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Well, here we are. It is the middle of the month already and I thought I would give you an update on my £100 grocery challenge.
I should point out that I am in a fortunate position where I’m not doing this challenge because we can’t afford food. I think it is important for us to start working on meal planning, batch cooking and using the *slow cooker more again and I figured that this is a fantastic way to give us the boost that we need for getting back in the kitchen.
I have received a Gousto box this month, for free, with 2 meals in. This was a lovely treat but obviously, I wouldn’t have been able to buy this within my £100 grocery challenge or I would have had to cut back a little too much. I also had a number of items already in the freezer including meat, fish and a nice selection of vegetables from our allotment.
I’m not saying that it is possible to feed your family for £100 every month, however, I think some months £100 is achievable as I know I’m often guilty of building up a stockpile of fresh items and frozen food that then needs using up.
When visiting our local supermarket I’ve been sure to think about whether we really NEED something. I have made one or two purchases that weren’t strictly necessary and weren’t groceries, but I have included them within my total so far because I wouldn’t have bought them without visiting Sainsbury’s!
So far I’ve spent £51.34. As we aren’t quite halfway through the money I’m not sure how we will do for the last 17 days. So far I’ve spent money on fresh fruit, salad, meat, fish, a little alcohol, nappies, cat food & treats, drinks and two deodorants. I think this is a respectable amount so far. I also purchased a pair of leggings, in the next size up, for Daisy. They were reduced to just £1.25 so were a great price and I would have needed them in a few weeks anyway.
I’ve been able to pay for my groceries using the gift cards that I ordered from a gift voucher marketplace. I paid £97 for £100 of Sainsbury’s gift cards so if I get to my £100 really I’ve got £3 more that I could use and still come within the target I’ve set myself.
I think this £100 grocery challenge has gone really well so far. We’ve been thinking more about purchases and we’ve also been cutting down on impulse purchases too. So far this month I’ve bought no crisps, chocolate or junk food of any description. We didn’t have any in the house from last month either so this has been good in terms of being healthier. We did buy £4 of alcohol but that is a typical monthly amount as I don’t drink much and it was a nice treat after a hard week.
We have had one takeaway this month, however, this was a treat from my Mum and not something that we would have bought otherwise. It didn’t cost us any money and the dinner we had planned for that night we just enjoyed the following evening.
I hope that reading my post has inspired you to look at ways you can cut back on groceries. Perhaps you could try a £100 grocery challenge, or even a £200 grocery challenge depending on the size of your family. There are lots of ways to cut back on groceries. My favourite ways are batch cooking, meal planning, cooking from scratch and using the slow cooker. A combination, or even just one of these, is a great way to shave pounds off your weekly shopping bill.
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