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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!

    Last edited by elsiepac; 23-02-2018 at 11:10 PM.
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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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    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 3rd Mar 18, 9:01 PM
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    Mrs Cheshire
    Adding £14.91 to this week, popped to Mr T's for a top up.
    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
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 3rd Mar 18, 9:51 PM
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    Happy Saturday night everyone. I hope folks have been able to keep warm and dig themselves out of the snow today. Today was the first day I went officially shopping and I stocked up on a lot.

    €27.82 at organic store - for bars of soap and bulk shower gel, the latter of which will last me several months.

    €16.35 at Delhaize - strawberries, carrots, 2 blocks of halloumi, ground pork, and gruy!re.

    €9.48 at the organic market - mushrooms, onions, celery, and a couple of cheeses. I decided to replace the Babybel I was going to buy at Lidl with one of these cheeses for snacking.

    €29.41 at Lidl - chicken thighs, pork chops, salmon fillets, mozzarella, frozen spinach and leeks, red peppers, more strawberries (cheaper and looked better!), cheddar, and finally some tomato sauce for baked pastas.

    €7.04 at halal store - parsley, ground beef, 2 small beef shins, and some short ribs cut into pieces for soup.

    €3.40 at market in our square by OH - he bought garlic, ginger, and fresh turmeric.

    I really wanted/craved an acorn squash but I think the season is over for that, coincidentally enough. I'll see if I can possibly get it another store later this week.

    Totals So Far:
    €93.80 / €400.00
    2/10 NSD
    £0/£150 UK stock up

    Meals / Sunday Batch Freezer Cooking planned in no particular order:
    Tomato sauce, spinach, and pasta bake - for OH to have in the freezer (and uses up ricotta)

    Pork/Beef and ricotta meatballs - for freezer - easy meals for me (uses the rest of the ricotta)

    Beef and vegetable soup

    Chicken stock with skins and bones from the thighs

    Roasted aubergine and zucchini with feta

    Gratin of grains, leeks, spinach, and cheeses - freezer for OH and uses up cream and ricotta - I'm trying to recreate this dish that OH loves.

    Mediterranean marinated chicken thighs - for freezer - using this recipe.

    I also might stuff the red peppers with mushrooms, grains and other random things later this week.

    Tomorrow I'll try to get through as much of the list above as I possibly can. I can feel myself getting sick, especially with an ear/sinus infection that's moving to my throat. I want to have some easy meals/resources to pull from this week where I can just feed myself. There's also some spicy pumpkin soup in the freezer that I'll pull out for eating this week. I feel like diving into soup the next few days. I need to make room anyway for all the chicken, pork chops and salmon I bought today.
    Last edited by JingsMyBucket; 03-03-2018 at 11:04 PM.
    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
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 3rd Mar 18, 11:23 PM
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    First official spends of the month.. £5.25 on meats and sausage from the local shop on way back from work.. No milk or bread in there at all.. (Luckily we had ample and the crusts to share with the birdies )
    Poor shop assistant was looking frazzled from all the grumpy/rude people wanting to know why they've not had a proper milk/bread delivery (errr.. Have you seen the snow!?!)
    Originally posted by MadamMim2013
    We were listening to the BBC yesterday and they had a clip about Scottish farmers having to dump their milk because they couldn’t get it to market / processing due to the snow. What a waste.
    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
    • Tales17
    • By Tales17 4th Mar 18, 12:53 AM
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    Just managed to update February with final total of £439.52 out of £600 budget!

    Really pleased that I kept it under control last month as I know this month will be more difficult so fingers crossed I can do it again!
    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%)
    • starting_again_in_the_sun
    • By starting_again_in_the_sun 4th Mar 18, 9:50 AM
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    Good morning all, hope everyone is enjoying the weekend whatever the weather!

    A few spends to update:

    Friday- 5.40 euros on tea, beer, juice and weekend treats.

    Yesterday- 8.50 euros in Ikea on meatballs and sweets.
    28.50 stocking up on soya mince and veggie burgers, also bought dinner for last night because we didn't fancy going out.

    Total spend this month is 122.10, nearly half way through budget but spending should be minimal for next couple of weeks.
    • riotlady
    • By riotlady 4th Mar 18, 9:56 AM
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    Spent £24 at Aldi to get the food in for the week, although there were a couple of bits they didn!!!8217;t have so will have to pop to Asda for those.

    £83 remaining

    Meal planning:
    Tonight: left over curry
    Monday: homemade fish goujons with Cajun wedges
    Tuesday: dinner at friends
    Wednesday: spaghetti bolognaise
    Thursday: sausage and lentil stew
    Friday: halloumi and cashew nut curry
    Saturday: pizza

    Plus I!!!8217;m planning on making some breakfast bars for DP and some black bean brownies to take to our friends on Tuesday.
    Make £2018 in 2018 challenge-
    • Daydreamers
    • By Daydreamers 4th Mar 18, 10:02 AM
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    £30.98 spent on food and household this week.

    I have done a freezer audit and my husband has 29 various home made lunches to plough through!!!

    Not much for evening meals though so that is where I will need to spend this month.
    GC Challenge March £55.48/£200
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 4th Mar 18, 10:27 AM
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    my sister comes to stay (week-days) from sunday so as a treat I've ordered a leg of lamb with my morries delivery. it was rather expensive but I thought as a one off it would be worth it. i'm hoping there's plenty of meat on it to get a couple of shepherds pies from it.
    the whole order came to £79!!!! tho luckily for this challenge a lot of it doesn't come out of this budget.
    while I remember douwe egberts coffee is on special offer there again, most of the reason the shop is sooo expensive, I swear dad just eats spoonfuls of it.
    this afternoon I want to sit with my soup cookbook, cos she likes that for lunches, and I tend to stick with the same few.
    dinner today is roast pork, I found a joint i'd cut in half before cooking and forgotten about, that should leave leftovers for a few dinners. i'm thinking it'd work in the 'chicken Glamorgan sausages' recipe I have and will make egg and pork fried rice tomorrow.
    hope everyone has the bright sun this morning like we do here snow is nearly all gone
    gc 2017 £1841.27.
    2018 jan £124.69/£130 feb £157.97/£150 mar £221.33/£200 apr £223.04/£250
    • archwaysaver
    • By archwaysaver 4th Mar 18, 12:18 PM
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    Think I might live near you - going by your name. I can highly recommend Wood Green High Road for veggies - two stalls halfway down in particular. I get tons of veg there for pennies.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Ooh, thank you for the tip! There's a few good Turkish groceries near us and it's always good to find good value fresh veg, especially at this time of year.
    Bring lunch to work March: 5/13
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    • supersaver1000
    • By supersaver1000 4th Mar 18, 12:31 PM
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    So my target is £304 this month and I didn't do too badly for the first few days, but its been a spendy morning today. Popped into Mr T's and managed to see off over £45, which was amazing considering the empty shelves. But almost £30 of that was for reduced price skin care products in the yellow sticker box.

    Then just under £6 in c0op including 160 pg t-bags for £3, some mayo and bin liners - needed tho not essential, but I wanted to take advantage of the 'spend over £5 offer' using my H@lifax card and of course I just had to use my 10% discount.

    And have finally completed my A$da order for next week for £71. Again another £23 of non-food items in there for MrSS. So I have around £110 left on the card and £25 in cash for the rest of the month - its going to be a challenge. Just one spend needed for next week, which are chicken breasts for Monday evening. I'm sure they will be back in stock tomorrow. I'm really please I have lots of ingredients for baking, including some date bars - they do look yummy.

    March is going better than February so far, but I've some work to do on recording and being a bit more precise about food/non-food etc.

    BTW Congratulations to everyone last month, I was just looking through all the declarations for Feb. Amazing to be so on it, knowing what you have spent, even if its been over what you planned. That would be a real result for me.
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    It's not getting what you want, it's wanting what you've got
    (being satisfied with your lot and making the most of it)
    • xironsongx
    • By xironsongx 4th Mar 18, 1:23 PM
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    I'd like to sign up please.

    Our monthly total would be £200
    with £40 for smaller everyday items like bread & milk (anything not used will be stashed in our emergency kitchen pot)

    I haven't had our shopping delivered for the last week of February because of the snow,
    So we will have £40 extra as I've estimated.
    Engaged 01-09-17 Wedding £519.78 (BA) £80.22 (Sp) / £5,600 £5,000 left to save
    • debtfreeby2020
    • By debtfreeby2020 4th Mar 18, 3:40 PM
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    Please sign me up with a budget of £200.

    This is for a two person household. I know that is quite a large sum but I shop at Costco once a month, as I like to fill our freezer for any emergencies.
    Originally posted by debtfreeby2020
    Did my weekly shop today. Just a top-up shop. I have lots of items in the freezer at the moment.

    I am now at £17.15/£200

    At this rate, I will come in well under budget!
    Emergency Fund: £300.01/£1000 (30%) March NST: 2/18 NSDs
    Tesco Loan: £3,877/£5000 Barclaycard: £3149.99/£3169.79
    • Maisie M
    • By Maisie M 4th Mar 18, 3:58 PM
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    Maisie M
    Well a horrendous start to our March budget. We have been snowed in for three days and have had to put up my brother and his family at short notice as they couldnt get to their destination. However fortunately I have stocks in so we got fed and watered but it has taken a huge toll on my freezer fridge and cupboards

    Sent OH to do some shopping yesterday and think he thought we were in for a second armageddon as he managed to spend £92.27 We are really going to need to tighten our belts for the rest of the month to come in on budget.
    GC 2018 Jan 246.87/250, Feb 316.43/250
    Lbs lost 6 Jan 18 - 30 Mar 18 - 2/14
    • selloptape
    • By selloptape 4th Mar 18, 7:53 PM
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    Most of our snow has melted so could get to the shops finally! Have bought dinner for tomorrow, a weeks packed lunch for my son, two weeks worth breakfast. Have all I need for Tues and Weds dinners at home so should only need to grab milk and some puds for my son tomorrow and then no need to go in any shops until thus. Well that!!!8217;s what I!!!8217;m telling myself anyway

    I!!!8217;ve updated sig and it feels like I!!!8217;ve spent so much already, am really hoping things even out across the week.
    GC May £78.51/£290 GC April £240.65/£300March £322.53/£350
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    • Highland Fling
    • By Highland Fling 4th Mar 18, 7:57 PM
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    Highland Fling
    good evening everyone,
    well I have spent £30 this weekend but hopefully that will keep me going for the week. I have placed milk and bread in the freezer as emergency supplies.
    Planning to make "bottom of fridge" soup tomorrow. Will also freeze some portions of that.

    I hope everyone is safe and warm.
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 4th Mar 18, 8:16 PM
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    Evening All.

    A couple of shops to declare this weekend. We went to the farm shop today, spending £5.30 on onions, carrots, potatoes, broccoli and eggs. Yesterday, we visited Lidl, buying cheese, hot chocolate, mushrooms, bran flakes and some chocolate for £13.42. We also did a reasonable shop at MrT’s, spending £17.74. We actually spotted a few Value toiletries in MrT’s, but I didn’t stock up because I already have a stockpile of 2L of Value shampoo, 2L of foam bath (for hand wash) and 6 body washes.

    Our total spend so far is £36.46/£120, leaving £83.54.

    Many thanks to Elsiepac for setting up the thread this month, to Zippychick for all the years she’s put in, to Coxy for the Admin and Lynne for the amazing list of recipes.

    - Pip
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    • riotlady
    • By riotlady 4th Mar 18, 8:45 PM
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    Managed to spend £14 in Asda- always overspend when I take DP as he sneaks beer and sweets into the trolley!

    Down to £69 now, I think we might end up going over this month unless I!!!8217;m very very careful.
    Make £2018 in 2018 challenge-
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 4th Mar 18, 8:51 PM
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    Planning to make "bottom of fridge" soup tomorrow.
    Originally posted by Highland Fling
    Lol! We call this bendy soup, as you put all the bendy things into it! My colleagues at work laugh at me (nicely) for this!!

    I've had a nsd today, as per the plan. As time goes on this year, I'm feeling less and less like shopping, or even taking my purse with me when I go out!

    Lovely dinner of sausages, cheesy mash and beans tonight, although ds had sweet potato cubed and baked (ys the other day and he loves it!)

    PG x
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
    • ma-ri-ella
    • By ma-ri-ella 4th Mar 18, 9:08 PM
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    just under £10 for month so far. More than budgeted but with the weather being so horrible been eating at work instead of home for lunch.
    also got some yellow sticeked bargains

    this week i want to buy some quiche dishes and cheese/flour. Don't think i need anything but might do a ys trip on one of my days off :P
    91.50£365 a year spend challenge - this has included food/clothes/beauty
    20,000 step a day challenge
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 4th Mar 18, 9:51 PM
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    Just over £20 spent at the market this morning; they weren't open on Friday or Saturday, so there were some serious bargains to be had on the fruit & veg stalls, as they were overstocked. That bought us meat & cheese for the week, and raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, Sicilian lemons (15 for £1! I feel a few jars of lemon curd coming on...) Nardacotts, broccoli, parsnips, spring onions, celery, shallots & a cabbage. I hope the traders haven't taken too much of a financial hit, but we'll enjoy the bargains.

    There'll have to be a L!dls/Makr0 stock-up shortly, but supplies are holding up pretty well & there's not a lot of waste going out to the chickens - mostly just cooked-up peelings and the odd wrinkly apple.

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