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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Oct 08, 8:48 AM
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    November 2008 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 27th Oct 08, 8:48 AM
    November 2008 Grocery Challenge 27th Oct 08 at 8:48 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the eleventh Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your October budget, then keep on posting in the October 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'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 #3 and #4 on this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #5 and 6 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by Pink.; 28-10-2008 at 8:03 AM.
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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Oct 08, 8:48 AM
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    • 27th Oct 08, 8:48 AM
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    • 27th Oct 08, 8:48 AM
    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)
  • rosieben
    • #3
    • 27th Oct 08, 9:09 AM
    Recipe Index Part 1 - Part 2 is below
    • #3
    • 27th Oct 08, 9:09 AM
    Main Meals & Side Dishes

    Baked potato pizza

    Baked Beans (home made)

    Belly Pork

    Broad Bean Burgers

    Chicken Cannelloni

    Chicken - Sticky Chicken

    Chicken & Sweetcorn Soup

    Chicken Fried Rice

    Chicken with Garlic, Cider & Cream


    Chinese style cabbage


    Corned Beef Hash - MrsMCawber's recipe

    Creamy Chicken and Potato casserole

    Curried Parsnip Soup

    Curry Sauce

    Diet Coke Chicken

    Duchesse potatoes


    Fish Pie

    Ham and Lentil Soup

    Iced cucumber soup

    Individual chicken pies


    Lemon Chicken

    Lemon chicken with basil and tagliatelle



    Mediterranean Mince and Potato 'Pie'

    Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta

    Mince & onion pie

    Minced Beef Curry

    Mini Goat's Cheese, Pear & Walnut Quiche

    Monday Pie


    Naan bread - see 'Bread' below

    Open top 'pizza' pie

    Parsnip & Apple Soup

    Pizza / Pizza Base Recipe

    Potato layer bake

    Quiche Lorraine

    Real Tomato Soup

    Sausage Casserole

    Sausage Meat Patties

    Spaghetti with courgettes, tomato and brie

    Spicy Bean & Sweet Potato Stew

    Spicy Carrot and Tomato Soup

    Stuffing - MrsMcawber's recipe

    Suet crust pie with quorn

    Super Tasty Bacon, Bean and Sausage

    Sweet & Sour Chicken/Pork

    TexMex Skillett

    Thai green curry

    Toad in the Hole

    Tofu burgers

    Turkey and Bubble and Squeak Pie

    Vegetable Casserole

    Veggie Haggis




    Bread - Mrs McC's recipe for Remoska

    Breadsticks MrsM's / angelnikki's (No Salt Recipe)

    Cheese & Potato Bread

    Cheesy Bread Rolls

    Chewy Soft Flour Tortilla

    Chocolate Bread

    Courgette Flatbread


    Garlic Dough Balls

    Herb Quick bread

    HM Bread

    Naan Bread .. see also ..
    Curry Queen's ...... Mrs McCawber's ...... OrkneyStar's

    Oatmeal bread

    soft bread rolls

    Super Seedy Bread
    Last edited by rosieben; 25-11-2008 at 11:12 AM.
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  • rosieben
    • #4
    • 27th Oct 08, 9:10 AM
    Recipe Index Part 2
    • #4
    • 27th Oct 08, 9:10 AM
    Dips, Jams & Chutneys

    Alioli / Traditional allioli

    Christmas Chutney

    Elderberry cordial

    Jams & Preserves

    Pineapple Salsa

    Tomato Chutney

    Cakes, Biscuits, Snacks & Desserts

    Apple delight

    Apple Charlotte

    Apricot Flapjack bars

    Banana and lemon drizzle cake

    Banana and Walnut cake

    Banana Ginger Parkin

    Branflake cake

    Bounty Balls

    Bran Fruit Loaf

    Bread & Butter Pudding

    Bulk pancake mix

    Caramel Shortbread (Millionaire's Shortbread)

    Caramel Shortbread (2)

    Cheese n marmite twists

    Cheesy Biscuits

    Chocolate fudge

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Chocolate Krackolates

    Coconut Cake

    Cookie Dough

    Courgette Tea Bread/Muffins

    Cranberry And Chocolate Brownies

    Currant Loaf

    Custard Cookies

    D&DD’s Apple Braid

    Date, Nut and Oat biscuits

    Eggless Chocolate Cake

    Flaky Bars


    Gingerbread Men

    Ginger Raisin Crunches

    Golden Syrup Tart

    Honey Frosted Buns

    Iced Buns

    Impossible Coconut Pie

    Jammy Buns

    Key lime pie

    Krispie marshmallow bars

    Lemon Curd Cake

    Lemon Curd Ice-Cream JeniD's / MoneySavingDiva's

    Malt Bread

    Marshmallow Squares

    Mascarpone and Lime Torte

    Mascarpone Ice-cream

    Millies Cookies

    Muffins: Basic Recipe / Chocolate Orange Muffins / Gingerbread Muffins / Kiwi Muffins / Sticky Date Muffins / Strawberry Muffins / Toffee Apple Muffins

    No fat sponge

    Oaty Shortbread Biscuits

    Peanut Butter Cookies


    Spiced Apple Bars

    St Peter's Mud Pie (no cooking required)

    Sticky gingerbread


    Twink’s Hobnobs

    Weetabix Brownies

    Weetabix Cake


    Yoghurt: Homemade yoghurt, Slow Cooker Yoghurt

    Yoghurt Cake (the easy way)

    Top Tips & Links

    Grocery Challenge Top Tips

    How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet... (Webook)

    Laundry Washing Gel/ Gloop, Fab conditioner, vinegar.....

    List of conversions

    Love Food Hate Waste website

    Show Jamie How To Cook On A Budget Champagne Contest
    Last edited by rosieben; 27-11-2008 at 9:01 AM.
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    • 27th Oct 08, 10:57 AM
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    €100 €56.85
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    Msgnomey £300 £316
    Mumker £200
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    • 27th Oct 08, 10:58 AM
    • #6
    • 27th Oct 08, 10:58 AM
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    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 28th Oct 08, 8:33 AM
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    • #7
    • 28th Oct 08, 8:33 AM
    • #7
    • 28th Oct 08, 8:33 AM
    Woohoo a brand new thread!! thank you for setting it up , looks lovely as usual.

    well we've broken into the budget for this month well and truly, spent £48.67 in MrT yesterday

    which wouldn't have been so scary except OH came with me to shop as i fell a bit bleurgh still (food poisoning) however we literally shouldn't need anything else but veg this month, have plenty of everything else and we are having a mini storecupboard challenge, especially as last night his car made a loud *BANG* and we have to pay for that to be fixed.

    oh well could be worse i suppose.

    take care all

    ioiwe x
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    • dazzle21
    • By dazzle21 28th Oct 08, 8:33 AM
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    • #8
    • 28th Oct 08, 8:33 AM
    • #8
    • 28th Oct 08, 8:33 AM
    I'd like to set myself a grocery budget of £100 this is going to be quite a tough one for me as we usually struggle to come in at under £200 (including nappies etc) but i have stocked up on certain things and intend to keep a seperate purse with money only for grocery shopping and ban O/H from visiting tesco in his lunch break!
    • Jane2112
    • By Jane2112 28th Oct 08, 9:02 AM
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    • #9
    • 28th Oct 08, 9:02 AM
    • #9
    • 28th Oct 08, 9:02 AM
    Thanks for including me. I am staying at £250 this month, as we have got a little run down. I came in about £10 -£20 pounds under budget in October. Must keep better record this month. Will try to keep grocery money seperate.
    Jane 2112
  • Winky, The House Elf

    Can you put me down for £200 please?

    Arrived back from our hols last night and my word the cupboards are bare!

    As I completely ran down everything before we went away I need to stock up on basics and get down to business. I was very pleased with October, but I need to be realistic in November.

    Good luck to everyone!

    Right now I'm having amnesia and deja- vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before
    • wyrdsister
    • By wyrdsister 28th Oct 08, 9:15 AM
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    Hi all, I'm brand new here but love the OS forums and spend lots of my time here! Want to give the grocery challenge a try and would like to set my budget for November as £110
    Since I'm just starting this will only be for food and drinks, for me and my OH, will see how well I stick to it!
  • newmoneysaver
    I've been absent for the last couple of month but I would like to pick up again for Nov. MrsMc, please put me down for £120 - Thanks.
    • the_cat
    • By the_cat 28th Oct 08, 9:43 AM
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    Hi all

    Not quite ready to declare for Oct as will need to pop to Lidl later today for a couple of bits as I have people coming for dinner tonight. Will definately be well under target though

    Will set budget at £220 again as I want to get a couple of bits towards Christmas and also my budget was under this time due to some mega whoopsies (lots of meat/fish for 10p!). This is the first time I have been lucky like this and probably my last, so want to set a budget that's realistic!

    • mumker
    • By mumker 28th Oct 08, 9:45 AM
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    Hi All

    Mrs Mc I'd like to join the November grocery challenge can you please put me down for £200 - thanks.
  • Money saving Diva
    Morning all!

    Just wanted to post on the shiny new thread and wish everyone good luck with their new grocery challenges!

    This is my third month - and so far I have come in under on each of the totals so have been able to lower my target yet again. I am really enjoying the challenge and even my OH is doing his best to curb his impulse buying, bless him!

    We also have a freezer with ingredients for at least 10 meals by my workings out, so that should stand us in good stead for the beginning of this month.

    Hope everyone has a great day!

    To be frugal, you need to spend money wisely, simply spending less is not enough.
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    • jackie_w
    • By jackie_w 28th Oct 08, 9:49 AM
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    Hi people,

    Im in for this month again, and WILL do better than last month which was a total washout.

    Mrs M, please put me down for £250 this month.

    Jackie xx
    • Kaz2904
    • By Kaz2904 28th Oct 08, 10:06 AM
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    I'm in, need to update my sig. I declare at £307.34 for October. I'm in for £300 for November.
    Managed a massive coup last night at Asda. Spent £23.88 and saved £42+. Need to reign it in and run down the freezer ready for Christmas eve shopping!
    I picked up 6 bags of carrot and coriander soup mix for 10p each. Also got some lovely salads.
    Got some nice turkey steaks out of the freezer for tonight because I had to make space for the 9 trout I bagged!
    Debt: 16/04/2007:TOTAL DEBT £92727.75 £49395.47 £43332.28 repaid 100.77% of £43000 target.
    MFiT T2: Debt £52856.59 £6316.14 £46540.45 repaid 101.17% of £46000 target.

    2013 Target: completely clear my £6316.14 £0 mortgage debt. £6316.14 100% repaid.
  • rosieben
    Woohoo!! shiny new thread, shiny new budget

    MrsMC would you put me in for £80 please; not sure how I'll do - my store is pretty full but I want to stock up with meat for the freezer and might look for some Christmas extras

    What's everyone cooking for Christmas dinner this year? I usually have turkey breast but might have roast beef or lamb I shall have Christmas day alone (spend other days with family but I refuse to leave the house on Christmas day!) and so I can be quite self-indulgent, pennies permitting
    Last edited by rosieben; 28-10-2008 at 10:21 AM.
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    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 28th Oct 08, 11:22 AM
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    Oh dear...think I've accquired that magic porridge pot from the kiddies fairy story I'm staying wiv me muvva for a couple of days while she has her catarract op, so made a spag bol base to make up a lasagne for the offspring to put in the oven for tomorrow's meal. [By the way; have you noticed MrT is doing the value mince in a lovely fine cut now ]
    Anyhoo, last night I made a veggie stock from all the peelings I've been keeping for a couple of weeks to make the base. Today I've added grated carrot, diced peppers [that were in the freezer from a couple of months ago ] tin of chopped toms & some dried soya mince to the two lots--one is for Pup & doesn't have onion.
    I know I was hoping to have enough for two dinners for 4 from ours & two for Pup, but I think there will be enough to make a couple of snack-sized portions for the workers to take for lunch too & m'be a jacket potato filler from Pup's.

    As for lunch....I'm leaning towards a leg of lamb at the mo, with probably [bought ] meringue nests & fruit for pud; it's become a bit of a tradition now & I'd love to try summat else but we live in a democracy We have West Country cream from the milkman as our special treat so don't want anything too heady to detract from that! I might also go for one of the Pear ciders I tried earlier in the year--think it was Bulmers one I liked best--unless I can convince my not-so-helpful rellies to arrange a delivery of some rough farm scrumpy
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    • patentgirl
    • By patentgirl 28th Oct 08, 11:42 AM
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    Hi everyone

    a lovely new thread Mrs Mc can you please put me down for £300 this month will really try hard and have upped total as been struggling lately in case you still need totals for Oct I was about £38 over!!! done one big Mr T shop for £99.41 done a menu plan up till 24th so fingers crossed

    good luck everyone
    February grocery challenge £200
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