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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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  • lainz
    Evening folks

    Well I had an insight into the 'other world' (I was brought up a MSE child ) I went to help my mum with her cleaning job (its a holiday cottage so Saturday is turnaround day) and I went to get the rubbish - there had been 4 adults and a baby staying a week and there was 3 1/2 bin bags of rubbish , plus a box of recycle stuff. Amongst the rubbish was a carrier bag full of food, there were at least 3 ready meals unopened and some other stuff - didn't look too closely as didn't have gloves on - I was gobsmacked. What waste.

    Well I couldn't resist a trip to Lidls this afternoon for stock up - in my defence I was down to my last 3 tins of tomatos (and 4 squares of chocolate ).

    Also tonight I made my first ever jam - gooseberrys which I go out of my uncles garden when I went to see my nan for her birthday. I had no idea what to get her (she's 89 and fussy!) so I made her a victoria sponge and she was chuffed to bits with it, maybe I'll be a good granddaughter and make her cakes more often as she's not able to make them herself anymore and it's a bit beyond my uncle!

    I've also loads of calabrese in the garden (summer broccolli) - so any recipe ideas appreciated!

    Enough ramblings, must update sig - probably do that tomorrow now I can hear my bed calling me ....
    • perrywinkle
    • By perrywinkle 12th Jul 08, 9:30 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Just a quickie to say a NSD for me today - did shop yesterday - will update signature later.

    Night, night all.
    Perrywinkle
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 12th Jul 08, 9:34 PM
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    pink princess I agree with you - you dont get sent to a speed awareness thing unless you've been caught a few times do you? I'm glad it made you think about it denise
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Hi Nikki, I have apologised to Pink Princess and hope she accepts it. You only get offered a speed awareness training course if you have not been caught before (actually, it might be in the last 3 years, I'm not 100% sure), but it is to stop people getting 3 points on their licence, you do the course instead and it costs £95 instead of the usual £60, so is not a totally easy option. I hope that explains it a bit more.
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 12th Jul 08, 9:38 PM
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    Hi Nikki, I have apologised to Pink Princess and hope she accepts it. You only get offered a speed awareness training course if you have not been caught before (actually, it might be in the last 3 years, I'm not 100% sure), but it is to stop people getting 3 points on their licence, you do the course instead and it costs £95 instead of the usual £60, so is not a totally easy option. I hope that explains it a bit more.
    Originally posted by denisefowler
    I think you'll find that it is actually to stop people speeding not to stop people getting points. I hope it worked denise I wouldnt like to see you/anyone else to get hurt/worse [/going off topic]

    Nikki
    x
  • annelouise
    Simple alioli=

    4 TBSP MAYO
    1 TABLESPOON CRUSHED GARLIC
    1 DASH PARSLEY OR MIXED HERBS
    1 DASH BLACK PEPPER
    SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE

    Mix together,chill serve with any veggies,crostinis,HM bread sticks,french toast,toasted bread roll with crushed tomatoes -yumyum

    I make 2-3 batches a week and give veggie sticks to kids while waiting on dinner to be ready.

    annelouise
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    • pink princess
    • By pink princess 12th Jul 08, 9:59 PM
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    pink princess
    thanx for this
    Simple alioli=

    4 TBSP MAYO
    1 TABLESPOON CRUSHED GARLIC
    1 DASH PARSLEY OR MIXED HERBS
    1 DASH BLACK PEPPER
    SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE

    Mix together,chill serve with any veggies,crostinis,HM bread sticks,french toast,toasted bread roll with crushed tomatoes -yumyum

    I make 2-3 batches a week and give veggie sticks to kids while waiting on dinner to be ready.

    annelouise
    Originally posted by annelouise
    thanx for posting this i ve never tried to make it ,yet when abroad every year i head straight for it , last year i think i had it every dinner and tea all week .Suprised oh went near me lol.
    Angel nikki i have to say the menu post at the start is great .Your doimg a really good job of running the thread .I m sure you ll thanked by all the regulars .
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  • cammumof3
    Hi all
    Hi all

    I am glad I found this thread, have been looking most of the day.

    I used to go shopping not knowing what I was cooking dinner wise for the week, just brought what ever I wanted, could afford.
    I would pick items up thinking I can do that, that looks nice, not really needing them.

    I have been trying to reduce my shopping,my bills, my petrol, my everything for a while now.
    My first week of July I cant say what I spent as I have no record of it, but last weeks shopping I am pleased with, I aim to get to 50 pound a week, if it's possible.
    I now do a time table for dinners and puddings, so when I go shopping I check all my cupboards first and buy what I need, I also now use a shopping list. (taken from my meal planner)

    Do I need to do anything to join the thread ???
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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 12th Jul 08, 10:30 PM
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    I think you'll find that it is actually to stop people speeding not to stop people getting points. I hope it worked denise I wouldnt like to see you/anyone else to get hurt/worse [/going off topic]

    Nikki
    x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Yes, sorry I actually meant that you don't get points if you do the course, I do understand that the aim is actually to stop people speeding. I have spoken to Pink Princess about this and apologise to anyone else who may also have been offended.
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 12th Jul 08, 10:32 PM
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    Hi cammumof3

    Welcome to the grocery challenge I have added you to the list on the first page of the thread.

    To make it easier to find this thread again you can add it to your list of subscriptions by clicking on where it says thread tools at the top of the page near the page numbers and then cllicking on subscribe to this thread. To find the thread again all you need to do is click on Quick links near the log out button and then click on subscribed threads and then click where it says July 2008 Grocery Challenge Good luck with your first month

    Denise I know what you meant but your posts make it look like you paid a bit of extra money and suffered a boring lecture to avoid getting points rather than that you learnt you shouldnt be speeding.
    Also you say the punishment is too light. What sort of punishment would deter you from speeding? Obviously the risk of death hasnt stopped you. So what punishment would? :rolleyes:

    Nikki
    x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 12-07-2008 at 11:25 PM.
  • busy mum
    I didn't make it to Aldi, I realised I had lots of coupons that needed spending and I also needed some weetabix and shredded wheat so detoured to Asda. So I've added to my pin money total and updated my grocery spend. Feeling quite chuffed with myself now.

    A pensioner behind me in the queue asked me if I always used vouchers in Asda - she hadn't realised she could use them against her shopping without buying the product. She said she was going straight home to get all the magazines and papers out of the recycling bin to see what coupons she could find.
    Originally posted by savingpennies
    What do you mean by pin money??
    Is it the money you save by using coupons???
    Do you just keep a note of it or put it away for something??
    JULY G/C £50 WEEK

    WEEK 1 = £69.50

    WEEK 2 = £60.83
    Week 3 £72.05
  • busy mum
    Had to be extravagent and spend on fresh milk and rolls yesterday. Updated my signature but am determined to stick to my annual plan of bulk buys and top-ups. It seems to be working so far.
    Originally posted by nykmedia
    Please tell me you plan of bulk buys, as I am always buying in bulk
    JULY G/C £50 WEEK

    WEEK 1 = £69.50

    WEEK 2 = £60.83
    Week 3 £72.05
    • Mrs Money Penny
    • By Mrs Money Penny 12th Jul 08, 10:49 PM
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    Mrs Money Penny
    Hi Everyone.
    A NSD today. Off to my Mums tomorrow for the day so that will be another plus no dinner or tea to cook/make. Have a good day tomorrow.
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    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 12th Jul 08, 10:52 PM
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    Hi
    I've just been to Lidl too as part of shopping trip , their prices are going up for some things and they seem to be getting a load of branded goods in that they didn't use to.
    Have found thier sunflower spread has gone from 35p 3 weeks ago to 57p this week!!
    BUT DID FIND A BARGAIN!!! 300ml finale sport shower gel 13p !!!!
    Smelt it and it smells fine, so bought 6 - OH has a shower every day, so will decant into one of his empty bottles and see what he thinks.
    Will update sig later as still working out what I spent. (Also bought 2 Xmas pressies in Debenhams- all Fifi Flowertots stuff reduced and pressie for new niece or nephew due later in the year
    Originally posted by Sunny Donny
    Hiya Sunny Donny, we've been using shower gel for ages, and mr gets on fine with it, no complaints so far.
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    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 12th Jul 08, 11:45 PM
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    Freecycle is one of the Yahoo groups and it's a really great place to get rid of stuff you no longer want or get something that you need. This is the link to my local group, but you will have to search for your own - hope this helps though.
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/basildon_freecycle/
    Originally posted by denisefowler
    fanx Den found the local one and will look in to it properly in the am fanx again hon, ur always there when I call xx
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    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 13th Jul 08, 12:17 AM
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    Herewegoagain
    Hiya guys,
    I've done quite well so far, but an old friend of mine, who is quite ill with the dreaded C, has asked me to take him shopping. Of course I don't mind but am a bit worried that he'll be able to manage, bless him. Any way I'll have fun helping him to spend, but will have to be careful not to spend any myself. Do you guys think I will manage to have a NSD or not?
    That is the question eh, I think I will, DP thinks I wont (that's a good reason to hold out and DP will be wrong

    I'll let you know tomoz
    Originally posted by Herewegoagain
    The answer to my question was, no I didn't hold out
    Bread down to 50p. Strawberries down to£1.00, cabbage down to 50p
    curry/pasta bake 79p (can't make mrs a curry as the smell makes me feel really ill so next best thing)
    Then found the same meals in the freezer for only 54p
    4 value yogurt 29p
    all bargains I think so happy anyway will add spends to my sig
    Last edited by Herewegoagain; 13-07-2008 at 12:22 AM.
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    • sandy2
    • By sandy2 13th Jul 08, 6:08 AM
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    sandy2
    Simple alioli=
    4 TBSP MAYO
    1 TABLESPOON CRUSHED GARLIC
    1 DASH PARSLEY OR MIXED HERBS
    1 DASH BLACK PEPPER
    SQUEEZE OF LEMON JUICE
    Mix together,chill serve with any veggies,crostinis,HM bread sticks,french toast,toasted bread roll with crushed tomatoes -yumyumI make 2-3 batches a week and give veggie sticks to kids while waiting on dinner to be ready.
    Originally posted by annelouise
    If you mix in some crumbled blue cheese (I use Roquefort) it's even more yummy
  • crazyaboutsaving
    Good Morning,

    Today's grocery day for us . OH has agreed to set the menu for the week and make the grocery list. It'll be his first try, so here's hoping he sets a thrifty menu! it'll be a great learning experience for him. I'm glad my OH is willing to take the challenge on!
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  • WendysWorld
    Just quick update so I can see my signature! I seem to be going into the supermarket every day at the moment and spending £15-18 at a time.

    Bit of a stressful week though as my baby boy (19 months) fell over and fractured his collarbone. He's not too bad - little arm in a sling - but it's all I can do to stop him running everywhere. He only started walking two months ago and has been running ever since.....

    Anyway, I'll have more time to concentrate this week hopefully!

    BM
    • poppyoscar
    • By poppyoscar 13th Jul 08, 7:22 AM
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    poppyoscar
    NSD planned for today, but spent £9.36 on food yesterday so will add to my sig. I think i'm going over this month!

    PO xx
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  • mandy_moo_1
    mornin all

    firstly thanks for the hugs and warm wishes, SFT and angelnikki i was in bed by 10.30 and managed to finally get some sleep! the sun's shining today, and i'm feelin loads better i'm sure all the grey miserable days haven't been helping with my depression, but i'm gonna try and get back on track now

    i've stuck the first load in the washer, and the BM's going on in a minute to make some rolls.......haven't got a single one left in the freezer now! got a pile of ironing to get thru as well, and i'm gonna try and pop to Mr M's to see if he has any decent whoopsies this week

    oh no! just realised i've got some cottage cheese in the fridge. was gonna make a quiche with it and i totally forgot :rolleyes: looks like that's what we'll be having for tea tonight before it goes out of date

    hope the sun's shining for everyone, and you all have a good day xx

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