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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Aug 09, 2:51 PM
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    October 2009 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th Aug 09, 2:51 PM
    October 2009 Grocery Challenge 25th Aug 09 at 2:51 PM
    Welcome to the October 2009 Grocery Challenge.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your September budget, then keep on posting in the September 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'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 post #5 on this thread.

    For the Grocery Challenge recipe index please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

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

    Last edited by Pink.; 28-09-2009 at 4:43 PM.
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  • pinkpower
    Hi, Just adding up the months total, I think I was around the budget of 300, but I need to look at the bank account to check I haven't missed anything. I'll be back later to declare for October.

    Well the receipts I have add up to 269 against a budget of 300. However OH has bought odd bits of milk and bread, so I am going to estimate the total at 295. (I refuse to include his 'subversive' purchases of sweets and cakes as that comes out of his money )

    Can I join in for November with a budget of 300 again.
    Last edited by pinkpower; 30-10-2009 at 9:39 PM.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 31st Oct 09, 6:08 AM
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    oh deary deary me.... I've failed miserably this month, no idea what I've spent but it will be over 250!!!
    This has been a really difficult month one way or another and things aren't getting much easier.
    The plus side, hubby's found long term work but has to go self employed...more work for me!! (secretary, etc):rolleyes:
    Still, works work althought it looks like we'll be worse off for a while!!
    I'm sticking to 250 for NOV though please
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    • dazzle21
    • By dazzle21 31st Oct 09, 6:18 AM
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    Declaring at 257.... not to bad! 250 for Novemeber please! Think it's more realistic as then i can not worry about whether I'm including nappies etc, I just will! Have been seriously disorganised the last couple of months, back on board this month though!
    August: 149/150

    Sept: 200
  • HowlinWolf
    budget completely blown thanks to need for new door locks and ds's birthday etc. Must try harder!
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    • mrssnowy
    • By mrssnowy 31st Oct 09, 7:26 AM
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    No declaration for October,as I lost all track of all receipts.However there was quite a bit of money left in the bank,so that looked good.

    Took DD2 and GS half way home yesterday-DS came to pick them up-one of those mixed blessings moments.Love them to bits,had a super week,very hectic and tiring.Oh so quiet without them.
    DD had stripped beds,washed it all and put it out on the line whilst I was at work-she is thoughtful.(OH actually spotted start of rain at 6ish and got it in!)

    Mum came with us,so we then spent several hours shopping on the way home.Shopped loads in MrM-81.41,stocked up for best part of Nov.,then dear Mum paid for it all-bless her.

    Helen please put me down for 180 for November,thanks.

    Will try to keep on top of it all-98 left.

    Making Misers Marmalade today,boiling beetroot,ham shank for pea soup,shredding/salting red cabbage for pickling.(DD2 and DS had the last 2 jars,plus loads of chutney and jam to stock them up.)

    Meaty bits in HM bread for lunch,prawn stirfry for tea.
    Had 4 Indian meal from MrM last night-made a nice change and 10 cheaper than a takeaway

    Nice day so far,looks like I will have to go and sort the garden ,-NEARLY hoped for rain so I could do some sewing(bags,aprons,tea cosies for next fundraiser!)

    Have a good month all

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  • Changingme
    Total for October was 254.51 so was just under.
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    • Frugaldom
    • By Frugaldom 31st Oct 09, 8:22 AM
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    Good morning - last day of the month, so time to total up the miniscule spends

    DECLARING AT 37.22 spent in October

    The past month was dedicated to eating out of the store cupboards and freezer, plus a bit of LETS style trading, so all I was really buying was milk, fruit, veg and a couple of top ups when I got the chance of the 100% extra free deals on pasta and cereals from Ald!. I'm VERY pleased with this and hope to do the same again in November. With a bit of luck, I may not bust my 2009 grocery budget as badly as I expected.
    I reserve the right NOT to spend:
    The less I spend, the more I can afford!
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  • rosieben
    ... Making Misers Marmalade today ...
    Originally posted by mrssnowy
    any chance of the recipe for our list please mrss?
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    • cw18
    • By cw18 31st Oct 09, 8:16 PM
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    Did a second small shop at Mr M last night.

    2 Potato & Meat pies from the in-store bakery - 55p instead of 1.50 (now in freezer)
    Pack of 5 Raspberry Jam Donuts (also bakery) - 19p instead of 69p

    But managed an NSD today, making it a total of 15 this month (which I've just noticed includes every Saturday!)

    Declaring a total spend in October of 85.06 (from a budget of 100.50), which includes 33.07 on Whoopsies/Clearance with shelf ticket prices of 108.94
    • hex2
    • By hex2 31st Oct 09, 8:55 PM
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    I am declaring at c500 for October against a budget of 425. I did not allow for the halloween party or guests all weekend so I am not too annoyed with myself.

    Yet again I ended the month with more in the freezer than I started with - but I do have the christmas turkey, nine chickens, four venisons steaks and six ostrich steaks.......
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • mrssnowy
    • By mrssnowy 1st Nov 09, 7:20 AM
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    Misers Marmalade
    Start by saving peel off grapefruit,oranges and lemons.
    Keep in freezer till you have 675gm
    (ask other peeps to save for you as well)
    Flavour obviously varies with combination of fruits,always tasty,no 2 batches the same!
    Makes about 10lbs

    675g mixed orange,grapefruit and lemon peel,washed
    450g whole lemons
    225g lime flesh only(no peel)
    300ml water
    2.7kg sugar
    Place the peel in the pressure cooker and cook for 10mins at 15lb pressure.Leave to cool to room temperature.
    Drain,retaining the liquid,and slice the peel when cool enough to handle.Set aside.
    Cut the lemons into quarters,remove the pips and place in a muslin bag.(I use the bags out of the dried pea box!)Remove and roughly chop the flesh,slice the peel thinly.
    Place in the pressure cooker.(usually do this the other way round -or even put in first stage-easier to chop when soft)
    Add lime pips and peel to lemon pips in muslin bag.
    Chop lime flesh roughly and add to pressure cooker
    Add another 300ml water and cook for 10mins on 15 lbs.Allow to cool to room temp.
    Place all the cooked sliced peel in preserving pan.Squeeze muslin bag to extract all juice
    mix together all retained juice and add sufficient water to make up to 1.4 litres
    Add to the preserving pan,along with the sugar.
    Heat until the sugar has dissolved.Bring to the boil and boil until setting point is reached.
    Remove any scum
    Allow about 5 mins to cool slightly (stops peel floating up)
    Pour into cooled sterilised jars,seal whilst still warm,label when cool.

    Made it yesterday,had enough peel to double quantities,BUT I have a very big preserving pan,and several times it nearly boiled over
    Anyway,it was a lovely colour,soft set(will spread and stay on toast),21 lb pots.

    Straight forward recipe,buy sugar when cheap-ish,pressure cooker makes it easier,otherwise its a long boil in pans.

    Last edited by mrssnowy; 01-11-2009 at 7:23 AM.
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  • rosieben
    Thanks mrss, Miser's Marmalade recipe is now in the front page recipe list great recipe, definitely one to try
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    • BigMummaF
    • By BigMummaF 1st Nov 09, 9:21 AM
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    October finished at waaaayyyy over the odds at 320:09. But as others have said, I'm not that phased as it included around 50 towards me muvva's surprise b'day party & a fair whack for
    If I've done the sums correctly, it looks like I've a little over 250 to last 61 days A scarey prospect & thank goodness I have a little spare change to add to the pot, but I MUST try harder to curb my stock-piling habits. Yes, it's good to know there's stuff in the house should we not be able to get to a shop for a few days, but not at the volumn we've got
    Serious number crunching for me today then
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    • Blairweech
    • By Blairweech 1st Nov 09, 10:52 AM
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    OK, I am declaring for October at


    QUITE a lot over budget

    Towards the end of the month I ended up working very long hours, nd not bothering to cook or get lunch ready, so then I would buy lunch at work.

    But I am determined to do this. 100 budget for November. This should be helped by the fact I am away until the 8th. Am currently putting together my menu plan and doing my online shop ready for delivery when I get back.
    We must all suffer one of two things: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret and disappointment
  • Keiss 21
    So I am now declaring a total of 446.53 for October. (but 319.36 without FLP stuff - see below).

    I was doing so well including just groceries (all supermarket buys), but I then decided to include the supplements I have taken this month to try and get me to a reasonable level of health.

    I am using FLP drinks and tablets,
    (Forever Living Products, many based on Aloe Vera) as well as protein shakes for DS2. As we are eating/drinking these, they qualify as food - right? They are not cheap, but I am prepared to give them a try for a few months. I am certainly feeling more with-it...well some of the time! I am now not suffering from the numerous deficiencies that I was a few months ago. The stomach ulcer I had two months ago has also completely helaed up, the Aloe Vera Gel drink certainly has done the job! I am also coming off a mass of pain-relief medication at the moment and certainly need as much help as I can to cope with everything that is happening to me at the moment.

    So next month I am going back to 400 and will do more meal-planning. As I hopefully will be able to go and go out and do more shopping myself, I plan to track down some whoopsies...DH just hasn't got the hang of finding these, or deciding what to choose!!

    So here's hoping for a frugal November for everyone.

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    • mcjordi
    • By mcjordi 1st Nov 09, 11:08 AM
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    around 66.45 ish lost count d'oh
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    • LOUBOB
    • By LOUBOB 1st Nov 09, 12:10 PM
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    just over budget for October 165.00, with only 8 NSD, although not bad considering I had fallen off the wagon for a few months, half term didnt help much!!! So next month note to self.....more NSD should keep me in budget!!
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    • chocolatebum
    • By chocolatebum 1st Nov 09, 2:06 PM
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    after adding in fridays shop and last weeks bits and bobs i am declaring my oct total as 681.72, 18.28 under my budget but i know i could have did better so i am aiming for improvement even more next month

    i have added my november budget onto the november thread
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    28/02/2019 - 21,398.62 (1.57% PD) 31/08/2019 - 18,640.87 (14.26% PD)
    31/03/2019 - 20,961.72 (3.58% PD) 30/09/2019 - 18,235.52 (16.12% PD)
    30/04/2019 - 20,616.12 (5.17% PD)
    31/05/2019 - 20,058.18 (7.74% PD)
    30/06/2019 - 19,642.76 (9.65% PD)
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    • ilovetea
    • By ilovetea 1st Nov 09, 8:12 PM
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    Hi, quick up-date for October. Spent 71.60 on groceries. Aimed for 80 so pretty happy. 44 of the total was on fruit and veg.
    Thinking about doing next months challenge but will be away for 8 days so will give it a miss. Good luck to all those who are doing it,
    ilovetea x
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    • Stargirl29
    • By Stargirl29 1st Nov 09, 8:32 PM
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    Sunday shop today, spent 31.46 in total so not too bad for our weekly shop. Would have spent less but get some whoopsied meat which I can shove in the freezer so that's a few of next weeks meals sorted too

    Looking good so far, aiming for 3 NSDs next week too so hopefully we can keep on track - our buying snacks etc got out of hand!
    Hope everyone had a fab weekend, and has a very productive week x
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