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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the twelth and final Grocery Challenge of 2011

    Don't forget we have the Christmas 2011 OS preparation thread. The first post is an excellent resrouce for links and threads, so please do use it

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

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a'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.
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyones totals, see post #7 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by zippychick; 17-11-2011 at 9:18 AM.
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 4th Jan 12, 12:26 AM
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    Finally declaring for December spends. 256.09/400.64
    Annual spend was 4314/5000.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • 666paw
    • By 666paw 5th Jan 12, 6:53 AM
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    I have been so bad this month, haven't kept my spending up to date at all. I have managed to find some receipts so am doing an update but I know this is not accurate. Will have to look around at the weekend and try to do an accurate spend.

    I know I have spent 215+' so once again I am over. Oh well, only another 13 days left so see if we can damage limitation in that time.

    Not going to be fun when found all receipts and an accurate total given.
    MFI3 T3 # 75
    • catslovelycats
    • By catslovelycats 5th Jan 12, 2:55 PM
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    Can I join please?
    I last got paid on 22nd Dec and have 98.37 left for food until 31st Jan. I have a budget of 200 a month, which I am gradually reducing - I used to just spend 'whatever' before I kept a food diary. Then i realised I was spending way too much on snacks and lunches at work and getting takeaways/eating out. I am having to change my food buying and prepping habits but am slowly getting there...
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 5th Jan 12, 3:08 PM
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    Hi Cats,

    Of course you may join but the January thread is best now as there are only a couple still posting here. The thread is here.

    All the best,
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 13th Jan 12, 9:38 AM
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    Unsticking this one now. Good luck in the new challenge everyone
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