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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
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    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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  • jackiegibbo
    £26.79 spent in lidls today which makes a total of £73.40 so far.

    Hope everyone is well and doing well with your challenge
  • annelouise
    Very MSE tea tonight

    Chicken Korma dd9
    Lasagna dd8 / ds4
    Chili Prawns me

    Making room in freezer as we speak.

    annelouise
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    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 11th Jul 08, 4:14 PM
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    BigMummaF
    Hey Gang.....this week I've managed to have five NSD -personally, but the offspring have brought things in cuz I've not been out & if they are that desperate for summat, they can pay for it!

    Been to MrT two days running & stocked up on a couple of the Hovis bread mixes & cake decorations, plus a pack of water filters [Britax original 3+1 free £10] & 2 lots of loo rolls [OL aloe vera 9+3 free £3:99] amongst other things, so a total of £65:32 to go on my spends. Thankfully it was a milk & local paper trip yesterday so got my petrol voucher today.....

    I think OrkneyStar offered a recipe for bread--uerm--:rolleyes: --was it to include oatmeal or something:confused:...have I missed it Oooh yes...& to say check out the "What Value Things Have You Tried & Liked" & the what value etcetc You DON'T Like" threads for some idea of what MrT has.
    You're Auzzie Diabetic recipe book sounds intriguing Mouche..me muvva is a Type 2 & is always looking for 'something different' Do you think you could post the full title &/or author please? We cut down the sugar in various recipes, but any other ideas would be handy..TIA.
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    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 11th Jul 08, 4:18 PM
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    Moniker
    I was looking through my old recipes and came across these - haven't made them in ages but they always used to go down well in this house.

    Moniker’s Malt Bread

    This is more of a ‘tea bread’ or cake than actual bread – but nice sliced and spread with butter and quite economical

    8oz SR flour
    1tsp bicarbonate of soda
    ¼ pt milk
    2 tbsp malt extract
    2 tbsp golden syrup
    1 egg beaten
    4 oz sultanas

    Sift the flour and the bicarb together. Place the milk and the malt extract and syrup in a saucepan and heat gently stirring until blended together. Add to the flour with the egg and beat until smooth. Stir in the dried fruit. Pour into a greased and lined 1lb loaf tin ( I always use a 2lb as that’s the only size I’ve got and it’s fine). Bake at 190C or gas mark 5 for 45 -50 mins.


    Bran Fruit Loaf
    Another tea bread type thing – I think I got the recipe off the Kelloggs packet!

    4oz Bran Buds or All Bran or similar
    5oz caster sugar
    10oz mixed dried fruit
    ½ pt milk
    4oz SR Flour

    Put bran, sugar and dried fruit into a bowl and mix well together. Stir in the milk and leave to stand for half an hour. Sieve in the flour, and mix well together. Pour the mixture into a wel-greased 2lb loaf tin. Bake at 180C gas mark 4 for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours.

    Both these recipes freeze ok too. I like to slice them when cold and wrap the slices in baking parchment or greaseproof paper so that they don’t stick together. That way you can take them out of the freezer as you need them rather than having them eaten all at once!
  • Coolmum66
    Hi all

    Been puzzling all week as to why last weeks spend was quite high - finally clicked on to the fact that it included 2 lots of phone credit!!!! They are not included in my shopping budget!!!

    So - my correct totals so far:

    Last week £45.09
    Today £37.26

    This comes to £82.35 out of £200 for the month. Again - will prob need to get extra milk and bread during the week, but will add that on as we go.

    Have a good weekend everybody!!

    Coolmum xx
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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 11th Jul 08, 4:31 PM
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    Hi all,

    Have been to my 'naughty girl' speed awareness training day today - very enlightening but very boring at the same time IYKWIM. It did make me think, which is the point I suppose, but it's not exactly an exiting subject is it! I won't go into politics about it, as I know EVERYONE on here has an opinion on speeding and I don't want to upset or offend anyone.

    Herby thank you for the good wishes, feeling much better now although still bunged up and a bit short of breath (always affects my breathing, teach me to be asthmatic eh! :rolleyes: ) but at least I can get on with stuff now and not just be sitting down and working on the laptop (my excuse, and I'm sticking to it... )

    Hi guys.
    looks like an NSD for me today as I just woke up again
    Originally posted by KAAT_LADY
    Looks like we're going to have to start calling you Kaat_Nap instead!

    Nearly a no spend day today but forgot to take my rolls I made, so had to get something to eat on the way home. The only thing I found on the way back down the motorway was a MrMac - and I HATE those - but just grabbed a kids meal with coffee - £2.29 to add to total - Ohh, what I could have done with that money..... makes me soooo mad

    Hope everyone's had a good day - good luck to everyone for the weekend,
    Den x
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    • wendywitch
    • By wendywitch 11th Jul 08, 4:39 PM
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    wendywitch
    Very MSE tea tonight

    Chicken Korma dd9
    Lasagna dd8 / ds4
    Chili Prawns me

    Making room in freezer as we speak.

    annelouise
    Originally posted by annelouise
    Are the numbers after your "DD" etc your children's ages or do you have 9 children?
    I thought it was done in age order e.g daughter number 1 = DD1, have I been doing it wrong?
    • Barneysmom
    • By Barneysmom 11th Jul 08, 4:53 PM
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    Barneysmom
    Hi everybody, I just popped in to amend my total. Had quite a few nsd's and just had to get bread and milk in the week.
    Now I've got a very small amount tll payday, have to get fresh stuff for work next week and more bread/milk.
    But my mom phoned they're coming to lunch on Sunday - so that I think will be the end of my budget...........................
    I remember when I was little, I'd ask her what's for dinner and she'd say 'Bread and iffit'
    I never found out what 'iffit' was else I'd get my own back
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    • Keeping Positive
    • By Keeping Positive 11th Jul 08, 4:53 PM
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    Keeping Positive
    I think people do it both ways I always use the DD1, DD2, DS etc
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    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 11th Jul 08, 5:11 PM
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    Herewegoagain
    Hi all,

    Have been to my 'naughty girl' speed awareness training day today - very enlightening but very boring at the same time IYKWIM. It did make me think, which is the point I suppose, but it's not exactly an exiting subject is it! I won't go into politics about it, as I know EVERYONE on here has an opinion on speeding and I don't want to upset or offend anyone.

    Herby thank you for the good wishes, feeling much better now although still bunged up and a bit short of breath (always affects my breathing, teach me to be asthmatic eh! :rolleyes: ) but at least I can get on with stuff now and not just be sitting down and working on the laptop (my excuse, and I'm sticking to it... )



    Looks like we're going to have to start calling you Kaat_Nap instead!

    Nearly a no spend day today but forgot to take my rolls I made, so had to get something to eat on the way home. The only thing I found on the way back down the motorway was a MrMac - and I HATE those - but just grabbed a kids meal with coffee - £2.29 to add to total - Ohh, what I could have done with that money..... makes me soooo mad

    Hope everyone's had a good day - good luck to everyone for the weekend,
    Den x
    Originally posted by denisefowler
    Well Den that training day sounds riviting eh, bet your all trained up now have a good weekend girl and have fun (sorry u still got the cold) xx
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 11th Jul 08, 5:50 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Whoopsies galore (at last!)
    Well, after all my moaning about lack of reduced stuff here what do I find today when I pop to the Coop and Tesco......whoopsies!
    In the coop I got orkney braising steak, scotch beef stir fry, pork stir fry, 2 x 2 packs of chicken fillets, grapes, nectarines (v. posh ones) , apricots, asparagus, green beans, potatoes, oranges, organic kiwi's, leeks, plums, lemons, blueberries, cauliflower, strawberries, new tatties, baking tatties, hovis loaf, hovis rolls all for less than 1/2 price, in fact most were 1/4 price!!!!!! Sounds like a lot of fruit but the plums, grapes, apricots, kiwis, blueberries will all keep for a good few days in the fridge. Plenty FV to do us for a whole week- great quality stuff, reduced to silly prices......mmmmmm blueberry muffins here we come. Also got some other stuff too, so for a spend coming to £38.89 I actually paid £24.29 (£1.60 in store savings, £2 voucher used against dettol, £10 of £30 voucher from the local paper and £1 off £5 meat). Well chuffed
    Also got in Tesco Orkney gold steak mince for 38p- a smallish pack that will do us for spag bol/chilli, and 2 packs of Orkney gold beef casserole at 86p and 93p- full price was around £3.70-90 for each-these are massive packs that would do a stew to serve us 2-3 days in a row!!!
    Also got some more value plain flour and a couple of other bits. Came to £7.73, then 52p off for in-store deal and another £2 voucher used on air freshener.
    Total taken a hit but then the freezer is full of lovely meat, plenty fresh veg and fruit too, and won't even need milk until at least Wednesday next week.
    Am planning a small local shop of no more than £5 twice a week now, Sat and Wed (not tomorrow though) so with 5 of those to go that should mean no more than about £25-30 needed hopefully. Also still have £5 in my envelope for the first shop on Weds.
    Have had my whoopsie fix for a while and now its time to save for the hols.
    Sorry not been able to read all your posts, hugs to all those that need them and a pat on the back for those that need them too.
    ta ra ra
  • Diane_239
    Nsd for me day three know,well i made 24 hob knobs and there all gone,kids and mates ate um .just made a ginger cake thats know in the oven I'm off to make the chocolate and orange muffins and maybe some more hob knobs and cookies that should keep them going for tomorrow.and hope fully mon.
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    • superflygal
    • By superflygal 11th Jul 08, 6:06 PM
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    superflygal
    Are the numbers after your "DD" etc your children's ages or do you have 9 children?
    I thought it was done in age order e.g daughter number 1 = DD1, have I been doing it wrong?
    Originally posted by wendywitch
    OMG, I can't imagine 9 lots of "push, push, come on, you can do it" and "You just need a few sutures" ...

    Anyhoo,

    Sidled into "Farm Foods" today to pick up some "pukka" pies and musher peas for MSE takeaway (just the chips from chippy) and got SIDE tracked with BARGAIN baby food.

    Heinz organic puree and simple (2 pack) were 5 for £1 (this stuff is about £1.50 elsewhere for 1 x 2 pack.
    Heinz fruity custards 39p for 4 (cleared the shelf)
    Heinz "mums own" 10 month plus dinner platters @ 10p each!!

    All BBE 10/08

    Came away with no pies and a £6.95 dent in my budget. Looks like we may have to just have chips on their own hehe.

    SFG x
    • skintscotslass
    • By skintscotslass 11th Jul 08, 6:21 PM
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    • Mrs Money Penny
    • By Mrs Money Penny 11th Jul 08, 6:30 PM
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    Mrs Money Penny
    Hi All just popped in to say a NSD today. Have a good weekend everyone hopefully without too much rain.:rolleyes:
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  • mumzyof2
    Just popped on to update spends think i spent £2.10 on goodies in shop today
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    • KAAT_LADY
    • By KAAT_LADY 11th Jul 08, 6:48 PM
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    KAAT_LADY
    Hi all,

    Looks like we're going to have to start calling you Kaat_Nap instead!

    Hope everyone's had a good day - good luck to everyone for the weekend,
    Den x
    Originally posted by denisefowler

    Thanks Denise I think that is quite appropriate today

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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 11th Jul 08, 6:54 PM
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    OrkneyStar

    I think OrkneyStar offered a recipe for bread--uerm--:rolleyes: --was it to include oatmeal or something:confused:...have I missed it Oooh yes...& to say check out the "What Value Things Have You Tried & Liked" & the what value etcetc You DON'T Like" threads for some idea of what MrT has.
    .
    Originally posted by BigMummaF
    I was not sure that the recipe for the bread was needed or not. I need to type it out as its only in paper form just now. I can do if you want it so let me know
    • roxy7699
    • By roxy7699 11th Jul 08, 7:02 PM
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    roxy7699
    Popping in to say had a NSD today - have a good evening all.
  • annelouise
    wendywitch

    noooooooooooooooooooooo just 3 children I put ages not eldest to youngest although I feel at times I have many more untidy dumplings........

    annelouise
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