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March 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 February 2011 at 1:01AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • cat_smithcat_smith Forumite
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    failinghappily know what you mean. It's becoming a serious personal challenge. Wanting to hold off shopping trip until tomorrow. DH complained this morning that all he had left was salami or the dogs ham. Sorry - just because I feed the dog ham as a treat does not mean its not fit for human consumption!

    To save petrol, DH going to Mr T on way home tonight for fruit, cheese and OJ. Might have to go tomorrow if PIL come for dinner, but other than that should be good for a couple of days.
    GC Mar 13 £47.36/£150
  • kezloukezlou Forumite
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    Hope your all well. We ended up going shopping again, ran out of cat food, litter etc. Swear they cost more than us !

    Anyways here's a new recipe, just thought i'd post it here to share.

    Nonya Laksa

    1 1/2 tbsp veg oil
    2 tbsp chopped garlic
    1 tbsp chopped ginger
    2 fresh red chillies chopped (the seeds go in the pot too)
    225g onion finely sliced (i did about 3 small ones)
    1 tsp ground coriander
    1/2 tsp ground turmeric
    1 3/4 or 2 pints of veg or chicken stock (i used chicken)
    1 pack of rice noodles (think its about 300g, not sure though)
    400ml coconut milk (same as one tin)
    2 tsp madras curry powder (i used the extra hot one)
    2 tsps of chilli sauce
    a dash of soy sauce (optional)
    1 tsp sugar
    2 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp black pepper

    Heat oil till hot , reduce heat and add chilli, onion, garlic and ginger and a few minutes softened. Add coriander and tumeric, stir then add stock . Simmer , covered for about 20 minutes ish.
    While this is doing cook the rice noodles, drain and set aside.
    Add coconut milk, rice noodles, spices, chilli etc to the simmering stock and cook for about 15 mins.
    then serve.

    I cooked the above with fish and it was lush, i just added the fish at the same time as the coconut milk. Its quite a sweet dish and quite mild. The boys loved it and polished the whole pan off.
    If you wish to add other meat and poultry , you need just to add a bit more stock and cook a little longer.

    Enjoy :)
  • Billie-joBillie-jo Forumite
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    On Saturday DH went and got the shopping as I was busy baking and he spent £6.24 then on Sunday on the way to pick mum up we got milk and 2 bottles of flavoured water so spent £7.30

    NSD today. For tea we are having jkt potatoes and some beef stew that was left from yesterday.

    Someone mentioned the t.bags on offer from Te$co, must have missed them so can anyone tell me what they are and will look when next go.

    Hope everyone is well and doing ok with their challenge this month.

    B.J. x
    MARCH £62.38/250
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    kezlou wrote: »
    Anyways here's a new recipe, just thought i'd post it here to share.

    Nonya Laksa

    Great recipe! its in the index now ;)
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  • edited 14 March 2011 at 5:27PM
    mummyjanemummyjane Forumite
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    edited 14 March 2011 at 5:27PM
    A NSD for me today, I have a Mr T's shop booked for tommorrow night, toying with the idea of cancelling it. The problem is I know I could get the bits I need this week from the local shop but they would cost 4 times the price of the value range from Mr T's. Might just have to try and wittle it down a bit. Whilst clearing out my paperwork pile I found an old clubcard voucher which just about covers the delivery fee and that just makes it even more tempting.
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  • Forumite
    151 Posts
    Just updating for this week:

    Tonight Mr T's shop being delivered currently £24.48 (used £18 vouchers)
    BnM £4.95 on crisps and toothpaste
    Wednesday the veggie box is coming again so thats another £18.74 but this weeks comes with a free box of 6 organic free range eggs! :T

    Will update sig with these amounts and amend if Mr T have one of their *moments*!! :D

    Tried the Mr T price checker with last weeks shop but no luck for me :( but TBH I didn't know they were doing it so anything back would have just been a bonus for me :rotfl:
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    spent £9.56 in T3sco


    wash powder £1.80
    6 easter eggs @£1 each £6
    2 creme eggs £0.80
    mixed fruit jam £0.29
    basic pasta £0.18
    3 onions £0.39

    the easter eggs were extra but thought i wouldnt get a better deal so picked them up
    creme eggs are for the DD's

    i have loads of washpowder but DD1 is getting a rash so i am changing the powder in case its that

    will add to my sig in a mo
  • debtfreewannabe321debtfreewannabe321 Forumite
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    Debt-free and Proud!
    well got another weekly shop and was 60.15 :eek: i didn't have much to show for it !! I think Mr S is definately more expensive than Mr T!!! I stuck to my list too so really not too impressed! This takes my monthly spend so far up to 213.57/250 and there is NO way in h*ll that i will make it in under budget this month as we still have 2 weeks left on our month to go :eek: oh dear! will just have to try and limit spends and not completely go overboard now that i know i have failed!!! Perhaps i should set myself another budget so that i still 'try' if you know what i mean. i think once i know i have failed i will just think s*d it and buy everything and anything! so i think i'm going to up it to £300 which if i had worked it out properly i should have done in the first place :rotfl:seein as though it's a 5 week month for us?!
    2015 Goals:-#1 419.26/1000 ( #1) 41.93% , #2- 14,010.70/15,000 (new house) 93.4% :j:heartsmil #3 395.07/1000 (Rental house fund target #1) 39.5% :).
    Aim High!
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  • tessie_beartessie_bear Forumite
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    hi...i have been buying easter eggs as iv been shopping...saves a rush at the end iykwim...i went to aldi today and got some of the super 6 39p this planning to get a few bags of the onions over the next couple of weeks as they seem cheap,,,also got some chicken which seemed warming to aldi it seems quite reasonable and has some good offers...oh wanders off and has a look at the non food offers which stops him moanig have we finished yet ?

    im going to make some battered fish tomorrow i got some haddock from sainsburys reduced so hopefully that will be nice

    have a nice evening
    onwards and upwards
  • Evening everyone:panother NSD for me, that's three in a row now, feeling quite pleased with myself.
    And i'm over the moon that my missing moggy has come home:j:j:jhe's been gone a while and came home wearing a new collar and still as porky as ever so he's been well looked after, though i'm very annoyed someone else took him in:mad:and worried about his tum as he needs cat food for sensitive tums and there's no way the other person could have known this!!Vets for another check me thinks!!

    Anyway, i have spent £6.70 on tags for both cats (again!) with name, phone number and 'please do not feed me'. But i'm not including this in my GC budget.

    Had our lazy dinner night tonight, chips, fish fingers and spaghetti. Or we'll have just pasta with some sauce and garlic bread, so i don't feel like i'm cooking all the time!!

    Gosh that's a bit of a ramble lol keep up the penny pinching :D
    1 adult, 3 children-Newborn and ages 4 & 6, 1 rabbit
    budget of £250 is for food, toiletries, nappies, wipes, cleaning/washing products and pet supplies (litter, sawdust, food)
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