You may have been reading my blog this week and already know about my grocery challenge. If not, I am basically trying to cut my £550 a month food/household/toiletry bill to £250 a month. I have allocated £50 a week and kept £50 in reserve.
I am on day six and today I blew the budget! We went shopping in Tesco this evening and spent over £35.29. However, we normally spend over £70 and so I was pleased with this reduction. This means that in addition to the £14.79 already spent, we are over the £50 weekly food budget (£50.08). I have to buy bread tomorrow as well and I know that my husband has been buying chocolate bars at work and not telling me how much they cost or how often he has bought them.
I have found out a whole host of things already from trying to do this.
- I still do not know how a family can survive on less than £50 a week (I have not even had to buy nappies, wipes, toiletries, potatoes, pasta, rice, couscous, tea, coffee, frozen veg etc)
- I have discovered that shopping around can make a huge difference but is time consuming
- Some 'cheap' shops have certain items which are hugely overpriced
- Unhealthy food seems to be much cheaper
- Shopping in budget shops tempts me less and I make less impulse buys
- A good way to cut down on the food bill is just to eat less or make things go further - water down fruit juice, liquid soap and do not buy bottled water.
I will certainly be continuing with some of my frugal behaviour as it just seems silly to pay more money for food which can be easily bought for less. I have, however, decided to stop the project early - not yet, but it will only last for two weeks instead of the originally planned four. This is because my husbands birthday falls in the third week and I do not want him to suffer because of me being frugal. He is having a week off work so we may be going out and eating out sometime. He works very hard and it will be nice to spoil him.