This week I spent a hefty £57.95 on groceries and a further £13 on Britta water filters, (half price for a box of 6). As I thought I didn’t need very much shopping this week I was a little surprised at the amount.
However, quite a few of the items were expensive buys this week as I was running out of a few things or come to the end of a roll. Some of the dearer things were –
- Cling Film (biodegradable) £1.95
- Foil £1.65
- Flaxseed £2.40
- Coffee Espresso x 2 £7.18
- 1 doz organic eggs – mixed sizes £3.70
- Rubber gloves £2.15
I saved on the offers on Ecover washing up liquid, cheese, bread and Kitchen towels.
My lunches at work were dearer this week than last. I only managed one lunch taken from home and the rest I bought at a cost of £9.04.
I also bought two bottles of supplements – Vitamin D £8.79 and Acidophilus £7.55. I haven’t been taking these for a week or two and my plan is to take them every other day as a compromise to try and save money on these over the year as this is definitely and expensive category in my budget.
I spent a massive £34.72 in the stationery shops – Staples and Rymans. I am working on simplifying our home office at the moment and I am changing one or two of my systems for keeping track of all the paperwork. So as well as decluttering I am also spending some money here to try and improve the set up.
I needed to renew my 3 lever arch files which have worn and split due to continuous use. I managed to get some new ones at half price and they are sturdier than the old ones so should last longer. I use one for filing my papers that relate to my bill account, one for my bank, credit card and savings statements and a third for my mum in laws paperwork.
However, I decided this week that I would begin a separate fourth file for my savings statements and remove them from my bank statements file as it is an expanding section which is overloading the file.
What I bought this week
Four white lever arch files £3.34 x 4 = £13.36
8 narrow plastic wallets (I have a purpose for these wait and see!) £10.13 with 15% off
1 slimline purple pen for my notebook £2.99
1 Martha Stewart stick up pocket £5.49
1 pack of Filofax expense forms – did I really need these – probably not! £ 2.75
Various Spring flowering plants for the garden £15.95
- 1 Hellebore Niger
- 2 pots Dwarf Narcissus
- 2 pink Cyclamens
1 box of 6 primulas
Decorating items – £12.98
- Hairline crack filler £5.99
- Filler tools £3.00
- Tester pot £3.99 (not shown)
I will be doing a post soon about Simplifying our home office and all will be revealed. Meanwhile this coming week has to be a no spend /low spend to compensate for last week. There are only 5 days left in February and although I have overspent in Stationery and Supplements I am still within the whole housekeeping budget because my food spending is only £115.95 so far for the month.
Tomorrow I will post my coming weeks menu plan and review last weeks.