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.