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May 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 April 2011 at 4:42PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Pixie_FairydustPixie_Fairydust Forumite
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    This is my vegetarian lasagne recipe

    In a large pot, fry off some onions, garlic, mushrooms, peppers, leeks (whatever you have hanging about) in a good glug of oil.

    Fry gently until nice and soft.

    Add 1 large pkt A$da/Mr T/Quorn (only if on offer!) veg mince to the pan, stir around.

    Add a large bottle of pasta sauce & 2 tins of value toms, dried mixed herbs, 2 x stock cubes and a little boiling water, only a bit, you can always add more later if too thick.

    Give a good stir and leave on a low heat for about 25 mins, keep checking and stirring, if you think it needs it add some more water.

    In a square baking dish put a layer of the mince, then 2 sheets of lasagne (I always use the value ones), another layer of mince, 2 more sheets of lasagne, then cover with white/cheese sauce, I tend to buy the Mr T cheap white lasagne sauce in a jar (for ease), but have used a cheese sauce packet mix which was fine.

    Sprinkle with grated cheese.

    I always put my lasagne dish on a baking tray, it then catches any spills.

    Bake at 180 for about 40 mins.

    Serve with some extra veg, peas/corn etc and garlic bread or salad.

    I find there is usually enough of the mince mix left to have with jacket potatoes later in the week.

    Hope that helps. :T
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  • cutiepieabfcutiepieabf Forumite
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    dibblersan wrote: »
    just found this
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=16724&highlight=frozen+sandwiches

    that might be of help.
    to be honest i add heat my rolls and wraps at work as i always put something in them like cheese or sauce and they're really nice toasted from frozen - this is something i do for lunch when i'm home (5/10 mins in 'moska) fish cakes and a chilli sauce are also really nice and different in a roll or wrap.

    fantastic, you're a star!! :A
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  • cutiepieabfcutiepieabf Forumite
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    espresso21 wrote: »
    Having a really bad day here. I thought I had more money than usual in my bank account as I hadn't had any really big expenses. However, just checked it and I have £25 to last me to the end of the month and we're only halfway there. My mobile bill came today too and is more than double what I thought I should be paying even though I hardly make any calls and mostly text (and I have unlimited texts on my tariff) so I thought I would phone them and see if they could change my account to be cheaper, but they said the only other tariff they could put me on would actually offer me less and cost me slightly more so now I really don't know what to do. Sorry all, but I am really down in the dumps tonight as I just don't see a way out of this. I need to start saving and paying off things, but I can't even make it to the end of the month so I am just getting in deeper and deeper. Maybe I should just stop eating - it would be cheaper and the plus side is I might lose some weight! I am really proud of you all though - you seem to be doing so well.

    hi there, not really GC related, but what tariff are you on?
    i used to be on o2 contract but i would always go over my allowance and my bills just got stupid. then i decided i would change to PAYG. i top up £15 and i then get free texts and internet for a month. after a month if i havent topped up another £15 then i lose the free texts and internet and use up my credit. this lasts me about 3 weeks, so in effect, i am topping up £15 every 7-8 weeks. i know it depends on how much you use your phone for calls, etc, but the tariff is quite reasonable for calls.

    its just an idea, but its saved me so much money. the only reason i stayed on contract for so long was for the free upgrades but i dont even miss them anymore, especially when you can get a good handset for next to nothing now.

    hope this helps.

    dont get down about debt. instead of focussing on the problems, think, right, i need £x amount for y, and £x amount for z, and to get this i will.... i did this and it really helped to focus on solutions instead of burying my head in the sand hoping it would all go away (which unfortunately it wont). we are all here to help, so if you need advice about anything just ask. pm me if you want. chin up.:):)
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    DFBX2017 #160 - £0/£11,378

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    £820/820 HSBC OD (100% PAID) £0/£795 HSBC M/C (0% PAID)
  • edited 17 May 2011 at 12:55PM
    ebayqueen_2ebayqueen_2 Forumite
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    edited 17 May 2011 at 12:55PM
    Good afternoon everyone

    Been out today to do as much as I really need until I pop out for fresh at weekend.
    Did a My Supermarket printed list and stuck to it all but a very nice local crusty bread that was on special. So I added that and didn't buy the Robinsons sqaush that was on my shopping list. :j Can't believe I didn't talk myself into buying the juice.

    This was mostly Cat food, flour, tuna, yogurts (local 4 for £1) cheese, fruit and bread.
    Total....£20.80...:D

    Then called at local chicken processing plant...got 4 organic chicks, 7 packs of 3 chicken fillet flat steaks, 1 organic ready roasted big chicken(very fancy packing), 4 packets of 4 cooked chicken legs, 3 packs of single fresh quarters,...all costing £15.50.

    Then did a trek to a local meat processing plant..7 super sirloin steaks, 3 x 500g good mince beef, pack of 8 boneless pork chops/steaks.... costing £16.84:)



    The chicken alone was priced on retail packs as £70.99
    The meat would have cost retail ....................£45.63.


    So I was able to buy all of the above shopping for £53.14 instead of retail which would have been £137.42!!!!!!!!!!

    Will gift some of this with eldery extended family especially one who brings me a tray of lovely eggs every weekend:A

    It takes time to plan and to go to these places even though they are within a few miles but it is certainly worth doing. I arrived 30 mins before Meat shop opened so decided to sit in car and catch up on texts and phone calls rather than driving home and coming back later.
    I certainly would not be buying sirloins at £27, so this will be a real treat for us.

    Hope all having a good week.:A

    will update sig asap!

    "You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream" :) C. S. Lewis
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    skilly wrote: »
    Morning all, I checked my cupboards last night and found 10 tins of tomatoes out of date feb ,so today I have made 2 lasagnes and I am thinking about making some tomato and basil soup can anyone think of any other recipes ?. Thanks

    what about cooking them up with some chopped onion and garlic and maybe some chilliflakes for a tomato sauce for pasta or pizza/ just freeze it in portion size batches x
    JIL wrote: »
    By sing do you mean the wheeping noises they make? Mine go mad when we are pulling grass up around the trees and paths in the garden, obviously know the sound of grass being picked, this is even when they are in their runs and have access to get their own. I have also got them to wheep when I shake the shed keys.
    From an MSE point I started composting all their used bedding last year and have some great compost this year. I mixed it into some raised beds where I have planted some mixed leaves, I will share the spoils with them!!!
    I have heard them make other noises other than wheeping a bit like a chirrup but this is few and far.

    lol mine wheek everytime i step out of the back door , or if they hear the fridge door open or anyone rattles a bag!. they are so cute . if i go in the garden , they watch me intently and when i start walking towards them they wheek like mad and sort of jump around in excitement
    Nessie thanks for the info i have a pear tree in the garden i could give them that .
    I am also going to add their bedding to the compost too :D
    espresso21 wrote: »
    I can't believe how kind you people are. I'm only a newbie, you don't know me all that well, in fact you don't know me at all considering we've never met, and yet here you are offering food parcels and such. It's amazing. Maybe that's one thing the hard times are good for - for bringing out the niceness and communal spirit in people once more.

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    there are some incredibly kind and generous people on these threads :A
  • espresso21espresso21 Forumite
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    ebayqueen, that's some impressive saving!!! Wish I had some of those places near me.

    cutiepie, thanks for the debt advice. I think I just get a bit overwhelmed sometimes. I'm not in too much debt at the moment - I DO owe money but I have a plan to pay it off. It's just the fear of what it's going to be like when I lose another 20% of my salary in a few months that is worrying me. I can't help thinking if I am struggling now, what's it going to be like then!? But your advice is sound and rational - I just need to focus! I think I also get angry (not that it is helpful) when I know how hard I am working - I sort of feel that if you work this hard, there should be some sort of reward....but anyway, I know I'm not alone in this so I probably shouldn't dwell on it. I'll be ok.

    The tariff I am on is MEANT to be £30 before VAT. However, somehow I am paying £60 - £70 per month. I phoned and got them to go through the bill with me, and there are loads of reasons why it is so much, some of which I understand and some I don't, but the problem is I don't use half of the things I am paying for but apparently if I downgrade, I can only downgrade to the next lowest tariff, and because they have recently changed their pricing that is actually more expensive than the one I am on now. If you are confused by now, so was I when I phoned them! I wish I could just cancel the contract and go with someone else. I was much happier when I was with Vodafone. I don't really think I can buy it out - I still have 8 months to run and my monthly cost is £30 so I am assuming the buy-out would be £240 - not going to happen!!!
  • espresso21espresso21 Forumite
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    Pixie, thanks for the lasagna recipe - one to add to my collection!

    Sunny Day, I did end up making that paella recipe with my leftover rice - hubby was unexpectedly home and looking for lunch - he loved it!!!! Thanks for that!
  • piperskypipersky Forumite
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    Not posted for a while but been keeping up with thread and spends :) New total in sig - not doing too badly since I have already done my big shop for the week :D

    Have been using lots of moc's - when I added it up they came to £58.40 :o A few small DtD vouchers and some £5 off £30 spend frrom joining Co-op amoung others. Still, it's a lot of extra grocery shopping for nothing :money:
    Part time GCer, NSDer, Comper and (Bad)Flylady :o
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  • freakyogrefreakyogre Forumite
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    £4.00 spent today on teabags and some rice cakes.
    Grocery challenge - Nov: £52/£100
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    'nuther NSD today :j
    hopefully one tomorrow too

    DD1 made a hm tomato sauce for pasta for tea - yummy
    DD2 is practising making bourbon biscuits for school -if they work i'll post the recipe

    hippeechiq / spiggle hope you are both ok x
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