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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Aug 09, 2:51 PM
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    September 2009 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th Aug 09, 2:51 PM
    September 2009 Grocery Challenge 25th Aug 09 at 2:51 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.; 09-09-2009 at 5:36 PM.
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 10th Sep 09, 1:01 PM
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    oooohhhh whilst I think about it would anyone be willing to babysit the list for October ?????
    Originally posted by MRSMCAWBER
    Meant to PM you a couple of days a go to see if you needed any help -- must got distracted before I actually did it :rolleyes2

    (Shall blame it on the fact my GDs are back at school, but younger GD is on half days until the end of this week.... meaning I've a lot less 'childless' time to do anything else until next Monday !!!)

    The only time I'll not be around in October is from early on Saturday 4th until sometime of the 5th - I'm attending a 24 hour breast cancer awareness fund raiser, and almost certainly won't have Internet accesss while there (elder DS forgot to bring his dongle back with him when he came home on leave - having accidentally taken it with him after he was home at Easter )

    Other than that I shoul be around regularly on a daily basis, so am happy to 'babysit' if you still need someone
    • nickynoo08
    • By nickynoo08 10th Sep 09, 1:38 PM
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    Just a quick update from me, went to mr T's this morn and spent £15 on a few bits and bobs. My morning sickness seems to have almost gone now but i'm still wanting to eat the most rubbish stuff, i've got a freezer full of lovely healthy stuff i can be making but nothing seems appealing to me at the moment so as of tomoro i am gonna make myself eat better.
    I'm gonna try and put together some sort of of meal plan to last us the next week with all the stuff i've got in. Wish me luck i'm gonna need it:rolleyes:
    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!!
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 10th Sep 09, 1:46 PM
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    MrsM & CW18 i can help out too if you need me
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

    Thanks everyone for the offers

    HelenJelly is the mad lovely person who will be looking after the list when Im away
    So thats one les thing to sort out -thankyou all
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  • helen jelly
    Oh my - oh my - oh my

    Please be gentle with me in October and pray that MrsM has a thread to come back to !!!!

    Helen x
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    1st fair on 13/4/14
  • paulabear
    Hi everybody : )
    I haven't had chance to read through the thread yet - been away with no internet! - but thank you very much for including me on the list. I'm having to estimate the first week of this month at around 60 pounds (pound sign doesn't work on my keyboard, what's that about??) and have just had grocery delivery amounting to 80.11. So that's 140.11 so far this month, but I'm hoping to stretch the delivery shopping out more than a week : )
    Will give details of anything interesting if it's likely to give anyone else ideas! Good luck to you all
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 10th Sep 09, 3:18 PM
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    Oh my - oh my - oh my

    Please be gentle with me in October and pray that MrsM has a thread to come back to !!!!

    Helen x
    Originally posted by helen jelly

    you'll be fine,
    Nonny mouse and Proud!!
    Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience
    Amor et metus. Lac? Sugar? Quisque massa vel duo? (stolen from a lovely forumite!)

  • millienjacksmummy
    98p spent for me (49p basics natural yogurt, 49p for 4 creme caramels basics)

    The granola I made yesterday is going down really well (too well in fact might have to make more at the weekend - double quantities next time!!) even the kids like it and had it as a snack when they got in from school!!!

    Updated my spending - doing OK so far but need to do a meal plan for next week which includes family meals that I can also eat and lose weight on!!
    Sep GC - £465/£400:rolleyes: Oct GC - £401/400 Nov GC - £ 291.32/400
    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 10th Sep 09, 3:36 PM
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    Been to Morrisons and spent £17 on fruit, veg n salad:rolleyes:yep still dieting
    "You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

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  • helen jelly

    Off to MrS in a mo with DD and her friend - won't that be fun!!

    Helen x
    Projects made for craft fair - 40
    1st fair on 13/4/14
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Sep 09, 3:51 PM
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    Spent £34.85 at Mr S this morning on milk, bread and frozen and fresh 'meat' for dinners for the next week and a half.

    I seem to have afternoon/most of the day queasieness rather than morning sickness and I am sure I must look green. This is puttting me off messing about with food and making stuff from scratch so I have cheated and bought nice beef burgers, pork loin steaks (yellow stickered) and chicken grills for OH and veggie versions for me. I also bought a quorn cottage pie which I love but usually make myself. Naughty, naughty

    My other news is I think I am going to take voluntary redundancy, finishing work in November, so I hope the nausea has gone by then so I can get batch cooking like a demon I can't wait to see how low I can get the GC when I have time on my hands.

    • ellemm
    • By ellemm 10th Sep 09, 5:48 PM
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    Just a wee spend today in Lidl, took advantage of fruit offers - 10 smallish pears for 49p and 8 small green bananas @ 59p plus some oatcakes also 59p. Bought the pears last week and they were lovely.
    Will update total.

    Will be doing the weekly shop tomorrow in Mr M but as still trying to use up freezer stuff, shouldn't spend too much.

  • scotsaver
    MRSMC - glad you've got your Op date and got some time to get organised - your Hubby is going to be well fed while you are in Hospital by the looks of that list. Hope all goes well with the Op, we will all be thinking of you.

    A NSD again today and hoping it stays that way until Sunday, fingers crossed. Dinner tonight was Spag Bol and a lovely bowl of salad and a Rice Pudding for after, a special request from the kids as we haven't had one for ages.
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

  • helen jelly
    Well that was an expensive shop..................£54

    But we did get £15 worth of whoopsies that would of cost £25 and we got offers that cost £22 and should of cost £35 so made savings of £23 and thats how I justify it lol

    We now have enough beer to last till the end of the month [she says hopefully]

    Helen x
    Projects made for craft fair - 40
    1st fair on 13/4/14
  • emmab2001
    hi ladies!!
    i'm so stupid i posted on the aug thread!! any way i'll post again!!!

    i'm keeping my total going see my sig

    but i'm gutted as we have been away this weekend and my freezer has over frosted!!! i have no idea why or how but the door was open ice and water everywere!! gutted all my meat was ruined plus 2 pies it was horrible half the food was defrosted some were half defrosted and half frozen i decided the best thing to do was bin the lot of it the freezer has been off for 24 hours now and the ice is still solid in parts!!!

    but anyway will have to re shop for some things but i think i'm still doing well!! by this time last month i had spent almost 300 pounds!!!
    Last edited by emmab2001; 10-09-2009 at 9:05 PM.
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    • Blairweech
    • By Blairweech 10th Sep 09, 9:12 PM
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    Hello all
    NSD again here (grocery wise anyway, non-grocery spends are astronomical today :rolleyes

    Breakfast: Late again
    Lunch: Pate, toast, crisps, fruit, chocolate
    Dinner: Chilli with jacket potato

    Oh - and I got a hamper from work. Our companies founder got a knighthood back in June, and to mark to occasion he has given every one in the business a hamper. It contained: English Provender Plum Chutney & Lemon Curd, Thorntons chocs, slab of fruit cake, flower seeds and a little teddy. I thought it was a really lovely gesture
    Last edited by Blairweech; 10-09-2009 at 9:14 PM.
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  • rosieben
    ... Our companies founder got a knighthood back in June, and to mark to occasion he has given every one in the business a hamper. It contained: English Provender Plum Chutney & Lemon Curd, Thorntons chocs, slab of fruit cake, flower seeds and a little teddy. I thought it was a really lovely gesture
    Originally posted by Blairweech
    it is a lovely gesture Blairweech, enjoy! just let us know if you need any help with the chocs

    helen jelly, congrats on being appointed caretaker for the October list, I'm sure you'll be fine. Its great so many people are wanting to get involved in the thread

    I forgot to post what I actually came here to post which is that my dsis bought leeks and a couple of other little bits for me, so I have another small spend to add to my already overspent budget :rolleyes: I think I'm in minus figures till the end of October
    Last edited by rosieben; 11-09-2009 at 5:13 PM.
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  • Money saving Diva
    Morning all

    Well we haven't been doing too badly this month and it has really helped that the OH is trying to sort out his finances so is keeping a spending diary so can actually give me accurate figures.

    I haven't included our latest Tescos shop in my siggy yet as we returned some items and are not sure what the final total will be, but we have had an Approved foods order this week and my OH got some real bargains at Morrisons one night (mostly deli meat pies knocked down to 10p each which we have frozen for lazy dinners!).

    Made corned beef pasties again yesterday and they were delicious...

    Divas Corned Beef pasties:
    • I had about 5 boiled pots left from the previous night so just cubed them. Last time I used the last three wrinkly pots from the bottom of the cupboard and just par boiled them!
    • Then I chopped a medium onion, a clove of garlic and a medium orange pepper (all from my garden - but that isn't obligatory; plus I wouldn't have enough for everybody! ) quite finely and added to the potato.
    • I used about 1/2 tin corned beef and cut it into small cubes and mixed it all in with a healthy amount of black pepper and a pinch of salt.
    • Then I divided my pastry into four and rolled them out into rough circles and plonked 1/4 of the filling down the middle.
    • I painted the edges with milk, pulled the pastry up and crimped it, and then painted the whole thing with more milk and cooked them for about 20-25 mins til the pastry looked nice and brown.
    Think I did them at around 170/180 degrees. My OH ate two but one was more than enough for me, they are quite filling.
    Picture of my OHs dinnerplate from last time! (Didn't take pics this time we were too hungry and ate them too fast!! We served them with beans and a big salad.

    Hope everyones challenge is going well. Have yet to have a NSD yet but that will come I am sure!

    Last edited by Money saving Diva; 11-09-2009 at 3:36 AM.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 11th Sep 09, 7:37 AM
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    I have totted up my September spends and have spent £181.67 so far. I seem to have spent less than I normally do which is a bit of a suprise as with everything that has been going on these last few weeks I haven't meal planned, cooked from scratch or even made a shopping list half the time:confused:

    Will update my total with Spetember's figure and a best guestimate for Aug.
  • GemmaBuckle
    Good morning! I'm really enjoying this money-saving lark. Finding yellow-stickered freezable food is just so exciting! So far this month I've spent £60.80 - still under half, and my freezer and store cupboards are pretty full. I went on my first Rubber Chicken Adventure this week - Roast on Sunday, Curry on Monday and Soup on Wednesday. The soup made 7 portions, and there was just enough meat left for a sandwich each for me and my OH for lunch. Not bad! This weekend should be fairly cheap as we're going to a family party (free food!). I have lots of baking to do as I still have lots of eggs (OH went past a farm shop and got a whole tray of large FR eggs for £3, as well as lots of potatoes), so I've been baking a freezing like a woman possessed!
    Have to pop to the shops this afternoon, but only need cereal, bananas, shampoo and some veg to feed my bunnies. Should be another cheap week! Hooray!
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    Jan: £163.69/£150 Feb: £84.27/£150 Mar: £150.84/£150 Apr: ??/£150
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