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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 8th Mar 16, 11:39 AM
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    • 8th Mar 16, 11:39 AM
    8th Mar 16 at 11:39 AM
    Hi everyone,

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

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

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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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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 13th Mar 18, 10:05 AM
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    Tesco delivery for the month today, usually comes start of the month but with one thing or another has been delayed. Also remembered a couple of chippy purchases that hadn't been put on last week so total now...

    1P Challenge #13 £237.76/£667.95;£2 Club #30 £40;50p Club #8 £20;20p Club #100 £23.40;SPC #39 £?;VSPC #15 £380.45;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 £3964/£3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 £7912/£10014 (79%);GC Jan £483.58/£450; Feb £390.32/£430; Mar £260.41/£410; Apr £396.17/£410; May £271.98/£400
    • NeverendingDMP
    • By NeverendingDMP 13th Mar 18, 10:18 AM
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    Im at 307/310. Hmmmmm. Next Get paid on the 26th. My budget was reduced from 390 this month due to various issues. Think 310 was to hopeful. Especially as it's included two birthday teas and cake. I'll see how close I can get it though. Only top up items and toilet roll are needed really and I have the begginings of an emergency fund that can be used so we won't starve. Hopefully back to usual budget next month although I think I've just been done for speeding so I might be screwed fault I know.
    35,213 Jan 2018, 34498 remaining.
    Mortgage 77230 Jan 2018
    76588 remaining.
    • archwaysaver
    • By archwaysaver 13th Mar 18, 11:03 AM
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    Already over our budget for the month (some of it is pre-paying for our weekly local veg delivery so it's not as bad as it seems), but still a bit disappointed. Maybe I set the budget too low. We have a lot of dried food though so will be doing a lot of cupboard cooking for the next few weeks!
    Bring lunch to work March: 5/13
    NSD March: 6/18

    Goal by Sept 2019: £20,100
    So far: £3,749.89
    (tuition £1,920/4,100, cushion £456/1,000, dream £1,300.44/15,000)
    • cw18
    • By cw18 13th Mar 18, 11:22 AM
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    Spends so far this month...

    A!di - £3.94 for dog biscuits (for 4-legged friends I see at work, a box lasts almost a year!), marmalade, jar of pasta sauce and a garlic baguette (for tea that night with pasta and vegetarian meatballs I already had in), potato wedges (for tea the next night) and soya milk.
    Her0n - £4.58 for a tub of 0reo ice-cream (for supper that night), some jaffa cakes and a block of cheese.

    A!di - £3.05 for some rtc cheese topped rolls (was actually charged full price, so went back next day and was given a refund for the 50% overcharge), tea bags (which I was desperate for having forgotten the day before) and a tin of a marinade powder.

    Her0n - £1 for a tub of custard ice cream (went down well over the weem with some individual christmas puddings I'd bought in clearance from Icel@nd a few weeks ago)

    A!di - £1.21 on a loaf of bread, pack of custard creams and pack of oatie biscuits.

    A!di - £2.25 on some tortilla chips (have a jar of salsa in my cupboad that needs using up), a jar of mayo (finally remembered to pick some up - down to final scrapes of jar in fridge!), baby potatoes (for tea that day), a pack of cola laces and another pack of custard creams.
    Her0n - £6.28 on 6 bags of peanuts, 2 fruit cakes, an rtc tub of tuna mayo and an rtc pack of haslet slices.
    Cosct0 - £3.49 for 3 packs of 4 bean burgers. OH picked them up on the way to mine as I'd been sent to a different office away from the store, and clearly didn't hear me ask him to pick up 2 lots! Still, at least I've got some

    A!di - £3.64 for soya milk, marmalade, honey and a large tub of mushrooms.

    Total spend of the month so far £29.44

    Doesn't sound a lot, but it's still more than I wanted to have spent by this point Going out shortly expecting to start picking up long-life items for a week away (self catering well away from affordable shops, so we take as much as possible) and some ingredients to bake some items before we go, and then pick up some more long-life items after work one night this week (hopefully at 'my' base near a large Mr T at least one day), then fresh and frozen from local A!di and Icel@nd last minute before we go. At least a week away from shops should make that a very low spend (hopefully no spend) week.
    Groceries : May £11.97 / £120 Apr £137.78 / £100 Mar £99.55 / £100.Feb £85.02 / £80.Jan £112.15 / £130. Annual £446.47 / £1200

    • Daydreamers
    • By Daydreamers 13th Mar 18, 2:32 PM
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    Only £24.50 Food and household for week ending 10th March.

    This week will be more. I've bought 2 salmon sides for £7.50 per kilo from Mr T to portion up and I'm cooking for the extended family on Saturday.
    GC Challenge March £55.48/£200
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 13th Mar 18, 3:53 PM
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    £28.43 spent since last update.
    OH spent £7.46; loaf of bread, milk, giraffe loaf, chicken soup (2), shortcake, Ben and Jerry phish food and fig rolls.
    I spent £20.97; gluten free vegan bread (2), Alpro caffe milk (2), vegan gluten free cornetto(2), Alpro caramel desert, vegetable crisps (4).
    Yep mostly junk, but on offer and barely bought. It was £6 for my two loaves . I will freeze some for later. The vegan gluten free cornetto are on offer £2.50 a pack instead of £3. So Bread and ice cream cones were £11 alone .

    Me - £43.32/£77.50. £34.18 left.
    OH - £25.05/£77.50. £52.45 left.
    Total - £68.40/£155. £86.60 left.
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • TooClumsy
    • By TooClumsy 13th Mar 18, 4:07 PM
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    hello, have spent a total of £89.20 with a MuscleFoods delivery coming today for £44.99 including delivery, which will bring totals up to £134.19/£300. Technically the Muscle Foods order could come from my bulk buy budget, but am saving that for a Costco trip this weekend.

    Musclefoods Order includes:

    10-12 Chicken breast fillets
    4 packs of free-range beef steak mince
    4 free-range beef sirloin steaks
    and then for a £1 extra we got:

    2 free-range beef minute steaks
    1 pack of free-range giant beef meatballs
    2 5oz hickory seasoned chicken steaks
    2 4oz beef rump steak burgers
    10 smoked back bacon medallions
    6 Cumberland sausages
    200g chicken mini fillets

    I usually buy the 5kg of chicken breast fillets for £25 + delivery, but thought it was a good deal (£40+delivery) and there is a lot of variety in there.

    Meal Plan this week is super simple, because CBA in all honesty..

    Tonights meal will be gyoza and dipping sauces
    Tomorrows dinner will be Larb Gai (minced chicken and veggies in lettuce cups) with the remaining being for tomorrows lunch

    Hope everyone has had a relaxing day, the bed is almost in sight..!
    GC Challenge 2018:
    Jan £309.44/£290.72
    Feb £204.81/£290
    March £153.60/£300
    • selloptape
    • By selloptape 13th Mar 18, 8:19 PM
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    What about the cost is frustrating you? Is it the calculation of individual meals, the weekly shop costs or something else?
    Originally posted by JingsMyBucket
    A bit of both, I seem to have lost track of what is cheap, but also not sure how to estimate costs before shopping.
    GC May £78.51/£290 GC April £240.65/£300March £322.53/£350
    £2 Savers Club #59 £58
    MFW 2018 #49 £600/£3,000
    MFiT T4 #21 - reduce mortgage by £20k over 3 years
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 13th Mar 18, 8:37 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    I almost forgot, does anyone know where you can buy the recycle-able toothbrushes? I have read you can get ones made from bamboo, and that toothbrushes account for a huge amount of plastic waste.

    Originally posted by ancientmum are great for eco products like toothbrushes, solid shampoo, reusable sandwich wraps etc. They only use recyclable packaging and are super speedy with delivery too.

    I spent £1.98 today on 3 bottles of fizzy drink, some reduced priced mushrooms, parsnips and bananas from Mr T's. paid 21p for 284g of mushrooms, 17p for over a 1kg of bananas and 31p for a pack of baby parsnips.
    We've already eaten the mushrooms, the bananas will be eaten over the next couple of days or turned into banana loaf and the parsnips will keep till the weekend in the fridge.
    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
    • cw18
    • By cw18 13th Mar 18, 9:04 PM
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    A bit of both, I seem to have lost track of what is cheap, but also not sure how to estimate costs before shopping.
    Originally posted by selloptape
    Depending on where you shop you can check prices on line.

    All the big supermarkets have their own websites as does Iceland, so they're easy. I use to check Aldi and Lidl, though nowhere near all their items are listed.

    I also tend to hang onto receipts for a while and/or keep a spreadsheet of what I bought where/when/cost so I can refer back to see what I last paid for something. That gives me the most accurate picture for Aldi, Poundstretcher, B&M, Home Bargains/Quality Save and other such outlets.

    Having price histories means I can fairly accurately estimate the cost of a meal plan before I go shopping - I'm just not very good at meal planning so don't do it as often as I should
    Groceries : May £11.97 / £120 Apr £137.78 / £100 Mar £99.55 / £100.Feb £85.02 / £80.Jan £112.15 / £130. Annual £446.47 / £1200

    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 13th Mar 18, 9:39 PM
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    Merlin's Beard
    A bit of both, I seem to have lost track of what is cheap, but also not sure how to estimate costs before shopping.
    Originally posted by selloptape
    If you mainly use the big supermarkets (sort of including Aldi and Lidl) then might help with cost planning?
    • Tales17
    • By Tales17 13th Mar 18, 10:49 PM
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    First update of the month and halfway through budget but pretty good with things I have bought so far

    - £3.89 Graze Box

    - £11.95 on Pets (a large plastic box to let the dwarf hamsters run around - can be cleaned and reused whereas the cardboard ones are getting a bit grubby! )

    - £97 on Meat Delivery (most of the order was on half price items so a good saving!)

    - £70.95 Sainsburys click and collect order (including a £12 off £60 spend voucher)

    - £2 Sainsburys - top up item that wasn't on order!

    - £30.34 Holland & Barratt - bought some nuts and aloe vera gel with £1.50 voucher - topped up to £30 to get £5 voucher next time round

    - £9.58 Tesco - Top up shop

    - £10 Tesco - other half buying his favourite beer on offer (whilst buying my Mother's Day presents! )

    - £48.15 Sainsburys click and collect order (including a £12 off £60 spend voucher)

    - £26.86 Tesco - Top up shop - mainly Belvita biscuits as they are half price and we all like them in this house!

    So total stands at £310.72 with 3 main shops to go this month (I shop on Fridays) - should be doable I think, before I kept an eye on my spending, most weekly shops were over £100 so I am impressed with how I am doing and having Sainsburys vouchers has helped!

    I have been sent a new set to use with £3 off £20 spend shops this time round and my partner got £9 of £60 spend so if I do an online shop and then pop in to get a £20 shop I can get the £12 off each time
    Grocery Challenge 2018 YTD-£2500.31/£7200(35%)
    Grocery Challenge May - £279.26/£600(47%)
    £12k in 2018 #117: Monthly Saving Accounts £3600, Cashback & Competition Sites £170.37, Shopping Saving £696.27, Selling £154.05, Interest & Dividends £92.74, Surveys £25, Tesco Vouchers £140, Save 1p a Day #24 £253.24
    Total Saved - £5109.01/£12000(43%)
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 13th Mar 18, 11:46 PM
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    Today, Tuesday, was a NSD. I couldn't be bothered to leave the house to do errands. I'll update my sig in a bit. I'm pleased with the way my spending has mellowed out a bit. At least me spending less in euros will leave room for the spending I'll do in the UK.

    Totals So Far:
    €133.42 / €400.00
    9/10 NSD
    £0/£150 UK stock up
    MAY 18 GC: €112.63/€400.00 // 6/10 NSD
    APR 18 GC: €406.12/€400.00 // 16/10 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
    • SilverBird
    • By SilverBird 14th Mar 18, 12:04 PM
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    Just 2 GC spends so far this month...£40.93 at A5da, £23.75 at Mr S = £64.68
    #Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain #We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us #If you focus on what you have left behind, you will never see what lies ahead - Gusteau/Ratatouille
    GC: Apr £172.93/£180 (£588.34/£2,160)
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 14th Mar 18, 12:28 PM
    • 523 Posts
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    Will be a NSD for me thank goodness, I need one!!
    Working late tonight so boys will have to create their own tea.. Just hope there is something left in the fridge when I get in!
    Last edited by MadamMim2013; 14-03-2018 at 12:29 PM. Reason: Whoopsie
    Living life happily! Debt Free date: 2018!!!
    Jan 18 GC Feb 18 GC Mar 18 GC Apr 18 GC: May 18 GC £273.93/£300
    Slinky C : 3.5lbs/2st
    • indigowarrior
    • By indigowarrior 14th Mar 18, 2:45 PM
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    £8.59 in morrisons. Brings total up to £37.42
    #545- SPC/ Frugal Living Challenge May NSD 3/19
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 14th Mar 18, 7:13 PM
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    Yesterday I went to the hairdressers (first time this year and it was much needed ) and then into the PO a few doors down. While I'm thankful we still have a local PO, it's in the Co-op right at the back of the store so you have to walk past all the shelves, making the challenge of not spending that much harder.

    Well, I came out having spent £17.58. And not everything was on my list.

    Tbf, £10.36 of that was on a large joint of beef topside that I'll cook on Sunday. I can't remember the last time we had a joint of beef so we'll look forward to that. I'll make lots of gravy so I can slice and freeze several portions for "some other time". The ys section didn't have anything that I wanted so that was a win, but I did spy some jars of Kung Po sauce elsewhere that they were selling off for 50p each (down from £1.99 each) with a bbe date of Aug 2018. They'll not go to waste here and will be long gone before then so I bought two of those.

    Still on course to stay within budget so all is well.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    May £130.30/£175.00 NSDs144/35 (Jan-Apr £66.88 under budget)

    • Wysiwyg49
    • By Wysiwyg49 14th Mar 18, 8:05 PM
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    Up to £239.57 so far in March. Pleased with some things this week, have been roughly following the £10 a week plan from the EatNotSpend pages ( tweaked for some favourites... with that shopping list I did seem to get a lot for about £68 in Sainsbobs on Sunday. Erm why was it more than £40 - probably because I also bought crisps, biscuits, fruit juice, chicken breast rather than thighs, and fruit which tends to be missing from the eat not spend plans.

    Everyone liked the jambalaya and tonight we're trying the roast cauli and couscous, with added chicken bits for the carnivores. I usually buy branded couscous (Mexican type flavours) at about 60-80p for 2 people, so a 500g bag does seem like a bargain. But I am left wondering why I bought a pomegranate (£1.25) instead of a prepack of seeds for £1.30! Should have checked the recipe before I went!
    GC Mar £239.57/£360 : Feb £352.71/£320
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 14th Mar 18, 9:11 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    NSD for me, food shopping day tomorrow, so need to check the meal plan and the cupboards and write my list!
    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
    • Aereon
    • By Aereon 15th Mar 18, 7:34 AM
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    For March please have me down for £125 again

    I've recently been trying to squeeze as many veggies and fruit into my daily diet as possible as I just feel so much more alive and awake when I do! I've also moved from a pretty active job to one where I sit at a desk half the time so I don't want to tempt any extra weight. This week has been my main effort in doing so and so where I'd usually find a veg crisper full of veg I'm actually almost out for once! So I'm currently proud of myself on that end but GC me is not so keen on spending more money So I'm going to see how it goes this month with having a larger portion of my shop on veg and what that does to my spending, and then reevaluate.
    Last edited by Aereon; 16-03-2018 at 6:57 AM.
    January 2018 GC - Spent as of 29/01/18 : £98.50 / £125
    February 2018 GC - Spent as of 28/02/18 : £117.20 / £125
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