Back to Frugality…

Back in January, I successfully took part in a ‘No Spend Challenge‘, aiming to spend only on essentials for the whole month. It was in an attempt to trim down and see where we were wasting money and could perhaps save a bit and after a successful (but somewhat hard work) month we did actually manage to put some money away. Sadly, recently we’ve slipped back into bad ways, a combination of Mr W being off sick for a long period of time and a bit of excessive spending to cheer ourselves up – I know, I know, it’s the worst thing to do! So I’ve decided that I am going to devote June to a second No Spend Challenge.

Now, I can already spot a couple of things that I know will occur in June that will be technically unnecessary spending but I’ve already committed to them, so no getting out of it, but what I really want to stop is the unnecessary supermarket trips and such like. Looking at our bank statement, it’s all Adsa, Tesco, Asda, Asda which is the result of a couple of weeks with no food plan or shopping list.

So, I aim to:

1. Make a note of all purchases day to day
2. Think about whether I actually need the small items – I usually don’t!
3. Plan all meals and make a proper shopping list
4. Start using my Mysupermarket/Lidl/Asda plan to make sure we’re spending the least amount possible
5. Downshift the items we buy and try value items where possible
6. Assess whether we really need any big items – I suspect we don’t!!

So there we are. Is it just me who has had this mid-year return to bad ways, or is it inevitable? Anyone want to join me on another frugal month?

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7 Responses to Back to Frugality…

  1. Cath says:

    Not just you my dear. I’d join you, but have the little mans birthday coming up in June, so probably not an ideal month for a ‘no spend’! I too seem to have reverted back to £70/week supermarket spends rather than my £30/week January achievement. However, the impact of the January no-spend challenge seems to have left the bank balance in a much healthier state than before (thanks moneysupermarket!), so the desperation is no longer there. I found that when I was budgeting and meal planning I’d plan to buy the minimum and use up leftover stuff from packets within the meal plan. Now, although I’m still meal planning, I’m doing it less efficiently, and have ended up throwing stuff away (although I’m finding Aldi fruit & veg quality far worse than Tesco, which doesn’t help). So I guess I need to get back on the wagon. Will be looking to you for inspiration!

    • Stacey says:

      Yes, I can see it would be hard for you this month!! I find the Lidl fruit and veg not as good too – I suppose it is cheaper but then no good if you’re chucking it! I can see more fruit crumbles and banana cakes in our future…

  2. Boysmum2 says:

    Even down under in New Zealand we are thinking the same way, mine statement also constantly shows the supermarket, but I am sure we eat less at present so where it goes nobody knows!

    • Stacey says:

      It’s a constant mystery to me too! Also, it’s so galling when the total cost of the basket keeps going up, while the number of food items in it goes down…

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  4. Joanne says:

    Good Luck!!!
    I always find that the first 3 weeks of the month I spend spend spend then suddenly week 4 am able to feed all 5 of us on £30 .. lol #needtoplanbetter !!

    • Stacey says:

      Oh yes – that’s part of my motivation for doing it. The overdraft is too, too attractive after a heavy month!!

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