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    March 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 23rd Feb 10, 5:24 PM
    March 2010 Grocery Challenge 23rd Feb 10 at 5:24 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2010.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February 2010 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.


    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

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

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 and #5 on this thread.


    I hope everyone has a great month!
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-02-2010 at 9:01 PM.
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  • kittynortheast
    Mrs Mc can you please put me down for 369.24
    Thank you very much to you, Pink-winged and Rosieben (sorry to hear about your Mum), This is a great thread.

    Well I'm slightly over my 350 budget, but not bad considering I'd spent most of my budget in my first week !! Thanks to Earthmother for her tips I've managed to stretch it out. Roll on Friday when I get paid as the cupboards are bare (just typed bear-lol must be bedtime!). Will have to up my budget next month as it's a 5 week month and quite frankly there is nothing in the cupboards or freezers-oh apart from a couple of chickens, I have sinned! I usually buy free range chickies which cost about 7 -8 we do stretch them out.... was in the co-op the other day and they had their veggie fed barn chickens on offer and they were 2.60 each-quite big as well, so after a lot of deliberation, soul searching and guilty feelings I bought them saving a fortune in the process . It's a 5 week month next month so will have to be thrifty.
    LBM 17th April 2007
    Credit Cards paid - July 2008 Sainsys,M&S, HSBC
    Grocery Challenge 350
    DEBT FREE AND STILL TRYING HARD
  • S_Wales_Saver
    Evening everyone

    GC been completely overtaken for me by the death this afternoon of my boss and very close friend. 10 years younger than me and leaving two young children. I've been knocked sideways, and gotta go to work tomorrow and put on a face for the public

    Will report spends tomorrow when I can think straight.
    Dor
  • scotsaver
    Evening everyone

    GC been completely overtaken for me by the death this afternoon of my boss and very close friend. 10 years younger than me and leaving two young children. I've been knocked sideways, and gotta go to work tomorrow and put on a face for the public

    Will report spends tomorrow when I can think straight.
    Originally posted by S_Wales_Saver
    S_Wales_Saver - my thoughts are with you.

    rosieben - so sorry to hear your sad news, thinking of you

    I will log back on later and update my spends.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • franby64
    S_Wales_Saver - I'm sorry to hear your sad news.


    Just logged on to say I'm now about 10 over and I have used all my T*sco vouchers (it had to be done - now I'm saving them for Xmas...honestly!).
    Now into damage limitation but shouldn't be too bad.
    Starting weight on 12/1 13st 13lbs. Weight on ??/1 ??st ??lbs. Lost 00st 00lbs.Target 9st 13lbs. 56lbs left.
    Make 5.00 a day January 21.84/155.00.00.(Dec, 17.46) GC Jan 209.18(90.82/300.00)
    Contingency fund : 17.46, Tesco vouchers 0.00, Boots Points 2.33 Nectar Points 04.57 Waterstones 0.18
    Total: 24.12
  • Spiggle
    Evening everyone

    GC been completely overtaken for me by the death this afternoon of my boss and very close friend. 10 years younger than me and leaving two young children. I've been knocked sideways, and gotta go to work tomorrow and put on a face for the public

    Will report spends tomorrow when I can think straight.
    Originally posted by S_Wales_Saver
    So sorry to hear your news, it always knocks you sideways when friends (especially much younger friends) are taken away suddenly. My thoughts are with you, Spigs
    MFW2012 No.6 OP Target 8400/8777
    MFW2013 No.1 OP - Mortgage free October 2013
    MFiT-T3 No.11 - Clear 38,3450.50 - Mortgage free October 2013
    MF October 2013
  • Long tall sally
    Sorry to hear your news S Wales Saver.

    Spent another 15 odd today at the Co Op. A few of the things I needed but some like 2 lots of reduced haddock fillet, I just got because it will provide some variety to our large amount of chicken.
    I'm just looking at my receipt though as I really didn't seem to have that much & was wondering how it got to that much. I bought 15 items so I suppose at an average of 1 an item, it wasn't bad particularly as that was for the fish plus olive oil.

    I have just spoken to my DS 's school about his food requirements on his over-night trip he is going on. As he is diabetic & had Coeliac disease they asked if I could provide him with gluten free snacks but in the end we agreed that I would provide bread, cereal & snacks - sugary & non sugary. I really don't mind as I will not worry so much if I know he has some of his usual foods with him but do wonder what the school would expect for a longer duration trip!
    Grocery aim 450pm.Spent 519 August, 584 July, 544 June, 541 May, 549 April, 517 March, 517 Feb,555 Jan, 573 Dec, 465Nov, 561Oct, 493Sept, 426Aug,496 Jul, 528Jun, 506May,498April, 558 March, 500Feb, 500 Jan, 490 Dec, 555 Nov,566 Oct, 505Sept, 450Aug, 410 July, 437 June, 491 May, 471 April, 440 March, 552Feb, 462Jan
  • vodkawitch1
    NSD today - just as well as I am already over budget.
    Not Buying it!
    Comping - best ever win - Trip to World Cup
    Jan wins value 120/Feb 0/March 25/April Weekend Break in L.Pool and dinner on Queen Mary. May/25 voucher
  • lizbob
    Hi Haven't been on the challenge for a few months but budgeting with a vengeance from now on.

    please put me down for 200 for 2 adults including cleaning, toilettries and booze
    my month starts on the 25th.
    thanks!
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Afternoon all

    So sorry to here your sad news Rosieben and SW saver

    At last we have had a couple of dry days -I hope it lasts as hubby has next week of -so we plan to get the patio sorted and get all the pots set up so I can get my veggies under way -Im late starting but since the weather has been so bad, there was no point starting stuff off just for it to get ruined... can't wait to get started

    Anyway -my new month starts tomorrow -but Im planning on doing a shop tomorrow (as part of March) as I have plenty left in my budget and Id hate to start April off with a big shop

    We are another pair that are adjusting our eating to shift some "wobble" -so the spends may go up a bit - but I figure that not buying choc etc will free up cash to spend on other yummy things -so instead of hubbies salted peanuts I will buy mixed nuts and make bread sticks etc... and Well I allready eat enough fruit to keep a baby gorilla happy
    Im cutting down on the carbs (Im a serious carb junky ) so Im increasing the protein ......we allready eat loads of veggies/salad
    Tonight is one of the rare occasions that me n hubby are eating differently... Im making him the special egg fried rice dish he loves (great for using odds n sods too ) and I do extra as he likes to take the extra cold for his lunch... Im having Thai steamed salmon (hubby isn't keen on salmon and its my fave dish) -I have it ready to stick in the steamer later with some steamed veggies nomnomnomnom
    Im not sure if I have posted the recipe before -so just in case here is the scaled down for 1 version:-
    1. 1/2 onion finely sliced (red is best -but white are fine)
    2. 1tbs fish sauce
    3. 1tbs soft dark brown sugar
    4. 1 clove garlic -finely sliced
    5. 1" chunk of ginger cut into fine sticks
    • throw them all in a small sauce pan over a low heat -and cook until the sugar has dissolve and the onions have just started to soften
    • grab a square of foil and place the salmon fillet on (I use the iceland frozen, skinless, bonless ones) -
    • pile on the onion mix and wrap up tight
    • then place in a medium oven until the salmon is cooked through -tonight Im sticking it in the steamer
    It sounds an odd concoction -but the sweet, salty, hot flavour works so well with the creamy salmon .
    Oh and I find its better if made in advance and left in the fridge for a couple of hours -or overnight -great as you can prepare it the night before if you are busy and just whack it in the oven at the last minute

    Right I had better get off and update..have a good day everyone
    -6 -8 -3 -1.5 -2.5 -3 -1.5-3.5
  • BlimusOreilly
    Very pleased with myself as today's weekly shop was just 22.85 for 2 adults and 2 children
    Makes up for my disastrous leftover challenge yesterday. Had some leftover rice so found a recipe online which was for a baked rice pudding. It was horrible! Waste of the rice plus sugar and two eggs. Ah well...
    DFW Nerd 941 Proud to be dealing with my debt
    August GC 0/300

  • remmie
    Rosiben and SW Saver - thinking of you both

    I haven't been posting as I thought I'd gone over my budget quite a lot, but when adding up the receipts I had a surprise to find out that yes, I am over but only by 2. Maybe a little lesson there in adding up receipts and not burying head in sand

    My challenge doesn't end until April 1st, but I'm hoping not to go shopping again before then. Any Easter spends can come out of next months budget.
  • WendysWorld
    RosieBen and SW_Saver, I'm really sorry to hear about your bad news. Kind of makes you think about what's important in life really doesn't it?

    Haven't done too well recently - I've gone over budget and still need to get stuff. I really don't know how people managed! I don't waste food, we eat all our left-overs and don't buy expensive cuts. I buy most of my meat from the butchers and get a veg box 3 out of every 4weeks. We also have at least 3 veggie meals a week.
    Probably need to check what we're actually buying...could be a lot of alcohol in there as I include that in my grocery totals.....
  • Trinny
    Hello All

    Now away on holiday.

    Ended the month Just under 70. so very pleased.

    Trinny
    "Not everything that COUNTS can be counted; and not everything that can be counted COUNTS"
    GC - May 39.47/55. June 47.20/50. July 38.44/50
    NSD - May 16/17. June 16/17. July 14/17
    No new toiletries til stash used up challenge - start date 01/2010 - still going!
    2 Savers Club member No 93 - getting ready for Christmas 2011
  • Mrs Money Penny
    Hi All
    Just popped on to update signature by 54.93. Spent extra on the wine in MrS which is on offer. Still need a few bits tomorrow. Half term looming starting Friday so all set to go horribly wrong.
    MFIT T3 No 105
    MFIT Challenge save 10k
    2015 savings 6k
  • Purpleclutterbuck
    This is a really silly question but can anyone give me the approx price of half a dozen organic eggs? because I've got chickens I've totally no idea of the price of eggs and I would like to know - many thanks (hope someone answers -fingers crossed)
    Hugs to all those that need them x
    May you fill up the great clutterbucket of life and may all of your leaks be in cheese sauce
    Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without
  • SunnyGirl
    Evening everyone

    GC been completely overtaken for me by the death this afternoon of my boss and very close friend. 10 years younger than me and leaving two young children. I've been knocked sideways, and gotta go to work tomorrow and put on a face for the public

    Will report spends tomorrow when I can think straight.
    Originally posted by S_Wales_Saver
    S Wales Saver I'm so so sorry to read your news. Massive hugs & support vibes being sent to you hon xx

    ........
    Im not sure if I have posted the recipe before -so just in case here is the scaled down for 1 version:-
    1. 1/2 onion finely sliced (red is best -but white are fine)
    2. 1tbs fish sauce
    3. 1tbs soft dark brown sugar
    4. 1 clove garlic -finely sliced
    5. 1" chunk of ginger cut into fine sticks
    • throw them all in a small sauce pan over a low heat -and cook until the sugar has dissolve and the onions have just started to soften
    • grab a square of foil and place the salmon fillet on (I use the iceland frozen, skinless, bonless ones) -
    • pile on the onion mix and wrap up tight
    • then place in a medium oven until the salmon is cooked through -tonight Im sticking it in the steamer
    It sounds an odd concoction -but the sweet, salty, hot flavour works so well with the creamy salmon .
    Oh and I find its better if made in advance and left in the fridge for a couple of hours -or overnight -great as you can prepare it the night before if you are busy and just whack it in the oven at the last minute
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    Mrs M Thank you so much for the salmon recipe. I can't stand it but my parents love all fish so I've copied & pasted the recipe ready to send to my Mum I've also made your coleslaw tonight and it was lovely. Penny Pincher gave me the recipe but I think she said it was yours originally IYSWIM? Thank you

    I have updated my signature with todays shopping 65.13 which was really good considering that I bought quite a few extra things for the Easter hols. I like to spread the school hols extras out over the week before and the 1st week of the holidays if possible as it used to blow the budget doing it all as soon as they'd finished school I got extra things like pitta breads (for pitta pizzas), frozen fruit, flour, butter, eggs & sugar (for baking) and I have made a lunch menu up to stop the grazing that usually happens all day Nothing very exciting just things like pitta pizzas, hotdogs in buns with HM coleslaw, cooked meat & pasta salads, tuna baked potatoes, pasta & grated cheese, things on toast, sandwiches & soup ..... Any other ideas appreciated

    I can't believe how quickly March has gone. I started work in February but even so
  • WendysWorld
    This is a really silly question but can anyone give me the approx price of half a dozen organic eggs? because I've got chickens I've totally no idea of the price of eggs and I would like to know - many thanks (hope someone answers -fingers crossed)
    Hugs to all those that need them x
    Originally posted by Purpleclutterbuck

    I pay 2.00 as I get them with my veg box. Supermarkets vary between roughly 1.70 and 2.20 for organic eggs as far as I can remember!

    HTH

    BM
  • Purpleclutterbuck
    Thanks ever so much BabyMother!
    May you fill up the great clutterbucket of life and may all of your leaks be in cheese sauce
    Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without
  • becky170
    I am never ordering my online shopping from asda again At the start of the month they couldn't deliver my shopping because the delivery driver did his back in, so that order was meant to be cancelled and I had another order delivered later in the week. I checked my bank statement this morning and they have charged me for both orders!!! I phoned up customer services this morning and they told me that they couldn't refund it to me today as the home delivery manager wasn't at the store today. I'm so angry, now I won't get my refund until next week, so due to there errors I'm left being very tight for money until payday! I have no idea why someone else couldn't have checked the records so that my refund could be issued today, incompetence no doubt! I did't even get I'm sorry about the mistake off the guy in customer services
  • lizziebabe
    So sorry to hear your sad news SW Saver. Our thoughts go out to all families and friends concerned.

    Had a spend in MR M today - 11.26, but did well as they have some good offers at the mo.
    Robinsons summer fruits (and other flavours) - 57p (DS's favourite, I don't buy fizzy drinks)
    Huge butternut squash - 1.00
    Mr M's own Honey nut cornflakes - 1.00 for 500gm.
    And cheap low fat own make yogurts - 4 for 29p.

    Also popped into a local bakery and got a bag of lovely rolls (7) all different, some seeded and a large seeded loaf - both for 1.00, also the bread was sliced for me free by the nice young sales assistant. Have split it all up and put it in the freezer.

    I am down to about 11 and some pence until the 31st March which is the end of my month. I think it is manageable.

    TTFN and hugs to all those who need them
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