There are lots of things that are outside the remit of the Challenge ... all non-foody things, as we already pretty much know how much we use and how often we purchase them. Some of them come under the umbrella of our company and are purchased from the farm supplies shop. But it doesn't mean to say that we don't use these items carefully and economically.
For instance washing powder ... we usually buy these tablets, which yes are a bit more expensive than buying huge boxes of washing powder but easier to store in the kitchen and simple to use. We buy them in bulk ( a sleeve of four boxes at a time), and because we don't use them as directed on the packet, where it tells you to use two tablets per wash and thus only get 20 washes out of one box ... each box lasts us for 40 washes.
I do around five washes a week so each box lasts us eight weeks. It's knowing all this type of thing that will help us budget for all expenditure in the future.
Of course I do have a bit of a dilemma, instead of fabric conditioner I usually use vinegar in the final rinse. It does exactly the same as fabric conditioner in that it neutralises any washing detergent that is left in the fabric of your wash and makes it come out soft, but it leaves your wash simply smelling clean and not perfumed.
At first my dilemma was that it's a 'food' item, so when my current stash runs out should it be included in the food budget, but then I thought about it some more and decided that as I don't use vinegar in anything other than pickling things (nope ... I don't even have it on chips), I will buy vinegar for food use out of the food budget and keep the vinegar for fabric conditioning purposes out of the equation.
Today is a No Spend Day