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September 2014 Grocery Challenge

edited 20 August 2014 at 8:38PM in Old Style MoneySaving
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  • lynnejklynnejk Forumite
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    Rampant Recycler Debt-free and Proud!
    Caterina wrote: »
    Thank you for your ideas Lynnejk, I shall implement them on my return. Having a short break in Scotland so might wave at you while passing by!
    What cashback card do you have? We have the Saint Anderr 123 one but I am usually so reluctant to use cards, I tend to pay all of our groceries in cash, from my babysitting jobs and DS's little weekly contribution.
    Sorry - didn't see you waving :rotfl: but hope you enjoyed yourself on your break.
    We have the 123 Santy one as well - I set up direct debit to pay in full each month and keep an eye as bank online anyway. Think it's horses for courses and whatever best suits - I like earning money for spending it IYSWIM but I am a miserly s*d after years of being skint :D

    Another NSD today so hoping to be able to put some into bulk buy to start saving for C* food treats

    Hope you all have a terrific Tuesday
    Bulk buy.......APR=233.76
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = £13,140
  • edited 23 September 2014 at 9:06PM
    bmmabmma Forumite
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    edited 23 September 2014 at 9:06PM
    Week 4 spends to date £ 8.53/50.00p x
    :hello::coffee:Penny Pincher in training
    Keep Calm Keep Vegan:):staradmin
    year's food budget £1,920
  • Did my weekly shop at A*di. Plan to use some stockpiled ingredients, so I came in on budget. I even managed to buy myself some pretty flowers and a nice apple strudel that will do us for two nights pudding.

    Week 4: £25.81
    September Grocery Challenge Total: £103.85/£100

    I won't have any more grocery spends this week. I may be over-budget but I am proud of that as a first attempt at the GC! I am looking forward to the October challenge.

    On second thoughts, maybe the strudel and flowers weren't such a good idea :-D
    The Good : Topcashback: £70.01; RBS cashback: £5.04
    The Bad:Virgin Atlantic CC: £372.21
    Challenges: GC October: £7.50/£100; GC September: £103.85/£100
  • XSpenderXSpender Forumite
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    Our total spend now stands at £281.34 after a small shop in Aldeee on Sunday on milk, ham, crisps and more tissues. 8 boxes so far this month, bl00dy virus:mad:

    DH forgot to remind me before I did the food shop for this week that he is away with work tonight and until Wednesday. I will scrap the meal plan and feed myself odds and ends and something on toast until he returns.
    PAYDBX 2020 £3,963,38/£10,000 39.6% Emergency Fund - 100% Savings Target by 30th June - 70%

    Days since CC used - Christmas Eve 2019 - 161 (7 in 2019 + 2020)
  • Popped to Mr T's for bread and milk. Annoyed with myself for spending £22.18! Picked up a couple of xmas gifts for the eldest and birthday card, paper for youngest which wouldn't normally come out of GC budget but I have no other budget left so I have to, lol.

    Never mind.... Onwards and upwards!!

    CP xx
    Slimming World Challenge 2017 0/30.5lb

    Grocery challenge 2017 JAN: £5.56/£350
  • meanmariemeanmarie Forumite
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    A family death has meant that all the offspring have arrived or are arriving shortly so my budget for September has collapsed, I shall retire gracefully and hopefully join you all again in October

    Weight 08 February 86kg
  • craigywvcraigywv Forumite
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    Thoughts are with you marie xxx nsd here too heading over to oct thread bye xxx
    C.R.A.P.R.O.L.L.Z #7 member N.I splinter-group co-ordinater :p I dont suffer from insanity....I enjoy every minute of it!!.:)
  • Middle child decided she wanted to buy her own hot dinner in school today after I had lovingly prepared a packed lunch for her, grrr! But I don't add that to my grocery bill because that's her choice to buy out of her pocket money. On the plus side she did take the sandwich to have for "brunch" so no waste.

    Hubby and I both working from home today so we had heated up leftovers for lunch which tasted better the next day - probably because there was no cooking involved. It was this:

    Chickpea and Vegetble Stew with Couscous



    1 tsp olive oil
    1 onion
    2 garlic cloves
    3 celery sticks
    3 carrots
    400g tinned chopped tomatoes
    400g tinned chickpeas
    150ml stock
    some green beans
    salt and pepper


    1.Fry the chopped onion in the oil for a couple of minutes, then add the chopped celery, carrots and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes.
    2.Add the tomatoes, stock and chickpeas. Simmer for 15 minutes.
    3.Add the green beans and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
    4.Add seasoning to taste.
    5.Serve with couscous made up according to pack instructions.
  • lynnejklynnejk Forumite
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    Rampant Recycler Debt-free and Proud!
    Hiya everyone :hello:

    Managed another NSD.

    Need to do a stock-take and clear out/defrost freezers in the next few weeks so have decided to try to have a good run down of stuff and use up some stores (I hope).

    Would someone please give me the odd kick up the derrière to get on with it - thanks :rotfl:

    Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday
    Bulk buy.......APR=233.76
    OS WL= -2/8 ......CC =00......Savings = £13,140
  • tatabubblytatabubbly Forumite
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    Hi all!! I've been bold at updating this but good at my grocery challenge! Updated in my soggy with another few days of my month left (till the 28th)..

    My mum is visiting next month and will be here for 10 days so will have to get some nice foodie bits in for her! I've managed to amass an amount of diluted juice and tins this month, and 2 extra bag of pasta. Fridge is looking a little bare but I wanted to get rid of most stuff in there and start afresh!!
    094 Sealed pot member! :beer: (7) €185 (8) €138 (9) €€250
    Saving for our first home!
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