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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    zippychick
    February 2018 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    February 2018 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the second Grocery Challenge of 2018 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your January budget, then keep on posting in the Januarychallenge.

    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; 18-01-2018 at 7:51 PM.
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    • starting_again_in_the_sun
    • By starting_again_in_the_sun 6th Feb 18, 9:12 AM
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    starting_again_in_the_sun
    Now have 108.36 left.

    It's not too bad but I need to start meal planning again I think. Meals are planned up to Friday and then have soya mince left for another 4-6 meals.

    Need to start being more imaginative with lunches! Homemade wraps went down well last week so will make them again...and maybe a soup!
    • TooClumsy
    • By TooClumsy 6th Feb 18, 9:13 AM
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    First shop of the month, used my 'Out of Milk' app to make the shopping list, which was very quick and easy; I love that you can put notes on there! So I added king prawns to my list, which are actually on offer in Aldi, so I put in the price £2.49 for 180g so I know not to buy them from anywhere else unless its the same price or less.

    Went to Tesc0s, was very good until we realised we still don't have a plunger (hubbie went to three pound shops and could not find-guessing it was right in front of him, but he probably didn't 'see' it) so went to the bathroom section...where we had to walk past the krispy kreme fridge...I just wanted one doughnut. It obviously works out cheaper per doughnut if you get a dozen, so um, we got a dozen for £12.75 in total we spent £50.89, so £38.14 pre-doughnuts!). We really needed some chicken to keep us going for another week, before I can put in a musclefoods order in, but couldn't see any offers (I'm sure I used to see 3 for £10!).

    Then we drove home, now, we are extremely lucky in that we have an Ald1 at the top of our road...however we still end up going to Tesc0s most of the time as the car park is less mental etc. As it was only 9.15pm we popped in to see if there were any deals on chicken-picked up the 1.8kg of chicken breasts for around £10, maybe a few pennies less and some other bits that we needed to a total of £14.20. 'Need' some pop, but are well stocked on OJ and Vimto (life is oddly weird without this!).

    We shouldn't need to pop into the shops at all for at least another week, I held off in getting lamb mince and some other bits, just because we wouldn't be eating it this week and I can't justify having it take up space in the squished freezer. So total for the week is £65.09 out of £72 for the week (£290 for the month).

    Just need to get some bathroom cleaner spray, which of course I forgot to put on my list! I was annoyed that I had convinced myself to go to the big Mr Ts, as a dozen free-range eggs were £2.25 and they are £1.89 in Ald1. I almost always get eggs from Ald1s, need to make some egg muffins for breakfast.. It makes me hopeful and frustrated that there are more savings to be had, because I create a barrier (more parking, less chance of killing someone in the Mr T's carpark, Ald1s too busy etc) when in reality, we just need to go there after 7/8pm in the evening and its relatively calmer. Lesson learnt for next week..
    GC Challenge 2018:
    Jan £309.44/£290.72
    Feb £204.81/£290
    March £153.60/£300
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 6th Feb 18, 9:49 AM
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    I am home with a dodgy chest infection so today I shall be doing a list of everything in my freezer.

    I will menu plan to use up all those "bits" instead of meal planning from my head. Then plan meals around all the YS meat and fish I have - it may be Easter before we need to buy any more as honestly, talk about playing tetris with the little pockets of space.

    Three lots of freezer space, all stuffed to the gunnels.

    A sort of "spring clean" of my freezers
    MFiT T4 #2 update 88.72% after Q9 tiny bit ahead of where I should be
    Save £12k in 2018 #53 - after May 45.81% £4,581.38/£10,000
    OS Grocery Challenge 2018 spent £1,021.80/£3,000 including stores so far 34.06% of my annual budget at the end of May
    My DFD is here
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 6th Feb 18, 10:51 AM
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    £11.22 in Aldi, needed milk as sister visiting, I don`t take milk in my coffee so use soya milk if any needed, but sister doesn`t "get on" with soya, also stocked up on lemons while in Super 6, I like 2 slices in hot water first drink so go through them, just freeze in slices, couple of other bits and bobs.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40,MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61,
    JUNE£200-£16=£184,-£42=£142,-£30=£112,-£22=£90,-£22=£68,-£25=£43
    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 6th Feb 18, 10:57 AM
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    4 - nil to the sardines at the minute, but I'm hoping to come out victorious in extra time. Glad you liked it!
    • TooClumsy
    • By TooClumsy 6th Feb 18, 11:50 AM
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    TooClumsy
    Curious to see what people do for their lunches- do you have a separate budget for this, which you offset with lunches from home where possible?

    My budget only covers the food cooked at home, some months I end up taking a lot of leftovers/lunches from home and other months there are leaving lunches/reunion lunches/holiday lunches, which come out of my lunch budget.. I only recently put all 'food' categories under a food budget and was shocked when I combined home groceries, lunches, eating out. It's a flipping scary number :s
    GC Challenge 2018:
    Jan £309.44/£290.72
    Feb £204.81/£290
    March £153.60/£300
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 6th Feb 18, 11:55 AM
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    ma-ri-ella
    now sitting at 68.09 for year . Had 12.27 back on shopping app so brings total spend for month to 3.90 .Biggest spend has been on hair dye but stocked up on the powder bit so the bottles i buy to go with it are quite cheap.
    91.50£365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
    20,000 step a day challenge
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 6th Feb 18, 1:55 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    Curious to see what people do for their lunches- do you have a separate budget for this, which you offset with lunches from home where possible?

    My budget only covers the food cooked at home, some months I end up taking a lot of leftovers/lunches from home and other months there are leaving lunches/reunion lunches/holiday lunches, which come out of my lunch budget.. I only recently put all 'food' categories under a food budget and was shocked when I combined home groceries, lunches, eating out. It's a flipping scary number :s
    Originally posted by TooClumsy
    I include all food and drink eaten at home and out and about in my monthly budget of £400 for 2 adults and 3 kids (8,6,2).
    I was finding it all too easy to say well we'll just pick up some sandwiches/picnic bits while we're out or we're home late, let's get a takeaway. This makes me think about it more and plan for nights when we might get home late. I'm trying to utilise my slow cooker more and plan so we have nibbly bits ready for picnics, either from leftovers or that I cook whilst the oven/cooker is on in the evening.
    SPC #148 2014-£25 2015-£5.50 My stars from Sue-UU

    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan£400.33/£400 Feb£383.02/£400 Mar£392.60/£370 Apr£?/£400 May£378.34/£400 Jun £274.19/£400
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 6th Feb 18, 1:57 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    Hubby picked up nappies (we had 2 left) and eggs this morning, spent £5.18.
    Have spent far more than normal in the 1st week of Feb, need to be careful for the rest of the month. Currently at £155.48/£400
    SPC #148 2014-£25 2015-£5.50 My stars from Sue-UU

    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan£400.33/£400 Feb£383.02/£400 Mar£392.60/£370 Apr£?/£400 May£378.34/£400 Jun £274.19/£400
    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 6th Feb 18, 3:04 PM
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    50.56 left
    6.26 spent today, aldi - various items including ingredients for soup for an evening group I go to, my turn for the food.
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 6th Feb 18, 3:13 PM
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    4 - nil to the sardines at the minute, but I'm hoping to come out victorious in extra time. Glad you liked it!
    Originally posted by tighteningthebelt

    i like them made into fishcakes with mash, coated in old cracker crumbs and baked in the oven. if you add spices it would help dull the sardine taste
    gc 2017 £1841.27.
    2018 jan £124.69/£130 feb £157.97/£150 mar £221.33/£200 apr £223.04/£250
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 6th Feb 18, 4:05 PM
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    We're late this month but would like to put us up for £135.
    £54 my personal budget.
    £81 OH personal budget.

    Me - £14.56/£54. £39.44 left.
    OH - £11.01/£81. £69.99 left.
    Total - £25.57/£135. £109.43 left.

    Curious to see what people do for their lunches- do you have a separate budget for this, which you offset with lunches from home where possible?

    My budget only covers the food cooked at home, some months I end up taking a lot of leftovers/lunches from home and other months there are leaving lunches/reunion lunches/holiday lunches, which come out of my lunch budget.. I only recently put all 'food' categories under a food budget and was shocked when I combined home groceries, lunches, eating out. It's a flipping scary number :s
    Originally posted by TooClumsy
    We include lunches in our budgeting. Only times it doesn't get included is if eating at restaurant or food for eating at the cinema, these are out of entertainment budget. Take outs are included unless special occasion such as anniversary or birthdays.
    We have a separate budget for spirits, though wine is in food budget.
    Different budget for our chinchillas.
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • private_helen
    • By private_helen 6th Feb 18, 7:03 PM
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    private_helen
    I love this site- so many useful tips to simplify a stressful life and reduce costs. I wish you all lived in my street where we could skill trade, pass on surplus and ideas, and all help each other.

    My February started 26th January. It is my first month of properly watching the food bills, and my target was really a guesstimate. I'm not sure if I'll keep within target or not, but I know we have definitely eaten better with meal planning and had no food waste. Planning and cooking has taken a little more time- but I think this will get easier with habit and I'm looking forward to next week as I have a whole 6 days of main meals frozen- so apart from adding a few veg, my week should be an easy one.

    Just a few things I've noted:

    If you plan on batch cooking ensure you have enough containers- I know it's obvious, but after freezing meals for three days, I didn't realise my shortage of containers until I'd cooked my curry! A few phone calls to local friends rescued me- they are now saving their take away microwaveable boxes for me.

    Ensure you have enough freezer space. Another obvious to many of you, but I've had to sort my freezer and carefully slot it together rather like a jigsaw to fit it all in.

    Take aways will never taste the same- I now realise just how many meals I could be cooking for the price of those pizzas.

    Cats are fussier than family
    -------------------------------------------

    My bonus of the week was making a savoury nut/ mushroom, lentil roast- and everyone liking it! Hope you all have a good week.
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 6th Feb 18, 7:44 PM
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    Merlin's Beard
    Curious to see what people do for their lunches- do you have a separate budget for this, which you offset with lunches from home where possible?

    My budget only covers the food cooked at home, some months I end up taking a lot of leftovers/lunches from home and other months there are leaving lunches/reunion lunches/holiday lunches, which come out of my lunch budget.. I only recently put all 'food' categories under a food budget and was shocked when I combined home groceries, lunches, eating out. It's a flipping scary number :s
    Originally posted by TooClumsy
    I have a food budget - so everything that gets bought for me to eat, goes in that budget, whether it's coffee out and about, or ordered sandwiches at work, or graze boxes, or supermarket stuff, or farm shop. I also include non-food that I normally buy from the supermarket - toiletries, over the counter meds etc. mainly because I'm too lazy to filter those out of my bill!

    The only thing I don't include is meals out with other people, mainly because a) I don't do it that often and b) I see it as an investment in friends/family etc. rather than a purely food decision, and I don't include the cat food because she's on a prescription diet and gets fed what she needs to get fed.
    • Tales17
    • By Tales17 6th Feb 18, 9:11 PM
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    Tales17
    Curious to see what people do for their lunches- do you have a separate budget for this, which you offset with lunches from home where possible?

    My budget only covers the food cooked at home, some months I end up taking a lot of leftovers/lunches from home and other months there are leaving lunches/reunion lunches/holiday lunches, which come out of my lunch budget.. I only recently put all 'food' categories under a food budget and was shocked when I combined home groceries, lunches, eating out. It's a flipping scary number :s
    Originally posted by TooClumsy
    I have a spreadsheet with separate sections for different types, for instance in this grocery challenge I have included meat delivery, graze boxes, wine delivery, grocery shopping, fruit and veg boxes and pet stuff. I add up the total of these for the challenge but they are separate on my spreadsheet so I can drill down into the detail further when I want to!

    On top of that I have restaurants & cafes, takeaways and partner lunches sections which for the moment are not included in the challenge. This is because takeaways are a rare treat at home, cafes & restaurants are for treats out with the kids or special occasions and my partner has the occasional lunch out which I can't control in any way so would prefer not to restrict him!

    I actually have everything we spend with a monthly budget attached but I am not very strict on keeping it under them which is where this challenge comes in!

    I always remember someone at school saying that "Job" stands for "Just Over Broke" which always seems true as no matter how much you earn, your spending just goes up with it!!
    Grocery Challenge 2018 YTD-£3023.06/£7200(42%)
    Grocery Challenge June - £127.79/£600(21%)
    £12k in 2018 #117: Monthly Saving Accounts £4500, Cashback & Competition Sites £256.17, Shopping Saving £826.57, Selling £204.13, Interest & Dividends £100.80, Surveys £25, Tesco Vouchers £140, Save 1p a Day #24 £273.12
    Total Saved - £6325.79/£12000(53%)
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 6th Feb 18, 9:26 PM
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    Curious to see what people do for their lunches- do you have a separate budget for this, which you offset with lunches from home where possible?
    Originally posted by TooClumsy
    Our budget of £200 for two of us includes all food, household, toiletries, cleaning and laundry. We don't have takeaways and if we have an occasional meal out it comes out of the entertainment/holiday fund.

    ..........
    If you plan on batch cooking ensure you have enough containers- I know it's obvious, but after freezing meals for three days, I didn't realise my shortage of containers until I'd cooked my curry! A few phone calls to local friends rescued me- they are now saving their take away microwaveable boxes for me..........
    Originally posted by private_helen
    I freeze my meals in containers, then put into labelled polythene bags. You can then re-use the containers and the bags take up less room and stack nicely
    HTH

    First spend of the month are Mr T = £7.60 and Al*i = £21.31

    So am at £28.91/200 for the month and 4 GC NSDs

    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
    • r3b3cca
    • By r3b3cca 6th Feb 18, 10:02 PM
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    Hi,

    Late to join, and totally new to the forum, but I'd like to join the challenge and the target is £280 this month.

    This first week has come in under budget (£64) but I'm running low on basics and the next shop will be a bit of a challenge. I've got two young children, and one of them is autistic and has quite severe struggles with food, so we are on a meal plan. I'm limited in how much I can deviate from it, and it's hard to make it much cheaper without substituting foods he won't eat, so I'm really feeling my way with this budget.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 7th Feb 18, 8:43 AM
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    I try the spreadsheet method, headings, cash spends, debit card, credit card, cash withdrawals, car exs, amazon and ebay, I do shopping for 2/3 neighbours, I have a car so bulky heavy items I get for them, also internet spends, eg a new iron ordered from currys yesterday £39 for one, it can at times get very confusing, and very often my only true reference is on here.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40,MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61,
    JUNE£200-£16=£184,-£42=£142,-£30=£112,-£22=£90,-£22=£68,-£25=£43
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 7th Feb 18, 9:02 AM
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    Ginmonster
    I've found a receipt for some fruit and veg (and a carrier bag-the shame!) I picked up last Friday which needs adding in. It's only £6.09 so I'm still doing fine for the month.

    17.48/100
    • tighteningthebelt
    • By tighteningthebelt 7th Feb 18, 9:08 AM
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    tighteningthebelt
    R3b3cca
    Thanks for saying that, it is harder in some circumstances, and you have made me think about that. Sounds like you're doing well with the budget so far though.

    Pamsdish
    I know what you mean, last year I did similar and I remember one NSD I had actually spent £152 - but not my shopping, felt like cheating, but wasn't!!
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