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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th Dec 08, 11:15 AM
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    Pink.
    January 2009 Grocery Challenge
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    • 26th Dec 08, 11:15 AM
    January 2009 Grocery Challenge 26th Dec 08 at 11:15 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2009.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the December 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 everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5 and #6 on this thread.


    I hope everyone has a great month and can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-12-2008 at 12:18 PM.
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  • save-a-holic
    Jus popped on to say i made a aloverly syrup sponge all by myself and it was loverly if anyone wants the recipe let me know
    Originally posted by mumzyof2
    Yes please!
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  • mumzyof2
    Yes please!
    Originally posted by save-a-holic

    Recipe is on page 56, one post down from where i said does anyone want the recipe
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    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 13th Jan 09, 8:46 PM
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    Flat Eric
    Now it doesnt take much for me to get confused! but its something Ive noticed when I have been grocery shopping both in store and on-line

    I went to sainsburys today and wanted bananas. now being a mse convert, i wanted the best deal and my options were: -

    Sainsburys Bananas loose - 0.89/kg

    Sainsburys kids bananas x 8 - 1.29 per pack/16 pence each

    Fairtrade bananas x 6 - 1.29 per pack/22 pence each

    now i went for the kids bananas since i got 8 but would the loose bananas have been a better buy?

    I always get confused as to which is the best buy when supermarkets quote the price for one brand of (say cheese) per kg but then another brand is quoted per 100g.

    my little brain just cant handle the maths :confused:





  • fallen angel shelley
    Evening everyone. I picked up some fruit and veg while I was at uni, potatos 2kg 1, aubergine 1, very large onion 20p, garlic 30p, 2 x grapes 2, kiwi x 5 1. I was pleased that they had the aubergine, it's means I can my the moussaka on friday.

    MrsMc- have you got the recipe for the lemon potatos you mentioned, I like the sound of them.

    Shelley x
    Back on MSE again! to take control of my finances and not let it control me. May grocery challenge 41.96/140
    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 13th Jan 09, 8:55 PM
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    meanmarie
    Spent another 6.99 on f & v to-day...felt a bit guilty about the 2.49 for 2 small bok choy but really fancied them so what the heck!

    Brings my total to 121.25

    Marie
    Weight 08 February 86kg
    • furndire
    • By furndire 13th Jan 09, 9:12 PM
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    furndire
    Now it doesnt take much for me to get confused! but its something Ive noticed when I have been grocery shopping both in store and on-line

    I went to sainsburys today and wanted bananas. now being a mse convert, i wanted the best deal and my options were: -

    Sainsburys Bananas loose - 0.89/kg

    Sainsburys kids bananas x 8 - 1.29 per pack/16 pence each

    Fairtrade bananas x 6 - 1.29 per pack/22 pence each

    now i went for the kids bananas since i got 8 but would the loose bananas have been a better buy?

    I always get confused as to which is the best buy when supermarkets quote the price for one brand of (say cheese) per kg but then another brand is quoted per 100g.

    my little brain just cant handle the maths :confused:




    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    Depends what they weighed.
    There is a larger proportion of skin to banana on the smaller ones, so you are throwing a lot of weight away.
    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 13th Jan 09, 9:16 PM
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    Flat Eric
    can anyone suggest or point me in the direction of a receipe for home made thai sweet chilli sauce/dip?

    also a receipe for home made tomato sauce/relish other home made sauces? preferably those that are as healthy as poss?!

    MANY THANKS

    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 13th Jan 09, 9:36 PM
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    carolt2
    can anyone suggest or point me in the direction of a receipe for home made thai sweet chilli sauce/dip?

    also a receipe for home made tomato sauce/relish other home made sauces? preferably those that are as healthy as poss?!

    MANY THANKS
    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    hi there is one on post 10 on this page
    HTH
    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?p=17629945&highlight=chilli+dippin g+sauce#post17629945

    Just also wanted to update signature again, spent 52.87 today in mr T 27 of this was on cat food/litter. This should last them well into next month.
    Also managed to get a few things reduced as well as other things that will be put away for next month.
    Am wondering whether it will be a better idea for us to go on a annual budget?
    Have read the approved thread on here and am thinking of placing an order at some point soon.

    Signature updated
    Last edited by carolt2; 13-01-2009 at 9:44 PM.
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  • rosieben
    Recipe is on page 56, one post down from where i said does anyone want the recipe
    Originally posted by mumzyof2
    and its in the recipe index on the front page (Easy Syrup Sponge Pudding)
    Last edited by rosieben; 14-01-2009 at 1:25 PM.
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  • inamess200
    Well I am half way through the month and have only spent 164 of my 400 budget!!

    Due to problems in the inamess household it now for 1 A and 3 children so am hoping to come in at 320 this month - I need to as nursery costs and the gas dd have rocketed this month - scarey!!!

    I have also joined weightwatchers so need to buy more fruit and veg - every time try it the shopping bill goes through the roof but not this time!! I have taken lunch both days this week which has saved 3 a day so long may it continue. I have promised the kids a trip to pizza hut this week but have my 50% voucher so that shouldn't break the bank.

    Currently buying in Mr T as its easy with 3 children and a fulltime job but may have to look at a monthly staples shop ( after meal plan of course) online from mr a and get F&V in Lidls - need to have a think.
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 13th Jan 09, 10:12 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    MRSMCAWBER - Could you please transfer me to the annual grocery challenger list with a target of 6,000, thank you
    This will allow me 500 per calendar month and enable me to bulk buy more easily. I will still count it monthly on my signature. I have included the following in my grocery total:Food,toiletries,petrol, household bitnbobs,booze,garden entertainment.
    I have another budget for direct debits and another one again, for clothes,medical,presents,car tax,car insurance DIY house maintenance and household electrical items.
    I'm pleased with today as myself and DD went for a meal and used a 50% off pizzahut voucher(its where she wanted to go)and then went into the theatre on opening night for bogof with the tickets we bought last year.
    Only spent 17 on the meal and 2.20 parking . Our theatre tickets were 21.50 instead of 42 so our reward for last years moneysaving was very reasonable and we h ad a good time-far better than a couple of trips to the pub or the chippy!
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • Sylvan
    • By Sylvan 13th Jan 09, 10:40 PM
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    Sylvan
    I always get confused as to which is the best buy when supermarkets quote the price for one brand of (say cheese) per kg but then another brand is quoted per 100g.

    my little brain just cant handle the maths :confused:




    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    If I'm actually in the supermarket I weigh the pack for which they've quoted the per fruit price and then work out how much the per weight priced pack would cost for that amount.
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    • Kiwisaver
    • By Kiwisaver 14th Jan 09, 4:53 AM
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    Kiwisaver
    Tried my bestest to stay away from shops this week, been five days with no spends, but I had to get catfood today. So another $20.28 less food for us for the remainder of the month. Two more weeks to go and I'm wishing it were February already. :rolleyes:
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    Reduction: $1,278.45
  • kunekune
    I'm amazed you're managing at all on that tight budget - we used to sometimes spend that much in a week (though that was in the days when we lived beyond our means)!It's much harder when you don't have the choice of shops there is here in the UK and some things are more expensive in NZ.

    Whereabouts are you? I had an email from a friend in Wellington today and he said it had been a lovely day there.

    Spent 5 yesterday getting: 4 litres skimmed milk, 1 litre proper milk for cooking, 2 small brown sliced loaves and 1 white loaf. It seems a lot; apart from Spar we only have a tiny wee co-op in Bingley, so there's no choice when I need to get food on the way home from work. I have milk in the freezer but the last one I took out had split!

    We had a kedgeree for tea last night using rice, 4 eggs and 2 pieces smoked cod. The children really liked it, it was the first time they'd ever had something with those spices, and they'd never had smoked fish before either, so that was a good find. Grownups had a tomato and cucumber salad laced with chilli to spice it up. Tonight is a vege night, and I'm planning to make some sort of lentil and nut roast to have with an optional spicy tomato sauce, mash and roast cauliflower/carrots. Don't know if the kids will eat it, but it's worth a try.
    Mortgage started on 22.5.09 : 129,600
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    June grocery challenge: 400/600
  • JayJay14
    I only spent 1.20 in the seven days up to yesterday, and managed to rack up just 5.94 at Wilkinsons and Heron yesterday. Off to town today to meeets the 2 DD's for lunch and a wander round the shops. Will be leaving my car at DD2's and walking into town from there - will save a bomb on car park fees, and I have promiced to treat them to a frugal lunch (we do this very rarely).

    Will be heading to Farmfoods before we get the bus back to the car as they have milk still at 1 for 2l and it is worth the detour.

    I seem to be spending very little this month, though I still have tons of frozen stuff from Xmas and before which really needs to be used up. I've also gone back to meal planning which at least saves the constant rummaging through the freezer wondering what to have. Am also trying to cut back as my weight is really beginning to get me down and I am sure it is beginning to slow me down as well.

    Anyway sorry for the long post - have to ge on with something, am at the dentist at 11.30 so need to take my mind off that
  • elizabunny
    Morning everyone. Well, I managed a NSD yesterday -that's just 2 this month So I'm hoping for another today. I absolutely dare NOT transfer to the annual budget because I'm sure I would spend everything in the first few months -trying not to spend my whole monthly budget in the first 2 weeks has been hard enough. This Grocery Challenge is amazing it really makes you think about what you're spending your money on and how you're using the food in your cupboards. I'm hoping to struggle to the end of the month without going too much over budget -although I still have another 30 or so to spend -I just can't see me doing it, but I won't give up!

    Today I'm going to make a sausage casserole. I shall put in Sausages (obviously) bacon, onion, other veggies, a can of red kidney beans and a can of tomatoes plus herbs and seasoning. I'll brown the Sausages, bacon and onions first. I was thinking about adding a small bottle of cider that we have left over from xmas, but I don't think it will need this -so I 'll save it for something else -don't want to waste anything. Hopefully I'll make enough to freeze some for another time.

    Have a good day all and by the way I think everone is doing so well on their challenge -keep going!
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  • MRSMCAWBER
    Morning all

    Elizabunny.......could you save the bacon for another meal We love potatoes and onions layered with a lamb stock cube dissolved in a little water -cover with foil and bake -when soft take off the foil -put bacon on top and put back in the oven and crisp up the top layer ....

    god Im turning into my grandad ...I remember as a kid grandad grumbling at mamma when she did cooked breakfasts -because *quote* - "there was 3 seperate meals at least there" as far as he was concerned sausage, bacon, eggs should all be the main part of another meal ....it wasn't as if they were short of money -but he still liked "frugal" --now I get it

    FallenAngelShelly -
    the lemon potatoes are simple.... just peel potatoes and put in a large roasting tin... then I do 2 cups water and 1/4 cup olive oil and juice of 1-2 lemons and seasoning -pour over potatoes -cover with foil and cook until soft then remove the foil to crisp up -they are addictive... even cold

    Well the snow has just about gone -but Im still not going out there so thats 5 NSDs in a row and 10 NSDs this month

    Dinner tonight is jacket potatoes with cottage cheese and salad nomnomnom

    hope everyone is doing ok
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 14th Jan 09, 8:30 AM
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    OrkneyStar
    Just a quick post to say well done to everyone so far.
    We are doing ok so far. We have done 3 weeks of Jan and have spent between 2 and 3 weeks money (basing on annual budget divided by 52!) For those of you sailing close to your budget total, remember we all make mistakes and also, although some people may be well under their budgets, their budgets may be much more generous than yours. We all have our own comfort zones but remember being 'on' budget of 200 is no better or worse than 'under' budget of 400! (not that it is a competition).
    Anyway I will likely not post much until end of month update (believe it or not when other people seem to blow their budgets or spend much more than us it makes me want to, too!!). I will read and thank though .
    Good luck in the meantime.
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 14-01-2009 at 8:34 AM.
  • SAVVYMUMMY
    Good morning all. Just a quick update, then off to catch up with the posts. Another NSD for me today, have made fishpie for tonights dinner from fish I had in freezer and made another batch of rolls for packed lunches tomorrow. Thanks to SharroneJ for the comment about my multi tasking, it did make me chuckle . Catch u all later.
    Grocery Challenge 2013: July week 1 90/87.41
    week 2 90.00/118.38 week 3 90/60.54week4 90/79.90 week5 45/00
    End of mortgage april 2030
    Mortgage overpayment from june 2013 aiming for 400 a month: 451
    Emergency fund 2013 from june 70
  • elizabunny
    Morning all

    Elizabunny.......could you save the bacon for another meal We love potatoes and onions layered with a lamb stock cube dissolved in a little water -cover with foil and bake -when soft take off the foil -put bacon on top and put back in the oven and crisp up the top layer ....

    god Im turning into my grandad ...I remember as a kid grandad grumbling at mamma when she did cooked breakfasts -because *quote* - "there was 3 seperate meals at least there" as far as he was concerned sausage, bacon, eggs should all be the main part of another meal ....it wasn't as if they were short of money -but he still liked "frugal" --now I get it
    hope everyone is doing ok
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    Good morning MRSMCAWBER and thank you for your advice. I know exactly what you mean, it does seem rather extravagant to put two different kinds of meat into one meal, that's what happens when you read posh cookery books. Unfortunately, I read your post just a bit too late and after I finished making the casserole BUT, and I hope this redeems me slightly -what I have done is only put in half the bacon I had, the other half is going into 2 Quiches which I am hoping to make tomorrow. Also, I love the look of your recipe for Potatoes and Onions and must try that soon. I've already made your Cobbler Topping Recipe which DH absolutely can't get enough of.

    Another confession is that, although I didn't put the cider in my casserole, I put in a tin of DH beer!!!! It smells lovely -hope he thinks so too.

    I'm learning about being frugal quite quickly though, I never could quite understand why so many people made such a thing about keeping stock from veggies and meat etc. and admit I used to throw it away , but since I started the challenge, I've saved it all and made so many lovely soups -I can't think what on earth I was doing before. The same goes for turning the end of stale loaves into breadcrumbs which I now freeze -sorry birdies!

    Now I need to knock up some pudding or other to go with with some of the brandy sauce (reduced price) that I bought earlier in the week a woman's work is never done.
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