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August 2008 Grocery Challenge

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Hello everyone,

Welcome to the eighth Grocery Challenge of 2008. :hello:

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


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Originally Posted by Galtizz
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.



I hope everyone has a great month! :)

Penny x
:rudolf: Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding :rudolf:
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  • angelnikkiangelnikki Forumite
    892 posts
    *BigBird* £350 £434.42
    *Mari * £195
    £124

    4moneysaver £100
    £82.57

    Ailz95 £150

    Airedaleterrier £300

    Alexelisey £200
    £222.33

    Almar £450
    £490

    Alphie25 £250

    Always_skint £200

    Andan £120

    Andrinaperry £350

    Angelatgraceland £350
    £374.24

    AngelNikki £300
    £241.55

    Angelraesunshine £200
    £194.35

    Angchris £100

    AnitaJ73 £250

    Anna-Spanna £250 £247

    Annaangeluk £120

    Annelouise €365
    €298.35

    Annie123 £300
    £296
    Annifranakapan £300
    Anzac Biscuit £140 £127.06
    Arabellamilla £200
    Aril £180 £185.44
    BabyMother £300 £230
    Bails £100 £98.58
    Barneysmom £180 £176.55
    Beemuzed £230
    belfastgirl23 £150 £205.43
    Betterlife £300
    BigMummaF £350 £280.34
    Blairweech £100
    Blondie Bear £400 £397.27
    boredofbeingathome £150 £140
    Bowski_1011 £150
    Bree £500
    Brighton Belle £200 £199.88
    Brummiebabe £300 £358.92
    Bumblebeeandboy £120
    Bunzee £45
    CalleyW £100
    Cammumof3 £200 £170.25
    Carolt2 £170 £162.47
    Cashwise £120
    Catnap53 £200 £305.49
    Cheapskate £400 £500
    Cheletastic £160
    Chell £300 £191.12
    Cherrie1122 £250 £235.90
    CherryBlossom £200 £237.75
    Ches £200
    Chocolate teddy £280 £280
    Chriscroz £400
    Cleosmum £210 £165.02
    Coco2972 £220
    Cookinmummy £240 £212.47
    Coolmum66 £250 £228.05
    Craftingqueen £450 £462.19
    Crazyaboutsaving £185
    Cruiksl £350
    Dazzle21 £225 £259.56
    DdraigGoch £180 £193
    Debz66 £60 £116.47
    Denisefowler £300 £302.81
    Diane239 £200
    Dink1 £160 £170
    EagerLearner £120 £104.27
    Egon £150 £169.96
    el-o-l-a-lola £70
    Enlli £135
    Essex-Girl £300
    Ewingoil £180
    Fayjmck £200
    FedupNow £121.85
    Feline Fantastic £220
    Fertyskids £400 £369.03
    Fi27 £350
    Findingmyfeet £420 £366.39
    Fizzel81 £200 £187.68
    Floxxie £250
    Fluffysox £150 £122.07
    Frankerooney £180
    Frugalswan £160 £165.32
    funkyfunkymonkey £150 £159.78
    Gailey £200
    Galacticgreen £200 £195.72
    Galadriel £150
    Get me debt free £100
    Getting-Sorted-Sarah £200
    Gillaman £135 £114.51
    Gillian576 £400
    Girl least likely to £200 £207.53
    Greent £500 £487.24
    Gunsandbanjos £175 £173.55
    Halia £150
    Hamish222 £200
    Heatherbelle £200
    Helenm2008 £200 £213.72
    Herbaholic £300
    Herewegoagain £100 £85.16
    Huxley £220 £202.81
    Ifonlyitwaseasier £75
    Isthatreduced £140
    jackiegibbo £180 £225.56
    Jackk £200 £233.34
    Jacks xxx £350 £402.06
    JayJay14 £220 £223.94
    Jaycee1972 £150
    Jediteacher £250
    Jinky67 £200 £195.98
    Jjef £385
    Jo_jo70 £100
    Jumps £170 £172.24
    KAAT_LADY £200
    Kalojac £300
    Kaz2904 £286.85
    Kazmeister £300 £315.15
    Keeping positive £200 £216
    Kindlesgirl £350 £301.95
    KITTY £275
    kittynortheast £350 £278.20
    lady roughneck £200 £190.23
    lainz £50 £50.56
    Le Foot £300
    Lemonade_money £300
    LilacPixie £250 £307.62
    Lingojingo £160 £119.62
    Little_belle £200
    LittleMissAspie £110
    Liuhut £100
    Lizzieanne £375 £369.56
    Lucifa73 £200 over
    LulaHula £150 £192
    Lumpycustard £95 £92.15
    Madmittens £70 £68.70
    mama67 £250 £187.60
    Mandy_moo_1 £200 £184.92
    Mariel £160 £149.67
    Meanmarie €300 €300
    MERFE £200
    Mhe £200
    Millyscarlett £200 £193.12
    MissPin £100
    Mollymop5 £200
    Moniker £280 £254.03
    Mooloo £300 £247.97
    Mouche £100 £100
    Mr+Mrs T £250 £265
    Mrs.Irwin £300 £293.37
    Mrs Money Penny £200 £228.73
    MrsBartolozzi £250 £242.65
    Mrs-MoneyPenny £400
    mrssnowy £180 £162.42
    Mrsmcawber €100 €90.85
    Mudbath £25
    Mum_2_1_boy £200
    mummy gems £340
    Mumoffour77 £450
    Mumofjusttwo £200 £259.75
    NannyOgg £170 £134.97
    Naomim £220 £222.16
    Naturally £60
    natzini £125
    Nessquic80 £220 £183
    newlywed £320 over
    Newmoneysaver £130
    Nicki £80 £138.13
    Nickynoo08 £120
    Nicnacnoo £150 £149.78
    NW-Angel £250
    nykmedia £40
    Orkneystar £160 £154
    patent girl £300 £300
    Penguin83 £450
    Penny-Pincher £275
    PerryWinkle £280 £278.71
    PetitePeche £200 £440.55
    Philsmum £160 £159.33
    Pink princess £375 £354.79
    Pip-squeak £100 £93.61
    PoohBear59 £240 £221
    Poppyoscar £40 £43.36
    princess leia £250 £260
    Procrastinator £250 £199.50
    Punkrock06 €160 €250
    Queen of string £200
    Rachel021967 £650
    rachelmk £100 £100.88
    Ragz £300
    razra £80
    Rockie4 £200 £180.37
    Roxy7699 £125
    Rrutter £300
    Rubydoiwannabee £300 £338
    Ruthibe73 £200
    Russetred £340 £351.59
    Saffouri £220 £221.71
    Sashanut £225 £220.96
    Savingfortravel £250 £36.06
    Savvystudent £130 £139.80
    SAV3R £400 £398.77
    Scaredy cat £400
    Scattymam £160 £152.08
    Scenic route £120
    ScooterWife £300
    ScotSaver £161 £156.34
    Searching me £100 £115
    Shala-moo £200
    Shelovestobuystuff £200 £99.76
    Shezza £150
    Sjaypink £300
    Skintmam £150
    skintscotslass £100
    Sleepy-Lady £150
    SmellyOldSock £300
    Smetf £380 £379.69
    Sosh £260 £285.54
    Sproggi £350
    StudentGirl £320
    SueB £450
    SunnyDay £140
    SunnyDonny £225 £210.49
    susan946 £400 £339
    SuziQ £180
    Suzybloo £350
    :A
  • angelnikkiangelnikki Forumite
    892 posts

    Taffy1969 £350 £367.59
    Taplady £285 £269.89
    tattycath £220
    Teedy23 £45 £40.78
    the_cat £300 £307.40
    Tigerpants £400
    Toottifrootti £130 £113.72
    Tq16 £145 £135.08
    Triggles £200
    Turbo5019 £180 £189.26
    Wannabe sybil £400
    Welshwoofs £150
    Wendywitch £200 £215.42
    Winniepooh £350
    WitchMabel £300
    Wmf £100 £126
    Yellow Monkey £315 £312
    Zend £200
    Zekepes £325
    Zenzen £200
    zoe260373 £350
    Zoegirl $80

    Fortnightly
    Moneysavinghornette £200
    Pen_and_paper £70
    ShelBell £100


    Weekly
    Astonished £100 £99.27
    Crockpot £50
    Justamum £84.45
    Mary33 £65
    Moneysavinghornette £50
    PablosMummy £45
    :A
  • thank you for starting this,

    can i have £75 for my august total, it's only a part month as will be off honeymooning from the 22nd :D
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
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  • angelnikkiangelnikki Forumite
    892 posts
    Hi everyone :hello:

    Thanks for starting the thread Penny :A

    I'm gonna set my budget for this month at £300 which will be £75/Week. My month doesnt start until wednesday though, and I still have one MrT delivery left for July.

    Good luck everyone and welcome all newbies :wave:

    Nikki x
    :A
  • sproggisproggi Forumite
    1.6K posts
    Debt-free and Proud!
    Can I sneak back in here this month, it must be a year since I fell off the wagon:o and my food bills have escalated to scary levels:eek:

    I will set a target of £350 for 2 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 children, 3 cats & 1 dog

    It seems quite high, but I have DD1 & DD2's birthdays and the hoards of people that need feeding on those days

    Sproggi
    'We can get over being poor, but it takes longer to get over being ignorant'
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  • Hi,
    Can you put me down for £450 for August, as it will be a five week month for us so have put an extra £50 for the extra week ,compared to July budget this is for 2 adults,2 teenagers,3 children and 1 dog. Will declare my July figure tomorrow when shopping is delivered.

    CQ
    Proud to be No. 61 in the DMP mutual support group.
  • razrarazra Forumite
    336 posts
    Part of the Furniture
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    Please can you put me down for £80, still need to tally up last months spends as with being away for a family wedding and being poorly I kinda lost track:o

    As always this is for everything and its still only me to feed, just been and done an online shop which will prob come in around £50, which goes to show how much food has risen, I used to struggle to get the total upto £50 to get free delivery now I seem to get there really easily:rolleyes:

    Good luck everyone
    June Grocery Challenge 270.80/250July Grocery Challenge 0/300
  • carolt2carolt2 Forumite
    852 posts
    Part of the Furniture
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    Afternoon everyone,:hello: just logged on to catch up on july's thread and noticed this was up and running.

    Angelnikki, could you please put us down for £170 for this month.

    This is to last from 1/08/08 to 31/08/08.
    To include all food,cleaning things and pet food etc.

    Thanks for all your work keeping the totals Angelnikki.
    'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle'
  • *BigBird**BigBird* Forumite
    1K posts
    Happy new thread everyone :beer:

    Spent just over £100 in Mr T this morning :eek: But my cupboards and freezers are now stuffed. I also liberated the cupboard in the "utility area" in the garage - shifted out all the pots with dregs of dried up paint in them, and it is now my storage area for bulk buys.

    Made a big pot of carrot and coriander soup for lunch, just waiting for the remainder to cool down now so I can freeze it. And whilst I wait, I'm off to sit in the garden with my book - gotta make the most of the nice weather whilst its here. Housework can wait til tomorrow, when it's supposed to be chucking it down :p Let's face it, the dust ain't going nowhere!
    You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change.
  • fizzel81fizzel81 Forumite
    1.6K posts
    Afternoon everyone, wow august already! well since june and july were very low spend months for me ive run down so much that i dont have much in now

    so august will be £200 for me budget wise, this will also include the fact its the holidays and anything we have when out and about will be included

    this budget is for me and 3 children, and also includes bbq food for sons birthday next weekend (2nd aug)
    DFW nerd club number 039 :p 'Proud To Be Dealing With My Debts' :money: i will be debt free aug 2010

    2008 live on 4k +cb £6,247.98/£6282.80 :T
    sealed pot 2670g
    2009 target £4k + cb £643.89:eek: /£6412.80
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