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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 21st Apr 18, 9:59 AM
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    elsiepac
    May 2018 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 21st Apr 18, 9:59 AM
    May 2018 Grocery Challenge 21st Apr 18 at 9:59 AM
    Hi everyone,

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your April budget, then keep on posting in the April 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. Mr M 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 bread maker - 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. Obviously 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 health wise.

    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 guidelines 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 everyone's totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    elsiepac

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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 14th May 18, 12:19 PM
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    pamsdish
    Small spends in Morries, 2 store cupboard coffee, 3 fuchsia, 4 tonic water, and 2 coffee pods for a friend 2x£2 coupons for those think it was £15.60, can`t find receipt.

    But, got a 5000 points on £50 spend voucher, as returning Wednesday, friends to dentist by Morries, will be easy to attain.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 14-05-2018 at 12:23 PM.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUGUST£180=£57
    [COLOR=DarkGreen][COLOR=Black][SIZE=3]SEPT[COLOR=DarkGreen][COLOR=Black] £180-£60=£120,-£8=£112,-£5=£107,-£21=£86,-£37=£49,-£32=£17,-£33=-£16
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 14th May 18, 1:53 PM
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    Spent 30.16 at the weekend on essentials which brings the total up to 76.57/150 and its half way through the month so I think if I'm careful I should be OK. Next shop will be for the dog as he's getting low on food, maybe I could have a look in the freezer and use some of that for him.
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    I don't know if you feed your dog a meat or dog food diet, but since you mentioned the freezer, I often buy three chicken for £10.00 from M&S, cook them in the slow cooker then strip and freeze portions for the dogs, which gives quite a few meals as they're Jack Russells. It's useful if they can't eat what others in the house are eating. They also like a mix of rice, eggs and minced up meat, cooked like a meatloaf and sliced.
    There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you - Beatrix Potter
    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 14th May 18, 5:02 PM
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    MadamMim2013
    A spend in both Mr A and Mr L's of £72.96 combined, bringing my total spend up to £203.56.
    I'm v happy with this, could have been much worse, I have been really strict with myself over spending out unnecessarily.
    Am slightly concerned as to the end of the month as it will be DS1's 18th, will cross that bridge when it comes about..
    Living life happily! Debt Free date: 06/2018!!!
    Jan-July 53 Sept GC £152.71/£325
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 14th May 18, 7:03 PM
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    Spent £18.71 since last post.

    £104.86/£155.
    £50.14 left.

    Looks bad but we do have lots in the freezer and cupboards. Most of what we need is fresh. We should be fine.
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 14th May 18, 7:18 PM
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    £76.36/£100, £23 left...
    • supersaver1000
    • By supersaver1000 14th May 18, 11:10 PM
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    Had another go at making a 'slay the dragon' - couldn't find any recipes anywhere but found something similar and then found a pineapple rassam recipe. Mixed the two together (did double spices this time)and added the baby onions (well, shallots), cherry tomatoes and peppers together with the chunks of pineapple and chicken. Came out really well, won't put as much water in next time and will try adding some brown sugar to try and get that syrupy texture. Slay the dragon is a bit like an indian sweet and sour. It went down very well again - am really liking this experimenting - not quite master chef though.

    Spent a quid at lunchtime again but not much else. I drew down my PayPal money and bank reward cash and now have £25 in the food budget, plus a tenner in my purse. Should get some more in the bank by Friday as well, so will survive to the end of the month but will break the £300. Not unhappy though as there have been a few extras this month - more so than normal.
    All CC debt (67% saved) - 100% by Xmas 2018 : Flylady : Grocery club member : Old Style Weightloss lurker
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    June Grocery Budget £374.86/£200 - Completely Debt-free by April 2019 Jan 2019
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 15th May 18, 7:01 AM
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    Just logging this here ,so I don't forget but will add later.
    Spent £4.18yesterday in Morrisons and 54p at work.

    Half way there people
    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/£220 SEP £157.58/£210 (£1,597.47 up to and incl Aug/£3,250 p.a)

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
    • turtlemonkey
    • By turtlemonkey 15th May 18, 10:26 AM
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    Nipped into Waitrose yesterday as I was driving past anyway - I don't usually shop there, but since I live so far from all the supermarkets it works out cheaper to shop there and avoid the petrol cost of driving to a cheaper store. I spent £11.89 on food, all of it organic veg plus a vanilla yogurt to go with the organic blueberries I bought (both were on offer).

    I am now halfway through the month and halfway through my budget, but I have lots of food at home so I am still hoping to come in under budget at the end of May.

    Total spend on groceries so far in May: £54.55. Left in budget: £55.45. NSDs: 8
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 15th May 18, 10:51 AM
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    Pipney Jane - Thanks very much for the recipes. I'm vegan, but definately can do the pesto, swapping the cheese for nutritional yeast and will have a go another time at the nut roast, using something instead of eggs.

    JingsMyBucket - Like the sound of the lentil curry - I do a ton of curries, but never made that. I have a ton of red/brown lentils. Also have a ton of cauliflower, which is destined for caulflower rice for the freezer, but definately will save some back for that salad.


    I have only spent £10.61 grocery this month. I have been going through stores of jars, packets, eating various pastas, lentils, beans etc I have in stores. Also, I have been taking rolls from work and and using them with homemade burgers and salad. I need lettuce, cucumber, vegan cheese/mayo, cabbage, spinach, nutritional yeast, so some spends on the cards. ANYWAY, 95p spent on some mushrooms and £2.79 on alcohol (the first of the month - wow !!). 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
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 15th May 18, 11:31 AM
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    Called in a Sainsbobs yesterday on the way home from the Hospital to get some dog food and coffee. £40.80 spent.
    That will teach me not to go shopping without a list. But to add insult to injury I came home to read Pipkin71 brilliant posting (higher up this page) about making a meatloaf for the dog. Now I'm not only annoyed about spending but also feel stupid - lesson learnt.
    May Grocery challenge 117.37/150 only got 32.63 left
    • pipkin71
    • By pipkin71 15th May 18, 11:41 AM
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    Called in a Sainsbobs yesterday on the way home from the Hospital to get some dog food and coffee. £40.80 spent.
    That will teach me not to go shopping without a list. But to add insult to injury I came home to read Pipkin71 brilliant posting (higher up this page) about making a meatloaf for the dog. Now I'm not only annoyed about spending but also feel stupid - lesson learnt.
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    There are loads of doggie meatloaf recipes if you Google, zafiro. They can even have the egg shells - just blend them in with everything else
    There is something delicious about writing the first words of a story. You never quite know where they'll take you - Beatrix Potter
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 15th May 18, 4:00 PM
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    Just logging this here ,so I don't forget but will add later.
    Spent £4.18 yesterday in Morrisons and 54p at work.

    Half way there people
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    Also today £6.76 again in Morrisons. Went in for burger buns which they seem to have ran out of except for in store bakery; so will attempt to make burger pie with pastry Got two bargains. Nielson Massey vanilla bean paste dated 2021 for £2.85 instead of £5.70 ... couldn't resist!

    So, £11.48 to add to sig ... off i trot >>>>>>
    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/£220 SEP £157.58/£210 (£1,597.47 up to and incl Aug/£3,250 p.a)

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    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th May 18, 7:27 PM
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    caronc
    £4 top up today bringing total so far for May to £54/£120
    GC - Jun £206/£230, Jul £211/£150, Aug £105/£140, Sep £152/£160
    GC YTD 2018- £1186/£1390
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 15th May 18, 8:15 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Spent £12.32, bringing May total to £22.93. I 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
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 15th May 18, 8:34 PM
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    Evening all. Quick update: yesterday I spent €6.10 on half a kilo of excellent asparagus that I couldn't walk away from. I had some this morning for breakfast roasted with strips of bacon. This was a good decision all around.

    Today was a NSD for groceries. Tomorrow evening we'll be meeting some friends for dinner. This was recently sprung on us since the person is visiting from out of town and is gathering a bunch of friends together. I have a feeling tomorrow will be a NSD instead of the trip to Lidl I planned. I can push the Lidl trip to Thursday morning and buy bananas, stock up on pasta, and a few other things. I'm going to try limiting myself to €25 or so.

    TOTALS SO FAR:
    7 / 10 NSD
    €118.73 / €400.00

    For my lunch tomorrow, I think I'll take the leftover steak along with some roasted asparagus and a bunch of blueberries. This is to avoid buying lunch in the cafe downstairs. I'm really trying to avoid spending money now because I just spontaneously decided to join a girls' trip to France this coming Monday! I'll be gone Monday to Friday evening or Saturday morning and we'll be staying at the vacation house of one of the other women's parents. So, that will be free, thankfully. It'll just be transportation and food to pay for while there. Need to buy a new swim suit though. I'll spend some time tomorrow rearranging my finances to see how to pay for this properly without mentally dipping into too many pots.
    SEP 18 GC: €461.05/€500.00 // 5/12 NSD
    AUG 18 GC: €438.74 / €300.00 // 17/12 NSD
    JUL 18 GC: €368.77 / €400.00 // 16/12 NSD
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 15th May 18, 10:10 PM
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    NSD yesterday, but today I've added £8 to the grocery budget (bread, apples, bananas, fresh peas) and a whopping £87.64 to the bulk-buy purse: flour in 3 varieties from the mill, a sack of oats, and a few other odds & sods from Real Foods online, who do the best jumbo oats. I shan't be going to the county town market tomorrow, as Mum has a hospital test on Friday so I'm going down then. Hence stocking up on fruit locally today... The freezer will keep us going until the weekend!
    Angie

    GC Sept 18 - £405.65/£380 - oh bother!
    Bulk-buy purse '18 £145.26/£250, pet & livestock food '18 £273.63/£300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • supersaver1000
    • By supersaver1000 15th May 18, 11:50 PM
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    Another £23.42 top up shop at Mr Ts so I've virtually used up the £300 budget. Although DD gave me a tenner back for buying stuff for her and then I did a cheeky fb sale today - just a few quid - but every little helps so I've heard Got around £15 in my purse to last the week - just need a few Aldi veggies for my veggie curry and salad bits as we've got lots of choices in the cupboard. MrSS had a money transfer of just over £40 onto the food cash card, so that will do for next week and then it will be payday.

    Not a bad month all round considering. Will be over the £300 but not a lot

    To date: £298.58/£300
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    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 16th May 18, 12:55 PM
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    This asparagus I bought on Monday is absolutely delicious. I just had some for lunch with the leftover bits of steak.

    Question: is there something I can do with bottom ends of the asparagus that you snap off? Can I add them to a stock and pur!e it into a green soup? Also, can I do the same with some wilting lamb's lettuce?

    Please and thank you.
    SEP 18 GC: €461.05/€500.00 // 5/12 NSD
    AUG 18 GC: €438.74 / €300.00 // 17/12 NSD
    JUL 18 GC: €368.77 / €400.00 // 16/12 NSD
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 16th May 18, 1:20 PM
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    @JingsMyBucket , I think you will find them too woody/fibrous.


    Would you Adam and Eve it, went to Morries got 2 more coffee for friends marked on fixture £4, and on website charged £6.47, after discussing this earlier in the week on here, didn`t look at receipt till home, aaarrrgghh, no answer on phone so emailed customer service, total grocery spends for myself £5.30, I picked up £40 in Amazon vouchers to get my total over £50 and machine wouldn`t accept it, vouchers don`t count, they do when I get the email spend £40/50 and get extra points, never mind waiting on customer service now.
    P.S. car passed MOT yesterday no problems phew.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 16-05-2018 at 1:23 PM.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUGUST£180=£57
    [COLOR=DarkGreen][COLOR=Black][SIZE=3]SEPT[COLOR=DarkGreen][COLOR=Black] £180-£60=£120,-£8=£112,-£5=£107,-£21=£86,-£37=£49,-£32=£17,-£33=-£16
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 16th May 18, 2:20 PM
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    K9sandFelines
    Also today £6.76 again in Morrisons. Went in for burger buns which they seem to have ran out of except for in store bakery; so will attempt to make burger pie with pastry Got two bargains. Nielson Massey vanilla bean paste dated 2021 for £2.85 instead of £5.70 ... couldn't resist!

    So, £11.48 to add to sig ... off i trot >>>>>>
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    The burger pie ended up a disaster, as i should have pre grilled the burgers. The pastry was soggy so had to be recooked; but together the combination works. I don't know whether it was doing it in my Visicook, or using a frozen vegan burger - most recipes call for mince.

    Anyways, this week i am trying Cajun rice; i have already precooked the rice in the pressure cooker after i got in from college ( about an hour ago). As i got off early today, i got off the bus by the big Tesco, and went in for some vegan mince. I also ended up getting two other vegan items on the 3 for £4 offer, a big bottle of soy sauce (as using alot lately making Pad Thai) some Trex, Apples and Reggae Reggae. Oh, and a bag, as i didn't have one on me. ( HAd intended to go straight home).

    Total came to £9.22
    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/£220 SEP £157.58/£210 (£1,597.47 up to and incl Aug/£3,250 p.a)

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
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