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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
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    Pink.
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge 28th Jun 08 at 11:44 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June 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 everyone has a great month!

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    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 4th Jul 08, 3:51 PM
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    poohbear59 on the MoneySaving in Marriages, Relationships & Families board, a lot of people say that a third is fair. (1/3 housekeeping, 1/3 savings, 1/3 to spend) HTH
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Thanks I found the discussion. I have now to work out what they owe and maybe I will be able to afford to live! I thought if they paid something for their keep I could save some for them and give it back when they need it.

    I do think I have got the budget down almost to bare bones as I have seven to feed most days and have been around 200-240 per month.
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 4th Jul 08, 3:56 PM
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    mrs-moneypenny
    manged to get this far into the month with nsd's .
    shopping day tomorrow so will be a big spend then i fear.

    Ive got little toms and flowers in my hanging basket they are tumbling tom variety, the ones in growbags have just a few flowers so far.
    weve already had about 5 strawbs from th garden the ones in the manger (F1's ) are flowering and fruiting best the ones in the tub (cheaper different variety ) havent achieved a lot yet. Lettuces are doing well, as is the rocket, only just put the radishes in and the sweetcorn is big and thick and just starting to flower. oh and ive got a few cucumbers appearing on that plant. i must sow some more rocket and lettuce seeds so they are staggered out.
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  • annelouise
    NEWLYWED

    The 1 fillet and 2 1/2 potatoes would make 4 decent sized ones to go with chips,peas or salad and be a decent meal.I make smaller so they can always have more and if not freeze as leftovers for a mix and match tea somewhere in the menu plan - dd9 hates cheese sauce,dd8 loves bolognese and any veg in a cheesy sauce,ds4 is suspicious of lentils so I have to boil and blitz before popping in to bulk out bol,lasagna,chili.So I can easily throw 3 little containers into microwave and give extra veggies for all.

    You'll find it on Sainsburys Feed a Family for a fiver......

    Had houmous on a slice of cheese for my lunch - healthy or what....

    annelouise
    Be who you are and say what you think because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind....Dr Seuss
    • susan946
    • By susan946 4th Jul 08, 4:15 PM
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    ( IS ANYONE ELSE GROWING TOMATOES AND IF YOU ARE HAVE YOU TOMATOES FORMED YET OR ARE THEY STILL FLOWERS)
    Originally posted by busy mum
    My 4 plants have baby tomatoes on - one cherry, one beefsteak, one ordinary and one plum.

    We are eating some of our potatoes - grew aran pilot (a first early) in pots on the patio. They are delicious - highly recommended. We also have charlottes but they were later going in, take longer to mature and are only just in flower.

    Just finished all the lettuce we have for the moment and probably shan't plant any more just now as they don't like it too hot so July and August are difficult months for them.

    The blueberries are ripening nicely but I had to rescue an adventurous blackbird that got in under the netting.

    On a different topic - does anyone know a source of cheap dried sweetened cranberries? I have been getting them from Julian Graves but there must be somewhere cheaper.....We stir them into porridge for brekkie.
  • busy mum
    Just a quick update on the spends - 1.29 on another 6 pack of Diet Coke. The offer ends tomorrow in my local shop.
    R
    Originally posted by rachelmk

    Hi, please could you tell me what shop this is at.
    JULY G/C 50 WEEK

    WEEK 1 = 69.50

    WEEK 2 = 60.83
    Week 3 72.05
  • annelouise
    newlywed

    2 salmon fillets steamed over pan in colander or cooked quick in microwave
    4 baking potatoes peeled,boiled,cooled and mashed with 1 tablespoon milk,add fish,lemon zest ,season well.Shape into patties.Chill.

    Cook after brushing with oil in hot oven 12-15mins

    All off the top of my head

    annelouise
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  • jackk
    Hi queen of string - thanks for this, I have just been over to the Tesco Misprices and posted this. As a side note, last time I was in Asda and was overcharged, they refunded me the difference but didn't give me the 2 giftcard they used to issue - do they still do this do you know?
    Originally posted by scotsaver

    Our Asda gives 2 giftcards when they over charge you, ive been given 12 worth in the last 6 weeks ish, watch those roll backs, they don't always go through the till at the right price :rolleyes: .

    Jackie x
    • debbym
    • By debbym 4th Jul 08, 5:50 PM
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    Just been to Morrisons - 9 packs of Pampers sensitive Baby wipes for 7 and Pampers pull ups BOGOF
    • nickynoo08
    • By nickynoo08 4th Jul 08, 6:25 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    ended up popping to mr t's last night to get the few bits n pieces i'd missed off my main shop. I always manage to forget summat even when i have a list i dont know i do it!!! Anyway ended up spending 10.51 got triple velvet loo roll (on offer 6 rolls for 1.88), weetabix 2 boxes of 24 for 2 which is cheaper than tesco's hl, apples, banana's, onions and a few other bits. Was quite happy with what i got tho. Normally a tenner wouldn't have gone far at all. Will need to pop out at wk end and get some more milk.
    Was thinking of just buying full fat and watering it down. How much water would i need to add, we usually drink semi and i dont want my other half to notice. Any hint and tips more than welcome

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  • Le Foot
    My July Challange
    Hi everyone,

    I've been off line for about 4 weeks. I got the 'all clear' from having a HUGE Ovarian Cyst removed...(great fears that it was Cancer ). As soon as I was fit, we took off in our motorhome, not just for some R & R, but to get away from the incesant noise and heat from blowers & dehumidifiers drying out my concrete kitchen floor from a possible 5 year 'quiet' leak from my dishwasher .( Thank goodness for Insurance) Needless to say, my June challenge went more than somewhat 'pear-shaped'. So here we go again for July. Mrs. M., can you please put me down for 300 again. I've been shopping today, and spent 63, so now got 237 left. Hope I can keep within my set limit. .

    Good luck everbody with your own personal challenge...the more difficult it becomes, the more determind we will be to 'beat it'. Just remember, what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.
    Feb. G.C. From Jan 26th 350.00
    First month..pure guess!! Wk. 1 136.38 balance 213.62. Wk.2 108.10p balance 105.52
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 4th Jul 08, 6:55 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    ended up popping to mr t's last night to get the few bits n pieces i'd missed off my main shop. I always manage to forget summat even when i have a list i dont know i do it!!! Anyway ended up spending 10.51 got triple velvet loo roll (on offer 6 rolls for 1.88), weetabix 2 boxes of 24 for 2 which is cheaper than tesco's hl, apples, banana's, onions and a few other bits. Was quite happy with what i got tho. Normally a tenner wouldn't have gone far at all. Will need to pop out at wk end and get some more milk.
    Was thinking of just buying full fat and watering it down. How much water would i need to add, we usually drink semi and i dont want my other half to notice. Any hint and tips more than welcome

    Nicky
    Originally posted by nickynoo08
    Hi Nicky,
    There has been a bit of a discussion on this and you may want to read some of the posts over on the last page. I have been watering mine down by 1/3rd and you can't taste the difference, but I would definitely read the info as before and think about it if you have young children.
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  • savingfortravel
    Le Foot-Glad you're ok and escaped for a while.
    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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  • annelouise
    nickynoo008

    People usually suggest about a third if adding to fullfat,I would do less than that at first and see how it goes.

    We drink uht which is cheap anyway so I don't do it but maybe when I'm back in Uk I will as we drink ss anyway.

    Pot of onion marmalade on smelling delish and 4 jars sterilizing.

    Glass of wine at the ready from my neighbour who is very grateful for all the testers this week.

    New to our house this week -

    Bounty bar/slice/bites
    Banana and lemoncake
    Banana and lemon muffins
    MrsM 's marmite and cheese twists
    Pizza twists
    Houmous

    Not bad going as all were very successful to add to Twinks,Onion marmalade,bakewell tarts and pastryless quiche since I first started here in May 2008.

    Thanks all

    annelouise
    Be who you are and say what you think because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind....Dr Seuss
    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 4th Jul 08, 6:59 PM
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    Just popping by to declare my first spend of £43.90 - managed to get a £10 off voucher from tesco which was great. Cupboards are packed to bursting so fingers crossed will cope on the £130 budget. Got a lot of fresh stuff still to use up, need to do a fridge inventory tonight or tomorrow. And shouldn't need to do too much shopping this weekend. At least the manic time at work is over so should manage to do a bit more food planning etc too. Hope you guys are all doing okay...

    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 4th Jul 08, 7:00 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    I've been off line for about 4 weeks. I got the 'all clear' from having a HUGE Ovarian Cyst removed...(great fears that it was Cancer ). As soon as I was fit, we took off in our motorhome, not just for some R & R, but to get away from the incesant noise and heat from blowers & dehumidifiers drying out my concrete kitchen floor from a possible 5 year 'quiet' leak from my dishwasher .( Thank goodness for Insurance) Needless to say, my June challenge went more than somewhat 'pear-shaped'. So here we go again for July. Mrs. M., can you please put me down for 300 again. I've been shopping today, and spent 63, so now got 237 left. Hope I can keep within my set limit. .

    Good luck everbody with your own personal challenge...the more difficult it becomes, the more determind we will be to 'beat it'. Just remember, what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger.
    Originally posted by Le Foot
    Hi LeFoot, glad it was all OK for you, god, you must have been so worried!
    I hope the kitchen gets sorted out for you soon too. Mrs M is away with her family at the moment and AngelNikki is looking after things very well for her while she is away. Good luck with this months challenge and I hope that things pick up for you now.
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  • hev
    Meal plan - what meal plan?

    Planned to do roast on Sunday, but Saturday we had a takeaway due to unforeseen circumstances. Sunday we had Saturday's tea, and instead of the roast planned to do the china chilo because finally fresh peas in shops

    But I had forgot the lettuce so Monday we had a scratch meal (fish fingers, baked beans, tinned potatoes) and I was feeling a bit fed up with the start of this week's headache. Tuesday the lettuce came with the Sainsbury order so I managed, despite headache, to get china chilo finished, but OH couldn't eat much much due to bad stomach, so instead of freezing a portion he threw it

    Then yesterday's spag bol just didn't happen because I could barely move so Friday's fish & chips day was moved to Wednesday, and tonight we are having spag bol if the mushrooms are still fit or some variant thereof if they are not.

    Sigh.

    I'm looking at all the yummy recipes and thinking how great they sound, but I am not, repeat NOT, going out and buying ingredients until next month - I have meal plans and stuff to use up and I will do it!

    And I still have a headache!
    Originally posted by hev
    No spag bol tonight - OH didn't feel hungry but could manage a few 'chippy' chips. To be fair, he really only had a few, and DS and I shared the rest with a fish cake from chippy.

    My next week's meal plan starts tomorrow. It has got to get better!
    Always another chapter

  • Le Foot
    For anyone interested, I have been making fatfree yogurt in a thermos flask (no need for a yogurt maker)for the last month. I reckon it costs me 50p for a litre. I sweeten it with artificial sweetener, or honey, and add whatever fruit I have available. Here is my proven recipe:-
    1 Litre of Skimmed UHT Milk heated to blood temperature ( like the milk you would feed to a baby---2 mins in microwave).
    I scald a flask with boiling water, this firstly steralise's it, and heats it). Empty out immediately.
    Add 2 tablespoons of skimmed dried milk (to the warmed milk), and 2 tablespoons of natural, fat free, live, probiotic yogurt. ( I bought a tub of Yeo Valley from Asda for 50p.)
    Pour into the flask and screw on lid for at least 8 hours. turn into a tub and chill in fridge. It keeps for at least 4 days to my knowledge. Remember to keep at least 2 tablespoons for your next culture.
    I read that you could make 'Set Greek Yogurt' by straining it through a coffee filter...Yes I tried it..and yes it works. BUT I lost too much yogurt to the filter...not worth it in my opinion.
    If you need any more info....please ask.
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    • Mrs Money Penny
    • By Mrs Money Penny 4th Jul 08, 7:49 PM
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    Hi all. Managed to get a reduced pot of tomato pasta sauce for 51p will go nicely with the meatballs on the menu this month. Have planned out all meals upto the 22nd. The ice buns are delicious. I iced them late last night. I ended up with 21 from the receipe but next time will make them smaller. Has anyone froze them already iced??
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    • susan946
    • By susan946 4th Jul 08, 7:59 PM
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    For anyone interested, I have been making fatfree yogurt in a thermos flask (no need for a yogurt maker)for the last month. I reckon it costs me 50p for a litre.
    Originally posted by Le Foot
    Firstly, so pleased to hear you got the all clear. It's horrid having these scares hanging over you. You must have needed a break after that!! Hope you are feeling full of energy now.

    Thank you for posting the yogurt instructions. I was going to post to ask if anyone knew how to make it - I used to in the seventies but have forgotten just how!!! This list is excellent for getting answers to your every question, but answers to questions not yet asked??? Absolutely fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    • Ches
    • By Ches 4th Jul 08, 8:23 PM
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    Ches
    I know what you mean, I go in full of hope and then nothing. Tesco has a good reduction going on on gardening and picnic things, got a thermometer for 18p . Netto today had some good prices, including 19p for 500g bag of penne pasta and 2 litres of milk reduced to 60p, worth a look if there is one near you
    Originally posted by Sian the Green
    No we don't have a Netto close to us. The nearest being one in the opposite direction to which we normally travel IYSWIM. I do buy special offers from the local smkts, in fact thats how I shop. I go round all the smkts in turn (not all in the same week) and stock up on the stuff I use regularly that are on offer plus any bits I need. For instance I bought loads of jars of Nescafe decaf (I know but I like it) half price months ago and I am still using it. I won't buy more until I find a good offer again. Sugar was 3 bags for 2 the other week in Wilkinsons so I bought 6 bags which will last ages as we don't use it in drinks and I rarely make cakes (too fat and OH doesn't eat them). I really think this way of shopping works well for me. I still look for woopsies but rarely do I find anything reduced that we would eat.
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