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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    February 2018 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 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'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; 18-01-2018 at 7:51 PM.
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    • LalalaLindy
    • By LalalaLindy 11th Feb 18, 4:55 PM
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    Sorry to hear that so many of us are sick or injured. Hope you are all soon on the road to recovery. (We could do with a flowers smiley!)

    Yet again I’ve managed to blow half the budget in the first week. This time though it was due to starting with empty fridge, cupboards etc so a big stock up was needed. And it includes the shopping done today which should take us most of the way through this week so not really as bad as it looks. (Fingers crossed)

    I’m impressed by this times for keeps!’s productivity levels yesterday!
    JAN GC: £409.00/£390 + 10 NSD ** FEB GC: £388.40/£390 + 10 NSD
    MAR GC: £428.96/£390 + 9 NSD ** APR GC: £137.38/£390 + 5 NSD

    LBM 23/09/13 - DFD 08/10/17
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 11th Feb 18, 5:16 PM
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    Was meant to be going to Costco today but the car broke last week and is going into the garage tomorrow so not much point squeezing the kids in the little car where we can't actually fit any shopping to speak of. So it was a quick trip to Lidl to grab the things we desperately needed this week. Will try again for Costco next weekend when fingers crossed the car is all better. So just £12.36 to add on.

    Feb £126.18/£430
    1P Challenge #13 £170.18/£667.95;£2 Club #30 £34;50p Club #8 £18;20p Club #100 £21;SPC #39 £?;VSPC #15 £297.85;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 £3964/£3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 £6212/£10014 (62%);GC Jan £483.58/£450; Feb £390.32/£430; Mar £260.41/£410; Apr 185.44/£410
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 11th Feb 18, 5:18 PM
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    Afternoon All

    I!!!8217;ve got 3 spends to declare for this week:
    1. DH went to the farm shop, bought a dozen eggs, carrots, potatoes, broccoli and purple sprouting broccoli (he knows I love the latter), spending £8.70 in the process.
    1. Yesterday, we dropped into MrT!!!8217;s at lunchtime, buying yoghurts (32), YS cheddar (£1.46) and a YS packet of 6 mini pork pies (£1.20), for a total of £4.66. (The pork pies turned into our lunch-on-the-run.).
    1. Today, we collected the Sunday paper and a packet of Value eggs, spending £1.25 in the process. (We subscribe to the paper, so get a weekly voucher to !!!8220;pay!!!8221; for it. It doesn!!!8217;t count in the GC challenge.)

    Anyway, the above brings our total spend for February to £22.34/£50 leaving a balance of £27.66 for the rest of the month.

    (No, I can!!!8217;t figure out how to get the numbering right.)
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    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 11th Feb 18, 6:15 PM
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    I do normally shop from a mix yet mainly Mr L's as we like the food quality (& prices!)
    I am extremely lucky to be able to order from any of the big names to be delivered, including Waitrose if wanted.. (I like to pop in and grab the ys sushi from time to time)
    Sadly my autoimmune conditions have flared up badly and kicked my butt this month, the will/want is kind of there it's just the body is not..
    I have taken your advice (the same that I would give to others struggling) and done an online shop to be delivered tomorrow..
    Thank you for giving me a gentle shove in the right direction, it was much needed and I have also stopped mentally nagging at myself so feel less uptight about it!
    Originally posted by MadamMim2013
    Oh thank goodness, you’re very welcome! I’m glad you were able to cut yourself some slack and get it done. It’s so funny how we sometimes need “permission” from others to treat ourselves properly. Happy the nudge helped a bit. Cheers to you.

    Today, just one item bought. I meant to go out earlier this evening to get some bits for soup and other things. OH easily convinced me to stay home when the combination rain-snow started.

    I am still slightly off my cooking mojo but thankfully remembered that I froze a meat lasagna a few weeks ago just for an instance like this. That’s cooking in the oven right now and I have a ham stock going in the Instant Pot which will be the base of ham and cauliflower soup tomorrow.

    €4.85 - at the Asian supermarket for sesame oil.

    Totals So Far:
    €75.56 / €450
    6 NSD / 10 NSD
    APR 18 GC: €218.47/€400.00 // 8/10 NSD
    MAR 18 GC: €193.98/€400.00 // 17/10 NSD // £162.19/£150 UK stock up
    FEB 18 GC: €250.44/€450 and 15/10 NSD
    JAN 18 GC: €377.92/€550.00 // 8 NSD
    Dec 17 GC: €406.50/€350.00 // 11 NSD // £198.57/£200 UK stock up
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 11th Feb 18, 6:36 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Oh my gosh, SaveDosh, that's horrible. I'm just catching up with posts from the last few days and only just saw how tired, sick, and broken everyone is. I hope you all feel much better starting today.
    Originally posted by JingsMyBucket
    Yes, loads of people under the weather. I for one am feeling so much better now. Thank you.

    First spends of the month - 60p on some rolls, and a couple of things that come out of the bulk fund, some toilet rolls & coffee, which came to £6.85. I really need to get myself back to Farm Foods. I bought toilet rolls there for £10 - 3 x 18. They lasted forever and were amazing quality. Wanting to get a few more bits tomorrow, but nothing major, as I really am trying to mostly use up stocks. Oh yes, and I bought some alcohol - £2.85. Have updated sig.
    April Grocery Challenge - Food £21.63/80, Alcohol £20/£20
    Bulk Fund Left - Food £32.61, Alcohol £0.00
    Save 12k in 2018 #80 = £1,500/£5,000
    Yoga 30 Day Challenge, Guitar, Lose 12lbs - 0/12 @ 9st 12lb
    To Do-Cupboards-Pantry-Paper-PAINT Spare Room, kitchen & Stairwell
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 11th Feb 18, 7:14 PM
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    (No, I can!!!8217;t figure out how to get the numbering right.)
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Try the Advanced Reply feature instead of Quick Reply. That seems to work for me.
    APR 18 GC: €218.47/€400.00 // 8/10 NSD
    MAR 18 GC: €193.98/€400.00 // 17/10 NSD // £162.19/£150 UK stock up
    FEB 18 GC: €250.44/€450 and 15/10 NSD
    JAN 18 GC: €377.92/€550.00 // 8 NSD
    Dec 17 GC: €406.50/€350.00 // 11 NSD // £198.57/£200 UK stock up
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 11th Feb 18, 7:34 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    Hi all, treat spends of £5.75 on 6 Kr!spy Kreme doughnuts.
    I was tempted by the buy 12 get 12 original glazed free, but with their only being 5 of us thought it was a tad extravagant.
    Ended up finding out i had 3 other offers on the app, bogof, save £1 of a box of 3 and a complementary free one, so asked if I could do 3 seperate orders but turns out I could do them all on 1 transaction. 3 of the doughnuts were £2.10 each and the other 3 were £1.65 each so good value.
    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 £211.17/£400
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 11th Feb 18, 8:39 PM
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    Need to add a £17.58 Morrisons shop earlier on in the week and £1.40 spent at work.

    So £18.98 to add to total
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines

    I now have to add £4.70 to my sig. I bought loo roll (on the last one and by the time i got out of work, all the other shops are shut), YS bread, doughnuts and two pot noodles for a quick dinner (particularly for when at placement). I slipped up with the pot noodles as i thought they were still on offer for a £1, but this particular flavour had come off offer; so were a shocking £1.69 each I would normally never pay this much.

    Off to add to sig ...
    GC 2017 (£4,000/£3434.09) Jan £264.28, Feb £179.18, Mar £290.38/£270, APR £82.68 up to 15th/£270 p.m/£3,250 p.a

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 11th Feb 18, 10:58 PM
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    Evening folks

    Sorry to read soo many of you are unwell or damaged in some way. Sending some hugs and gws vibes

    Small spend of £4.12 in L*dl on eggs, milk, apples and cereal just to keep us going until weekly shop in Al*i and Morries tomorrow

    Hope you all have a money-saving Monday
    Bulk buy.......APR=233.76
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = £13,140
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Feb 18, 12:39 PM
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    Spending spree today, picked up a part for car £24.... separate accounting, then went Morries £87.83, £30 Amazon voucher, ex O.H. requires me to order stuff for him, and I get extra Morries points, 6 Ariel for neighbours while on 3 for £10, 3 for me, £3 saver stamps I buy for D.D., so actual spend for me was £34.83
    OCT£200£106NOV£200CRUISE,DEC£200XMAS.JAN £200=£107FEB£200=£40,MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200-£5=£195-£22=£173,-£6=£167,-£28=£139,-£21=£118,-£10= £108
    • Mrs Norris
    • By Mrs Norris 12th Feb 18, 2:54 PM
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    Mrs Norris
    Thanks for this thread.

    LOVE the recipes- will help my target of £200
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 12th Feb 18, 3:38 PM
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    Hi all

    Another busy month for me so not on here as much as I'd like - however I am actually caught up on the thread which is nice!

    My GC ends 2 weeks today and I have £16.64 left in the pot - however I also have £10 in Mr T vouchers to use. I also have a full fridge and cupboards are well stocked. I got a few things today I had run out of - loo roll, shower gel, soy sauce, rice vinegar, some spices and a couple of salad top ups (I'm having a small salad with a small portion of soup for my lunches at the moment which is working very well and of course slimming world friendly!). The point being I shouldn't need anything imminently. I do need to replace a couple of tins in the cupboard but nothing urgent.

    Really aiming not to go over this month - it's true I'm way ahead of where I should be on spending but I had to do a massive stock up at the start of the month having emptied my supplies over Dec and Jan. Since then I've been mostly stocking up when I use something - e.g. a tin of chickpeas, I'll add it to the shopping list for the following week. I have all my dried beans etc just am really struggling with meal planning at the moment let alone managing to do big batches of dried beans to freeze! I really want to aim to get an instant pot - but it's at the bottom of a long list of actual needs and isn't exactly a need LOL.
    I guess I should focus on planning meals more. In fact I've just inspired myself. Will report back.
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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
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    • r3b3cca
    • By r3b3cca 12th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
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    I've spent £101.85/£280.00 this month, but I have a shop at Aldi and Tesco planned for tonight which should come to around £30.00. It's half term this week which means a lot more snacks are going to be consumed, and DS2 isn't getting his free infant school meals.
    • ancientmum
    • By ancientmum 12th Feb 18, 5:51 PM
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    I have updated my sig with the past week's spends of £13.72, divided between Aldi and Waitrose.
    If life is a journey, I want comfy shoes

    2018: Trying to keep to annual budgets £1040 for groceries, £480 for cat needs
    Update: £277.46/1040 £114.84/480
    • private_helen
    • By private_helen 12th Feb 18, 6:33 PM
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    Glad to hear your feeling better 'Save Dosh'- Was interested to hear your comment about FFds- I have a store up the road but have never been in it. Think i'll take a nose next time I'm passing. A friend has also just told me about some great offers in the F Warehouse- another fairly local freezer store I've not tried.

    I am not over budget yet, but realise my £300 per calendar month guesstimate (all food- breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks, alcohol, toiletries and cleaning) was perhaps a little ambitious, and after tomorrow's shop (for basics) I might just tip over target (my month started on the 26th Jan). Having friends over and ordering pizza didn't help- nor did the alcohol. I think the alcohol is probably the largest reduction we can make over a month.

    However- using planned meals and batch cooking has meant we have eaten far healthier meals, and all those bits dying in my freezer have been used. I've really enjoyed this week- my biggest stress was to remember to get meals out of freezer the night before to defrost. With my old freezer supplies and batch cooking supplies depleting I'm now looking at cheap meals to sustain us for next week. In the depths of my store cupboard I have found 3- yes 3! bags of red split lentils- I've just googled some fab recipes (all freezable), so it looks like a meat free week for us.

    I was particularly interested in red lentil and sweet potato pate (served with crackers or pitta and sticks of carrot, celery and cucumber) as an alternative to our usual packed lunches. The other faces in the house tell me they aren't quite as keen- but I'll let you know how it goes.
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 12th Feb 18, 6:37 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    Forgot about the 7.56 spend in Her*n foods yesterday, got snacks and drinks for yesterday and a few bits for packed lunches and snacks to top up the drawer.
    Today was a small top up shop at Mr T's spent £5.61.

    I'm planning on using the waitr*se coupons I got sent for the next couple of main shops, with maybe the odd thing from Ald! as their cold meat seems expensive for the amount you get compared with Ald!.

    Budget currently stands at £229.44/£400, I don't need to buy any meat/fish for main meals so hoping to have a couple of £40 minus £8 voucher shops and then some under £10 top ups to get us to the end of the month. I'd be really happy if I could come in under £350 for the entire month.
    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 £211.17/£400
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 12th Feb 18, 9:33 PM
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    Went shopping after getting off a bus ride me and OH would love to forget. I'm a wheelchair user and was already on the bus when a woman with a pushchair came on but there was no space which I tried to explain to deaf ears apparently. She ended up whacking into my legs and feet, actually moving them and it was painful, with her pushchair wheels. When my OH had a go at her for that, no we weren't nice about it but she had just hurt me, she and I quote said 'I didn't touch her!' She went on to say it was funny. Grr . I am sick and tired of ignorant people doing this and thinking that being in a wheelchair means I can't feel my legs and feet.

    Anyway we did our best to only buy what was needed while we were still 'fuming'.

    I spent £4.14 buying bananas, mushroom 'mince' (ys), brussel sprouts (ys), grapes and celeriac (ys).
    OH bought 2 joints of beef, sweet chilli beef, eggs and milk.

    Me - £45.28/£54. £8.72 left.
    OH - £35.91/£81. £45.09 left.
    Total - £81.19/£135. £53.81 left
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 12th Feb 18, 10:51 PM
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    sitting at around £15 for month - over for the year. Going to try no buying for the lent period- fully stocked up on milk and meal planned to the end of next week which is where the work rota goes up to. I'm fine for breakfast and lunches - teas are a bit low . Since it is technically 46 days to lent i can have 6 spend days - going to make myself a pretty bullet journal to encourage me keeping this up
    91.50£365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
    20,000 step a day challenge
    • NeverendingDMP
    • By NeverendingDMP 12th Feb 18, 11:06 PM
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    I'm at 336.70 out of 390. I've got till 26th to go but will need mainly fresh stuff between now and then. I've written a meal planner till 26th so have main meals bought. It's been tough so far but I'm still in with a chance, all our food dog food and toiletries are included in my budget. Sure it will become easier each month though now I'm planning better.
    35,213 Jan 2018, SC =33001 c/c =1586 on 1st April 2018. 16.5 years remaining. 1.77% paid
    Mortgage 77230 in Jan 2018 - 76820 left on 1st April 2018. 18 yrs 11 months remaining. 0.5% paid
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 13th Feb 18, 12:10 AM
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    Spent £6.44 on some bits, am stocked up on oats for making my milk. Need some salad bits, mushrooms, Vegenaise and that's it. Bit low on lentils, but have 3 packs of mixed dry bean and lentil mixes, that I want to use, also have a massive catering size of broad beans, so might hunt out some burger/falafel recipes for the freezer, maybe some broad bean houmous. Have updated sig.
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