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Grocery Challenge - February 2012

edited 30 January 2012 at 8:27AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • The photos is of my dinner - Mr F doesn't have to wait but he does.
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    Mine's even bigger :( ...... tbh I'd really struggle on less as milk accounts for over 20% of my budget :eek: (lactose intolerant) - add on the wheat free things too and .......:(

    I guess you're only ever going to be able to get the spends down so much... they make all the special diet things so expensive, I think it's really unfair! I'm sure I've heard people say you can get certain gluten free things from the Dr if you're a coeliac? Not sure if you are, but it's the only thing I can think of!!!
    I'm much more paranoid (and obsessive) now I'm debt free ... probably a good thing really but I do think I need to lighten up a bit sometimes:o

    Me too, my friends take the mick, but on the other hand, one of them who is her and her husband, and their 2 year old daughter, the mum text me the other day and said she was so proud as she managed to get her weeks shopping for £56! Then she said "i'm sure I've forgotten loads of important stuff". They normally spend about £90 a week I think, and the bit that gets me is they are always saying how they have no money, but they are the types who won't compromise and they have desserts every day, meat or fish every day, steak once a week, Finext products, etc. As I said, nothing wrong with it, just don't say you haven't got any money! I scrimp on some things so I can have more to go out or socialise! It's one or the other! anyway, point was, I do sometimes feel smug, although a sad spreadsheet obsessive (to the penny!) :rotfl:
    Florenceem wrote: »
    The photos is of my dinner - Mr F doesn't have to wait but he does.

    I love seeing your dinner pics too. I keep meaning to take pictures when I have something different (as I tend to have the same thing a few nights running), but every time I leave my phone upstairs, and frankly I'd rather eat while it's hot than run up to get the phone to do pics!!! :D

    Last portion of roast chicken risotto tonight, having it with the dregs of my sorry looking broccoli and the green beans I have left.

    I've run my shelf in the fridge down quite well, but as I've frozen most of the loaf and rolls I made earlier, I've filled up my freezer shelf again!!! Still, it's all on the plan to slowly go down, so not failed yet!

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  • elsiepac wrote: »

    I've become completely obsessed with this thread and the OS boards in general.

    So am I - its reading this thread every day thats keeping me in gear. Not only that but I started to look at your spreasheet today and think that I could get hooked on that as well!

    Its the first day of my March budget today and its great thinking that there's some cash in the bank. I am trying for a strict money diet this month and will start by NOT buying the mirror for the voucher - it was the spending spree this time last month that led to my february downfall:D I spent £4 at the local shop on cheese and a treat for dessert. The cheese wasn't cheap but its a 40 minute round trip to the nearest supermarket and I would get tempted. This month my meal plan uses everything in stock and the budget is for the additional bits - cheese on a burger for example!
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    Ideally I'd like to stock up on whole chickens as love the amount of meals you can get off one - but they take up sooooo much room in the freezer :( so will have to wait and see once the re-jig has happened.

    If I can get them on the 4 for £12 offer that would last me a good couple of months :) and would help balance the books a bit!

    Just a thought have your considered cutting them in half,I do this and find I can get two in the space that one would normally take up.Dont take as long to cook either.
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    NSD day today - just grabbing a Mr W pizza out of the freezer and using up the rest of the salad. Very lazy of me! :D

    Mr T has just sent me 4 vouchers which are £6 off a £30 spend for the next four weeks. I guess it's because I haven't used Mr T much recently and they are trying to entice me back. :think: Anyway - 20% off a £30 shop seems too good to turn down especially since I can use it to stock up on a few things. IF I manage to get everything I need for the following week it will be worth it rather than relying on my little Mr S near work. I'm doing things on Sunday so I guess it all depends on whether I fancy going to Mr T on a Saturday! :eek:

    Having said that, if I do use the vouchers I will definitely go over this month. But then, if that does happen, I'll deduct money from March as penance..........:o
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  • Evening all.

    Just popped into the SM for a few bits... famous last words.

    Oh well, ended up doing a weekly shop, and spent £34.01 :eek: how did that happen. And think it puts me about £45 over budget.

    Well to balance the books i am going to take that from my petrol money, which i think was going to be over anyway.

    Problem is i still don't get paid until Tuesday. I am pretty sure i have everything i need, very well stocked up on fruit, and pretty sure bunny is sorted too. and obviously he is the most important one. :D

    Still can't quite declare yet.

    Had a chicken, mushroom and tomato pasta this evening, which i thought would be 2 meals, turns out i can get 3 out of it. Cos i decided not to be a little piggy.

    Well done to everyone who is still under budget, i think i will increase mine slightly next month as i seem to be around the £180 mark.
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    Hi all, Dh spent £8.28 in Mr. M's yesterday and we spent £26.64 in Ald! and £4.17 in Mr. S today. Not long ago, this would been a lot more in S and M's, I'm so glad we have an Ald! now. :j
    All this adds another £39.09 to the budget. The best thing about it was using cash instead of a card. I gave DH a £20 note yesterday with a list and said to get everything on the list and I wanted £19 change. :rotfl:. He did quite well actually and only got what I'd written. :D

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  • meg72 wrote: »
    Just a thought have your considered cutting them in half,I do this and find I can get two in the space that one would normally take up.Dont take as long to cook either.

    Not thought of that Meg .... how long would you roast the 1/2 chicken for? (usually do them in a roasting tin with a lid)
    NickJW wrote: »
    Mr T has just sent me 4 vouchers which are £6 off a £30 spend for the next four weeks. I guess it's because I haven't used Mr T much recently and they are trying to entice me back. :think:

    Yup, I find that too .... as well as my £7 off £50 to be used by this weekend, I've also got several others too (not fantastic at £5 off £50 and as they're doing £5 off £40 instore unlikely they'll be used)
    elsiepac wrote: »

    I guess you're only ever going to be able to get the spends down so much... they make all the special diet things so expensive, I think it's really unfair! I'm sure I've heard people say you can get certain gluten free things from the Dr if you're a coeliac? Not sure if you are, but it's the only thing I can think of!!

    Not quite sure this will come out right in words & wouldn't wish coeliac disease on anyone .... so hope no offence to anyone .... don't want to say the word "unfortunately" when saying I'm not a coeliac - but can't think of another way to put it :o mmmm maybe the best tack would be to say that unfortunately I can't get anything on prescription.

    I have Crohn's which unfortunately restricts my diet severely - the lactose thing is really hard as the "free from" milk and cheese is soooooo expensive - even if I wasn't lactose intolerant, I really shouldn't eat diary (which I love) having Crohn's ... so .... I guess it does stop me eating it ....

    After many years of living with it, I've found out what I can eat and what is best avoided (except for maybe a very special occasion;)) and what I can have now & then. Unfortunately, wheat doesn't do me "any good at all" and I will usually suffer after eating it - I try to use wheat free products (some are urgh!) as much as I can but do use wheat flour in the odd thing I'm cooking now & then (tastes much better!).

    Sorry, rambling - heading off to bed as totally beat ...
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    sistercas wrote: »
    :rotfl: i like your thinking

    been cooking this afternoon. made a base mince and from that made 2 pasta bakes ( one for tonight and one for the freezer) and there were two lots of mince left - so thats bagged up in the freezer.
    i have cooked a gammon joint and sliced it - there seems to be loads so i think it may be cheaper to do that than buy ham. i might look into a meat slicer as my slices are quite thick even with the electric knife

    Ooh, if you find a good bargain, can you share?! I've been thinking about cooking my own ham for sandwiches for a while, but I'm absolutely rubbish at cutting with a knife!
    Me too - I'm much more paranoid (and obsessive) now I'm debt free ... probably a good thing really but I do think I need to lighten up a bit sometimes:o

    I'm the same - I got used to living in debt as a uni student, and if I wasn't at the end of my overdraft, then result -I had money to spend!! It was really hard to get out of that way of thinking, and now I am debt free and determined not to go back, it does make me more obsessive. Well, debt free except for my cc, which snuck up on me before Christmas last year, hence the dfd!!
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  • I've watched this site on and off for a few years now, but never actually took part, well that's changing as of today!:hello:

    Not sure what budget to set as yet, there are 2 adults and 2 cats, one of which is very old and fussy and we have a tendency to pander to her :D. So for this month we're just going to test the waters and set a tentative budget of £50 per week and see how we get on.

    One good thing is that the other half is keen as well, so that should help make things a bit easier. :T

    We live in a fairly rural location, but are lucky enough to now have a Sains, but all other supermarkets are about a 20 mile round trip, so will try to fit in trips to the other shops when we're taking the car out, and will try NOT to make special journeys in the car for food shopping!
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