Money Spent Today - £0 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent - £0
Money Spent in Total - £232.62 Vouchers/Points/Credits Spent in Total - £289.09
Emergency £5 Spent on Butter
Money Earned Through Sale of Food £30.50
Money left in total Challenge purse - £161.90
I've been thinking about this long and hard over the past couple of days, trying to decided whether to bring an end to this Challenge, throw in the towel as it were and stop completely. Out shopping today in Asda for some bits and pieces I suddenly decided YES the Challenge is over.
I bought fruit, ice lollies, some more salad stuff and generally just threw into the trolley what I wanted to. I didn't go mad, I think I've re-programmed myself over the course of the last 211 days to think and purposely buy, but it was such a relief to know that I could buy exactly what I wanted to buy and not hold myself accountable for it. I spent just over £68 ... not a lot by some peoples standards, but a lot by others.
I think I've proved over the last few months that if you want to eat cheaply you can, there are ways and means of collecting vouchers and points and using them to supplement what little money you may have. It helps if you start with a well stocked freezer and cupboard and helps if you know a bit about cooking from scratch and how to fill your freezer with tubs and tubs of cheaply made stews, soups and curries.
Homemade bread saves you a fortune, but I found it impossible to do over the last few weeks as I have had a thumb injury, so I had gone back to buying it from the shops. Anyway I found that if I made bread Lovely Hubby wolfed it all down and he's not supposed to eat that many carbs and they don't agree with me that much either, so I will be reverting to just the occasional homemade loaf from now on and my stash of sliced loaves in the freezer to take out just a slice or two for toast.
The total in cash, points, vouchers and coupons that I have spent this past 210 days is £521.71, which works out at an average weekly spend of just over £17
There is £161.90 left in the Challenge purse and with this I have decided to spend some of it on a good night out this coming weekend for Lovely Hubby and me, and the rest will be going towards our few days away that we have planned in September. A couple of nice meals and treat or two for us both.
So the money saved in the Sealed Pot which began this adventure will be used wisely. This years Sealed Pot is feeling very heavy and is simply going to be put towards Christmas treats, so no more Challenges for me.
I'm all Challenged out.
Thank you to each and every one of you who have followed this journey, cheered me on, commented and kept me on the straight and narrow. Sorry that this is the end of this Blog but if any of you have decided to do something similar please let me know so I can return the favour and encourage you to do even better than me.