£100 challenge, days 17 and 18

For anyone who read my previous post, I’m afraid I can’t give you an update on the possibly-stew, as it had been pushed to the very back of the freezer during a shuffle, I was running late and didn’t have time to fish it out so I ended up eating non-mystery leftovers yesterday.

The spend has gone up dramatically, though. Yesterday I spent £5.16 on some Finn Crisp crackers and a jar of b12-enriched Meridian yeast extract. Good stuff. Today’s spend I have mixed feelings about. It mostly used Nectar points I had originally planned to save until I had enough for a nice bottle of brandy  (either Remy Martin or Courvoisier) which I planned to get from Sainbury’s. Then this happened: http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Sainsbury-s-wins-alcohol-licence-appeal/story-19954130-detail/story.html

So, Sainsbury’s decided to take on the already impoverished local council, disregard the advice of the police and the wishes of local community groups, apparently. In which case, and although it’s probably going to inconvenience me more than hurt them, I’m going to boycott them for a year, and tell them why I’m doing it. It’s not like I spend thousands of pounds there but it’s probably a good few hundred over the course of a year.

I had £25 worth of nectar vouchers, and I spent them all (plus 18 actual pence ) on 6 bags of my favourite Fair Trade coffee, a couple of blocks of silken tofu, some tinned tomatoes, fizzy water (basics), two bags of Starburst sweets in case of trick-or-treaters on Halloween, a little bottle of soya sauce and two reduced-price coriander plants. It was only after I got home I realised I didn’t need to fret about the points hanging about unspent as I could have redeemed them for activities or something, however I will use all that stuff, even if I wouldn’t have bought it all during this challenge otherwise.

Nothing else of interest has happened. I had extra work yesterday until 7pm, and I have a couple of hours tomorrow, but I hope to find time to make something worthy of either hacking open a pumpkin or a squash. Or I might have a second attempt at braving the freezer mystery food.

Current total spend now stands at £63.96, slightly over the £58.06 which my daily allowance would total for the month so far. I’ll be square again by Monday if I don’t spend anything over the weekend.


2 Comments on “£100 challenge, days 17 and 18”

  1. Rachel says:

    I’m surprised Sainsbury’s was awarded such high costs. You’d think that if the local area did not want a shop selling more alcohol, then Sainsbury would voluntarily agree to what the people in that area wanted. There must be a lot of money at stake.


    • dropscone says:

      The councillor for the area said it looked like they’d gone all-out on expensive lawyers in order to make sure of winning and that’s what made the cost so high.

      Sainsbury’s are way behind Tesco in saturating areas of the city with their little “express” stores, so they probably feel under pressure there, but these stores seem like a scheme to me, they seem to try to undercut local speciality shops but don’t sell their own value range.


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