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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Apr 09, 10:22 PM
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    May 2009 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th Apr 09, 10:22 PM
    May 2009 Grocery Challenge 25th Apr 09 at 10:22 PM
    Welcome to the May 2009 Grocery Challenge.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your April budget, then keep on posting in the April 2009 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'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!

    Last edited by Pink.; 28-04-2009 at 8:34 AM.
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    • mouche
    • By mouche 8th May 09, 10:07 AM
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    Count me in
    Just got back from holiday and I now have to get back into the MSE mode. The fridge was empty when we got back so had to make two dashes to Asda on my way home from work this week – total was approximately £17. We now have enough food to last a few days but I think I’d better do a meal plan for the week so I can pick up any missing ingredients today. On the down side, I’ve been diagnosed with allergy to dairy and the alternatives are fairly expensive. Still, going off dairy will probably do wonders for my weight loss challenge!

    Great going to all those who’re doing well and don’t panic to those who aren’t.

    P.S – Please count me in as always for £100 for two adults (not including breakfast and lunch on weekdays).
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    • thriftlady
    • By thriftlady 8th May 09, 11:12 AM
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    Grocery spend for this week is as follows

    Waitrose £55.01
    Farm shop (milk, eggs and veg) £22.21
    Sainsbury's (wine) £16.67

    Total £93.89

    If I stay under £100 a week I'll be under budget but I was a little disappointed this week I was hoping for £80 or less.
  • Boodle
    Did our shopping last night and am afraid I was tempted once again by the B&J's Half Baked ice cream (Also... a reduced almond pastry for 20p which was lovely for breakie this morning) but DH also threw a multipack of polos in there, and we ended up with a couple of things I realised I needed on the way around so had forgotten to account for, like soy sauce, popping corn and my jasmine green tea. Also managed to pick up some nice looking organic lamb steaks for £5.19 which will do our stew on Sunday and Thai Green Curry on Wednesday next week so am rather chuffed with that. I think we are doing pretty darn well all things considered so far (for me anyway )

    Altho I did my shop with Saturday's dinner in mind, we have decided to go out for dinner and see a film (not from a GC budget) but at least the things are there for another week as fish is from freezer, butter beans/tinned toms will keep etc. Really looking forward to our treat!
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    • nmlc
    • By nmlc 8th May 09, 12:02 PM
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    Afternoon all

    Just an update of the spends, really really bad....! Am overspent by 20p already! Have meal planned for next week and then have another week before new GC month starts. Have reasonable supplies of most things. Spent £12 in S/Fields on Andrex loo rolls, offer of 2 x 9 rolls for £6 - so bought 4 packs - so that will last for ages and have taken £12 out this month's GC budget - but we won't use all of those in a month ...... well at least I hope not otherwise this month could be a bit unpleasant in this house! Have also had a few take-aways this month and the prices have gone up - so will definitely be cutting those out. I'm going to do a bit of baking today or tomorrow, will be making Bakewell Tart, Choc chip cookies, Mince pies and possibly a cake or cup cakes - should help out for pack-up's next week. I know I will be overspent at the end of the month but will try to keep it to a minimum....(she says in eternal hope!)
    Keep safe and well everyone, hope weather stays reasonable this weekend.
    Kind regards
  • Cornishpixie
    Hi, Went to Lidl's (not Aldi), :confusedoesn't take much to confuse myself. Anyhoo spent another £9-40 on bits and pieces. And £6 today school dinner x3 . Total around £147-69.Luckily I bought some heinz beans on offer then. Cooking a beef curry for 10 students tonight. My family are never fussed about my curry, but because it's not for them suddenly they want someWell have a good weekend all.
    • Toonie
    • By Toonie 8th May 09, 1:08 PM
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    Bacon and carrot soup
    We're keeping on track at the moment, helped by the fact my a lot of my meals are paid for at work. Have bought milk and eggs this week and will have to buy some more milk tomorrow. Made some bacon and carrot soup last weekend, then got invited to a barbeque at my parents, so the soup was saved until Monday and was lovely with chunks of bread and more bread and cheese afterwards. I had found the bacon at the bottom of the freezer, (well it was a mystery pack of meat until I defrosted it) and the carrots were beginning to go soft.

    Bacon off cuts (cooked in advance and chopped into pieces)
    Couple of carrots (chopped up, chunky)
    250ml apple juice
    Water or stock
    Mixed herbs
    Pinch of cinnamon (or mixed spice/ginger)
    Half a red onion, diced
    Red lentils
    Teaspoon of honey

    Fry onion in a little butter, add bacon pieces and then apple juice. Add lentils and fast boil for 10 minutes, checking liquid level and add more apple juice/water/stock as required. Add carrots, spice, herbs and spoon of honey and simmer gently until carrots are to your liking (around 15 minutes for me). Keep checking liquid level as the lentils will absorb more liquid as they cook, so top up if necessary. This makes quite a sweet soup, but this can altered with the addition of some mild chilli powder or extra ginger.
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    Old Style Resolution - Make soup once a week to use up bits from the fridge.
    Afternoon all

    A quick update for me -hubby has stopped of at ALDI on the way home to pick up the few bits I wanted...he came in chuntering that he is sure the prices have gone up -not for the price increase but for hubby noticing
    1. 3x1lt fresh milk @48c -so actually 7c cheaper than last week
    2. 2.5kg potatoes €1.99 -they didn't have my usual 99c ones :rolleyes:-theses ones are "special"
    3. 1kg carrots 99c -so up 30c:confused:-me thinks I need to set some more in tubs
    4. iceberg -65c -can start adding my own grown ones now..can't wait to go onto all my own
    5. 2kg apples €1.59
    6. huge red pepper 43c -these are at €1.99 a kilo now
    So a total of €7.09 our week started on the 25th so 2 weeks in and only €19.43 spent

    We are having pork steaks, steamed potatoes and vegetables for dinner tonight...
    Hubby is on duty tomorrow so will go out at 8am and not be back until about 9am on sunday -so only myself to feed ....
    right -off to update my signature -hope everyone is having a good week
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    • Mrs Money Penny
    • By Mrs Money Penny 8th May 09, 3:16 PM
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    Mrs Money Penny
    Hi Everyone have spent £102.52 this month so far. Really need to keep out of the supermarkets. Did get some bargins last week which were reduced happened to go in just before closing. Got several packs of ham for 10p. Good luck all.
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    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 8th May 09, 3:29 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    My first update on the challenge - have spent £6.07 on milk, bread and fabric conditioner - quite proud of myself as I avoided the cheap yogurts on the reduced shelf - they're one of my downfalls.

    So, under budget so far, but it'll go up over the weekend as I have to go to Tesco and have Asda delivering too - it's all stock ups of deals though so I should be able to recover from it by the end of the month.

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    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 8th May 09, 4:36 PM
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    Just updating signature with this weeks shopping. It includes the ingredients to make 2 birthday cakes for DD & DS1 so quite pleased. I've got a fancying for fish so having a wander around our very good local fish market tomorrow - probably fatal but I'll try to buy only what we'll use in the next couple of weeks and add them into the menu plan. Hope everyone else is going okay so far.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 8th May 09, 5:14 PM
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    Not doing bad... only £48.88 out of £300!!
    Wanted to bake some cakes but was cross at the price of eggs in our co-op. Was pointed in the direction of a lady in our village who sells eggs, it works out under 10p an egg and they're laid fresh!!!! bargain
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  • clutterydrawer
    I'm not doign too badly so far...I've spent 19.26 but only need a few things tomorrow.

    Got overcharged in the co-op though and didn't want to make a fuss cos it was only 50p....but am kind of annoyed....50p os 50p after all.

    Have a bit of free time so might make the enormous trek to aldi (no car) and see if things are cheap there.
    August grocery challenge: £50
    Spent so far: £37.40
    • cw18
    • By cw18 8th May 09, 6:46 PM
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    Oooooo..... I always make a fuss if I'm overcharged !! If they did this by a couple of pennies to every customer, just think how much they'd be making out of us

    Just of to update my signature. Nipped into Co-Op, and they had 4 tubs of their tomato & mascarpone sauce in clearance (66p each rather than the £1.32 they're currently on offer at). We use quite a lot of this with they're tortellini, but I only buy them on special. My freezer currently has about 40 portions of tortellini, but only 6 of sauce - so I was seriously pleased to get these today (takes me up to 14 portions).

    Only problem I've found is how much freezer space they take up with being in round tubs. So today I've emptied each tub into a clean margarine tub, and once frozen I'll move it into bags the same as I do with my bulk cooking

    This also had the advantage of being able to split one tub in half which will save me even more money in the long run. I normally do a tub between myself and younger DS, but when elder DS is home on leave (and he's phoned today to say he's coming home again this Sunday for a week!) I end up having to do 2 tubs between the three of us. Not any more though
  • orchid-96
    Evening all, a nsd for me today making it 3 in all which is great for plan is to manage till Monday as that is going to be my new main shop day, thought I would give it a try as I think I spend more when I go on a weekend (getting stuff for the weekend) but I think I tend to get too much in..anyway will see how it goes, should be ok this weekend as we are going to a 'curry night' at my inlaws tomorrow and then on sunday we are out for a meal as well (not part of the budget, a planned birthday treat)

    I may go to aldi though and get the 'super 6' then get meal planning for next week as I have really slipped with this lately..

    Have a nice weekend all and happy shopping :-)
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    • mooomin
    • By mooomin 8th May 09, 7:12 PM
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    Evening all!

    Spent money on the following today:

    Hula Hoops 60p - still half price for 7 pack, so stocking up while I can!
    Bread £1.29
    Pizza (Reduced) £1.85
    Pizza (Reduced) £1.79
    Margarine x 2 £1.16 (Half price)
    Mince £2 In case I decided to cook "proper" food and freeze the pizza
    Pasta sauce £1.43
    Red wine for sauce (Small bottle) £1.45
    Beef gravy x 2 £0.24 (Reduced)

    So, my total spend for today was £11.83. I wouldn't have had to buy anything, except I forgot to take meat out of the freezer for dinner. Oops!

    Off to update my signature now
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  • clutterydrawer
    Oooooo..... I always make a fuss if I'm overcharged !! If they did this by a couple of pennies to every customer, just think how much they'd be making out of us
    Originally posted by cw18

    i do in a town/city....but I've just moved to a tiny, gossipy village, and if I said anything, I would become forever known as "that girl who made a fuss about 50p inthe co op" :rolleyes::rolleyes:
    August grocery challenge: £50
    Spent so far: £37.40
  • Julimk
    Another few spends on more milk & a few bits for DD’s pack ups.

    Doesn’t leave much in the kitty at all. But there is less than 2 weeks to go now & should actually only need more fresh milk in that time, and plenty for that.

    Still have over 60 meal portions in the freezer & masses of meat & fish. So we aren’t exactly going to starve!
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 8th May 09, 8:39 PM
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    spent £28.95 in the Co-op and £68.60 in Mr T. I have spent over £250 already this month and we are only 1 week in
    how do some people spent so little? :confused: mind you had DD1 with me ( not good when it comes to shopping )

    note to self : must try harder
  • Janae
    Went into Mr S today for a quick shop - £28.00. Got a few things on offer including my favourite pepper sauce which was half price so I picked up 10 of them. If this month's challenge goes badly, it will be pepper sauce with everything for the last week
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  • frugalswan
    Haven't been able to do very much OS-stuff this week as I've been getting stuff in for the hen do later this week. And it sounds like there a few problems with it anyway, which I hope get sorted out. It is dampening my enthusiasm for it a little.

    Long story short, I'd probably be better off sitting the rest of this month out and trying again in June. I shall keep trying to be frugal and try to keep to the challenge, and hope things pick up a little.

    Best of luck everyone

    x Frugalswan x
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