NO MORE SPENDING
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!

Inventory:

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 :)

17. 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.

Purchased this week:

Grocery Haul

I popped into another store to get 4 x cans of chopped tomatoes for £2 (hiding under the spinach^) The bagels (10 for £2.50) all get cut in half and then frozen. Hat tip to Sue for that money-saving idea :)

Grocery Haul

The pasta was on offer at a £1 – I like to keep one on the fridge as it makes for a quick and simple dinner if time is short. The Quiche also get cut into pieces before freezing as we only eat one half at a meal. The mayo is for my store cupboard as it was on offer for £2 (600g jar).

I also went to Savers and purchased toothpaste (x 5), shampoo and razors. I’m trying to get really organised with my toiletry/household stockpile this year and will be trying to take advantage of the offers this store has.

January Grocery Budget Totals

Spending to date: £154.44/£210.00 –  £55.56 left in the budget.

Let me know if you’re interested in seeing screenshots of my stockpile (& price book) spreadsheets. I’ve mentioned them on here before, but I’ve been hesitant to show them as they’re quite specific to the items we purchase.

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11. 01. 2015

Hi guys! I’m aiming for our maximum spend on grocery in 2015 to be under £2,520 – an average of £210 a month. In my grocery budget I include 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 Sainsburys, as it’s local, and then buy household + toiletry items at Wilkinsons. I’m lucky that my husbands firm now gives us a discount (5%) at Sainsburys, 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 Wilkos. I hope that makes sense! :)

Onto what I purchased on Friday which was basically produce, bread and dairy. I also purchased hot chili powder and three boxes of tomatoes with chili. The cotton wool and tissues were free with Advantage points.

grocery 26

grocery 26

I didn’t buy any meat as our freezer is well stocked with it. Pork Chops x 3, Chicken Breasts x 6, Minced Beef (250g) x 4, burgers x 8 and one of each sausages, bacon and rump steak.

January Grocery Budget Totals

Spending to date: £106.20/£210.00

Menu Plan:

Mon: Pork Chops + Veggies
Tue: Repeat ^ for M, Soup for me
Wed: Breakfast for dinner (Egg & Bacon Muffins)
Thu: Takeaway Pizza (BOGOF voucher)
Fri: Pasta Bolognese + Ciabatta Bread
Sat: Quiche + Salad
Sun: Burgers w/o buns + peppers, mushrooms etc.

We have a funny week this week and so are treating ourselves to a takeaway pizza on Thursday.

What’s on your menu this week? Do you include everything in your grocery budget or do you separate out household items?

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