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On my journey into learning about our economy i’ve started to come across all kinds of theories & questions about money, business, politics and society.

One of the biggest questions I’m currently asking myself is exactly what the impact of the current financial slowdown will have on UK society?

My hope is that the people (both businesses & consumers) will learn the lessons of recent excess and the social ramifications that brings with it.

I can’t comment further than that but I’d like to open the floor and ask the DailySpends readership what they think?

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April 30, 2008 at 1:08 pm

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Travel Allowance Update: 30.04.08

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Travel Allowance Update – Wed 30.04.08
Budget = £16.00
Actual Spend = £8.50
Month to date (total spend) = £17.00
Surplus/(Deficit) = £15.00

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April 30, 2008 at 9:50 am

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PPI Update 29.04.08

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Ingredient Prices at 29.04.08:
T Healthy Living Italian Mozzarella – £0.252
Tesco Value Ham – £0.525
Tesco Value Mild White Cheese Small – £1.344
Tesco Value Plain Flour – £0.12
Tesco Value Plum Tomatoes – £0.085
My Pizza Price Index at 29.04.08 = £2.33


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April 29, 2008 at 10:36 am

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Weekend Spends

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It seems everyone else in the country was paid this weekend except yours truly so unfortunately we had to keep the spending to a reasonable level:

bottle of wine – £4.50
beer – £10.50
chips & curry sauce – £1.90

groceries – £9.50

paper – £2.00

Total: £28.40

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April 28, 2008 at 12:05 pm

Daily Spends – Thurs 25th April 2008

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Expensive travel day 😦 . . .

Bus – £2.00
Train – £14.00
Tram – £2.80
Total = £18.80

I got caught in the rain so had to use the tram & bus.

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April 25, 2008 at 11:31 am

Yesterday Wed 23rd April

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I got a bit excited today and spent quite a lot for a weekday:

Bus Fare: £2.00
Train Fare: £14.00
Beer & Snacks: £10.00
Total Spend: £26.00

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April 24, 2008 at 10:45 am

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The Pizza Price Index

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Pizza Price Index

Pizza Price Index

***My Pizza Price Index at 23.04.08 = £2.33***

I’m fascinated by what’s happening in the financial markets at the moment and everyday I’m learning more and more about how the economy really works.

The Times had a great piece this morning to illustrate how food costs are rising called the ‘Cheese Sandwich Index’. The theory being that you take the standard ingredients of the sandwich and measure their cost increase/decrease over a period of time.

I like this test. It looks like fun. So I’m going to launch my own price index (The Pizza Price Index) and inviting other bloggers to ride alongside me in a quest to document the highs and lows of the food markets.

The Pizza Price Index – Intro / Instructions

Here’s how I’m going to do it . . . Please use these criteria if you want to play along at home:

1 – Choose a flavour = Decide what you’re gonna have on your pizza (think about using different ingredients from across the globe to measure global pricing pressures)

2 – Specify the ingredients =
Make a note of the exact quantity of each ingredient on the Pizza so you can price up each part, and the total pizza price

3 – Calculate your start price =
Decide where you’re going to buy your products from and which brands you’ll be using. It’s important to keep these variables constant when recalculating your pizza price so you get a true reflection of the price increase. NB – Wherever possible I’ll be using ‘Value’ products as I think these will be more prone to market price fluctuations.

4 – Track your Pizza Price Index
= I’ll probably do this on a weekly or monthly basis in a spreadsheet and chart. Publish it to your blog whenever you like 🙂

5 – Link back to this page =
If you do want to play along . . . I’d appreciate it if you could link back to this page with the text ‘Pizza Price Index

6 – Leave a comment!
= Leave a comment on this post to let me know you’re taking part!

My Pizza Price Index
Lets get cracking then. I’ll start you off with my favourite Ham and Cheese Pizza fantastico!!!

Pizza Type: Ham & Cheese

500g Plain Flour, 1/2 Tin Plum Tomatoes, 300g Cheese, 50g Mozzarella, 200g Ham

Ingredient Prices at 23.04.08
T Healthy Living Italian Mozzarella – £0.252
Tesco Value Ham – £0.525
Tesco Value Mild White Cheese Small – £1.344
Tesco Value Plain Flour – £0.12
Tesco Value Plum Tomatoes – £0.085
My Pizza Price Index at 23.04.08 = £2.33

So there you have it . . . the first ever Pizza Price Index . . . I’ll keep you updated over the next few weeks!

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April 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm