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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
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    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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    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 14th Jun 17, 10:50 PM
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    Hi everyone
    Today has been a little busy for me here, but at least I haven't been shopping and ate out of the cupboards. For lunch I had a toasted cheese sandwich and dinner I made a bottom of fridge risotto and very nice it was but I do love rice dishes!! Not sure what I'm having tomorrow but I will have to buy some more milk after I sent it flying across my kitchen oh what a mess and it took ages to clean it up. Oh and my other accident was leaving a punnet of strawberries that I had picked down on the allotment I bet the pigeons enjoyed them lol!! Wonder what the third thing will be.
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free at last, but still frugal as retired. Time to enjoy life on a state pension!!!
    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 15th Jun 17, 11:17 AM
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    Hi guys .. Can I join in please ?
    My freezer is bursting with stuff that we've never gotten around to eating and with this hot weather I need to clear some space for ice lollies ��

    Lisa x
    This time I'm sticking with it !!

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    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 15th Jun 17, 6:48 PM
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    Lisa you are very welcome to join in.

    Most of us are food hoarders on here, we can't resist 'bargains' My freezer contents go up and down like the proverbial yo-yo. At the moment they are on the way down but I struggle to keep it that way. I love cooking and growing fruit and veg but I always seem to produce or pick more than we can eat in a day, hence the freezers.

    Today:- the idea was to have a barbecue so OUT 4 chicken thighs, sausages, and lamb burgers, then all partly cooked in the oven (I just finish them off on the barbecue as it's so much quicker and you still get the flavour) Guess what: the wind got up so we are having the lamb burgers indoors and the washing is drying in the wind.
    IN half cooked chicken thighs and sausages, hopefully to make another appearance at the weekend
    Just Grocery Jan 131.11/155, Feb 325.77/140 Mar 151.92/155 Apr 0/150

    veg growing 29.99/365, veg savings using supermarket prices £43.05

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    • Nodette
    • By Nodette 15th Jun 17, 6:52 PM
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    Nodette
    Yesterday:-
    In - sausage bake, 2 x meals for my mum (will transfer them to her later)
    Out - 2 x chicken breasts, mashed swede

    Today:-
    In - nothing
    Out - Leftover chilli con carne
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Jun 17, 7:15 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: trout fillet, crusty roll
    Use up: hardboiled egg
    Feb GC £122/£100, Mar GC £131/£150, April GC £150/£160, May GC £150/£150, June GC £80/£120
    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 16th Jun 17, 9:52 AM
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    so first day on yesterday ..


    out : chicken pies, chips and a magnum lolly
    in : left over bolognase (hopefully use next week for lasagne)
    used up : salad, mushrooms, half tin of peas and last bit of squirty cream


    feels good putting it down ... got plans for today so fingers crossed and I will update tonight after dinner ..
    This time I'm sticking with it !!

    May GC £264.56/£300 NSD lost track but much more than last month / 38
    June GC £162.20/£300 NSD 13/30
    PAD
    June £1987.19
    • caronc
    • By caronc 16th Jun 17, 6:43 PM
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    In: 2 steak bakes, 3 ciabiatta rolls and a tin of plum tomatoes
    Out: A gammon steak
    Used up: Cottage cheese, asparagus, parsley sauce and a cooked potato
    Feb GC £122/£100, Mar GC £131/£150, April GC £150/£160, May GC £150/£150, June GC £80/£120
    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 16th Jun 17, 10:53 PM
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    Hi everyone
    Found a plastic box of those mug shot things, don't know when I bought them and they are just in date so had one today for lunch and I will plough my way through them. Tonight I had some more strawberries from the lottie with ice cream that was in the freezer.
    Slowly using stuff up, oh made a loaf in bm yesterday who flour and yeast that I had can't think of anything else at the moment.
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free at last, but still frugal as retired. Time to enjoy life on a state pension!!!
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 17th Jun 17, 6:00 AM
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    PasturesNew
    Just a "smug-4rse post"

    Yesterday I'd finally emptied the freezer. All I had left fitted into a small freezer bag the size of a small clutchbag ... so I popped that into a tiny freezer bag in the fridge and defrosted the freezer.

    Since then I've put 2 crumpets and half a loaf into the freezer ... but it's now pretty clear and empty, hopefully to receive "interesting food" instead of being the bags of endless veg I bought for Xmas.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 17th Jun 17, 7:13 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: ciabiatta roll, chicken wings, corn cob, 1/2 baked sweet potato and a bag of diced pork cheek
    Used up: a couple of small slices of roast pork
    Feb GC £122/£100, Mar GC £131/£150, April GC £150/£160, May GC £150/£150, June GC £80/£120
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 18th Jun 17, 8:35 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Out - ice & ice lollies!
    MFiT T4 #2 update 25.95% after Q5
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 18th Jun 17, 5:01 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: piece of steak
    Feb GC £122/£100, Mar GC £131/£150, April GC £150/£160, May GC £150/£150, June GC £80/£120
    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 18th Jun 17, 8:35 PM
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    Hi everyone
    Frozen mushroom soup and mushroom strogonoff (?spelling) which I had with a packet rice from my cupboard. Also made or bm did another loaf with cupboard supplies, I dud buy some ice lollies and ice cream but they seem to be disappearing rather quickly after a visit from dds and dgc!!
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free at last, but still frugal as retired. Time to enjoy life on a state pension!!!
    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 19th Jun 17, 10:36 AM
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    Hi Guys .. couldn't get on at the weekend but I did track what I used


    out : mini milk x 3, magnum, cider lollie x 3, crunchie lolly, 1/2 tub of ice cream.
    chicken burgers, 12 brioche buns, chips, burgers x 8, sausages x 16, kofta kebabs x 8, bacon, corn on the cob, cooked chicken, boneless chicken box, wraps x3, potatoe pops.


    in : Burgers x 6, loaf of bread.


    also used up some chocolate drops that have been sitting for ages and some salad that looked like it was going soon.


    pretty happy with the progress so far


    I did get a shop In this weekend but it was cheap as I meal planned with what I had in the freezer .. so hopefully a few more bits out tomorrow.
    boys are at my parents tonight for dinner and im just using up whats left of the dodgy salad lol


    Lisa x
    This time I'm sticking with it !!

    May GC £264.56/£300 NSD lost track but much more than last month / 38
    June GC £162.20/£300 NSD 13/30
    PAD
    June £1987.19
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 19th Jun 17, 10:54 AM
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    PasturesNew
    In the last 24 or so hours it's been ...

    In: 8 choc ices (8 for 89p/4ldi)

    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.

    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 19th Jun 17, 1:02 PM
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    Suffolk lass
    In the last 24 or so hours it's been ...

    In: 8 choc ices (8 for 89p/4ldi)

    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.
    Out: 1 choc ice.

    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Snap! lemon ice lollies here...
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 19th Jun 17, 9:45 PM
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    In: packet of crumpets
    Out: bag of HM passatta
    Used up: 2 wrinkly carrots, a green pepper and eggs
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    • nannygladys
    • By nannygladys 20th Jun 17, 9:10 AM
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    Hi everyone
    Same here with ice cream and lollies, many in and out!

    Took some frozen fruit out of the freezer but I did put in some broad beans that I picked off the lottie that I knew I wasn't going to use

    Today I'm having a stir fry made with bits and pieces I have in the fridge and some more fruit and ice cream for afters. I'm having a bit of salad from the garden with a tin of mackerel for lunch.
    Nannyg
    Mortgage free and debt free at last, but still frugal as retired. Time to enjoy life on a state pension!!!
    • mumofthetwins
    • By mumofthetwins 20th Jun 17, 9:20 AM
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    mumofthetwins
    so last night we didn't have much but was
    out: toastie pocket x 2, cornetto, mini milk.
    in: YS Waffles, 2 packets of YS Raspberries.


    today so far is
    out: bolgonase (leftovers from last week for tonights lasagne)


    that's about it for now but with two teenage boys im sure there will be a bit more to update later lol.


    Lisa x
    This time I'm sticking with it !!

    May GC £264.56/£300 NSD lost track but much more than last month / 38
    June GC £162.20/£300 NSD 13/30
    PAD
    June £1987.19
    • fayew
    • By fayew 20th Jun 17, 11:27 AM
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    fayew
    Newbie
    Can I please join?

    I've just been food shopping, then gotten home and stood in front of the cupboards in disbelief. I have no idea what I'm doing. The cupboards are constantly full of weird things I buy and I never know how to use everything up.

    Odds and ends and all sorts of stuff I buy all the time and it all just sits there... Not to mention I'm pretty much out of money until the end of this month and we are a family of five (three averagely fussy children) so I've got to magic meals up out of somewhere for the rest of the month.

    I need to get it under control!
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