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September 2011 Grocery Challenge

edited 31 August 2011 at 10:44PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • I have been watching the James Martin series about hospitals and was impressed at the speed he made homemade soup. Needless to say I made some yesterday in about ten minutes! I made it with one carrot, one parsnip and an apple from my tree. Peeled and chopped the veg-blasted it in a jug with a cover on and a couple of tablespoons of water in the micro for about 3 mins-zapped it in the food processor, added 2 stock cubes and boiling water and boiled it up for about another 5 minutes! Yummy! 4 serving for about 40p.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • £ 3.45 spent on bread, bananas and milk today. Hoping not to go shopping until Friday but I'm thinking about starting the Dukan diet tomorrow to be diet buddies with a friend. I have loads of sliced ham, turkey and prawns already in the freezer, eggs and bacon in fridge. Some of which was going to included in meal plans, I could tweak around some things though. Never had a diet buddy before so I'm thinking it's worth a try to shift the last of my baby belly (youngest is 2.5, lol) even if it means buying bit of extra meat. Wish me luck!

    CompBunny - I echo TrixieB.

    I thought the tortelleni was the main "extravagance". Value Pasta, make a sauce out of frozen spinach, ricotta or regular cheese and some passata, yum!

    Toilet rolls - value ones are fine imo

    Pizza - make your own

    Sweet & Sour sauces, I know morrys make quite a good value version for about 40 or 50p, I add some extra peppers and tinned value pineapple to bulk it out. I think Tesco do one too, not sure about Asda. Hope this helps but you're doing great already :)
  • Thankyou Long Tall Sally and Trixie B :)
    TrixieB wrote: »
    Compbunny do you have a Poundland near you? I find I can often get things like branded shampoos/conditioners/deos and also cleaning stuff for ... well ... £1!! a lot cheaper than the supers. There is a Poundland in the town center but we avoid going in as much as we can - parking is SO expensive and so is the bus! We can't park too far out as I can't walk far. But I will definately have a look next time! My conditioner is super cheap (70p 750ml) and suits my hair but it would be great to save on toothpaste and OH's sensitive deo, shaving foam etc. He prefers brands so would be happy with this!

    Loo rolls, I buy the Springforce ones from Tesco 9 for usually around £2.00 or Floralys ones from Lidl 10 for about £1.70 - both fine, I won't waste cash on wiping bottoms!! Oooh great to hear that those springforce ones are ok, we had a look at them today and thought they looked like there wasn't much paper on each roll but with a recommendation we'll give them a go next time!

    Tortelloni? Any particular reason? Be cheaper to make your own gnocchi or just use normal pasta with sauce? Tortelloni (we buy the spinach and ricotta filled ones) is a great meal for my partner to cook for us when I am too tired, microwave a tin of tomatoes, boil pasta for 2 mins and bam a decent meal - but for the premium your right its worth asking if he is happy to give some cheaper alternatives a go! Hadn't really thought about how expensive it is before :o

    Thanks for your suggestions!
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  • edited 12 September 2011 at 9:19PM
    CompBunnyCompBunny Forumite
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    edited 12 September 2011 at 9:19PM

    CompBunny - I echo TrixieB.

    I thought the tortelleni was the main "extravagance". Value Pasta, make a sauce out of frozen spinach, ricotta or regular cheese and some passata, yum!

    Toilet rolls - value ones are fine imo

    Pizza - make your own

    Sweet & Sour sauces, I know morrys make quite a good value version for about 40 or 50p, I add some extra peppers and tinned value pineapple to bulk it out. I think Tesco do one too, not sure about Asda. Hope this helps but you're doing great already :)

    Thankyou, I didn't know about the value sauces, will hunt harder in Tesco! Extra pineapple is a good way to sneak in extra 5-a-day, and I usually keep a jar of peppers (or frozen) on hand. Mmm sounds yummy!

    Do you find that making your own pizza works out much cheaper? Actually thats a silly question as you wouldn't have mentioned it otherwise :D

    It doesn't feel like we are doing great compared with a lot of other people on here:o We have been so bad with spending in the past that I don't quite trust us... but we all have to start somewhere.

    Good luck with starting your Dukkan diet!
    I have been watching the James Martin series about hospitals and was impressed at the speed he made homemade soup. Needless to say I made some yesterday in about ten minutes! I made it with one carrot, one parsnip and an apple from my tree. Peeled and chopped the veg-blasted it in a jug with a cover on and a couple of tablespoons of water in the micro for about 3 mins-zapped it in the food processor, added 2 stock cubes and boiling water and boiled it up for about another 5 minutes! Yummy! 4 serving for about 40p.

    Wow...did you add any other veg or just the carrot parsnip and apple? Would an onion replace the apple OK? Thanks for posting this, its made me want to whiz one up right now!
    GC2012: Nov £130.52/£125
    GC2011:Sept:£215Oct:£123.98Nov:£120Dec:£138Feb:£94.72
    Quit smoking 10am 17/02/11 - £4315 saved as of Nov'12

    Engaged to my best friend 08/2012:heart2:

  • KeithKeith Forumite
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    Hello!

    I'm going to join you all as our grocery shopping is driving me up the wall, we have a 4 month old and the wife is on WW so we are trying to eat healthy. But we spend £20 in the butcher, £25 at the farm shop and end up blowing £50 on the "bits" we need.

    It's got to stop!

    Keith
  • Wow...did you add any other veg or just the carrot parsnip and apple? Would an onion replace the apple OK? Thanks for posting this, its made me want to whiz one up right now![/QUOTE]

    Thats all I used! Plus 2 vegetable stock cubes(value ones) The combinations are up to you entirely. Carrot and onion would be great or tomato and onion(tinned toms even) James was doing cauliflower and lime!!! I think he added onion to that too. also did butternut squash and onion I think. You naturally know what flavours you like together so do experiment! I also made some herby bread as we had no bread left.
    Being a non yeast mix it was easy as well as quick and cheap.
    :)
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • I'm having a fuzzy moment and cannot find a menu plans for this week thread so excuse me while I write it down here!

    Tues - proper spaghetti carbonara
    Weds - spicy carrot soup and rolls, pear pudding and custard
    Thurs - mince something
    Fri - more mince something!
    Sat - soup and pud
    Sun - roast chicken
    Trying very hard to be frugal and OS - just plodding on and doing my best!
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  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    angelatgraceland, I've added your veg soup recipe to the index :T
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  • Morning
    mr t gave me another till spit £9 off a £60. Do I go mad and stock up (but risk blowing the budget) or ignore it and buy what I need? Decisions decisions.
    Made some little sponge cakes with ds and dd and added a handful of raisins. Dd loves them. Have to pick out the raisins for ds! Lol, story of my life.

    Hugs to all who need them x
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  • PuzzledbubblesPuzzledbubbles Forumite
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    NSD 6 for me yesterday, that was because i forced myself to stay in though so i didnt go out and buy chocolate lol.

    Am making a quiche this morning which im hoping will do OH for work lunches for the rest of the week and us at least 1 main meal, maybe more.

    Also thinking i might attempt fruit filled scones (OH loves the berry scones in Starbucks) am going to play and see what happens - probably a mess but hey, its worth a try :)
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