Week 5

Current weight 14 stone 1…which is roughly 89.35kg or 197lbs.

Was hoping to break into the 13’s this week but a Saturday party and then a Sunday party didn’t help, but 1lb is the right direction!

This week, however,  I want to talk about food with regard to cost. Last month (as in July, yes I know we are now in September!) I discovered I spent about £376 on food. I know this is as I use an app/program called YNAB to track my spending and help me save and reduce debt. I have been using if for over a year and so if you want more info DM me. You get to try it for 34 days for free as well.

Now for August I managed to keep every single receipt that I spent on food. I allocated myself £200 as I felt £50 a week is actually more than enough to feed me and sometimes think impulse buying takes control and does nothing for my diet or my bank balance!

So, for August, I did actually get it down to £241.79 which is over my budget so today I set about finding out what I actually spent that much money on. I also made some changes during August in where I shopped as well as being on leave from work for at least 2 weeks which does have implications.

Money spent on actual food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks: £150.16

£80.19 – Waitrose, £32.09 – Tesco, £24.38 Lidl, £6.99 – Thai shop, £6.51 – Wholefood Shop.

(I shop at Waitrose (before people tell me it is costly!) because it is nearest to me but have recently started to go to Lidl. This month I didn’t shop in Aldi but I do normally buy certain food there too I should add.)

Money spent on meals out but not budgeted for: £55.72

£23.10 – Nando’s, £23.63 – Cote Brassiere, £1.99 – McDonald’s, £7 – Chips from Chippie.

Money spent on Fizzy Drinks and other not needed items: £104.46

£8 – Beale Park gift Shop, £10.70 – Dover Street News, £13 – The Shakespeare Pub, £11.43 – Oaten Hill newsagent, £1.40 – Boots, £27.25 – University library (sadly that was mostly fizzy drinks). £30 – Cash Point (spent on food and drinks only). £10.68 – Various supermarkets for alcohol…

Now…if you add that all up it actually comes to £310.34 but some of these items were paid for on my credit card because they were not budgeted for so £68.55 extra. The area that concerns me most is the bottom money spent on fizzy drinks and other not needed items. One for me to look at now and then perhaps in November do a receipt keep again to see if I have improved. As apart from a few drinks in the month I should easily be able to get this below £200 and I still think that is a lot but it is my current target. I would be curious to know what others spend on a monthly shop be it for those shopping for 1 to those with a family be it small or large.

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  1. I spend approx £100 in the supermarket. Then about £30 in butchers. Some weeks can fluctuate depending on plans. Eating out is a rare treat as a family of four it is costly!! I may do the receipt keeping trick though and add it up if only the impulse buys as that would be interesting (or scary!!)
    Love your blog by the way!

    1. Thank you, that works out less than £200 a month for you guys individually though which confirms I am over spending anyway! But yes, keeping the receipts for a whole month was very enlightening…I stuck a freezer bag on the fridge and put every receipt in there when I got home each day.

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