July 2008 Grocery Challenge

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  • dink1dink1 Forumite
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    Hi GUys,

    hopefully another NSD, just about getting the hang of this... which is just as well as only have £35 for the next four weeks, however I do know that we have all the meat and stuff for all meals bar the famous F+V - where would we be without it LOL.

    Herbaholic - sorry to hear you have a migrance hun, hopefully you will feel slightly better today.

    SFT - have you decided where you will be going? did the toucan get replaced????

    Clair2305 - Welcome back!

    Mrs Snowy - thanks about the MIL, her only saving grace is that I guess she is not particularly malicious she however manipulative and nothing I ever do seems to be good enough! I try hard for the sake of DH and monchkins as they deserve her in their lives but to be truthful I sometimes wonder if its more trouble than its worth (after 17 years of her!!!!) She is blunt to the pointof rudeness and believes that this is honesty!?! eg: Oh dear I think you looked better in the red dress you dont look so fat in that! lol

    Oh well off to earn my halo
    Dink1
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  • I've back in work today - I've not been in for six weeks :eek: I think it might be a shock to the system.

    I'm going to have to buy lunch today as I am between office and I won't have access to the kitchen/fridge, but I have booked a mystery shop for tonight so that I don't have to cook. Hubby has enjoyed me being at home and baking all the nice goodies.

    Yesterday I made a batch of twinks, a batch of millies cookies, a cake which has sunk in the middle :mad: and two quiches. My Mum popped in half way through my baking session and stayed to help - she went away with the twinks recipie. :D

    I spent £2.29 in Aldi and £3.41 in Asda
  • mumofjusttwomumofjusttwo Forumite
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    Hope all goes well today Newmoneysaver.


    Well NSD yesterday and plan on a NSD today as well.
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  • Coolmum66Coolmum66 Forumite
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    Morning all

    Had major problems with my computer - eventually sorted!

    My total for last weeks shop was £55.09 - not too good out of £200 budget. Will perhaps be eating stale bread and rain water towards the end of the month!!

    Having said that - I've not had to go and buy more bread or milk yet this week - so that's a big plus.

    Coolmum x
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  • HerbaholicHerbaholic Forumite
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    Morning all :)

    Hope everyone is feeling bright and shiny despite the dull grey day! Hugs to all those that need them and hugs to those that don't, just because I'm in a huggy mood :) Yes Dink1 the migraine is gone now thank freckle! Thanks for asking :) I ended up going to Asda yesterday with DH to get some bananas and other bits will update siggy in a minute, DH said I needed to get out of the house, which was true been in since Sunday and he needed petrol, so off we went and I got whoopsied!!!! :j

    I usually miss all the bargains and can never get to the reduced section due to loads of people and I don't do so well with crowds and cramped places. But yesterday as I walked passed one of meat fridges, one of the staff were throwing stuff on the shelves and when I looked it was whoopsied organic fillet steak was £6.38 now 50p!!!
    I also got 4 sirlion steaks was £8 down to £1, I got a 4 pack of extra special lamb chops (50p), organic pork fillets - 2 pack (£1), rib eye steak (50p) and pork loin chops - 4 pack(50p). When we added the total up it would have been almost £40 at full price and we got it for £4 :j :j :j Enough meat for about 8 meals. I couldn't believe it, usually these days when meat is reduced in Asda its something like 50p off something that was £4.95 or something, haven't had such good prices for absolutely ages!


    After reading Angelnikki's post yesterday about people taking all the supercook stuff (all that's left in my Asda are almond essence and paper cake cases and I have enough of those already as sister got a catering pack from someone she knows). I thought I'd share the love with other MSE'rs that happened along, so I didn't load all the meat into my basket (DH cried when I only took one pack of fillet steak lol!), I just took one of each, but the next woman that came along swept all that was left into her trolley and said to her partner "We may use it all before it gets freezer burn and we have to throw it out, but at this price what does it matter?" :mad: She didn't even look at what it was she was loading into her trolley, just the price! Her partner said but we don't eat pork, but she shoved it in her trolley anyway :confused: I walked away thinking that she couldn't have been a fellow MSEr, she'd have had a meal plan and ideas to use all she had already if she was and wouldn't consider throwing such bargains away lol!

    I love bargains but don't see the point in stockpiling too much, especially if it means others won't be able to save a little with me, part of the fun for me these days is sharing the love, knowing I'm not alone in trying to cut my spending and feeling inspired by others on here with their kind words, advice and tasty recipes. I walk round the supermarket now and see an offer and say ohhh must tell the peeps on MSE about that, when I get back someones got there first, but its the thought that counts lol.

    Besides too much long term stuff means that things take up space where something that I can use short term thats a bargain will fit and more importantly the money leaves my account and goes into the supermarkets way too early, better in my bank offsetting my mortgage :D I've found my happy medium and buy just enough jars fo coffee to last until the next offer comes along, and have noticed the supermarket cycles, when Asda stop doing the 2 for 1 offer on my fav coffee brand, Morrisons start, then Tesco so in actual fact I don't need to buy 20 of them, just 4 and it lasts until the next offer is on ;)

    Ooop's have waffled on a bit again, sorry peeps, don't get out much and its nice to 'talk' to like minded peeps, have a good day everyone, I'm off to make some strawberry muffins now, remind me to share the toffee apple muffin recipe I have, they're lovely :)

    Herby
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  • *BigBird**BigBird* Forumite
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    Morning everyone! Thanks for the hug Herby, what a nice way to start the day :D

    Just worked out I have just over £30 left in my budget to last til payday on 24th :eek: We do, however, have loads of stuff in the freezer and cupboards, so we should only need the famous F&V and milk between now and then... It'll be a challenge tho!

    Better get my butt in gear as got a Dr's appointment in 10 mins (only round the corner tho), then got to go into work, where a very dull meeting awaits me :rolleyes:

    Have a good day everyone - see ya later :p
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  • mumzyof2mumzyof2 Forumite
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    Should be another NSD today
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  • Flylady_FlowerFlylady_Flower Forumite
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    Herbaholic wrote: »
    I got whoopsied!!!! :j

    I just took one of each, but the next woman that came along swept all that was left into her trolley and said to her partner "We may use it all before it gets freezer burn and we have to throw it out, but at this price what does it matter?" :mad: She didn't even look at what it was she was loading into her trolley, just the price! Her partner said but we don't eat pork, but she shoved it in her trolley anyway :confused:

    Ooop's have waffled on a bit again, sorry peeps, don't get out much and its nice to 'talk' to like minded peeps, have a good day everyone, I'm off to make some strawberry muffins now, remind me to share the toffee apple muffin recipe I have, they're lovely :)

    Herby

    What a lovely, heartwarming post and really made my morning. I am [STRIKE]sitting[/STRIKE] laying in bed with my laptop and the leftovers of a stinking headache from this morning (probably from being on laptop :rolleyes: ) and then I read your post and you are 100% right.
    I panic buy and grab stuff I know I will use EVENTUALLY if it's on offer and really, why? I now have a new motto - share the love - even if it is to selfish people who take pork they don't eat just because it's cheap - hopefully she will pass it on to a friend or neighbour (you never know!)

    I absolutely love this thread. I used to wonder how people got hooked on chat rooms and the like, but now I know - although I don't think there are many like ours - I think friendly, thoughtful people seem to be in hiding in the real world, scared to come out and show themselves coz we all expect to be slammed down as soon as we do - talking of which - DINK - I'm sure you look wonderful in your other dress as well as in your red dress!

    Ooh, now I'm rambling, sorry, but had to share my warm, fuzzy feeling - Thanks to all you guy's for ALWAYS cheering me up and making me feel like part of the team!

    PS: Herbaholic, don't forget that recipe, sounds scrummy! :D

    PPS: I know it's me Catnap, but the link to the Artisan bread in five minutes thread takes me to the book website and Zoe's website, but I can't find the recipe on either - any tips on where to find it? Thanks in advance...
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  • OrkneyStarOrkneyStar Forumite
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    Me again,
    I have a question for all you bakers.
    I have about 3/4 pint of milk that needs to be used (not freezing it as we don't like frozen milk)- could I add this to a bread recipe instead of water, or half and half ? thanks in advance.
    What a great post Herby- I agree with what you mean about offers- its not a bargain if you don't use something and certainly not if you don't even like it!
    I tend to just buy 1 or 2 BOGOF/deals unless its something lovely like green and black organic chocolate (made a severe dent in Tesco Wick chocolate supplies last summer as it was about 60p cheaper per bar than at home) :T .
    Hope work goes ok moneysavingnewbie :p .
    And was it Zoe who mentioned babies earlier- what age is your LO ? Mine is 13 months nearly :eek: :eek: growing so fast!
    Ok talking of babies someone wants some milk!
    :wave:
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  • mumzyof2mumzyof2 Forumite
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    OrkneyStar wrote: »
    Me again,
    I have a question for all you bakers.
    I have about 3/4 pint of milk that needs to be used (not freezing it as we don't like frozen milk)- could I add this to a bread recipe instead of water, or half and half ? thanks in advance.
    What a great post Herby- I agree with what you mean about offers- its not a bargain if you don't use something and certainly not if you don't even like it!
    I tend to just buy 1 or 2 BOGOF/deals unless its something lovely like green and black organic chocolate (made a severe dent in Tesco Wick chocolate supplies last summer as it was about 60p cheaper per bar than at home) :T .
    Hope work goes ok moneysavingnewbie :p .
    And was it Zoe who mentioned babies earlier- what age is your LO ? Mine is 13 months nearly :eek: :eek: growing so fast!
    Ok talking of babies someone wants some milk!
    :wave:

    I wish mine were 13months old again, My DS is 4 this month and my DD is 2 (3 in feb) they fight like mad now tho!
    Sealed Pot dec 08 - dec 09 so far £27.67, Live off £4k Spent £330.20 GC £1,200 for 2009 Spent £50.78 PaD so far £650.07
    Debts: L/woods £154.00 C/One PAID O/D £649.90 Next £299.95 O/D PAID Gas £72.60 Electric £155.73 Mum £640.00 Orange £490.32
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