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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Nov 08, 3:35 PM
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    • 27th Nov 08, 3:35 PM
    27th Nov 08 at 3:35 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.

    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.

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    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.; 28-11-2008 at 12:24 PM.
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  • justpeyton4now
    I wondered if any of you had some economical recipes for using up Turkey or Ham? OB has mentioned pies and I believe someone said about adding condensed mushroom soup to make a mixture???
    Any ideas gratefully appreciated.
    I have got a few from the recipe list.
    Thanks SFT
    Originally posted by savingfortravel
    I like to make scalloped or au gratin potatoes with chunks of ham in it. Makes a filling and much loved dish here. I also add some thinly sliced onions to mine. Also ham salad which I've not seen here in the UK but is frequent sandwich filling in the states. You can also toss some ham in when making macaroni and cheese. It also goes nicely in bean and/or lentil soup.

    As for turkey... soup, curry, turkey and dumplings (like chick and dumplings,) turkey with sweetcorn and pasta salad. Anything you can do with chicken, you can do with turkey.

    Take the first step.
    Even if you cannot see the whole staircase,
    Just take the first step.
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  • savingfortravel
    M and S vouchers - SavyStudent
    SavyStudent-We got M and S vouchers too.

    We are planning to use them over the next few months in our Grocery Challenge on special offers in M and S (often on non-perishables) and meat/fish and cheese. I think veg/fruit/milk/bread etc will still be bought from Tesco/Lidl etc.
    Planning to put money saved into pin money account which we are using to save for a trip away.
    Just an idea but you could use the money saved on clothes in other shops-more choice, possibly better deals.
    Maybe have half for food and half for clothes.
    Good luck with your challenge and welcome back!!!

    Thanks JustPeyton4now-Great ideas....Determined not to waste food!!
    Last edited by savingfortravel; 28-12-2008 at 10:41 AM.
    Frugal Living 2010 member MFW by 2014 Was 88,000 now 46,877.90 Grocery Budget for Dec-April=173.72/244 (Groc Budget 2010 from Ebay/Voucher savings/Quidco -If we can do it will save our 980 GC budget) Now living the dream -in our tiny country cottage-all thanks to MS forums. x 39 2 go
    Stockpile Savings: 89.72 Voucher savings 8
    • glitterball
    • By glitterball 28th Dec 08, 10:44 AM
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    Mrs M
    I would like to join in the Jan 09 Grocery Challenge. Im hoping that watching what I buy and cooking proper meals will also help me lose the extra 6 stone that has mysteriously appeared on my little body (well it was at some stage) I would like to go for 100

    • mouseymousey99
    • By mouseymousey99 28th Dec 08, 10:45 AM
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    Not strictly grocery but it may help someone? Took all the ice from the car this am and hot-footed to Aldi. Goose feather and down pillows and quilt on special offer!! Can't wait until tonight, all feels nice and crispy. Now busy shoving/pushing old quilt into the washing machine - it WILL go in.......Mx
    • Sylvan
    • By Sylvan 28th Dec 08, 11:08 AM
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    Hope you all had a good Christmas.

    Congratulations searching_me . That's wonderful news.

    We had to go to B&Q and Homebase yesterday (Well, they were having sales... - no, seriously, DH has bought into my madness and decided to continue the row of cupboards he's building right to the wall, with a tall larder in the alcove so that both sides match - so we needed 4 more doors and another length of worktop:rolleyes and I just couldn't stay out of the supermarkets.

    I spent 65.60.

    Still, the fridge and freezers are groaning and I've already filled a couple of my new storecupboards before DH and DSs have finished building them.

    Never mind NSDs - today's going to be a NCD (No COOK day) .We had a repeat of Christmas day's dinner on 26th and yesterday we had to cook roast beef. (It was one of those big half-price ones from Asda - use by 27th Dec.) We cut it in half and froze the extra but we still only ate half of what we cooked, so today I'm giving them the last of the turkey for lunch and another roast beef dinner. DS4 is always saying we don't have roasts often enough - I hope he's satisfied now!

    I'm already horribly over budget and it's likely to get worse when we go out tomorrow (there's been more snow forecast and I suffer from the same rampant storecupboarditis that a couple of others have confessed to), but that should be the last of it for this year, so I'll wait to declare my total.

    Mrs M, please can you put me down for 350 again for January since I'll need to fill my new cupboards:rolleyes: - and I'll start behaving myself in February.
    Time flies like an arrow.
    Fruit flies like a banana.
    Money talks, but chocolate SINGS

    "I used to be snow white but I drifted" (A seasonal quote from the incomparable Miss West)
    • Baileys Babe
    • By Baileys Babe 28th Dec 08, 11:18 AM
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    Baileys Babe
    I haven't finished the December challenge yet, as I will be buying milk from somewhere this week, and possibly a jar of coffee too. Ds gets through a lot of milk (semi skimmed)
    Originally posted by CRANKY40
    Cranky40, we always use powdered milk for; cocoa, white sauces including custard and I occasionally use it to make porridge. This makes the fresh milk go further. Powdered milk is also cheaper per pint & has a long shelf life so no rushing out to buy milk and coming back with lots of bits you liked the look of. Additionally we freeze fresh milk and have never had a problem with it.

    Hope this is of some help to someone and not just teaching my Grandmother to suck eggs.
  • highland fling
    Hi everyone,
    already tried to post this message but it disappeared. So hopefully this will be successful.
    Would like to declare first GC at 146. Slightly under but must admit this was only for "in house" eating and entertaining. Did not include Christmas night outs which were very expensive and I could not avoid any of them.
    I am going to aim for 150 for January.
    My fridge and freezer are full and my cupboards are about to fall off the walls with the amount I have been stuffing into them. So perhaps I will use up what I already have and use some of the money in January to stock up on cleaning materials and toiletries. Although I did receive loads of these at Christmas. (toiletries that is not cleaning materials )

    Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.
    • Sylvan
    • By Sylvan 28th Dec 08, 11:49 AM
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    I wondered if any of you had some economical recipes for using up Turkey or Ham? OB has mentioned pies and I believe someone said about adding condensed mushroom soup to make a mixture???
    Any ideas gratefully appreciated.
    I have got a few from the recipe list.
    Originally posted by savingfortravel
    I make this one with leftover chicken. Was going to use the turkey for it this week but the vultures have been eating sandwiches...

    Turkey Pasta Cacciatore

    Fry onions till translucent and add ginger, garlic and sliced (or chopped, if you're trying to sneak them past children) peppers. Apparently frying onion in olive oil does something to its chemical structure that makes it even better for you (frying it in olive oil along with tomatoes is supposed to be the ultimate, but who can be bothered to fry tomatoes?).
    Then chuck in a tin of tomatoes, basil (definitely), oregano (maybe) and chicken stock (use a cube if you like). If you have any left-over wine mix some with cornflour (if not, you could use wine vinegar and a little sugar) and add that to the pan.
    When it has thickened a bit add the chicken/turkey and heat through.
    Layer in a dish with lasagne sheets, finishing with a layer of the sauce.
    Top with crushed crisps (the cheap, basic ones), or you could be less decadent and use breadcrumbs, and grated cheese.
    Hoy it in the oven for about half an hour, at 200ish, till the cheese is golden. (I've been known to bake it for up to an hour, on dead calm days when the rassenfrassen Rayburn wouldn't heat up!)
    It's nice with a tossed salad and my greedy little piggies have crusty bread with it too.

    Thanks Baileys Babe. I freeze milk and use UHT for white sauces etc but I hadn't thought of powdered. Does it work out cheaper than the basic/savers UHT?
    Last edited by Sylvan; 28-12-2008 at 12:07 PM.
    Time flies like an arrow.
    Fruit flies like a banana.
    Money talks, but chocolate SINGS

    "I used to be snow white but I drifted" (A seasonal quote from the incomparable Miss West)
  • savingfortravel
    Thanks Sylvan. It sounds delicious!!...Have cut and posted it to my recipe file... SFT
    Frugal Living 2010 member MFW by 2014 Was 88,000 now 46,877.90 Grocery Budget for Dec-April=173.72/244 (Groc Budget 2010 from Ebay/Voucher savings/Quidco -If we can do it will save our 980 GC budget) Now living the dream -in our tiny country cottage-all thanks to MS forums. x 39 2 go
    Stockpile Savings: 89.72 Voucher savings 8
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Dec 08, 12:17 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    I hope you all had a good Christmas and managed to keep inside your budget for December. I didn't but hopefully I'll manage to get back on track next month.

    Just to let you know that the Grocery Challenge for January is up and running here so I'll be 'unsticking' the December thread now.

    I hope you all have a very happy new year!

  • Sunny Donny
    oh dear, failed miserable in December, but 2009 is another challenge
    declaring Dec as 280.96!!!!!!!!
    January 150.00
    Mortgage free as at 1/9/13
    To start work on the credit cards now!!
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 28th Dec 08, 12:52 PM
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    Well I'm just about to try out my new ice-cream maker! Never done this before and the instructions are not great so I'm hoping it turns out well. At last I'm using a vanilla pod! They have been sitting in the cupboard for 2 years unopened. I tasted the mixture-Id used half a pod-and it was lovely. Rescude the pod and will make some custard later today-Im sure there is enough flavour left for that! Just had bread and jam for lunch-sounds pathetic except that its homemade bread and homemade jam so not exactly a punishment! Still got my Xmas puds-none of us hungry enough for them yet so I'm hoping that rather than guzzle the icecream when it's made I can serve "a little" with some Xmas pudding.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 28th Dec 08, 1:01 PM
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    289.38 for me, so close to Novembers.....see you on January's thread.
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: 200
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb

    If you don't get to use the pod to make custard today -you can just stick it in a pot/bag of sugar and leave -so you end up with vanilla sugar
    -6 -8 -3 -1.5 -2.5 -3 -1.5-3.5
    • sharronej
    • By sharronej 28th Dec 08, 1:54 PM
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    I love the tin idea and intend to implement it immediately! Last week we discovered Farm Foods, we bought some Christmas bits and pieces but I was really impressed by how cheap it seemed - does anyone have any pieces of information to guide me before I go and do a 'big' shop?
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 28th Dec 08, 1:59 PM
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    Well Ive just tasted the icecream-the frozen dregs after draining the mixture into a tub-and it is LUSH! Yes the pod itself will be in the sugar but the bit I snipped off which went in the icecream is the bit I want to use again today-its covered in icecream so will go great in custard! Thanks for reminding me tho to put the remainder of the pod in the sugar. Gives it a great flavour.
    Decided to make HM pizzas for tea as Ive got mushrooms,onions,half tin of baked beans,cheese, if fridge so the dough is now mixing in the BM and we weill have one c/o one mushroom and cheese,one baked beans and onion pizza. Also have half a jar of spag bol in the fridge so I thought-pizza-when I looked in there just now. Pizza and icecream! Sounds like a kids day out. Doing hotdogs as a snack for big kids soon as Ive got some whoopsied rolls in the breadbin just screaming "sausages" at me. So that uses up the bit n pieces and I can start afresh tomorrow but as Im working Im sort of hoping that dd will feel tempted to do a pasta dish in my absence. Wonder if I can last till friday without spending??? Not necessary but it would be nice. Must try out my new steamer too-not today alas-got to check Lakeland also-still looking for whoopsied remoska!
    edit-no luck on the remoska front but we used our chocolate fountain tonight-oh I'm stuffed-never want to eat any more chocolate! Its a bit of an expensive hobby by the way-definitely a "party" thing only. Was economical with the leftovers-drained it into a lined tub(lined with a silicone sheet)and will freeze the contents for next time! Didn't realise you add vegetable oil to the chocolate(unless its belgian). I think I prefer icecream!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 28-12-2008 at 9:10 PM.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • milliejo
    • By milliejo 28th Dec 08, 8:13 PM
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    I'm declaring at 420 for December

    please put me down for 325 for January.

    I'm determined to try to get down to 300 per month during 2009 but not sure how realistic that is as I do include everything bought at the supermarket -food, cleaning stuff, wine etc rather than just food
    • philsmum
    • By philsmum 28th Dec 08, 9:36 PM
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    Thanks Mrs. M for your weight loss advice. Every time I use the word dieting I start to crave things I dont usually crave for, so will try your way.

    Hope you all have a good New year
    Debt free from April 2012
    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 29th Dec 08, 11:22 AM
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    Good afternoon all, just popped in to update signature and to declare this months total.

    Had an unplanned shop at tesco this morning, so have gone slightly over budget, most of the items bought are going to be used in january.
    So hopefully this will reflect in next months budget.

    DECLARE FOR DEC, 200.82

    Have added this to the total that has been running throughout the year and we have spent a whopping 2171.97 on groceries , (2 adults and 2 cats including packed lunch for OH)this works out to 180 per month.
    Plan for 2009 is to try and cut this to approx 150 per month which is what i have set budget at.

    See you all in January's thread
    Last edited by carolt2; 29-12-2008 at 11:25 AM.
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  • JayJay14
    I thought I was going way over this month as the run up to Christmas was more expensive than I anticipated, but since the 25th I have hardly spent anything (have also been laid up with flu bug so that may have had a bearing on the result).

    I still have two days left so I'll be declaring on Wednesday night as I have to pick DD up from work at ASDA at 5pm that night and I may find something going cheap I just can't resist.
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