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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Jun 09, 3:57 PM
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    • 25th Jun 09, 3:57 PM
    25th Jun 09 at 3:57 PM
    Guidelines for posting on the Grocery Challenge thread.

    What is the Grocery Challenge thread?
    This is a thread where people who are taking part in the Grocery Challenge can post for help encouragement and support and talk about anything related to grocery shopping. We ask that you try to keep on topic and post things that are relevant to the challenge.

    Posting grocery budgets and spends for the month
    Some people like to post their grocery budget and final spend for each month. If you wish to be included in the master list then please post these in red and in a large font as this makes it easier for the volunteers to keep a record of everyone’s totals.

    Number of posts
    In order to make the thread easier to read it would be helpful if users would try not to post multiple posts in quick succession.

    Chatty posts that are relevant to the Challenge are fine. Irrelevant chat or posts simply saying ‘Good morning/Goodnight’, ‘just popping on to say hello’, ‘I’ve sent you a pm’ etc aren’t, as they clutter up the thread and may be removed to make the thread easier for others to read. Unfortunately the board guides simply don't have the time to pm users individually when posts are removed to keep the thread on topic. If your post has been removed and you are unhappy with the decision, please feel free to send us a pm.

    If you want to say thanks to another user please use the thanks button and please post any chat not related to the Grocery Challenge into the Daily Thread or use the pm function.

    No Spend days (NSD’s)
    A number of people like to record that they have had a no spend day. Again to reduce the number of posts we would ask that rather than post just that you had a no spend day you record it in your signature and/or add it to a post that is directly relevant to the Grocery Challenge.

    Please keep these relevant to the challenge. While photographs of produce or cooking are great, pictures of semi-naked men or large clip art aren’t.

    Please don’t forget to check out the Grabbit and Shop but Don’t drop boards for any bargains and the Discount Codes 'n Vouchers (online & offline) board to see if there are any current vouchers around.

    Questions about recipes, freezing, techniques etc
    These don’t always fit into the Grocery Challenge. There are a number of threads where it may be more appropriate to ask questions. There is a wealth of information available on the Old Style board so please do a search to see if there is a better thread for your question. For more help with searching see here or feel free to send a private message to a board guide who will be happy to help.

    Useful Links to threads on the Old Style board

    Quick Questions thread

    Recipe thread

    Cheap recipe threads

    Don't throw food away challenge...

    The Complete Cooking Collection

    Old Style Daily thread General chat about Old Style (new thread started daily)

    Flylady thread Cleaning thread (new thread weekly)

    Enough is Enough (decluttering)

    Lose weight the Old Style way

    Finally if you are new to Old Style and want help to find your way around, this thread may help: Welcome to Old Style and there is some excellent practical help and advice on posting on MSE chat forums in this thread: Unofficial A-Z (Look here first)
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-06-2009 at 8:52 PM.
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    • Cheapskate
    • By Cheapskate 3rd Jul 09, 2:32 PM
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    Hi All

    Been MIA for a while, but raring to go again!
    MrsM - please will you put me down for 400 for July & we'll see how far I get this time! Thank you.
    Will update sig later today - June was worse than I was dreading, but I did go away for a weekend & got in stuff for DH & DS2, so could have been worse!
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    • Little Muvva
    • By Little Muvva 3rd Jul 09, 3:08 PM
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    Little Muvva
    I'm new to this so going to take it slow! Old habits die hard! I currently spend 115 per week on average so will commit to 110 to start with and see how low I can get it. The saving will be put towards credit card debt of 1,000 which was to pay towards my son's wedding. This means I'm up for 550 this month.
    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 3rd Jul 09, 4:06 PM
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    Evening all, just popped in to update signature and catch up on threads,

    spent a total of 39.03 between home bargains, Mr M and Mr T.
    Managed to get some of the 87p milk from Mr T.
    Was planning on visiting Aldi today but ran out of time, plan to go in next week or so.
    Signature updated.
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    • Toonie
    • By Toonie 3rd Jul 09, 4:32 PM
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    I'm back from my shopping trip and I did quite well. Just for fun, I decided to check how my shopping compares to what I could have got in Sainsbury (where I normally shop).

    In Sainsbury
    400g Mediterranean bread-1.39
    Cherry tomatoes-0.99
    10 pitta bread-1.30
    500g Red Lentils-0.88
    500g popping corn 0.52
    Plum tomatoes-1.49
    6 large oranges-2.40

    The Turkish supermarket I went to
    400g Sesame seed bread 0.60
    270g plum cherry tomatoes 0.39
    10 large pitta bread 0.58
    860g mini cucumbers 1.12
    Houmous 0.85
    500g red lentils 1.29
    500g popping corn 0.69
    500g plum vine tomatoes 0.45
    6 large oranges 1

    And although the popping corn and lentils were more expensive, the last three deliveries and every time I have gone into my local sainsbury I have been unable to find them, so feel they were justified. The difference is quite astounding and I would have probably bought more if I could have carried it!

    My trip also included a little look into the new sweet shop, where I could quite happily have bought the entire shop! As it was, I limited myself to some a quarter of barley sugar for myself, a quarter of cola cubes for my sister and some giant fried eggs for my boyfriend which came to 2.68. Just going to update now.
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  • helen jelly
    Got to add 21.48 - OH just bought some wine and vodka.

    Nice weekend planned

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    • little_miss_moneysaver
    • By little_miss_moneysaver 3rd Jul 09, 6:50 PM
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    Phew i've done my big shop for the month. Have to sit down and have look at what comes under groceries then update my siggy. Am trying to do my monthly meal planner but this month an running out of inspriration. All I can think of is lettuce
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    • dazzle21
    • By dazzle21 3rd Jul 09, 7:05 PM
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    160 for July Please! We are in process of moving house so we will need to do some running down then restocking!! So far I have spent 26.71 and we have pretty much everything in to last us the week (or more!) although i may end up buying veg at CB on sunday...
    August: 149/150

    Sept: 200
    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 3rd Jul 09, 7:34 PM
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    Hi everyone, it's cooler here and more bearable, but I still don't feel like cooking so we had some tortellini out of the freezer courtesy of MR S tonight! I did my weekly shop this morning after taking DD1 home - she is better now and able to look after herself - it looks like it was a kidney stone and not appendicitis after all.

    I managed to spend about 28 on groceries(at Mrs S) and that included some extras not on my list - prawns and smoked mackerel and some poppy seed rolls. They are doing lots of offers on milk - Cravendale was on special for those of you who like it as was some of their own brand organic milk, but I stuck to my favourite 1% fat at 1 for 2 litres.

    Can't seem to get my brain in gear to do proper meal plans at the moment as am in holiday mode and still reeling from a disrupted week looking after DD1. Must get myself back on track as I have spent 2/3rd of my July budget already - off to update my sig and think hard about what to do next!

    Keep up the good work everyone and stay cool.

    Love Moniker
    • elf06
    • By elf06 3rd Jul 09, 7:56 PM
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    Hi all - I would really like to join in if I can . Please could I be put down for 100 for July.

    This is for myself and my son (2.5years old) and one cat. This will include any baby things (shampoo, baby bath, pull ups etc), cleaning things (wul, washing powder, bleach etc), cat stuffs and any toiletries for myself.

    Saying that I think I will end up blowing it cos I have a BBQ planned for the weekend as I have 3 adults (and maybe a dog) visiting but I will try my best
    • nickynoo08
    • By nickynoo08 3rd Jul 09, 8:24 PM
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    Did my first shop of the month yesterday, just a quick top up shop as my freezer is still pretty full. Only thing i need to get is bread and a few bits of veg now
    Total spent - 23.56
    Debt 1 1111.23 0% until March 19 pay by xmas 0/1111.23
    Debt 2 2100 0% until August 19
    Debt 3 2161.86 0% until August 19
    Debt 4 1846.98 0% until December 19
    Saving for xmas 5/120
    1 debt at a time! We can do this!!
    • MoneyQueen
    • By MoneyQueen 3rd Jul 09, 8:58 PM
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    I also did my first shop yesterday. Had gone to Costco and then some bits from Asda - Total spend 14.62

    Just need to buy some fruit

    I also have planned meals for next week... Now just need to do some cooking :rolleyes:

    • shelley_crow
    • By shelley_crow 3rd Jul 09, 9:25 PM
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    Can I be added to the grocery challenge please? I am aiming to spend 150 or lessin July for me, OH and DS (4). This will be for everything except for animal food, we do have a lot of pets.
    • Yorkielass
    • By Yorkielass 3rd Jul 09, 10:34 PM
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    6 today on fish and chips - but I did have a kiddie portion
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    • kezlou
    • By kezlou 3rd Jul 09, 10:42 PM
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    Hi all been gorgeous here till today then thunder lightening and really heavy showers.think the camping might be off till next week. So far have spent 20 on BBQ stuff including the disposable BBQ's, salad, meat and wine naughty i know. But compared to what i would have spent eating out, i think i've done quite well.

    So i am determined only to buy salad stuff next week, so fingers crossed i won't spend too much. Most of the 20 was spent on salad stuff can't believe how much we eat!
    Oh tried this today with some really dodgy looking apples, blackberries and reduced mascarpone cheese. In all cost me 2 to make four deserts for a family of four + visitors.

    Mix 3 x 250 grams mascarpone cheese (i bought them reduced 50p each) with 1tsp of sugar and 1 tsp of lemon juice. Boiled brambles and six bruised apples together with enough water to cover and 1tsp of sugar till cooked. Blended bramble / apple together , then mixed it mascarpone cheese then fully blended. Placed mascarpone / berry mixture 3 tubs then froze it. Placed the fourth batch in a large bowl left to cool for about an hour placed some frozen strawberries on top. When strawberries were defrosted dished it out. Extremely surprised with the outcome, was very refreshing and light and fluffy. Perfect for a stuffy night, kids really liked it too.

    Oh sainsburys have some BBQ stuff on for 50p :-
    little gem lettuce x 2
    beef tomatoes
    whole cucumbers

    enjoy your weekend all!
    • kezlou
    • By kezlou 3rd Jul 09, 10:43 PM
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    6 today on fish and chips - but I did have a kiddie portion
    Originally posted by Yorkielass
    hmmm don't i'm trying to stay away from our local chippy! they serve the freshest and best cod money can buy!
    Bet they were nice though!
  • Rocks Fan Debbie
    I spent another 11 yesterday, just needed salad stuff, milk and low fat spread. I had another NSD today. I need to buy some bits on sunday but I am happy with my spends so far.


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  • Janae
    Small shop at Mr S's yesterday. Have already spent 105.35 this month without even doing a big shop. Is it my imagination or are prices going up again? Am also finding decent YS items harder to find. At least I haven't had to buy lettuce for the last month - that's one thing that is growing well although I haven't planted enough I've now realized!

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  • Sunny Donny
    £175 for July please Mrs M

    Have done two large shops in Lidl and off to town this afternoon for BBQ stuff and fruit from market.
    Got some good offers through the post from Iceland so will call in there before heading home. (have joined their clubcard promotion - ask instore). I have vouchers for stuff I actually buy which makes a change!!
    Doing car boot tommorrow to help towards cost of holiday which has to be paid soon, so hope the weather holds and lots turn out!!!
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    Morning all

    Still melting here -a thunder storm threatened yesterday -In the end it was 2 flashes and 3 rumbles and about a dozen rain drops :confused: -so this morning it is 82 degrees -indoors in the shade .....

    We nipped and did the shop yesterday :-
    1. 2 cumbers -@ 26c
    2. 2kg onions 89c
    3. 5kg pots 1.79
    4. 1kg toms 69c
    5. 2x500g plum toms @86c
    6. 500g organic toms 69c
    7. iceberg 26c
    8. 1kg carrots 89c
    9. 4 huge red peppers -97c
    10. celery 99c
    1. 4kg apples 2.86
    2. 1/2kg nanas 30c
    3. 2kg peaches 2.32
    4. 600g grapes 1.17
    5. 2 pineapple @ 99c
    6. 2kg nectarines 2.18
    7. 5 kiwi 95c
    8. 4kg oranges 2.39
    9. jar cherries (for my natural yog mmmm) 79c
    1. almonds 71c
    2. hazelnuts 1.25
    3. walnuts 1.52
    1. flour 35c
    2. crispbreads 49c
    3. 8 pouches rice 1.18
    4. 2 tins tuna 1.70
    1. 2 feta @ 71c
    2. 3 milk @ 43c
    3. 300g cream cheese 99c
    4. mayo 99c
    5. salad cream 99c

    36 x1.5lt sparkling water 6.48

    So a total spend of 44.69 -but then I had 7 deposits back -so 37.69 to add to the total ...
    Sorry for the long drawn out listing -but I sat last night and out of curiosity wondered what we spent on what and I was slightly shocked at just how much I spend on fruit (baring in mind its only me that eats it )... until hubby pointed out that I don't buy cakes, pastries, choc, crisps etc ... and even in this hot weather we aren't having ice cream/lollies -I asked hubby if he wanted any and he is happier with water -so Im happy enough now and some of that fruit "should" last more than a week

    Lunch for us today is jackets stuck in the remoska (great not having to put the oven on) with salad and cottage cheese...and I wouldn't be suprised if hubby asks for the same for tea tonight ....
    Right Im off to park my bum on the sofa and get some more of mums x-stitch done..
    Hope everyone is having a good weekend
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 4th Jul 09, 11:36 AM
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    Small spend for me today in MrS. Got salad, coleslaw, pot salad, houmous and tortillas to go with tonights dinner. I'm going to roast a gammon joint and slice it cold, as DH is out with the scouts and DS2 has just gone to the cinema, so not sure what time they'll be home.

    As I said before, this month doesn't look good. The hot weather gives me no inspiration to cook so most of my staple meals planned for the month are a no no. I'm working 4 days next week, with the other day being spent on a school trip, so think my slow cooker will be making an appearance for spag bol. Otherwise I'm trying to keep it simple mealwise.

    Shame about Murray, but a result for me as DH decided that we should eat out last night (different budget).

    Off to update sig.

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