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January 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 27 December 2011 at 2:52PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • XSpenderXSpender Forumite
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    For the first time in I don't know when I have not spent any money on tea or food at work. I feel very :A.

    Stuck to the meal plan and cooked an extra jacket spud for DH lunch tomorrow with defrosted HM veggie chilli. Also boiled a couple of eggs for me to have as egg mayo sarnies tomorrow for my lunch.

    Checked the spreadsheet of spends I had started at work before Christmas and have updated my total. I have a bit less than I had estimated and would really like to take advantage of the Mr S half price soap powder offer.

    Can anyone tell me if it is the 80 wash boxes of Fairy that are a tenner? I got some last year and they lasted ages. Would ideally get 4 if it is for the whole year. Just need to work out how to budget for it.
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  • meg72 wrote: »
    I amon my 3rd day of no cigsand struggling,whatis NRT please and Comkmunity Oharmacy scheme,
    Hang on in there Meg 72... it will get easier I promise.... I've done it. I swore at my best mate, I locked myself in a room and screamed, I rolled up a newspaper and beat the living daylights out of the back wall of the house....:eek::eek: and I drank a glass of water everytime I needed a cig. I also remembered my wedding day....one of the most important days of my life and I couldnt wait for the service to be over so I could go for a cig. How pathetic I was! I'm never going back there...... its four years now but like you I started going through it one minute, one hour, one afternoon, one day,,,, its worth every moment of agony in the long run. You've already done the hardest bit.:T:T:T:T:T

    NRT is nicotine replacement therapy. (patches/gum etc) Sorry I'm not sure what the community pharmacy scheme is. I would suggest if you've got to day 3 you might be ok without all that as your will power is pretty good.
    ... but do whatever you need to to get through.
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    XSpender wrote: »
    Can anyone tell me if it is the 80 wash boxes of Fairy that are a tenner? I got some last year and they lasted ages. Would ideally get 4 if it is for the whole year. Just need to work out how to budget for it.

    Yea, it's the same ones as last year - except they're 72 washes in a box this time.

    There's also a printable voucher on supersavvyme for £1 off each of the ariel and the Fairy (it's my favourite :D).


    Well done on the not spending money as well :T
  • Another NSD for me!!

    I have meal planned to use up freezer contents this month but I'm virtually out of milk, marg and bread so I will have to pop to the shops tomorrow. That said, I won't have the kids in the evening so can run out to do a whoopsie run which is really a highlight of me week - I am 'that' person!!!

    I am budgetted to the nth degree and I'm staying that way come hell or high water!!!

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  • Hang on in there Meg 72... it will get easier I promise.... I've done it. I swore at my best mate, I locked myself in a room and screamed, I rolled up a newspaper and beat the living daylights out of the back wall of the house....:eek::eek: and I drank a glass of water everytime I needed a cig. I also remembered my wedding day....one of the most important days of my life and I couldnt wait for the service to be over so I could go for a cig. How pathetic I was! I'm never going back there...... its four years now but like you I started going through it one minute, one hour, one afternoon, one day,,,, its worth every moment of agony in the long run. You've already done the hardest bit.:T:T:T:T:T

    NRT is nicotine replacement therapy. (patches/gum etc) Sorry I'm not sure what the community pharmacy scheme is. I would suggest if you've got to day 3 you might be ok without all that as your will power is pretty good.
    ... but do whatever you need to to get through.
    :beer::beer:

    just wanted to second that. i quit nearly 5 years ago and i was smoking for nearly 18 years.
    the first few days i felt so ill i felt like death (don't think the morning sickness helped either ;) ) but it gets better every day!
    keeping my fingers crossed for ya!
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  • piperskypipersky Forumite
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    Hi

    As usual lost track last month, but I don't think I was even close to spending the £350 I budgetted. As I am TERRIBLE (truly, truly AWFUL) at walking passed a bargain without stocking up I'm going to try for an annual challange this year. I've decided to budget 50p per person per meal (so £7.50 a day for 5 of us) plus £50 a month for toiletries, cleaning stuff and nappies). My calc tells me that's £3,345 for the year. So far I've spent £14.84 :)

    Haven't read any of the thread yet but as usual many thanks to those running and contributing :)
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  • sonastinsonastin Forumite
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    Planned to have chicken thighs for dinner but came home tonight to find that they hadn't defrosted completely. Also discovered that the tea-bag situation was more dire than I realised - OH had had to open the box of emergency tea bags which my gran had in a xmas hamper. Next stop was going back to the dusty tea leaves that OH's mother brought back from India last year - she brought the leaves but left the flavour behind :D

    So coat back on and off to Morries for teabags and something for dinner. Bought teabags, multipack crisps (forgot on a$da trip), sugar (nearly as dire as teabag situation - but only for OH as I don't have it :rotfl:) and fishcakes for dinner. Then noticed the baked goods whoopsies...
    4 x sausage rolls for 45p - OHs lunches sorted for tomorrow + another day (2 frozen)
    4 x assorted pies/pasties for 99p - dinner tonight (fishcakes in freezer) + 2 more lunches for OH
    2 x danish pastries for 15p
    2 x jammy donuts for 9p

    Had to resist getting too much because there's only so much space in the freezer! :D

    Spent £12.75 today so total spend is up to £52.77 / £200 for the month so far. Cripes! I'm a quarter of the way through the budget and only 3 days in. But I have got full cupboards, fridge and freezer so no need to much spending for a few days.
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    Hang on in there Meg 72... it will get easier I promise.... I've done it. I swore at my best mate, I locked myself in a room and screamed, I rolled up a newspaper and beat the living daylights out of the back wall of the house....:eek::eek: and I drank a glass of water everytime I needed a cig. I also remembered my wedding day....one of the most important days of my life and I couldnt wait for the service to be over so I could go for a cig. How pathetic I was! I'm never going back there...... its four years now but like you I started going through it one minute, one hour, one afternoon, one day,,,, its worth every moment of agony in the long run. You've already done the hardest bit.:T:T:T:T:T

    I took the day off work for my first day quitting smoking. I went cold turkey, and when Mr Fresian came home I was crying and made him leave the house again to buy me chocolate. Thankfully he saw the seriousness of the situation and brought me melt in the middle chocolate puddings from M&S :rotfl::rotfl:

    Once I got through the first 48 hours I did ok, and have been off the ciggies for over three years now (maybe four, can't remember!)

    Good luck to everyone quitting :D
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    edited 8 January 2012 at 5:44PM
    Spaghetti pie is fried off leftovers (this time it was brussel sprouts, a small onion, some streaky rashers snipped into 1" bits) then in with a can of spaghetti in tomato sauce. All mixed together and into a blind-baked pastry case topped with leftover cheese (from the European cheese mountain currently in residence) and into a hot oven until the cheese starts to go brown. Yummy, despite how revolting it might sound and fed three of us - put salad on the side in an attempt to distract *TDS from green bits in the pie (didn't work - he sat and picked them out with a meticulousness I can only yearn for in his college work)

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  • meg72 wrote: »
    I amon my 3rd day of no cigsand struggling,whatis NRT please and Comkmunity Oharmacy scheme,

    hi meg nrt is nicotine replacement theropy i think, and im not sure what the pharmacy thing is but we have a small hospital where we live and they do a smoking clinic and you can get nrt from them for free like patches,gum etc if your not on them why dont you try them they do help and if your not sure where your nearest stop smoking clinic is you can ring http://smokefree.nhs.uk/?&gclid=CLjxjYzqtK0CFVBlfAod2F51lQ
    its fab you get a free quit kit with loads of useful information and a thing to play with to keep your hands busy and they will also tell you where your nearest stop smoking clinic is hope this helps, good luck your doing great :T:T:T:T:T:T:T:T
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