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    Penelope Penguin
    August 2008 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 27th Jul 08, 2:12 PM
    August 2008 Grocery Challenge 27th Jul 08 at 2:12 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the eighth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

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


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Galtizz
    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.



    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Penny x
    Life is too short to clean behind the fridge
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  • mouche
    Another 1.80 to add to my total - 30p on reduced bread rolls at Asda and 1.50 on the most gorgeous giant cherries at the stall near the station. OH loves cherries and has demanded I bring some more back on my way home from work. I think I'll indulge him this time but after this the tons of apples from the garden need to be eaten.

    Any ideas what I can do with the apples? They're not particularly sweet and OH and I are trying to lose weight so the usual apple pie desserty type thing is out of the question.
    Mortgage (original/ current):193,000 (23/09/11)/ 168,939.53 (27/01/2015).
    MFW target for 2014: 180/ 2,160
    2014 Challenges
    Grocery Challenge: suspended till March
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  • Anzac Biscuit
    Mouche,

    how about just stewing the apples? If they need sweetening you can add some raisins, and they freeze well too Or apple crumble, just cut down on the crumble
    Married my best friend Nov 2014
    Food for 2 (1 gluten free) OSWLC2 0/10. GC Jan $460. Feb 451/400. March 451/450. April 161/450.
  • naturally
    Mouche - sorry I missed what type of apples, but if you core them, slit the skin all around and bung in the microwave with 1 desertspoon sweet mincemeat it makes a gorgeous desert and not many calories.

    A NSD for me - feel mean as I have cash on me and a colleage asked me if he could borrow 2 for a sandwich but I said I had no cash - thing is that 2 makes a lot of difference to me and he's hit and miss about whether or not he pays me back, so I have stopped lending him money. Also several of us have realised we have been generous sharing our food when he forgets his, but he has never offered or returned the favour, so its horrible to be sneaky but I have had to make sure I hide the extra food I have (I usually keep a few yoghurts and cous cous or pasta & sauce at work for when I forget my own!) and now I'm after treating myself to a can of coke from the machine but just remembered I told him earlier I only had 10p so would be busted! doh! Oh well, its more MSE this way I suppose!
  • WelshWoofer
    Mouche - I'm in the same boat - trying to lose weight. This week I stewed some unwanted past their best apples with a little bit of sweetener (not sugar) and put some blackberries I'd picked in near the end (they go mushy if you stew them for the same amount of time as the apples). I had it as it was as a fruity desert or you could have it with some low fat yogurt to make it a bit creamy?

    Nice and easy.
    January grocery spending - 82.73/ 120
  • turbo5019
    Just popped on to update sig. When to MrM's today again but only spent 6 on the 50p items I took my mother with me so we got 4 pks chicken, 4pks burgers & 4 pks sausages. So now I have 80 sausages, 40 burgers and 10pks of chicken. when I put them in freezer I also noticed I still have 20 chicken breasts, 3 pks 1kg mince and enought brad to last till xmas so I don't think I will need anymore meet for a good few months.


    Anyone tell me how to make sausage rolls please I have sausages and puff pastery but is there any thing else you put in with the sausages?
    GC 60 per week fri to thurs starting 27th April
  • nicnacnoo
    68.05 spent today at the meat market, B&M, home bargains and Asda, got plenty tho, plus this includes toiletries and nappies so not bad i think, got loads of pasta and cupboard stuff so should only need fresh stuff for the rest of the month.
    Nic
    proud to be dealing with my debts

    DFD June 2016
    April 2017

    debt at 150th LBM April 2014-7692.52 May 2014-7287.45
  • Chell
    How about using the apples in something savoury, perhaps a pork and apple casserole, you could use pork or pork sausages.
    Nevermind the dog, beware of the kids!
    • greent
    • By greent 6th Aug 08, 2:15 PM
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    greent
    Anyone tell me how to make sausage rolls please I have sausages and puff pastery but is there any thing else you put in with the sausages?
    Originally posted by turbo5019
    I don't put anything else in. I skin the sausages and flatten them out a bit to make long sausage rolls. You can add some seasoning if you think the sausages need it (just a bit of black pepper should be fine)

    Brush the pastry with milk and cut some slits in along the top - and make sure the join is underneath the sausage, or it can open during cooking

    GT
    94aid mortgage more than 10 years early (originally 11/25) Balance 01/09 124616 01/10 104927 01/11 89873 01/12 76317 01/13 52546 01/14 35356 01/15 12133 07/15 NIL
    Net sales in 2015 825.22/ 1500 / Children's items sold 405.59
  • turbo5019
    I don't put anything else in. I skin the sausages and flatten them out a bit to make long sausage rolls. You can add some seasoning if you think the sausages need it (just a bit of black pepper should be fine)

    Brush the pastry with milk and cut some slits in along the top - and make sure the join is underneath the sausage, or it can open during cooking

    GT
    Originally posted by greent
    Thanks for that will give it ago tonight
    GC 60 per week fri to thurs starting 27th April
  • wmf
    Been to |MrM and spent 4.80. Got the 50p chicken, beefburgers and potatoes. I'm going to have to watch myself here though because I haven't bought beefburgers for years and as I said earlier I have packs of sausages in the freezer now (and looked today for 50p ones but luckily for my health they had sold out). I had planned just eating butcher meat but am a sucker for these deals. Ah well, it's helping the grocery budget which \I've cut tight this month. My plan had been to make more veggie meals though. I'll just have to make sure I stretch this meat.
    w
  • Brighton belle
    chell - I love your kiddie pics. My honorary nephew and neice were taught signing by their mum and it was brilliant - as someone else said, they got much less frustrated by being able to 'say' what they needed.

    Bit scary that I have spent half my Aug budget in the first 5 days, but I think I have all the basics in and it just means topping up with fruit and veg mainly. This challenge is making me think before i buy, and not automatically top up as soon as I run out. Off to try the curry queens curry sauce this afternoon. And have load of spinach to use from friends allotment.
    I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once
  • KAAT_LADY
    Good afternoon All


    The weather is sticky and it looks like rain but hope not as I have three loads of washing on the line,,

    We are going to see GET SMART next monday,, freebie with see film first,, we havent been for a long time so it will make a change and get us out of the rut we are getting into,,

    have the BM on at the moment for DH just plain white bread,, I gave to crust of the old loaf to the Koi and they did enjoy it ,, they make the most wonderful noises as they are sucking it ,,,

    well I will get off now and get something else done

    KAAT
    mortgage free as of 06/02/2008#
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  • princess leia
    Lots of business for Mr M from us all then
    Altho I didn't need anything I still went in with my mum and ended up spending £5.50 on the 50p stuff for a BBQ at the weekend (just told DH that news LOL) and some yoghurt as I have run out of starters for my easiyo Only problem is now I need to get another freezer asmine is already chocca!!! Ooops
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    1k in 100 days so far - 235
    Snowball debt free calculator says DEC 09 - lets hope we can do it!

    • greent
    • By greent 6th Aug 08, 2:49 PM
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    greent
    Oaty Shortbread Biscuits
    An alternative to Twinks! These are less sweet and more crunchy, I think.

    Ingredients:
    275g/ 10oz oats
    100g/ 4oz plain flour
    120gm/ 4oz caster sugar (original recipe said 15ogm/ 5oz. I have taken it as low as 80gm)
    1/2 tsp bicarb
    225gm/ 8oz softened butter/ soft marg

    original recipe also said to add 1 tsp salt, but it really doesn't need that AT ALL!


    Whizz oats in a food processor until fine (I usually keep some back) Add all other ingredients and mix to form a dough. I then add back in my non blitzed oats.

    If you don't have a food processor just mix everything all at once by hand - still works ok.

    Recipe says to roll and cut out shapes - I just take blobs and flatten onto a baking tray. Makes about 40 good sized biscuits, about 65 smaller ones.

    Bake at gas mark 4/ 180 (170 for fan assisted) recipe says 15-20 mins. I go for about 12! Cook until pale golden and slightly firm.

    Keep for about a week in a 'tupperware' box and also freeze well


    Gt
    94aid mortgage more than 10 years early (originally 11/25) Balance 01/09 124616 01/10 104927 01/11 89873 01/12 76317 01/13 52546 01/14 35356 01/15 12133 07/15 NIL
    Net sales in 2015 825.22/ 1500 / Children's items sold 405.59
    • greent
    • By greent 6th Aug 08, 2:55 PM
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    greent
    Custard Cookies
    My kids love these. This was a recipe from their school canteen (always worth asking the school canteen staff for recipes for the kids favourite items!)

    INGREDIENTS:
    3oz icing sugar 85g
    6oz marg 170g
    5oz plain flour 140g
    2oz custard powder 55g

    • Cream icing sugar & marg
    • add flour & custard powder & mix to dough
    • Form into a sausage shape & chill in plastic bag/ cling film for 2 hours
    • remove from plastic and slice into 24 'rounds'
    • place on baking tray & bake for about 10 mins at 180
    yum yum - we're going to make these tomorrow.

    Gt
    Last edited by greent; 28-01-2014 at 8:26 AM. Reason: added gm conversions :)
    94aid mortgage more than 10 years early (originally 11/25) Balance 01/09 124616 01/10 104927 01/11 89873 01/12 76317 01/13 52546 01/14 35356 01/15 12133 07/15 NIL
    Net sales in 2015 825.22/ 1500 / Children's items sold 405.59
  • mumoffour77
    Ok, I went shopping today in MR Ts.....I spent 37.15
    cheerios were on bogof @2.78 and my kids eat them loads!!!!
    I got a couple of chickens too as they were reduced
    Gales lemon curd is still on for 20p a jar so I got 5....best before march 2009, probably used well before that!!!!
    I bought tesco value oats last week @ 0.59 for 1kg they are still the same price....but beside them was superfast oats 2kg for 1.01 I know its a small saving.....but its still a saving esp for twinks hobnobs or greent's version!!!!
    Im going to update my sig!!!!! when i find my spending diary
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Beetlejuice Beetlejuice...................
  • annelouise
    greent - thanks for biscuit recipe I have loads of custard powder that needs using before we move so will try these with the kids.

    Have just completed Curry Queens curry base,looks good.

    Have a chicken ready to roast later with dauphinoise potatoes and veg,will keep chicken for curry and then thaish chicken soup.

    OH and dd9 made a lemon cheesecake very successfully with a little pointing from me,had to buy another cream cheese and f & v today will update total after this.Still doing well,OH even told neighbours how well the MSE challenge was going!!!!

    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
  • NW-ANGEL
    Just popped on to update sig. When to MrM's today again but only spent 6 on the 50p items I took my mother with me so we got 4 pks chicken, 4pks burgers & 4 pks sausages. So now I have 80 sausages, 40 burgers and 10pks of chicken. when I put them in freezer I also noticed I still have 20 chicken breasts, 3 pks 1kg mince and enought brad to last till xmas so I don't think I will need anymore meet for a good few months.


    Anyone tell me how to make sausage rolls please I have sausages and puff pastery but is there any thing else you put in with the sausages?
    Originally posted by turbo5019
    sorry if im being a bit dim but what is MrM's? and where do are these 50p item?
    many thanks
    kel
    x
  • mumoffour77
    Oh and DS2 noticed a receipt on the floor at the tills and came over to me and whispered "mummy when a receipt says apply for a clubcard today, does that mean the person didnt claim their points?" I said "yes" whilst i was paying for the groceries and DS 1&3 were packing.....I never thought anymore about it until we were back in the car and he produced the receipt that he found and said i think its worth a pound in deals!!!! Im so proud of my money saving child!!!!!
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Beetlejuice Beetlejuice...................
  • mumoffour77
    Mr Ms is Morrisons!!
    hope this helps!!
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Beetlejuice Beetlejuice...................
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