May 2008 Grocery Challenge

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  • Hi everyone, for this month it is £200.00 for two of us I am going to try and come in under this month I started last Thursday on may challenge. spent £65.00 so far but have plenty in freezer and fridge!! good luck people. :D x x
  • LizzieanneLizzieanne Forumite
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    Hi everyone,

    I'm in again for May, I didn't take up the challenge in March and April as I had a few family bereavements and just couldn't focus.

    I now have something else to factor into the equation - my beloved cat has been very ill for 7 weeks (£3000 vet bill - thank goodness for pet insurance!)
    He's still not 100%, but he's getting there. He's been diagnosed with pancreatitis and has had a urinary tract infection, a severe bowel infection and at one point tested positive for E-coli. There is also some suggestion of a food intolerance.

    So, We've finally settled him on a food which doesn't make him very sick - one of the Hill's Prescription diets, called z/d. He has a mixture of the tins and the dry food, along with frozen cod or coley.
    This food costs £2.30 for a 156g tin!! Left to his own devices, now his appetite is picking up again, he'd eat 2 tins a day plus biscuits.
    So, just under £5 a day to feed the cat! All I could think of was this thread and the fact that some people have less than that to feed their families and I felt incredibly guilty. We're supplementing the prescription food with the frozen blocks of cod and coley, which is helping a lot and he's very impressed!
    We're hoping that once he's settled down and his various samples start coming back negative, we'll be able to slowly wean him onto another varity called i/d, which is much less expensive. At the moment, though, he has to stay on this until everything is under control.

    I suppose we're fortunate that we can afford it - but only just.
    I'll be including the cost of his fish in my shopping budget but not the special food, which we'll pay for separately.

    Please send some healing vibes to my puss - he's currently asleep on a fleece blanket in a cod-induced haze. :)

    Sorry for the ramble!
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  • Keiss_21Keiss_21 Forumite
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    Mrs M, please put me down for £400 for May, (22/4 to 21/05)

    Hya folks...back for a new month, perhaps I can keep within the £400 budget this time...I am getting closer! I don't know how those of you with much lower targets keep within budget.

    I have cut down on lots of things, do a lot of baking (inc bread), use lots of value range foods and use soda crystals and vinegar to make the washing liquid go further. I try to only go to the butcher's twice a month and buy f&v from out local greengrocer....what else can I do?? I suppose I can stop my teenage boys eating....not really possible I suspect..they are both over 6 feet tall and have bottomless pits. The youngest is diabetic and plays a lot of rugby, a prop...he is huge!

    Still, I will persevere. We are definitely spending less money per month than we used to...I have included all foods, seeds (veg growing), pet foods, and household stuffs in this total, so we are going in the right direction. Watering down whole milk is a hit, I even find that the boys remember to do it before downing their pints of milk in the evenings...neither like the full fat version now!

    Right, off to get some more seeds sown as well as pricking out and potting on my toms and peppers. The conservatory is getting very green!

    Have a great day folks

    M


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  • Hi, Cheesy snacks recipe, I use the cup from my breadmaker to measure ingredients.

    1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
    2 tbls sesame seeds
    pinch of salt
    1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup butter/marg
    3tbls worcester sauce
    3tbls water

    Mix flour, salt and sesame seeds.
    Rub in butter and cheese.
    Add worcester sauce and water, combine to a dough.
    Roll out and cut to desired shape.
    Bake in hot oven 220 C for about 10 mins until golden brown.

    I cut mine into strips and then twisted them to make them look nice but the kids like any shapes really.
    Beware though, they disappear quickly in our house!!! :p
    ;)May Grocery Challenge - £350.00 ;)
    £213.76/£350.00
    ;)
  • SAVVYMUMMY wrote: »
    OOOOOOHH SHINY SHINY NEW MONTH.:j

    this included 4 x 500g tubs of Utterly Butter for 56p each at MrT if anyone is interested. Great as I do alot of baking and can freeze it too.

    Thanks for the heads up I have now been and stocked up too
    May Grocery Challenge £254.16/£320
  • Lizzieanne wrote: »

    Please send some healing vibes to my puss - he's currently asleep on a fleece blanket in a cod-induced haze. :)

    Sorry for the ramble!

    aw sweetheart you have all my love and sympathies about your cat. i actually do reiki, and i'll be doing some on my sister this evening, so when i'm finished with her (so to speak!!) i'll send some healing energies to your cat.

    in the meantime, you can help your cat yourself. as your stroking him, ask Archangel Raphael (he's the healing angel) to send his healing energies to help your cat. you can do this every day, but only ask once a day, and then say thank you.

    hope people don't think i'm barmy now, telling you to do this, but i do angel healing all the time, and you never know, it might help you.

    love and (((hugs))) to you xx

  • Hi, Cheesy snacks recipe, I use the cup from my breadmaker to measure ingredients.

    1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
    2 tbls sesame seeds
    pinch of salt
    1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup butter/marg
    3tbls worcester sauce
    3tbls water

    Mix flour, salt and sesame seeds.
    Rub in butter and cheese.
    Add worcester sauce and water, combine to a dough.
    Roll out and cut to desired shape.
    Bake in hot oven 220 C for about 10 mins until golden brown.

    I cut mine into strips and then twisted them to make them look nice but the kids like any shapes really.
    Beware though, they disappear quickly in our house!!! :p


    Thanks for posting this. I think my mum used to make these when I was a kid aqnd we all loved them
    May Grocery Challenge £254.16/£320
  • Kaz2904Kaz2904 Forumite
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    Well DS has just had a salad too for lunch- he couldn't eat all of it so I finished it off after I had my bowl of cereal.
    I expect I'll be having some bread as soon as it's done cause I'm blinking starving today!
    Oh well I can hear birthday cake calling me!
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  • Oops didn't highlight in previous post - still getting the hang of this - Mrs M please put me and DH down for £250 for May.

    And thanks for the welcomes! :hello:

    DH and I have realised since my first post that his daily lunches need to be included - fortunately he can have a decent hot meal with meat and two veg at work for £2.25 with a staff discount (and it is actually lovely stuff, I am envious!) - so have updated signature. (He has also 'fessed up to a Sesame Snaps habit at 25 p a go :rolleyes:)

    saf
    March GC: £147.75/£180 groceries + £36.75/£50 meals out

    February: £163.19/£180 + £66.14/£50 monthly budget for eating out Total £229.33/£230 :j
    January: £170.01/£170
  • Hi, Cheesy snacks recipe, I use the cup from my breadmaker to measure ingredients.

    1 & 1/2 cups plain flour
    2 tbls sesame seeds
    pinch of salt
    1 cup of grated cheddar cheese
    1/2 cup butter/marg
    3tbls worcester sauce
    3tbls water

    Mix flour, salt and sesame seeds.
    Rub in butter and cheese.
    Add worcester sauce and water, combine to a dough.
    Roll out and cut to desired shape.
    Bake in hot oven 220 C for about 10 mins until golden brown.

    I cut mine into strips and then twisted them to make them look nice but the kids like any shapes really.
    Beware though, they disappear quickly in our house!!! :p

    Thanks Giggslady for the recipe. I don`t usually do savouries, but will try these out today. Already done my choc and hobnob biscuits,( baked some ready and froze the uncooked cookies for another time) pastry was still frozen, so that will wait `till later. Chicken in slow oven at the moment, so just a quick cuppa and read some more posts.

    By the way just remembered, bread flour in MrT was still 48p yesterday, didn`t get any as no where to put this now, but tried the Hovis white seeded flour out yesterday for a change and veeeerrrryyy nice indeed!.
    Grocery Challenge 2013: July week 1 £90/£87.41 :D
    week 2 £90.00/£118.38:eek: week 3 £90/£60.54:jweek4 £90/£79.90 week5 £45/£00
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    Mortgage overpayment from june 2013 aiming for £400 a month: £451
    Emergency fund 2013 from june £70
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