Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Day 124 - Make It Through May


I have decided on a Challenge within the Challenge and that is to Make It Through May with just what you see in the photograph above.

I have just one pound and one voucher for each week of May, which is a month with four complete weeks and a couple of days either side.  I will have to add up carefully as I shop the aisles in M&S and try to spot a few yellow stickers on a Monday morning, which seems to be the best day for our local store in Llandudno, I think they must overstock before the weekend ready for an influx of visitors that doesn't always reached the lofty heights expected  ;-)

I decided that if I could stick to this very limited budget for the whole of the month it will greatly lower the average weekly spend over the year to date, and it will also help keep the remaining cash and the rest of the vouchers safe for use in months to come.


This was my first thought ...
... but even as I was taking the photograph I was having second thoughts. 

We definitely will need a four pint bottle of milk each week, and that is around a pound so why was I giving myself a total of £7.50 for each week.  I soon put the note back in the box and got out four one pound coins instead, after all if one week we only need milk I could nip into one of the supermarkets and get a bottle and not dip into the vouchers at all  :-)

Today is a No Spend Day
and I will Make It Through May

27 comments:

  1. Wow you certainly know how to challenge yourself!! All the best with the mini may challenge and overall year challenge :)

    Can i ask though because you're spending vouchers & not as much cash in shops, next year you won't get as many vouchers so you'll have to spend cash for things....will that affect the outcome of your results as in this year you can live off so much but next year will it go up coz of the decrease in vouchers? Will this challenge reflect what you can truly live off if next year you have less vouchers etc?....am just wondering how it all works.

    Keep going though Sue you're an inspiration!!

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  2. I think Aldi is probably our cheapest for milk at around 89p, but I have to buy lacto free for one family member, so that is more expensive. We seem to be spending a fortune on food at the moment (stretching teen with hollow legs) and despite buying everything I can on offer or yellow sticker, our food bill is exceeding our budget. I find this post very inspirational and honest. I'm hoping that you can inspire me to cut down on our food spending. Our electricity bill has also increased (blame the rain for having to use the tumble dryer this winter!!) x

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    1. Haha .... I know the feeling well, just as my eldest 'hollow legged' son joined the army his brother who was six years younger started to eat us out of house and home. It's like shovelling coal into a bottom-less furnace and only getting the odd 'burp' back as thanks ;-)

      I don't have a tumble dryer so I am spared additional electricity usage in Winter ... but I do have to wash every day in order to keep the house from turning into a 'Chinese laundry' .....ooh typing that I'm wondering if that is a politically correct thing to say these days ... but I mean it in the nicest possible way :-)

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  3. Good luck with your challenge within a challenge. I've definitely found our food bill has dropped since I've only been buying half the meat I used to (Husband eats it). We use a lot of milk though, about 12 pints a week, but I only buy organic. I started paying a premium for milk in Morrison's - the premium introduced to help the dairy farmers but someone told me the extra money doesn't only go to British farmers, it goes to European farmers too. Not sure if this is accurate but I've stuck with British organic.

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    1. If I didn't have to buy meat for my 'caveman' this Challenge would be a doddle!!

      12 pints a week ... wow!! I applaud you buying only organic milk as this guarantees the male calves go to the rose veal trade and are not just shot at birth, as happens with most of the male offspring of dairy cattle in this country, in my opinion better a reasonable short life than to be shot in front of your mother immediately you enter the world :-(

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    2. Well doing my bit doesn't make much difference to it all but buying organic milk sort of eases my conscience just a tiny bit in the sad world of male calves born to dairy cattle.

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  4. Very good plan.I think you are doing so well.not long before all the veges are up.x

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  5. Good luck with your 'challenge within a challenge'!
    I wouldn't even attempt this particular bit of your challenge, the thought of only six pounds per week sends me into a cold sweat, even with my vast storecupboard and freezers full!
    I see that yet again you're going to have to explain about getting vouchers on your fuel spending etc. If people would just 'back read' your blog, they wouldn't have to ask so many questions. It's a common failing these days I find, some folk don't put any effort into finding out for themselves, they'd rather the information was handed to them 'on a plate'!

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  6. You can do this I'm sure your challenge within a challenge is well within your grasp. There is no way I could do this and I admire you for your commitment to the challenge

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  7. Sorry the comments had to be brought down by some folk. This blog is about you and people naturally ask questions out of interest.

    Asking a simple question is not a crime and if you (Sue) want to direct people to previous comments then thats fine but its nothing to do with your other followers. The comment made first inc 'your an inspiration' so someone was just asking a question politely. I dont think its nice of others or fair of them to make negative comments about other followers. Not everyone can read every single comment made on blogs so wouldn't see that questions may of been asked (who has the time really to read evey comment written...am sure you can appreciate this as you are so busy aswell)

    I'm interested to know how it will work out too....if you dont mind answering again or you could put a page about it on so its not in the comment section but on a day of its own so people can see it easily or maybe a page on your other blog if you don't want to interfer with the no spend spend days on this blog.

    Anyway Keep up the good work Sue.

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    1. I think your idea of a page for frequently asked questions is a brilliant one, I don't know why I haven't thought of it before, thank you. It will pop up in the next couple of days .... hopefully ;-)

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  8. I think it is nice when people ask questions...seems to me they are trying to get in the spirit of the thing.Im not sure other commenters should be bullying people who make comment and telling them how it is going to be...surely that is the blog authors decision.

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  9. Oooh, apparently I've annoyed 'Anonymous'!
    For the first time in my life I've been accused of bullying!
    I'm not a bully, I just feel that some people expect too much. It puzzles me that someone who hasn't time to read back through the blog to find answers to their queries expects Sue to find time to repeat herself!
    I shall not comment further on this matter, I'd hate to be accused of bullying yet again!
    Good luck with finding time to repeat yourself endlessly Sue! X

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  10. TIME OUT FOLKS!!

    Col. you are most certainly NOT bullying.

    Anonymous-es please if you wish to have a say on my blog please sign your first name at the end of your comment ... especially if you are having a dig at one of my long term readers.

    This blog was never going to be a public one, and it can at the touch of a key revert to the private blog I was intending in the first place. I don't want any of my lovely readers involved in spats with me or each other, the world is a bad enough place without blogland turning nasty!!

    It really would not take much to make me jump ship.
    Thank you.

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    1. Thanks Sue,
      I don't want to be involved in any 'spats' with other readers, especially those to whom criticism is automatically classed as bullying!
      I will, however, continue to read and comment (politely as always) on both of your lovely blogs! X

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  11. Noooo , don't go private, you and frugal queen are my 'friends' and daily inspiration
    Teresa

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    1. Don't panic Teresa ..... and thank you for signing your name :-)

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  12. Fab idea, a FAQ section is always good to read when you find a new blog. It just shows how easily comments can be misinterpreted when they were innocently meant (on both sides)

    Try as I might I'm not having much luck getting my monthly food bill down so it's fab to see how you're managing it. It'll be interesting when The Teenager goes off to uni in Sept then I'll see if he really is the culprit!!

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  13. Hurray for a plan!! You are steering this ship back on course with a sharp right turn. Excellent!!!!

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  14. Good luck Sue with this difficult challenge! Lynnm

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  15. A FAQ page is a fab idea! I can imagine it would take a long time to go through all comments on your pages to find if someone has asked a question previously as you seem to have many followers who take an interest as your write a good blog :)
    Mai

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  16. Great mini challenge. Thats a really tight budget for the month, looking forward to seeing how it goes. I think it would be great to have 4 complete months in May but there's only 4 complete weeks :) xx

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    1. Oh gawd .... thanks for spotting it. Changed now :-)

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    2. It would make the summer longer :)

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  17. Amazing challenge! Good luck. I know you can do it!

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  18. Wow...if anyone can pull this off, it will be you. Best of luck!

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  19. You certainly know how to keep things interesting! :) Sincerely wish you all the best as you set off on this new challenge within the challenge! I wonder if I could manage with US $6 per week for groceries for one month? Not if I had to buy everything I ate during that month, but if I ate from my freezer and cabinets, then, most probably, yes! Of course, I'd have to replenish the stocks, afterwards.

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