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  1. Ginny

    Ginny Active Member

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    Hi all,
    Maybe like me you do your big shop once a week and maybe buy more milk or bread during the week when you run out. I noticed that sometimes I throw food away because it goes off and it's been driving me crazy (mainly veggies). The two options I found are good for me are to either freeze what wont be used in the next 3 days. For example if I don't want to use the whole pack of carrots in one go, I chop the rest and freeze it. Or you can also consider going out shopping twice a week. You might also re-think your eating habits (how often do you have a take-away ?), instead you could cook a big family meal and have enough left-over for the next day. You'll probably find you'll be saving money plus it'll be healthier ; )
     
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    Fantastic post this!

    I've wrote about it elsewhere but we've recently joined Costco and it's changed our shopping and eating habits dramatically.

    We now do 1 monthly shop for meats + household goods and then do a very very very tesco online shop each week for the basics.

    The household goods from costco tend to last us 2 months at a time and the meats last the whole month

    It's saving us a fortune!

    But to facilitate this we also have an American sized fridge freezer, we could have never stored as much frozen meat in our old fridge freezer.
     
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    Thanks for the tip.
    Other than eating habits I think that anyone could take a moment and look at their habits in general and re-think a lot of things.
    Does your phone plan suit your needs ? Or could you be paying less ?
    Do you spend money at the gym but don't go as often as you could ? In that case maybe going running is best for you ? Plus it's free !!!
    You can also ask some friends to borrow kids clothes or toys they don't use anymore since you'll only need them for a few months afterall.
    If there are things I would like to buy for myself or my son I sometimes think well there's a birthday coming up, maybe i could put that on a list and ask my parents to get it. They'll probably even ask you for ideas anyway.
    A lot of options are available to you and you can still enjoy life it's just a matter of organising and planning really.
     
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    I agree

    I think there are always areas of your life you can look at and see where you can make improvements.

    I've just negotiated my gym membership down to £41 a month from £47 and I always play the usual 'playing them off against each other' when it comes to renewing home / car insurance...
     
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    When I became a student in 2014 our financial situation changed dramatically. I had gone from a decent part-time wage to a really shocking bursary. I had been given what I thought was some great financial advice regarding tax credits and what I was entitled to. It turned out it was all a load of crock and eventually we found ourselves in a financial mess.

    It taught me how to be more savvy with our money and basically to live off of my husbands wage.

    Our shopping habits now are about £200 a month for 2 adults and a child. That's food and household products.
    I buy all my meat from musclefood which usually works out about £80 that's the budget but sometimes good deals make it less then we do a weekly shop of £20 at aldi to pick up fresh fruit, oh lunches for work and what's left usually gets laundry products, toiletries etc.

    I've found shopping in home bargains an absolute god send I can pick up bold washing liquid about 80 odd washes for £8 and fabric softner for £4 and that will last us the month or slightly longer.
     
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    I'm newly married and newly cooking for my husband who will eat a portion for 5 people. So I've found Lidl really handy to buy meat and veg etc. They're super cheap for the majority of things. Most importantly, I plan what to cook each day and write it down (and our lunches) so I know I have the right ingredients and don't buy over and above what we need.

    When we first started out, it was a little expensive buying core ingredients, but now that we're settled - I can make a meal with pretty much everything already in stock, minus the meat or whatever.
     
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    I also hate throwing food away. We've invested in a second freezer which we keep in the garage. It means we've got tons of space to store any leftovers.

    I also agree with freezing veggies, we'll often bulk buy when things are on offer, then chop and freeze for later use.

    Using leftovers for lunches the next day is a great way to stop my husband from eating junk at work! Ay least I know he's getting something healthy. ;-)
     
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    Great post! We do 1 weekly big shop which suits us. When I'm on shifts we need to be a bit more flexible with when we do our shopping etc
    I think it really is a lifestyle thing, our income dropped hugely when I became a student, so as a result we learnt to drop our outgoings and look for deals on things, rather than accepting things out of convenience. Like my phone contract. I was paying £40 a month for iPhone 6, that ran out in December last year so rather than upgrade I scouted around. I didn't need an iPhone 6 so switched for an iPhone 5 with EE £20/month + NHS discount which took it down to £17 a month... significantly reduced from 40!

    It's like you get a savings bug (or at least I have!) and want to find the best deals you then can on everything!
     
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    Lidl is always one for us, couldn't go without it! You can get 224 rolls of toilet paper for £15 of amazon! Worth looking into buying toiletries in bulk
     

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