Sunday, 31 July 2016

Day 213 - Have I Blown the Challenge?

Money Spent Today - £41.46  
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £318.88
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £225.25
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - £9.83

I don't know exactly why I did it ... but I did, so to quote a fellow blogger 'hey ho'.

I went on the Approved Foods website the other week and had a little peruse around, and then I went on again the other day ... perused and ordered.  As you can see I got a shed load of scone mixes, enough to keep us in scones until after Christmas if I used one a week, two HUGE bags of suet pastry mix and enough vegetable stock to keep us going for a year.

The sweets were bought as a treat to take to the cinema with us, to stop us from being tempted to buy snacks there.  It is hard to avoid temptation when you see everyone snacking.

I was also tempted into buying a 'Luxury Lucky Box', well worth the money (I had eaten two bags of biscuits before this picture was even taken) but totally unnecessary.

 As I clicked the final button and finalised my purchase I thought 'bloody hell what have I just done'.   Well thinking about it logically, I've either virtually finished off the Challenge in one fell swoop or made it ten times more interesting.


  1. Here's hoping ten times more interesting! It's interesting already so it could be totally compelling!

    Actually to be slightly more helpful you are trying to see how little you can live on and you have "discovered" that you need treats (like M & Ms to take to the flicks!) but that isn't really a surprise, is it? I think that you've now got an important insight when you do a longer term budget.

  2. Don't worry about it , you do incredibly well, you are an inspiration.

  3. Crikey, the Lucky Box looks especially good value. Now... how long can you keep that £9.83 in your purse? :) I think you have done amazingly well so far. You must be inspiring so many people to try harder too. Good luck!

  4. Tesco vouchers are out August so that should replenish your coupon stock a little. Your poly tunnel and cupboards are sticker so me thinks you can do this. Will you sell excesses and use the money? I think like me you are better when a challenge really hots up. We all need treats.......go Sue!!

  5. Lol! I'm in the 'interesting' camp.

    As Frugally Challenged says you've now got a greater insight into what we can actually live on and inspired me/us in the process. I see living frugally as my choice so I can use my well earned money for 'treats' without incurring debt. Looking forward to seeing your next move ;-)

  6. I suspect that things just got more interesting. I can't wait to see how you manage to thrive on what you have left. As Simple Living said, you are an inspiration. Good Luck!

  7. More of a challenge certainly! One of the good things about being vegan is that I am not tempted by the chocolates and stuff as they are no use at all to me! Enjoy though!

  8. It's great to find out you're human lol. I'm sure you'll go down the 10x more interesting path for now. We wait with bated breath!

  9. Methinks you've made things a bit more interesting, and you'll survive, as others have pointed out. As for all of those cinema treats, you got them more cheaply so you should enjoy them twice as much!

  10. Such lovely positive comments you've gotten with this blog. Dare I say was at first very disappointed? At first I thought "Typical, just like me". But the lovely comments helped me to see how negative my thinking is. What the Hey anyway. You've done really well, You're honest, It's your "F"ing money (& blog) and now you are apparently willing to go on with what you have left in the kitty and "get over" what's happened. Plus you had some good reasons for the things you bought, especially the sweets. So it wasn't just a total meltdown of spending (like I would do). You've shown me MY PROBLEM is I'm much to hard on myself and others - I want/expect that impossible thing - PERFECTION. I'm hoping you see that this is really a positive comment to you and your blog and not the downer it seemed to start out as! I really like this blog of yours (and your other one). Even though I live in the US and don't shop the same way or places as you - this blog has "addicted" me to daily watching. I hope your take up this new challenge and keep the blog up as long as you can. That would be fun and interesting to see how you go on. Thanks (sincerely hope I didn't hurt your feelings - this blog post really did help me see myself better through my first reaction to it) Thanks.

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    1. Sorry to delete - somehow it printed twice and I figured once was just about enough!!!!

  12. Oh dear! It wasn't a lot to live on anyway. Double would've seen you through to the end easily. At least you know how much you'll need money wise in future.

  13. Reckon it should make the challenge even more interesting! Think it also demonstrates that even when living on the thriftiest of budgets, it's necessary to allow for some treats. Sure, you bought some luxuries alongside the long lasting ingredients, but you made sure you got loads of bang for your buck. Good luck!

  14. What is in the scone mix that makes it worth buying instead of flour? Enjoy your M&Ms.


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