While saving last of mortgage deposit recently I cut back to £50 a week for 3 of us. One week in the month I allowed for £75 for store cupboard top ups and toileteries. It was tough to start but soon got into the way of it.
We do this. Fill up the car with petrol on pay day and this lasts the month. We take £80 a week out and this is food and treats. It's tough but so much easier to keep on track with money than just putting everything on my card
We also do this. After all bills have come out we have £200 a week which I take out of the cash machine. That needs to cover petrol, food and everything else which is not a direct debit. When its gone its gone and nothing put on a card. It took DP a while to get his head round not swiping anything but its the only way we can manage what we spend.
Recently we have had to do this and really budget , after our money for bills has been taken out we then take out approx £100 per week for food/petrol/spends. We used to have a lot more spare cash but not so much recently !
Do you take something out of the bank each week to keep you going? If so, how much if you don't mind me asking. Trying to be really frugal (which shouldn't be hard as I don't have the cash to be anything but!!!). I usually just take my bank card everywhere, so don't keep track of any spends so i usually end up with no money!