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November 2011 - Grocery Challenge

edited 26 October 2011 at 6:52PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Can I join november please.

    so far spent £55 farmfooods
    £55 sainsburys.

    total £110

    also last 2days spent £2.20 tesco express on coffee

    had £5.50 clubcard vouchers sp spent £15 tesco metro yesterday.

    plan to spend £6 in co-op today as thats all we have until payday tuesday.

    find it really thourght provoking going round store with cash.
    really makes you think do i want or need this?
    is it better value?

    I try to ensure I get the most for my buck
    buy a lot of value stuff but because ots a metro poor range and hard to find.
    The reductions are really stingy.

    Its got to point with us that we couldent exclusivly do all our shopping in tesco its too pricey there was time we did that.

    Now we do poundshops
    farmfoods is a lifesaver but am bit fed up of frozen food but it is cheap.
    co-op do best reductions but everything else in there extortionate!
    pad by xmas2010 £14,636.65/£20,000::beer:
    Pay off as much as I can 2011 £15008.02/£15,000:j

    new grocery challenge £200/£250 feb

    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON:D,Onwards and upward2013:)
  • edited 11 November 2011 at 11:01AM
    quintwinsquintwins Forumite
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    edited 11 November 2011 at 11:01AM
    morning all i'm off shopping for a few bits today, i'm going to stock up on lots of 3 for 2 jams and rasins we use the value ranges which ofcorse are rarely on offer so it will help abit stocking up, how dear has value honey got :(

    foods abit thin on the ground this morning (well breakfasty type things) we have no fruit or bread and very little milk, so i'm going to make egg and bacon sandwich filler and have a part baked roll in the oven :) lunch is the rest of teh soup i made yesterday and dinner is gonna be fishfingers chips and beans for a nice quick tea
    OCT GC £196.12/£200
  • Morning all!

    Well, did my sums last night and we have already spent a whopping £265 in 11 days!!!!!! Overbudget already:eek:

    Fingers crossed we don't need to do much more food shopping this month. We did think £60 a week would be difficult for us so maybe I need to be a bit more realistic next month;)

  • recovering_spendaholicrecovering_spendaholic Forumite
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    Morning all - Have just spent the last hour trying to unblock the toilet - damn Andrex Puppies on a roll!!

    Breakfast was bacon and sausage sandwich (yum), packed lunches for kids and soup for me, dinner will be beef stew with new potatoes and cabbage. We have loads of yoghurts and ice cream for afters so shouldn't have to buy anything today.

    I got Aldi whole milk yesterday - I haven't had whole milk for ages and had forgotten how lovely it is!!!

    ENDIS. Employed, no disposable income or savings!
  • sistercassistercas Forumite
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    [QUOTE=recovering spendaholic;48426009
    I got Aldi whole milk yesterday - I haven't had whole milk for ages and had forgotten how lovely it is!!![/QUOTE]

    i tend to buy whole milk i read somewhere that calcium needs fat to be absorbed, so the the body isnt able to absorb the calcium from skimmed milk ... plus i prefer it :D

    spent alot in mr T's the other day as i just didnt have time to do my normal shop in 4 different places - its amazing what a difference it makes picking the best bits from different supermarkets
  • nmlcnmlc Forumite
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    Afternoon all

    Just an update on the spends, did my food shopping this morning at MrA spent £85.39 and MrT - £2.28 so total was £87.67 really pleased with this. Had some very good luck in MrA had 2 of the £5.00 vouchers and cashier said as I'd spent so much they were happy to take both £5.00 vouchers, and then my asda price guarantee vouchers which we for £2.82 and £0.79 respectively so finished up with over £13.00 knocked off my shopping bill - result! :beer:

    Having said that it wasn't a massive shop so it just proves how much food is going up on a weekly basis though!

    Will amend my sig in a minute, storecupboard reasonably well stocked, freezer less so, but am trying to empty it so I can defrost it and have space for the xmas food.

    Have a great weekend everyone, stay safe and well xxx

  • gailey_2gailey_2 Forumite
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    Definatly noticed huge rise in value prices this year.
    sometimes its cheaper top buy stuff on offer than value.

    it is best to shop around but lot of people say they dont have the time.

    our storecupboards are dire and need restocking.

    so plan is restock storecupboards
    not buy much meat
    ensure freezer well stocked.
    pad by xmas2010 £14,636.65/£20,000::beer:
    Pay off as much as I can 2011 £15008.02/£15,000:j

    new grocery challenge £200/£250 feb

    KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON:D,Onwards and upward2013:)
  • boultdjboultdj Forumite
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    A small £5.76 to add.
    Grocery Challenge
    September £300/£197.30
    August £300/ £317.15
    July £350/ £332.76
  • bestillbestill Forumite
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    Eighth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    spent 23.58 at sainsburys on bits for weekend, managed to get conditioner reduced to 10p for dd1. Not much fruit left in the house but holding out till Mon to go to Aldi.

    Total spend so far £152.08/320 so quite pleased overall. Need to keep it up now.
  • NimethNimeth Forumite
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    Afternoon all!

    Done most of this week's shop, just A!di this week and then need to pop into the farm shop to top up some fruit & veg at some point. Spend in A!di was £16.86, so I've got around a tenner leftover for the farm shop.

    Spent the rest of the morning using up the rather overripe bananas, I was bored with banana bread so made some banana & oat cookies:

    8oz porridge oats
    2 ripe bananas and brown sugar - made up to 8 oz total
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp salt
    4oz marg (or 2oz butter + 2oz oil, or 3 of butter and 1 of oil)
    1 beaten egg
    (optional - 1 oz dark chocolate chips, nuts or raisins)
    Mix dried ingredients together. The bananas form PART of the 8oz of sugar, they aren't in addition to it! So you place the 2 bananas on the scales and then make up the weight to 8oz with brown sugar.

    Melt marg/butter/oil in a saucepan and add to dry mix. Blend thoroughly. Add the beaten egg. Also add any choc chip, nuts or raisins.

    Use a teaspoon to drop walnut size blobs onto a greased baking tray (I use greased greaseproof paper as well), allowing space for cookies to run. Bake in middle of moderate oven (Gas 5) for 20-30 minutes until golden brown.

    Makes around 30 cookies

    I just mooched one, I find them quite nice with the nuts. Next time I may try them with chocolate chips.
    Dec GC; £208.79/£220
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