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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th May 09, 11:32 PM
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    Pink.
    June 2009 Grocery Challenge
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    • 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 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.


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

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-05-2009 at 9:55 AM.
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  • hypno06
    thanks kjsam! Your post prompted me to go and look at my strawberries and I think we are in for a bumper crop this year - loads that are almost ripe, so must keep a watch on them in the next day or so and pick them before the birds get them.........
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  • clutterydrawer
    Well I just did my shopping to last till next thursday and it came to...*drum roll*...£2.45
    August grocery challenge: £50
    Spent so far: £37.40
    • merzal
    • By merzal 13th Jun 09, 11:33 AM
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    merzal
    I spent £2.50 today on eggs and baking pots. On wed I spent £3.86 in Aldi so ony spent £6.36 this week. Although my friend came to stay and we've eaten out a couple of times but she did buy us some shopping!
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 13th Jun 09, 12:47 PM
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    tessie bear
    hi...just wanted to share a yummy recipe...i think i saw ainsley making it on the bbq ....u get a pineapple (49p in aldi) and peel it...cut it in half from top to bottom...then cut each half into 3 and slide a knife down to cut out the core....dip each bit in light brown sugar...or any sugar and fry in a tablespoon of oil...few mins on each side...serve with cream or icecream...lush...i have done the pineapple in a pan and on the barbie

    i went into aldi this morning and they had reduced the plums to 29p so i got a couple of boxes...might make a crumble and use the rest in the lunch boxes next week

    i found 2 bargains in sainsburys that might be of use to people....firstly smoked salmon trimmings...88p for i thing 200g...it was off cuts ideal for pizza or quiche or as we had it on bagels with cream cheese....the other thing was the basics responsibly sourced salmon...i got 3 oblong bits for £3...it seemed to be all shapes and sizes...i baked it in a bit of buttered foil with a bit of white wine and a sprig of dill...lovely

    take care
    tess
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 13th Jun 09, 12:51 PM
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    cw18
    another £1.47 on milk for me today......

    but I managed to avoid a spend on vanilla ice-cream (which I'd expected to need to pick up at the same time), as DS only discovered last night I'd picked up a tub of mint choc-chip when I went shopping on Wednesday. (Ooops! I must have "forgotten" to tell him I'd bought some )

    I'm now 13 days into a 30 day month, with a budget for the month of £121. So budget to end of today is £50.74, and I'm currently on £33.69 - which I'm really pleased about as I expected to be running tight to budget this month due to having the Mr M vouchers to use. Have used 2 so far this month, but DD had a huge shopping list when I used the first, and I stocked up on some toiletries with the second (that comes out of a seperate budget).

    DD and I are already working on our shopping lists for next week - I'm hoping to make mine only for things I need to complete meals (while clearing some space in my freezer and cupboards for the bulk of the ingredients), and a list from DD will also pull down how much I need to consider stock-piling in order to get to the £30 spend
    Cheryl
  • WelshWoofer
    Afternoon all!
    Finally a chance to sit down! Not for long though, apparently OH's parents are imminent!
    Good job I've cleaned right through the house, been to Mr Ts, bathed the dog and hoovered the car!

    Spent £35 and pennies in Mr T- was quite pleased with this as it included some mini toiletries for OHs epic weekend long bike ride next weekend, extra dog food and tons of fruit and veg.

    Think I'll do OK this month as I only have 1 week left to shop for (will shop next weekend) and seem to have plenty of the budget left.

    Will do the sig and see exactly how much!

    Edit - Almost £77 left apparently - don't quite know how!
    January grocery spending - £82.73/ £120
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Afternoon all

    Thought I had better report in with todays spends ... I have decided that as I have cut the budget through choice -I need to stop being quite so "tight fisted" ......not for hubbies sake but mine (I don't cut back on his likes)... I eat shed loads of fruit normally and my fruit n veg 5 a day is usually in the double figures (and more often than not -about 15ish )...... well whilst I have been cutting back I have cut down on the fruit I buy as i can't leave it alone ..but I have decided that Im not happy with it... so I will just have to grit my teeth and part with the cash .
    Also after having a look today Im thinking of switching some things to organic..milk and the like .... just need to sit down and work out what difference it will make to my budget -although at the end of the day -our health is more important -particularly brought home to me as my mum is waiting for test results on a possible cancer scare
    So todays shopping was:-
    1. 24 water
    2. 2kg oranges
    3. 3 grapefruit
    4. 3 lemons
    5. 2 huge pineapples
    6. 2kg apples
    7. mango
    8. a 3kg watermelon
    9. 500g green grapes -whoopsed
    10. 500g black grapes -whoopsed
    11. 500g cherry toms
    12. celery
    13. 2 red peppers
    14. iceberg
    15. 1kg carrots
    16. beetroot
    17. cauliflower
    18. 1kg parsnips -whoopsed to 76c
    19. fresh chicken
    20. 3 packs organic cooked meat -whoopsed to 83c each
    21. bag extra lrg prawns
    22. 4 pack natural yog
    23. block butter
    24. quark tzatziki
    25. 2 pasta
    26. 2 fresh yeast
    27. bag almonds
    28. bag hazelnuts
    Actually there is more than I thought -although if the fruit lasts me all week I will be amazed .anyhow -I spent a grand total of €29.67 -so takes us up to just over €70 so far this month ...I can't see us spending much over €100 before pay day on the 25th -so i can live with that

    Dinner tonight is a huge salad with jackets and cottage cheese.... lunch was a huge salad with steamed potatoes and feta/some of the cooked meat
    Tomorrow will be roast chicken with steamed potatoes, cauli, broccoli, carrots, sweetcorn and peas mmmmmmmm
    well enough waffling on from me -hope everyone is having a good weekend
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 13th Jun 09, 3:30 PM
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    Coxy11
    Afternoon all,

    Lovely weather here today. Just picked 5 strawbs from the garden with lots still to ripen .

    Big hugs to your Mum MrsM - one of my school Mum friends is having chemo right now and it's a big worry - only 40 last Oct and with a young family.

    Small spend in MrS today which bought us lunch and some of the packed lunch things I needed for my final June week. Off to my cousins for a bbq tonight. Taking 4 sirloin steaks from market meat man - only £5, which DH paid for. Don't really like buying meat from the market - have issues over where it's come from - anyone else feel the same??

    Off to update sig.

    Coxy
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  • jackiegibbo
    Went to the 99p shop and asdas recently so have spent £53.05 this month so far.Ive been trying some of asdas frozen meals for a £1 i think they actually do 5 for £4 and then i half them for me and hubby and do loads of veg and some of them are actually quite tasty!!!

    Good luck everyone
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Thanks Coxy...
    i think its just a bit more worrying as its nearly a year since I lost my sister to ovarian cancer -she was only 42 ... mum is 69 and its breast if the tests don't come back with good news... so pinkies crossed. Made me realise its no good having money in the bank if our health is shot...
    once again -thanks for your kind words...hope your friends mum comes through it all ok...
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    • karenccs67
    • By karenccs67 13th Jun 09, 3:58 PM
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    karenccs67
    Afternoon all,

    Lovely weather here today. Just picked 5 strawbs from the garden with lots still to ripen .

    Big hugs to your Mum MrsM - one of my school Mum friends is having chemo right now and it's a big worry - only 40 last Oct and with a young family.

    Small spend in MrS today which bought us lunch and some of the packed lunch things I needed for my final June week. Off to my cousins for a bbq tonight. Taking 4 sirloin steaks from market meat man - only £5, which DH paid for. Don't really like buying meat from the market - have issues over where it's come from - anyone else feel the same??

    Off to update sig.

    Coxy
    xx
    Originally posted by Coxy11
    I feel the same about meat from the market, some of it looks nice but I'm not sure how long theyve had it for so I've never bought any. Were off to a carvery tonight, mums treat, only £3.50 a head. Have fun at BBQ.
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  • Changingme
    Been really bad this week and spent £71.38 so only have £46.74 left for next two weeks,might make this up to £30 a week so can use Mr Ms vouchers.:confused: This will put me over budget by £13.26 so fingers crossed.
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    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 13th Jun 09, 6:29 PM
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    Flat Eric
    I am ashamed to say that I have fallen off the grocery challenge wagon spectacularly over the last few months :confused: so I hope to get back on track in July.

    All my food stores are full and I still find myself throwing stuff away. It would be nice to be able to ban myself from the supermarkets altogether until every last item was used but there always seems to be the odd thing I need that then means a £10 shop becomes £50.

    I know I need to plan better so also hope to start planning a weekly or monthly menu.

    It really depresses me when I do a home delivery shop because only having a few items in your basket still means a huge bill :confused:

    I would be interested also if anyone can tell me what the difference is between Nescafe coffee that you might buy in your local tesco - for example they have the 300g jar on offer at £5.00 as opposed to what appears to be nescafe coffee that you can buy in saver shops. for example superdrug is selling this coffee (200g) jar for £2.49 - much cheaper than tesco. It certainly looks the same but I didnt buy any so havent been able to do a taste test. In my opinion, coffee is coffee so I am sure I would be happy with the supermarket own brand but my OH prefers nescafe.

  • Julimk
    Did next week’s top-up shop today once I had dropped DD at her Dad’s for the weekend. Grand total of £6.05, mostly for bits for pack-ups & milk, plus 500g pork mince whoopsied to 85p.

    Only one week left to go for me & there is still enough for more milk if necessary; really shouldn’t need anything else.
    • sillyinthepast
    • By sillyinthepast 13th Jun 09, 6:46 PM
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    sillyinthepast
    Spent £42.71 today so I have £123.86 for rest of month
    • cw18
    • By cw18 13th Jun 09, 7:31 PM
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    cw18
    I would be interested also if anyone can tell me what the difference is between Nescafe coffee that you might buy in your local tesco - for example they have the 300g jar on offer at £5.00 as opposed to what appears to be nescafe coffee that you can buy in saver shops. for example superdrug is selling this coffee (200g) jar for £2.49 - much cheaper than tesco. It certainly looks the same but I didnt buy any so havent been able to do a taste test. In my opinion, coffee is coffee so I am sure I would be happy with the supermarket own brand but my OH prefers nescafe.
    Originally posted by Flat Eric
    My DH was a "Nescafe only" man for years - until I convinced him to try the Mr T own brand equivalent (at the time they were selling really small trial jars for something like 25p - and each one had the same amount attached as a MOC against a full size jar).

    He reckoned he could tell the difference (though when I made his coffee and didn't tell him which I'd used - or told him the wrong one - he rarely identified them correctly), but when I showed him the difference in price he was more than happy to switch on a permanent basis.
    Cheryl
    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 13th Jun 09, 8:49 PM
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    meanmarie
    Spent €6.26 to-day, bringing my total spend for June to €153.17....just over half of my budget, so will hopefully get by until 30th, although there will be a barbecue in there somewhere, either for Father's Day or my birthday....will make it even if its on bread and water for last few days!

    Marie
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    • Baileys Babe
    • By Baileys Babe 13th Jun 09, 9:48 PM
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    Baileys Babe
    Just popping into update.
    Me & the children spent the week at my parents, so no food spends. They sent us home with a coolbox full of yoghurts etc. F & V box £19.50 masses of lovely stuff. Did get a takeaway last night £10

    Off to update signature
    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 13th Jun 09, 9:56 PM
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    Moniker
    Hi folks

    Have just popped in to update my sig. I have just £28-50 to last to the end of the month! However, I used the £10 off £60 at Waitrose voucher for my last big shop and stocked up on more meat etc. I also bought two lots of 2ltrs of Sainsbury's 1% fat milk, which is still only £1 a bottle compared with £1-53 for the 2%fat version - a no brainer really! So, I really should only need to buy F&V next Thursday which is the last main shop of the month. We are out next weekend visiting family and away the weekend after so it should be ok (she says crossing fingers and toes!)

    I made a lovely lamb casserole in the slow cooker today as I didn't want to have the main oven on - it was too hot. I had a pack of 6 chops and made it stretch with extra veg so I have two lots of meals for the freezer as well as the meal we ate tonight.

    I am looking forward to harvesting some of my veg soon. The lettuce has done really well, but the stars are the radishes. Trouble is I don't know what to use them for apart from in salads. Anyone got any ideas?

    Hope you all have a lovely day tomorrow in the sunshine.

    Night night.

    Moniker
    • taka
    • By taka 14th Jun 09, 12:04 AM
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    taka
    Looks like I'm not going to make it to the halfway point of my yearly food budget on target - I've only got £12.88 left for the rest of june. I've also got a £5 off £30 spend mr M voucher for the week after next too... :rolleyes:

    To buy...
    4pks x6 cans of diet irn bru @£2.45 BOGOF=£4.90 (will keep me for the next 3+ months - I have 1-2 cans a week at work. This is on special offer at the mo lower than normal so I want to stock up)
    Diluting juice - 2 bottles of basics squash @47p each = £0.96

    BUT... Rana tortellini is on special offer at the moment and its my favourite pasta - so I'll probably stock up with ~ 4 pks @ £1 each (need to double check that my local asda doesn't stock this variety or it'd be £1.50/2 pks) = £4 (or £3 if asda now stocks this variety) :rolleyes:

    => leaves £3.02 for everything else Even with F+V already bought for this week, a freezer full of veg + rhubarb and bulging cupboards its not going to work is it :confused:

    Just once I'd like to be within my budget :rolleyes:
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