Thursday, 5 January 2017

What we spent in November and December

Chillies

A slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. I thought I’d update you on how our spending went for our 2016 challenge. Well, we went over our planned budget but we managed to save 470€ on what we normally spend, so happy with that, but I know I can do better. We still have freezers packed with fresh fruit, veg, meat and lots of bits and bobs like pesto, breadcrumbs, pastry, cream cheese etc., more than enough to make plenty of meals in the coming months.

Coupons are a bit thin on the ground here in France, unless anyone can tell me otherwise, but when we bought our Christmas tree we were given a 10€ voucher to spend on anything. Surely there must be a minimum spend, surely I needed a loyalty card, but I couldn’t see anything on the voucher, apart from you had to use it in the store where you bought the tree and you couldn't buy more than 3 of something. Sounded straightforward but Roger was still convinced there was a catch, but I wasn’t going to let that voucher expire. So on our next shopping trip, I loaded my basket with basics, flour, sugar, eggs, tinned tomatoes, milk and a treat for Roger and would you believe it, everything came to exactly 10€. With fingers crossed I handed over the voucher, the lovely lady said thank you and I walked out very happy with my purchases. I need some more 10€ vouchers :)

Another way to save some pennies is swap what you have too much of. Friends from our French class grew the chillies above using the seeds they saved from chillies bought at Tesco, but they had so many they brought them in to share around. Mine were chopped and frozen ready to use when needed.

10 comments:

  1. Well done for keeping up with your budget planning.
    We really need to do more of it or this will be a nasty day of reckoning. We have to get to grips with a reduced income that comes with retirement!
    Bonne annee xx

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    1. We were guilty of having home grown produce crammed into our freezers and not eating it and then spending way too much money on more food. I love the challenge of using what we have and hope to save more this year.

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  2. You have done well. We also have food in the freezer that we must eat!!!Happy New Year, Diane and Nigel

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    1. We are on a mission to have a minimal spend January, only buying essentials. so much in the freezers, even fruit from 2015.

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  3. Clever you saving all those euros. Have just had a voucher fr twelve pound of at Tesco. There is a catch, you have to spend eighty pound to get it. Will not be doing that in a hurry. I think we can live for a couple of months on our freezers and store cupboard. Xx

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    1. Those supermarkets know how to temp us in :) I think most people will be living off what they bought for Christmas, we are still eating leftovers and we didn't buy that much.

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  4. We are putting our uk house on the market so are trying to gradually use up our food stocks. It makes for 'interesting' combinations of food... xx

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    1. Our smoothies are like that :) Are you moving here permanently or buying somewhere new in the UK?

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  5. Plan is to buy something new in the UK but won't start looking until we get a buyer. House goes on the market this week. Scary! We've lived here for 34 years. Xx

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    1. Good luck with your sale. We lived in ours for 24 years but 34 will hold a lot more memories for you.

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