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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Sep 08, 5:14 PM
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    Pink.
    October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.
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    • 27th Sep 08, 5:14 PM
    October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts. 27th Sep 08 at 5:14 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the tenth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

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

    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.
    by Galtizz
    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-09-2008 at 10:13 AM.
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    • curly cabbage
    • By curly cabbage 15th Oct 08, 3:09 PM
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    curly cabbage
    Afternoon all
    Well havn't been near shop since Friday and had 5 NSD'd in a row pretty pleased with that. Will need to shop for bread and/or yeast tomorrow but i think that will be all.

    CC
  • NorthWest-Lass
    hi Mrs M

    Sorry to hear you are feeling rubbish hope you are better soon.

    I wanted to let you know I now have my Remoska and have tried your recipe for bread. it really does taste fantastic so a BIG THANK YOU.
  • FairyElephant
    Just popping in to update - sorry I've been carp at updating this month!

    Total spend so far £126.38 which leaves me just £33.62 for the rest of the month - EEK!

    Did manage to stock up on condensed soups at Mr M's on Sat (half price at 28p tin - great for cooking sauces!), and do now have a pretty full freezer and still tonnes of pasta & rice in the cupboard from last month's stockup, so fingers crossed I can make it to the end of the month - only bread/rolls, milk & F&V to buy.

    Meal plan went a bit haywire at the w/e as DH & I were both ill, so lots of toast & tea but not much in the way of 'proper food' was eaten - hence I now have a nice piece of pork in the freezer which would have been Sunday lunch - oh well - saved a few quid I suppose, but I can think of nicer ways to save money (and lose weight!).

    Luck all!

    FE
    The best advice you can give your children: "Take responsibility for your own actions...and always Read the Small Print!"
    ..."Mind yer a*se on the step!"
    TTC with FI - RIP my 2 MC Angels - 3rd full ICSI starts May/June 2009 - BFP!!! Please let it be 'third time lucky'..... EDD 7th March 2010.
    • milliemonster
    • By milliemonster 15th Oct 08, 4:33 PM
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    milliemonster
    Hi everyone, can I join in? I need some serious help with cutting down my grocery budget as I get tempted too much by 'stuff' when I go shopping, there are four us 2 adults and 9yr old (although she eats like an adult!) and a 5 yr old fussy boy. My budget is £200 a month. I have a slow cooker and like to bake etc but my biggest problem is we have loads in the freezer, but I forget to get something out to defrost overnight before we go to bed and end up having to go shopping again to buy something for tea!!!

    I need to get into a routine I think
    Aug GC £63.23/£200, Total Savings £0
  • MRSMCAWBER
    hi Mrs M

    Sorry to hear you are feeling rubbish hope you are better soon.

    I wanted to let you know I now have my Remoska and have tried your recipe for bread. it really does taste fantastic so a BIG THANK YOU.
    Originally posted by NorthWest-Lass

    Glad you like it, hope you have loads of fun with your new toy -extremely important piece of kitchen equipment

    Hi Milliemonster and welcome on board... I will go and put you on the list
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    • egon
    • By egon 15th Oct 08, 7:17 PM
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    egon
    Just had a MrT delivery. Very happy with it. With promotions and vouchers, it came to £33.77. Way over what I wanted to spend, but there where a few bulk buys for things on offer. (Laughing cow 16 triangles for 0.68 - bargain!)

    My total so far is £149.53. That leaves me with £40.47 for the last 2 weeks. This should be manageable!!!!

    MrsM I hope you are feeling better soon. ((((((((Hugs)))))))
    I wish Germany had a website like moneysavingexpert!
  • katiejones
    hi guys, sorry i haven't been here for a while, have updated my signature not doing too good .

    But then this is my first month at this, so maybe i am better off seeing what we usually spend and getting better next month. I have kept my receipts so i will see where the money is going.

    I do have a quick question though about stews. Can i add oats to bulk it a bit - how much would i add and will Quaker Oats do??

    thankyou
    Wins in 2013 - Jan - Heinz No Noise Ketchup.
  • mumzyof2
    I spent £48.39 on a asda delivery which i got on monday just gone. My taget is £25 a week but as this shop will last me till end of month i will be going the rest of month on £50 (putting my £25 a week together to make 2 weeks). Only have £1.61 left but have lots of milk/f&v in. only thing i need to buy is bread but Netto have it in for 30p
    Sealed Pot dec 08 - dec 09 so far £27.67, Live off £4k Spent £330.20 GC £1,200 for 2009 Spent £50.78 PaD so far £650.07
    Debts: L/woods £154.00 C/One PAID O/D £649.90 Next £299.95 O/D PAID Gas £72.60 Electric £155.73 Mum £640.00 Orange £490.32
  • rosieben
    ... But then this is my first month at this, so maybe i am better off seeing what we usually spend and getting better next month. I have kept my receipts so i will see where the money is going.
    Originally posted by katiejones
    yes, good idea to keep receipts and then see how much it totals up for the month. when you check the receipts you may also find areas where you can cut back a little more and so reduce your budget next month.

    not sure about the oatmeal as I've never done it; I've seen people post that they just 'bung in a handful' but I'm sure you'll get more precise instructions than that.
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 15th Oct 08, 8:11 PM
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    Natty68
    Just popping on to tally up my spending so far, eeks it's come to £59.95. I think I am going to have to curb the odd little trips to Asda


    Struggling financially

    Mortgage Free as of 20.9.17
  • bullet
    I have had an NSD day today. Will have to get weetabix and shampoo tomorrow.
    • wendywitch
    • By wendywitch 15th Oct 08, 9:27 PM
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    wendywitch
    I saved up my receipts and updated today.
    I'm doing alot of storecupboard meals at the moment for several reasons, a rather large vet bill to pay and the dog's been put on a "special" = expensive dog food which will be coming out of the grocery money as my other dogs food does as that comes from Tesco. I also need to use up the odds and sods in the bottom of the freezer so I can defrost it .
    I know this will mean a large bulk buy at the beginning of next month which I could do without but it can't be helped :rolleyes:
    • sashanut
    • By sashanut 15th Oct 08, 10:06 PM
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    sashanut
    Hi all

    Have not been posting for a while - had an accident - but am still doing GC. Am determined to try & get to the bottom of my freezers....especially the iced-up one in the cellr that I am sure is running away with the leccy. Mrs M could you please put me down for £220 again this month....will update sig as soon as I add up receipts. Ta very much!!
    New start JAN15 - NOT BUYING IT 2015 . Long haul DFW #145 : 2011 DEBTBUSTING : £5500 OD GONE, £2000 OD - GONE £93,610.30 cc & loan debt - GONE 27.6.14 FINALLY DEBT & MORTGAGE FREE
    • cw18
    • By cw18 15th Oct 08, 10:23 PM
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    cw18
    Just added in todays spends/useages, and it still looks hopeful that I'll come in under budget for my first GC It's quite a relief, as although I kept track of my totals last month I wasn't trying to keep within a set budget like I am this month !!

    I'm even hopeful I can include cleaning items/toiletries next month without needing to increase it (I'm monitoring the costs of those this month, but not including them in my total on here)
    Cheryl
  • Jacks xxx
    Evenin' My fellow GC buddies.

    How's it going?

    I'm ever so sorry to hear you've had an accident sashanut. I hope you're well on the mend by now.

    The same goes for you Mrs M. Get well soon chick!

    Well done Kymbogs for being done and dusted! I'm pretty much at the halfway mark and trying to keep a lid on it whilst keeping everybody happy as usual! :rolleyes:

    I've just done an actual Mr T shop at Mr T's instead of online cos of all this nefarious "cheapest option not available online" business.

    I'm not impressed. :rolleyes: Hubby doesn't get home until about 9pm most nights with the car so by the time we'd had a chat it was almost ten before I was tramping round the supermarket with my "grumpy old woman" face (and shoes!) on.

    I'm usually all friendly and smiley I promise but every time I'm a bit grumpy and consequently a little fierce I get so much better service! It's not fair is it?!

    I'm hoping to get some fruit and veg bargains at the market tomorrow and still wistfully longing for a regular Abel & Cole delivery.

    All their fresh produce was so lovely in the "free" (you had to spend £25 to get it I think) veg box they sent us - and the eggs were fabulous.

    I'm still jiggling my sums around trying to make it work.

    I also posted on the "What should happen to the OS Daily" thread today - although I wasn't able to be any help at all. I just hate to see people so upset about it all.

    I only mention it because I had no idea that a debate was raging until one of you mentioned it so I'm mentioning it again in case anybody else wants to put in their tuppence.

    Ninght night all,

    Love Jacks xxx
    Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted. Einstein
    • eveie189
    • By eveie189 16th Oct 08, 5:45 AM
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    eveie189
    Morning

    I spent quite a bit yesterday but i did include my new (living) chickens and their food because the main reason I bought themn was for the eggs. They still have the corners on 5 for £1 at tescos so got 15 and then DH (who is getting very good at GC bargain finding) found 2 rasberry bushes at tesco for £1.80 each so these are also included in budget as hoping to get llots of fruit from them next year.

    Oh and i made HM french baguettes for first time. They were gorgeous!

    Have a good day
    Katie
    April GC 9th-7th may £0/£320
    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 16th Oct 08, 7:04 AM
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    BigMummaF
    Morning

    I spent quite a bit yesterday but i did include my new (living) chickens and their food because the main reason I bought themn was for the eggs. They still have the corners on 5 for £1 at tescos so got 15 and then DH (who is getting very good at GC bargain finding) found 2 rasberry bushes at tesco for £1.80 each so these are also included in budget as hoping to get llots of fruit from them next year.

    Oh and i made HM french baguettes for first time. They were gorgeous!

    Have a good day
    Katie
    Originally posted by eveie189
    I'm so glad I didn't have a mouthful of tea when I read this first Katie....I've been pondering on just where the corners are on a chicken & why they would be removed before you'd bought them....then a very dim when I realised what you had actually said, followed by a lot of *crawls away from keyboard*

    Apologies about some of the post yesterday guys, but one very important bit that I need to repeat is..
    TESCO ARE GIVING STORE MANAGERS FREE REIGN OVER ISSUEING & HONOURING RAIN-CHECK VOUCHERS! I was told by a customer service assistant on Tuesday evening, so please be aware that when a special offer is out of stock, we may not be able to claim the voucher in that particular branch, or use a voucher in a branch that didn't issue IYSWIM.
    Full time Carer for Mum; harassed mother of three;
    loving & loved by two 4-legged babies.

  • princess leia
    Did your post disappear r is it back now???

    My shopping arrived and it totalled £73 but we did get loads and loads of stuff :rolleyes: so all I will need to get now is F & V as I like to choose my veg myself and what I feel like on the day! Will update sig later as I may get some veg while I am out today
    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!

  • Money saving Diva
    Morning ladies!

    Tescos order last night but only a small top up one - found a voucher for free delivery so the order was £32. A few store cupboard things to restock and some fresh fruit and veg - nothing big there but it all adds up!!

    Smoked Haddock was on special offer so bought some as intend to attempt a fish pie. (Have cheap pollock fillets from lidls and whoopsied prawns plus cheese sauce from pre-OS days) so adding in some broccoli (my absolute fave veg) it should taste rather nice. (OH makes great mashed potato as he never leaves lumps!)

    Hope everyone is doing OK with their challenges.. I am off to change my siggy, finish posting and then go to bed!

    Get well soon MrsM!

    *Hugs* to all

    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...
    Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I will try again tomorrow.
    • perrywinkle
    • By perrywinkle 16th Oct 08, 8:09 AM
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    perrywinkle
    Morning everyone,

    Planning to make tomato soup for lunch which is adapted from a recipe from Good Food as the kids love it with home made crusty bread.

    Real Tomato Soup – a really easy recipe adapted from a Good Food Recipe

    Serves 8
    Prep 5 mins
    Cook 25 mins

    Low fat
    Counts as 1 of 5-a-day

    Ingredients

    4tbsp olive oil
    2 onions, chopped
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    4 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
    142g can tomato puree
    1 large handful basil leaves
    1 level tsp bicarbonate of soda
    1200 ml milk
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method
    • Heat the olive oil in a large pan, then tip in the onion and garlic. Cook over a moderate heat until the onion has softened, about 5 – 10 mins. Stir in the tomato puree, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and basil leaves, and bring up to the boil. Turn the heat down and leave to simmer for about 15 mins until thick and full of flavour. If you like a smooth soup, whiz the mixture at this point to form a smooth sauce (I use my stick blender but you could use a liquidiser etc). Can now be cooled and frozen for up to 1 month.
    • To finish the soup, tip the soup mixture into a pan. Spoon the bicarbonate of soda into a small bowl and pour over 1 tbsp or so of the milk. Mix together until there are no lumps, then tip into the tomato mix and pour over the milk. Bring up to a boil (the mixture will froth, but don’t worry – it will go away). Season to taste. Gently simmer for about 5 mins until ready to serve.
    You can modify this recipe to suit what you want to use up – could add chopped chilli, celery etc with the chopped onions at the beginning or add chopped fresh tomatoes with the tinned tomatoes. Could also add chilli flakes or anything really – it’s a good base soup.


    Still regularly reading the thread although like many posters not posting as much as I used to bearing in mind the need to keep the thread a manageable length. Hope you feel better soon Mrs M and that everyone has a good day.



    On a separate note I picked up a tip from the sneaky ways to save the pennies thread - posted by bambieyes - they suggested mixing grated carrot with grated cheese and mayo for sandwich filling - tried it with my 3 year old yesterday and he loved them - he's not keen on eating veg at the moment so money saving and brilliant way to get him to eat veg without him realising - thought this might be of help to somebody.



    Will probably not post again until the month end unless I find something that I feel others would benefit from in the meantime.


    Happy moneysaving
    Perrywinkle
    Last edited by perrywinkle; 03-06-2012 at 8:08 PM. Reason: managed to find name of poster
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