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May 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 19 April 2012 at 6:45PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • chelseabun_3chelseabun_3 Forumite
    699 posts
    Evening all! :beer:
    NSD today, but DH spent £3.38 on milk and paracetamol yesterday, which I'll count as a spend for GC purposes - sig updated!

    I've joined the 2nd purse challenge too - thanks to Coxy11 for pointing me in the right direction!

    We've had a tuna pasta bake for dinner the last two nights, using up a Dolmio sauce with a short use by date. I'm actually looking forward to planning next week's meals without spending any money (except on milk and fruit!) I used to just look in the larder and the fridge, then go to Mr M and get a takeaway for two, or order a pizza! But we've eaten fantastically well for the last two weeks, spending far less than before, and Florenceem is right - you feel fuller on HM food! What's not to like??! :T

    Have a good weekend everyone! :)
    CBx
    GC2012 May £144.65 / £200, June £50.82 / £200
    2012 NSD
    May 12 / 31, June 3 / 30
    2nd Purse Challenge #58 Purse owed £35.90, Stockpile value £217.66:)

    BSC #210
    A slow cooker is a marvellous thing! :D
  • I took over the grocery shopping for the household (just me and my beloved) last month with a budget of £200 and was amazed to found we only spent £150. I'm hoping to keep it to the same figure this month and then gradually cut down.
    Unofficial MoneySaver since 2007. Buying/renovating a house then want to start a family so I need to get serious about being frugal!
    May GC 158.95/150
    Big Savings Goal 707/7200
    Renovation Debt 3880/???
  • miffy257miffy257 Forumite
    890 posts
    Evening all, just updated my signature, bit shocked at how much I've spent so far, must stop going to SM in the week. Going to do a big shop tomorrow to stock up freezer and cupboards. :eek:
    £180.00 in 'sistercas'fund
    Hope is like the sun, which, as we journey toward it, casts the shadow of our burden behind us.
    Samuel Smiles
  • FlorenceemFlorenceem Forumite
    5.2K posts
    Went shopping today - I will update my sig. Shouldn't need to buy anything for a while now.
    We had salmon, HM garlic wedges with salad - celery, cucumber, onion, red cabbage and tomatoes dressed with tarragon vinegar for dinner.

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  • FlorenceemFlorenceem Forumite
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    This recipe is from a magazine - I think it was Woman's Realm. The feature was - Cake Of The Week - gave the cost to make - this one says - about 24p - shows how old it is!
    Cost now to make - approx - not sure of syrup price - 68p.

    4 ozs margarine.
    2 1/2 ozs demerara sugar.
    2 oz golden syrup.
    2 standard eggs.
    4 ozs self raising flour.


    Grease tin and line base with greaseproof paper.
    Cream margarine with 2 oz sugar and syrup until light and fluffy.
    Gradually add eggs - beating well.
    Sift then fold in flour - spoon into cake tin.
    Cook in deep 6 inch round cake tin ( centre of oven ) at 180 c for 55 min or until cooked.
    Cool on wire rack and sprinkle remaining 1/2 sugar on top of cake.
    I cut into eight slices.
    Can be frozen.
    15 in 2015 1/15
  • tjak wrote: »
    Updated my sig as went to Lidl yesterday - I don't normally have access to it as we live too far away, so I can see myself stocking up on muesli, chopped toms and greek yoghurt as a starter.
    Just a little tip. My DDs & I love the massive Greek Yogurt in Lid1 but have found a compromise in T*sco. They have started selling a large 'local' natural Yogurt (Lancs yet we're in worcs) for only £1.59. It is so creamy, like Greek yogurt. We have used it for breakfast, in curry, on chilli & for raita! Very good.
    queenpig wrote: »
    Just a quick reply will skim/read though pages to catch up tonight. Spent £19.80 yesterday, ok a lot of the stuff I didn't really need (sweeties for the kids but they don't eat them much and they only get them after meal times) found the shr*ddies and whe*tabix but shops own make and stocked up on 2 boxes each 80p for the shr*ddies and £1 for 12pk of weatabix got other bits to go with things I already had at home to make other meals and packet lunch stuff. So pointless stuff but not at the same time.
    Right think I'll read though some of these posts now.
    Where did you get the Shereddies for 80p?
    Teatime wrote: »
    Well done on not getting a takeaway. If I am just eating myself I don't plan anything for ir, just say I will have whatever leftovers or toast or whatever kicking about. I always regret it and wish I had something good to eat :) Mrs-moneypenny - can't beat cheese on toast - yum!
    I'm really bad at having rubbish/nothing/toast when DH doesn't need feeding so have started keeping enough for one packaged up in the freezer. Last night I had a salmon fillet with sweet potato gratin & red cabbage on my own! Normally that's a Saturday night tea!!
    2017 GC O-£93.46/£160; S-£136.26/£160; A-£130.55/£160; J-£47.12/£160;
    J-£106.63/£190; M-£70.29/£160; A-£197.88/£180; M-£219.35/£180; F-£294.14/£160; J-£168.67/£160

    2016 GC £2322.39/£2285;
    GC-2012-2015 - £9789.91/£7773!
    for 2 adults & 2 kids (13 & 11) for all food,toiletries,cleaners etc

  • fozziebeartoofozziebeartoo Forumite
    1.6K posts
    Florenceem wrote: »
    You can make padded hangers - I use old wooden hangers - people often throw them out. Pad with wadding/ old blanket and then put a cover on - cut up something pretty that you no longer wear/can fit into. Sew a small button on each side of the hanger - job done. I used to make covered hangers years ago for the craft stall at my children's infant school fair. We met on an afternoon in the staff room and sat chatting/making things. One of the teachers bought the covered hangers as soon as they were made! I did make some covered hangers as Christmas presents - will see if I can find a photo.


    I love pretty padded coat hangers but my slinky material and wide necks slide off them too quickly :(

    You are a regular one-woman fund raiser and WI Flo :T

    You should do some Youtube videos for us - almost as good as one-to-one tuition :D
  • tessie_beartessie_bear Forumite
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    hi...thankyou for the syrup cake recipe...looking forward to trying that

    im off to lidl to have a look at the special offers...going to work out the budget for the next few weeks later then i will know how little i have to spend

    take care tess
    onwards and upwards
  • Becks81Becks81 Forumite
    426 posts
    First spend of the month to declare at Mr T's £52.58 went slightly over budget but stocked up on cat food as it was reduced.

    Meal plans all sorted for the next 6 days, my aim this week is to make a list of what I have in the freezer, I'm sure there are a few dishes lurking at the back that I have forgotten all about.

    I hope everyone enjoys the long bank holiday weekend.
  • BarbedukBarbeduk Forumite
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    Hi all, but of a wet start to the bh weekend here in Devon, glad I'm not camping anywhere!

    Did the weekend shops yesterday as I was passing a!d!. Spent £12.09 there including some rhubarb so will be having crumble some time over the weekend. Doh, no cream! Am going to have to pop out again later (with cash only!!). Also went to Mr M for frozen food, chick peas, savers pasta and macaroni. How can macaroni be 95p a packet? :eek: So spent £6.87 there.

    Was going to go to !id! today to stock up on pasta sauce but know I'll buy loads of chocolate so will skip that!:o

    I AM NOT BAKING TODAY or we will all pop! :rotfl::rotfl: banana and chocolate muffins on thursday, jam donut muffins yesterday. I will not make the syrup sponge, I will not make the syrup sponge ........
    Make £2020 in 2020 £178.81/£2020
    SPC 13 #51
    Feb Grocery Challenge £4.68/£200
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