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May 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 29 April 2011 at 4:42PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • jetbagjetbag Forumite
    186 posts
    Eighth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    spent £25.19 in Lidl after using £5 off voucher, £1.60 in the Bakers and £45. in the Butchers (shouldn't need to buy any more meat for a couple of weeks now though).
  • BrassicBrassic Forumite
    557 posts
    sammr85 wrote: »
    Please can I join for May? Can you please put me down for £300?
    This is for 2 adults, 3 children and a dog. For all food, drink, pet supplies, cleaning products, toiletries and nappies for DS and DD2.

    Samm x

    Sam, how on earth do you do this? I am ridiculously pleased that it looks like I will come in at 500 this month?! :o I just can't see how on earth it is possible! I don't buy readymeals, I don't buy totally value brands either, but 200 quid is a HUGE difference!

    Debts @ lightbulb moment (13/06/2006) - £59,842.23 :eek: All commercial debts now clear!!! :T Debts April - £20,000 to family (incl extra £10k borrowed for house deposit). DFD - Aug 2014
    Proud to be dealing with my debts
    Goal of the month - £500 on groceries for family of 5 - Apr 2011 - £620! :( May - £454.85 so far.
  • katholicoskatholicos Forumite
    2.7K posts
    Today I made a brown lentil and veg soup for DD and a lasagne for the rest of us. I've just polished off the chilled pasta salad i made yesterday, for my was soooo good, and so much nicer than the chilled supermarket salads. Thought i would share how i made it as it worked out really economical....

    Cold Pesto Pasta Salad

    Boil a pan of pasta spirals/tubes or whatever your preference is.

    Drain the liquid off the pasta and plunge the pasta into cold water (you can reserve the pasta liqour for making stews/soups etc).

    Drain off the water and place the cooled pasta in a large bowl.

    Add (in my case, 2/3rds of a small jar of) pesto.

    Add 1 x drained tin of sweetcorn (or frozen or fresh sweetcorn).

    Add a tsp of chopped garlic.

    Add salt to taste.

    Add chopped tomatoes (fresh or tinned). I used about 5 heaped tbs.

    Stir well ensuring pasta gets covered with the pesto and then cover and refridgerate.

    Great for lunches/snacks.

    Hope this helps someone save a little money on lunches or what have you.
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200

    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
    5K posts
    katholicos, I lilke the sound of your Cold Pesto Pasta Salad! :T
    I've added it to the index, listed under 'Pasta' in main meals ;)
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

    C.R.A.P.R.O.L.L.Z Head Sharpener
  • allie23allie23 Forumite
    1.5K posts
    Part of the Furniture 1,000 Posts Debt-free and Proud! PPI Party Pooper
    Hi All
    Have come in under budget agin this month by £45:j. Can I be put down for £150 for June please? Thanks to all, once again for the inspiration and to the board guides for keeping the board running. I don,t have time to post regularly as I work full time and am studying and am trying to set up a business but still love reading as much as I can or the posts. Hopefully I will be going part time or finishing up with work soon though.

    Frugal Living Challenge 2020
    Save £12k in 2020 - Challenger No 4 - £10,634/£35,000
    April Grocery Challenge £34.99/£200
  • scotsaverscotsaver Forumite
    824 posts
    jintyb wrote: »

    That sounds absolutely delish - thanks for posting the recipe link. Can I come to yours for dinner?;)

    Hi jintyb - yes the Chicken and rice was delicious, clean plates all round so this is definitely one to add to my little book - you couldn't come for Dinner anyway - your in Edinburgh, I'm in London - no flights out of Scotland:p We're originally from Scotland, visiting in the Summer and Edinburgh is one place the kids have at the top of their list to visit.:)

    Morning everyone - got a few things to buy today, will update total later. Dinner tonight is Cumberland Pie from "Second helpings from the Dinner Lady" cookbook - never made this before but looks tasty. Hope you all have a good day.:D
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • jintybjintyb Forumite
    1.7K posts
    Part of the Furniture Combo Breaker
    Scotsaver - glad your dinner was a success, I added that recipe to my list!
    Hope your kids enjoy Edinburgh and that the weather improves by the time you visit.
    Katholicos - thanks for the Pesto Pasta Salad recipe. I'm always on the lookout for new ideas for packed lunches. Will def try that when I go back to work next week. Also thanks for the tip re Sains Teabags. I love my tea and always buy Tet£ey or PG. I've tried A$da SP bags and they were awful. I'm gonna try the Sains ones though after what you said.
    Still thinking about BM. ;)

    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
  • quintwinsquintwins Forumite
    5.2K posts
    morning all, i managed a nsd yesterday which was impressive since we were at the circus, i put the mushrooms i needed into todays tesco delivery, it's coming out of junes budget even tho i'm still not finished may because i was ordering it for the first but i wanted some of the 3 for 2 biccys and wed deliverys are cheapest everything i bought for june will keep and keep us goimg for 2 weeks, with the exception of milk and taties, i'll update my sig when it arrives
    OCT GC £196.12/£200
  • cat_smithcat_smith Forumite
    1.3K posts
    Going to have to shop tomorrow. DH returns and there is nothing in the fridge. Will be producing a careful list and sticking to it. Determined to come in under budget this month.
    GC Mar 13 £47.36/£150
  • Hi all, I've not posted in ages but I've been keeping going with the GC and am absolutely positively sure that I'm going to come under budget this month :jWe're really getting into the whole old style mentality now, in the last week I've actually been loving it! I know we've still got a long long long way to go and many many things still to change but it's the start of a big adventure for us! :D I'm totally in love with Aldi, can't praise them enough as we're eating really well but not spending nearly as much money on food! I'm doing "rubber chicken" for the first time this week, a small yellow stickered corn fed free range one at £2.50 that had been lurking in the freezer did a roast last night, will appear in a curry tonight, the bones and skin etc are in the slow cooker right now making stock for soup, and I'm hoping I might even squeeze a chicken fried rice out of it too! :T The boys are really enjoying the cakes and biccies I'm making from the recipe index as puds, and DH is absolutely obsessed with Twinks!

    Hope you're all having a great month xxx
    Feeding 2 adults and 5 piglets aged 7 months, 7, 8, 10 & 13. Thank heaven for Aldi!:rotfl:

    January 2013 grocery challenge £169.44/£360
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