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June 2008 Grocery Challenge

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • CHOCOLATE SAUCE

    6oz Sugar
    1/4 pint water
    2oz cocoa powder

    Dissolve sugar in water
    Simmer for 1 minute
    Take off heat
    Whisk in cocoa powder
    Chill

    Not sure how long it keeps but would go great in pancakes,over icecream and any other dessert.

    anneLouise
    Be who you are and say what you think because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind....Dr Seuss
  • fluffysoxfluffysox Forumite
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    mumzyof2 wrote: »
    Hello all, instead of oats can i use red lentils to bulk out mince meals?

    Mrs M can you put me down for £150 for next month please?
    You can add nything really- my mum always grated carrot into mince- you don't notice it. Personally I chop allsorts of veg in there to bulk it up and avoid wastage.
    2016 MFW OPd £2000, 2015 MFW OPd 3000 then bought new bigger house with bigger mortgage.
    MFW OPd 2014 £2000 2013 £9700 2012 £2848.39 2011 £2509.58 2010 £11000 2009 £112002008 £4939 :D
    Beautiful boys born May 2011 and October 2013 :)
  • zoe260373zoe260373 Forumite
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    hi all,another newbie here! hope you dont mind :) i intend to try the GC and start on sunday 29th june ready for july,(hope thats how it works)my family is-2 adults,1 teen lad,2 primary age and a 4month old baby,so shop will include nappies and milk,i make my own baby food.i also have 2 medium sized dogs and 4 cats,oh almost forgot the hamster and the goldfish,lol.am being brave and setting myself a target of £350 for everything,would put a scary face but dont know how to do emoticons yet,hehe,anyway 'HI'
    £350 for july please anglenikki,thank you,zoe.x
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300:pspends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£119.plus local shop spends total spent £257,:j
  • cherie1122cherie1122 Forumite
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    This is my first month and although I haven't posted much I've been reading everything - it's very addictive.

    I've kept a note of everything I've bought on a spreadsheet and so far I've spent £296.37/£350.00 on food, eating out and feeding our five cats and two parrots (they eat a lot of fresh fruit & veggies). We spend far too much on food so I want to get that under control.

    Next month I want to try £250. so please could you put me down for that

    I've had a great time making yogurt cake, Millie's cookies, potato burger pie and vegetable soup - thank you for the great recipes (hubby loved them)

  • fluffysoxfluffysox Forumite
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    zoe260373 wrote: »
    hi all,another newbie here! hope you dont mind :) i intend to try the GC and start on sunday 29th june ready for july,(hope thats how it works)my family is-2 adults,1 teen lad,2 primary age and a 4month old baby,so shop will include nappies and milk,i make my own baby food.i also have 2 medium sized dogs and 4 cats,oh almost forgot the hamster and the goldfish,lol.am being brave and setting myself a target of £350 for everything,would put a scary face but dont know how to do emoticons yet,hehe,anyway 'HI'
    £350 for july please anglenikki,thank you,zoe.x

    My word you've got a house full :p good luck with the challenge- welcome to the thread!
    2016 MFW OPd £2000, 2015 MFW OPd 3000 then bought new bigger house with bigger mortgage.
    MFW OPd 2014 £2000 2013 £9700 2012 £2848.39 2011 £2509.58 2010 £11000 2009 £112002008 £4939 :D
    Beautiful boys born May 2011 and October 2013 :)
  • zoe260373zoe260373 Forumite
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    dont know mrs mc as ive not posted here before but have been viewing for a few days....so big hugs sweet,hope all goes as you would like it to and thoughts are with you for a safe journey,xxx
    p.s...any advice for a newbie would be very much appreciated,new to forums too,its all very daunting even having read the info on 'how to' at the beginning,think im suffering deplition of brain cells after child birth,lol
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300:pspends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£119.plus local shop spends total spent £257,:j
  • fluffysoxfluffysox Forumite
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    Welcome cherie- my first month too and totally addicted- everyone on this board is great some fantastic ideas, recipes and support. Well done everyone and thanks!:beer:

    Not sure what target to set for July as it will be an unusual month. I have two week long camps- think my food should be paid for though. Although OH will be at home with the fluffydog so will have to organise groceries for him- not sure I'm as saintly as Ms Mc but I'll have a go. However since I'm away I'll say
    £140 for July please angelnikki :)
    2016 MFW OPd £2000, 2015 MFW OPd 3000 then bought new bigger house with bigger mortgage.
    MFW OPd 2014 £2000 2013 £9700 2012 £2848.39 2011 £2509.58 2010 £11000 2009 £112002008 £4939 :D
    Beautiful boys born May 2011 and October 2013 :)
  • zoe260373zoe260373 Forumite
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    thanks fluffysox,tell me about it...must be mad!!! im luckier than some though so no complaints,thanks for the welcome.x
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300:pspends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£119.plus local shop spends total spent £257,:j
  • edited 31 July 2011 at 7:22PM
    ifonlyitwaseasierifonlyitwaseasier Forumite
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    edited 31 July 2011 at 7:22PM
    MrsM - we are here for you when you need us, :grouphug: ((((((((((MrsM's family))))))))) :grouphug:


    Nice to see you DETERMINED :wave: theres more stew for you tomorrow and i think i left some hm bread there too for you,

    i'm on a half day tomorrow, mil & fil are visiting, made a no fat sponge this evening and have it resting with cream and strawberries in it for a hm b'day cake for mil

    no fat sponge recipe (as i know denise will ask for it if i don't post it :whistle: )

    4 eggs
    4oz caster sugar

    cream together

    4 oz SR flour

    mix in with a metal spoon in a figure of eight motion (no i don't know why my mum just told me this works best)

    fan oven 170C for about 15 mins (test by pushing lightly on the top and if it rebounds straight up its ready)

    this makes two 8 inch round cakes
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
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    Debtfightingdivaextraordinaire!!!!
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

  • JustamumJustamum Forumite
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    Thanks MrsM- will try the milk trick and the turning the temp lower trick :D

    I've got a fan oven where I can't switch off the fan too. It's got a nasty "hot spot" too (I thought fan ovens weren't supposed to get those :confused:). Anyway I bake my bread at 180C for 35 minutes - maybe a couple of minutes over if necessary - and it comes out perfectly. Most recipes say it should be baked at something like 230C which I've always found much too hot.

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