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    Pink.
    October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.
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    • 27th Sep 08, 6:14 PM
    October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts. 27th Sep 08 at 6:14 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the tenth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your September budget, then keep on posting in the September 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
    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-09-2008 at 11:13 AM.
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  • rosieben
    ... Or can anyone suggest an alternative use for pork mince (given hubby doesn't like "dry" meals made with mince and I gag when cooking don't like curry). Any (and all) suggestions gratefully appreciated
    Originally posted by cw18
    I think pork mince would work as well for the meatballs but there's a thread here with a few more ideas for pork mince
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  • Herewegoagain
    Hiya guys,

    Listed things in freezer so I can figure out what to use it all up on, (did have a list but forgot to update it. doh)

    Can't sleep so sat here working out my meal plan with whats in the store cupboard/freezer, it may get a bit boring, meat wise but I will endeavor to be imaginative, there will be lots of meals containing mince lol plus still have loads of sausages/burgers left from when mr m had their 50p offers.(now what can you do to disguise burgers :confused:

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  • scotsaver
    Morning everyone - all quiet here this morning so sneaking on before anyone else awake. Must get some more Bananas today but apart from that not planning on buying anything else.

    Dinner tonight is Sweet & Sour pork from the Freezer, pudding will probably just be some fruit.

    Still not found out why my Post was deleted yesterday morning.:confused:

    Have a good day everyone.
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  • wishus
    Spent a bit more... had to get loo roll eventually!

    Also, managed to hunt down some decent-looking birthday cards for 88p from Asda. I know they were only29p on the market, but they looked it.

    The lure of the chocolate machine was too much on Monday when they wouldn't put the heating on at work. I've now got cupasoups handy - but the heating has been fixed. ho hum.

    I succumbed to a bus pass as I wasn't sure my knee was completely better. I'll start walking again on Monday.

    Today would be a NSD, but I need to get another card. This time In Sympathy. Old family friend who has always been good to me. Not happy times this week...
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  • perrywinkle
    I have two packs of pork mince (250g each), and I used 250g lean beef mince to make meatballs last week -- which went down really well with the blokes when served with pasta and sauce (which surprised me)...... But can I make meatballs with pork, or is it likely to collapse when cooking it? I didn't use anything except HM breadcrumbs with the beef mince, but looking at the pork am thinking I may have to use egg to bind it :confused: Or can anyone suggest an alternative use for pork mince (given hubby doesn't like "dry" meals made with mince and I gag when cooking don't like curry). Any (and all) suggestions gratefully appreciated
    Originally posted by cw18
    Hi,

    I use the following pork meatball recipe which we all enjoy.

    Pork meatballs

    2 oz cheddar cheese
    2 garlic cloves
    1lb minced pork
    5 oz fresh white breadcrumbs
    1 tbsp chopped parsley (don't always add this)
    1 tbsp chopped sage (dried is fine too - but I only use half this amount then)
    1 egg

    Mix all of the above together with enough water to bind. Divide into small balls size is up to you I tend to make them quite small with a heaped teaspoon of mixture as the kids like them that size and you get more! You then bake in a well greased ovenproof dish for about 35-40 mins at 180oC, shaking the dish every now and then until they are golden brown.

    Serve with spaghetti and tomato sauce or however you fancy.

    Planning to visit Lidl today to take advantage of their half price fruit and veg and do some more soup for the freezer.

    HTH
    Perrywinkle
  • cw18
    rosieben and perrywinkle - thanks for the pork mince link and recipe

    wishus - the bus pass sounds like a good idea to me. if you don't let the knee get properly better it will only give out again soon. much better to treat it with some respect and pace yourself


    trying to work out what meals to do this week to maximise the resulting freezer space -- which I can then fill with the cheap veg from Aldi. The meat in there should last us for at least 7 weeks, but I only have enough veg for a couple of weeks so it would be nice to bring them more into line with each other.....
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  • eveie189
    Morning all

    Well my sig shows everything. There's a strong possibility that I am gonna fail again this month although I aint going down without a fight. I need to stick with it cause I need to pay for my driving test and the cost of my chickens next week.
    On the plus side I have got loads in freezer and cupboards and I made my very first hm apple crumble on sunday and it was lovely so froze what was left.

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  • angelatgraceland

    Question for folks -- having done the stock take on my freezer earlier this afternoon, I'm now looking at a few of the bits and wondering how to make best use of them.

    I have two packs of pork mince (250g each), and I used 250g lean beef mince to make meatballs last week -- which went down really well with the blokes when served with pasta and sauce (which surprised me)...... But can I make meatballs with pork, or is it likely to collapse when cooking it? I didn't use anything except HM breadcrumbs with the beef mince, but looking at the pork am thinking I may have to use egg to bind it :confused: Or can anyone suggest an alternative use for pork mince (given hubby doesn't like "dry" meals made with mince and I gag when cooking don't like curry). Any (and all) suggestions gratefully appreciated
    Originally posted by cw18
    Ive made sweet and sour pork balls with pork mince. Make them into meatballs -just the meat and coat them in batter. You can add the breadcrumbs if you think it will be too sqooshy(is that a word?)so basically its a meatball in batter. My kids loved them too!

    Now I'm tempted today to do an inventory of the freezer as like others-I take out one meal and put in 3 or 4 to replace it. Not too many ufo's anyhow or too many odments like it used to be. Just a bit too much of some things.

    Made some bread last night in BM and cooked some steak pies for tonight along with a streudel(DH took half of it to work tho)so I only have to cook the veg today. Started a trifle also. Now Im going to boil some eggs for egg mayo for sarnies and put on the yoghurt maker. May also do a bread and butter pudding to use up the bread. I had the last bit of cooking bacon with eggs on toast last night to "use stuff up". Im right off of bought bread though since Ive been making more of it so I usually leave that to those who have to take sarnies with them.

    Spent £29.14 so far on food this week so just have to last until Friday. New week begins Saturday.It will be well under budget this week and will more than balance the £10 over last week.
    Turning out the crockery cupboard now and giving away what I don't use-there is just too much stuff in there-its an avalanche of tumbling plastic when I open the door.
    Must start flylady again. I must go shine the sink! Dh had a right old moan yesterday about the state of the kitchen and how he spent 2 hours cleaning it up. Oh I was helping a family friend clean up! Ironinc I know but his needs are greater than mine. So I will try harder and today and tomorrow are to be NSD's.

    Hiya guys,

    Listed things in freezer so I can figure out what to use it all up on, (did have a list but forgot to update it. doh)

    Can't sleep so sat here working out my meal plan with whats in the store cupboard/freezer, it may get a bit boring, meat wise but I will endeavor to be imaginative, there will be lots of meals containing mince lol plus still have loads of sausages/burgers left from when mr m had their 50p offers.(now what can you do to disguise burgers :confused:

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    Originally posted by Herewegoagain
    Well Ive served them with chilli sauce(as in a chilli con carne sauce)-instead of a chilli con carne. Or a nice bolognese sause. Well-its beef is what I said-you'd pay a fortune in a restaurant for such an original dish! Or if its for kids-a home made McD? I did that a couple of times-burgers in buns with a few trimmings-american fries in a separate dish and a bottle of coke served in plastic cups!
    They thought it was great-daft really I know but if Id done it the normal way it would have been boring.
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 08-10-2008 at 9:58 AM.
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  • patentgirl
    Hi everyone

    In case anyone has a farm foods near them they have got milk on offer full or semi for 1 for 2 litres got my supply!
    2014 Frugal living challenge
  • Money saving Diva
    Hi all

    Am flying in and out for now because I have to make some phone calls but wanted to say that to anyone who likes fish, my OH went to Lidls last night and they have 1kg of frozen Pollock fillets (approx 12 per packet) on offer for £2!!

    Pollock is a nice tasting white fish and isn't endangered like cod and at that price it's a real saving. I am already planning fish menus..

    Will post back later

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  • KAAT_LADY
    afternoon all

    talking about fish has anyone tried PANGA it is nice like haddock and quite cheap as well,, from the Indian Ocean,, I like pollock too ,,and coley but its a bit grey

    patentgirlHi everyone

    In case anyone has a farm foods near them they have got milk on offer full or semi for 1 for 2 litres got my supply!


    wish I had known this yesterday as I needed some and had to pay full price

    I think I may have lost a receipt somewhere as I dont seem to be spending any money..will have to check these in front of me

    see you soon

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  • leyla-aurelia
    Hi all! Well it looks as though I'll finally manage a NSD woohay!!

    I've never tried panga, coley and pollock are nice though. I love char too, tastes like wild salmon, but even nicer. It was on offer in MrT a few weeks back, lots of omega 3's too.

    Wish I had a Lidl near me--nearest is 20+ miles away, can't really justify it! we have an Aldi though, thankfully!

    Leyla xx
  • Mooloo
    Hello been in the process of moving. Can you put me in for 300 again. It was a disaster last month. I am hoping to do a lot better this one. I am not at work so I have got to cut it down. Wages reduced by 1/3 means I have no choice. Could do with being even lower, but with 2 babies and 4 adults i think I would be pushing my luck.!
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  • mumzyof2
    I just made homemade carrot soup with 1.5kg of carrots and half a onion and garlic and veg stock and it worked out at overall cost of just over1. It fed 2 adults and 3 kids and is enough for me and my friend for dinner tomorrow. think we worked it out at about 12.5p per person! but not including the bread we had with it
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  • candygirl
    Been to ASDA and got bread, carrots, houmous, chocolate n loads of bits n spent around 10.There's no way I'm gonna make the challenge this month, with DD living here Thank God she's moving out nex month or i'd be bankrupt
    I also made potato n leek soup, which was scrummy
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  • leebarton
    I had set up a delivery from Mr T which would have cost £54, but as I was in town on Monday I thought I would shop instore instead - ended up spending £82!!! I didn't really buy any fripperies - although I did buy a teapot and baking tray. Mainly it was extra fruit and veg - but it just shows. I think I will just shop online next time.

    I did pop back in today and bought lots of muller corners whilst they are on offer.

    We went blackberry and elderberry picking on Sunday afternoon. Hubby made elderberry cordial yesterday which is so easy and very, very good for you.

    Put all your elderberries in a pan and cover with water. Stew for 10 minutes.
    Strain the elderberries to get as much juice out as possible.
    For each pint of juice add 1lb of sugar and about 6 cloves.
    Boil for 10 minutes.

    This can then be used as a cordial. We have it with hot water and it is so good for vitamin C and helping keep colds at bay.

    Hope this helps someone.
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  • helenm2008
    Courgette flatbreads
    Originally posted by ifonlyitwaseasier


    Thanks for the tasty sounding recipe! Can't wait to try that one.


    catnap - ascorbic acid is just the proper name for vitamin C, so whatever it's doing in your flour, it won't do any harm!

    I've updated my sig - I spent so much last week it has left me a bit fed-up. I came onto the board to get cheered up and inspired again - we had a friend staying for a few days, and I cooked a couple of MSE dinners, but OH got carried away buying treats and booze and the like, and having struggled the last 2 months to stay on budget, I justs don't know how i'm going to reclaim this month.

    One of the issues I have is that I don't have time for any more homebaking than I'm doing, and I'm sure this would be a big save right there - all the treats such as cookies could be homemade, plus the bread. I envy all of you guys who are so good at filling your freezers!!

    On the bright side - there are 6 portions of HM bean and mushroom stew in the freezer, so that is some dinners taken care of this month, and 2 portions of HM vegetable rice. Just got to keep at it I guess.

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  • kiwiblue
    Hi all,
    managed another NSD yesterday, so starting to feel that i might just meet target.
    Hope to spend the afternoon surf casting, so with luck kahawai will be on the menu. Would prefer snapper, but its too windy to take the boat out!
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  • mumzyof2
    I have been to Netto today and spent 8 odd (i will get receipt and add it to totals). I would nto of spent this much but i saw some chicken breast coacted in bbq sauce (i think it was bbq) for 2.79 so got them. I just stocked up on biscuits, crisps, yogurts, chicken roll etc. Should last me the week, need to pop into somewhere tomorrow for milk.
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  • Moniker
    Sorry Mrs M - I think I forgot to declare my Sept total which was 349.19 - just 81p under but I am happy with that given the extra catering for my DD1 who was home sick for a week.

    Work has been manic and I haven't had time to post or even read much here - sorry. Also had some bad news - DD2 has lost her job after just three months and we don't know what will happen - she may have to come back home - so that will mean a lot of adjustments(and I don't mean just to the GC budget!)

    Have managed 3 NSD so far this month but have my weekly 'big shop' tomorrow so will update my signature then.

    Off to bed now. Night night everyone.

    Moniker
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