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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!

    Pink
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 11th Jul 08, 8:56 AM
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    angelatgraceland
    I bought some packs of minced beef at Asda the other day for 50p each. Not whoopsies but either an offer or a rollback. Normally 99p. They may be still on offer-it was Sunday I bought them. Just the normal mince-not the lowfat kind or anything.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • KAAT_LADY
    • By KAAT_LADY 11th Jul 08, 9:23 AM
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    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 11th Jul 08, 9:44 AM
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    Herewegoagain
    I've got to go shopping but will try to keep it down, wont take the car so wont be able too carry much, that should help, and If I don't hurry up it will be raining again. Hiya floxxie, no there's no peace for the wi***ed here, mr and mrs is keep me on my toes x
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  • saffouri
    July target - £220
    Better late than never right?

    After coming in under target for May, I/we stopped keeping track in June. But wanting to get back on track for July! I need DH's July spend info up to now in order to tally up what we've spent so far, but let's aim for £220 this month.

    Off topic but affecting my mood and lack of posts last month is that I'm feeling down about my dear old dad in the US who has still been in and out of hospital since I was there. He is quite weak and has dementia, and there are lots of questions about what care he needs and how much that is going to COST. I'm still working out when I can next go over but it is difficult being so far away, and of course air tickets also cost money that I don't really have.... arrrrggghhhh! Maybe time to go over to the Boost Your Income thread....

    OK glad I got that off my chest.

    And happy birthday to you BargainRzl!

    saf
    March GC: £147.75/£180 groceries + £36.75/£50 meals out

    February: £163.19/£180 + £66.14/£50 monthly budget for eating out Total £229.33/£230
    January:
    £170.01/£170
  • FelineFantastic

    Happy Birthday BargainRZL

    Gosh am struggling to keep up with the board this week- you all are prolific typers as well as prolific savers!!

    Am feeling confident that, bar emergencies, will come in on target this month- will only celebrate next week though!

    Some sunshine and blue skies here so off for a lunchtime walk shortly- did much baking last night and need to walk off the muffin(s) that I have eaten today!!

    Hmmmm!

    Off to do some work!

    A
    xx
    June Budget= £151.41/£150
    10 NSDs (with teenagers !!)= 8
    Reduced my overdraft a little today- slow but sure!
  • saffouri
    MS trifle recipe?
    I signed up to bring a trifle to a bring-and-share lunch on Sunday. How best to do it OS/MS? (We're not near an ASDA but are within OK reach of all the other supermarkets.) Any suggestions of tried-and-tested MS cake recipes that would work well in a trifle?

    Cheers,

    saf
    March GC: £147.75/£180 groceries + £36.75/£50 meals out

    February: £163.19/£180 + £66.14/£50 monthly budget for eating out Total £229.33/£230
    January:
    £170.01/£170
  • MissPin
    G'day
    Hello everyone another newbie joining!!

    I have been lurking for aggggeeeessss and you are all sooo inspiring and have really kicked my backside into gear! I've set this month at a rough guess of £110 (just for myself and dearest brother who allows me to do the cooking in leiu of rent!)

    Trying to save as much as poss so I can move down under (boyfriend lives there!)

    £75.88 already spent ( seems like alot to me but I have food to last for ages..i think)

    Loving all the recipes/tips/ideas!

    Hope you're all having a great day!
    • gunsandbanjos
    • By gunsandbanjos 11th Jul 08, 10:59 AM
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    gunsandbanjos
    Welcome to the challenge MissPin, hope you manage to save enough to go to Oz.
    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
    Bertrand Russell
  • MissPin
    Oh and another thing! This has encouraged me to start cooking/baking with some pretty good results! My sis has always been known as the "good cook" and now I am giving her a run for her money!!!...casseroles, pasta bakes, muffins, cookies, cakes....

    Luckily, for my waistline, I am a fitness instructor (PT) so not too detrimental yet!
    GC July £110/£97.21 already spent:rolleyes:

    GC August £100/£87.98 already spent
    • philsmum
    • By philsmum 11th Jul 08, 11:20 AM
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    philsmum
    Good Afternoon
    Hello everyone.
    NSD today I hope. Have just made Twinks Hobnobs, they are soooo nice.
    Has everyone stocked up on F&V from Lidl, half price offer ends Sunday.
    Did anyone manage to get any chicken from Mr M. everytime I have been in they have run out. apparently people have been buying their quota and going back to a different cashiers to buy more, the manager said people with food vans have been buying all the burgers.
    Hope you all have a good day.
    Debt free from April 2012
    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 11th Jul 08, 11:22 AM
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    Moniker
    Just got back from Sainsbury's and managed to keep my total down to under £40 which I am amazed at! They have lots of offers on at the mo - like half price broccoli (49p a pack), nectarines for £1 a punnet (to ripen at home so they will last), £1 off raspberries and two packs of mince for £4-50. Also, Radox shower gel at half price - 73p all varieties! I have saved £5 on the full price of these items so that has gone straight into my Pin Money savings pot. I have just under £150 to last till the end of the month so it should be do-able.

    I have split the packs of mince in two and put in the freezer - each will do OH and me two meals if I bulk it out with veg or lentils etc. Haven't tried the oats trick yet as we eat loads of oats in porage everyday( and in the Twinks!).

    So, I am a happy bunny today. Won't be going near a food shop for several days so hopefully no more spends on groceries at least till next week (am having a hair cut tomorrow but that's not in the gc budget).

    Hope everyone has a good weekend.

    Moniker
  • Herbaholic
    Afternoon all, I started catching up when it was still morning honest lol! I hope everyone is well Happy Birthday BargainRzzl and big hugs all round to everyone else

    Thanks for the Dripak link Floxxie I didn't realise that they were based in my neck of the woods, I wonder if they have a factory shop! Like you I'm trying to use up the chemical cleaners and switch to the eco friendly ones, if you're worried about eco cleaners not getting rid of wiffs, you can add some bicarbonate of soda to help eliminate the odour and pour some hot water (left over from kettle or after boiled eggs etc) down the plug holes and drop in a few drops of essential oil, lavender, peppermint and any of the citrusy oils work well in the bathroom. I've been using white vinegar and homemade herb scented variations for cleaning as well as bicarb and soda crystals, cleans the home just as well if not better. It hit me when I thought back to what my Nan and Mum used, back them most cleaning was done with a bucket of hot soapy water and good old elbow grease. We've all been conned by the big companies that we need a bottle of different cleaner to do every cleaning job in the house. When we really just need a handful of things and a bucket of hot water! Off my soap box now

    G&B the ginger cake minus treacle came out lovely, very moreish, DH wanted to take the cake in for the lads, its mine grrrooooffff! Will pick up some treacle for next time but it tasted lovely without and I didn't ice it either, the sultanas and crystallised ginger added were yummy additions to, so the actual recipe should be yummy as well, I'm norty though I hardly ever stick exactly to a recipe always put my own slant on it!

    Wendywitch you asked for my choc orange muffin recipe, I'll go type it up and post it in a minute, I'm making somemore strawberry muffins today for the freezer. We were planning on going for a picnic this weekend, looks like it will rain all weekend though, so thought just incase we get some bright spots I'd make some goodies that we can defrost and go if the sun comes out. Any ideas for savoury things other than quiche or sausage rolls??? I'm wanting homemade stuff, and not the pork pie, sausage roll line, nothing wrong with that sort of thing don't get me wrong, just my DH won't eat it as he isn't keen on what he calls stodge.

    DeniseF - Hope your cold is better and you're well on the mend? Not nice feeling like poorly when you have to keep things together for the family, make sure you take lots of rest as hard as it may be and keep looking after yourself. Don't do too much until you're feeling 100% (((((DeniseF))))) Right off to get some stuff done, more baking and some cleaning and I think I should make a start on next months meal plan, I know its early but if I know what I want, I can pick up bargains or not dpending on what I have in and what I'm making. Welcome to MissPin as well and all the other newbies, everyone is really helpful and friendly, look forward to swapping recipes, hints, tips and bargains with you


    Herby
    NSD Challenge 2010:Jul 12/12 ; Jun 21/14 ; May : 6/6
    GC 2010: Jul £134.03/£150.00 ; Jun £278.86/£275.00 ; May £276.13/£280.00
  • hev
    Have updated my sig, haven't had time to catch up

    So, going to add @ £5 to sig tonight having fish & chips from chippy - as I progress OS these may disappear to once a fortnight... This month, every Friday is chippy night, helps OH and me feel less deprived, but actually I'm not feeling deprived at all. Confused about how mealplans work, I'll admit to that!

    I've just checked the meal plan for next week and I don't need to get anything in for those I have to say my track record with meal plans isn't great, but I have loads in. I just need to get stuff for DS - bananas, cherry toms, fridge pots (you know, yoghurt, fromage frais, that sort of stuff).

    Also considering getting the ingredients in for the bounty balls, although I have never coated anything in chocolate in my life, so it is a bit of a nerve wracking thought - I am really accident prone and melted chocolate could end up anywhere!

    But at the moment OH is buying two bounties every night at an average cost of 45p each. I am sure that the bounty balls cost less to make. Hmmm
    Always another chapter

    • Justamum
    • By Justamum 11th Jul 08, 11:56 AM
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    Justamum
    G&B the ginger cake minus treacle came out lovely, very moreish, DH wanted to take the cake in for the lads, its mine grrrooooffff! Will pick up some treacle for next time but it tasted lovely without
    Originally posted by Herbaholic
    I've had to do this before when I've run out of treacle (or molasses which I prefer to use). Last time I made flapjacks I decided to use half syrup/half molasses and they taste better than normal. I can't stop eating them (straight from the freezer too )

    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 11th Jul 08, 11:58 AM
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    angelnikki
    Also considering getting the ingredients in for the bounty balls, although I have never coated anything in chocolate in my life, so it is a bit of a nerve wracking thought - I am really accident prone and melted chocolate could end up anywhere!

    But at the moment OH is buying two bounties every night at an average cost of 45p each. I am sure that the bounty balls cost less to make. Hmmm
    Originally posted by hev
    hev if you try the bounty balls you could make them a bit easier by putting the coconut mix on a tray, leaving that to set in the fridge and then just pour over the melted chocolate. Then leave that to set and slice. Much easier and less messy than doing balls coated in choc

    And dont worry about your mealplans. Some people on here just do a flexible plan which is just a list of 7 meals. Then they decide which one theyre gonna have the night/morning before so they can defrost stuff ready. That way if something comes up or they fancy something different they can just shuffle stuff round without having to feel like they cant have x because they were supposed to be having y IYSWIM Maybe you're more suited to that sort of mealplan?

    Happy Birthday Bargain Rzl


    Nikki
    x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 11-07-2008 at 12:19 PM. Reason: spelling
  • annelouise
    hev,

    I can recommend putting coconut mix in tray flatten with wet spatula,cover with cling film ,chill,then cover or drizzle with chocolate.Really ,really easy and delish.Plus it will save you a fortune.

    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
    • zoe260373
    • By zoe260373 11th Jul 08, 12:15 PM
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    zoe260373
    afternoon all hope your all well,jusdt been to mr m with my dad,got quite a few whoopsies for the freezer,will update sig shortly,blown it this month but hey im new and it will at least mean ive got loads in ready for next month,im also considering removing baby stuff from my total,not sure yet though,sorry about all the chit chat last night,giving you loads to catch up on,will go on night owls tonight honestly
    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-£119.plus local shop spends total spent £257,
  • MissPin
    Does anyone else call twinks hobnobs "anzacs"? Or is that just us Aussie wannabes?
    GC July £110/£97.21 already spent:rolleyes:

    GC August £100/£87.98 already spent
    • zoe260373
    • By zoe260373 11th Jul 08, 12:34 PM
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    zoe260373
    Does anyone else call twinks hobnobs "anzacs"? Or is that just us Aussie wannabes?
    Originally posted by MissPin
    dont know about everyone else but i just call um twinks,
    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-£119.plus local shop spends total spent £257,
  • Herbaholic
    Herby's Chocolate Orange Muffins
    Here ya go Wendywitch my choc orange muffin recipe as promised.

    Chocolate Orange Muffins (makes 12)

    Dry Mix

    300g Self Raising Flour
    2 Tsps Baking Powder
    Pinch Salt
    200g Castor Sugar
    Finely grated peel of 2 oranges
    1 Bar smartprice/value milk chocolate broken into small pieces (you get less if you do one for me one for the bowl, if you're going to do this option buy 2 bars!!!)

    Wet Mix

    100g Butter or marg melted
    Juice of 2 oranges
    Milk to make the juice from the oranges up to 250ml
    2 medium eggs lightly beaten
    few drops vanilla essence
    few drops orange extract (optional, just make it more orangey)

    1) Melt the butter in a pan and and allow to cool, add the milk, orange juice and vanilla/orange extracts.

    2) Put all the dry ingredients in a bowl

    3) Add the wet mix to the dry mix and stir to combine, don't over beat it or the muffins won't rise. Cook for 20 - 30 minutes on gas mark 5 depending on your cooker, you may need longer or shorter cooking time, so keep an eye on them.

    Note: To ring the changes you can make double choc n orange muffins, I use 50g cocoa to 250g flour to do this, the rest of the ingredients are the same, you can use plain choc if you like or use a bag of chocolate drops, I used the smartprice choc from the sweetie aisle after a few of the lovely ladies on here pointed out it was cheaper! You can use plain flour if you like, but I prefer S/R flour as the muffins are bigger yum!
    NSD Challenge 2010:Jul 12/12 ; Jun 21/14 ; May : 6/6
    GC 2010: Jul £134.03/£150.00 ; Jun £278.86/£275.00 ; May £276.13/£280.00
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