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October 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 27 September 2010 at 10:32PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Hi everyone - updated my spends, getting scary as I'm running close to budget again but that's because I've bought a few bits to put aside for Xmas.:o

    I'm sure I'll be ok because both Freezers are full and loads in cupboards so a bit of tweeking on menu plan and I'll get there I'm sure - can't fail 2 months in a row.

    Dinner tonight is going to be Sweet & sour pork, using some sliced pork that was previously cooked and I found in the Freezer, going to serve it with some Egg noodles I've found in the cupboard. Already have all the ingredients in the cupboard for the sweet & sour sauce and have sliced peppers in the freezer, only thing I had to buy was a tin of pineapple so a cheap storecupboard/freezer meal tonight.;)

    Planning to visit the Allotment tomorrow to pick some Leeks for some Leek & potato soup - getting a bit cold down here so soup weather again.;)

    Have a good evening everyone.:D
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • SpiggleSpiggle Forumite
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    Hi All,

    Just a quick update and apologies as I haven't had chance to read from page 35 on! I had to get some milk today so £2.96 added to sig. Up to 9 NSD so far so starting to feel a little more confident about budget.

    Gotta run as it's GD2's 1st birthday and we're going up for tea.

    Hope to be back later.

    Take care,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013 :T
  • sharronejsharronej Forumite
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    Sunnyday wrote: »
    Lol yup its definitely creeping up on us!

    Liver and bacon pate

    two packs of lambs liver (about £1.60)

    small amount of smoked bacon - about 4 pieces but you can add more if you like as it dosen`t make much difference.

    Chopped garlic, tin of tomatoes and salt and pepper. I throw a couple of bayleaves in too and a couple of onions.

    I throw it all in the slowcooker on low overnight and in the morning once its cooled just throw it in the food processor until smooth. Reserve the liquid and add afterwards to reach the consistency that you prefer I used to add a whole pack of room temperature butter cut into chunks at the blending stage but its easily left out by keeping the juice from the tomatoes in the mix.

    I freeze it in ramekins and defrost it in the fridge - very tasty.

    SD

    Def going to try this - thanks
  • elf06elf06 Forumite
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    Back to update again as I've had another spend. Spent £9.02 in Mr T tonight getting a few herbs and baking things which (thankfully) will last ages so shouldnt need buying again for a while. Also spent 75p online for my local paper. Should be a NSD tomorrow though so dont think I'm doing too badly.............
    Emma :dance:

    Aug GC - £88.17/£130
    NSD - target 18 days, so far 5!!
  • ShysarahShysarah Forumite
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    Got some bits today from Sainsbugs. My mum insisted on paying as I drive her around but I got reduced pork (yum), carrots, fresh baguette and some snacky jacks. Also some bacon offcuts and mushrooms. I am not sure what it all comes to but I am classing it as £10.
    Also had to buy some specialist cat food which came to £38. However I am not going to include this as he needs it for his urinary problems.

    S xx
    GC 2011
    Jan £43.45/£40.00 Feb £55.14/£55.00 Mar £64.88/£120
    I MUST KEEP POSITIVE!!
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  • xacesxxacesx Forumite
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    Hi All,
    I know its a bit late for this month but could I join?
    I'm trying to stick to £40 a week for me, hubby and baby (plus 2cats and 2 guinea pigs!), and i'm adding an extra goal to myself to TRY and stay out of the supermarkets as much as poss!

    oh and Moniker 'evil bulb' brilliant :D

    thanks guys and good luck with your budgets :D

    xacesx
    :)Total Debt at LBM (12/11/14): £5620 :) £20 paid :)£5600 by Nov 2016 to go! :)
    :p "Sealed Pot Challenge" member No. 1010 - Jar is growing! :p
  • Drove Dad to hospital for appointment and when i dropped him and mum home mum made us bacon and cheese on toast for lunch. For tea some ready made tomato and pasta soup from the pantry and some stale french stick...which was made lovely and soft by putting it in the mike for 2 minutes....never knew mikes could be used to make stale bread nice and soft again

    Another NSD under my belt today too so i am well :j
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
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    katholicos wrote: »
    never knew mikes could be used to make stale bread nice and soft again
    I've used my micro for just that purpose on a regular basis for a loooong time - especially over the last 11 months when I've picked up french sticks in final reductions for use the next day (or even the day after). I find they do best with a touch of moistening first - I get a small amount of cold water in the palm of my hand and then lightly 'stroke' the french stick with it - which I tried after realising that when they're baked at work the first part of the programme actually injects steam into the oven :)
    Cheryl
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    cw18 wrote: »
    I've used my micro for just that purpose on a regular basis for a loooong time - especially over the last 11 months when I've picked up french sticks in final reductions for use the next day (or even the day after). I find they do best with a touch of moistening first - I get a small amount of cold water in the palm of my hand and then lightly 'stroke' the french stick with it - which I tried after realising that when they're baked at work the first part of the programme actually injects steam into the oven :)

    ooh thats a good tip , i will try that - thanks

    should be a NSD today as i have to wait in for a parcel.
    I am cooking the chicken i bought from mr S yesterday ( whoopsied) so roast dinner for tea tonight , possibly a chicken rissoto tomorrow
    and hopefully there will be enough left for a soup
  • well our GC has gone well & truly out of the window, we had an unexpected visit over the weekend & ended up spending almost £50 in [email protected] & Mr M, most of that was beer & BBQ food (hangs head in shame) but it was worth it as the weekend was nice & relaxing.

    On the plus side I did a freezer stock take & we have enough food to easily last us 2 months, so my (either very brave or very stupid) plan for next month is to just spend £10 a week on bread, milk & F&V & just eat from the freezer/pantry - Eeeekk!

    It will be tough, but the extra £100 I'll be able to pay off my CC is spurring me on :D
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