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July 2012 Grocery Challenge

edited 4 June 2012 at 1:30PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • PennyGrabberPennyGrabber Forumite
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    KatyReed+5 wrote: »
    A £9.90 spend to add to my total as bought a bumper lot of fruit on the local market today. Hopefully should last us a couple of days.

    Kids had mince, veg and gravy from the freezer with YS new pots tonight, i had the rest of yesterday sausage and bean casserole with new pots. They're having strawberry and ice cream for pudding right now, :D

    A bit not GC related but i'm going to make some jelly with fruit in for the kids puddings and wondered what fruit stops jelly from setting. I have got bananas, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and oranges, hoping they're all ok, :D

    Katy, X

    Strawbs are my fave to put into jelly - think the others will be fine. As said before, it's kiwi that are the problem.
    sonastin wrote: »
    Gah - another £12+ spent on *bits* last night in a$da. All stuff we're short of and will probably need before the end of July but the total is running away faster than the days at the moment!


    I need some inspiration from you good folks. My ma gave me 1lb of strawberries from my gran's garden at the weekend. Neither me nor OH particularly like eating strawbs as a fruit - he grew up in hampshire and his mother picked strawberries for a living when he was younger so he's eaten a lifetimes worth already. I suffer really bad hayfever and a lot of fresh fruits set my mouth itching at this time of year. So what can we do with them that's not just a bowl of strawberries?

    My original thought was jam but 1lb doesn't seem like it would be anywhere near enough for that, and I haven't got a clue where to start or whether I've got the right kit for it. We have a load of rhubarb in the garden which looks ripe for the picking. Do strawbs go with rhubarb?

    I need inspiration PLEASE!!!!

    1lb will be enough to make some jam! I used 2lb yest, and that made seven pots of jam! (The mint sauce sized pots - 7oz pots)
    Coxy11 wrote: »
    Sonastin - how about strawberry muffins? I made some and they were lovely. I have the same issue with raspberries - don't like them 'as is' particularly but in muffins they are lovely hth.

    In other news.....I baked some raspberry and white choc muffins this afternoon. Raspberries from the garden. They were okay....think I should've put more choc in (only put in 50g).

    DD asked a friend home for tea (in front of me, which makes it really awkward to say 'NO') so the curry had to s-t-r-e-t-c-h. Luckily remembered that I had two large ys naans in the freezer, so broke them into pieces and did extra rice ;) Muffins for pud. Also had a twinks disaster as I put them in the oven with the muffins and they are over-done :( Edible, but not the same as usual.

    Hugs to all those in need, particularly jedi82 with your poorly back - been there myself :(

    Ooh, I remember getting a clip round the ear for doing that!! We were never allowed to ask in front of the child, we had to ask mum first, then the child. I'm quite lucky with my two, and they don't do that, but I'd be having a similar conversation (without the clip!) if they did!

    nsd today - children are just having a packet of pasta n sauce, and I've no idea what I'm having. Had a friend round until 6, collecting my old cot, so needed something quick. Was really tempted to go out for fish and chips, so impressed that I didn't. Children seem to be enjoying it; not sure if they would, as it''s not hm stuff...

    I'm out at a works do tom night, and I volunteered quiche. Going to knock one up this evening! I wanted to sign up for something that wouldn't wreck my budget. So that's tom sorted, and it's just me for sat, so roulette, then I'm thinking boiled ham on Sunday, already in, with the los for meals and sandwiches throughout the week, using my new slicer!

    Cheap few days for food, and have already made my list for the weekend. Icing sugar, granulated sugar, fruit incl any for jam/chutney, tom soup and milk. May cycle to leedl and aldee, then go to a$da to finish. Really trying to make a effort to go places on my bike when I don't have the children, as it's free transport, and then I can save the fuel for another day.
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
  • Coxy11Coxy11 Forumite
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    smelkel87 wrote: »
    Im not officially 'in' for this month but have been reading this thread for a couple of weeks and have learnt so much from all you guys. I have set my self a budget and i have set up a spreadsheet to record what im spending and its working!! i dont enjoy adding amounts to it so its making me think more about buying stuff. Yesterday and today are both NSD and with my meal planning i should come in under target for the month!! YAY to me!!
    My meal planning doesnt seem to working as i planned but to my advantage... i seem to have lo's which go for another day which is good.
    Im buying a slow cooker tomorrow as im going in to hospital on sunday to have a baby and my super saver sister really recommends me getting one to save time and effort.
    Sorry for blabbing loads!! I'm new to all this but wanted to get in the habit of posting..

    Welcome smelkel87 :wave:. It's sounds like you have got yourself organised so well done. I really wish I'd have had a slow cooker when my children were babies. Would've been a godsend. Good luck for Sunday and do let us know what you have :)
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  • mummyyof5mummyyof5 Forumite
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    Been out today to get food in for DGDs birthday..shes 3 today and having her party on Sunday..got some good Ys while we were there..H**s 50/50 for 19p a loaf so grabbed 5 for freezer....half price mince,chicken breasts,yoghurts and pizza...Spent £6.50 all together so very pleased.
    Will add to sig now

    thank you for all the nice comments about my cakes...hope the parents at school like them lol xx
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  • jumblejackjumblejack Forumite
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    Rounded off, I have spent £40 today. This is going to be shared over the next 2 weeks' budgets at £20 a week which will leave me £10 of the budget for both next week and the week after (milk n f&v)

    I am well chuffed though as I have had a whopping haul at tescos tonight!! I am going to HAVE to upload a pic of the YS goods, both meat n fresh produce. I'm not going Lidl for the next 2 weekends for offers as I am doing ok for stuff now. :j

    It was actually a pleasant experience as there was plenty to go around and the shoppers were all really helpful and patient. Lovely :)
    :A Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!:A
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):£30.50/£40
  • katiegirlkatiegirl Forumite
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    I spent £37.49 in Sainsbury's yesterday :eek: So I won't be coming in under budget I suspect!

    It was all on stuff that was good value for money though, I'd looked at the offers on mysupermarket before I went to see what I could stock up on, I was really only going for olive oil - which was a good deal I think £4.13 for 2ls.

    Also got 800g TTD mature cheddar £4.15, 2 x 500g packs half price de cecco pasta 77p each, tortillas £1, and also a Sharwood's chilli wrap kit which was YS for 99p (includes 8 wraps, seasoning and chilli sauce, so the seasonig and sauce is kind of free because I would pay £1+ for wraps), a ready meal deal 2x mains and a side for £5 for my nightshifts at the weekend, sure deodorant x2 85p each (half price), stocked up on enough washing detergent and fabric condtioner to last at least the summer on special offers, a few treats for dd for the school hols - toffee dodgers 57p, babybels £1 (neither something I would usually buy), and a few other things.

    So even though I spent a fair chunk of my budget I think it was all well spent. We should only really need fruit, veg, tinned tomatoes (Aldi 30something pence ones I tried are fine), milk and eggs for the rest of the month (15 days). We are going out for tea to celebrate the end of term with my friend and her kids on Thursday, which will come out of the GC budget as well.
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  • adelightadelight Forumite
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    greenfairy i know how you feel, just want to flop on the sofa with a cup of tea and stream of carp tv :o
    sonastin 1lb is plenty or something i like to do when there's not a lot of fruit is turn it into sauce. Microwave the fruit with sugar and water until you get a runny strawberry sauce with small chunks of fruit in it (think m*ller c0rner texture). Great for pouring on yogurt, porridge, cake etc. Keeps in the fridge a couple of months and freezes well.

    Wow some good YSs being had today! I have cleared some space in my teeny tiny microscopic freezer in case I get lucky at Asda tomorrow but I'm not very hopeful :(
    I'm currently planning a coupon based trip to Asda tomorrow. Should get plenty free or close to free, plus need to get value pasta. Horrible stuff imo but OH likes it and I need to make sure the house is stocked with quick stuff he eats as I'm going away again next week.
    I'm not going on lots of holidays or anything, I'm just going home to help out with family as they're having a bit of a rough time and I want to do what I can before I get busy again.
    Living cheap in central London :rotfl:
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    jumblejackjumblejack Forumite
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    edited 12 July 2012 at 9:24PM
    Just some of my haul.....
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    I now have these 5 whoppers in the oven. All £2 each!!:j

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    I am going to slice them tomorrow with my electric carver and freeze ready for roast dinners and sandwiches. It will be easier to pack stuff into the freezer then too!!!

    Yay!
    :A Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!:A
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):£30.50/£40
  • tigerfeet2006tigerfeet2006 Forumite
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    I dont know enought about CD but can you use tesco veggie mince or Morrions version?

    Unfortunatly it has gluten in it. I have two who are gluten free and this was one of the things I thought would help but was disappointed. It is surprising what has gluten in it when you look.
    mummyyof5 wrote: »

    They look fabulous. I am sure they will sel quickly.
    KatyReed+5 wrote: »
    A £9.90 spend to add to my total as bought a bumper lot of fruit on the local market today. Hopefully should last us a couple of days.

    Kids had mince, veg and gravy from the freezer with YS new pots tonight, i had the rest of yesterday sausage and bean casserole with new pots. They're having strawberry and ice cream for pudding right now, :D

    A bit not GC related but i'm going to make some jelly with fruit in for the kids puddings and wondered what fruit stops jelly from setting. I have got bananas, strawberries, grapes, blueberries and oranges, hoping they're all ok, :D

    Katy, X

    Pineapple and kiwi are the ones that are not good with jelly, it won't set.

    Smelkel, well done on being so organised and good luck with the birth of your LO. Slow cookers are fantabulous, I wouldn't be without mine.

    Tonight's dinner was GF chicken.leek and tarragon pie with sauted potatoes and veg.

    I made pastry using Doves GF plain flour and butter (use a spread like Pure for DF) and wrapped it in cling film and put it in the fridge.

    Chopped up an onion, 2 large leeks and 3 crushed cloves of garlic. Sweated them off in a little butter (Pure for DF) Stripped the chicken off the carcas from yesterday and added it.

    In another saucepan I put 2 tblsp butter (Pure) and 2 tblsp Doves GF plain flour and stirred it till cooked and then added a little milk (use something like Lactofree for DF) and stirred till incorperated, added a little more etc. till 300ml is incorperated. I then added 300ml chicken stock (Bisto Best), 3 tsp dijon mustard, 3 tsp dried tarragon and cooked it off a little longer.

    I then put the chicken mixture in a pyrex dish and poured the liquid over it. Fetched the pastry from the fridge and rolled it out and popped it over the top and brushed some milk over it. The popped it in a pre-heated oven (220degC) for 30 mins.

    Clean plates all round from the five of us and a portion in the freezer.
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  • tigerfeet2006tigerfeet2006 Forumite
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    Wow!! Jumble that is one heck of a haul :eek:

    I rarely have any luck with YSers, once in a blue moon, if that.
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  • jumblejackjumblejack Forumite
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    Wow!! Jumble that is one heck of a haul :eek:

    I rarely have any luck with YSers, once in a blue moon, if that.

    I know:j

    I'm so chuffed!! I rarely go the SM anymore now. This was just a godsend. Even though it took me well over budget, I am taking half out of next weeks and half out of the weekend after that;)

    The chicken, leek and tarragon pie with sauted potatoes and veg sounds incredibly tasty:T by the way! :)
    :A Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!:A
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):£30.50/£40
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