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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 30th Apr 08, 2:39 AM
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    Pink.
    May 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 30th Apr 08, 2:39 AM
    May 2008 Grocery Challenge 30th Apr 08 at 2:39 AM
    Hello everyone,

    I'm really sorry it's late, but welcome to the fifth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If you're still working on your April budget, then keep on posting in the April Grocery Challenge.

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be 1 a week or 20 a week.

    If you are currently spending 200 a month don't suddenly drop it to 100 - you'll never do it but if you cut 20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is 80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on 80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    by Galtizz
    I hope you all have a good month.

    Pink
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  • clair2305
    just spent my 3 Iceland vouchers....should I add them to my Grocery spend, just asking cos technically I haven't spent anything and I wouldn't have gone in there if I didn't have the vouchers?
    • Angelraesunshine
    • By Angelraesunshine 6th May 08, 1:52 PM
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    Angelraesunshine
    Flavoured water - I know this is kind of obscure but go with it for a moment. My kids, as I expect most schools do now, are allowed a bottle with them in lessons but they are only allowed water not squash. My lot don't like plain tap water so I have been giving them flavoured water which works out quite expensive. Anyone know if there is such a thing as a non coloured squash that I could use to flavour the water please?
    Originally posted by Sharon_1970
    The only thing i can think of is the high juice Apple flavour will come out very light or make your own, Cut up a fresh orange, lime or lemon and place in a jug of water so it will infuse keep chilled in the fridge.

    or put a little honey in the water to flavour it but these things should not really colour the water
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    • Angelraesunshine
    • By Angelraesunshine 6th May 08, 1:53 PM
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    Angelraesunshine
    just spent my 3 Iceland vouchers....should I add them to my Grocery spend, just asking cos technically I haven't spent anything and I wouldn't have gone in there if I didn't have the vouchers?
    Originally posted by clair2305
    no if it was vouchers and thats all you spent did not go over then i would not add them
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 6th May 08, 1:57 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    The easiest way I find of lasting out a five week month if you have same budget as the normal 4 weeks is to have an 8(or 9) day week-if that makes any sense? If you do your shop normally on a Sat-last until Sun or Mon and the following week til Tues or Weds. This evens it out a bit. Also its good if you can have a little over from the previous month-too late for May but it may help for the future.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • taplady
    • By taplady 6th May 08, 2:42 PM
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    taplady
    Hello everyone!

    have been and made a list of both freezers and we seem to have quite a stock so shouldn't need too much this week. Today I've spent 69p on some cottage cheese. This months total is now 68.29.
    Every penny saved is a penny saved
  • Fi27
    Flavoured water - I know this is kind of obscure but go with it for a moment. My kids, as I expect most schools do now, are allowed a bottle with them in lessons but they are only allowed water not squash. My lot don't like plain tap water so I have been giving them flavoured water which works out quite expensive. Anyone know if there is such a thing as a non coloured squash that I could use to flavour the water please?
    Originally posted by Sharon_1970
    Same at my sons school so i bought a non-see through juice bottle and he takes juice in it, the teachers are none the wiser The bottle is black and has his name printed on it which i bought in debenhams but i have seen cheaper ones since in the camping shops or try Mr T's.

    HTH

    Fi
    Last edited by Fi27; 06-05-2008 at 3:01 PM.
    May GC Budget 200 spent
    Apr GC Budget 225 spent 258.32 Mar GC Budget 200 Spent 206.31
    Feb GC Budget 175 spent 210.23 Jan GC Budget 200 Spent 178.91
    For 2 adults
    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 6th May 08, 3:03 PM
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    belfastgirl23
    Hi guys, just popping back in to do an update...only spent another £3.77 at the weekend out of grocery budget which is unsurprising considering we ate out 4 times (visitors!).

    Anyway this brings my total to £54.32 although I do seem to be running out of strange things at the minute - I'm down to my last half bag of SWB flour and I suspect I'm nearly out of raisins for scones this is what happens when you lose track. I'm also overloaded with eggs and yoghurt which were stupidly bought really. I can figure out what to do with the eggs but if anyone has any tips for 2 big pots of yoghurt let me know. I'm currently dolloping it in the soup I made from the spinch I also stupidly bought but that won't get it all used by Monday.

    Hope you're all doing well too.

  • Fi27
    How do you slice HM bread evenly? I either have wafer thin or doorsteps
    Originally posted by Sharon_1970
    I have just read on another thread that someone cuts their warm HM bread with an electric carving knife to get it sliced evenly.

    This maybe something you already know/do but it would never have crossed my mind not being a HM bread maker person myself!!!!

    Fi
    May GC Budget 200 spent
    Apr GC Budget 225 spent 258.32 Mar GC Budget 200 Spent 206.31
    Feb GC Budget 175 spent 210.23 Jan GC Budget 200 Spent 178.91
    For 2 adults
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 6th May 08, 3:16 PM
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    MrsM can you put me down for £50.00 a week please - we mustn't go over a monthly total of £250.00 if we can help it..

    Thanks This is the second time I have gone in for this challenge and the first time I failed miserably so am going to try harder this time.

    Edited to add this is for me and DH, plus two dogs and three cats..
    Last edited by Natty68; 06-05-2008 at 4:41 PM. Reason: Had to put who in family..


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    • curly cabbage
    • By curly cabbage 6th May 08, 3:20 PM
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    curly cabbage
    Afternoon all
    went to Mr T's yesterday to get fresh salad stuff and the half priced walkers crispes so i spent 6.35 not too bad. Had NSD today. A big thank you to the person who posted the Lemon Madira cake it was delish. Had a very productive weekend in the garden ready for the estate agent to come and value the house on friday. Going to look at a new house this evening which is a little out of our price range but, i'm hoping we can come to an agreement about the price.
    Not doing to bad with the menu this month, got h/made corriander & lime marinade on chicken with Mash. Boys have h/made pizza as long as i put the ingredient in the bread maker in time. Right off to put washing out and put those ingredients in the BM.

    CC
  • Tashja
    Belfastgirl

    Have you seen the Yoghurt Cake recipe on here. Should come up on a search but it should use some of the yoghurt and some of the eggs.

    It is really yummy cake and really easy to do.

    T xx
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    • Sosh
    • By Sosh 6th May 08, 3:38 PM
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    Sosh
    Hello!

    Went to Asda to get what I need for the week:

    Asda Squash 2litre bottle x 2 1.98
    Originally posted by superspam
    Hi superspam,

    Did you know that you can buy 5L of Asda squash for only 2.40? It depends what flavours you like, my branch only sells Apple & Blackcurrant, but dd likes this so it saves me a fortune.

    Had a lovely day today, got 3 loads of washing done in no time, then made a packed lunch and took the kids to Greenwich Park where dd spent 2 hours playing in the sandpit while ds slept and I acutally got to read some of my book

    Hope you've all had a great day.
    Thanks to all the lovely people on here I have managed to cut my hours down to 2 days a week, allowing me to spend more time with my gorgeous Children.
    • shaz_mum_of _2
    • By shaz_mum_of _2 6th May 08, 3:57 PM
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    shaz_mum_of _2
    WOMO2

    i watch the bm as the dough is mixing if the dough is really sticky i shake a little extra flour in until the ball of dough sort of skids around the pan ,the secret to good dough is a bit sticky but not too sticky and because flour absorbs different levels of water recipes aren't always accurate


    Hope this makes sense/helps

    Shaz
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  • scotsaver
    Hi guys, just popping back in to do an update...only spent another 3.77 at the weekend out of grocery budget which is unsurprising considering we ate out 4 times (visitors!).

    Anyway this brings my total to 54.32 although I do seem to be running out of strange things at the minute - I'm down to my last half bag of SWB flour and I suspect I'm nearly out of raisins for scones this is what happens when you lose track. I'm also overloaded with eggs and yoghurt which were stupidly bought really. I can figure out what to do with the eggs but if anyone has any tips for 2 big pots of yoghurt let me know. I'm currently dolloping it in the soup I made from the spinch I also stupidly bought but that won't get it all used by Monday.

    Hope you're all doing well too.
    Originally posted by belfastgirl23
    Hi belfastgirl23 Here is the link to the Chocolate Yoghurt Cake recipe that I used this morning, looks and smells lovely but not tested it:- http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=249332
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    • gingernutbizkit
    • By gingernutbizkit 6th May 08, 4:12 PM
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    I have been watching this thread now for over a year and think that maybe it's finally time to join!!! Put me down for 150 for two adults and a very greedy dog!! At the moment I think we spend double that amount (gulp) which is certainly more than we can afford.

    My wife and I are currently going through the process to become foster parents so by the end of the summer we could have another two people living in the house and I fear that if we don't learn to budget our food money now then we could be in trouble.

    We are also just in the process of refurbishing our kitchen. I have a big American style fridge/freezer arriving tomorrow which should help us to keep track of things a bit better. As I move our food into it from our old fridge and freezer I think I'll make a list of what we have got and see how long we can last.
  • pennypinchingmum
    Didnt spend anything on groceries today, hurray! I have this great bread recipe that's saving me lots and goes really well with the special offers on antipasti at asda at the mo, hope you enjoy,
    Herb Quick bread
    375g S/R Flour
    1 cup Milk
    1/2 Cup of water
    1 egg
    50g sugar
    1 tsp salt
    grated cheese (up to 140g )
    4 tbsp dried herbs (your pref, i use oregano and basil)

    Combine all ingriedients in a bowl and mix throroughly making a batter, pour batter into a small roasting tin (4"x9" i use), or whatever your using, and bake at 180c until cooked browned and hollow sounding if knocked on bottom, It takes 1 hour for the tin stated above and 25mins for muffin tins.
    Hope you all enjoy and it helps on your way to target spends, considering the price of bread it realy does help to bake your own!
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 6th May 08, 4:40 PM
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    oooh pennypinching that looks gorgeous - definately one I am going to do next time we have some chilli or something.


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  • mandy_moo_1
    hi, just popped in here to update my siggy. i'm trying to have an NS week as much as i can, but we desperately needed toilet rolls & tissues & milk....oh and i desperately needed some chocolate as well.....that was the most important thing

    i'm gonna try and have a baking day tomorrow, as we haven't any biscuits in, so i thought i'd make another batch of Twinks hobnobs, and see if they can last longer than a day might also have a go at the choc yogurt cake.....does anyone know if you can freeze the yogurt cake in separate slices?

    right s'pose i'd better wash the pots, and tidy the kitchen so i can settle down for me soaps

    hope everyone's had a good day xx

    edit: just seen your photo pennypinchingmum......that bread looks lish. gonna definitely have a go at that the next time i do a spag bol or lasagne

    • Bargain Rzl
    • By Bargain Rzl 6th May 08, 4:46 PM
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    Bargain Rzl
    The easiest way I find of lasting out a five week month if you have same budget as the normal 4 weeks is to have an 8(or 9) day week-if that makes any sense? If you do your shop normally on a Sat-last until Sun or Mon and the following week til Tues or Weds. This evens it out a bit. Also its good if you can have a little over from the previous month-too late for May but it may help for the future.
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    Hi angel, I assume the above is in response to somebody asking about how best to budget for 5-week months, but I couldn't find where the question had been asked. Anyway, if anybody's interested, the way I cope with a 5-week month is to budget weekly to begin with, even though I get paid monthly

    As my income does give me some room to manoeuvre, I start off by saying I need about x amount per week (I live alone, and budget is normally £20 if I'm not doing a storecupboard challenge). So I multiply that by 52* for the number of weeks in the year, and divide it by 12 to see how much I need to be setting aside from my salary per month for that level of spending. So: £20 x 52 / 12 = £86.67 a month for groceries, which sits as a line in my accounts spreadsheet, and on a 4-week month I take £80 out of it, and on a 5-week month I take £100 out of it. Sometimes it is slightly in the red (for example if January was a 5-week month, I'd have subtracted £100 from an opening balance of £86.67, leaving me with a balance of -£13.33) but it never actually puts me into the red on my current account as it's all paid on the following month's credit card bill anyway, IYSWIM.

    Alternatively if your monthly budget is tighter than mine (I don't mean actual amount, I mean if there's nothing to spare outside of the grocery budget) you could do it a slightly different way, with the same result. Rather than saying "I need £20 a week, how much do I need per month to allow for that?" you could say "I have x amount per month, what does that give me per week as an even split over the year?" So, let's say you have £260 a month and not a penny more, you say £260 x 12 / 52 = £60. So you have £60 per week, every week, regardless of the length of the month. So in a 4-week month you give yourself a budget of £240, and in a 5-week month you give yourself a budget of £300. Then your budget is consistent throughout the year.

    I hope that's of use to somebody who might not have thought of doing it that way, and I hope I've explained it clearly!

    *Actually, every 5-6 years there is technically such a thing as a 53-week year. That's because there are 365 days in the year, not 364, so it doesn't divide evenly by 52. In a 53-week year there are 5 x 5-week months in the year rather than 4 - in other words, if you organise your budgeting based on the calendar year, and January 1st falls on a Friday one year, and your budgetary week starts on a Friday, that gives you a 53-week year because 31st December will also be on a Friday. I would plan that into the budget at the start of the year.
    Last edited by Bargain Rzl; 06-05-2008 at 5:15 PM.
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  • savingfortravel
    Hi everyone!!
    Hope you're enjoying this beautiful day.
    Tonight we're having salad, jacket potatoes with a lentil, carrot and cheesy filling that I sampled on Saturday night and was then given the remainder of to take home (not eating meat can have its advantage). Dessert with be home made mince pies from mother. I'm really hungry, as have been interviewing new teachers all day...
    Since family members have heard about our challenge, esp mum, we've received quite a few bits of free food. including HM pies and a carton of passata which I'm right in thinking could be spread on a pizza base. What toppings would you suggest on top? OB does eat meat.
    Thanks for any help. Pizza and salad sounds nice for June's menu planner.
    Keep up the good work everyone!!
    SFT
    Frugal Living 2010 member MFW by 2014 Was 88,000 now 46,877.90 Grocery Budget for Dec-April=173.72/244 (Groc Budget 2010 from Ebay/Voucher savings/Quidco -If we can do it will save our 980 GC budget) Now living the dream -in our tiny country cottage-all thanks to MS forums. x 39 2 go
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