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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 27th Jul 08, 2:12 PM
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    August 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 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!

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    • Boomdocker
    • By Boomdocker 18th Aug 08, 6:34 PM
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    Just catching up so a few days behind I am afraid. Sorry to hear abour Archie and Annie.
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 18th Aug 08, 6:39 PM
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    First home-grown courgette
    Hi there,
    Just thought I would share a pic of my first home-grown courgette!
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3105/2775419230_b8702e30de.jpg
    Its about 4 inches and looks quite nice! Proof that small veg can be grown in the cold north! Am gonna have it in my tacos later in the week (beef from another days roast, pepper, mush and courgette tacos mmmmm)
    There are now some red toms too
    x
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 18th Aug 08, 6:41 PM
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    angelnikki
    congratulations IOIWE

    I've got a MrT delivery booked for tomorrow which should come to about £80 but includes nappies (again) as the big packs of Pampers are 2 for £13.50 at the moment. They normally do them 2 for £16 so this is a good saving

    Other offers ATM:
    Princes (orange/apple/pineapple/tomato/grapefruit) juice BOGOF @ £1.09 cheaper than value
    500g Utterly Butterly £1
    Kerrygold butter 250g 2 for £1.60 cheaper than value (ends Tuesday)
    red gem lettuce 2 pack 50p
    Farm Pride free range eggs box Of 15 £2
    loose peppers 50p
    4 large burger buns 50p
    kiwis pack 50p
    Cadbury's choc mousse 4 pack 48p
    Dairylea triangles 46p

    Dinner tonight was spicy bean & sweet potato stew, v yummy and 17p per portion (or 30p per portion with tortilla chips & grated cheese )

    Take care everyone

    Nikki x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 18-08-2008 at 6:52 PM. Reason: choc mousse not mouse doh!
  • SavvyStudent
    Just doing this MrT shop and i've noticed how rubbish all the BOGOF offers are! There's not a single thing in there I'd normally buy! Wish they would do BOGOF on tesco value... x
    Proud to live a frugal shabby chic life!
  • Sian the Green
    Ooh, Nikki that sounds delish, I love sweet potato and butternut squash (think it's because I have a sweet tooth . Is that on the recipe index?
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 18th Aug 08, 6:57 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    congratulations IOIWE

    I've got a MrT delivery booked for tomorrow which should come to about £80 but includes nappies (again) as the big packs of Pampers are 2 for £13.50 at the moment. They normally do them 2 for £16 so this is a good saving

    Other offers ATM:
    Princes (orange/apple/pineapple/tomato/grapefruit) juice BOGOF @ £1.09 cheaper than value
    500g Utterly Butterly £1
    Kerrygold butter 250g 2 for £1.60 cheaper than value (ends Tuesday)
    red gem lettuce 2 pack 50p
    Farm Pride free range eggs box Of 15 £2
    loose peppers 50p- I nearly bought these but then saw the 3 pack of peppers was £1.38, so cheaper per pepper if you use a reasonable amount and/or freeze some- the multi packs currently have red, yellow and orange (my faves )
    4 large burger buns 50p
    kiwis pack 50p
    Cadbury's choc mousse 4 pack 48p
    Dairylea triangles 46p

    Dinner tonight was spicy bean & sweet potato stew, v yummy and 17p per portion (or 30p per portion with tortilla chips & grated cheese )

    Take care everyone

    Nikki x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Thanks for this nikki, I just added a wee comment re the peppers- hope you don't mind x
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 18th Aug 08, 7:00 PM
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    Just doing this MrT shop and i've noticed how rubbish all the BOGOF offers are! There's not a single thing in there I'd normally buy! Wish they would do BOGOF on tesco value... x
    Originally posted by SavvyStudent
    I often think BOGOF's are not really worth it tbh. Often value works out cheaper, not always of course. I think they are trying even harder to get us to buy stuff we don't actually want but they want to sell!! I also think that more stores have the same BOGOF's now too. Our Tesco seems to be selling all the 'Healthy Living' range cheap just now, although not sure if this is every store or not. Shame I have no room in my freezer for anything else! :rolleyes:
    OH and congratulations IOIWE
  • SavvyStudent
    I often think BOGOF's are not really worth it tbh. Often value works out cheaper, not always of course. I think they are trying even harder to get us to buy stuff we don't actually want but they want to sell!! I also think that more stores have the same BOGOF's now too. Our Tesco seems to be selling all the 'Healthy Living' range cheap just now, although not sure if this is every store or not. Shame I have no room in my freezer for anything else! :rolleyes:
    OH and congratulations IOIWE
    Originally posted by OrkneyStar
    Furthermore, the 'offers for kids' section is shocking!! It's all crisps, sugary drinks and ice-creams! The healthiest thing in there is a few tubs of frozen fruit! MrT you should be ashamed! xx
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 18th Aug 08, 7:16 PM
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    Spicy Bean & Sweet Potato Stew
    Ooh, Nikki that sounds delish, I love sweet potato and butternut squash (think it's because I have a sweet tooth . Is that on the recipe index?
    Originally posted by Sian the Green
    It will be in a minute...

    Spicy Bean & Sweet Potato Stew

    1 tsp each of cumin, coriander and chilli powder 5p
    1/2 onion, cubed 5p
    1 large sweet potato, cubed 35p
    2 carrots, cubed 10p
    handful of cubed butternut squash 10p (optional - I had some in the freezer)
    1 tin kidney beans 14p
    1 tin pinto beans 33p
    1 tin chopped tomatoes 21p
    tomato puree 5p
    3/4 pint stock free

    Fry the spices and then add the onion, sweet potato, carrots & squash and saute for a couple of minutes. Then add the rest of the ingredients. Bring to the boil and simmer for about 30-40mins. Total cost £1.38 for 8 portions, cost per portion 17p

    Can be served on its own or with tortilla chips (2 bags @ 18p each) and grated cheese (100g @67p) Total cost per portion 30p

    OrkneyStar - I shop online and knowing my luck the delivery driver/picker would choose the pack that had all green ones in so it's better for me to get them loose when on offer and slice + freeze

    Nikki x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 09-03-2010 at 3:51 PM.
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Evening all

    Hubby still not back from the leaving do -but at least he rang to let me know -they are on a mini bus so they have to go with the majority :rolleyes: ..plus point is that they have gone back to the house of the guy whos leaving do it is and it seems he has a huge apple tree in his garden and they don't use them -so tomorrow -when they are both sober hubby is going to see about me collecting some at the weekend and most surprising of all -it was hubbies idea -by heck i think hubby is seeing the light .. that and any blackberries i get at the weekend are just meant to go together nomnomnom

    Well I have just had my chicken canelonni and its a hit ... i roughly weighed stuff out as i concocted -just in case it was any good -so i will post it -just in case its of any use to anyone i created it according to the veggies i needed to use

    I only did it for 2..and the amounts sound mean -but im amazed at what it made and somehow the balance was perfect

    CHICKEN CANELONNI
    • fry 1 chopped onion in a drop of oil
    • add 60g mushrooms and 60g peppers -mine were frozen
    • then when softened I added 1 chopped patty pan -about 60g courgette is the same and 120g fresh baby tomatoes chopped -just because that was what i had from outside that needed using and plenty of seasoning then cook slowly to allow the veg to soften down
    • add 120g leftover roast chicken and a dollop of cheese/white sauce -just enough to bind it
    • Leave to cool then use a tsp to fill the tubes
    That was enough to fill 10 canelonni tubes (the ones the size of brandy snaps) and there was a bit leftover

    i put 5 tubes in each dish and the leftover sauce over the top, poured over some cheese sauce (hm from the freezer ) then i put red liecester and lancashire over the top and baked -well they were the 2 cheeses that were open

    It was stunning ....i should have used the rest of the filling to fill more tubes -didn't realise it would be soooo filling -little oinker that i am i still ate it.. next time i will do 12 tubes and only have 3-4 each with salad not 5

    Right off to let my dinner go down..could be some time
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 18th Aug 08, 7:42 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    OrkneyStar - I shop online and knowing my luck the delivery driver/picker would choose the pack that had all green ones in so it's better for me to get them loose when on offer and slice + freeze

    Nikki x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Hmmmmm, I don't think I could shop online (not that we have the option here anyway!) as I like to choose my peppers lol! The multipacks looked really good this time, some times they are cruddy! The somerfield cheap ones (Basics I think) were 1 red and 5 green normally, which is fine if you like green peppers I suppose but I prefer orange or yellow, followed by red, then green! 50p is cheap though as loose peppers can cost up to 90p!! Lets hope the delivery people pick you nice fresh, round, sweet yummy ones
    Edited to say, MrsM, your recipe sounds so good we are going to have chicken lasagne made with your canelloni recipe (we've no canneloni tubes but have lasagne sheets!) and will just also interspace with a tomato sauce. Will give me a chance to use my homemade courgette (was going to put in tacos but they will have beans instead. Mouth watering already
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 18-08-2008 at 7:50 PM.
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 18th Aug 08, 7:50 PM
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    well today has been a nsd! however its also been a GOT A JOB DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i am soooooooooooo happy, and so relieved
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    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 18th Aug 08, 8:08 PM
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    thank you den
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  • JayJay14
    Just started on BBC 2 - The Hairy Bakers - Bread, cakes and pies - could be fun
    • perrywinkle
    • By perrywinkle 18th Aug 08, 8:50 PM
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    perrywinkle
    Hi all,

    just a small spend of 1.12 for some bananas today so have updated signature. Hoping for a NSD tomorrow as no plans to go shopping as remoska arrived this afternoon and want to do a bit of playing with recipes.

    Bree - sorry to hear about Annie

    Ifonlyitwaseasier - congratulations on the new job - that must be a weight off your mind - you can now focus on the big day!

    Happy moneysaving everyone
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    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 18th Aug 08, 8:54 PM
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    oh i'm loving the Hairy Bakers, (must set sky+ for next weeks episode) i'm getting hungry again!!!

    thank you my friends, i'm so relieved , and i'm going to really enjoy myself on honeymoon now, no worrying and i've been scouting for restaurants in sorrento? any recommendations?
    think i might wander to the travel board for a look.
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    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 18th Aug 08, 9:13 PM
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    EagerLearner
    Just used this and it works!

    XX-TKCR - £5 off a £35 spend at Tesco

    Noticed Tesco now have their own 'eco' versions of bicarb (500g) and Borax (400g)... bought some so that I use less of the 200g tubs of bicarb (less packaging) and also curious as to the Borax - Rhonda Jean from the Down To Earth thread seems to use it alot and I've seen it mentioned for household cleaning...

    I got the longlife milk (semi skimmed, 18 litres) and 6 of the Cheerios BOGOF (600g) as Mr EL likes them. Plus a few staples like Marmite (250g for £2), Tesco tuna in springwater etc.
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    • Chell
    • By Chell 18th Aug 08, 10:11 PM
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    Chell
    Just used this and it works!

    XX-TKCR - £5 off a £35 spend at Tesco

    Noticed Tesco now have their own 'eco' versions of bicarb (500g) and Borax (400g)... bought some so that I use less of the 200g tubs of bicarb (less packaging) and also curious as to the Borax - Rhonda Jean from the Down To Earth thread seems to use it alot and I've seen it mentioned for household cleaning...

    I got the longlife milk (semi skimmed, 18 litres) and 6 of the Cheerios BOGOF (600g) as Mr EL likes them. Plus a few staples like Marmite (250g for £2), Tesco tuna in springwater etc.
    Originally posted by EagerLearner
    Thanks, I could do with using Tesco.com as I can't drive but didn't want to have to spend £50 to get a code that covers the delivery charge. Fingers crossed that my Clubcard vouchers come tomorrow as I was hoping to use any extra point coupon codes that come with them too.

    I often find that I spend more shopping online as I make the order up to £50 so I have a code to cover the delivery charges.
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    • galacticgreen
    • By galacticgreen 18th Aug 08, 10:12 PM
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    just updated my totals. Just under £45 left till the end of the month. Fingers crossed we'll do it!
    • AlwaysHappy
    • By AlwaysHappy 18th Aug 08, 10:12 PM
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    Another £7.57 spent for me (already) - packed lunch for holiday club partly to blame - I'm finding the recording all my sins on the forum useful though - it certainly focuses the mind. Some of your monthly amounts are amazing!
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