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October 2009 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 September 2009 at 5:43PM in Old style MoneySaving
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  • scotsaverscotsaver Forumite
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    Jayne (CRANKY40) so sorry to hear your sad news, thinking of you and George.

    I've updated my total:eek: now have friends coming for the weekend so had to go and do a HUUUUUGE shop this morning for food and also Alcohol, wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't have to buy Booze but wanted to include it in the GC as we don't buy it that often and don't have a seperate Budget for it.

    Still feel confident that I will come in on Budget as both Freezers are full, have loads of Sausages in there, 2 Free Range Chickens, a joint of Beef, joint of Pork, leg of lamb, loads of Mince etc etc so I know I can still do it.:o

    Dinner tonight is HM Burgers, HM Coleslaw, HM chips, onion rings and Garlic Mushrooms, no Pud tonight as I don't think we will be able to move after that lot.:p

    Off into the Kitchen now to get a shake on - have a good afternoon everyone.:D
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • meanmariemeanmarie Forumite
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    Have spent €51.07 so far of October's budget, we seem to have lots of food in fridge, freezer and cupboards so am stretching out the days before I do a Lidl shop.

    Weight 08 February 86kg
  • Jane sending you & your family my condolences on your loss
  • just a quicky to say for anyone who does online shopping, look at the food and groceries thread at the "£50 of shopping for £9 thread" - and give it a go if you can afford to. I did and it worked for me on the delivery i got the other day - just thought to post on there as well!
  • When I did my mega shop at the weekend I forgot about DDs birthday party - until she presented me with a shopping list on Monday! Arggh. We have compromised and I will be making fajitas - have all the ingredients, and she is making some cakes. I set a £10 budget in Sainsbury's for the rest - and used nectar points, so ended up only paying 64p!! Budget disaster averted!!
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  • Evening everyone

    Spent £22.76 on the following

    Bread 85p
    Milk 49p
    Nescafe Coffee £6.00 [on offer at L!dl - real price £11.58]
    Weetabix £3.00
    Pork £3.72 [whoopsied - real value £7.44]
    Chicken £1.84 [whhopsied - real value £3.68]
    Kippers 98p [whoopsied - real value £1.96]
    Other bits £5.88

    Total Spent £22.76

    Whoopsie Total £6.54 Real Value £13.08 Saving £6.54
    Special offer Total £9.00 real Value £17.58 Saving £ 8.58

    Shopping Total should of been £37.88 so saved £15.12

    Helen x
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    1st fair on 13/4/14 :j
  • Jayne, I am so sorry to hear of your loss, sending you lots of hugs xxxxx

    So far am up to £138 out of my budget this month, have made a shopping list based on what we have in the freezer and meal planned for next week and it comes to around £45 so hopefully will be able to stick to this when we shop on Sat. Will let you know how I get on!!
    Aug GC £63.23/£200, Total Savings £0
  • cw18cw18 Forumite
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    Ahhhhh well -- today was going soooooo well, and I almost made it 3 NSDs in a row !!!

    Had to go to a large retail park this morning to get some computer components for DS and some dog food, and I never go up there without doing a grocery shop (large Mr A and Mr T on the same park, with Mr A being the one on the same car park as all the others stores, and Mr T just around the corner but needing the car moving). But today I managed to resist setting foot into either :T I knew I didn't need anything, so decided it was safer to stay out completely :rolleyes2

    Then I went to our local Mr M after I collected my GDs from school - DD had asked me to pick her up some toilet rolls as she'd totally run out...... I had a quick look at all the markdown areas, but there wasn't anything at a price that would have even vaguely tempted me even if I wasn't aiming for an NSD.

    But I've been back down in the last hour (for a non-GC item I forgot I needed), and it all went pear shaped. Checked 4 of the 5 area without being tempted (though I did almost allow the jam donuts to beat me), but when I got to the chilled area it was a different matter..... I just couldn't resist the chance to grab

    1 x pack of 12 cheesestrings - down from £3.29 to 25p : will be shared between DS and GDs
    2 x deep filled (individual) steak & kidney pies - down from £1.49 each (or 2 for £2.50) to just 25p each : mine, all mine ;) DS doesn't like anything with kidney in, but I adore these pies......

    So 75p spend on £5.79 worth of goodies, which I think makes up for losing an NSD :T
  • mooominmooomin Forumite
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    I have now spent £144.93 out of a budget of £220. I have two weeks until payday and the cats will need food quite soon. Greedy little b*ggers. If it was me and Mr Fresian I think I could keep us to £175 for this month, but the cats.....!!

    I'm thinking about a trip to Costco next week as I hear their biscuits are cheaper than main brands and that cats quite like them. It has to be worth a try!!

    Latest spends were £4 on massive jar of Gold Blend and 69p on facewipes/mouthwash (There was £5 voucher used)
  • NSD yesterday and was going to be today, but then I remembered I wanted to get an M&S £10 meal and would have too much to carry tomorrow so I'd better get it today.

    So I popped in after work and while all the main dishes this time are rather 'ready meal' and much harder to stretch to more than one meal (unlike the nice big chicken I got last time), I did pick up £18.46 worth of food for £10, which I felt was definitely worth it! Got the Med Veg again 'cos that was lovely, and also a haddock gratin which at least is easier to divide between 2 adults and a toddler than things like two chicken breasts. Very pleased with that!
    I'm broke, not poor. Poor sounds permanent, broke can be fixed. (Thoroughly Modern Millie)
    LBM June 2009, Debt Free (except mortgage) Sept 2016 - DONE IT!
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