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 :)

14. 01. 2015

Over the coming weeks I plan to share with you how we use the storage in our small apartment. I hope to show you everything (even the less than pretty things like this wardrobe).

The Storage Wardrobe:
When we moved in back in July practically the first thing we did was purchase two wardrobes from Ikea. One of the wardrobes is used for clothing, and the other for travel and golf paraphernalia* (+ extra coats). Over the last few months the latter had become a dumping ground for anything and everything, and so last weekend I reorganised it.

I removed, among other things, shoes, a small TV and 15 wooden hangers. Clearing this stuff out also gave me the added bonus of room in the wardrobe for our Christmas decorations! Woo! These were previously kept under our bed and I’m trying to avoid putting things under there as much as possible. Of course I still have the de-cluttered items to deal with, but at least the wardrobe is sorted.

Organise a Storage Wardrobe

(I’m yet to decide if this ^ is too much luggage – we use it all, so perhaps not?!)

travel items

Inside the large suitcase on the shelf is a cabin case full of our travel items – wash bags, packing cubes, money belt, beach wear etc. Keeping it all in one place makes everything a lot simpler when it comes to packing.

*I should mention that when we were considering moving to a small apartment (with no storage), the ‘where shall we store your golf clubs?’ question came up a lot. Haha! At least we found somewhere! ;)



01. 01. 2015


I woke up at 6am this morning and by half past the decorations were all boxed up! This happens every year, as I love to get everything back to normal on New Years Day.

The box of decorations ^ + a red robin is everything we decorated with this year. We didn’t have a tree – baubles went in bowls instead – after giving it away during our move. If anyone is interested in how we store things in our small home, this box + the robin, are kept under a bed in a storage bag. It’s not ideal but it works for now.

cleaning at the sink

I also took the opportunity to wash a few decorative objects and tidy up my plants as everything seemed really dusty.

Ok, that’s enough about cleaning! I’m off to catch up on my blog reading. Have a lovely rest of the day.

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