Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Aug 08, 2:29 PM
    • 17,431Posts
    • 40,365Thanks
    September 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.
    • #1
    • 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
Page 52
  • bertiebots

    How can I get started I spend £100 a week roughly for 2 adults and 2 small children - a LOT I know and need a system to help me lower it

    Sarah x x x
    Originally posted by sarahc44

    First I would write down everything (down to the last bean!) you have in your house food wise.
    Then work out what meals you can make with that!. Use up what food you have in and only buy essentials like milk etc.
    Then have a look on here for cheap healthy meal recipes and put a meal plan together. From this you then can write a shopping list for what you actually need rather than sticking anything in your trolley. We have all been there :rolleyes: ..... but with a bit of work you will soon be cutting your budget in half.
    Down branding is one way to save lots of money and on here you will find out loads of info on what value lines are worth buying and what bargains there are to be had. OS is the place to be and you will get loads of help and support .Good luck
    JAN GC- £155.77 out of £200 FEB GC £197.31 out of £180. MARCH GC - out of £200
    • By KAAT_LADY 11th Sep 08, 11:52 AM
    • 4,640 Posts
    • 35,517 Thanks
    Afternoon All

    just spent some more money in Lidl on flour and cat food so will update later

    See you soon

    KAAT xx
    mortgage free as of 06/02/2008#
    berthas buddies No 5
    murphys no more pies club member ,No 242..
    .,night owl 25

  • mummysaver
    Haven't spent anything today and won't be either, bank were meant to be changing some stuff on my account and managed to freeze it, somehow got confused and thought i'd been cloned, argh! Should be sorted by the end of the day apparently, but meanwhile it means that I am grateful I have plenty of food in already and we shall be eating that!

    Will be putting the amount spent in my sig when i work out/remember how! But so far £140.17/£450 - feeling very pleased, nothing like keeping receipts to make you think about how you spend your money!
    • echelon101
    • By echelon101 11th Sep 08, 12:36 PM
    • 273 Posts
    • 780 Thanks
    Left my lunch at home

    Tescos Tin of Tuna - 35p
    Reduced 6 White Pittas - 15p
    2 Bananas - 22p
    Some pepper - 19p

    = 91p

    Ate 3 pittas rest can go in the freezer
    Buy for value not cost.
    Feb Grocery = £55.87 / 80
    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 11th Sep 08, 12:46 PM
    • 4,972 Posts
    • 7,922 Thanks
    Nyk - many thanks for showing us your spend - wow, makes our £120 a month for 2 people pale in comparison... must try harder!

    Jakk - I think the 4 cans of Princes Tuna is £2.49 at the moment at both Somerfield and Tesco too. I also tried Tescos Basic tuna last week (only £0.30 odd pence) and this was fine mixed in with Princes tuna in a pasta bake.

    I like Princes when the tuna will be a cold ingredient, and the Basics one when in a pasta bake, or a 'gumbo' (which we invent regularly! We add sweet potato, green beans, olives, sweetcorn tomatoes and tuna, mix with some mayo = dinner!)
    MFW #185
    Mortgage slowly being offset! £86,987 /58,742 virtual balance
    Original mortgage free date 2037/ Now Nov 2034 and counting
    YNAB lover
  • SavvyStudent
    Hello everybody!

    Would it be possible to slash our target to £90 for the month please? Major student financial meltdown at the mo and as I'm determined to save some money up each week for a rainy day, our food money is getting drastically cut..! Possibly somewhat unrealistic though given last months totals but time will tell! Doing well so far though and a full kitchen The 'market challenge' is working...

    L xx
    Proud to live a frugal shabby chic life!
    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 11th Sep 08, 2:13 PM
    • 2,370 Posts
    • 8,788 Thanks
    Hiya guys
    Sausage casserole was yummy and made lunch for 3 +2 extra meals for freezer.(cost £2.50+cooking)
    Thanks Mrs mc will be trying that later and will freeze in portions too.
    Have decided to shop tomorrow making this another NSD, but off to the bank and will have to run the gauntlet of the shops, so wish me luck
    HWGA xx
    lost 3stin 4mnths GC nov£90/£51.65 July£100/£97.67 Aug£90/£18.59
    LBM Nov05 Loan £4910.65 Paid April07 sealed pot challenge#256
    Nov06 CC £2,590.56 Paid aug07 + Savings07/08 Night Owl 22#
    Mortgage £87,000/£84,000/ £82,261.00/£81,785.30 £80,268/£75402.00/£71229.15 DFW NERD 987 Long Haul member 125 debt free 24th aug 07
    • shaz_mum_of _2
    • By shaz_mum_of _2 11th Sep 08, 3:08 PM
    • 2,014 Posts
    • 15,314 Thanks
    shaz_mum_of _2
    Hi all

    Anyone know what this weeks mr M deals are?? been today and no advertising anywhere i did find a pack of kiwis priced 50p but nothing else??

    • EagerLearner
    • By EagerLearner 11th Sep 08, 3:27 PM
    • 4,972 Posts
    • 7,922 Thanks
    Shaz see for all the latest deals - costs pennies per week but saves a fortune x
    MFW #185
    Mortgage slowly being offset! £86,987 /58,742 virtual balance
    Original mortgage free date 2037/ Now Nov 2034 and counting
    YNAB lover
  • Galaxy863
    What a great thread! I definitely have to get involved with this. There is only me and my OH but we just seem to spend ( and waste ) so much money on food. At the beginning of the month it is always the same, we go food shopping and spend a stupid amount - £115 this month, we pick up loads of things we don't really need and alot of it ends up being thrown out. This does tend to last a few weeks ( we have to buy things like bread, milk and butter in between ) but I know we can really cut this down.

    Well we've just been hit with a bill for the roof to be repaired which is going to be almost £300, money which we just don't have. So I've decided enoughs enough I need to get my backside into gear! At the moment I put away £200 a month to cover food, toiletries, cleaning products etc which I want to cut back, I just don't know what a realistic amount is for 2 people ( bearing in mind I refuse to eat ready meals/processed food ). I think maybe im too set in my ways - only buy "branded" products because I think their better than the cheaper options :confused:

    Either way I have to get out of my normal buying habits! I have taken £35 out of the food budget to put towards the roofing repairs which leaves me with £50 for food for the rest of the month I just hope its do-able!

    Sorry for the ramble....
  • Money saving Diva
    Divas Peanut Butter Cookies
    Hi Diva,
    Peanut butter cookies sound fantastic! I couldn't pester you for the recipe could I?! I bought myself a jar of peanut butter as a treat in this weeks shopping but the cookies sound even better!
    Originally posted by PurpleSkies
    Peanut Butter Cookies
    These are remarkably cheap if you use Tesco value pb at 45p a jar (approx)

    A BIG thank you to Angelnikki who did the conversions for me!

    1/2 cup / 125g / 4.5oz butter or marg
    1/2 cup / 115g / 4oz granulated sugar
    1/2 cup / 115g / 4oz brown sugar
    1/2 cup / 150g / 5.5oz peanut butter - I use crunchy
    1 egg
    3/4 tsp bicarb of soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 & 1/4 cup / 150g / 5.5 oz sieved flour (I have used self raising but don't think it matters much)
    1/4 tsp salt
    • Cream butter and sugar and pb together. Beat in egg and then stir in all other ingrediants.
    • Shape dough into balls, place on lightly greased baking sheets.
    • Dip fork into flour and then press down onto the balls to make ridges. Flour stops fork sticking to dough.
    • Bake at 180 degrees/350 degrees F for about 10 mins.
    Makes about 26

    Hope you enjoy!

    Last edited by Money saving Diva; 11-09-2008 at 3:44 PM.
    To be frugal, you need to spend money wisely, simply spending less is not enough.
    If you can't handle me at my worst then you don't deserve me at my best...
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow.
    • greent
    • By greent 11th Sep 08, 3:40 PM
    • 8,105 Posts
    • 82,326 Thanks
    Hi all

    Anyone know what this weeks mr M deals are?? been today and no advertising anywhere i did find a pack of kiwis priced 50p but nothing else??

    Originally posted by shaz_mum_of _2

    Shaz - if there any they are always on the website - you can also sign up for a weekly e-mail newsletter detailing offers. Although there appears to be no 50p offers this week, you can click on 'offers' on the site to see all other offers instore

    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
  • Money saving Diva
    Hi all

    Am about to use my hinari breadmaker for the very first time today (Thank you freecycle) so wish me luck!!

    Rosieben - Thank you for the encouragement, it really helps
    rellaella and Galaxy- welcome to you both - you will find all sorts of help and support on here
    MrsMoneyPenny - I put mine in a bowl with some red ones or as someone else said, a banana skin and they are ripening well.
    angelatgraceland - your take on chilli sounds fab!

    angelnikki - thanks for the compliment and for moving it to the recipe index, I feel all important now..

    Hugs to everyone

    To be frugal, you need to spend money wisely, simply spending less is not enough.
    If you can't handle me at my worst then you don't deserve me at my best...
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow.
  • Winky, The House Elf
    Still on track for number of NSDs and I seemed to have got a fair amount of food which can last, but still need fresh stuff like eggs and milk

    Was determined yesterday not to spend, so when I ran out of bread for my packed lunch I simply made some!

    I realised the night before that I had none left, and being a newbie to bread making, I made the dough and left it to rise over night to pop in the oven first thing so it would cook whilst I got ready for work.

    Of course it had risen and sank again, but I flung it in the oven anyway, and whilst very heavy,(like a brick ) it tasted divine!

    In fact I had more with tomato soup for my tea!

    Before os & gc I would have simply resigned myself to buying a soggy sandwich which costs the earth, so thank you for all your support and inspiration!

    Winky x x x
    Right now I'm having amnesia and deja- vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before
    • findingmyfeet
    • By findingmyfeet 11th Sep 08, 4:08 PM
    • 494 Posts
    • 5,666 Thanks
    hi guys just flying through with an updated. been shopping all over the place this month - if i hear its 10p cheaper somewhere in town ive been there....(toning my legs up beautifully ladies!!!), must have walked miles.. Anyway.... been to morrisons, aldi, netto, the market and iceland so far. Spends to date £148.85, will update sig shortly. Got some lovely leeks today on the market so leek and potatoe soup for this evening , dh rang cold and wet and requested soup of some sort. Now i have made it the flaming sun is out!!

    any how good luck keep plodding on everyone, back later if im quicker than the kids

    sealed pot member no :435 2011- £306.68 2012-£304.36 2013- £387.44 2014 - £441.43 £482.30
    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 11th Sep 08, 4:47 PM
    • 10,587 Posts
    • 54,653 Thanks
    Well I managed to go to Tesco after I had taken DS to the Dentist.
    So I spent £123.86 !!! So scarey. The girls had spent £29.29 yesterday on things for the babies. It came out of my money becuase they had overdrawn in the bank. I cannot see me being anywhere near my targets this month as its only the 11th oF September! 19 more days to go..Agh,,, plot lost!
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
  • rosieben
    Mooloo, I haven't read all your thread but enough to realise something of the pressure you're under and I'm amazed at how well you're coping with things

    I think you must be kind to yourself and cut yourself some slack with the GC budget;

    Sending positive vibes to you
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

    C.R.A.P.R.O.L.L.Z Head Sharpener
  • leebarton
    Can I make a suggestion as an addition to the October Grocery Challenge?

    One thing we have tried to cut back on is mileage. We live 10 miles away from the supermarket so only go if we are passing rather than a special journey or get free deliveries. I honestly don't know how much I spend on petrol in a month, but I would like to limit it to £200. This isn't necessarily something that needs a new thread or reporting on, but knowing how much this challenge has changed how I shop and what I buy I thought recording fuel costs or public transport costs may make myself and other people stop and think a little bit too!
    First Direct Loan @ 7.9% £13,076.03/£20,250
    Mint CC @ 18.9% £3030.29/£3100 Virgin CC @ 34.9% £651.46/£2700 Tesco CC @ 0% 1366/1500

    Proud to be dealing with my debts - Official DFW Nerd No. 250
  • superstottie
    In a bid not to blow my shopping budget - does anyone know where has super cheap energy saving bulbs at the moment? I need to put them into the other half of the house having got an electric bill today and I have just had a count - I need EIGHT!!!!! And that isn't even doing them all!
    GC Sept - £147.75/£280
    2 Adults, four kids, 3 Gerbils, 6 Fish! Down to 5 - well I suppose its one way of saving money!!
    • mama67
    • By mama67 11th Sep 08, 7:01 PM
    • 1,318 Posts
    • 16,230 Thanks
    MRSMC - hope you slept well last night after the mystery was solved!! LOL 85 Cookbooks - that's some serious addiction, I thought I was bad with 60 at the last count!! LOL

    Off now to catch up with all the other pages.
    Originally posted by scotsaver
    I have approx 200, but I just admit I do read them for pleasure sometimes instead of picking up a novel.

    Have just unearthed Delis's Complete Cookery Course and found the mincemeat recipe in there so will be making some of that as have been given 2 large carrier bags full of cooking apples, the rest will be peeled and chooped and put into the freezer for crumbles etc during the coming months, lovely cheap pudds.
    2 adults, 2 boys ( sportsmad-big eaters) (21 & 18)
    My mother always served up leftovers we never knew what the original meal was. - Tracey Ulman
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,589Posts Today

8,540Users online

Martin's Twitter