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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Feb 09, 12:12 PM
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    Pink.
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    • 25th Feb 09, 12:12 PM
    25th Feb 09 at 12:12 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the February 2009 Grocery Challenge.

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


    Good luck everyone!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-02-2009 at 10:43 AM.
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    • mumoffour77
    • By mumoffour77 16th Mar 09, 2:10 PM
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    mumoffour77
    You share the same wedding anniversary as me!!
    Cook him Dinner
    Beef and guiness pie, with spuds and veg
    OH btw.....im from Northern Ireland!!!
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Im going to be frugal
    Beetlejuice Beetlejuice...................
    • JayneC
    • By JayneC 16th Mar 09, 2:32 PM
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    JayneC
    Hi all,

    Just updtaed sig. Feeling quite hopeful that I'll I'll stay under budget this month, Have about 10 days to go and should be able to get away with just fresh stuff til then.
    Went to visit family for w-end so no grocery shopping needed but petrol was waay more than saving on groceries!!! Still good to see family tho...
    Got acouple of days off work so had a mooch to the local fruit& veg shop, should have enough til end of week. Was hoping to get all organised with my meal planning and planting some seeds but seemed to have spent all day cleaning
    Off tomorrow too so hopefully get some baking and meal planning done then.
    Having HM burgers, HM chips and salad for tea. Might make an apple crumble for afters too..
    See you soon,

    jayne x
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  • beth.194
    I planned on a NSD, but then I went to the village.
    I popped into Somerfield, and ended up buying milk (we will need it tomorrow, so it's better to buy it today), yoghurts x2 :rolleyes: and TWO cakes. (My not-so-darling otherhalf wasn't content with one.)

    So I've spent £4.03 of my two week £80.00 budget. Will update sig now!
    Beth - L2L4L (Looking to Live for Less)
    Just Joined March 09 Grocery Challenge
    Budget - £80/£7.43 (15/03-31/03) 2adults+1toddler
    • fabulous_girl
    • By fabulous_girl 16th Mar 09, 2:58 PM
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    fabulous_girl
    Soon me and my boyfriend's joint account will be up and running properly and when it is, I will be setting a proper food budget, £20 a week! There is only 2 of us, we don't need to eat like pigs anymore! As long as I don't include cat food and cleaning products this should be easy.

    Its hard for me though as I work full time and then some (3 jobs) so the last thing i want to do is cook from scratch a lot of the time. We're on the dregs now, tonight its salami spaghetti carbonara and then tomorrow I might have to go shopping- urgh
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  • ellawood
    hi all I am going to join in I spend between 80 to 90 pounds a week and would like to cut back and save the money towards a holiday next year not sure how I am going to do it yet :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
    this is for 3 adults and 1 18month old 1 cat and 2 dogs.
    did an online shop with Mr T for 87 pounds which comes tommorrow but did need to stock up a bit
    • Baileys Babe
    • By Baileys Babe 16th Mar 09, 6:38 PM
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    Baileys Babe
    I've just returned from Asda, spent £18.80 this was mainly on Cheddar, 8 packs, stocking up on some seriously stong stuff whilst its on £2 for 400g (£5/kg). This is the first time this year I've needed to buy cheese as we stocked up on offers at the end of last year. Half way through the month and less than half the budget spent, yippee.
    • fletch3163
    • By fletch3163 16th Mar 09, 7:21 PM
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    fletch3163
    Hello Everyone

    I managed a NSD today thankfully. Don't hold out much hope for tomorrow being NSD for two reasons. 1 Husband's off work tomorrow and 2 it's my Happy Birthday.



    So, I reckon I'll end up with more nonsense presents from DH and DS. This will be in the shape of (yet more) Lush stuff, chocolates, garage flowers. They'll have to pace themselves cos it's Mother's Day on Sunday.
    Grocery Challenge M: £450/£425.08 A: £400/£.May -£400/£361 June £380/£230 (pages 18 & 27 explain)
  • Julimk
    Did my final top up shop today; spent £4.23 on mature cheddar, milk, crusty rolls, fruit & food bags. Tiny bit left in the budget in case I need something later this week, but hopefully thatís it.

    DD is going to her Dadís at the w/e & I will have to drive her (he is agoraphobic, so no chance of him getting her) & it is 160 mile round trip, on both days.

    On the plus side, I normally only have a medium sized Mr T & Mr S, but I will be going right passed a big Mr A, Mr S and Mr T. Was planning to do the Ďbigí shop for ĎAprilí while I didnít have DD anyway. So I have now split my list 3 ways, depending on where the best prices are.

    Could be fun or could be a complete nightmare, but as I actually enjoy food shopping I am looking forward to it!
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 16th Mar 09, 10:36 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    I made HM burgers tonight. They came out really yummy.
    400g lean mince beef-Waitrose Aberdeen Angus
    teaspoon chilli powder
    half a red onion
    a couple of teaspoons oregano
    Fried in a little vegetable oil with some fried mushrooms.
    Im always experimenting with the seasoning but chilli seems to be the fave in this house!
    The good quality mince goes a long way as no fat came off it-hence I really needed the oil. Very filling-Me and dd23 had one each, DS and dd15 had 2 each!
    Used up some strawberry whip also-2 packets which I had paid either 3p or 6p for at the time. Trying to use up some stuff-I have far too much.
    I had my fave-s/f jelly and cream.
    Cooked fish for DH as he alwaays has to be different.
    Got some reduced pork chops which I repacked individually and froze.
    Popped out to Co-op for those and a lot of salad-veggies.
    Now I need to update totals and sig but its all going well.

    Started sprouting some more beans for salads-the last lot really were good. Im sprouting chick peas aduki beans and mung beans. Is there anything else suitable for sprouting?
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • mumofjusttwo
    • By mumofjusttwo 17th Mar 09, 6:01 AM
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    mumofjusttwo
    Went shopping last night and spent £39 pounds. Was a little over budget but bought some compost too Just need to figure what to do with it now
    January Grocery 11/374
  • mrspoor
    Do you have a freezer (with space in it)? I needed a few carrots here and there for the next 6 weeks, so bought 2.5kg on Saturday that I sliced, blanched, and tray froze. They're now in meal sized bags awaiting the day they're needed
    Originally posted by cw18
    It's so simple, but that really hadn't occurred to me!! It's crazy - I automatically freeze meat and quorn as soon as it enters the house, but I let my veg sit there quietly going manky in the fridge! I do buy some frozen, but just didn't think of freezing it myself - doh!

    Thanks very much - I will be trying this! Should also cut down my preparation time for meals, I'm the worlds slowest peeler/chopper
  • scotsaver
    Just updated my total with yesterday's spends, less than £13 to last us 9 days but I know we can do it as we have everything in for this week, will just need to buy some more Milk later this week and then F&V so fingers crossed.

    We're a day behind on our Meal planner, we had friends over at the weekend and there was so much food left on Sunday that I didn't do a Roast, we ate all the leftovers (they taste a lot nicer the next day ) then we had our Sunday Roast last night so tonight's Dinner will be Curry with Beef from the Roast.

    Had a day in the Garden/Greenhouse yesterday as had some more seeds to plant up, got a few things coming through from seeds I planted in February so plenty of money saving coming up on the Salad/Veg front in the coming months.

    Planning a day in the Kitchen today as we are running low on Lunchbox supplies and cakes & biscuits. Planning to make some Sausage rolls, Flapjacks, muffins and Hobnobs.

    Have a good day everyone.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

    • moonflower
    • By moonflower 17th Mar 09, 7:41 AM
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    moonflower
    I havn't been shopping since 2nd March lots of NSD days.

    I have bought bread and milk does this count if so approx £10.

    I am using up all the thing that no one likes so lots of complaints.

    What else can I use mince for I have tried,
    Cottage pie
    Lasagne every one has now gone off this
    Spagetti " " " " "

    However have tried mince in fajitas.OK

    Pasties No one likes these!
    Chilli "" " " "

    Maybe its better to buy chicken and make into lots of dishes.Any ideas mince/chicken
    or others .
    • reb
    • By reb 17th Mar 09, 8:03 AM
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    reb

    Started sprouting some more beans for salads-the last lot really were good. Im sprouting chick peas aduki beans and mung beans. Is there anything else suitable for sprouting?
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    Green lentils are quite nice. I just buy dried from the supermarket. I try anything really. But I do like these.
    I don't get to come on here too often.
    Too buzy money saving!
  • rosieben
    ...

    What else can I use mince for I have tried,
    Cottage pie
    Lasagne every one has now gone off this
    Spagetti " " " " "

    However have tried mince in fajitas.OK

    Pasties No one likes these!
    Chilli "" " " "

    Maybe its better to buy chicken and make into lots of dishes.Any ideas mince/chicken
    or others .
    Originally posted by moonflower

    Moonflower, how about meat loaf, meat balls or burgers? recipes for all of these are in the recipe list on the front page of this thread

    Might also be worth looking at the Complete Cooking Collection - post #6 'Meat' - there are several mince threads there
    Last edited by rosieben; 17-03-2009 at 8:14 AM.
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    • mothershipton
    • By mothershipton 17th Mar 09, 8:13 AM
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    mothershipton
    just looked at our food spends for this month, already £275 out of a budget of £340. I let OH loose in Morrisons this week, and he spent £95. But we do have a lot of food.... Both freezers, all the cupboards and the garage are full!Not sure we can last on £65 for the rest of the month. As im off sick i might try some home baking.
    Grocery Challenge Feb 16 £346 /400
    • reb
    • By reb 17th Mar 09, 8:14 AM
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    reb
    I am trying to be really careful so I stay in budget this month. I can't quite believe how much I have spent already this month. Then I had a look at my receipts and realise how much food I have in. So today I start a purge on 'using stuff up.'

    Have updated signature. It's not looking good

    We have a lot of jam and chutney in the cupboard, all home made....tis crazy, when you have none they all want it, but when you have it to hand consumption slows.
    Aaarrrrggggghhhhhhhhh! Oh well, that's the way it goes I guess.


    I don't get to come on here too often.
    Too buzy money saving!
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 17th Mar 09, 8:19 AM
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    angelatgraceland
    I havn't been shopping since 2nd March lots of NSD days.

    I have bought bread and milk does this count if so approx £10.

    I am using up all the thing that no one likes so lots of complaints.

    What else can I use mince for I have tried,
    Cottage pie
    Lasagne every one has now gone off this
    Spagetti " " " " "

    However have tried mince in fajitas.OK

    Pasties No one likes these!
    Chilli "" " " "

    Maybe its better to buy chicken and make into lots of dishes.Any ideas mince/chicken
    or others .
    Originally posted by moonflower
    Yes-you need to count in your bread and milk. These are the important little spends which we often overlook and where the money just disappears!
    I made burgers with my mince last night.
    I also make meatballs
    minced beef cobbler
    chicken fajitas
    chicken curry
    chicken lasagne
    s/sour chicken
    As Rosieben says there are lots of ideas-follow her link.
    I always keep a good supply of mince,chicken and white fish/tinned tuna for a variety of dishes.

    Reb-thanks-I do have a pack of green lentils. I will try those too on the next batch!
    Your jams and chutneys will keep a long time though! No hurry to use them up.

    Mothershipton-sounds like you could last the month if you mealplan! With all that food stored do you really need more then bread/milk, f & veg till the end of the month?
    Mealplanning is the key! Its ok stocking up-but no point unless you use it is what DH says to me when he wants to have a moan-but basically he's right got a point.
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 17-03-2009 at 8:25 AM.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • sazzledazzle
    £6 only spent last week, cant believe how well I am doing. Going to do a shop on only basic range on payday and see if I can make enough meals to last the month.
    MAY NSD's

    • russetred
    • By russetred 17th Mar 09, 12:03 PM
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    russetred
    Hi everyone.I'm having a good day today I got £25 co-op gift vouchers.I entered a comp for their online store i think for dvds and won £25 to spend online. They've decided to close the online store so sent me the gift vouchers to spend instore instead.Now I could see what the offers are just now or wait till nearer closing and see what is on offer,hmmmmm.Later gets my vote.Have a good day y'all.
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