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November 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 22 October 2012 at 2:33PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Further spend £25 in butcher (mince was 10lbs for 12.99) also bought sausages and a chicken. Going shopping tomorrow, need to do it for £20 to come in on budget
    GC July 345/325Aug GC 297.50/300:money: GC Sept £251/300
    GC Oct 235/275 Nov GC £72/250
    NSD 5/30:D
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  • Very inspiring CompBunny. I think OH would be more forgiving of the scrimping if I could only find the time to do this (she says with her feet up, coffee and somebody else's HM fudge cake in her hands!)
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  • Make-it-3 wrote: »
    Very inspiring CompBunny. I think OH would be more forgiving of the scrimping if I could only find the time to do this (she says with her feet up, coffee and somebody else's HM fudge cake in her hands!)
    Somebody else's HM cake is always more satisfying :D Easier to eat without looking for flaws or worrying about the resultant washing up!
    I only had time to try these as I don't work or have kids (just a dog and a messy OH) and spend most of my time hardcore resting due to illness. I can't imagine how some of the ladies on here manage to be domestic goddesses with kids and/or jobs and all the other million plates they seem to spin!
    GC2012: Nov £130.52/£125
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  • I'm afraid I will be overbudget this month. While I do have enough in the cupboards and freezer to eat till the end of the month, having had to go to the dentist and not being able to eat what I had planned to for the past few days has made a change. I'm aware that some of the things I've included in my grocery spend are not necessarily groceries (a photo frame bought for my granny is not edible in any way :p ) but my motto is that if I spent it whilst grocery shopping, it goes in the grocery budget.

    I don't need many more things. Mostly I need fresh veggies for soups - onions, garlic, carrots, leeks. Going to see what I can get at whoopsie time tonight, but most likely will have to pay full price. Then there's things I want but don't necessarily need - those are getting hard to resist right now.
    GC September 2012 - £49.04/£80 |GC October 2012 - £50.28/£80 |GC November £63.59/£60 (one adult only)
  • franby64franby64 Forumite
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    Angelatgraceland - I was very sorry to hear your news, take care.

    Just a few spends today on milk, bananas, broccoli, pots, eggs and bread. My total is now up to £251.04 and I've just reached that uh-oh moment when I can clearly see that the month is running away with me!
    On the plus side I do have a meal plan for the rest of Nov and if I can stick to it and not get too many extras I might make it. I've pretty well stopped buying sweet stuff now - my budget has stayed the same but I buy less stuff - sign of the times!
    Hope everybody is doing OK.
    May Shopping Challenge. 10/5. Budget £310 Spent £118.25.. £191.75 left. So £9.13 a day.
  • meg72meg72 Forumite
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    mummyyof5 wrote: »
    Managed not to part with any money today despite buying 2 4pt milk..satsumas and 1 Pepsi mum gave me her £3.50 Tesco voucher...never uses them apparently(insert confused smilie???)...handed over the 45p and she wouldnt take thats a NSD for me xx

    God Bless Mum`s Where would we be without them.
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  • Just going to share my meal plans as some others are - not sure how inspiring mine is though!!!!

    Last week:
    Chilli – Mon
    Fresh pasta – Tues
    Cheese & bacon bake - Weds
    Fish & chips – Thurs
    Pasta and smoked salmon – Fri
    Meatballs & spaghetti – Sat
    Pasta & prawns – Sun

    This week:
    Chicken & noodles – Mon
    Chicken ready meal & rice – Tues
    Cannelloni – Weds
    Toad in the Hole – Thurs
    Not sure about friday as it's only OH & I eating

    Burgers – Sat
    Beef casserole & apple crumble – Sun

    In no particular order for the rest of the month:

    Spaghetti bolognaise
    Shepherds pie
    Fish pie
    Macaroni cheese
    Sauasage & bean casserole
    Thanksgiving – traditional turkey or finger food buffet
    Baked potatoes
    Buffalo chicken

    Think I'm a couple of dinners short but will think of something....
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  • Small spend of £3.77 on T. Rolls, a loaf and some sauce all from B+M The load was 89p and in A!di its 99p and in Te$co is £1.30 proof that it makes sense to shop around if you can. Don’t go B+M that often but will certainly remember bread when we do go. Totals looking good so far this month :j

    Have kept to the meal plan this week and will be doing one later tonight for the next week coming and again try to use a few things from the freezer ready for stocking up again. Then once meals are thought of will do shopping list for Friday. Will need quite a bit of fruit & veg as everything seems to have been used up except for a few carrots, onions, and a couple of apples. We get through so much especially veg but its better than what we could be eating I suppose.

    Nice to see a some people having NSD - all good for the bank balance.:)
    MARCH £62.38/250
  • Bluegreen143Bluegreen143 Forumite
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    katholicos wrote: »
    Could you please let us have the recipe for this, it looks yummy!?

    Thank you :)

    Hi! I've actually shared this before, it's in the index and here. If you;re making it for four, this time I used two tins of beans, a whole onion and green pepper, but kept the other ingredients the same and it made four portions. Nice served with rice, plain yoghurt or the raita recipe in the link, and also some greens or something.

    For the marinaded cucumbers, chop a cucumber portion into sticks, pop in a jar and add a tablespoon of white wine vinegar, a teaspoon of sugar, a teaspoon of salt and a finely chopped red chilli. Leave in the fridge for a few hours minimum to marinade and it keeps for a week, so you can just keep snacking on them.

    [BCompBunny[/B] Lovely pictures :) looks tasty!

    Well I've had no spend days since I did the shopping on Sunday, yay! My meal plan has fallen apart though as I was invited to my friends' for dinner on the spur of the moment so didn't have my planned risotto yesterday - OH did eat his steak though.

    Today we were meant to have tuna baked potatoes but OH has gone out and he had a takeaway (his own money so not GC) so there was no point in heating up the oven for one - I had some leftover pie from Sunday which would have been tomorrow's lunch otherwise with asparagus and salad. Bit random but they were the veggie most needing used up and I wasn't that hungry as got a free massive lunch at a work do so no need for potatoes.
    Married March 2014, DS born Dec 2015, DD born Dec 2018

    July Grocery Challenge: £0/£400
  • GreenFairyGreenFairy Forumite
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    HM lasagne out of the freezer for dinner, along with a few oven chips. Trying to figure out what we can have tomorrow without having to go to the shops. Have loads in but with a full belly I can't bring myself to think about more cooking :D
    GC totals 2020! Jan €341/€400. Feb €401.27/€400. Mar €430.21/€350. Apr €325/€400. May €219.82/€400.

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