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

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

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

    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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 24th Nov 17, 1:56 PM
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    £20 today bring the total to £116/£120. This should be me for November.
    August £108/£120, Sep GC £121/£120, Oct GC £141/£200, Nov £116/£120, Dec £46/£60
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 24th Nov 17, 4:07 PM
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    After making veggie burgers from scratch last night because I couldn't find any SW ones in the freezer, I found a box when I went to freeze the remaining home made ones. Wont be buying any more after I've eaten this last box as the homemade ones were just as nice and really cheap to make.

    £22.13 spent is Asda today on apples, bananas, bread, wraps, beer, milk, frozen sweetcorn, apple juice, tissues and ice cream. Oh and some pork crackling snack for DH.

    DH had suggested posh ice cream for a treat on Saturday but I couldn't find a flavour we would all like, that was GF and nut free and for a price I was willing to pay so bought 3 tubs of soft scoop that will last us for ages as I needed vanilla anyway to go with apple crumble on Sunday.

    I am over budget at £517/£500 and my challenge ends on Thursday 30th. I cannot see us needing anything else this weekend, I am away for 2 nights next week and I have a £25 meal allowance to spend that will help cover some basics for the end of the week and December.
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    • BrassicWoman
    • By BrassicWoman 24th Nov 17, 6:25 PM
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    Budget TOTALLY BLOWN! Have lots of yummy things for Xmas and a lot of healthy prepared meals because STRESSED. Health over money decision.
    Downsized and mortgage free
    Dec 17 grocery challenge £89.65/ £120
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 25th Nov 17, 9:34 AM
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    On Thursday, we were lucky enough to get last minute tickets to the recording of the latest episode of The Now Show. (The BBC notified me by text at 10am; doors opened at 6.45pm.). DH popped into Mr T’s to buy wraps, salad and meat to make us a picnic supper, to eat in the queue before the show. He also scored some y/s mushrooms. £5.85 spent. That was after a visit to Costco to pick up tissues - on special - £9.33 spent for 12 packs.

    After the recording is when the big spend happened. There is a L!dl near us that stays open until 11pm, so we stopped there to see if they had any bargains. They had air-dried Spanish ham, big ones in the Aisle of Surprises, with smaller ones stashed further along near the Christmas cake. DH stood in front of the large ham for a couple of minutes trying to rationalise buying one. They are legs of ham, with a display stand and a knife. There is no way we could justify a whole leg of ham; we’d be eating it for months, so when we saw the smaller - 1kg - ones, it practically bought itself. Like the larger hams, it came with a stand/carving board and a knife. Total spend in L!dl was £21.41 but £14.99 of that was for the ham, which was paid for by the meat fund.

    The above brings our Grocery Challenge spend to £92.91/£155.69, leaving £62.78 left in the kitty for the rest of the month. (Actually, it’s less than that once you deduct the 2p, 5p and £2 coins we collect. The latter goes into the “running away fund” for holidays.)
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 25th Nov 17, 7:07 PM
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    Had a few spends, £4.75 in Sainsbobs on dairy free cheese & Vegenaise and £3 at the market on 4kg of onions, tomatoes and 2 pineapples. Gonna make some onion & garlic soup, trying anti-inflammatory food. Not too sure if tomatoes are, too much conflicting information out there - does anyone know ?? I may venture to get some turmeric tomorrow and maybe some broccoli to try some soup recipes (anti inflammatory) and that is mostly my spends done for the month. Off to update sig.
    GC December £22.87/£80, Alcohol £15/£20, Bulk Buy £51.62 (left)
    Save 12k in 2017 #132 = £2,160/£5,000 (43.2%)
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    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 26th Nov 17, 9:26 AM
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    Went shopping yesterday and spent 16,31 €. We are slightly over budget for this month: 212,38 € but that's okay. We did so well the past months haha Let's hope December will be a bit better!
    Nov GC 212,38 € / 200 € NSD: 21 / 30
    Dec GC 61,97 € / 250 € NSD: 2 / 31

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 26th Nov 17, 9:40 AM
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    Had a few spends, £4.75 in Sainsbobs on dairy free cheese & Vegenaise and £3 at the market on 4kg of onions, tomatoes and 2 pineapples. Gonna make some onion & garlic soup, trying anti-inflammatory food. Not too sure if tomatoes are, too much conflicting information out there - does anyone know ?? I may venture to get some turmeric tomorrow and maybe some broccoli to try some soup recipes (anti inflammatory) and that is mostly my spends done for the month. Off to update sig.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Most “inflammatory/anti-inflammatory diet” information available online is absolute rubbish. Tomatoes are a good example. Historically, people with stomach ulcers were told not to eat tomatoes because they are acidic. However, if you look at the chemistry, the small amount of acidity in a tomato would dilute the level of acid in your stomach (stomach acid has a pH of 4.5 IIRC), raising the pH and making your stomach less acidic. Research also backs up that the acid content of foods - as a factor on its own - makes no difference.

    Why are you trying an anti-inflammatory diet? If it is to do with your gut, then I’d stick to the advice of the Crohns-and-colitis people regarding diet.https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel-disease/publications/food-and-ibd. They are the professionals, backed up with research.
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    • Tiglath
    • By Tiglath 26th Nov 17, 12:52 PM
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    I bust my budget this month. In my defence I'm a new veggie and am trying all kinds of new things, so will regroup for the December challenge.
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    • RedFraggle
    • By RedFraggle 26th Nov 17, 4:53 PM
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    Declaring for November. 5th and Final shop! Spend today £70.94
    Additional spends :£6 on a bottle of wine, £3.34 milk.

    Grand Total: £368.09 *whoop whoop*

    That included Xmas cards today, and wrapping paper. I screwed up on wine though. Mr T has his 25% off 6 bottles so I bought 6, realised when I got home I hadn't received the discount, drove back to T's and the minimum bottle price to get the discount was £4.35, I buy the own brand Shiraz at £4.15. Boo!
    Remembered to place the butchers order for Xmas,hoping to stick at £400 next month which may be tough.
    Slightly obsessed with this now, but it's a good obsession! see you all on the December thread from next week though I won't shop next weekend as we move house on the 6th.
    Last edited by RedFraggle; 26-11-2017 at 5:08 PM.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 26th Nov 17, 5:49 PM
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    Another £4 spent today on yoghurts and 8 mini pork pies. (We hadn’t had breakfast, were heading out for the day and needed something to keep us going before joining a friend for lunch. We only needed 2 each but it was more economical to buy 8 for £2 instead of 4 for £1.60. DH can eat the rest for his lunch.)

    Anyway, that brings our total spend for the month to £96.91/£155.69, leaving £58.78 left to spend for the month. It’s unlikely that we’ll do another shop this month, but I won’t declare until the last day of the month.
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    • chocoholic_chick
    • By chocoholic_chick 26th Nov 17, 5:50 PM
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    Evening all

    Going to have a catch up with how everyone's doing but thought I'd post my spends since I last updated. Last weeks spent £8.42 and £20.44 and today have spent £32.28. Also have a Tesco order coming on Tuesday which is going to be about £40 which includes 2 boxes of beer to put away for Christmas. I'll update when I know the final total.

    So current spends are £149.65
    New House... New Mortgage! February 2017: £144,000
    Current Mortgage Balance: £133,394.13
    2017 OP's:£5,935
    December Grocery Challenge: £109.11/500
    Total Debt £29,209 £0 Debt free 6/8/16
    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 26th Nov 17, 6:18 PM
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    That still leaves me with £18.12 in the budget for Week 4 but apart from milk I shouldn't need anything else.
    Originally posted by YorksLass
    That plan went out of the window as DH managed to spend ... £17. I only wanted eggs. I knew I should have gone myself! So now the budget is down to £1.12 - just enough for the milk. Not to worry, everything will get used.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!

    Dec £66.03/£160 9/28 NSDs
    Nov -£2.60 Oct +£9.92 Sep +£42.85 Aug +£84.62 July +£7.98 June -£3.13 May +£10.37

    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 26th Nov 17, 9:04 PM
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    Now today and tomorrow is prepping breakfasts and lunches for next week to they and keep in good habits
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Catching up.

    £20 on two christmas do's next month - and £5 on my secret santa gift but that's not from this budget.

    £5 + £3 on groceries this week Iceland meal deal and some cookies from sainsbugs + a MOC for a free tin of mango in juice.

    I did spend £15 on takeout but they screwed up so refunded me - I didn't really care as the food was fine and reheated okay but it means I'm not going to count it in the budget because it was free.

    Payday Thursday so this is my last week... should be on budget but I've been in an odd mood lately so it's too soon to tell...

    Nothing meal planned for next week and truth be told I can't be bothered right now. Fruit needs eating and I might just grab something from the freezer as and when.

    Total spend so far in November = £57 food + £93 'social' = £150
    That sounds like a classic case of premature extrapolation.

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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 26th Nov 17, 11:50 PM
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    Most “inflammatory/anti-inflammatory diet” information available online is absolute rubbish. Tomatoes are a good example. Historically, people with stomach ulcers were told not to eat tomatoes because they are acidic. However, if you look at the chemistry, the small amount of acidity in a tomato would dilute the level of acid in your stomach (stomach acid has a pH of 4.5 IIRC), raising the pH and making your stomach less acidic. Research also backs up that the acid content of foods - as a factor on its own - makes no difference.

    Why are you trying an anti-inflammatory diet? If it is to do with your gut, then I’d stick to the advice of the Crohns-and-colitis people regarding diet.https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-inflammatory-bowel-disease/publications/food-and-ibd. They are the professionals, backed up with research.
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Thanks Pipney. I was confused about tomatoes, thanks for clearing that up. It's not the gut, I think I might have a slight case of rosacea, not really sure, gonna try and get an appointment with my Dr. but trying a few options in the meantime.


    Slightly obsessed with this now, but it's a good obsession! see you all on the December thread from next week though I won't shop next weekend as we move house on the 6th.
    Originally posted by RedFraggle
    It can become obsessive, but I love it.

    I am going to declare at £46.21/£80, £33.79 under, which will go in2 the bulk buy fund. If I do buy anything, I will take it out of there. See you in December.
    GC December £22.87/£80, Alcohol £15/£20, Bulk Buy £51.62 (left)
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    • purpleybat
    • By purpleybat 27th Nov 17, 2:25 PM
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    have totted up my spends for the month and including my bulk shop mid month have spent £141.30.
    am rather amazed its so low but once I actually sat and thought about it I realised I've only done 3 proper shops this month and a only handful of a few pounds worth of shops.
    maybe I should get depressed more often.
    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 sep 123.67/160 oct 151.56/160 nov 141.30/150
    • NewShadow
    • By NewShadow 27th Nov 17, 5:16 PM
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    Payday Thursday so this is my last week... should be on budget but I've been in an odd mood lately so it's too soon to tell...

    Nothing meal planned for next week and truth be told I can't be bothered right now. Fruit needs eating and I might just grab something from the freezer as and when.
    Originally posted by NewShadow
    Okay - so today was an unmitigated failure.

    I got stuck out of the office all day, meaning my breakfast and lunch are sat in the fridge until tomorrow.

    I spent £5 buying a baguette, then another £1 on a bag of tomatoes/peppers on the way home through town.

    Total spend so far in November = £63 food + £93 'social' = £156/150
    That sounds like a classic case of premature extrapolation.

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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 27th Nov 17, 11:10 PM
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    Thanks Pipney. I was confused about tomatoes, thanks for clearing that up. It's not the gut, I think I might have a slight case of rosacea, not really sure, gonna try and get an appointment with my Dr. but trying a few options in the meantime.

    It can become obsessive, but I love it.

    I am going to declare at £46.21/£80, £33.79 under, which will go in2 the bulk buy fund. If I do buy anything, I will take it out of there. See you in December.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Good luck with doctor, Savedosh. It could be anything.

    Agreed, re Grocery Challenging. The grocery challenges are one of the few places you can go, grumble about your spending levels - or rave that you’ve come in under budget - and not have people look at you like you have two heads.
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 28th Nov 17, 3:17 PM
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    Going to be doing porridge in the multi cooker soon and then after that a vegetable curry in it using up pretty much all the veg I have left in the fridge.
    OH has beef stew in the freezer that he'll be eating tomorrow and Thursday. Today he is round his parents and eating there.

    Bulk - £28.45/£30.
    OH - £49.22/£50. £0.78 left.
    Me - £30.69/£30. - £0.69.

    Total budget
    £108.36/£110.
    £1.64 left.
    28 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 28th Nov 17, 5:11 PM
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    Gonna make some onion & garlic soup, trying anti-inflammatory food. Not too sure if tomatoes are, too much conflicting information out there - does anyone know ?? I may venture to get some turmeric tomorrow and maybe some broccoli to try some soup recipes (anti inflammatory)
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Harvard seem to think tomatoes are anti-inflammatory...

    https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/foods-that-fight-inflammation
    Foods that combat inflammation

    Include plenty of these anti-inflammatory foods in your diet:

    • tomatoes
    • olive oil
    • green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collards
    • nuts like almonds and walnuts
    • fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges


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    • By trifle-wist 29th Nov 17, 11:44 AM
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    I am currently at £143.77 and just need milk, eggs, semolina and pasta flour for making lasagne, all of which I will buy today. This should be possible with my remaining £6.23. Wish me luck!

    Popping back to declare November done at a total of £149.30, just inside the £150 target with 70p to spare! On to December now...
    Last edited by trifle-wist; 29-11-2017 at 3:25 PM. Reason: Added final spend for November total
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