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    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 12th Mar 06, 9:59 AM
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    lynzpower
    20 a week OS challenge- you'll be seeing more of me I think!!
    • #1
    • 12th Mar 06, 9:59 AM
    20 a week OS challenge- you'll be seeing more of me I think!! 12th Mar 06 at 9:59 AM
    Hi there all Osers

    Ive been hanging out on these boards for a while now, and after a new all motivating chat with OH last night, we have taken the step of deciding on trying to get our food and household budget down to 80pcm Between us (so that we can save to move)

    Now over the years Ive been pretty damn wasteful ( chucking things away when theyve gone off unused, making way too much and binning it etc) but all that has gone. Now we have to save up to move, and times are tighter than ever).

    So we are now in the position that we have 20 Pw for lunches to take to work, cleaning and all the food at home. theres only me & OH, no pets or kids!

    We are already
    taking lunches ( tin of soup etc)
    using CC vouchers
    eagling for the bogofs etc
    looking for vouchers
    shopping around
    using markets where poss

    Phew, essay there, but is anyone else on such a low budget? What else can I be doing ( apart from looking all over this bit of the site . anything obvious IM missing here?

    Cheers
    Lynz
    x

    Last edited by MSE Archna; 21-03-2006 at 3:55 PM.
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 12th Mar 06, 10:13 AM
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    • #2
    • 12th Mar 06, 10:13 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:13 AM
    You can always freeze extra portions of meals, to save throwing it away and some people find meal planning helpful in cutting costs.
  • beccatt
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:21 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:21 AM
    In the name of saving money OH and I have been trying to use up as much stuff from our kitchen cupboards as poss over the last week, rather than buying more new stuff. It has worked quite nicely - we've tried some different meals (fishcakes using mashed potato and tinned salmon were the most successful) and it's so nice that everything doesn't fall out when you open the doors!
    I went to our local market the other day for fruit, veg and meat and it was so great to buy things from people who actually wanted you to be their customer, as opposed to being snarled at by supermarket staff! I was even chuffed that the butcher knocked 40p off my bill to round it off to an even 7! You don't find Mr Tesco doing that!
    Only thing was I then had to walk home (about a mile) with very heavy shopping bags! Think I'll be spacing out my shopping over several lunchtimes in the future!
    Good luck with the budgeting lynzpower!
    • MushyPeas
    • By MushyPeas 12th Mar 06, 10:44 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:44 AM
    Buy a shopping trolley :)
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:44 AM
    Hi beccatt

    After becoming addicted to this website over the past two weeks (how many hours lost...!!) I have also decided to cut back on shopping bills. I'm going to buy myself a shopping trolley so that I can carry more of those bargains back from the shops

    Have you seen the shopping trolley thread here? Aldis are selling them soon, I've put a note in my diary to buy one.

    Happy shopping

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    • pavlovs_dog
    • By pavlovs_dog 12th Mar 06, 10:47 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:47 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:47 AM
    ummm...some student words with wisdom here

    *use starchy foods as part of every meal to help fill you up (potatoes, rice, pasta, bread)

    *include a few "cheap" meals in your meal plan each week (something on toast, jacket spud etc)

    *use bread at the end of a meal for mopping up

    *have a large glass of water with your meals - it takes the edge off your appetite, as people often mistake thirst for hunger.

    *make sure you always have breaksfast

    *dont be scared to include puds in your plan, as these can also help fill that tummy

    *meat - a portion should be approx the size of you palm. you are probably eating far more than a recommended portion - most people are. replace with more veg etc to bulk out the meal - it costs less and its better for you

    *go veggie where possible - meat is expensive

    *bulk out meals where poss with hidden ingredients - eg grated carrot, and some lentils will make a spag bog go much further and hardly anyone will realsie the carrot and lentils are even there
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    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 12th Mar 06, 10:48 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 10:48 AM
    thanks a lot for this

    Ive just been going through the cupbaords and freezer to see whats there and excluding the condiments and spices and so forth theres easily 100's worth.

    All the basics are there, rice, pasta, couscous, pearl barley (?thats for soup isnt it?! ) risotto rice etc. Not a lot of meat or veg, but confident that I can make it stretch ( well I have to!! ) .My thinking cap is well and truly on for trying to be inventive, the great thing is that hopefully with this new budget we will get out of the regime of the same meals all the time which happens quite a bit!

    thanks a lot!

    Ps yes we started freezing a while ago, what a difference that makes too!
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
  • wigginsmum
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    • 12th Mar 06, 11:02 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 11:02 AM
    We've found pasta sauce goes further if we toss the cooked pasta into some of it rather than dolloping spoonfuls onto pasta. I cook batches of spag bol sauce and freeze in tubs, and we eat roughly half per person of what we'd eat if I was cooking it fresh; we bulk up on the pasta and a bit of grated cheese. Risottos are also a good choice.

    Have you seen black-saturn's menu thread? Well worth a read; food certainly doesn't have to be boring on a tight budget.
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  • mgardner
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    • 12th Mar 06, 11:07 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 11:07 AM
    thanks a lot for this

    Ive just been going through the cupbaords and freezer to see whats there and excluding the condiments and spices and so forth theres easily 100's worth.

    All the basics are there, rice, pasta, couscous, pearl barley (?thats for soup isnt it?! ) risotto rice etc. Not a lot of meat or veg, but confident that I can make it stretch ( well I have to!! ) .My thinking cap is well and truly on for trying to be inventive, the great thing is that hopefully with this new budget we will get out of the regime of the same meals all the time which happens quite a bit!

    thanks a lot!

    Ps yes we started freezing a while ago, what a difference that makes too!
    by lynzpower
    I would like to pass on a tip I had some years ago now from a very old lady,
    she advised me to budget for an extra day a week, ie if you got your housekeeping on Friday make sure you had enough in for Saturday and draw you money then, the next week make it a day later, and the same again the next week, eventually you end up with an extra weeks housingkeeping every seven weeks So seven times a year you have a bonus. I found this invaluable during a very tight time. Come to think of it maybe I will start doing it again.

    Best wishes
  • foreverskint
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    • 12th Mar 06, 11:09 AM
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    • 12th Mar 06, 11:09 AM
    One of the biggest household savings can be mad by mixing your washing powder with a sililar quantity of washing soda crystals and then using half of your usual amount.

    use vinegar as a cleaner (had to be said didn;t it) and dilute other products bubble bath washing up liquid etc to make them go further.

    can't think of anymore, but i know there will be loads on here that can

    good luck
    • lynzpower
    • By lynzpower 12th Mar 06, 11:17 AM
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    lynzpower
    thanks for these! Im getting loads of great ideas and I think ive saved a couple of quid off the weekly shop just by reading here already!! Cheers all, and all credit , a wealth of knowledge here xx
    Well aint funny how its the little things in life that mean the most? Not where you live, the car you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
    Theres no dollar sign on piece of mind
    This Ive come to know...
    So if you agree have a drink with me, raise your glasses for a toast
  • Mrsbojangles
    Snap dishwasher tablets in half, they last twice as long, its better for the environment and it costs you less, while still doing a great job!

    I thought I could never cut back, but I have gone from spending about 500 pm on shopping for 4 to 250, we are eating healthier now too, sometimes its a struggle with the kids, but they will come around eventually. I get such a buzz now too, I now know how much things cost, like a loaf of bread, before I didn't I would just stick the nicest packaging one in my trolly, hence my massive food bill.

    Good luck x
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  • black-saturn
    Instead of taking a tin of soup to work take a home made soup made in the slow cooker. You can freeze it into individual portions and take it out of the freezer the night before so it's defrosted by the lunchtime. Heres my recipe for soup:

    Recipe for lunchtime soup

    Take 1 small chicken breast, 1 onion, half a packet of scotch broth mix, handful of mixed herbs, a few frozen peas, one potato peeled and chopped and 1 carrot peeled and chopped. Put all these ingredients in a slow cooker with about 2 pints of boiling water and cook in the slow cooker for about 4 or 5 hours.

    When cooked puree and either transfer into individual portions and freeze or transfer to one large container and chill.
  • exlibris
    When cooking in the oven fill it and portion up extra meals for freezing before you plate up. If you use freezer/microwaveable containers you can micro the frozen meals to save using the oven.

    Suitable dishes for this are shepherds pie, lasagnes, fish pie, soups, cakes and crumbles. Sorry there must be more but not thinking properly.

    This assumes that you have a microwave of course.
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 12th Mar 06, 12:08 PM
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    skintchick
    It's easy on your own I know, but last week's food shop cost me 5.77!!!!

    I always bring the month in under 60, and often it's more like 40.
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  • mgardner
    It's easy on your own I know, but last week's food shop cost me 5.77!!!!

    I always bring the month in under 60, and often it's more like 40.
    by skintchick
    Much Much easier on your own. You are not under obligation to provide, PROPER food. When I was married my OH would have had a fit if I had suggested cheese sarnie and tomato soup for Sunday lunch, had to be the full roast. but thats exactly what I have just had for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it, Cos it was what I wanted to have.
    • skintchick
    • By skintchick 12th Mar 06, 12:27 PM
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    skintchick
    Much Much easier on your own. You are not under obligation to provide, PROPER food. When I was married my OH would have had a fit if I had suggested cheese sarnie and tomato soup for Sunday lunch, had to be the full roast. but thats exactly what I have just had for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it, Cos it was what I wanted to have.
    by mgardner
    EXCUSE ME!!!!!!!

    I always eat proper food.



    EDITED cos I have misread what mgardener said - you weren't meaning me I'm told, so SORRY!!! But I do still always eat proper food
    Last edited by skintchick; 12-03-2006 at 1:04 PM.
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    • RacyRed
    • By RacyRed 12th Mar 06, 12:54 PM
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    RacyRed
    My tip would be to read up on low GI diets.

    Basically this enables the food you eat to keep you going for longer, so cutting out the need for snacks and reducing portion sizes.

    Buying wholemeal pasta or brown basmati rice etc may seem as if it is more expensive, but you get a lot more out of it. And that is before calculating the health benefts.

    Do we have a bit of confusion above? All food is "proper" food, just some people have a traditional idea of what a meal should be, ie Sunday = roast? That was how I read mgardner's post?

    Of yeah! And shopping trolleys are priceless! But then I would say that wouldn't I

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    • mah_jong
    • By mah_jong 12th Mar 06, 1:50 PM
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    mah_jong
    i always have a a general ideaof whats to eat for the week ahead, I always know what it is the next day. But I am not too rigid and unflexable that I cant adapt to any unexpected bargains!

    Just got out tomorrows soup and dinner. And after reading this thread I have also got out a bit of chicken and will make black saturns soup tomorrow!

    Also to lynzpower I would suggest keeping on eye on your fridge/veg rack. If you are not using it up quickly enough dont wait till its inedible, use it ! I make soup out of just about every veg. The only one I didn't like much was the parsnip soup after Christmas!

    Dont buy fruit and veg, just because its cheap/ on offer, know waht you are going to do with it!! I refused to buy a whole cucumber , for a prawn cocktail. Not over cost reasons but the waste. I knew I wouldn't use more than an inch!!! I couldn't find half a cucumber but at the end of the day, the meal was gorgeous anyway!!!
  • black-saturn
    I've found it much easier to shop online at Tescos with a shopping list. Then even though they charge 3.99 delivery I stick to the list and only get whats on it and it still works out cheaper. I still visit all the supermarkets once a week though to check out the bargains and BOGOFs and reduced stuff. If I'm not going to use it that week i will freeze it for another week.
    • elona
    • By elona 12th Mar 06, 2:38 PM
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    elona
    I love my bread maker - it makes rolls, home made pizza base, fruit loaf, fruit cake and even jam and has saved me a lot of money as well as being great fun to waje up to the smell of freshly baked bread!

    I also love the slow cooker as it saves me time and uses less electricity - makes even the cheapest meat and veg tasty and tender.

    When I cook soup or curry in the slow cooker overnight DH would eat about a quarter of it at 7a.m.!
    Last edited by elona; 12-03-2006 at 2:43 PM.
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