Firstly, this post is VERY VERY late! I had it drafted but it turns out I forgot about it completely for more than a month. I’m going to reiterate, once again, that we didn’t run this challenge in October because we can’t afford food. We are fortunate that money isn’t tight these days. However, despite this I think that it is good to have an overhaul from time to time. Having a month where I really had to think about saving money, and cutting back, sees us in good stead for the months ahead. Anyway, here are =my £100 grocery challenge results!
The first half of the month I was thinking that there was no way that I was going to make this challenge – but I did! Just! My end total was £102.87 for this £100 grocery challenge. However, as I saved 3% on my Sainsburys gift vouchers, thanks to Zeek, I actually ended on £99.87 total spend!
I wouldn’t say that we really deprived ourselves of anything during our £100 grocery challenge. What we did do was meal plan more, use up random bits in the freezer and cook from scratch more. We had alcohol, but not a lot. Also, I cut back my visits to the clothing and toy section! I spent £1.25 on a pair of leggings for Daisy which I couldn’t resist – total bargain!
During our £100 grocery challenge I used the information documented in some of these posts to help:
Also, I used these recipes all at least once:
Kitchen gadgets I used:
My final thoughts on the £100 grocery challenge
I really enjoyed completing this challenge. Maybe I would have enjoyed it less if I genuinely only could afford £100 for the month. It was a challenge, at times, but it helped me to rein in the spending a little before Christmas time. Also, it got me back into cooking from scratch. We wasted next to no food during the month we followed the £100 grocery challenge. The month after we only spent £160 too, as we hadn’t run all of our supplies down thanks to careful planning.
If you were short on money it is possible to live on so little. However, you would want to cut back on the quality of some of your products a little to stretch your budget further. Long term I wouldn’t want to go back to living on £100 a month, like we did a few years ago. However, now and then it is great to get your creativity back in the kitchen and make you look for genuine bargains.