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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.

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  • linzmac
    ooo- they look nice and I have most of the ingredients in. I'll let you know when I've tried them.

    (Won't be this week though, ridiculous quantity of exam marking and reports to do .
    Originally posted by fluffysox
    Will look forward to hearing how you get on. Hope the marking and reports go ok...you will certainly have earned your cookies!!

    dink1 quiche really isn't too hard and can be made with all sorts of things...what type were you thinking?
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 22nd Jun 08, 10:56 AM
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    I don't include takeaways or eating out in grocery budget. Although have not been organised enough to set a separate budget for this. Next month I plan to start recording spends for clothes, socialising, gifts and wine on Word documents- so I can set money aside for each. However different people organise this differently- depends what suits you. If you have one takeaway per month for instance you could just add this figure onto your july grocery budget.
    Originally posted by fluffysox
    I do this too but use excel, great if you are familiar with excel cos you can get it to do all sorts of useful stuff like add up for you and copy stuff too.
    Once a scientist always a scientist lol!
    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 22nd Jun 08, 11:15 AM
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    Frugaldom
    Hi guys, hope you are all having a good weekend and sending my best wishes to those who need a bit of a boost

    So far, my plan of 40 for this month is coming in on budget. As you'll see by my signature, this is all I have left for the rest of the year after slicing my target from 1200 (100 per month) to 1000 for the entire year. There is a bulk shop included within my overall 'spent so far' figure and from 1st June until 31st December I hope to manage on 40 per month.

    Been to the Co-op and spent 7.97 on milk, a fresh chicken, baking potatoes, peppers, tomatoes and cucumber. It should have amounted to 9.97 but I had 2 x 1 off coupons that arrived with my Co-op membership dividend. I don't count coupons, only cashback, which gets saved, so as well as being 2 better off with the groceries this week, I'm also up 37.64 on my cashback total

    3 x baking potatoes - 1.60!!!!!!!! Roll on home grown tatties, flowers are out, so it shouldn't be too long now.
    I reserve the right NOT to spend:
    The less I spend, the more I can afford!
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    • poppyoscar
    • By poppyoscar 22nd Jun 08, 11:22 AM
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    Have spent 15.74 this week - not bad as am feeding two for a long weekend - bringing the new total to the month to 43.67 for the month to date. Still on target and may even come in below budget!

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  • MRSMCAWBER
    Hello again

    Well hubby has rung to say they got his tee off time wrong..so he won't need any meals at home as he will get fed there ...even more meals not used this month .... I think im going to declare my total for this month now..even though i don't think we get paid until friday... I really can't think of anything i should need before then :confused: so im declaring this month at 116.68 out of 150 ..which im thrilled with as 42 is for enough cheese to last yonks ... and as i normally get 450 a month house keeping -and i used to spend that too oohhhh the shame

    Have the baguette dough rising...nom nom nom.. instead of making the 6 i did before -which were still to big for me , im going to cut the dough into 6 and make 4 for hubby and then cut the other 2 in half to make 4 for me

    oooooohh and i now have my first 2 melons on my plants... only the size of grapes...but melons they are......ooohh im so excited..... and my asparagus peas are flowering too..oooh ooohhh and and i should be fetching the broad beans off this week..fingers crossed
    right will go away again now
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  • mumzyof2
    MRSM - OMG 12 NSD's!!!! Is that no spend days at all or is it just on groceries? what do u do with the money u have saved from ur housekeep?

    I know i shouldnt be upset that ive gone over but i think i did set my target a bit low as my mum was over, she is also over next month also for a week with her hubby this time lol.
    Last edited by mumzyof2; 22-06-2008 at 11:45 AM.
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  • dink1
    Linzmac - Not too borthered what type of quiche I have loads of eggs bacon cheese and onions and have some herbs in garden will that do?
    JanGC 250/82 far:weight loss 1lb cc250/86/cm40/9.50
  • linzmac
    Sounds perfect! Basically you just need to fry up onions & bacon then mix with cheese, egg & milk and pour into pastry case...are you making your own pastry?
  • linzmac
    Here is a recipe for Quiche Lorraine (if you don't have cream, sure you could just use a bit more milk instead):

    Preparation time 30 mins to 1 hour
    Cooking time 1 to 2 hours
    Serves 4

    Ingredients

    170g/6oz short crust pastry
    1 small onion, finely chopped
    85g/3oz bacon, diced
    1 tbsp butter
    120ml/4fl oz milk
    120ml/4fl oz single cream
    2 eggs
    1 egg, yolk only
    55g/2oz mature cheddar, grated
    salt and freshly ground black pepper


    Method
    1. Preheat the oven to 220C/400F/Gas 6.
    2. Roll out the pastry and line a 20cm/8in flan ring. Cover with cling film and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, gently fry the onion in the butter until soft but with no colour. Add the bacon and fry until cooked through. Drain off any excess liquid. Set aside.
    4. Bake blind the pastry case in the preheated oven for 20 minutes until the pastry is dried out with no colour.
    6. Reduce the oven temperature to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
    5. Mix the milk, cream and eggs together and add to the onion mixture along with the cheese. Season.
    6. Pour the mixture into the pasty case and bake in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour until the filling is set.
    7. Remove the ring and bake for another 5 minutes to brown the pastry. Serve hot or cold.


    And a pastry recipe if you are going to make it yourself:

    Makes 6oz, lines a 16cm tin

    Ingredients
    125g/4oz plain flour
    pinch of salt
    55g/2oz butter, cubed
    30-45ml/2-3 tbsp cold water


    Method
    1. Put the flour and salt in a large bowl and add the cubes of butter.
    2. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until you have a mixture that resembles coarse breadcrumbs with no large lumps of butter remaining. Try to work quickly so that it does not become greasy.
    3. Using a knife, stir in just enough of the cold water to bind the dough together.
    4. Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for 10-15 minutes before using.
    5. Alternatively using a food processor, put the flour, butter and salt in the food processor and pulse until the fat is rubbed into the flour.
    6. With the motor running, gradually add the water through the funnel until the dough comes together. Only add enough water to bind it and then stop.
    7. Wrap the dough in clingfilm as before and chill for 10-15 minutes before using.

    HTH
    Linz
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 22nd Jun 08, 1:25 PM
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    • galacticgreen
    • By galacticgreen 22nd Jun 08, 2:17 PM
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    Oh no. 4.10 left until the end of the month. Will definitely need milk before the end of the month and I'm not sure how creative we can be with everything else, but we'll give it a go!! Picked another few strawberries and peas today. They are delish..... Keep up the good work everyone...
    • Mrs Toast
    • By Mrs Toast 22nd Jun 08, 2:23 PM
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    Mrs Toast
    Thanks everyone especially Findingmyfeet & Denisefowler.

    I've just seen the lovely Banana Cake recipe and it just so happens I have some bananas that need using up. I think my Grandpa will love it.

    The weight loss I mentioned wasn't exactly down to dieting. I was diagnosed with Coeliacs Disease last year and went straight onto the strict diet. I was quite depressed to start with especially because at the time I was Manager of a bakery.(I've since left thank god). I went from a size 10 to 6 within a month. I did look really good at my mum's wedding though. Because of this diet I have to eat more natural food like fruit and veg to get the necessary vitamins and iron. It also makes my grocery bill alot higher which is why I'm on here. I am please to announce that I am now a healthy size 10 again but now it's tough to stay that way.

    I hope everybody's having a great weekend. My In-laws invited us out to dinner and they offered to pay so we don't need that much for tea. Thanks so much for the advise guys. I've even got my DH on here as he's just found the millie's cookies recipe. He He.
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 22nd Jun 08, 2:43 PM
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    hmmm linzmac that looks fab, i might try that once i get bacon
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  • JayJay14
    £Well went into town to get DD2 some new trousers as she has an interview for a job on Tuesday and popped to Lidl for dog food and a few other bits - £10.90 to to sig.

    Anyway when we drove up to the house our next door neighbours were trying to hold up the wall all 8 foot high of it

    So half our beautiful decorative wall is in a heap in the middle of the front lawn - we had to bring it down ourselves as there are lots of small children living in the street.

    Well I think it may be time to go and make a theraputic batch of bread I think
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 22nd Jun 08, 3:06 PM
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    Flylady_Flower
    Thanks everyone especially Findingmyfeet & Denisefowler.

    I've just seen the lovely Banana Cake recipe and it just so happens I have some bananas that need using up. I think my Grandpa will love it.

    The weight loss I mentioned wasn't exactly down to dieting. I was diagnosed with Coeliacs Disease last year and went straight onto the strict diet. I was quite depressed to start with especially because at the time I was Manager of a bakery.(I've since left thank god). I went from a size 10 to 6 within a month. I did look really good at my mum's wedding though. Because of this diet I have to eat more natural food like fruit and veg to get the necessary vitamins and iron. It also makes my grocery bill alot higher which is why I'm on here. I am please to announce that I am now a healthy size 10 again but now it's tough to stay that way.

    I hope everybody's having a great weekend. My In-laws invited us out to dinner and they offered to pay so we don't need that much for tea. Thanks so much for the advise guys. I've even got my DH on here as he's just found the millie's cookies recipe. He He.
    Originally posted by Mrs Toast
    That's fantastic and I hope you feel much better now. I know when I was young I used to have mega trouble putting weight on, I ate everything in sight and even used to take 'super weight on' and 'complan' as an added extra, but still it wouldn't go on (sounds good, but when you are mega skinny it's not fun - I used to wear 2 pairs of socks just to make my legs look fatter and I daren't go on the trampoline with the weaved top as the other kids used to laugh at me and tell me I'd fall through the holes! ), so it's good to see you're back to your normal weight.

    Good luck with everything, I'm sure your grandpa will love the banana cake. and i'm sure your DH will be just as hooked as our other halves are becoming...
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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 22nd Jun 08, 3:08 PM
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    Flylady_Flower
    Anyway when we drove up to the house our next door neighbours were trying to hold up the wall all 8 foot high of it

    So half our beautiful decorative wall is in a heap in the middle of the front lawn - we had to bring it down ourselves as there are lots of small children living in the street.
    Originally posted by JayJay14
    Got to ask, what on earth happened to your wall? I hope no-one got hurt. did someone drive into it or something???
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  • JayJay14
    The wind got to it - I think it was the gusts rather than brute strength but the end result was the same!!!
  • Sunny Donny
    Declaring for June as it's pay day on 28th and no money left
    Hi
    I'm declaring for June 209.45 - told you it was a bad mistake to let OH wander round Mr T's with me!!! Did try to persuade him to stay outside, but it was miserable and raining so he came in!!:confused:
    NSD for today and don't need anything til pay day 28th. Planning the menu for this week and will have a go at the weetabix cake and banana cake.
    Expecting a rotten day at work tomorrow, so full warpaint ready, favourite outfit ironed and high heels polished to give the impression that I am not bothered!!!!!!
    Really windy here and have picked up tomato plants 3 times, pot of lillies x 2 and another pot x 2 - all are now plastered against the wall hoping that the wind won't catch them again. At least the washing dried quickly - just a pile of ironing to do but could leave it til tomorrow.

    Can I have a go at target of 200 for July please Mrs M.

    thanks

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    • searching_me
    • By searching_me 22nd Jun 08, 3:37 PM
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    searching_me
    i forgot to say Mrs m can you put me down for 200 for july ... quick question search but couldnt find it... i just cooked a chicken i took all the meat off and im gonna make stock for the first time anyone got a recipe? xx
    Still searching .....
  • JayJay14
    have just seen the advert for Dispaches ch 4 8pm tomorrow night -The Truth About Food Prices - have set the sky+ to record it cos I have a memory like a sieve.

    We'll see if they actually find the 'truth':rolleyes:
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