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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
    • #1
    • 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'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!

    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
    Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding
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  • gillaman
    Just updated sig - £6.18 in H&B on sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini and jumbo oats.

    Congrats to Chell

    Made the yoghurt cake yesterday but adapted the recipe a bit. Didn't have any flavoured yog so used home made yog and added 4 halves of chopped up tinned peaches. Also used honey instead of sugar and added cinnamon. Lovely.

    Welcome to all newbies.
    Dec GC 100/76.61/16.46/10.19 - 103.26
    Jan GC 100/64.20/20.91 (14.89 left)
  • almar
    Hi, just updating.

    I know it doesnt sound good but its brilliant for us... So far we have spent 200 on our groceries. Which means that we have saved over 100 so far. We have everything we need for the first two weeks so we are well on target.

    I have also got myself a Tesco clubcard plus card and am enjoying getting double points on all our shopping. So we can look forward to having a free a holiday too.

    The OH & boys love coming home to fresh baked stuff and trying out new recipes.

    Cant thank you all enough.
    Quidco 196 - Voucher Codes 408 - GC Saved 603
    P.A.D. 4720 / 4330- Jan GC 375/Spent 283.78

    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 11th Aug 08, 11:06 PM
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    Finally made it, another NSD! woo hoo had one the other day without noticing - good tips on here ta!!

    Took the reduced milk and bread out of freezer and felt v good!

    night everyone!!
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
  • SmileyS
    OHHH please could someone point my in the right direction of the custard cookie recipe.They sound devine
    I have tried to search but to no avail!!!

    Well apart from my spend this morning,I have not spent a penny more,have stuck to not eating any rubbish AND have cleaned our bedroom from top to bottom whilst sorting 2 bin linners full if stuff we don't need

    I'm actually buzzing about it that sad?

    SS x
  • mandy_moo_1
    here's the recipe for the custard biccies all the recipes are on the first page of this thread if you need any others xx

    • queen of string
    • By queen of string 12th Aug 08, 6:35 AM
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    queen of string
    Smileys I don think that's sad at all, I think it's fnatastic! Taking control of your life is a huge buzz as is achieving some of the goals you set for yourself. I'd say just keep building on these early successes and continue setting small goals and achieving them. Good luck. And I can assure you the custard biscuits are yummy.
    Eat food, not edible food-like items. Mostly plants.
  • savingfortravel
    Hi Everyone!!
    What a horrible day, pouring with rain, feels like winter but at least I'll appreciate the HM Minestrone soup I've got for lunch..
    Popping into school then spending the rest of the day packing for our holiday tomorrow.
    Have a great MS day!
    Frugal Living 2010 member MFW by 2014 Was 88,000 now 46,877.90 Grocery Budget for Dec-April=173.72/244 (Groc Budget 2010 from Ebay/Voucher savings/Quidco -If we can do it will save our 980 GC budget) Now living the dream -in our tiny country cottage-all thanks to MS forums. x 39 2 go
    Stockpile Savings: 89.72 Voucher savings 8
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 12th Aug 08, 7:06 AM
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    Morning all,
    Dreary day here in Essex today - raining cats, dogs and chickens I think!:confused: Have just looked out the window and the sky looks totally amazing - you know that totally dark grey it goes before a storm, but there are some pure white clouds hovering in the corner and the sun has just popped out really brighly - beautiful - ooooh, I love storms (not this much though, could do with some sun now...)

    Kaat - so glad you found Archie cat - obviously that's his cozy space - they always seem to have a favourite don't they?

    Chell - Contratulations to you, OH & baby Mara - what a lovely name...

    Mrs M - maybe we should keep you in more, not let you out more into those shops where you get all your wonderful bargains - I know, we could start a new holiday company just for GC people who's only outing is to the woopsie aisle and who's idea of fun is to get a NOTW voucher off their shopping, hehehe, we really all need to get out more eh!

    Almar - what is a Tesco Clubcard Plus card? sounds interesting? :confused:

    Right, no more chat, bleeper has gone off so need to get showered and on with some work...(yea, right... ) check in later...
    Den x
    LBM April 2013 - 29,000.00
    Vanquis CC's PAID - Debenhams SC PAID - A+L OD PAID - Asda CC 783.75
    Barclaycard CC 1400.78 - BoS CC PAID - Freemans Cat PAID
    F/D Loan & CC 1458.96 - Santander Loan PAID - Mum Loan PAID
    RBS OD PAID - F/D OD 1026.52
    Weekly Grocery Challenge - 95.00 budget / spend -
  • nessquic80
    Well firstly, morning all, what a miserable day, its been raining for the last two hours in leicester, just aswell im not going out, mobile hairdresser/friend comming this morning to chop my locks.
    The GC is going ok, ds has gone yarmouth for the week with nan and grandad so no cooking/baking. The freezer looks a bit low now, i keep all my batch frozen stuff in one draw and its nearly empty. OH and i are going out for tea with some friends tonight cus ds is not here (he's 3 and will not sit still in a pub/resturant).
    i have managed to get loads done both lawns mowed kitchen painted TWICE, skirting primed and glossed, whole house hoovered and polished, tops of kitchen cupboards cleaned, floors moped, the list is endless....
    So far this month ive spent 136.20 on shopping so not alot left out of a budget of 200. Also has anyone noticed the price of soda crystals, in tesco two weeks ago they were 26p, yesterday they were 54p they must have cottoned on that us MSE'rs love them, ive even converted the girls at work .

    Gonna find something to do for this afternoon, i dont like not knowing what to do, what did i use to do before DS???
    always on the lookout for a bargin always better when its free!!

  • helenm2008
    Just popping in to update my signature. I spent 29.32 on the weekly shop at Mr Ts yesterday and 1.56 on butter from the corner shop on Sunday - ouch. I've realised that I used to choose everything on my list when doing my Mr T shopping online, and then choose more stuff that I didn't need to make it up to around 50!! I'm glad to be able to nip that bad habit in the bud.

    Scotsaver - If the blackcurrants look plump and black on the outside, and are juicy when you squish them, and come off the stem easily, then they are probably ready. You could try tasting one, but some varieties are very sour even when ripe! I picked mine a couple of weeks ago, made blackcurrant jelly and compote for winter cereal with them, yum!

    Anyway, it's time for me to stop browsing the internet and start doing!

    Debt: June 2013 2000

    Weight-Loss By December 2013
  • naturally
    Can anyone help me? I can't seem to find the website I usually use to check supermarket bargains. I thought Mullerlights were on offer 4 for 1 in Sainsburys - just got my receipt out to discover they've taken a poor 16p off mine not 1.16 so I've paid 50 each!!

    Other than that it was quite a bargain filled shop in Mr S. Can't believe you can get 8 fairtrade bananas in basics range for 1. total spend 10.47, total left for this month, 12.36 (one week's shopping left, bit closer to the line than I'd like, but still doable - I really must meal-plan though!)
  • nessquic80 ???
    always on the lookout for a bargin always better when its free!!

    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 12th Aug 08, 8:06 AM
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    We had the rain during the night & at the mo there's enough blue to make a pair of dutchman's trousers behind the white cauliflower clouds.

    1. I think charity shops are a blessing! I'm sorry but I've forgotten who mentioned them yesterday...but to get school uniform is a double double bonus in my book, cuz you can't avoid spending on things like that....if it had been a La de Da ball gown reduced fromm zillions to mere that WOULD have been false economy

    2. Someone else also mentioned starting up an excursion company, & for a minute there I had visions of coach loads of GCers descending upon poor MrMc doorstep like a pilgrimage to Our Lady of The WhoopsieBut then, I may just enjoy being escorted off the premises by a hunky MP or two

    3. A recipe from the back of a packet of Atora suet...not yet tried.

    Mini Goat's Cheese, Pear & Walnut Quiche. SERVES 4
    The Pastry
    100g(4oz) self-raising flour
    50g(2oz) Atora Original or Light suet
    2-3 tbls cold water

    The Filling
    1 medium egg, beaten
    6 tbls milk
    4 pears, peeled, cored & sliced
    200g(8oz) goat's cheese, sliced
    3 walnuts, shelled & chopped

    Add salt & pepper to taste

    You will also need 4 non-stick Yorkshire pudding tins or tart cases

    1 Preheat oven to 200C,400F, Gas 6. For fan assisted ovens, refer to your manufacturers instructions. Lightly grease your pudding tins or case.
    2 Make the pastry by mixing together the flour, Atora, salt & pepper. Stir in enough water to make a firm but not sticky dough. Divide into four pieces, roll out & use to line your pudding tins/ case.
    3 To make the filling, mix together the egg & milk & then the seasoning. Pour the mixture evenly into the tins. Decorate with the pear slices & bake for 10mins.
    4 Top with the goat's cheese & chopped walnuts & bake for a further 5-10mins or until golden brown.

    There's an address for a 39 page cookbook too. Make cheques payable to Atora Not Just Dumplings, for 1:50 to cover cost of p&p to The Atora Kitchen, POBox 100, Blackburn, Lancs BB8 1GR. UK applications only. HTH.
    Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
    loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

    • nicnacnoo
    • By nicnacnoo 12th Aug 08, 8:07 AM
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    i need nappies today which come out of my GC money, but i get the Home Bargains ones but they have gone up from 2.49 to 2.79, cant grumble too much i suppose, just need to resist everything else in there!
  • naturally
    Thanks nesquic80, it was that I was thinking of.

    Really really naffed off with myself now, because they were 4 for 2, when I thought they were the same as Mr T at 4 for 1!! I think I need new glasses!!
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 12th Aug 08, 8:33 AM
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    Can anyone help me? I can't seem to find the website I usually use to check supermarket bargains. I thought Mullerlights were on offer 4 for 1 in Sainsburys - just got my receipt out to discover they've taken a poor 16p off mine not 1.16 so I've paid 50 each!!
    Originally posted by naturally
    They are 4 for a 1 in Mr T at the moment, not sure about sainsburys.

    The site I use is fixtureferrets - but to get the bigger bargains you have to subscribe for about 5 a year

    DMP support thread (member #32)

    • turbo5019
    • By turbo5019 12th Aug 08, 8:33 AM
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    The GC is going ok, ds has gone yarmouth for the week with nan and grandad so no cooking/baking.
    Originally posted by nessquic80
    I live just down the road in Lowestoft and it is rainning and horrible. Hope he has a good time.

    NSD for me just waiting for 2 courgette tea bread to come out of oven then I might cook some oaty shortbread biscuits.

    Hoping mother will come round and help me sort through baby clothes didn't realise I had so many also she said she would do my house work I like being pregnant.

    Have a good day everyone
    GC 7.79/225 per month ~ wk1 7.79/ 50
    • procrastinator
    • By procrastinator 12th Aug 08, 8:33 AM
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    Week 3 - Aug
    Good morning
    I've just updated my sig and am pleased to note I am on track spendswise however I went to the shops 6 times (3 X Mr A and Mr T )between Fri eve and Sun morn so no more shopping this week. Last night I was going to make spag bol (kids fave) but there were 2 lots of leftovers to be used up so the boys had shep pie (from Sat) with baked beans and the ladies had salad with avocado and mozzerella (loads of tabuoleh left from Sun.) So spag bol tonight. Off to work now, good luck everyone.
    WL 11 st 5lb as at 050109. 160209 11st 2lb
    11st 5lb as at 20.04.09 11st 7lbs 040509 11st6 010609 I wish 2016 175 lbs.
    Family of 3 at home - , DS 22, self and OH
    • newlywed
    • By newlywed 12th Aug 08, 8:48 AM
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    however I went to the shops 6 times (3 X Mr A and Mr T )between Fri eve and Sun morn so no more shopping this week.
    Originally posted by procrastinator
    I thought I shopped alot at 4-5 times a week!!!!

    I'm trying to cut down on trips as I spend my lunchtimes food shopping and want to spend it doing other stuff (charity shops, reading, walking etc). Trying to cut down to twice a week and then hopefully once a week.

    DMP support thread (member #32)

  • busy mum
    Easy tea tonight - HM Pork and Pepper Meatballs,Spaghetti with pesto.

    Planned a NSD but OH has told me he fancies a glass or two of wine tonight.....and some diet cokes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have 2-3 other shopping items that could've waited till tomorrow but hey ho still well organised and under budget.

    DD8 has gone to France for 3 weeks with friend's so we are a family of 4 at the mo and it is so hot everyone is drinking loads and not eating much....

    Have a rubber chicken for roast,paella,curry and soup later in the week..

    Originally posted by annelouise
    JULY G/C 50 WEEK

    WEEK 1 = 69.50

    WEEK 2 = 60.83
    Week 3 72.05
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