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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th May 08, 1:24 AM
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    Pink.
    June 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th May 08, 1:24 AM
    June 2008 Grocery Challenge 28th May 08 at 1:24 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the May 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


    Wishing everyone a good month.

    Pink

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    • razra
    • By razra 31st May 08, 2:25 PM
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    razra
    Ginger Nuts Recipe
    OK, heres the recipe I promised

    2oz (50g) Margarine
    2 level tbsp golden syrup
    1oz (25g) light brown sugar
    4 oz (115g) plain flour
    1 level tsp bicarb of soda
    1/2 - 1 tsp each of mixed spice, ground cinnamon, and ground ginger (i'm allergic to cinnamon so I tend to just use ginger)

    preheat oven to 200C 400F gas 6 grease 2 baking trays (grease really well!!)
    melt marg and syrup
    remove from heat and add sugar
    sift flour spices and bicarb together
    add to melted ingreds and mix well
    if the mix is too sticky leave it too cool for 15 mins
    Roll into 15-18 small balls
    place on tray (allow room for them to spread)
    Bake for 5 mins then LOWER the temp to 180C 350F Gas 4 and bake for further 10 mins
    Cool on the trays.

    If you want choccy ones
    replace 1 oz of the flour with 1 ozof cocoa powder, add 1/4 tsp vanilla essence. Either take out all the spices or have choc ginger nuts

    (very similar method to Twinks hobnobs) this recipe is from the victory cookbook I bought the other week

    HTH
    Last edited by razra; 31-05-2008 at 2:27 PM.
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    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 31st May 08, 2:32 PM
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    ooooooooooh, razra they sound yummy, think they might get made tomorrow, as well as the shortbread from much earlier in the thread
    (can you believe its not even june yet and there are 24 pages already!?!?!?!)
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  • funkyfunkymonkey
    razra, I have just printed your recipe and am heading to the kitchen now

    FFM
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    • razra
    • By razra 31st May 08, 2:42 PM
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    razra
    I really hope they work for you Im really nervous now in case they dont

    I made them and they were scrummy
    June Grocery Challenge 270.80/250July Grocery Challenge 0/300
  • mandy_moo_1
    oooh razra those ginger nuts sound lovely.....i've copied and pasted your recipe into my recipe folder, so they'll be getting made one day next week me-thinks

    i only popped on here to update my spends, and there's LOADS to catch up on again!! can't believe we have so many doing the GC now. i'm so glad i've found this thread, cos it really motivates me to "think" before i buy something! my shopping habits have changed so much since i joined this thread a couple of months ago, so thanks to all of you for all your support and advice

    well, back to today...... i got a flipping spag bol out of the freezer for tonight's tea, only to have DS say he doesn't want it cos its too warm for food for like that :rolleyes:...........well, it's going in the fridge for tomorrow then, i don't care if there's a flamin' heatwave, we're having it

    can i just say WOW Mrs Mc you're 'potio' looks amazing, thanks for the photos you've posted on here. my little veggie 'potio' looks teeny next to yours have you managed to pick any spuds yet? i'm desperate for mine to flower cos then i know they'll be nearly ready to eat

    don't suppose you're growing beetroot are you? i don't know when to pick that!! and i've got a tub growing rather well

    well, hope you're all enjoying the sunshine, just wish it was warm enough to sit outside, but it's always really breezy here, cos of the sea

    • beemuzed
    • By beemuzed 31st May 08, 3:03 PM
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    beemuzed
    So, first spend from June's money - 60 exactly in Mr T's. Was very aware of how many prices are on the increase - and that was before I got to the fuel pumps! Glad I'm not including fuel in the monthly challenge!
    Resolution:
    Think twice before spending anything!
  • SuziQ
    Went to Iceland for first time in around 18 months today,have just opened a new one alongside our market. Had some pretty good offers- Velvet toliet rolls,12 for £3.50 (always buy toilet roll when I see a good offer as it dissapears so quickly in this house) 24 Ross irish recipe frozen sauasges £2 (my kids loved the sauasage casserole I did last week so are lookng forward to more of those) 16 ross fish fingers £1,quorn pieces 50% free £2, baking spuds 2.5 kg £1.25,and I bought a huge pack of proper scampi (my daughters favourite) for £4-will split easily into 4-5 portions. My upright freezer is stuffed now though so no more bargains allowed by me. I am taking it off this months total as I don't shop on a sunday unless it's an emergency.

    quorn curry out the freezer and cupboard tonight-did it last Sat and it was super yummy,I have some whoopsied mini nan bread that were in the freezer 20p last week,so nice cheap start to the month.
    My kids say they have never eaten so well-thing is,I am actually cooking now,rather than just reheating,little bit of effort but so satisfying when on see the empty plates and bin!
    Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it!
  • MRSMCAWBER
    hi there Le foot

    here you go..managed to track it down I have got the proper version and my cheaper hmm economical version

    CHICKEN N SWEETCORN SOUP
    serves 4
    per serving -2WW points -128cals
    • 200g chicken breast
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 2 egg whites
    • 750ml chicken stock
    • 250g creamed sweetcorn
    • 1tbs cornflour
    • 2 tsp soy sauce
    • 2 spring onions- sliced finely
    1. place chicken in processor and blitz until finely chopped
    2. add salt
    3. lightly beat the egg whites in a bowl until foamy
    4. fold into chicken
    5. bring chicken stock to the boil
    6. and add creamed corn
    7. dissolve cornflour with a little cold water
    8. add to soup and stir over a low heat until thickened
    9. reduce heat and add the chicken mix -breaking up with a whisk
    10. allow to heat through -without boiling
    11. season to taste with soy sauce
    This really is a lovely soup -and hubby reckons better than the takeaway one

    Right my cheaper version is,
    • boil your chicken carcass to make stock as normal and strain.. place back on heat, grab a tin of sweetcorn (tip it into a blender with its liquid and blitz so that some is pulped and some stays in kernals)-if you have a lot of stock then i use 2 tins.
    • tip it into the stock, and heat through, thicken with cornflour -again how much depends on how much stock you have...
    • season (it does need quite a bit of salt), i add all the little bits from the chicken when i strip the meat off,
    • sometimes i also throw a handfull of frozen peas in and the darker bits of the spring onions
    • plenty of soy sauce -although this will lose the lovely yellow colour
    I also do these recipes but break up some fine noodles into at the stock point so they have chance to cook

    Todays is ready ..hubby is prowling the kitchen as we speak as the loaf has just come out of the oven and he has to wait until its cool enough to cut ..bless him anyone would think i never fed him

    Hi Mandy_moo..thanks..i have got carried away..have stuff up the other end of the garden too
    Nope I haven't had any potatoes yet but they have buds on so hopefully it won't be long...haven't done potatoes before have 4 varieties set and some more to shove in tomorrow too
    Im doing beetroot too... you will know when they are ready as it pokes out of the ground like raddishes... make sure you are consistant with the watering mind as they can split or go woody if they don't get enough - this is only my second year of growing anything..but my 1st year i got some yummy tiny betroots but not very many...hoping for better this year..in fact i must get some more seeds soaking to plant tomorrow.. not sure where -but i will find a gap ...hmmm next door is empty ....I wonder
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    • pink princess
    • By pink princess 31st May 08, 3:27 PM
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    pink princess
    MRS M is there any-chance you could post your recipie for the southern chicken please ,and thanx for the bread stick recipie made them today and there lovely (eaten 2 already).
    Thanx for the ginger nut recipie i ll try that when i have chance ttfn.
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    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 31st May 08, 3:39 PM
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    carolt2
    Good Afternoon everyone.

    Just popped in to update signature.
    Went to mr T this afternoon after taking OH to work.

    Total spend £37.27.
    This included all our fruit and veg which will last for over a week, cat food etc . Managed to get a few good offers.
    They are selling pack of 8 pork steaks for £5, Not a bad offer seen as it does 4 meals each.

    I used one of the vouchers for morrisons £5 off £30 spend that i had and the cashier was abit unsure about accepting it, however as I mentioned earlier in this thread my local mr T has a big banner outside main entrance stating that they are accepted.
    After I asked her to check with her supervisor and he checked with someone else they deducted the £5 off my shopping .

    I know its only £5 but it all adds up. Have got another voucher for next week but wont need to use it til nearer the end of the week.

    Thank you to whoever posted re vouchers in "the sun"? today for a free loaf of bread.
    Mentioned it to OH last night and he has been given a copy of the paper.
    The company he works for has papers delivered for customers to read.
    He opens and closes the building so if any are left he grabs them for me to read,, and collect coupons

    Signature updated
    Last edited by carolt2; 31-05-2008 at 3:42 PM.
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  • victory
    post 426 mrs m meal planner...can anyone help me as to how I print that post and that one only as it is reaming me off pages of threads and I ONLY want one, please help
    WENT to morrisons and the leeks have gone up from £1 or so for 4 to £2.47 for 4 now!!! Did not get them or their over prices toms or the oat so simple sachets that you could pick up at iceland 10 sachets for a £1 are now £1.85 or £2.72 for the bigger value 20 sachets, found morrisons to be expensive today and shot up in prices. Got loads of bananas from the market for £1, 2 lots of rasberries£1, strawberries £1 , that is more like it, used the voucher from the sun for the £5 off but still very unimpressed with the prices at morrisons, you really had to be on your guard today, no more just put it in the basket, check check and re check the prices and see if you can find it cheaper elsewhere x
    Last edited by victory; 31-05-2008 at 3:55 PM.
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    Im not very good with technical stuff BUT..the only way i do it is:-

    If you go to the post you want and click on the left hand side of the very first letter ..hold the left mouse button down and roll down the whole bit you want...it should go black..
    then hold ctrl button and press c... this will copy it all
    go into a word processing page.. ours is microsoft word..click on a new page and then when your cursor is on the page press ctrl and then v it sould paste all the writting on -then you can print it off
    hope that helps
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  • funkyfunkymonkey
    victory, the way I do it is to cut and paste the text I want to print into a word document and then print from word.

    FFM

    Oops! crossed posts with Mrs M's more thorough explanation.
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    • yellowmonkey
    • By yellowmonkey 31st May 08, 3:58 PM
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    yellowmonkey
    Hi

    To print off one post only . Right click on the post Number.In this case#474 .Scroll down to Print target" (4th one down) and hey presto


  • funkyfunkymonkey
    I really hope they work for you Im really nervous now in case they dont

    I made them and they were scrummy
    Originally posted by razra
    Hi razra, no need to be nervous, although I had one of my off days It wasn't until I got down to adding the spices that I found out that I was out of ginger - so I doubled up on the mixed spice and missed out the cinnamon as mixed spice has both ginger and cinnamon in it. I think I was expecting the same texture as shop ginger nuts but once I got used to them (after trying with some left over butter cream from earlier butterfly cakes) they were okay.

    I also tried the choccie ones, maybe I should not have put so much cocoa in because I was using Green and Blacks which is quite strong - the little monkeys haven't tried them yet but I think they will say they are too strong for them.

    I really hope OH likes them otherwise I will be putting on a lot of weight this week

    Thanks for posting the recipe.

    FFM
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  • dink1
    need to stop spending money!!!!!
    Hi Guys!

    Hope everyone is having a good day! after the other day of making the mistake of taking the munchkins to asda and spending way more than I thought!!!!! you would have thought I would have learnt my lesson but oh no today I go to Mr A not only with the munchkins but dh too...... ! needless to say spent 43 - The idea was that I was encouraging the budget by getting DH to buy 6 bottles of wine for the month (Mr A does a 3 for 10) but kinda back fired. (hangs head in hands lol)

    Never mind will do better next week! Am I the only one who can't seem to rein in the spending well? Does it get easier?

    Thanks for the recipes MRs M
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  • Le Foot
    Thanks a million Mrs. Mc for your chicken & sweetcorn soup recipe. I have just made it using your cheaper recipe version, but I also added some cream that I had in the fridge that needed using up. It is oh so yummy, but not WW or SW friendly me thinks:confused:
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Thanks a million Mrs. Mc for your chicken & sweetcorn soup recipe. I have just made it using your cheaper recipe version, but I also added some cream that I had in the fridge that needed using up. It is oh so yummy, but not WW or SW friendly me thinks:confused:
    Originally posted by Le Foot
    glad you like it.. apart from the cream there is very little else with many cals in we had a lump well 2 lumps for hubby of hm crusty bread and we have some left..which is amazing when hubby is about..so it is going with the leftover chicken and some veggies to make a pie tomorrow -hubby will laying eggs at this rate . We prefer the cheaper version..not keen on the egg in it you see... makes it stringy..bleughhhh
    sooo glad you enjoyed it

    Pink princess
    I have been using up some ready done chicken breast from the freezer(hubby grabbed them..and they were whoopsed )... this week im having a bash at my own so i will use hubby as a guinea pig and then post the recipe when i know its worth it there are soooo many to choose from..i will be going for an oven baked version...don't own a chip pan .. will let you know how it goes
    Last edited by MRSMCAWBER; 31-05-2008 at 4:55 PM.
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    • catznine
    • By catznine 31st May 08, 4:57 PM
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    catznine
    Hello! Can't believe we are on 12 pages already! Please can you put me down for 150 I want to try to keep it even lower if i can (need to empty freezers so I can clean them) it will mainly be abel and cole box and any bargains I may find (if that is at all possible these days!)

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  • funkyfunkymonkey
    Hi razra, no need to be nervous, although I had one of my off days It wasn't until I got down to adding the spices that I found out that I was out of ginger - so I doubled up on the mixed spice and missed out the cinnamon as mixed spice has both ginger and cinnamon in it. I think I was expecting the same texture as shop ginger nuts but once I got used to them (after trying with some left over butter cream from earlier butterfly cakes) they were okay.

    I also tried the choccie ones, maybe I should not have put so much cocoa in because I was using Green and Blacks which is quite strong - the little monkeys haven't tried them yet but I think they will say they are too strong for them.

    I really hope OH likes them otherwise I will be putting on a lot of weight this week

    Thanks for posting the recipe.

    FFM
    Originally posted by funkyfunkymonkey
    razra, guess what? The little monkeys like them, especially dipped in milk or with the remains of the butter cream.

    Thanks again, FFM
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