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January 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 27 December 2011 at 2:52PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • majjakmajjak Forumite
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    Evening everyone

    I managed to get myself taken off in an ambulance last night :o - these blinkin palpitations and tachocardia are doing my head in ! No underlying heart problems showed up on an ecg, so off to docs (again) on Monday to see if they can sort it. I have a feeling it's blood pressure related but we shall see. I just hope I can go to bed tonight and not end up feeling like I did last night. (I fall asleep ok and it wakes me up).:(

    Anyway, I did my last shop of the month today and spent just under £50 so I should come in under budget, with only a few veggies/fruit to buy to keep me going later next week. :j

    A big welcome to all the new people :D. Best advice I could give is to keep popping on here every day if you can for inspiration/hints/tips and a friendly ear if you need one :A.

    Not sure if it was mentioned on here or another thread but Mr S have some Y0un9s salmon fillets (4 pack, frozen) on reduced to clear for £1 :eek:. I'm afraid I cleared out my local of the last 8 packets but it might be worth looking in your local store ;). There was no shelf edge label though, so you might want to get a price check first.

    Hope everyone has a good evening and a lovely rest of weekend xx
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  • mummyyof5mummyyof5 Forumite
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    Small spend of £3.29 yesterday..shampoo,carton drinks for LOs lunchbox and bubble bath.
    Today £2.50 on veg from pots for tea and sprouts for Sunday dinner.
    MrTs..reduced parsnips and lemons..cereal,milk,bacon,ham,BOGOF cheesestrings for LO packup,..came to £16.75.
    So another £22.54 to add on ...tomorrow will be a NSD...will be baking a chocolate cake and a lemon cake as teens are moaning at the lack of sweet things lol xx
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  • quintwinsquintwins Forumite
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    nsd today, used up a few bits from the freezer, will have no more spends now until monday :)
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  • SueP19SueP19 Forumite
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    Just had another small spend at the C00p of £4.23 but it was the things that I couldn't get yesterday, apart from the woopsied [email protected]@xy :D:D:D

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  • carolinerunnercarolinerunner Forumite
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    Just done the shop for next week's food at Mr A, used up the £2 gift card they gave me last time for mucking up the prices on the receipt, succumbed to a set of clip lid tupperw*re type boxes for £4 but otherwise pretty much stuck to the list.

    Decided as DH is away having fun that we will have a takeaway curry tonight, which means no washing up, hurrah!:D

    Trying to resist a Co-*p 10% off voucher tempting me to a blender at about £16 (cheapest elsewhere £20, down from about £35) which would be nice as DH moans when I use the magimix cos he hates washing it up... do I need it? NO! Thanks, that's sorted then ...:whistle:
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  • OK step aside on the naughty step ive over spent Jans budget by £2.97 but on the fabulous note i have managed to actually keep my freezer stock levels up, my waist line shrinking by eating healthy and waisting less.. Thanks to the godsend that is WHOOPSIES especially now my local sm is having a major upgrade!

    This month i have worked out that i have got £54.21 worth of food for my £27.97 the guy on the checkout last night was speechless as the prepped veg, lamb chop, salad stuff, pies, bread and other stuff kept coming mostly at 9p a go i still had change from a £5 :money:.

    Get paid Thursday so should be no more trips to the supermarket, in fact i know there wont be because i refuse to put any on the credit card. I think this is the lowest ive ever spent for a month to feed myself and also the healthiest its amazing what you can achieve sometimes when you have too! (thankfully the budget can increase to normal levels next month)

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  • kezloukezlou Forumite
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    Hi everyone,

    Well i ended up spending more money than i planned, but i have now got a sack of onions, potatoes, rice which will do us a fair while. Also bought 24 tins of catfood, 4kilo's of cat biscuit and huge bag of cat litter. So hopefully should last us till february.
    The store cupboard is pretty much empty though, so will need to stock up soon. Only got one tin of tomatoes :eek: which is completely unheard of.

    Anyway we had this yesterday, the boys loved it especially the prawns. I served it alongside leftover cous cous, tarka dhal, potato bhaji's and riata.

    Goan Prawn Curry

    1 tsp cayanne pepper (i used chilli)
    1 tbsp paprika
    1/4 tsp ground tumeric
    2 tbsp ground coriander
    1 tbsp lemon juice (or 1 tsp of amchur powder)
    1tsp ground cumin
    3/4 tsp salt
    100ml water
    3 tbsp oil (i used veg)
    1/2 tsp mustard seeds (i used cumin seeds)
    1 large onion sliced
    3 garlic cloves chopped
    400ml coconut milk
    450g cooked prawns


    place cayanne, paprika,turmeric, cumin, coriander, salt, lemon juice in a bowl stir and mix the 100ml water into it to form a kind of watery paste.Leave to rest .

    Place oil in a pan, when heated place cumin seeds in. When the seeds start to pop add the onions and garlic, stir till golden brown.
    Add the previously made curry paste , bring to simmer and cover over a med-low high for about 10 minutes.
    After 10 mins add the coconut milk and prawns and simmer over a medium-high heat for about 10 minutes.

    Serve immediately.

    I normally make this with 200g seafood mix and just before serving add a couple of hard boiled eggs to it.

    Its more like a soup as it has a lot of sauce with it.
    We've had it with cooked chicken or veg added to it and tastes quite nice.

    Hope you all like it.:)
  • tessie_beartessie_bear Forumite
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    hi...went to lidl today and got a few of there special offers....£20 spent but seemed to get a lot

    we have had roast chicken today and am going to make the remainder into a pie tomorrow...havent got any money for groceries until friday but i think i might need a few bits from aldi on monday but i will see how i go

    i want to do a chinese meal on chinese new year so will need to sort that out
    have a great weekend tess
    onwards and upwards
  • kerri_dfwkerri_dfw Forumite
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    Another £10 as we've got guessed coming over so needed nibbles and cake ingredients. Plus 64p for a tin of beans from the stockpile.
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  • Fiasco55Fiasco55 Forumite
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    Ninth Anniversary Combo Breaker
    I got some yellow stickered food at M & $ today.
    Veg pack 50p
    Gammon and pairsley joint 50p
    Herb pots 50p
    2 ready meals for the freezer/backshifts this week 80p each
    Lean mince £1

    Just had the roast, pots and veg with some chipolates left over from New Year and it was very tasty. My dinner guest was delighted.

    Total spend £4.10.

    I think that I will be over budget this month as I still haven't bought my flavoured water.
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