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

42 comments:

  1. You've done really well. You have shown me that we need to cut back with food spending too. Good luck with your future plans.

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  2. Oh Sue, I very rarely comment but have followed you for a long time. I shall miss your blog very much but I wish you well and hope you and lovely hubby continue to enjoy the life you have created together. My man and I are very near to being able to start our adventure on Shetland, so I shall take much inspiration from the things you have shared on your blog over the years.

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    1. Are you going to blog about you new life on Shetland? ... I do hope so.

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  3. Sue you truly did great this year and I will try and follow your challenge myself. I sit here wondering how I am going to start my day now with not being able to read your blog as I so looked forward to it each day. Your humor and feel good writing was such a lift, especially when all the news is bad these days. I wish you the best of luck in the future and hopefully we will see you around blogland.

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    1. A nice place to start your daily read would be Rhonda's blog 'Down to Earth', and there are some lovely blogs to jump to from her sidebar.

      Thank you for your good wishes, and yes, I hope to be around :-)

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  4. I made my comments over on the other blog - but I will miss you - I hope you are leaving these posts up'in the ether' for us to refer back to when we suddenly need a recipe. Thanks so much for all the times you have shared with us, ups and downs. God bless you richly in the days ahead - where riches do not equate to finance, and happiness is not a large bank balance.

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    1. The blogs will both stay 'live' for the foreseeable future, and I may even pop up a picture or two on the main blog as it seems Mavis has a HUGE fan club ;-)

      I love your final sentence, thank you. xx

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  5. I have loved following your challenge and look forward to reading your blog each day. Very well done and you have inspired me to stick with my frugal and simple life choices. I will miss you; you write brilliantly and in a very down to earth way. Take care and a huge thank you xx

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    1. Forgot to add that my chutney (using your recipe again this year) is delicious.

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    2. Thank you, and yes my chutney turned out well this year too ;-)

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  6. I'm going to miss my daily fix of your blog - it has been really interesting and inspiring to read, thank you.

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  7. I greatly enjoyed your daily blog and will miss it. I found it to be inspiring.

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    1. Aww thank you, that's nice. xx

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  8. I rarely comment but I have really enjoyed following your blog this year and will miss it. Good luck for the future.

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  9. I will miss my daily check in with yourself and your blogs. You're commitment is outstanding and a true inspiration. Take care of yourselves, have a great Christmas and Thank you x

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  10. I to have read your blog since the 1st January and I'm going to miss your daily posts. Your inspiration has helped us to cut our food bills, recycle and use food in a new way. Our aim is to save even more next year. Best wishes to you both in whatever you do in 2017.

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  11. Thank you for your wonderful and inspiring blog. We will miss you! I hope you reconsider.

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  12. Sue you are an inspiration, you have taught me so much, I will be sad to see you disappear from blog land,but I can understand how you feel, blogging does take up a lot of time, all the best for the future.
    Best Wishes
    Marlene xxx

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  13. As I commented on your other blog I have learnt so much from you and will miss reading both blogs every evening. (I keep them as a treat for when I sit down with all tasks done)
    Is there any way we could be alerted if you start a new blog or even restart this one?
    In the meantime

    May The Road
    Rise Up To Meet You

    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face;
    the rains fall soft upon your fields
    and until we meet again,
    may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

    Old Celtic blessing. Sue

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  14. I'm devastated! Your blog is such an inspiration. You've taught me so much. I understand the privacy need though. Please come back and blog every so often.

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  15. I've enjoyed following your challenge throughout the year. You have shown that we can still lead a full, happy and healthy life without it costing the earth. You should be so proud of your achievements. I will certainly miss reading your daily updates. All the very best in the future to both of you and your little furry and feathered family.

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  16. So sorry to see this blog end but it'll continue to inspire me. I like the idea of counting my 'no spend days' over a year. Thank you Sue xo

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  17. An extra thought. You could post a Round Robin once a year to update us! Sue



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  18. I commented this morning on your main blog, but I have come back to this one as I'm still thinking about you. This blog has been an inspiration to me. I shall be counting my 'no spend days' next year and thinking of you. Take care, Sue. Dare I ask you, as others have, to add the odd update to your blog when you have a moment? Have a lovely Christmas.

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  19. I haven't commented much, and will be popping over to your other blog to see if there are any reasons why, I hope nothing specific, just time for a change which I can totally understand. It has been interesting to read your posts and follow along with this challenge. Glad you have enjoyed it too. Someone else made a comment about money, my thoughts are this. Money isn't a bad thing, it certainly makes life easier in terms of being able to pay bills, but it doesn't make you happy. Happiness makes you happy, money just makes it easier and takes away stress of unexpected bills! I hope you will be rich in happiness!!! Happy Christmas and all the best!

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  20. Have fun and I will miss seeing your face popping up behind your huge veggie !

    cheers, parsnip

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  21. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year and thanks for sharing this challenge. I am inspired to take up my own now.

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  22. You will be truly missed, I am sad to see you go.
    Thank you for your inspiration and dedication.

    Very best wishes for the future.
    Pam in TX.xx

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  23. I'll miss both of your blogs. All the best to you in the future.

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  24. You will be very missed. Your blog has always inspired me, and I've loved your positive approach.

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  25. You've done really well with this challenge. I shall miss your posts and your determination. Take care : )

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  26. Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us. I've really enjoyed it and you've done amazingly well! Merry Christmas and good luck for the future x

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  27. I'm sad, for me, but very happy for you. I think that paying off the mortgage was the ultimate reason/watershed probably for both blogs and now it's done you want to get on with the rest of your life. From someone who doesn't blog but is close to that goal I can only say thank you for sharing the past years (here and in your main blog) with us, this blog I absolutely loved, very specific challenge I could compare to through the year, as I was tracking my shopping, accumulating vouchers, training/preparing for my mortgage pay off year:) All the best, take care! Maria

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  28. I was wondering how it was day 440 (340) which is more than a year! It probably feels like it to you having blogged everyday. Well done Sue you deserve the goal of mortgage paid and a break from blogging. Tx

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    1. Ooops, I hadn't spotted that .... corrected now, thanks. xx

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  29. I will miss both your blogs, lots to think about, and ponder, about working some of this for my own family.
    I wish you well, hugs to your pets!
    Many blessings!
    Merry Christmas!

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  30. Thank you so much for your posts. I never comment but I would look forward to reading your posts every day and it's going to leave a big hole in my blog feed! You've been a inspiration to me and I want to be more mindful in my spending over the next year that I've started my own blog! All the best for the future Sue to you and your family.
    Housewife78 x

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