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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
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    July 2008 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 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'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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  • michelle06
    oh my golly how fantastic is this
    what do i have to do to be a part of this?
    i think i have to ask angelnikki to add me to her list
    i hope to just spend 240 this month, any suggestins from any one would really help , not quite used to this site yet - hence i keep getting lost how do i keep updated? thanks michelle
  • fizzel81
    Im a bit late this month, very please with last months spends, ive cleared alot of my cupboard so aiming for £160 this month please, i spent £13.48 today in asda which should be all i need to spend until at least the weekend
    DFW nerd club number 039 'Proud To Be Dealing With My Debts' i will be debt free aug 2010

    2008 live on 4k +cb £6,247.98/£6282.80
    sealed pot 2670g
    2009 target £4k + cb £643.89 /£6412.80
  • dink1
    hopefully nsd tomorrow
    Hi Guys,

    I only spent 60p on a loaf of bread and 15p on a reduced papaya so not too bad a week.

    Huxley - Sorry to hear that your dh doesnt have work at present after mine losing his job last month i know exactly how stressful that that is. I hope that he will find work soon.

    Queen of string - please tryto remember that you are important, sorry to hear hear that you have finished with OH that must be difficult. Its often easy to feel bad about yourself when break ups happen.

    Busymum - thats not too bad a spend it will even out you have stocked up and on good prices well done you!

    Leopardlady - sorry to hear you had an op hope that you are feeling a little better soon

    fedupnow - hugs to you at this time

    Orkneystar - never mind you are just like me... I can resist anything bar temptation!

    Scotsaver - Thanks for that, MIL gone now and live is on the up!!!!!

    Mama67 - wow great piccys

    Hope you have a great evening

    welcome all the newbies

    Last edited by dink1; 07-07-2008 at 9:44 PM. Reason: spelling
    JanGC £250/£82 far:weight loss 1lb cc250/£86/cm40/£9.50
    • zoe260373
    • By zoe260373 7th Jul 08, 9:54 PM
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    Do you use the vinegar on it's own or add to fab conditioner?
    Sorry if this is a silly question.
    Originally posted by busy mum
    hiya,naa its not a silly question, i use it with fab con,BUT have also used it with a few drops of essential oil when i ran out of fab softener,it smells for only a couple of mins,(i have bought a twin tub so can tell how long smell lasts)it really is great,imo.x
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300spends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£ local shop spends total spent £257,
  • shezza
    Did really well today, went into Mr M's for milk and chickpeas, and only came out with a couple of the 50p packs of fresh burgers extra, I am very proud of myself. Shouldn't need to go to for anything for the rest of the week so here's to a few NSD (fingers crossed)

  • Sian the Green
    Bacon, sausage and bean thingummy
    So I have decided I like you guys so I am going to share what I believe may be the tastiest dinner ever.

    Super Tasty Bacon, Bean and Sausage
    Two medium onions, chopped
    200g bacon, chopped into pieces
    400g sausages, chopped into 2cm pieces (easier when frozen!)
    2tbsp vinegar
    2 tbsp worcestershire sauce
    800ml passata or 2 tins chopped tomatoes
    4tbsp brown sugar
    4 tbsp wholegrain mustard
    2tsp chilli sauce/ flakes
    1tsp thyme
    Stock cube (can be omitted!)
    2 400g tins beans or 800g fresh soaked beans (any really, kidney, butter, cannelini, I'd do a mixture of whatever I had in the cupboard!)

    Fry onion and bacon
    Add sausages until browned
    Chuck in the vinegar and sizzle for a minute
    Turn down the heat, add everything else and simmer for 20 minutes

    Eat with crusty bread from deep plates or bowls
    God is good, all the time
    Do something that scares you every day
    • zoe260373
    • By zoe260373 8th Jul 08, 12:09 AM
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    hi all,sorry ive not kept up(new and not much spare time)how do you guys do it???? i have been baking loads so am pleased with that,as are the family angelnikki you are doing a fab job,i know im new here but have been loitering in the shadows for a few weeks before joining.hope mrs mc is doing ok and her sis whys life cruel to good people??:confused: anyway will update sig in a mo,had a delivery from mrA...nightmare!! having my nieces visit an awful lot lately so ordered 10 (yes 10!) bags of asda mash,however the driver forgot to drop it off along with various other frozen goods, spend lord knows how long on the phone trying to get it sorted,this was friday,eventually sorted sunday afternoon when they called to say they had no stock (after sending a driver out with 10 bags of smash)i only have delivery as mrA isnt local,but think i will return to mrT in future,anyway,thanks for letting me have a moan...welcome fellow newbies,i love being part of this as everyone is amazingly friendly and helpful,its so nice to be part of something that doesnt require anything costly or time consuming in return IYKWIM? you can just be yourself and help others whilst learning from them too.... sorry about the rambling im going now...honest
    Last edited by zoe260373; 08-07-2008 at 12:12 AM.
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300spends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£ local shop spends total spent £257,
    • zoe260373
    • By zoe260373 8th Jul 08, 12:16 AM
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    oh my golly how fantastic is this
    what do i have to do to be a part of this?
    i think i have to ask angelnikki to add me to her list
    i hope to just spend 240 this month, any suggestins from any one would really help , not quite used to this site yet - hence i keep getting lost how do i keep updated? thanks michelle
    Originally posted by michelle06
    hiya,welcome,im new too and also get a bit lost,lol,anyway,you can subscribe to this thread but ive found that i then get an email every time someone posts on the thread,which is getting more and more often! so hopefully some kind soul will point us both in a better direction..pleeeeaseee:rolleyes: :rolleyes: but in the meantime do as i do until one of these guys tells you a better way,sorry im not much help but at least you wont get lost,you will just have an overloaded inbox zoe.x
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300spends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£ local shop spends total spent £257,
    • zoe260373
    • By zoe260373 8th Jul 08, 12:23 AM
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    oh my golly how fantastic is this
    what do i have to do to be a part of this?
    i think i have to ask angelnikki to add me to her list
    i hope to just spend 240 this month, any suggestins from any one would really help , not quite used to this site yet - hence i keep getting lost how do i keep updated? thanks michelle
    Originally posted by michelle06
    sorry forgot to say,yes you need to ask angelnikki to add you,so she can see it,put your amount and her name etc in red and make it a bit larger than usual so its easier for her to see,(theres so many posts on here)hope this helps flower,give us a shout if you need any advice,theres always someone who will know an answer to your question,there a pool of info on here!x
    family is me,oh,16yDS,10DD,9DS&17month old DS,2dogs,3cats,4bunnies,5 ex battery hens&5fish.GC challenge-/£300spends already this month-animal food-£28,mr T shop-£ local shop spends total spent £257,
    • By JAMIEDODGER 8th Jul 08, 5:09 AM
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    spent another £14.56 at tesco is now creeping up!!
    #82 12k in 2018 - £3473.45/£12000 - 28.95%
    Retirement Fund £10850.02/£250000 - 4.34%
    House Fund £2679.13/£50000 - 5.36%
    Travel Fund £199.49/£2500 - 7.98%
  • savingfortravel
    Hi everyone!
    Nicer weather here today.
    Hope everyone has a fantastic MS day.
    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 8th Jul 08, 6:48 AM
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    Morning everyone

    NSD for me yesterday - weather was really hot and got on with weeding vegetable bed - wish I'd finished it as looks a bit rainy today but will see how it goes. Picked lots of gooseberries yesterday and some more strawberries - they are really good this year - must be all this sunshine and rain! Will soon be picking some of the courgettes as well so looking forward to spaghetti with courgettes, brie and tomatoes - just need the tomatoes to ripen - got lots - just not the right colour yet.
    Have to pick up some shopping today so will update signature later.

    Happy MS
  • dink1
    Hi zoe260373 - sorry dont know the exact answer to the subscription but know that its in the user cp (header on the top left) that will bring up the subscribed thread and then there is a choice. If you cant get that to work, what I do is save thsi page as a favourite in your web browser and unsubscribe the thread and you can still access it. you just have to remember the page number you are on. (or if you thanked that peron (always nice) then when you return the ones you havent read with be clear as they still have their thanks attached0 HTH. Dink1

    PS have a great GC/MS day everyone one.
    JanGC £250/£82 far:weight loss 1lb cc250/£86/cm40/£9.50
    • mumofjusttwo
    • By mumofjusttwo 8th Jul 08, 6:55 AM
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    If you go into your USER CP on the top of the page and go to Edit Options

    Then select No email notifications.
    When you post a new thread, or reply to a topic, you will be automatically add that thread to your list of subscribed threads.

    then when you want to post or so if there have been any new posts clikc on ser CP> If any new postsahave been done they ill show up there.

    Hope this makes sense.
    January Grocery 11/374
    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 8th Jul 08, 7:15 AM
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    Morning all, just off to catch up on thread and feed mr & mrs be back soon xx
    lost 3stin 4mnths GC nov£90/£51.65 July£100/£97.67 Aug£90/£18.59
    LBM Nov05 Loan £4910.65 Paid April07 sealed pot challenge#256
    Nov06 CC £2,590.56 Paid aug07 + Savings07/08 Night Owl 22#
    Mortgage £87,000/£84,000/ £82,261.00/£81,785.30 £80,268/£75402.00/£71229.15 DFW NERD 987 Long Haul member 125 debt free 24th aug 07
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 8th Jul 08, 8:09 AM
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    Morning all.
    Well lets just say I know where most of our local town and the surrounding ones were last night. DH and I decided to go 'for a look' to Tesco's- it seems ok although was hard to judge completely due to most of the aisles being chocca with people!
    I spent £50, although silly me did not cut a £5 off £30 voucher from the paper! Never mind I might well spend £30 again before the end of the month if I make sure all other shops are just £1 for milk etc. I did use £4.50 worth of vouchers I already had though (£1.50 points and a brand coupon for something I did buy) so not too bad, and got the green points for reusing bags. I am actually quite pleased with self as most of the stuff I bought was either: 1. stuff I like to keep in stock (flour, yeast etc), 2. a few things we were pretty low on. 3. milk, FV for this week (FV likely do longer). I also used the tip of looking at the bottom shelves, and hey presto there is value stuff there!
    Some good buys were: 1. value plain flour (36p) hidden very low!, 2. value sweetcorn (20p)- also hidden low, 3. cooking choccie (39p), 4. 3 onken bio pots for £3 (they cost normally £1.69 each here!!), 5. value tomatoes (19p), 6. tinned peaches (35p), 7. tinned strawberries (25p), 8. dopiaza sauce (86p) - normally even the own brand store sauces are at least 20p more than that with the stores we have! 9. white bread flour (48p). I was also impressed with the juices, the chiller ones were cheaper so got three for £2.25 as a treat and stocked up on the normal cartons as they were all £1 or under (did not get any of the value apple or orange juice this time but maybe next time). Finally it was also great to get some new choices.
    Hmmmm, highlight of my week is a shopping trip lol!
    Aiming for NSD's today, Wed,Thur and Fri.
    Ok, hope you all well and that my story of my trip to Tesco has not bored you all too much!
    • greent
    • By greent 8th Jul 08, 8:09 AM
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    Laundry Washing Gel/ Gloop, Fab conditioner, vinegar.....
    Had a bathroom clearout yesterday and have 3/4 shards of 1/2 - 3/4 pieces of soap.Sensitive like OH!!!!

    So when I get through this last bottle of detergent I'm going to make the washing gloop I've heard so much about.

    Originally posted by annelouise

    OOh - that reminds me, KAAT LADY asked how I made gel/gloop:

    I use soap scraps (very MSE! ), but you can buy a bar to use if you don't use bar soap anyway. (You can also use those little bars from hotels which normally smell a bit funny, but are fine for washing clothes!)

    For every 100gm of soap (approx 1 full sized bar) I use about a litre of water.

    Grate the soap. You can also cut into small chunks if you don't want to grate it - it will then take slightly longer to melt down in the next stage.

    Add soap chunks/ gratings to a large pan together with required amount of boiling (preferably) water . Bring to boil again and then reduce heat to simmering until all soap is melted.

    I then add a handful of washing soda crystals. The last batch I made was 700gm+ soap to begin with, so I added about 3 or 4 handfuls. Stir in well - I use a hand whisk. Add some essential oils if you want - lavender is nice and also cheap. Geranium also good, too :-)

    Leave overnight to cool - you should find it has set to a blancmange like consistency in the morning. If it appears separated, whisk it all up and it will turn to blancmange almost instantly.

    I store mine in a lidded bucket (I make it in large amounts) and scoop out a spoonful or two as required. Before adding it to my washing machine I dilute it in a cup with boiling/ hot water to make sure it all dissolves (I would do this with any sort of washing powder, tbh, as I find some don't fully dissolve at 30 degrees, and I rarely wash higher than that) and then pour this in the drawer.

    You can add borax when the soda is added to give it extra 'oomph' - but I prefer mine plain, as I can then use it for lots of things where I might not want borax. Borax can also be a skin sensitiser for some, so I'd err on the side of caution if anyone has sensitive skin. If I want to boost the wash I have a pack of borax and would mix half a teaspoon to the gel before diluting with water.

    The gel can be used with bicarb to make a scrubby soapy solution for cleaning (think cif style) - great for sinks/ taps / baths/ Add a spoonful to a bucketful of water for cleaning floors (with a capful of vinegar too) I also use it neat as a pre-wash stain treatment on clothes - simply rub a small amount in the stain.

    If you are using soapy gel in your washing machine it is advisable to use vinegar as a rinse aid. Add to where fab conditioner would go. A capful is enough, and I don't use it at every wash, either.

    You can dilute the blancmange to make more of a laundry liquid (it willr esemble ecover liquid in style) - but this takes up more room in storage, so I dilute it as I use it. You could dilute enough to refill a laundry liquid bottle, I suppose, and keep the rest elsewhere (eg garage), but I never used laundry liquid before :-)

    I make large amounts cos we have lots of soap scraps and I do lots of washing (about 12 loads a week - I have quite a few towels to wash, as I do aromatherapy massage and I have 3 kids as well) and I have the room under my sink for a large bucketful at a time.

    FAbric Conditioner/ Softener - I do have a bottle of this lurking somewhere under my sink. I don't use it, though. Vinegar is fine (I add a couple of drops of geranium ess oil to my washing vinegar) and much cheaper and also better for the environment and comes in recyclable glass, rather than plastic which not everywhere recycles. For those using fab softener though, as well as using less, you can also dilute the bottle to begin with - thereby using even less again. I used to pour half into an empty bottle and top up with cooled boiled water, giving me 2 bottles for the price of one and then use about half of what was recommended - meaning I actually used about a 1/4 of what was recommended. I find it all in the main too artificially fragranced anyway :-) (just my opinion, of course )

    Vinegar - for those who may be concerned about the smell, it doesn't linger in the washing. When I first started using it I'd use loads - and I'd find that I thought I could catch an occasional whiff when ironing. Now I use a small amount (the cap from the bottle) - that's plenty and I can't smell a thing. Use white vinegar, though, not malt (although I have been known to use up ancient white wine & rice wine vinegars found lurking in cupboards!)
    Although a capful of malt can be apparently good for a darks wash (but I do ALL my washing mixed and at 30 degrees, so I wouldn't know!)

    Now to catch up on the rest of the messages We're actually having a reasonably dry day so far - yippee!

    apologies for the lo--oo-ng post!
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  • mandy_moo_1
    mornin all

    wow, thanks for that really good explanation of making your own washing gloop greent i never realised it was that easy! i buy the 3 bars of soap for 15p from Mr A so i might give this a go

    should be able to have an NSD again today .......i'm off to my gran's in a bit, to empty/clean out all her kitchen cupboards........gonna be an all day job me-thinks!

    already made buns, and they've cooled and are whacked in the freezer, dogs are walked, and all my housework is done mind you, i have been up since 6!!

    hope everyone has a good day, certainly looks a lot brighter out there today!

  • mumzyof2
    Good Morning i spent yesterday in bargain booze

    1.05 on ribena bottle (BOGOF)

    Hopeing for a no spend day today but need to go into town to pay rent
    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
    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 8th Jul 08, 8:35 AM
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    I hope MrsMc doesn't mind my posting this, but there was a message from her on another thread I frequent. The news has been the worst I'm afraid, with the passing of both her grandmother & her sister.

    I would like to express my deepest sympathies to MrsMc & her family, & hope she & they will gather some strength & comfort from all her MSE pals.
    Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
    loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

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