We’re just at the start of our September 2015 Tenner Week budgeting challenge. Can you live on £10 for a week?
Today is an optional Sunday Stocktake, and there’s also a quick schedule for you so that you have a better idea of what’s coming up during the week. A little advance information makes it easier to plan. The theme for the week is Core Money Skills, so you can either brush them up if you’re a beginner or flex your money-saving muscles if you’re more experienced.
If you need a quick recap of the Tenner Week Rules, please take a moment to refresh your memory before joining in with the activities. This time around we also have a prize draw competition to enter too, so try your luck.
Tenner Week Schedule
There’s something new to try every day, as well as the overarching challenge (live on a £10 budget for a week).
- Tenner Week Day 1: Making a menu
- Tenner Week Day 2: Find three things to sell
- Tenner Week Day 3: Selling unwanted items
- Tenner Week Day 4: Freebies and loyalty points
- Tenner Week Day 5: Mending and altering
- Tenner Week Day 6: Social life on a budget
- Tenner Week Day 7: Zero spend day
Note how there’s a zero spend day for the Sunday – handy if you’ve run out of money by the end of the week.
The Sunday Stocktake
Counting your blessings – and resources – can definitely make life easier when you’re trying to cut your spending. Since most of your budget could end up being spent on groceries, it’s best to start with a really good look at your food and drink stores.
Where to look:
- Fruit bowl
- Biscuit tin
- Bread bin
- Spice & herb rack
- …and so on
If there’s anything that’s in date but about to go off, leave yourself a reminder to it up as soon as you can. Then move on to the rest of your home to look for anything else that might be useful during the coming week. That could include vouchers, DIY or craft materials, unread books, unwatched DVDs or Blu-Rays, etc.
What I’m up to
I’ll be getting a crisp £10 note out of a cash machine because it’s so much easier to work in cash. Then I’ll be looking extra-hard around the kitchen for things to cook & eat, because I recently finished my Empty the Storecupboard Challenge and the cupboards are looking a bit bare. Uh oh.
Over to you
Do you have enough groceries to make it through the week, or will you have to buy some?
Are you joining in? Let us know!