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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    October 2017 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    October 2017 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the tenth Grocery Challenge of 2017 !!!!

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

    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 quidelines 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 everyones totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 21-09-2017 at 10:24 AM.
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    • sweetpea26
    • By sweetpea26 7th Oct 17, 7:01 AM
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    Its been a busy few days...nearly lost track of what I have spent

    Iceland 8.50
    Lidl 22.30
    Tesco 21.48 !!

    this has been a spendy week but I have bought some items that will stretch for a few weeks.

    need to tighten belt next week for sure.
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 7th Oct 17, 12:55 PM
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    Yes that is the right flour, also called gram flour.
    It ended up huge. 4 portions for me as it is roughly fits a large plate.

    It was 16 tablespoons of the flour.
    16 tablespoons of water.
    I used 400g of already cooked potato cut cubed. Recipe said 800g but meh.
    2 small onions cut. Recipe said one.
    I eyeballed what I wanted of nutritional yeast. It was supposed to have the salt that makes things taste and smell of egg but I have never bought that and so used the nutritional yeast for a 'cheese' like taste.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    Thanks for the recipe Doom and Gloom! I will see how much it is when I shop next week or may wait until next month... was it quite firm? I'm thinking about how transportable it might be for pack up lunches. The salt you're thinking of is called kala namak and I've never bought it either but I'd like to one day!

    I've now done my week 3 shopping and out of 20.56 budget I spent 20.55!! So I'm carrying the 1p over to week 5 where I had budgeted 20.55, so now I have weeks 4 and 5 budgeted at 20.56 each.

    I'm stocked up to the gunnels still, but to get some of the veg moving from my fridge, I want to make some pies and freeze them as I have some pastry. But not quite enough free containers I'll work it out somehow!! I don't really have a meal plan in place - I have so much stuff in, it's ridiculous. I have the makings of these pies, and of the curry I like, so really after those are made, portioned and frozen, I think I should do a stock take and formulate a meal plan based on the fresh stuff left. I've also got some cooked and frozen beans, as I was organised for once so might try and make some veggie/bean burgers at some point. Also thinking of a sausage casserole.


    ................................220 Budget
    Date.......Shop......Amount.....Remaining
    26 Sep.....Ocad0.......43.08....176.92 (STOCK)
    26 Sep.....Ocad0.......20.62....156.30 (WEEK 1)
    26 Sep.....Ald1........16.44....139.86 (WEEK 1)
    26 Sep.....T3sc0.......22.38....117.48 (WEEK 1)
    28 Sep.....Ald1........12.58....104.90 (WEEK 2)
    28 Sep.....T3sc0.......36.31.....68.59 (WEEK 2)
    28 Sep.....T3sc0.......06.92.....61.67 (STOCK)
    5 Oct......T3sc0.......20.55.....41.12 (WEEK 3)



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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 7th Oct 17, 1:19 PM
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    Elsiepac the besan ktc 2kg bags are on offer for 2 in Mr A, Mr S and Mori$$ons at the moment.
    http://simpleveganblog.com/tortilla-spanish-omelette-vegan-and-glutenfree/ was the site I used for recipe. I originally mucked up and had to do it again. The extra cup of water was to cook the potato, I already had cooked potato so don't make the same mistake I originally did. It's equal flour to water. It is firm yes. It's a little bland (probably wouldn't be as bland with that salt though) but with a kind of sauce such as vegan pesto I find it very nice. Will be having the last portion of it for dinner later today.
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 7th Oct 17, 3:21 PM
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    So I have been buying faffy bits for lunch rather than cooking at home.
    Originally posted by debtfreeforlife
    Maybe if you batch cooked, you would be able to take something out of the freezer, I know easier said than done.

    The salt you're thinking of is called kala namak and I've never bought it either but I'd like to one day!
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    It really is very eggy - I buy it very cheaply in my local Asian Grocers, it's 49p for 100g. Really nice in Burmese Tofu, which is so easy to make, if you are buying chickpea flour.
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    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 7th Oct 17, 3:21 PM
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    Went shopping yesterday and spent 24,29 . We got a few staples but still need some toilet paper
    Dec GC 156,21 / 250
    Jan GC 108,33 / 250

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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 7th Oct 17, 4:27 PM
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    I can hardly believe it but I've not been food shopping since last Monday, must be a first for me
    May Grocery challenge 117.37/150 only got 32.63 left
    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 7th Oct 17, 4:49 PM
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    Total spends so far this month = 76.70 on food/drink + 7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Just got back from the shop - stuck to the list (ish) which is a miracle as I didn't take to with me

    8.78 spent on - Bread, onions, cauliflower, spinach, carrots, mushrooms, butter and golden syrup.

    Now there's beef, onions, garlic, carrots, cauliflower, a hand full of 'soup mix', potatoes, passata, stock and a selection of seasoning in the instant pot - I'll add spinach and mushrooms for a few minutes at the end.

    I'll make the flapjacks tomorrow and the pasta bake - with the rest of the cauliflower, mushrooms and spinach - on Tuesday or Wednesday, depending on how long the stew lasts (note to self, check the freezer for bacon).

    Plan
    Breakfast
    Banana and fruit porridge

    Lunches
    Soup-n-sarnie - Saturday/Sunday
    Vegi Omelettes - Mon/Thurs
    Free-lunch at work - Tuesday
    Turkey, rice and veg - Wednesday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Dinner
    Beef Stew - Saturday/Sunday/Pos Monday
    Pasta bake - Tuesday/Wednesday
    Turkey dinner - Thursday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Snacks
    16 flapjacks

    Total spends so far this month = 85.48 on food/drink + 7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    Last edited by NewShadow; 07-10-2017 at 9:26 PM.
    That sounds like a classic case of premature extrapolation.

    House deposit: 26% = 23,000 + 700pm * 16 months = 33,000

    Goal: Keep the bigger picture in mind...
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 7th Oct 17, 6:34 PM
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    Elsiepac the besan ktc 2kg bags are on offer for 2 in Mr A, Mr S and Mori$$ons at the moment.
    http://simpleveganblog.com/tortilla-spanish-omelette-vegan-and-glutenfree/ was the site I used for recipe. I originally mucked up and had to do it again. The extra cup of water was to cook the potato, I already had cooked potato so don't make the same mistake I originally did. It's equal flour to water. It is firm yes. It's a little bland (probably wouldn't be as bland with that salt though) but with a kind of sauce such as vegan pesto I find it very nice. Will be having the last portion of it for dinner later today.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    Thanks for the heads up! I'll definitely check this out!

    It really is very eggy - I buy it very cheaply in my local Asian Grocers, it's 49p for 100g. Really nice in Burmese Tofu, which is so easy to make, if you are buying chickpea flour.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Aha! Wouldn't have had a clue where to get it, so thank you for that!
    There is a big Asian supermarket 20 minutes or so away so next time I'm over that way I'll see if they have it!


    I'm quite under the weather today with a cold that has sort of half come out - mostly I just feel shivery and achey but a bit bunged up and drippy and a sore throat... so I've given myself a "sick day" - i.e. laze around around the house doing nothing but the basics. I made myself a broccoli and potato soup for lunch which was extremely simple and very tasty, and I have a portion left over. For dinner I'm having vegan meatballs (either Asda or Hooba - I have both in the freezer) over tagliatelle with homemade marinara sauce that I have defrosting in the sink,
    and I'll have it with green beans, petit pois and courgette I think. Would have had brococli,
    but didn't think that through when I had it for lunch LOL. For breakfast/brunch I had 2 avocados that needed using desperately as they were really over, so I scooped out the bits I could use and made guacamole (I add lime juice, some finely diced red onion, a tomato finely chopped, and some fresh coriander - it's delicious). So when I end the day I'll only be on about 7 of my 10 a day that I aim for, but that's not too bad.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 7th Oct 17, 8:42 PM
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    Another 31.84 spent in Aldi today on beer, mints, lightbulbs, bin bags and snacks. I was tempted to take the bulbs back as they came to 15 but we do need 5 out of the 6 we bought

    I now have 120 to last 3 weeks if I want to come in at under 300, 200 under my normal budget due to being skint this month.

    My plan for next week is to buy DH beer, fruit and a couple of bits for DS pack lunches and live out of the freezer for our meals and lunches without him noticing. I am hoping to get creative and spend less than 20.
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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 8th Oct 17, 3:45 AM
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    Mr E goes away tomorrow so I did a big shop yesterday to tide us over until he's back. Not that I can't go to the shops when he's not here, but it's a lot easier without the kids in tow. So I spent $185, which will do us for meals for ten days, including the treaty Saturday night movie night (oven pizza, garlic bread, ice cream) and lunches and a picnic or two because it's school holidays at the moment. So I'm pleased with that.

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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 8th Oct 17, 8:08 AM
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    Total of 39.70, Wilkos 9.67 reduced bits, and 30.03 -4 voucher in Tesco for chicken, butter, chocolate and a couple of extras.
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    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 8th Oct 17, 7:49 PM
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    I am a bit late to the party but I need to join, and possibly need some help. We are a family of four, DH, myself and two sons who are 19 and 16. I used to easily feed us all for 60 a week but over the past year it has just gone up and up.

    DH and DS1 both work outdoors and have big appetites - the boys are very flexible when it comes to food but a meal isnt a meal for DH if there isnt a good helping of meat in there and we can easily get through 600-800g of meat in one sitting. I am averaging 90 a week on food at the moment and this month we have a few other bills so I could really do to cut it down.

    So, I am planning my menu now and making a list. Will report back on how I get on!
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 9th Oct 17, 10:53 AM
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    I haven't spent a penny on food since last Monday - I can't believe I've done no top ups. Just spent 10.95 at sainsbury's and now I need to get some fruit and vegetables, must make a list and stick with it.
    May Grocery challenge 117.37/150 only got 32.63 left
    • MissRikkiC
    • By MissRikkiC 9th Oct 17, 1:45 PM
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    I will be updating my totals shortly but pleased to say that we stuck to the meal plan last week with the exception of Saturday where DH pretty much rolled over and died because I'd said no to an Indian take out... (we had fish pie and sausage casserole cooked and ready?!) So eventually gave In! That came from our own pocket money so doesn't count towards the food shopping budget.

    We have annual leave for a few days this week so went food shopping this morning, stuck to a list and spent 29.01 but that will last us now for the week until Monday. I have ran the freezer and cupboards down to such a sorry state of affairs and still only buying missing ingredients for each meal so couldn't have been that bad to begin with!

    Hope you're all having a good Monday!
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    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 9th Oct 17, 1:50 PM
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    10.10, so total up to 26.21/100

    It feels like I've spent a lot of money on not much, but hopefully that sees me to next monday, which is half way through the month so maybe I'm doing better than I thought.
    • MissRikkiC
    • By MissRikkiC 9th Oct 17, 2:47 PM
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    Grocery spends currently stands at 83.12/150? (Maybe...... ive forgotten!)
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    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 9th Oct 17, 6:39 PM
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    Total spends so far this month = 85.48 on food/drink + 7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Blah! an unexpected 5 today - on my tea club at work. It's roughly every 6 weeks but then the 5 gets me unlimited tea and coffee at work so well worth it.

    Makes the new total = 90.48 on food/drink + 7.60 for 'Social' stuff.

    Plan
    Breakfast
    Banana and fruit porridge

    Lunches
    Soup-n-sarnie - Saturday/Sunday
    Vegi Omelettes - Mon/Thurs
    Free-lunch at work - Tuesday
    Turkey, rice and veg - Wednesday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Dinner
    Beef Stew - Saturday/Sunday/Monday
    Pasta bake - Tuesday/Wednesday
    Turkey dinner - Thursday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Snacks
    7 flapjacks
    That sounds like a classic case of premature extrapolation.

    House deposit: 26% = 23,000 + 700pm * 16 months = 33,000

    Goal: Keep the bigger picture in mind...
    • chocoholic_chick
    • By chocoholic_chick 9th Oct 17, 8:46 PM
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    Evening all! Just had a quick read through and catch up on how everyones doing

    Small spend of 6.65 for me today on some bananas, milk, a couple of bottles of squash and a pack of 48 weetabix. Total for the month is now 90.94. Hoping to not have to spend too much more before the weekend when I plan on doing a meal plan and stock take
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    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 9th Oct 17, 11:01 PM
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    Evening folks

    First spends of the month over the weekend.

    Al*i = 20.56, mainly dairy, fruit and veggies
    Morrys = 41.98, including eight portions of fish and liver.

    and butcher = 43.69 (comes out of bulk buy).

    So plenty of food in fridge atm and in the middle of bulk cooking.

    Have made beef bourgignon in s c and that will be portioned tomorrow after taking out two portions for dinner - hoping for another eight.

    Liver cooked, added bacon and tomatoes, and made onion gravy. One portion scoffed today with mash and beans and two portions frozen.

    Five pounds of mince fried off. Some for chilli, some for bolognese and the rest mince and gravy will be cooked tomorrow, portioned and frozen (peppers and onions already prepped in fridge).

    I have sliced and cooked two aubergines, which have been frozen to make moussaka (cooked lamb mince in freezer already) and some bakes later.

    Don't mind the cooking but wish I had a washing-up genie

    Small order from Mr T coming tomorrow - mainly stock cupboard and freezer staples but already had seven grocery NSDs this month

    Hope you all having a great week
    Lx
    10day.2014=3213/2015=3421/2016=3238/2017=2702/2018=498..APR=12.03/300
    GrocC.2014=2162/2015=2083/2016=218/2017=1996/2018=450..APR=17.13/200
    Bulk buy.......APR=233.76
    GC.NSD..2015=216/2016=213/2017=229/2018=39..APR=03/15
    SPC130x61..2014=1178/2015=1287/2016=4616/2017=3843
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = 13,140
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 10th Oct 17, 9:13 AM
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    elsiepac
    Just wanted to say I love reading everyone's progress and meal plans and little stories! Keeps me motivated!

    I feel good to be back on track this month - as in tracking properly, checking in regularly and frequently, and have stopped a really bad habit (smoking!) that I got back into for just over 3 months over the summer - I seem to do it every year then have to go through the pain of quitting again because I don't want to smoke! Anyway, I've stopped for about a month again now, luckily nipped it in the bud before it really set in too badly, but I feel ill thinking about how much money I wasted needlessly!

    I'm back on track with FlyLady too, part of which (for me) includes on a Tuesday taking an inventory of the fridge, getting everything out one shelf at a time and wiping them down, chucking away anything that I might have missed and which therefore gone off (rare for me but when I buy too much sadly this sometimes happens), then sitting down to make a meal plan based around what I have in, then off the back of that a shopping list. Also, if my spreadsheets for my finances (budget tracker) are not quite up to date then I have to update them too. Then I am fully prepared to go shopping on Thursday!

    When I get this system right, it works REALLY well.

    This week, I am out with work on Thursday night annoyingly, but am being fed as well so it doesn't really impact me too much. I have booked Friday off work (anticipating a hangover although I want to try and be sensible, however my boss is a big drinker and the night out is a booze cruise around Bristol Harbour!!) so I plan to do my shopping then instead.

    I need to dip into my week 4 money (which starts Thursday) though, as need lady things that I had run out of!! Irritating as I'm so organised and usually have 3 spares of everything!!)
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