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February 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 January 2010 at 10:34AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • nicki_2nicki_2 Forumite
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    Another NSD for me :D I'm virtually hibernating as I'm so cold & I really can't be bothered going shopping. I've even stopped taking my purse with me when I do the school run :D :money: Means I don't get any C*op whoopsies BUT I'm not tempted to pop into the "bits" shop (house clearance place - and he always has loads of interesting and "I really need that" stuff like videos & CDs honest :o ) and spend money I don't have. Last time I went in there I spent nearly £20 :eek:

    I'm hoping for one shop next week with DD in tow (she's learning to look at the prices per kg rather than just the item price ;) ) so she can do the adding up as we go around the shop ;) Although she's left me one of her cookery books with lots of post-its sticking out of it of things she'd like to make next week and the shopping list (even using what baking supplies I've already got in) would be big so some negotiation I think will be required ;):rotfl::rotfl:
    Creeping back in for accountability after falling off the wagon in 2016.
    Need to get back to old style in modern ways, watching the pennies and getting stuff done!
  • skapsskaps Forumite
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    I did some shopping today - as much as i could carry and got a few bits spent £18.87. Will still need to go get some meat and veg this weekend though. Oh and some rabbit food.

    Made some spaghetti bolognaise which will be tomorrows dinner as well and then on saturday we can have some sticky chicken wings with chips.
    MFW 2016 No 68 £1300/£8500 No new toiletries Cook sth different
  • Hi everyone!

    Another £11.94 spend in Mr M this afternoon, will add to sig in a mo.

    Made a 'Bung it in the oven Beef Stew' for dinner and, for following no recipe at all, it turned out really well! :T There's even enough left over to freeze, yay!

    Got a couple of days off work now, so hoping for some lazy NSDs and a good root through the pantry! :D

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  • PennyGrabberPennyGrabber Forumite
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    Evening all!
    NSD for me today, so that's cool - one day less to share my money around for! I have 11 days left of my February, so I think I'll be able to do it.
    I bought a bag of potatoes last week sometime, and I actually only have one left now! I normally have a few, then chuck the rest away or into the composter. This time round, I've decided that food waste is just ridiculous, so we've been having spuds with nearly every evening meal! I'm really into twice-baked potatoes at the moment, and there's tons of variety in that one simple meal. I've had cheese, cheese tomato and onion, cheese and ham, cheese paprika and hot dog sausage (left over - would've gone in the bin pre GC), and can't think what other combos.

    I've currently got a batch of soup in the SC, to use up all the bendy veg I found in the fridge today (including 1 of the spuds). Smells quite nice. I think I'll freeze it into small portions once I've whizzed it up, and then add more water to it when I defrost it to eat it, that way it'll take up less space in the freezer! I tend to make soups so a spoon will stand up in them - not intentionally!
    Take care all,
    PG x
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
  • Evening all,

    smal spend in Mr T today-bananas for my dd who eats them all the time, and a local paper-£1.87. Got my Mr T clubcard vouchers today and guess what-i ONLY got £7 worth of vouchers:T Some may ask why i think that is good but that proves how much less i spend cos Mr T is my main shop and last two deliveries of clubcards vouchers amounted to one lot for £25 and a second lot for nearly £20:eek: , obviously they are based on your points accumalation so that is a huge saving i must have made by cutting my grocery spends :T. A shame in a way cos i like to use them at Xmas. They have gone into my Xmas piggy now and also got a £1 stamp for my savings card-started with that in July last year so trying a bit earlier this year, they make a big difference come Xmas.

    Am going to carry on trying hard as we have dh car needs some big repairs quoted at £150 that needed doing, like, yesterday and its MOT due April, then my car MOT due May plus tax for them both at the same time:eek: so somehow have to find that, then yesterday i get a letter from the Nursing and Midwifery Council who want my annual retention/re-registration fee of nearly £80 next month:eek: Oh dear i do woder where it will all come from, methinks some extra shifts will be vital.

    Never mind onward and upward.

    Had lovely chiken and mushroom rissotto for tea-delicious, have also made a gorgous soup from my chicken carcass stock, carrot and lentils and more veg, yummy yummy for lunches for next couple of days. Bit too much garlic in the rissotto but will keep the vampires away lol

    Night all x
  • Hi all. :hello:

    Another NSD and NCD for me but need to do some shopping tomorrow, running out of a few things.

    Moniker could you please post your recipe for the chicken marengo as it sounds delish.

    Had leftovers today - pork casserole and brown rice for lunch and boiled eggs and brown bread soldiers - for tea. Yummy!

    Have ordered my stuff from A*bel & C*le for next week am £50 in credit so have put down for meat mostly. Looking forward to it.

    Keep up the good work everyone - love hearing your news. :)
  • superflygalsuperflygal Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
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    Hi all,

    Our local Sainsbury's closed on Wed for refit. I was in at 3pm hunting for deals. Got some meat for half price on reduction section. HAd a coupon for £6 off £30 so made it up with nappies and formula milk.

    Despatched DH at 17.00 to the store to cross check for last minute mega bargains. He returned, assuring me that there were no bargains, and people were paying megabucks for tat. He reckoned hundreds of people were fighting over tubs of houmous with 10p off...:( I suggested maybe they were actually marked down to 10p, but he insisted no...

    I think i'll go myself next time...

    SFG x
  • JayJay14JayJay14 Forumite
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    Popped into Asda when I took DD1 home from work, just bought mostly what I went in for - loo rolls and crisps. But did splash out on a large tub of single cream was £1.48 woopsied to 20p. I like to have some in for cookinf with and will also have enough to have on porridge as a treat.

    Used a £1 off coupon I had in my purse and kept forgetting to use, so total spend 12p:D
  • savvyshesavvyshe Forumite
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    Hi just totted up my total spend up to now and I'm bit shocked!! this is my first time so I need to get a bit more organised. My month ends on 22 Feb and I'm already overspent by £23.81 not sure if this is quite accurate as I have counted cash withdrawals in my totals as groceries but some cash has gone on DS spense etc. need to be more sorted. will do it properly next month. But saying that I have spent a lot less than I would have done. Half term next week so I'm going to have to be careful. Will take picnics out if we go out instead of eating out etc. GROCERY CHALLANGE £160/£183.81!!
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  • Well i was doing so well, i think I'm addicted to bargain food shopping i couldent risist myself yesterday all cheep stuff large ham hock 1.50 4 packets of pepper seeds 89p processed peas 10p a tin the list goes on.
    I really have to stop because my cupboards and chest freezer are full (had to take some bread out to fit offending just bought meat in).
    Just need milk today but that's all i will be buying i'll nip to farmfoods later for there milk offer then i'm hoping i can hibernate for a week?
    I've worked out i never seem to go more than one day without shopping Grrrrrrr....

    On another note does anyone know of a recipe for a betty crocker style cake topping ? i was hoping to make my OH a cake for valentines day (got everything in cupboards)?

    We decided to give valentines a miss this year first time in 17 years, we need the money more than another card, over priced wine, chocolate etc but it would be a shame to see it go totally unmarked. So thought the kids could help me whip up a nice treat for all of us.
    Grocery challenge Jan 270.27/200:eek:

    Total debt 04/01/2011 £2671.23:eek:
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