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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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    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 3rd Jun 08, 2:41 PM
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    Lucifa73
    Add some boiled potatoes - makes it go further and cuts the heat of the sauce.
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% 400/2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



  • lday77
    Had another nsd mainly due to having a bit of scare last night, phoned the midwife this morning and everything seems to be fine though and was told to just rest up all day. So I read my new library book and had left over chilli from last night and a jacket spud for my lunch, the chilli tasted even better than last night's.

    Mrs M those quiches look lovely, I have got a block of pastry in the freezer, does anyone know if you can eat quiche whe pregnant I know eggs are a bit dodgy.

    I wanted to try and make a lasagne at the weekend and freeze half has anyone tried this, I did it once before but when I re-cooked it from the freezer the pasta and cheese were all dry and hard, what did I do wrong?
    [B]Murphy's No More Pies Member No. 28 on hold
    • Lula-Hula
    • By Lula-Hula 3rd Jun 08, 2:43 PM
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    Lula-Hula
    Hi everyone,

    this thread runs like greased lightning
    I did my first grocery cahllenge shop today at Mr.T & was chuffed to bits that it came in at 46.65 of which 3.40 was on toiletries & 8.95 on household stuff like washing up liquid, loo roll etc.

    So, really only 35.00 on groceries & got bogofs on fish fingers, frankfurters & branston beans so they're tucked away in freezer & store cupboard & should help lower next weeks challenge - yay. So I have 3.35 to last the week & apart from sugar which I forgot today I'm hoping that will do us.

    Had a NSD yesterday & plan on having another tomorrow.

    This is actually fun

    Lula
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 3rd Jun 08, 2:45 PM
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    Lucifa73
    I think so long as the eggs are fresh and properly cooked through you should be okay - I wouldn't eat an omelette but a properly baked quiche should be okay.

    As for the lasagne - maybe more liquid was required?? I have found if I bake pasta that if I haven't covered it properly with sauce then it goes really hard.

    Hope that's helpful.

    Luc73
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% 400/2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 3rd Jun 08, 2:49 PM
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    Lucifa73
    Hi everyone,

    this thread runs like greased lightning
    I did my first grocery cahllenge shop today at Mr.T & was chuffed to bits that it came in at 46.65 of which 3.40 was on toiletries & 8.95 on household stuff like washing up liquid, loo roll etc.

    So, really only 35.00 on groceries & got bogofs on fish fingers, frankfurters & branston beans so they're tucked away in freezer & store cupboard & should help lower next weeks challenge - yay. So I have 3.35 to last the week & apart from sugar which I forgot today I'm hoping that will do us.

    Had a NSD yesterday & plan on having another tomorrow.

    This is actually fun

    Lula
    Originally posted by Lula-Hula
    If the sugar is for tea/cereal perhaps now is the time to stop taking it? I was bet by my Dad that I couldn't go one week without sugar in my tea. I won the bet but at the end of the week the sugared tea was yucky and my sneaky old Dad had the last laugh!

    As for cereal - I often have it without any sweetner but if I fancy a sugar hit I add fruit (fresh ot dried)
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% 400/2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



  • Anitaj73
    Good Afternoon fellow challengers

    First of all.....Dink1 Sorry to hear about hubby's job, i'm sure something will come up soon for him, Chin Up
    Mama67 looks like you been cooking up a storm Good for
    you
    Galadriel sorry to hear about your cold there seems to be
    loads of it about lately, get well soon
    lday take it easy, put your feet up

    Now an update
    Well i was having a NSD yesterday but when i came out from my legs,Bums n tums class i popped in aldi(next door) and picked up some bananas, breakfast cereal & some rolls spent 2.93. Not too bad but have deffinately had a NSD today
    The Cheese Biscuits i baked yesterday where a hit so will be doing more of those
    Seem to be doing well on the good news front lately....i only had one letter in the post today and it was a cheque from Moneysupermarket.com for 17.50 after changing my fuel supplier yay...wot a bonus

    Keep it up everyone and keep those tips & recipes rolling in
    May GC 350/ spent so far

    family life = 2 adults DS x3 & DD1 + dog
  • mrs moneyspinner
    Hi everyone - first spend of month 12 at Lidl which got me some veggies and 6 odd on dishwasher tabs... have made carrot and lentil soup, a loaf of bread in BM and tea is left over cauliflower and a cheese sauce I froze and forgot all brown and bubbling in oven, fish fingers, frozen mixed veg resurrected and new potatos, french sticks - we are using up left overs - good luck everyone and sorry Dinks1 for your DH job loss - hope there is something special coming up for him. I just wanted to finally say my son made a pizza at school recently and used short crust pastry - it was delicious - absolutely 100% yummy and made a change from proper base.
    Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale - Hans Christian Andersen
    2012 savings:remortgage 156.15pcm 5 pcm insurance reduced; 2012 Running totals: 10 goodwill requests/Grocery Coupons 12
    • Angelraesunshine
    • By Angelraesunshine 3rd Jun 08, 3:43 PM
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    Angelraesunshine
    found out we had run out of squashes today my kids are gannets, had to get that on top of the fruit , veg and egs and one or two other items ended up spending £24.13 which is double what i was intending to spend but should last me more than a week i hope.
    Still Trying
    Grocery challenge July 2016
    400/000
    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 3rd Jun 08, 3:44 PM
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    carolt2
    Afternoon everyone,

    A NSD for us again today.

    Started making some of the bounty bites that were posted earlier in the thread.
    Put them in the fridge to set over night and have done the coated chocolate today.... They look yummy and we have just tried one each.... yum... very nice and just like the real thing.


    I made them with the "light" version of condensed milk and they have turned out well.
    'Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle'
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 3rd Jun 08, 3:48 PM
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    Lucifa73
    Afternoon everyone,

    A NSD for us again today.

    Started making some of the bounty bites that were posted earlier in the thread.
    Put them in the fridge to set over night and have done the coated chocolate today.... They look yummy and we have just tried one each.... yum... very nice and just like the real thing.


    I made them with the "light" version of condensed milk and they have turned out well.
    Originally posted by carolt2

    They sound good but did a search and couldn't find recipe:confused: Where should I look for all these yummy things youall talk about so I'm not forever asking for links/recipes

    Thanks

    Luc73
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% 400/2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 3rd Jun 08, 3:53 PM
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    angelnikki
    Bounty Balls Recipe

    These taste just like the brand name sweet and are very easy to make.

    200g condensed milk
    100g desiccated coconut
    8oz icing sugar (approx)
    8oz chocolate
    1. Mix the milk and coconut together.
    2. Add enough icing sugar to form stiff dough which will form balls.
    3. Form small balls and leave to set on a tray until all the mixture is used.
    4. Place the tray into a fridge to set (over night is best).
    5. Coat the ball in melted choc and leave to set.
    6. Setting time minimum 4hrs.
    Alternative method:
    line a tray with greaseproof and spread the coconut mix into the tin leave until set (instead of rolling them out into balls). When set turn out and cut up into chunks. then cover with the chocolate.

    Or
    line a tray with greaseproof and spread the coconut mix into the tin leave until set. When set pour over the melted chocolate and leave to set, then slice.
    Last edited by angelnikki; 13-07-2008 at 6:50 PM.
    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 3rd Jun 08, 3:54 PM
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    Lucifa73
    Bounty Balls Recipe

    These taste just like the brand name sweet and are very easy to make.

    200g condensed milk
    100g desiccated coconut
    8oz icing sugar (approx)
    8oz chocolate
    1. Mix the milk and coconut together.
    2. Add enough icing sugar to form stiff dough which will form balls.
    3. Form small balls and leave to set on a tray until all the mixture is used.
    4. Place the tray into a fridge to set (over night is best).
    5. Coat the ball in melted choc and leave to set.
    6. Setting time minimum 4hrs.
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Thankyouthankyouthankyou!!!
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% 400/2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



  • victory
    dink hope yor OH gets sorted soon

    crumbs you all have been so busy baking today

    Very disappointed WI today and lost nothing, gained 4lb last week and have not lost it this week:rolleyes:

    Borrowed 10 for the basics of milk, veg etc so June has finally started for me, still have not been paid:rolleyes:
    [QUOTE=misspiggy;51404641]I'm sure you're an angel in disguise Victory
    • yellowmonkey
    • By yellowmonkey 3rd Jun 08, 4:04 PM
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    yellowmonkey
    Hey. Thanks to this thread I have used a whole bag of potatoes for meals and none will be hiding down the back of the Tumble drier waiting to sprout a stem that Jack could climb up .

    It is all in the planning

    ym


    • Lucifa73
    • By Lucifa73 3rd Jun 08, 4:04 PM
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    Lucifa73
    dink hope yor OH gets sorted soon

    crumbs you all have been so busy baking today

    Very disappointed WI today and lost nothing, gained 4lb last week and have not lost it this week:rolleyes:

    Borrowed 10 for the basics of milk, veg etc so June has finally started for me, still have not been paid:rolleyes:
    Originally posted by victory
    On the bright side - if you aint got it you can't spend it. Hope it gets sorted for you soon though. x
    26.2.19/14.1.19: T MC 3629.26/3629.26 : VM 0% 1050/13876.59 : W 0% 100/1485 = 4409.26/18990.85 =25.17%
    28.1.19/28.1.19 Hubs 0% 400/2,977 =13.44%
    SPC 2019 #073



  • mumzyof2
    Anyone have the shortbread recipe? It was posted earlier this week but cant seem to find it. Also will self raising flour do as i dont have plain?
    Sealed Pot dec 08 - dec 09 so far 27.67, Live off 4k Spent 330.20 GC 1,200 for 2009 Spent 50.78 PaD so far 650.07
    Debts: L/woods 154.00 C/One PAID O/D 649.90 Next 299.95 O/D PAID Gas 72.60 Electric 155.73 Mum 640.00 Orange 490.32
  • mumzyof2
    Hey. Thanks to this thread I have used a whole bag of potatoes for meals and none will be hiding down the back of the Tumble drier waiting to sprout a stem that Jack could climb up .

    It is all in the planning

    ym
    Originally posted by yellowmonkey
    I laughed at your sprout that jack could climb up comment lol
    Sealed Pot dec 08 - dec 09 so far 27.67, Live off 4k Spent 330.20 GC 1,200 for 2009 Spent 50.78 PaD so far 650.07
    Debts: L/woods 154.00 C/One PAID O/D 649.90 Next 299.95 O/D PAID Gas 72.60 Electric 155.73 Mum 640.00 Orange 490.32
  • lday77
    I am havign chick kevins from the freezer for Dinner and have prepared new potatoes to boil and cabbage, carrots and broccolli to steam. I have got way too much veg and wondered if I could make bubble and squeak out of the leftovers tomorrow. What else would I need to add? Should I mash it altogether tonight or can I do that tomorrow when it's cold?
    [B]Murphy's No More Pies Member No. 28 on hold
    • Naomim
    • By Naomim 3rd Jun 08, 5:12 PM
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    Naomim
    Hi Everyone,

    Can I join too please? I'd like to be put down for 250 this month as it's DS's birthday party on the 14th so a trip to Iceland is on the cards :rolleyes:

    Thanks

    Naomi x
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  • victory
    On the bright side - if you aint got it you can't spend it. Hope it gets sorted for you soon though. x
    Originally posted by Lucifa73
    I know it will be fine in the end

    Anyone watch river cottage spring? Thought it wasgoing to be better, more showing you exactly how to grow etc not so there is an allotment...grow:rolleyes:
    [QUOTE=misspiggy;51404641]I'm sure you're an angel in disguise Victory
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