I always seem to go over on my grocery budget, but reading about fellow blogger’s decision to go back to a cash system reminded me that I never went over in the days I ran cash! So… we have also moved back to a cash system. I am losing out on a bit of cashback from the credit card, but I will gain more in terms of not overspending. It’s good to be self-disciplined.
So, there are two adults and a very small child. I have a veg box and fruit bag for £23.20 per week and about £100 extra for other grocery, so basically am trying to achieve £200 per month. This also includes money we spend on dinners when we’re entertaining e.g. hosting a BBQ or having a few people over for dinner.
We started on the 25th of July, and so far we are UNDER budget, YAY!
Update: 14th Aug ’14
We are still on target, thank God, even after my other half went and bought things that weren’t on our shopping list… still have £45 ’til the 25th August. Let’s see how we do when we come back from shopping tonight, eh?!
Update 15th Aug ’14
Got back from Tesco last night, having got £41.86 worth of food and a small bit of household stuff, BUT I got loads of discounts and coupons and vouchers, so the final receipt came to 31.96. Pretty happy with the ca. 25% off!!! This food will last at least a week, plus we still have about £15 left for the last 10 days until payday.
BONUS: we got 2p/L off our next petrol purchase. I did not know you got this, I thought you had to spend £50 or more in one transaction, but you only have to spend £50 or more across a month to receive fuel discounts! Plus we get an extra 3% off the fuel with the Santander 123 credit card. WIN!
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