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January 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 December 2010 at 11:09AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • PurpleJayPurpleJay Forumite
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    Morning all, not updated for a few days. My current grocery spend is up to £197.90 as of today. I should be on target this month fingers crossed. If it works out, I might be able to look at reducing my spend for Feb, especially as it is a short month and we have loads in the cupboards.

    I had a big tesco delivery on Tuesday and they made a couple of errors but I am confident they will correct them so the figure given should be with the corrections taken into account. I had 1 missing item and the substituted one of the meal deal items which meant that the £11.74 discount due was not applied! And I told them only to sub with items included in the offer in my notes. You have to watch them but they have always corrected mistakes in the past with no problems.

    I am well stocked up on wash powder and conditioner now - Surcare was on offer at Mr T's - 8 x powder @ 2 for £2.50 (£usually 2.30 ea) and 4 x conditioner @ 2 for £2 (usually £1.77). That's 11.08 saved as we use this all the time as my mum has sensitive skin and this works for her. Also using powder, you can control how much you use and I always use less than it says to save a few pennies. I reckon we have enough now for about 4 months! Most of the things I ordered were on offer and I spent £102.71 so very pleased all in all.

    This week, I still have to buy bread and mums mags which I get from the newsagents tomorrow this will be about £6.00, then maybe top up milk early in the week and a shop next Fri (with bread and mags again - I order 3 or 4 loaves every Friday and freeze it to last all week as it is really nice bread - none of us are keen on sliced) and that will be it for Jan.

    Hope all is well with everyone x
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    it's about learning to dance in the rain'
  • I've had a couple of small spends to add. Got bread, eggs, hash browns, icing sugar, fresh ravioli (for a sick child so she'd actually eat a dinner) and small cheeses in local supermarket on Tuesday evening. I got pretzel sticks (staight ones) for DD's birthday party (I'm making fairy wands with these and cutting stars from thick slices of cheese with a cookie cutter) and corned beef for DH's sambos in M&S, and 3 icing colours in the kitchen shop (for DD's cake but they'll last years and I DID get them at 20% off), for an overall spend of €32.

    But it means I can now make the cookies and cake on Friday night rather than Saturday morning, have the different coloured icings (for a butterfly cake that I will decorate as fairy wings instead) ready to decorate quickly on Saturday, and not have to do a supermarket shop until Sunday (or else Friday if I take a half day - but it's not urgent to do that now).
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  • minnie2 wrote: »
    so i am very deflated! feel like a sinking ship today! Ive had 15/19 NSD and spent £128.99 out of my budget of £155 so still got £26.01 left to last until 31st Jan, but im running out of steam i think!! may be an off day but starting to think whats the point! is it all worth it etc! hey ho! tomorrows another day i suppose!!

    minnie2 - sending you some virtual hugs.:grouphug:
    toddles* wrote: »
    morning all
    just updating my signature. Had £38 spend at Mr M yestderday.
    Nice tip- go supermarket shopping when you have morning sickness. you dont buy anything!! :rotfl:

    off on me hols on Friday with my DP and little girl cannot wait. Its going to be freezing but Grrrrreat!! :D

    toddles* - enjoy your Holiday.;)

    Popped to MrM's earlier, only wanted a Joint of Pork that they have on offer and I've spent over £16 as I also bought a Gammon Hock, some more ICBINB that's still on offer, some salad, veg and sandwich fillers as I have a friend coming over for Lunch tomorrow. Anyway, I've added it to my total so just under £30 to last me another 6 days so should be ok.:o

    The Pork joint and the Hock have gone in the Freezer for next weeks meal plan.

    Dinner tonight is a new recipe I've not tried before, going to attempt to make some Veg Burgers and I thought I'd serve it with cheese & Potato bake everyone's been talking about and a HM tomato salsa. A meat free night tonight which I'm hoping to make more a regular thing.:)

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

  • rachelww1 wrote: »
    So cross with myself. Stupidly bought a sandwich today for £2.30. I'd eaten everything I took into work today (cereal, 2 cup-a-soups,crisps, carrot & celery sticks, twinks hobnobs), but I was still starving. My appetite is huge after giving up smoking 2 months ago:D.

    All you took with you had no protein, it was all carbohydrates, try to take with you something that includes meat. When I quit smoking I only fancied snacks and crisps lol.
    kahunababy wrote: »
    I have found I am eating like there is no tomorrow at the moment:o I gave up smoking last week thanks to champix tablets but good god they make me hungry. Problem is I have about 2 stone to lose so it really is not helping my waistline:( Never mind, I will just have to get through the next couple of weeks (ment to be the hardest) then I will tackle the weight issue. ;)

    Try to have hot drinks when you feel peckish, most of those cravings feel like hunger but they are actually cravings for cigs. If you have a hot drink and they calm down, then it was the cig, if you still feel hungry after the drink then you know this time was hunger. I put some weight when I quit smoking but soon I learnt to control those cravings :D Being healthy goes first, the sooner you quit the better for you, your future and also for those around you. :D Good luck with that!!!
    So I am going to join the grocery challenge. My task is to ensure that I buy enough groceries for lunches at work as well as dinners etc.

    Target £37.50 a week

    Hi goingtoolong!! :D

    That is a good target!! I am currently at £62 but I think I can do much better, so depending on how I do this month I will put it down again. I was used to have £90-£100, so I really need to re-educate myself! Lol I do include everything in the GC, both food and household, cleaning, etc. But I was spending way too much!!

    Welcome and good luck!
    Quit smoking *1st January 2010*

    13/12/2012, baby girl!!!
  • I spent £30.47 in Mr T today so have gone over budget. I'm happy though as it was a very low one for this month so not to be unexpected. I'm also going to have spent almost £40 less on petrol this month than budgeted for so it all balances itself out. I will only need to buy milk before the month is finished.
  • adelightadelight Forumite
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    Hey all! I've had lots more NSDs since err when did i go shopping? roughly this time last week? wow, but there will be a little spend at Lidl on saturday. I wish I liked swede as they're 34p this weekened- soooo cheap!!
    Living cheap in central London :rotfl:
  • mrs-moneypennymrs-moneypenny Forumite
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    morning all

    made 3 weetabix cakes last night one went last last and was finished off in lunchboxes today, ones in the cake tin and ones in the freezer. made bread rool this morning just took them out of the bm and they are on top of the boiler rising.

    Leeky mash, cabbage and quorn burgers for tea tonight, might get a phone call to say DS is bringing a mate home for tea --youth council meeting so they'll eat early i can do them spagbol if needed (if not he'll have it late after the meeting)

    i may have to go out later and get some milk as it wont last till sat
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  • JolaaledJolaaled Forumite
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    morning all

    made 3 weetabix cakes last night one went last last and was finished off in lunchboxes today, ones in the cake tin and ones in the freezer.

    Wow...we love weetabix cake here, but had never thought about freezing it! Great idea!!
    Does it defrost ok and still produce the most delicious cake everrrrr!!??
  • mrs-moneypennymrs-moneypenny Forumite
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    to be honest i dont think its quite as moist once its been frozen, but mine dont complain. i wrap it in foil and put it in a bag to freeze it.
    SPC~12 ot 124

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
  • IlonaIlona Forumite
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    minnie2 wrote: »
    so i am very deflated! feel like a sinking ship today! Ive had 15/19 NSD and spent £128.99 out of my budget of £155 so still got £26.01 left to last until 31st Jan, but im running out of steam i think!! may be an off day but starting to think whats the point! is it all worth it etc! hey ho! tomorrows another day i suppose!!

    Oh dear, Minnie, please keep up with it, it WILL be worth it in the end. Concentrate on your long term goals, not your short term fix. Comfort spending is the same as comfort eating, you feel good as it goes down, but crap a few hours later. Keep your chin up. :kisses3:
    Ilona
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