Money Spent This Month - £5.39 Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £50.50
Money Spent in Total - £245.53
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £164.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £83.18
No Spend Days 25/30
Total Spent - Cash/Vouchers/Coupons/Points £410.28
Weekly Average £15.78
No Spend Days Cumulative - 151/182
Here we are halfway through the Challenge and with well over half the money spent, in fact as you can see from the monthly round up figures there is just £83.18 left in the cash kitty that started off at £328.71.
It's a good that the Nectar point stash has been slowly but steadily inching its way up to over eighty pounds. I feel a re-stock of some expensive things like coffee will be necessary soon. My four jar stash purchased in April has almost run out with the last one having just been tipped into the coffee cannister on the worktop.
I was really pleased that this month saw me spending hardly any cash at all with most of the shopping being paid for with M&S and Tesco vouchers :-)
My biggest learning curve this month - that we do eat and purchase the same things over and over on a rotational basis, meaning that in future if I stop myself being tempted to buy special ingredients for things we may only eat once I would be able to save a lot of money. There's absolutely no shame in living and eating very simply, no matter what the advertisers tell us 'we have to have' and I'm happy to say we have successfully jumped off this particular bandwagon.
How am I feeling at the end of Month Six and Halfway Through the Challenge - that it is serving the purpose that I hoped it would serve. Which was mainly to highlight to us what we need to keep purchasing and how little we actually eat compared to what I thought we ate. That the things we buy over and over are mostly either things we can't produce for ourselves like flour, coffee, tea etc, or are the things we can't produce ourselves at specific times of year. For example cucumbers and peppers throughout the Winter months, so it means if we start to eat more seasonally and get used to waiting for things to be in season we would save a lot of money as we could mostly grow them for ourselves.
Today is a No Spend Day