July 2008 Grocery Challenge

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  • ifonlyitwaseasierifonlyitwaseasier Forumite
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    morning all,

    nsd today, well not for alcohol but thats hen/stag do's so hoping everyone else wants to pay. ;):D

    i think i might be able to declare tomorrow once we've got the papers, so will come in under budget and the spare is going into our honeymoon spends pot.


    will be looking at our budget for next month and cutting it right back as i was let go from work yesterday :( , am getting paid at the end of august in lieu of notice but i'm feeling a little fragile so will be out job hunting on monday an hope to have something to start at after the wedding.
    yes i'm ok now, wasn't last night but thats why i didn't post then, as i would have cried again :(
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  • teedy23teedy23 Forumite
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    Hi all, I,m declaring at £44.49 I think £45.00 will be my comfort zone so will stick to this for August.
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  • OrkneyStarOrkneyStar Forumite
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    Morning, just lol ;) .
    Another NSD planned for today, might take DS swimming but thats from another budget.
    Dinner is leftovers.
    Had a nice long lie this morning but still tired :o .
    Well done all for coming in under, and those, like me, who are over, better luck next time. I will officially declare on Weds.
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  • earthmotherearthmother Forumite
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    Morning all :)

    I'm declaring for July - my month ends tomorrow but I have no need to buy anything until Tuesday at least


    I'm over - my budget was £310, my spend has been £[STRIKE]385.12[/STRIKE] Edit - £374.45 (counted something twice), but I'm not too worried about it as I can account for most of it.

    About £40 of the overspend went to restocking the freezer after it got defrosted the other week.

    There has also been a bit more expensive spending this week as DS2 has come down with the chickenpox, so we've been buying what he fancies (which along with lot's of Walls Lemonade Sparkles, happens to be the good smoothies like Innocent a lot of the time). Of course, his two brothers don't want to be left out, so the quantities have grown a bit (about 2L of smoothie a day right now :eek:).


    Anyway, I comfort myself with the thought that if these two events hadn't happened, this month would have been my first one this year on budget :D . I'm going to go and work out next month now :)
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  • procrastinatorprocrastinator Forumite
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    morning all,

    nsd today, well not for alcohol but thats hen/stag do's so hoping everyone else wants to pay. ;):D

    i think i might be able to declare tomorrow once we've got the papers, so will come in under budget and the spare is going into our honeymoon spends pot.


    will be looking at our budget for next month and cutting it right back as i was let go from work yesterday :( , am getting paid at the end of august in lieu of notice but i'm feeling a little fragile so will be out job hunting on monday an hope to have something to start at after the wedding.
    yes i'm ok now, wasn't last night but thats why i didn't post then, as i would have cried again :(

    So sorry to hear this, hope you find something soon - good luck.
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  • turbo5019turbo5019 Forumite
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    I thought I would go to MrM to see what the 50p offers were ended up spending £8.42, then I popped in to see my dad he wanted to go to MrA I ended up spending £9.16 then he wanted to go to MrM for some ham so back I go again and spent another £7.03 it total £24.61 :eek: but I did get 72 rolls, 6 loaves of bread all 50p each. DD wont eat my HMB so I only by the rolls and bread for her. So I think I have enough for the next 3 months.

    I am hoping to bulk cook this afternoon. Didn't get around to it yesterday didn't feel too good hayfever and being pregnant these nothing I can take so went off beach with sister to see air show at least I didn't spend anything well except £2 donation for air show.

    Well I am going to try for 4 NSD in a row I'll find it had but don't need anything just go to try and resist. Don't get paid till fri so will jsut in case I do go shopping. Nikki can you put me down for £180 for August.( thanks for helping out) I have enough meals to get me through next month and DH is away. Enough potatoes and runner beans so should need to spend much.
    Want to in control of my money.
  • MRSMCAWBERMRSMCAWBER Forumite
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    Afternoon all

    Ifonlyitwaseasier - so sorry to hear your news..hope you find something soon..

    Managed to start my new month with a NSD :D nearly didn't as we went a ride out to have a walk around a big lake near by and on the way there spotted a lovely looking fruit n veg shop -but i convinced myself that i really don't have any room in the fridges at the moment and i won't eat fruit unless its out of the fridge :p ...so we will drop in next time we pass and when i have room ;)

    Just used up some bits n bobs and made a salad with hm potato salad and feta mmmmm

    Dinner tonight is roast chicken -that i roasted late last night...just hope it cools down outside a bit as i want roast potatoes n pasnips....mind i have to have the oven on later for a loaf of white for hubby and a super seedy for me :rolleyes: just waiting for the dough to prove so i can whack it in the tins
    Going to use potatoes, carrots n beans out of the garden for dinner too :D

    right i will get off and get some x stitching done :p
    have a great afternoon all :D
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  • MrsBartolozziMrsBartolozzi Forumite
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    Hi there, I am not in the GC this month as I have just come back from holiday, 4 weeks in Iceland!! Can someone please tell me what this 50p price war thingy is all about as I seem to have missed something!

    Thanks,
    MrsB.

    Oh and to whomever is sorting the August GC count me for £250 please (3 adults +1 child).
    Thanks

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  • Not been on for a few days but think we are doing OK. At the end of the first week I actually put some money to savings off the £300 per week allocated for non-bills expenss (mainly food and diesel).

    We've been doing pretty well so far on the grocery challenge, with only one real problem - alcohol! Can't seem to get away from beer and wine with the takeaway on Friday nights. Need to try harder but its too nice to chill out over the weekend with a glass of wine or bottle of beer!!

    Progress so far... weekly target is £70.

    Last week's total = £97.21, included DHs birthday dinner and washing powder and stationery.
    This week's total so far = £37.20 (£21.80 on alcohol!), but the week's main shop isn't done till Sunday.

    One thing I was wondering, how do people account for cash expenditure. Do you still include it in the grocery budget or not. DH withdrew £60 when he got paid (15/7) and that's gone on takeaways and trips to the bakers for lunch and it doesn't seem quite right not to include these in the total grocery spend. What does everyone think?
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  • Hi,everyone just popped in to declare £125.05 £5.05 over,it is the summer holidays:p

    My new budget starts on Tuesday,as I budget for 28 days and includes Alcohol,hair dye and all toiletries.

    I managed to get two large Jars of coffee on try me free cost £5.09 each:T
    but I have just tried it and ,I don't like it,wonder if I mix it with my beloved Kenco if it will be ok?
    I haven't included the cost in my budget as I will get a refund eventually.
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