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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
    I'm a Board Guide on the Quick Grabbit, Food Shopping & Groceries, Shop but don't drop, Loans and Cutting Tax boards which means I'm a volunteer to help the boards run smoothly and I can move and merge threads there. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 17th May 17, 10:01 AM
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    zafiro1984
    OUT turkey thigh, cooked apple, blackberries, crumble topping, rest out of fridge and cupboards

    IN nothing
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 194.66/300 £108.98 left
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 17th May 17, 1:03 PM
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    Still plugging away at this, and have successfully emptied and defrosted my chest freezer. Although it still needs collecting, so is in the way a bit.
    I now only have two freezers of food, which are both in the kitchen (one integrated and one freestanding) . My aim is to have fruit and veg and basics for two weeks worth of meals (one if doable)in both, so still a work in progress.
    I have used too much up to list individually (plus it gets boring to read al the time i am sure).
    I now have desktop pc in my room again which i am typing from now, aswell as other gadgets; so by rights i should be able to keep up.
    Minimal order from Ocado coming tomorrow as needed vegan cleaning wipes (for stuff like granddaughters toys and cat's microchip bowls, which is all i use them for ... doesn't work as well with spray and cloth. Half price, so have bought four packets to stock up). Should come to a few pence over £40.00 minimum spend.
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    Ocado shop came but only had little spends of £2 or so at work since then, and the odd £8 or less spend in Morrisons. Had to throw some things out that had spoilt, but still using everything up. Need a few bits from Morrisons this aft, probably just salad stuff sans lettuce and mabe garlic bread ... need to check meal plan downstairs so i don't buy unnescessaries.
    GC 2017 (£4,000) Jan £346.72 Feb £241.99 Mar £280.29 Apr £196.58 (app.) + £1.99 May £232.77Jun £191.14 Jul £280.45 Aug £220.62 (up to and incl 23rd) + Smart Pass £1.99 x 7 = £1.33

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 17th May 17, 8:51 PM
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    Florence J
    IN

    Nothing, huzzah! OH is complaining that we need things but I am determined to not buy anything tomorrow either and achieve my second £10 a week challenge.

    OUT

    2 X quorn fillets, 6 x chicken dippers, carrots, sweetcorn, tin of mushy peas, cheese, jacket potatoes

    USED UP

    All the leftover savoury bread and butter 'pudding'
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1505.37 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2743.11/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    September 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4344.96
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th May 17, 9:10 PM
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    caronc
    In: Nothing
    Out: portion of spaghetti
    Used up: flat leaf parsley, end of a tub of cream cheese
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • maisymoo5
    • By maisymoo5 18th May 17, 11:50 AM
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    yesterday In nothing

    Out nothing

    today In nothing

    Out two steaks and I can see the bottom of the freezer - hurrah
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 18th May 17, 12:08 PM
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    Florence J
    Not going to achieve my 'spend less than £10 a week' challenge as OH has gone shopping today. Oh well, we are still spending less than usual.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1505.37 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2743.11/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    September 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4344.96
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 18th May 17, 2:58 PM
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    Not going to achieve my 'spend less than £10 a week' challenge as OH has gone shopping today. Oh well, we are still spending less than usual.
    Originally posted by Florence J
    I think he hinted the other day he needed feeding

    So far I've managed not to spend this week and survive, but it's only because I've grown my own potatoes and I'm picking the first of the strawberries. However, I will need to go out and get a very very essential bathroom item tomorrow but I'll try to be very strong willed not to buy anything else. Maybe, I should leave my glasses at home??

    OUT some gammon and turkey.

    USED UP half a jar of mincemeat and the rest of the filo from the fridge

    IN nothing
    Last edited by zafiro1984; 18-05-2017 at 3:01 PM.
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 194.66/300 £108.98 left
    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th May 17, 7:00 PM
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    In: nothing,
    Out: pork chop
    Used up: slice of smoked salmon, cold meat, cucumber, asparagus, flat mushroom and LO sweet potato
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 18th May 17, 7:17 PM
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    Florence J
    IN

    Pizza, Cereal, Cheese, 2 x Pasta sauces, Grapes,

    OUT

    2 Pizzas, Potato, portion of LO cottage pie,

    USED UP

    Packet of cereal
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1505.37 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2743.11/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    September 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4344.96
    • maisymoo5
    • By maisymoo5 19th May 17, 3:48 PM
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    maisymoo5
    In nothing

    Out a whole pheasant

    probably only have enough in the small chest freezer for a week then will move onto the freezer drawers from the fridge freezer. Not much in there except for fish so feeling quite positive about joining this thread and hopefully saving some money.
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 19th May 17, 6:22 PM
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    zafiro1984
    I will need to go out and get a very very essential bathroom item tomorrow but I'll try to be very strong willed not to buy anything else.
    Originally posted by zafiro1984
    Almost did what I said, the bathrooms now have their loo rolls and the extra was only a reduced pot of chives to split and replant. It should save me money in the long run.

    OUT turkey thigh, small piece goats cheese, 4 slices bread.

    IN nothing

    EVERYWHERE ELSE veggies, apple, satsuma, a jelly and a few walnuts,
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 194.66/300 £108.98 left
    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th May 17, 7:34 PM
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    caronc
    On-line shop today so some things in the freezer/cupboard,
    In: 2 pizzas, 3 baguettes, jar of mayo, noodles and teabags
    Out: portion of breaded fish, oven chips and peas
    Used up: a banana and the remains of a little gem lettuce
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • Nodette
    • By Nodette 20th May 17, 6:39 PM
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    Nodette
    Joining thread due to overwhelm!
    Hi - you probably don't remember me. . . .

    It's a long, long time since I was on this thread as I moved house (got down from 4 freezers full of stuff to only 1 freezer). Moved mum's house (acquired another freezer plus some food). That all happened two and a half years ago. Now mum has beginning of dementia so had to re-jig what we do about her food, which means I acquired another freezer full of food. Additionally, mum-in-law died and we got HER freezer full of food as well.

    Thankfully, we have a cellar. Sadly, it is full of freezers!! I actually have 3 freezers in the cellar, one in the kitchen, and one in mum's garage - all full of food. I know - it doesn't add up. Who knows where that 5th freezer full of food came from??

    As there are only two of us to eat our way through this, I feel a little overwhelmed. (Mum still has her own freezer full of food in her kitchen and that's all she needs - so I can't even sneak anything into hers).

    We have two small joints of beef, a pack of oxtail pieces, a pack of 2 pigs trotters (they were 25p - I couldn't resist. Gotta find what to do with them) and pork ribs in the fridge waiting to be eaten or stuffed in freezer.

    I will admit there's quite a bit of bread / rolls/ hot cross buns, etc taking up a lot of room.

    Somewhere in one of the freezers I have 10 (yes, 10) small freezer bags stuffed full of chicken wings (uncooked). They were a huge pack reduced from £21 to £3. I can't resist a bargain, you see.

    (Not many veggies in there. Probably frozen broccoli and some runner beans).

    Took mince out of freezer last night and made chilli con carne. Will have leftovers tonight, as I can't fit them in any of the freezers.

    So, joining this thread is my attempt to force myself to buy no food (apart from perishables) for the foreseeable future!!
    • caronc
    • By caronc 21st May 17, 7:08 PM
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    caronc
    Hi Nodette

    Realised I didn't post yesterday so yesterday and today:
    In: nothing
    Out: portion of pasta, piece of steak, haggis stuffed chicken breast, small bag of white sauce, portion peppercorn paste
    Used up: slice of cooked ham and a sprouting onion
    Last edited by caronc; 21-05-2017 at 7:25 PM.
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 21st May 17, 7:19 PM
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    zafiro1984
    Welcome back Nodette, you certainly have a mountain to climb with all that frozen food.

    I did a stupid thing to day, my DH has been painting the doors leading off the kitchen and replacing the door handles. Last night he did the one between the kitchen and the room where 3 of my freezers lurk. I had strict instructions not to close the door as there was no handle on it Well today I went to a freezer, got what I needed and automatically closed the door as I came out. Now I can't open the door, the hinges are the opposite way and my DH is not too pleased.

    OUT venison
    IN nothing
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 194.66/300 £108.98 left
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 21st May 17, 7:22 PM
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    Florence J
    IN

    Nothing (today, lots yesterday)

    OUT

    2 potatoes, 3 carrots, cheese, 4 part baked rolls, broccoli, peas, 3 sausages

    USED UP

    Pack of veggie sausages

    IN THE BIN

    2 bad apples and 1/2 bunch of bad celery, feel very bad about that.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1505.37 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2743.11/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    September 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4344.96
    • caronc
    • By caronc 22nd May 17, 7:06 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: piece of baguette
    Used up: LO peppercorn sauce, 1/2 a little gem lettuce
    May GC £150/£150, June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £63/£120
    • Florence J
    • By Florence J 22nd May 17, 7:12 PM
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    Florence J
    IN

    Nothing at the moment, I may have to buy bread.

    OUT

    OH's chilled spag bol sauce, some spaghetti, 1 portion of batch cooked pasta, 1 garlic baguette, cheese.

    USED UP

    Eggs, chives.

    NEARLY USED UP

    My gin
    Sealed Pot Challenge 10 #553 (£90) Wombling free 2017 = £1505.37 Pay off all your debts by Xmas 2017 #53 (£2743.11/£3000) Debt to OH paid back £1120.95/£1120.95
    September 2017 Credit Card Debt: £4344.96
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 22nd May 17, 11:21 PM
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    zafiro1984
    OUT partly cooked turkey wrapped in bacon, 2 pieces of cheese, milk.

    IN nothing

    USED UP mangetout, sugar peas and new potatoes from the fridge, small bar of chocolate - not by me - honest

    FLORENCE j - sad day when the gin has gone
    Aug Grocery 258.35/250 Sept Grocery 194.66/300 £108.98 left
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 23rd May 17, 9:07 AM
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    Ginmonster
    Florence - Running out of gin definitely counts as an emergency.


    I've got a portion of butternut squash risotto from the freezer for my lunch today and am planning to make a big fat veggie chilli with some tins of beans and veg that's lurking in the fridge this evening. I might even try and find the ancient bag of green beans I know is hiding in the freezer and add some of those too.
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