | Aug £190.38/£200 | Jul £194.08/£150 | Jun £179.03/£150 | May £158.54/£150 | Apr £316.94/£200 | Mar £170.47/£120 | Feb £199.45/£160
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 6th Oct 17, 7:45 AM
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    Elsiepac- I just take the edges off with a knife rather than try to de-string as such...it's really quick that way!

    Still eating the stuff made earlier in the week and using up current supplies so no further spending this week!
    MFW £3510.00/£22968.96: October GC £30/£300
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 6th Oct 17, 8:00 AM
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    This week I spent £31.80 out of the £50 budget. I bought some things from Asda and some from Aldi. Some of the things that Aldi didn't have I knew would be cheaper in Home Bargains so I made the effort and went there too. A bit of a faff but as I can't really walk for long enough to do or carry a big shop it worked out fine. I do have another £20 that I budget every week for cat stuff but I carry that over for a couple of weeks and have a lot of food and litter delivered at once. That could change if I find the right kind of litter cheaper somewhere else.

    It was very tempting to buy some of the goodies in Aldi simply because they weren't expensive. As I haven't been baking like I usually do I bought a 10 pack of scones for 49p (some for me, some for the freezer), a pack of ginger nuts for 25p and I bought the House Troll aged 12 a box of mini brownies for 99p.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 6th Oct 17, 11:06 AM
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    all 6 trays of the dehydrator are full of strawberry slices. I gave 4 punnets away, and we still have a few in the fridge.
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Dried strawberry slices on Greek yogurt.
    OCTOBER, £200, -£12.55=£187.45,-£39.70=£147.75,-£9.49=£138.26
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Oct 17, 11:35 AM
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    Weekly shop done this morning in Asda. I spent £71.86, a little more than I planned as took advantage of a couple of multi buys on bread rolls and dog food that I would have had to buy again this month anyway and we had run out of all the big ticket items like coffee, DW tablets and laundry capsules.

    I also went to Sains as well as Asda had none of DH beer left (that's him failed on Go Sober for October) or any onion granules and I couldn't find his favourite snack in Asda. £7.50 spent there.

    I am now on £79.36 for 2 weeks out of an original budget of £100/week and a reduced budget of £70/week as we are so skint this month. Total is £147.49/£500/£350 to date.

    DH will probably have some more beers tomorrow but apart from that I'm hoping not to spend anything else until next Friday and next week's shop needs to be low.
    EF £1000 - £0
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 6th Oct 17, 12:44 PM
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    Another £64 gone at the market this morning, which bought me 2 lots of fish, a pork joint, sausages, bacon, cheese, cream, quantities of fruit & veg, bread and rather a lot of buns - friends expected for a cuppa later! - which should do us all week, probably with the odd top-up of F&V. The bulk-buy purse is also taking a small hit today, but I think I'm just into a new year on that one, so will account for that later.
    Angie

    GC Oct17 £265.12/£430

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    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 6th Oct 17, 2:24 PM
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    Total spends so far this month = £76.70 on food/drink + £7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Yesterday was my second NSD

    And now I need to start thinking about next week's plan so I can pick up any bits I need in the shop tomorrow.

    Plan
    Breakfast
    Porridge and frozen/dried fruit + Banana

    Lunches
    One 'free' Sunday lunch
    Baked potato with beans and cottage cheese
    Soup-n-Sarnie
    Baked potato with beans and cottage cheese
    Soup-n-Sarnie

    Dinner
    LO Beef stew
    One 'free' pre-show dinner
    Tangine style meal with aubergine and sweet potato
    Tangine style meal with aubergine and sweet potato
    Roast turkey dinner
    Fri - An eat-up/leftover day

    Snacks
    Flapjacks x 2
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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 6th Oct 17, 3:52 PM
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    I haven't done any food shopping since the first of the month. I'm banned from driving and lifting for a couple of days so It'll be Monday before I can set forth. I think I'll spend a bit of time on a meal plan for next week, also I want to batch cook so I'll sort that out as well. Hope not to spend too much money.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 215.14/310 Non food/alcohol £24.30
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 6th Oct 17, 4:15 PM
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    OH spent £2.95 today on a pizza and stir fry mix.
    I spent £0.69 on carrots and cucumber.

    Bulk - £67.57.
    OH - £15.51/£56.43. £40.92
    Me - £8.13/£31. £22.87 left.

    Over all budget.
    £91.21/£155.
    £63.79 left.

    That sounds lovely! I keep meaning to try something with chickpea flour - it's besan right?
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    Yes that is the right flour, also called gram flour.
    It ended up huge. 4 portions for me as it is roughly fits a large plate.

    It was 16 tablespoons of the flour.
    16 tablespoons of water.
    I used 400g of already cooked potato cut cubed. Recipe said 800g but meh.
    2 small onions cut. Recipe said one.
    I eyeballed what I wanted of nutritional yeast. It was supposed to have the salt that makes things taste and smell of egg but I have never bought that and so used the nutritional yeast for a 'cheese' like taste.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 6th Oct 17, 5:21 PM
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    I spent a little more than I expected at the county town market yesterday; £10.49 in total, on raspberries, blueberries, avocados, bananas, a roasted gammon hock and - get this! an entire box of strawberries. That's 20 punnets, for £2!
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Well done you - that's a real bargain!

    Sat down last night to do next week's meal plan and sallied forth this morning to Sainsbobs with list in hand. I deliberately didn't get a trolley and used a basket instead. That way, I could tell when it was getting heavy - a real incentive to sticking to the list! I think I was a little early in the day for YS bargains; there were a few but nothing I wanted/needed. That was probably a good thing as I don't really want to be putting anything else in the freezer, more like run it down (a lot ). Spent £19.07. DH went to market and spent £8.80. Total spend: £27.87.

    It seems to be working out that we shop on a Friday, with a small top-up (usually for milk) on Tuesday. I'm fine with that as I don't particularly like shopping and prefer to use the time saved to do other more pleasurable things. We also have an online order for delivery of the heavy/bulky things but even that has reduced down from one a month to one every other month. I must be getting the hang of this!
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    Oct GC: £200 - £72.51 = £127.49 /8/35 NSDs
    Sep +£42.85 Aug +£84.62 July +£7.98 June -£3.13 May +£10.37

    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 6th Oct 17, 6:10 PM
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    Total spends so far this month = £76.70 on food/drink + £7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    And now I need to start thinking about next week's plan so I can pick up any bits I need in the shop tomorrow.
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Right... How's this look?

    Plan
    Breakfast
    Banana and fruit porridge

    Lunches
    Soup-n-sarnie - Saturday/Sunday
    Vegi Omelettes - Mon/Thurs
    Free-lunch at work - Tuesday
    Turkey, rice and veg - Wednesday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Dinner
    Beef Stew - Saturday/Sunday/Pos Monday (need to buy root veg and bread)
    Pasta bake - Tuesday/Wednesday
    Turkey dinner - Thursday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Snacks
    Make some more flapjacks (need to buy butter and maybe some sugar or honey/syrup)
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 6th Oct 17, 8:06 PM
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    £82 this week! Still have visiting offspring and catering for 12 tomorrow so not too bad I suppose. (Some Christmas chocolate might also have snuck in LOL.)Anyway it was budgeted for so I'm covered. Total so far £107/£200
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £107/£200
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 6th Oct 17, 8:34 PM
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    Hi Folks,

    Friday is the start of my weekly menu and although yesterday and today have been NSD's I thought I would put together my plan for the next week, and see how far I can get without spending anything, I really need to be using up some freezer stock and am limited as far as F&V but want to make what I have go as far as possible. At the moment I have 1/3 of a cauliflower, couple of carrots, handful of radish, a green pepper, 1/3 of a can of sweetcorn, jar of roasted red pepper, tinned mushrooms, frozen peas and green beans.

    I can see me getting as far as Tues but I have a visitor coming to stay Wed/Thurs so will need to get stuff for breakfast/lunches and treats.

    Fri - Scampi, potato wedges, sweetcorn, lettuce & beetroot
    Sat - Chicken & Mushroom Lasagne (f) green beans & sweetcorn
    Sun - Spicy Bean Casserole (f) roasted cauliflower, slice of garlic bread
    Mon - Beef Stew (f) green beans, carrots, peas
    Tues - Salmon fillet (f) green beans & red peppers
    Wed - Going Out
    Thurs - Veggie Shepherds Pie (f)
    Oct GC = £40.01/£60.00
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 6th Oct 17, 9:24 PM
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    Just a mini shop - £5.89, got 3 massive cauliflowers, which will be turned into cauliflower rice, plus some other bits. I've been batch cooking, so a ton of healthy meals in freezer, plus I have a ton of salad. More than enough to see me through the week. Have a lovely w/e everyone. Have updated sig.
    GC October £25.39/£80, Alcohol £0/£20, Bulk Buy £29.99
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    • Happy Kitties
    • By Happy Kitties 6th Oct 17, 10:32 PM
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    A bit late again posting for the month but want to try and slowly reduce my grocsry budget as DD is now at uni.
    Still buying her bits out of the budget and i am now getting a Christmas food item each week-today it was a box of the half price chocs at Tesc@. Find it really handy doing this as supplies usually take me well into January which I tend to find a very looong month.
    Setting my grocery budget for October at £170 please
    2017 birthday savings so far thru shopping frugally = 228.72 284.31 306.81 481.15:money.
    April grocery challenge £171.21/ £200 May GC £248.47/£190 June GC £87.69/ £190
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