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September 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.

edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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edited 30 November -1 at 12:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Guidelines for posting on the Grocery Challenge thread.

What is the Grocery Challenge thread?

This is a thread where people who are taking part in the Grocery Challenge can post for help encouragement and support and talk about anything related to grocery shopping. We ask that you try to keep on topic and post things that are relevant to the challenge.

Posting grocery budgets and spends for the month
Some people like to post their grocery budget and final spend for each month. If you wish to be included in the master list then please post these in red and in a large font as this makes it easier for the volunteers to keep a record of everyone’s totals.

Number of posts
In order to make the thread easier to read it would be helpful if users would try not to post multiple posts in quick succession.

Chatty posts that are relevant to the Challenge are fine. Irrelevant chat or posts simply saying ‘Good morning/Goodnight’, ‘just popping on to say hello’, ‘I’ve sent you a pm’ etc aren’t, as they clutter up the thread and may be removed to make the thread easier for others to read. Unfortunately the board guides simply don't have the time to pm users individually when posts are removed to keep the thread on topic. If your post has been removed and you are unhappy with the decision, please feel free to send us a pm.

If you want to say thanks to another user please use the thanks button and please post any chat not related to the Grocery Challenge into the Daily Thread or use the pm function.

No Spend days (NSD’s)
A number of people like to record that they have had a no spend day. Again to reduce the number of posts we would ask that rather than post just that you had a no spend day you record it in your signature and/or add it to a post that is directly relevant to the Grocery Challenge.

Please keep these relevant to the challenge. While photographs of produce or cooking are great, pictures of semi-naked men or large clip art aren’t.

Please don’t forget to check out the Grabbit and Shop but Don’t drop boards for any bargains and the Discount Codes 'n Vouchers (online & offline) board to see if there are any current vouchers around.

Questions about recipes, freezing, techniques etc
These don’t always fit into the Grocery Challenge. There are a number of threads where it may be more appropriate to ask questions. There is a wealth of information available on the Old Style board so please do a search to see if there is a better thread for your question. For more help with searching see here or feel free to send a private message to a board guide who will be happy to help.

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  • Pink.Pink. Forumite
    17.7K posts
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the ninth Grocery Challenge of 2008. :hello:

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your August budget, then keep on posting in the August Grocery 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'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! :)

    Galtizz wrote:
    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.

    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see here.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read this post.

    I hope everyone has a great month! :)

  • Main Meals & Side Dishes

    Baked potato pizza

    Broad Bean Burgers

    Chicken Cannelloni

    Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

    Chicken Fried Rice


    Chinese style cabbage

    Creamy Chicken and Potato casserole

    Curry Sauce

    Diet Coke Chicken

    Duchesse potatoes


    Fish Pie

    Iced cucumber soup

    Individual chicken pies

    Lemon Chicken

    Lemon chicken with basil and tagliatelle


    Mediterranean Mince and Potato 'Pie'

    Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta

    Mince & onion pie

    Minced Beef Curry

    Mini Goat's Cheese, Pear & Walnut Quiche


    Open top 'pizza' pie

    Parsnip & Apple Soup

    Pizza / Pizza Base Recipe

    Potato layer bake

    Quiche Lorraine

    Sausage Meat Patties

    Spaghetti with courgettes, tomato and brie

    Spicy Bean & Sweet Potato Stew

    Super Tasty Bacon, Bean and Sausage

    Sweet & Sour Chicken/Pork

    Thai green curry

    Toad in the Hole

    Tofu burgers

    Vegetable Casserole

    Veggie Haggis




    Breadsticks MrsM's / angelnikki's (No Salt Recipe)

    Cheese & Potato Bread

    Cheesy Bread Rolls

    Chewy Soft Flour Tortilla

    Chocolate Bread


    Herb Quick bread

    HM Bread

    Naan Bread MrsM's / OrkneyStar's

    Oatmeal bread

    soft bread rolls

    Super Seedy Bread

    Dips, Jams & Chutneys

    Alioli / Traditional allioli

    Jams & Preserves

    Pineapple Salsa

    Tomato Chutney

    Cakes, Biscuits, Snacks & Desserts

    Apple delight

    Apricot Flapjack bars

    Banana and lemon drizzle cake

    Banana and Walnut cake

    Banana Ginger Parkin

    Bounty Balls

    Bran Fruit Loaf

    Bread & Butter Pudding

    Bulk pancake mix

    Cheese n marmite twists

    Cheesy Biscuits

    Chocolate fudge

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Chocolate Krackolates

    Coconut Cake

    Cookie Dough

    Courgette Tea Bread/Muffins

    Cranberry And Chocolate Brownies

    Currant Loaf

    Custard Cookies

    D&DD’s Apple Braid

    Date, Nut and Oat biscuits

    Eggless Chocolate Cake

    Flaky Bars


    Gingerbread Men

    Ginger Raisin Crunches

    Golden Syrup Tart

    Iced Buns

    Impossible Coconut Pie

    Jammy Buns

    Key lime pie

    Krispie marshmallow bars

    Lemon Curd Cake

    Lemon Curd Ice-Cream JeniD's / MoneySavingDiva's

    Malt Bread

    Mascarpone and Lime Torte

    Mascarpone Ice-cream

    Millies Cookies

    Muffins: Basic Recipe / Chocolate Orange Muffins / Gingerbread Muffins / Kiwi Muffins / Sticky Date Muffins / Strawberry Muffins / Toffee Apple Muffins

    No fat sponge

    Oaty Shortbread Biscuits

    Peanut Butter Cookies


    Spiced Apple Bars

    St Peter's Mud Pie (no cooking required)

    Sticky gingerbread


    Twink’s Hobnobs

    Weetabix Brownies

    Weetabix Cake


    Yoghurt: Homemade yoghurt, Slow Cooker Yoghurt

    Yoghurt Cake (the easy way)

    Top Tips & Links

    Grocery Challenge Top Tips

    How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet... (Webook)

    Laundry Washing Gel/ Gloop, Fab conditioner, vinegar.....

    List of conversions

    Love Food Hate Waste website

    Show Jamie How To Cook On A Budget Champagne Contest
  • Hiya,

    I have been 'challenging' my grocery spend for the last few months, reducing it by £10 each month, but I don't normally post on here although I often read - so here goes!

    Two adults all the time, plus the cat, with 3 teenagers (DH's) staying for a long weekend alternate weekends. We started out on £300 month, then got down to and stayed at £250 for a while, now down to about £200 month.

    We have a week's holiday in Sept, and I have a few bits & pieces in the freezer and storecupboard, so I'm hoping to manage on £130 this month - £70 more to spend on holiday - yay!

    Good luck everyone!
    The best advice you can give your children: "Take responsibility for your own actions...and always Read the Small Print!"
    ..."Mind yer a*se on the step!"
    TTC with FI - RIP my 2 MC Angels - 3rd full ICSI starts May/June 2009 - BFP!!! Please let it be 'third time lucky'..... EDD 7th March 2010.
  • searching_mesearching_me Forumite
    18.4K posts
    hello everybody ive only got 2 weeks left of september... arkward pay lol only got £30 left lets see hope i go... im going out for a meal and a pub quiz :rotfl: DD at her aunts so going to enjoy this not been out for a meal in over a year :D its coming out of a different budget so yay! see you all later or tomorrow depending on what time i get back :D hope your all good xxx
    :)Still searching .....:)
    5.4K posts
    Hi everyone , just a quick note ... could everyone please put their targets and their final totals in bold bright type for me It just makes it easier for me to see with there being soooo many people involved now:T
    thankyou :D

    Just a quick note folks -the banana + ginger parkin recipe on the list DOES NOT save for 2 months as stated..they be fibbin


    4moneysaver £90 £91.64
    AAngel £300
    Ailz95 £150
    Airedaleterrier £200
    Allegra £250 £247.37
    Alexelisey £180
    Almar £430
    Andan £100
    Andrinaperry £320
    Andyslinz £50
    Angelatgraceland £300
    AngelNikki £375
    Angelraesunshine £250 £216.95
    Annelouise £300 £297.50
    Annie123 £325 £304
    Anzac Biscuit £168 £232.54
    Aril £160 £141.74
    Astonished £400
    BabyMother £300
    Bails £95
    Beemuzed £230
    belfastgirl23 £80 £71.51
    *Big Bird* £350 £339.52
    BigMummaF £350 £304.16
    Blairweech £100
    Blondie Bear £280
    boredofbeingathome £140
    Borneogirl £130 £119.66
    Brighton Belle £195 £194.38
    Brummiebabe £400 £384.92
    Bumblebeeandboy £130
    CalleyW £100
    Cammumof3 £200
    Candygirl £160 £150.82
    Carolt2 £160 £157.29
    Cashwise £
    CasperthefriendlyGhost £40 £92.48
    Catnap53 £230 £271.52
    Cheerfulness4 £75 £100.40
    Cherrie1122 £200
    CherryBlossom £230 £235.45
    Choccybix £300 £377.57
    Chocolate teddy £275 £300.45
    Claire £280
    Cleosmum £200
    Coco2972 £
    Cookinmummy £210
    Coolmum66 £220 £184.10
    Craftingqueen £400 £312
    Curly Cabbage £200
    Dark-666-Angel £350
    Dazzle21 £235
    DdraigGoch £200
    Debbiemc £100
    Debz66 £80
    Denisefowler £240+£100 extras £230 + £126.53 extras
    Don'tPanicYet £300 £336.71
    Downsizing_for_sanity £250
    EagerLearner £120
    Echelon101 £60 £34.37
    Egon £195 £203.04
    Erin go Bragh £400
    Essix £300
    Eveie189 £400 £415
    FairyElephant £130 - £130
    FallenAnglShelly £160 £156.24
    FedupNow £96.50 £173.85
    Fertyskids £350
    Findingmyfeet £375 £380.25
    Fizzle81 £150
    Fluffysox £120
    Frugalswan £160
    FunkyFunkyMonkey £150
    FuzzyFelt £200 £227
    GalacticGreen £200
    Genkijen £250
    Gillaman £120 £93.21
    Girl least likely to £200
    Greent £475
    gtx £200 £197.37
    Guns n banjos £170
    Heatherbelle £200
    Heather2409 £240
    HelenM2008 £200 £204.76
    Here we go again £95 £90.30
    Hoglet121 £350
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    Howskint? £200
    Huxley £215 £231.16
    IceMaiden £250
    Ifonlyitwaseasier £115 £138.88
    Inamess200 £450 £556
    Isthatreduced £130
    Iwanttogoonholiday £100
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    Jackie-W £250 £237.25
    Jackk £200 £200.20
    Jacksxxx £350 £279.20
    Jane2112 £250
    Janey 51 £100
    JayJay14 £220
    Jaycee1972 £150
    Jediteacher £250
    Jessie18 £250
    Jexysbird £300 £502.63
    Jinky67 £200
    Johanne £160
    Jules £225
    Julie-Jukes £200
    JuliMk £200 £175.15
    Jumps £200
    KAAT_LADY £200 £201.99
    Kalojac £300
    Kellitots £200 £136
    Kimmie32 £160
    Kindlesgirl £320 £227.98
    Kippers £280
    KITTY £350
    KPrice580 £300
    Kymbogs £330 - £260.33
    lady roughneck £190
    lainz £100 £111.12
    Lauren_1 £200
    Learningtosave £50
    Lee Barton £300
    Lelc £250
    Likabu £300
    LilacPixie £250
    Lisey100 £300
    Little_belle £200
    Lizzieanne £400
    Loobylee £400
    Lucifa73 £200 £129
    Lumpycustard £95 £107.28
    MadKats £250
    Madmitten £70 £48.34
    mama67 £200 £201.28
    Mariel £200 £159.63
    *mari* £250
    Married to the seas £200
    Meanmarie €300 €280
    Melsen69 £350
    Mhe £200
    MieMie £200
    MillieJo £300 £400
    Millyscarlett £210 £214.91
    Mistogst £120
    Moneysaving Diva £375 £310.55
    Moniker £350 £349.19
    Mooloo £275 £444.63
    Mouche £100 £89.30
    Mr+Mrs T £250 £330
    Mrs Money Penny £190 £174.90
    MrsBartolozzi £250
    Mrs-MoneyPenny £500
    mrssnowy £180 £132.15
    Mrsmcawber €100 -€88.23
    Mrs Pinky Binks £200
    Mumofjusttwo £250
    mummy gems £350 £364.91
    Mummy saver £450
    NannyOgg £50
    natzini £125
    Nessquic80 £200
    newlywed £350
    Nickynoo08 £110 £139
    Nicnacnoo £150
    nykmedia £50 £87.22
    Penny-Pincher!! £200
    PerryWinkle £270 £269.70
    PetitePeche £250
    Philsmum £160
    Phoolgrrl £120 £118
    PinkJen £120 £112.04
    PinkPrincess £350
    Pip-squeak £100 £88.07
    Piquant £200
    PizzaLover £320
    Pollysg £200
    princess leia £250
    Procrastinator £200 £200
    Punkrock06 €160
    Purple Skies £30
    Purple-Sparkles £80 £28.96
    Puss14 $400 $396.95
    Rachel 83 £400
    rachelmk £160 £161.18
    Ravylesley £400
    Razra £70
    Reader88 £100
    Red Bailey £200
    Redmel1621 £280 £373.57
    Rellaella £250
    Rockie4 £150
    Rosieben £80 £89.55
    Russetred £340 £342.29
    Saffouri £200 £246.52
    Salster £100
    Samarnesen £475
    Sammyjig £300 £205.15
    Sashanut £215
    Savingfortravel £200 £57.87
    SavingPennies £300
    Savvystudent £90
    SAV3R £400 £399.11
    Scenic route £120
    Scotrae £200
    ScotSaver £250 £249.56
    Shaz_Mum_of_Two £200
    Shelly1977 £100 £89.42
    Shelovestobuystuff £200 £184.63
    Shezza £150
    Sistercas £300 £349.06
    Smetf £350 £360.38
    Smileys £400
    SmlSave £200 £268
    Snow White £70
    Sosh £260 £255.52
    SparklyMessyGirl £150 £236.27
    Strumpet £150
    SummerCherry £150
    Supertottie £280
    susan946 £350
    SuziQ £180
    Suzybloo £300 £320
    Taffy1969 £350 £389.65
    Taka £125 £145.75
    Taplady £285
    Teedy23 £45 £37.53
    TheBees £350
    the_cat £200
    Tinkabell25 £200
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    Urg123 £90
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    Winky-The House Elf £160
    Wmf £150
    Wornoutmumoftwo £200
    Yellow Monkey £310
    YorkshireBelle £400
    Ysatiss £80
    Zoegirl $ 80


    Angelaf £20
    Cammumof3 £50
    CheapSkate £100 £496 for the month
    Chell £55 - £212.17 4 the month
    CornishPixie £70 -£69.58
    Cuddlymarm £40
    Macwah97 £80
    Mandymoo 1 £50
    MegC £40
    *MrsHayes £50 £19 under for the month
    Nicki £30
    Orkneystar £40 - £156.50 4 the month
    Shelbell £50
    Sian the Green £10
    Victoriajj £50
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  • cheerfulness4cheerfulness4 Forumite
    2.9K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker I've been Money Tipped!
    You girls are so efficient with the lists! Moments after the thread airs you have got us up and running. :T

    That recipe index is going to be a great help this months. Thanking you. ;)
  • Hi everyone :hello:

    Thanks for starting the thread Pink :A

    My budget for september is £375 as its a 5 week month for me. This will be £75/wk. Thanks MrsM for doing the list again :D

    Good luck everyone & welcome all newbies :wave:

    Nikki x
    5.4K posts
    That snook in quietly didn't it :rotfl:

    Managed to get the list on the 1st page :T not as quick of the mark as AngelNikki mind :p

    hope everyone has a nice shiney new budget to play with ..well apart from searching me ;) :rotfl:

    AngelNikki... you are welcome, I really appretiate you having looked after it whilst my head was all over the place.. well more than usual that is

    Ok I'm back already :o remembered what i needed to add... The recipe i posted for the banana n ginger parkin DOES NOT keep for 2 months ... big fibbers :rolleyes: ...Luckily im a suspicious kinda froze lots and left 1 piece in a box.. and it started to go mouldy today -so the birdies got it ..just in case anyone was planning on doing it -don't want to be responsible for wasting food :p
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  • miemiemiemie Forumite
    646 posts

    Would it be ok for me to join in this month,my grocery budget has gone haywire the last couple of months with the kids being off school :D and family visiting:eek: .

    Ok their is me,oh,dd,ds,1 cat,1 rabbit, 1 guinea pig, tropical fish, hubby pays for dog food as he gets it cheaper through work.

    Cupboard are looking not too bad,freezer 1 is full and freezer 2 half full.looking ok for toiletries.

    Right decided £200 for the month.

    Many thanks Miemie
  • shiny shiny shiny........... well today has been a nsd which im pleased about, dont really need anything....oh chicken, just need chicken, but thats not urgent!
    Had a surprise today when i opened pay slip, i got back pay which i wasnt expecting so an extra £97 for the pot, i mean me!!
    Ds has gone to nanas and is sleeping over, hubby not to keen but i dont mind, he loves his nana and always wants to go there, if she didnt want him there she'd say NO!!Which means we can go out for dinner but then again its our 1st wedding anniversary on 1st sept so hopefully we'll be going out then too, im not complaining, eating out twice in one week, am i feeling ok..
    Take care everyone
    always on the lookout for a bargin always better when its free!!:T

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