Monday, 5 December 2016

Day 340 - End of Challenge - Final Blog Post

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 it's beginning in January and to 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

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Days 338 and 339 - End of Month Eleven

Money Spent This Month - £32.12   Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - £51.00
All the Original £328.71 Budget Now Gone
Money Spent in Total - £367.67
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £351.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - None    Minus Figure of £38.96
No Spend Days  26/30

Total Spent - Cash/Vouchers/Coupons/Points   £719.42
Weekly Average £14.99

I'm a bit late with the end of month summary for November, it's just been busy here and time flies by so quickly.  So to keep everything straight here are the figures. as they stood at the end of November.

My biggest learning curve this month - that I really don't need or want to keep my cupboards overstocked with foods for 'emergencies'.  In the future our cupboards will hold the groceries listed on the 'Permanent Shopping List' page ... and not much else.

How am I feeling at the end of Month Ten -  Glad that the preserving of all the homegrown vegetables has finally finished but a little bit sad that I lost the last dozen bunches of celery to the hard frosts that we have had this past week.  Still they went on the compost heap so their goodness will help with next years crop ... all is never lost when you grow your own and make your own compost.

Today is a No Spend Day

Friday, 2 December 2016

Day 337 - More Shopping

Money Spent Today - £3.32
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - 0
All the £328.71 Budget Now Gone
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £351.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - 0
In the Red by -  £48.89

I went shopping today after a trip to the cinema with Jason to see A Street Cat Named Bob.  It was the first time for Jason seeing it and the second time for me ... it was just as good the second time around :-)

After the cinema he headed off home to Preston in Lancashire and I nipped over to Tesco.  I needed something not pictured here for this celebratory weekend  (hence the full receipt not being shown), but I also knew that The Trussell Trust are having a BIG Neighbourhood Food collection at ALL Tesco's in the UKfrom1st to the 3rd December, and I really wanted to do my bit.

When you go in you are given or can ask for their ideal shopping list, I decided to buy three of everything on the list ...

... as you can see from the list it didn't cost me that much and will hopefully be of good use to someone less fortunate than myself.  You don't have to buy that much, you could just buy one or two items, and basics lines are perfectly acceptable.  Just imagine how much food they would get if every shopper in the three days donated just ONE thing.

I spent £3.32 on some crisps and bananas.  I don't know why but I just fancied some crisps for the weekend ... possibly something to do with the two bottles of wine in the cupboard ;-)

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Day 336 - Buying Salad Stuff

Money Spent Today - £6.61
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent - 0
All the £328.71 Budget Now Gone
Vouchers/Coupons/Points Spent in Total - £351.75
Money left in Housekeeping Fund - 0
In the Red by -  £45.57

I bought all the above, plus one four pint bottle of milk, which I had already put in the fridge, yesterday.  I have been craving salad stuff, and although there was a few spring onions, some mixed leaves and some kohlrabi in the polytunnel I thought I would go mad and buy some fresh things for the fridge.

I have just lost the last of my homegrown celery to the frost, such a shame I should have covered them sooner with fleece, but even that might not have worked as it was down to -3 degrees inside the polytunnel this morning.

I just scrolled back through all the 'Shopping' posts to see when the last time I bought a cucumber was and it was on the 17th July!!  That's not bad at all considering that until recently we have been eating a minimum of four a week.