April 2008 Grocery Challenge

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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Hello everyone,

Welcome to the fourth Grocery Challenge of 2008. :hello:

If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the March 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 competition....it'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! :)
Galtizz wrote:
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! :)

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  • DonnaPDonnaP Forumite
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    Hi all

    This is the first month I'll be doing this (OH paid today, so its Day 1 for me)and I am so determined to stick to a budget of £250 for 4 of us (twin 4 year old DD's who eat as much as us!!).

    I have my spreadsheet set up and I am proud to say I have only spent 30p so far! OH is calling at Aldi with a very small list to tide us over the weekend (I am using some things up out of the freezer) and over the weekend I am going to attempt a bit of a monthly meal plan, so I can go and get a decent amount of shopping in one go.

    It feels so liberating to be in control for once.

    I look forward to reading about how everyone else is getting on.

    Donnax
  • gunsandbanjosgunsandbanjos Forumite
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    I'm in:D This is my 2nd one, and i'm not reducing my budget this month as its a 5 week month and i only just came in under budget in march. I will aim for £200 again. That is for me, DH who has a big appetite, LO who is 4, 2 parrots and some fishies:rolleyes: My month just runs as per the calendar, hubby and i both get paid weekly.
    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
    Bertrand Russell
  • MRSMCAWBERMRSMCAWBER Forumite
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    Alli_baba2 £250
    Angle08 £250
    annaangeluk £100
    Apple_Mint £150
    Angchris £150
    AngelNikki £350 £346.02
    Angelraesunshine £300 £290.09
    annie123 £350 £271
    Applemella £400
    Arconite_babe £300 £326.53
    Aril £200 £142.23
    Atlanta £370
    Babymaker £300 £279.82
    Baby mother £300
    BargainRzl £50
    Bemuzzed £280 £272.81
    belfastgirl23 £130 £142.92
    Bertiebots £220
    Betterlatethannever £85 £54.29
    BigMummaF £350 £361.28
    Bobbykins £225 £264.83
    Boredofbeingathome £180 £179.98
    Candygirl £100 £94.71
    carolt2 £210 £192.45
    Casper the friendly ghost £50 £89.85
    cheerfulness4 £140 £170.11
    Chewy62 £350
    Chimp Choker £200
    chicken pie £180
    Choosy £160
    Claire2305 £130 £99.87
    CleosMum £200 £198.83
    Clowe1 £375
    CRANKY40 £150 £92.63
    Cruiksl £250
    Cupid_S £80 £133
    curly cabbage £100 £32.68
    Curv £350
    Daisydoll £200
    Daisy_Steiner £150
    Decla £220
    DesperateHousewife £250
    Diane-239 £200
    Dinx1972 £320
    DonnaP £250
    Doom_and_Gloom £30
    Earthmother £210
    EC12345 £175 £171.33
    egon £230 £321.73
    Elle_gee £160
    Emptypurse £100
    Ess-six £275 £229.95
    EverTheOptimist £100
    fallen angel shelley £80 £71.34
    Fedupnow £350
    fi27 £300 £297.74
    FindingMyFeet £380 £394.56
    frankerooney £180
    funkyfunkymonkey £200 £202.35
    galacticgreen £200 £199.39
    Gemmzie £370
    Gettingsortedsarah £200 £223.10
    Girl least likely to £190 £186.02
    GFN123 £150
    Guns banjos £200
    Helliecopter €420 £406.38
    Icecubequeen £100
    Ice_Maiden £400
    Ifonlyitwaseasier £150 £151.21
    in-it-to-win-it £180
    IntheRed £200
    irishwexford £150
    izoomzoom £200 £272.36
    jackie_W £300
    jackiegibbo £200 £224.45
    Jacks xxx £250
    Jamiedodger £150
    Jak £72 £72
    Janeryan £150 £147.73
    JayJay14 £200 £202.12
    JayneC £240
    Jenid £120 £120.88
    JennyBee £200 £173.02
    Jessica Rabbit £50
    Jessie18 £375
    JillD £350
    Jinky67 £250 £286.30
    JulieJim £250
    Jumps £250 £324.50
    Justamum £300 £480.64
    Kattiesmummy £200
    Kaz2904 £200 £234.14
    Keiss 21 £400 £459.32
    Kippers £240
    Kitty £264 + £35 pets £332.45 + £40.73 -pets
    kittynortheast £350 £424.57
    kiwi88 £300
    Kiwikaz £250
    lainz £80 £70.99
    Lillythecat £250
    lil_me £300 £241.32
    Lil Monkey £200
    lilmisskitkat £200 £175.39
    LingoJingo £160 £133.04
    Little Miss Naughty £200
    LouiseJ £250
    Madmittens £80 £77.19
    mama67 £170 £224.16
    Mark88man £595 £690
    meanmarie €300 €320
    mhe £200 £197.35
    mikeD £236
    Minibugetgal £250
    Mischiefmaker £350
    Miserlymum £235 £234.28
    Missimaxo £300
    Miss Minnie £80 £73.59
    Miss_Saver £120
    MKwotsit £280
    M0neysav3r £175
    Mollymop5£150 £198.06
    Moniker £300 £277.31
    Monkey22 £300
    Moo2Moo £250 £261.06
    mookybargirl £160
    Mooloo £290
    Mortgagefreeforme £270 £270
    Mr+Mrs T £250 £258.50
    MrDT £60
    Mrs Bartolozzi £200 £221.73
    Mrs. Irwin £250 £386.47
    MrsMoneyPenny £500
    Mrs Pinkerton Trunks £250
    mrssnowy £200 £203.38
    Mrsmcawber €50 €46.16
    MSHAWX £100
    mummygems £300
    Mummyleads £350
    mumzyof2 £130
    NannyOgg £200 £217.48
    natzini £120 £148.72
    Newlifeahead £250
    newlywed £280
    Nicky1306 £400
    nykmedia £100 £97.05
    oldMcDonald £180
    Orchid-96 £250
    Pam2802 £200
    patent girl £260 £360
    Penny Pincher £250
    Pheonixchix £150
    PinkCloud9 £300 £275.26
    Pink Princess £475 £328.06
    Poohbear59 £240
    Pretz £180
    Purple_Sparkles £100
    purple vamp £300
    rachelmk £100 £101
    razra £60 £68.52
    redmel1621 £260 £363.26
    redsquirrel80 £40
    RussetRed £325 £406.48
    Sashanut £250
    Saveaholic68 £80
    Saver03 £120
    Savingfortravel £200 £56.99
    Savvy mummy £300 £298.59
    Sazzledazzle £250
    Scared1980 £200
    ScotSaver £250 £249.22
    Searching me £200 £196.70
    Shazzer22 £80
    Shelley84 £250
    shelovestobuystuff £120
    Singlemum £160
    666paw £175 £286.92
    Skint_Catt £175
    Skintscottslass £120
    SmellyOldSock £300 £290
    Starlett £50
    Stenephe £200
    StrawberryLaces £250
    Sue09 £250
    SunnyDay £150 £204.52
    suzialwaysbroke £350
    Tara66 £200
    tattycath £200 £207
    Teedy23 £50 £77.30
    Telute £250
    the_cat £300
    TheBees £340
    Toniwoty2009 £250
    Tylersbabe £70 £103.64
    UbaMother £250
    Valjk £250
    waddy80 £120
    Wee Missy £200
    weezl74 £40
    Welshlassie £260
    Wendy24g £250 £238.08
    Willow Girl £200
    witchmabel £250 £407
    Wmf £200
    WorkingHardDFW £300
    Zeddy £150
    Zend £150

    Weekly

    Elly2 £60
    ~Jules~ £40
    LittleAngels3 £80
    Mandy_Moo1 £60 £226.36-month
    Mardatha £60
    Moment of clarity £55
    Nicifer_NooNoo £30
    -6 -8 -3 -1.5 -2.5 -3 -1.5-3.5
  • MRSMCAWBERMRSMCAWBER Forumite
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    Hello everyone.... here we go again :T

    Good luck with those budgets and thanks Newlywed for letting me know the thread had started.. managed to get the list on the 1st page....soooo much easier for everyone to find :D
    -6 -8 -3 -1.5 -2.5 -3 -1.5-3.5
  • angelnikkiangelnikki Forumite
    892 Posts
    I'm in again this month, £350 for me OH and DS (18months).

    Good luck everyone!!

    Nikki
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  • Thanks Pink-Winged and Mrs MCAWBER, ooh I've never been one of the first posters!!
    New month, new leaf, I am going to try very hard this month to cut down,

    I have bought a few (well loads! LOL) treats and alongside upgrading my meat to fresh local farm over the last month, I think that's where the extra spend has gone I have to 'fess, so cut the rubbish, cut the extra trips to the shops for things I don't need, I WILL be on course.

    Good luck to everyone!
    LBM 17th April 2007:j
    Credit Cards paid - July 2008 [strike]Sainsys,M&S,[/strike][strike] HSBC[/strike]
    Grocery Challenge £350
    DEBT FREE AND STILL TRYING HARD
  • cuddlymarmcuddlymarm Forumite
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    Hi everyone

    March was a disastrous month :eek: :eek: because I lost track of what was being spent on food ( DS2 was home from uni and every time he or DS1 bought anything they forgot to get a receipt or bought the expensive variety or extra bits) so I gave up as a bad job. In April we go on holiday for 2 weeks so I'm going to try for a fresh start in May.

    Good luck to everyone and I hope you manage to stay on the straight and narrow this month.

    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
    January NST 2/16
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Hiya,

    I'd like to join in again too please. I found the challenge and all the recipes so useful last month. Mrs Mcawber can you please put me down for £40 per month for April-june. I'll update my sig in a minute.

    Weezl x

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • mumzyof2mumzyof2 Forumite
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    Found it MRSC..Im in for £90 woohoo bring it on. Doing one big shop when i get back on 20th...but have from 1st-6th with not spending anything. :$
    Sealed Pot dec 08 - dec 09 so far £27.67, Live off £4k Spent £330.20 GC £1,200 for 2009 Spent £50.78 PaD so far £650.07
    Debts: L/woods £154.00 C/One PAID O/D £649.90 Next £299.95 O/D PAID Gas £72.60 Electric £155.73 Mum £640.00 Orange £490.32
  • mumzyof2mumzyof2 Forumite
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    cuddlymarm wrote: »
    Hi everyone

    March was a disastrous month :eek: :eek: because I lost track of what was being spent on food ( DS2 was home from uni and every time he or DS1 bought anything they forgot to get a receipt or bought the expensive variety or extra bits) so I gave up as a bad job. In April we go on holiday for 2 weeks so I'm going to try for a fresh start in May.

    Good luck to everyone and I hope you manage to stay on the straight and narrow this month.

    :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:

    I use to live in blackpool :))
    Sealed Pot dec 08 - dec 09 so far £27.67, Live off £4k Spent £330.20 GC £1,200 for 2009 Spent £50.78 PaD so far £650.07
    Debts: L/woods £154.00 C/One PAID O/D £649.90 Next £299.95 O/D PAID Gas £72.60 Electric £155.73 Mum £640.00 Orange £490.32
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