Noticed some changes? You can read all about the improvements we've made on the Forum in our latest announcement. We also have a new set of Forum rules so please take the time to give them a read and familiarise yourself.

March 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 28 February 2011 at 1:01AM in Old Style MoneySaving
1.5K replies 168K views


  • CherryPieCherryPie Forumite
    429 Posts
    Damage limitation alert!!:mad:

    Another £4 spent today on a gammon joint. Currently in the slow cooker, for sandwiches for this weeks lunches.

    Still, have £10 odds of DTD T£esco vouchers waiting to be used. Thankfully, as I'll need milk & bread this week.

    Went to friends for dinner last nite. She had treated herself to a slow cooker, and bubbling away in it was "my" sausage casserole recipe that she'd asked for. Taken directly from here and adapted to suit my taste / cupboard ingredients!!

    Obviously my constant raving about how I'd be lost without my slow cooker, has taken it's toll on her!!

    Here's to a very frugal week for me

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

    Grocery Challenge

    Feb 2016 - £46.73 / £100.00
  • lotti379lotti379 Forumite
    787 Posts
    So meal plan until Friday, when I'll need to shop again for meat and veggies (we have no freezer)

    Monday - leek & potato soup, with h/m soda bread
    Tuesday - linguine with smoked salmon (sounds extravagant, but we have the salmon already, 1/2 price at Mr T's, so all I need to get is a small pot of cream. And it is soooo tasty!)
    Wednesday - honey and lemon chicken (or turkey), with cous cous. Can anyone suggest a good flavour for the cous cous? Mr L isn't a big fan of it un-flavoured. I would normally do a lemon and chilli flavouring, but it might be too much lemon with the chicken?
    Thursday - fish, whatever is on offer in smallish portions, with fresh veggies and probably some form of potato
    Friday - toad in the hole, with sticky onion sauce and peas.

    Lunches will be leftover soup, chicken and cous cous probably with some cherry toms we got reduced yesterday and chick peas added. Also have a pack of tortellini still in the fridge.

    Still debating about the cous cous. Maybe a ginger-based thing? Fresh chopped ginger, and a bit of chili powder for a touch of heat. Any suggestions?
    “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals.”

    NSD Challenge: August 2017 2/15
  • Evening!

    Hope everyone had a good weekend, just a few spends to report from yesterday:-

    Sainsbugs - £15.50
    A**i - £19.94

    Off to update the april signature!!!

    Nite all! x
    Grocery Challange for DH, Me & 2 Fussy Cats (inc Grocerys, Cleaning Products & Cat Food)
    G/C -May £177.04/£235.00 Apr £237.79/£235.00 Mar £226.16 /£235.00
    G/C - Jan £248.52/£235.00 - Feb£214.72/£235.00
    NSD -May 3/31 Apr 10/30 Mar 3/31 Feb 6/28 NSD Jan 3/31
  • quintwinsquintwins Forumite
    5.2K Posts
    Tenth Anniversary 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker
    evening all, just popping in quickly to update my sig, anothe rtake away last night:eek: so thats £14.38 plus i had to add 43p to my te$co shop after they took off my £59.90 dtd voucher :) then £3.50 on bread/milk/bananas that i rang threw seperate got a few gammon roasts so gonna change my meal plan in the morning to squeeze one in :) i'm well over budget now but also well stocked up, long may it last :D
    DEC GC £463.67/£450
    EF- £110/COLOR]/£1000
  • janie-hjanie-h Forumite
    78 Posts
    quintwins wrote: »
    evening all, i went to te$co earlier and spent my voucher, cost me 35p :p got anotehr block of cheese some coke and fanta, another tin of tomatoes and some dairylea (to make it up to the £30 because they had no yogurts or chicken dippers does anyone have any recipes to use up diarylea? don't get me wrong it's lovely on toast and as finger food, but i have 36 triangles now) bananas, milk, cornflakes and some chocolate, then i told mil about the vouchers and she asked me to go with her, we wnet to the big one so while there i got yogurts and dippers they hadn't had earlier so spends for the day were £2.35 :) i should be getting another voucher tomorrow :D

    Hi, I know your post was a while ago but I've just caught up! Anyhoo... make up mix with mince (whatever your preference e.g. beef, pork, turkey) and onions, squidge up a triangle and wrap the mince mix around it to make burgers or large meatballs and cook in pan or in oven. Or, make a pocket in a chicken breast and stuff with dairylee triangle (mix with garlic, chilli or ham) coat in breadcrumbs or wrap with rasher of bacon, cook in oven. Yum :D

    As I say, been catching up with all your lovely posts and lovely recipe ideas yum, yum. I'll be trying a few of those.

    Here's a cheap and easy curry recipe told to me by another SW member when I was having a (cough) toilet problem (cough), but it takes minutes to make and really does taste lush :D ... and didn't need to call dynarod out :rotfl:

    Chop onion, fry till softened
    Flavour with curry powder to taste
    Add tin of mushy peas, tin of baked beans and tin of tomatoes

    Going to try a chicken, chorizo and tomato thingy from a Jamie recipe (converted to SW), will let you know how it goes.

    Can't believe we've got soooooo much of the month still left to go :eek: But at least joining SW has meant I've had to make more of an effort to meal plan, which really is where I fall down.

    Hope everyone is keeping well, enjoying the sunshine and having a better GC month than I am xxx
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
    4.8K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Combo Breaker Debt-free and Proud!
    should be a NSD today as i am working from 7.30 am till 8pm :eek: have got an hour off in the afternoon though :)

    Dbrother rang last night to say Dmum and stepdad were coming to visit next weekend so they want to book a restaurant on the sunday as an early mothers day meal , problem is we are already booked to go out on mothers day with DH's mum the following week and really cant afford to pay twice , not sure what to do (might have to take it out of my savings for my car service) :(
  • tigerfeet2006tigerfeet2006 Forumite
    14K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    :) Morning all

    Although I got the shopping over the weekend, today is my first official day of the Grocery Challenge :D and it will be a NSD today :T

    Well I will be buying trainers for DC3 but that's a different budget :)
    The only stupid question is an unasked one
    Loving life as a Kernow Hippy
  • Winged_oneWinged_one Forumite
    610 Posts
    I have failed miserably for March - I spent €235 over the weekend (well, I spent 208 and I am estimating that DH spent 25 in the farmer's market and another 2 on bread).:(

    On the flip side, it was a stores shop with lots of cleaning things, and a good lot of storecupboard items too as there were a lot of offers on various things we would usually use anyway. Meat for 8 dinners. And I had wanted to spend at least €153 in that SM to get an extra €20 voucher next month.

    I DO still have €110 to spend every week until the end of the year and I now have replenished a lot of things that were running low. I have also got a fair amount of voucher due to come in over the next while. And I finally got some things growing so will be getting more veg in the coming months.

    I have planted out 3 broad bean plants and 6 cabbages in the back garden, alopng with sowing radishes, spring onions and mangetout. There will be more going in to those beds in due course (tomatoes, peppers, courgette, peans, french beans). I have pots of salads leaves almost ready to start picking, with the carrots starting to show. There are also pots of cabbages, cauliflower, lettuce, leeks and 3 more broad beans started for planting out onto the plot in due course. I planted out another 4 cabbages on the plot, as well as sowing 2 rows of peas, a double row of broad beans, and a few garlic cloves (the bulbs were somewhat rotten so I will have to buy some after all). And I found 4 more garlic that we'd obviously missed harvesting last august, that are growing again. At home, I have started a good few tomatoes, peppers (sweet and chilli), and basil and coriander.

    My plans are to sow a pot of spinach for home and 1 seed tray which is already divided into rows of spinach for the plot this week. I want to sow another pot each of basil and coriander this week too for the windowsill. I need to dig over the roots bed yet, and that will have parsnips, turnips, beetroots, spring onions, lettuce and spinach which can all be direct sown. And I will need to start sweetcorn, courgettes and a range of pumpkins and swuashes once it warms up a little more, and anonther pot or 2 of leeks, and some calabrese. I have onion sets at home , and seed potatoes, all to be planted out on plot. So I am hopeful that with all that, and the fruit bushes on the plot, that we will actually get a good return there this year.

    In fact, this week I have purple sprouting brocolli for tonight's dinner, and rhubarb for desert (as well as rhubarb as a Thank You for my aunt, who had DD to stay on Sat night). I also have a handful of brussels sprouts, and 6 leeks, to use this week, all from the plot. The leeks will be coming for a while yet and they are still at the lovely small sweet stage.

    The menu for this week is:
    Sun: HM pizza using bases and sauce from FM
    Mon: Organic pork chops (sausage for DD), PSB, mash potatoes
    Tues: Slow roasted lamb shanks, roast pots, maybe roasted carrots and parsnips
    Wed: DH out so perhaps a small portion of spag bol from freezer
    Thurs:Chilli sausages, with tom sauce and pasta
    Fri: No idea yet but I have plenty of options to avoid takeaway
    GC 2010 €6,000/ €5,897

    GC 2011:Overall Target: €6,000/
    €5,442 by October

    Back on the wagon again in 2014
    Apr €587.82/€550 May €453.31 /€550
  • tigerfeet2006tigerfeet2006 Forumite
    14K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper
    Wow! Winged One your allotment has really come on. We have ours for the first year this year so we are starting from scratch but hope it starts producing stuff for us soon.
    The only stupid question is an unasked one
    Loving life as a Kernow Hippy
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
    5K Posts
    janie-h, I've put your Mushy Pea Curry recipe in the SW list, also added the cheese triangle ideas - I've never thought of using a cheese triangle in chicken :beer:
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

    C.R.A.P.R.O.L.L.Z Head Sharpener
This discussion has been closed.