Last Friday, because it was pay day for me, I kicked off a grocery challenge. A whole month of shopping on a budget of just £35 a week to feed three of us.
So how is your grocery challenge going?
I have found week one to be very easy. My spending has looked like this:
Initial Lidl shop £16.35
Weekend top up £5.62
Milk top up (Lactofree), £3
Urge for chocolate and junk (will explain later) £3.89
Week one was always going to be the easiest week as we still have plenty of basics. As we use those up we are likely to spend more. We also have produce in the garden, so in that sense the summer months are the best time to do a grocery challenge.
However, If you have school age children starting a grocery challenge in the school holidays could be tricky. Mine were like maurauding plagues of hungry locusts at the best of times! At home all day in the holidays? Well…I would love to know how you manage this.
I am going to plan next week’s meals and go to Lidl tonight for next week’s instalment of the grocery challenge
It has been a tough week. Work has been particularly busy and stressful. On top of that, my old cat, Vera, suddenly took ill on Monday. She stopped eating, hid under the bed and, the worst, started having violent seizures. By Thursday we knew we had to let her go. The vet did blood tests and her kidneys and various other parts of her were shutting down. We had her put to sleep and stayed with her until the end. Then we took her home and buried her under the apple tree. Sad days. RIP Vera. We miss our little companion, who was usually snuggling between Mr S and I when we settled down on the sofa.
This is why I don’t feel bad for the chocolate binge. I was comfort eating! This week I will build a few more treats in.
I hope you had a better week. If you are joining in, how is it going? It isn’t too late, if you want to take part. Let me know in the comments what budget you are setting and how you get on.