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March 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 February 2010 at 10:01PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • NJW69NJW69 Forumite
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    Mortgage-free Glee!
    My heating is off as well.

    Roasted a chicken last night (half price in the Co-op) and made some stuffing and had a hot chicken sandwich, only me in.

    This morning stripped the chicken, one and a half breasts left, two legs and two wings and the carcass is in the slow cooker with some veg and stock.

    I can see how you can stretch the chicken by portioning it up in advance, the legs would make a roast meal for two of us and the breasts would make other meals and the rest for the soup.

    Just going to put some wahing out on the line.
    GC Jan £318/£350, Feb £221.84/£300, Mar £200.00/£250 Apr £201.05/£200 May £199.61/£200 June £17.25/£200

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  • becky170becky170 Forumite
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    My weekly shop in MrT came to £16.48, so not too bad. I've given up crisps for lent, so my spending on junk food has gone down (I had a pack a day habit!), although I'm still guilty of buying chocolate and biscuits :( Going to make a cake today to take into work for when I get peckish, instead of heading to the vending machine. Writing this has made me think that maybe I have a real junk food problem......
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    aliaddsaliadds Forumite
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    edited 14 March 2010 at 2:18PM
    becky170 wrote: »
    My weekly shop in MrT came to £16.48, so not too bad. I've given up crisps for lent, so my spending on junk food has gone down (I had a pack a day habit!), although I'm still guilty of buying chocolate and biscuits :( Going to make a cake today to take into work for when I get peckish, instead of heading to the vending machine. Writing this has made me think that maybe I have a real junk food problem......

    Don't worry Becky......I have a chocolate and crisp habit as well. I'm full of admiration for you giving up crisps. I always feel that I deserve a chocolate a crisp fix at the end a hard weeks slog! It's a bad habit for my finances and weight!:(
    Less is more
  • HI
    Mr T & Lidle shop yesterday £30.23, so sorted til end of week I hope.
    OH told not to buy any extras whilst he is out!!!!!! as it throws the budget.

    banana cake and twinks biscuits big hit with mother as part of pressie.

    Lots of meat left on the joint, so will slice it up for sarnies once it has cooled
    Apple pie and custard (home made for tea tonight.) Menu sorted for rest of week. Just about to make Easyyo yoghurt for this weeks lunches.
    Mortgage free as at 1/9/13 :j
    To start work on the credit cards now!!
  • Another little spend of £2.29 at the Co Op this afternoon and managed to time it just right this week for the reduced bread.

    Got 2 own brand loaves for 15p each, one Warburtons wholemeal for 23p, 8 baking potatoes for 46p, naan bread for 23p, 2 blueberry muffins for 60p and 2 iced fingers for 45p. So all in all £2.29 spent and we have just had the iced fingers for our "dessert" as was too full up earlier at the carvery that we took OH's Mum to for Mothers Day.

    Last week went to the Co Op at 3 o'clock on the Sunday & there was no bread left so was pleased that I managed to get those bits today.
    Grocery aim £450pm.Spent £519 August, £584 July, £544 June, £541 May, £549 April, £517 March, £517 Feb,£555 Jan, £573 Dec, £465Nov, £561Oct, £493Sept, £426Aug,£496 Jul, £528Jun, £506May,£498April, £558 March, £500Feb, £500 Jan, £490 Dec, £555 Nov,£566 Oct, £505Sept, £450Aug, £410 July, £437 June, £491 May, £471 April, £440 March, £552Feb, £462Jan
  • becky170becky170 Forumite
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    aliadds wrote: »
    Don't worry Becky......I have a chocolate and crisp habit as well. I'm full of admiration for you giving up crisps. I always feel that I deserve a chocolate a crisp fix at the end a hard weeks slog! It's a bad habit for my finances and weight!:(

    Yeah I always think, I've had a bad day so I deserve some chocolate, or I'm so hungry when I get home from work that I reach for the biscuits as I can't wait 30 mins until I've cooked my tea. Also it's part laziness as often I'll have crisp sandwiches for lunch as I either haven't had time to make something proper or I just don't fancy eating anything else. So instead of reaching for the crisps this month, I've been having coucous, soup and proper sandwiches instead of reaching for the crisps, although I really have missed them. I should join junk food anonymous! Although I do also cook proper meals for myself, so all is not lost :)
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  • fabfortyfabforty Forumite
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    Hi everyone,

    I haven't posted since late February, so here goes. I managed to complete a meal plan and shopping list for the the first two weeks of March and actually stuck to it. I did Mr S home delivery shop on 1 March and a smaller fruit and veg market run last week, which gives me 12 NSDs already:j and a spending total of £63.09. Taking lunch into work everyday is still working well, and saving me a fortune - at least £20 p.w. I have been focusing on portion control and seem to have got the hang of it. Nothing drastic, cokking one egg instead of two, cutting down on snacks, eating less meat and filling up with vegetables, pasta, potatoes and rice. In addition to saving money, I have also lost weight (quite by accident I should add) - 8lb since Janaury :T. I think it's the porridge in the morning that does the trick. OH and I now compete to see who can make a meal which lasts the longest - i.e. making the best use of the leftovers. Today we are having roast chicken. The leftovers will make our sandwiches for work tomorrow and hubby is also making chicken pies (with ham and mushrooms) for the freezer. The carcass will make chicken soup for lunch on Tuesday, padded out with added vegetables. Hopefully I can avoid the shops for at least another three days (fruit and veg permitting).
  • mrssnowy_2mrssnowy_2 Forumite
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    haha sorry rat is code for ratatouie....although I have spelt it wrong hence shortened name:rotfl:

    it was my first time making bara Brith and Hubby said it was perfect I made 18 thin slices at 112 cals a slice and cost under 10p a slice:A

    Bara brith teabread

    8oz dried fruit and chopped mixed peel
    8fl oz cup of hot strong tea(made with teabag)
    8oz SR flour
    1tsp mixed spice
    1oz butter(I use soya marg as veggie)
    100g soft brown sugar
    1 egg beaten

    The recipe on 1st page(under heading Bread),will save a few more cals as there is no fat :) ,unless you can't resist #obbing butter on
    You can't stay young for ever,but you can be immature for the rest of your life.
  • mrssnowy_2mrssnowy_2 Forumite
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    Hi all
    Few NSD and low SD this week,using up stuff out of storecupboard(and shop-in-the-shed)

    Last night we had a 39p(reduced from £2 something at Xmas) box of Blue Dragon japanese curry kit(!) add a chicken breast and fry,only took 20 mins ,chicken was good, sauce OK and never had sticky rice before.
    VERY thin HM pizza with salad for lunch,also made 2 large loaves.

    Mum and my brother came for lunch today,so SC brisket padded out with Yorkshire puds and roasties followed by steamed syrup sponge pud with custard -all full as toads.

    Corned beef sarnies for tea with the other half of tin from the other day!

    Does anyone know of cheap sugar anywhere? Only got 1 bag left as I made 15 large pots of Misers Marmalade yesterday,for coffee morning next w/e.All labelled and got pretty frilly hats on,and nice green string-adds 2p to asking price.

    See you all next week,now half way through month.Does that mean its all downhill now?

    mrss
    You can't stay young for ever,but you can be immature for the rest of your life.
  • ZendZend Forumite
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    Spent £81 today but I was able to stock up on lots of reduced items so that should last me for the rest of the month.
    January spend = £100
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    saving =
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