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September 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 August 2010 at 9:03PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • I don't know much about it as I have only been a member for a year and don't do that much shopping there. Like you it is walking distance so we tend to do top up shops there when it isn't worth the money driving to a bigger store. Once I got the card you just use it like a tesco card but I didn't really use it that much (kept forgetting) so was surprised when I got sent £4 in £1 vouchers in the post. You can spend these vouchers without having to spend a minimum amount so we spent £4 on £13 of shopping but I think we could have just spent £3.99 and got it all free.

    I am definately going to try to remember better to use the card this year and see how many more vouchers I get! They do send me other post (including a ballot form) but I haven't had time to read it yet. Maybe someone out there has more info than me? Cause I would be interested to know how it works more in detail too.
    Grocery Challenge £114.22/ £110
  • adelightadelight Forumite
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    I've had 2 NSDs thanks to work :D I'll be spending about £2 tonight at Lidl on soy milk, bananas and the veg offers. My approved food order is arriving today(lots of bread mixes and tinned fruit and olives) but I haven't included it in the GC as it's such a big buy that will last me months, wish the LLoyd Grossman sauces were up when I ordered :( Would anyone include that in their GC?
    Living cheap in central London :rotfl:
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    off to lidl later this afternoon to pick up some of the offers

    then will do my main shop on thursday ( day off)
  • greentgreent Forumite
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    Most courgette soups I see are creamy. This one isn't, so it's healthier (and nicer, imo!) - and easily adapted to be syn free on Slimming World, for those who do it :D

    • 30g/ 1oz butter
    • 1 onion, finely chopped
    • 1-2 cloves of garlic, chopped/ crushed
    • 375-400gm of courgette, coarsely grated
    • 1pt of (vegetable) stock
    • 1 400/440gm can of chopped tomatoes (I used about 500+ grams of fresh tomatoes, skinned and mushed slightly)
    • optional - good squeeze of tomato pureee
    • optional - 1-2 tbsp of chopped fresh herbs
    • salt and pepper
    • optional - 60ml double cream and basil leaves to garnish :)
    • In a medium- large saucepan, soften onion and garlic in butter (frylight and a splash of water for SW syn free-ness!)
    • Add courgette and cook for further 4-5 minutes
    • Add stock (I used 1/2 a very old veg stock cube and a small block of chicken stock because I've got lots and made it up to the required volume) and tomatoes. Also add tomato puree if using
    • Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes
    • Add salt and pepper to taste (I don't salt, just use lots of fresh black pepper) Add herbs if using
    • Serve in bowls, garnished with a spoonful of cream in the middle and a basil leaf or two on top (I don't do this bit, either!)
    I've been making this for about 20 years - good way of using gluts of tomatoes and courgettes that I have. I also grate and freeze courgette to make it in the winter.

    Can be blitzed to make a smooth soup, but I like the lumps (small). Goes well with hunks of bread, but I've got some next to me in one of those large bowl/ mug things. Can also be reduced (or add less stock) for a pasta sauce - great with flakes of smoked bacon stirred in (also nice with a spoonful of cream stirred in the pasta sauce if you're not watching the calories!)
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  • suzybloosuzybloo Forumite
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    Morning folks, spent another £4.80 but on the face of things not doing to badly, cupboards and freezer are still well stocked, have put through a shopping for Tesco to be delivered on the 2nd October, and adding to it as I come across things we need for next month. I am really pleased i have joined this challenge as I now think twice as to whether we really need anything, and the amount of wastage has reduced dramatically. May just scrape through - I probably would have just been ok had I left the budget at £450 for this month but hey ho at least there is a structure to evrything now!
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  • Small spend today

    £1 at Mr S and £1.46 on onions, broccoli and cumin from the Turkish supermarket.

    Updated signature :-)
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 £46.05/£130

    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent £1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent £1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011 :T
  • russetredrussetred Forumite
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    Updating my siggy and still well within target.I had a conditional spend for Mr T so used every voucher I could in the one shop to get £10.70 off my £40 shop.Mind you if was a bit of a squeeze shoe horning the meat into the freezer.DD has home ec homework tonight- make a family meal so she's on gammon and leek pie with carrots,beans and roast potatoes, should be fun.
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  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    greent - your lush Courgette and Tomato soup is now in the recipe index :T
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  • £15.85 spent on Approved Food website this morning. Have already updated signature :-)
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200

    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
  • Lindy_-_LooLindy_-_Loo Forumite
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    our final day of this months challenge on friday and I think we may come in uner budget! Maybe monthly shopping will work fr us.

    Saturday and sunday this week in netto they have 375g boxex of weetos for 89p instead of £2
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
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