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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th May 08, 1:24 AM
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    June 2008 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 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'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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    • Annie021063
    • By Annie021063 26th Jun 08, 9:47 PM
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    Hubby got paid today. My 200 budget starts today for the next month (26th June-24th July) we go away then and return Aug so Aug budget will be a little shorter. Will update sig as I spend, am determined to get it right this month.
  • Judellie
    Went to mrT this evening - big mistake -totally blown the budget .
    In my defence I did get 4 punnets of strawberries for 20p each, punnet of organic blackberries for 20p, 3 peaches for 16p, onion houmous 10p, and fresh chicken gravy 17p.
    The strawberries are open freezing now, and the gravy has been divided into 3 portions and in also in the freezer.
    Also stocked up on half price things; 4 bags of frozen chips, 4 packets fish fingers and 9 canisters of OH deoderant.
    Along with the 3 loaves of bread and 2 dozen belgian fingers I made today that are also in the freezer, I now wish to declare my freezer officially FULL

    Jude xx
    GC June: 350/405.56
    GC July: 350 spent
    • mhe
    • By mhe 26th Jun 08, 10:33 PM
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    Im declaring an overbudget month - 274.10 when my aim was 200. I have no defence other than work has been manic and i have not had time to post on here and read all your great ideas. I have decided that for July i am going to take out 200 from the bank and caryy it in my purse so that when I go shopping i can only use that and not my account card.

    Im going to keep 200 as my July budget and stick to it this month - im going to my local farm shop for fruit and veg and staying clesr of the supermarket for a bit!!!
    "With no money you start to discover your own inner resource" GK Chesterton
    2 adults, 3 children
    • hamish222
    • By hamish222 26th Jun 08, 11:47 PM
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    Well have overspent, not sure of exact figures as was not really counting last week but do have full freezer and at least months supply of kitten for by 2 kittys. Lost my way and had few takeaways. Starting fresh from July, going for 200 again.
    Yearly Grocery Budget - 100.77/ 3500. January Treats Budget - 11.80 / 100.
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 27th Jun 08, 5:28 AM
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    Hi all,
    AngelNikki, I am declaring at 266.03 - 6.03 over budget, but still less than last month and still MUCH less than 350-400 we used to spend so not too upset. Oh well, another month, here we go again......

    OH, AND BY THE WAY, I FINISH WORK TODAY!!!!! (Not really excited )
    LBM April 2013 - 29,000.00
    Vanquis CC's PAID - Debenhams SC PAID - A+L OD PAID - Asda CC 783.75
    Barclaycard CC 1400.78 - BoS CC PAID - Freemans Cat PAID
    F/D Loan & CC 1458.96 - Santander Loan PAID - Mum Loan PAID
    RBS OD PAID - F/D OD 1026.52
    Weekly Grocery Challenge - 95.00 budget / spend -
  • mandy_moo_1
    was gonna wish you luck for your last day, denise, but it doesn't sound like you'll need it so good luck in your new job with your friend. hopefully it'll be a lot less stressful for you xx

  • savingfortravel
    Hi everyone!
    Hope your last day goes well Denise.
    Sending my thoughts to Mrs Mc.
    Congrats to all those who've done well this month and for those who've gone over, remember what you used to spend.
    Have a good day everyone!!!
    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
    Stockpile Savings: 89.72 Voucher savings 8
    • perrywinkle
    • By perrywinkle 27th Jun 08, 6:14 AM
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    Banana and lemon drizzle cake
    Afternoon folks',

    I said I did not need anything today but we went to MrS to get fuel for the car and while we were there OH said he needed his magazine :rolleyes: so in we went, i got some coffee grounds for the garden (free) and then we walked around but I kept telling him ,we did not need anything, we tried the vegetable rolls that they had to try and then he saw bananas priced down so he had to get some, now I need a recipe for something with bananas and pineapple in so the fruit does not go to waste, I thought of a cake but dont know how to go about it I need a recipe and instructions. Does anyone know any good recipes for cake or bread or something, pleeeeez.:confused:
    I was quite pleased with myself that I did not buy anything else, the pineapple he bought a few days ago and it is nearly gone off.

    HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!

    denisefowler the colosan sounds draining
    Originally posted by KAAT_LADY
    Hi Kaat Lady,

    I have posted this before - so apologies if you have already seen this but it is a lovely cake and also freezes really well - with or without the topping
    Banana and lemon drizzle cake

    175g soft butter (& some for tin)
    175g caster sugar
    3 eggs
    300g SR flour
    2 level tsp baking powder
    2 ripe bananas, mashed
    grated zest of lemon
    2 tbsp milk

    juice of 1 lemon
    100g granulated sugar

    Line base of 20cm deep cake tin, butter sides.
    Mix together cake ingredients until smooth and pour into lined tin.
    Bake in oven preheated to 180oC/160oC fan/ gas 5 for about 45-50 mins.
    Leave to cool a little then remove from tin.
    Make topping by mixing ingredients in a bowl.
    Pour over the warm cake and spread to the edges.

    Freezes well iced or un-iced I normally make 2 one for now and one for the freezer.

    • perrywinkle
    • By perrywinkle 27th Jun 08, 6:30 AM
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    american style pineapple and banana pancakes
    Afternoon folks',

    I said I did not need anything today but we went to MrS to get fuel for the car and while we were there OH said he needed his magazine :rolleyes: so in we went, i got some coffee grounds for the garden (free) and then we walked around but I kept telling him ,we did not need anything, we tried the vegetable rolls that they had to try and then he saw bananas priced down so he had to get some, now I need a recipe for something with bananas and pineapple in so the fruit does not go to waste, I thought of a cake but dont know how to go about it I need a recipe and instructions. Does anyone know any good recipes for cake or bread or something, pleeeeez.:confused:
    I was quite pleased with myself that I did not buy anything else, the pineapple he bought a few days ago and it is nearly gone off.

    HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!

    denisefowler the colosan sounds draining
    Originally posted by KAAT_LADY

    Hi Kaat Lady,

    This is another winner and would use up the pineapple and bananas.

    American-style pineapple & banana pancakes

    100g/4oz fresh or drained canned pineapple
    1 banana, sliced
    100g self-raising flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp cinnamon
    3 tbsp light muscovado sugar
    1 egg
    100ml milk
    sunflower oil , for frying
    Greek yogurt and maple syrup, to serve

    Roughly chop the pineapple and slice the banana. Tip the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and sugar into a bowl and mix well.
    Make a well into the centre and crack in the egg, then gradually mix the egg into the flour, adding the milk gradually to make a soft batter.
    Stir in the pineapple and banana. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan, add the batter in heaped tablespoonsful, well apart to allow them to spread. When bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancakes over and cook until light golden.
    Cook all the pancakes and keep them warm. Serve 2-3 pancakes with a spoonful of yogurt and a little maple syrup poured over

  • helliecopter
    Hi everyone

    Life over the last few weeks have been manic. The children and I have all had chicken pox and it's NOT nice in adults! Our shopping budget has been blown out the window and we've fallen off the ms wagon. The great news is that DH has been paid on the 25th so it's a whole new month. Mrs M can you please put me down for 350 this month. After trying a couple of challenges and doing ok I've decided a different approach. I've split my budget into 4 weeks and will only withdraw 87-50 each week (runs wed to wed) to see if that makes a difference. I'm also including all housey products so it's going to be tighter than before!

    I've already spent : 12-34 on shampoo/cond and milk etc
    7-00 on 3kgs of fresh straws - have frozen for smoothies
    3-93 other fruit from market
    7-19 cooked meat, bread and veg

    This leaves me a grand total of 57-04 until wednesday which is plenty to get my washpowder & fabric cond and other everyday essentials. I've got loads in my freezer and all my cupboards are stocked well enough to cover the world ending. Sorry for waffling, but it helps motivate me, if I share my 'master plan.' I'm going to do a meal plan and dust off my bread maker. I've a load of fancy bread flour to use up and I need the space in the cupboard.

    Good Luck for July GC!
    LMB 01/03/089001.61 10/6 6089.70 - 32%paid off!
    Grocery Challenge 25/6 to 24/7 350 week1 30-46 / 87-50

  • wannatravelmore
    End of Month
    £104.79. Am loving ALDI!
    Last edited by wannatravelmore; 27-06-2008 at 7:13 AM.
    May Grocery Challenge 200....(222 final total....including almost 600 loo rolls) June 200 (104.79)
  • dink1
    help needed!
    Hi Guys,

    On this being a 5 week month need to really cut back further. My DH has two weeks of work starting monday and was wondering what to do him for breakfast. Please can I have some suggestions (can do muffins but need some other suggestions easy to eat as drives most of way),

    ANGELNIKKI Please put me down for £275 FOR JULY
    Hope this will work as cutting down further and had enough trouble this month staying in budget, but with all your tips am sure its possible. Here goes anyhow

    Denise - Good luck for today hun
    Last edited by dink1; 27-06-2008 at 7:18 AM. Reason: typing error
    JanGC 250/82 far:weight loss 1lb cc250/86/cm40/9.50
  • irishwexford
    Not been on here for some time as Im busy with allotment and bowls but have decided not to post budget as I have managed to cut 50 from my monthly shopping each month, its just become a way of life for me now thanks to you guys. I am still doing the sealed tin challenge and have one full tin and second one is three quarters full. Saving money on veggies at present as harvesting lots of cabbages, caulies and salad leaves from allotment. I have good habits now and plan meals and cook from scratch. These boards have been a godsend. I opened different accounts for Christmas and holidays so that is working out ok.
  • Anitaj73
    wannatravelmore - 600 loo rolls
    May GC 350/ spent so far

    family life = 2 adults DS x3 & DD1 + dog
  • JayJay14
    Thinking of you Mrs M.

    Well almost an NSD yesterday - ended buying the 10 for 2 mullers at Asda plus spuds so not too bad. The bigest help to my budget is DD2 had found a job (thanks to DD1 who saw the advert).She is hoping to be working just about full time over the summer then part time when she is back at uni in the autumn.

    Also OH has an interview today - not for a permanent job but a long term contract of over a year - Watch out S!!!!horpe he'll be there after lunch. He was trying to be calm last night but when I got up this morning he had left the house unlocked both front and back so he's bottling it up methinks

    Anyway should be an NSD today as I don't need anything, wedding aniversary tomorrow - 28 years . DD1 has given me a 20% of coupon for M&S, valid all weekend for multiple uses (BF works there) so I think a blow out may be in order - I may have a new job myself by this time next week (interview Wed) so while I don't want to count chickens I might just get some new clothes anyway.

    Anyway 'nuf of the ramble, I have until Monday on the GC so I will declare then.

    Have a good day everyone.
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 27th Jun 08, 7:47 AM
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    morning all

    well did have an nsd yesterday, Woohoo!!

    am going to do some shopping on sunday, has anyone else noticed that MrA has a promotion on over this weekend, MrT & MrS are planning to match, if not better, it.

    made weetabix cake again yesterday and came into work to find a "pimped" jaffa cake on my desk (pimpthatsnack website) one of the girls i work with decided that it would be fun to do, the curly wurly she made yesterday was fab as well.

    don't need to get anything today and think i cna hold out til sunday before i go shopping, even then it's not going to be needs, and by that point i'll be onto julys budget!
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
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    • By MRSTITTLEMOUSE 27th Jun 08, 7:49 AM
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    I'm pleased to say I've been so inspired by the meal planning ect,and the ideas from you ladies(the recipes are always great) that I've managed to spend only 93 this month so far including toiletries and cleaning stuff.There are only the two of us but from this I've even bought a few extra bits for my storecupboard.I'm actually starting to enjoy being a skinflint.
    I'm off to Manchester tomorrow,to spend the week with my daughter so I won't be going shopping again till I come back.I'll start a new count then.
  • jackk
    Hello all, not sure if its been mentioned, but i just heard on the news that Asda is going to be dropping a lot of basics to 50p to try and win back some of the customer who have gone to budget store like liddel and audi......good news hey .

    Jackie x
  • FelineFantastic
    Morning All!!

    Have updated siggie and am slightly alarmed at small amount remaining but am trying the big shop and only veggie box/ cat food extras this month to see if that works for us-- we have a meal plan drawn up so I am quietly confident *wipes sweat from brow*

    Jakk-- Asda is only doing the 50p thing for this weekend- and Tescos are dropping some prices also but again for a limited time- thats what it says inthe paper anyway. (or the online paper so I don't have to buy one!)

    Thank goodness its Friday!!! DeniseF-- have a fantastic last day- not looking forward to it much then??!!

    For anyone who has access to QVC today they are doing an offer on food saver bags that lengthen the keep time for food-- £15 for 45 bags- each bag can be used 8- 10 times-- apparently it will keep things fresh for about twice as long inc fruit, veg, cheese and meats etc- I have ordered some to try out as our freezer is not huge and it will allow me to utilise the fridge more.

    Will try and do thread catch up...!
    Last edited by FelineFantastic; 27-06-2008 at 8:02 AM.
    June Budget= 151.41/150
    10 NSDs (with teenagers !!)= 8
    Reduced my overdraft a little today- slow but sure!
  • bumblebeeandboy
    Declaring 176.88 for June. Really pleased as this works out at 44 a week down from 60 and this is my first month.

    Put me down for a 200 budget for July (40 pw). This includes all food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies. I'm making it harder though by including the baby milk in this as well which for the first 2 weeks of June i counted separately. This isn't a huge amount as still breast feeding morning feed.

    I'm feeding 2 adults, 3 year old boy with hollow legs, 8month old and 2 cats. Should be fun but with inspriation from weezl74 50p a day challenge i'm sure i can do this easily.
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