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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 3rd Jan 18, 1:07 PM
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    ma-ri-ella
    £365 a year challenge
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 1:07 PM
    £365 a year challenge 3rd Jan 18 at 1:07 PM
    Moved house late last year and was actually shocked at the amount of household items i had stashed ,even after throwing loads away i have several years worth of certain products (where dates don't matter so much)

    So this year i aim to try and live on an average of £1 a day for all food, household items such as cleaning products and smellies.

    This doesn't include vouchers earned from surveys or cashback sites etc . I'm pretty lazy with this so cant see it making that much of a difference

    I'm thinking i might also include new clothes ,books ,all entertainment items . I don't buy much . I have amazon prime until June - at which point need to decide if it is worthwhile - i use kindle unlimited ,amazon music and some prime tv quite frequently but there are cheaper options..
    I'm also going to try an be healthy within this so i need to make an effort to try and target supermarkets when they have reductions on.

    Jan 18
    Food cupboards/fridges inventorys have been done - i have more than enough food to last the month . I just have to buy things like milk and fresh produce/any yellow labled bargains i happen to see. I have enough supermarkets close enough to be worthwhile checking .Just need to figure out reducing times!

    cleaning -enough to last several months. Might need toilet paper at end of the month

    beauty- nothing needed ! (that's a challenge by itself)

    Anyone wants to join in feel free. I was inspired by these live below the line challenges i have done in the past . Over the years ive read so many frugal books etc thought it was time i should give it a go. shame we don't have extreme couponing like the usa - i would aim for a free year lol

    I'm always happy to try new things/recipes so cheap suggestions are welcome.

    updates - going to try updating at least once a week - maybe a Monday as this seems like my day off

    good websites/blogs
    thriftylesley
    cookingonabootstrap
    cheap-family-recipes.org
    mrs frugalwoods
    Last edited by ma-ri-ella; 05-01-2018 at 3:11 PM. Reason: more info
    22.09/£31 January grocery challenge(£365 year)
    20,000 step a day challenge
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    • Judi
    • By Judi 3rd Jan 18, 1:16 PM
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    *subscribed*

    Good luck. I'll be following you with interest.
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    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 3rd Jan 18, 1:48 PM
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    I'm also having an inventory year, I've been bulk buying non perishable when on offer for years but haven't adjusted to kids moving in and out so ended up overstocked on a lot of odd things, even daft stuff like cream cleaner, my lads must be filthy beggers or im not as house proud as I use to be.
    A pound a day has become quite a task, best of luck
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 3rd Jan 18, 2:16 PM
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    I'd suggest you check out websites like Thrifty Lesley and Cooking on a Bootstrap. There used to be a website which was set up by some people on here called Cheap Family Recipes - unfortunately the website isn't available any more but you might be able to find it in the archives somewhere or someone on here might be able to find a link for you.

    Some cheap ideas on all those.

    Denise
    • SuperMoose
    • By SuperMoose 3rd Jan 18, 2:37 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 2:37 PM
    If you haven't already have a read of "How I lived a year on just a pound a day" by Kath Kelly.

    Good luck
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 3rd Jan 18, 4:19 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 4:19 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 4:19 PM
    I'd suggest you check out websites like Thrifty Lesley and Cooking on a Bootstrap. There used to be a website which was set up by some people on here called Cheap Family Recipes - unfortunately the website isn't available any more but you might be able to find it in the archives somewhere or someone on here might be able to find a link for you.

    Some cheap ideas on all those.

    Denise
    Originally posted by joedenise
    OOOO these look really good. need to do some bulk buying of cupboard essentials i think

    If you haven't already have a read of "How I lived a year on just a pound a day" by Kath Kelly.

    Good luck
    Originally posted by SuperMoose
    Think i read this a few years back. The only thing with my challenge is that I'm not really starting with nothing ..its using things up more. Hope to move again this year and don't want to pay to move food etc from house to house !
    22.09/£31 January grocery challenge(£365 year)
    20,000 step a day challenge
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 3rd Jan 18, 4:41 PM
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    I would love to do this. I think I am too easily lead astray by cheap bargains in the supermarket etc. To live on £365 should be achievable for someone like me too.
    • determined new ms
    • By determined new ms 3rd Jan 18, 5:14 PM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 5:14 PM
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    I use Jack Monroe's recipes all the time (cooking on a bootstrap) in fact I've made her lentil ragu in the sc today

    £1 a day over a year is pretty impressive!

    Have you checked out Mrs Frugalwoods blog? I just found it last year. She's pretty inspiring. I'm doing the Ultra frugal month challenge. At this point it's already been good for me. We spent a lot of time socialising with friends over the holidays at either theirs or our homes. The majority of our friends spend a lot more on their house and on gifts for their children and it did leave me questioning our attitude to money and should we buy more/more expensive things. Yesterday's challenge was to think about what are your long term goals and to consider when wanting to purchase something whether you want it more than you want x (x = whatever your long term goals are) It's helpful to reframe it. I know we'd rather do more travelling than we currently do. and if I put that into this context do I want to spend more on my home furnishings or go on an extra holiday or 2 then there's not much contest!

    Good luck!
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 3rd Jan 18, 6:22 PM
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    Good luck I shall watch with interest as I live on a budget of £60.00 per month for food and often have cash left over at the end of the month So far I have not been near a shop this month as I am eating from my freezer I am out twice a week for a meal so I only have five dinners to make per week maximum. Using up as much as I can that I already have in stock and only buying strict necessities will make all the difference
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    • mumtoomany
    • By mumtoomany 3rd Jan 18, 7:05 PM
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    Cheap family recipes is still available, but with some photos missing it's at.
    cheap-family-recipes.org well worth a look. M2m.
    • trailingspouse
    • By trailingspouse 3rd Jan 18, 8:17 PM
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    OH and I did the Live Below the Line challenge a few years ago. It was hard. We couldn't afford tea and coffee, and we couldn't afford fruit. It was only for 5 days, so it was bearable - but it wasn't healthy.

    Having said that, we had to buy all the food we ate - not allowed to use what was already in the house.

    But don't let me put you off!!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 3rd Jan 18, 10:17 PM
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    Food on £1/day's easy .... but make sure you don't run out of loo roll

    Be aware of headliners.... read between the lines. Most of those who write books about what they did are hiding something .... like living in large cities and having access to free food sources, or people that do things for free for them. Or they had access to networks where they could "swap" existing goods for other goods, or similar. I looked into a few of them once, to see if there was any "truth" in them - whether what they did could be replicated by "anybody" and they couldn't. One, headlining as a "no spend year" actually set herself a "£30/week budget for bills and food" .. AND had a live in bf for company etc. So her "no spend" was all about "other unnecessary stuff" that many don't spend in the first place!

    The one in another city was a lodger in somebody else's house, so her rent included a lot of "extras" probably. In that city there were also free lectures she went to, that gave a free buffet afterwards!! She'd also get free food at art gallery openings, book launches etc - not "normal people's lifestyle" or accessible to the majority. She also volunteered at an organic farm, so probably had access to a "help yourself" bin for volunteers.

    I don't have access to YS without having to spend £2/day getting to the shops that "might" have something ... which then doesn't make sense to even try

    Good luck trying!
    • Mrs Salad Dodger
    • By Mrs Salad Dodger 4th Jan 18, 1:35 AM
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    Ma-ri-ella,

    Oo, sounds hard. Good luck & sending positive vibes for your success.

    Mrs SD��
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 4th Jan 18, 1:40 PM
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    Thanks for all the tips. I think the biggest problem is recipes etc are quite frequently for 2 or more people. Once i get into more homemade food i can sense that I'm going to be eating quite a lot of the same food!!
    No spend days seem to be going well with only £1.09 spent so far. I might need milk but holding out as a few supermarkets have this reduced quite frequently. I have a list of essentials that i will need to buy soon but will last awhile once bought

    asda shop
    stock cubes
    sp white flour

    morrisons
    ktc lentils 3.74
    canned tom 30p per tin
    ktc veg oil - 4.50
    red kidney beans
    chickpeas

    This is a shopping plan for later in the month. If i can get reduced salads, veg - anything healthy that's fine but if not it is to give me a few healthier options than tinned food. I gave up ready meals,most takeaways a few months back and am over a stone lighter for it
    22.09/£31 January grocery challenge(£365 year)
    20,000 step a day challenge
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 4th Jan 18, 1:42 PM
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    Don't forget - beans on toast is "healthy" and only costs 12p
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 4th Jan 18, 2:16 PM
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    Dried milk might be worth trying. It's not as nice as fresh but it's loads cheaper, keeps for ages and you can make it up in the quantities you actually use so there's no waste. It might free up some pennies for fruit and veg.
    • jackel
    • By jackel 4th Jan 18, 3:21 PM
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    Hi. This challenge is just up my street. I have been having difficulties when trying to log on - long time since I posted so fingers crossed I can join in.
    • jackel
    • By jackel 4th Jan 18, 3:24 PM
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    Hi again I made it looking forward to joining in if that's ok.
    • 166million
    • By 166million 4th Jan 18, 3:49 PM
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    Hmmm.
    Sounds like a great idea,I was just thinking I couldn't do it for xyz reasons
    Then I thought...maybe!
    Will watch with interest...Good Luck
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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 5th Jan 18, 11:39 AM
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    18p spend yesterday on 2x4 pints milk dated until the 12/1/18. Not a moment to spare as was on the last few cups of teas worth :P so up to £1.27 . I have a few of those dried pasta sauce mixes that need milk so will make a few up on my day off and they will do for work lunches.

    Although not including things bought before 2018 in challenge ive been doing the maths on what i did pay for the food etc and my daily totals have all been under the £1mark anyway

    breakfast- toast and egg, porridge , value Weetabix

    lunch - been lucky with yellow stickers so like 5p sausage rolls, 10p pasta pot

    tea- yellow stickers salad bowls ,tinned soup - most expensive thing at 45p

    Prices - i would say every day has been under the £1. Need to start doing the rounds of more places though . They are all in reasonable walking distance -- not from each other just individually from where i live .
    Also need to take the next step and work out things like teabags,coffee costs

    Diet - i don't think its that bad. I'm getting quite a lot of salad and veg in.



    Must resist offers leaflets that came through door!! not a bargain if i don't actually need it!! I do need a measuring jug and kitchen scales though. Must have lost them when i moved house
    22.09/£31 January grocery challenge(£365 year)
    20,000 step a day challenge
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