Cash neutral grocery spends, 'till Christmas.

Hello all.
I am going to drastically cut our grocery spends from now until Christmas. We have paid out over £5,000 from savings in the last few weeks, the family car(minibus) needed the gearbox rebuilding and MOT, also the barn (we live on a smallholding) needed a concrete floor laid and a new roof, at least the central part. Our total annual income is around £12,000, so the savings have taken a big hit.

We are an 8 person household. Myself, DH, DD1, DSiL1, DGS, DGD1, DGD2 and DD3. DD1 and her OH are having an extension built which will become there's and the grandchildren's home. I do all the cooking and most of the grocery shopping for the whole house. DD1 contributes £120 per month. I CAN shop for us all on £240 per month, but recently this has been creeping up by upto £50 extra per month.

The challenge is to only use the £120 from DD1 and any extra earned money, surveys, Facebook sales, etc. until Christmas. Both big freezers are full as are most of the cupboards. I have not told the family what I am trying to achieve, I do not want DD1 to think that she needs to increase their share of the budget, they are saving so hard to finish the build. In fact if I manage this I will split the savings with her.

I have been reading weezl74's old threads on living on 50p each and living on less than the USDA allow for food also D&DD's thread on living form stores when times were tough for her. If I can manage to do as well as these two ladies, I should be OK.

I will keep you all updated, internet connection allowing. Wish me luck, mumtoomany.
Frugal living challenge 2020. Trying to live on £11000 for year 1st Nov 20 to 30th Nov 21. To include £1500 savings!
Bills £610.48+£161.02/£3000                                          Car expenses £329.47+£222.99/£1500
Food etc £197.40+£417.36/£1500 (plus £1440)              House and garden £180.99/£1000
DD3 £142.37+£29.07/£500                                            Animals £25.34=£104.30/£1000
Clothes/presents/entertainment/personal spends £113.92+46.43/£1000
Savings £710+£110/£1500.
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  • PipneyJanePipneyJane Forumite
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    Good luck, mumtoomany. I will be cheering you on from the sidelines.

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  • t14cy_tt14cy_t Forumite
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    I do as many surveys on as many sites as I can and believe me its worth it!! also scan the cashback sites so you can claim back for items purchased. best of luck. xx
  • mumtoomanymumtoomany Forumite
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    Thanks Pip (love your signature), and t14cyt. I do surveys on Yougov and swagbucks mostly. Trouble is most people don't want replies from an "old" lady living in the middle of nowhere who never does anything or goes anywhere and never buys anything! Will have to start on grabpoints again, at least they give you points if you are screened out. mumtoomany.
    Frugal living challenge 2020. Trying to live on £11000 for year 1st Nov 20 to 30th Nov 21. To include £1500 savings!
    Bills £610.48+£161.02/£3000                                          Car expenses £329.47+£222.99/£1500
    Food etc £197.40+£417.36/£1500 (plus £1440)              House and garden £180.99/£1000
    DD3 £142.37+£29.07/£500                                            Animals £25.34=£104.30/£1000
    Clothes/presents/entertainment/personal spends £113.92+46.43/£1000
    Savings £710+£110/£1500.
  • tessie_beartessie_bear Forumite
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    wishing you good luck x

    i am impressed with your £240 budget but fair lay if u think u can get it down...could u share the sort of things u cook where u shop tips really

    many thanks x
    onwards and upwards
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Forumite
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    Have PM'd you :)

    JackieO xx
  • mumtoomanymumtoomany Forumite
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    Thank you Tessie bear.

    The ways I keep the budget low, grow our own veg/fruit as much as I can. Works if I can harvest before the rabbits, mice, caterpillars. Also grow our own lamb and mutton, sometimes pork too, but no weaners this year, the minibus was in the garage for 4 months! Messed up the plans a little. Also chickens so our own eggs.

    Shopping wise I try to buy things wherever they are cheapest. Although we are 20 minutes drive from town, once there we have a choice of, Aldi, Lidl, Tesco, Morrisons, Farm foods, and a cash and carry. Also a superb veg shop, sells £1 boxes, these have for example 20 to 30 apples, or 4 to 5 cabbages or lettuce, or 20 to 30 peppers etc. Also sacks of potatoes, carrots, swede, onions. I tend to shop about once a week, visiting 2 or 3 of the above each time. No in between shops and always take a list.

    I try to never waste anything, all leftovers are turned into something else or frozen.

    DD1 and her family have gone to visit the in laws today till Saturday, so only two for tea today, (DD3 at her boyfriends). Had sausage, beans, tomatoes, (we are both on an eight week low carb diet)

    Brought in a few more raspberries, a few more tomatoes, 1 carrot and three spaghetti squash from outside.

    No money spent today.

    Mumtoomany.
    Frugal living challenge 2020. Trying to live on £11000 for year 1st Nov 20 to 30th Nov 21. To include £1500 savings!
    Bills £610.48+£161.02/£3000                                          Car expenses £329.47+£222.99/£1500
    Food etc £197.40+£417.36/£1500 (plus £1440)              House and garden £180.99/£1000
    DD3 £142.37+£29.07/£500                                            Animals £25.34=£104.30/£1000
    Clothes/presents/entertainment/personal spends £113.92+46.43/£1000
    Savings £710+£110/£1500.
  • mumtoomanymumtoomany Forumite
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    Thanks Jackie, have replied.
    Frugal living challenge 2020. Trying to live on £11000 for year 1st Nov 20 to 30th Nov 21. To include £1500 savings!
    Bills £610.48+£161.02/£3000                                          Car expenses £329.47+£222.99/£1500
    Food etc £197.40+£417.36/£1500 (plus £1440)              House and garden £180.99/£1000
    DD3 £142.37+£29.07/£500                                            Animals £25.34=£104.30/£1000
    Clothes/presents/entertainment/personal spends £113.92+46.43/£1000
    Savings £710+£110/£1500.
  • purpleivypurpleivy Forumite
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    Well, watching for inspiration! My freezer is about full, so really don't need to keep buying more meat and stuff. I wonder if I can avoid putting things in the freezer? The problem is, you take out stock etc, make soup and then there is more than you started with! Same if you make a batch of bol!

    We just had 4 adult visitors for a week, so there are all manner of bits and pieces that have been stashed. Some things taken out, but not that much.
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    Trying not to waste food!:j
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  • thriftwizardthriftwizard Forumite
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    Good luck, I'm cheering you on too!
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  • mumtoomanymumtoomany Forumite
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    Hello everyone, a quick post (if the internet stays connected).

    Quieter day again today. Slightly easier than yesterday though. Dadtoomany had made the roof trusses for the barn in the extension, to keep the rain off. There are seven of them, 20 feet long by nearly 5 feet high and VERY heavy. They needed moving from the extension to the barn. Only two of us at home to move them! I am covered in bruises and splinters, but they are moved. Now we will need to find a way of getting them up to the roof. A man with a crane I think. Today I am joining up crochet squares for DGD1's blanket, it is cot sized but she wants it as big as her brothers.

    Lunch today will be pea and ham soup, stock and leftover bits from a piece of gammon last week with diced onions leftover mash and tinned mushy peas.

    Tea, I have put 3 chicken thighs in the slow cooker with some veg stock, some chicken stock and the leftover tomato juice from last night. Will cook plenty of veg to go alongside. DD3 home again for meals.

    Freezers, fridge, cupboards and pantry(well really it's just a set of shelves in the utility room) all still full.

    Catch you all later, mumtoomany.
    Frugal living challenge 2020. Trying to live on £11000 for year 1st Nov 20 to 30th Nov 21. To include £1500 savings!
    Bills £610.48+£161.02/£3000                                          Car expenses £329.47+£222.99/£1500
    Food etc £197.40+£417.36/£1500 (plus £1440)              House and garden £180.99/£1000
    DD3 £142.37+£29.07/£500                                            Animals £25.34=£104.30/£1000
    Clothes/presents/entertainment/personal spends £113.92+46.43/£1000
    Savings £710+£110/£1500.
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