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My Over 50's Spending Diary

edited 4 January 2018 at 12:02PM in Over 50s Money Saving
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  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    chanie wrote: »
    Great savings so far, Sugar.

    Thanks Chanie, I have to keep trying to save money on necessary purchases :D
  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    Thanks Chanie, I have to keep trying to save money on necessary purchases :D

    And you are very good at it.

    What are your plans for 2020?
    2020 savings on purchases £6207.76
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Hello Chanie,

    My main plans for 2020 is to continue to do a photo inventory of all of my clothes and then make decisions about what items of clothing I am willing to part with.:D

    I am not buying any new clothes, shoes, sandals, handbags or accessories throughout 2020. :cool:

    I am not buying any new books throughout 2020 (as a complete book lover this will be the hardest achievement) :D

    I am going to concentrate on making savings on necessary spending throughout 2020 and having as many non spending days as possible each month :D

    I am going to try to have another year where I am going to spend with caution, but I am going to live a life of full of personal joy :D

    I am going to try new activities for my social life this year, but I will still be a regular at Karaoke and nights out of dancing, because they bring me a lot of joy and I hardly spend any money as I only drink bottled water on nights out :D

    I am going to have a birthday party for my 58th birthday in April as I can afford to have what I hope is going to be a really good party for all of my family and friends :j:D

    I am going to save as much money as possible throughout 2020. I have managed to save another £700 since the start of 2020 on top of the £2,000 I already had saved. Normally January is a month where I would do a lot of spending, buying cut price gifts in the sales online to store for family and friends birthdays throughout the year, but I decided not to bother this year. I will buy gifts in the months that the birthdays occur. :D
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    I watched 4 films in December 2019 with ticket prices worth £50 minus my Odeon Limitless subscription of £19.99 I saved myself £30.01 :D

    Lidl Bargains: 18th Jan :D

    6 cheese & onion crisps (X 2) £1.30 Tesco own brand £1.54 I saved 24p

    3 X 30m Strong kitchen foil £5.97 Tesco own brand £10.20 I saved £4.23

    2 X 90L 20 Tie Top refuse sacks £3.18 Tesco own brand £5 I saved £1.82

    1.2kg Pork loin chops on offer £2.99 (usual price £3.99) Tesco £5.28 I saved £2.29

    Stone baked pizza £1.59 Tesco own brand £3.50 I saved £1.91

    Deluxe smoked back bacon £1.85 Tesco Finest £2 (on offer) I saved 15p

    4 X 500ml Cien Handwash £2.36 Poundland for similar £4 I saved £1.64

    Black pepper corn grinder 85p Tesco Finest pepper grinder £3.10 I saved £2.25

    400g strawberries £2.45 Tesco £3.99 I saved £1.45

    Mixed peppers 95p Tesco £1.35 I saved 40p

    Deluxe Cottage Pie 800g £3.79 compared to 2 x 400g Tesco Finest Shepherd's pie £6 (on offer) I saved £2.21

    1 hopper bus journey (18th Jan) 75p

    3 hopper bus journeys (19th Jan) £2.25

    Current Total = £458.84
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    I used a Groupon for a steak & chips meal with cocktails for 2 people. The Groupon cost me £21 for food and cocktails that would have cost me £38.90 so I saved myself £17.90 (21st Jan) :D

    2 hopper bus journeys (20th Jan) £1.50

    Smokey bought me a bottle of water at Karaoke £1 (22nd Jan)

    1 hopper bus journey (22nd Jan) 75p

    2 Free Metro newspapers (22nd & 23rd Jan) £1.30

    My Weekly Online Grocery Shopping special offers and price reductions saved me £19.24 this week (23rd Jan)

    Lidl Bargains:
    23rd Jan :D

    Deluxe Cottage Pie 800g orange sticker got me a 30% discount so I paid £2.65 Tesco 2 X Finest cottage pie 400g on offer for £6 I saved £3.35

    2 X 20 X 90L Tie Top refuse sacks £3.18 Tesco own brand £5 I saved £1.82

    2 X 500ml Cien Handwash £1.18 similar handwash in Poundland £2 I saved 82p

    6 Classic Almond Ice Cream Lollies £1.69 2 X 3 Tesco own brand £2 I saved 31p

    2 X Stone baked pizzas £3.18 Tesco own brand £7 I saved £3.82

    White seedless grapes and red seedless grapes on offer for £2.48 Tesco £4 I saved £1.52

    I also used a Lidl £5 off a £25+ money off voucher on this shopping

    Current Total = £517.17
  • chaniechanie Forumite
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    Hello Chanie,

    My main plans for 2020 is to continue to do a photo inventory of all of my clothes and then make decisions about what items of clothing I am willing to part with.:D

    I am not buying any new clothes, shoes, sandals, handbags or accessories throughout 2020. :cool:

    I am not buying any new books throughout 2020 (as a complete book lover this will be the hardest achievement) :D

    I am going to concentrate on making savings on necessary spending throughout 2020 and having as many non spending days as possible each month :D

    I am going to try to have another year where I am going to spend with caution, but I am going to live a life of full of personal joy :D

    I am going to try new activities for my social life this year, but I will still be a regular at Karaoke and nights out of dancing, because they bring me a lot of joy and I hardly spend any money as I only drink bottled water on nights out :D

    I am going to have a birthday party for my 58th birthday in April as I can afford to have what I hope is going to be a really good party for all of my family and friends :j:D

    I am going to save as much money as possible throughout 2020. I have managed to save another £700 since the start of 2020 on top of the £2,000 I already had saved. Normally January is a month where I would do a lot of spending, buying cut price gifts in the sales online to store for family and friends birthdays throughout the year, but I decided not to bother this year. I will buy gifts in the months that the birthdays occur. :D


    I like your idea of changing your focus on what you are spending your money on. Its easy to get complacent otherwise. If you have enough clothes and books to keep you happy for a while, then its a good time to focus on other things.
    2020 savings on purchases £6207.76
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Quidco Cashback (24th Jan) £18.03:D

    Lidl Bargains: 25th Jan :D

    6 X Extra strong kitchen foil 30m £11.94 Tesco own brand £20.40 I saved £8.46

    Cling film 75m £1.29 Tesco own brand £2.50 I saved £1.21

    4 hopper bus journeys (23rd Jan) £3

    2 hopper bus journeys (24th Jan) £1.50

    I saved £12.50 on my Talk Talk landline, faster fibre and TV package (26th Jan)

    Poundland Bargains: 25th Jan :D

    2 X 189g Malteasers Buttons £2 Tesco on offer £2 each, I saved £2

    4 X Neutradol gel £4 Tesco £7 I saved £3


    Quidco Cashback (29th Jan) £5 :D

    2 hopper bus journeys (25th Jan) £1.50

    2 hopper bus journeys (27th Jan) £1.50

    My Weekly Online Grocery Shopping special offers and price reductions saved me £18.65 this week (30th Jan)

    Sainsbury's Bargains: 31st Jan

    2 X Taste The Difference clementines 600g on offer for £1.60 each usual price £1.95 I saved 70p

    Sandwich meal deal saved me £1.40

    Free Metro Newspaper (31st Jan) 65p

    Free food from my Open Mic event. 2 X Extra large cheese straws, 2 X Extra large muffins, 1 small fruit crumble cake, 4 small sweet rolls (31st Jan) I will claim £8 for this free food

    1 hopper bus journey (3oth Jan) 75p

    5 hopper bus journeys (31st Jan) £3.75

    Current Total = £608.77
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    I watched 7 films in January at Streatham Odeon with ticket prices totalling £82.50 minus my Odeon Limitless subscription £19.99 I saved myself £62.51 (1st Feb) :D

    Boots Online Order: 1st Feb :D

    6 X Equazen fish oils on 3 for 2 offer £48 saving me £24

    3 X Bassett's Adult multivitamins £11 saving me £5.50

    £5 off because I had spent over £30 on this order

    I used a Groupon for a 2 course meal with cocktails at Tropix restaurant which cost me £22.10 after a 15% discount on the usual price of £26 saving me £44.80 on the menu prices of £66.90 (4th Feb) My daughter gave me the £5 to give to out waitress :T

    2 Stone baked pizzas from LIdl £3.18 Tesco own brand on half price offer £3.50 saving me 32p (5th Feb) :)

    My Weekly Online Grocery Shopping special offers, price reductions and 2 money saving coupons saved me £22.72 this week (6th Feb)

    I received a £10 payment from completing online surveys (6th Feb)

    Current Total = £788.12
  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Free Evening Standard and Metro newspapers (7th Feb) £1.30 :)

    6 hopper bus journeys (8th Feb) £4.50 :)

    Wayne bought me a bottle of water in the pub (8th Feb) £1.80 :)

    A friend's partner gave me a lift in his car to and from Karaoke in Thornton Heath (9th Feb), saving me the £1.50 I would have spent on bus fares :)


    Lidl Bargains: 10th Feb :D

    1 stone baked pizza (30% discount) £1.11 Tesco own brand on half price offer £1.75 I saved 64p

    Deluxe 800g cottage pie £3.79 2 X Tesco Finest cottage pie on offer 2 for £6 I saved £2.21

    Poundland Bargains: 10th Feb :D
    2 X 105g Smarties pouch reduced to 50p each I saved £1

    4 X Neutradol Gel £4 Tesco price £7 I saved £3


    I found 5p roadkill (10th Feb)

    Free Evening Standard newspaper (11th Feb) 65p

    I bought myself a pair of new with tags M & S black leather gloves from eBay for £11 including P & P which would have cost me £17.50  from a  M & S store saving me £6.50 (12th Feb) :D

    My Weekly Online Grocery Shopping special offers and price reductions saved me £38.58 this week (13th Feb\) :D

    I bought 2 X 189g Maltesers Buttons from Poundland £1 each Tesco £2.50 each I saved £3 (13th Feb)

    16 bars of Dove soaps (4 X 4) from Savers £6.60 Poundland £8 saving me £1.40 (13th Feb)


    Current Total = £851.75








  • sugarbaby125sugarbaby125 Forumite
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    Quidco Cashback (14th Feb) £3.25

    Morrisons Bargains: 15th Feb :)
    Morrisons The Best 2 lamb shanks on half price offer £4 saving me £4
    2 Cooked chicken breast with wing from the hot deli counter on 2 for £4 offer saving me £1
    Punnet of plums on offer 69p saving me 31p

    Free Evening Standard newspaper (14th Feb) 65p

    1 hopper bus journey (17th Feb) 75p

    My Weekly Online Grocery Shopping special offers and price reductions saved me £33.50 this week (20th Feb) :D

    Quidco Cashback: £8.02 :)

    Current Total = £903.23

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