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June 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 May 2010 at 2:23AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • guccigooguccigoo Forumite
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    £2.19 spent today, shouldnt need anything else apart from bread. bought a 3 in 1 hand blender yesterday so looking forward to trying that out making soups as i made chicken stock yesterday for the first time :j also made my potato wedges on sat and there in the freezer, will be cooking some this week with the quiche. off to update sig.. have a lovely day everyone and make the most of this weather :)
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • edited 21 June 2010 at 2:10PM
    Lindy_-_LooLindy_-_Loo Forumite
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    edited 21 June 2010 at 2:10PM
    Have spent £109.20 today between tesco and netto - apart from milk, bread and fruit oh and one item not delivered from tesco I dont intend on stepping in a supermarket til july 5th! Am spliting the total today in half as June budget ends 28th June.

    Already over budget - not a happy lady!

    Good luck everyone x
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
  • edited 21 June 2010 at 8:43PM
    AnnieGAnnieG Forumite
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    edited 21 June 2010 at 8:43PM
    I went to Mr M today, I don't know about things going up in price because I've only just started shopping there, but I got quite cross because a lot of items didn't have a price showing at all.... there I was, wandering round with my calculator and I couldn't enter the price of my cucumber... vary annoying! It wasn't just the cucumber, there were yogurts and cheeses with no proce on either. I was sneezing at the time so couldn't face complaining, but I thought it was pretty poor.
    Say what you mean.. mean what you say... without being mean.
  • SpiggleSpiggle Forumite
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    Hey All, Happy Solstice!

    Just popped on to update my signature with three more NSD. I can't believe I still have to get five more before the end of the month! :shocked: We have nine days left so I'm going to be determinedly staying away from shops until a week Wednesday. Only essentials such as milk and f&v will be bought! That sounds like so many famous last words!!! :rotfl:Oh well, can but try. ;)

    Well done to all those on target and keep your chin up those who are struggling - it's a learning experience for us all and we're all here to support each other. :A

    I'm getting really really miffed by the supermarkets at the moment - prices are constantly rising and yet they keep sending us flaming vouchers to encourage us to spend ever more money. :mad: I now have a mantra to recite whenever they ping in my inbox or drop through the letter box:


    Oooh I feel better for getting that off my chest, excuse my rant please. :o

    OH has just reminded me of the latest 'con' (his word) he spotted when shopping locally last Friday. In So******ld/C**p they had big signs advertising their 'Half Price' English strawberries at £2.00 for a 400g pack. However, just up the road at our local grocer English strawberries were £1.99 for a 500g pack. They are so playing mind games with us. :mad:

    (The moral of this story is he's cleverer than me who a week or so ago got persuaded to buy 'half price' strawberries from MrT!!! :()

    Welcome to our latest newbie too, you will find wonderful support and great ideas here. Good luck with your challenge.

    Right I'm off. Take care all,
    Mortgage Free October 2013 :T
  • brodie1_2brodie1_2 Forumite
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    Hi all,
    strawberries I found the local greengrocer in town was cheaper than the market!
    I am just in the progress of making the mint ice cream its churning as we write, and tates devine. So thanks WS.
    Has anyone any good recipies for watercress? I have loads growing from seed, I am suprised its doing so well, in a tub. Loads of lettuce, so we have had lots of lettuce soup. Peas are doing well, as are my early toms. Also has anyone tried sorrel soup? We often have nettle soup as we keep plenty in our garden for the butterflies/bees.
    On budget at present (swtill plenty of time for that to change).
    :jBrodie 1/ july 300/330.62:oAugust300/322.49:o
    September 300/239.78:jOct300/258.50:jNov 250/282.24:) December 300/300.01:j JAN 2011 300/288.72 :j . September 300/319.19:(, October 300/351.59:jThree adults, 1 dog and 1 cats and cleaning stuff, toiletries, beer.
  • KITTY_2-2KITTY_2-2 Forumite
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    Evening all. Finally got around to adding up last week's spends and updating my signature.

    It's not looking so good this month as seem to be spending an awful lot on fruit and veg. We shouldn't need much this week so may manage not to go too far over budget.

    Take care all, K
    Merry Christmas
  • wssla00wssla00 Forumite
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    Brodie1 wrote: »
    I am just in the progress of making the mint ice cream its churning as we write, and tates devine. So thanks WS.
    Has anyone any good recipies for watercress? I have loads growing from seed, I am suprised its doing so well, in a tub.

    Watercress soup? Or Watercress, rocket and parma ham salad? One of my faves especially when it contains chives or spring onions! Oh and HM cheesy croutons!

    Glad the ice cream is good! I really like it :) was thinking it might be nice with some after eights smooshed through it..... :D but that's cos I am a chocoholic!

    Not done much today and another hospital appointment tomorrow so not much tomorrow either....hopefully a NSD tomorrow. Spent money today but not on groceries!

    Have a good evening all :)
    Feb GC: £200 Spent: £190.79
  • cw18cw18 Forumite
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    I would love to start meal planning and having a week or fortnights menu planned, then just go shopping armed with the list!

    I have a fully stocked cupboard and freezer, so do I need to eat all of this first then start from fresh when its empty. So the point of a meal planner is at the end of the planned week you are old mother huboard?!
    Meal planning to use up what you have in doesn't mean having to stop buying stuff to supplement/ring the changes.

    I did a stock-take of my freezers a couple of weeks ago, and discovered I have enough 'meat' portions (meat, pies, sausages, burgers, fish) to last until next January when totalled up - but this only included enough sausages for 3 or 4 meals. So I'll still be buying bangers (and building sausages into my meals plans), but am now managing NOT to be tempted by Whoopsied pies (have been a huuuuge downfall for me this year with my GC budgets) and other items I have dozens of ;)
    Grocery Budget : January £155. Spent £33.75 in shops + £0.00 from stocks = £32.45
    Grocery Budget : 2021 £1825. Spent £33.75 in shops + £0.00 from stocks = £32.45
  • cw18cw18 Forumite
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    Just checked when I last reported in - and I did log Friday as being a spend day before I headed off for the weekend.

    Saturday was also a spend day (total of a whopping £1.80 on a jar of Lime Cheese - but it's something I've not found locally in at least 4 years, absolutely adore, and I was browing the market of a very 'un-local' town so wouldn't have been able to get back for it another day without spending hours in the car and a fortune on fuel ;))

    But Sunday was an NSD :T (My 12th of the month)

    Today was another spend day. Needed milk (again! how glad am I that my son moves out when he starts Uni in September secret.gif), so picked up the potatoes I'll need for the week at the same time to maximise my chance of more NSDs. As I was already spending I managed to persuade myself to get some bread rolls from work (a mixed pack, made up of various types we didn't have enough of to make a 'normal' pack - and including 2 types I've wanted to try, plus 2 types I know I like) and a Whoopsied load (K/Mill Seeds and Oats) which was 25p instead of £1.34. Although I have bread in the freezer, this is another of those "I'm more than happy to try it at that price" purchases - and as DS finished off the ice-cream over the weekend (and I didn't notice until after I'd done the shopping on my way home from work) it turns out I have space to add some of this to my frozen stock-pile anyway :D
    Grocery Budget : January £155. Spent £33.75 in shops + £0.00 from stocks = £32.45
    Grocery Budget : 2021 £1825. Spent £33.75 in shops + £0.00 from stocks = £32.45
  • recovering_spendaholicrecovering_spendaholic Forumite
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    Took a friend to Tescos today with the intention of not buying anything but was tempted by the still half price sirloin on the butchers counter - I now have the grand total of 35 huge sirloin steaks in my freezer and the lot have only cost me £42 as was on half price offer and I had a £10 off £50 spend voucher from Sainsburys. I also got some reduced strawberries and was again tempted by the new Mullerlight New York cheesecake yoghurts on offer for 8 for £2. This unfortunately means that I am just over my limit for the month but I really do not need to buy anything else - I have bulging storecupboards, fridge and freezer - the only thing I may run out of is milk.

    Hope you are all enjoying the lovely weather - I am a weirdo and like the winter better!

    ENDIS. Employed, no disposable income or savings!
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