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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th May 09, 11:32 PM
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    June 2009 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th May 09, 11:32 PM
    June 2009 Grocery Challenge 25th May 09 at 11:32 PM
    Welcome to the June 2009 Grocery Challenge.

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

    Wishing you all a great June and good luck to everyone who's taking part!

    Last edited by Pink.; 28-05-2009 at 9:55 AM.
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    • cuddlymarm
    • By cuddlymarm 4th Jun 09, 6:51 AM
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    Hi everyone

    I've been very good this week after a bad start. I spent most of my budget in Sainsburys on Saturday but have not needed to buy anything since. I need a bottle of milk today that should last me until I go shopping again (I'll just get it from the M&S at the local garage cos even though it costs a little more I won't buy anything else) If I go to the Sainsburys in the town centre theres always the tempatation to buy more.

    I've also got loads left so when I shop this week should be able to stock up my tins and frozen stuff.

    Anyway I'd better make a start on my day
    Have a lovely day
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  • scotsaver
    they sound lovely, any chance of posting a recipe please
    Originally posted by sistercas
    Hi sistercas - the recipe is handwritten in my little book which means I copied it from the Internet/a friend or on here, apologies to whoever gave it to me as I can't remember but here it is.

    Coconut Flapjacks

    8oz Porridge Oats
    5oz Brown Sugar
    4oz Margarine
    3tbsp Golden Syrup
    Pinch of salt
    4oz currants
    4oz Dessicated coconut

    Melt marg with the sugar and syrup until dissolved, stir in all the other ingredients and put in a tray 8" x 6" and bake for 15 mins at 180 degrees. Cut into squares and allow to cool.

    Planning a nice day in the garden today to look after my veg etc and a general tidy around, looks like the first of my lettuces will be ready for the weekend.

    Dinner tonight is a mixture for everyone, leftover Beef Casserole for OH, leftover Lasagne for DD2 and found a box of Faggots when I did Freezer inventory yesterday so they will do DD1 and myself with some nice mash, carrots and peas & sweetcorn.

    Have a good day everyone.
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 4th Jun 09, 7:34 AM
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    Did you put the vinegar in the rinse aid bit and how much lime peel did you use? I'd love to try it.
    Originally posted by karenccs67
    Hi karenccs67

    I put the vinegar in a little glass bowl on the top basket and the lime peel next to it. I used under half a lime peel (what was left after my bottles of beer at the weekend). I then ran it empty on a hot cycle. Don't put the vinegar in until after the pre wash though.

    I had posted a question on the questions thread and was given a useful link to a thread about cleaning dishwashers OS. There was some tips on replacing your usual rinse aid with vinegar which I will try when my Mr T discount brand stuff runs out as I have had the vinegar under my sink for years!

    The question was only posted this week if you want to have a look back on the questions thread for the link. If I was any good with technology I could have added the link for you

    Hope you get a good result with it too!

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  • hermoine
    Hi all

    Best laid plans and all that.

    On Tuesday DD3 aged 11 broke her arm and we required an overnight stay in hospital. The money I spent! The hospital do not provide anything for the parents apart from a bed! Years ago when my others (24,22, and 20) had various hospital stays a lovely tea lady used to come round with cuppas and a friendly smile for the parents and the nurses would get you some toast in the morning so that you did not have to leave your child to eat your breakfast, and there was a parents kitchen where there was coffee, tea and biscuits that you could help yourself to while you were there and replace or leave some cash for replacements when you left.

    So altogether including parking I spent £20 on just making her comfortable and me sustained!

    The PCT seem to have no concept of the fact that in an emergency you do not have time to plan to pack, food, nightie, toothbrushes, toothpaste etc and the shop is soooo expensive.

    Then we were told that we could have meds prescribed to take home ie painkillers but it would be a 4 hour wait for Pharmacy so best just buy them on the way home. £11.40 in Calpol and Pead Ibuprofen. As they knew we would go home why do they not order these things early in the day so they will be ready for you to take home.

    I cannot knock the medical care but the "care in your crisis" is terrible. I think that they would see the parents literally faint with hunger and thirst and not even offer water!

    So £31.40 + £84.49 = £115.89/250

    This is not looking good.

    DD3 is feeling much better today. I am frazzled.


    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 4th Jun 09, 8:59 AM
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    Ahh I came across this one today, and was very tempted.. but put off by the hard work!!
    I think I may go re-visit, and does anyone know if there is a meal-planning type thread in the OS section?

    Personally, HustonKW, I think Asda sounds like a great day out! Food, cafe, clothes, homeware... I was so excited when we had a new one open near work, we were told it would be two stories high! Then I went to visit on opening day, and they'd cheated and just put the cafe on a verandah type thing above part of the clothes section. I was gutted. oh dear, how sad am I!
    Originally posted by Pauper1
    I did flylady for a while, it is in levels so you don't have to over-do it. I gave up mainly cos of my temperamental back meaning some days I cannot do anything, other days I do everything lol. They are a nice bunch.
    The mealplanning thread is started new every week, sometimes it falls off a bit so you might have to look on the 2nd or 3rd page. I would link it for you but posting in a rush......ETA Here is this weeks thread .
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 04-06-2009 at 11:22 AM.
    • little_miss_moneysaver
    • By little_miss_moneysaver 4th Jun 09, 9:17 AM
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    Hope you dont mind me joining in. I have been lurking for a long time! I have four huge adolesents at home and husband as well as me - 2 doggies and 2 guineas. How much do you think you should spend per person? Not exact figures but just an idea or opinion would be much appreciated.

    As regards Costco - We have been members since Sept 08 and recouped our money within a few months. They also sell a lot of other stuff. we just bought a new kettle from C which cost 29.99. In John Lewis it was 54.99. I also bought a duvet set fro my son at C costing 19.99 which I had seen in football mag for 60 quid!!! So it is good value. I just have to be ressussitated (SP) after paying but then do have to remember to spread it over the month.

    Originally posted by Molly41
    Hi Molly.
    What I would say is for this month keep all your receipts for your shopping, unless you know roughly how much you spend. Not sure if your including just food or cleaning stuff and toiletries. And at the end of the month you'll see how much you've spent and maybe see areas you can cut back on. Then next month set yourself a target.
    But for 5 big hungry men, I am not sure. I have one hungry man and he eats loads! Do you buy stuff for their lunches as well? Like many on here i'm a great believer in meal planning, I do mine monthly, others weekly so I only buy what I need. Otherwise I would buy lots of meal ideas and run up my food bill.
    I do a big stock pile at the begining of every quarter then the next 2 months are quite low spending, so even though it does look like I spend much I have loads of food here! So I guess it's hard to estimate our monthly consumption of food. But probably around £120 maybe for two of us.

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    • nickynoo08
    • By nickynoo08 4th Jun 09, 9:32 AM
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    Did my first shop of the month monday and went over my weekly budget by £12, me and my mum normally go shopping every monday but we cant go next mon so had to get a bit more in to see us through. I should only need milk, fruit and maybe bread next week so we should be ok budget wise.
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    • fletch3163
    • By fletch3163 4th Jun 09, 10:24 AM
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    Hello everyone

    Up the wall this month and hanging by a thread so I've cherry picked reads the last 8 pages or so (apologies to all).

    Not sure how my GC is going to go this month because I'm having to subsidise my MIL at the moment. She's been doing a good ostrich impression this past six months. I've unearthed some stuff to the tune of her owing £4.5k (mortgage arreas, Greenwoods, Loans, etc). I've just paid almost a grand to get her out of the bit but will make sure she pays me back.

    Why do I live the frugal life to get a bit of a financial cushion, only to have to give it to someone who calls competition lines and pays £1.99 for the privelege of using someone else's ATM machine? I feel kind of selfish for thinking it BUT I am mad at having to do it.

    Anyway, rant out (sorry). I'll go and try to dissect the receipts.
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    • poohbear59
    • By poohbear59 4th Jun 09, 11:06 AM
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    DP is also like this, he seems to always be eating at the moment, I don't know what to offer him that is cheap and not going to increase his expanding waistline any further.
    Originally posted by Baileys Babe
    I would make fat free fruit cake. Not for my DH though.

    DH is very thin at moment so I am trying to build him up but without spending on expensive junk food.
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    • sharronej
    • By sharronej 4th Jun 09, 11:18 AM
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    As long as you have the money in the bank to allow bulk buying of things, then do so to make full use of the offers - and split the cost over however many weeks/months the item will last.

    The iced Danish Pasties are to die for -- just a shame they only come in trays of 12, as a full tray (kept hidden so no-one else knows I have it) never lasts more than 36 hours in this house (Would love to be able to buy just a couple)
    Originally posted by cw18
    You can freeze them - if you can hide them in the freezer of course I also buy the burgers (£10 ish for 48) and the packs of bacon approx 72 slices for £8.00 ish. The cheese is also pretty good value they do one which is £5 at kilo
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 4th Jun 09, 12:28 PM
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    Grrr - have just found a receipt from Monday from MrS. My milkman failed to deliver on Monday meaning an extra trip to MrS after school (was waiting all day in the hope that he was just running late). We also have builders in at the moment who are merrily drinking tea on an hourly basis .

    Cheese on toast for lunch today. Only my two sons here today (school shut for polling station), as DD has gone for a playdate with a friend and is being fed lunch .

    Making chilli and rice for tea, plus hm herb bread for the first time. Made the salmon and dill fishcakes for tea on Tuesday and they were lovely - every scrap eaten - thanks to everyone who posts their recipes here .

    Sig updated.
    Have a good day everyone.
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    • sharronej
    • By sharronej 4th Jun 09, 3:49 PM
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    Hope you dont mind me joining in. I have been lurking for a long time! I have four huge adolesents at home and husband as well as me - 2 doggies and 2 guineas. How much do you think you should spend per person? Not exact figures but just an idea or opinion would be much appreciated.

    Originally posted by Molly41
    Hi Molly,
    The usual advice for the first month is to keep hold of your receipts so that you can see what you are spending first and then have a good look and see where you can cut back slowly and steadily. I have five adult appetites to feed (4 adults, 1 teen), we're really strapped at the moment so I'm trying to stay around the hundred pound mark - last month I managed £120 but I do find it difficult . It all depends on how your family eat and what type of meals they like. As a ball park figure you should be able to eat comfortably on £50 - £75 per week.

    • slowandsteady
    • By slowandsteady 4th Jun 09, 4:23 PM
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    Hi all, so much for not having to stock up this week. Decided yesterday to clear out the pantry, have moved here at easter and it still full of tools and paint so shipped it out to the shed and decided to go and stock up on tinned food, im paranoid about running out of tins cos i think so long as got tins and pasta and rice can always make a meal. So stocked up on loads of beans, spaghetti, pasta, rice, tuna, tinned toms and other tinned stuff, oh and a bottle of wine and some beers and two tubs of baby formula.

    So updating signature in a min but spent £71.91. So am gonna struggle rest of mth but dont mind cos i know we are stocked up

    Have a good day!
  • Rocks Fan Debbie

    well finished my main shop on Monday and spent another £42.63 which was more than I intended, but since then I haven't spent anything so I'm happy with that, and we have stuck to the menu plan although we did swap a couple of days due to the lovely weather.

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  • Julimk
    Got some more milk today & have updated siggy, not really unexpected.

    Itís the middle of my month & usually at this point I do a slightly bigger top-up shop of nearly £20 Ė if I get everything in at the beginning DD would scoff anything remotely snacky & I would still have to get as much now.

    That doesnít leave much for the end part of the month, but it is usually just milk & a few odd bits to tide us over, still ahead of where I was this time last month.
    • Sunnyday
    • By Sunnyday 4th Jun 09, 8:48 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    better late than never

    I`ve just totted up my total for a truly shocking May *slaps hand with ruler*

    Mrs M would you please add me for June with a total of £140

    *goes back to meal planner*

    The freezer that i was supposed to be running down to defrost is bursting full and i can`t seem to stop myself from batch cooking
    There is enough food in there to feed us for at least a month and this month i have the MrM vouchers too. I`ve not finished the meal planner yet but i`m trying to include lots of things from the freezer again fingers crossed

    Good luck everyone.

    Planning on starting the GC again soon
    • Pauper1
    • By Pauper1 4th Jun 09, 9:20 PM
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    Spent another £3.70 today, but that should do us until Sunday, when we are doing our shop for the week. Plus, nice surprise in the post this morning - £25 Tesco's gift card from Sky I'd completely forgotten we'd be getting that!! So that's Sunday's shop covered
    On target for my first month! Yay me!
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    • Shortie
    • By Shortie 4th Jun 09, 10:14 PM
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    Whoops, the munchies hit. Another £5.26 - not all eaten tonight I should add

    Sig update required me thinks
    Apologies if there are random typos - I am usually replying via my phone
    • philsmum
    • By philsmum 4th Jun 09, 10:34 PM
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    Hi Everyone,
    Mrs Mc. Could you put me down for £130.00 please.
    May was a really bad month lots of extras to buy. Will try harder this month.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 5th Jun 09, 7:04 AM
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    Morning Everyone

    £9.79 spent last night on bits for OH curry night. £3.30 on puppodums(!!), 36p on onions and 47p on a big tub of basics natural yogurt and £5.66 on Zovirax to treat the two huge cold sores I have on my lip. I look like I have been punched in the face!

    The curry night with BIL went down well and there is enough left over for me & OH lunches for 2 days. The yogurt will get used up with fruit for OH breakfast tomorrow.

    Off to update sig!

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