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Grocery Challenge - February 2012

edited 30 January 2012 at 8:27AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • Just filled two of those collapsible crates with toiletries from the bathroom. Shocked at how much is in there; literally hundreds of pounds worth. :eek::eek: I've seen people with signature references to toiletry spend - can someone point me at a thread please? (I have serious quantities and varieties to resolve).

    Just very quickly as oven peeping that dinner's ready :D

    This may help
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  • Hi there! I think I've 'been done' in Mr M's - bought reduced Frylight on last visit, two different sorts. Just checked the receipt and I've been charged £1.30 for one and £2.39 for the other - both were on the sale display. Feel very cross - either with them for misleading me or myself for not checking (suppose someone might have left the expensive one there when they spotted the bargain). Will have to investigate....and report back later.

  • flyingmammaflyingmamma Forumite
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    Just logging in some spends for feb- £20 for this week- some amazing price reductions! Got a litre of fresh cream for 40p...wasn,t sure if I can freeze this but checked on here and it seems you can? Diner for 3....£1.75. 6 steak sausages 79p! Came in under last week ...think I,m getting the hang of this moneysaving challenge.
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  • Linz4383Linz4383 Forumite
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    well a NSD for me! cant go newhere coz of the snow :( so just been stuck in, in the warm all day!
    had a whoopsied turkey breast joint (50p) for dinner which was gorgeous theres plenty left tho! not sure wot to do with that tomorrow?! any ideas?! thinkin maybe curry?! think it may do 2 more meals! not bad for 50p :D
    hoping the snow is goin to be gone soon! hate havin to get about in it!
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    Not much snow here but it is very icy. Nearly broke my neck on the patio on my way to list the contents of the garage freezer:eek:

    I have finally listed the contents of both freezers and my big larder cupboard. And all I can say is :eek: at the amount of food we have in. Good thing really as I am so close to budget with 16 days left we will be eating the contents for the rest of the month and trying to spend no more than £50 on fresh stuff.

    We have arranged for a joiner to put shelving in my 2 big under stairs cupboards so I can organise my stores much better. (More room for bargains;)). I can't wait as I have so little storage space.

    After a trip to Mr S half an hour before closing for some beers for DH (it's his birrthday today) we left with a whoopsied hot chicken, roast potatoes, whoopsied hot cross buns, beer and a magazine for DS. We didn't need anything! £9 odd to add to the total.

    We were back from Mr S ten minutes when DH said he would have to take cakes into work on Tuesday as it was his birthday and could I make some as they all loved the ones I made for CIN.:mad: Wish he had said when we were in Mr S as I need icing sugar and normal sugar as I have to make some for my work too. That will be 3 victoria sandwiches and 2 batches of mufins for me to make tomorrow then!

    We went out for a meal last night and the food was lovely but the portions were massive. We got them to parcel up mre than half of my veggie lasagne, chunky chips and side salad and shared it for lunch today. The lasagne was so good I wasn't going to leave it behind:cool:

    I have written a meal plan and have also planned lunches for the next 2 weeks so we do not get stuck with nothing to eat and spending money unnecessarily.
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  • Done another big shop and my total is 182.82 so nearly at the top end of my budget already but all freezers cupboards fridge are all bursting and I'm working a lot this week and two of my kids are on hols away next week so hopefully will keep fairly close to target. Will Check in next week with updated total.
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  • hex2hex2 Forumite
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    bupster wrote: »
    I don't use butter that much (hence having to chuck out the stuff I'd made from whoopsied double cream because it went rancid)

    You can freeze it, the stuff I made at the start of Jan I wrapped in grease proof paper and froze in 2 and 4oz blocks. If I buy reduced butter (Makro sometimes do) then I cut that up and freeze it too.
    Got a litre of fresh cream for 40p...wasn,t sure if I can freeze this

    Yes you can but I think you need to whip it first. Or make it into butter and then freeze it.

    £1 on milk in the co-op, plus some more RTC pork chops for the freezer.
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  • I am guessing some of you bulk buy or batch cook. I am new to this and TBH have rarely used my freezer. So can anyone make a recommendation on the containers they use and where they buy them from for batch cooking ( I do not have a microwave ) and have used all possible containers old takeaway ones/ soup ones possible and/or decent frezzer bags.
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  • edited 5 February 2012 at 10:50PM
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    edited 5 February 2012 at 10:50PM
    wear280902 wrote: »
    I am guessing some of you bulk buy or batch cook. I am new to this and TBH have rarely used my freezer. So can anyone make a recommendation on the containers they use and where they buy them from for batch cooking ( I do not have a microwave ) and have used all possible containers old takeaway ones/ soup ones possible and/or decent frezzer bags.

    I get mine from Asda, and I write on them with a permanent marker, that comes off in the dishwasher. I use them for single portions, of casserole, lasagne, roast meat with gravy etc.
    I use these, they are the same ones takeaways use so can be microwaved, frozen etc and they do last well. The lids also fit on well which is a bit of a bugbear of mine.
    and also the foil containers. I use the foil containers for individual pie fillings. I take one out of the freezer pop a pre cut pastry lid on top and cook in the oven . very easy

    I have also reused margarine tubs, icecream tubs etc.
  • edited 5 February 2012 at 10:40PM
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    edited 5 February 2012 at 10:40PM
    Hi all

    I had Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous for tea as stated earlier - was nice - not the cheapest of recipes at around 90p a portion - may vary slightly next time though - will use more balsamic I think:


    Roasted Vegetable Cous Cous

    1 red pepper, seeded and diced
    1 yellow pepper, seeded and diced
    2 courgettes, diced
    1 aubergine, diced
    1 red onion, chopped
    3 garlic cloves, chopped
    1 tbsp fresh rosemary, chopped (I used dried!)
    3 tbsp olive oil
    200g cous cous (I use wholewheat but cous cous is cous cous at the end of the day!)
    1 vegetable stock cube (I use 1 Oxo cube)
    1 tin flageolet beans
    3 tbsp balsamic vinegar


    Preheat oven to 220.
    Place all the vegetables, garlic and rosemary in a large roasting tin and drizzle over the oil.
    Season and roast for 20 minutes, stirring after ten minutes.
    Make the cous cous with the stock cube.
    Add the beans and vinegar to the roasting tin, mix well and roast for further 10 minutes.
    Serve on top of the cous cous.

    I had mushrooms that needed using so added them, plus an extra 1.5 courgettes. Made 4 good portions.

    NSD today - first one of Feb :j

    Tomorrow will buy milk, bananas and honey. Don't need to do rest of Week 2 shop until Weds.

    wear280902 - I've read your other posts and well done on coming so far so fast. For a while Mr T were doing some cheapy rectangular ones, they're not great as the plastic edging tended to break when frozen/nuked, but mine have just survived about 9 months of heavy use so far...however I haven't seen them lately as wanted some more. The next best I would recommend are Tub-Its for cheaper ones - the Oval shape ones are brill for batch cooking - really good portions. If I'm transporting food though, I use Lock N Lock - i.e. for my lunches. Expensive, but lasts forever and ever and completely sealed so fine for soup etc. Recently have found cheapest place to buy is The Range - about 50% - 70% of the Amazon price, which is cheaper than in normal stores. In general though, if you do have the old takeaway containers then they are freezableand nuke-able so perfect! HTH!!! :D

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