My Aim for This Year

 
My aim for this year ..... well the main aim is obvious .... to spend only £365 on food over the course of the year.
 
Is this even possible?
 
 
 
Last year on emptying my Sealed Pot, (as it's name suggests it is sealed up completely and only accessible once a year at the start of December) I found £480, by hook or by crook we somehow managed to make this amount last us until July of this year, then we returned to our normal housekeeping of £50 per week. 
 
It was a bit of a struggle for the first half of the year I don't deny it, but I had the knowledge picked up from years ago when I really knew how to make every penny and pound stretch until it pinged with a satisfying 'ping'.  We started the year with a brilliant advantage lots in store ... and I mean lots ...
 
 
... there was a full to bursting storecupboard and lots of kitchen cupboards too.  I know I should stand up and say ... "My name is Sue and I am a foodie shopaholic" .... (but only for the bargains)!!
 
This year however it's a slightly different story, the cupboard now stands half empty and split into two as we are almost at the end of our move to Wales.  The freezer, well that is a different story completely .....

 
... what was at the start of last years challenge full to bursting is this year the most barren place in the house. 
 
It stands defrosted and empty waiting to be transported this weekend.  So I need to start filling it once we have moved to take away all that space, which (after watching one too many CSI's) is the perfect space to store a body  :-/
 
 
So my aim for this year is to make the £371.27 that I counted up on emptying the Sealed Pot last us as long as possible.  In the interest of playing it fair I have allocated £365 to the One Pound Per Day housekeeping purse, £5 to the emergency 'only use this if you spot the bargain of the century pot' and the remaining £1.27 has gone back into the Sealed Pot to begin the savings for next year, when I really do think that whatever we get out of it will pay for Christmas treats and luxuries which I think we will deserve them by then.
 
What am I doing with the money saved during the course of the year .... well if my normal housekeeping is £50 per week that gives me by the end of the year potentially £2,600 left in the bank and that is a nice tidy sum to put towards our mortgage overpayment of the 10% that we are allowed to make each year.
 
For more information and to read the rules I am laying down for myself visit the  'Rules and Extras' page.
 
Sue xx
 


23 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, that is quite a challenge. I would struggle with the £50 a week, never mind a £1 a day. Best of luck, look forward to hearing your progress.

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  2. Oh what an amazing challenge Sue, but then yours always are. And I am so pleased that the sealed pot is at the centre of it.

    If anyone can do it you can!!!

    Sft x

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  3. My goodness Sue, you don't make it easy for yourself do you. I imagine after last year you will have honed your frugal shopping skills yet further, but still this is a tough one. I wish you all the best though and will be following with interest. Good for you to give it a go.

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  4. Wow! Wasn't expecting that for a challenge! Good luck, I'm going to enjoy following you, you'll do it :) x

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  5. Very, very impressive, Im also going to be enjoying watching you do this. Good Luck. :o)

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  6. Good Luck Sue, I will follow your progress with interest.
    Pam in Texas. xxx

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  7. Wow a big challenge! I have faith in you Sue so I'm sure you can do it!

    All the best

    xx

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  8. This is a wonderful idea, so inspiring, you can do it, you have the wherewithal. Will link from my blog to you so other can encourage you. My hat is off to you,

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  9. Sue, I'm stunned. What a challenge. Really looking forward to following you. I am assuming you will be spending some precious pennies on veg seeds and growing what you can later in the spring? Here's to your new home and challenging year !

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    1. I have enough veg seeds in stock to last me about three years, so I am hoping not to have to buy ANY this year.

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  10. What a challenge! I spend £50 a week and can't even imagine how I would do this....but you? You can do this! I can't wait to watch your progress (and learn a lot in the process!) xx

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  11. great challenge .inspires me to do the same

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  12. Wow. That's 50p per person per day..... Weezl managed it some years ago, but even then it was a struggle - and prices have risen a fair bit since. Mind you, Weezl did not have AF, or much of a garden.... Well, best of luck, and if you need any inspiration or ideas, here's Weezl's original 50p MSE thread: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=1007423

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    1. I was thinking much the same. What a challenge, I'll be following with interest

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  13. Good Luck, its an inspiring challenge. I shall watch with interest to see how you manage it. Once I've got a few tips from the "expert" I may try this myself!! best wishes......

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  14. Hmmm quite a challenge....my budget is usually £30 a week, can I shift it down to £30 a month, I do not know......I do want to reduce what I spend we are still paying off a CC which rolled up due to a couple of unexpected bills, one for £900 to replace the mover on our caravan, I have just managed to shift it onto an 18 month interest free CC and I hope its history by the end of this year.

    I do empty my purse at the end of each month into the savings tin. Last year I treid drawing the housekeeping at 2 weekly intervals, but it did not really work so I have gone back to drawinf my HK in a lump sum and when its gone, its gone!! It will be a case od live off whats left in the cupboard and freezer.

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  15. Good luck! I am currently at 40€ a week and I want to downshift a bit, unfortunately, we have a lot of food/leftovers that goes in the bin :( I hope I can grab a few tips from you how you do it!

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  16. Oh my word Sue, you sure like to make things difficult for yourself!! This will certainly be a challenge to follow and shame the rest of us!! I hope that it will be a little easier if LH is away during the week, but I still cannot see how it can be done, although during the growing season it should be easier. If anyone can do it, I know you can!! Very best of luck. X

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  17. Hi sue, have come across this blog when it was linked from Stacey's. I really wish you the best of luck and look forward to reading about your journey. I have just commenced my frugal journey so will read with interest. Good luck!

    Nicola x

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  18. Wow Sue, that is a phenomenal idea, one heck of a challenge!

    I'm thrilled that my book is helping such a fascinating idea - thank you.

    Suzy x

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  19. If only I could do this, I would have much more left for lives little luxuries! I look forward to following you!

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