February 2009 Grocery Challenge

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  • gtxgtx Forumite
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    haven't been on for a while but thats because i'm not spending:p
    and have been keeping up with flylady stuff - you should see the difference at our place:D

    i was wondering how the people who have gone organic for their meat are finding the costs - i tend to buy whatever is on offer at mr a's - which usually isn't free range or organic but the kids are taking more of an interest after watching jamie the other night and i know it's something we should do but i'm worried about the cost

    gtx

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  • Hiya everyone.

    Been to Morrisons today and local 'bread' shop (newsagents which has local bakery bread) and in total spent £33.30 which included £5 in wine. Decided to get the 4 small bottle for £5 to encourage me to only have one ;)

    Not bad. Half the monthly budget gone but lots of stuff in. Bought some mushroom pasta sauce reduced for the freezer and carrot soup also reduced for tea. They weren't on my list. Also ice cream, cheese which was on offer also not on list but pretty much everything else was so I am getting better at sticking to my list :)

    Been meal planning this morning before we went. Mitchell is up to his armpits (nearly) in ice cream (he is 2.25) and has been asking for one since they went into the trolley hours ago.

    Made pasta sauce yesteday in a big batch. One for yesterday tea, one for tomorrow tea and 2 portions in the freezer. Very satistfying.

    Probably need to do a tesco delivery next week to get my bonus club cards for doing 3 online shops before the end of feb.

    The week after will be sainsburys. I already have a £10 voucher and another £20 expected from ipoints which should have arrived by then. All helps :)

    Hope you are all well.
    Jane

    Jaycee x

  • hamish222 wrote: »
    Hi
    Can anyone help my 1st fruit and veg box has just arrived and was thinking of making a lamb joint in my slow cooker with some of veg and then freezing for next week. I have a frozen lamb joint in freezer (that I bought frozen) which says in pack to roast from frozen, can I just bung this in slow cooker frozen as well with the veg.

    I personally wouldn't do this hamish222. I know you've said it says in the pack to roast from frozen, but I think it would take a huge amount of time to defrost the joint in the slo-cooker and then for it to be cooked through thoroughly. I am bit funny about frozen meat anyway and would always defrost it thoroughly before cooking.
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  • TheBeesTheBees Forumite
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    It was our turn with the snow today so all 4 of us were off school! :j Made the most of the extra day off by clearing the ironing pile (then washing a load more stuff to fill it up again), tidying the spare room/office and shredding 6 months worth of paperwork plus doing a bit of baking.

    DD has had a friend round all day who's sleeping over. Had planned a slow cooked pork casserole but the friend doesn't like pork so instead I defrosted a previously made bolognese. I then followed a recipe in the latest Tesco magazine in which you simply cook some Penne pasta, put it on the bottom of a shallow baking dish and cover it with the bolognese sauce. Grate some cheese on top and then either grill or put it in the oven. I also made som mini french rolls using the bread maker which we had with it and the girls made some lovely chocolate brownies for pudding with icecream. Yum:D

    I've worked out we've got £58 per week left out of the budget. Should be able to do it I reckon.
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  • Hello everyone! :hello:

    Not been by for a while so thought I'd pop in to update. Not spent much this week but still not properly into the packed lunch thing for me - DD on track with that tho'. I can get a sandwich at work for 80p or a salad for £1 and with the price of salad stuff these days I'm not sure I can beat that by much. Of course, I've got tuna, couscous, bread and mayonnaise already in the house, in which case, I can beat it by about 100% right?!! :rotfl:

    Went for petrol yesterday and they had minicream eggs on 2 bags for £2. I don't even LIKE cream eggs, but you know when you just see something and have an IMMEDIATE craving for it? Took them into work tho' so at least I didn't eat 'em all myself! I HATE going for petrol - our garage has lovely muffins and always 'special offers' on chocolate... I long for the day when I can order petrol on-line and have a little man come around to fill 'er up during the night! :rotfl:

    Got some manky bananas to use up this weekend - going to look for a good recipe later (hopefully something that I've already got all the stuff in for).

    Not too much snow here today but we are expecting more on Sunday. Hope everyone is warm and safe :D
    Grocery challenge: Jun£134.15/£120; Jul £60.90/£120
  • TheBees wrote: »
    I then followed a recipe in the latest Tesco magazine in which you simply cook some Penne pasta, put it on the bottom of a shallow baking dish and cover it with the bolognese sauce. Grate some cheese on top and then either grill or put it in the oven.

    Mmmmnnnn, Bees, there were some cool recipes in that mag, especially the ones in the affordable family meal plan section (everyone's turning MS!). I'm going to try that penne bolognese one soon. Already had the banana, yogurt and toasted oat pots, and got stuff in for the warm bacon and potato salad. :D
    Grocery challenge: Jun£134.15/£120; Jul £60.90/£120
  • PennyGrabberPennyGrabber Forumite
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    Well, school was shut again today, so of course I went to MrA. I ended up spending £20, so I am now over my budget, but I'm pleased with what I got.
    DD(3) decided that the only option for dinner tonight was a lasagne, so needed some bits for that - incidentally, lush, and 3 lots for the 2 of them to go into freezer tonight.
    Other than that, got some chicken to make chicken nuggets with, some washing powder as I didn't realise I had run out!, and random other useful stuff.
    I couldn't manage to get cat litter as well - too much to carry in the snow, so I'll have to go back for that, but once I got home I realised I hadn't got hot choc either, so I'd've had to go back anyway.
    The challenge now is to see how little over my budget I can go. I'm not too cross with myself at all, after all, this is the first month I've done this, and I did set it low to try and recover from the whole Christmas thing.
    Mrs M - I've been looking around for patterns, and may start the whole present-making thing soon!
    nmlc - is the recipe for your bakewell tart on here? If so, where, if not, can I have it?!?!
    Take care all, will update sig once I've brought the receipt upstairs.
    PG x
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  • Flat_EricFlat_Eric Forumite
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    an emergency spend on some m&s profiteroles and cream today - been a horrid day - been going through redundancy consultation in work and whilst my job is safe, some of my work colleagues have lost their jobs and have now left including a good friend :confused:

    i was rather amused to see how empty the shelves were however with lots of notices up blaming lack of deliveries on the snow!!! I have never seen their shelves so empty!

    still they had my profiteroels :j

    need to sit down and crunch the numbers this weekend and update my signature. I have been very bad at keeping proper track although I am certaintly much more aware of what Im spending and although completely unrelated to food, an e-mail from a craft website offering me 75% off certain products has been deleted. Although VERY tempting, the money would be far better spent in reducing my credit card debt :j

    I wish all you masterchefs would come and cook for me. all this baking and cooking that you talk about makes my mouth water and it all sounds so nice.:j

  • Flat_EricFlat_Eric Forumite
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    Well, school was shut again today, so of course I went to MrA. I ended up spending £20, so I am now over my budget, but I'm pleased with what I got.
    DD(3) decided that the only option for dinner tonight was a lasagne, so needed some bits for that - incidentally, lush, and 3 lots for the 2 of them to go into freezer tonight.
    Other than that, got some chicken to make chicken nuggets with, some washing powder as I didn't realise I had run out!, and random other useful stuff.
    I couldn't manage to get cat litter as well - too much to carry in the snow, so I'll have to go back for that, but once I got home I realised I hadn't got hot choc either, so I'd've had to go back anyway.
    The challenge now is to see how little over my budget I can go. I'm not too cross with myself at all, after all, this is the first month I've done this, and I did set it low to try and recover from the whole Christmas thing.
    Mrs M - I've been looking around for patterns, and may start the whole present-making thing soon!
    nmlc - is the recipe for your bakewell tart on here? If so, where, if not, can I have it?!?!
    Take care all, will update sig once I've brought the receipt upstairs.
    PG x

    oh yes please. can I have the receipe for bakewell tart too ???

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    Sylvan wrote: »
    Baileys Babe - did you find at any point that you could only shuffle sideways, like a crab? That was the weirdest part for me:confused:

    No, could hardly move. Very small steps less than 1/2 the length of my size 5 foot. I found it very isolating. Everything was to far away. Stayed at work even though I could of gone off sick as I needed the company and I prefer not to sit next to the kettle to enjoy a cup of tea, colleagues would make the tea nd bring it to me :D
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