September 2009 Grocery Challenge

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  • Declaring for September. Not got to the penny figures but know I stayed within £125 even including £5 for printer paper which doesn't really count. Absolutely amazing considering I usually spend double that at least. So How did I do it?
    1 Used up loads and loads from all cupboards etc
    2 Did a lot more home cooking
    3 Only bought exactly what I needed which actually meant quite a lot of little trips to Asdas rather than weekly 'big shops'.

    The biggest spend I had was just over £40 when I stocked up at the beginning of the month on milk, bread and meat.

    Because I have used up all supplies I have now done a restock and shop for September and already spent £131-more than the whole of August. Put so much catfood on a storage shelf that it collapsed and smashed 4 nice vases! so feeling a bit sad.
    Please can I state £250 for October
  • Thanks folks for the coconut ideas - I'll be putting them to use next weekend after all. (DH came shopping this weekend and spotted a pack of sinful looking lemon mousse, so we bought those instead - I know, bold!!)

    We bought 1kg of lamb for the big curry night (€13.50), DH bought cod €8.07 for sunday, and we needed beer as well (we usually buy a box of 24 bottles and that lasts about 2 months). And the wine we have grown to like in Lidl was on a 6 for price of 4 offer, so down to €4 a bottle - so got that too as we are almost out of wine as well (again, that should last at least a month).

    Total spends this weekend:
    Mr. S (not Sains but Superquinn) €71.35
    Mr. L €66.12
    Mr. O (ddbins) €41
    But that should leave me with a good lot of "stores" dinners for the next few weeks - I harvested a load of veggies too and I am putting more stuff into freezer too.

    And because DD was bold on Sunday, we cancelled our planned treat of a family brunch outing (hadn't done in almost a year - but she needs to learn and we can live with it til next week) and had a pot of homemade courgette soup instead (so 4 less portions for freezer - but DD ate all of hers!!!:T) - cost: about 4p for 1 stock cube (from Sains - I think 4p is about right). (Had 1 tub HM veg stock in freezer, and used homgrown spuds and courgettes - just boiled all together and blitzed). For family lunch Sunday, DH and I lunches today, and 3 more portions frozen.

    Think I need to concentrate more on storecupboard this month though....
    GC 2010 €6,000/ €5,897

    GC 2011:Overall Target: €6,000/
    €5,442 by October

    Back on the wagon again in 2014
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  • I've just realised one funny thing:

    I had 9.61 left for September. I went to Aldi this morning and spent £8.51... £1.10 left and the only thing left to buy is the Radio Times when it comes out tomorrow, which costs £1.10........... YES! It means that I will have spent £300 exactly! Not a penny more, not one less. I find it quite amusing especially because I am pretty certain that had I tried to be 'perfectly on budget' I would have failed!!!

    Now, don't get me wrong.... I can STILL fail (esp if I stop at Waitrose and I let my tummy do the buying....) but nonetheless, it made me wonder, how many of you have ended a challenge on 'perfect budget' (exact to the penny)???

    I'm sure a mathematician could calculate the odds but I don't know how :p
  • Hi guys, I'm afraid I haven't been keeping up very well but as October started on friday I would like to declare £331.26 for sept and will go for £300 again in October!

    I have already spent £25.95 and I will be popping into the village this afternoon for some milk, bananas and apples (another £5 gone :rolleyes:) and I have the monthly MrT shop coming tomorrow night (around £70ish).

    now just need to meal plan the week!!
    wk1 £0/£100 NSD's 0/7
    Total £0/400
  • Hello!
    Time for me to declare - this is my first month on the Grocery Challenge so I'm quite proud to have come in under budget. I spent £144.23 of my £150 budget. Considering I was spending nearly double that last month I think I've done pretty well. I think I'll do better next month too, but I'll be sticking to the same budget just in case!
    Grocery Challenge 2010:
    Jan: £163.69/£150 :mad: Feb: £84.27/£150 :D Mar: £150.84/£150 :cool: Apr: ??/£150
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    My year to date figure is £1310 thanks HelenJelly.
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    Yay, I went to Aldi's this morning with my £7.94 which was all I had left for the September budget, (new October one starts tommorow) and spent £3.74 on lettuce,toms,cucumber, large bag of fairly largish spuds,onions,pears and bananas so have finally declared for September at £115.80 , £4.20 under budget. I am really pleased with myself as I have used up quite a bit from the freezer and storecupboards.
    So onwards and upwards new 4 week cycle starts tommorow with £120.00 for the next 4 weeks.Haven't we all done well, great feeling to think I have cut my normal monthly budget by around £80.00.If I could keep it up that would be almost 1k a year,enough for a nice holiday, makes you think doesn't it.
  • Hi everyone

    Purpleskies - just checking I've got it right - is your figure for the month or week. I've done it for the month.

    done up to and including Purpleskies

    Helen x

    Yes, it's for the month, thanks Helen.
  • Purpleskies - thank you

    Budgets done up to and including Purpleskies

    Thank you everyone - Helen x
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    Helenjelly I need to declare for September at £468.46, £18.46 because I just cant resist 'bargains'. I could have come in on target but there was stuff on offer in Lidl that will save me in the month to come.

    Please put me down for £425 for October. Of which £115 is already committed to the monthly Sainsburys dog food/cat food/coffee pods order :eek:

    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
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