...shopping at one of the newly popular discount supermarkets since February.
I'm going to keep you in suspense here and explain that I did a proper set of calculations before starting this particular money saving project. I added up all the food and household goods bills for the whole of Autumn 2013, then divided them by the number of weeks to come up with the my notional weekly bill. I have meticulously listed all the food 'spends' (including small shopping trips to buy specific things from other stores) since February. After a lot of adding and subtracting, I can now reveal....
I saved £1393.00 in 10 months!!!!!
AND I think that we're eating a much better diet. It had got to the point where I really couldn't afford the price of fresh veg in my chosen supermarket. This has been a saving that hasn't felt like a saving... we can eat fresh peppers and fruit as much as we want. There are down sides.... I've given up my lovely 'unhustled' shopping experience for something that feels a little more like hard work. But that sort of saving buys a lot of compromise.
And if you wondered, yes we have got plans on how we want to spend it - but that's for future posts!