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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Oct 08, 8:48 AM
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    Pink.
    November 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 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 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 #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!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-10-2008 at 8:03 AM.
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    • Baileys Babe
    • By Baileys Babe 1st Nov 08, 10:46 AM
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    Baileys Babe
    Can you put us down for £350 again as I think it will be an expensive month for us. We are including ALL food, visits to coffee shops, meals out, take aways, ice creams, sweets as well as toiletries and cleaning stuff, over the counter medicines & alcohol.
  • saffouri
    Mrs M - please put us down for £200 for November - thank you!

    saf
    March GC: £147.75/£180 groceries + £36.75/£50 meals out

    February: £163.19/£180 + £66.14/£50 monthly budget for eating out Total £229.33/£230
    January:
    £170.01/£170
    • izoomzoom
    • By izoomzoom 1st Nov 08, 10:57 AM
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    (But I have recently started using soap nuts which seem to be doing OK, so hopefully the saving on washing powder will cover the extra on the other cleaners - and I've also recently bought some Stardrops which I have to say I'm impressed with so far).

    Can also sympathise on the milk front...... I know young children get through a lot, but why a 17 year-old boy still feels the need to guzzle the stuff beats me!! Though it's even worse when his 19 year-old brother is home on leave -- I reckon he gets through 2-3 pints a day on his own
    Originally posted by cw18
    I try to limit us to 4pts a day with milk, excluding the baby. She is BF, but that is slowly going down, and her cows milk intake going up. She seems to be drinking a pint of full cream milk a day now, so we use 5pts a day.

    Biggest problem is my bloody fridge packed up. nearly 2 weeks now . am doing well with cooler box and recycling bottles of water to refreeze etc but it means that i am having to shop more frequently for 'chilled' products.
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  • Triggles
    I have finally cracked through to a better habit this last month that was (for me) the secret to staying under budget. Before I do the menu plan or shop, I am now going through and doing a quick stock of everything in cupboards, fridge and freezer. Then I am planning around what I have in already. Seems incredibly simple - and yes, I should have been better about this much sooner. But so often I just did a cursory check and then when I got to the supermarket, I'd buy something thinking we didn't have it (main culprit - mince and chicken!) and that brings up the grocery expense. Now that I'm buying the mince from the butcher, I have to check the freezer stuff much more carefully, as I only go once a week (they're set up at the market just down the street so that's when I pick it up). I also found little things pushed to the back of the cupboard that I hadn't used and forgot were there. And I thought I was fairly good about rotating stuff in the cupboard!

    Now for a question - we are planning on using the points on our Nectar card for a shop in either November or December. Do I figure that into the monthly budget? Or keep it separate as it's not coming out of our money? :confused:
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    • victoriajj
    • By victoriajj 1st Nov 08, 12:02 PM
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    Hi, I got a bit lost last month as I was away in Morocco for 2 weeks with my sister (fabulous holiday) so OH was doing the shopping definately no OS.
    Can I try again this month and attempt £300 for the month.
    Thanks (must do better)
    • septemberblues
    • By septemberblues 1st Nov 08, 12:40 PM
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    septemberblues
    Hello all. Have never done this before, but Mr T sent me a £50 cheque for changing insurance to him, so I'm going to try £50 for the month of November...............there's only me and I waste money which I can't afford to do now it's cold and I will need money for heating (and Xmas pressies)

    Don't know how doable this is but I will try my best. Have full cupboards and an empty freezer.

    Oooooh I hope I succeed - no more waste
    Last edited by septemberblues; 01-11-2008 at 12:42 PM.
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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 1st Nov 08, 12:53 PM
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    Flylady_Flower
    In an effort to stick to my GC budget easier I am getting one of those pre-paid cashplus cards, I will transfer over my budget and then we can only use that for groceries. At the moment, we are using money from here there and everywhere and its so hard to see how much we have left
    I will have to keep a £10 back in my purse to use in the local greengrocers etc but I can use a compartment to keep that separate!
    Need to pop out for some F&V and milk later and helping out to do some gardening at the school this afternoon!
    Originally posted by princess leia
    Sounds like a plan Princess Leia, but don't forget that they charge you each time you load the card up, so make sure you budget enough for that too. Also I am not sure, but I think it is a straight charge, so might be worth putting as much as you can on each time, rather than small amounts - check with them the best way to do it.. HTH
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  • frugalswan
    I hope you don't mind me coming back to this wonderful thread. I've sort of dropped out of the Grocery Challenge for a couple of months due to stuff, and I know I've lapsed badly over the summer. So, I'm looking to rejoin and try and save some more cash, both for Christmas and for the wedding next year.

    To that extent, could you put me down for £160.00 for the month of November please, Mrs M?

    Thanks

    Frugalswan
    Continually trying the Grocery Challenge. Gotta keep trying!
  • ravylesley
    Well first day of the new month and I had to go into town to meet hubby for lunch so nipped into Thorntons to spend a £10 voucher I got for doing surveys.I got a big sharing bowl of thorntons Moments to put away for Christmas and just had to get the kids and my big kid a choccy halloween lolly .I've edited my sig with the £4.60 I overspent on my voucher

    Lesleyxx
    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 1st Nov 08, 2:37 PM
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    Moniker
    Hello everyone, sorry I have not been around much lately, but I am still in the challenge even if not posting much! Did my first big shop of the month on 30th and also popped into town to buy a few bits of salad and stuff today. Signature has been updated. I have £200 in the budget for the rest of the month. We are away for a weekend at a wedding in Scotland which is all paid for out of our 'holiday' fund and next weekend will be out celebrating DD1 and 2's birthdays (they are a week apart (plus 3 years of course!)), so I am quietly optimistic that I will stick to this.

    I have loads of eggs as MIL gave me some before she went away to stay with SIL and a nice friend at work gave me some new laid ones from her own hens as a birthday present (which was last week!) So I am off to make quiche and some cakes.

    Oh, DH cut the new loaf I made from the wrong end and as a result when we got to the top end the whole thing crumbled and couldn't be sliced. Has anyone got any ideas about using breadrumbs apart from freezing them for topping on gratins and making stuffing etc?

    Thanks.

    Moniker
  • princess leia
    Sounds like a plan Princess Leia, but don't forget that they charge you each time you load the card up, so make sure you budget enough for that too. Also I am not sure, but I think it is a straight charge, so might be worth putting as much as you can on each time, rather than small amounts - check with them the best way to do it.. HTH
    Originally posted by Flylady_Flower
    Thanks Flower, the Cashplus card is £4.95 a month and don't charge to top up in lots of places but I have now opened a new account (I think we have 4 now ) to do just this with and it won't cost anything (I didn't apply for O/Draft) Then I can start to get the rest of the accounts sorted out

    I had a NSD day today due to the awful weather and I am going to try and make meatloaf for tea tomorrow as I have never tried it before, so I hope its nice

    I have been using lots of recipes on here for stuff that I would normally buy, so I am making lots of small changes that should help to make a BIG difference
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  • tango
    Ok just added up this week as won't need to buy anything tomorrow and its £139...so not bad . I have to say this is the first time in my life I have added up my food like this and kept receipts Some things take time !!
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  • JennyBee

    Has anyone got any ideas about using breadrumbs apart from freezing them for topping on gratins and making stuffing etc?

    Thanks.

    Moniker
    Originally posted by Moniker
    I've got a recipe for a meatloaf that uses breadcrumbs to bulk it out as well as courgettes and carrots I think. I'll dig it out if that's the sort of thing you're after Other than that, I use breadcrumbs to add to HM burgers or rissoles or stuff like that
    Last edited by JennyBee; 01-11-2008 at 3:45 PM.
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  • JennyBee
    Well I have made 12 portions of mushroom soup from a box of Asda SP mushrooms for £1.16 so I'm quite chuffed with that. There would have been more had there not been a slight incident that nearly resulted in a trip to A&E. Needless to say, I have a rather red arm and can confidently state that boiling mushroom soup *$%!?% hurts!
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  • princess leia
    I've got a recipe for a meatloaf that uses breadcrumbs to bulk it out as well as courgettes and carrots I think. I'll dig it out if that's the sort of thing you're after Other than that, I use breadcrumbs to add to HM burgers or rissoles or stuff like that
    Originally posted by JennyBee
    Yes please
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  • JennyBee
    Meatloaf (Weightwatchers recipe so 3.5 points per serving if you want to know!)

    Serves 4

    250g (9oz) turkey mince
    250g (9oz) fresh breadcrumbs
    1 large onion, grated
    2 courgettes, grated
    2 carrots, grated
    2 tablespoons tomato puree
    1 egg, beaten
    sage or thyme, chopped (if you fancy it!)
    salt & black pepper

    Preheat the over to gas mark 4/180C. Spray a 1 litre (1.75 pint) loaf tin with low fat cooking spray and line with baking parchment.
    Mix together all the ingredients and pack into the tin. Cover with a piece of foil and bake for 1 hour or until the loaf starts to shrink away from the sides of the tin. Remove the foil for the last 15 minutes to brown the top.
    Serve in slices. We normally have it with mash and peas!

    According to the book you can also serve it cold.....but I've never tried it!
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  • toottifrootti
    hI I am in again for November - can I have a budget of £90 please?? I managed to keep under for october so have reduced it a little as I am still not very good at this yet. I see other people's targets are a lot less than mine which worries me that i am wasting money (that i havent got to waste) - I havent got a lot in my 'basics' yet - I forgot to copy the lists you all gave me way back and sometimes when I go to make something i am missing an important ingredient! I havent mastered checking before shopping - although I do take a list and only buy whats on it.
    Still cant keep up with the thread!!!
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    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 1st Nov 08, 8:15 PM
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    lil_me
    A bit late but I'm in, I need to, no school hols/excuses and need to empty the freezer fr xmas goodies. £300as it's a 5 week one for me. Thanks and good luck everyone.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
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  • mortgagefreeby 2023
    Planning a much-reduced spend this month of only £100 to feed my family of four plus three dogs and three cats. May sound ambitious but we have cupboards, fridge and freezers bursting, and I really need to run stocks down. My house aint cluttered, but my store of food sure is. Anyway, updated sig to include halloween treats for the kids. £4.95!!! That's not planning for you....had to run to the corner shop! (well, wlk briskly, lets not get carried away!)
    November Grocery Challenge: £12.71/£100

    Housekeeping for November: £220.51/£500
  • gillaman
    First big shop of the month yesterday, and I'm hoping I won't have to set foot in a food shop now for a couple of weeks. I'm starting to use up freezer contents though so shall have to replace some things - mainly soups. I also went to my fave wholefood shop in town on Thursday and spent £8.60 on Dove organic flour and some Shipton Mill malted seeded flour and toothpaste. All more expensive than I should pay I know, but I rarely eat out, don't drink etc and only have me to please and answer to. Not technically November (well not at all November!) but I've taken this amount out of my November budget. If I don't shop again for two weeks, I've worked out that I'll have about £11 per week for the rest of the month to spend on f&v, milk etc.

    Breadcrumbs: You could cook some fruit - apples are nice - and then fry the breadcrumbs in butter (a little or lots depending on whether you're dieting or not). You can add spices like cinnamon or clove to the fruit if you like. When the fruit and crumbs are cool, layer them together in dishes, chill in the fridge, and serve with whipped cream. HTH
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