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December 2010 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 November 2010 at 11:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • MonikerMoniker Forumite
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    Good afternoon folks,

    Have done a small shop today for some F&V - total of £2.85 spent and sig duly updated. I have just under £45 to spend on my last big shop of the month this Thursday. Hopefully I will do it - though I see that I am about to run out of washing powder and will need to get some more on Thursday and I am not sure that the dw tabs will last till after Christmas either.

    BTW, re the discussion about cheap(er) booze - The Times recommended L1dl's champagne as one of its 'best buys' this week - it's called Comte de Brismand and is £9.99 a bottle - still a lot I know, but might be of interest to some of you. It's not really worth buying it for just the two of us - but if you are having a party...!

    Off to make soup and doing the ironing...

    Moniker
  • £2.45 in Morrisons on some fruit
    £6.99 sack of potatoes these will last well into the new year.
    £4.17 in B&M - toilet rolls, kitchen roll and washing up liquid
    Total sent on Saturday was £13.52
    Today is a NSD.

    Have got oxtail stew with mushroom dumplings for our tea tonight and it smells lovely. Looking forwards to it.
    Tomorrow am hopefully going to do some present shopping and for tea we will have some meat loaf that was left over and frozen from last time. Not sure though if it will be chips or some potatoes, veg and onion sauce.
    MARCH £62.38/250
  • Just updated my signature. Over budget by about £26 so far but have stashed some booze and Christmas treats/presents that I hadn't budgeted/saved for separately - I will next year! Got a bag of cheap parsnips (my homegrown ones are tiny - didn't put them in early enough plus it was so dry!) so have parboiled and frozen them today. Think I will try doing the roasties ahead the same way - if I can squeeze them into the freezer. Need to think about next week's menus and what we are eating tonight - probably quiche - had to rejig things a lot this week as very little on the shelves due to deliveries not getting through because of the weather - managed perfectly well with what we had in - so how did I manage to spend £80 this week? Am also starting to feel stressed now by Christmas/New year (plus OH's birthday in between the two!) despite being fairly well prepared, well, more than I was last year. Just that there's so many other things to do as well! Not to mention all the kids' parties, concerts, carol services etc which I always forget will eat into my worktime. Hope everyone else is OK.
    Jan 2011 GC £300/£150.79 (2 adults, 2 teens, working dog, includes food/cleaning/toiletries)
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    edited 12 December 2010 at 9:23PM
    well I had Mr T in the end today and its cost a fortune. Apart from buying some sherry though (its cheaper at co$tcutter) I have all my xmas booze and also have the booze I shall be giving as xmas presents. I'm well stocked with cat food and toilet roll and I have well stocked cupboards - plenty of tinned tomatoes etc so intend that January shall be a frugal month where I shall be setting a small budget and using up what I have.

    I was going to make banana cake today after buying 2 packs of organic baby bananas at 25p each but after a day of housework and tidying up, I am too tired and grumpy ! so I have frozen them. I was going to put them in the freezer in my garage but the freezer is well and truly iced up all round where it opens and I didn't fancy standing in the cold and trying to get it open by breaking the ice away so I will leave that for a post xmas project! The freezer is pretty much full - will the food be ok inside with it being so iced up outside ? There is a really thick layer of it - all the way round. this happens when its colder outside the freezer than in doesn't it ??

    I fell victim to the m&$ dine in for 2 yesterday - bought two deals so what with this spend and my home delivery spend today, I have well and truly blown the budget for this month although it will be interesting to see whether I can spend less than last month. I think one of my xmas projects will be to do a monthly planner for January and then perhaps rotate meals so that I am much more organized.

  • Billie-jo wrote: »

    Have got oxtail stew with mushroom dumplings for our tea tonight and it smells lovely. Looking forwards to it.

    Billie-jo, do you have a recipe for the mushroom dumplings?

    Thanks!

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    Today i made a cheese pasta bake:

    pasta
    Cheese
    pasta sauce

    1. Cook pasta and drain it, put it in an ovenproof bowl.
    2. Heat the pasta sauce and pour over the pasta, coating all the pasta with sauce.
    3. Sprinkle grated cheese on top and whack in the oven for 30 mins at about 180.

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    Defrosted some home baked pizza and choc chip cookies and cake. Pleased to say that today is NSD number 10.
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
  • sorry not posted for a few days but have been reading the posts :)

    Ive noticed as well that the prices have gone up :mad: and its not just a few pence!

    Mr T shop came to £75.29 on Saturday which is too much :eek: and today i popped to M&S and spent a further £23.39 :eek:
    My main xmas shop shouldnt be too expensive as i have £31.50 in tesco clubcard vouchers and about £25 in nectar points so that will help a lot :j Wont be buying a lot food wise next week as got to empty the freezers a bit more, anyway hope everyone is ok and hugs to those that need them. Off to update sig :)
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • Went to the Co Op this morning for some veg fo the guineapig & bread & timed it just right for the whoopsies. 3 lots of 500g lean steak mince at 90p each, some salmon for 88p, 2 packets of fish medlay for fish pie £2.10 and a loaf of Hovis wholemeal for 66p. I noticed that they had lots of the Hovis wholemeal so went back at 3.30pm & got 2 more loaves which had been reduced to 31p each by then plis got some chestnut mushrooms at 37p, some cheese & tomato pasta for lunch for 40p, some pate for 88p, 4 scones for 27p & a parsley plant for 27p. Finished off the bargain hunting by a nip to the little Tesco & got 2 Ben & jerry icecreams, £1.50 each & a carrot cake reduced to 65p. Been making apple crumbles, a banana loaf & some rice crispie cakes today so all in all a good day plus we put up the xmas decorations.

    Does anyone know if you can freeze rice crispie cakes - we seem to have quite a few!
    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
  • katholicos wrote: »
    Billie-jo, do you have a recipe for the mushroom dumplings?

    Thanks!

    All I do is mix about 2 oz suet with 4ozs self raising flour, a couple of mushrooms (more if small) finely chopped, some chopped parsley and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Add about 4 tbsps water to mix, roll into small balls and then drop them in the stew for at least 30 mins.

    Had some of the oxtail stew for tea and there is enough left over for dinner tomorrow so thats sorted. :)
    MARCH £62.38/250
  • We didn't spend anything on the GC budget today! :j

    Ok... we went out for supper, but split that between our respective "other money" instead of just bunging it on the joint account card like usual.

    But did have leftovers lunches... I had a puff pastry tart with caramelised onion, leftover chicken bits and a bit of blue cheese lurking at the back of the fridge; Mr Lotti had a quesadilla made with leftover chorizo bits and paprika-ry potatoes from last night, and some lurking cheddar! :D

    So £90.49/£100, which is ok as it only has to last until saturday morning, and we need to *remove* all the perishables before toddling off to see our respective families for a while... (:eek:)
    “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”

    NSD Challenge: August 2017 2/15
  • Billie-jo wrote: »
    katholicos wrote: »
    Billie-jo, do you have a recipe for the mushroom dumplings?

    Thanks!

    All I do is mix about 2 oz suet with 4ozs self raising flour, a couple of mushrooms (more if small) finely chopped, some chopped parsley and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Add about 4 tbsps water to mix, roll into small balls and then drop them in the stew for at least 30 mins.

    Had some of the oxtail stew for tea and there is enough left over for dinner tomorrow so thats sorted. :)

    They sound yummy, thanks for the recipe :)
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
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