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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 February Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the January 2012 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 squeaky; 30-01-2012 at 6:27 AM.
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    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 4th Mar 12, 1:30 PM
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    Well done Thrifty Mummy,

    Excellent achievemnt for your first time. Keep up the brilliant work.

    All the best,
    Mortgage Free October 2013
  • rej-c
    Belatedly declaring for Feb, and it's not a total I'm proud of: 133.75 and 10 NSDs - 33.75 over target and 5 days under target respectively.

    Still, it could've been worse and I'm pretty clear on what caused the overspend [the not-enough-NSDs was basically lack of organisation and self-control].

    Thanks to all who participate in the threads.

    Onward, and here's to doing better...
    Haven't done the GC since February, but a glance at the Tower of Receipts tells me I really need to get back into it... and plenty of other Challenges besides.
    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 5th Mar 12, 7:29 AM
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    Time to unstick this one. I hope everyone had a good month.

    The new monthly challenge is a sticky: Grocery Challenge - March 2012
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 5th Mar 12, 11:53 AM
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    Save Dosh
    Just declaring 207, before i move over to the new thread. I am on yearly so i have spent nearly a third of my yearly total, yikes, but have got so much supplies, i hope it pans out. Going to update signature
    July GC - Food 35.73/80 - Alcohol 16.53/20
    Bulk Funds - Food 0
    - Alcohol 0
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  • MumOf2Beasties
    Bummer :(
    Well I am declaring 320 for FEB's GC, bit cross that I took my eye off the ball

    But onwards and upwards, lessons learnt, and in full agreement that a big shop at the start of the month is a killer!!!

    So small shop of 28 odd to start March off, will pop over there after this post

    Will be aiming for 220 for March, keeping everything crossed

    Well done to everyone on or near budget, and lots of encouragement to those who didn't make it, we CAN do it
    See you all on the March GC
    1 adult, 3 children-Newborn and ages 4 & 6, 1 rabbit
    budget of 250 is for food, toiletries, nappies, wipes, cleaning/washing products and pet supplies (litter, sawdust, food)
    • 666paw
    • By 666paw 5th Mar 12, 4:20 PM
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    Afternoon all.

    Quite a spendy week last week, have done a little update but need to check the receipts as I think I have some missing. Once again we have overspent as we still have 2 weeks to go.

    I think next month I may cut the grocery budget down but then have a seperate one for eating out as this is possibly where we the problem is and why we are always over.

    Best I go now and not keep waffling too much.


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  • bikelesschick
    Just added everything up and can declare a total spend of 245.49. 4.51 under budget phew! See you all in the March thread.
    Baby girl born 3rd October 2012
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