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April 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 March 2010 at 3:29PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • lizziebabelizziebabe Forumite
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    Hi everyone, had a bit of a shop in L*dl - have updated my signature.
    The first shop this month and got loads of good and cheap stuff.
    I buy skimmed milk and a 2 pint pack was on offer for 69p. I also bought 4 longlife skimmed at 49p each. Hopefully this will last a while and stop me popping to the shops for milk and being tempted :eek: by other goodies!!

    Am going to rearrange my stock food cupboard and check all the sell by dates - and make a list of what I have got. I can't get into that particular cupboard very easily (bad design) so will rearrange the cupbards so I can get to the stuff more easily and hopefully use it in rotation so no waste.

    Phew - a busy Easter Sunday is beckoning. Still the weather has been so awful - it will be a useful inside job.

    It is the start of our local car booty tomorrow - would love to pop along first thing, I do love bargain hunting. Depends on the weather, anything like today and I doubt if anyone will be up there.

    Happy Easter to everyone and enjoy! :EasterBun
  • CleosmumCleosmum Forumite
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    First shop of April, done in Mr T and Mr M, and sig updated :D

    OH and I sorted through the cupboards and we think we have enough to get through the month, if we are creative. I think we can get by with just buying milk, bread and some fresh bits, but its a bit of a scary thought!!! Fresh stuff should be about £10 a week.

    Should I grab the challenge by the throat?!?!? :eek:
  • Last week I bought some Sainsbury's gravy granules on a deal (chicken and vegetarian), and they are both DISGUSTING! They have such a bitter aftertaste, especially the vegetarian one. Is there anything I can do to lessen it?
    GC: December: £145?/£120; January: £125.70/£120; February: £163.22/£120; March £113.94/£120; April £DOOM; May £Gave up; June £DOOM; July £160.78/£108; August £7.65/£200
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  • CleosmumCleosmum Forumite
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    Last week I bought some Sainsbury's gravy granules on a deal (chicken and vegetarian), and they are both DISGUSTING! They have such a bitter aftertaste, especially the vegetarian one. Is there anything I can do to lessen it?

    I would just take them back for a refund and then buy ones you know are ok :)
  • Cleosmum wrote: »
    I would just take them back for a refund and then buy ones you know are ok :)

    Are you allowed to do that just on the basis of taste? They might be offended if I go in saying their gravy is foul! :rotfl:
    GC: December: £145?/£120; January: £125.70/£120; February: £163.22/£120; March £113.94/£120; April £DOOM; May £Gave up; June £DOOM; July £160.78/£108; August £7.65/£200
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  • Billie-joBillie-jo Forumite
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    As hoped a NSD for me. Tea was soup then pitta breads filled with left over turkey and salad.
    MARCH £62.38/250
  • guccigooguccigoo Forumite
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    woohoo 2 nsd's for me so far:j and i think tomorrow will be also as i think the supermarkets are shut?
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • edited 3 April 2010 at 8:52PM
    ragz_2ragz_2 Forumite
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    edited 3 April 2010 at 8:52PM
    £18 spend in tesco on the pull ups and other bits.
    tried to make DH's mum's Honey Curry Chicken and it did not go well at all, but I did manage to make it into something edible so it didn't get wasted!

    Hex2I had the same problem with the A&C box, I don't really eat much veg! Only got enough potatoes for one meal and didn't have a clue how to include the globe artichokes in my sunday roast!

    Am trying to eat a lot of our storecupboard as we are due to move soon so today I managed to include half of a jar of sundried tomatoes in some pasta sauce, any ideas for the rest of them would be great, they are in oil though.
    Also have... green peppercorns in brine and anchovies! No idea why!
    Ragz is busy studying ;)
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  • CheapskateCheapskate Forumite
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    Hi everyone

    Keep trying to do this & failing, going MIA, etc! MRSMCAWBER, please could you put me down for £400 for April? DH starting his own business & we're now living on child benefit, tax credits & maternity allowance, so GOT to do this properly or there will be far too much month left at the end of the money! :)

    In our house there are 3 adults (me, DH & 18yr old DS), nearly-3-yr old & 6 month baby, plus nearly-4-yr old DGS for all of April (between childminders), no faddy eaters except teenager who likes lots of meat. Judging by other people's posts & budgets, I should be able to do this even with an extra child to feed - I've got loads of eggs to use up, along with many mysterious packages in the freezer - plenty of fun to be had during the Easter hols I think! :rotfl:

    Will be checking recipe books, threads on here, so I can keep on track this time. Fingers crossed & hope you're all doing well this month.

    A x
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  • gingin Forumite
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    Spent £4.30 in Asda on Fri on bread, milk and whoopsied yoghurts.
    Spent £5.50 in Mr M yesterday. It was all set to be a NSD, but I read on here about the Easter Meal Deal and ended up buying one lot of beef and two choc trifles. Had one for pud yesterday and it was lovely. My children think I am the best mummy.

    Paid for my 2 year old and my friends' two girls to go on a Carousel in Cardiff bay today, so not a NSD for me. But they bought us lunch, and a lovely pasta dish it was too. Hoping for a NSD tomorrow, with most of the shops closed! :D

    Off to update my sig. Have a good Easter everyone.
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