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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th May 08, 1:24 AM
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    Pink.
    June 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th May 08, 1:24 AM
    June 2008 Grocery Challenge 28th May 08 at 1:24 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    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 May Grocery 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 Galtizz


    Wishing everyone a good month.

    Pink

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    • angchris
    • By angchris 28th May 08, 2:47 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 2:47 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 2:47 AM
    hello everyone a brand new shiny challenge for june...wow where`s the year going?..soon be xmas
    well i`d love to be able to set a figure to stick to this month (normally £150 for 3 + dog) but its all kinda gone pete tong due to unforseen circumstances and on top of that new car tyres/mot/tax/insurance etc i have precisely £27.92 to pay all my direct debits including mortgage/c.tax/gas/leccy/phone etc etc and food/petrol on top of that hmmm me thinks things are gonna be a tad tight this month i have got savings but im bu**ard if im gonna dig into that coz thats for my nuptuals (wedding)to mr angchris so its really a damage limitation month for me i have got to spend this month trying not to forge into my overdraught, there is no question that i have to feed us all on what i already have knocking around in my cupboards and freezer...thank god that i have bulk bought in the past as this is what is going to feed us this month!
    i think im going to need a bit of help from you lovely guys n girlies in a week or two for suggestions or recipes to use up what i have in, i do have £9 in tesco vouchers which should at least buy me some milk each week.
    i hope all of you have a really great month, good luck to everyone doing the grocery challenge..you guys are really inspirational! hopefully grocery challenge for me resumes as normal next month :rolleyes:
    Last edited by angchris; 28-05-2008 at 2:53 AM.
    proper prior planning prevents p!$$ poor performance!
    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money
    quote from an american indian.
    • Miss Behaving
    • By Miss Behaving 28th May 08, 4:48 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 4:48 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 4:48 AM
    Right, I'm definitely in this time! After a successful January, I've had one public and several private failures and I'm now motivated to have another public attempt. My budget is going to be 200 for the whole of June (and the last 4 days of May) - that's for two adults and one chld and one teenager. This month I have no excuse for failure as my cupboards and fridge are stuffed full to bursting.

    Good luck everyone!!
    Some people stir up a storm then wonder why it rains on them.


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  • MRSMCAWBER
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    AngelNikki £320
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    Angie_baby £65
    AnitaJ73 £250
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    Annie123 £350
    Arkonite_babe £300
    BabyMaker £260
    Bargainrzl £100
    BeckSeven £300
    Beemuzed £240
    belfastgirl23 £150
    Bertiebots £220
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    BigMummaF £350
    Bleachbird £150
    Bobbykins £250
    Booklover £200
    boredofbeingathome £200
    Brassic £350
    Brummiebabe £360
    Bumblebeeandboy £200
    Carolt2 £160
    Casperthe friendly ghost £35
    Catnap53 £250
    catzine £150
    cdg1111 £445
    cheerfulness4 £140
    Cherrie1122 £350
    Chocolate teddy £280
    Claire2305 £130
    ConfusedNewbie £200
    Cookinmummy £400
    Crazyaboutsaving £180
    CurlyCabbage £150
    Dawnylou £200
    DebbyM £400
    Denise fowler £260
    DesperateHousewife £250
    Dink 1 £250 £249.49
    Doelani £400
    Earthmother £315
    egon £250
    Emptypurse 27th may - 15th june £30 16thjune-£100
    Ess-six £150 £143.10
    fallen angel shelley £160
    FedupNow £183.21
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    Girl least likely to £170
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    • JAMIEDODGER
    • By JAMIEDODGER 28th May 08, 6:03 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:03 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:03 AM
    count me in please for £180 for me and 4 kids
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    • razra
    • By razra 28th May 08, 6:05 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:05 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:05 AM
    Morning everyone

    MrsM please can you put me down for £70 again?

    As usual thats just for me and covers all food/toiletries etc

    Ive discovered this month that I seem to spend much less if I weekly shop rather than do a big online shop once a month, possibly as I end up buying things I dont need so that I can get the total up to the min delivery amount for asdas so Im going to continue weekly shopping.

    Good luck everyone


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    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 28th May 08, 6:07 AM
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    • #7
    • 28th May 08, 6:07 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:07 AM
    MrsMc could you put me down for 140 for June please.
  • MRSMCAWBER
    • #8
    • 28th May 08, 6:19 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:19 AM
    Morning all

    Nice new thread ...so now my 1st weeks money can go in my purse If it had gone in any earlier i would have been tempted to start spending earlier
    Hubby is off on duty so won't be back until the morning, but im not going to have a walk to the supermarket "to break up the day" ..ooohhh no.. so today is my 5th NSD in a row
    Its great as i have been using up the odds n sods from the fridge ready for tomorrow when hopefully the NAFFI will have lots of whoopsies for me .
    Today i will be fetching other bits n bobs out of the freezer to use up..can't be diddled to cook from scratch for just me...so its a win win situation.. home made food without the effort

    Instead of spending pennies today i am going to check the garden over and then park my bum on the sofa and x stitch
    right i will get off and check i haven't missed anyones budgets on the MAY thread
    have a great day everyone
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  • weezl74
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    • 28th May 08, 6:25 AM
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    • 28th May 08, 6:25 AM
    Hi Mrs Macawber,

    I would like to join in still please. I have 10 to last me through June. I have bought and paid for almost all the food already, so It's not as bad as it looks.

    Weezl x
    Last edited by weezl74; 28-05-2008 at 6:56 AM.

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    • angchris
    • By angchris 28th May 08, 6:32 AM
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    angchris
    i know this is really complicating things but is there any way we (someone with more brains than me ) could maybe do a graph or bar chart of some description so that our monthly totals can be seen at a glance maybe over the year?
    it is fabby what mrsmcawber does with her list and im sure we all really appreciate her hard work and time that she spends adjusting it but it would be lovely to see at a glance how everyone else is getting on over the year and how newbies slowly crack the grocery challenge by reducing their budget each month. (sorry for being a pain in the bum mrsmc )
    proper prior planning prevents p!$$ poor performance!
    Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money
    quote from an american indian.
  • JayJay14
    Hi MrsM please could you put me down again for 200.
    Starting 1st

    Thanks.
  • mandy_moo_1
    morning all
    oooh a lovely new thread....can't believe i've made the first page!

    i've got to nip out early, just to get some mushrooms and carrots, oh and to Wilkinsons cos they've got 4-packs of Heinz beans on offer for 1.25 at the mo, so i want to stock up a bit on them

    then its back home to do some batch cooking....spag bol and mince/onions, cook a bacon joint to be sliced up and frozen to be eaten in sarnies, and hopefully get a yogurt cake made as well.

    Weezl, how on earth are you gonna manage on 10 for the whole of June?? that's gonna take some doing

    Hi Mrs Macawber,

    I would like to join in still please. I have 10 to last me through June. I have bought and paid for almost all the food already, so It's not as bad as it looks.

    Weezl x
    Originally posted by weezl74
    thanks to Pink Winged for starting the new thread off, and thanx to Mrs Mc for taking the time to list us all

    Good luck everybody, have a great day xx

  • MRSMCAWBER
    i know this is really complicating things but is there any way we (someone with more brains than me ) could maybe do a graph or bar chart of some description so that our monthly totals can be seen at a glance maybe over the year?
    it is fabby what mrsmcawber does with her list and im sure we all really appreciate her hard work and time that she spends adjusting it but it would be lovely to see at a glance how everyone else is getting on over the year and how newbies slowly crack the grocery challenge by reducing their budget each month. (sorry for being a pain in the bum mrsmc )
    Originally posted by angchris
    Now.....where is that icon of a little man laughing his head off????
    Sorry angchris -but im in the same camp as you with turning all the numbers into graphs ... and i can't for the life of me remember the name of the lovely poster who is a statistition (sp?) WHERE ARE YOU? you know who you are .... Im sure they will come forward..as i believe they were keeping track of the figures
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  • catnap53
    Last day of May today, payday tomorrow. Need to tidy up the weekend's spends, but think I can make a better attempt at 250 pounds for June as it will be only 4 weeks, and have got a bit of practice.

    One night away though for DD1s birthday in the last week of June, got 1p flights to Dublin, so can't complain.

    Thanks

    Zzzzz

  • Penny-Pincher!!
    Hi

    Can you put me down for 250 please? Mine is to include diesel too.

    Thanks

    PP
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    • angie_baby
    • By angie_baby 28th May 08, 7:05 AM
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    Hi,

    Can join this month? My budget is only £65 for me and DS, but im aiming to fun the freezer down as im off on holiday in July for a week and want to do a big shop when we get back.

    Thanks

    Angie
    Last edited by angie_baby; 28-05-2008 at 7:05 AM. Reason: i cant spell!
  • nessquic80
    Morning all, well my GC starts tomorrow which is payday,shouldnt really need alot apart from fresh food during the month oh and some meat,ive got loads of pork chops just dont know what to do with them other than pan frying them, oh well!!cupboards are full fridge is well quipt so here goes another GC.
    Tea tonight is HM chicken and veg lasagne and roasties ummmmmm.
    Good luck everyone!!!
    always on the lookout for a bargin always better when its free!!


  • newmoneysaver
    Hi everyone

    MrM can you put me down for £150 again this month - my month starts on the 1st.

    I did go over last month but this was due to having a new kitchen fitted so a few takeaways and I have already started to re-stock the cupboards.

    This should be manageable and I can start on reducing it from next month. Oh, I've also got a weekend camping this month

    Good luck all!
    • MERFE
    • By MERFE 28th May 08, 7:14 AM
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    MERFE
    Right I'm gonna be joining the challenge again, have been really struggling but think its cos I havent been concentrating enough. I have upped our food budget a bit since all the price rises so it'll be 190 pounds for june. It starts on friday when I have tescos coming round with a big monthly shop about 100 pounds worth includes nappies but the rest of the month should just be top ups.

    OH has at last come round to the idea of watered down full fat milk, especially when I pointed out it had gone up another 10p per 4 pints this week. And we seem to be getting through alot less of it, so it goes to show how much he was using all by himself.

    Just found out a few weeks ago that I'm pregnant which I think is why last months budget went to pot so really have to keep going with it this month. But when you are tired and feel sick but have to cook a family meal you tend to use quicker options then the stuff you got out/bought to cook doesnt keep, so have been throwing food away which so goes against the grain and need to put a stop to it, so big effort this month. I've also got some liver in the freezer and havent a clue what to do with it cos I cant have it now but its not gonna keep till baby is born - any ideas anyone?
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    • JAMIEDODGER
    • By JAMIEDODGER 28th May 08, 7:26 AM
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    congratulations merfe!!!
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