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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 3rd Jan 18, 1:07 PM
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    ma-ri-ella
    365 a year challenge
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 1:07 PM
    365 a year challenge 3rd Jan 18 at 1:07 PM
    Moved house late last year and was actually shocked at the amount of household items i had stashed ,even after throwing loads away i have several years worth of certain products (where dates don't matter so much)

    So this year i aim to try and live on an average of 1 a day for all food, household items such as cleaning products and smellies.

    This doesn't include vouchers earned from surveys or cashback sites etc . I'm pretty lazy with this so cant see it making that much of a difference

    I'm thinking i might also include new clothes ,books ,all entertainment items . I don't buy much . I have amazon prime until June - at which point need to decide if it is worthwhile - i use kindle unlimited ,amazon music and some prime tv quite frequently but there are cheaper options..
    I'm also going to try an be healthy within this so i need to make an effort to try and target supermarkets when they have reductions on.

    Jan 18
    Food cupboards/fridges inventorys have been done - i have more than enough food to last the month . I just have to buy things like milk and fresh produce/any yellow labled bargains i happen to see. I have enough supermarkets close enough to be worthwhile checking .Just need to figure out reducing times!

    cleaning -enough to last several months. Might need toilet paper at end of the month

    beauty- nothing needed ! (that's a challenge by itself)

    Anyone wants to join in feel free. I was inspired by these live below the line challenges i have done in the past . Over the years ive read so many frugal books etc thought it was time i should give it a go. shame we don't have extreme couponing like the usa - i would aim for a free year lol

    I'm always happy to try new things/recipes so cheap suggestions are welcome.

    updates - going to try updating at least once a week - maybe a Monday as this seems like my day off

    good websites/blogs
    thriftylesley
    cookingonabootstrap
    cheap-family-recipes.org
    mrs frugalwoods
    www.supercook.com/#/recipes - put i ingrediants and it gives recipes
    Last edited by ma-ri-ella; 03-02-2018 at 10:15 PM. Reason: more info
    91.50365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
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    • 166million
    • By 166million 5th Jan 18, 11:41 AM
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    166million
    18p spend yesterday on 2x4 pints milk dated until the 12/1/18. Not a moment to spare as was on the last few cups of teas worth :P so up to 1.27 . I have a few of those dried pasta sauce mixes that need milk so will make a few up on my day off and they will do for work lunches.

    Although not including things bought before 2018 in challenge ive been doing the maths on what i did pay for the food etc and my daily totals have all been under the 1mark anyway

    breakfast- toast and egg, porridge , value Weetabix

    lunch - been lucky with yellow stickers so like 5p sausage rolls, 10p pasta pot

    tea- yellow stickers salad bowls ,tinned soup - most expensive thing at 45p

    Prices - i would say every day has been under the 1. Need to start doing the rounds of more places though . They are all in reasonable walking distance -- not from each other just individually from where i live .
    Also need to take the next step and work out things like teabags,coffee costs

    Diet - i don't think its that bad. I'm getting quite a lot of salad and veg in.



    Must resist offers leaflets that came through door!! not a bargain if i don't actually need it!! I do need a measuring jug and kitchen scales though. Must have lost them when i moved house
    Originally posted by ma-ri-ella

    Well done.
    It might be a long shot but try freecycle or similar maybe for the jug and scales?
    I normally allow myself 50 a month for my spending but am thinking of changing that to 1 per day- except I've already gone over that this month. I suppose I paid for some birthday presents which are normally included in a different allowance.

    What things do you actually include in the 1. ?
    Last edited by 166million; 05-01-2018 at 11:44 AM.
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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 5th Jan 18, 12:29 PM
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    ma-ri-ella
    Well done.
    It might be a long shot but try freecycle or similar maybe for the jug and scales?
    I normally allow myself 50 a month for my spending but am thinking of changing that to 1 per day- except I've already gone over that this month. I suppose I paid for some birthday presents which are normally included in a different allowance.

    What things do you actually include in the 1. ?
    Originally posted by 166million

    A friend has a spare jug, scales can be bought cheap enough

    Going to try including everything apart from rent, utilities,council tax
    So all food, household stuff, eating out , entertainment . I don't live in the biggest of places so there isn't a lot of free events on. I do like to read and spend time doing craft stuff . I'm also not starting from scratch so its about using what i have already and having a more minimalist lifestyle. Grocery wise i don't have a massive stockpile (maybe a standard kitchen cupboards worth) but bathroom products might not be needed for the year!. I don't see myself having any problems beginning of the year , depends on how lucky i am with bargains - if i cant get any i might struggle with also wanting to get salads ,veggies etc in diet

    I am also hoping to forage for food later in year. There are some nice countryside walks around the town i live
    91.50365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
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    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 5th Jan 18, 2:36 PM
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    do you have space for growing veggies? small salady bits can be done on a sunny windowsill but things like tomatoes need tubs really. seeds are cheap and a packet can be shared with friends
    gc 2017 1841.27.
    2018 jan 124.69/130 feb 157.97/150 mar 221.33/200 apr 223.04/250
    • jackel
    • By jackel 5th Jan 18, 2:58 PM
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    jackel
    I have tried to sort out my finances. They all came out of "one pot". I think the only way forward is to adopt Jackie O's separate purse for food method. Also,as with others I have "stores". Perhaps I shall have to buy things from myself to keep it true to the 365 challenge ? What are others going to do ? jackel xx
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 5th Jan 18, 3:44 PM
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    JackieO
    Well done on hanging on to your pennies today is Day five and nothing spent at all this week.Still using up stuff from left overs that I came home with from Dds after Christmas. I did a stock take of my food supplies and I am hopeing that apart from fresh fruit and veg I will be able to get through Jan=mid Feb without buying very much at all I use UHT milk as I don't use a lot of milk and it means a carton lasts me alomost a week at least. Its 40p per litre but I managed to buy a case before Christmas so I shan't need any until mid February. I had also stocked up well on crackers before the holiday as I don't eat bread so no need to buy those either

    My purse for food has 60.00 sitting in it and fingers crossed it will still be there until mid week next week. I have quite a bit of veg frozen so I shalluse that up before buying anymore.

    Great start to the year chums rotten weather keeps me indoors as well

    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals 31.11 June spends so far 18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 5th Jan 18, 4:51 PM
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    No room to grow anything unfortunately.

    I do like a nice cuppa several times a day :P worked out teabag cost as 1.25p per cup . I always try and pay no more than 3 for 240 Tetley. I have about 6 packets in the cupboard

    Ive just discovered i still have a tkmax giftcard in purse. I think its only a few quid so will see what i can get kitchen scales wise. Measuring jug i think could get from supermarket value range or like poundshop.

    Might look into long life milk but long as the yellow stickers keep happening should have no problems with normal milk.

    Weathers rubbish ive been good though and read a nice book instead of online shopping. Watching frugal videos on youtube but theres a lot of stuff i wouldn't do anyway so not saving me anything. i have treated myself to heating today lol instead of 3 layers of clothing
    91.50365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
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    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 6th Jan 18, 9:46 AM
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    emergency spend er 17p!! got visitors today so would be rude not to have something to eat.

    reduced donuts 5p for 5!! i do like the morrisons donuts
    4 pack of yougurts 12p - had 2 for breakfast so that makes breakfast 6p plus 2.5p for 2 cups of tea .

    Been looking at some of these 1 challenge blogs and trying to adapt them a little. Either the prices are no longer accurate to make them a ! challenge and/or they assume you have cupboard stock aready- in that respect i don't have anything like flours,spices,veg oil..

    Todays task should be to get kitchen scales
    91.50365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 6th Jan 18, 10:05 AM
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    Good luck ma-ri-ella

    I consider me doing well if my packed lunch costs 1 or under.

    Have a lovely time with your visitors.
    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 6th Jan 18, 10:20 AM
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    Something I do think you should look at is building your stock cupboard up so it includes things like flour, oil etc, so you have the ingredients in to make the food, rather than buying. 5p for 5 doughnuts is fabulous don't get me wrong, but if you build up enough items in the cupboards you can make your own biscuits or cake for example. It depends on how you are doing your challenge of course, because baking will also use gas/electricity in your house whilst going to the shops and coming across the 5p bargains will only cost you the 5p and the cost of travelling even if that's just in shoe leather. It would take you over budget to do all this at once, so I'd just make an inventory and start building up gradually.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 6th Jan 18, 10:53 AM
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    a bag of flour some soft marg and sugar will make you melting moments biscuits add whatever you like to them,but they are nice on their ownI make lots of these for my DGS and as teenagers they have hollow legs One likes them made with cinnamon spice two of the others like a bit of ginger spice in theirs .I sometimes add coconut as I like that or just mixed spice or plain they are cheap as chips to make and a lot cheaper than buying biscuits or cookies.Build up a small store of bits maybe a bit every week as your 'treat' from your left over cash You can buy a big bag of flour for about 50p in the supermarket none week and caster sugar the next week (if you have a blender used granulated, but whizz it through the blender first to refine it down a bit ) the next week and on the third week treat yourself to some spices or ask a friend if they have any going spare, most people have over stocked spice cupboards
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals 31.11 June spends so far 18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • Katieowl
    • By Katieowl 6th Jan 18, 2:27 PM
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    Pancakes are my go to for the hollow legged smalls.... very cheap. I nearly always have an egg or two knocking around, flour of some sort and long life milk.
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 6th Jan 18, 2:53 PM
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    if you cant find scales, you could look up the measurements in spoons and cups. Its what lots of people did if they didn't have them. A lot of american recipes are written this way too.
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 6th Jan 18, 4:41 PM
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    ooo some good ideas. my inventory list is coming along nicely..even doing checks between supermarkets just hope they all stock what they are supposed to lol
    91.50365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
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    • Spendless
    • By Spendless 6th Jan 18, 7:30 PM
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    When your guests came did you serve them tea? If so, do you have a teapot? Mine broke years ago, so with only usually myself and DH drinking it (kids didn't tend to bother with hot drinks) I just used tea-bag in a cup. Then in Oct DS went on his first hol without us, and had afternoon tea near the British Museum. Came home raving about it and wanting his own teapot. I bought him one for Christmas If you are serving for several people it will knock down the cost as you can get away with less than 1 bag per cup/mug by letting it 'brew' for a bit.
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 6th Jan 18, 7:45 PM
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    spent 1.53 today bringing my totals up to 2.97 for week . I did save 13.80 on rrp though lol so as follows
    1xkidney beans 30p (27p) for cupboard
    2x garden peas 46p (42p) f0r cupboard
    bacon and cheese pasta dish was 2.47 now 13p - 2 portions in this so 6p a portion and will do 2 work lunches
    1 x cous cous and pepper salad was 2 now 10p
    2x tex mex party food was 3 each - 15p - this has 3 servings in this so 5p a serving -1 is tonights dinner
    1x choc fudge teacakes - 5p - 4 servings - 1.25p per serving
    warburtons bread was 1.30 -6p - not sure what to put per serving its so low!!
    chicken and chorizo slice was 1.20 now 10p (9p) - will go with either beans or possibly on its own
    2x sausage rolls 1.90 now 6p - 3p each
    1x large apple pie was 2.50 now 13p

    A lot has to be said for reduced items. I do have more basic cupboard items which would be under 1 but i may as well buy the reduced when i can get them and keep the cupboard items for when reduced items are low. biggest part of my spending was on stockpile at 76p. The diets not looking the healthiest - few salad pasta pots will cover 3 days lunches at 23p altogether with 5p teacake treat. Finish at teatime over next few days so will keep looking at reduced produce section rather than bakery :P
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    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 7th Jan 18, 1:19 AM
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    Day 6 and purse still firmly closed weather wasn't wasn't indusive to go out anyway so knitted and watched catch -up TV so no cash spent at all so far
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals 31.11 June spends so far 18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • JennyP
    • By JennyP 7th Jan 18, 11:00 AM
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    I second the tip to read How I lived for a pound a day .... It was an inspiring story with a lovely happy ending which I won't spoil.

    Just read The No Spend Year. Less inspriring - anyone on this site would know all the tips already. I liked the Moneyless Man though - it did make me want to go and be a hippy living off-grid in a caravan in the woods!!!!

    The Miguel Barclay 1 a meal books are good as they're one person portions. 1 a meal though but not per day. I would be happy to spend 1 a meal as our spend is terribly high!!!

    Just found this blog which am hoping will help me with planning: https://eatnotspend.wordpress.com/2-people-vegetarian-day-7/

    Good luck with your challenge! Looking forward to reading more about how you get on!





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    • MissKaur
    • By MissKaur 7th Jan 18, 11:21 AM
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    At university when I was living by myself and cooking for one a lot of the time I'd freeze pretty much everything I'd only used half of if I knew I wasn't going to use it for a while such as jars of half used pasta sauce, curry paste, pesto, and even tinned cannellini and kidney beans I'd half used. Easy to defrost them all. I think you can even freeze bread, and chopped bananas which make a great healthy dessert.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 7th Jan 18, 5:17 PM
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    I gave a copy of 'Grub on a Grant' to my DGS Ben when he set off for Uni just over two and a half years ago and he said it was brilliant in getting him through on very little money. I think I paid 10p for it at a book sale Its by Caz Clarke and had some good ideas for him to utilise
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018
    Running total for four months food only shopping =126.24.Freezer stuff slowly going down at last May totals 31.11 June spends so far 18.90, brought a few odds and ends home from my holiday and using those up first.
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 7th Jan 18, 7:33 PM
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    Summary of week 1!! - 2.97 spend saved 16.38 with reduced items
    Today was quite a low value day as well. Super happy i do have a few bits bought for this week . Food wise its just milk and maybe bread later in week,. As always whatever bits i can pick up for the week after

    Need to get into the town for a few bits though for stockpile stock :P

    breakfast - toast 1p (technically just under but will include the homemade jam i got for xmas)
    lunch -1/2 a salad and pasta pot - 6p, chocolate teacake -1.25p
    dinner- 1/3 tex mex pack - 5p

    so 13.25p for food plus cups of tea - 16p spend - plus any further cups of tea and maybe 1/2 apple pie still under 25p!!
    healthy ? In terms of a previously bad diet not bad. The bread was a healthy 1- high fibre,seeds etc . Salad and pasta - .teacake-well i need a treat haha and much better than going to Greggs. Dinner - oven not frying pan or chippy. Balanced - not amazing but it wasn't before either- if anything I'm probably being better on the budget

    Only on my 2nd cuppa though (1.25 per teabag) and have felt more tired recently. I just think this is caffeine withdrawals
    91.50365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
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