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January 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 27 December 2011 at 2:52PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • kerri_dfwkerri_dfw Forumite
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  • edited 17 January 2012 at 1:54AM
    Fiasco55Fiasco55 Forumite
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    edited 17 January 2012 at 1:54AM
    I managed a NSD today but bought quite a few things yesterday.

    Mr M £1.30
    Co$co £7.80
    HB £11.90

    Total £21
    EDIT - forgot to add £5 for a naughty but very yummy Italian take away!
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  • couldn't get on computer last night - was being hogged by kids!!
    so quick update before i go off to work today
    small spend in coop on reduced sarnies, 1/2 price t bags, orange juice and rolls
    spent £8.63
    Sealed Pot Challenge 2011 / no. 1205 £110 made]Sealed Pot Challenge 2012/no 1205 target £300
    Jan g/c 355.83/£450
    g/c Feb487.66/£400
    March 411.03/£450
    To feed 5 adults and 2 dogs includes toiletries & cleanining
  • edited 17 January 2012 at 9:40AM
    SueP19SueP19 Forumite
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    edited 17 January 2012 at 9:40AM
    Had a spend day yesterday at £8.28 but that did include whoopsie bread and cheese plus 15 eggs for 49p (will make 4 Quiches from this)

    It's amazing I am under budget, all last year I tried and only managed it once (week after we came back from hols and had food left over)

    :j:j:j:j Yeah to this thread

    Tonight is HM chicken pie, thanks to here, first time I've made it :rotfl:
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    Jan GC £96.95/£120; NSD 26/31
    Feb GC £113.19/£120: NSD 24/29
    Mar GC £54.22/£150 NSD 10/12

    2012 Aim - To clear credit cards in 2012
  • Hi All,

    Well i promised I would let you know how my attempt at a new coconut curry recipe went... and the answer is YUMMY!!! Now I must explain I am not a curry lover or expert, so to all those who might be a curry expert this might be far to simple and not resemble curry to you at all. But here is the recipe for all those that might want to revamp some left over roast chicken here you go:

    3 onions (sliced)
    200g chicken (I used left over roast)
    1 carton of UHT coconut cream
    200ml chicken stock
    200g greek yoghurt
    1 tbsp cumin
    2 tbsp curry powder (I used mild masarla powder)
    2tbsp peas
    2 handfuls of spinach

    Put a good glug of oil in a saucepan and turn the heat right down. cook the onions off for 20minutes stiring if they begin to catch the bottom of the pan.

    In a saucepan combine the coconut cream, stock and youghurt and the curry powder and cumin, I added 1 tsp of flour to thicken but in the end the sauce was very thick so might have been my impatience!

    Add the sauce over the onions, add the chicken and allow to boil. Add the peas and cook for 5 minutes as your serving up any accompaniements add the spinach allowing it to wilt over the top of the sauce.

    I served this with 50g (dried weight) rice per person and this recipe serves probably 4 hungry adults although possibly more if you do a higher rice portion / naan breads etc.

    Obviously if your using raw chicken you will need to cook it off, however as I was using left overs it was just a reheat job.

    A NSD for us yesterday and hopefully today as left overs for dinner tonight. Not got much of the budget left but i am determined to get to Friday 27th under budget!

    Wishing you all a good day.
    Jan GC £242.38/£250
    Feb GC £147.57 /£240
    2012 Clothes Challenge £97.50/£500
    Repay £5K in 2012 £254.17/£5000
    2012 NSD 14/200 (Jan 14)
  • tessie_beartessie_bear Forumite
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    hi....chilly here again...going to make a chicken pie for tea and if there is any pastry left i might knock out some sausage to do some banking later so might wander around tesco as dont go in there much

    going to make marmalade later and have found a recipe for lime marmakade that i fancy making so just need to track down some cheap limes

    costco was ok yesterday no great bargains i thought but did geta reduced chicken and some reasonable dishwasher tabs so stocked up with those

    have a great day
    onwards and upwards
  • Just a quick update, nipped into c0stc0 as "my" coffee is on offer at the moment. Got two drums of the coffee, a couple of packs of the oatso simple as that's on offer so works out cheaper than A!di's own version (and DH definitely prefers the 'named brand' on this one, although he eats the A!di one usually). And picked up 5kg jar of basmati rice as we're getting a bit low and at £5.99 for 5kg I think the only way to get it cheaper was to buy a 10kg sack (difficult to store) or 5kg of Mr T value basmati which we didn't like

    total spend £37.71 which takes me to £167.62 / £250 so far for the month. 54% of the month and I've spent 67% of the budget.


  • im gonna change my total to £200 already over my 150 and with a baby due anyday im sure im going to spend more - will try to keep within the 200 and even if i do go over i will make sure i write it down so i can look back next month

    so new totals -

    Jan grocery challenge - 163.51/200
    Learning to keep within budgets !

  • rosiebenrosieben Forumite
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    JIL, your Egg and Lentil Curry is in the list :beer:
    aberdeensaver, your Coconut Curry is in the list too :beer:
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string! :D

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