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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th May 10, 8:33 PM
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    June 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 26th May 10, 8:33 PM
    June 2010 Grocery Challenge 26th May 10 at 8:33 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Appologies that ithe thread is a little bit later than usual...unfortunately I've been bit wrapped up in real life. Anyway...Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of the year.

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

    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 Galtizz
    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    For guidelines 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 #5 and #6 on this thread.

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

    Wishing you all a great month!

    Last edited by Pink.; 29-05-2010 at 1:23 AM.
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    • skaps
    • By skaps 1st Jul 10, 7:25 PM
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    Declaring 66 for June. After the mammoth spend of the month before I'm glad i was underbudget by 64.
    MFW 2016 No 68 1300/8500 No new toiletries Cook sth different
    • cookiemum
    • By cookiemum 2nd Jul 10, 11:59 AM
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    Eventually added up all my receipts and the total is 312.12. First month I have gone over but it has been a mad month for birthdays so I am determined to get back on track for July.

    Well done everyone else

    February Grocery Challenge 301.46/300
    To feed - Me, DH, DD, DS and 1 dog

    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 2nd Jul 10, 5:40 PM
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    Well done everyone!

    I'm declaring at 169.83 for June please MrsM.

    So very pleased with that, 70.17 under budget this month but we need that to balance a little all the other humungous outgoings. Also managed 23 NSD so very very pleased.

    See you all over on the July thread.

    Take care,
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • Winchelsea
    • By Winchelsea 2nd Jul 10, 9:56 PM
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    Spent 1.57 on the last day of June on a couple of bananas, 6 eggs, and a bottle of cheapie vinegar (13p from Mr S.) This means I sign off the month with 1.36 in hand - just made it!

    Must now find the July thread and get started.
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 2nd Jul 10, 11:20 PM
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    Month ended on the 30th of June and just added it all up - left with 21.90 out of the 50. So can say we came in under budget for June (easy month for us). Going to be going back to a normal amount for July.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • Purpleclutterbuck
    • By Purpleclutterbuck 5th Jul 10, 11:33 AM
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    As usual (after a quick add up) I was over my budget

    However by a lot less this time so still a smiley face but just a

    I'm declaring at 290 for June please Mrs M ! thanks!

    and I will see you lovely lot over on the July thread for another bash at the grocery challenge
    May you fill up the great clutterbucket of life and may all of your leaks be in cheese sauce
    Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 21st Jul 10, 8:42 AM
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    i spent about 460 for june so went over
    SPC~12 ot 124

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
  • welshkaz
    way off track with all finances so im going to reign every bit i can in august thank god its payweek lol can u please put me down for 260 this month please xx
    may groc challenge 167/280...
  • rentawitch
    Well... do I have to count meat bought for my weekend at Knebworth as part of my groceries. If so I am scr**ed as they say

    But still 3 days of LOUD music and camping..
    One more sleep!
    Sealed Pot challenge 3 - #969
    20ps and 2 coins and other bits.

    July grocery challenge 167.40/175

    NSD challenge July 9/10
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