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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June 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
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    GC: Apr 19 £59.94/£200
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 8th Jul 19, 4:01 PM
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    PipneyJane
    One tiny shop at the weekend of £0.93, which was my husband buying a YS quiche from MrT's for his lunch yesterday. That's it for the Grocery Challenge spend.

    We did do a small stock up at Carrefour in Calais on Thursday -
    mainly wine, two bottles of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, some vinegar, and a couple of Camembert - however that's all coming out of the Bulk Fund and not the GC kitty.

    Anyway, the above brings our total spend so far to £63.38/£120, leaving £56.62 in the kitty for the rest of the month.

    - Pip
    "Be the type of woman that when you get out of bed in the morning, the devil says 'Oh crap. She's up.' "

    C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z. #47 Official Brain Harvesting Body Counter
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 8th Jul 19, 9:42 PM
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    £30 added to my total from last Friday, when I bought fruit, veg & a chicken at the market. Then trotted off for a dance weekend in Torquay, leaving the family to it! There's bound to be a bit more this week, but tonight's meal out to celebrate the twins' birthdays (born either side of midnight!) came out of the Entertainments budget - phew!

    ETA: so pleased for you, elsiepac!
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 09-07-2019 at 9:51 AM.
    Angie

    GC July 19 - £419.37/£400 - eeek!
    2019 Fashion on the Ration Challenge: 39 coupons left out of 66

    (Money's just a substitute for time & talent...)
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 8th Jul 19, 11:05 PM
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    You are right about a lot of their YS deals - it sometimes depends on the store manager but bread is drastically reduced before the store closes
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Iíve noticed this too. Cheese and meat are only 30% off YS but the bread is 30p or something crazy. Tonight I went to Lidl and deliberately headed directly to the Aisle of Sh!te to find the spice racks I wanted. Unfortunately they were sold out but the really nice attendant called another store for me. No luck but he advised me to call customer service to locate any stock in town.

    This Lidl has to be the biggest Lidl (no pun intended) that Iíve ever seen and the cleanest. They even have fairly clean and spacious customer bathrooms! Because Iím leaving next Sunday, I kept my spending in check.

    £8.79 for sandwich thins, sirloin steak, prunes, blackberries, mozzarella, spring onions, and a bottle of water for the bus ride home.

    There were lots of good looking meats and fruits. I wanted to try the steak to check the quality as the Lidl steaks in the last country were horrible. The prunes were only 99p and are good traveling companions.

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    £146.28/£300 and Ä0/Ä200
    3/12 NSD
    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% )
    • LIzzieM
    • By LIzzieM 9th Jul 19, 8:44 PM
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    Hello all,

    Spends today of £8.04 at Mr. M's. Only went for a couple of things but ended up with deli sandwiches (£2.30 to 12p) and snack pots £1.50 to 8p). I know I'm trying to run my freezer down for a big shop at the start of next month (which will obviously bump up the budget) but for quick lunches/snacks I can't complain (oh and I have previously frozen these items before and they came out fine) remembered though this time to get rid of any green stuff before freezing!

    Happy saving,
    Lizzie
    Attempting £40 grocery only for the month of July.
    As of 8/7 - £29.92/£40.00
    GC funds left - £10.08
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 10th Jul 19, 10:30 PM
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    Another NSD today for me. I wanted to rack up more until Saturday but I think I may need to get fruit tomorrow.

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    £146.28/£300 and Ä0/Ä200
    4/12 NSD
    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% )
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 11th Jul 19, 2:16 PM
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    We have spent £47.15 since our last post.
    Bulk shop with some fresh items for the week. Included in that was a large joint of beef for OH, 300g jar instant coffee for OH and 1kg of coffee beans for both of us.

    I'm having Peking tofu, vegetables and rice for dinner tonight.
    OH will be having beef stir fry with egg noodles and duck spring rolls.

    £89.39/£200.
    £110.61 left.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 11th Jul 19, 3:29 PM
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    £19.50 Spent I think.
    My friend forgot her purse, pets at home was all her spend and I paid cash for her, shared spend at B&M, I got box of Yorkshire t, should last about 2 months, and some solar lights for my bathroom vase, getting swish, now the complication £84.08 in Morries, £60 was Amazon gift cards for a wedding gift 3 of us contributing, then my friends spends which I have worked out to £13.06, she has already given me the cash for everything, after adding some minusing others think, hope, I am correct
    2018 £2285/£2149
    2019 £2000=£878-£53=£825-£20=£805-£25=£780-£6=£774
    • taka
    • By taka 11th Jul 19, 3:56 PM
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    taka
    £56.78 spent so far. Did a big shop at the weekend so am well stocked up for the next while. Meal plan has, however, gone to pot as I've been unwell for the last few days. Mind you as a result the last couple of days have been no spend days... mainly as I've not had the energy to leave the house!
    2019 MFW #51 £428.84/£500
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 11th Jul 19, 6:52 PM
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    Evening All

    I made the mistake of popping into L!dl on the way home from work. We needed instant coffee. £17.75 later.....

    Naturally, I went without a list and hadnít checked the fridge or freezer first. I knew we needed German Rye Bread as well as coffee, and I thought we might need cheddar. Turns out I was wrong. Not only did we have a large block of cheddar in the fridge, we have two YS blocks in the freezer. Thatís £3.99 I didnít need to spend. I also spent £3.75 on various sweet ďtreatsĒ (biscuits, chocolate bars). Another unnecessary spend. You can tell I was hungry. Humph!

    Anyway, the above brings our GC spend for the month to £81.13/£120, leaving £38.87 for the rest of the month.

    - Pip
    "Be the type of woman that when you get out of bed in the morning, the devil says 'Oh crap. She's up.' "

    C.R.A.P R.O.L.L.Z. #47 Official Brain Harvesting Body Counter
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 11th Jul 19, 11:53 PM
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    Evening folks. I didnít shop today but OH stopped by Waitrose because I asked him to get me a couple items since I wasnít feeling well. He doesnít remember the exact amount but thinks it was £19.

    £19.65 for strawberries, avocado, tomatoes, bananas, yoghurt, a sliced meats tray, a basil plant, and a chive plant. Thereís another thing but he canít remember. Oy vey!

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    £165.93/£300 and Ä0/Ä200
    4/12 NSD

    ETA: I just found OHís receipt for £19.65.
    Last edited by JingsMyBucket; 13-07-2019 at 12:47 PM.
    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 12th Jul 19, 9:04 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Evening All

    I made the mistake of popping into L!dl on the way home from work. We needed instant coffee. £17.75 later.....

    Naturally, I went without a list and hadnít checked the fridge or freezer first. I knew we needed German Rye Bread as well as coffee, and I thought we might need cheddar. Turns out I was wrong. Not only did we have a large block of cheddar in the fridge, we have two YS blocks in the freezer. Thatís £3.99 I didnít need to spend. I also spent £3.75 on various sweet ďtreatsĒ (biscuits, chocolate bars). Another unnecessary spend. You can tell I was hungry. Humph!

    Anyway, the above brings our GC spend for the month to £81.13/£120, leaving £38.87 for the rest of the month.

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Think yourself lucky the "aisle of temptation" did not intervene. I read a FB post this week that went "popped to L*dl for bread and milk. Came back with a two-man tent, a chain-saw and a trumpet!" - always useful, especially the trumpet (for getting people out of your way, perhaps?)
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (£59,998) Q1 £26,828 or 44.71% paid - Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 78.13% £31,251.65 including July
    Save £12k in 2019 - #68 target is £7k £4,998.99 or 71.41% after May
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is £3k - 46.03% spent so far, mid July
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 12th Jul 19, 12:12 PM
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    CRANKY40
    Good afternoon all,

    I've been shopping this morning. My ds (AKA The House Troll, aged 14) and I are going to try to be healthy and lose some weight for the next few weeks. He's only about half a stone overweight but wants to stop it before it becomes a problem. He's going to come running with me in the school holidays which sounds like fun.

    Anyhow, my total spend today (which included £1 on jelly for my aunty) was £46.02. I'm happy with that as there wasn't much of anything left in the fridge.

    Today's meals :-

    Breakfast : Cereal for him, tinned grapefruit for me

    Lunch : Ciabatta pizzas (cheese and bacon medallion) made by me with a handful of pringles each, a satsuma for me and 2 mini sausage rolls for him.

    Dinner : Chicken fried rice with beansprouts for me (made by me) and skinny meatballs (made by M&S but he only has 3 per meal so one pack lasts ages - still a good few portions on the freezer) with pasta sauce for him.

    Supper : a ham salad mini wrap each for both of us.

    I've been keeping oranges and satsumas in the fridge while it's been warm. It feels like a treat to have lovely cold fruit and it also seems to have kept them fresh for longer. I've been looking through the Pinch of Nom cookbook for some ideas for new meals. We seem to have got stuck in the "same old, same old" meal routine.

    taka I hope you're feeling better today.
    Last edited by CRANKY40; 12-07-2019 at 12:19 PM.
    July grocery challenge £152.03/£300
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 12th Jul 19, 2:27 PM
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    Oooer... £60 spent at the market today, which has formed the basis of our food for the week, although there'll doubtless be a bit more spent on Sunday - 3 mangoes for £1 this morning, they'll be even cheaper then if there are any left, and they dehydrate so well, as well as being lovely in desserts - but also £50 on dried cat food. After I'd hit the "Buy Now" button I realised that we don't have to have just about the most expensive brand any longer, as the cat who was horribly sensitive to grain has passed away now. Yes, it's what the others are used to, but it's not needed in the same way any more. So next time, there's potential to save a bit there, as long as the quality remains high - saves on the vet bills!

    So I'll need to rein in a bit for the rest of the month, which is entirely do-able. There's plenty to eat up in the freezer, my bread-making abilities & organisation are improving fairly rapidly and stuff is ripening at the allotment and in the hedgerows.

    ETA: and another £15 at the supermarket... last weekend's festivities had run us clean out of sugar, plus I got some jam sugar, and £5.15-worth of stuff I wouldn't otherwise have bought... real discipline called for for the next couple of weeks!
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 12-07-2019 at 4:26 PM.
    Angie

    GC July 19 - £419.37/£400 - eeek!
    2019 Fashion on the Ration Challenge: 39 coupons left out of 66

    (Money's just a substitute for time & talent...)
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 12th Jul 19, 5:14 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    We have spent £13.18 since our last post.

    2.5kg potatoes (reduced), 985g carrots, 1260g white onions, 855g red onions, 970g courgettes, 1 aubergine, 1 orange pepper, 1 yellow pepper, 470g bananas, 2 mangoes (reduced), 400g strawberries (reduced), 500g medjool dates (reduced), spicy tomato red lentil and red pepper soup (reduced) and Singapore noodles (reduced).

    So not too bad. The reduced items were in plastic; I've said before how I believe the waste of food makes it worse in my mind so I'd rather buy and use these items then them be wasted completely. The rest were loose items.

    I'm having spicy tomato red lentil and red pepper soup with quinoa for dinner tonight.
    OH will be having beef stir fry with Singapore noodles

    £102.57/£200.
    £97.43 left.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • thrifty-hayley
    • By thrifty-hayley 13th Jul 19, 9:55 AM
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    Forgot to list a spend on Monday of £7.09. Was surprised how much I got in iceland for that amount and its seen me through to today. Heading to aldi to do my weekly shop for the coming week so I'll be back on here later no doubt!
    July Grocery challenge £32.72/£90
    Emergency fund: £502/£1000
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 13th Jul 19, 4:40 PM
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    CRANKY40
    I've been to work today so no food shopping....

    Today's meals were :-

    Breakfast - cereal for the HT and toast with peanut butter for me
    Lunch - ham ciabatta for him with a couple of mini sausage rolls and a packet of crisps, beef ciabatta roll for me with a packet of crisps
    Dinner - pulled pork wrap for him (I cook the pulled pork and freeze it in HT sized portions) with fries and chicken fried rice for me (I still had 2/3 of a bag of beansprouts to use up from last night so just had the same again)
    Supper - ham wrap for him with a cookie, beef wrap for me with a home made hobnob.

    I'm posting what we're eating as this thread used to be full of recipes and cooking advice because people used to post what they were making to stretch the grocery money further rather than just updating their grocery spends once or twice a week. I'm not the best cook or the thriftiest so it would be good to see what other people are eating sometimes (she said hopefully).
    July grocery challenge £152.03/£300
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 13th Jul 19, 6:18 PM
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    Oooookay... I may bust the budget this month. I nipped down to the market to buy something for the garden (price there, £1, price at garden centre, £3.95) and couldn't resist 4 mangoes for £1, and 2 punnets of strawberries plus 1 of raspberries for £2! The mangoes are in the dehydrator, and the strawberries & raspberries have made 5 pots of jam, with the jam sugar bought the other day.

    I'm very lucky that my budgetary limits are self-imposed now & it's not the end of the world if I over-spend a little on excellent bargains like these. Time was, it would have made things difficult for the rest of the month, but luckily I discovered MSE in time!
    Angie

    GC July 19 - £419.37/£400 - eeek!
    2019 Fashion on the Ration Challenge: 39 coupons left out of 66

    (Money's just a substitute for time & talent...)
    • thrifty-hayley
    • By thrifty-hayley 13th Jul 19, 7:56 PM
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    Another £6.42 spent today taking me up to £32.72 for the month so far. The new "plan" if you can call it that is rather than aiming for £90 to get as far under that as humanly possible. Struggling to make ends meet this month so every little helps.
    July Grocery challenge £32.72/£90
    Emergency fund: £502/£1000
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 13th Jul 19, 8:36 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Hi everyone I hope you are all well. Some of you may know that I was in a bad way a few months back, not able to walk etc. I thought i would update and then put closure to it. Following spinal surgery, I was told there was an 80% chance I would not walk properly again, due to permanent nerve damage. After an enormous hissy fit and 'whyyy meeeee', I decided to stay positive. Thankfully, my nerves have fired back into action, so to speak. My surgeon can't believe my recovery - he keeps saying "do you know how lucky you are, this was not meant to happen". I always knew I would recover, I just thought it would take a lot longer. I'm mostly fully recovered. No longer in pain - thankfully - #TheUniverseIsWithinUs #Innit - anywho enough of that

    With regards grocery, can I please be put down for £80, from 1st July to 31st. I will update sig on spends so far. Good luck with the flat Elsie.

    Cranky - best of luck with your diet - I can highly recommend 'Miracle Noodles' to fill you up and not add calories. I have lost 10lbs - will try n post some meals more often.

    Have a lovely rest of w/e everyone xx
    July GC - Food £38.73/£80 - Alcohol £16.53/£20
    Bulk Funds - Food £0
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 14th Jul 19, 6:45 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Hi everyone I hope you are all well. Some of you may know that I was in a bad way a few months back, not able to walk etc. I thought i would update and then put closure to it. Following spinal surgery, I was told there was an 80% chance I would not walk properly again, due to permanent nerve damage. After an enormous hissy fit and 'whyyy meeeee', I decided to stay positive. Thankfully, my nerves have fired back into action, so to speak. My surgeon can't believe my recovery - he keeps saying "do you know how lucky you are, this was not meant to happen". I always knew I would recover, I just thought it would take a lot longer. I'm mostly fully recovered. No longer in pain - thankfully - #TheUniverseIsWithinUs #Innit - anywhow enough of that

    Cranky - best of luck with your diet - I can highly recommend 'Miracle Noodles' to fill you up and not add calories. I have lost 10lbs - will try n post some meals more often.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    How absolutely fantastic for you Save Dosh - I can only imagine the agonies (physical and psychological) you have been through with that.

    I agree with CRANKY40 - the strength of this thread is through sharing our approaches. I bought YS meat yesterday (4 grill-steaks) and we had two of them with pumpkin seed rolls from the freezer and homegrown peas with a dob of butter for supper (with homemade wonky courgette soup for lunch). Then went and spoiled the diet by having two of those mock-magnums ice lollies from Morries (£1 for 3) - one each, not 2 for me! . My other offer purchase was 2 sirloin steaks for a fiver in Morries - a real treat as DH retires this week

    By the way, if anyone is getting prepped for hols there were some good suncream offers on (my supermarket tells you who is cheapest) - I bought half-priced piz buin factor 50 and 30. It bumped my receipt but a different budget applies.

    I also keep buying those cheese straws with parmesan on offer - they make a fantastic accompaniment to soup - not sprinkled, just alongside, in crouton-sized bits.
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