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May 2019 Grocery Challenge

edited 18 April 2019 at 9:09AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • I've spent £0.23/£20 so far this month.

    I bought reduced loaf of sliced bread which I've frozen.

    There's 18 slices so comes to less than 1.5p per slice.
  • tighteningthebelttighteningthebelt Forumite
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    Hello everyone I'm new to the forums. Let's get started right away. Please put me down for £20 this month.

    Ooooh, ambitious!! Welcome and good luck.
    A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
    You're welcome we can spare it, yellow socks
  • LauralozzleLauralozzle Forumite
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    Needed eggs and salad bits for packup tomorrow. Lost my receipt, but was under £5.00 so I'm claiming that until I see the transaction on my bank app!

    So, £5.00/£300.00 for now....
    Grocery Budget: £52.23/300.00 | NSD: 5/16 |
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  • Thanks I have lots of old beans, pulses and grains in the back of cupboards so I'm going to work through those. I also have lots of 1/4 filled bags of frozen veggies shoved in the back of the freezer. Also lots of fresh young nettles in the garden so I made a big batch of nettle soup and used rice in it to add in the calories. Got a poly tunnel and stuff growing but nothing edible yet. :rotfl:

    £0.23/£20 Hopefully I just worked out how to make things bigger and different colour.
  • little_puplittle_pup Forumite
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    Hi I’d like to join if it’s not too late! My first time doing a grocery challenge.
    Can you put me down for £150 for May? This is for just me, I’m hoping to come in well below this.

    So far spent:
    - £30 Morrison’s main weekly shop including 3 for £10 meats (whole chicken, 500g lean mince, 500g lamb mince), 2 packs of heck sausages for £4 and fruits (berries) and veg, plus some extras like flavoured water.
    - Tesco £6: 2 packs of strawberries and 2 blueberries
    - Lidl £10: more veg, cans of diced tomato, grated cheese, Doritos (oops!), plus a lovely low calorie ice cream for £2.49 called Graham’s Goodness white choc and raspberry (so creamy!)

    This is loads of food for me, I did a roast chicken with potatoes and carrots and divided that up into 4 meals. Tonight I made moussaka and that’s about 4 meals and then I’m doing shepherds pie when I get time (another 4 meals).

    My plan is to “swap” meals with my boyfriend. E.g. I ate a portion of his bolognese pasta for lunch so I’ll give him a portion of my moussaka. We’re on totally different budgets & he eats loads more than me so doing a shared weekly shop wouldn’t work but I think this is a good way to share food for us :)
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    £5 on way home for insta-dinner :) Was very late finish at work so that or pizza delivery... I'm viewing it as "saved £15"...
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    Hi and welcome little pup
    Seems you are off to a flying start with your prepping skills!
    A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it
    You're welcome we can spare it, yellow socks
  • FoxFaceFoxFace Forumite
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    £26.77p spent last night on shopping to last us until Saturday, when I can go and actually stock up. Need to be a bit more organised.
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    edited 24 May 2019 at 10:57AM
    Bit of a false positive for me so far... I've not been very good this week and bought quite a lot of treaty items and snacky foods, which I've used my "spending money" for and not taken from the GC. Hey ho. Made a lovely red lentil and vegetable stew for tea last night and have another one for tonight plus a third leftover. Proper healthy comfort food, all thick and delightful :D

    The 2 t3sc0 shops were first for salad things and fruit and tea and tofu, and the second was kitchen roll but then I found the Qu0rn vegan breaded 5 grain fillets reduced so bought all 4 and froze them. Hence spending £8 something instead of like a quid!!
    Then my Ald1 shop was just a load of fresh veg as I realised I hadn't shopped properly really. I'm good now for the rest of the week and actually shouldn't even need anything extra over the weekend so I'm calling my week1 budget. Week 2 begins on Sunday. I'm being taken out for brunch at a really funky place I love as a late birthday present from a friend, so that'll be nice!

    Did my big stock up shop - planned £40 but came out at £45.38 so adjusting budgets slightly to cover this.


    ..............................£200 Budget
    Date......Shop......Amount....Remaining
    26 Apr....T3sc0.....£02.10....£197.90...(WEEK 1)
    27 Apr....T3sc0.....£45.38....£152.52...(STOCK)
    27 Apr....T3sc0.....£16.07....£136.45...(WEEK 1)
    29 Apr....T3sc0.....£08.18....£128.27...(WEEK 1)
    30 Apr....A1d!......£08.98....£119.29...(WEEK 1)



    Week......Budget....Spent.....Remaining
    WEEK 1....£90.00color=white].....
    £34.31....£55.69
    WEEK 2....£40.00.....£00.00....£40.00
    WEEK 3....£40.00.....£00.00....£40.00
    WEEK 4....£40.00.....£00.00....£40.00
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    Thanks I have lots of old beans, pulses and grains in the back of cupboards so I'm going to work through those. I also have lots of 1/4 filled bags of frozen veggies shoved in the back of the freezer. Also lots of fresh young nettles in the garden so I made a big batch of nettle soup and used rice in it to add in the calories. Got a poly tunnel and stuff growing but nothing edible yet. :rotfl:

    £0.23/£20 Hopefully I just worked out how to make things bigger and different colour.

    Welcome! You might want to take a look and join in over here - on the growing your own thread or here on the "eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge". And there is a new food waste diary over here.

    Save £12k in 2020 - #20 £5,010.84/£5k 100.22% after September
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