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flourgirl
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:22 pm    Post subject: Aldi £5 vouchers  Reply with quote

Aldi are giving £5 vouchers away in Thursdays Daily Mirror. England and Scotland.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whoo Hoo!

Thank you, Flourgirl, I shall pick up the paper tomorrow and will do a catfood shop next week!  

(so 'Sad' to be excited about a £5.00 voucher! )
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 22, 2014 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We just did our last shop of the month. We will get our pay next Friday. So that will start the new month.

We just spent 53.00 Euros at Lidl. Stocking up and buying a lot of vegies. DH already did some shopping at a more expensive supermarket for 12.92 Euros.

This makes our total for this month 263.67 Euros. It was such a long month. So I was very happy to have some extra money in our piggy at home. It was used for shopping and some car repairs. It really came handy without having to dip further in our savings.

Next month we WILL stay under the 200 Euros. Well, that's something I really want. We will see. It is all in our own hands.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 7:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Flourgirl
I knew it was today but had forgotten if that makes any sense to you
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got a couple of strange looks as I picked up 4 copies of the Daily Mirror this morning - I happened to mention it to the girls at the Library and was asked to get 3 more copies......
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2014 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did the Aldi shop on the way to my meeting in Leamington this evening, and picked up petrol in Asda on the way through as well.

I spent £35.23, (after the voucher), and got a months supply of kitty grub, oats, sultanas, milk, butter, tomatoes, apples, oranges and two packets of their ham bits. I also picked up their discounted fish cakes, and some extra strong mints for Younger OOD.

From work today I purchased half a dozen eggs, (60p) and a jar of local honey, (£3.00).  I also paid for two Daily Mirrors, (£1.10).

I'm hoping that this should more or less be it for the next couple of weeks.  I may need more fruit and veg but that's it.

I dug out an old accounts book just after the Solstice and have been religiously filling in every spend - this is the year where I do find out where my money goes to and where the 'leaks' are occurring!

Total spend on groceries so far this month =£39.93
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Catsister  well done, you seem to have given some thought on how to use your voucher wisely. Its good to spread the word about these things. Hope you find your accounting book useful, I am trying to keep a more accurate figure for groceries this year, Its ok when there is a receipt but my problem is remembering to jot the amounts down that I spend willy nilly like picking eggs up at the farm or a bottle of milk at the post office, and its those dribs and drabs that total up!

I saw the vouchers advertised on facebook, if you are on there and like the page it will remind you when they are available I would hate for any if you to miss them, £5 isnt to be sniffed at!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My weekly shopping came to £48.56 plus an additional £1.78 on paying guests birthday trifle hmmm just over the £50 but under my limit of £60.  Will carry on with the £60 for the rest of this month and February and will review the amount at the end of Feb. and hopefully, reduce it to £50 per week.

Even DH was pleased the weekly shop came to about £50 and he also thinks its doable to reduce it at the end of Feb.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a count up of all grocery spends for this month including an order from Approved Foods and all the dribs and drabs and it comes to £121:79

Total for month so far £121:79
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:06 pm    Post subject: Hmph! Reply with quote

Looking like I won't be making it to the Co-op before the 29th so a complete waste of my £5 voucher - very disappointing, to say the least but I shouldn't grumble, I choose to live out of reach of supermarkets without any transport - I could easily relocate and find a 'proper' job getting paid real cash that I could spend on food and stuff.

Approved order not yet verified - hope it gets despatched tomorrow as I'd quite like to have my haggis, neeps and tatties soon.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:46 pm    Post subject: End of Month Update Reply with quote

I am really proud that nothing beside than the items on the shopping list found their way in my cart. I spent a lot less than expected this month. I hope I can continue saving money making meal plans each week and not buying junk food.

total spent this year €80.31
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Declaring January spends at an end so my total for the month is

£126:69

Nyk, my AF order arrived in less than 24 hours, however it is less than 15 miles away from here. I can only think its the couriers that are holding things up. Hope you get it soon, I know how much you rely on them.

Well done at all for keeping your spending to a minimum for January.  Lets hope we can enjoy a Frugal February too
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 1:54 pm    Post subject: Approved Reply with quote

Approved Food order was only packed and despatched yesterday, I suspect it's a policy they have for getting the closest orders processed as priority and then leaving the more distant ones until start of the following week. This, at least. seems to be my experience with them. Just my luck that I always spot suitable bargains after mid-week then need to wait in the hope it's all in stock by the time they despatch.

Didn't manage to get to Co-op to use my free £5 off £20 voucher, very disappointing.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

January's food shopping came to £76.71. We used the Aldi coupon and some of it will last well in to February. Here's to another low spend month.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just did my first shopping for the new month Februari. We decided not to take the car to the next village for the shopping. Taking the car for 15 KM would mean costs as well. So instead I did my shopping on foot at the more expensive supermarket, but still looking for the best deals. I also shopped at the green grocers and the butcher.

Wednesday is originally mince day in Holland, just like Monday is washing day by tradition. So I got 750G of half and half mince for 4.65 Euros. My shopping totalled to 35.84 euros. Much better than my last shop of 53 euros.

Having all the meals planned before the shopping really has helped the past year. So I am definately sticking to that. And just a once a week shop does wonders for your budget.

Well done everyone with January's achievements.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We saved a total of £123.29 out of January's grocery budget and I'm hoping not to start shopping in february until next friday.  The money saved will go into replenishing our emergency savings, which we used to help my son out when he moved. He is paying us back an agreed amount each month but we still need to cover ourselves abit
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:18 pm    Post subject: Grocery shopping Reply with quote

Well done, Kim!

App Food have refunded my £2.67 for burst bags and missing sugar, but paid it as store credit so no reduction on my overall grocery spent this month. Total spent, which includes top-ups and a freezer order, amounted to a whopping great £147.99 leaving me £827.01 for the next 11 months.

Here comes February and I am HOPING to be able to get through the month buying nothing more than milk and a few veggies. Needs must, as the cupboard need emptying again for the next big kitchen reshuffle.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My groceries came in at £100 and this including an AF order and stocking up on bargains which has resulted in £100 saving!

I am hoping for the same or lower in February
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not a bad start to the year.  £200 spent out of a budget of £280,  which meant I was finally able to pay something off my small but stubbortly persistent credit card bill.  On the down side the washing machines packed up,  The bills in for my oldests year 6 trip,  his uniform list for new school is endless and just when you get control of one thing something else comes along to knock you back.   Still at least the car passed its MOT!

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well my shopping came to £54 which is higher than I was expecting but I took DH with me so he could have a trip out after his op and I noticed 2 haggis in the trolley and some steak, took the steak out and he moaned and moaned so left the haggis in.  Going on previous haggis buying and eating, I should get 2 or 3 meals out of it so am keeping stum, for now!

Well done everyone on your achievements and thinking of new ways to save money when having to spend money IYSWIM.

Onwards to February now.....

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