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

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your September budget, then keep on posting in the September 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 #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Oct 17, 9:09 AM
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    £9.49 yesterday in Aldi, eggs and veg, picked up 4 swede as super 6 changes today, I will cube them up and cook then freeze, I like it in chunks but can mash with potatoes or carrots from that point.
    OCTOBER, £200, -£12.55=£187.45,-£39.70=£147.75,-£9.49=£138.26,-£21=£117, -£11=£106
    • CattyCatX
    • By CattyCatX 12th Oct 17, 12:28 PM
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    So, I had a massive disaster with my friend visiting money-wise. I did mention that things were tight at the moment but my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal and we went halves on everything. Of course I don't mind paying my share at all but it would've been nice if he'd offered to pay for one meal out for both of us or something as a thank you for putting him up for 7 nights, I think? Maybe I'm being unreasonable... Anyway, he's got expensive tastes (and a very high-paying job in the city so he doesn't really understand 'budgets') so almost 2.5 weeks' budget was used up in 7 days, meaning that I've less than £90 for the rest of the month now...
    At least I still have a week's worth of dinner in the freezer. Might be replacing lunches with porridge from now on though... Sigh. Hopefully November will be easier to budget for. I've started handmaking Christmas presents already so hopefully that will vastly reduce gift spending.
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 12th Oct 17, 12:54 PM
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    Merlin's Beard
    So, I had a massive disaster with my friend visiting money-wise. I did mention that things were tight at the moment but my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal and we went halves on everything. Of course I don't mind paying my share at all but it would've been nice if he'd offered to pay for one meal out for both of us or something as a thank you for putting him up for 7 nights, I think? Maybe I'm being unreasonable... Anyway, he's got expensive tastes (and a very high-paying job in the city so he doesn't really understand 'budgets') so almost 2.5 weeks' budget was used up in 7 days, meaning that I've less than £90 for the rest of the month now...
    At least I still have a week's worth of dinner in the freezer. Might be replacing lunches with porridge from now on though... Sigh. Hopefully November will be easier to budget for. I've started handmaking Christmas presents already so hopefully that will vastly reduce gift spending.
    Originally posted by CattyCatX
    Ouch! I do think that if two people are going out for a meal, it either needs to be within both of their budgets or the more lavish one offers to pay for everything, especially when you'd clearly not planned to go out every night! But I guess if he's not used to thinking about how much he spends he probably doesn't think about how much anyone spends!

    I don't think it's fair of you to blame that budget whoops on yourself, though - definitely not your fault and if I were you I'd be tempted to wipe that week from your budget and work to what you planned.
    Grocery Challenge June 17 onward; aim: £100/month; leftovers to date: £13.62
    • chocoholic_chick
    • By chocoholic_chick 12th Oct 17, 1:12 PM
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    So, I had a massive disaster with my friend visiting money-wise. I did mention that things were tight at the moment but my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal and we went halves on everything. Of course I don't mind paying my share at all but it would've been nice if he'd offered to pay for one meal out for both of us or something as a thank you for putting him up for 7 nights, I think? Maybe I'm being unreasonable... Anyway, he's got expensive tastes (and a very high-paying job in the city so he doesn't really understand 'budgets') so almost 2.5 weeks' budget was used up in 7 days, meaning that I've less than £90 for the rest of the month now...
    At least I still have a week's worth of dinner in the freezer. Might be replacing lunches with porridge from now on though... Sigh. Hopefully November will be easier to budget for. I've started handmaking Christmas presents already so hopefully that will vastly reduce gift spending.
    Originally posted by CattyCatX


    How ungrateful of your friend! If my friend had offered to put me up and I happened not to like the food in, I'd certainly not make a fuss and I'd certainly wouldn't expect them to buy new food just for me! If I really didn't like it and couldn't eat it I'd just say I'll treat us and buy a few bits/treat them to a takeaway!
    New House... New Mortgage! February 2017: £144,000
    Current Mortgage Balance: £137,804.34
    2017 OP's:£3,945
    October Grocery Challenge: £155.50/£300
    Total Debt £29,209 £0 Debt free 6/8/16
    • debtfreeforlife
    • By debtfreeforlife 12th Oct 17, 5:30 PM
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    £10.85 spend for me today - that's topping up on vegan milk and yoghurt for the next fortnight. Veg box (already accounted for in spends) also turned up this morning, so have the basics for the week. I was lazy and didn't meal plan before the veg box turned up though, so didn't order any of the additional extras I need and that means I'll probably need another supermarket spend. But the £200 budget for the month is still very achievable, just need to be organised!
    GC Oct 17: £137.65/£200
    2017 MFW #130 £6599.86/£250
    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 12th Oct 17, 7:20 PM
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    Had a £7 off £50 shop tonight so carefully planned a £51 shop... ended up at £59 near enough, so have paid £51.89.

    That takes my total up to £78.10/£100 and gives me just under £22 for the rest of the month... oops. Have stocked up on a lot of toiletries and store food etc though so at least there's that.
    Grocery Challenge June 17 onward; aim: £100/month; leftovers to date: £13.62
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Oct 17, 7:26 PM
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    my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal
    CattyCatx......IF your friend visits again ask what he does like so you can cater for him, and I think he was incredibly rude as well.
    OCTOBER, £200, -£12.55=£187.45,-£39.70=£147.75,-£9.49=£138.26,-£21=£117, -£11=£106
    • CattyCatX
    • By CattyCatX 12th Oct 17, 7:51 PM
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    my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal
    CattyCatx......IF your friend visits again ask what he does like so you can cater for him, and I think he was incredibly rude as well.
    Originally posted by pamsdish
    Thanks pamdish! I did ask what he wanted before he arrived but I just got a "I'm easy; I'll eat anything" answer, which didn't help!! I tried to press him but he just insisted that he'd eat whatever... and then when it came to it that obviously wasn't the case It's really frustrating as I really felt I'd done my best seeing as he wouldn't give me a straight answer (although he did tell me his favourite tea, which I bought in specially as neither me nor my OH drinks it). Obviously if he was gluten-free/vegan or something I would have catered to that too but he isn't. I know I can be a bit of a picky eater myself hence asking him in advance...
    Last edited by CattyCatX; 12-10-2017 at 7:52 PM. Reason: typo
    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 12th Oct 17, 10:10 PM
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    So, I had a massive disaster with my friend visiting money-wise. I did mention that things were tight at the moment but my friend didn't like any of the food I had in the freezer or drinks I had in the fridge or any of the sauces I had prepared so I had to buy new stuff and he insisted on eating out for almost every meal and we went halves on everything. Of course I don't mind paying my share at all but it would've been nice if he'd offered to pay for one meal out for both of us or something as a thank you for putting him up for 7 nights, I think? Maybe I'm being unreasonable... Anyway, he's got expensive tastes (and a very high-paying job in the city so he doesn't really understand 'budgets') so almost 2.5 weeks' budget was used up in 7 days, meaning that I've less than £90 for the rest of the month now...
    At least I still have a week's worth of dinner in the freezer. Might be replacing lunches with porridge from now on though... Sigh. Hopefully November will be easier to budget for. I've started handmaking Christmas presents already so hopefully that will vastly reduce gift spending.
    Originally posted by CattyCatX

    Sorry to say this but your friend sounds like a complete moron. He didn't like ANYTHING from your freezer or fridge? Who is he? The Queen of England? I personally would have still eaten something especially if my friend made all of it herself. Out of respect

    I've spend 43,93 € today and I'm feeling ok-ish about it. I had coupons for 10 % off food items and was happy with it. So I went along, put them on the items I wanted and than the cashier lady told me that it's not for that store but for the one (and only that one) in another city. Are you serious? it's the same freaking store, 5 kms away and I can't use these stamps / coupons? They did write in on the flyer but very small and easy to oversee. I should have looked twice and saved more money....
    Sept GC 192 € / 250€
    Oct GC 97,92 € / 200 € NSD: 16 / 31

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings
    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 13th Oct 17, 2:07 AM
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    Sorry for your week, Catty - agree with everyone else, your friend was very rude!

    Over here, I hope I have enough in to last me through to next Saturday except for a couple of top ups. I'm at $474/1100 and Mr E isn't back until Wednesday next week. We have lots of food in, and I've made a start on things for next week's lunch boxes once school's back.

    Meal plan until Wednesday is designed with the kids in mind:
    Friday: minestrone (with chicken: it's a repurposing of some leftover chicken cacciatore) and HM bread
    Saturday: oven pizza, garlic bread, ice cream (traditional movie night treat because their Dad is away)
    Sunday: roast pork
    Monday: pasties made with leftover roast pork (plus a few little ones I can send to school next week)
    Tuesday: Penne puttanesca
    Wednesday: Cuban pork with black beans and rice
    Thursday: Spaghetti bolognese/lentil soup for me
    Friday: Quiche with whatever we have left
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
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    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
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    £31 today so total so far £138/£200
    June GC £117/£120, July £185/£170, August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £125/£200
    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 13th Oct 17, 1:42 PM
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    Makes the new total = £90.48 on food/drink + £7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
    Had to go into work this morning so it threw me a bit out of whack. Ended up buying a £3 greggs meal deal - only thing I could find cheap in town that was relatively healthy - ham and egg salad roll and a bottle of apple juice.

    The plan is finished for this week. Now I just need to get my finger out and plan for next week. Never-ending

    New total = £93.48 on food/drink + £7.60 for 'Social' stuff.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 13th Oct 17, 5:36 PM
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    £6 spent at the farm shop on a tray of 30 eggs and a big punnet of strawberries. The eggs have gone up a pound so will not go out of my way to get them there anymore.

    £24.60 spent in Asda got everything on my list and a ys GF pie and some ys mini pork pies for DH and the lunch I am doing at my mums tomorrow.

    I forgot to put crisps for tomorrow and a bottle of smart price sparkling water on the list as I am still going strong on Go Sober for October so will have to pick the up at some point.

    Gave £2 to DH who wanted a fizzy drink as he is feeling very nauseous which is not like him at all, he has the constitution of an ox!
    EF £1000 - £0
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 13th Oct 17, 6:30 PM
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    I am still going strong on Go Sober for October!
    Originally posted by XSpender
    Well done - me too, though I did stop August 27, but have carried it on because of that - am craving pineapple, weirdly !!!

    Had a few mini spends, am concentrating on stores. Bought a ton of Portobello mushrooms (17 in total - yikes !!!!!), absolutely massive ones. Gonna have to turn them into something 'el pronto', soup, tagliatelle, risotto, maybe stuffed. Thinking cap on. Maybe some mushroom pate - never made it before. Just want/need avocado & tomatoes and that's me done this week. Do you know they now have 'low fat' avocado's, whatever next. And for any fellow vegans - Sainsbury's are now stocking Vegenaise - the absolute best egg free mayo - even better than Hellman's. Have a lovely w/e everyone. Have updated sig.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 13-10-2017 at 6:34 PM.
    GC October £33.72/£80, Alcohol £0/£20, Bulk Buy £22.49 (left)
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 13th Oct 17, 6:51 PM
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    Evening all,

    Week 2 saw two more small spends so total for the week was £32.94 and I remembered to use a 25p MOC on the milk.

    My Week 3 starts today and have spent £8.28 in the market plus £6.90 on two battered haddock from the chippie (a treat for tonight) with hm mushy peas.

    This week's planned dinners are:
    Saturday - Curry & rice (probably prawn but could be chicken)
    Sunday - Cottage pie, sprouts, carrots (meat base ready in freezer, just need to defrost and add mash)
    Monday - Beef & green pepper stir fry in black bean sauce & noodles
    Tuesday - Cabbage stew with minced beef
    Wednesday - Scampi, chips & peas
    Thursday - Meatballs in sauce & pasta

    Going well so far, with £127.49/£200 left in this month's budget but won't get complacent just yet as this is a 5-week month for us.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    Oct GC: £200 - £76.92 = £123.08 / 13/35 NSDs
    Sep +£42.85 Aug +£84.62 July +£7.98 June -£3.13 May +£10.37

    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 13th Oct 17, 7:52 PM
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    An unexpected NSD today, which may cost me dear! My 91 y.o. Mum was rushed to hospital this morning - she's OK, not too bad - so I spent the day at her bedside instead of doing my usual weekly shop at the local market. Not begrudged at all, but it may mean a trip to the supermarket... Luckily there's lots in the freezer, and DD2 made a lovely lentil dahl for OH & I to come home to. There are plenty of veg still at the allotment, but fruit, cheese & bread will all be needed at some stage soon.
    Angie

    GC Oct17 £348.79/£430

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 13th Oct 17, 8:18 PM
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    Hi Folks,

    Intended going to Lid! for a quick 4 item shop but a traffic re-route made it more convenient to stop in at @ldi and although some of the items on my list were on offer I did pick up more than I intended especially some of the super six, but in saying that they will all be used - chicken breasts, eggs, greek yoghurt, soft cheese, carrots, parsnips, onions, field mushrooms and a cheap bottle of diet lemonade = £7.85, taking total to £32.69 so far.

    Menu for the week has been quickly drawn up but may change depending on how well the vegetables are keeping -

    Fri - Pork Chop Hotpot
    Sat - Smoked Haddock.......something
    Sun - Chicken, chickpea and mixed veg curry
    Mon - Macaroni Cheese
    Tues - BLT & Portobello mushroom stack
    Wed - Baked Potato with tuna mayo salad
    Thurs - Chicken goujons, dipping sauce, side salad
    Oct GC = £40.01/£60.00
    • BrassicWoman
    • By BrassicWoman 13th Oct 17, 9:10 PM
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    £12, lots of fruit, hummus, some vegan burgers, and ingredients for emergency cake as I keep having cravings and then popping out and buying too much.....
    Downsized and mortgage free
    Oct 17 grocery challenge £130.57/£150
    • YORKSHIRELASS
    • By YORKSHIRELASS 13th Oct 17, 9:24 PM
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    CattyCat I always feel really self conscious when my brother and family come to stay because they buy everything organic, branded, top of the range and they just dont understand keeping to a budget. Even though they would never complain I find it hard not to rush out and restock my cupboards.

    Feels like it has been a disastrous week food wise. DS and DH are both poorly with sickness bugs so not eating which in theory should have made things simple but twice I have cooked meals which havent been eaten and its been hard to keep to the mealplan.

    So tomorrow I will do a complete stock take and make the plan for next week!
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 13th Oct 17, 11:05 PM
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    elsiepac
    How ungrateful of your friend! If my friend had offered to put me up and I happened not to like the food in, I'd certainly not make a fuss and I'd certainly wouldn't expect them to buy new food just for me! If I really didn't like it and couldn't eat it I'd just say I'll treat us and buy a few bits/treat them to a takeaway!
    Originally posted by chocoholic_chick

    Totally agree! This seems very selfish, but it's probably a lack of awareness... and he definitely should have paid for at least one meal out as a thank you! I feel really sorry for you, it's horrible when budgets get blown because of circumstances you weren't expecting. I'm still annoyed at this person not liking any of the food you had though, that's just beyond fussy and ungrateful!
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