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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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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 59.94/200
    Vegan 27-8-13
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 2nd Jul 19, 8:13 AM
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    I'm off work today so I'm going to do a total freezer and cupboard inventory. That should keep me busy until lunchtime
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 2nd Jul 19, 12:35 PM
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    Hello everyone and thanks for the thread Elsiepac. I really need to join in this month please. My grocery cupboards have far too much in them and some of it needs using up. Meals are a bit chaotic as I have a 14 year old son who would happily eat pasta with a tomato based sauce every night if I let him and then there's me - I'm almost permanently engaged in an attempt to lose weight.

    I did join the grocery challenge at the beginning of the year but due to circumstances I stopped keeping proper track of food spending. One of my closest friends was very ill so I was spending money on treats and on making treats for her (it was cancer so although she was ill, the massive doses of steroids that she was taking made her very hungry). I also started working in April. Until then I'd spent 9 years being a stay at home mum after being widowed when my ds was 4 (I tried to keep working at the time but holiday time childcare was unavailable so gave up almost 9 months after being widowed).

    It would be easy to use the extra money from my wages for convenience/junk food and to some extent I did when my friend was ill and we spent a lot of time hospital visiting. We also ate a fair bit of junk food/takeaway rubbish the week after my friend died. I'm hoping to record our meals every day on here to make myself accountable and also to stick to the budget that I will set myself and hopefully to come in under budget.

    July is a 5 week month for me so I will start with a budget of 300 please. That will be food/toiletries etc for me, ds and food/litter for 1 cat.
    Originally posted by CRANKY40
    Don't be too hard on yourself, Cranky. It sounds like you've been through a difficult few months. My condolences on the loss of your friend.

    (((((((((( Hug Cranky )))))))))))

    - Pip
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 2nd Jul 19, 1:13 PM
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    So we have spent 19.48 today.

    Soya milk is made, I did two batches. I know it is only a matter of time until it dies on me (it's at least 12 years old), I can hear it struggling.
    Instead of buying a new one when it dies I will get an electric pressure cooker. That way I can cook the beans easily, use my high power blender after then use a mesh screen to separate the milk from the okara that way. It would also make cooking chickpeas etc easier and cook a meal easily and quickly when needed. Much better use of space and money; only a little bigger for counter taken and much cheaper than the soyabella I had my eye on that doesn't have as many function uses .

    27.40/200
    172.60 left.
    ETA - I saved the aquafaba from the chickpeas used in the pasta salad. I will make mayonnaise out of it tomorrow.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    Typical, looked through the cupboards and was out of every other ingrediant needed but a sweetener of all things! That was the reason we went shopping and yep other items found their way in the basket . 5.10 for the items needed, they will last a while though. OH and I both needed yogurt. I should start making soya yogurt again but I'd need one as a starter anyway. The other items, 10.55 worth, will be used but weren't exactly necessary.

    Was annoyed that I could only find vegetable oil in plastic. They used to have one in glass but not anymore . Will look for somewhere I can get it either in glass or to refill (would prefer refill).
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • LIzzieM
    • By LIzzieM 3rd Jul 19, 8:29 PM
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    Evening everybody, I had a food spend of 9.04 today. It wasn't planned but my mom called me earlier this morning and got chatting and I asked her over for lunch on Friday. As I'm having an all-day procedure in hosp. tomorrow I thought it best to buy it today. She'll have smoked salmon and stilton amongst other things but it's worth it as she is an amazing lady and there'll be L/O obviously Oh, and had a 'date' for the first time in over 3 years this afternoon I only bought two drinks costing only 40p each (lime and soda). Cheap date I know, but hopefully if it happens again, I might have to set up an 'entertainment' budget....!
    Last edited by LIzzieM; 03-07-2019 at 8:34 PM.
    Attempting 100 grocery only for the month of August.
    As of 8/7 - 53.40/100.00
    GC funds left - 46.60
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 4th Jul 19, 6:30 AM
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    Budgets updated to here

    Hi everyone! Sorry for being a bit absent, lots been going on here!



    Did you get the new place, elsiepac? Fingers crossed...
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Yes I did!! Woop woop!! So very very happy and excited to move in! I move 25 July! I've had to move my animals out of my current house already as a favour to my friends who own it as they are going to sell, so the animals are on extended holidays for the next few weeks, in the process I got badly bitten by one of the degus and it got infected so spent most of Sunday at minor injuries and then most of Monday at the hospital and then also a couple of hours on Wednesday! Still, it's healing nicely now and the infection has been cut out...

    It's all go, and I've been partially good and partially very bad, which I think is going to average out on the slightly bad side in terms of GC, so I need to focus again now I've had a week of madness. I can do it, even though everything seems very chaotic at the moment!!!
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 59.94/200
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 4th Jul 19, 8:22 AM
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    53 spent since last accounting getting a little disheartened as my balance is now very meagre, think I set it too low, oh well try better.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=878-53=825-20=805-25=671-19=652
    • Rachiedabbler70
    • By Rachiedabbler70 4th Jul 19, 11:04 AM
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    Budgets updated to here

    Hi everyone! Sorry for being a bit absent, lots been going on here!





    Yes I did!! Woop woop!! So very very happy and excited to move in! I move 25 July! I've had to move my animals out of my current house already as a favour to my friends who own it as they are going to sell, so the animals are on extended holidays for the next few weeks, in the process I got badly bitten by one of the degus and it got infected so spent most of Sunday at minor injuries and then most of Monday at the hospital and then also a couple of hours on Wednesday! Still, it's healing nicely now and the infection has been cut out...

    It's all go, and I've been partially good and partially very bad, which I think is going to average out on the slightly bad side in terms of GC, so I need to focus again now I've had a week of madness. I can do it, even though everything seems very chaotic at the moment!!!
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    Ouch to getting bitten -hope you're better soon, glad to see you got your place to live

    I've spent just over 55 of my budget (amount in signature). Going to see how many no spend days I can do in a row to keep me in check NSD number 1 today

    Good luck all xx
    Blitz that mortgage
    Jun 2016 152,000
    Aug 2019 113,070.49
    MFW 2019 #81 6,814.59/8,000
    Contingency pot savings 9,887.38 Aug 19
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Jul 19, 2:50 PM
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    Congratulations on the new place elsiepac! Time to wind down those stores? We have a new place too - only ours has got wheels and is strictly for the holidays and needs a bit of work.

    Sorry to hear you got bitten. No chance of that with my cat - she is asleep in the laundry basket this afternoon. Unfortunately, on top of a clean folded light blue T-shirt that will show every black hair. Ho hum!

    Not spending anything again today but I am fretting as I used the last of the onions from my fridge in my potato salad for tonight's supper. Market day tomorrow so I might go foraging
    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
    • LIzzieM
    • By LIzzieM 5th Jul 19, 4:13 PM
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    That's good news elsiepac .

    My mom came round for lunch today (had got everything in stock) but I said to meet at the SM as I needed some washing up liquid and bleach. I popped some more things in the trolley but at the till she insisted on paying (I'm normally quite stubborn and 'proud' when it comes to people buying/doing things for me) but the big smile on her face was worth 'giving in'! However, in fairness I'm going to add it to my total as at least I won't have to go out for a few days now.

    Lizzie
    Attempting 100 grocery only for the month of August.
    As of 8/7 - 53.40/100.00
    GC funds left - 46.60
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 5th Jul 19, 7:18 PM
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    Hi everyone! I kind of lost the plot last month and lost track. Im moving on and would like rejoin for this month. Ill be traveling from mid-July to mid-August throughout Europe so my budget will be wonky and will have both pounds and euros. Im also thinking about how to count the food I'll buy to eat when in AirBnBs. I think I'll just count that as groceries even when traveling.

    @elsiepac Id like to join for July 1st to July 31st please. 300 and 200.

    Weve already spent 102 of the pound budget. Weve just bought a bunch of food yesterday to take with us on vacation this weekend plus some that will last through next week. I figure well be good until next Tuesday.

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    102/300 and 0/200
    2/12 NSD

    Now to catch up on reading the thread.
    MAY19 GC: $182.18/$450.00 // 10/12 NSD
    APR19 GC: $722.15/$500.00
    MAR 19 GC: $312.83/$300.00 // 12/12 NSD
    Save 12K in 2019 - $633.95/$12,000 #123 5.2% )
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 7th Jul 19, 12:20 AM
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    Another NSD here on Saturday. Im posting the NSD so I build the posting habit back up again.

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    102/300 and 0/200
    3/12 NSD
    MAY19 GC: $182.18/$450.00 // 10/12 NSD
    APR19 GC: $722.15/$500.00
    MAR 19 GC: $312.83/$300.00 // 12/12 NSD
    Save 12K in 2019 - $633.95/$12,000 #123 5.2% )
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 7th Jul 19, 8:43 AM
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    I shopped a bit early this week as we had run out of fruit for the bowl - spent 18.08 on groceries, 3.10 on stores items and 18 on treats! No wonder our weight is not reducing. Our new addiction is to some cheese straw things with garlic and parmesan that are superb crumbled in soup as croutons, as well as going very nicely (thank you) with a glass of beer or wine. Ahem, confession over!
    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
    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 7th Jul 19, 9:18 AM
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    Soworried
    Can I be in again please with the same budget? 240

    This is for 3 adults plus 5 more adults on a Saturday for all food and toiletries and cleaning supplies.
    84.01/240
    5522
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 7th Jul 19, 2:57 PM
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    CRANKY40
    Hello all,

    Thank you for your kind thoughts Pip.

    I did my first weeks shopping on Friday then completely forgot to post here because the House Troll had an inset day from school and I also had a parcel to collect from the post office. I needed to leave the house to go to work at 11:30 so it was a bit of a rush job. Anyhow, my first week's grocery spend was 40.40. So far so good.

    We're going to London in the middle of the week (there one day and back the next) but I have a separate budget for that. We're not going on holiday this year so we will use the money that I save for holidays and any food that we have while we're away will come out of that.
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 7th Jul 19, 4:05 PM
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    JingsMyBucket
    Happy Sunday everyone. We returned this afternoon from our weekend away and upon looking at the fridge realized I actually should go out to get some more groceries. We brought back home some of the food we bought for the trip but now it feels like we can make some complete meals.

    35.49 at Waitrose for 2x strawberries, bananas, 2x mango + watermelon combo, zucchini, dried spices, eggs, herbs, bulgur, frozen Asian veg, 2x packs of chicken leg quarters, a nice fatty rump steak, YS ground pork, YS ground beef, and some paper towels.

    One of the packs of strawberries was YS as well and I wanted to try that strain. The frozen Asian stir fry veg looked really good and OH likes making stir fries. The YS meat was a bit hard to resist but I have enough meat in the freezer now to last me a while.

    Our closest stores are an M & S Food Hall and a medium sized Waitrose. Ive noticed their YS deals arent that great, only 30% on average. It would be interesting to visit other branches to see if theyre getting better deals. Our monthly food budget feels expensive and Id like to try reducing it. Tomorrow evening Ill head to one of the Lidls in town for the first time. There are a few things there Id like to pick up including some spice racks they have on sale for 9.99.

    Here are some rough ideas for cooking this week; it finally feels like I can plan a bit:
    • Bulgur salad w/tomatoes, olives, arugula, etc
    • Chicken and rice using this recipe and adding more spices, etc.
    • Lentil dip using this recipe

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    137.49/300 and 0/200
    3/12 NSD
    MAY19 GC: $182.18/$450.00 // 10/12 NSD
    APR19 GC: $722.15/$500.00
    MAR 19 GC: $312.83/$300.00 // 12/12 NSD
    Save 12K in 2019 - $633.95/$12,000 #123 5.2% )
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 7th Jul 19, 4:56 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    We have spent 9.99 since last post.

    32.39/200
    162.61 left.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • dan958
    • By dan958 7th Jul 19, 8:11 PM
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    dan958
    1 week into my first monthly budgeting challenge. I set myself a goal of 120 for the month, and I have spent 7.20 so far. 112.80 left for 3 more weeks.
    Last edited by dan958; 07-07-2019 at 10:02 PM.
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 8th Jul 19, 7:42 AM
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    elsiepac
    Thanks Rachiedabbler, Suffolk lass and LizzieM!

    Suffolk lass yes I'm trying to really not buy anything for the cupboards or freezer - I'm definitely doing better as I want to use up as much as possible before I move to make it easier! I'm actually pretty low on tins - I only have one tin of beans left - butter beans - so I'll need to buy more as I go through them like nobody's business! But definitely trying to run freezer down and use up all the half opened condiments in the fridge!
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 59.94/200
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 8th Jul 19, 9:05 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Our closest stores are an M & S Food Hall and a medium sized Waitrose. I’ve noticed their YS deals aren’t that great, only 30% on average. It would be interesting to visit other branches to see if they’re getting better deals. Our monthly food budget feels expensive and I’d like to try reducing it. Tomorrow evening I’ll head to one of the Lidls in town for the first time. There are a few things there I’d like to pick up including some spice racks they have on sale for 9.99.
    Originally posted by JingsMyBucket
    You are right about a lot of their YS deals - it sometimes depends on the store manager but bread is drastically reduced before the store closes - in fact I have once or twice been paid by Waitflower to take their bread away - on getting home I found the "nn for nn" offer had been applied at the till for rolls that had been reduced from nn pence each to np.

    Lidl is usually good for instore bakery and paper goods in particular, but you need to "move away from the aisle of temptation"!
    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
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 8th Jul 19, 12:06 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    We have spent 4.85 today.

    I had a delivery from A&C. As I was buying items not included in the grocery budget and I decided to get 450g UK wonky strawberries from them as a treat (delivery charge put in different budget as this was add on). Yes expensive for strawberries but they are very tasty and they don't come in plastic.
    Happily still in budget.

    Will be doing a big-ish shop tomorrow, bulk and most the week fresh items. Hopefully no more than 60 but it will include most of the bulk items for the month so we'll see.

    Tonight we are going out to eat with a friend but that comes out of the entertainment budget not the grocery budget. It will be cheaper than it should have been as we got a deal online .

    42.24/200.
    157.76 left.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
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