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June 2012 Grocery Challenge

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  • Our co=op only ever reduces by that amount as a final reduction!! Never any bargains to be had in there apart from the offers they have and then only some of them are any good, they are my local shop and I would use them more if they were cheaper

    Helen x

    Mine has lots of dried fruit, sauces, pickles etc......maybe its Christmas stock but dates still seem good.....

    The Co-op is near a Lidl and the co-op reduced prices are more than the Lidl full prices :rotfl:

    Seems there is no common sense in the reduction policy! ;)
  • Suffolk_lassSuffolk_lass Forumite
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    franby64 wrote: »

    I've got a bit ahead of myself again - total is already £242.67/£400 and I've got another @£40 As*a shop coming today plus a few local bits I need.

    I keep having a £100+ Sa*ns shop at the beginning of the month to get the free delivery but I think this messes me up as I spend too much in one go without planning it well enough.

    So after today I will have just over £100 for the rest of the month which does not fill me with hope but I'll try! Today I'll do a plan for the rest of the month based on what I have and then [STRIKE]fail to follow it as usual [/STRIKE] stick to it like my life depended on it. :)
    XSpender wrote: »
    Morning All

    This month I have been keeping a track of my spends as I wasn't really sure what I had been spending on groceries as we have got away from our previous OS ways and I have been diagnosed as coeliac.

    Totted everything up last night and it came to £550:eek::o:eek: I think there might be a couple of little spends not included too as my other spreadsheet is on my work PC. I am shocked nad horrified. DH and I have had a good chat about this as it is this overspendign that is having a knock on effect on other areas as we don't have the money to do other things with it. The cupboards and freezers are full and this spend only includes £4.70 on a chippy tea.

    Hi Franby64 and XSpender - we three have the same monthly target of £400 which is relatively high for this forum but we all seem to have had a bit of a hiccough with our spending recently and in my own case I had a 3 week period where I spent over £100 in different SM and I seem to have reverted to my pre-GC practice of stocking everything up to the gunnels.

    I don't really know why but I abandoned my frugal list of only the things I need this week (maybe I got complacent) but I feel like I am paying the SM to store their food for them at the moment. As of today I have three Saturdays and £200 left in the pot. I intend planning meals more carefully and I'm going to send Mr SL shopping with the core list next week as he will restrict it to only what is on it and let's see if that makes a difference.

    I know we all have our own household challenges but I thought it might help us to focus if we also know others with similar budgets are struggling too.

    Good luck!

    My meal plan for this week is as follows:

    Breakfasts will get back to cereal with banana or berries from tomorrow as we leave the house early
    Sunday roast chicken, roast potatoes, carrots and broccoli then rhubarb and custard - cooked breakfast so snack only for lunch
    Monday mince - probably bol with pasta and LO cold chicken salad or sarnies for lunches
    Tuesday steak and chips with salad - cold bol for lunches
    Wednesday macaroni cheese - padded at one end with broccoli and carrots cheese & salad sandwiches for lunch
    Thursday chicken strips grilled with new pototoes and salad (if weather is awful could do chicken curry instead) - LO mac & cheese for lunch
    Friday burger (possibly in bap or with potato salad) and salad - hard boiled egg salad for lunch (DH can have F&C at school).

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  • Fozzie - just been and had a look at the co=op to see if they were reducing anything - they weren't :rotfl:But I did manage to get DH's Fathers Day pressie - bottle of Whiskey on offer and with coupons I got it for £8.50 :beer: so pleased with that and I bought Cheese - 3 for £5

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  • DundeeDollDundeeDoll Forumite
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    jumblejack wrote: »
    I water my milk down now and it lasts a loooooot longer. Kids and OH haven't even noticed ;)
    Good idea. Challenge to self : make milk last till saturday. To revisit sm would be defeatist
    I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday
  • Hi All,

    Mostly I just lurk, and read all your words of wisdom... sometimes I read the posts in the wrong order...

    I did that today, and look what I read... Lol! x

    On a better note, has anyone else tried MrA's SPrice shampoo for 20p? I've been using it this week, and I can't stop telling people about it! My hair is so soft, it feels like I've used some expensive conditioner, but it's just the shampoo

    Kitchenbunny - I have - it was OK but I would add a few drops of vanilla extract and some pureed fruit to make it less custardy - strawberries are good ...

    I'm still giggling now x

    'Extra payment every week' (started May '12) £60.00 this week = £150.94 so far
    'Virtual Sealed Pot Challenge' (#174 started May '12) £33.00 this week = £86.19 so far :)

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  • NickJWNickJW Forumite
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    That made me laugh as well Midnight Shopper! :D

    Had a bit of a spendy day yesterday - the weather was nice and sunny for a change so wanted to make the most of it


    £4.24 in Pret on a sandwich and coffee. I don't know why these places are always so busy - it's been years since I've been to one and I was really disappointed. I won't be going there for a while since it wasn't worth the money!
    £3 in Mr S on snacks
    90p in another Mr S on broccoli.

    I didn't fancy cooking enchilladas late yesterday evening so bought some broccoli and used a reduced TTD ready meal for 2 from the freezer. I would have done this at some point so I haven't wasted money on this I guess.

    Having LO hummus with crackers and a bowl of cereal for lunch (I've only just woken up :o), and HM squid, basil and chilli spaghetti for dinner - it's only of my favourite pasta recipes and so cheap - Stir Fried Chilli and Basil Squid

    I WILL have the enchiladas tomorrow! Just need to stay away from the shops and make today a lazy day at home! :p
    Will go and update my signature....
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    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent £1565.51

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  • cleggiecleggie Forumite
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    Morning all :)

    Hoping for a low spend day today, only need bread.
  • bossymoobossymoo Forumite
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    Ugh. Why are weekends so expensive? Mr m and £70 of which £55 was groceries.

    Sig updated.

    However, we are fully stocked for the month apart from regular milk and some fruit.

    Away with the fairies :beer:
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    Welcome Midnight Shopper,thanks for the giggle.
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  • PennyGrabberPennyGrabber Forumite
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    We went to te$co today, to get sweets and drinks for the cinema. £2.43 later, we'd only gone to those two aisles, and bought exactly what we'd planned.

    What? Is this actually me?!!

    Home for lunch now (was seriously tempted to have kfc or mcd as drove past both of those, but held out for my hotdogs with crispy fried onions - yummy!! Again, is this me?!!

    Just about to go and visit a friend who's recently moved house. We haven't seen her since, so that will involve a trip to a4da on the way, to get some flowers or something. Surely I can't make it three in a row???!!!??? I would be so proud of myself if I did!

    Dinner is sorted (los microwaved) and we'll have something like rice pudding for pudding, which I can then have for my lunches this week too. Or if not rp, we'll have tinned fruit or .. or .. or .. There are lots of options!

    Enjoy the last of the weekend, this is our last day of half term :( boo!!

    PG x
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
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