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February 2013 Grocery Challenge
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:07 AM
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Just popped in to update my signature. Ive had a very good week with YS products. Ive spent £11.64 this week. Got washing powder reduced to half price, then a DTD refund due to them overcharging me. Free milk courtesy of free milk friday, reduced steak x 2, reduced lenor with coupons as well as reduced alpro, and rice milk with coupons again, YS bread, cress, diet coke (8cans for 94p), YS stirfry. Too many bargains this week to mention. I found light brown sugar in HB for 99p which was good as i was going to pay £1.60 in Mr As as this was the cheapest ide seen it. Theres only me so this will keep me going for a few weeks. I will only need bread, yoghurts and fruit ( i never seem to find YS fruit, only the prepacked ones, which are expensive in the first place).

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:12 AM
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First grocery shops of the month were done yesterday - spent £21.73, which shocked me when I added it up this morning a I don't seem to have got very much for it

From B'n'M I got two boxes of Muesli (I discovered after they were scanned these were on a '2 for' offer I hadn't seen signage for - saving me 58p ) which equate to breakfast for about 4 weeks even if I don't have something else for a change.

From Mr T I got 3x2 litres of (filtered) milk for DS which should keep him going for the week, two 500g tubs of soya spread (for me, I'm currently trying to exclude dairy from my diet), 2x500g of organic minced beef, 2xtwin packs of garlic baguettes (all the items mentioned up to now being on multi-buy offers), a half dozen eggs, a loaf of bread, some breaded ham for sandwiches, and 1 litre whoopsied apple juice.

Will have to go back to the shops on Monday for fruit and veg for the week, but can't think of a single thing I should need before then. I shouldn't need meat as I have loads of boneless chicken thighs in the freezer from a C0stco trip last month, and will only be using one pack of mince this weekend (plus I have chops, sausages, burgers and various other cuts of meat - and a fair amount of fish - in the freezers). I don't actually have space in my freezers for anything else, so shouldn't be tempted by any meat offers/whoopsies - and I think that may be what keeps me under budget this month
Cheryl as of 21st July :
Frugal Living '14 (£4879.61/£15k); GC (£1216.31/£3195); NSDs (119/150)
GC spent / Budget : July £176.75 / £290.69. to 30th June '14 £1039.56 / £1470.15, balance +£430.59
Whoopsies spent / value : July £0.39 / £1.67. to 30th June '14 £38.24 / £100.07
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:58 AM
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£13 spent in Iceland - we are now stocked up for the next 10 days or so

That's this weeks budget spent up just about Plus our new week, in budget terms, starts today. We shouldn't need to spend anything now apart from perhaps milk depending on how much of that we use this week.
Bf has chocolate bars and packets of his favourite crisps ,enough to last him 2 weeks minimum, and I'm all set for fruit (got myself a sneaky packet of curly wurlys too hehe). We have plenty of ham and cheese for our sandwich fillings.

Got a new 3lt bottle of juice so that should last me a good while as bf doesn't drink it .

So all in all I'm very happy. The fridge always looks bare this time of year as we only ever much salad etc when it's warmer so looking forward to a change in our diets around May! plus we lift out our meats etc to defrost the night before so we never have any of that in there either!

Hope you're all feeling positive!
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Old 02-02-2013, 12:30 PM
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Forgot yogurts, squash and dishwasher tablets so had to have a spend day after all

Off to update sig.

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Old 02-02-2013, 1:14 PM
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£1.50 added to the signature. Needed bread rolls and this is all they had a T's when i sent DH.
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Old 02-02-2013, 1:17 PM
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Default Lemon curd (again)

Help. Tried to make lemon curd in slow cooker but its very runny....so I had a quick look on mse and found a recipe for making ice cream using mascarpone.....my iPad died and now I can't find the recipe again. I've been looking for ages and am about to cry ... Can anyone point me in the right direction please !
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Old 02-02-2013, 1:34 PM
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This thread moves quick doesn't it!

Just back from Sainsbury's and spent £28.33. Just needed a few fresh vegetables and some fruit, milk etc. Got some strange looks because I appeared to be buying the entire stock of courgette's to make courgette soup with! We've got lots of meat still in the freezer, which can probably carry us over to the following week as well.

Oh and you know those vouchers that they give out saying how much cheaper your branded shop was...well next week we'll be getting the grand total of £0.01p off our shop!
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Old 02-02-2013, 1:38 PM
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I have sat and made my price book at last. All my scrappy lists of best prices are now in a spreadsheet. Should help!

One thing - I never looked at bags of grated cheese, in fact I rather sneered at the thought - why not grate your own? BUT in Aldi yesterday the bag of grated mature cheddar was 4.33/kg, a good price but even the grated value cheese was more expensive than blocks in Sainsbury's. is this a regular price? Why? Is it off cuts or something? Does anyone know?

Oh the things I am now using brain space on...!
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Old 02-02-2013, 1:47 PM
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Snowing here, ugh! I am taking inspiration from the Mortgage free in three blog and having a baking day. Trying to prevent the family from feeling deprived. I am going to start some of her fridge bread and make some muffins and scones. Will bake some spudatas at the same time to micro for lunches. I will also make some jellies for the kids, not very frugal but for some reason I have quite a few sachets so trying to use them up.
Grocery Challenge (2 adults 2 kids)
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Save £12,000 in 2013 No. 188 £7382/£12,000 62%
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Old 02-02-2013, 2:25 PM
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Oops I'm a bit late adding this months challenge. I went over in January so I've decided to do this month to the 22nd, payday, rather than the end of the month.
Can you please add me to this months challenge.
£160 again but over fewer days this time.
Thank you and good luck to everyone for this month.
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Old 02-02-2013, 2:32 PM
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very small spends yesterday of 65p kitchen roll and 90p for bubble bath £1.55 to add.

Took DS to a party this morning and was going to call in I**land on the way back but was offered a lift home...mmmm 20 mins walk to the shop then wait however long for bus versus a lift home in 5 mins...the lift won lol....looks like freezer surprise for tea then xxx
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..looks like freezer surprise for tea then xxx
Was watching Emmerdale the other week and Sam had made a surprise tea for his friend. She asked what the surprise was and he said the surprise was if she liked it
I've got a craving for hash browns, grilled tomatoes, beans and toast but that would mean buying some hash browns and I'm trying to use up what we have.
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Old 02-02-2013, 3:16 PM
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£50 between Mr L and Mr S today, this included a dozen tins of cat food.

I am now spening about 50% of what I used to, so thanks to all for keeping me on the straight and narrow x
Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 3:28 PM
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First spends of Feb was today and total was £5.98 on carrots, bananas, paper, walnuts and crumpets.
Have just made some cookies using a diabetic friendly recipe but although they taste lovely they are a little on the dry side so will be having them when we have a cup of tea. I think I would reduce the amount of oats in them next time but they will get eaten so no waste. Also have a loaf in the oven - first one have made for a while.
Tomorrow we are having a roast chicken with veg etc
also on the menu this week but no particular order we have jkt potatoes with a filling, crab cakes & chicken korma all home made.

Dizzymcf - is this what you are after ?
http://www.askchefdennis.com/2012/08...h-kelly-bakes/
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JUNE £173.77/£200 MAY £152.90/ £250
APRIL £116.51/£165 MARCH £193.93/£220
FEB £143.44/£190 JAN £184.15/200

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Still snowing on and off here, but not settling. Baking done with my five year old, lovely times. His sister is out for the afternoon so just me and him. I have cleared up and hoovered (don't ask!). Trying to use up ingredients so we made prune (chopped up small) scones and white chocolate and glac! cherry muffins. Fridge bread begun too.

I have some mixed peel left from Christmas, what can I do with it? A bit stumped.
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Old 02-02-2013, 4:23 PM
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£55.12 spent so far. £23.48 of this is a 15kg bag of dog food. Hoping it lasts the pooch 2/3 months.
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Old 02-02-2013, 4:45 PM
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So far this month... £14.55 at A1di, £39.36 at Lid1 and £9.50 in hardware shop.

Lid1 :: had a £5 off £35 voucher which reduced a spend of £44.36 down to £39.36. Also managed to get a couple of packs of the turkey steaks from their weekend offers and also some YS meat.

Hopefully I won't need to go shopping again until next week-end.
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Old 02-02-2013, 4:47 PM
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Just popping on to report my disgraceful £68 shopping spend total for yesterday & Thursday. I have punished myself with a NSD and by standing and making a huge pot of Vegetable soup and a few other bits and bobs.

I found 3 leeks, some horseradish and some brussel sprouts in the garden when DH was having a tidy up -so that was a bit of a bonus.

I will not shop tomorrow!
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Old 02-02-2013, 4:52 PM
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Help. Tried to make lemon curd in slow cooker but its very runny....so I had a quick look on mse and found a recipe for making ice cream using mascarpone.....my iPad died and now I can't find the recipe again. I've been looking for ages and am about to cry ... Can anyone point me in the right direction please !
Might be too late now, but your lemon curd will be a bit runny when it's hot, but once you pot it up and let it cool it will thicken quite a bit... so you might find it's actually OK once cooled.

Went to Mr M for the weekly shop (a day early as busy tomorrow). Spent £36.09, which was slightly more than I'd have liked (try to keep the smaller 'in-between' shops under £30) but I was pretty happy with everything I got:

Fruit & veg: Sweet potatoes 770g 99p; Broccoli 590g £1.48; Flat mushrooms £1.25; Chestnut mushrooms £1; Radishes 50p; Bananas x6 £1.08; Red gem lettuces £1; Apples x7 £1; Savers peppers £1.80; Spring onions 70p; Garlic x4 £1; Pea shoots £1; Round lettuce 57p; Savers stirfry mix 50p

Dairy & eggs: Milk 4 pints £1.49; Double cream £1.10; Free range eggs medium x6 £1.48

Meat: Sirloin steak 200g £3.32; Ham 125g £1

General: Tinned peach 42p; Cannelini beans 50p; Black-eyed beans 50p; Coffee £1.50; 160 tea bags £3; Savers individual orange juices 45p; Bay leaves 75p; Dried sage 62p; Ground coriander 95p; White loaf 60p

Toiletries/Household : Mouthwash £1.64; Bubble bath £1.90; Savers kitchen roll £1

2014 Grocery Challenge: June £144.85 / £180
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Old 02-02-2013, 5:06 PM
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Spent £8.76 of our £50 budget.
£41.24 left for the month.

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