Tenner Week Jan 2018: Schedule & Sunday Stocktake

Tenner Week January 2018 challenge Sunday Stocktake and Schedule

Our latest Tenner Week budgeting challenge officially starts tomorrow, so here’s the schedule for you, plus an optional Sunday Stocktake.

The rules of the challenge are simple: make the most of what you own, and stick to a budget of £10 or less for any extra food, entertainment, coffees, toiletries etc. The budget doesn’t include transport to and from work, things you need for your kids or pets, prescriptions, or utility bills – it’s just for discretionary spending. If you need extra information or just a quick reminder, the full rules are here.


Tenner Week schedule

The theme this time around is Bonus Points. These are some of the extra things you can do whenever you like to get the absolute best out of the challenge, but now we’re going to schedule in a specific new one to try each day.

Here’s what we’re going to be trying this week:

A couple of top tips for a successful Tenner Week. Firstly, try to spend as little as possible right at the start of the week, and aim for a couple of no-spend days if you can. This makes it easier in case you run out of food towards the weekend, and it gives you some room for a small treat or some Saturday socialising.

Secondly, one of the main aims of the Tenner Week challenge is to reduce waste. Make the most of what you already have, whether it’s gift vouchers, fitness equipment, subscriptions, tickets you’ve already bought, or anything else you can think of.


The optional TV Diet

If you want to, you can also go on the TV Diet. This means less than 4 hours total in front of the telly during the whole week, but it doesn’t include a trip to the cinema or TV you watch during exercise such as at the gym.

Now, it’s a cold and rainy January, so it’s completely understandable if you want to stay in, keep warm and max out that Netflix subscription if it’s all a bit much. It’s completely optional.

However, if you do decide to cut back on the screen time, think about how you’re going to keep busy during the week. Reading? Fitness? Music? Spring cleaning? Up to you, but make sure you have things to do.


A Sunday Stocktake

If you have time today, spend a few minutes going around your home to see what resources you have available to you for the rest of the week. Start by looking at food and drink, and making a list if you like.

Places to check:

  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Food cupboards
  • Larder / pantry
  • Bread bin
  • Biscuit or cake tin
  • Worktop canisters
  • Fruit basket
  • Veg store
  • Drinks cabinet / trolley
  • Wine rack
  • etc etc

Also think about other resources you might have for entertainment, treats, and practical things such as:

  • Vouchers
  • Tickets and passes
  • Books, Blu-Rays, games consoles, music and TV streaming etc
  • Fitness equipment
  • Cleaning materials
  • DIY and mending kit
  • Arts & crafts materials
  • Haircare, skincare, bath stuff
  • …and anything that might help with the different days of the week’s schedule


That’s it for today. Will you be joining in with this Tenner Week challenge? Is anyone brave enough to do the TV Diet as well?


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  1. Dear Penny,

    I am happy to join in. Sunday stocktake done, lots of fruits and veggies to eat.

  2. I’m in too! I’ve just done my stocktake and should be able to pull together some pretty decent meals this week with a bit of careful thinking. I’m trying to spend as little as possible over the next couple of weeks as December was pretty expensive for me, as I’m sure it was for most people.
    Good luck everybody!

  3. Love the tv detox that’ll be easy as I haven’t got one! I don’t do catch up on a laptop either. Hopefully I’ll be able to get by on the £10 this week as lots of random things on but will give it my best shot.

  4. I’m in. Lots of stuff in the cupboards to use in the way of pastas and pulses, plus veg in the freezer, not much in the way of fruit though. I’ve never been good at eating fruit and veg, so I need to find some tasty ways of cooking the veg and I make the fruit into smoothies using water as the liquid element, with a little bit of honey if it’s sharp. I should be fine with the other days – I had a no spend day yesterday (the rain helped and I was waiting for the man to arrive to service the boiler), I’m using bits from my stash to make a cot quilt for a friend, I can walk to a library for books plus they have some interesting talks going on there, need to knuckle down to decluttering and spring cleaning though. Can’t afford gym fees so use a couple of exercise routines on You Tube suitable for someone of my advancing years! I need variation in what I eat and do or I get bored and do nothing. 40 years of working and bringing up a family gave me plenty of variation but you have to work harder at it when you’re on your own 🙂

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