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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 27th Jul 08, 1:12 PM
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    Penelope Penguin
    August 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:12 PM
    August 2008 Grocery Challenge 27th Jul 08 at 1:12 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the eighth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your July budget, then keep on posting in the July 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!


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Galtizz
    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.



    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Penny x
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    • Blairweech
    • By Blairweech 2nd Aug 08, 12:51 PM
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    Blairweech
    Thanks for the advice about bread - i knocked it back and put it in for a second proving. What a pleasant way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    Also put a washload of bedding on :P

    I am slightly dreading finding my hairdressers - especially because I have no change for the car park
    We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 2nd Aug 08, 12:54 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Quickie,
    What can I cook/bake with lots of yoghurt (some flavoured)?
    We will never get through it all before we go on hols but don't want to waste.
    Would really like recipe for anything I can freeze.
    Thanks.
    PS DS playing up today hence me asking here instead of spending tiome actually looking around
    xxx
    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 2nd Aug 08, 1:09 PM
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    BigMummaF
    I've got 1 NSD to add on my list, plus £25:37 in MrT, 4:64 Wilkos & 1:99 Greaves from Thurs.

    Can anyone else find MrT Value vanilla ice-cream? It keeps disappearing fron our local for days at a time---it's the ice cream that we all like the taste of, so doubly annoying when it's not available

    J Greaves/ Graves--the seeds & stuff shop!--are best price per kilo on glace cherries around here at £4:00; next closest is one of those scoop n weigh @ £4:50...just thought I'd mention it if peeps want to start getting in bits for making crimbo puds & cakes
    Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
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  • KITTY
    August target
    Hi folks

    Been rather busy lately and youngest currently in hospital so not been paying much attention to my spending. When I have added everything up for last month though, we came in under budget for the first time - £262.64

    This month I have reset the budget to £275 - only £5 less than July's target but I'm comfortable at this amount so any savings are a bonus. I'll try to catch up later but not sure I'll manage. I'll just wish everyone good luck with their budgets and log in when I can.

    Kitty x
    Last edited by KITTY; 02-08-2008 at 1:19 PM. Reason: spelling

    Merry Christmas
    • greent
    • By greent 2nd Aug 08, 1:21 PM
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    greent
    Quickie,
    What can I cook/bake with lots of yoghurt (some flavoured)?
    We will never get through it all before we go on hols but don't want to waste.
    Would really like recipe for anything I can freeze.
    Thanks.
    PS DS playing up today hence me asking here instead of spending tiome actually looking around
    xxx
    Originally posted by OrkneyStar
    The yogurt cake recipe at the front of the thread? Lots like it - although not our house when I made it!

    Can you not just freeze the yogs? I often do - esp for school - that way they stand a chance of being coolish still at lunchtime! If you have a big tub decant into portion sizes in freezer bags and freeze in a box (I have such a tub in my freezer right now

    Otherwise mix through with fruit (and some condensed milk if you have any for added naughtiness) or broken meringues?

    Ooh - raita and freeze it? Or kulfi? Lots of recipes on the net and you can make a big tub and freeze. O for simplicity blitz with fruit and freeze either as ice lollies or in abug tub for yogurt/ fruit ice instead of icecream - yum!

    GTx
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    • Brighton belle
    • By Brighton belle 2nd Aug 08, 1:24 PM
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    Brighton belle
    YOGURTS:
    you could freeze the flavoured one and have as sorbet on your return. Natural yogs - I made my own gren thai paste for a curry and used this instead of coconut milk. Still tasted fab and considerably lower in cals .
    I try to take one day at a time, but sometimes several days attack me at once
    • enlli
    • By enlli 2nd Aug 08, 1:48 PM
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    enlli
    Spent £17.42 already!
    Hello everyone

    Thanks for the welcome. I spent £17.42 yesterday, stocking up on Quorn mince, milk, soy sauce and (:rolleyes: um.....wine!). Bought 250g of Kenco filter in poundland and in 99p stores I got a huge bag of pretzels.

    To meet the challenge (there are two of us to feed), the plan for this month is to empty the freezer and cupboard and reap the rewards of growing my own veggies in the garden. I have loads of runner beans, potatoes and courgettes to harvest at the moment.

    I'll be out collecting courgettes later and making courgette & chickpea stew for dinner.

    Good luck everyone with the challenge.
    Enlli :rolleyes2
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 2nd Aug 08, 2:16 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Hi,
    Thanks for the yog ideas- I did not think to freeze them as they are as thought they might go funny (the same way milk does ).
    I am gonna make the yoghurt cake at the beginning, although not sure what it means by 'cartons' of certain ingredients ? Anyone shed any light ? My flour etc does not come in cartons :rolleyes:.
    Thankfully DS is a bit happier now (was ready to scream :confused: ), although on his third outfit of the day due to pouring various things on himself. Hoping to get washed and dried though as not wanting to come back home to washing (as we will be bringing dirty stuff back of course!).
    Just need to hoover and sort washing out and maybe then get 10 mins to bake!
    Ta ra for now.
    x
    • PetitePeche
    • By PetitePeche 2nd Aug 08, 2:25 PM
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    PetitePeche
    Please put me down for £200 this month. I sucessfully came in under target for July by £136.69!!!
  • mandy_moo_1
    hi all

    first chance i've had to get on here today

    IfOnlyItWasEasier you're hair looks gorgeous!! you're gonna look fab on your wedding day

    kitty i hope your youngest is better and back home with you soon... sending you (((hugs))) sweetheart

    well i've just sat and scoffed 3 more iced buns with a cup of coffee so i think i'll have to make some more soon!

    took Ruby to the vets this morning for a scan....we could see 3 lickle babies in there, but i have to take her back in 3weeks just before she has them to check everything is ok i'm so excited!!

    got some tortilla dough and a chicken breast out of the freezer for my tea tonight. DS15 & DS18 aren't home for tea, so i'm just gonna have something quick so there's not much washing up!!

    hope everyone's having a good day x

    • KAAT_LADY
    • By KAAT_LADY 2nd Aug 08, 2:42 PM
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    KAAT_LADY
    Hi there all

    have just got back from listing the freezer contents and it took two of us half an hour to do it ,, but at least now it is done,, I nw know what was stuck to the bottom of the freezer,, it was battered fishcakes so we are having them for lunch,, DH says we wont have to buy anything for at least two weeks but I think a month is more like it

    KAAT xx
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    • kazmeister
    • By kazmeister 2nd Aug 08, 2:50 PM
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    kazmeister
    Right I am going to do this.

    I am going to try the store cupboard challenge and only buy essentials as we are spending way too much. Last month we spent at least £356.35 - I think I still have more receipts to add to the total and there are 2 adults 1x16yr old and 1x9yr old altho last month we did have a french student as an extra.

    Hopefully I can keep OH away from the yellow stickered stuff as well.

    Wish me luck as I try for £300
    Lost my wings, need to learn to fly again
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 2nd Aug 08, 3:14 PM
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    angelnikki
    Cheese & Potato Bread
    Cheese and Potato Bread

    225g / 8oz plain flour
    1 tsp salt
    ½ tsp mustard powder (optional)
    2 tsp baking powder
    125g / 4 ½ oz grated cheese
    175g / 6oz potatoes, cooked & mashed (you can use instant potato instead)
    200ml / 7 fl oz water
    1 tbsp oil

    Sieve the flour, salt, mustard powder (if using) and baking powder into a bowl.
    Reserve 2 tbsp of the cheese, and stir the rest into the bowl with the cooked & mashed potatoes.
    Pour in the water and oil, (the mixture will be wet at this stage) and stir to form a soft dough.
    Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and shape it into a 20cm round.
    Place on a greased/lined baking tray and mark it into 4 portions with a knife, without cutting through.
    Sprinkle with the reserved cheese, then bake 220C / Gas 7 for 25-30 mins.

    Variation: Add 50g chopped ham with the cheese.

    OrkneyStar you use the yoghurt carton to measure out the flour/sugar/etc
    • greent
    • By greent 2nd Aug 08, 3:18 PM
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    greent
    Hi,
    Thanks for the yog ideas- I did not think to freeze them as they are as thought they might go funny (the same way milk does ).
    I am gonna make the yoghurt cake at the beginning, although not sure what it means by 'cartons' of certain ingredients ? Anyone shed any light ? My flour etc does not come in cartons :rolleyes:.
    Thankfully DS is a bit happier now (was ready to scream :confused: ), although on his third outfit of the day due to pouring various things on himself. Hoping to get washed and dried though as not wanting to come back home to washing (as we will be bringing dirty stuff back of course!).
    Just need to hoover and sort washing out and maybe then get 10 mins to bake!
    Ta ra for now.
    x
    Originally posted by OrkneyStar

    Mostly they freeze ok, but sometimes teh top needs stirring back in. They're not as strange as milk (I don't like freezing it either, although will occ freeze a half pint if on its last day and then use for something like angel delight)

    Carton wise, I think it means the yogurt carton (5 fl oz?) to use for measuring stuff? Someone please correct me if I'm wrong!

    Gtx
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786 12/18 £54829 2019 OPs (#18) £1972.10/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
  • Debz66
    Well, just been shopping for first time (apart from milk yesterday) and spent £11.14 just topping up few bits needed. I have so much in the freezer that unless manage to find more half price meat in butcher counter going to try and eat through that and only buy small bits like milk and bread etc.

    Did manage to pay just under £7 with coupons so that helps

    In answer to the earlier post about till spits (sorry can't remember who posted it now having read all the way to here!! ) I work on the checkouts in Mr T and they seem pretty random to me, I sometimes wonder if they do them more for people who haven't used their clubcard in a while to try and encourage them in, or people who tend to do very small shops to get them to spend more. I shop in there quite often (hence why trying to cut down!) and I never seem to get them :confused:

    As an added afterthought I will see if I can find out next week what if anything triggers them and report back!
    Last edited by Debz66; 02-08-2008 at 3:29 PM.
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 2nd Aug 08, 3:24 PM
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    angelnikki
    Chocolate Bread
    Chocolate Bread

    450g / 1lb white bread flour
    25g / 1oz cocoa powder
    1 tsp salt
    1 sachet/1tsp easy blend yeast
    25g /1oz soft brown sugar
    1 tbsp oil
    300ml / ½ pint tepid water

    Sieve the flour & cocoa powder into a large bowl.
    Stir in the salt, yeast and brown sugar.
    Pour in the oil & water, and mix to form a dough.
    Knead for about 5 mins or until smooth.
    Place in a greased bowl, cover with a damp tea towel and leave for about an hour or until the dough has doubled in size.
    Knock it back and place in a greased/lined 2lb loaf tin, cover and leave to rise for a further 30mins.
    Bake 200C / Gas 6 for 25-30 mins until hollow sound is heard when base of the bread is tapped.
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 2nd Aug 08, 3:33 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    I got a till spit in Tesco, £6 off £30 although not sure if I will use it or not cos we are off on hols halfway through the week, and its only valid for our local Tesco. Hmmmmmmm can I stock up on £30 worth of stuff for £24 ? Hmmm that would still be under our weekly budget so maybe . Am thinking, juice, baking stuff, any BOGOF meat or whoopsie meat ? Not sure what else though....will def take my calculator with me though and make sure that I do not over-spend ! Out Tesco only been open a few weeks and I used club card each shop, spending anything from £5 to £50 per shop so not sure how they work it out. I did used to only use my Clubcard on the mainland but as we have a Tesco here now I use it once/twice a week!
    PS Thanks for explaining the carton thing d'oh its obvious once you say it lol x
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 2nd Aug 08, 3:35 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Chocolate Bread
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    How sweet is this nikki ?
    thanks x
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 2nd Aug 08, 3:37 PM
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    angelnikki
    How sweet is this nikki ?
    thanks x
    Originally posted by OrkneyStar
    Not tried it yet but I dont think it will be really sweet as theres only 25g sugar

    Recipe says its good spread with butter/ lightly toasted. yummy yummy

    Gonna make it tomorrow so I'll post pics.

    edit: made it tonight instead (I halved the recipe cos I only have a 1lb loaf tin) really yummy with butter on, and its not too sweet. nomnomnom
    Last edited by angelnikki; 06-09-2008 at 8:59 PM.
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 2nd Aug 08, 3:42 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Not tried it yet but I dont think it will be really sweet as theres only 25g sugar

    Recipe says its good spread with butter/ lightly toasted. yummy yummy
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    ok, let us know
    I am planning to make some bakes for our journey (1.5 hours in the boat and up to 8 in the car including breaks for loo and food!), so we need scrummy stuff. Anyone got a Scotch egg recipe ?
    x
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