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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    zippychick
    January 2018 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    January 2018 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2018 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the December 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!

    Zip
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    • LalalaLindy
    • By LalalaLindy 9th Jan 18, 8:43 PM
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    Hi. Hope everyone is OK today.

    Iím back now from my weekend visiting sick relative. Total spend now is £217.84 which is a massive chunk of my total for this month

    On the plus side, a chunk of the spend was on seeds and compost so that I can start to grow some herbs and salad bits which should help the budget later in the year, if my fingers are green enough! <fingers crossed>

    Iíve also had a mass meal plan and should only need to buy for another five evening meals between now and the end of the month. Iíve made three pans of soup today and have the ingredients for another three different pan fulls tomorrow which is a big chunk of the lunches sorted.

    Iíve also dug my bread machine out. Made homemade pizza tonight and currently got a spicy fruit loaf baking in there (which smells divine and will probably only last till tomorrow!)

    On the whole, I think Iím quietly optimistic but will have to make sure I donít fall off the wagon later in the month.

    Happy budgeting everyone!
    JAN GC: £317.03/£390 = £72.97 left to spend + 4 NSD

    LBM 23/09/13
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 9th Jan 18, 8:43 PM
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    Had a couple of spends yesterday, £11.05 in Ald!, and £13.67 in Tosco.
    Currently at £124.85/£400, think I'm going to have to do some baking as I usually spend a far bit on snacks for the kids.
    I've got oats and golden syrup that needs using so will try a batch of flapjacks. Anyone got any tips as they seem to soggy after the allocated time so I cook for longer and then they go dry.
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    • ceb1995
    • By ceb1995 9th Jan 18, 8:45 PM
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    Spent £1.77 on milk and yellow sticker muffins so now on £39.58/£190 . It's really feeling like we might achieve the budget this month.
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 9th Jan 18, 9:50 PM
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    £11 spent today; horror of all horrors, £1 of that was on two tins of chopped tomatoes! I normally buy them by the tray of 12 tins, and bought two of those not long before Christmas. Found one tray empty tonight so went to the cupboard where the other was stashed - which was also empty! Oh, the perils of having 2 independent young pescatarian girls in the house... I feel a trip to L!dls coming on.

    Otherwise, it was a top-up of (decent) bread, noodles, bananas, and one or two curry-related items to treat DS2, who was a bit down-in-the-dumps. I don't normally buy naans, but make them, and grill poppadums from a packet from the health-food stall at the market (still delicious, not as fatty) but he adores Pa£aks naans & fried poppadums so I bought some. And I always buy extra noodles when there's space to carry them; the girls will cook them up with stock, bendy veg & home-laid eggs for a quick nutritious lunch when there's no veggie soup pre-made, so we go through quite a lot of them.

    An unexpected trip to L!dls threatens budgetary mayhem... I may try to pop in on my way home from my mother's tomorrow, so that I don't have any pressure to buy things we just don't need from "helpful" offspring...
    Angie

    GC Jan18 £329.10/£380
    Bulk-buy purse 2018 £45.00/£350

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    • JIL
    • By JIL 10th Jan 18, 12:04 AM
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    JIL
    Daughter has asked if her friend can come for dinner on Saturday, she has two children and rarely gets out, she is on her own and money is tight so it's a night out for her.

    My husband has also asked his parents to Sunday dinner.

    So my budget is under threat, I would usually just get some extras in but I think I will do fajitas on Saturday as I had planned and add in some wedges and tortillas and dips.

    Sunday I will do 2 beef joints they are only small, but was looking to have some left for lunches Monday and Tuesday.
    Dessert will be made up from the meringues left from Christmas and made into Eton mess or I do have leftover Christmas puddings.

    I will stay out of the shops!
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 10th Jan 18, 12:51 AM
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    £20.24 today on mainly work food. Drop the butty van purchases or as OH wanted to do today grabbed £20 from my purse and was going to do McDonald’s. Not a hope mate. Got fruit yoghurt and cereal to do my oats at work as only had coco pops and Frosties in. More frozen peppers and onions (less waste / ease) some mushrooms & stuff for HRHs sandwiches etc. Slimming world is not easy on a tight budget! Dogs have raided a cupboard which annoyed me greatly so less in now
    Anyway .... that’s me for today

    Away Thursday to Sunday at an event already budgeted for. I have no idea how we’ll get to the end of the month
    Last edited by lil_me; 10-01-2018 at 12:53 AM.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: £284.56 / £300
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 5lb
    • emiai
    • By emiai 10th Jan 18, 10:24 AM
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    I had planned a trip to a supermarket today, but ended up getting a blister half way to the school so ended up popping into the local coop for bread and potatoes.

    Glad I did actually as they had the usual cereal my husband likes marked down to clear at half the price, and the potatoes were YS as well.

    Going to pop back there before I pick up the children to see if they reduce bits again, also forgot carrots
    GC Jan NSDs = 11/31 so far
    Win count 2018 = 2
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 10th Jan 18, 10:38 AM
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    Soup made this morning - it's just the job for a cold winter's day, easy peasy and cheap as well.

    I used half a large chopped onion, 3 large diced carrots, 400g tin of chickpeas, 1.5pt chicken stock (from a stock cube), assorted spices/herbs (curry powder, cumin, chilli powder, dried coriander, S & P) and a generous splodge of tomato puree. Blitzed up, these quantities made enough for 4 portions; half for this lunchtime and the other half will do for another day. It's a keeper.

    The planned ham, pepper & chorizo pasta bake for tonight made double quantities so half has gone in the freezer as a hm ready-meal for the CBA days. No wonder the freezer drawers never seem to empty!
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    The soup sounds lovely, YorksLass
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    • Grannymolly
    • By Grannymolly 10th Jan 18, 11:33 AM
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    Morning everyone! It’s lovely but cold today!

    Got DD off Nursery today so we’ve been playing and now I’m just making some leek and potato soup after a bike ride

    Hubby picked up some bits from Mr M, £10.61 to add to the budget but we’re good for cat food for another 10 days and milk and bread and meals until Tuesday and then that’s another planned £36 Shop.

    Dinner tonight is chicken pasta.
    Family of 4 and a cat, trying to reduce outgoings
    Debt free 2018 £100/£1800GC JAN £198.33/£250
    • trifle-wist
    • By trifle-wist 10th Jan 18, 11:49 AM
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    I'm terribly late but please may I join? Aiming for £120 for two of us, to include all toiletries, food, and drink for the month. Eating out comes from a separate budget. The month runs 1-31 Jan.

    1-7 we spent a total of £30.48 so slightly over budget.
    8 was a NSD, and 9 should have been too but OH decided he HAD to have yoghurt at 9pm last night so went and spent £1.80 on that, plus another £2.20 on frozen fruit. So frustrating!

    So far a total of £34.48/£120, leaving £85.52 for the remainder of the month. I'm not particularly hopeful

    Off to the shops today for a few bits for the rest of the week. We need to defrost the freezer this weekend, so emptying that should help out a little. Meal plan is as follows:
    Weds - veggie meatballs with mash and parsley sauce
    Thurs - egg fried rice/stir fry. Pumpkin pie for dessert
    Fri - homemade pizzas
    Sat - loaf of homemade bread for breakfasts / lunch. Dinner undecided
    Sun - bread for breakfast. Out for afternoon tea at 3pm so snacks should do us before/after then
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 10th Jan 18, 1:23 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Spent £7.03 on a few bits. Not really wanting to spend any more, as I do have lots of stores and veggies in fridge that needs to be batch cooked n frozen. Will make some coleslaw, soups and stews/curries. Gonna try n stay away from the shops until Monday. Have updated sig.
    GC January £23.20/80, Alcohol 0/£20, Bulk Buy £34.55 (left)
    Save 12k in 2017 # = £500/£5,000
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    • Wysiwyg49
    • By Wysiwyg49 10th Jan 18, 5:16 PM
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    Pleased to report the bread buns turned out ok although slightly bizarrely shaped! I left the dough to rise for absolutely hours and cooked them first thing this morning...

    Revised meal plan to do chicken curry tonight and burgers tomorrow, it is so grey and dismal we could do with some curry! I've got korma sauce in the fridge but may need to add some HM sauce to top it up. Plus the leftover chickpea stew as a side dish - it had paprika in so has a bit of a kick.
    GC January £158.16/£360
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 10th Jan 18, 5:36 PM
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    The soup sounds lovely, YorksLass
    Originally posted by pipkin71
    It was very tasty indeed and tbh I only did it because I have loads of carrots in and not much other veg to make a soup! Strange, I'm not keen on them as a separate veg but do like them in casseroles, stews, stir frys etc so I'm happy to have found another way of bringing down the mountain. More to be used tomorrow in a carrot cake.

    Small spend of £2.68 today at local C!op for milk and potatoes, no YS items of interest. I'll be going to Sainsbobs on Friday for mainly fruit & veg but will make up next week's meal plan first so I can see what purchases will fit in with the plan. Will check out YS of course but may will have to be quite disciplined 'cos there's not much storage room for too many extras.

    I have other things on the shopping list but there's no hurry for them and I'm deliberately saving them for an online delivery at the end of the month that will mean:
    I can use a £10 MOC
    It will give me a good start to February
    Keeps me out of the shops
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    2018 - Jan £69.74/£140 15/28 NSDs
    2017 - £144.10
    • Josh1994
    • By Josh1994 10th Jan 18, 7:45 PM
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    First proper shop of the year.
    £2.86 in T£sco (including some great YS bargains , 3 packs of finest mince, chicken kiev, finest chipolatas and a massive pizza will have for dinner tonight).
    Then £12.39 in Ald! to stock up on all the fruit & veg.

    That brings me to £24.60/£80 for the month.

    7/10 No Spend Days
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Jan 18, 9:34 PM
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    XSpender
    70p in sains on value sandwich bags and £2.65 in the c0-op for potatoes, bananas and ys organic lemons.

    My total for this week is £74.31 when I was aiming for £65

    Total for the month is £98.96/£240
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£677

    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17
    Big black hole of debt - £51,950.28 @ 15.01.18

    EF £1000 - £500
    • cw18
    • By cw18 10th Jan 18, 9:39 PM
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    I soooooo need to get back on board with this......

    My food mountain hasn't shrunk in the last I daredn't admit how many years, and now my car's about to die but I don't have any money to replace it (or even repair it if that's a viable option). I don't mind being without one for most things, but if my Dad (or Mum or daughter or any of my grand-daughters) is taken ill it'd be nigh on impossible for me to get there overnight or on a Sunday or Bank Holiday- and would take several hours during the day. Getting to younger son would be even worse

    I've also been advised that my boiler is past the age where spares are readily available, and that if it breaks down it's more likely to mean a replacement than a repair - another thing I can't afford

    So.......

    Given a number of factors (how many calories I need to eat a day due to a physical job and additional exercise, lactose intolerance meaning I should try to avoid dairy, and wanting to eat more chicken / fish and less red meat to reduce cholesterol without meds) I very much doubt I could cope on less than £4/day to eat a healthy balanced diet. I also feed my OH 5 days every 3 weeks, have a couple of long weekends away planned with him (one in London when I run the Marathon!), a week away with him, and a week away with him, his niece and 3 of my GDs. That got me to looking at setting an annual budget of £1740 (or monthly of £145).

    I then had a think about how to force myself to start tackling my food mountain, and the obvious thing is to reduce my budget for spends on new items. I wanted to drop to £80/month (with a view to increasing as my mountain drops to manageable proportions), but I did a stock up of some items last month (whilst I had the chance of getting them super cheap, and they're still well in date) with the intention of charging them to January as I wouldn't start any of them until this month/year. Only problem is that shop alone comes in at £43.72

    So I guess my January budget is £130, and I'll reduce to £80 in Feb & March. Thinking I might have to put it up a touch in April to cover the London trip
    Cheryl
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    Toiletries : 0 IN; 2 UU; 0 TA; 0 GA
    Groceries : Jan £94.52 / £130. Annual £94.52 / £1200

    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 10th Jan 18, 9:49 PM
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    No spend day for me today, need to do my meal plan as I do my main shop on a thursday.
    Got loads of chicken in, breasts and drumsticks, some meatballs and a pack of mince as well as bacon. Feel like I need to break it up a little, has anyone got any good recipes for pork? I do usually make pulled pork or do loin steaks with apple sauce but could do with some other ideas.
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    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan £310.35/£400
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 10th Jan 18, 9:51 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    I soooooo need to get back on board with this......

    My food mountain hasn't shrunk in the last I daredn't admit how many years, and now my car's about to die but I don't have any money to replace it (or even repair it if that's a viable option). I don't mind being without one for most things, but if my Dad (or Mum or daughter or any of my grand-daughters) is taken ill it'd be nigh on impossible for me to get there overnight or on a Sunday or Bank Holiday- and would take several hours during the day. Getting to younger son would be even worse

    I've also been advised that my boiler is past the age where spares are readily available, and that if it breaks down it's more likely to mean a replacement than a repair - another thing I can't afford

    So.......

    Given a number of factors (how many calories I need to eat a day due to a physical job and additional exercise, lactose intolerance meaning I should try to avoid dairy, and wanting to eat more chicken / fish and less red meat to reduce cholesterol without meds) I very much doubt I could cope on less than £4/day to eat a healthy balanced diet. I also feed my OH 5 days every 3 weeks, have a couple of long weekends away planned with him (one in London when I run the Marathon!), a week away with him, and a week away with him, his niece and 3 of my GDs. That got me to looking at setting an annual budget of £1740 (or monthly of £145).

    I then had a think about how to force myself to start tackling my food mountain, and the obvious thing is to reduce my budget for spends on new items. I wanted to drop to £80/month (with a view to increasing as my mountain drops to manageable proportions), but I did a stock up of some items last month (whilst I had the chance of getting them super cheap, and they're still well in date) with the intention of charging them to January as I wouldn't start any of them until this month/year. Only problem is that shop alone comes in at £43.72

    So I guess my January budget is £130, and I'll reduce to £80 in Feb & March. Thinking I might have to put it up a touch in April to cover the London trip
    Originally posted by cw18
    Hi Cheryl, good to see you on the forums again
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    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan £310.35/£400
    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 11th Jan 18, 8:20 AM
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    Maisie M
    HI all

    Not posted for a while as I have had the flu so havent been up and about. As a result I have done very little shopping (quick shop for fresh items done on Sunday by OH for kids going back to school) and a small shop yesterday as it was the first day I felt like eating a dinner and I fancied curry but had no energy to make one from scratch so nipped out to get a jar of curry sauce, naan bread and donuts (ok not essential but made us all feel better ).

    Budget currently stands at £104.31 spent and £145.69 left for the rest of the month. Normally my month would run to the 27th which would give me two more shopping weeks but as my budget is doing so well I may stretch it to three and take me to the start of Feb.

    I still have loads in the freezers and cupboards as neither OH or I have been eating much with being ill so it's just been the boys stuff which I had loads in stock off incase we got snowed in last month.
    GC Jan 2018 £144.65/£250
    Lbs lost 6 Jan 18 - 30 Mar 18 - 1.5/14
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 11th Jan 18, 11:28 AM
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    pipkin71
    Spent £64.90 on a Tesco shop today, so along with the £9.95 for the tea subscription that's a total of £142.70 leaving £157.30/£300 for the rest of the month
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