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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!

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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 18th Jul 08, 6:55 PM
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    Thanks MrsM and angelnikki for the kiwi muffin and lemon chicken recipes- will make both of those tomorrow . Enough MSE for me now as my headache is still here .
    As I said I am hoping for NSD's for the rest of the month, so will pop to at least update those.
    So far its 9/35 NSD's, hoping to make it 12 more in a row, Aug starts 31/7.
    Bye for now
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 18th Jul 08, 6:59 PM
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    Did you actually boil the onions? Thanks for the recipe BTW - it does sound yummy I love minced beef & onion pie. Think I'm gonna do this as a way to use up some of the 7p puff pastry stash that I've got. Thanks for the idea.

    Nikki
    x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Yes, I usually put the carrots, onions & parsnips in together till they have just turned soft (just bring to the boil and then simmer for a couple of minutes) I also had some celery that I had to use up, but that softens so easily, I put them in at the end. Then I added the gravy mix to the veg, added the mince & oats and put it all into the dish with the pastry on top. NumNumNum... It was really nice, but you only need a small amount (not the great big serving we all had! ) because it's really filling.
    PS: Took a bit longer than I thought too, so might be better on a higher temperature for about 30 minutes. HLH
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    • Hollysan
    • By Hollysan 18th Jul 08, 7:00 PM
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    I have just updated my signature and I am running on £257.75 for the month, but that doesn't include the trip I made to the wholefood wholesaler this morning (need to deduct a few items for friends before I know the total) to get breadflour (huge great big sack!) etc.

    Herewegoagain - you tomatoes have got 'blossom end rot'. It's very common with toms grown in greenhouses and conservatories. I find watering little and often is best.

    Have a good weekend everyone.

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  • Diane_239
    Hi everyone well i'm about at the end of my budget,just £5 left. today got meat from butchers went late so got loads at knock down price,also got fruit and veg from market.few whoopsie's from Tesco.should have enough in till end of month.
    Thanks MRSMCAWBER for the muffin recipe will give that a go tomorrow.
    have started my meal plan for Aug.
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    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 18th Jul 08, 7:08 PM
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    Moniker
    Lemon chicken
    Found this too while I was looking for the other one!

    Lemon chicken with basil and tagliatelle


    350 g dried Italian tagliatelle
    2tsp olive oil
    500g fresh chicken breast
    150g frozen peas, defrosted
    Juice of half a lemon
    3tbsp half fat crème fraiche
    1 pot of fresh basil
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper


    Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the packet. Drain and return to the pan to keep warm. Meanwhile slice the chicken breast in to 1cm slices. Heat the oil in a large pan and fry the chicken for 4-5 minutes until lightly browned and cooked through. Add the peas and cook for 1-2 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice, crème fraiche and seasoning. Heat gently to coat the chicken, then stir in the drained pasta and basil. Toss gently to mix. Serve with a green salad.

    This one came from a Waitrose recipe card. The original had a 125ml bottle of Waitrose Lemon Juice – so I am guessing the amount of lemon – you may want to taste and adjust it.
    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 18th Jul 08, 7:30 PM
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    *BigBird*
    Good to have you back Mrs M

    Budget is completely blown for this month, we are now £40.62 over Not helped by a quick trip to Mr T for "a few bits" for a picnic tomorrow as we are off to an open air concert (yes, I am praying the weather improves!!) Anyway, bits came to over £12 We were going to get a chicken from the butcher tomorrow and have a roast on Sunday, but have now decided to see if we can live off what we have till I get paid next Thursday, so we don't go any further over the budget. Got loads in the cupboards and freezer, so should be OK.

    Just but the BM on to make some cheese & marmite twists and may have a go at breadsticks to take with us tomorrow too.

    Off to try a slice of the chocolate yogurt cake I made on Wednesday now - am amazed we've managed to resist it for so long!!!

    Oh, and not sure if this is a GC thing, but does anyone have any tips for getting blood out of clothes? Seem to remember soaking them in salt water is good, but not sure if I'm making that up!!!
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  • smetf
    Budget is blown
    Hi all
    But knew it would be!! And am consoling myself in the thought that had I not been doing the GC would have spent much more- am not going to include what we spend when we're away as have some money aside for that but will need to to do a shop when we return so it will still go up

    See you all when we get back
    Smetf

    • jediteacher
    • By jediteacher 18th Jul 08, 7:46 PM
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    jediteacher sorry to hear your DD's poorly. You could try giving her a gingerbread man as ginger is supposed to be really good for settling tummies (avoid any ginger biscuits with nuts in though as she's under 3). I found it worked really well for me when I was preggers and had a bit of reflux. HTH. give her a hug from me x.
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    Thanks angelnikki Will try and make the gingerbread men this weekend.

    Thanks to everyone else for their kind words.

    My little one is feeling better today. Put her on the dried food and she's eaten it all - infact she's being eating us out of house and home! So, fingers crossed we've caught it in time.

    A NSD today.

    Had an excellent day at school. I'd arranged a fun science morning for the kids. We had loads of fun making colloids, mini explosions, foaming mixtures, static electricty etc. It was a really good way to wind down from such a long term. We break up next Wednesday so, I'm very envious of all those who have already broken up.

    Sorry, went off topic.
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 18th Jul 08, 7:51 PM
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    Offers Update - MrT
    utterly butterly 500g 2 for £1.50 ends 29th

    del monte orange juice half price 54p ends 5/8 cheaper than value

    single cream 150ml 27p / double cream 150ml 41p

    linda mccartney veggie sausages half price 84p ends 22nd

    huggies pullups BOGOF ends 22nd

    selected pampers/huggies 2 for £16/ 2 for £10 ends 22nd

    value plain flour 1.5KG / SR flour 1.5KG 35p I think this has gone down

    batchellors condensed chicken soup 25p
    • Sosh
    • By Sosh 18th Jul 08, 7:51 PM
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    Sosh
    Have enough flour, cheese, marscapone etc to last several months (just need to track down marscapone recipes)
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    Hi Mrs M,

    I can highly recommend Tomato & marscarpone pasta sauce. Dh insists on having it every week, very creamy.

    If you're interested, I can let you have the recipie.

    Sophie
    Thanks to all the lovely people on here I have managed to cut my hours down to 2 days a week, allowing me to spend more time with my gorgeous Children.
  • cammumof3
    Yes, should do, but if you notice one that's slipped through the net, let AngelNikki know and she'll add it on for you.
    Originally posted by denisefowler
    Oh no, I haven't noticed one has slipped the net, was just wondering because I was going through every post looking for recipes and thought I had read some where about them all being put together.
    But thanks as that has saved me going through how ever many pages there are.
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    • Blairweech
    • By Blairweech 18th Jul 08, 8:04 PM
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    Blairweech
    I went into Mr T to get a drink and spent £6.64, on offers (basil pot, 60p, strawbs £1.50, clementines x 2 85p, Gu Chocolate brownies £1.98 - the picture looked soooo good). Anyway, the chocolate brownies were rubbish - for what they cost anyway - they are usually £4 . They weren't very chocolatey, and the texture was pretty slimy, not cake like at all. Serves me right for being lured in by a picture!

    Then I nipped to Lidl and spent £9.82 - bought quite a lot of frozen stuff, some yoghurts, some broth mix, pretzels and bread flour, so I can finally make HM bread. I can't remember who was saying about peach flavour ice tea from Lidl, but I could only find lemon flavour?

    Tesco online have an offer on Kerrygold butter 250g - 2 for £1.50 - it does not come up on MySupermarket

    Does anyone have any good pasta salad recipes, as I want to start taking them to work with me for lunch. I particularly like Honey and Mustard flavour chicken

    I want to make a yoghurt cake, as I have a 400g tub of yoghurt that needs using, but do not have a round cake tin. Think i will just make it in a loaf tin instead.
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    • Sosh
    • By Sosh 18th Jul 08, 8:04 PM
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    Sosh
    Oh, and not sure if this is a GC thing, but does anyone have any tips for getting blood out of clothes? Seem to remember soaking them in salt water is good, but not sure if I'm making that up!!!
    Originally posted by *BigBird*
    It won't help you now, but for future reference, if possible, get the person whose blood it is to spit on it while it's still wet. It has to be person who's bleeding as only their enzymes will dissolve their blood.
    Thanks to all the lovely people on here I have managed to cut my hours down to 2 days a week, allowing me to spend more time with my gorgeous Children.
    • KAAT_LADY
    • By KAAT_LADY 18th Jul 08, 8:05 PM
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    KAAT_LADY
    Good evening all

    we have blown the budget,spent £15.57 @ MrT s, and not had a very good day so I will say goodnight




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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 18th Jul 08, 8:10 PM
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    angelnikki
    It won't help you now, but for future reference, if possible, get the person whose blood it is to spit on it while it's still wet. It has to be person who's bleeding as only their enzymes will dissolve their blood.
    Originally posted by Sosh


    *BigBird* Just soak asap - while the bloods still wet if possible. no need to use spit :rolleyes:

    ((((Hugs)))) KAAT_LADY
  • cammumof3
    cammumof3

    1kg mince,400g pork mince - mix in large bowl
    Add 1/2 red pepper finely chopped,1 onion finely chopped,dash mixed herbs,dash ginger,s&p,egg white to bind.

    Roll into small balls and coat in flour.

    Chill 2 hours or more.

    Fry in oil of choice,I finish mine off in oven just in case they are not done in the middle.Serve with spaghetti and sauce of your choice.

    annelouise
    Originally posted by annelouise

    Oh thank you so much.
    I will be making some as soon as.
    Not got all the stuff in so cant do them yet...DAM
    But thanks any way
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    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 18th Jul 08, 8:14 PM
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    *BigBird*
    It won't help you now, but for future reference, if possible, get the person whose blood it is to spit on it while it's still wet. It has to be person who's bleeding as only their enzymes will dissolve their blood.
    Originally posted by Sosh
    OH really wants to try this now!!! Weirdo!
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    • mummygems
    • By mummygems 18th Jul 08, 8:25 PM
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    mummygems

    Tesco online have an offer on Kerrygold butter 250g - 2 for £1.50 - it does not come up on MySupermarket

    .
    Originally posted by Blairweech
    I noticed this earlier and added it to my trolley but at the end when I tried to use a money off code as well it said I could only have either the money off code OR the Kerrygold butter? For some reason the butter has its own online code. (I obviously took the Kerrygold off as I wanted to use my money off code and also because Country thingy butter is on offer 2 for £1.60 I think).
    • greent
    • By greent 18th Jul 08, 9:35 PM
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    greent
    Mascarpone and Lime Torte

    This recipe came from a Sainsbury’s recipe card. You could also do this with a lemon, but it might need a bit more sugar I think.


    Moniker
    Originally posted by Moniker

    ooh that's the one I was going to post :-)) You can do it with lemons, no
    prob - I like mine sharp. I've also done it with orange using hobnobs as the base - perhaps twinks could be used


    I tend to decorate the lime one with finely grated dark choc and a few twists of lime zest. I have done the frosted grapes but didn't like them. One time I also did choc leaves using melted dark choc on (clean!) rose leaves - looked good

    Gt
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  • SAV3R
    Just a quick sig update, received delivery from MrT. We had booked slot 9-11pm for cheapest evening delivery, it arrived at 8.50 and we were the last drop. Apparently not many having deliveries at the moment in our area and those who do are having less. Must admit with the rising costs I would be thinking twice but only recently learnt about the codes on here that cancel out the delivery charge.

    Managed to get some of the cake decorations which are still at the reduced prices, kids will be happy.

    Spent most of the day searching on here for ways to reduce our outgoings, feel as if I'm going round the bend. Will it be possible to manage on 1 wage? OH doesn't seem to think so, but he doesn't get the stress I do, he seems able to switch off to all problems.
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