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    August 2009 Grocery Challenge
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    • 25th Jul 09, 6:20 PM
    August 2009 Grocery Challenge 25th Jul 09 at 6:20 PM
    Guidelines for posting on the Grocery Challenge thread.


    What is the Grocery Challenge thread?
    This is a thread where people who are taking part in the Grocery Challenge can post for help encouragement and support and talk about anything related to grocery shopping. We ask that you try to keep on topic and post things that are relevant to the challenge.

    Posting grocery budgets and spends for the month
    Some people like to post their grocery budget and final spend for each month. If you wish to be included in the master list then please post these in red and in a large font as this makes it easier for the volunteers to keep a record of everyone’s totals.

    Number of posts
    In order to make the thread easier to read it would be helpful if users would try not to post multiple posts in quick succession.

    Chat
    Chatty posts that are relevant to the Challenge are fine. Irrelevant chat or posts simply saying ‘Good morning/Goodnight’, ‘just popping on to say hello’, ‘I’ve sent you a pm’ etc aren’t, as they clutter up the thread and may be removed to make the thread easier for others to read. Unfortunately the board guides simply don't have the time to pm users individually when posts are removed to keep the thread on topic. If your post has been removed and you are unhappy with the decision, please feel free to send us a pm.

    If you want to say thanks to another user please use the thanks button and please post any chat not related to the Grocery Challenge into the Daily Thread or use the pm function.

    No Spend days (NSD’s)
    A number of people like to record that they have had a no spend day. Again to reduce the number of posts we would ask that rather than post just that you had a no spend day you record it in your signature and/or add it to a post that is directly relevant to the Grocery Challenge.

    Pictures
    Please keep these relevant to the challenge. While photographs of produce or cooking are great, pictures of semi-naked men or large clip art aren’t.

    Bargains
    Please don’t forget to check out the Grabbit and Shop but Don’t drop boards for any bargains and the Discount Codes 'n Vouchers (online & offline) board to see if there are any current vouchers around.

    Questions about recipes, freezing, techniques etc
    These don’t always fit into the Grocery Challenge. There are a number of threads where it may be more appropriate to ask questions. There is a wealth of information available on the Old Style board so please do a search to see if there is a better thread for your question. For more help with searching see here or feel free to send a private message to a board guide who will be happy to help.

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    Last edited by MSE Wendy; 20-08-2009 at 10:23 AM.
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  • elizabunny
    I lost the plot well and truely during August. I will declare at 160 Whoops! as I think this is somewhere near the mark. However for my naughtiness can you put me down for 60 for September please MrsMc. Ridiculously low I know, but as I am working towards an annual total and I have to try and get back on track somehow. I suppose we could always eat Chutney and Jam -made loads this week
    Good luck everyone for September!
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  • elizabunny
    I have been thinking about how I am going to cut my grocery bills.
    What are your thoughts on buying meat from a butchers as opposed to a supermarket?
    Originally posted by **Upsy Daisy**
    Sorry for the double post
    **Upsy Daisy** I always try to buy from our local butcher. The quality is great and he sells homemade pies and lots of other different products. The service is very good as well. I think I get good value for money -even though I struggle to keep within -or anywhere near sometimesmy low budget. But my DH says we've eaten alot better this year since I have been doing the GC and buying local produce and also for alot less money than I would have spent in the past. So I must be doing something right.
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    5:2 Diet started 28/1/2013 only 13lbs lost due to Xmas 2013 blip.
  • soupfan
    I have exactly 250 in cash ready for September.
    I am hoping that spending notes rather than using a card will make things easier. Going to the Post Office later to get it turned into 5 notes for added incentive!
  • cw18
    My parents always used to buy their meat from the butcher - half a lamb or pig, or a quarter of a cow at a time. But since it's become just the two of them (and supermarkets have moved in closer to where they live - the closest still being about a 5 mile round trip) they seem to have moved away from that.

    For me it's supermarket all the way, and almost always has been. When I had my first house there was a butcher closer than the supermarket, but he opened after I left for work and closed before I got home. I sometimes walked it over to him on a Saturday morning, but not often as standing in his queue with 2 young children wasn't much of a fun way to spend the time.

    Then moved back to by my parents, and had the same problem with opening times of 'their' butcher - less of a queue on a Saturday, but it meant a special run in the car so I didn't tend to if I needed the supermarket for other stuff anyway.

    We had a butcher within easy walking distance of where I live now, but - although people liked his meat - I found his choice limited and prices a bit steep. He closed a few years back, and my closest now means using the car unless the weather's really nice and I have a couple of hours to walk there and back. Given I now have a Mr M less than a 5 min walk from home - plus an A!di less than as far again, and a L!dl a little bit further again - I rarely even think about the butcher. The few times I have considered it (when I've been in the next town for something else other than Mr T) I've always changed my mind - the place doesn't have much on display, the pricing chart seems vague, and I've yet to see a customer in there !!!!!

    ** Edited to add ** the exception was a pork joint when I lived at my first 2 houses. There's a smashing pork butcher in Preston, so I used to find an excuse to go into town once every 4-6 weeks - and always came home with a bee-oooo-tiful joint for the Sunday
    Last edited by cw18; 27-08-2009 at 1:59 PM.
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    NSDs : July 16 / 15 : Yr 119 / 180
    Sell 1000 : Jul 19.96 : Yr 179.91
    Crazy Clothes : 52.98.........Toiletries : 19 IN; 45 UU; 2 TA; 1 GA
    Biggest Losers : 7.6lb
  • tessie bear
    hi...upsy (love that name)..i go to local butcher for special stuff like a joint for a birthday tea and for a turkey at Christmas sometimes but i find him to be expensive...lovely quality but too pricey for everyday use as it were....people on here do say that their butcher is cheaper than the supermarkets so it might be worth going in to your local and trying a small purchase to see how u get on...let us know what u find out

    hope everyone is well..i am weary of summer hellidays (not a typo)
    take care
    tess
    on the brink...
  • jackiegibbo
    not had a good money at all unfortunately DECLARING AT 278.26 FOR AUGUST

    But in my defence ive had my gall bladder taken out last week so the shoppings been got from sainsburys round the corner and only "things i fancy and lots of fruit"

    Good luck to everyone and i hope you are doing well with your challenges and keeping well
  • rosieben
    hope you recover quickly jackie you've done well even thinking of the GC after an op
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

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  • **Upsy Daisy**
    Thanks for your suggestions re the butcher - I think I'll do 2 weeks menu plans and then order 2 weeks worth of meat and see how it turns out.

    I will also plan in at least 4 veggie meals during those 2 weeks - spinach pancakes (a real family favourite) sweet and sour mixed bean casserole (to use upsome of l those various tins of beans in the cupboard) for starters - I'll leaf through my Sainsburys veggie cookbook later for some more ideas.
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  • poohbear59
    Thanks Mrs M. I would like to be put down for 180 for three adults here full time plus 2 who are here weekends. This will be the first time in 21 years that I haven't been cooking for at least four of us so I have to now try to get my quantities sized down or we will become very much fatter! I know we should save some for another day but I remember when DD1 started at uni we all seemed to just eat more until I got down to smaller quantities.

    Also declaring at 249.60 for August
  • Fire Fox
    Can I add a recipe to the list? I have previously made Mexican-style Mince very successfully, Mr. Fire Fox said it was the best thing I'd ever cooked!

    One pack pork or turkey mince
    One large onion, chopped
    One large carrot, grated
    Approx 50g red lentils
    One tin of sweetcorn, or equivalent frozen
    As much garlic as you can handle!
    One sachet Discovery fajita spice mix
    Red chilli to taste
    Juice of one lime

    Fry off the onion in a little oil for a couple of minutes, add the mince and fry off. Chuck in the lentils, garlic, spice mix, carrot and a little water if required. Cook covered for half an hour or until the lentils and carrot are indistinguishable! Add the sweetcorn and chilli to taste, heat through before stirring through lime juice. Serve immediately in pitta bread and/ or with rice: very nice with a little sour cream or plain yoghurt.

    Mr. Fire Fox will not eat most pulses, hence the lack of kidney beans: no reason why these couldn't be used instead of red lentils. Similarly no reason why lemon couldn't substitute for the lime. I specified Discovery spice mix as I found this MUCH nicer than Asdas, and you can sometimes get Discovery cheap at Home Bargains.
    Last edited by Fire Fox; 27-08-2009 at 3:43 PM.
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  • rosieben
    recipes always welcome here Firefox and its on the list!

    Thanks for this one, quite by coincidence I have a few pieces of cooked turkey cooling in the kitchen and been wondering what to do with it - I dont have the spice mix but I'm sure I can find something else in the cupboard
    Last edited by rosieben; 27-08-2009 at 3:54 PM.
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  • ifonlyitwaseasier
    Thanks for your suggestions re the butcher - I think I'll do 2 weeks menu plans and then order 2 weeks worth of meat and see how it turns out.

    I will also plan in at least 4 veggie meals during those 2 weeks - spinach pancakes (a real family favourite) sweet and sour mixed bean casserole (to use upsome of l those various tins of beans in the cupboard) for starters - I'll leaf through my Sainsburys veggie cookbook later for some more ideas.
    Originally posted by **Upsy Daisy**
    Recipe please!!!!!


    and firefox, that looks yummy!!!
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  • **Upsy Daisy**
    Spinach pancakes recipe

    Pancakes

    8 ounces flour
    2 eggs
    1 pint milk
    Salt and pepper

    Makes around 10 pancakes


    Spinach sauce


    1 pint milk
    1.5 ounces butter
    1.5 ounces flour
    1 lb frozen spinach
    Salt and pepper
    2 (or as many ounces as you can spare) cheese (it can be old, yellow etc as it's going to get chucked in the pan

    Oil for frying pancakes

    Pancakes
    mix the ingredients together and give a good whisking - alow to stand for an hour then give another good mix before making pancakes

    Heat the oil in the pan - when hot tip out the excess so the surface of the pan is coated.
    Tip in 1 ladle of the mix (about half a cup) of the pancake mix and tilt the pan so it is spread evenly over the surface.
    When cooked on one side - 30- - 60 secs then flip or turn over using a fish slice (I use a fish slice) and cook the other side.
    Put the oil back in the pan - coat the surface and tip out excess - do this between each pancake
    Pile onto a plate until you have made all 10 -12

    Spinach sauce

    Mix the flour and butter over a low heat until blended together
    Gradually add the pint of milk stirring so it doesn't go lumpy

    When you have around a pint of smooth sauce then chuck in the spinach - it can either be frozen or defrosted

    Mix it all together so it makes a smoth sauce

    Once it it all blended together add the cheese and mix along with the salt and pepper.

    If you're really flush you can add some eggs as well (particularly egg yolks) this will make a nice rich sauce

    Now lay one pancake on a flat surfece.
    Add a large tablespoon of the sauce into the centre of the pancake and fold over in half
    The fold in the two sides and roll over so you have a sort of sausage shaped envelope

    Put into a baking dish which will be used for serving (I use a long oblong dish and can get around 5 or 6 in each dish

    Repeat with the other pancakes

    Once all the pancakes are used up cover the pancakes with any excess sauce and bake in the over at around 160C for about 20 minutes.
    You can also put grated chees over the top if you have any left although I don't really bother

    I usualy serve them on their own or with a salad

    They are really filling

    Any made up pancakes can be frozen. Alternatively the pancakes themselves can be piled up and rolled up and frozen or the sauce on it's own can be put in a plastic container and frozen

    Most people can only manage 2. Children can generally only manage 1

    Hope that helps

    UD
    Last edited by **Upsy Daisy**; 27-08-2009 at 4:59 PM. Reason: typos - also forgot to mention about putting oil in the frying pan between each pancake!
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  • ifonlyitwaseasier
    ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh nomnomnomnomnomnomnomnomnomnomnom
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
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    !!
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  • Moniker
    hi...upsy (love that name)..i go to local butcher for special stuff like a joint for a birthday tea and for a turkey at Christmas sometimes but i find him to be expensive...lovely quality but too pricey for everyday use as it were....people on here do say that their butcher is cheaper than the supermarkets so it might be worth going in to your local and trying a small purchase to see how u get on...let us know what u find out

    hope everyone is well..i am weary of summer hellidays (not a typo)
    take care
    tess
    Originally posted by tessie bear
    My DD1 who was living in Oxford as a student swore by the butchers in the covered market there because as a single person she could buy one chop or two rashers or whatever and not waste anything. She said it was better quality and cheaper than Tesco! She didn't have much in the way of space and a tiny freezer so buying in bulk was not economical for her. I guess if you are a big family with lots of freezer space the supermarket makes more sense.

    HTH

    Moniker
  • ktpie
    Went to Tescos today and my total spend for this month is 302.29 so a little bit over my budget of 300 but I'm still pleased!

    Upsy Daisy - We started going to local farm shops / butchers as we couldn't find any free range pork in our local supermarkets. It's more expensive but we now tend to only buy meat for the weekends and have the leftovers / veggie stuff during the week. We've been a bit spoilt now by the quality of the meat and if we go somewhere and have supermarket stuff the difference in taste and quality is obvious.
    Hope it works out with the butcher!
  • Moniker
    I was hoping the September thread would be up and running but I will post here for now. Did my first shop of the new month at Sainsbury's and it came in a bit higher than I had hoped at 138.79(I costed it on Mysupermarket first), leaving 156.21 for the next 4 weeks' shopping. It did include a lot of meat and fish, but I did succumb and buy some shampoo and conditioner on special offer, which wasn't on my list! However, we are well stocked up now and as I am back to work next week I won't be able to pop to the shops for anything and will have to be well organised and stick to my meal plans.

    Off to visit DD2 in Brum tomorrow so will catch up on Sunday.

    Hope everyone is ok - hugs to all who need them!

    Moniker
  • Curlytop40
    I'm fairly chuffed with myself and declaring august as 387.62/380. Slightly over but I've included petrol, catfood, cat litter, all household stuff and groceries, and had days out with my dd and two birthdays to buy for-one at 12 ish and one at 33ish. Before I would have bugeted around 480 for the month and put some stuff on the cc. So I've reduced by about 100. I shall be trying for a smaller spend next month as have no birthdays and less days out as dd starts school.
    As a newbie I'd like to thank everyone on this board for the inspiration they have given me and the welcome and advice.
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  • Notjusta Mum
    Hi MrsM,

    Can you please put me down for 300 for September, I seem to be down for 80 and don't think I can do that yet!!

    Thanks
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  • fedupandskint
    Declaring at 143.32/150 coming in 6.68 under budget a bit close run in the end and only achieved by aiming for some NSD in the end.

    Taking the plunge and knocking 20 of September budget and increasing the number of NSD too

    Can you put me down for 130 for September please Mrs M?

    Thanks to Mrs M and Rosie for the thread and everyone's helpful advice PS How could I forget Pink too!
    Last edited by fedupandskint; 28-08-2009 at 7:12 AM. Reason: ETA
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