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September 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 August 2010 at 9:03PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • HippeechiqHippeechiq Forumite
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    but am still struggling to find an easy lemon cheesecake recipe to use up all my lemons. i also have two thirds of a pot of double cream which typically I bought for something that I now cant remember what and would like to not waste it so any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Good luck everyone.

    Hi Long tall sally :)

    This is not a Lemon Cheesecake, but it's very easy to make and will use up a couple of your lemons and your double cream

    Lemon Flan

    4oz Digestive Biscuits, crushed
    2oz Margarine
    1 Tablespoon Sugar
    ¼ pint Double Cream
    6oz Tin Condensed Milk
    2 Large Lemons

    Pre-heat oven to 150°C
    Combine crushed Digestives and sugar in a bowl
    Melt margarine and add to biscuit and sugar mixture and stir well to coat
    Press into an 8" loose bottomed flan dish and bake for 8 minutes

    Mix cream, condensed milk and grated lemon rind together in a bowl and whisk in lemon juice

    Pour into flan case and chill until firm

    Sorry it's not in metric. I've had the recipe for 20 odd years and haven't ever bothered to convert it, but it shouldn't be to difficult :)
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230 Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
  • Sue14Sue14 Forumite
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    Can I please be put down for £135 for September, thanks!
    Weight loss challenge 2/10lbs

  • piperskypipersky Forumite
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    Hello everyone! Me again :)

    Once again I have failed MISERABLY at keeping tabs of what I spent on groceries in August, however I'm nothing if not stubborn so I'm in again for £200 please Mrs M (but hoping for less - I can start batch cooking as my lovely parents have just donated their chest freezer in my direction :j:j:j).

    Now the school hols are nearly over, I'll have a little more time to keep up with everyone on here, so see you all in a few days ...

    PS. Thanks to Mrs M, rosieben and Pink for the thread
    Part time GCer, NSDer, Comper and (Bad)Flylady :o
    A big shot is just a little shot that kept shooting ...
  • Thanks a lot Rosieben & Hippichiq for the recipes to use my lemons etc. Hippichiq - sorry to be a bit thick but is a flan case made of pastry or sponge?

    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
  • looielooie Forumite
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    hiya all, can you put me down for £80 for September please.

    I have some expensive bills to pay this month so the less I spend on groceries the better. Going to eat more veggies from the allotment.

    I am also going to do a spending diary too for the first time I need to know where our money is going. Think I might get a few surprises :D
  • carolinerunnercarolinerunner Forumite
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    I feel a bit uncomfortable saying it as some of you guys seem to be much better at this than I am - but am going to aim for £600 again for Sept. Should be easier this month as kids are back at school, more of a routine, no guests. Freezer is well stocked, and I think I am getting better at it, OH too. Other bits of life will be high cost as there's DS's birthday but groceries I might have a chance of controlling.

    Good luck to all and thanks for the thread!
    Erratically money saving
  • edited 30 August 2010 at 1:31AM
    HippeechiqHippeechiq Forumite
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    edited 30 August 2010 at 1:31AM
    carolinerunner Please don't feel uncomfortable about how much your own grocery challenge is. It's not a competition and we're not here to judge each other.

    We're all trying to reduce our spending to suit our own needs, or are simply trying to be less wasteful.

    There are people who live on their own taking part in the challenge and there are people who have several children, couples with high mortgages, couples without, families with several pets, families with none, single parents and so on.

    Some people include all toiletries, some people don't, some people include eating out and others don't. We're all different :)

    And this isn't about "who can survive on the smallest amount of money per month" - it's a about whatever it means to each individual who takes part, but above all, it's about doing it together and giving each other a little support along the way :)
    Thanks a lot Rosieben & Hippichiq for the recipes to use my lemons etc. Hippichiq - sorry to be a bit thick but is a flan case made of pastry or sponge?


    Not thick at all hun :) It was a recipe given to me by my then SIL, and that's what she called it. It hasn't ever occurred to me that it's not an actual "flan", which, you're quite right, would normally have a pastry or sponge base - but in this case, the crushed digestives, sugar and melted margarine mixed together and pressed into the bottom of the tin make the base....a bit like a cheesecake base really only not quite as thick/deep IYKWIM.

    Hope that helps, and sorry for any confusion :)
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230 Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
  • Hiya Everyone,

    Thanks for organising this thread. Please can you add me for £150 grocery challenge for September? It's an over estimate as my first time. Not sure whether will include my cat's food too.

    Good luck everyone
    -£165500 (2.4.07) Current Balance: -£129354.76 (05.12.11)
  • hello , could I join the challenge please as ive really been overspending in the last few months and it cant go on .
    please put me down for £220 , this is for 3 of us , myself , my son 12 and daughter 8 plus a cocker spaniel .
  • elf06elf06 Forumite
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    Good morning everyone - well I had my first spend which I will count as September (guess my sept GC will go a bit over a month so fingers crossed I will still manage it!
    I spent a total of £7.05
    This included a bit of salad, a tube of garlic (I always use the tube in oil and it lasts me YEARS!! Last one split and leaked before it was finished:rotfl:), some cheese spread for DS, beansprouts and juice for DS
    Not too bad for a start and should only need to buy milk to get to the end of the week :D
    Off to update my sig...........
    Emma :dance:

    Aug GC - £88.17/£130
    NSD - target 18 days, so far 5!!
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