October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.

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  • takataka Forumite
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    Wow... 6 pages already!! I'm sitting at £13.20 on day 4 of a 32 day month (26th sept to 27 Oct). Managed 2 GC NSD at the weekend (miraculous for me :o ) But stupidly slept in today so ended up having to buy lunch in the canteen :mad: This is why I went over budget in Sept so I need to get more organised on this front :o

    Wish I was more organised in general... Finally managed to meal plan for the 1st time for the last week of my Sept budget... then completely ignored it :o Will try again tomorrow... maybe just meal plan till friday though... :rotfl:
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  • Hi

    Can you put me down for £260 for myself, hubby, baby and cat, thanks! I've already ordered a tesco shop which only came to £46 and included their fantastic discount "market value" range:j
  • bookloverbooklover Forumite
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    Hello everyone

    Please can you put me down for £200 for October.

    I haven't worked out what I spent yet in September...

    I really need to sort my spending out soon....

    Many thanks


  • I had bought a large box of Squares for the kids lunch boxes for about £6.50 for 24. Normally they are 39p each. Having eaten one I thought how hard can these be to make - so I did. It took no more than 25 minutes - I think it was nearer to 20 and was so easy. I think the recipe will make 20-30 squares and by my costings is only £1.05 for the whole batch!

    Here is the recipe:

    Marshmallow Squares

    30g Cornflour
    40g Icing sugar
    1 Gelatin envelope
    90ml -Water
    150g Sugar, granulated
    150g golden syrup
    1 pinch -Salt
    1 tsp Vanilla extract
    300g Rice crispies


    Sift cornflour and icing sugar into a small bowl.
    Lightly grease 2 baking tins and sprinkle one tbs cornflour and sugar
    mixture into it.
    Tilt pan in all directions to coat sides as well as
    Leave any excess in tin.

    Sprinkle gelatin over water in a small saucepan and let soak for 5
    Add granulated sugar and stir over moderately low heat until

    In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine gelatin mixture, golden
    syrup, salt and vanilla and beat for 15 minutes on high speed until
    peaks form.
    Transfer to a large bowl and mix in rice cripsies.

    Spread fluffy mixture into prepared pan and smooth top.
    Leave for two hours or until set.

    With wet knife, cup marshmallow mixture into slices and loosen
    around edges.
    Roll each in flour and sugar.
    Place marshmallows on cake racks covered in kitchen roll and let stand overnight to dry surface slightly.
    Store in airtight container. Marshmallows will keep for a month.

    You could mix in anything you like instead of rice crispies including corn flakes or chocolate chips. It is a great one to make with the kids as well because it is sooooo simple! :)
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  • cherie1122cherie1122 Forumite
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    £200 again please. This thread is excellent for keeping me concentrated on watching where the money goes.

    Everything I buy gets listed on a spreadsheet and that alone makes me think twice about buying some things. I'm also scratch cooking a lot more than I used to.
  • bookloverbooklover Forumite
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    Sorry I didn't highlight my target: £200 please for October

  • Wow - this is long already!
    Please can I stick at £230 again for October? Only a couple of pounds overspend, so nearly got it right! Thanks Mrs M for doing all the totals!
    Think twice before spending anything!
  • Good morning all
    Another NSD yesterday, and hopefully today as well.
    Thanks for the ideas on meal planning, will definitely do a plan today.
    I have printed out a calender for the month and stuck it on the fridge, will record all spending on it, so hopefully it will make me think twice before spending
  • can i join to please my monthly target is £250 starting on the 1st thanks
  • Hi, please put me down for £120 for October!

    This is for myself, dd (6) and cat! Hoping to come in underbudget this month although I have family visiting for half term so planning a BIG meal for everyone! This may have to be an add on depending on how I'm doing!!!!

    Good luck everyone!

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