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January 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 December 2010 at 11:09AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • wssla00 wrote: »
    Spent £24.35 on bits and bobs including food, honey, jam, cleaning products, the AMAZING fabric conditioner form Lidl and some finish quantum dishwasher tabs. I slipped up by buying both ice cream and cornets from Lidl but the two of them together will last ages so not such a bad thing. I'm pretty much set now until OH payday on 20th, which is when my month ends. I MAY however be tempted by an approved food order before the month is out!

    Have a good day all :)


    If you don't mind me asking, which fab conditioner did you get from Lidl? I'll pass by one this week & in desperate need of some!

    As for me - I already spend almost £36 at Aldi TODAY & someone mentioned AP & there I am, spending £19. Poop. Anyhow - we're sorted for the kids lunches & my oh will be happy with some cakes & almond extract & peppermint flavouring I plan on using LOTS of, (Penguins & popcorn, too). Still, where is my will power??!!

    I hope you all are doing much better than I am!:cool:
  • wssla00wssla00 Forumite
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    Hiya sparklyfairy,

    It's called doussy softcare (the white one). It's good as my skin is really sensitive but smells super dooper! It's £1.99 I think for 1.5l but it's concentrated so it's the equivalent of the massive ones you get from comfort and the like, so saves a bundle! I really like their cleaning stuff. The smells on them are pretty good!
    Feb GC: £200 Spent: £190.79
  • wssla00 wrote: »
    Hiya sparklyfairy,

    It's called doussy softcare (the white one). It's good as my skin is really sensitive but smells super dooper! It's £1.99 I think for 1.5l but it's concentrated so it's the equivalent of the massive ones you get from comfort and the like, so saves a bundle! I really like their cleaning stuff. The smells on them are pretty good!


    Ooh thanks for that! I'll def give it a go - I haven't tried that one yet n- can't wait! xx
  • kippers wrote: »
    I was a bit dissapointed today as i have lost various things at my allotment due to heavy snow/low temperatures for so long...all my celeriac's, savoy cabbages, broad beans and purple sprouting broccolii is rotten. I do still have parsnips, curley kale and jeruselum artichokes and leeks left but some of my apples in my shed are also going rotten....this will affect my shopping budget...it's very frustrating....but never mind it's a set back i will need to get over. :(:(

    kippers - I can sympathise with you on this, I lost my cauli's and was upset, I only planted about half the allotment last year as it was my first year, this year I'm all set to plant up the whole plot and I know there will be successes and failures but I'm still learning so hey ho!;)
    XSpender wrote: »
    Also made some 5 root veg soup for lunches for the next 2 days. Tomorrow I am attempting to cook fresh beetroot for the first time, wish me luck:)

    XSpender - I cook my fresh beetroot, leave the skin on, boil until softened and then I put on a pair of rubber gloves and the skin just sort of slips off. I much prefer the taste of freshly cooked beetroot to the pickled stuff. Fresh beetroot is also delicious roasted.;)

    Can't remember who asked about Egg Whites but I too freeze any spare and they never go off. When making meringue, I always follow Delia's recipe, 3 egg whites and 6oz caster sugar. Preheat oven to 150 degrees, Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks then add sugar gradually, spread onto a baking sheet, put in the Oven, reduce temp to 140 degrees, cook for 1 hour then turn the oven off and leave the Meringue in the Oven until cooled, I've used this Recipe for years and never had a problem and always lovely and crisp.;)

    I've updated my total with spends in Lid! today, got plenty of fruit & veg for the rest of the week and also picked up a big sack of potatoes 7.5kg for £2.49 which I thought was great value.

    Dinner tonight is a Lamb Curry using the leftover Lamb from last nights roast, serving it with spicy potatoes instead of rice as had some baby potatoes to use up.

    Have a good evening everyone.:D
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • cat_smithcat_smith Forumite
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    Yeah. Managed to go out and drop off bumpf at Oxfam, go to gym and homebase and still manage a NS day. I do have some will power:j
    GC Mar 13 £47.36/£150
  • [QUOTE Dinner tonight is a Lamb Curry using the leftover Lamb from last nights roast, serving it with spicy potatoes instead of rice as had some baby potatoes to use up.

    Have a good evening everyone.:D[/QUOTE]

    LOVE the idea of spicy potatoes with curry instead of rice...we often have potatoes left over and I never know what to do with them...great idea!
    January grocery challenge- £338.09/£350
    £365 in 365 days- £25
    January NSDs- 9
    Money made on ebay- £16.89
  • Hello :wave:

    Well you're all still working your magic on me - first day back at work today since Xmas, went in 3 separate shops (Home Bargains, Netto & Iceland) and in each one bought only what I needed and nothing else! :T Knowing I have to come on here, do my total and 'fess up keeps me on the straight and narrow, definitely. I love you guys! :rotfl:

    £12.57 to add to the GC total, spent a bit more than I thought (as usual!) replacing stuff because the dodgy seal on my freezer door came unstuck overnight and OH rang me at work to say some of the contents had defrosted - the tightly packed stuff on the lower shelves was fine but lost a few HM readymeals, some mince and potato waffles that had gone too far, bit annoying but not a total disaster. Also now have a whole chicken and a small gammon joint that were in there defrosting in the fridge, but at least that's this week's dinners chosen for us! :) Think I'll have to look for a cheap little chest freezer to avoid anymore mishaps and use the dodgy freezer just for bread.

    Had a bit of good luck today too though - a surprise windfall! Just before Xmas I was given a letter by an old neighbour which had been delivered to my previous address. It was about a savings acct I'd had as a kid that I'd totally forgotten about, but couldn't find out til today when I went into the branch to close it down how much was in there... turned out to be £85! Not a fortune, but very helpful, especially this month when things are so tight! :j

    So thanks again to you all for helping me stay on track, gonna stop rambling and go and update my sig...
    Pax Et Bonum
  • My second no spend day of January woohoo!!!
    Always be yourself, unless you can be a Unicorn - then always be a Unicorn !
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    28x UU
  • Penny-Pincher!!Penny-Pincher!! Forumite
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    Have spent £27.11 so far from the 3/1/11, so quite pleased with that. DD loves Tropicana smooth and Lidl's have them on offer atm at £1.25 each, so we bought 10 and that should last us 18-20 days....yeah right....we will see. So that was £12.50, then we needed some salad (69p) on offer atm, muller yogurts x 2 (50% off atm), squash x 2 (offer), cottage cheese x 2, cheddar (offer), cucumber (offer), ham (offer), kingsmill (reduced x 2), bacon(offer) and paper towels (offer). Cant remember we shopped at Lidl, but all seemed good value.

    We have got a F&V box for 4 weeks to get the free one, so this works to £12pw on top, but EVERYTHING has been used, which Im pleased about.

    No diesel yet and still half a tank, so will fill her up next week maybe.

    Total so far £51.11 inc the F&V box tomorrow for 2 weeks.....so far...so good!

    Also today we sorted our bathroom cupboard to do the no toiletries for a year thread and am very embarrased by how much "cheapies" we have! I think the only thing we will need this year will be toothpaste and some sanitary wear much later in the year and some wet wipes when Boots have a voucher code worth using, or may use points to buy these.

    I have found a spare purse to put the food and diesel money in and am keeping all receipts etc to keep track of things.

    Hope everyone is doing well.

    PP
    xx
    To repeat what others have said, requires education, to challenge it,
    requires brains!
    FEB GC/DIESEL £200/4 WEEKS
  • Asda today was . £93.62:eek: but I stocked up on quorn, lentils, chapatti flour and pasta which were all on offer. I also needed soy sauce, oil etc. so it was a storecupboard shop too. Also spent £15.32 in Aldi on F&Veg and mozarella and ice cream. Need to start mealplanning properly and in earnest now. I am also trying to lose weight so it will help with that, too!
    mardatha wrote: »
    It's what is inside your head that matters in life - not what's outside your window :D
    Every worthwhile accomplishment, big or little, has its stages of drudgery and triumph; a beginning, a struggle and a victory. - Ghandi
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