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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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    • Erosgirl
    • By Erosgirl 20th Oct 08, 11:41 AM
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    Would someone post a link to the homemade baked beans recipe please? It would be much appreciated.
  • Money saving Diva
    Hi ladies!

    Hope this finds you all well and happy.

    MrsM, I am with you - I have been browsing Suttons and Dobies brochures for weeks now! I already have some garlic to plant up and am amazed at how huge my winter potato plants are. Just no flowers yet so I presume, no potatoes!! But I live in hope. (It's my first time growing them in case you hadn't guessed)

    Trying to live out of the freezer and store cupboard as the end of the month is looming, but it seems every day we need SOMETHING and it's really annoying me! But I keep smiling and keep trying. Controlling the OH is the worst part, sometimes it really does get me down because he is still impulse buying and not always thinking before he spends.

    Anyway, hope you are all doing well with your own challenges
    to all

    Diva.x


    To be frugal, you need to spend money wisely, simply spending less is not enough.
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    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 20th Oct 08, 12:07 PM
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    Spent €10.66 on potatoes, turnip and mushrooms...so now have €40 left until 31st...using mackerel from freezer with 'pickled' red cabbage and baked potatoes for dinner...baked apples and yogurt to follow

    Good luck all

    Marie
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 20th Oct 08, 1:00 PM
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    Been up to Mr T for a couple of bits today -- and the 2.5kg bag of Market Value spuds I paid 57p for last Thursday is now 78p

    That's a 21p increase in just 4 days , which equates to roughly 7p/day increase in cost for me when using spuds as I normally get three meals (9 portions) from one bag -- and would have only got 2 meals (4 portions) before I started watching portion sizes this month
    Cheryl
  • bullet
    I have bought several ingredients today so should not need to do any food buying for the next few days. Plans are to have a corned beef and piccalilli pie with cabbages and potatoes for tea tonight. Then use up rest of cabbage with some soup mix and do a batch of soup for one lunchtime. Have got some leftover mashed potatoes in the freezer so will make fishcakes as well and one of DH's work colleagues gave us some free apples so can make crumble with those (already cooked and frozen). We'll have veggie curry and veggie pizza as well and we have eggs so can make some Yorkshire puddings and fill them with some cheap ingredients.
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 20th Oct 08, 2:39 PM
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    I just need to check something.. and need someone to run through it and make sure its correct..
    Chicken soup

    I have bought a chicken and its oven.. once it cooked i take all the meat off and put the bones in a pan.. cover the bones with boiling water and simmer for about an hour. Once cooked get rid of all bones.. But what do i do next? Do i add some chicken and blend it? How to i make it thick soup?
    Originally posted by mumzyof2
    Ok so you have your soup stock. Now what you add to it is up to you reall but the liquid of it probably needs to be topped up. So I am guessing at adding about 1 or 2 pint of water and a couple of stock cubes. Chicken ones or veg ones.
    Add some onions,carrots,lentils,maybe some diced potatoes,pearl barley.
    Add all of that together plus the bits of meat that come off of the chicken carcass. Chuck out th skin and bones.

    What I do is this:

    Boil carcass
    Sieve the contents of the pan so Ive got a seive full of chicken and bones
    Put on large plate and remove skin and bones
    Put remaining chicken from seive into liquid mixture.
    Cook all of this together.

    Potatoes make it thicker. Do you want a chunky soup or a smooth soup?
    If you want it smooth-when you liquidize it, it will get thicker anyway.
    If you liquidze it only fill up the blender to just under half or it will overflow.
    You will thenneed an extra pan to tip the blended mixture into.
    If you want to thicken it you can get some cornflour, mix to a paste, then make it runny with more water and slowly stir it into the pan of soup until its a bit thiccker. Personally I never do this I prefer it without.

    Hope that works well for you. I did mine the other day with ingredients above minus the pearl barley.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • rosieben
    ... I have bought a chicken and its oven.. once it cooked i take all the meat off and put the bones in a pan.. cover the bones with boiling water and simmer for about an hour. Once cooked get rid of all bones.. But what do i do next? Do i add some chicken and blend it? How to i make it thick soup?
    Originally posted by mumzyof2
    sorry I thought I'd posted this link when you asked before, but I may have forgotten
    Chicken soup from a carcass
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 20th Oct 08, 4:41 PM
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    cw18 - let us know how you get on with the Heart's
    Originally posted by scotsaver
    Haven't costed up the meal yet, and am about to dive out for a spot of babysitting for a friend/neighbour, so won't be able to do that until 9-ish

    But.....

    The recipe was a little more fiddly than I'd expected (and probably not quite as frugal as I'd have liked), but I managed to do it without anyone else seeing what I was up to (packet now buried at bottom of bin). Sliced each into three before serving, so two slices each and doesn't resemble it's origins

    DH has just been told it's "casserole" -- waiting to see how he copes as he's having problems swallowing, and the heart itself isn't 100% tender all the way through (think it's the nature of the item rather than something gone wrong in the cooking).

    DS looked and asked what it was. Told him it's a cheap cut of lamb (which it is) stuffed with onion, mushroom and sausage meat, then wrapped in bacon, before being cooked in the sauce. He declared it looks like "slops",

    DS is eating in his room as normal (dining room is now a bedroom, so we tend to eat in different places), but I can hear the cutlery hitting the plate at regular intervals which implies it's going -- and he's not come straight back out declaring it "inedible" which he's done with other things I've cooked.


    The stuffing was a tad sloppy, so would have to look at adjusting that in the future -- and I suspect the sauce is a bit heavy on the tomatoes for DH.

    Whilst I wouldn't want it weekly (probably not even fortnightly), I think I could cope with this every 3-4 weeks if it's not too expensive with bits (like the hearts) being snapped up at 75% off again
    Cheryl
  • mumzyof2
    Thankyou very much for the soup info. carcass is in fridge im doing it wednesday morning as have college tomorrow.
    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
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  • bullet
    We had some potatoes and cabbage left over after tea tonight, so I am going to have a stab at making bubble and squeak for lunch tomorrow. I made the cabbage and soup mix soup and added some dried herbs to flavour it and it looks ok, but not eaten any yet. I did go and buy some cocoa and baking margarine, baking powder and selfraising flour, but at least those things should last a while.
  • Julimk
    DD has been a complete gannet and it seems that every two minutes she was complaining she was hungry & raiding the fridge and larder. As a result I have had to go to Mr T again & spent another £20 or so.

    Mind you I can’t stay cross with her. She asked if I had considered going on Masterchef & I said that I wasn’t good enough. She said I definitely was & everything I cooked was delicious! Bless

    And I got some whoopsied stewing steak & sausages for the freezer. So now, when I am through most of the portions already in there I have this & frying steak, mince & chicken breasts to start my meal plan from.

    I know that I am using up the portions from the freezer, from the empty tubs that are piling up – but there seem to be as many in the freezer as before! :confused:
  • scotsaver
    Scotsaver, can I have your apple charlotte recipe please, as I end with with loads of bread crusts and we are getting a bit bored of bread pud
    Originally posted by princess leia
    Hi princess leia - there are loads of different recipes for Apple Charlotte but this is the one that I use because it's quick & easy and absolutely delicious.

    6oz Breadcrumbs - the kids don't like crusts on my homemade bread so I have to cut them off, save them in a freezer bag and when I have enough I make them into breadcrumbs for this recipe or bread pudding.
    3oz Brown Sugar
    1lb Cooking Apples
    Half a tsp Ground Cloves
    2oz Margarine
    2tbs Golden Syrup
    2tbs Water

    Mix the breadcrumbs and sugar together.
    Peel, core and slice the apple and arrange half in the bottom of a greased 1.5pint pie dish, sprinkle over the ground cloves and then cover with half the breadcrumbs, place the remaining apple slices in the dish and cover with the remainder of the breadcrumbs.
    Melt the margarine, syrup and water together and pour onto the breadcrumbs, bake in an oven at 180c for about 40 mins - I usually have to put foil over the top for the last 10 mins as the breadcrumbs start to get too crispy.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 20th Oct 08, 8:32 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    I made corned beef hash tonight but I seem to do it differently to Mrs M. Anyhow-it works well and all got eaten up. I had half a pan(about 2lb) of cooked spuds from yesterday to use up so I mashed it up, added cubed corned beef,a tin of carrots,a tin of marrowfat peas,a good squirt of worcs sauce,an onion and 4 med mushrooms. Cooked it until it was a real mush and setved with gravy. No complaints here! I was in a hurry tonight as I have been running people around all day for one thing and another so tea had to be quick.
    I did pop into Waitrose as they always take my vouchers so I used £4 worth on my shopping. Got a nice bag of english veg on offer for £4. Its king edwards,carrots,parsnips,cauliflower and a cabbage. Comes complete with a leaflet with 22 recipe ideas.
    Nouvelle toilet rolls are £3.29 for a 12 pack. Cheap bread is 45p per loaf. Bananas are 45p per pound Pepperami stick thingys on bogof. Brunswick ham on bogof. Apples and pears on offer-2 bags for £2.50
    Then I popped into Somerfield and got reduced cherry bakewells for 44p Warburtons large toastie sliced for 35p and digestive biscs 33p and choc digestive for 37p. Last of the big spenders I think! Ive ordered an Asda delivery for Saturday evening(thats next weeks budget) but so far this week I have only spent £29.88 on food. Another good week I think.
    Stocking up on frozen readymeals and stuff as Im leaving half the family at home next week while I take dd14 to Blackpool alone. My son wont boil an egg but he's good with the micro. DHD will cook a little if she isnt too tired after work and DH will do eggs and beans. Me and DD will enjoy a few pub meals tho next week-they are all big enough to fend for themselves at home. I can see myself leaving written instructions! Boiled up lots of rice and froze it yesterday so I may do a batch of curry for the freezer also which can be heated up in individual portions. I may do a cauliflower cheese for tomorrow night using pasta with it-so a cauliflower and pasta chesse to be precise. I plan to cut and freeze the cabbage as I won't use it otherwise. King eds are always a treat so maybe a cheese and onion pie. Parsnips and carrots for soup I hope so thats now all spoken for. Now Ive said it I "have" to do it!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 20-10-2008 at 8:38 PM.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • Barneysmom
    • By Barneysmom 20th Oct 08, 9:30 PM
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    Barneysmom
    Hi I've updated my sig, spent £13 in Mr.M's today
    2 x 6 pinters of milk, hubby's coke ( Coke is bad), some mushrooms, a butternut (he makes great soup!) , 2 doughnuts - I know I know!
    I can't remember what else, oh a small tiger loaf and eggs.
    Why has everything gone up so much this week, petrol's gone down?
    I gasped out loud when I saw how much the eggs were, I'm blowed if I'm going to pay £1.36 for 6 egss. So I got a box of the value ones, and it's just tough.
    I don't know if we'll be buying many eggs now.
    Barney is my border collie.
    • susan946
    • By susan946 20th Oct 08, 9:30 PM
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    Would someone post a link to the homemade baked beans recipe please? It would be much appreciated.
    Originally posted by Erosgirl
    Eros girl - I posted recently about the baked beans I made (hubby thought they were magic!!) and I thought the recipe had come from this thread, but it was actually posted by memorygirl on her make do and mend thread. Here's her recipe - hope she won't mind me posting it here!!!!

    BAKED BEANS – about £1 for a huge pot – or 12 portions ( and we’re greedy here)

    I bag of haricot beans ( the little white ones that look like – well baked beans )
    1 clove of garlic
    2 tins tomatoes
    I small onion – peeled and chopped
    1 tsp sugar
    Salt and pepper

    Soak the beans in cold water overnight. Tip I was given once is that to prevent the skins splitting you start these off in cold water rather than pour boiling water over them so that they can slowly swell.

    Next morning I drain them and boil them in water (don’t add any salt as that will make the skin tough) for about 40 minutes until cooked but still a bit “al dente” – that’s firm but not crunchy.

    I then turn the heat off and add about 1 tablespoon of salt and put the lid on firmly. I know this sounds like a lot of salt – but the beans only pick up a little of it and the rest drains off with the water.

    I leave the beans for as long as I can to cool down (usually whilst everyone is fed breakfast and dressed for school) I find that if I drain the beans whilst they are piping hot the skins start to peel off and the insides pop out.

    I liquidise the tinned tomatoes, onion and garlic together and pour into my slow cooker with some pepper and the teaspoon of sugar (for some reason a little sugar makes stuff cooked in tinned tomatoes really yummy)

    Just before heading out the door I drain the beans and stir them into the tomato sauce in the slow-cooker, pop the lid on and leave for the day.

    When I get home the beans are tender and “baked” – but much cheaper than tinned ones and less sweet/salty too.

    This makes loads – so I freeze the leftovers in Chinese takeaway containers (the plastic ones with lids) One box is like a tin of beans – feeds four as a side dish or two as a topping for baked potato or toast. Or one very hungry grandfather babysitting after a day of golf – LOL.

    Hope you enjoy them.

    Sue
    • CherryPie
    • By CherryPie 20th Oct 08, 9:53 PM
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    CherryPie
    Not been doing so well this week, have kept my receipts but seem to have put them in a safe place. You know the one, so safe even I can't remember where it is?:confused: I'm sure I'll come accross them soon.

    I had copied a spreadsheet that someone had posted, it had all debts, savings & spending on it. Similar to the one on the main site but I found it a lot simpler to use. (Even though I have an irrational obsession with spreadsheets!!) And lo & behold I've misplaced that too!! Could anyone help me with this??
    My name is CherryPie and I'm addicted to grocery shopping!!



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    • Barneysmom
    • By Barneysmom 20th Oct 08, 10:16 PM
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    Barneysmom
    I just need to check something.. and need someone to run through it and make sure its correct..
    Chicken soup

    I have bought a chicken and its oven.. once it cooked i take all the meat off and put the bones in a pan.. cover the bones with boiling water and simmer for about an hour. Once cooked get rid of all bones.. But what do i do next? Do i add some chicken and blend it? How to i make it thick soup?
    Originally posted by mumzyof2
    I don't usually blend mine, I like the chicken chunky, but to thicken you could add some fresh cream (if you take out a second mortgage!) or some milk. Or mix a tablespoon of cornflour in a drop of water and tip that in stirring while you do so.
    I like to put some black pepper in mine too.
    Barney is my border collie.
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 21st Oct 08, 12:48 AM
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    angelatgraceland
    Not been doing so well this week, have kept my receipts but seem to have put them in a safe place. You know the one, so safe even I can't remember where it is?:confused: I'm sure I'll come accross them soon.

    I had copied a spreadsheet that someone had posted, it had all debts, savings & spending on it. Similar to the one on the main site but I found it a lot simpler to use. (Even though I have an irrational obsession with spreadsheets!!) And lo & behold I've misplaced that too!! Could anyone help me with this??
    Originally posted by CherryPie
    Ive sent you a PM explaining how to find it-hope that works! Hope you feel better soon too.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • scotsaver
    Morning everyone - just a real quicky, FREE RANGE EGGS are only £2 for 15 in Asda at the moment.

    MRSMC - am I correct in thinking that you make your own Stuffing, I'm getting swamped with crusts of bread, been making Apple Charlotte and Bread pudding but trying to think of new ways to use them up - could you please post the recipe or any other ideas you have for using up.

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

    • AlwaysHappy
    • By AlwaysHappy 21st Oct 08, 6:32 AM
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    AlwaysHappy
    Just a quickie to post my total for the month at[COLOR="Red"]£238.87/£240[COLOR="red"][COLOR="red"][COLOR="Black"] so am really pleased with that, pleast put me down for£230for next month. I know I don't post a lot but I do read this thread daily and find it really inspirational. Thanks to everyone for the ideas!
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