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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Aug 08, 2:29 PM
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    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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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 18th Sep 08, 11:52 AM
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    Flylady_Flower
    I'VE DONE IT! I'VE DONE IT! I'VE DONE IT!

    Did my final shop yesterday for this month as we're off on hols on Sat.....

    Thought I had gone over budget (£130) by £2.24, but strangely enough, that was the EXACT PRICE of the cake-tin I bought, which really shouldn't come out of my 'food & cleaning' budget.....so I'll pay for that with my own spending money.

    So I've spent EXACTLY £130 for September !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sorry to be so excited but I bet I'll never manage it again - to the exact penny - without even working it out beforehand to that much detail!

    FE
    Originally posted by FairyElephant
    Well done Fairy Elephant, great achievement...

    Just remember to put your total for the month in bold red so that Mrs M will see it - I've done it on here for you, hope you don't mind...
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    Weekly Grocery Challenge - £95.00 budget / spend £-
  • Money saving Diva
    Hi eveyone!

    We ended up having chips for dinner last night from the chip shop so that was another £6. The excuse? None really except we had been in the garden til gone 1900 and were both hungry and my OH wanted to give me a treat so he bought sausage and chips and a big bar of galaxy chocolate for me cos he knows how upset I have been!

    I have amended my signature accordingly and tonight it is corned beef flan with new potatoes so back on track!

    Home wise - we are still flushing the loo with buckets as our usual plumber hasn't called us back yet and everyone else charges a huge call out fee which we can't afford and now the washing machine has flatly refused to work.. More expense!

    Well done to Fairy Elephant, you have done brilliently!!

    BigMumma - my mother always used to make us 'crisps' from the potato peelings, but she would deep fry them, I shall have to try your oven version cos they sounded just as nice!

    I hope everyone is doing well.

    Diva.x
    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...
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    • angelaf
    • By angelaf 18th Sep 08, 11:58 AM
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    angelaf
    I'm still hanging in there. Eating out of the cupboards as much as poss and although I'm way under my food budget I can't believe what essentials have cost.

    This challengd is a great eye opener.
    • nimbo
    • By nimbo 18th Sep 08, 12:21 PM
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    nimbo
    wow it really is an eye opener....

    i will be signing up for the next one, but you guys have all been an ispiration...

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  • jackk
    Hi all, just updating sig because i had to go to Asda this morning for pack lunch stuff for everyone, no more free school meals now me and OH are students, so from monday i'm needing to do pack ups for everyone. I'm hoping not to have to increase my budget because of this, but we will have to see hey :rolleyes: . I have been looking on the pack lunch threads and have a few ideas to keep the costs down.

    Also for anyone who uses it, Asda are doing 2 for £1 on the Billingtons light and dark muscavado sugar, i needed some to turn my green toms into something yummy .

    Jackie x
  • jinky67
    i meant to say earlier

    part of the reason i will be over budget is because i have finally persuaded OH to take a pack lunch to work with him.
    I hadnt factored that into my totals.
    Once a Flylady, always a Flylady
  • jinky67
    Hi all, just updating sig because i had to go to Asda this morning for pack lunch stuff for everyone, no more free school meals now me and OH are students, so from monday i'm needing to do pack ups for everyone. I'm hoping not to have to increase my budget because of this, but we will have to see hey :rolleyes: . I have been looking on the pack lunch threads and have a few ideas to keep the costs down.

    Also for anyone who uses it, Asda are doing 2 for £1 on the Billingtons light and dark muscavado sugar, i needed some to turn my green toms into something yummy .

    Jackie x
    Originally posted by jackk
    are you sure you dont qualify for free meals?
    surely you are on a low income then?
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    • Angelraesunshine
    • By Angelraesunshine 18th Sep 08, 12:46 PM
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    Angelraesunshine
    well my running total is now at £229.15.

    This is now including a bulk shop from Macro wich will last a few months on some items and this weeks shop from aldi which was £32.40. this did include a few treats for me to take to work now i have started a new job.

    In aldi i actually bought bread, i have been making my own for about 14 months but found that the artisan bread was not great for the kids sarnies and the bread machine i have needs replacing was bought 2nd hand and is just not good anymore. i dont want to be buying bread but as i have just started to go back to work and do not have as much time until i sort myself out and get a new BM then i might just have to for a few months.

    looking good for keeping on target though
    Still Trying
    Grocery challenge July 2016
    £400/£000
    • moneypooh
    • By moneypooh 18th Sep 08, 1:03 PM
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    moneypooh
    I have had such a fantastic MSE year this year, but this is possibly one of my last financial overhauls to do.

    I have been reading through the posts and am really encouraged to start next month. I have been collecting info this month as I really don't have a good budget at all. I haven't a fixed amount so it will be really interesting. I don't overspend as a general rule, but I will be looking at swapping things to save a bit here and there. Takeaways are always a temptation, especially when we all get home from work/school and can't be bothered.

    brilliant thread - thanks guys.
    • echelon101
    • By echelon101 18th Sep 08, 1:18 PM
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    echelon101
    Tescos Plain Flour 1.5kg = 33p

    Bread making here I come!
    (Made about 20 loaves in my time and learnt that different flours are pretty much all the same)
    Buy for value not cost.
    Feb Grocery = £55.87 / 80
    • mummygems
    • By mummygems 18th Sep 08, 1:41 PM
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    mummygems
    I think I am yet again going to go over budget this month (bangs head against brick wall).

    I decided to try one of those veg boxes delivered to your door things that some of you have talked about before but was shocked at the price of things and when I compared it to what I usually buy its like £10 more expensive. Hopefully I wont go far over budget as I am going to use the store cupboard and freezer for food next week so its just fresh bits, milk and baby milk to get.

    Also, I have a couple of really stupid questions so please bear with me and dont laugh!

    I have some tomatoes that came in my veg box but that I dont eat so I thought I could make them into tomato paste/sauce. I know I have to cut them and boil them but for how long? Do I cut the top or the bottom and do I put them in a pan and boil or put them in a pan of boiling water? Stupid me but I have never done anything like this before and I dont want to waste them.

    Next thing is cabbage, I have some (again from veg box). I dont mind a little of cabbage but wouldnt want it every day. Can I blanch and feeeze it or does anyone have a recipe that I can use it in (preferably not cabbage soup lol).

    October has just got to be the month that I make it under or on budget. Am going to read all the previous topics from Weezl and those type things as I am obviously going wrong somewhere with the spending seeing as there is DH and me, 2yr old DD and 5 month old DD and we are spending £350 a month (this does include nappies and baby formula and cleaning stuff).

    I am sure I will get there but fingers crossed its sooner rather than later else we wont be able to afford to do anything else!

    Hope everyone else is getting on okay.
  • kymbogs
    End of September for me!
    Hard to believe I'm saying this on September 18th but today is the end of my September Grocery month and the beginning of my October!

    Am very pleased to declare at £260.33 for September from a budget of £330. Will trim budget down to £300 for October, I don't want to reduce too far too fast as at the beginning of September's budget we did have quite a few things in the freezer to begin with (pack of 6 chicken breasts etc).

    I picked up some bargains in Tesco in town today, at least I think they were bargains lol - 4 large chicken breasts for £1.99 reduced from £4.99, 2 salmon fillets for £1.05 and two x 1lb punnets of strawberries for 99p each which I am going to make jam with and if it works out some of the jam will be included in my christmas-gift food parcels.

    I was going to make the jam this afternoon actually but I had not one wink of sleep last night and I don't feel entirely with it so thought I'd better leave it till I am awake!

    will update my sig for October stuff tomorrow after my Mr T and Mr O (yes, both of them to take advantage of various money off coupons) deliveries come tonight - hope they don't both turn up at the same time lol!

    Good luck to everyone for the rest of your September GC's

    Kimberley x
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    • sashanut
    • By sashanut 18th Sep 08, 2:17 PM
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    sashanut
    Afternoon all
    Haven't posted for a while but came on to update sig after a Mr Ms shop today. Got some decent whoopsies though; 2 head of broccoli for 29p, 4 pears 27p, sliced beef 49p, special sausages £1.49.

    Whilst I was there I noticed that all the Asian foods: such as rice, chickpeas (tinned & dried), spices, chutney etc etc which are normally good value anyway are reduced by 20% till 5th Oct - this is in the special section, not on the general shelves though. Thought it might b useful to some this month or maybe take a note to stock up for Oct GC?

    Have spent £182.14 of GC (£220) so getting on OK as I don't really need anything else; however am going for a free eye test in a large Mr T's tomorrow so have to be strong....

    BTW tried the Mr Ts value turkey leg recommended on another thread, it was yummy for sandwich meat & can also make a meal or two from it, plus soup & the skin for the dogs....I am sure so good value for £1.28.

    Haven't been to the shops in a week so am like a fiend when let out...grinning like a lunatic at people, I must have spooked some of them! That's what cabin fever does for you, saves you cash but sends you nuts!!
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 18th Sep 08, 3:18 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Week 3 of Sept declaring under budget!!!!
    Next thing is cabbage, I have some (again from veg box). I dont mind a little of cabbage but wouldnt want it every day. Can I blanch and feeeze it or does anyone have a recipe that I can use it in (preferably not cabbage soup lol).
    Originally posted by mummygems


    Mummygems here are some ideas:
    - use it in a stir fry with some chicken, sweetcorn and mushrooms
    - make coleslaw with cabbage, carrot, onion
    - put it in minestrone soup (make batch for freezer) or veg soup but not cabbage soup lol
    - blanch and freeze.
    HTH.

    Am also on to declare week 3 as £39.25/£40 (so far £117.71/£160)
    Last week of Sep for us starts on Friday- have a budget of £40 for that week- hoping to be under as not needing a big shop really, and also have plenty yogs, cheese etc in. Will need milk, bread, maybe some fresh veggies and fruit for DH- see edited part below for how it went!
    Next month its back to a monthy budget on here (but trying to set myself weekly limits).
    Finally just to say thanks again to Penny, Pink, Angelnikki, MrsM for all their help with this thread, everyone who contributes useful GC stuff, and good luck to Rosieben (sorry if sp wrong) who I understand is taking over the recipes from nikki.
    xx OS
    (PS Scottish Coop is doing Auntie Bessies Crinkle Cut Chips BOGOF @ £2, also Clover light @ 99p, and Elmlea double 2 for £1 - normally 95p, hope this helps anyone who, like me, is not in the middle of shopville .)

    Edited to say, I did a shop on Friday 19th, the main one of the last week of September for us- spent less than £20 in Tesco . Have updated sig accordingly.
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 19-09-2008 at 6:00 PM.
  • scotsaver
    Afternoon everyone - had another NSD today but will have to hit the shops tomorrow for some F&V and some milk.

    Dug up the last of my potatoes today so having Cottage Pie tonight which I have bulked out with some Soya Mince - had half a bag left lurking at the back of the cupboard, hoping that the family won't notice as I've also used "normal" mince.

    Picked some more apples off the tree and made yet another Crumble for Pudding tonight and used the remainder of the apple slices to make those Spiced Apple Bars I was talking about - they have come out really yummy so here is the recipe if anyone wants to give it a go:-

    6oz Plain Flour
    Half Tsp Salt
    3oz Margarine
    3oz Brown Sugar

    Topping:-

    1 tbsp Brown Sugar
    1 tsp Cinnamon
    1 Large Cooking Apple
    1oz Butter

    Sift Flour & Salt & rub in marg to make breadcrumb consistency. Stir in brown sugar and spread mixture over an 8" square, shallow baking tin.

    Now mix sugar & cinnamon together. Peel, core & slice the apple and lay over the mixture, sprinkle over the sugar & cinnamon and dot with the butter. Bake for 35 to 40 mins at 200 degrees.

    Remove from the oven and cut into 8 bars and allow to cool before removing.

    Hope you all have a good evening.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • scotsaver
    Sorry for posting again but forgot to say thanks to BigMummaF for the "crisps" idea, don't know why I've never thought to do that before so shall definitely save my peelings from now on - also never thought of using them in Stock either.
    Last edited by scotsaver; 18-09-2008 at 3:37 PM.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
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  • leebarton
    Went to Aldi yesterday and bought lots of fruit to try in the dehydrator - spent £8.10. Mr T delivery is due on Saturday - I have just added milk to it, and I hope it will last to the end of the month. Depending on how much it gets reduced with multibuys etc I may just squeeze in under budget, otherwise I might be about £4 over. I have bought lots of baby stuff as well though! :|
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  • rosieben
    ...
    Next thing is cabbage, I have some (again from veg box). I dont mind a little of cabbage but wouldnt want it every day. Can I blanch and feeeze it or does anyone have a recipe that I can use it in (preferably not cabbage soup lol). ...
    Originally posted by mummygems
    How about Cabbage Gallette - a great recipe - Gingham Ribbon gave the link in one of her menu threads
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  • fertyskids
    Hi everyone,

    Ive not posted for a while. Just been busy and too tired to go through my reciepts. the 5 students have gone now so im back to feeding the family (5)

    IM OVER BUDGET!!!! i need help!!!

    Two days before the end of last months budget i did a huge shop £100ish, as the cuboards were not quite full. this is how i shop, i have a fear of empty cuboards.!! So i have included it in this months budget, as ive used the stuff this month. Yesterday i did the same thing, i had enough food until the end of the challenge excpet for F7V, milk. Now i have 2 Freezers full to capacity, all cuboards full and floor to ceiling shelves overflowing in the garage. i didnt need all this food, most of it will be for next month as i have 6 days left of this challenge. The problem is im not meal planning, i find it difficult to think of ideas other than casseroles, spag bol or roasts. If i could work out a menu i would probably be £80 under budget, as i spent £100 yesterday.

    how do i meal plean from the cupboards/ freezer. i look and just feeel overwhelmed.

    sorry to waffle, if i need to post this somewhere else please can someone direct me. Any help gratefully recieved. thanks karen
  • rosieben
    ...
    how do i meal plean from the cupboards/ freezer. i look and just feeel overwhelmed.
    ...
    Originally posted by fertyskids
    How about starting with a list of the meals you know all the family will eat? maybe list what's in your freezer/cupboards and that might give you some ideas? Or you could list the contents (probably best to start a new thread) and ask for ideas for meals - I'm sure you'd get lots of help

    I sometimes have just a loose meal plan, like

    1 x Roast
    1 x sausages
    1 x pasta
    1 x rice
    1 eggs or cheese
    1 vegetarian

    then I have choices for each day - sausages could be toad in the hole, cowboy hotpot, sausage casserole; the pasta day could be spag bol, lasagne, pasta bake,
    and so on through the week. you can adapt each day making the most of what you have in stock.

    hth
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