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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    March 2017 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    March 2017 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2017 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February challenge.

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!


    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be £1 a week or £20 a week.

    If you are currently spending £200 a month don't suddenly drop it to £100 - you'll never do it but if you cut £20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is £80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on £80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post



    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of £600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at £15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at £280 per month and brought it down to £240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to £260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out £20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for £X off a spend of £XX - if you had no NEED to spend £XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy £7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 #6 #7 #8 & #9 on this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #10 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

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    • oceanspirit
    • By oceanspirit 17th Mar 17, 9:22 AM
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    £25.05 on vegbox plus extras (fresh ginger, avocado etc).
    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 17th Mar 17, 9:32 AM
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    I have spent £38 on topping up at coop over the last few days. It soon disappears on top ups. Hopefully will get a trip to Aldi soon to do a proper stock up.
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 17th Mar 17, 10:02 AM
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    Think we have found a house. Yaaay!. Just need to go through the process now of form filling and references and credit checking etc. Hopefully this means we will be in our own place in a couple of weeks though. Yippeeee! Then the budgeting starts. It's going to be fun having to start with no larder at all. Boooooo!

    Hope you all have a great day.
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 17th Mar 17, 11:36 AM
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    Popped to town for a few odds and ends, £25 spent, ys meats bumped it up, but got pork joint, lamb joint, minced beef and some chicken thighs for the dog,
    JUNE, £200=£35
    JULY, £200=£58
    AUGUST, £300=£173
    SEPTEMBER, £300 - £28=£272-£63=£209-£18.55=£190,-£11=£179-£33=£146,-£41=£105, -£26=£79,-£45=£34
    OCTOBER £200
    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 17th Mar 17, 1:24 PM
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    my grocery shop on the 14th was slightly bigger than I thought it would be and came in at £24.70, thinking about it now I'm not sure what I bought but I know I had 2 huge groaning bags of groceries .
    my sister and hubby are staying this week and have dug throo the freezer and found vegetarian curries for tonight but she's asked for veggie sausages and cabbage tomorrow that i'll have to buy.
    hopefully next weeks shop will be small as still pulling ufos out of the freezer. my month doesn't finish til the 29th so think i'll be over budget.
    gc jan 148.59/150 feb 134.58/150 mar 148.35/160 apr 139.24/160 may 165.78/160 june 129.05/160 july 148.23/170 aug 163/170
    • Ginmonster
    • By Ginmonster 17th Mar 17, 1:37 PM
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    Small spend of £2.52 on bananas (always buying bananas - you'd think I had a pet monkey rather than a 4 year old), plums and peppers.


    £67.87/£100
    • fairy3
    • By fairy3 17th Mar 17, 2:40 PM
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    Afternoon all - have not checked in for a while but updated totals for month and still in budget. Few small shops to supplement freezer and storecupboard in between being away.

    Thought it would have been lower but noticed have had multiple 'small' shops which soon add up. Only 9 NSD's so far but away from Sunday for five days with all meals included so should catch up....

    Using up until then and have beef stew in SC just now and using up fruit bowl for crumbles. Freezer is looking clearer but no panic yet.

    Hope all keeping warm - howling wind and chilly here today
    Grocery challenge January 1-31st - 96.84/100
    Grocery challenge February 1-28th - £89.23/£95
    Grocery challenge March 1-31st - £85.31/£85
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 17th Mar 17, 2:50 PM
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    Did my Ald1 then Tesc0 run last night. Realised I could have made it a lot cheaper by not doing the soup I'vebeen craving for next week - but hey, it's done now.

    Bought super6 oranges in Ald1 for 65p - only, when I checked my receipt just now I found they charged me £1.45!! I've posted on their FB page so hopefully will get some kind of credit. Fuming really as I only needed 1 orange, but as they are 40p for a singleone in Mr T I figured I'd get the super 6 ones then can use them the week after as well! Shot myself in the foot there.

    Having one of my favourite things for tea tonight and lunch tomorrow - Goddess Bowl from Oh She glows. Out for tea tomorrow night, and not home for lunch on Sunday as it's an open day at the rescue I help at, so will probably end up with chips. Recipes from Sunday night onwards are:

    Lunches - Summer Vegetable Pesto Soup
    Dinners - Chickpea and Kale Stew, Succotash Pilaf, and Sweet Potato and Black Bean Salad

    Yes, I've gone £50 over budget. BUT this is £30 less than I average per month, so I'm seeing it as an improvement. Plus, I've kept myself topped up with stuff instead of letting it all run down and meaning I need to have a very spendy first shop next month, so that should have a knock on effect and even out my spending a bit.

    My April starts from next Friday. *Technically* no more spends needed.

    Not declaring till Thursday, but as it stands I'm on £170.47 / £120

    Think I will work to a higher budget from now on. I'm fed up of being so far off.
    I'm looking at this like my actual spends tend to be around £200 a month regardless of budget set, so £170 is an improvement. I'll have a think about what I can sensibly set for April.


    Date.......Shop......Amount.....Remaining (from £120 budget)
    24 Feb.....M&S.......£03.10.....£116.90 (reduced hot nibbles)
    24 Feb.....A1d1......£08.27.....£108.63 (proper grocery shop)
    24 Feb.....T35c0.....£53.56.....£55.07 (proper grocery shop)
    25 Feb.....H&B.......£04.93.....£50.14 (2x nutirional yeast - planned)
    25 Feb.....T35c0.....£00.93.....£49.21 (veg suetas forgot on Thursday)
    27 Feb.....T35c0.....£06.60.....£42.61 (EXTRA BITS - not on meal plan, but incorporated leftovers!)
    2 Mar......A1d1......£08.23.....£34.38 (proper grocery shop)
    2 Mar......T35c0.....£15.40.....£18.98 (proper grocery shop)
    5 Mar......M&S.......£01.07.....£17.91 (potato)
    6 Mar......Tesc0.....£01.00.....£16.91 (loaf)
    7 Mar......Tesc0.....£06.79.....£10.12 (YS veg + rest of proper shop + Rennie)
    9 Mar......A1d1......£09.96.....£00.16 (proper grocery shop)
    9 Mar......T35c0.....£30.22....-£30.06 (proper grocery shop)
    10 Mar.....Te5c0.....£01.70....-£31.76 (bread)
    16 Mar......A1d1......£07.77....-£39.53 (proper grocery shop)
    16 Mar......T35c0.....£10.94....-£50.47 (proper grocery shop)



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    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 17th Mar 17, 3:47 PM
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    Standing at £23.28 for the month But I have been away for most of it and I've no idea what I'm going to find when I get home tomorrow. I can't even meal plan which is frustrating me.

    Hopefully DH will have eaten some of what I left rather than living on pizza.

    I'll need to fridge/freezer/cupboard audit before I plan, and shop. If I can, I'd like to just need milk, F&V before Tuesday, but we will see.
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    • Wysiwyg49
    • By Wysiwyg49 17th Mar 17, 6:26 PM
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    I'm at £226.05 after more milk and some peppered salami for HM pizzas last night. They were OK but the "crust" was floppy to say the least! How can I get the crust to be crisp, does it need cooking in advance before the topping goes on??

    Spanish omelette tonight. If I wasn't doing the challenge I would probably have bought something to do quickly, so it is making me think about what I've already got - finally...

    Happy meal planning everyone! I've made a list of 28, going to try to pick 7 for next week that don't have a million ingredients - 2 more shops in the month, need to trim the list down a bit.
    GC Sept £174.61/£360
    • funfairprincess
    • By funfairprincess 17th Mar 17, 7:06 PM
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    Hi all x

    Total fail tonight as we had a chippy tea but it was lovely. So that's another £23 out of the budget. Will be doing a shop on Sunday so everything could go a bit Pete tong!
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    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 17th Mar 17, 8:54 PM
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    I spent in the coop again today so my total is now £57.20/£132. Not feeling great so did a shop to make a quick but healthy dinner. Usually a special occasion meal for us. I made smoked salmon pasta with crème fraiche,cherry tomatoes and spring onions. Yum.
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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 18th Mar 17, 6:58 AM
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    Third big shop of the month done, one to go, and I'm at $802 of $1000. Did all the shopping at Aldi this week, and it made a difference: I came in at just over $200 including a) five kinds of cleaning product because we ran out of everything at once b) a kg of coffee beans ($17) and c) a huge 10kg bag of bread flour ($25). And I've enough milk to last through the week without top ups, snacks to keep the ravening hordes at bay and a nice varied menu for the week, so I'm feeling very good about this even if I don't come in right on target.

    Weekly meal plan

    Sat: Seared tuna, greens and couscous for adults, sausages and chips for kids (Saturdays is the night we feed them what they want and then have an adult dinner once they're in bed)
    Sun: Slow cooker corned beef w/ veg and white sauce
    Mon: Dhal, naan and green beans simmered in coconut milk
    Tues: Bacon, broccoli, zucchini and feta quiche
    Wed: Tacos
    Thurs: Gado gado
    Fri: Mulligatawny for adults, chicken/corn/noodle soup for kids because the mulligatawny's too spicy for them
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
    14 August 2017 - Refinanced: $220,000
    September 2017 - $218,597.77
    • allie23
    • By allie23 18th Mar 17, 1:53 PM
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    Hi All, well my frugal meal plans didn't work out. I have been busy writing essays for a college course I am doing so OH did the shopping last week and spend £33.42. So with around £10 left we are going to have to take some cash from savings. Not a big deal but it doesn't get us any closer to our goal.

    It is payday on Friday for OH so I will head over and join the April thread and start fresh on Friday.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 18th Mar 17, 2:33 PM
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    I'm at £226.05 after more milk and some peppered salami for HM pizzas last night. They were OK but the "crust" was floppy to say the least! How can I get the crust to be crisp, does it need cooking in advance before the topping goes
    Originally posted by Wysiwyg49
    I usually cook my base for five mins before adding the toppings. Also, if you have a pampered chef type stone, that makes for a crispy base. Hth

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    Sept £29.38/£100 Aug £124.60/£100 July £100/£100 June 2017, £113.38/£100.00
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 18th Mar 17, 3:34 PM
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    Spent £27.53 in Lidl on food - wooops. Doesn't sound bad for a family of three weekly shop but my monthly total is at £98.88 / £120 with two weekly shops to go - damn these five week months

    Was productive yesterday and made:

    - mushroom and leek quiche to use up some of the surplus eggs from our three ladies had for dinner last night and lunch today

    - two family portions aloo gobi (one for tonight's dinner and other for the freezer)

    - three family portions of chilli con carne (for the freezer)

    - two family portions of spag bol (all for the freezer)

    That's on top of making two loaves of bread on Thursday too also made some peanut butter muffins for little monkey's snack (low sugar toddler recipe but I'm hoping they taste nice enough to eat myself too

    So while I will inevitable need to go over budget slightly with having to get packed lunch stuff for DH and plenty fruit/Greek yoghurt for little monkey, hopefully it won't be too awful if I have plenty dinners in the freezer.
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    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 18th Mar 17, 4:20 PM
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    I spent £15 today for DSIL in exchange for him getting me some 'men food' from 4ldi. £72.20 spent now. I must ease up on spending.

    Meal plan is
    Sat. Sausage and mash with onion gravy and mushy peas
    Sun. Sweet and sour chicken, rice and stir fry vegetables
    Mon. Spanish omelette with salad and sausage
    Ties. Steak chips tomatoes and salad
    Wed. Pasta carbonara
    Thurs.. Shepherds pie
    Fri. Tuna supreme
    Sat. Chicken curry with spring greens
    Sun Roast beef etc. Unless someone treats me to dinner at their place ��
    All of this will come from freezer or larder except spring greens which are growing in my porch.
    Grocery challenge £75/£250 business mortgage £13798))''(+ Barclay's business kitchen loan £7116=Total of £20914, 69% paid off was £68105 Weight to lose 42lbs 0 to go!! PPI claimed and received £11117 Save 12k in 2017no 116. £0/5000
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    • squirrelgirl
    • By squirrelgirl 18th Mar 17, 4:29 PM
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    Can I change my target figure please? I want to reduce it to £3600 per annum now - there is only myself and dh to feed now; ds is buying his own food pretty much all of the time now so I feel that it makes sense to take it down a bit.

    So far this month I am running at £151.91 spent on groceries - with an additional £20 I think I have enough now though to see us through until the end of the month
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    • FurryBeastOz
    • By FurryBeastOz 18th Mar 17, 4:33 PM
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    Had to laugh. After my post about DH living on pizza - got an email while out last night asking me how I'd enjoyed my 'Just Eat' curry

    £16 spent inLidl on way back from airport. DH appears to have eaten very little. The kitchen is spotless. Slightly concerning.

    Watching rugby. Will start freezer/cupboard audit between matches.
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    • Wysiwyg49
    • By Wysiwyg49 18th Mar 17, 6:16 PM
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    I usually cook my base for five mins before adding the toppings. Also, if you have a pampered chef type stone, that makes for a crispy base. Hth

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Thank you! I'll try that next time. Topping was lovely only let down by the crust...

    Got some mince from Sainsb - now, how does this make sense? 5% fat mince - £3.50 for 500g: 10% fat - £2.50 for 500g: "traditional" 15% fat mince - £4 for 500g !!

    (I bought the 10% fat one ) Making lasagne for most of us but splitting off some at the mince/tomato stage for spag bol for DS, who doesn't like anything "mixed up" on his plate. Daren't tell you how old he is, but well into teens!
    GC Sept £174.61/£360
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