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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    zippychick
    September 2011 Grocery Challenge
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    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    September 2011 Grocery Challenge 4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the ninth Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your August budget, then keep on posting in the August 2011 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 the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 31-08-2011 at 9:44 PM.
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    • runnerbean17
    • By runnerbean17 30th Sep 11, 7:53 PM
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    runnerbean17
    Oh well over by quite a bit

    Started so well then went down-hill from there.

    Onwards to October good luck everyone x
    Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend...


    • sproggi
    • By sproggi 30th Sep 11, 7:55 PM
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    sproggi
    Did not manage a NSD today, but I could not resist the cheese at b1g2f in Mr T, plus we needed more fruit (had 1 off 5 fruit spend) and I treated myself to a cheap bottle of wine , also got Pack Walls sausages for 30p Our local store never seems to reduce prices much, maybe 20-50p

    So 17.84 added and declaring 347.13 for September
    with 19 NSD's

    Sproggi
    'We can get over being poor, but it takes longer to get over being ignorant'
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    Beware of little expenses.A small leak will sink a great ship
    Benjamin Franklin
    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 30th Sep 11, 8:08 PM
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    meanmarie
    Declaring at 139.31 for September and 22 NSDs, think that I'll put my 45.69 surplus in my emergency jar.

    Pleased with that result, rarely manage to do so well....not buying lettuce, onions, tomatoes or fruit has probably helped.

    Marie
    Weight 08 February 86kg
    • lynneee
    • By lynneee 30th Sep 11, 8:18 PM
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    lynneee
    evening all. I spent 2.34 yesterday in tes*o express so that brings me to 218.27 for the month of September! Really pleased with this, for my first month its great!!! So came in with a saving of 6.73
    Last edited by lynneee; 30-09-2011 at 8:21 PM. Reason: oops!
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    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 30th Sep 11, 9:30 PM
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    Sue14
    Nothing spent today so declaring at 102.46, very pleased with that!
    Weight loss challenge 3/10lbs
    Total weight loss 21lbs

    • franby64
    • By franby64 1st Oct 11, 6:25 AM
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    franby64
    Morning all.

    Declaring at 402.24/380 so 22.24 over but better than last month.
    This is partly because I'm now stricter about what goes in to this budget (no junk) but hopefully I've been a bit more frugal as well!

    Hope everybody had a good Sept!
    Starting weight on 22/6 14st 00lbs. Weight on 15/2 10st 11lbs. Lost 3st 3lbs.Target 9st 12lbs. 13lbs left.
  • busylizzie76
    sept declaring
    RightO.......after a last minute blow out at Pizza Express - treat for DS who got all his spellings correct for the 3rd week running! I declare September's total at 130.38 which is under budget and very pleasing. Looking forward to next month's challenge.......bring it on!
    Me, 2 x kiddies and multiple pets.

    GC: Nov: 125/164.56 Oct: 125/126.89 Sept:150/130.38
    NSD Nov - 20 Oct - 20 Sept - 19
  • brodie1
    September total 319.19 so 19.oo over budget but not too bad LOL.

    October I'll try 300 again.
    Brodie
    Brodie 1/ july 300/330.62August300/322.49
    September 300/239.78Oct300/258.50Nov 250/282.24 December 300/300.01 JAN 2011 300/288.72 . September 300/319.19, October 300/351.59Three adults, 1 dog and 1 cats and cleaning stuff, toiletries, beer.
  • rej-c
    Belatedly declaring for September [meant to do it last night, but basically got home from work and, erm, dozed off watching telly ]

    119.76/150 and 11 NSDs

    Very happy with that - I did manage to round off the month on an NSD after all, and there's 30 of untouched budget to go into the anniversary pot

    Now to discuss with Him Indoors what we want and can afford to do to celebrate, and decide our October GC target accordingly. This may take a little while, but I'll see you in the October thread before too long. [I think we're starting to enjoy this GC lark!]

    Thanks to all participants and those running the thread. All your efforts are appreciated
    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.
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 1st Oct 11, 11:36 AM
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    Spiggle
    Congratulations to all those coming in near to or under budget. Brilliant work!

    I've now logged the receipts for yesterdays bits of shopping so declaring at 115.38 for September. This was massively under budget but I think due to a very late big online order in August and buying a couple of months of cat food in August too.

    Right I'm off to the October thread and I'll see you all there.

    Take care,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • ixia
    • By ixia 1st Oct 11, 6:29 PM
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    ixia
    For the first time ever I came in under budget Hope I can do the same in October.
  • rosieben
    just a quick 'bump' for anyone still working on Sept budget
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 2nd Oct 11, 2:47 PM
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    Mooloo
    Well I think I ended up spending another 20 but that was as we decided to have a BBQ and bought some beers and wine as well as rolls and butter. So I am thrilled as I had thought that I was going to be going way over budget when I had to stock up the cupboards etc after our holiday. (running it all down before we went.). So

    I shall DECLAIRING 185 spend for September.

    Aiming for 160 for October.
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 3rd Oct 11, 8:18 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    Grr damn it, I have no idea what the total came to for September . My not so lovely partner didn't put all the receipts where they should go! I am sure we went over budget but without all the receipts I have no idea how much by.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • ButterflyBee
    • By ButterflyBee 4th Oct 11, 7:32 AM
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    ButterflyBee
    Over Budget for September
    Oh No, I came in over budget foe September. Spent 275.31 instead of the $230 I was aiming for and very interestingly I also came in over budget on my Petrol, now I know where my money goes.
    Return and Restart August 2016
    22 Months to be debt free Aug2016 12971.00 By Jun2018
    PAYDBX2016 #155 = 2268.93/3414.93 00% paid
    UK Debt #00 = 9857.23/13039 6% paid
    EmSavFund #204 = 85.00/1000 6% paid
    Mortgage #00 = 183084/183093 00% paid
  • Savysaver
    For my 1st month joining in with the GC, I don't think I did too badly. Took a while getting used to keeping track of my spends but sorted out a system so that even hubby wouldn't forget. Please put me down for 435.74 for September.
    Jan 2012 GC 600/78.33 Spent
    2nd Purse 20.00

    • forever saving
    • By forever saving 9th Oct 11, 7:09 AM
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    forever saving
    Sorry i know i'm very late (laptop not well ) but can i declare 246.59 for September please. Not too much over but i did have a fair bit in the freezer.
    FS x
    Jan GC 298.62/300 Feb 298.01/300 March 331.06/300 April 69.96/300
    Learning to accept the things i cannot change
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