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July 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 4 June 2012 at 1:30PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • edited 1 July 2012 at 6:24PM
    jumblejackjumblejack Forumite
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    edited 1 July 2012 at 6:24PM
    Free food hunt results....

    Here is lovely sea beet:


    I foraged some of this for my pasta bake!!!

    Here is some rock samphire. I didn't harvest this though. It's available all year so it can wait:

    I found some ramsons by a church graveyard so here it is getting ready for my pasta with the sea beet:


    Ready for the oven, my ramson, sea beet and beef pasta bakes with a couple of sun dried tomato breads........


    Success!!!! The whole family are eating SECONDS... And they even saw me collecting the goodies today so know they are eating foraged ingredients!!!
    I feel truly victorious. Yay!:j

    Room for afters? Pancakes with foraged wild rose petal jam made last
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  • savesummoresavesummore Forumite
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    2 tsp dried yeast
    1 tsp sugar
    300ml/ 1/2 pint hand hot water
    450g/1lb strong white flour
    1tsp salt

    stir dried yeast & sugar into the water and leave until yeast has disolved and mixture frothy

    Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl and stir in the yeast liquid and mix to a dough

    turn onto floured surface and knead- you will have to knead until dough is firm, elestic but not sticky, then put in a greased large bowl and leave to rise (double in size)

    Knock back dough and re knead until firm, divide dough into 8 pieces roll into oval shapes, place on greased tray and leave for abut 5 mins

    Bake at the top of your oven for 6-8 mins (240c) or until then just begin to colour, then wrap cooked pittas in a damp tea towel to cool

    OH always puts rising bread inside a plastic bag- bread in the bowl, bowl in the bag-it seems to help

    Good luck with these-they are yummy esp with HM hummus :D
    O/S weight loss 2.5 /10lbs (11st 8.0- 08.02)
  • liz-paulliz-paul Forumite
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    Can I join for this month please? My month starts today & ends on the 20th as I'm on hols from then (diffferent budget). Last month I did this on my own, set a budget of £450 for myself, Oh & 2 small kids (all food (exc takeaways/eating out), basic toiletries (i.e. not fancy face creams/make up etc), & household items). Came in at just under the £450 so I'm pretty pleased! Especially as we've been spending £500 - £600 per month (closer to £600 most months).
    This months target was £275 (as only 3 weeks for us) until I realised that my brother and his wife are visitng us from the US this weekend :eek: meaning we need to buy in booze and some other exta bits & bobs. Therefore setting this months budget at £325 which is a bit higher than I would like but I also want my brother and his wife to have a good time without it meaning we have to live on pasta & beans after they leave :rotfl:

    Any tips what I can do with broad beans? Got a massive bag in the freezer & don't know what to do with them.....
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  • meg72meg72 Forumite
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    Sincerely hoping the floods receed quickly and the lovely people here are not too badly affected, hugs to Meg, and hurrah for the return of Flo!

    Still no news re: DD's tests but she is out trying on wedding dresses today so hopefully she wont let the worry spoil her
    fun :j

    Tomorrow is my birthday (will be 53 :eek:) and I just had delivered a gorgeous huge arrangement of flowers and a cuddly teddy from a new man I have met recently and who I like a lot, so happy Fozziebeartoo here, at least for the next 5 minutes :D

    Flo DID say there were still some nice men out there, but I had just about given up finding one......;)

    Thanks for the hug, prayers for your DD, Wow for the new Man,
    Happy Birthday Birthday Fozzie, even if its only 5mins, be happy when you can.
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  • katiegirlkatiegirl Forumite
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    This thread is like my conscience! I woke up feeling a little rough after a friend's wedding yesterday and could have really eaten some junk food. Instead I went to the Co-op (needed to go anyway for wraps/bread and yoghurts for dd's lunch box), and did do a bit of uneccesary spending but was way cheaper than going to McD's or something.

    Spent £7.96 which was for
    Value pittas 21p (the wraps weren't on special offer anymore and I wasn't going to pay £1.89 for the, so we're giving these a go)
    Mature cheddar £2 (this was on special offer, normally £3 for 360g, after I picked it up I spent a good few minutes looking at the other cheese and seeing if it actually was cheap, I think it was, but the maths was a challenge to my hungover brain!)
    Fromage frais £1 (never pay more than £1 for fromage frais/yoghurts for dd's lunchbox)
    Fanta £1.25 (really fancied it, I know a 750ml bottle for this price isn't very money saving but I usually don't drink it so even though I could have got 2x2l for £3 this seemed the more sensible option)
    Pizza £2 (easy tea, were going to have fishcakes and veg but that can be saved for another day)
    Snickers ice-cream £1.50 (another treat!)

    Will update my signature now.
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  • XSpenderXSpender Forumite
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    DH wanted to go to C0stc0 today to check out the meat now I am eating it too. The FR chickens looked good but don't need one this week but did buy a 6xpack of bacon, 2 cases of branst0n beans that worked out at 20p each and 10 tins of John W3st tuna at 69p each.

    I tried the 2nd purse system a while ago but it didn't really work for me but after reading the recent posts I realise I was missing out the 3rd purse bit and trying to do it virtually so I never really had any surplus. I am going to try it again with the beans, tuna and bacon I bought today and anything I earn over £20 is going into the 3rd purse for treats, probably meals out and days out as a family:)

    DH also wanted some milk thistle as he is coming off the drink for a month in order to lose a bit ( I hope a big bit:eek:) of his belly! This has been added to my total as I would normally include alcohol costs.

    Final spend today was £6.72 on milk, a bag of crisps for me and some final beers for DH to have with the football.

    I am also going to add £2 to my total each month to cover the annual c0stc0 membership I paid today.
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    Target CC - £0/£1030 SIF by Nov 2020
    Target Loan - £0/£493.43 by Nov 2020
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  • dizzyditzy wrote: »
    With all the talk of buying tubs to freeze batch cooking I thought I'd share what I do in case it might save someone money. I cut my 2ltr/4pint milk bottles approx 3inch from the bottom all the way round, recycle top part. Then line with a food bag, put meal in, knot bag and freeze. When frozen I remove the bag from the milk bottle and label with masking tape. The blocks stack nicely in the freezer and to defrost I place them in a cut milk carton in the fridge HTH:D

    I use empty butter / margarine tubs:D - I used to line them but gave up. The blocks tips out neatly from frozen (run under hot water for a few seconds to loosen) and can go straight in the pan:)
    I think the rest of you can relax now as that is the three of us; rising from the ashes, frooglefraggle and me - all with freezer disasters in the last week or two :(

    BTW Thanks for the cat litter link rising; too late for this month but will check it out for next month

    Ohhhhh dear - as you say, hopefully now there's been 3 of us, others will escape....... still early days in the testing for the new litter - I've not used clumping for years so .... we'll see! (get it on Tuesday as it was delivered to DPs)
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  • mrs-moneypennymrs-moneypenny Forumite
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    ive gto to do this weekends reciepts to declare for june but am in again
    with £400 to spend in JULY

    thank you to everyone on this thread, you really are all such a great help
    SPC~12 ot 124

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  • KatyReed+5KatyReed+5 Forumite
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    2 NSD's here, nothing out of the GC anyway. We did go to the Aquafest today which is a local river festivals with rides stalls, rafts races, etc, i took £20 from another fund as spending money and didn't even spend all of that, :D few rides for the kiddies, took a pack up and snacks and juice, and had a lovely day, glad the sun was shining.

    Felling better about the split, although very very lonely :(
    June £0.00 GC / £200.00
    Family of 4 : 1 adult 3 kids ages 3,4 & 5.
  • wannabe_sybilwannabe_sybil Forumite
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    I've been Money Tipped!
    I hope I will be able to stick to this.

    My grocery budget this month is £200 and I really need to start working on this.

    @sda delivery so down to £159.41 which is less than normal. I won't be able to get another one for a while due to roadworks.
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