June 2010 Grocery Challenge

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  • wssla00wssla00 Forumite
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    all food(including eating out or cups of tea/coffee in cafes etc)
    laundry stuff Yep
    dog food Cat food and litter-Yep
    toiletries yep
    loo roll and kitchen roll yep
    bin bags etc yep
    hairdressers visits nope
    newspapers and magazines yep
    cinema visits no- but that's cos I have an unlimited card so never want to spend any money on food either when I'm there
    birthday cards, gift wrap etc yep
    "feminine hygiene" stuff (this costs me loads as we are three females!) yep

    What do you all include?

    That's about it really- the odd takeaway in there too if we have them and snacks out and about!
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    greentgreent Forumite
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    edited 5 June 2010 at 9:47PM
    Hi - I am still getting used to this challenge so apologies if I keep asking stupid stuff! I have found that I am already reducing the total amount I am cooking for each meal so that my portion sizes are better - I used to cook loads and often threw leftovers away. I wanted to ask what you all include in the GC? Some of your targets seem really low to me and I just can't imagine ever achieving anything like them. There are three of us and a dog and I am including:
    all food(including eating out or cups of tea/coffee in cafes etc)yes - but not 'special' meals out -eg birthdays
    laundry stuffyes
    dog food yes - well, guinea pigs!
    toiletries yes
    loo roll and kitchen roll yes
    bin bags etc yes
    hairdressers visits no
    newspapers and magazines yes
    cinema visits no - entertainment
    birthday cards, gift wrap etc - yes
    "feminine hygiene" stuff (this costs me loads as we are three females!) - used to but DD too young and I've had a hysterectomy ;) - but will be yes when necessary for DD:D

    What do you all include?

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    I include takeaways too - and any coffees/ snacks DH buys on the train - if he tells me!!!:cool: I also include any alcohol for consumption at home or that we take to someone else's. ANy entertaining at home also come out of GC - eg: BBQ 2 weekends ago when some family announced they were coming to visit that morning!
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    SpiggleSpiggle Forumite
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    edited 5 June 2010 at 8:04PM
    all food(including eating out or cups of tea/coffee in cafes etc) Not eating out/cafe comes out of pocket money
    laundry stuff yes
    dog food Wh****s but not cats' special diet food
    toiletries Depends, shower gel/shampoo/soap/etc yes but make up no
    loo roll and kitchen roll yes
    bin bags etc yes I would if I bought them
    hairdressers visits no
    newspapers and magazines no
    cinema visits no
    birthday cards, gift wrap etc yes
    "feminine hygiene" stuff (this costs me loads as we are three females!) yes

    What do you all include?

    Hi recovering, unless it's for others that we're entertaining, all booze comes out of our £15 each per week pocket money. And there are only the two of us and two gorgeous cats. GD1 comes to stay once a week but she doesn't break the bank!

    Rachelmk I'm glad you enjoyed shopping locally. Unless its a really good deal I try not to buy f&v from supermarkets 'cos nine times out of ten its cheaper at the greengrocer. Also I have a 'thing' about supermarket meat and so never buy it there. As for free range eggs, my butcher sells locally produced ones for far less than the supermarket charges and they're often double yolkers. :T

    Keiss what a fantastic surprise. Enjoy using it as you see fit.

    We went up to town today and I fancied some sliced meat (not very MS I know :o) so we got some ham, beef and eggs which was a slightly expensive £5.73 but you have to spoil yourself sometimes. ;) At the greengrocers we got iceberg, potatoes, cucumber, carrots, onions, pembroke new pots, vine tomatoes, red onions, white cabbage and it came to £5.50. So £11.23 today but don't need anything else for the time being so definitely an NSD tomorrow.

    Oh, I had a beef and HG leaf sandwich for my lunch and they tasted delicious. My first taste of the garden this year (if you don't count parsley, mint, etc).

    Off to update my siggy now and then a quiet evening I think.

    Take care all and enjoy the rest of the weekend,
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  • Doom_and_GloomDoom_and_Gloom Forumite
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    What do you all include?
    We include:
    • all food that is not to do with entertainment (cafes would be entertainment for us), a meal out or birthdays - we do include takeaways though (unless due to birthday or special occasion as that's a different budget) but we rarely get them to be honest.
    • rat and chinchilla food - including gnaw blocks, timothey hay, treats etc.
    • animal littler
    • toilet roll and kitchen roll
    • washing up liquid
    • washing powder and conditioner (read as soda cyrstals and vinigar)
    • Hygiene products
    • cinema is entertainment
    • bin bags are free through the council and we get enough from them to last us
    • newspapers and magazines we don't buy but when we do they are entertainment
    • birthday stuff has it's own budget
    • hair cuts - I haven't had my hair cut in a year and my partner even longer. We both have long hair and keep our hair in good condition. When I get mine cut it's free from a family friend anyway. My partner has to pay for the womens price due to his long hair and I'm trying to get him to go to the family friend also when he needs his next cut :money:.
    My budget seems low this month as it isn't a full month. My usual budget was £108 for the two of us and a rat before but I will have to put it up to about £115 next month due to the chinchillas.
    Also a lot of other peoples budgets seem low as they have no choice or have been doing the challenge for so long that they have been able to reduce their budget over time - or kept it the same despite the inflation on food. Just concentrate on your family and your budget. If you can reduce it over time great, if not you are probably as low as your family can comfortably go and that is great also.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy :D
  • Sue14Sue14 Forumite
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    Earlier in the week I said I had no plans to go grocery shopping for the rest of the week, however today I went to Tesco to get some Corsodyl Daily mouthwash while it's on offer and spent £13.24, and then went to Morrisons, mainly for some fruit and veg that I'd run out of, and spent £43.91, but that did include £10 for a bottle of Pimms that's on offer in there at the moment!

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  • cw18cw18 Forumite
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    My budget seems low this month as it isn't a full month. My usual budget was £108 for the two of us and a rat before but I will have to put it up to about £115 next month due to the chinchillas.
    My budget varies on a monthly basis according to the number of days in the month (and whether DS2 is away or DS1 is home on leave).

    I calculate on £1.70 per person per day, so for June this becomes
    £1.70 x 2 people=£3.40/day, and £3.40 x 30 days=£102 for the month

    As such we're not far off the same for two people (after allowing something for your rat), except you include some non-food items which I don't
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  • Bought some new tights for work (the holey old ones were getting too bad! Though some are still ok) and some more food shopping and toothpaste. Will be cutting it fine this week, but technically I have £4.88 left from last week.
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  • Doom_and_GloomDoom_and_Gloom Forumite
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    cw18 wrote: »
    My budget varies on a monthly basis according to the number of days in the month (and whether DS2 is away or DS1 is home on leave).

    I calculate on £1.70 per person per day, so for June this becomes
    £1.70 x 2 people=£3.40/day, and £3.40 x 30 days=£102 for the month

    As such we're not far off the same for two people (after allowing something for your rat), except you include some non-food items which I don't
    I was actually stating how this month is not a full month as we are going to be house and dog sitting at my parents and they are providing food etc due to that. This means this month comes in at only £50 which is probably over what we will need anyway even with the addition of the chinchillas. I would love to get it down to £102 for our things as then the new full month budget would be £110. I think I'll personally aim for £110 but still let the budget be £115 next month. I love a challenge.
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy :D
  • poppy-glospoppy-glos Forumite
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    Yes, if I can find something to cook with them that will taste good reheated, that would solve the problem, but most chicken liver recipes I can think of wouldn't reheat very well.

    how about making one of your recipes you've chosen, then with the rest make chicken liver pates, and freeze them in ramekin sized pots (or small blobs in bags) as pate is happily frozen then defrosted and served. i made a vat of pork, hazelnut and chicken liver pate at christmas and froze in blobs and used over then next month or so - yummy

    poppy x
    nov grocery challenge, £.227.69/300, 9/25 nsd: , 7 Cmo, 10 egm.
    Me, 10 yo dd, and the dog. all food and drinks, in and out, plus household shopping.
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    Cricumstances have changed rather and I absolutely categorically HAVE to get the grocery spend under control. I did find out in time to amend the Mr S order slightly, following the useless Mr T order. This should have included a fortnights milk but I foolishly ordered Krusha and the little darlings have used all the milk so had to go to the co-op for more. Good job they have the £1 stuff - but also £5 for 60 Finish dishwasher tabs so I stocked up. Less than a week in but more than half of the budget gone and a further £45 or so committed to veg boxes :o. In theory we just need milk, fruit and more cat biscuits - infamous last words! I may have to have a very restricted trip to Makro.

    DH at home involves a hasty re-think of meal plans. I have bulk made bean casserole to freeze, and chicken, chick pea and chorizo casserole, and some mixed veg soup so there is something quick for lunches. Shame he hates bread and sandwiches.
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