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    July 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jun 08, 12:44 PM
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge 28th Jun 08 at 12:44 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June Grocery Challenge.

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be 1 a week or 20 a week.

    If you are currently spending 200 a month don't suddenly drop it to 100 - you'll never do it but if you cut 20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is 80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on 80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    by Galtizz



    I hope everyone has a great month!

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  • angelnikki
    Orkneystar could you post the recipe for flap jacks please?
    Originally posted by Diane_239
    she already posted it a couple of posts down from your request: Flapjacks

    there are links to all of the recipes on post no6 on the first page of this thread

    I am feeling a bit better now thanks everyone . It was my eyes that were numb Kaz It's because he gave me extra injections cos I was worried that they wouldnt work as my ME means that painkillers usually dont work. The numbness has all gone now but it's been replaced with pain. Looks like he ripped my gum a bit getting it out and I've got a fat lip too I've had some chicken soup though so my tummy has stopped growling at me now

    Edit: Just updated sig - tonight's MrT delivery came to £75.39

    Nikki
    x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 15-07-2008 at 8:52 PM. Reason: MrT delivery
  • Jazer
    Just a quick update.

    For the second week in July I have spent 39.14.

    I have been making an effort to use up what's in the freezer first which is making a huge difference in what I would normally spend.

    It will also mean that hopefully, sometime soon, I will be able to defrost and clean out the freezer which is long overdue

    I am really enjoying this challenge (although I'm not posting much:rolleyes: ) it is making me much more aware of what I am spending!

    Jazer
  • OrkneyStar
    HI,
    Everyone just caught up on all the post Nsd today,
    thanks for the recipe ideas for using up porage oats,
    Orkneystar could you post the recipe for flap jacks please?
    Originally posted by Diane_239
    Ordinary Flapjacks (no soft centre)
    (adapted from a cookery mag a few years back).
    • 175g (6oz) butter
    • 25g (1oz) golden syrup
    • 140g (5oz) soft brown sugar
    • 125g (4&1/4oz) rolled oats
    • 55g (2oz) plain wholemeal flour (ordinary plain works ok too)
    • 50g (2oz) dried cranberries (or any other dried fruit you prefer)
    • 55g (2oz) dessicated coconut
    1. Preheat oven to 180/350/gas 4.
    2. Lightly grease a 23cm (9inch) square baking tray.
    3. Melt the syrup and butter together.
    4. Remove pan from heat and stir in sugar, oats, dried fruit, flour and coconut and mix well.
    5. Spread out evenly and bake for 15 min until golden.
    6. Mark the squares, then allow to cool for 15 min before cutting.
    7. ENJOY
    Apricot Flapjack bars (adapted from 'Bella Cookbook')
    • 250g dried apricots (see below though)
    • 2 tbsp caster sugar
    • 175g butter
    • 100g light soft brown sugar
    • 6 tbsp golden syrup
    • 275g rolled oats
    1. Bring fruit, caster sugar and 150ml water to the boil in a pan. Cover, reduce heat, simmer for 10 min until softened. Allow to cool for 20 min then blend until almost smooth and set aside.
    2. Preheat oven to 180/Fan 160/Gas 4. Grease a 28 by 18cm tin, line base with parchment (I forgot to do this and they stuck a tiny bit).
    3. Melt butter, sugar and syrup in a pan, remove from heat and add into the oats, mix well.
    4. Layer half the oat mix into the baking tin, flatten with a metal spoon dipped in hot water.
    5. Layer on the apricot mix, and cover with the rest of the oat mix.
    6. Bake for 25 min until golden. Mark into bars. Cut once cool.
    As I said today I used 200g ish fresh and 50g dry apricots and 75-100ml water (less as the fresh apricots released water).

    hth
    (sorry nikki have just seen your post but I have also added the apricot flapjack bars as well as normal flapjacks to this post)
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 15-07-2008 at 5:36 PM. Reason: oops
  • Moniker
    Hi everyone. I am feeling virtuous because a) I had a NSD, and b) an NCD (no car day) and I finally finished sorting my big bookcase and it looks everso nice and tidy! I was thinking of trying to sell some of my surplus books on AmazonMarketplace - but was put off by the request for my bank account details. Has anyone done this and was it ok? My twin had her identity stolen last year and it has made me a bit wary of giving my details out online.

    I have just made 6 little chicken pies with Sunday's leftover chicken - 2 for now and the rest for the freezer. (Recipe below in case anyone's interested). I also decided to use the remnants of the puff pastry to make palmiers - sort of posh sugary biscuits. I have not done them before so if it works I will post the recipe later. I usually buy chilled puff pastry and cut the packet in half and freeze till I need it, which is why I couldn't put the trimmings back in the freezer.

    Individual chicken pies

    2oz butter
    1 med leek, washed and thinly sliced
    4 oz mushrooms washed and thinly sliced
    chopped leftover cooked chicken - I had about 6 oz
    1/4 packet bought puff pastry
    2-3 tbsp plain flour
    1/2pt milk (semi or full fat is best)
    beaten egg
    salt and pepper to taste

    Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the leeks and mushrooms. Sweat gently until softened. Add the flour a little at a time , stirring well. Add the milk and stir as you gently raise the heat until the sauce thickens and becomes smooth. Add the chicken. Remove from the heat. Lightly grease 4-6 ramekin dishes and add the chicken mix to each (2-3 tbsp in each). Roll out the pastry to about 1/4" thick and cut rounds for the dishes. Lightly dampen the edge of each top before popping on the dishes and press to seal to the dish. Chill in the fridge for at least 15 mins. (I have left them overnight before now). If you are using fresh not frozen pastry you can freeze them at this stage if you like. Before putting in the oven brush the top of each pie with beaten egg. Cook in a hot oven 200C gas mark 6 for about 15 mins. When cool you can freeze the cooked pies, and they can be reheated from frozen another day. This way of making chicken pie reduces the amount of pastry you get so it's good for those who are watching their weight! You can vary this by using onion instead of leek, or leaving out the mushroom. My DH loves them!
    Last edited by Moniker; 15-07-2008 at 6:22 PM.
  • annelouise
    angel nikki - hope u feel back to normal soon....

    Had a fantastic day today,toodk the kids to a party at La Pedera - featured on Grand Designs some 4 years ago wowowowowowow.It was great.

    *Horse Riding
    *Quad Bike Arena
    *Quad Bike Trail
    *Kayaking
    *Swimming in the infinity pool with water slides and diving boards
    *Lovely party tea in the Tea Gardens

    We were there from 10 - 4.30pm................What a party.

    My 3 kids had the best time,I had a free lunch ,kids kept entertained,spent time with friends and it was free except for card and money popped in which we would have had to give anyway.

    Had ravioli and HM passata for tea with yogurt and hobnobs.Enough leftovers for 2 freezer portions later in the week and roast chicken and roast potatoes in the fridge for tomorrow tea with veggies.

    NSD for me today and probably tomorrow as we are doing jobs tomorrow with the house etc so may keep my pjs on all day,coz I can......

    annelouise
    Be who you are and say what you think because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind....Dr Seuss
  • KAAT_LADY
    good evening everyone

    just back form mrA's spent 11.01 on cheese,,,, and bits that we didnt really need ,,, lots of nice recipes on at the moment

    thanks guys

    angelnikki hope you are feeling better ,,,,,,,,,,,, he must have given you a lot if your eyes were numb as well,,,,,,,,, it shouldnt have gone that far up
    mortgage free as of 06/02/2008#
    berthas buddies No 5
    ,
    murphys no more pies club member ,No 242..
    .,night owl 25



  • Mrs Money Penny
    Hi Everyone.

    Angelnikki hope you are feeling better. I had a tooth out 7 years ago. Had the same experience as you. Seemed to take forever for the tooth to come out.

    Updated my signature as I needed a red pepper, brocolli and milk so spent 3.24 on those 3 items.

    Will look in the freezer for tomorrows tea in a minute before I go baby sitting. Have a good evening.
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  • toottifrootti
    Hi Moniker
    I sell on Amazon Marketplace and have had no problems - have been doing it for over a year on and off - you can make quite good money!
    Hi All,
    I have only just joined MSE so have been scouring the threads/challenges to see whats happening - i like the sound of the grocery challenge - I live on benefits so money is tight as I am here to get help and advice with debts!!
    I already budget quite well but could probably cut it back a bit more - My problem is I am useless at cooking - no imagination and no knowledge!! I am way over the hill so feel bad at not being able to make even basic things! I am also diabetic, have a muscle disease and have to take steroids so have put on weight I dont like!!! I am hoping the grocery challenge will help me in all sorts of ways!!
    Do you think I should wait now until July to join you all??
    All help VERY GRATEFULLY received!!!!!!!!
    TF xxxxxxx
    Peace will be mine
    could do better - must try harder
    Live each day as if its your last
    DFW Nerd #1000 Proud to be dealing with my debts


  • zoe260373
    Hi Moniker
    I sell on Amazon Marketplace and have had no problems - have been doing it for over a year on and off - you can make quite good money!
    Hi All,
    I have only just joined MSE so have been scouring the threads/challenges to see whats happening - i like the sound of the grocery challenge - I live on benefits so money is tight as I am here to get help and advice with debts!!
    I already budget quite well but could probably cut it back a bit more - My problem is I am useless at cooking - no imagination and no knowledge!! I am way over the hill so feel bad at not being able to make even basic things! I am also diabetic, have a muscle disease and have to take steroids so have put on weight I dont like!!! I am hoping the grocery challenge will help me in all sorts of ways!!
    Do you think I should wait now until July to join you all??
    All help VERY GRATEFULLY received!!!!!!!!
    TF xxxxxxx
    Originally posted by toottifrootti
    welcome,loads of new people on here,and everyone is really kind and friendly,also think theres someone whos diabetic so they may be of some help to you,
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/300spends already this month-animal food-28,mr T shop-119.plus local shop spends total spent 257,
  • KAAT_LADY
    HI folks

    gonna have to put the BM on as we have no bread,,, didnt get any on my trip to MrA,,, there was no whoopsies and anyway I'd rather have my own now,,,,, I'm spoiled,,, mmmmmm homemade bread
    mortgage free as of 06/02/2008#
    berthas buddies No 5
    ,
    murphys no more pies club member ,No 242..
    .,night owl 25



  • debbiemc
    Hi everyone

    Newbie here, just wanted to stop in and say hello, will be joining in with the August grocery challenge and will post to that effect when I get back from my holidays!

    Debbie
  • shezza
    Good evening everyone. I have had a NSD today (horray ), I have updated my spends for this month in my signature, I have to say I am quite impressed with my spending, being part of this challenge has really made me pull the reins in .

    Thought I'd share this site with you all, I get the UKTV food newsletter and it had a link to 50 thrifty recipes, and they don't look to bad. The link is:

    http://uktv.co.uk/food/stepbystep/aid/603779/fromNewsletter/295

    I hope this works as I have never posted a link before

  • *BigBird*
    Just had fish and chips from the chippy for tea. Had to take one of the cats to the Vet for his boosters. Had to wait half an hour to see the vet, then we got the one who can talk for England so it took another half an hour for him to weigh, jab and worm the cat! So didn't get home til 7:30, by which time it was too late to start the pasta bake I had planned and I hadn't lifted anything else out of the freezer.

    It's the first takeaway we've had for a while and I'm actually a bit disappointed to have deviated from the meal plan
    You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change.
  • KAAT_LADY
    Hi everyone

    Newbie here, just wanted to stop in and say hello, will be joining in with the August grocery challenge and will post to that effect when I get back from my holidays!

    Debbie
    Originally posted by debbiemc

    Welcome to Debbie and every one else I missed
    mortgage free as of 06/02/2008#
    berthas buddies No 5
    ,
    murphys no more pies club member ,No 242..
    .,night owl 25



  • fertyskids
    Hi herbaholic,

    thanks i think your right i think its the turnip!!

    what do i do with it?

    thanks

    karen
  • belfastgirl23
    Oh dear, another £12 spent today, this healthy eating lark can cost a fortune. This was on peppers and aubergines from the local chinese supermarket and a big tub of pesto as well as a nice fruit and nut mix from Holland and Barrett. I have a feeling sticking to the £130 budget is going to be tough this month considering that's £111 gone already....

  • OrkneyStar
    Just been to Tesco's for a whoopsie/BOGOF/value hunt.
    Got some Hovis thick white reduced to 62p and had a 35p off voucher from Bounty so got it for 27p!- will use tomorrow and the next day. Got 4 Hovis scones for 15p, 4 Tesco Burger buns for 22p gone in the freezer. BOGOF bacon, one pack in the freezer, organic toms reduced to 47p from 1.50 odd, 3 organic peppers for 80p (was planning a pepper salad tomorrow so will use some then and cut/freeze the rest) and also some more value stuff/flour etc. Also got some Felix as its 2.50 for the 6 can pack just now. Had a 5 off 30 voucher- so with this and BOGOFS 35.83 worth of goods for 25.94 (4 bags worth incl many reduced originally higher price things, value stuff). Well pleased .
    Still got 37 or so for 15 days so that is not too bad, enough for milk, any misc bits and a bit for any more whoopsies.
    x
  • KAAT_LADY
    Hi herbaholic,

    thanks i think your right i think its the turnip!!

    what do i do with it?

    thanks

    karen
    Originally posted by fertyskids

    did I miss something about a turnip
    mortgage free as of 06/02/2008#
    berthas buddies No 5
    ,
    murphys no more pies club member ,No 242..
    .,night owl 25



  • Kaz2904
    Had to go to B&Q to return some wallpaper (it was closed early grrr!) and blockbuster to return some films so I went to Asda while I was there. Good going on the whoopsie hunt. 7.57 spent and got 3 packs chicken wings, 1 1.5kg joint of somerset lamb, 2 different types of ready prepped potatoes, 2 packs of courgettes, organic sweetcorn on the cob, 2 packs plums, 1 huge steak and a packet of 4 fresh cooked sausage rolls.
    I couldn't resist taking back the label to see how much the lamb should have been- 18.00 originally. Frightening really.
    Sig duly updated. Payday on the 22nd so I ought to come in on budget.
    Debt: 16/04/2007:TOTAL DEBT 92727.75 49395.47 43332.28 repaid 100.77% of 43000 target.
    MFiT T2: Debt 52856.59 6316.14 46540.45 repaid 101.17% of 46000 target.

    2013 Target: completely clear my 6316.14 0 mortgage debt. 6316.14 100% repaid.
  • jediteacher
    I had a triumph in the kitchen today.

    For dinner today I made from scratch toad in the hole. Now I know there are some excellent cooks on here but I'm not one of them - I'm worse than a beginner really! The family really enjoyed it and DH has said that it tasted much better than his dad's!
    'Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.'
    Proud Mummy to two gorgeous miracles.
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