23. 01. 2015

In 2015 my goal is to keep our grocery spending under £2,520 – an average of £210 a month. Our grocery budget includes just about everything household too. The only thing I don’t include are water filters – they get their own budget line. I do most of my grocery shopping at our local supermarket, and then buy household & toiletry items at Wilkinson’s or Savers. I’m lucky to get a 5% discount at my local supermarket, I just have to shop with a gift card. Loading the gift card with £200 at the start of every month costs us £190. I then have £20 cash (rest of my budget) to spend if I need to in the other stores.

Just a few of the items purchased this week as I somehow lost the produce and dairy photo!

grocery haul

This week I spent £37.58 at Sainsbur y’s and £9.75 at Wilk o’s. Approx £18 of this went on stockpile items (I search online for offers and plan what I’m going to buy before I go), and the rest went on fresh items.

I’ll share my excel sheet price book next week, but here’s a screen shot of the simple inventory I keep for my mini stockpile – I call it a mini stockpile as we don’t have the room for a huge one in our small apartment – and where I’m at with it. I still have a lot of work to do!


stockpile inventory

Because we have so little room, I’m not aiming to have mega amounts of all items. For example we don’t use a lot of ketchup, so having just one of these in the cupboard as a back up is enough.

This inventory is quite specific to our household, but if you have any questions please ask :)

January Grocery Budget Totals

Spending to date: £210.86/£210.00 – (£0.86) left in the budget! All gone, oops!

That’s it for today. Thank you for all your comments and support this week. Have a great weekend :)


In 2014 my husband & I downsized our home to speed up our quest for Financial Freedom. We swapped our large three bed house, for a small two bed apartment to clear our mortgage and give us enough budget freedom to travel and still save for the future. Our dream, after achieving Financial Freedom, is to spend part of every year living abroad.

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6 Responses to “Grocery Haul #28 (+ Stockpile Inventory)”

  1. Jane says:

    I have a similar spreadsheet but just for food items – never thought to do it for household and toiletries also. Very thorough!

  2. Nice! Rom’s first move as the grocery guru was to stock up on toilet paper, tissues and tooth paste!

  3. jodi says:

    I just started to stock pile last fall. I also live in an apartment and set up a pantry shelf in my storage room for it. I too never thought too add my non-food items to the list. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Fiona says:

    Very thorough! I badly need to do this and stick it on the wall of the pantry…

  5. M says:

    This is quite similar to my ‘default shopping list’ that I use to make sure I get all the basics. Ours includes toiletries and household too.

    Shame about the 86p, but at least it wasn’t £86!!!!

  6. Anna says:

    This is a great target! You were so close!

    I’ve been thinking of making a pantry inventory to help with meal planning, but I need to make sure I’ll keep it up to date, and surely that takes a lot of time?

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