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November 2013 Grocery Challenge
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Old 03-11-2013, 9:44 PM
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NSD #2
I have a bowl of windfalls that need sorting so tomorrow will be peeling, cooking and freezing them before they go off.
Have also taken out some nice and am thinking spag bol tomorrow as have mushrooms, onions and celery in.

Meg - those potatoes really made me think how some people spend their money
Florenceem - your lamb steak meal looks right up my street - any left? if so will be around.
Emmad5689 - good luck
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Old 03-11-2013, 10:24 PM
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I don't know, when they first started this initiative a few years ago, I was told the voucher had to be for £5 minimum, and it wouldn't work with e.g. 2x£2 and 1x£1. I will definitely go in and ask - this was a few years ago now and it might have changed since then!
I'll check with my mother tomorrow too. Hope i didn't dream it. Don't wanna build your hopes up

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I'm in for£120 monthly budget, aiming to reach £100 for December or new year. I hardly spend any money apart from food... as I'm a comfort eater so hope this challenge will help me to fight the urge!
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OH brought home a sack of dog food so it wasn't an NSD as I thought.
Aug-Dec 2013 - £1224.03/£1210 | Jan n/a | Feb £214.09/£280 | March £225/£240 April £167.22/£240
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Awwww that's so kind of you

Spent £9.56 in B**ts on Saturday stocking up the medicine cabinet, including 16 cold and flu tablets for £1.99 - does anyone know where to get them any cheaper? I was hoping Ald! would have them better value, but couldn't see any.

Made homemade pizza tonight - it was minimal effort as I did the dough in the BM, and topped it with cheese and mushrooms which I'd grated/sliced in bulk and frozen little bit of tomato paste, some mixed herbs, chopped peppers and ham, delicious!
Check the ingredients of these and see if you can buy something else. They are often just paracetamol and hayfever tablet combined! Sometimes cheaper to buy that way-sometimes not. Have a chat with the pharmacist. I looked them up online but not sure I was looking at correct ones as nothing showing at £1.99
Annual Grocery budget 2014 is £3000 pa £250 calendar month £57 pw for 3 adults One dog and two cats.
January 2014 spend so far £87

December spend £264.43=average of £59.71 pw
November spend £212.07= average of £49.09 pw
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Was absolutely stunned to see woman in front of me pay 10.74 for 6 packs of microwave baked potatoes, 2 in a pack, 400grms, that was 89p a potato, and a not very big one at that, total 2400 grams, less than a standard 2.5 killo bag which I can get on our local market for 1.00;
I agree with you - I can't believe what some people will buy. Saw ready-to-oven bake carrot and parsnip today (about 2 carrots and one parsnip peeled/cut up with a bit of onion and some oil in a tray) - it was on a YS at £ 1.89

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Spent £9.56 in B**ts on Saturday stocking up the medicine cabinet, including 16 cold and flu tablets for £1.99 - does anyone know where to get them any cheaper? .
Have you tried Sav*rs, Superdr*g or Home Bags/pound shops ?

Had an interesting shopping trip today. Shows you can save if you look around.

Mr S - Groundnut oil = £3.40 litre but Mr T = £4.00
Mr S - 400 gms aubergine = SO £1.00 but Mr A = 59p
Mr S - 1 kg medium onions = SO £1.00 but Mr A = 59p

Spent Mr S = £6.00, Mr T = £9.20, Al*i = £20.25 so total of £38.45.apart from oil mainly fruit, veg and pack-ups.

Still working on clearing the freezers so hope that's it for the week.

Hope you all have a good Monday
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Old 04-11-2013, 6:46 AM
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£121.20 left from my budget and exactly two weeks till payday. I do need to buy some small things this week but am aiming to keep my spending down to under £30.
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Old 04-11-2013, 7:04 AM
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Another NSD for me 2 on the bounce I have plenty in stock the only downside OH and myself have gone on a diet as of today so may need a few extras this week but will be worth it.I have a lot of weight to lose after I got a nasty shock on weighing scales!
Weight loss challenge 66lb to lose/22.5lb lost
Grocery budget 2013 Jan £160 pm/£130.25p/Feb £160pm-£127.00/March £160pm-£145.45p/April £100/£99.50p/May £100/£95.66p/June £99.95/£100/July£100/£99.92p/August£100/£95.30/September £100/£72.98p/October£100/£45.25p/November/£100/£77.49p
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Old 04-11-2013, 7:44 AM
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It's my first day of this month's challenge & OH is off for a couple of days which always means I spend
GC 3rd-10th Feb £7.35/£40.
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Kids are back at school this morning so i can prepare something for them coming in from school with the stuff in my cupboards. Was gonna do panache but I have no carrots left so thats out the window as they all love carrots. Might do HM cornbeef pie, HM actifry chips and beans, or with mash, peas and gravy. That always goes down well in this house!

Lunch for me and DH (he isn't working till tonight) will be just be whatever we fancy out the cupboard

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Morning all, have spent another £14.79 this morning, had some money off coupons from bzz so that was for £22 of shopping xx
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Good look Welsh Poppy x
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Awwww that's so kind of you

Spent £9.56 in B**ts on Saturday stocking up the medicine cabinet, including 16 cold and flu tablets for £1.99 - does anyone know where to get them any cheaper? I was hoping Ald! would have them better value, but couldn't see any.

Made homemade pizza tonight - it was minimal effort as I did the dough in the BM, and topped it with cheese and mushrooms which I'd grated/sliced in bulk and frozen little bit of tomato paste, some mixed herbs, chopped peppers and ham, delicious!
I stopped buying cold and flue tablets when I reaslised they were mainly paracetmol, I now only buy Paracetemol tablets, boots own, and a smart price bottle of lemon squash, does the job at a fraction of the cost.
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That mark up is just ridiculous. I have been tempted to buy a pack though (on good offer), as they do look nice and crispy on the pack, and I want to see how they get them crispy in the microwave (I'm assuming they're already ovenbaked!
I really don't think they will be crispy when microwaved, I know my home baked ones arn`t
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spent £1,50 yesterday in Mr S on halloween sweets and got free yogurt with coupons.
£1.98 in Mr T on YS veg and bread. updated my signature.
got a £3 off £20 spend in Mr T for this week so need to see what i really need.otherwise staying away from shops and a have a meal plan for this week,gonna stick to that, well at least will try.
Jan GC £66,82/100 Jan NSD 17/31; Feb GC £71,67/100 Feb NSD 14/28;Mar GC £81,82/100 Mar NSD 16/31;Apr GC £54,30/100 Apr NSD 08/30

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Hi everyone.
My budget this month is £460. I managed to come in under budget by £5 per week in October so I've decided to use £115 per week as my new target.
Have already been to Mr S where I spent £74.01 and Mr T where I spent £8.91.
Will catch up on all the posts over lunch (got to unpack the shopping and make the leek & potato soup).
Here's to a good month.
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GC - November (4 weeks) - £418.02/£460
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£46.50 now after the weekend.

Got to buy garlic bread, lettuce for at home and some other salad bits to keep at work for the week today too.

Only just twigged that bf is away half the week next week and the same again the week after (Wednesday - Saturday next week, Thursday - late Sunday night week after) so that should mean very little to buy those weeks. Might be able to get away with just milk, butter and orange juice (fingers crossed)

Back from the shop and realised about half way round that not picking things up today will mean making the rest of my week much harder with regards to what I plan for my breaks and likely to end up in more money spent so, with that in mind, I picked up a few things...to add to total £9.80 bringing me up to £56.30 but I bought a months worth of eggs, garlic bread for 3 meals, a lettuce for bf's lunches (2 weeks), a carrot, a couple of reduced 'halloween' chocolates for each of us as a treat whilst watching a film tonight, 2 packs of toffee apple crisps (half price. treat for my draw at work!), 2 chocolate 'sundaes' for bf and a salad tray for work (will last a few days) determined not to shop now until Thursday at the earliest!
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The first week of November for me, so I've planned mainly around my bulging freezer without going into my home made meals I'm saving for jury service next week. Having real problems finding child care for some evenings and the INSET day they are both off at the end. I do have friends that would have them but they all have younger kids so I can't see much homework getting done, and if it's not done every evening it builds up into an insurmountable mountain rather quickly. I think DH will have to take more time off work than we were hoping. Plus they can't tell me whether the food at the court restaurant is dairy free and if I take a packed lunch I won't get the money back! Sorry, off topic rant over!

So my plan for this week -
Mon - roast lamb (tucked away in the freezer) with roast pots, parsnips, carrots and broccoli
Tues - home made chicken and veg pie with the remains of a roast chicken from several weeks ago
Weds - pork casserole in the slow cooker
Thurs - smoked fish crumble (this has appeared and not been cooked for about 4 weeks now!) Hoping to make 2 but not convinced there is room in the freezer for the second one
Fri - sticky chicken stir fry
Sat - sticky salmon and couscous
Sun - Mediterranean cheese crumble

Spent £21.30 in Me M and £50.69 in Mr T, including some reduced halloween sweets and cakes and 2 puddings. We don't do Halloween in our house but I'm quite happy to buy the reduced left overs!
Oct GC £453.14/£450.00
Nov GC £408.77/£550.00 - did my sums all wrong so giving up on this for this month!
Dec GC budget - £450. Spent £357.53, £92.47 left
Jan budget - £425. Spent £285.53, £139.47 left
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Old 04-11-2013, 2:58 PM
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Hi everyone, I hope no one minds if I join in with this challenge?
We are a family of 2dults, 3kids aged 6,5 and 2 and two german shepherds.

I am aiming to spend £80 per week. This will include all food, toiletries and cleaning products. In regards to the dogs it will include the smaller things such as dog bags and treats (usually £2 every two weeks) but I won't add their sacks of food onto this

I really need to knock the popping into the shop on the way home from school on the head too, so will aim for 10 NSDs too.

I am starting this challenge tomorrow (payday)

Looking forward to talking to you all
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Hi all

A NSD today..but i dont know if i can hold out for the rest of the day..really fancy chocolate..MUST RESIST!!
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