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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
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    redfox
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two
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    • 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two 21st Oct 13 at 9:17 AM
    As the previous thread here had got very long, this is a new one for a continuation of the discussion.

    From the original first post of the previous thread:

    OK my freezer and stock cupboards are crammed full. I realise have spent a lot of money in the food in there. I want to save money by using these and only buy:
    . Milk
    . Fruit/Veg
    . Bread
    . Yoghurt
    . Breakfast cereal (only have 2 unopened packets)
    . Sandwich fillings (have one pack of ham in the freezer)

    as these things I eat virtually every day

    Until one of the following happens
    . I ran out of food
    . I have only fish fingers and cornflakes left.

    It will be a challenge as I'm on weight watchers so I have to be extra creative to keep my points down.
    Originally posted by Middy
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    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 16th Mar 17, 9:52 AM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Thanks for the tip Suffolk lass. I haven't got the funeral date yet, but i should find out in the next few days. DS is full of beans so went to school and i let the teacher know, she looked shocked when i said it was a blessing. Other than hospital, she hasn't left her home in at least 5 years. She's been wanting to go for a long time. I explained to DS that she'd be happy now and she can walk without hurting and doesn't need her special chair and she's with great grandad. He's accepted it and seems fine, which is a relief.

    In stores news i took out of the freezer a pack of sausages that i put in a while back and forgot to portion, a loaf of bread and a 4 pint of milk. Topped up the tea caddy and so emptied a big box of teabags. Just one massive (240) box left in the cupboard.

    I have some leftover​ rice in the fridge and I'll so a wee rice thing for lunch as i have the day off work.

    Cupboard is looking so empty..... And i kinda like it!
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • oldtractor
    • By oldtractor 16th Mar 17, 11:33 AM
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    oldtractor
    am eating up the fruit and have had sardines on toast for lunch.OUT of freezer some hm soup and a piece of turkey. IN nothing.
    Trying for 10 a day
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Mar 17, 7:40 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: pack of cumberland sausages
    Use up: 4 pink onions, 1 swede. 1/2 green pepper
    July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £141/£200, Nov £96/£120
    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 16th Mar 17, 9:06 PM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Finally used up 4 brown bananas on a sticky toffee pudding upside down banana cake! Not able to try it until tomorrow at least, which is fine as I'm having strange tummy pains that feel like contractions.
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • dannie
    • By dannie 17th Mar 17, 6:56 AM
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    dannie
    Since my fruit and vegetables shopping, no extra spends. I have decluttered four recipe books. There are a few interesting recipes and "unusual" combinations e.g. tried the "stuffed tomatoes" recipe but not the combination of "onion and orange salad" (in a dressing) - yet!

    My online food groceries is cancelled for next time as the person I share delivery costs with does not need anything. This means a bigger gap of no foods "coming in" by this method. Using up seems possible for this period so hope to make progress.
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 17th Mar 17, 10:31 AM
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    Ginmonster
    Hope you're feeling better now Franalamadingdong.


    I used up some beetroot I'd roasted a few days ago which needed to go; the roasted parsnip my son refused to eat for tea yesterday as apparently he now doesn't like it; some leftover pepper and tomatoes from our picnic lunch and a couple of fresh root veg from the fridge for a lovely spicy curry last night. Served with some hm naan bread from the freezer it was spot on.


    I have leftover pasta for lunch today at work and just need to work out how to discourage hubby from ordering takeaway tonight as it's his turn to cook and he's had a very busy week so he will undoubtedly want to get some junk food. Wish me luck!
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 17th Mar 17, 3:20 PM
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    FurryBeastOz
    Waiting with baited breath to see what's happened while I've been away. I'll have to do a complete audit tomorrow before I go shopping because I've no idea what DH will have used up.

    Can't even meal plan until then which is very frustrating. I'm packed and ready to go. I want to start making lists, but I can't.
    *** Debt Free***
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    GC To 1/10/17 £2416.17£3,500, 69.03/74.79% of the year. Had to raise budget
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Mar 17, 6:58 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: 2 slices lorne sausage
    Used up: OOD eggs
    July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £141/£200, Nov £96/£120
    • kboss2010
    • By kboss2010 17th Mar 17, 8:47 PM
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    kboss2010
    Bit of a re-stocking day for being frugal for the rest of the month.

    In: broad beans, sweetcorn, peas, swede, l/o chicken gravy, HM chicken stock, l/o portion of spag bol

    Out: nothing.
    "I want to be a glow worm, A glow worm's never glum
    'Coz how can you be grumpy, when the sun shines out your bum?" ~ Dr A. Tapping


    I'm finding my way back to sanity again... but I don't really know what I'm gonna do when I get there
    ~ Lifehouse
    • Franalamadingdong
    • By Franalamadingdong 17th Mar 17, 9:22 PM
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    Franalamadingdong
    Thanks Gin, might be hormones. Still not good today so DS had a kiddy pizza from the freezer.
    Nov: £144.48/200 (£55.53 left) Dec: £207.43/200 £7.43 over Jan: £167.33/180 (£12.67 left)
    Feb: £159.95/176 (£16.05 left)
    March Grocery Challenge: £128.78195 (£66.22 left)
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 17th Mar 17, 11:08 PM
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    zafiro1984
    Bit of shopping today, stocked up mainly on fruit and vegetables but spent more than I planned. At least I should have enough to last until the end of the month if I use what is on the veg plot and already in the freezers.

    Out
    Turkey wing
    venison
    part cooked roasties

    In
    some sausages
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Nov 153.48/300 Non food/alcohol Oct 24.30/Nov 28.49
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 18th Mar 17, 4:35 PM
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    FurryBeastOz
    Well the answer is - not much apparently. Had to laugh at email while at dinner last night asking how I'd enjoyed my curry takeaway

    He's eaten his sandwiches. Am going to have to count off the whole freezer to identify anything else. I think some rice has gone.

    He's taken out the chicken breasts I asked him to. But there are loads of curry leftovers, so I'll do the chicken in a Provençal sauce for tomorrow night when he gets back from diving.

    I'll update between rugby
    *** Debt Free***
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    Goals - Weight loss 0/13lb from 1st Jul 17
    GC To 1/10/17 £2416.17£3,500, 69.03/74.79% of the year. Had to raise budget
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 18th Mar 17, 6:20 PM
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    FurryBeastOz
    Ok. Over two weeks -

    Out - 3 chicken breasts, 13 x sandwiches, 3 x turkey chilli, 1 x Butternut squash chilli, 5 x Bolognaise, 1 x pasty, 1 x sausage and mash.

    In - nothing

    One empty basket, and 2 only half full. I bought only veg and dairy today. Let meal planning commence.
    *** Debt Free***
    NST October 1/18
    Goals - Weight loss 0/13lb from 1st Jul 17
    GC To 1/10/17 £2416.17£3,500, 69.03/74.79% of the year. Had to raise budget
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 18th Mar 17, 7:50 PM
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    K9sandFelines
    Lost track but still using up and can actually see a bit of a spacemin my chest freezer. Need to completely empty it as my manager is having itmat work for the hotdog buns as we get loads, and you can never find what you need underneath
    GC 2017 (£4,000 (£2150.55)) Jan £346.72 Feb £241.99 Mar £280.29 Apr £196.58 (app.) May £232.77 Jun £191.14 Jul £280.45 Aug £362.70 Sep £304.10 Oct £240.92 Nov £11.49 (up to and incl. 5/11) + Smart Pass £1.99 x 10 = £19.90

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 18th Mar 17, 9:06 PM
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    squirrelgirl
    in: potatoes, sweet potatoes, kale, purple sprouting broccoli, oranges, spring onions
    out: 2 tins jackfruit,1pot hoisin sauce,1 pot bbq sauce, 1 pk Chinese pancakes, half a cucumber, 1 spring onion, half a pot lentils
    MFW £3510.00/£22968.96: October GC £30/£300
    • DBX
    • By DBX 18th Mar 17, 11:47 PM
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    DBX
    I have a rule to use up what I have in the fridge, freezer and cupboard at least for one week, every six weeks. That way, stuff is used up before the 'Best by' date and save money too. My mother used to believe, any one can cook a meal when you have enough food stuff. When you have a bit of this, and little of that, you need imagination and creative nature to make dinner.
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 18th Mar 17, 11:55 PM
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    zafiro1984
    A little space appearing on a couple of shelves. I need to move things around, the aim being to completely empty one of the upright freezers before the vegetables and fruit start coming in from my plot. I've never quite managed it in previous years and have always ended up letting the chickens have last years fruit and vegetables when the new crop is harvested.
    I just need to focus the mind on using up what is there and be a bit more creative, it would also save me some money.

    Out
    Lunch a bit of mackerel, the last in the pack with a salad, DH had the last of the cheese plus water biscuits and a salad
    Tea Half an uncooked turkey carcass, it went in the slowcooker and I made a stew with dumplings for DH and a curry for myself plus turkey soup with the bits and the leftover stock for tomorrow's lunch. Just need to get some bread rolls out tomorrow. Almost forgot - the dog had all the other edible bits - I try to waste nothing.
    A pack of frozen apple slices, added cinnamon and sweetner for DH, none for me, microwaved and I put greek yogurt on the top.
    A sultana and apricot tea loaf I'd forgotten I'd made a few weeks ago, that will get eaten over the next few days.

    In
    Nothing
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 352.33/300 Oct 266.36/310 Nov 153.48/300 Non food/alcohol Oct 24.30/Nov 28.49
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 19th Mar 17, 9:29 AM
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    FurryBeastOz
    Out - 1 x Tandoori Chicken meal (DH had takeaway leftovers), 2 x Breakfast Bonanza. (Otherwise known as Slow Cooker cooked breakfast for diving days)

    Going to make Chicken Provençal for tonight.

    Do need to do a bit of shopping today - more veg and some non-perishables. I now have a meal plan.
    *** Debt Free***
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    Goals - Weight loss 0/13lb from 1st Jul 17
    GC To 1/10/17 £2416.17£3,500, 69.03/74.79% of the year. Had to raise budget
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 19th Mar 17, 1:14 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    In - weekly shop and 16 ys chicken breasts that I got for £2.44!

    Out - 4 sausage rolls, 3 pies, 2 pasties and 2 flatbreads. They all went to oh house for him to eat. They were ys a while ago, and I'm on Sw atm so won't eat them.

    PG x
    Family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(10), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries.
    Sept £29.38/£100 Aug £124.60/£100 July £100/£100 June 2017, £113.38/£100.00
    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 19th Mar 17, 3:31 PM
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    FurryBeastOz
    Out - 4 Hot smoked salmon fillets, mixed peppers, Egg whites.
    *** Debt Free***
    NST October 1/18
    Goals - Weight loss 0/13lb from 1st Jul 17
    GC To 1/10/17 £2416.17£3,500, 69.03/74.79% of the year. Had to raise budget
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