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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Dec 10, 1:15 AM
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    • 25th Dec 10, 1:15 AM
    25th Dec 10 at 1:15 AM
    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2011, a new decade and a new beginning!

    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 December 2010 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 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.
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5, #6 and #7 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Hope it's a good one for all of us.

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 29-12-2010 at 9:09 AM.
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    • MrsRogers
    • By MrsRogers 15th Jan 11, 4:39 PM
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    MrsRogers
    I have had a result ...

    After doing my Mr T shop yesterday I came straight to the laptop to update my signature and as I checked the receipt and noticed I had been charged twice for my potatoes

    Feeling a little annoyed I wrote a polite email to the customer service department at my annoyance DH thought I was mad over a bag of pots but I explained it was the principle and lack of attention to detail was annoying.

    Any how DH received a call from Customer Service and they are sending me a 5 voucher as an apology Well 'Every Little Helps'
    Goal - We want to be mortgages free

    I Quit Smoking March 2010
    • catslovelycats
    • By catslovelycats 15th Jan 11, 4:44 PM
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    Wow. A result MrsR!
    • fingersxed
    • By fingersxed 15th Jan 11, 4:52 PM
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    fingersxed
    Hi All

    MrsRogers I find that if you have a quick glance down ur till recipt they are very good at refunding DOUBLE the price on duplicated goods. Once got charged double for a big sack of dog food n they still refund 22+ back. Pays to check doesn't it. I neva use to but do now!! its amazing how often things get put through wrong.

    Well been down town and had a very sensible shop.Lidl, B&M, n finally Tesco. Spent 91.63. This sounds alot but it has cut down for us. Not all groc. I have updated sig. Feel i am doin quite well and hubby also watching/cutting back without moaning about going in so many shops for weekly shopping.

    Keep up the gd work folks
    • MrsRogers
    • By MrsRogers 15th Jan 11, 5:00 PM
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    MrsRogers
    Hi All

    MrsRogers I find that if you have a quick glance down ur till recipt they are very good at refunding DOUBLE the price on duplicated goods. Once got charged double for a big sack of dog food n they still refund 22+ back. Pays to check doesn't it. I neva use to but do now!! its amazing how often things get put through wrong.

    Well been down town and had a very sensible shop.Lidl, B&M, n finally Tesco. Spent 91.63. This sounds alot but it has cut down for us. Not all groc. I have updated sig. Feel i am doin quite well and hubby also watching/cutting back without moaning about going in so many shops for weekly shopping.

    Keep up the gd work folks
    Originally posted by fingersxed
    I totally agree.. before doing the grocery challenge I NEVER checked my receipt ever. But now because I am in the habit of updating my signature for the challenge I always check and as fingersxed says it really does pay to check.. spotted a couple of errors now in total.
    Goal - We want to be mortgages free

    I Quit Smoking March 2010
    • catslovelycats
    • By catslovelycats 15th Jan 11, 5:06 PM
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    catslovelycats
    There's another New Year Resolution for me then: check my receipts for errors...
  • redkids1972
    Hi all been out for my big shop and I spent 56 I have very little budget for the remaining month however I defo have enough food to last me till FEB will just need bread and milk. Im going to se this month through and from FEB reduce it to 200 as its gunna be a shorter month. Im confident this can be done. We are eating better than ever before and thinking before any purchase Martin will be proud
    Last edited by redkids1972; 15-01-2011 at 8:33 PM.
    New to comping 11/2/2013

    Feb wins to date: 0lympic messenger bag, 100
    • catslovelycats
    • By catslovelycats 15th Jan 11, 5:08 PM
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    catslovelycats
    well done redkids!
  • SilverCo
    I totally agree.. before doing the grocery challenge I NEVER checked my receipt ever. But now because I am in the habit of updating my signature for the challenge I always check and as fingersxed says it really does pay to check.. spotted a couple of errors now in total.
    Originally posted by MrsRogers
    Totally agree - it's also well worth keeping an eye on the till when buying whoopsied goods. I almost got stung for 3.99 in Sainsbugs last night for a pizza that was reduced to 1.25!

    Going to have to declare an overspend I'm afraid Am over by 4.18 and still have until 31 Jan to go. Am a little upset, but then when you consider I spent nearly 70 on the 'non-vatable' stockpile a couple of weeks ago, I guess I'm not doing too badly! It's a learning curve after all

    Hope everyone's having a great weekend. Hugs to all that need them.

    Silver x
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    Final LBM 16.8.13 Total Debt - 16583
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    • hex2
    • By hex2 15th Jan 11, 5:58 PM
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    hex2
    I am up to 312.43 against a budget of 450 and it is less than half way through the month

    A good 100 of this is stuff for the next few months as I bulk bought on offer pet food to get free delivery, and I will not be able to shop child free anymore so I have bulk bought a few things we like in Aldi/Lidl that will get us through a few months. 6 chickens for 20 in the co-op, and 5 on a gammon joint didn't help, but they will help me when I have no time next month. I want to do a big butchers visit before the end of the month as well which will be c100 so unlikely that I will make it.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • kahunababy
    • By kahunababy 15th Jan 11, 6:17 PM
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    Evening all,

    Just popping on to update sig and have a ramble really.

    I have started doing online shopping again which not only means that I can use As*A (the store that delivers to my area is out of the way so always use the local Tes*cs) but I also don't end up spending a huge amount on stuff I don't need. I went off online shopping as I was sick and tired of getting limp looking f&v or 6 packs of yogs a day before their use by but I am no longer buying my f&v from them and I now know to e-mail them if I am not happy with the delivered products so fingers crossed things should work out ok.

    Apart from that I have been spending the majority of my time looking for car insurance. I can't understand why mine has gone up sooooo much, surely if you have not claimed it should go down We are thinking of selling one of our cars anyhow as I really can not justify having two anymore, just not sure how to go about flogging it. Need to get it done soon though as DH is going away soon for 6 months with work and I haven't a clue about them sort of things

    Anyway,I have managed to spend 139.42 leavin me with 110.58 to last till then end of the month (31st in this house).I have fair bit of meat in the freeze so should be able to knock up some meals from that, bonus is that I am not feeding DH as he is away with work till the end of feb so just me & my 2 DS's to see to, more than manageable. Need to do another online shop as kids need packed lunch stuf but will be able to push out for delivery on wed/thrs so happy with that

    Not sure if anyone seen my post earlier but in it I mentioned doing a June box. Basically I will be putting bis away so come June I can have a virtually spend free month (except f&v) so far I have:
    Large Gammon Joint (1/2 price)
    2 packets Lunchbox treats (penguins breakaway etc 3 for 3)
    Surf Liquid 58 washes (1/2 price)
    8 rashers bacon (double pack 3 for 10)
    500g Mince (double pack 3 for 10)
    3tins of beans (3 for 1)
    1 large diluting juice (3 for 4)

    that was basically extras I got in my last shop, nothing I wouldn't have bought anyway so just been putting the spares away for June. Hope that makes sense.

    Best shoot and update sig as I have droned on for long enough.

    Take care
    Just little old me!
    • Sparklyfairy
    • By Sparklyfairy 15th Jan 11, 6:42 PM
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    Sparklyfairy
    Hi all,

    Just wanted to pop in & update my spends...I spent 3.34 at Aldi for 2 yogurts & 2 packs of eggs, then went to Asda & spent 31...but I STILL didn't get everything I needed...the place was packed with people who don't realise how much room they take up in the aisles & the shop was out of loads of things I needed (value vinegar, value baby wipes, steak) so I'll have to go somewhere else this week...Is anyone else really struggling with their budgets like I am? I'm sticking to my list but theses price hikes are making my 40 weekly
    target practically impossible! I certainly think Asda isn't so cheap at all & will most def stick with Aldi most of the time from now on! (Rant over!) Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
  • Long tall sally
    Got some Fruit & veg at the market today plus some milk & chocolate bars at Farm Foods, some Cadbury cream eggs at the Co Op, some ICBINButter 7 a few other bits. Siognature updated. I have just realised that I only have 12 days to go to payday so 11 more days where spending would count & I still have 90 odd left so who knows I may even make it this month! Now that would be a VERY strange but nice start to the new year!
    Grocery aim 450pm.Spent 519 August, 584 July, 544 June, 541 May, 549 April, 517 March, 517 Feb,555 Jan, 573 Dec, 465Nov, 561Oct, 493Sept, 426Aug,496 Jul, 528Jun, 506May,498April, 558 March, 500Feb, 500 Jan, 490 Dec, 555 Nov,566 Oct, 505Sept, 450Aug, 410 July, 437 June, 491 May, 471 April, 440 March, 552Feb, 462Jan
  • Tracey2609
    I went shopping at Mr T*scos this morning I've spent 67.25 so that's 203.85/500 (I've updated my signature already), it basically means that so far this month (3 weeks in) we are 96.15 better off !!! (Money that I would've frittered away - which is now going to be paid off the credit card). I've been really generous with my shopping allowance this month - I'm going to drop it next month, I'm not sure by how much just yet! . I am so pleased with myself - I'm actually managing to shop once a week (no top up trips - yet...)
    Always be yourself, unless you can be a Unicorn - then always be a Unicorn !
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    28x UU
  • lolly101
    Hi Everyone,

    I've had a few NSDs this week, although did nip into Tescos twice, spending 21.34 in total.
    I just stocked up on the basics: toilet roll, fruit, veg, etc. My only real bargain was some Dry Nites pull up pants that were on offer at 3.45 (usually 5.18) - We've been buying them for a while now, from many places, and this is the cheapest I've ever seen them (usually the only offer is 2 for 8). They are on promotion until 25th Jan, so if you regularly buy them you may want to stock up. I didn't have much money this week, but will definitely get a few packs next week - will definitely blow the budget!

    My new total is...

    112.45/125

    It doesn't look good! I am not too disappointed though as it is only my first month, and I clearly under estimated what I used to spend! I've also got a few bulk buys which have pushed the total up. Oh well, roll on next month!
    • esmer
    • By esmer 15th Jan 11, 7:16 PM
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    esmer
    Im Ill so mum got me some stuff from Morrisons, and didnt watch the pennies, so have to be greatful she went for me

    Mr Ms - 14.35
    Mr Ts - 8.32
    22.67

    Left to spend on Friday in my shop - 17.33 or less if I can help it
    Originally posted by esmer
    WE 8th January 14.35 in Mr M's and 17.22 in Mr Ts and 8.32 = 39.89
    WE 15th January 40.22 in Mr T's my budget is a little over. I did get mince, and chicken to make some dinners.............

    I have all my lunches for work, but I will have to buy some more bread. But I am making and selling cupcakes in work on Wed
    Saving 2.00 coins
    Grocerys set to 40.00 pw
    Being Thrifty
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 15th Jan 11, 7:37 PM
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    guccigoo
    hi everyone im updating my spends, the other day i spent 5.50 in i**land and 5.38 in mr s, mr t delivery was 65.35 and 7 in mr s today, grand total of 83.23

    Yesterday i had my lakeland delivery which consisted of pudding basins which ive been after for ages, now looking forward to making my own xmas puddings this year and choc and sponge puds

    Today in wilkos i bought rooster potatoes to grow, strawberry plants and new pots to grow so hopefully thats going to be a saving for me off to update sig now
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
    • catslovelycats
    • By catslovelycats 15th Jan 11, 7:47 PM
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    catslovelycats
    Hi all been out for my big shop and I spent 56I have very little budget for the remaining month
    Originally posted by redkids1972
    Gracious me. Misread this as 561 !!
  • gdyr1945
    Rosieben PLEASE keep posting. We can't manage without you.

    Out of Date stuff - we had a village shop for 35yrs and have eaten TONS of out of date things. I couldn't bear to throw stuff away. If you have too much to eat up quickly remember just about everything will freeze one way or another. I am a firm believer in using 'common sense' if it smells ok and looks ok and tins haven't blown then use it. We never get upset tummies and all 4 of us are healthy.

    good luck
    • catslovelycats
    • By catslovelycats 15th Jan 11, 7:49 PM
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    :
    Hi there.....totally new to this. Could you put me down for 110 this month.

    Alice
    Originally posted by alicemskinner
    Ooh goody. Another victim! :hello
    • jammy dodger
    • By jammy dodger 15th Jan 11, 7:52 PM
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    just updated my sig am ha;f way there but hoping tp cut back a bit more next month , mind you better not get ahead of myself half of this one to go yet

    saw the posts re checking receipts i was delighted to be charged full price at till for toothpaste which was on offer for 1 as it meant i got 2 gift card for my trouble .. i have just found 4 more in my purse so thnk i;ll put them towards a treat for the house

    Mr A always gives 2 card and Mr T gives double the diffrence for overcharges i enquired once as i was declined dd it is only mr T metro stores that dont offer this

    may help someone out

    JD xx

    wishing you all luck with your goals x x
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