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January 2019 Grocery Challenge

edited 24 December 2018 at 11:23AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • I'd love to join in if that's ok please, started last year but only just now finding some semblance of normal again since our 2nd daughters arrival in October and really do need to get a grip back on our finances.

    We'll be aiming to come in under £240 for January please.
  • PipneyJanePipneyJane Forumite
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    Happy Xmas morning all and thanks elsiepac for starting the new year and new thread. :j Welcome to all the newcomers and all the old usuals.

    Please put me down for €350 lasting January 1st to January 30th. This will be the last month OH and I share together for a while because I’m returning to America for a few months before we get married later in 2019. I’ll be posting in dollars after January for a while. :) This also means that January is the last month in our apartment and we’re going to eat down the stores to avoid moving things!

    Congratulations Jings!

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    Please can you add me to the annual budget group - I will go for £3000 in 2019 please. I will divide this by 15 so my monthly aim is £200 with £200 for my stores, £200 for Christmas and the last £200 to cover any bargains I need to have (YS etc). - I recommend this system to anyone who is looking to take it to the next level - you can easily adjust your pots size but it is good to know they are there

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  • carolinerunnercarolinerunner Forumite
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    I am so done with December. Daren't even add it up. Please can you put me down for £500 for January, planning a dry and mainly veggie one, which should reduce costs, though not all my family will be up for that all the time, so we will see.

    Happy remainder of the festive season all!
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  • CheapskateCheapskate Forumite
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    Afternoon everyone

    Please can I go down for £300 for January? I'm hoping to come in well under, but just in case...

    Our budgets have to be slashed all round in the New Year, and I know the food bill is somewhere I can make huge improvements!

    We have plenty of food in the fridge, freezer, and cupboards, should be able to keep to this challenge next year!

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  • candygirlcandygirl Forumite
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    Can I aim for £120 for Jan please? Am only starting on the 1st though, but already know I've come in under for Dec, even though I need dog food , n bread this week :D
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    Thanks Elsiepac for setting up January thread. I'm going to aim for £270 for the month for 3 adults and a rabbit. All food, toiletries, clothes and dishwashing etc. I'm also hoping to stockpile a small amount of food as stocks very low after December 😀
    Good luck everyone xx
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  • Pixie_FairydustPixie_Fairydust Forumite
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    Hi I’m starting 2019 as I mean to go on! In some sort of control of my finances! I’m scared to look at my online banking :(

    Could you please put me down for £120 for January?

    Thank you.
    P xx
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  • edited 27 December 2018 at 1:15AM
    elsiepacelsiepac Forumite, Board Guide
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    edited 27 December 2018 at 1:15AM
    This will be the last month OH and I share together for a while because I’m returning to America for a few months before we get married later in 2019. I’ll be posting in dollars after January for a while. :) This also means that January is the last month in our apartment and we’re going to eat down the stores to avoid moving things!

    How exciting Jings, Congratulations!

    Welcome to everyone so far, new and returning GCers!

    My budget for January is £287.50 from 20 December to 24 January - extortionately high but covered a lot of Christmas extras.

    In reality, for the remaining 4 weeks in my budget, I have £115.39. That's 3 weeks at £30 and 1 at £25.39. I got really out of control and lost track in 2018, coming in over every single month due to lack of discipline and poor planning, but I truly need to get back in control in every area of my life really!! Will be going to back to posting my old style updates so I see where I am very visually!

    January 2019

    20 Dec - 26 Dec...£172.11...£172.11
    27 Dec - 02 Jan...£25.39....£
    03 Jan - 09 Jan...£30.00....£
    10 Jan - 16 Jan...£30.00....£
    17 Jan - 24 Jan...£30.00....£

    Budgets updated to here!

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