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March 2008 Grocery Challenge

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Hello everyone,

Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2008. :hello: Where is the time going? :confused:

If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February Grocery Challenge.

As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part! :)

Originally Posted by Galtizz
I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be £1 a week or £20 a week.

If you are currently spending £200 a month don't suddenly drop it to £100 - you'll never do it but if you cut £20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is £80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on £80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.

I hope it's a good month for everyone! :)



  • lilmisskitkatlilmisskitkat Forumite
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    Woohoo :j a shiny new thread! :D

    I start tomorrow with £200.00 so £50 per week-ish. Got to stock up on toiletries and also buy the stuff for starting to make my own cleaning stuff, plus i used a lot out of the freezer and cupboards last month so things will need replacing.

    Looking foward to the challenge, i really enjoyed Feb's :D

    Good luck all!

    Kate xxx
  • Here we go folks :j

    Alli_baba2 £300 £205.39

    AngelNikki £320 £266.87
    Angelraesunshine £250
    annie123 £325
    Annifranakapan £300
    Atalanta £350
    aytch £200
    BabyMother £350
    bails £160 £136.35
    bebee £240
    Becky2 £90
    belfastgirl23 £130 £152.67
    Betterlatethannever £98
    BigMummaF £350 £311.96
    Bobbykins £225 £230.35
    boredofbeingathome £180 £240
    brummiebabe £340
    Buster Ollie £300
    Candygirl £120 £117.90
    carolt2 £180 £178.12
    Casper the friendly ghost £40 £39.08
    cheerfulness4 £135 £153.14
    Cherrypie556 £250
    chewy62 £300
    chicken pie £160 £206.70
    Choosy £150
    Cleosmum £200 £202.35
    Clockwatcher £100
    clowel £350
    craftycrofty £240
    curly cabbage £130
    DamnCat £150
    Danni £80
    dawnylou £200
    DdraigGoch £310
    Debbiedebt £200
    December £150
    Decla £220
    Desperate Housewife £250
    Diane_239 £250
    dinx1972 £310 £362.23
    Disdisbiff £300
    Donna73 £140
    earthmother £175
    EC12345 £180 £181.23
    egon £230 £230.27
    Ess-six £240 £223.31
    EverTheOptimist £100 £95.83
    fallen angel shelley£170 £121.04
    Fi27 £300
    Finding my feet £320-400 £418.29
    frankerooney £180 £179.02
    frazzmunch £150
    funkyfunkymonkey £250 £246.65
    galacticgreen £200 £199.72
    Gemmzie £380
    Getting sorted Sarah £200 £202.51
    Girl least likely to £200 £199.37
    hk_Chick £120
    Holllysan £300
    Icandream £270 £268.12
    Ilovebooks £240 £225.78
    Intheblackfinally £400
    InTheRed £200
    Iremembersleep $100
    Irish Mom €250
    irishwexford £150
    Iwilldoitthistime £200
    izoomzoom £200 £206.92
    jackie_w £250 153.99
    jackiegibbo £200 £216.96
    Jacks xxx £250 £248.01
    jacquij123 £
    Jammygal £
    JaneRyan £200
    Jayjay14 £200 £198.03
    JayneC £240 £267.67
    JemimaP £100
    Jessie18 £450
    Jo101 £180
    Jo1972 £300
    JoJoB £160
    jtb2412 £300
    Justamum £300
    Kaz2904 £150
    Kazmeister £250
    Keiss 21 £400 £560.68
    Kitty £264 £295.84 + pets £38.85
    kittynortheast £350
    KiwiKaz £280
    kiwi88 £300
    kj*daisy £260
    kunekune £500
    lainz £80 £76.21
    lauradora £40
    Lemon Tree £100
    lindsaygalaxy £200
    LilacPixie £200
    lil_me £240
    lil monkey £200
    lilmisskitkat £200
    Lingojingo £200 £159.97
    Little_Belle £250
    Little Miss Naughty £200
    Looby Lou £100
    Magni £200
    mama67 £160 £163.98
    Mark88man £800 £723
    Marru £155
    meanmarie €350 €350
    MERFE £175
    mhe £200 £250
    miecherox £250
    mikeD £230 £258
    Minibudgetgal £250 £270
    miserly_mum £230
    Miss_Olive £200
    mithuingiel £200
    mk wotsit £300
    Mollymop5 £150
    MoneySav3r £170
    Moniker £260 £275.65
    mookybargirl £160
    Mooloo £290 £326.33
    Mortgagefreeforme £ 250 £248.97
    Mouche £100
    Mrs Bartolozzi £220 £200
    Mrs.Irwin £250 £271.63
    mrs-moneypenny £400
    Mrs Pokemon £300
    mrssnowy £200 £199.58
    Mrsmcawber €50 €37.25
    MSHAWX £150 £189.68
    mummygems £ 250 £315
    MummyLeads £350
    Mumtoomany £217 £233.24
    mumzyof2 £100 £70.53
    natzini £120

    newlywed £250
    Nicnacnoo £200
    Nimbo £200
    nopot2pin £120 £114.62
    nykmedia £100 £99.52
    oldMcDonald £280 £254.58
    Patches41048 £200
    patentgirl £240
    pigpen £550
    poohbear59 £200
    Purple_Sparkles £100
    purplevamp £300 £298.39
    Queen_B £180
    rachelmk £100 £91.15
    Rainbowbrite £200
    razra £80 £75.53
    redmel1621 £300
    Redspecs £200
    redsquirrel80 £45
    rockie4 £150
    rosieben £20
    Rosie-Marie £200
    Sashanut £200
    Sassamac £120
    Sassy cat £175
    Saver03 £100
    Saving for a rainy day £200
    Savingfortravel £200 £55.45
    Scotsaver £300 £277.94

    Sealady £350
    Searching_me £200
    ShelleyC £200
    Shelly29 £250
    shelovestobuystuff £250 £225.22
    singlemum £180
    Skint_Catt £175
    skintas £180
    skintscotslass £120
    Snowball2103 £200 £200.06
    SunnyDay £160 £159.09
    suzialwaysbroke £350 £383.07
    Suzy Qu £275
    tattycath £200 £195
    teedy23 £30 £28.96
    the_cat £200
    theamazinggem £160
    TheBees £325
    Toniwoty2009 £250
    tru £250
    TurnaroundSue £250
    UKroseblue £160
    VickyA £120
    waddy80 £120 £132.18
    Watchingthepennies £350
    Weemissy £200
    Weezl74 £45 ...spends from Jan-Mar £130.25
    Wendy24g £250 £253.08
    willow girl £160 £135.99
    witchmabel £175
    wmf £220
    Zcc72 £160
    Zend £150


    Anychance £100
    Budgetaddict £55
    cuddlymarm £50
    Kitty £75-80
    OberonSH £50
    Platinum Horse £50
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  • belfastgirl23belfastgirl23 Forumite
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    Hi MrsM

    Could you please put me down for £130 for March although I'm a bit dubious since I feel I don't really have a grip on what the month will entail for us ... still best to have a target of some sort.

    Good luck to everyone.

  • Yipeeeee :j

    And we got the list on the 1st page..nice and easy to find ..phew...

    Well i have just done my 1st shop for the 1st week of March and have spent the princely sum of €8.49 :rotfl: and that should be us done until next week :T oh apart from anothe kilo of carrots if hubby decides to munch on them :p
    I got :-

    2 kilo apples
    2 kilo oranges
    1 kilo carrots
    1kilo red onions
    a HUGE red pepper
    8 cherry yoghurts
    and a bag of plain flour -so i don't run low for the tortillas ;)

    Everything else i need I have in the fridge/freezer/cupboards :j
    So as my budget is €50... my 1st week is under budget..lets see if that lasts shall we :p .... its only me that eats the fruit n yogs... so i will try and show some restraint :o

    Have a great month everyone :D
    -6 -8 -3 -1.5 -2.5 -3 -1.5-3.5
  • Wow there's a lot of us now isn't there! Good luck everyone.
    Grippy is my middle name!
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  • Hi everyone!

    Please can you put me down for £250 again for this month? I overspent by £20 last month so I'm going to keep it at £250. Having said that I have already spent £99.81 (aaargh!) as I cam across loads of reduced legs of lamb in Sainsburys so I bagged the lot when I did my shopping yesterday.

    I usually go to Lidl/Aldi/Asda and bits from farmers market and veg box deliverys but this month I'm just doing small weekly shops and eating more veggie meals, pulses, lentils, pasta etc.

    I tried the Sainsbury's own cornflakes yesterday and they are great at 29p a big box! I find their toilet roll and powdered milk the cheapest around at the mo too. Their own range seems fine.

    Good luck everyone!
    Save £12k in 2012 no.49 £10,250/£12,000
    Save £12k in 2013 no.34 £11,800/£12,000
    'How much can you save' thread = £7,050
    Mfi3 no. 88: Balance Jan '06 = £63,000. :mad:
    Balance 23.11.09 = £nil. :)
  • Hello Everyone!

    Well failed the Feb challenge by being £50 over.
    But this month have renewed enthuisiam and have completed my first monthly meal plan!
    first order for Mr T £107, which should be all the staple stuff/dried/meats for freezer.
    So mark me down for £200 this month please!

    InTheRed x
    February Grocery Challenge 262.50/250.00 - overspend - oh no!

    March GC 0/300.00

    Weight loss goal - lose 14 lbs by May 18th 2016 - so far 3 lbs lost
  • FrankieMFrankieM Forumite
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    Ok, can I join this month please???
    Could you put me down for £375. Thats for 2 adults , 4 children and 1 dog..
  • newlywednewlywed Forumite
    7.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Right, since I fail every single month :rolleyes:

    My new theory is £40 a week plus one £40 internet shop (which I've just ordered).

    But, since I stuff up every time, I will also allow myself a £50 "buffer" which I can then hopefully reduce in later months :o

    So for this month - can you put me down for £250 and hopefully I'll get there :rolleyes:

    It's for all food,toiletries and household stuff for 2 adults + 2 kids half the week ;)
    working on clearing the clutter
  • lil_melil_me Forumite
    13.2K posts
    Did I say £240? Ok well that's a challenge and I will try my bestestest to stick to it. I didn't manage it last month but we did also go out for DPs birthday which I haddn't budgetted for. It's a 5 week month for me so that's going to mean a serious tightening of the old purse strings. I am sure with a bit of extra will power I can manage it. My budget as always is for 2 adults, 2 boys, 2 dogs, lizard, hedgehog and fishies all meals (that inc pet food, packed lunches etc etc) toiletries and cleaning products including meals out/takeaways etc.

    Suppose I should update my signature, I won't be posting every spend I make as I think it'll be easier to keep up with it on spendingdiary so as not to clutter up the thread with too many of my ramblings but will hopefully keep my signature up to date ish.

    Good luck everyone.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: £200
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb
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