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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Aug 09, 2:51 PM
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    September 2009 Grocery Challenge
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    • 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.

    Chat
    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.

    Pictures
    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.

    Bargains
    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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  • huxley
    Hi all, just popped on to update signature so far this month spent £128.66 not too bad:rolleyes: got loads of reading to do to catch up with everyone. Made courgette fritters the other night for tea they were yummy and it seems like an adaptable receipe might try adding tuna and sweetcorn next time
    Courgette fritters
    140g flour,2eggs,175ml milk,50g grated cheese,2 courgettes,olive oil for cooking in.
    dry fry grated courgette (3-4mins) to soften it so that you can squeeze out excess moisture.
    mix other ingrediants in a bowl to make batter add courgette,heat oil in pan and drop small ladlefuls of mix into frying pan cook for a couple on min each side until golden place on a baking tray and finish in the oven for 8mins at 180c/gas 6.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 18th Sep 09, 9:29 AM
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    <<Am going near a Tesco tomorrow so I'm planning on buying as much 65p milk as I can fit in the fridge, >>

    was in my local Tescos at Gillingham with my DD on Wednesday but saw no milk at 65p, have I missed something.I have been buying mine in Iceland at £1.00 for a 4 pinta of semi-skimmed.
    Have £4.76 left out of this weeks budget and will pop in to Aldis to get some leeks as I think they are on the offer atm. Nothing else to buy though so I will keep my purse firmly closed over the week-end.Roll on Tuesday as it will be the last week of the month. We are all doing great though aren't we, well done ladies
    P.S. have unearthed a big tin of Marvel thats still in date from the back of my cupboard .Can anyone tell me how much to use to make a pint, I think I bought it after Christmas in case the weather turned too frosty for me to go out and have never used it. I know you can use it by the spoonful in tea/coffee but I wondered if I could use it to make custard or rice pudding if it was made up to a pint .There doesn't seem to be any measurements on the tin.
    Last edited by JackieO; 18-09-2009 at 9:32 AM.
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 18th Sep 09, 9:43 AM
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    P.S. have unearthed a big tin of Marvel thats still in date from the back of my cupboard .Can anyone tell me how much to use to make a pint, I think I bought it after Christmas in case the weather turned too frosty for me to go out and have never used it. I know you can use it by the spoonful in tea/coffee but I wondered if I could use it to make custard or rice pudding if it was made up to a pint .There doesn't seem to be any measurements on the tin.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    The nutritional info on the Mr T website says

    Per 57g Serving 1 Pint when Made Up

    so I would say 57g powder, and add water to the 1 pint mark
    Last edited by cw18; 18-09-2009 at 10:15 AM.
    Cheryl
    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 18th Sep 09, 10:05 AM
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    earthmother
    .

    <<Am going near a Tesco tomorrow so I'm planning on buying as much 65p milk as I can fit in the fridge, >>

    was in my local Tescos at Gillingham with my DD on Wednesday but saw no milk at 65p, have I missed something.I have been buying mine in Iceland at £1.00 for a 4 pinta of semi-skimmed.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    It's the Wiseman Fresh N Lo 2 litre bottles - according to mysupermarket, the offer's on until the 23rd, but it's not in every store (there's a big one near me that's never carried it, but the little Metro always does). Managed to get 8 bottles this morning - nice long dates too.


    I've not added my shop up from this morning yet, but seeing as I also got some of the bogof Roses tins from the Co-op for christmas, and a couple of bags worth of reduced bread, I think I've hit budget - a week early

    But, take off the christmas bits, and the stuff I picked up for DS2s birthday, both of which would normally have a separate budget, and I could still do it - the question is do I fiddle the figures to make it look good for once, or admit defeat again
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 18th Sep 09, 10:08 AM
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    But, take off the christmas bits, and the stuff I picked up for DS2s birthday, both of which would normally have a separate budget, and I could still do it - the question is do I fiddle the figures to make it look good for once, or admit defeat again
    Originally posted by earthmother
    I, personally, think you've already answered this one yourself -- take them off !!!
    Cheryl
    • 666paw
    • By 666paw 18th Sep 09, 10:43 AM
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    666paw
    Have just declared £220.09 for August, (my month goes from the 19th to the 18th) so I decided last month that I would be behind everyone and stay in August. I have now changed my mind again and I would like to jump a month as I felt as though I missed so much.
    Therefore could you please put me down as £190 for October.

    Heres to a much better month.

    Many thanks everyone for the encouragement, ideas and kind words.

    P.
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    • jayward
    • By jayward 18th Sep 09, 11:09 AM
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    hi not been here for a couple of days,bought quite a few bits ,cleaning things i don't like vinegar £3.30 got a lot for my money big bag potatoes and other bits so spent £18 got cereal to last over a month while on offer.next month will be the real start of being very good as my oh's pay in lu of notice runs out
  • highland fling
    Hi everyone

    haven't been able to post for a few days so have just spent some time catching up with everyone.

    Mrs Tradition- sorry for tardy reply but re freezing leeks - I just chop them up, wash thoroughly, sometimes pour boiling water over them , or I sometimes dunk them in pot of boiling water to blanche them, then I just freeze in bags. I use them mainly in soups and they have always been o.k.

    Have made bramble jelly and it is delicious. Planned to put some in Christmas hampers but have given it all away to friends and family. Perhaps I will be given some more brambles and the next batch will reach my store cupboard.

    Will make some banana muffins today with some "past it" bananas but other than that I plan to have a lazy day.

    Hope everyone has a good day.
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    • tessasmum
    • By tessasmum 18th Sep 09, 12:11 PM
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    Popping in to update signature amount; spent £46.47 in Sainsbury's yesterday after voucher deducted. Pleased with that as it included a half leg of lamb whoopsied from £9.24 to £4.89. This morning I have picked up a big bag of potatoes and another of onions and spent a further £8 on those together. Fingers crossed for some NSDs now, especially if I can get some baking done on Saturday afternoon...
    December GC: £350
  • finnigan
    I've been awol for a little while due to sinking under the mire of life with 5 kids ( and having had flu etc etc etc :rolleyes

    So August ended up being about £500 instead of my usual £800 and it looks like September is going to be the same. So very much hoping to get my backside into gear and get this spending down to £300 for October. I'm going to sit this month out and start again Oct 2nd.

    Does anyone have any tips regarding storing fruit and veg? I buy enough for the week but by the end I find things have got decidedly manky, I tend to buy apples and bananas, potatoes, carrots and onions with whatever else is planned for the week but these are my staples. Thanks all
  • scotsaver
    Another NSD for me today which is just as well as I'm already over Budget.

    Today is my day off from the Kitchen so Dinner tonight is the usual Friday dinner of Fish, HM Chips using spuds from the Garden and mushy peas.

    ChocClare - have copied that Tuna recipe, looks good so going to try that some time next month as have a couple of tins of tuna in the Cupboard, not as many as you cw18!!

    Have a good evening everyone.
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    • candygirl
    • By candygirl 18th Sep 09, 3:44 PM
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    Been home bargs n sainsbugs today, n spent £18:rolleyes::rolleyesD actually thinks Sainsbugs is cheap
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    • freakyogre
    • By freakyogre 18th Sep 09, 3:46 PM
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    Courgette fritters...
    Originally posted by huxley
    Thank you for posting this. My sister and I attempted a 'recipe' a while ago which only said it needed courgette and eggs. We weren't convinced, but carried on and made them and they were completely tasteless. I'll try yours next time!



    I went to Tesco earlier and spent just over £15. Got a chicken and some veg for a roast on Sunday as well as other bits. Just went into town to get some potatoes (as they taste lovely) so that was another 99p. I'm very close to my total, so will see how I get on next week, although I don't need a lot so should be ok!
    Grocery challenge - Nov: £52/£100
  • ChocClare
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    have unearthed a big tin of Marvel thats still in date from the back of my cupboard .Can anyone tell me how much to use to make a pint, I think I bought it after Christmas in case the weather turned too frosty for me to go out and have never used it. I know you can use it by the spoonful in tea/coffee but I wondered if I could use it to make custard or rice pudding if it was made up to a pint .There doesn't seem to be any measurements on the tin.
    Originally posted by JackieO
    On the Marvel website it says 4 heaped tablespoonsful plus one pint of water.
  • helen jelly
    666paw - thank you for your total for Oct - I will add it to the new thread - Helen x
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    • notjustlaura
    • By notjustlaura 18th Sep 09, 4:56 PM
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    flying fresian - I'm a 'serial quitter' meaning that I've stopped I don't know how many times but always pick up again. I start the second pack of patches today so it's been one week. I do wish I could go cold turkey and save the money but I have Atypical Bipolar Disorder and made myself very ill the one time I tried it that way Well done on your quit

    cw18 - For doing mince in the SC, just follow the recipe you usually use but add a bit less water (as it won't reduce as much as on the stove). I usually put the SC on high until all the ingredients are in and then turn it down to low until the food's cooked. You can brown the mince and onions in a pan before you put them in but I don't usually bother.

    I'm rather cross as yesterday put me over budget (NRT patches are no longer on Rollback at ASDA). And I've now run out of Agnus Castus so that'll be another £10 tonight/tomorrow. The good news is that I received a cheque for £20 in the mail yesterday so all is not lost!

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    • ellemm
    • By ellemm 18th Sep 09, 6:17 PM
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    notjustlaura have sent you a PM re patches

    • ellemm
    • By ellemm 18th Sep 09, 6:27 PM
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    Have updated my signature by another £19.90 spent today which should last us until we go to Greece on Tuesday.

    So please MrsMC/Helen can I declare at £84.60 for September and go for £120 again for October - thanks.

    Quite pleased with my efforts this month (she says modestly!) and looking forward to further challenges in the months ahead.

    Still succumbing to the ?obsession? with buying 49p bags of pears at Lidl - another one today - well I think spicy pear chutney is the answer if any more space can be found in the newly formed "chutney/jam/pickle" part of the cupboard Find myself thinking (sadly) could I be preserving some of the wonderful Greek fruit & veg while I am away???? no - stop- you are going on holiday!

    Will no doubt pop into the thread while I am away to see what's going on.

    • LydiaJ
    • By LydiaJ 18th Sep 09, 7:05 PM
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    Too busy/disorganised to do the Mr T order this week so just popped into Mr S (near work) for the really urgent things. Will have to get a couple more things tomorrow, but pleased with how the month is going. After 3 Wednesdays so far this month, my target is 3x£55=£165 so I'm well under target so far. And I haven't had to spend any of my budgeted £30 for entertaining yet, either.
    I'm pleased I've kept my spending diary up to date as well.
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  • helen jelly
    Ellemm - will update - thank you

    Helen x
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