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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th Dec 09, 5:28 PM
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    Pink.
    January 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 26th Dec 09, 5:28 PM
    January 2010 Grocery Challenge 26th Dec 09 at 5:28 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2010.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the December 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 competition....it'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 posts #3 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 and #5 on this thread.


    I hope everyone has a great month and can I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-12-2009 at 8:52 PM.
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    • blue eyes
    • By blue eyes 8th Jan 10, 11:19 PM
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    blue eyes
    Hi all, well I am on night 3 of 4. Would have been another NSD except I bought a pot noodle for tea at work.£1.10 for a pot noodle can you believe it!!!!
    Anyhow had the basic Garlic Bread for tea tonight with chicken kievs....again very impressed with basics range. Will try and do shopping on sunday before husband goes away. going to pizza hut next weekend with 50% off voucher so am going to further challenge myself to do weekly shop for £20. Have got bits and pieces in cupboard and freezer and husband away for 3 nights....need 4 main meals, and lunches for me....normally soup....homemade even better!!!! If this works would have £20 for pizza hut and 50% off bill!!!!

    must go and check out the cheap meals thread to boost my chances of success.
    GC = £150.58/£250
  • KCSunshine
    Sorry for the delay in posting. The children managed one day at school before it was then closed for three days - all best laid plans gone to pot . The snow is quite bad here in Oxfordshire - compounded by the roads not being swept and freezing temperatures - not safe to drive except in a 4x4.

    On the positive side I have had 7 NSD this month. I spent £4.67 on Monday in Mr S on BOGOF "balsam" tissues (3 weeks of heavy cold/sinus has utilized all our store - and my poor little nose deserves the best!); and to cheer us all up a selection box 89p for 6 full size choccy bars!

    We had completely ran out of eggs earlier in the week and DH ventured out, bless him, to a local farm shop and came back with 30 free range - a bargain at £3.50 . Lunch today was generous omelettes all round - left over Christmas cured meats and veg - surprisingly good mix!

    Planning for some quiche and scotch egg making over the weekend (got 4 x 500g packs of whoopsied sausage meat in freezer). Does anyone know how long scotch eggs will keep in the fridge? or can I freeze them? they are DD favourite lunchbox item.

    Many thanks KCS.
    November 2009 stopped my world and jumped off.. (was shuvved!)
    2010 Challenges: Frugal living - 20% of 2009 income; reduce self by 30%.
    GC: Jan £400/£164.98 RS: To Date 63/10 lbs Jan 7/1 lbs
    • skaps
    • By skaps 9th Jan 10, 12:38 AM
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    skaps
    I have become addicted to these forums, I only joined on the 1st and have signed up to numerous challenges and posted on many threads. I think its all down to fate as i was searching for some foot lotion which lead me to a forum which then lead me to challenges etc. Am enjoying everyones posts and its interesting to find out how everyone is doing. Keep going everyone
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  • rosieben
    ... Does anyone know how long scotch eggs will keep in the fridge? or can I freeze them? they are DD favourite lunchbox item.

    Many thanks KCS.
    Originally posted by KCSunshine
    Hard boiled eggs dont freeze unfortunately KC and I probably wouldn't keep the scotch eggs in the fridge for longer than 2 days but i do have a 'thing' about sausage meat tbh


    Hi brodie, welcome to the GC. Helen will be along to add you to the front page list soon; good luck with your first challenge!
    Last edited by rosieben; 09-01-2010 at 5:48 AM.
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    • notjustlaura
    • By notjustlaura 9th Jan 10, 6:19 AM
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    notjustlaura
    brokemedic - my best tip isn't ASDA specific and might change your shopping plans but I recommend http://www.mysupermarket.co.uk/. You do your shop through the site and it will work out which of the 'Big Four' is cheapest for what you're buying and then makes suggestions to make it even cheaper. I've been using it for a few weeks and haven't had any problems.

    brodie1 - Welcome, welcome (from a comparative newbie). Hope you enjoy your breadmaking. I'm going to have a go at making pizza this weekend.

    skintbint - I think the erstwhile Martin said that January is a 5-week month but it's the only one this year.

    welshkaz - Much praise to ASDA-man for bringing your shopping.

    daisy1973 - Congrats on the vouchers. Hope you have fun spending them!

    I'm counting yesterday as another NSD. I did the online shop (mysupermarket recommended Sainsbury) but it won't be delivered till Tuesday which is when I'll count it as that's when my card will be debited. I also had an disagreement with PC World on the subject of what constitutes good Customer Service. They're refunding me for the non-working keyboard I bought from them and I've ordered another (eBay - won't use PC World again for a while) but as it was cheaper than PC World and I made the original purchase at the end of last year I'm not counting it. Also, keyboards aren't groceries!

    See you all tomorrow.

    Laura (who has even more snow now than when she went to bed!)
    Household: Laura + William-cat
    Not Buying It in 2015
  • SarahNeedle1872
    Did a shop yesterday, that was £101.71 against my weekly budget of £87.50, but did get extra just in case the weather gets worse.... I didn't get loads, just things like extra tuna, extra cooking sauces etc and two lots of long life milk (for DS) as we've been struggling to get it at work (Mr S) due to the weather.

    Hope you are all keeping safe in the snow

    Sx
    'We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars' - Oscar Wilde
    • SunnyGirl
    • By SunnyGirl 9th Jan 10, 8:41 AM
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    SunnyGirl
    Just adding on yesterday's spend in Asda of £12.22 for 3 loaves of bread, 3 x 4pints of milk, 2 tubs of Turkey, pork & cranberry pate reduced to 50p each , a pack of ham and a pack of thinly sliced chicken for sandwiches. I went with my parents to give them a hand and thought I'd get some more stuff for sandwiches while I was there. It's thrown me out a bit with the children all been at home as the school/college has been shut :rolleyes:

    2 loaves of the bread have almost gone now already I shall make flatbreads to go with tonights tea of soup.
    A G&T a day keeps the doctor away
  • poppy-glos
    Can also make fajita seasoning to add to veggies or quorn/chicken to put in the wraps:
    2 teasp chilli powder
    1 teasp salt
    1 teasp paprika
    ¾ teasp stock powder
    ¼ teasp cayenne pepper
    ¼ teasp cumin
    Large splash lime juice (from jilld on mark88marks 50p meal thread)


    a bit off topic but i found a fijita seasoning mix. this plus hm tortillas with basic flour (on here too) would made very much cheaper than the £1 or £1.40 packs that i bought (thinking i had a bargain.

    i agree wholehearted with helen, we learn and move on rather than fail..

    good luck today everyone, stay warm

    p x
    nov grocery challenge, £.227.69/300, 9/25 nsd: , 7 Cmo, 10 egm.
    Me, 10 yo dd, and the dog. all food and drinks, in and out, plus household shopping.
  • brodie1
    CO OP offers
    Hi,
    I found in CO OP they had fajita spice mix at 39p and tortollas 79p only bought the tortillas tho as make my own spice mix too. My main reason for CO OP was nouvelle toilet rolls 12 for £2.50 half price thats 24 I have now! My family are always asking how my toilet roll store i.s, they think I am obssesed, its such a saving tho. CO OP have loadson half price at moment, I cant believe its not butter, DR Pepper, Pepsi, GO aheads, cheese, quavers, wotsits, tuna, Jordans muesli to name a few.So if you have a CO OP its work a look. I also had a money off coupon of £3.00 if you spend £20.00 which I thought was unusal as supermarkets usually want you to spend more.
    Right my bread has risen so off to make somebreadsticks, and cinnamon dough balls.
  • carrieon
    I expect another NSD today. Been invited to MIL's for an Indian take away tonight. Scrumpteous. I can manage with little else today.
    We live quite away from any of the big stores and only have a smallish fiveways here but i might do what you suggest BRODIE and have a look there to see what bargains they have. My cupboards and freezers are getting decidedly poor. Thanks for the tip.
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    • looie
    • By looie 9th Jan 10, 10:24 AM
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    looie
    Hi, can I join please ? I know it is a bit late. I would like to declare £40.

    What I am wanting to do is eat up from the freezer which it is crammed full of veggies from my sister's allotment and the cupboards which is also crammed full of tins, pulses and pasta and hopefully this will help me to stay focused.
  • Long tall sally
    Oh has just spent £12 in the Co on chicken etc for dinner 2morrow although can't see what else he has got to make it that much! Will update signature now.
    Grocery aim £450pm.Spent £519 August, £584 July, £544 June, £541 May, £549 April, £517 March, £517 Feb,£555 Jan, £573 Dec, £465Nov, £561Oct, £493Sept, £426Aug,£496 Jul, £528Jun, £506May,£498April, £558 March, £500Feb, £500 Jan, £490 Dec, £555 Nov,£566 Oct, £505Sept, £450Aug, £410 July, £437 June, £491 May, £471 April, £440 March, £552Feb, £462Jan
  • HowlinWolf
    hello all.

    I've had 4 NSD's this week and I am aiming for another one today. We will have home made soup for lunch with the end of the bread I made the other day and I have another loaf in the breadmaker for tea when we will have bacon sandwiches. Will need to do a little shopping tomorrow though if we can get out in the snow. I had an email from Mr S today saying that they had issued a refund for my returned item but couldn't tell me what the item was or how much it was worth. I didn't return anything so I will be watching my bank account with interest for the next few days.
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  • JayJay14
    Well I'm having quite a few NSDs this week due to the weather, it was all I could do yesterday to crawl home from work in the traffic without going out shopping tooAnd I live in town so I hope all my colleagues who live out in the sticks made it home OK.

    Have stayed indoors today, and I have my very first cornish pasties in the oven. Made with real steak (trimmings from some beef I bought from Asda before Xmas) turnip and potato. I have never done them before cos I tend to use cooked fillings for pies and pasties so OH is sitting waiting impatiently for them to come out of the oven - as I typed that last bit he said 'how are the pasties doing?'.

    I will go and see how they are getting on. (wish me luck)
    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 9th Jan 10, 11:55 AM
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    Kitchenbunny
    Well I'm having quite a few NSDs this week due to the weather, it was all I could do yesterday to crawl home from work in the traffic without going out shopping tooAnd I live in town so I hope all my colleagues who live out in the sticks made it home OK.

    Have stayed indoors today, and I have my very first cornish pasties in the oven. Made with real steak (trimmings from some beef I bought from Asda before Xmas) turnip and potato. I have never done them before cos I tend to use cooked fillings for pies and pasties so OH is sitting waiting impatiently for them to come out of the oven - as I typed that last bit he said 'how are the pasties doing?'.

    I will go and see how they are getting on. (wish me luck)
    Originally posted by JayJay14
    Good luck with the pasties, JayJay! I've made them from scratch before and they turned out lovely Made some, then froze the rest to have another time Beautiful!

    Kitchenbunny xx

  • Fi27
    Hi all.

    After 4 NSD all cosy & tucked up at home i finally ventured out to T's with OH. Spent £33.04 in T's and then £9.03 in co-op on toilet roll 12 for £2.50, t-bags 240 for £2 and some 1kg bags of sugar for 69p each. The co-op had some pretty good offers actually .

    I made some nice lentil soup last week and plan to make more this weekend. Had wanted a ham hough to put in it but none in T's and i wasnt for trecking to the butchers so it'll have to do without. But to be honest the soup was really tasty without it so i guess thats more moneysaving really. I save my plastic milk bottles to freeze soup in. They can be a little bulky in the freezer but not too bad and they are free with your milk! They're also handy for storing soup in the fridge. Takes up much less room that a big pan or bowl.

    Fi.
    May GC Budget £200 spent
    Apr GC Budget £225 spent £258.32 Mar GC Budget £200 Spent £206.31
    Feb GC Budget £175 spent £210.23 Jan GC Budget £200 Spent £178.91
    For 2 adults
    • winterfrost
    • By winterfrost 9th Jan 10, 11:56 AM
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    winterfrost
    Ok, shopping done, ended up being £10 rather than £6 as some things were still on deals and I needed a couple of occasional items (like sugar). Still a lot less than £30, though! And the collection of things I won't need to buy again for weeks and weeks grows ever larger...
    GC: December: £145?/£120; January: £125.70/£120; February: £163.22/£120; March £113.94/£120; April £DOOM; May £Gave up; June £DOOM; July £160.78/£108; August £7.65/£200
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    • Alison Funnell
    • By Alison Funnell 9th Jan 10, 11:57 AM
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    Alison Funnell
    Box scheme delivery £13
    Asda 3.37
    Sainsburys - awaiting OH with the receipt
    Put the kettle on.
  • carrieon
    Kitchenbunny and Jay all this talk about home made pasties is making me yearn for pastry. Methinks that will be my cooking sorted for tomorrow. But have no beef so will make mine with cheap old mince.
    Fit27 That sounds a good idea, think i'l do that one. I usually put them in tubs then either forget to put what they are or the ticket comes off. Then I'm walking around Fiveways with sticky tickets attached to me Saying things like "CHILLI 4/12/09" Oh well gives the assistants a laugh when they point it out.
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    Challenges £365 in 365 days total.....£41.14/£365
    Grocery challenge December £87.69/ £80.00 Grocery challenge Feb £74.50/£160
    Crazy Clothes Challenge £50.92/£100 in 2010
  • Rebekah24
    No spend today & tommorow, will be staying in now until its time to go to work Monday...dont see any point going out there..brrrr

    Wrapped up in 5 layers, blanket keeping warm

    Using up bits from storecupboard n fridge today

    Hot tea, couple boiled eggs, hot squash will be on the menu today

    Snow is good for NSD's....not much else tho!! lol
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