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Grocery Price Increases - What's the Biggest Hike You've Seen?
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I have since January kept a list, and price of everything I buy on my food shopping. In the quarter between Jan -Mar I cam in well under budget, and managed to stash around £68 odd away in my tuck-away cash from the three month budget
It sounds a lot ,but to be fair I did have quite a bit of stuff given to me to use up as my youngest DD's family came down with the virus just before Christmas, and a lot of the stuff she had bought in she passed on to me to use up as I was unable, because of underlying health issues, able to spend a 'normal Christmas and New Year with them.
So my cupboards had a lot of spare left over bits which came in very handy,especially with the bad weather.
At the moment my April budget had about £4 odd left over which has gone to my tuck-away cash.
May has started and so far its not been too bad ,although I have noticed how the prices are creeping up on an almost daily basis.I'm pretty sure that it may even be a bit of a squeeze to have much left by the end of this month, but I have my fingers crossed and my purse almost padlocked
Definitely shopping from my existing stuff in the cupboards and freezer and hopefully need no more shopping now for a good fortnight at the very least. I did manage to snaffle a good few tins of stuff this morning from the dented tin shelf in my local tesco that have been stashed away for future light lunches this month so fingers crossed.
I'm hoping by the end of June I will be able to defrost my freezer and use the tuck-away cash to restock it
But the other day in the big shopping centre I noticed how few people were having stacked up trolleys and when i spoke to the very pleasant lady on the till she said that it was very noticable that people are definitely buying a lot less than they used to and being more aware of what they are buying. She said that one of the managers in the store was bemoaning that the ready meal stuff had slowed down considerably in the past month and people were not going for the quick fix food as he called it as much as they used to.This was in a large Sainsburys so possibly its all across the supermarkets they are feeling the cold draft of recession looming.
Onwards and upwards chums belt tightening is the order of the day and very careful shopping I think
Unless there is a specific offer I want I might stop nipping in Iceland when I'm around that shopping area as they seem to be putting up their prices more frequently and by much larger amounts than other stores.
Add to that they seem to be adopting a buy in bulk model to get reasonable prices and the fact that most of what I used to pick up there regularly they've either stopped selling or raised the prices several times so they've moved from the good value option to an expensive one.
I'm fortunate that other than Waitrose I have all the supermarkets (in some cases two large branches) and multiple convenience variants within comfortable walking distance do I can pick and choose where I shop as I do my daily exercise.
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-Stash busting: 337 in 2022 Stash busting: in 2023. 23 doggy duvets, 24 shopping bags, 9 dog coats, 2 scrunchies, 6 mittens, 6 bootees, 8 glass cases, 2 A6 notebooks, 12 cards = total 92 ...£3.98 spent
Solicitor/survey savings 300/1700
Emergency fund 0/1000
Buffer fund 0/200