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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    October 2017 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 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'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,
    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!

    Last edited by zippychick; 21-09-2017 at 10:24 AM.
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    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 10th Oct 17, 9:31 AM
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    First spend of the month was on Sunday but as I sent hubby out to get the bits we needed while I did some tidying I've only just found out how much he spent as it's shown up on the bank statement today.

    I've got plenty of veg to use up over the next few days and enough bananas to keep the boy going until Friday so I shouldn't need to do any more shopping until then.

    19.82 / 100
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 10th Oct 17, 12:48 PM
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    Hi everyone,
    Budgets list updated to here
    Good luck to all!
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 10th Oct 17, 5:18 PM
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    Hi Folks

    Had to go and do a shop ( 15.11) just because I have a visitor coming to stay for a couple of days; I could have managed for a few more days being frugal and working with freezer stuff but I don't have visitors staying over very often so like to treat them as well as myself. Picked up some of the usual staples, F&V, bacon & eggs, also run out of kitchen towels and needed to replace a pair or leaking marigo!ds - its always the right glove.....always

    Don't mind the cooking but wish I had a washing-up genie
    Hope you all having a great week
    Originally posted by lynnejk
    Me too

    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!

    Originally posted by elsiepac
    Well done on giving up the cigs - I did it over 3years ago and never looked back - to be honest I don't think I could afford it now.
    Keep Moving = 282.50mls/1000mls @ week 15

    GC - Apr - 55.82/80.00, Mar - 59.87/60.00
    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 10th Oct 17, 6:01 PM
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    Makes the new total = 90.48 on food/drink + 7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Another NSD today

    Long day of meetings and I'm working from home tomorrow so no reason to spend there. Last portion of the beef stew tonight, so also need to make the pasta bake tomorrow... and put the bins out at some point... just want to go to sleep...Need more spoons

    Banana and fruit porridge

    Soup-n-sarnie - Saturday/Sunday
    Vegi Omelettes - Mon/Thurs
    Free-lunch at work - Tuesday
    Turkey Sarnie - Wednesday
    Eat-up day - Friday

    Beef Stew - Saturday/Sunday/Monday/Tuesday
    Turkey dinner - Thursday
    Pasta bake - Friday

    Last edited by NewShadow; 11-10-2017 at 9:03 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...
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Oct 17, 6:39 PM
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    Received 10 from an unexpected source so treated DH and I to a Chinese last night. 2.50 cash added to it.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 666.22/0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 1176.49/0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 1038/970
    Big black hole of debt - 53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, 50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, 49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, 46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 10th Oct 17, 7:05 PM
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    Evening all.

    We did our first shops of the month on Saturday: L!dl (5.93 - stocked up on their 59p anchovies)), Sainsbugs (5.85 - literally the only place we could find cooking bacon - at 1.50 a packet - and the rest on some more-ish whole nut white chocolate) and then the main shop at Mr Ts (32.95). That brings our spend so far for this month to 46.63/143.30 leaving 96.67 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.' "

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    • BrassicWoman
    • By BrassicWoman 10th Oct 17, 7:06 PM
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    I've got 30 left, but I have meals and pies and spuds in the freezer, soup in the cupboards, all the pasta in the world, and a week on holiday abroad coming up soon. So really just fruit to buy (forgot, have bread in the freezer too) and feeling ok about it.

    I'm feeling healthier on the bigger budget. Less eating carbs because they are cheap.
    Jan 18 grocery challenge 105.13/ 150
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 10th Oct 17, 9:18 PM
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    NSD yesterday (sausage & bean casserole OR bean tagine w'rice & stir-fried home-grown veg, HM soup & savoury flapjacks for lunch) but 16.73 spent today on "essential" tea supplies for the girls, some sage & leek stuffing to make pork schnitzels from the remains of Sunday's roast/aubergine schnitzels for the girls, & bananas. (May have to rein the exotic tea-drinking in, or get them to pay for it themselves!) But I'm delighted to have found a good use for overgrown runner beans, of which we have hundreds; the pods are only fit for the compost heap, but the beans themselves - oh wow! I made a huge crockpot of bean tagine & we all loved it, veggie or carnivore.
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 10-10-2017 at 9:20 PM.

    GC May 18 326.16/400
    Bulk-buy purse '18 145.26/250, pet & livestock food '18 131.45/300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 11th Oct 17, 2:50 PM
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    5.27 spent in aldi today on loo roll, bagels, crisps, tissues and chocolate bars.

    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 666.22/0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 1176.49/0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 1038/970
    Big black hole of debt - 53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, 50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, 49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, 46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 11th Oct 17, 4:25 PM
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    Afternoon all

    Had a Mr T delivery yesterday = 42.09, mostly stock-cupboard and freezer 'stuff'.

    Hope you all having a frugal week
    Bulk buy.......APR=233.76
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = 13,140
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 11th Oct 17, 7:23 PM
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    Oh bother! Ran into a spot of bother at the county town market today... I bought some black mustard seeds (60p) and went to get some fish, as requested by OH for tonight. I went to the stall, picked out a couple of fillets to split between the four of us, opened my purse & realised that what I'd vaguely heard OH mutter at 6.10am this morning, just before he left for work, was something along the lines of "I've taken two notes out of your purse for mumble mumble mumble/something work-related & charitable today, OK?" Which of course were the only two notes in there... So I had to go to the butcher's stall, where they will do a cashback on a card purchase, and buy something I didn't strictly speaking need in order to get the cashback to buy the fish! Which was far more expensive than my usual fishmonger, but he doesn't trade at that market. Still cheaper than our local supermarket fish counter, though - except at 5pm, when fresh fish prices plummet to acceptable levels - but I'd have been on the road back at that point.

    Never mind, it will all get used, and I've already split the pack down & frozen it for later in the month. I just have to remember it's in there, and not buy any more! The fish was lovely, and still much cheaper than take-away fish & chips, but that's quite enough treats for one month now...

    GC May 18 326.16/400
    Bulk-buy purse '18 145.26/250, pet & livestock food '18 131.45/300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • MissRikkiC
    • By MissRikkiC 11th Oct 17, 8:07 PM
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    Loving reading all your posts!!

    Almost had a non spend dag today but then realised I'd promised to buy biscuits for team at work! *face palm*

    My total was 180 but 150 could be was in achieved! Let's see hey!!

    I'd also love some rhubarb tonight if anyone is at all interested in that fact! I thought I'd share that. We havent got any in our garden so have asked around at work before I purchase some haha!!
    Classy women drinks pints, watch the football and have a potty mouth
    • chocoholic_chick
    • By chocoholic_chick 11th Oct 17, 8:31 PM
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    Evening all!

    Popped into an Aldi near where we now live to see what it was like on the way home and to pick up a few things. Can't say I was impressed, the shop was just a mess! Think I'll stick to Lidl. Anyways spent 15.24 in there topping up my baking supplies (how expensive is butter now?! 1.33 but still cheaper than Tesco who wanted 1.45!), potatoes, onions, eggs, some garlic baguettes to go with dinner on Friday night when we have friends round, some smoked salmon as a treat for breakfasts and a few other things. I love baking and think it always tastes better than shop bought, but everything is becoming so expensive now. Still my cupboards nicely topped up so I should be able to bake a few more batches of treats for the month without having to spend and its always nice to be able to offer a slice of homemade cake when visitors pop in .

    Got in from work and made a batch of brownies which are cooling and have a huge pan of broth on which I'll portion up for lunches.

    Also need to add 6.95 to my total for hubbys coffee subscription, his latest lot got delivered yesterday - a luxury yes but he never asks for any other treats bless him. I shouldn't need to spend anything else before the weekend now as I've meal planned through to Sunday now when I plan on doing a big-ish shop and some batch cooking.

    Total spends now 113.13 so doing OK
    New House... New Mortgage! February 2017: 144,000
    Current Mortgage Balance: 124,487.52
    2017 OP's:5,935 2018 OP's: 5,970
    Total Debt 29,209 0 Debt free 6/8/16
    • debtfreeforlife
    • By debtfreeforlife 11th Oct 17, 8:59 PM
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    Announcing 109.75 of 200 from me :s Not doing great but I can still turn it around! Would be doing better if I hadn't just bought a celebratory bottle of wine for the annual leave starting tomorrow...
    GC Feb 18: 204.97/200 | Mar 18: 207.93/200 | Apr 18 165.53/200.00
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 11th Oct 17, 9:48 PM
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    Update 11 Oct
    savoury flapjacks
    aubergine schnitzels
    the beans themselves - oh wow! I made a huge crockpot of bean tagine & we all loved it, veggie or carnivore.
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Please, please share the details of the magical sounding savoury flapjacks!!! Also the schnitzels!
    And fantastic use of runner bean beans! I'll bear this in mind for when I inevitably get my next bad batch

    Quick update from me to get me up to speed on here - must stay accountable! Yesterday I had small spends totalling 3.05 which included some crumpets for Friday/the weekend and lady things. Today a further 2.54 on a malted loaf from the bakery (sliced and frozen in portions), a malted roll baton thing which I had with my soup at lunch, and a cauliflower to replace the one I had to throw away yesterday as it had gone bad and I needed it for dinner tonight! Both of these things have come out of Week 4 budget. Week 4 starts on Thursday for me, but I have a lot of things carrying over, and have meal planned, so this works for me. Budget updated below.

    I am now on 5.59 out of 20.56 for Week 4, leaving me with 14.97 for my "proper shop" which will be Friday due to work night out tomorrow.
    I think the only big ticket item is oats, which I think are about 2.25.
    I've done a meal plan for the next week to use up the rest of my fresh stuff, and will only be buying fresh stuff like salad really to supplement that.

    Tonight was "girls night" - mum comes over and I cook dinner and we watch a film. This evening I made my favourite Jamaican veggie curry - it's perfect every time and doesn't use any "weird" ingredients, and I love it! I have two portions left over.

    So, meals to cover the next week or so include:
    - Mustardy Lentil and Sweet Salad (x2 or 3 - never made this recipe before)
    - Leftover Curry x2
    - Black Bean and Quinoa Salad with Cumin Dressing
    - Brown Rice and Lentil stir fry with peanutty sauce x2
    - Roast Med Veg and brown spaghetti with pesto (will have this Friday and may add vegan "meat" from freezer) x1
    - Roasted Root Vegetable Soup x3 (one of these is lunch tomorrow)

    Hope everyone has a great rest of the week, I imagine I will be back Friday after the (likely very boozy booze cruise) work night out!

    ................................220 Budget
    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)
    10 Oct.....T3sc0.......03.05.....38.07 (WEEK 4)
    11 Oct.....Local.......02.54.....35.53 (WEEK 4)

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    GC: Nov 0/165 | Oct 220/220 | Sep 244.34/250 | Aug 190.38/200 | Jul 194.08/150 | Jun 179.03/150 | May 158.54/150 | Apr 316.94/200 | Mar 170.47/120 | Feb 199.45/160
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 11th Oct 17, 11:08 PM
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    Evening all

    Re cauli and cabbages.

    If you check over the cauli for any brown bits and trim with a sharp knife, fold the leaves tightly over the cauli and put upside down in a plastic bag. Cabbages - just put in a plastic bag.

    Suck/squeeze out as much air as possible and store upside down in the salad box. They should keep perfectly for at least a fortnight.
    Bulk buy.......APR=233.76
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = 13,140
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 12th Oct 17, 7:40 AM
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    50.80 spent this week but I did include a bag of cat litter and some cat treats in that which I usually budget for separately. Plenty of food in the house and despite having hurt my leg I'm hoping to be able to stand long enough to do some baking this week which will cut costs. The house troll (aged 12) prefers the cake that I make to shop bought. I need to decide what we're having for our evening meal now and liberate something from the freezer. I also need to remember to haul something out each day as there's no easy meal stuff left in the fridge.

    Total spend so far 82.60/350 but I have a pet food delivery coming later which will push the total up by another 45 or so depending on what I ordered being in stock or not.
    • sweetpea26
    • By sweetpea26 12th Oct 17, 9:01 AM
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    Morning all.

    Some great tips and inspiration on this thread.

    This week I decided against a delivery and shopped instore at
    Tees...3 seperate expeditions buying what I needed when I really needed it. Total 61.94

    Need few bits of fruit and milk today .. have to pick up youngest coming home from college for a few days so will pop into either Liddddl or Teees.
    Havent done a meal plan for this week so far, just winged it really by what I had and what I bought enroute.

    Roast Beef Joint (reduced yest)
    cabbage carrots potatoes

    Chicken fillets roasted garlic
    salad and possibly chips for those who want them..I will have baked potato.

    Im Home Alone so no real cooking to be done as such.. might treat myself to a small chinese takeaway

    Family lunch as one of my children is heading to work abroad so I have 2 chickens in freezer, home made stuffing, roasties, mash carrots and sprouts.
    May do a fruit salad ice cream for afters. Will purchase what is needed for this meal on Saturday.

    Breakfasts still the same, porridge fruit, cereal or bagels etc.
    Lunches are normally a use up whats left over from night before or baked potato, bagel salad mix, tuna chicken...whatever we have. hubby takes a packed lunch and flask of tea, bottle water.

    Just hubby and I here from next Wednesday then one home next weekend. So I should see a good drop in what I am spending.

    nearly half way through the month !!!!!!!!!!
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Oct 17, 9:09 AM
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    9.49 yesterday in Aldi, eggs and veg, picked up 4 swede as super 6 changes today, I will cube them up and cook then freeze, I like it in chunks but can mash with potatoes or carrots from that point.
    APRIL200=35 May200=61,
    • CattyCatX
    • By CattyCatX 12th Oct 17, 12:28 PM
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    So, I had a massive disaster with my friend visiting money-wise. I did mention that things were tight at the moment but my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal and we went halves on everything. Of course I don't mind paying my share at all but it would've been nice if he'd offered to pay for one meal out for both of us or something as a thank you for putting him up for 7 nights, I think? Maybe I'm being unreasonable... Anyway, he's got expensive tastes (and a very high-paying job in the city so he doesn't really understand 'budgets') so almost 2.5 weeks' budget was used up in 7 days, meaning that I've less than 90 for the rest of the month now...
    At least I still have a week's worth of dinner in the freezer. Might be replacing lunches with porridge from now on though... Sigh. Hopefully November will be easier to budget for. I've started handmaking Christmas presents already so hopefully that will vastly reduce gift spending.
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