CASH Spent This Year - £377.60
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent This Year- £351.75
Total Spend on Food - £729.35
No Spend Days 286 / 340
Weekly Average Spent on Food £14.88
I have decided to end my blogging 'career', for now, for the future ... who knows. But in ending my main blog I thought it only right that I bring this Challenge blog to it's natural conclusion too.
As you can see from the facts and figures published above it has been a true low spend year, exactly what we needed to enable us to pay off our mortgage. It really helped that we saved some of our coupons, vouchers and points from the previous year and made good use of those earned during the course of this, and this has meant we managed to comfortably get through the year. The homegrown foods were the biggest money saving thing we did and they pretty much took over from bought foods in the Summer and Autumn.
You saw on the posts from the other week that there is still food in the cupboards, a good selection of foods so we could have kept going. The freezers are pretty full, but now it is with home grown fruits and vegetables rather than the packets of foods they contained at the start of this challenge.
I will not be dashing out and filling a supermarket trolley, in fact the only thing I am thinking of buying when I am next in the supermarket for the weekly bottle of milk is a packet of fish fingers to make a good old fashioned 'fish finger butty' .... I'm a girl of simple tastes, but I think you already know that.
The main thing I think I took from this year is that we don't need half as much food in the house as I originally thought we did, and that the less times you actually go to the shops the less you will spend. I went shopping 54 times over the course of the Challenge, so just a smidge over once a week.
Thank you to all those of you who have followed this Challenge from the beginning last January and those of you who have joined us along the way. It's been an interesting and very worthwhile thing to do and I know a couple of you are intending to do something very similar next year, so I will be very interested to follow your journey too.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a very peaceful and Happy New Year.
And yes ..... Today is a No Spend Day