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

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

    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 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; 15-03-2019 at 11:57 AM.
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 59.94/200
    Vegan 27-8-13
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    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 29th Mar 19, 3:38 AM
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    Hi everyone! Elsie, could you please put me down for $500 this April? OH will be here in NYC in a week and a half and we’ll be getting married in the last part of the month. Who knows how crazy things will get and I just want to be realistic.
    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% )
    • Vanlady
    • By Vanlady 29th Mar 19, 7:08 AM
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    Vanlady
    Hello everyone,
    I'd like to join the grocery challenge for April please Elsiepac. The last time I did this challenge was in December last year, and I loved that it kept me focused and on track.
    I'm with you there too Elsiepac, I like to make meals that bit more special and with a bit more effort involved at the weekends. It's the way I was brought up too.
    Im starting at quite a decent store cupboard of dried and tinned foods so please put me down for 300 which will be for 4 adults (2 big eaters, 2 small eaters) and one cat. This will not include alcohol or meals out.
    Many thanks Elsiepac for running this thread again.
    • LauraWxx
    • By LauraWxx 29th Mar 19, 7:10 AM
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    April finances begin today for us as Payday, first shop from April GC budget has come in at 76.47 from Asda

    76.47/500 budget
    2019 Totals: Savings: 929.53 / Mortgage OP - 746.32

    Grocery challange April: 130.17of 500 target remaining
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 29th Mar 19, 7:41 AM
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    Hi everyone! Elsie, could you please put me down for $500 this April? OH will be here in NYC in a week and a half and well be getting married in the last part of the month. Who knows how crazy things will get and I just want to be realistic.
    Originally posted by JingsMyBucket
    How exciting for you - I hope all goes well in the lead up to it
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (59,998) Q1 26,828 or 44.71% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 29,215.99 after May
    Save 12k in 2019 - #68 target is 7k 4,998.99 or 71.41% after May
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is 3k - 36.16% spent so far, after May
    My DFD is here
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 29th Mar 19, 11:07 AM
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    April GC will start today for me as its payday.. that said Ill get payday again in a few days as I changed my job and will be getting paid 4 weekly from now on!
    40.01 spent this morning at Sainsbobs..
    "There's a little witch in all of us"
    2018 GC 93 2019 GC 3 1 MAY GC /300
    : DEBT FREE 06/2018
    • euronorris
    • By euronorris 29th Mar 19, 1:24 PM
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    Please count me in again for April. Aiming for 300 again. I'm going to keep chipping away at my/our habits until we are under that target. I was over target in March, but reduced my spend by 33.24 (8.32%) when compared to Feb, so I can do this!!!


    My month started on Tuesday (26th) and will run until Thursday 25th April (payday 26th). Have already been spending (obviously) and been a bit naughty about it as dealing with some other stuff at the moment:


    3.49 - Subway
    9.33 - Morrisons
    8.80 - Lidl
    9 - Morrisons
    14.47 - McDonalds
    1.85 - Sainsburys
    14.80 - Sainsburys
    9.40 - Sainsburys
    16.60 - Sainsburys
    24.13 - Morrisons


    Total - 111.87/300


    Quite a lot of my budget so far. I should point out that some of this isn't really groceries, it contains mothers day gifts and some bargains I found (which includes some kids bath sets for 20p each in Sainsburys!!).


    Also picked up 8 tins of alphabetti spaghetti today in Morrisons, reduced to 5p each! Date on them is March 19, but...it's tinned spaghetti! It'll keep and be just fine! They had LOADS left. 2 massive trays full when I went this morning! x
    Last edited by euronorris; 29-03-2019 at 1:36 PM.
    May Grocery challenge: 192.98/300
    • SSDD23
    • By SSDD23 29th Mar 19, 1:49 PM
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    Can I join in and set our target at 200? It's me and OH at home, with his children 2-3 times a week who just do not stop eating!

    Already made a start on the first week's worth:

    Iceland: 37.52
    Aldi: 5.11
    B & M: 9.86

    This has included the laundry and cleaning products we need for the next month or two, so happy for it to look a little higher this week.

    52.49/200
    Debt Target #01 - 0/228
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 29th Mar 19, 2:01 PM
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    Budgets updated to here

    Jings How exciting, hope you enjoy the time and of course congratulations!

    thriftwizard Great that you have the date now and not too far away, fingers crossed it stays that way!

    I have a couple of spends but will update later or tomorrow. This week has been so crazy busy and I'm so tired!!! I have all my receipts though
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 59.94/200
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 30th Mar 19, 2:30 AM
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    Thank you @Suffolk lass and elsiepac! I keep thinking about different ways to prepare for him when he arrives. Emptying the cupboards of food would help so he can have his own space.
    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 30th Mar 19, 5:40 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    I have spent 17.10 in the SM and a further 27.14 in the Butchers. Hoping that is it until mid-month as I leave for my Mum's next week and DH flies up to join me when school breaks up. We will be in a shared holiday house that all comes out of our hols budget then until we get home. If I can keep it down for the rest of the month we can recover the ahead of average spending from March and my stores. I have been using up lots from the freezer and have resisted the temptation to restock anything except frozen spinach at this stage.
    Last edited by Suffolk lass; 30-03-2019 at 5:40 AM. Reason: typo
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (59,998) Q1 26,828 or 44.71% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 29,215.99 after May
    Save 12k in 2019 - #68 target is 7k 4,998.99 or 71.41% after May
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is 3k - 36.16% spent so far, after May
    My DFD is here
    • VickyV
    • By VickyV 30th Mar 19, 7:01 AM
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    I'm not sure about my budget this month. I'm away for 2 weeks and my Grocery spends will be significantly higher but I think I might take 60 a week from GC and top up with holiday pot money and just write it off as part of the holiday.
    With that in mind, I'm going to go for 190 to run from the 14th April to 2nd May.

    Vicky x
    Grocery challenge May 2019 40/320.
    2019 GC slush fund: 147.80
    2019, Q1 Weight loss challenge 20/11lb
    Q2 weight loss challenge 7/16
    Saving money, decluttering and getting fit. How hard can it be?
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 30th Mar 19, 7:16 AM
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    I'd like to join in for April too please. I lost count in February and March didn't get off the ground because my little next door neighbour (aged 95) was very poorly and died so I was upset. I might have to put some of my rhubarb on the front with a "help yourself" notice now I'm not sharing it with her! Seriously the rhubarb has a life of it's own - I definitely picked the right place to plant it. I'm hoping for raspberries and blackberries this year too.

    My budget for April is 300 please. Out of this I want to spend no more that 45 a week on food. The other 15 per week will be used to add 5 per week to my freezer stock up fund (currently standing at 50), my celebration meal fund (currently 20) and I have a "me" purse that I stash 5 a week away in for anything out of the ordinary that I may want or need food wise. In reality the celebration fund and the "me" fund tend to get spent in the school holidays but I'm hoping to only spend the celebration fund at Easter.

    I have planted cucumbers, leeks, tomatoes, chives, peppers and courgettes. They're currently taking over part of the kitchen as I don't have a greenhouse but I really wanted to grow from seed this year rather than buying plants - probably just to see if I could. I really enjoyed being able to go out and pick my own tomatoes and courgettes from the garden as I needed them last year. I'll plant salad leaves as well soon. My House Troll (14 year old son) wouldn't eat lettuce if you paid him so it's handy just to be able to pick a few leaves as required rather than buy and then waste salad stuff from the supermarket.

    Jings how exciting. Is it going to be a big wedding or a small one? Mine was small and very MSE because I hate fuss. I'd have been happy just me and the late MrC but he insisted we had to invite a few people

    Thriftwizard I really hope your op date sticks. I know it's not quite the same but I had an open wound on my leg for 4 months and the "can't do this, that or the other" because of it made it feel like forever. I imagine you to be living much the same....just waiting and waiting. I'll have everything crossed for you on the day that they don't cancel.
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 30th Mar 19, 11:26 AM
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    elsiepac
    Budgets updated to here

    CRANKY Sorry to hear about your neighbour, how sad. She had a good long life though by the sound of it, and an excellent neighbour in you. Also, I'm excited to hear how all your veggies do from seed! Sounds amazing! I'm not greenfingered AT ALL or I'd try something similar, but everything I touch doesn't stand a chance

    I've had 3 small spends since I last posted: a couple of special tins of lentils and some "emergency" croutons in C0-op, a huge box of strawbs in Mr T (4 for 1 kg and they are really tasty!) and some bananas, and annoyingly yesterday some lunch stuff plus a bag of leaves and pot of houmous in Mr T as well.
    Basically I just haven't been at home really this week, work has been manic and I've been exhausted and I'm on call STILL so I've had to do work in the evenings too, so the time has just flown and I've not had chance to really get organised yet!
    I'm determined not to let it spiral out of control though, so am ensuring I keep up to date with my finances and as I'm sure you've all noticed, trying really hard to post on here a lot as well. I really missed being involved properly in the last year, so must prioritise it!

    I'm currentl;y 7.44 OVER where I wanted to be at this point in my spending, however I'm going to try and keep my Week 2 spend a little smaller by making sure I meal plan properly and stick to it, and hopefully will be able to recoup the overspend without jeopardising my whole month by allowing it to roll on and then feeling I have no money!

    Have done a quick inventory this morning - been trying very hard as well to use up things from the freezer and the fridge and cupboards, as I don't want such large stocks - there's no need for it. Fridge and freezer are both emptier, freezer in particular which is good as I want to give it its annual scrub!! Fridge I do minimum of monthly if not more often.

    I have lunch for today and I'm at my friends tonight for tea (or a cheap meal out but not GC budget) so no spend for GC today, first one of the month so far!


    ...............................202.50 Budget
    Date......Shop......Amount....Remaining
    24 Mar....A5da......12.12....190.38(WEEK 1)
    26 Mar....eBay......08.00....182.38(STOCK)
    27 Mar....Sup3rdrug.20.01....162.37(STOCK)
    27 Mar....H&B.......04.98....157.39(WEEK 1)
    28 Mar....C0-0p.....02.90....154.49(WEEK 1)
    28 Mar....T3sc0.....05.39....149.10(WEEK 1)
    29 Mar....T3sc0.....06.54....142.56(WEEK 1)



    Budgets as originally planned with current spends

    Week......Budget....Spent.....Remaining
    STOCK.....20.00....28.01....-08.01
    WEEK 1....32.50....31.93....00.57
    WEEK 2....40.00....00.00....40.00
    WEEK 3....40.00....00.00....40.00
    WEEK 4....40.00....00.00....40.00
    WEEK 5....30.00....00.00....30.00



    Budgets adjusted to compensate for overspend

    Week......Budget....Spent.....Remaining
    STOCK.....28.01....28.01....00.00
    WEEK 1....31.93....31.93....00.00
    WEEK 2....32.56....00.00....32.56
    WEEK 3....40.00....00.00....40.00
    WEEK 4....40.00....00.00....40.00
    WEEK 5....30.00....00.00....30.00




    Last edited by elsiepac; 30-03-2019 at 2:39 PM.
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 59.94/200
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • LauraWxx
    • By LauraWxx 30th Mar 19, 12:28 PM
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    LauraWxx
    2 more shops today
    Iceland shop (55.18) which stocked us up on fish and pop for the month and then a Morrisons dash (27.85) to get plants and cards for the two mothers for tomorrow.

    So we now have 341.56 remaining for the month of April. Need to ensure that the next few weeks we just stick to the once weekly Asda delivery.
    2019 Totals: Savings: 929.53 / Mortgage OP - 746.32

    Grocery challange April: 130.17of 500 target remaining
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 30th Mar 19, 1:11 PM
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    CRANKY40
    Thanks Elsiepac. My neighbour was amazing, my son said she was like a living history lesson - a tiny lady but tough and determined.

    I'm thinking that after today (when we're going out about 4pm to party and eat beige food at a friend's house), I'd like to start posting some of our meals as well as our grocery spends. The HT is an utter pain to cook for. He's very "sensory" so there are a lot of foods that he doesn't like the texture of but if they're mashed and hidden he will eat them (think bolognese sauce put through the blender, sigh). I'm trying to lose weight so I usually end up making two different meals which I don't mind. His favourite pasta and sauce with the addition of quorn mince or meatballs is easy enough to do. I try not to let him have it every evening though. He has a roast chicken dinner on a Sunday every week and is quite proud of himself because he eats the mashed carrots without me having to hide them. If I post what we're eating it might encourage me to be a bit more adventurous.
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 30th Mar 19, 3:22 PM
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    thriftwizard
    Thank you, Cranky40 and everyone else; it's been a frustrating few months but the end is in sight. Even if I get postponed, it should still happen within a month of the given date, and I'm feeling so much better now.

    And I'm off into April without realising it; 58 spent yesterday at the market and the butchers, on a large joint of beef for tomorrow, sausages, cheese, fish, fruit & vegetables for 4-6. (2 sons in evidence this weekend, as well as OH, myself and the two girls. Plus one large dog...) In essence, this is actually the 5-week month, and I've actually cut down the target a bit, having been under by 72 (as far as I can guess!) last month as I thought that was the 5-weeker! And I'll be out of action for at least a week...

    I do love a challenge...!
    Angie

    GC June 19 - 307.68/400

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • ditty1234
    • By ditty1234 31st Mar 19, 10:56 PM
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    Alright so my weeks start on a Friday and end on Thursday, so in real terms my April runs March 29th to April 26th. But in order to not have receipts drown between the two months I am declaring
    27.3 Mr L 14, 30.3 Market 15, Mr Ai 24 and Mr Icel 4 so 60 so far.
    And this will only go up. Uni boy is home and was very upset about content of fridge.
    Meal plan so far Chili from fridge, vege burgers, stir fry and meatballs with oven chips and salad and a crumble with fruit from market. And a cooked pancake breakfast.
    Am sorted for lunches, but will have to go and get more vege for lunches, will do so in Lidl on Tue or Wed as have a 5 voucher for a 30 shop.
    Uniboy will cook on Tuesday - what will it be?
    Tomorrow is pasta bake day w a Latvian salami I bought on the market, sweet potato, butter beans, a bit of cabbage and leftover pesto and tomato paste: problem identified; cheese was getting a bit skinny after toasties today!
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 1st Apr 19, 9:05 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    I am loving the Uniboy disappointment - we had the same thing here. He treated my fridge like some sort of supplementary chilled cabinet for his own kitchen and would turn up and vacuum up the contents to take home, inhaling all orange juice in sight. It took a while but all is lovely now. Somewhat reassuring that we are not alone when this happens, I think.

    It also reminds me of the three empty Nutella jars we found in his bedroom after he moved out - each with its' own teaspoon. No wonder I thought I had early memory loss (I could have sworn I bought a spare...).

    Fond memories (a complete aside to managing our GC though!)
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (59,998) Q1 26,828 or 44.71% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 29,215.99 after May
    Save 12k in 2019 - #68 target is 7k 4,998.99 or 71.41% after May
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is 3k - 36.16% spent so far, after May
    My DFD is here
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 1st Apr 19, 9:39 AM
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    pamsdish
    Trip to the tip which involved a side jaunt to B&M, needed gravy powder, coffee getting to last jar, got couple of items for neighbour and a bottle of washing up liquid, 10 there, no gravy powder which then involved a 4 shop walk to poundstretchers, SCORE, Golden fry reduced to 25p cleared shelf 3.50, I find it is about identical to Bisto in taste to my palate.
    2018 2285/2149
    2019 2000=1071-15=1056-11=1045-6=1039-20=1019-59=960-59=901
    • shirlgirl2004
    • By shirlgirl2004 1st Apr 19, 1:07 PM
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    shirlgirl2004
    The OH is no good at letting me know what he spends so I have decided I'm going to put cash in an envelope for April and see if that works better.

    Budget will be 85 x 4 weeks

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