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How Much Money Can Growing My Own Save Me? January Update

how much money does growing my own save?According to my Veg Savings 2011 Spreadsheet, GYOing during January saved me a grand total of…



I made 24 pickings, defrostings and store-raids, pulling in an average saving of nearly 95p each time.

Since my first saving of 2011, I have paid my allotment rent and bought some broad bean seeds, so it took until the 26th day to break even.

I also went through my seed box this week, and thanks to last year’s reckless seed spending, I have most of what I need for the coming season. This should mean a bumper saving for 2011…

Seed Swapping
What I have needed to buy, I’ve managed to swap a la my 8 Ways to Get Free Seeds post. One kind person has sent me Autumn King carrots, and a packet of curly kale is currently en route to fellow GYO Forums user JellieBabe, author of Me and Two Veg.

I have found the price of veg interesting (a sentence I never thought I’d utter). I only saved 34p on 400g of potatoes for example, but over twice that on the same weight of squash.

Potatoes versus Squash
Potatoes are absolutely delicious when homegrown, but it does go to show that if you’re limited in space, then you might want to reconsider growing them. Squashes are more versatile than ‘tatoes, and keep longer. I saved over three quid on a crown prince, which contributed to three meals.

Leeks and Parsnips
Other big savings came from leeks and parsnips. I saved £.373 on leeks, and my only decent parsnips (that’s two, because my parsnips are eternally rubbish) were worth £1.53 to me.

Freezer Thrift
And thanks to my freezer, I pocketed a tidy sum on French beans. £1.04 might not sound a lot, but they’re out of season and expensive in the shops. A kilo at that price would have cost me £5.20.

At this rate, I could be on to save the best part of £270 by growing my own veg in 2011. I’ll update again next month, to see if my savings are still at this level as we head towards the hungry gap.

You can have an in-depth look at my progress by clicking here to view the 2011 Veg Savings Spreadsheet working version. Please feel free to download it, and let me know how you get on.

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  3. louisa @ TheReallyGoodLifeFebruary 16, 2011 at 1:34 pmReply

    Just found your blog this morning – and I’m very glad I did!

    Reading back through your archive now, I spotted this post. Funnily enough, I was brainstorming yesterday about how to keep track of the fruit & veg we’re growing this year – weight alone doesn’t do justice to salad & veg – and I thought about doing a market price spreadsheet — and here you’ve already done one and proved the concept works for me! Thanks, dude!

  4. Jono

    JonoFebruary 18, 2011 at 10:17 pmReplyAuthor

    Thanks Louisa. Glad you’ve found it useful.

    Its certainly made me look at what I grow more carefully. I was surprised how much some crops cost in the shops – leeks, butternut squash are really good ones to grow from that point of view.

    Will be updating for February soon, I’m amazed at what I’ve saved from my leeks.

  5. stacyFebruary 6, 2012 at 3:27 pmReply

    Great blog i have added it to my list lovinf the how much you spend section, i started that last year but didnt follow it through, may start it up again.

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