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2023 Vegan Storecupboard Challenge

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leftatthetrafficlights
leftatthetrafficlights Posts: 1,604 Forumite
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edited 25 December 2022 at 9:20AM in Old style MoneySaving
Welcome to the 2023 Vegan Storecupboard Challenge! 

The idea of this challenge is to make a list of the contents of your food storecupbards and freezer and to  minimise your grocery expenditure by using up as much of your stores as possible throughout the year. 

Although this goal has been pretty tenuously observed in the previous challenges by me, this year its probably more important than ever to reduce food costs, food waste and the expense of travelling to buy food! 

Hopefully we will also inspire each other to try new meals, use up leftovers in a creative way and rejoice in all things vegan! 😁

Links to previous 'challenges' are below: 

https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/6321992/2022-vegan-storecupboard-challenge/p1

https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/discussion/3571159/vegan-store-cupboard-challenge


I'm looking forward to seeing you all in the new frugal vegan year!! 🙌
Debt neutral fund: £422.76/£1000
Joint savings fund: £145.64/£1000

Weight loss challenge 2024:
4/24lbs
1st quarter starting weight: 9st 13.1lb
2nd quarter starting weight: 9st 9.2lb
3rd quarter starting weight: 
4th quarter starting weight:

GC 2024 - Annual Target: £2712- Running total:£941.96/£2712
Monthly Target: £226
Jan: £74.12; Feb: £300; Mar: £190; Apr: £200; May: £170; Jun: £7.84; Jul: £; Aug: £; Sep: £; Oct: £; Nov: £; Dec: £


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  • leftatthetrafficlights
    leftatthetrafficlights Posts: 1,604 Forumite
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    edited 26 December 2022 at 2:45PM
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    Inventory completed - it's huge!! 🤦‍♀️ I'm not going to list everything as it will take several pages (and hours to write!) so I'll leave put the stocks/herbs & cooking additives and the sauces/pickles and chutneys! Suffice to say - they are numerous! 😳😂 

    Pulses and Grains 
    28kg Dark speckled lentils
    27kg buckwheat 
    10kg red lentils 
    3kg cannellini beans 
    3kg aduki beans
    2kg marrowfat peas
    2kg black turtle beans 
    2kg yellow moong dhal
    1kg green lentils 
    1 box scarlett runner beans
    10kg short grain brown rice 
    5kg sushi rice
    3kg quinoa 
    2kg basmati rice
    1kg wild rice
    500g brown basmati rice
    500g fusilli lunghi
    3kg macaroni 
    1/2 pk white spaghetti 
    1 pk soba noodles
    1 box hm pasta

    Flours etc
    3kg vital wheat gluten
    2kg teff flour
    1kg polenta
    1kg gram flour
    3 1/2 kg bread flour
    1kg gluten free flour 
    250g plain flour 
    250g sr flour
    1/4 pk psyllium husk
    1 tub egg replacer
    1 tub bicarbonate of soda

    Nuts, Seeds & Dried Fruit
    300g pumpkin seeds
    300g sunflower seeds
    250g chia seeds
    150g almonds
    300g cashew nuts
    2 pks chestnuts 
    1 pk whole cranberries 
    1/2 pk apricots 
    1 pk golden raisins
    500g medjool dates
    1/4 pk flax seeds 

    Tins & Jars
    1 kidney beans 
    10 chickpeas 
    1 jar chickpeas 
    7 capers
    2 olives with lemon
    1 apple puree
    1 roasted peppers 
    1 tikka masala paste
    1 vine leaves
    1 sundried tomatoes 
    1 pitted green olives
    1 green olives with chilli
    1 dehydrated mixed veg
    1 dried baby tomatoes 
    1 porcini mushrooms 
    6 sweetcorn 
    6 artichokes 
    5 tomatoes 
    1 cherry tomatoes 
    5 jackfruit 
    9 banana blossom 
    6 pineapple 
    1 peeled potatoes 
    1 mushy peas

    Sundries 
    1 cashew & cranberry roast
    2 pate
    1 custard 
    1 cream
    2 boxes dried apples
    1/2 kg museli mix
    1/2 kg oats
    1 fajita kit
    2 inari 
    4 nori

    Freezer
    1/2 pk chips
    1/2 pk skinny fries
    1 cannellini beans with sage
    1 frozen peas
    1 pk 'fish' fingers
    1 rhubarb 
    1 chickpeas 
    3 casserole 
    2 bags hm haggis minibites
    4 butternut squash soup
    1 tomato and courgette soup base
    1 smoked tofu
    2 watermelon juice
    1 sweetcorn cob
    2 'duck'
    10 pks Chinese pancakes
    3 smokey courgette and tomato 
    2 calabrese 
    2 calabrese stalks
    1 pk falafel
    1 pk sausages 
    1 pk mixed berries 
    1 stewed apple 
    1 chickpeas 
    6 pizza base dough balls
    1 leek and potato soup
    3 freezer surprise 




    Debt neutral fund: £422.76/£1000
    Joint savings fund: £145.64/£1000

    Weight loss challenge 2024:
    4/24lbs
    1st quarter starting weight: 9st 13.1lb
    2nd quarter starting weight: 9st 9.2lb
    3rd quarter starting weight: 
    4th quarter starting weight:

    GC 2024 - Annual Target: £2712- Running total:£941.96/£2712
    Monthly Target: £226
    Jan: £74.12; Feb: £300; Mar: £190; Apr: £200; May: £170; Jun: £7.84; Jul: £; Aug: £; Sep: £; Oct: £; Nov: £; Dec: £


  • jokono
    jokono Posts: 750 Forumite
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    Hello! Happy Christmas to all celebrating it! 🎄

    I saw you mentioning this thread while I was lurking over in the debt free diaries 😅

    My cupboards really need sorting, I was going to do that next week and write it all down. I'll do the freezers too, they're getting ridiculously full. We should start the new year with a full list of what we have in and use as much as we can. I'm sure there'll be bits that need using asap.

    Mr JKN wants to try eating vegan during January, he doesn't eat any pulses so we'll see how it goes. The children can be fussy, but will eat pasta any day of the week. Potatoes and rice will do as well, but each child likes one but not the other. 🙄 None of them are keen on sauces so we need to come up with dry options for them.

    Looking forward to the see what everyone else will be cooking! I had a quick look at the previous threads and there's so much inspiration, I'll keep the tabs open and try and read both in full.


    Dry pulses and grains

    1.75 kg toor dal

    500g black beans

    500g pinto beans

    250g chickpeas

    250 red lentils

    1kg split green peas

    500g rosecoco beans

    500g giant white corn

    1kg millet

    750g black rice

    1kg pearl barley

    1kg oat groats

    500g oat bran

    5pk chocolate porridge oats

    500g basmati

    1kg short grain rice

    250g buckwheat penne

    5kg ww fusilli

    500g ww spaghetti

    4pk lasagne sheets


    Tins

    6 baked beans large

    2 baked beans small

    2 red kidney beans

    5 chickpeas (2 bb jan 23)

    3 green lentils (1 bb feb 23)

    9 tomatoes

    1 bean sprouts

    5 tomato soup (1 bb mar 23, not vegan)

    1 veg and 3 bean soup

    1 chilli con quinoa (bb feb 23)

    1 prunes in grape juice


    Jars

    1 tom & herbs sauce

    2 quinoa bolognese (bb feb 23)

    1 ragu/tom sauce

    1 sundried tom in oil

    1 green pesto (not vegan)

    1 beetroot pesto

    1 passata


    Flour

    1.5kg strong white

    6kg rustic bread

    3kg ww einkorn


    Others

    1kg raw cacao

    1kg nutritional yeast flakes

    1kg chia seeds

    250g poppy seeds

    12pk tofu

    2pk teriyaki sauce (feb 23)



    01.12.2020 - CC £16,839 / Loan £18,820 / EF £0
    03.07.2023 - CC (0%) £9,859 / Loan £0 / Savings £10,110
  • leftatthetrafficlights
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    Welcome @jokono! 😁 

    Hopefully there will be plenty of inspiration for you on this and the other threads 😉 

    Tomorrow I will be doing my food inventory- I cooked bubble and squeak with leftover veg today along with some cabbage and rice so that will feed us tomorrow. I also have some pasta sauce with caperberries and black olives left over so it will be an interesting meal! 😂

    I have a cauliflower, red cabbage, white cabbage, onions, broccoli, carrots, spaghetti squash, butternut squash, apples and a courgette to use up along with some salad leaves so the rest of the week will probably involve: 

    Tagine with broccoli and a courgette and tarragon salad

    Cauliflower steaks with lemon caper lentils and harissa hommous

    Veg and black bean casserole with baked red cabbage and apple. 

    I'll see what is left after these dishes have been cooked and eaten before I choose anything else! I'll post what I use and how I make the dishes as I make them. 
    Debt neutral fund: £422.76/£1000
    Joint savings fund: £145.64/£1000

    Weight loss challenge 2024:
    4/24lbs
    1st quarter starting weight: 9st 13.1lb
    2nd quarter starting weight: 9st 9.2lb
    3rd quarter starting weight: 
    4th quarter starting weight:

    GC 2024 - Annual Target: £2712- Running total:£941.96/£2712
    Monthly Target: £226
    Jan: £74.12; Feb: £300; Mar: £190; Apr: £200; May: £170; Jun: £7.84; Jul: £; Aug: £; Sep: £; Oct: £; Nov: £; Dec: £


  • KajiKita
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    Bookmarked this latest challenge as I really want to start using what I’ve got in stock before it goes out of date 🙄 and save some grocery spend this year (or at least minimise the impact of the increases that will inevitably be coming ….). 

    First job will be to check, list and organise the stocks I have. Having it all in one place would be a big help, but I’m not sure if that will be possible. I will ask hubby about improving the lighting in the cellar again and at least get all the non-damp-affected stuff down there. (I have no pantry.)

    KK
    As at 15.05.24:
    - When bought house £315,995 mortgage debt and end date at start = October 2039 <gulp>, now £252,383, end date brought closer by 2 months  
    - OPs to mortgage = £6,480, Interest saved £2,415, to date
    - LTV 51% @ccord, 51% Yopa
    Fixed rate 2.17% ends October 2024

    Read 25 books of target 52 in 2024 (as @ 17th June)
    Produce tracker: £53.76 of £300

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  • Hello there everyone, please may I join you also?

    We have a ridiculous amount of food in the house right now that will be eaten throughout January. I need to do an inventory of food we have ready to meal plan! 
    Grocery Challenge 🍇🍈🍉🍊🍋🍌🍍
    January 2023 £347.16/ £250 ♥
    Feb 2023 £423.01 /£420 💚
    March £351.84 /£400 💚
    April £320.23 /£400 💚
    May £142.90 /£380 (plus £80 roll over from April = £460) 

    Christmas 2023 Saver #42 £305/£730🎄🎁🎄🎁

  • leftatthetrafficlights
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    Welcome @KajiKita and @Gettingmyshiztogether! 😁

    Doing your inventory list is a really important step with this challenge- I tend to do one every few months as I frequently freeze leftovers then forget what I have in there! 🤦‍♀️ I also buy things in bulk when they are on offer (things like coffee, tinned tomatoes etc) so my stock levels do fluctuate. This year I'm going to try a 'running' inventory on a spreadsheet for a lot of things but will need to still do a physical inventory of my dried pulses/grains and freezer items every few months as these things are more difficult to keep track of. 

    Today is inventory day for me and for the first time I'm also going to list my herbs and spices - I have a lot of them and when I was sorting the cupboard reasonably recently I realised that because it was so chaotic in there I had ended up with a number of duplicates. While it's not a problem, it is a waste of space and money so I want to avoid it in the future. 

    I have spoken to dh about properly tackling the mountain of stocks we currently have this year and he is on board with the plan - he's happy to eat the same thing a couple of days running so it makes it easier to cook once and eat twice which reduces the cooking energy costs. I also do a lot of re-purposing of leftovers so it doesn't get too repetitive. 

    Once we have gone through the fresh veg we currently have, I really want to run down the freezers so that we can defrost them - they are in dire need of a clean out so I imagine that much of January will be eating from the freezer - from memory I have a lot of hm haggis in there so I can see a number of 'loafs' being made and eaten! I will jazz them up with a variety of things to make sure every one of them has a different flavour. 

    I've never done a Challenger list or given people numbers on this before but am happy to do so if that will make it easier - let me know your thoughts! 😁
    Debt neutral fund: £422.76/£1000
    Joint savings fund: £145.64/£1000

    Weight loss challenge 2024:
    4/24lbs
    1st quarter starting weight: 9st 13.1lb
    2nd quarter starting weight: 9st 9.2lb
    3rd quarter starting weight: 
    4th quarter starting weight:

    GC 2024 - Annual Target: £2712- Running total:£941.96/£2712
    Monthly Target: £226
    Jan: £74.12; Feb: £300; Mar: £190; Apr: £200; May: £170; Jun: £7.84; Jul: £; Aug: £; Sep: £; Oct: £; Nov: £; Dec: £


  • KajiKita
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    Thanks for the welcome @leftatthetrafficlights 😊 much appreciated!

    Yes, keeping track of what I have in the house will make a huge difference and will allow me to plan my batch cooking at the weekends for my work lunches as well, I am hoping. I have an additional complication in that my husband is still very much an Omnivore and likes fairly conventional pairings of foods so I have to adapt what I eat to what he eats. It gets quite frustrating but I’m hoping that following the ideas on here will help as I get so bored of what I can already cook and other diaries, threads, ideas sources on MSE tend to be omni based. I find most recipes online are very American oriented and recipe books use obscure, to my palate often inedible ingredients, so I end up with lots of wasted ‘stuff’ sitting around unused. Seeing what ‘real’ vegans eat (iykwim) I think will help a lot! 🤤😊

    KK
    As at 15.05.24:
    - When bought house £315,995 mortgage debt and end date at start = October 2039 <gulp>, now £252,383, end date brought closer by 2 months  
    - OPs to mortgage = £6,480, Interest saved £2,415, to date
    - LTV 51% @ccord, 51% Yopa
    Fixed rate 2.17% ends October 2024

    Read 25 books of target 52 in 2024 (as @ 17th June)
    Produce tracker: £53.76 of £300

    Watch your thoughts, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your reality. 
  • PurpleJay
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    Hi, can I join you please for 2023?

    I have been vegan since 2018 and my 16 yo since 2019.

    I am trying to spend less on groceries going forward and using up some of my stores seems like a good way forward. You had a huge food store at the start of 2022 @leftatthetrafficlights and I am looking forward to seeing what you managed to use up during the year (I have just read the 2022 thread). 

    I have a bit of a battle with myself between wanting to make sure I have food in for emergencies and wanting to use up my stocks. I started a couple of Brexit cupboards which became covid cupboards but tbh when my son and I got covid in Sept 22, I just ordered ready meals from Amazon Prime (Morrisons) as I couldn't face cooking. It has made me question whether I need so much and I have been running things down a bit in the run up to Christmas. However I am still spending far too much on groceries.  

    I will do my inventories in the coming days. 
    'Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain'
  • leftatthetrafficlights
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    Welcome @PurpleJay 😁 it's nice to have you along! 

    I've just updated my inventory list (post no.2) and as you can see, I still have a mountain of stock! 🤦‍♀️😂 Some is remaining from the last challenge and some I have acquired through 2022! 

    As my opening post stated - I really need to do the challenge properly this year, in all honesty I could eat for the entirety of 2023 by just topping up with fresh fruit and vegetables weekly! I am really hoping that I will do that as much as possible! 

    I understand that it's difficult to let go of a food stock (hence my ridiculous amounts) but I am looking at it that I spent all this money and I need to benefit from that! 

    @KajiKita - my dh is also an omnivore but he loves vegan food and is adventurous so is relatively simple to feed; he tends to have his corpse fix at lunchtime at work 😉 he has a drawer in the freezer for this purpose! I know how hard it can be though, I was once the only vegan in a household of 5 so spent a number of years cooking lots of different things everyday! 🙈


    Debt neutral fund: £422.76/£1000
    Joint savings fund: £145.64/£1000

    Weight loss challenge 2024:
    4/24lbs
    1st quarter starting weight: 9st 13.1lb
    2nd quarter starting weight: 9st 9.2lb
    3rd quarter starting weight: 
    4th quarter starting weight:

    GC 2024 - Annual Target: £2712- Running total:£941.96/£2712
    Monthly Target: £226
    Jan: £74.12; Feb: £300; Mar: £190; Apr: £200; May: £170; Jun: £7.84; Jul: £; Aug: £; Sep: £; Oct: £; Nov: £; Dec: £


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