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November 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 22 October 2012 at 2:33PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Souk08Souk08 Forumite
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    Hi all, been missing in action for months but need to bring the spending in line again :o so can you put me down for £70 for food only for the month for 1 person.

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    mossymossy Forumite
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    edited 22 October 2012 at 9:18PM
    Please put me down for £200.

    Oh the shame, officially day 3 of this months budget and I've already spent nearly £130!! I lost track already (how that is possible I'm not sure, so just lumped it in as £100 plus what had already been spent). So looks like I have another month of being skint!! :eek:

    On the plus side I have plenty of DR mince and meatballs in the freezer so hopefully we won't have much to spend. We have a weeks holiday which just leaves two weeks worth of shopping....maybe it will be possible after all!! ;)
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    tattycath wrote: »
    In October I bought some new cake tins-should kitcheny stuff come out of grocery budget or not please?

    I don't but it's up to you. I only include food, toiletries, cleaning supplies, household stuff (e.g. cling film, loo roll) and stuff for the cat - basically things you use up. I only include 'basic toiletries' such as toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, face wipes - make up or perfume would get bought out of my own personal allowance, as would things like new kitchenware (split with OH if appropriate). I don't include alcohol, takeaways or eating out either as these also come out of our personal allowances (either splitting the cost or one of us treating the other if we are out together).

    It's easy for me as we have a joint account for household stuff and separate accounts for everything else, so when I'm deciding whether to include it I just think "is it OK to buy this from the joint account or will OH think I'm being cheeky" :rotfl: Occasionally the amount in the account will build up and we'll then go out for dinner/pay the cat's vet fees/buy new stuff for the house but then I don't count it as GC as it's treat money left from being good. HTH.
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    mossy wrote: »
    Tattycash, it's entirely up to you! ;) Some people do just for food, some do food, toiletries etc, some do all of the above and eating out. I have a seperate budget for treats and stuff so I would have bought cake tins from that but it depends on your own budgets etc. If it were me I wouldn't take it out of my grocery budget. Hope that helps! :D
    Thank you. I'll have to set up budgets for different things...
    I'm trying to make vanilla butter cream but have run out of vanilla essence. how do you use vanilla pods to flavour butter cream please?
    I've started a new thread for this question but I'm in the middle of doing it band have run out of essence and butter cream. I can make some more but am clueless as to how to use the vanilla pods I found in the cupboard. Can anyone help please?
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  • Coxy11Coxy11 Forumite
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    Hi everyone,

    Thanks to Zippy for starting the thread :T

    I'm still posting on the October GC thread but just wanted to say budgets done to here for November :)

    Welcome to all the newbies. If you want your budget to be included in the list please post big and red. Thank you :A

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    tattycath wrote: »
    Thank you. I'll have to set up budgets for different things...
    I'm trying to make vanilla butter cream but have run out of vanilla essence. how do you use vanilla pods to flavour butter cream please?
    I've started a new thread for this question but I'm in the middle of doing it band have run out of essence and butter cream. I can make some more but am clueless as to how to use the vanilla pods I found in the cupboard. Can anyone help please?


    Sorry, I can't help there! However, I'm with the others and I wouldn't count the pans in my gc. I'm sure some clever soul will be along to help shortly...
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  • quaveringquavering Forumite
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    Hi everybody :hello:

    I've put off joining this challenge long enough! November's my month though!

    I've got a packed store cupboard, so please can you put me down for £50 for the month

    I work at Mr T's, so it's going to be hard, but I've preloaded a gift card with £50, so everything I buy has to come off that.

    Good luck everyone :)
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    tattycath wrote: »
    Thank you. I'll have to set up budgets for different things...
    I'm trying to make vanilla butter cream but have run out of vanilla essence. how do you use vanilla pods to flavour butter cream please?
    I've started a new thread for this question but I'm in the middle of doing it band have run out of essence and butter cream. I can make some more but am clueless as to how to use the vanilla pods I found in the cupboard. Can anyone help please?

    If you use the point of a sharp knife to split a pod lengthways you can then run the blade along the flayed pod to collect the seeds on the knife blade and just beat them in with the butter and sugar.

    Then if you put the "used" pod in a jar with (caster; but any works) sugar you will have vanilla sugar to use next time.

    HTH
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    Thanks Zippy, Rosie & Coxy for keeping everything up and running so well :T

    I'm sticking to my weekly £75, if that's ok. I'm still in October until the end of the week, but I'll try to keep up with this thread too.

    tattycath wrote: »
    In October I bought some new cake tins-should kitcheny stuff come out of grocery budget or not please?
    I wouldn't take them from my grocery budget, but it's up to you.
    Some people include absolutely everything, others just food - it's whatever is the best/ easiest way for you :)
    It's great to see you here - it shows that you're trying to control your spending - just like the rest of us! :T
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    MrsCD wrote: »
    Thanks Zippy, Rosie & Coxy for keeping everything up and running so well :T

    I'm sticking to my weekly £75, if that's ok. I'm still in October until the end of the week, but I'll try to keep up with this thread too.



    I wouldn't take them from my grocery budget, but it's up to you.
    Some people include absolutely everything, others just food - it's whatever is the best/ easiest way for you :)
    It's great to see you here - it shows that you're trying to control your spending - just like the rest of us! :T

    Thank you. I have already improved from last year-last year at this time I had just spent over £100 on birthday cakes-in a one month period :eek:. this year I have made the same amount of cakes in a one month period and I think it's probably cost me less than £15 - total :D
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