Sunday, 2 October 2016

Keeping an eye on Spending



I have seen a few bloggers who are doing a stop spending or monitor the spending for October, I have decided I am having a few months of clearing the store cupboards, (non perishable goods). I have proved living here in the city it is never going to be hard to find a bargain, we are practically living off reduced foods . I have gone a bit mad lately with the bargains. I am only going to buy fresh meat, veg, fruit, salad for a few months, there are enough non perishable goods to last until after Christmas, the cupboards are bulging , I have a wardrobe in the spare room which has ended up half full, and also the cupboard in my dresser in the lounge is full of food items, so that's enough time to take control.

So I went up Morrison's this afternoon, my son comes with me and between us we managed to get a good haul of fresh goodies, enough meals for the week.









I also bought some butter and this morning in the small local I bought bread for 25p.

I picked up these as well.
A freebie from Checkout smart (the offer finishes today)

Also my son now gets at 10% student discount at Morrison's which is nice.


So total grocery spend for this month so far is £11.13.

We certainly are saving on the food bill now.

I am also monitoring the gas, electric and water to see how much we are spending.

We have pre paid meters which were already here when we moved in, I have to say I actually prefer them, better than having a huge bill land on the door mat.

Any one else making cut backs on spending ?

22 comments:

  1. The yellow sticker area of our T***o has been diabolical for ages now. Loads of bread but there is only so much bread you can fit a freezer. What little there has been in the veg section has looked like it was out of date three weeks ago....not very appetising at all-x-

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    1. Not so good I only buy it if it looks nice and fresh still x

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  2. I'm not cutting back, but I am monitoring how much we spend. This month is a great month for us to start as we're not having a tight month, so it's a good way to see how we handle things given free choice.

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  3. WOW I think that's be if the best hauls I've seen for a long time! On Friday we feasted on a lamb casserole made with lamb neck fillet reduced for £7 to £1.50. It was delicious! Saturday I made beef stroganoff with some massively reduced rump steak. Yesterday was a shocker - we had pork. From the freezer. But it'd been gasp, FULL price lol. I love a yellow sticker! Well done!

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    1. You are feeding well for less as well, I am the same use the freezer when I don't find anything xx

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  4. 30 mile round trip to any other supermarket but the Lincolnshire Coop. Hideous prices , gorgeous quality , hardly ever anything reduced , unless its crawling to the recycling bin . We also have a Budgens , good for the odd weird reduced item , cheap quail eggs etc ..lol

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    1. Hi Kate we used to have to travel 25 miles to nearest one, I actually like living in the city lots of pro's but I also see is settling late on to a more quieter area.

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  5. That was an impressive haul. I have been monitoring our shopping and cutting corners where I can making more use of the leftovers. I get lucky with yellow stickers occasionally but nothing like that, well done.

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    1. Thankyou I think someone is looking after us , as we are trying hard to save.

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  6. Some brilliant bargains there, you were obviously in the right place at the right time :-)

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    1. Hi Sue Sundays seems to be the right day, our son comes up now and helps me out, you have to be so careful you get people eyeing up the trolley, our son guards it whilst I grab the bargains, we are saving so much money on food now, hopefully we will get "Our New Life in the Country " soon.

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  7. Looks like I need to make a move to your city!!! I don't know where to find ANYthing like those bargains here. Good for you!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca I get so excited over a yellow sticker, it makes such a difference to the budget.

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  8. My food shopping consists of yellow stickers and some items from Aldi, depends which I am nearest to. I won't be cutting back on food this month because I eat cheaply anyway, but I have booked two nights at a Youth Hostel for £7 a night, rather than choose a B & B at around £35 - £40 a night. All I need is a bed in a warm and comfortable place.

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    1. Hi Ilona thanks for popping by, you do very well on your yellow stickers, I am getting good at it now, that is the only way I will shop now, we like yourself would rather eat cheaply and have a nice break. I have never tried a youth hostel, £7 what a bargain,like you say its only a bed and bit of comfort for the evenings, have a lovley break x

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  9. You've been and done it again. Brilliant shopping. I got excited over a 20p twin pack of salad Ha Ha! I'll just have to keep trying!

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    1. I know I am the same, some people get excited over buying fresh flowers and having the latest magazine land on the door mat, me well I get a buzz from saving on the groceries, x

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  10. Crikey, they are great bargains. I am trying to 'not spend' this month. We didn't do a shop at the weekend as I plan to work my way through the cupboards and use up as much as possible. I have plenty of fresh veggies in my plot but the weather is really cooling down so they won't last much longer. Milk I am buying at our local spar.. 2x4 pints for £2. I know if I go to a supermarket for milk I will end up buying more than I really need.

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    1. Well done you we are in it together then.

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  11. You've done it again, Marlene, an amazing haul for very little money and it all looks so fresh! Do you freeze most of the 'ready meal' type things? YS is never very good in our area. Everything looks way past it's best and then reduced by only a few pence. No way..... xx

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    1. Hi Angie I keep enough out for a couple of days and the rest of the meat/fish things go in the freezer or else they would go off quick xx

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