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February 2009 Grocery Challenge

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • JayJay14JayJay14 Forumite
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    Mrs M please can you put me down for £130 for March.

    I will be declaring my February spend on Saturday - We usually have a celebratory Chinese take away if we come in under budget but as we have already had Domino's pizza last night at DD's we might give it a miss this month and save the money:D

    I have had this week off work and was hopingto get chance to do a bit of batch cooking but as always happens when I plan that sort of thing someone up there rearranges my plans - still there is a couple of days left:rotfl:

    Hope everyone is doing well and I'm looking forward to a shiny new month.
  • I decided to additional shopping in Asda Wednesday to stock up my rice on offer. I bought another 3kg of rice. Now I have about 9kg of rice :).

    I also bought 2.5kg of potatoes, 1.5kg of Brussels sprouts and a loaf ob bread, all reduced at 10p. I am now storing my potatoes in a cardboard box. I suppose I need to DIY a better container???

    It is going to be NSD tomorrow and that is the end of the month. I spent £64.12 of cash. I need to do a stock check on frozen food to determine the exact amount spent.
  • xx_Jo_xxxx_Jo_xx Forumite
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    Can I join in please?? I need to cut this bill. I didnt think what i was spending was a lot - but reading what some of you are spending on groceries, I am clearly doing a LOT wrong.

    March will be the first month for me (if we do calendar months) or if it starts from payday - then thats today??

    There is only me and my 7 year old and I spend approx..... (deep breath)..... £80 - £90 per week.:eek: What am i buying.................!!!!!!!

    Please let me join and help me get a grip - and can someone tell me what date i should be going by.....

    Thanks xxx
    :)Sometimes lurking, sometimes posting, but always flying:)
    You are supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God's sake! - The Holiday
    DFW :idea: August 2013... Debt total £15,475.56 - Jan 15 £11,738.66 - DEBT FREE by 2015
    Feb GC £48.02/£250 (£201.98)
    :D I will declutter my house and debts :D
  • Cant remember if I actually declared yet so here it is: declaring £279.51 for February. I have decide to keep my March budget at £275. went slightly over this month and with March being such a long month I'm not going to reduce it as I don't think it would be realistic. However, really going to try and stay within budget this month. ;)

    Our budget is for 2 adults and three kids (8,5,3) and includes all food, cleaning/laundry stuff and toiletries.

    September Grocery Challenge £181.51/£270.00
    August Grocery Challenge £298.60/£270.00
  • JayJay14JayJay14 Forumite
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    xx_Jo_xx wrote: »
    Can I join in please?? I need to cut this bill. I didnt think what i was spending was a lot - but reading what some of you are spending on groceries, I am clearly doing a LOT wrong.

    March will be the first month for me (if we do calendar months) or if it starts from payday - then thats today??

    There is only me and my 7 year old and I spend approx..... (deep breath)..... £80 - £90 per week.:eek: What am i buying.................!!!!!!!

    Please let me join and help me get a grip - and can someone tell me what date i should be going by.....

    Thanks xxx

    The simple answer is you go by whichever date is easier for you.

    I use Calander months as OH and I get paid on different dates. Many of the gang use their own pay days, there are no hard and fast rules. Just choose your challenge amount and post in red like this so Mrs M can see it easily.


    There will be a new thread at the weekend - it usually starts on 28th of each month then this one will drop and the new one will be the sticky.

    You'll be fine - just remember that some poeple just do food with their amount while others include toiletries and pet food. So comparisons are not always straightforward. Don't try to cut too much all at once a gradual reduction worked better for me.
  • xx_Jo_xxxx_Jo_xx Forumite
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    Thats great JayJay - thank you. I will probably go with my pay day and work it out for the month.

    I dont have any pets so dont have that excuse....just everything else for me and the little one. Food, cleaning, etc.

    Ok here goes......

    Can I be in for March please - £300....

    Lets see how accurate my guess is......guess we will see at the end of March!!
    :)Sometimes lurking, sometimes posting, but always flying:)
    You are supposed to be the leading lady of your own life, for God's sake! - The Holiday
    DFW :idea: August 2013... Debt total £15,475.56 - Jan 15 £11,738.66 - DEBT FREE by 2015
    Feb GC £48.02/£250 (£201.98)
    :D I will declutter my house and debts :D
  • MadamMim2013MadamMim2013 Forumite
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    I'm gonna declare my feb amount on saturday, then i'm not open to any woopseys!! ;)
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  • DECLARING AT £195.04 FOR FEBRUARY:D
  • JayneCJayneC Forumite
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    Went to the Tesco Express near work today and found taht Freshnlo milk is still £1.06. Said online that this ended on Tues so I was well relieved:D !!! Bought 2 bottles just incase, lol. Also managed to get a reduced Warburtons whlemeal for 65p and crumpets reduced to 55p.
    Got some bananas and apples from the veg cart in town to so £5.30 in total today.
    Will need meat at weekend cos absolutely none left now, it's gonna be a 'bits n bobs' tea tomorrow-maybe baked spuds but not got any beans so that may not go down too well. We'll see....

    Jayne xx
    Official DFW nerd - 282 'Proud To Be Dealing With My Debts'
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  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    Hi there,

    Ian here from HowTo.co.uk. I noticed that the link to "How to Feed Your Whole Family a Healthy Balanced Diet" that is posted at the start of the thread is inactive. We've since moved this book to a new home, http://www.howto.co.uk/wellbeing/quick-healthy-recipes/. I've alerted Rosieben of this change.
    ...

    Ian, thanks for letting me know, I've updated the link now ;)

    Edited to say - I just had a quick look at that howto website and they have another book How to grow your own food which might be worth a look :) not downloadable but you could copy and paste the bits you want.
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

    C.R.A.P.R.O.L.L.Z Head Sharpener
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