August 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 July 2010 at 1:14AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Spending today went as planned - petrol, Coke (as a reward/treat) and aspirin for the migraine caused by the counselling (it'll be worth it in the end).

    I am feeling very virtuous as I only bought the aspirin in Mr A and not the chocolate, magazine, book and other unnecessary items I wanted to comfort myself with. Am going to do the other essentials for today (menu-plan, shopping list, quick run round kitchen - I need the exercise ;p) and spend the rest of the day tucked up with a fluffy blankie, William-cat and a good book and comfort myself that way.

    I'm actually quite alarmed by what I've spent so far this week. I've tried the GC before but generally give up after 24 hours. This is the first time in my life that I've actually tacked my spending and it's frightening! However. I shall rise to the challenge of getting tomorrow's shop for as little as possible. At least I shouldn't need petrol for a while.
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  • edited 16 August 2010 at 4:47PM
    Winged_oneWinged_one Forumite
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    edited 16 August 2010 at 4:47PM
    Long Tall Sally, don't get discouraged - you may be over but that is from your target. Think what it would be like if you had no target to aim for.

    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound patronising - I was kinda dashing. I meant that a little over may not be perfect, but it is better than loads over or not having any idea how much you spent. Still dashing so probably still sounds bad - but I hope you get what I am trying to say....chin up!!! :)
    GC 2010 €6,000/ €5,897

    GC 2011:Overall Target: €6,000/
    €5,442 by October

    Back on the wagon again in 2014
    Apr €587.82/€550 May €453.31 /€550
  • Winged_one wrote: »
    Long Tall Sally, don't get discouraged - you may be over but that is from your target. Think what it would be like if you had no target to aim for.

    Sorry, I didn't mean to sound patronising - I was kinda dashing. I meant that a little over may not be perfect, but it is better than loads over or not having any idea how much you spent. Still dashing so probably still sounds bad - but I hope you get what I am trying to say....chin up!!! :)


    Thanks Winged one for your comments. I keep thinking "shall I just up my target, i.e is it £450 actually realistic but a) I know that it is and b) we are often overdrawn and never seem to have any spare money, e.g we haven't had a proper holiday this year so I really could do with cutting the food bills. (Weekend away that we just had was at a friends parents cottage.)

    Anyway, just updated signature with the bits that OH got on his way home - £9.79 on toilet rolls, 2 loaves of bread, 4 tins of tuna, 2 x 2L of milk and Cadbury caramel bars (for DD). I know that I will also need to get marg and gluten free cereal very soon as well.
    Grocery aim £450pm.Spent £519 August, £584 July, £544 June, £541 May, £549 April, £517 March, £517 Feb,£555 Jan, £573 Dec, £465Nov, £561Oct, £493Sept, £426Aug,£496 Jul, £528Jun, £506May,£498April, £558 March, £500Feb, £500 Jan, £490 Dec, £555 Nov,£566 Oct, £505Sept, £450Aug, £410 July, £437 June, £491 May, £471 April, £440 March, £552Feb, £462Jan
  • CupOfChaiCupOfChai Forumite
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    Evening all, popped in tonight for the previously mentioned rice and pasta and picked up a bread roll to go with tomorrow's dinner of chicken kiev and salad as well. I also bought a packet of Mini Cheddars during a break today as for some reason I've been really hungry! So am counting those too, which means I've added £2.55 to my total today. But I did remember to use my 25 clubcard points voucher for spending over £1.00 on the pasta.
  • LannyLeeLannyLee Forumite
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    I've been thinking & I think I need to change my budget for August GC, as my month starts on the 25th of each month (pay-day) so I'll be changing my signature to GC September £75 & declaring £120 for August, as we'll be on holiday from end August until mid September hopefully £75 will be enough for September :D
  • LannyLee wrote: »
    Can you pls post the recipe for this, sounds like it would make a yummy brekkie toasted with a little butter :D

    Thanks!

    Herb Quick bread
    375g S/R Flour
    1 cup Milk
    1/2 Cup of water
    1 egg
    50g sugar
    1 tsp salt
    grated cheese (up to 140g )
    4 tbsp dried herbs (your pref, i use oregano and basil)

    Combine all ingriedients in a bowl and mix throroughly making a batter, pour batter into a small roasting tin (4"x9" i use), or whatever your using, and bake at 180c until cooked browned and hollow sounding if knocked on bottom, It takes 1 hour for the tin stated above and 25mins for muffin tins. (When it says "batter" I do mine to a sort of thick victoria sponge sort of consistency-not runny.)
    Hope you all enjoy and it helps on your way to target spends, considering the price of bread it realy does help to bake your own!

    Not my recipe-not sure who posted it but I expect its on the recipe thread at the beginning of this thread.

    Did some shopping in Mr T tonight-4 bags of value flour and 8 loaves of reduced bread-nice stuff going for 36-69p per loaf.
    Also got DH 8 cans lager and a bottle ocola and some ginger beer for the kids.
    A few sweets as a treet for us all(£2)some butter, cheese and value peanuts to make the next batches of peanut butter. I think that was it-just over £22.
    Hoping not to spend for a couple of days at least as I think we have all we need. Me and DD just had sausages(Waitrose reduced)defrosted and cooked wrapped inside the reduced bread. Now Ive got to somehow get 6 or 7 loaves into the freezer and I don't know if it will fit. Next door may be getting a knock!:rotfl:
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • Lindy_-_LooLindy_-_Loo Forumite
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    Have spent £7.48 in netto - they have got some really good offers on from today, especially 6 muller corner yogurts for £1.25
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
  • SpiggleSpiggle Forumite
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    HI,

    Just popping back on to update with the damage today. We spent £14.18 in town on a few bits of meat, f&v, fabric softener, filters and papers, etc., that we needed. Sig is updated.

    I also noticed going through my spreadsheet that I'd done myself out of an NSD :T so that's been amended too.

    Bed early for me as my mate is moving tomorrow.

    Have a good night all,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013 :T
  • brodie1_2brodie1_2 Forumite
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    Hi,
    popped into mr M s 2day and it was practically empty:D Got lots of whhopsie, pies kievs etc.
    Last week it was Dh bday, after work he popped into tesco and thought he would get a pud , when he saw anything half decent was £5.00 he didnt bother. I was really chuffed:D
    We actually seem to be doing well this month (famous last words)Made choc pud with sauce for tea, really cheap easy exMIL recipie, everyone loves it. Saturday made broccoli soup, cheese scones for lunch and twinks hob nobs. My Mum(who is 85) is now making them too. Must go now have a walnut fudge cake in oven and I dont want my lucky streak to brake by burning it!!!!!!!!!!!:)
    Brodie1
    :jBrodie 1/ july 300/330.62:oAugust300/322.49:o
    September 300/239.78:jOct300/258.50:jNov 250/282.24:) December 300/300.01:j JAN 2011 300/288.72 :j . September 300/319.19:(, October 300/351.59:jThree adults, 1 dog and 1 cats and cleaning stuff, toiletries, beer.
  • guccigooguccigoo Forumite
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    Spent about £8 in mr t tonight which included a tub of ben & jerry's for me ;) and bits for tomorrow as were offto the Tower of London :j entry will be free as ive doubled up on my mr t clubcard vouchers :money: so me my mum and 2 kids will get in for nowt :)
    will be taking a packed lunch and drinks but will treat myself and mum to a coffee there, cant wait :j
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
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