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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 8th Mar 16, 11:39 AM
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    elsiepac
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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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    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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    • Itisme
    • By Itisme 17th Apr 18, 10:14 PM
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    Itisme
    Some more Tesco shops from last few days - 7.93, 5.99, 2.79.

    Updated total: 131.44/250.

    Edit: Another 7.15 tonight, so now 138.59/250.

    Another edit: Sorry I didn't manage to keep track of it, but I tried.
    Last edited by Itisme; 09-05-2018 at 6:38 PM.
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 18th Apr 18, 6:40 AM
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    PennyGrabber
    Hello everyone,

    Thanks for all the congrats posts

    I have struggled in April with my budget. What with the school hols, my hol and illness (falling down the stairs and taking 10 days to recover), I just haven't been able to focus on the GC as much as usual. Haven't spent since Saturday though, and not planning on spending until Sunday now, unless my mum wants to visit a sm when she's up on Saturday. Then, hope to keep it to under 20 each for the two remaining Saturdays in April.

    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
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 18th Apr 18, 7:43 PM
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    PipneyJane

    I!!!8217;ve got 3 spends to declare, starting with 13.48 in MrT!!!8217;s mid-week, which includes 6 spent on tins of chopped tomatoes. They had their 4-6 monthly, 4 cans for 1 offer on, so I stocked up. We use 6-8 cans a month and are just finishing off the last purchase. I!!!8217;d have bought them in March but DH argued that they weren!!!8217;t the same, only backing down when took a tin out of our pantry and showed him the label.

    The second shop was 8.99 in Costco where we bought a tray of Chicken Enchiladas for dinner. (We popped in on the way home, getting back just in time for DH to watch the Liverpool-Manchester City match.)

    Final shop was Lidl, yesterday, where we spent 8.03 mainly on Bratwurst, bacon - still have yet to find any Lidl cooking bacon - and the largest aubergines we could find. The aubergines were 49p each. I use them as low calorie padding for minced beef meals (microwave for 10 minutes, scoop out the pulp, chop and add to your chilli/Bolognese, etc). They!!!8217;re currently being zapped and will make their way into the freezer shortly.

    Anyway, the above brings our current spend to 38.74/120, leaving 81.26 for the rest of the month.

    - Pip
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Good evening all

    I!!!8217;ve got 7 spends to declare, including hitting the motherlode of YS cheese at MrT!!!8217;s! Cathedral City Mature Cheddar for 92p a 450g pack. I didn!!!8217;t take it all - there were maybe 10 packets - just two packets (one is now in the freezer). Nearly a kilo of cheese for less than 2. The rest of our shopping was a mixture of trips to the farm shop for eggs and veg, and random supermarket spends, which add up to 35.67.

    The above brings our total spend to 74.41/120, leaving 45.59 for the remainder of the calendar month. The freezer is looking a little bare - I need to visit the butcher at some point soon (separate budget) - but we don!!!8217;t have a lot on the main shopping list, so it should stretch to the end of the month.

    Apologies, I!!!8217;m several days behind on reading the thread, so I!!!8217;m bound to have missed some news. I hope everyone who was poorly is feeling better and that life is looking up for all of you.

    - Pip

    PS: Congratulations PennyGrabber!
    Last edited by PipneyJane; 18-04-2018 at 7:45 PM.
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 18th Apr 18, 8:01 PM
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    cw18
    Got a really bad case of the munchies yesterday evening, so went for a wander around the local shops looking for something

    Ended up spending 4.96, taking my total spend for the month to 109.36 / 100

    A1di - 46p on 2 reduced to clear wholemeals loaves (23p instead of 47p each, dated today). I had 4 slices for toast this morning, and (after finishing off my yoghurt with muesli tomorrow) the rest is enough to have toast every morning I'm at home for the rest of the month (away for 3 breakfasts). Eating from stocks the last couple of weeks means I actually have freezer space to be able to do this

    Icel@nd - 50p on 2 steak slices dated yesterday (rtc, should have been 1) also in freezer, 1.50 on 400g extra lean mince dated tomorrow (rtc, should have been 3) that I'm going to use to make a meal for one day with at least another 4 portions for the freezer, and 1.50 on 2 litres of raspberry ripple ice-cream to try and curb the munchies for a few days.

    P0undstretcher - 1 on a large bag of salt & vinegar flavour savouries (which I plan to take to London with me - need the carbs )
    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

    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 18th Apr 18, 8:02 PM
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    pamsdish
    Another 21.13 in Aldi, wanted salad makings, few bits for the dog, had to buy a bag of compost as so far behind anything was needed.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY [COLOR=DarkGreen][COLOR=Black]200=11 AUGUST[SIZE=3]180=[B][COLOR=DarkGreen]57[COLOR=Black] 180-60=120,-8=112,-5=107,-21=86,-37=49,-32=17,-33=-16
    • frugalish
    • By frugalish 19th Apr 18, 5:02 AM
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    frugalish
    Morning all! (Although, at 04.42am I'm hoping to go back to sleep before proper morning!! )

    A few spends yesterday - I don't have the exact totals (I'm in bed and not getting up yet! ) but there was approximately 16 in Mr T and 6.60 in H&B on 2 for 1 lavender oil in their penny sale for my laundry gloop.

    The Mr T spend included 3 for 2 on their 4 chickens, so three chickens in the freezer for 8, which I'm pleased with! We don't have roast chicken enough... But we will for the rest of this month!

    Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find sustainable cotton buds (either wooden or cardboard)? I'm down to my very last one of the nasty plastic ones, and every time I use one I think of the fact it's going to outlive me by hundreds of years!

    Hope you all slept better than me I'll update my sig in the "proper" morning!
    Have a good day all!
    "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
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 19th Apr 18, 10:31 AM
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    elsiepac
    Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find sustainable cotton buds (either wooden or cardboard)? I'm down to my very last one of the nasty plastic ones, and every time I use one I think of the fact it's going to outlive me by hundreds of years!
    Originally posted by frugalish
    I woke up briefly at 4am too! Weird!

    Re cotton buds, Ocado/Waitrose do waitrose own brand baby cotton buds which are paper not plastic.
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 19th Apr 18, 4:49 PM
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    Another 10.20 needed tonic water and some y.s. items.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY [COLOR=DarkGreen][COLOR=Black]200=11 AUGUST[SIZE=3]180=[B][COLOR=DarkGreen]57[COLOR=Black] 180-60=120,-8=112,-5=107,-21=86,-37=49,-32=17,-33=-16
    • Matron Midge
    • By Matron Midge 20th Apr 18, 8:37 AM
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    Matron Midge
    Declaring for April at 557.85/400.
    Sounds like a massive overspend but I'm only 14 over on my annual budget and we have just had a break in Scotland where I provided several meals for 16 people. I'm reasonably happy but will need a frugal May to get me back to my happy place.
    See you on the May thread!
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 20th Apr 18, 9:35 AM
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    elsiepac
    Hi all

    Just to let you know the new GC will be going up tonight - apologies for the slight delay those of you who start early.
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    Vegan 27-8-13
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 20th Apr 18, 12:24 PM
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    JingsMyBucket
    Does anyone have any suggestions on where to find sustainable cotton buds (either wooden or cardboard)? I'm down to my very last one of the nasty plastic ones, and every time I use one I think of the fact it's going to outlive me by hundreds of years!
    Originally posted by frugalish
    I was going to suggest this one http://www.boots.com/johnsons-baby-cotton-buds-1-x-200-drum-10002499 from Johnson & Johnson. They're called Q-Tips in the US (same parent company). Then I realized the ones in the UK are made of plastic while the American ones are made from paper. And then I remembered why I usually buy a huge amount whenever I go back home to New York each summer! I prefer the American ones as the sticks are paper and the cotton on the ends is much thicker and more generous.

    Here are the American ones: https://www.target.com/bp/q-tips
    SEP 18 GC: 512.70/500.00 // 7/12 NSD
    AUG 18 GC: 438.74 / 300.00 // 17/12 NSD
    JUL 18 GC: 368.77 / 400.00 // 16/12 NSD
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 20th Apr 18, 3:13 PM
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    Merlin's Beard
    102.23/100... weekly shopping 5.35 this week, so can't be too unhappy with that.
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 20th Apr 18, 3:40 PM
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    purpleybat
    I woke up briefly at 4am too! Weird!.
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    my alarm goes off at 3.30am on work mornings days off i lie in til 5am
    today i had a call at 2.30am to go to work... was NOT impressed
    gc 2017 1841.27.
    2018 jan 124.69/130 feb 157.97/150 mar 221.33/200 apr 223.04/250
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 20th Apr 18, 6:03 PM
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    MadamMim2013
    Need to add a 65ish spend in Lidels (need to find reciept, will add to total when found)
    All on fresh veggies and fish.. Oh and cat food..
    On a healthy eating drive, no need to be eating rubbish! I love my fruit n veg, just need a kick up the behind to get them in, prepped and munched
    Living life happily! Debt Free date: 06/2018!!!
    Jan-July 53 Sept GC 152.71/325
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 20th Apr 18, 7:17 PM
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    YorksLass
    Belated congratulations PennyGrabber - lovely to have something nice to look forward to! Good luck with the weight loss too.

    Week 3 saw some small spends: 6.66 at Co-op, 8.40 in the market and 18.55 in Sainsburys this afternoon, so a total of 33.61 for the week. Freezer still rammed but, tbf, I have been batch cooking and that's taken up the bit of space I did have, so I had to be careful not to buy anything today that needed to be frozen. Also took advantage of a 3 MOC and stocked up on F&V for next week, plus x6 jars of crab spread that was on promotion. We use one of these every week so it's not going to hang around for that long and it's saved me 1.50 into the bargain. Nothing I wanted/needed in the ys section so no temptation there.

    That leaves me with 30.16 in the budget for the final week of this month's challenge. I'll be trying hard to have a no-spend week so any cash left can be diverted to the holiday fund.

    Onwards to Week 4 ..... have a good weekend everyone.
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    • frugalish
    • By frugalish 20th Apr 18, 7:59 PM
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    frugalish
    Thanks elsiepac and JingsMyBucket! I knew I'd seen cardboard cotton buds somewhere, very impressed with Mr W! And not at all impressed with J&J - if they're making card ones for the humungous American market, why can't they do the same here?? Just read that back, and realised I'm implying that Americans are humungous... oops...
    "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
    • debtfreeforlife
    • By debtfreeforlife 20th Apr 18, 10:47 PM
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    debtfreeforlife
    Announcing spends of 165.53 so far this month - should come in under budget for once!
    GC Feb 18: 204.97/200 | Mar 18: 207.93/200 | Apr 18 165.53/200.00
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 21st Apr 18, 10:18 AM
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    elsiepac
    New Grocery Challenge for May is now up - apologies for the delay, slight technical issues (that turned out to be non-existent, don't ask!).

    For those still in their April budget, please continue to post on this thread!

    Please note I have added the following paragraph to the thread guide in post #2


    Posting Recipes
    Recipes are always welcome on the Grocery Challenge thread but it can be hard to pick these out sometimes as this is a large and popular thread! Therefore, to ensure your recipe is seen so that it can be added to the Recipe Index, please add a Post Title starting with the word RECIPE in capitals, and make the title of the recipe bold and and a colour so that it really stands out. If you struggle with how to do this please pm a board guide for help or check the forum help pages.
    Last edited by elsiepac; 22-04-2018 at 10:39 AM.
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 21st Apr 18, 11:06 AM
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    elsiepac
    Hopefully Declaring
    I cannot believe how madly out of control my spending seems to have gone this month. Admittedly I have done a decent toiletries stock up, cleaning products stock up, and my freezer and most of my dry goods are all well stocked, but I cannot believe I have spent 400.60 - I budgeted 200!!!

    I'll tell you what, it's lack of planning. My issue is very little time so when I haven't made the hour or so to plan stuff out, it makes a HUGE difference!

    Month ends for me on Weds 25th, am hoping not to spend any more by then, the only thing would be salad leaves as my fridge is yet again groaning (lack of planning!!!)
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 21st Apr 18, 2:25 PM
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    A few mini spends - tomatoes, cucumber and 2 x prawn cocktail crisps (you know...... the slimming ones !!!!). Came to 2.90. Also a spend on a bottle of beer - 3.49. Freebies from work, which I only take as they cannot physically use them - mushrooms, cooked savoury pasta, made vegan especially for me, how lovely of them - took a carton home, a falafel wrap from Pure, it was so lovely. Checked out the calories online (after I'd eaten it), as it was not on the package and it was 791, (wtf !!!!), is that legal - it shouldn't be. Also donated, a huge leaf of fresh aloe vera, might decant some, plus a bag of foraged nettles etc. shame really, it comes from an organic stall where they regularly give us bags of nettles and things like that, but people never use them. I will try to in the future. Spends for me have been extremely low. Will need some supplies - coffee, toilet rolls, avocado, plant milk - that's it really. Have a lovely w/e everyone. Have updated sig.
    Sept Grocery Challenge - Food 38.86/80, Alcohol 4.29/20
    Bulk Fund Left/Food 23.64
    Save 12k in 2018 #80 = 3,500/5,000
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