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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 fourth Grocery Challenge of 2018 !!!!

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

    elsiepac
    Last edited by elsiepac; 18-03-2018 at 1:36 PM.
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    • Tales17
    • By Tales17 15th Apr 18, 9:50 AM
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    Tales17
    Weekly Update for me:

    - £15.47 in Morrisons, last shop at family's house, not sure what it was as the other half did it and I can't find the receipt!

    - £4.05 at Tesco, top up shop for bread, milk etc. when we got home late on Saturday

    - £54.80 Tesco - click and collect shop on the Monday to fill the cupboards up a bit after being away for the week

    - £43.06 Tesco - click and collect on the Thursday to prepare for the week ahead (had to do two within one week to get back to my usual shopping rhythm of Thursday / Friday!), got some bulk items to bring it above the minimum £40 total

    £12.54 - other half shopping, mainly for alcohol to enjoy the last weekend before going back to work

    Brings total this month up to £209.03 so only 1/3 of budget used and half way through the month so looking good so far. Probably be £100 ish spend on wine this week to stock up the rack, I have a £10 voucher to use which should help!
    Grocery Challenge 2018 YTD-£5747.09/£7200(80%)
    Grocery Challenge Oct - £447.08/£600(75%)
    £12k in 2018 #117: Monthly Saving Accounts £6300, Cashback & Competition Sites £310.95, Shopping Saving £1189.61,Selling £521.07, Interest & Dividends £4030.85, Surveys £25,Tesco Vouchers £140,Save 1p a Day #24 £555.10
    Total Saved - £13013.85/£12000(108%)
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 15th Apr 18, 11:01 AM
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    Will be a NSD for me today, off to work in a mo..
    Just need to make up a suitable tea for the munchkins.. Pasta bake me thinks
    Seems everyone is off to a good start, two weeks in & I'm more than happy with what I've spent.
    Living life happily! Debt Free date: 06/2018!!!
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Apr 18, 12:20 PM
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    £5 top up shop today bringing total so far for April to £122/£200

    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 15th Apr 18, 6:34 PM
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    Can't remember if I posted this already...

    £96.88/£100.... wish me luck with my £3.12 for the second half of the month!!
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 15th Apr 18, 6:47 PM
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    Pleased to report that Week 2 has been a lot less spendy than Week 1. A total of x6 NSDs and only one shopping trip coming to a total of £17.32, leaving me with £63.77 in the budget for the next fortnight so it's all looking good.

    Meal plan has been drawn up for the coming week, mostly using fresh stuff and a couple of LOs from the fridge. In fact, there's only fishcakes and chicken & bacon slices scheduled to come out of the freezer so that's not going to make much wriggle room, is it? Never mind, there's always next week.

    Let's see what Week 3 brings .....
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
    Dec £26.32/110 and 5/28 NSDs (Jan-Nov £170.14 under budget)

    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 15th Apr 18, 9:40 PM
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    £1.68 spend 07/04/18 in Morrisons
    £24 ish at Iceland Warehouse (will double check) yesterday
    £5.61 spend in Morrisons today

    So, roughly £31.29
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    Iceland spend was £23.86 so can knock a few pennies off the total. However, I've found another receipt for £8.90 which was all fruit and veg a loaf of bread fand fresh orange juice from Morrisons. So, £8.76 to add to sig.
    [B] GC 2017 (£3,434.09/£4,000) Jan £264.28, Feb £179.18, Mar £290.38, Apr £182.39, May £210.24 Jun £122.33, Jul £149.45, Aug £199.22, Sep £211.46, OCT £227.94, Nov £200.33, Dec £27.50(£2,237.75/£3,250 p.a)
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 15th Apr 18, 9:41 PM
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    £22 spent at the market this morning, on a chicken for today's roast, a pack of chicken breasts, a pack of chicken carcasses to make a massive pot of stock, some extra inexpensive fruit & veg and a tub of delicious olives! Those are a bit of a treat for DD2 & I but will also be an option for topping HM pizzas later in the week. Now I need a couple of sensible NSDs food-wise, as the kettle sputtered its last today & will have to be replaced.

    ETA: and a whacking £85.60 added to the bulk-buy total; that's 5 months worth of adult cat-food pouches, plus 1 month worth, I think, for the two kittens arriving next week - it may or may not go a bit further. They'd run out of the dried food we have to use so I'll have to buy that when it's back in stock; we're not desperate yet. I will almost certainly need to adjust my "allowance" for bulk-buys; I realised we were likely to run out even before we agreed to adopt two rescued kittens! Flour supplies are dwindling fast and we're almost at the bottom of the last sack of oats...

    Another edit: out of curiosity, I checked back to when I last ordered oats; it's usually 4 months between sacks. However the last order, the sack that is almost empty, was placed in February. This means that the London Marathon is responsible for us going through 25Kg of oats in double-quick time! Well, that and the Beast from the East too...
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 15-04-2018 at 10:25 PM.
    Angie

    GC Dec 18 - £214.45/£550
    Bulk-buy purse '18 £239.56/£250, pet & livestock food '18 £403.63/£300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • cw18
    • By cw18 15th Apr 18, 10:23 PM
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    Picked up a bag of froen sweetcorn from A!di today, so another 79p added to my total taking me to £104.40 / £100

    Also spent £1.39 in B'n'M, but that was on tiny chocolate eggs to use as cake toppings at the end of next month (always try and do some simple 'baking' when we borrow GDs and a niece for a holiday - has been rice krispie cakes for a couple of years, but this year we're going to make chocolate nest cakes using shredded wheat instead). I've decided I'm going to keep that receipt to one side and log it against my May budget as there's no way I'm going to be touching them until we go away, and I'd not have bought them until closer to the time if I was confident they'd still have them in.....


    Could have been a lot worse today, but I somehow conveniently forgot to remind OH that there was a local food festival with free admission this weekend
    Cheryl
    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

    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 15th Apr 18, 11:23 PM
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    Thriftwizard, wow! 25kg of oats is certainly a lot in a few weeks!! May I ask from where you order, and how much you pay? Curiosity more than anything, as I go through 1-3kg a year!!!

    I've lost track completely of my April spends, mainly because of the holiday. Oh well. I know I've blown it, as there's no money left in the account, but there's plenty in, so we definitely won't starve!!

    Big healthy eating kick started this weekend, as my fella proposed on Friday. I'd quite like to be slimmer for my second wedding than the first - four stone to go...!

    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
    • frugalish
    • By frugalish 16th Apr 18, 3:24 PM
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    Big healthy eating kick started this weekend, as my fella proposed on Friday. I'd quite like to be slimmer for my second wedding than the first - four stone to go...!

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Congratulations PennyGrabber! What a lovely start to your weekend!

    Big Adli shop today - £66.45, plus we had fish & chips for dinner on Friday (approx £10) and I bought two YS bottles of Ariel gel for £1.38 each instead of £5.95, which I thought was too good to miss, but then realised they're biological!! So I can't use them for stuff that's next to my skin, but ok for soaking stains off etc. So still worth it, I reckon!

    £79.21 added to the spend, but the Adli shop included stocking up on some store cupboard stuff that had run low, so shouldn't need to spend that much again this month.
    "What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?" - George Eliot

    Grocery Challenge April 18 £183.42 / £250 = £66.58
    Frugal Living Challenge 2018
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 16th Apr 18, 6:13 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Big healthy eating kick started this weekend, as my fella proposed on Friday. I'd quite like to be slimmer for my second wedding than the first - four stone to go...!
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Aw - very happy for you - congrats. How long have you got to lose the weight ??? I got down to 9st 2lb a few weeks ago (9st my ideal) but it has crept back on - I weighed 9st 12lb this morning - I got dizzy on the scale with shock, but I'm determined to lose it asap. I'm going to a pool party at the end of this month, be nice to shape up for that - wishful thinking. EDIT: wanted to say I'm sure you'll look lovely whatever weight you are, it's not important.




    Ok, so no spends, but I took home an absolute ton from work (free). We got donated some really posh tabulah salad tubs, trays of them, my kind of food, but really not to a lot of peoples taste and they needed to be used today. I took 16 tubs home, have put them in the freezer, sadly loads will be thrown - l also got 4 tubs of Mexican bean soup, some Alpro (vegan) stuff dated 2019, rainbow rice, peppers, some vegan friendly garlic & corriander naan breads, some lovely sprouted seed bread, granola, which will be going back as just noticed it has honey in it - can't remember most of it. All healthy stuff which will be great for my weight loss efforts. Gonna put my weight loss on my sig, hopefully it will encourage me.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 16-04-2018 at 9:13 PM.
    December Grocery Challenge - £23.01/£80
    Bulk Fund - Food £41.47
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 16th Apr 18, 7:49 PM
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    Congratulations, PennyGrabber! And I pay £16.88 for a sack of Jumbo Oats from RealFoods online, but also have to fork out £4.95 for delivery, so it doesn't work out any cheaper than supermarket oats - but they are better oats! We're generally ordering other things from them too, having 2 pescatarians in the house.

    Did manage an NSD today, and brought back purple sprouting broccoli, Red Russian kale, curly kale & leeks from the allotment to add into tonight's stir-fried veg and a huge vat of chicken soup slow-cooked up from the carcasses today. Some will be frozen for later reference, some will go down to my mother's later in the week, and some I'll just eat for my lunches.
    Angie

    GC Dec 18 - £214.45/£550
    Bulk-buy purse '18 £239.56/£250, pet & livestock food '18 £403.63/£300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • Puddleglum
    • By Puddleglum 16th Apr 18, 9:39 PM
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    Squeaked in just under budget this week at £34.85 so I'm going to have to watch the pennies next week to come in on budget for the month. Tried a new supermarket and the bill was a bit higher than expected.
    "A thousand candles can be lit from a single candle without shortening the life of that candle."

    Pay off debts and save 2018. Time to turn my life around (candle moment).
    • selloptape
    • By selloptape 16th Apr 18, 10:34 PM
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    Congrats Pennygrabber! Lovely news

    Spends still quite low so far, although I am having to rejig this weeks meal plan - chicken that was meant for three meals isn't smelling right hate to waste but with chicken I think it's better safe than sorry. I won't be able to get back to the supermarket I bought it from within the next few days - wonder if it's worth contacting their customer services?
    GC Dec £88.61/£306.25
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 17th Apr 18, 1:16 PM
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    HUGE congratulations PG!!!

    Hi everyone

    Didn't realise I'd been quite so absent off here but seem to have not updated since my first shop!!

    To be honest I've not done very well this month and I'm well over my allocated budget again. LUCKILY I had the extra money there, but it could have been better spent I'm sure; or could it? Who knows.
    Basically I just failed to meal plan for the first three weeks and it really shows. This week I planned my recipes and bought to that plan.

    Tonight I am planning next week's recipes, and getting my list ready for when I shop next. I may try and live out of the freezer and only buy fresh stuff - I have plenty but I did want to keep a few bits in there really.

    I'm pretty skint though and don't get paid till 26th - next Thursday!
    I'm finding it hard to cut down on spending - in all areas really. I quit smoking last year and I've cut down my alcohol intake by a huge amount - I was drinking LOADS and it didn't feel like I was, but looking back I see how I'd let it creep up. So That's one area I'm saving a huge amount of money on.
    But everything else just seems so tight. It's not really, I earn a very good salary but I live alone and so have all of my bills plus debt I'm paying off. I don't go out loads - maybe 2 or 3 times a month if that, and one of those will be a cheapy cinema and meal trip with my mum where I spend less than £20.

    Now I've written all this I'm thinking I need to go and spend a bit of time on the debt free forums again, try and regain some discipline to my budgeting. It's just every month I feel like I start well but then something comes along and derails me, an unexpected meal out with family, or a birthday I forgot to budget for, or one of my fossil hunts where I didn't allow extra fuel money, or just a lack of willpower and payday excitement.

    OK, rant over, I'm going to sort this out - writing this has really helped!
    I can't be bothered itemizing my spends on here like usual as I have so many I haven't put in - suffice to say here is my current overspend:

    £339.51 / £200

    I'm in shock. No more words right now. No blinkin wonder I'm skint

    Last edited by elsiepac; 21-04-2018 at 10:46 AM.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 17th Apr 18, 3:03 PM
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    £15.52 in Wilkooos & saaaavers
    That was for a restock on all meds and suchlike.. (They are included in my GB)
    May have another spend later, discovered my two 4pts of milk are both out today not happy..
    Milkshakes and custard for tea
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 17th Apr 18, 3:35 PM
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    £27.62 in tosco, got a months supply of choc £16, couple of reduced loaves, I like the Burgen soya and linseed, on offer this week £1.50 but spotted 2 reduced to 90p, as I freeze anyway in the stock pile, couple of other bits and bobs too.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150£14LOST the plot. DEC£200-£39=£161-£9=£152-£10=£142-£13=£129-£4=£125
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 17th Apr 18, 9:22 PM
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    Hi gang! I realized last night that I haven't posted in about 10 days! Things have been insane with work and this event I'm running. It's next week Thursday, Friday and Saturday and I feel like I'm in what I like to call "slow motion panic mode". You know, when you're panicking on the inside and all you can do is just stare at a wall or count rice grains or something to distract yourself.

    Anyway, I've spent an additional €115.55 and had 5 NSDs in the past 10 days. I've been just buying whatever junk so my amounts have crept up a bit. I've updated my sig.

    Totals so far:
    €218.47 / €400.00
    8 / 10 NSD

    Some notable purchases the past few days: 54 rolls of toilet paper for €20 which should last us until July. I'm so glad I don't have to think about it again for a while! We also bought 3 packets of seeds to try growing stuff on our tiny shady patio. We got coriander, nasturtiums, and mesclun greens/lettuce. I also bought a basil plant from the grocery store that I'll try to keep going after using up its leaves for pesto.

    I'll probably buy some snacks this weekend that I can take to the event which are easily portable. I can just snack on them while I'm running around fixing things. OH is going to London again this Sunday to Wednesday for work and he'll get some food items for us from Waitrose, M & S, and possibly Holland and Barrett. I'll give him my H & B loyalty card so he can use the £10 credit that's accumulated on there.

    My freezer is still full but I'm low on fresh veg and we just have one banana and an orange left. OH literally just finished the last strawberries by whizzing them up with some yoghurt; he ate that as his dessert. I'll get more fruit tomorrow and I may just make a quiche to use up some of the frozen veg.

    I'm on a short mental break to have a bit of fun reading all your posts before digging back into my work. It's going to be a long night.
    DEC 18 GC: €74.94/€350.00 // 4/12 NSD
    NOV 18 GC: €436.44/€300.00 // 13/12 NSD
    OCT 18 GC: €293.20/€300.00 // 13/12 NSD
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 17th Apr 18, 9:45 PM
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    JingsMyBucket
    Big healthy eating kick started this weekend, as my fella proposed on Friday. I'd quite like to be slimmer for my second wedding than the first - four stone to go...!

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Congratulations PennyGrabber! What a good set of news!
    DEC 18 GC: €74.94/€350.00 // 4/12 NSD
    NOV 18 GC: €436.44/€300.00 // 13/12 NSD
    OCT 18 GC: €293.20/€300.00 // 13/12 NSD
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 17th Apr 18, 9:50 PM
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    thriftwizard
    Aaaand an unexpected spend today; DD1 is a new-ish & still quite nervous driver, and really wanted to take her little car out for a run, having been under the weather for the last couple of weeks. So I agreed to go with her to L!dls in the next town up to the north, a 10-mile run with some challenging hills, not to mention interesting behaviour from other drivers, many of them racing to get to their Army base in time for their duty! So I bought some bits n' bobs that we were running low on, and spent - eek, lost the total, but it was just over £20 - on coffee, butter, mustard, cooking oil (has to be a certain type for OH) tomatoes and lettuce.

    Don't ask; the lettuce was for the cockatiels! I usually only have to buy them lettuce about twice a year; normally they're happy with my mother's leftover salad bits, or dandelion leaves, or leaves from the vine at the bottom of the garden, or kale, but we're into the "Hungry Gap" now. We've run clean out of dandelions, the vine hasn't leafed up yet and there's only leeks left at the 'lottie!

    Could have done with another NSD but the whole "plan" is up in the air at the moment, between the marathon, DS1's birthday and the imminent retirement of the market butchers. I may have to re-think it all, but it's possible than an Offspring will be moving out shortly, which, although we'll miss her greatly, will make life a tad - cheaper!
    Angie

    GC Dec 18 - £214.45/£550
    Bulk-buy purse '18 £239.56/£250, pet & livestock food '18 £403.63/£300

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