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November 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 October 2010 at 12:59PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • edited 12 November 2010 at 6:31PM
    de1amode1amo Forumite
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    edited 12 November 2010 at 6:31PM
    My wife had a arguement while we were in the uk with an olive salesman. He was selling what was suspose to be turkish olive but they werent from these shores!! and the price was astonishing. i cant rmember what he was asking but we pay about 3,50 quid for a kilo of real quality --his excuse was that they were imports!-we got turkish ones for a good price eventually in a 'foreign student part of my home town'-there are surprising bargains to be had for exotic food to be had in such places, we dont buy pork so they have some good 'arabic derivitives of acceptable beef products--cosher food in places like asda is a real expensive option.
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  • NickJW wrote: »
    Welcome back Hippiechiq! :j

    That Sticky Toffee Pudding linky doesn't work :-(

    Searched through for the receipt to get the tuna refund, but it's pretty bad, and you can't see whats written on it fully
    I doubt I will be able to get my money back? Unless they can check via my clubcard? If I go in, and they don't accept I'll just leave the tuna there because I don't have any cats who will want it! :rotfl: Has anyone else tried to return to Mr T without a receipt before?

    Nick, since it is their own value brand i don't see how they could think you bought it from a different supermarket, so take it back and also take the receipt with you. There might be some legible reference on it, to your purchases that day... that they can then issue you a refund.

    If it's a problem, just say you don't usually hold on to your receipts because you have the reasonable expectation that your groceries will not taste so foul, that you have to return them.
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


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  • No spend day today. Yipee!

    Made about 40 North Staffs Oatcakes, some to give away, some for us. Had some with melted cheese for tea. Delish!
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


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  • MonikerMoniker Forumite
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    Thought I would share the recipe below as it is so quick and simple to do:

    Crunchy topped cod

    4 pieces of skinned cod fillet (or any firm white fish)
    2 medium tomatoes, skinned and deseeded
    2oz (wholemeal) breadcrumbs
    Finely grated juice and rind of a lemon
    1 tsp sunflower oil
    2 tbsp chopped parsley
    Salt and pepper

    Put fish in an oven proof dish. Mix all the other ingredients together (easiest in a food processor). Spoon over and spread on fish fillets. Bake in a moderate oven (160 C, gas mark 3-4) for about 15 – 20 minutes. Serve hot with vegetables.

    Not sure where I got this from as it is written out on a card. I only used half a lemon as it was quite large. A quick way to deseed the tomatoes is to put them in a glass dish, cover with boling water and then microwave on high for a couple of minutes till they split. Let them cool a bit and then the skins slide off easily.

    Enjoy!

    Moniker
  • ecoelleecoelle Forumite
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    Hiya guys, well end of week two of my first grocery challenge, and so far so good.

    Week 1: £35.42
    Week 2: £36.56

    Total so far £71.98

    So £8.02 under budget at the moment!!!
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  • £2.86 spent in Holland & Barrett yesterday on spicy sesame peanuts. Totally unnecessary, but they're lovely and were on the buy one get one half price offer, so i'm using that as an excuse :p

    I'm really trying to empty my freezer to defrost it so am avoiding the shops as know i'll end up finding some bargains. Just text my dad to let him know about some offers in Lidl (1kg pack of chicken thighs for £1.69 and a pack of pork loin steaks for £1.49) and he's offered to get some and keep them in their freezer for a while. They're a really good price and I will use them so may take him up on the offer and 'rent' some freezer space!
    Grocery challenge - Nov: £52/£100
  • jintybjintyb Forumite
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    slbhill wrote: »
    I tried to buy marzipan but they only had the ready rolled stuff at around £2.50 :eek: which is ludicrous, even with the 3 for 2 offer. Can anyone recommend where is usually cheapest (or even just reasonable) for a block of bog-standard marzipan?

    I usually use A$da Smart Price, it's absolutely fine! The SP white icing is also very good:)
    de1amo wrote: »
    i just did some shopping for the first time in a long time--i went to a normal supermarket and bought 450g of nestle fruit museli and 500g of special k with fruit--cost me 6 pounds--does that sound right for the same in the uk??---i also bought a large white 'split' from the bakers and it was 0,65p--i am trying to see if my wife is shopping in the wrong places and how prices compare to the uk to see how my budget should be levelled!!

    If you dont mind me saying - since this is your first month, just keep a note of your spends and what you are buying, then at the end of the month you will have a good picture of your spending pattern and therefore where you can make cuts. Not sure if comparing to UK prices is a useful exercise as surely your budget should be aligned to where you actually shop? If you are keen to compare you could use MS to access current prices.


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  • cw18cw18 Forumite
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    de1amo wrote: »
    i just did some shopping for the first time in a long time--i went to a normal supermarket and bought 450g of nestle fruit museli and 500g of special k with fruit--cost me 6 pounds--does that sound right for the same in the uk??---i also bought a large white 'split' from the bakers and it was 0,65p--i am trying to see if my wife is shopping in the wrong places and how prices compare to the uk to see how my budget should be levelled!!
    A large 'split tin' (800g) is £1.10 in the supermarket bakery I work in (or 2 for £2)

    Can't find that specific muesli, but the A!pen high fruit one is £2.37 for 650g at Mr T

    The Sp K is is £2.85 for 500g at Mr T
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  • Sue14Sue14 Forumite
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    Well, so much for me sticking to my list, lol! I went on mysupermarket to check how much the things on my list should be, and it came to about £18, but my total spend on groceries was £33.36, and that was after all the discounts were taken off, but I did get some bargains and will get quite a few meals out of what I bought!
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  • mum2b wrote: »
    :wall:Having a bad week here, have had to pop to the shops twice extra this week for additional pain relief for DF :( spent all day yesterday carting him between 2 hospitals, doctors and chemist and we ran out of paracetamol AGAIN last night :mad: he has a blood clot and a terrible flu/fever with it - not sure whether they are connected.
    Hugs mum2b :grouphug: Hope your Dad has made some improvement today hun
    de1amo wrote: »
    i just did some shopping for the first time in a long time--i went to a normal supermarket and bought 450g of nestle fruit museli and 500g of special k with fruit--cost me 6 pounds--does that sound right for the same in the uk??---i also bought a large white 'split' from the bakers and it was 0,65p--i am trying to see if my wife is shopping in the wrong places and how prices compare to the uk to see how my budget should be levelled!!
    If you want to know how prices compare over here de1amo you might find MY SUPERMARKET helpful. Just type in, for example, Special K in the enter a product box, and it will take you to the product, showing all varieties and prices. It defaults to Te$co, but if you click on the actual product itself, it will then show you the cost of said product in all four major supermarkets, i.e. Te$cos, $ainsburys, A$da & Ocad0 (Morris0ns)
    NickJW wrote: »
    Hippiechiq - I'm going to try and return the tuna tomorrow sans reciept...I've never done anything like this before, but if I don't get the money back I'll just have to write it off. :p I'm not going to have any sort of tuna for a long time now I don't think...I'll get ham or cheese for next week instead!

    The Pork Stroganoff I had last night was very nice! Very easy as well, but maybe I shouldn't make it a regular considering the amount of double cream it uses! :DPork Stroganoff
    I changed it slightly by thinly slicing 2 pork lion steaks, and frying 250g of chestnut mushrooms. Served with rice, it was enough for 2 (or maybe 3). With green beans/other veg as well it could easily serve 4.
    I've never ate Stroganoff before - I've led a sheltered life! :rotfl:

    I've never had it either - it does sound nice. Similar base as Cajun Chicken Pasta that I do, only that uses single cream....still lots of calories though, but hey, it doesn't hurt if you don't have it too often ;)
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