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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Jul 09, 5:20 PM
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    August 2009 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th Jul 09, 5:20 PM
    August 2009 Grocery Challenge 25th Jul 09 at 5:20 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)
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    • mrssnowy
    • By mrssnowy 28th Jul 09, 10:40 PM
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    Thanks to all who keep us shipshape.
    Will be better for August.

    You can't stay young for ever,but you can be immature for the rest of your life.
    Morning all

    Well our month starts on the 25th -so Im off with 4 NSDs in a row -I will need to pick up a couple of bits yet it should just be a bit more :-
    milk, lettuce, peppers, cucumber and onions - unless of course I see any bargains that I can use .
    Im planning a super frugal month as I have lots of meat and stuff in the freezer -so I would like to get that run down.

    Right -those 2 recipes that were asked for are:-
    lemon cakes

    This made 12 buns -
    1. 100g butter
    2. 100g sugar
    3. 2 eggs
    4. 100g SR flour
    5. 50g ground almonds -you can add more if you have them to use up
    6. rind and juice of 1 lemon -or more if you like mmmmmmm
    These need to be left for a day or 2 (if possible ) as they get moister as they stand
    orange and poppyseed cake
    Pre-heat oven 160f/gas3
    grease and base line a loaf tin -20x10cm
    1. 3tbs marmalade
    2. 150g pot natural yoghurt
    3. 3 eggs
    4. 175g golden caster sugar
    5. 200g SR flour
    6. 1/2tsp baking powder
    7. 175g soft butter
    8. zest 1 orange
    9. 2tsp poppy seeds -toasted gently
    • melt the marmalade over a low heat -or soften in the micro
    • cool slightly -then stir in the yoghurt
    • throw everything else (except the poppy seeds)into a large bowl and beat with an electric hand whisk (or whallop with a good ol wooden spoon)
    • beat in the yoghurt mix and poppy seeds
    • tip into the prepared tin and bake for 1hr -1hr 10 mins -or until a skewer comes out clean -keep an eye on it and if it is colouring to quickly -cover with greaseproof
    I made this in bun cases instead in the remoska -its a runny mix -so don't use papers on their own -guess how I found this out? *some very strange shaped buns happened that day* ...this is another 1 that I think is much better if left to stand for a day - they go really moist -it feels likes you could squeeze liquid out .... Im thinking of trying this recipe but with lemoncurd nomnomnom
    Flat-Eric -the courgette teabread/muffin recipe is on the list of recipes allready -its addictive -I even have hubbies mates making it
    I think you should be able to get poppy seeds in the supermarkets by now -if not the health food shops will have them....

    I now have another 3 courgettes off the plants -they are growing quicker than I can use them -if only the tomatoes would catch up :rolleyes:. I have quite a few french and runner beans stashed in the freezer -and plenty more on their way -I love fresh runner beans mmmmmm -
    right I had better get off and make a cuppa -hope everyone has a good month
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    • Herewegoagain
    • By Herewegoagain 29th Jul 09, 6:54 AM
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    Thank's to those making this all possible, I love this thread.
    Hiya mrs m, can you put me down for £90 for Aug, hopefully I will keep to it, have no hols planned, so no one can mess with my budget.

    HWGA xx
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 29th Jul 09, 7:18 AM
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    can i put £400 down for August please.
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    • Mooloo
    • By Mooloo 29th Jul 09, 7:45 AM
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    Hi folks, I have to confess to getting very muddled in July, as a lot of the shopping was for the twins and not for my family. Their benefits were messed up) so I still havent declared for July.
    HOWEVER due to the bank no longer the bottomless pit of mum, I will have to be engenious this month, and live off of
    When I die I will know that I have lived, loved, mattered and made a difference, even if in a small way.
    • wmf
    • By wmf 29th Jul 09, 8:02 AM
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    Could I please be included for £150?

    I also became muddled this month but August will be an important month for me so musn't overspend! This is for me, DH and stepsons who might come at weekends or might come more often with friends, so a bit flexible. Hopefully I'll come in under budget especially as have paid an extra lump sum to clear elect and gas which our direct debit hadn't covered:rolleyes:.
    • fedupandskint
    • By fedupandskint 29th Jul 09, 8:16 AM
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    Can you put me down for £150 for August

    As I came in under budget for last month I am taking £50 off for this month to see if I can do it again!

    Thanks to everyone who contributes and runs the thread, I'll pop in abit more this month to try and keep myself motivated
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 29th Jul 09, 8:23 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    Had to pop to MrA on Monday for a topup shop of dog food, veg and cereal. Also got some 3L bottles of orange and blackcurrant squash for DH to take to scout camp next week (only £1 each Geebee range, cheap and cheerful).

    Total not looking too bad, but do have to go to MrT at some stage tonight or tomorrow to get what we need for next week. DH and DS1 are both away, so the rest of us can eat fairly frugally, and then all 5 of us are going to Norfolk. During that week the GC budget will be providing for breakfast and lunch (packups) only. Any eating out/icecream, will be from a different budget.

    This is good news as my Dad is coming from Cyprus for the whole of September (I have a BIG birthday on 10th) and will be staying with us. Will have to take a serious look at my budget for September.

    Off to collect DD from brownie camp today - only 7 and first time away from home - bless her!

    Thanks to everyone for setting up this thread. It's becoming a real lifeline!!!

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  • rosieben
    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the Grocery Challenge - though have been meaning to do this for a while....
    Originally posted by happymumof3
    Welcome to the GC happymum if you have any questions please ask, we're a friendly bunch and someone is always around to give help and advice if needed. How lovely that you're having a baby girl in Sept bet she won't be spoiled will she

    Good luck with your first GC
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  • highland fling
    morning everyone
    yesterday I started to clean my kitchen food cupboards. It would appear I have been not so much storing as hoarding food. I found quite a few items which were very near their use by date. This included tins so goodness knows how long ago I actually bought them.

    Anyway I sorted them all out and have made use of quite a few e.g made toffee last night and have started constructing six individual trifles in sundae dishes.
    I have also placed food which has least shelf life on bottom shelf so that I can meal plan using up these items.
    Have made a promise to myself to check dates on tins and packets more often to avoid any waste and to stop buying things in just for them to be there "in case". If I really need something and I don't have it in the house I can adjust my meal planner and buy it the next day.

    Making sausages and onion gravy with potatoes and green beans and rhubarb sponge (just like Eve's Pudding) for dinner. Was given rhubarb, potatoes, green beans and onions from allotment, so all I had to buy was the sausages.

    Hope you all have a good month and for all of you really struggling due to this recession my thoughts are with you.
    It takes a long time to eat an elephant and I'm doing it a bite at a time!!!
    • rockie4
    • By rockie4 29th Jul 09, 9:31 AM
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    Morning ladies, I need a kick up the proverbial to remind me WHY I come on here!!!!

    I've declared my shameful total for July on the July thread and will stick with £180 for August in the hope I can stick to it this month :rolleyes:

    I seem to have lost the plot at the moment, too many things need doing/buying/repairing and I'm feeling the pressure.........
    • spendaholic
    • By spendaholic 29th Jul 09, 9:40 AM
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    Hello everyone. Good luck to you all for August.

    At £40 per week and with a 5 week month, my August Grocery Challenge budget is £200. I did really, really well last month, coming in by more than £50 under budget. Sadly, this month hasn't started so well, but it is only a minor blip.

    I spent £43 on my shopping at the weekend, that's £3 over. However, on the brighter side, of my £10 weekly pocket money, I only spent £6.50, so technically I'm 50p up. Because I used my £50 slush money to pay for new walking shoes and a football match ticket, I was hoping to be able to do something similar at the end of this month. This means Spendy must try harder.

    There's a new programme on BBC2 starting next week about feeding your family during the credit crunch. I think that's going to be regular viewing for me.
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  • helen jelly
    Morning everyone

    Thank you Mrs M, Rosieben & Pink for all your hard work

    I started off in July with very good intentions but seemed to give up about 2 thirds of the way through so for August I am determined to keep on track - DH has been warned

    We will be visiting Costco for some bits and also going to a local Butchers to get 30lbs of different meats for £29.99 - Dh thinks that this is the bargain of the century and as he does the cooking it will keep him happy for a while [I hope]

    Good luck

    Helen x
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  • Boodle
    Thank you Mrs M, Rosieben & Pink for all your hard work
    Originally posted by helen jelly

    Can I declare £166.14 for July, please?

    And be put down for £120 for August's budget, please?

    Thank you!

    One of these days I will come in on budget... yeah right!

    Forgot to say, that budget is for 2 adults, 1 toddler and a baby including groceries (organic animal produce whenever possible), toiletries and household cleaning stuff
    Last edited by Boodle; 29-07-2009 at 10:17 AM.
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    • FrankieM
    • By FrankieM 29th Jul 09, 10:18 AM
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    Hi can I join this month please?
    Could you put me down for £400
    Thats for 6 of us and a dog. To include all supermarket shopping.
  • rosieben
    ... There's a new programme on BBC2 starting next week about feeding your family during the credit crunch. I think that's going to be regular viewing for me.
    Originally posted by spendaholic
    I was just looking at this too, Economy Gastronomy, Weds 8pm on BBC2 looks interesting

    I'll start a new thread for this, in case people miss it - ooops there was a thread already started
    Last edited by rosieben; 29-07-2009 at 11:21 AM.
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  • kiwiblue
    Can you please put me down for $100for August. Thanks.
    At this stage it appears that I will come in under budget for July
    Jan: $386.38/$500
    • kezlou
    • By kezlou 29th Jul 09, 11:40 AM
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    Hi everyone forgot to post my monthly budget for August, please could you put me down for £175 again, thanks Mrs M.

    Okay well this month i'm not going to reduce my amount as i really need to stock back up certain things like toilet roll, pasta ec.

    Here are two recipes for you:-

    Beef stroganoff
    400g of beef cut in thins strips
    1 onion sliced finely
    2tbsp butter
    2tbsp oil
    1tbsp plain flour
    1tsp tomato puree
    2tsp mustard
    2 tbsp of lemon juice
    250ml of single cream (can use double if you wish)

    Fry beef in 1tbsp of butter and oil till browned
    Taken beef out of the pan but leave all the juices the pan.
    Fry the onion in the other tbsp of butter and beef juiced till soft.
    Sprinkle 1 tbsp of plain flour over the onions and stir to mix.
    Add the tomato puree, lemon juice, mustard and cream stir all together.
    Take the beef and add it to the cream mixture.
    Once the cream starts bubbling serve immediately.

    the recipe above can be adapted using just veg or any any meat or poultry. Not sure about fish as i haven't tried it.

    Mix 3 cups of plain flour with enough water to bind.
    Leave covered for an hour.
    Split the mixture into balls and roll out till about 2cms thick
    Place onto a dry frying pan or tava, flip it over till it starts to brown and serve.
    Once cooked they can be frozen as well.

    I also used the above for making wraps.

    The stroganoff was supposed to last two meals but the boys loved it that much they went back for second lol Poor OH never got a look in. I served it with pots and veg.

    Well off to make some lunch for the kids and carry on attempting to make a big cushion for the bench. My OH decided he could make out of DS1's old bed, so i'm using old duvets and old duvet covers to make the big cushions for it. First time i've ever made them so it's keeping me out of trouble and the shops .
    • patentgirl
    • By patentgirl 29th Jul 09, 12:01 PM
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    Hi Everyone

    doing well so far although only day 4 I know! had 3 NSD on trot I know it has been said many times before but I have found since OH has got his allotment and greenhouse earlier in the year we have saved a fortune of veg also I find if we have a glut of something at moment spinach and courgettes soon to be tomatoes got some lovely beefsteaks nearly ripe I try to create recipes around that and dont seem to be going shopping nearly so often.

    Thanks to everyone who contributes and runs the thread and good luck everyone for August
    February grocery challenge £200
    • searching_me
    • By searching_me 29th Jul 09, 12:04 PM
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    I was just looking at this too, Economy Gastronomy, Weds 8pm on BBC2 looks interesting

    I'll start a new thread for this, in case people miss it - ooops there was a thread already started
    Originally posted by rosieben
    it starts on the 5th of august i was looking at it it looks interesting ..

    well im half way through my second week and i am really proud of myself .. i have spent £124 but theres not another thing i need expect milk bread and maybe abit of fruit but im not getting til i completely run out as i use to top up without finishing ... i planned a whole month worth of meals and im sticking to it ... im back on top form and im loving it hope everyone else is doing well x
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