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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 28th Jul 18, 10:09 PM
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    July 2019 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jul 18, 10:09 PM
    July 2019 Grocery Challenge 28th Jul 18 at 10:09 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2019 !!!!

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


    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.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post


    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of £600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at £15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at £280 per month and brought it down to £240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to £260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out £20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for £X off a spend of £XX - if you had no NEED to spend £XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. Mr M is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a bread maker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obviously if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better health wise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy £7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyone's totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    elsiepac
    Last edited by elsiepac; 19-06-2019 at 10:44 AM.
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 22nd Jun 19, 4:19 PM
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    Budgets updated to here

    My new month starts on 26th which is Wednesday. I'm provisionally saying £200 but there is a small possibility I'll be moving house to a slightly more expensive but very lovely place if I'm accepted by the landlord with a guarantor, scary stuff. If I'm not then I'm going to really focus on getting my spends more under control and try and get some little savings built up because this (very stressful) week has really highlighted to me how crap I am with money and I do not like this feeling.

    One thing I want to do is stop having so much stored. I guess it's one thing being well stocked up but I keep a lot in my kitchen and I don't think I need to keep so much.
    So for July (whether I move at the end or not), I am going to try and actually use what I have here and not panic if I get near the end of something. Because half of it has sat there for ages anyway so why am I storing it?!
    I've also done a clear out of kitchen cupboards in terms of utensils, pots and pans etc and have a pile for the charity shop. I have a lot left still which is mostly "occasional" stuff, but not sure I want to be rid just yet. I also cleaned all the cupboard doors (amazing how dirty they get and you don't notice until you are wiping them down!!) and currently have the oven cleaning itself with one of those terrifying kits!
    Last edited by elsiepac; 22-06-2019 at 4:24 PM.
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    • Scrimps
    • By Scrimps 22nd Jun 19, 7:41 PM
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    Scrimps
    £200 again for us.
    2 adults and 2 kids under 2. Includes everything except alcohol and kids are mostly in reusable nappies with only a little bit of formula milk.

    I'm taking the cat food out of the budget though and having separate fund of about £50. I thought the cats had started eating tinned food but it was just neighbourhood cats sneaking in the cat flap and eating it all up. The elder boy cat continues to struggle to have an appetite so we'll continue to buy him raw food and doubly delicious pouches, both of which blow our budget. I still have a store cupboard we will be clearing down of tinned pulses and rice/pasta etc.
    Really hope I can do this in July, June didn't go very well on any of the budgets
    • taka
    • By taka 22nd Jun 19, 9:47 PM
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    Can I be put down for £161.20 (£5.20 per day) for July please? Thank you!!
    2019 MFW #51 £451.41/£1997.77
    MFiT-5 no 45
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    You can't fly with one foot on the ground!
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 23rd Jun 19, 6:17 AM
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    Budgets updated to here

    My new month starts on 26th which is Wednesday. I'm provisionally saying £200 but there is a small possibility I'll be moving house to a slightly more expensive but very lovely place if I'm accepted by the landlord with a guarantor, scary stuff. If I'm not then I'm going to really focus on getting my spends more under control and try and get some little savings built up because this (very stressful) week has really highlighted to me how crap I am with money and I do not like this feeling.

    One thing I want to do is stop having so much stored. I guess it's one thing being well stocked up but I keep a lot in my kitchen and I don't think I need to keep so much.
    So for July (whether I move at the end or not), I am going to try and actually use what I have here and not panic if I get near the end of something. Because half of it has sat there for ages anyway so why am I storing it?!

    Originally posted by elsiepac
    Ooh good luck with the new place to live Elsie - fingers crossed for you.

    Re storing the food, I am like you and keep good stores but sometimes it gets a bit out of hand and I re-post on the Old-style thread for eating out of your freezer and cupboards (link here).

    The mindset for me is that I am paying the SM to store their food.

    Using it up only works if I make in-my-store meals and pare back what I buy to the very basics (mine are different to you as I am not vegan) with a list stuck to the fridge of the grocery things I need (composting bags, liquid soap not in a plastic bottle and sumac are on my list at the moment). I will need fresh fruit (bowl and berries) and my staples of yogurt, butter and milk but I am using more frozen veg (beans I froze last summer when I grew a glut still take up nearly a drawer ).

    I was thinking of only buying food that is not in plastic and letting this drive my list. Is anyone else doing this?
    Last edited by Suffolk lass; 23-06-2019 at 6:17 AM. Reason: typo
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (£59,998) Q2 £30,085 or 50.14% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 78.13% £31,251.65 including July - reducing now we have stopped work
    Save £12k in 2019 - #68 target is £7k £6,875.14 after July
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is £3k - 50.52% spent so far, at end of July
    My DFD is here
    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 23rd Jun 19, 7:07 AM
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    I was thinking of only buying food that is not in plastic and letting this drive my list. Is anyone else doing this?
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Did some of this yesterday and ended up paying more than food already packaged. To keep costs down I also bought ready packaged. Didn’t buy any this time but single pepper 55p, pack of 3 £1.09ish.

    GMAT
    Lost my way for a while but now back on board

    Grocery challenge June £160.34/£200, May £234.30/£200
    2019 Fashion on the Ration 17/44
    No buying unnecessary toiletries - UU 8
    • Saver.The.Taste
    • By Saver.The.Taste 23rd Jun 19, 9:08 AM
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    Hi would you please put me down for this challenge, going to cut my June budget down so from 1/7 to 28/7 i'm going to go for £126, cutting down my previous budget by 50p a day, slowly slowly save the pennies!
    July Bring Your Lunch To Work 0/16
    July Grocery Challenge £118.76/£126 94%
    July No Spend Days 0/18
    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 24th Jun 19, 7:25 AM
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    Morning all,


    I spent £33.27 yesterday so a total of £55.30 for the week. It's all been meal planned to use up some stuff we have in already in the freezer etc. I have overnight guests on Friday as well so will send ds2 up to the old house (which we still own ) to see if there are any gooseberries for a crumble. The neighbours are very helpful in ensuring none of the fruit goes to waste!
    “the princess jumped from the tower & she learned that she could fly all along. she never needed those wings.”
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 24th Jun 19, 11:34 AM
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    Ooh good luck with the new place to live Elsie - fingers crossed for you.
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Thank you - I should hear this afternoon - eek!

    Re storing the food, I am like you and keep good stores but sometimes it gets a bit out of hand and I re-post on the Old-style thread for eating out of your freezer and cupboards (link here).

    The mindset for me is that I am paying the SM to store their food.
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I do like that thread - I mostly keep the stuff to make up meals so it just fresh veggies and herbs that can round things out. If I did end up moving I'm not sure if there is a full freezer in the new place, so I'd deffo need to run the freezer down again! It's not too bad as I recently emptied and defrosted it again, so it's not rubbish in there for years, it's batch cooked stuff, frozen veggie meats, ice lollies and veggies really.

    Using it up only works if I make in-my-store meals and pare back what I buy to the very basics (mine are different to you as I am not vegan) with a list stuck to the fridge of the grocery things I need (composting bags, liquid soap not in a plastic bottle and sumac are on my list at the moment). I will need fresh fruit (bowl and berries) and my staples of yogurt, butter and milk but I am using more frozen veg (beans I froze last summer when I grew a glut still take up nearly a drawer ).
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I do the grocery list on the fridge thing too! My compulsion is ALWAYS to buy at least 2 of everything though, I am always worried that if I run out of something I won't be able to afford to buy it again when I need it! Lucky you growing stuff! I would have a bit of room to experiment in the new place I think, but it's quite a big garden to maintain as it is so not sure if I would be brave enough. I probably won't even get it so I need to stop thinking like this lol! Hard to focus until I find out though!!!

    I was thinking of only buying food that is not in plastic and letting this drive my list. Is anyone else doing this?
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I'm definitely cutting down more but I do find, as getmyacttogether said, that it can be more expensive for some products, precisely like the peppers mentioned. I do have little reusable drawstring bags now though which I take in, and it makes me try and get stuff loose more, like carrots for example.
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 £59.94/£200
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 24th Jun 19, 2:24 PM
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    I was thinking of only buying food that is not in plastic and letting this drive my list. Is anyone else doing this?
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I do my best to buy package free.
    Earlier I bought one pepper, 50p. Meanwhile you can get a bag of 3 for £1.10 or a bag of 4-6 for £1.20.
    Again earlier I bought loose mushrooms that are 20p more per kg than the cheapest wrapped in plastic version.
    Annoying yes. However only having what I need in can help with the budget.
    Sometimes I buy reduced items wrapped in plastic but to me the waste of both the plastic and food inside is a worse thing.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • ChihiroSen
    • By ChihiroSen 24th Jun 19, 9:18 PM
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    May I be added for £200. It is just me, but I have absolutely no supplies so I want to fill my pantry.” Thanks

    • dan958
    • By dan958 25th Jun 19, 11:34 AM
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    July will be my first month doing this. I am looking to spend £120 a month (including all other items such as cleaning supplies etc)

    I will probably update this at the end of each week to show my progression over the month. Once I have my 'baseline' down, I can spot for areas for improvement. So even if this month is a bust, it will help me progress.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 25th Jun 19, 12:09 PM
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    Suffolk lass
    I do my best to buy package free.
    Earlier I bought one pepper, 50p. Meanwhile you can get a bag of 3 for £1.10 or a bag of 4-6 for £1.20.
    Again earlier I bought loose mushrooms that are 20p more per kg than the cheapest wrapped in plastic version.
    Annoying yes. However only having what I need in can help with the budget.
    Sometimes I buy reduced items wrapped in plastic but to me the waste of both the plastic and food inside is a worse thing.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    It is really hard. I was looking for liquid soap for the downstairs loo and kitchen but it was literally all in plastic bottles, unless I wanted to buy a premium product. So I have been googling homemade simple soap and decided to try and make some. I had everything I needed except some peppermint essential oil which I got in the Health Food Shop - and while in there I spoke to the woman in the Health Food Shop about their cellophane bags of dry goods. She completely missed the point and said that is what their supplier uses. I said "well you'll have to ask them to use paper bags like the flour bags then". Either she was really thick or I was not making the point well enough as she told me that is a different supplier

    Anyway I have made some soap this morning (the joys of not working) - it took less than an hour so far but they need to set - 24 hours or so and then 4 weeks to cure before I use them. I filled the silicone patty "tin" to make 12 individual soaps and lined a small loaf tin with (supposedly biodegradable) plastic film for the leftovers. Let us see if I have wasted my time or chanced on a new skill. If it works, I may just have sorted my inexpensive gifts idea for Christmas too!
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (£59,998) Q2 £30,085 or 50.14% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 78.13% £31,251.65 including July - reducing now we have stopped work
    Save £12k in 2019 - #68 target is £7k £6,875.14 after July
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is £3k - 50.52% spent so far, at end of July
    My DFD is here
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 26th Jun 19, 8:55 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    My July starts today. I have spent 43.88% of my annual £3000 grocery budget or £1316.51 for the year to date. It sounds superficially impressive but I allocate an extra £200 for December to cover the extras for Christmas. So actually it means I am overspent so far.

    I notice that a few things in Morries have increased this week. Savers thin bleach has increased by over 25% from 28p a big bottle, to 38p. And their own brand extra mature cheese has gone from £3 for 500g (60p/100g) to an "offer" of 2 for £5 but the pack size has reduced to 400g (so 63p/100g on "offer") and 75p/100mg after the offer. They have also stopped doing 4-pint organic milk so a massive increase there too.

    My hm soap works out at 28p a bar (but I can't use it until August). It smells fab but I can't try it until it has cured for four weeks. It was a really simple recipe and easy technique.
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (£59,998) Q2 £30,085 or 50.14% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 78.13% £31,251.65 including July - reducing now we have stopped work
    Save £12k in 2019 - #68 target is £7k £6,875.14 after July
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is £3k - 50.52% spent so far, at end of July
    My DFD is here
    • indigowarrior
    • By indigowarrior 26th Jun 19, 11:19 PM
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    Hello joining in. Budget starts today and ends July 25th and I have £160 grocery budget, There is just me and the cat called pepper.
    No Spend July 0/17 £30/£160 Groceries £0/120/debt.
    • indigowarrior
    • By indigowarrior 27th Jun 19, 6:43 PM
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    £5 spend today.
    No Spend July 0/17 £30/£160 Groceries £0/120/debt.
    • Scrimps
    • By Scrimps 27th Jun 19, 9:31 PM
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    Scrimps
    I wanted to start my budget on the 1st having been paid on the 25th but medicines and prescriptions come.out of 'housekeeping' and I have a poorly boy and husband. That and we needed bread, milk, eggs and then cereal to try and tempt the toddler to eat etc etc! 145 of 200£ left.
    I'm hoping that spreading the rest out week by week instead of doing a 'big' shop will help me not overspend this month
    • Rachiedabbler70
    • By Rachiedabbler70 28th Jun 19, 9:04 AM
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    Thanks Elsiepac for getting July up and running and updating

    Please could you put me down for £140 from today until 31st July - very long month for 2 adults including all toiletries etc. My freezer has a few portions of leftovers - probably 7 meals for one person and I plan to have jacket potatoes 2 evening meals per week and a something on toast evening to keep costs down. I don't know if this is doable - I have spent £12.95 so far, but I want to give it a good go as I am really trying to get my mortgage down as quickly as possible - hopefully for my 55th birthday.

    Good luck everyone
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    • vintageteainmywardrobe
    • By vintageteainmywardrobe 28th Jun 19, 2:59 PM
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    Hello all,

    Could I join again this month?? I was super surprised at how little we spent last month, though I did make sure we ate out of the cupboards as much as possible. This month we won't have that store cupboard to use. Please put me down for £200 again and anything we don't spend will go into savings
    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 28th Jun 19, 3:43 PM
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    Cheapskate
    Hello, I'm back and starting again!! Please can I go down for £350 for July? Thanks very much.

    A xo
    Decluttering 670/2019 items this year
    Aug GC £39.77/£300
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 28th Jun 19, 8:40 PM
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    Did you get the new place, elsiepac? Fingers crossed...

    I'm off into the July budget with a £65 spend at the market this morning. There'll be a bit spent at the supermarket tomorrow morning, as I'm away trading for the rest of the weekend & I need to buy in some things that I know His Nibs can cook! There'll be a L1dls stock-up sometime next week, too, and I'm away next weekend so I'm beginning to wonder whether I should have allowed a little extra this month, as I'm not in sole charge of catering arrangements. Not to mention the 3 birthdays... However I'm hoping I can rein it back in and keep the rest of the month under tight control.

    In the meantime, my tomatoes are coming on a treat. I need to sow some salad leaves, too, because constantly buying salad in hot weather is a real budget-buster! At least we don't have to buy ice-cream any more; I can just make it using whatever bargain fruit I can lay my sticky paws on.
    Angie

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