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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 12:03 pm    Post subject: 2014 Grocery Challenge  Reply with quote

The 2014 grocery challenge

With a budget of £4,000 for everything for the year, about a quarter of it gets allocated to groceries, a quarter to heat/light/energy and half to cover everything else, so here's my plan for 2014

I'm still sticking with my £1 per person per year plus an allowance for visitors, toiletries, laundry and cleaning products.

Down to 2 in this household, so that's 2 x 365 days = £730 for food right away, plus I normally have family and friends to stay at least 3 times a year, so an extra £70 being allowed for this. That leaves me £175 for toiletries, cleaning products and any other extras for special occasion meals such as New Year and Christmas. So, my personal grocery challenge is to keep it within £975.

Who is taking part and what's your budget?

I haven't listed individual budget amounts in the challenger list as all our households are different sizes with different dietary requirements.

Allybea
Aril
Booklady
Catsister
Cheap and Cheerful
Christine
CliffH
Craftymum23
Csarina
Ellen_81
Fishcake_Random
Flourgirl
Frugaldom
Hummingbird
Lemondrops
MaggieH
Mishy
MrsCheshire
New start
Nosnarcmik
Picard14
Poppycat1
Retrowren
Shaz_mum_of_2
Suzan
Taran
Welshpoppy


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MrsCheshire
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm going to aim for £60 per week to feed a family of 4.This breaks down to £2.14 per person per day!
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please add me to the list.  Not sure about how much it will be at the moment.  I will work out some figures and then put them on here.  

I have decided that I am not going to try and go as low as last year.

I really want to pay more off my mortgage before interest rates start to go up.

I have decided that takeaways (already quite rare) will not be happening apart from the odd packet of chips at the seaside.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be sticking with my budget of £200 per month with any leftovers going into the savings pot.  I know it seems a huge amount for 2 people but it works well for us, it also gives room for improvement and stockpiling.
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Taran
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello, this newbie would like to go for £25 per week.  This is for one human, and includes cat food and litter for three cats.  They need a litter tray because houses are still being built around mine, so until the development is finished (sometime in late 2014), they are house cats.

Year total - £1,300.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to do this for $150 per fortnight. This is for 2 adults and 3 cats. At the moment we use 1 large 15 kilo bag of litter each fortnight, but when we move next year this will increase as the cats will have to be in an enclosure instead of 2 of them free ranging during the day. I also don't know about butchers and greengrocers in the area we will be moving to, also we may have to rent for a few months in between selling our house and buying the new one.
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Frugaldom
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome Taran and Maggie, hope you have fun with this frugal food challenge in 2014.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please add me to the list we will stick to same budget of £200 a month but the surplus goes into the holiday fund(a special year) we usually spend £100 a month with bulk buying but hoping to lower this for 2014.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:34 pm    Post subject: January shopping Reply with quote

I have now done the bulk of my January shopping by way of a freezer order and a rare trip to the nearest Co-op, where I was quite stunned by the prices!  £5 for own brand cheese, £1.25 for own brand flour and £1.45 for own brand 2L carton of milk?! For newcomers to the challenge, this is my nearest small supermarket and it's just over 20 miles round trip, there aren't any buses here, I don't have a car and, basically, I don't get there very often!

I've spent the last of my 2013 money on milk, including 5 litres of UHT, banans and some fresh veg, plus a couple of marked down bargains from Co-op, and stocked up on things like flour, cheese, frozen veggies for next year.

This brings my 2013 balance to zero and my 2014 budget to £886.08
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please add me to the list.
I have been though my bills and I'm sure I can do £30 a week, but I'm going to up it to £50 and save what I can.
This will mean if I'm sick we can cope with meals that are ready made or a take away.
I can't wait for this to start and see how little I can live on   .
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please add me to the list. My budget is £70 a week for a family of 5 plus 2 cats.

This is £3640 a year which seems like an enormous amount of money?

Thanks

Cliff
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Add me to this challenge. I need to work out the budget for 1 adult, 1 teenage girl, 3 cats 1 of which does not like cat biscuits and is a house cat and 2 dogs 1 little house dog and 1 big collie dog that loves food.  

Stock piling of basics is good at the moment as my dad brought me round my Xmas pressie of beans, tinned toms, pasta, rice, noodles, cup a soup, dish liquid, dish washer tablets and 480 tea bags.

I do need to check my herbs and spices for gaps and exp dates. And see what to keep and get rid of in fridge and freezer ready for new year.  Update and restock the baking cupboard so ready for bread making and remind myself to slice the bread before freezing it so it doesn't all have to come out in a block.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome CliffH and Picard

Cliff, that isn't really much at all when you look at it as less than £2 per person per day and whatever balance leftover to keep 2 cats. I'd call that very fair indeed.

Picard, great pressie from your dad!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm aiming for £65.00 per month, for two adults and two cats.  It isn't a lot but I have a huge stockpile that needs using up and my son gets highly subsidised meals at work.  I want to grow more of my own food this year too.

This will include cleaning materials too but as I only use soap, soda crystals, bicarbonate of soda and vinegar it shouldn't be too much of a  drain...(being a bit of a slut on the housework front does help!)

The budget may have to go up once the stockpile's gone but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it!

So, total food budget for the coming year, (starting 22nd December) is £800. (I know it should be £780 but 800 seems a nice round number! ).

I've dug out an old A4 hardback lined note pad and will be recording my household expenses.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to join in please this year.
We are having a big saving year to put a decent deposit down for our first home. The aim is to live on £50 a week after bills, that includes cleaning, clothing, entertainment... the works
So I will say my budget is £30 a week for 2 adults, 1 child and a toddler.
I am hoping to grow some food for the first time this year and also to forage wild foods more. I am also hoping to improve my preserving skills so I can buy reductions in bulk and take full advantage of gluts throughout the year.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd like to join too NYK.  Not sure of my numbers yet but I'll have them ready for the start of the year.  Now I've got a second fridge/freezer I can build up my stores again.

Whilst saving money on meals is fab I really need to make an effort to plan nutritious healthy meals that don't bust the bank!!  
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to join please

budget will be 150 a month this to feed 2
adults 1 child a greedy guinea pig ad also somevfreezer meals for a relitive
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would like to join please

budget will be 150 a month this to feed 2
adults 1 child a greedy guinea pig ad also somevfreezer meals for a relitive
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csarina
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Count me in too please.....my budget will be the same as for 2013, £120 a month for 2 adults. any surplus to go into the savings tin for our holiday next year. I did try udring this year to shop every 2 weeks and divide the HK into 2 but it just did not work, so will go back to £120 a month and draw the cash when I go shopping with my emnu list at the end of each month.

I need another few months to suss out the rest as we have not had a full winter in this house. Although the cost of heating is going ok we have not had any really cold weather yet.
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Cheap and Cheerful
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frugaldom, I was appalled when I read the prices you have to pay at your local co-op. Do none of the major supermarkets deliver to your area ?  I am full of admiration for the way you cope.

I will be taking part in this challenge and will post the details when I've worked them out.

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