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Weezl and friends Phase 3 - sitting pretty with Kitty

edited 4 August 2010 at 5:54PM in How much have you saved?
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edited 4 August 2010 at 5:54PM in How much have you saved?
Hello!


A new thread is required :)

We have a new launch and some brave new testers.

A summary of the story so far, a few pals on MSE old style wanted to create a resource for those who are struggling with debts too big for them.

We knew that often one of the bits of advice on DFW is to drastically cut your food budget.

But most of us understandably don't know where to start, and more importantly don't want to damage our health or our family's health, so we decided to put together an internet resource with meal planners shopping lists and recipes to help you do just that.

Interested?

Do please read on...

:hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
:)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
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  • edited 4 August 2010 at 5:29PM
    artybearartybear Forumite
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    edited 4 August 2010 at 5:29PM
    Yay new thread!!!!

    Hi guys here is the link to the main site for you all to try the yummy frugal recipes ....

    http://www.cheap-family-recipes.org.uk/index.html
    In art as in love, instinct is enough
    Anatole France

    Things are beautiful if you love them
    Jean Anouilh
  • edited 9 September 2010 at 11:02AM
    AllegraAllegra Forumite
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    edited 9 September 2010 at 11:02AM
    Kitty is now live !!!!

    Cheap Family Recipes Option Two in all its beauty :)

    A big welcome to all - this thread is dedicated to the testing of the new frugal meal planner on the CFR website.

    Weezl's Phase 1 was the gestation period of the marvelous Weezl's concept.

    Weezl's Phase 2 was dedicated to the in-depth testing of the "Shirl's" Option 1 planner ( a bunch of us lived it for a month to see if it's workable), this thread, Weezl's Phase 3, is dedicated to the testing of the "Kitty's" Option 2 - a planner that is suitable for vegetarians and vegans and meets the non-negotiable of having a piece of fresh fruit every day.

    Artybear, bigjenny and yours truly are on boar to do the testing, with a few others who will try an odd recipe here and there - but we are hoping that a lot more people will join in with the challenge, especially those who liked the concept but were unable to test Option 1 because they do not eat meat.

    All the relevant information for the testers can be found by clicking on the top link above, but further separate links to essential info are to follow.

    Of course, as ever, if the thread was just testing alone, it'd soon go deadly dull (even with my kitchen misadventures), so chat, edits, and anything and everything can now move on here - and a lot of cheering us on, I hope ;)

    Some shortcuts to the parts of the site that you will need for testing:

    Weekly shopping lists

    And some backup info:

    Batch cooking, rough draft


    We are now also testing Christmas Recipes - please click here to see the planner ! :xmastree:
  • edited 4 August 2010 at 6:06PM
    AllegraAllegra Forumite
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    edited 4 August 2010 at 6:06PM
    I'm looking forward to this ! My start date is 09/08, to run for 31 days and end 08/09. I am cooking for two at the moment, but DD will be back about halfway through the test period.

    The way I'll do it is about 80% on plan, 20% off - all the breakfasts, lunches and snacks will be plan - the 15 separate dinner dishes will be day on/day off (Kitty's vegan meal one night, something meatier to keep us happy the next). I will also utilise all the free stuff I have growing in the garden - so I might bung in an illicit herb or two if I have tested a dish in its "as published" state already - and if a meal calls for, say, carrots and peas to be served on the side, I might serve runner beans and courgette instead, so they don't go to waste and I save even more money :)
  • artybearartybear Forumite
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    Hi guys

    My plan is to not exactly stick to the planner (only because I am a little bit fussy and don't like the porridge, also we do have some meat and stuff in the freezer so it makes sense to use that) but to do all main meals at least once and to try out the lunches and snacks too. I am also doing Weight Watchers at the moment so may have to swap meals round so my points are ok.

    The reason I am doing this is mainly because I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Shirley planner, the new recipes, skills and friends I made in that month so I am hoping to have a similar experience this month. As many of you know my circumstances have changed now and I have my own kitchen:j so this month should be significantly easier for me in practical terms.

    So here goes month two...............:D
    In art as in love, instinct is enough
    Anatole France

    Things are beautiful if you love them
    Jean Anouilh
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Allegra, primrose posted on the it's tough now thread that she was looking forward to a veggie version....

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    oh and just some news to cheer us on, 117,413 page hits now and 6637 unique visitors :D

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • MarruMarru Forumite
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    Ummm - did I hear something about no kned (sp?) wheat free bread? I would be ever so grateful for the recipe - especially one for the bread machine
    "Everything will be alright in the end. If it's not alright, it's not the end."

  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    Marru wrote: »
    Ummm - did I hear something about no kned (sp?) wheat free bread? I would be ever so grateful for the recipe - especially one for the bread machine
    hello :)

    poohbear tried one with spelt flour marru, and i think it worked well. I'm guessing she used it as a direct swap in our normal recipe.

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
  • hornetgirlhornetgirl Forumite
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    Ohh, lovely new thread, and Kitty's site looks beautiful. Well done and thank you everyone for all your hard work :T
    I'm looking forward to trying out more recipes.
  • weezl74weezl74 Forumite
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    hornetgirl wrote: »
    Ohh, lovely new thread, and Kitty's site looks beautiful. Well done and thank you everyone for all your hard work :T
    I'm looking forward to trying out more recipes.
    thank you HG :)

    :hello:Jonathan 'Fergie' Fergus William, born 05/03/09, 7lb 4.4oz:hello:
    :)Benjamin 'Kezzie' Kester Jacob, born 18/03/10, 7lb 5oz:)
    cash neutral gifts 2011, value of purchased gifts/actual paid/amount earnt to cover it £67/£3.60/£0
    january grocery challenge, feed 4 of us for £40
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