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March 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 February 2011 at 1:01AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • PennyGrabberPennyGrabber Forumite
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    NSD today.

    I'm getting so used to typing that! I think this has been the best month for that so far! Today is the 10th, and I've had 7 NSDs! Ok, I know i'm no roger ramjet, but this is really good for me.

    We had spaghetti bolognese for dinner today. Dutifully got the tub of batch cooking out of the freezer, hoping it was the right thing - some of you may remember my posts about UMOs and such - this was from before the days of labelling everything!! Turned out it was spag bol, which was useful. Not too sure what I'm having for dinner tomorrow, as the children will be at their dad's. Probably some of this soup I made days ago, and I'm going to freeze the rest now, or it'll go off. I WILL LABEL!!!

    I have 2 or 3 dinner ideas for next month on my list already - I'm really enjoying this new way of doing my meal planning, and find it so much less stressful. At some point in the next week or so (maybe even sat as I don't have the children), i'll go through my freezer and pantry and starting thinking about April's meals. I've never been this organised, so thanks to everyone for helping me to rein in my reckless ways!!

    Angel - how are you all? Been thinking of you.

    Off now to bake some scones for a friend, and try out the weetabix brownies.

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    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
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  • ^ great job there penny! 7 from 10 is fantastic.

    My run will come to end at some point - but it is interesting to see what I have stockpiled. But it is a slightly false situation since Mrs Ramjet and the junior Jetlets aren't here at the moment. Still, the other thing I am noticing is that the freezer stock isn't going down that quickly - maybe because I am more aware of what I am preparing/eating and also minimising waste. Much of the leftovers went in the canine compactors and also to the birds - but now I am trying to be a bit more creative. Hence, last nights green soup!!

    Anyone got a good recipe for red cabbage - have a frozen tub of it in the freezer from the MIL.
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  • Diflower wrote: »
    Hello,
    Not had time to update before, doing ok. Just back from L!dl where they'd reduced the frozen turkeys to £6.99 so I got one and will cook it tomorrow. We'll have OH's boys for the weekend so will surprise them with and unChristmas dinner. Will keep some out and freeze the rest in batches for sandwiches etc.

    Went back to find Angel's post. Just wanted to say I'm thinking of you, it's a tough time
    x

    I bet that is an interesting recipe! :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:
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  • Roger Ramjet - I had a real "moment" when I read your post - canine compactors - Oh I thought - wonder what they are, then I slapped my hand on my forehead, looked at my dog and thought oh yes, I know what that is!!! lol

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  • :rotfl:^ LOL!

    I'm amazed what mine eat! Grapes, lettuce, you name it! Mind you, like children, one will only show interest if the other wants it!
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  • AldahbraAldahbra Forumite
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    Especially considering this is my first day I have done very, very badly.

    I left my good wholesome, cheap homemade soup at home and ended up buying lunch at £5.30.

    Then to make things worse I've spent £69.53 in the pet supermarket. I did buy a new water filter thingy at £29.99 for my spoiled old cats which shouldn't really come out of the grocery budget. Thing is I don't really have another budget to take it from. Maybe if I don't buy Latte at work for £1.20 a time I can save that money back.

    tigerfeet2006 I'm going to bake those cookies tomorrow afternoon.
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    So on day 1 of my 1st month I spent £44.94 leaving £455.06 for the rest of the month.
    Got to save £29.99 by not buying Latte
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  • CherryPieCherryPie Forumite
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    Popped on to report a spend of £11.57. I thought to myself that I was doing well. Then added it to my sig :eek:

    Also had several lightbulb moments today.

    1. I have not long finished watching "A Farmers Life For Me" I really love that show. It just goes to show what hard work the real Farmers put in and why we should try & buy locally instead of going to the SM. Something I will start doing as of now

    2. I then switched over to watch the comic relief show about the slums in Kenya. To think I worry about when I can fill my cupboards, and my food cupboards are bigger than the "houses" they live in

    3. If RogerRamjet can do it on £0.00, then my budget is a bloomin luxury!!

    I've basically got enough food in to last a good few weeks, and although I'm not brave enough to go for zero, i'm going to buy only when absolutely necessary. For me, milk for my coffee just makes it taste nicer. But I'm super motivated tonight, so I'm going for under budget this month

    :beer:
    My name is CherryPie and I'm addicted to grocery shopping!!



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  • tigerfeet2006tigerfeet2006 Forumite
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    Aldahbra wrote: »
    Especially considering this is my first day I have done very, very badly.

    I left my good wholesome, cheap homemade soup at home and ended up buying lunch at £5.30.

    Then to make things worse I've spent £69.53 in the pet supermarket. I did buy a new water filter thingy at £29.99 for my spoiled old cats which shouldn't really come out of the grocery budget. Thing is I don't really have another budget to take it from. Maybe if I don't buy Latte at work for £1.20 a time I can save that money back.

    tigerfeet2006 I'm going to bake those cookies tomorrow afternoon.
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    So on day 1 of my 1st month I spent £44.94 leaving £455.06 for the rest of the month.
    Got to save £29.99 by not buying Latte

    Try puting those Lattes in the Demotivator :D
    http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/protect/demotivator/

    Hope you enjoy the cookies.
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  • edited 11 March 2011 at 7:00AM
    allie23allie23 Forumite
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    edited 11 March 2011 at 7:00AM
    Hi All

    I have lost it a bit on my first month returning to the grocery challenge. DH and I have been sharing the shopping budget and it has been very hard to keep track of things. Also have been very tired and stressed lately and have given in to temptation to have a few takaways - but this isn't helping the waistline either.

    At the moment we have £145 left from our £250 budget. This should easily see us through to the end of the month.
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  • scotsaverscotsaver Forumite
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    Last night's Tuna Pasta Bake was a huge hit, had some Purple Sprouting Brocolli from the Allotment, 2 rashers of bacon in the Fridge to use up and some Cherry tomatoes so it went like this:-

    Put some Pasta shapes on to boil and while that was cooking I chopped the Broccolli and bacon and fried lightly, meanwhile I made a White Sauce with half a pint of milk. When the Broccolli and bacon have been frying for a few mins I then put some of the liquid from the Pasta into the pan and put a lid on to "Steam" the broccolli. Open a tin of tuna, stir it into the White Sauce then add to the Pasta, give it a good stir then add the Bacon and broccolli and mix together. Pour it into a large Casserole dish, chop some cherry toms and scatter on the top, grate some cheese over and pop in the oven or under the Grill to brown. It was delicious.:D

    My DD's said "it tastes like that packet stuff we have at so and so's house, except this is much nicer and tastes like proper food". How good did I feel.:o

    Dinner tonight will be Fish, not sure yet as I'll go to MrM's fish counter, and some HM chips and mushy peas.

    Have a good day everyone.;)
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
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