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October 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 27 September 2010 at 10:32PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Billie-joBillie-jo Forumite
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    Have spent £14.34 since last post which brings me up to £213.95 and leaves me with £36.05 till end of the month. So I have no illusions of coming in under budget :o

    Theres been some good results this month so well done to everyone :T and to those who havent made it - try not to worry to much as at least you have made an effort. There is always another month to try again.

    Tea tonight is going to be either meat balls, pasta and tomato sauce or burgers and wedges - just depends on if I roll them or squash them. :D
    Have some soup simmering at the moment using the last of the chicken stock up and the few bits of veg that need using. If its not too cold/wet tomorrow will try to get to the market but we have grandson with us all day so will have to see. If we do go I need to buy some fish but if we dont will have to re-think tea. Hope to get some more cheap fruit and veg again as well. The melon from last week was lovely - had the last for breakfast this morning with some of the pineapple.
    MARCH £62.38/250
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    sistercassistercas Forumite
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    edited 26 October 2010 at 4:09PM
    declaring at £492.90 thankyou
    that includes DH's co$tco spend plus £100 for food whilst we are away only need to buy breakfast and lunches for 3 days.


    Mrs M please put me down for £400 for November
    thanks :A
  • LannyLee wrote: »
    Hippiechiq - just read the recipe fro jambalaya & i'm as confused as you are. TBH think it's just a mis-wording, surely they mean 'cook' & not 'simmer', as you're right you can't simmer without liquid :confused:

    I posted a recipe we use for jambalaya a while back, it's not particularly authentic, but I can dig it out if you'd like?

    Thanks for the offer LannyLee :) I liked the sound of this one in particular because it seemed quite simple, used chicken thighs with the bone in, had no fish in it and didn't have a list of ingredients or method as long as your arm.....no doubt because half of the method and ingredients appear to be missing! :rotfl:

    I don't even see how you could cook (as opposed to simmer) chicken thighs and onion for 25 mins with no liquid without it burning, however low the heat. Shame. I liked the fact that it didn't have tinned toms in it either. Got nothing against tinned toms. but I do use them an awful lot on cooking.

    Anyway - I'd be grateful if you'd repeat your recipe, thanks :)

    Another NSD here, bringing me to 11 out of my 11 target. Nowhere near as impressive as some of you - but good for me, so I'm pleased.

    Hello & Welcome Newbies by the way :wave:
    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
  • LannyLeeLannyLee Forumite
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    Hippeechiq wrote: »
    Thanks for the offer LannyLee :) I liked the sound of this one in particular because it seemed quite simple, used chicken thighs with the bone in, had no fish in it and didn't have a list of ingredients or method as long as your arm.....no doubt because half of the method and ingredients appear to be missing! :rotfl:

    Cheap & cheerful Jambalaya A nice cheap, filling & tasty last minutes dinner, or to use up left over chicken from your Sunday roast is Jambalaya.

    I'm sure it's not even close to being authentic, but it's tasty & there is never any left i our house when it's made, plus it's good for using up any veg you might have languishing in your fridge at the end of the week.

    You need:
    1. 1 packet per 2 people of savoury rice, or white rice & add a chicken stock cube to the water
    2. Left over chicken or any meat, but if it's raw will need to be fried off.
    3. Onion
    4. Peppers
    5. Frozen peas
    Soften the onion in a little oil with some garlic & a touch of paprika & cayenne pepper (how much is to your own preference)

    If using raw chicken add this & cook it now in chunks - fry until onion is soft & fragrant.

    Add all other veg, rice & amount of water as per packet instructions, bring to the boil & then put lid on & simmer until rice is done.

    Taste & add anything else you think it needs, Tabasco, more spices etc

    Done, only take 20 minutes & it's yummy every time!


    If you like you can also add chorizo or anyother spicy sausage when you add the chicken, or even prawns, these should be added just before you're ready to simmer.

    HTH Hippeechiq
  • Declaring £211 for Oct, £19 under budget :D
    Mortgage£148,725 Student loan£13,050 HSBC loan£12,221
    AprGC:£/£320
  • boultdjboultdj Forumite
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    Spent another $3.37 at Mr.M's.Well done to thouse who have finished this month under budget:T
    Grocery Challenge Nov £300/£296.65
    G C March £225/£246.40
    April G C £250 / £347.03
    Feb G C £250/ 247.80
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  • ShysarahShysarah Forumite
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    Spent another £5.10 at the tin shop today so my tin cupboard is now bursting at the seams!!
    Baked beans 15p a tin, tinned toms 25p a tin, mushy peas 18p a tin and a massive 60 chicken oxo cubes in a little bucket for £2. Brill!!

    I am well stocked up for the next month and have a huge bag of cat litter in which will last ages so I am contented. Oh and my freezer is chock a block with stews and soups. All in all I have done quite well with 5 days of my month left to go.

    Also awaiting a voucher from Aldi as had some meat there this month which was decidedly ropey stuff so that will be a nice bonus when it comes as I plan on using it for veggies and making more soups.

    Well done to those who came in on budget.. and if you didnt well no worries I bet you spent wiser and that is what matters

    Love and Hugs
    Sarah x
    GC 2011
    Jan £43.45/£40.00 Feb £55.14/£55.00 Mar £64.88/£120
    I MUST KEEP POSITIVE!!
    :A Time you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted (John Lennon) :A


  • That sounds quite similar to a simple Chicken Chorizo & Prawn Paella I do LannyLee, and I agree, it is extremely tasty for such a simple dish.

    It was the cajun seasoning and the use of chicken thighs of the other Jambalaya I linked to that I liked the sound of....I love recipes using chicken thigh on the bone, I find thigh meat so tasty. But thanks for taking the time to do that LannyLee - much appreciated :)

    Well done at coming in under budget moneysavingnovice :T
    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
  • LannyLeeLannyLee Forumite
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    Hippeechiq wrote: »
    That sounds quite similar to a simple Chicken Chorizo & Prawn Paella I do LannyLee, and I agree, it is extremely tasty for such a simple dish.

    It was the cajun seasoning and the use of chicken thighs of the other Jambalaya I linked to that I liked the sound of....I love recipes using chicken thigh on the bone, I find thigh meat so tasty. But thanks for taking the time to do that LannyLee - much appreciated :)

    Well done at coming in under budget moneysavingnovice :T

    Well you could adapt it & use thighs, just jig it a bit, if you like I can re-write the recipe for you, or are you a bit like m just chuck it all in hope for the best :p
  • skillyskilly Forumite
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    :jhi all, i always seem to start off well and then i start spending then i feel bad about it:(, getting close to my target now£273.23 only £26.77 left till the first of november,o well least my nds days are good i must try harder next time .
    27 Sealed pot challenge 3£496/4£706.75/5 £376.74/6 £645.08/ 7 £861.34 /8 £786.90/9£610.49/10 £722.03 / 11? / gold star from sue :staradmin
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