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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Aug 08, 2:29 PM
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    Pink.
    September 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.
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    • 28th Aug 08, 2:29 PM
    September 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts. 28th Aug 08 at 2:29 PM
    Guidelines for posting on the Grocery Challenge thread.


    What is the Grocery Challenge thread?

    This is a thread where people who are taking part in the Grocery Challenge can post for help encouragement and support and talk about anything related to grocery shopping. We ask that you try to keep on topic and post things that are relevant to the challenge.

    Posting grocery budgets and spends for the month
    Some people like to post their grocery budget and final spend for each month. If you wish to be included in the master list then please post these in red and in a large font as this makes it easier for the volunteers to keep a record of everyone’s totals.

    Number of posts
    In order to make the thread easier to read it would be helpful if users would try not to post multiple posts in quick succession.

    Chat
    Chatty posts that are relevant to the Challenge are fine. Irrelevant chat or posts simply saying ‘Good morning/Goodnight’, ‘just popping on to say hello’, ‘I’ve sent you a pm’ etc aren’t, as they clutter up the thread and may be removed to make the thread easier for others to read. Unfortunately the board guides simply don't have the time to pm users individually when posts are removed to keep the thread on topic. If your post has been removed and you are unhappy with the decision, please feel free to send us a pm.

    If you want to say thanks to another user please use the thanks button and please post any chat not related to the Grocery Challenge into the Daily Thread or use the pm function.

    No Spend days (NSD’s)
    A number of people like to record that they have had a no spend day. Again to reduce the number of posts we would ask that rather than post just that you had a no spend day you record it in your signature and/or add it to a post that is directly relevant to the Grocery Challenge.

    Pictures
    Please keep these relevant to the challenge. While photographs of produce or cooking are great, pictures of semi-naked men or large clip art aren’t.

    Bargains
    Please don’t forget to check out the Grabbit and Shop but Don’t drop boards for any bargains and the Discount Codes 'n Vouchers (online & offline) board to see if there are any current vouchers around.

    Questions about recipes, freezing, techniques etc
    These don’t always fit into the Grocery Challenge. There are a number of threads where it may be more appropriate to ask questions. There is a wealth of information available on the Old Style board so please do a search to see if there is a better thread for your question. For more help with searching see here or feel free to send a private message to a board guide who will be happy to help.

    Useful Links to threads on the Old Style board

    Quick Questions thread

    Recipe thread

    Cheap recipe threads

    Don't throw food away challenge...

    The Complete Cooking Collection

    Old Style Daily thread General chat about Old Style (new thread started daily)

    Flylady thread Cleaning thread (new thread weekly)

    Enough is Enough (decluttering)

    Lose weight the Old Style way


    Finally if you are new to Old Style and want help to find your way around, this thread may help: Welcome to Old Style and there is some excellent practical help and advice on posting on MSE chat forums in this thread: Unofficial A-Z (Look here first)
    Last edited by Pink.; 18-09-2008 at 9:10 AM.
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    rhubarb n ginger conserve recipe
    Here we go Walmerstores

    Rhubarb n Ginger conserve recipe
    makes 5lbs
    1. 1.1kilo rhubarb -trimmed, washed and cut into small pieces
    2. 1.1kilo preserving sugar
    3. 25g fresh root ginger
    4. 100g stem ginger -roughly chopped
    • Put the rhubarb in a bowl in layers with the sugar, cover and leave overnight
    • put the rhubarb and sugar in a preserving pan
    • crush or bruise the root ginger and tie in a piece of muslin, add to the pan and bring slowly to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved
    • boil rapidly for 15 mins
    • add the stem ginger and boil for a further 5 mins
    • remove muslin and any scum then pot and cver in sterile jars
    Ohhh and to add to egons crumble recipe... I love to stir in some porridge oats, coconut, brown sugar etc nommmy
    Last edited by MRSMCAWBER; 29-08-2008 at 7:29 PM.
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  • ShelBell
    Evening everyone,
    Done my first shop of the month today. Stocked up on loads and bought a few extra bits as i'm having a batch cooking day tomoro. Making curry, goulash, chicken n leek hotpot n maybe some soup if i have time. Ended up spending half my budget so hopefully i've got enough to last us till middle of the month. I'm also considering getting a slow cooker as we like to have a lot of casseroles n curries etc...I'm home most of the time at the moment looking after little one, would it be worth me getting one? I'm thinking i'll be able to prep all veg n meat n bung it all in first thing while little one is having breakfast. What do you think? Will update sig.
    Originally posted by nickynoo08
    Definately worth it, I love mine and don't even bother putting it back in the cupboard now!
    Weight loss to date - 8st 13lbs
    • egon
    • By egon 29th Aug 08, 7:33 PM
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    egon
    Ohhh and to add to egons crumble recipe... I love to stir in some porridge oats, coconut, brown sugar etc nommmy
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    Great idea Next time I'll try that!
    I wish Germany had a website like moneysavingexpert!
    • egon
    • By egon 29th Aug 08, 7:36 PM
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    egon
    Evening everyone,
    Done my first shop of the month today. Stocked up on loads and bought a few extra bits as i'm having a batch cooking day tomoro. Making curry, goulash, chicken n leek hotpot n maybe some soup if i have time. Ended up spending half my budget so hopefully i've got enough to last us till middle of the month. I'm also considering getting a slow cooker as we like to have a lot of casseroles n curries etc...I'm home most of the time at the moment looking after little one, would it be worth me getting one? I'm thinking i'll be able to prep all veg n meat n bung it all in first thing while little one is having breakfast. What do you think? Will update sig.
    Originally posted by nickynoo08
    I second shelbell.

    I have 2 little ones and it is so much easier with a slowcooker.

    Egon
    I wish Germany had a website like moneysavingexpert!
  • scotsaver
    Evening everyone - gosh, I haven't logged on since yesterday morning and Sept GC is up and running already and we're on page 11. You guys are fast movers.

    Have read through and caught up - thought I'd better as I see we are not going to be able to access Forums tomorrow - how will we manage.:rolleyes:

    Had Breaded Haddock, HM Chips and Mushy Peas for Dinner tonight, then picked some more Blackberries & Raspberries from the Garden, boiled them up with some water and sugar to make a nice sauce and swirled it into some HM Yogurt and told the girls we were having giant Corner Yoghurts again.

    Off now to put my feet up as been doing a bit of digging/rearranging in the garden to make room for a new Composter the Council delivered today.

    Have a good weekend everyone.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • Blondie Bear
    Hi Blondie,

    put the brumbles in a dish, add some sugar (they can be sour, so my lot like a bit of sugar with it) and then add the crumble mixture (recipe below) and some brown sugar sprinkled over the top. I have done it this way with all fruit crumbles. Also, I do add a small amount of water or apple juice when I use apples.

    Crumble mixture recipe

    4 oz Flour
    2 oz Margarine
    2 tsp Sugar

    Just mix it all up and voila!

    Hope this helps.

    Egon
    Originally posted by egon





    THANK YOU VERY MUCH! XXXXXXXXXXXXX
    One Happy Mummy!

  • bails
    Thanks for putting your info in your sigs. I was thinking it would be great to be in the list on the first page but like I said, lots of work for the thread keepers. I've got space in my sig now so I'll put mine there too.
    Enjoy your MSE free day everyone!
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    • KAAT_LADY
    • By KAAT_LADY 29th Aug 08, 7:57 PM
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    KAAT_LADY


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  • princess leia
    Nighty night Kaat_Lady x x
    Sealed pot Member target £200 - No. 151
    GC Yearly £3k so far £1097 May£220/£300
    £1k in 100 days so far - £235
    Snowball debt free calculator says DEC 09 - lets hope we can do it!

    • likabu
    • By likabu 29th Aug 08, 8:07 PM
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    likabu
    Hi there, I'm joining in for the 1st time this month. I am going to do from the 1st to 30th Sept as my challenge and will set my 1st months limit at £300. It sounds a lot for us 2 adults and 2 kiddies but I have no idea how much I'm spending so am using it as a 1st month starting point.

    We have 2 cats and a hamster but will pay for their food and bits separately because I bulk buy the cats food.

    Excited to get started - my cupboards are full of pasta at the moment as we are doing slimmingworld but we don't have any ingredients to make sauces with.

    The freezer is full but one drawer seems to be reduced bread which the boys have toasted in the morning.

    Here I go - wish me luck and good luck to everyone else.

    Lisa
    Brassic!
    • findingmyfeet
    • By findingmyfeet 29th Aug 08, 8:08 PM
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    findingmyfeet
    hi shelbell thanks for the book title will have a look at that too (think she needs all the help she can get..been too well looked after at home.. ah). Thinks i might need tissues and chocs for her mum too....

    angelnikki- thanks for flour advice, never heard of freezing it before but never used it much before joining here!! now i feel lost because we havent got any and not going shopping before monday . never mind enough goodies left in the freezer to last til then.
    sealed pot member no :435 2011- £306.68 2012-£304.36 2013- £387.44 2014 - £441.43 £482.30
    • findingmyfeet
    • By findingmyfeet 29th Aug 08, 8:11 PM
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    findingmyfeet
    hi and welcome likabu . Good luck by the bucket load. You are sure to get lots of advice on here and plenty of encouragement. Have loads of fun doing it and dont be too hard on yourself at first.

    GOOD LUCK
    sealed pot member no :435 2011- £306.68 2012-£304.36 2013- £387.44 2014 - £441.43 £482.30
  • princess leia
    Quick question about the coconut dahl - Nikki/Chell?????

    I cannot find the coconut sachets so wondered if you knew how much I would use out of a tin? Can't find it on Pataks site either, I have just told DH I will cook it tom night and invited my parents too At least it will keep my busy when the forums are closed
    Sealed pot Member target £200 - No. 151
    GC Yearly £3k so far £1097 May£220/£300
    £1k in 100 days so far - £235
    Snowball debt free calculator says DEC 09 - lets hope we can do it!

    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 29th Aug 08, 8:25 PM
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    Flylady_Flower
    Well tomorrow is the big move ----> .
    I live in an attic room with a very narrow turning staircase (which some of you may remember I feel through once upon a time) so it might take a while to get everything out and into the new house.
    I will be living with a friend up the road in a little box room until January so no bulk buying or early stocking up on early Christmas presents unfortunately. I know the house has an eating together thing going on but am not sure how it works so I don't think I will be totally in control of my food budget but I may have a smaller one for toiletries and lunches etc so that I can still join in with you all! It will be nice to cook and eat with other people though, my housemates for the last year haven't been the friendliest.
    I do hope she has internet too, imagine if she doesn't. Eek
    Originally posted by Sian the Green
    Good luck with the move Sian, I hope your housemates are very friendly and am sure they will want to save money too, so I can see you all now, bulking up the cooking and getting an extra freezer
    PS: We don't want to loose you either so check out that internet quickly...

    Sorry, not been on much, have been busy working and sorting out my house - very impressed with myself at the moment as I can move and put stuff away and walk in my bathroom and it's all clean and sparkly - got to see how long it lasts but REALLY chuffed I joined the Flylady thread - I've not been as in control for years...

    Anyway, have finally found my long lost 'boiled cake' recipe that I loved and couldn't find anywhere - (cleaning cupboards DOES have it's rewards ) so hubby had a slice when he came in from work tonight (he's asleep in his armchair at the mo knackered! has been working 13 hrs a day if you include travel! ) and he loved it... lots of memories anyway, thought you might all like it, it's sooo easy. (This was still steaming when I cut it, and the cut piece just disappeared when I came to put it into the cake tin? don't know where it went?:rolleyes:



    ** Just to let you know, I am very lazy and just use a cup where it says cups - just my teacup that is in my cupboard, regular size as far as I know, but I know Nikki has a conversion link on the first page for anyone who likes to be a bit more precise than me! **

    Currant Loaf (or Boiled Cake as I call it!) - this is for a large cake, you can half the ingredients for a smaller one

    1/2 lb butter or marg
    2 cups sugar
    2 cups sultanas
    2 cups milk
    Put into a pan until butter is melted and sugar dissolved and leave to cool (I usually melt the butter and then turn off flame, then add the sultanas or whatever fruit you want and the milk as this cools it down quicker) then add:
    4 cups self-raising flour
    2 eggs
    Mix together with a wooden spoon and put into 2 tins (I just put into 1 large tin, hence you could half)
    Bake in the oven for one hour on gas 3, then turn up to gas 4 for 1/2 hour (I just cook on gas 3 for 2 hours)

    Enjoy!
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 29th Aug 08, 8:27 PM
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    angelnikki
    I was wondering, and I'm sure it's been raised before, whether we could put a summary of people's families/what's included next to their budget targets? :confused: I'm aware that would be a lot of work so please feel free to shoot me down in flames for even suggesting it I just think it could be a real help to see how others in a similar position to you are managing (perhaps people could buddy up if they fancied?) and would be an inspiration to know that spends really can be reduced over time. Just a thought.
    Originally posted by bails
    I dont think this would be a very good idea because of two reasons:

    1) there would be a massive amount of information needed on each of the 300+ GCers to show a true picture of each of their family sizes/ diets/ income/ beliefs/ what they include /etc

    2) I dont think its that easy to compare. No two families are in the same situation; even if they have the same family size, there are many other factors involved in their budgets.

    My budget is for me, exOH and DS(2) and includes food, household & cleaning stuff, toiletries, nappies & wipes. It is £75/week but I know others on here with the same family size have budgets of half that. I wont be reducing my budget any lower because I dont feel I would be happy eating any differently than I do now. I buy value where I feel appropriate but also buy free range, etc too. We dont need to reduce our budget any more than we have.

    I have put the information in my sig as I have no problem with people seeing what size family the £375 is for but I would need to write an essay to explain fully why I am spending that amount IYSWIM.

    I would hate to see someone on here feel that they had to survive on £40 a month just because someone else does. This is not a competition but a personal challenge to lower our grocery spends to a level that we, personally, are happy with.

    Nikki x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 31-08-2008 at 3:14 PM.
    • likabu
    • By likabu 29th Aug 08, 8:33 PM
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    likabu
    hi and welcome likabu . Good luck by the bucket load. You are sure to get lots of advice on here and plenty of encouragement. Have loads of fun doing it and dont be too hard on yourself at first.

    GOOD LUCK
    Originally posted by findingmyfeet
    Thanks for the welcome.

    Our grocery budget will be including 3 packed lunches every mon-fri (for me, oh and ds1) Ds2 starts nursery and will be picked up by his childminder who makes lunch for him.

    £10 a day is seeming rather a lot now I have thought about it but I have no real idea how much we have been spending to compare it to.

    This really is the trial month!!

    Lisa
    Brassic!
  • reader88
    Hi

    I like to join the challenge
    In fact this month I decided to carry on
    - control my budget grocery
    - eat good food while trying to lose weight
    - Try to declutter the disaster zone I call home

    In August
    - I managed to stay in the limits of my budget : 120 spent only
    - Lost 6 pounds
    - Managed to free space in my cupboard, freezer ( some food dating back from 2004 - don't ask), drawer. I did throw a lot of rubbish. I also joined Freecycle so I hope some of my things will be useful to someone else.

    So for September
    - My budget grocery is 100
    - Hope to lose 6 pounds
    - Carry on the declutter. Schedule one week-end to take care of the study

    Reader88
  • fertyskids
    Hello everybody.

    its great to be in septembers challenge. ive still got students and will have for most of this month. i gave them sausage casserole with rice tonight they were not impressed. last nights offering was pork steaks with new pots and veggies again not good enough for them. im starting to get annoyed. this is good food. oh well....

    anyway my budget is £350 this month thats for me OH, DS 13 eats huge huge amounts, DD3 and DS1. Also 2 Student boys who also eat huge amounts. This will increase when my sister and her boyfriend come to stay for a few days and i may have 4 students instead of 2 for one of the weeks. i also have 2 cats and 2 fish to feed !

    My budget includes everything, grocerys, cleaning stuff cat food. lunch boxes for 4-6 people 7 days a week. i even include alchol for hubby and some of our treats! i will put this in my siggie but thought id post it here first as someone was asking for it.

    Hope your all well. karen
    • galacticgreen
    • By galacticgreen 29th Aug 08, 9:07 PM
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    galacticgreen
    Please can I set my budget at £200 as usual for September, I will post my final total for August on Sunday. Thanks MrsM for keeping it all together....:confused:
    • Chell
    • By Chell 29th Aug 08, 9:14 PM
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    Chell
    I can't catch up, I've only been offline for a day or two and there are so many new posts.

    We went to Cadbuys World yesterday, thank goodness we took some food and drinks as it was so expensive. We bought four hot chocolates which came to a few pence under £10!!!! We had to leave early as I became poorly, I've got mastitis - ouch!

    On the list at the beginning I am down as Chelltune, I changed my username to Chell as I didn't want the my posts on here appearing in the search engines when someone searched for my website. Can I be put down for £60 again. I will have spent less this month but we weren't always at home with it being the holidays.
    Nevermind the dog, beware of the kids!
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