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September 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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    Afternoon All

    just spent some more money in Lidl on flour and cat food so will update later

    See you soon

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  • Haven't spent anything today and won't be either, bank were meant to be changing some stuff on my account and managed to freeze it, somehow got confused and thought i'd been cloned, argh! Should be sorted by the end of the day apparently, but meanwhile it means that I am grateful I have plenty of food in already and we shall be eating that!

    Will be putting the amount spent in my sig when i work out/remember how! But so far £140.17/£450 - feeling very pleased, nothing like keeping receipts to make you think about how you spend your money!
    GC Oct £387.69/£400, GC Nov £312.58/£400, GC Dec £111.87/£400
  • Left my lunch at home :(

    Tescos Tin of Tuna - 35p
    Reduced 6 White Pittas - 15p
    2 Bananas - 22p
    Some pepper - 19p

    = 91p :)

    Ate 3 pittas rest can go in the freezer
    Buy for value not cost.
    Feb Grocery = £55.87 / 80
  • EagerLearnerEagerLearner Forumite
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    Nyk - many thanks for showing us your spend - wow, makes our £120 a month for 2 people pale in comparison... must try harder!

    Jakk - I think the 4 cans of Princes Tuna is £2.49 at the moment at both Somerfield and Tesco too. I also tried Tescos Basic tuna last week (only £0.30 odd pence) and this was fine mixed in with Princes tuna in a pasta bake.

    I like Princes when the tuna will be a cold ingredient, and the Basics one when in a pasta bake, or a 'gumbo' (which we invent regularly! We add sweet potato, green beans, olives, sweetcorn tomatoes and tuna, mix with some mayo = dinner!)
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  • Hello everybody!

    Would it be possible to slash our target to £90 for the month please? Major student financial meltdown at the mo and as I'm determined :cool: to save some money up each week for a rainy day, our food money is getting drastically cut..! Possibly somewhat unrealistic though given last months totals but time will tell! Doing well so far though and a full kitchen :) The 'market challenge' is working...

    L xx
  • Hiya guys
    Sausage casserole was yummy and made lunch for 3 +2 extra meals for freezer.(cost £2.50+cooking)
    Thanks Mrs mc will be trying that later;) and will freeze in portions too.
    Have decided to shop tomorrow making this another NSD, but off to the bank and will have to run the gauntlet of the shops, so wish me luck
    HWGA xx
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  • shaz_mum_of__2shaz_mum_of__2 Forumite
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    Hi all

    Anyone know what this weeks mr M deals are?? been today and no advertising anywhere i did find a pack of kiwis priced 50p but nothing else??

  • EagerLearnerEagerLearner Forumite
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    Shaz see for all the latest deals - costs pennies per week but saves a fortune x
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  • What a great thread! I definitely have to get involved with this. There is only me and my OH but we just seem to spend ( and waste :o ) so much money on food. At the beginning of the month it is always the same, we go food shopping and spend a stupid amount - £115 this month, we pick up loads of things we don't really need and alot of it ends up being thrown out. This does tend to last a few weeks ( we have to buy things like bread, milk and butter in between ) but I know we can really cut this down.

    Well we've just been hit with a bill for the roof to be repaired which is going to be almost £300, money which we just don't have. So I've decided enoughs enough I need to get my backside into gear! At the moment I put away £200 a month to cover food, toiletries, cleaning products etc which I want to cut back, I just don't know what a realistic amount is for 2 people ( bearing in mind I refuse to eat ready meals/processed food ). I think maybe im too set in my ways - only buy "branded" products because I think their better than the cheaper options :confused:

    Either way I have to get out of my normal buying habits! I have taken £35 out of the food budget to put towards the roofing repairs which leaves me with £50 for food for the rest of the month :eek: I just hope its do-able!

    Sorry for the ramble....
    For petrol, food & toiletries for 2 adults and 2 guinea pigs!
    October £150/£158.61 :o November £150/£213.52 :eek: December £250/£230.92 January £250/£204.27
  • Hi Diva,
    Peanut butter cookies sound fantastic! I couldn't pester you for the recipe could I?! I bought myself a jar of peanut butter as a treat in this weeks shopping but the cookies sound even better!
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    These are remarkably cheap if you use Tesco value pb at 45p a jar (approx)

    A BIG thank you to Angelnikki who did the conversions for me!:T :A

    1/2 cup / 125g / 4.5oz butter or marg
    1/2 cup / 115g / 4oz granulated sugar
    1/2 cup / 115g / 4oz brown sugar
    1/2 cup / 150g / 5.5oz peanut butter - I use crunchy
    1 egg
    3/4 tsp bicarb of soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 & 1/4 cup / 150g / 5.5 oz sieved flour (I have used self raising but don't think it matters much)
    1/4 tsp salt
    • Cream butter and sugar and pb together. Beat in egg and then stir in all other ingrediants.
    • Shape dough into balls, place on lightly greased baking sheets.
    • Dip fork into flour and then press down onto the balls to make ridges. Flour stops fork sticking to dough.
    • Bake at 180 degrees/350 degrees F for about 10 mins.
    Makes about 26

    Hope you enjoy!

    To be frugal, you need to spend money wisely, simply spending less is not enough.
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