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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 23rd Feb 10, 4:24 PM
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    March 2010 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 23rd Feb 10, 4:24 PM
    March 2010 Grocery Challenge 23rd Feb 10 at 4:24 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2010.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February 2010 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.

    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!
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-02-2010 at 8:01 PM.
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    • scotdebs
    • By scotdebs 3rd Mar 10, 11:02 AM
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    Hi all looking for a couple of receipes from the more experienced GC folks to stop me heading into MR M&S Foodhall
    - potato rostis
    - macaroni cheese (i dont like cheese which is why i have never bothered to try and make this but DS2 likes it)
    would be great if I was able to freeze them as well
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  • moonbabe58
    Can you put me down for 170
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  • ChocClare
    Hi all looking for a couple of receipes from the more experienced GC folks to stop me heading into MR M&S Foodhall
    - potato rostis
    - macaroni cheese (i dont like cheese which is why i have never bothered to try and make this but DS2 likes it)
    would be great if I was able to freeze them as well
    Originally posted by scotdebs
    Macaroni cheese - see post No 5 on page one for recipe. Potato rosti - this one involves bacon, but you can leave the bacon out if you want. Happy cooking
    • esmf73
    • By esmf73 3rd Mar 10, 1:23 PM
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    I know I said I'd do this before but this time I really mean it. Have set myself a budget of 500 to include everything for our family of 5 and 2 large dogs. Will put weekly spend in my signature at the end of every week. Am being quite strict and not stocking up when I see good bargains, which has always been my downfall in the past.
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 3rd Mar 10, 1:43 PM
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    Good luck to all the newbies this month.

    Small spend in MrT. Got 50/50 bread for 65p Whoopsie, plus green beans, 2 x double decker, 2 egg custards and 6 instore bakery hot x buns. The buns are on offer at 43p for 6 until 7th March hth someone.

    Also went to Ic*land and got 10 x hula hoops for 1.

    Sig updated.

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  • Long tall sally
    I seriously think I need to do the "My name is Long tall sally & I am a shopoholic" thing!

    Went to mr T's for slippers & g/free biscuits & then thought I may as well spend over 25 and use a 2.50 Farm Foods voucher. Also went to Farm foods but they hadn't had their delivery of milk so got some choccie bars for pack lunches & eggs & then had to go to Iceland for milk. All in all spent another 31 odd. Signature duly updated.

    I am now going to try really hard to keep away from the shops for a few days and spend othing more. Infamous last words, eh?
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    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 3rd Mar 10, 3:13 PM
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    If you do want to use jelly most of the crystal type ones are veggie.
    Originally posted by JayJay14
    Sorry, don't know what crystal type ones are! Can you give more details please?


    • scotdebs
    • By scotdebs 3rd Mar 10, 3:13 PM
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    ChocClare thanks for the receipes will give them a go soon

    Ok first spend to report 20.10 in MR A ............YES I know my budgeted spend was 15.00 but I bought DS1 a comic (he has been v good and gets a wee treat now and again) and I bought donuts to take up to my aunt who was looking after DS2 but all in all not bad - didnt do my usual trawl through all the aisles just went straight to the bits I needed and left so feeling quite proud of myself
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    • NJW69
    • By NJW69 3rd Mar 10, 3:36 PM
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    Got my ASDA delivery all in order.

    Made a new dish for tea last night and it was lovely;

    400g minced steak
    2 carrots diced
    2 onions chopped
    Steamed basmati rice with red lentils stirred through
    Squirt tomato puree
    Curry powder
    Salt and pepper

    Dry fried the mince with the carrot and onion, when cooked I added the spices and the puree and simmered with a lid on for about 30 minutes, add the spinach and then stirred the cooked, chilled (left over) rice and lentils into it and serve.
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  • highland fling
    Good afternoon all,

    well I don't have to think about dinner tonight as I am off out for a meal at a really nice restaurant. Wont be counting the bill in with my GC this time. Sometimes I do count eating out but usually only snacks or lunches, not dinners.

    Trying really hard to be organised with pack lunches as this is an area I can fall down on. I tend to forget to defrost meat for sandwiches and then buy them from shops. Or I don't defrost soup for flask. So now I organise what I am having for packed lunch the evening before when I am giving kitchen the last tidy of the day.
    It takes a long time to eat an elephant and I'm doing it a bite at a time!!!
  • losingpatience
    NSD for me today

    Was debating whether to go to the butchers, but as OH pointed out I have a meal plan stuck on the fridge for the next 2 weeks so really don't need anything. I just can't seem to help myself I seem to be obsessed with food shopping!!!

    Also did a deal with my dad. He picked up some free range eggs from the guy he works with for me. Rather then paying him for them ( which is only 50p for 6! ) I gave him some of the cakes I made last night which he seemed more than happy with

    Should save me a small fortune getting my eggs from him now, I was paying in the region of 1.50 - 1.80 for half a dozen FR eggs in the supermarket so it's a third of the price!
    Going to get to grips with food shopping again, starting February!

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  • aliadds
    Mr A delivered shopping for the week so spent 37.20! Don't think I bought enough fruit and veg though! Made a stew for tea yesterday, which will do tonight's tea as well! Just boiled some eggs to make egg mayo for DS sandwiches for tomorrow. All in all so far, so good!
    Less is more
    • turbo5019
    • By turbo5019 3rd Mar 10, 4:20 PM
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    I did well today went to MrA and only bought what was on the list. It has never been heard of. I am really trying this time. I'm only going shopping when I have ran out of items rather than a big shop. Also helps me trying to lose weight as I push both kids there which is 2 miles away and can't buy too much or I wouldn't get it home.
    Going to try for a NSD tomorrow.
    Right off to roast another butternut squash they are on offer at Aldi for 49p and I love them been having one a day.
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  • Perriwinkle

    Hope you all have had a good afternoon, I only went into Wilkin--n for pan scrubbers, and came out with a wooden spoon, vegtable seeds and Ari-l Gel which to be fair was on still on offer at 3.97 for a huge one. Too good to miss I thought. Spent 7.00 and will have to add it to my grocery budget.

    Whilst clearing the cupboard have discovered two huge packets of green puy lentils, family not too keen on these on there own, any ideas how to use them in disguise?

    I know you guys will have plenty of ideas.
  • ChocClare
    Woohoo, another no spend day here (can't see it lasting, somehow!).

    In other news, part of my "community service" is that I get eggs for people at work from the free-range farm up the road on my way in (it's community service because I don't make any profit, I just do it as a favour for colleagues ). Anyway, my own free-range hens have started laying in earnest, so I actually sold 2.80 of my OWN eggs at work today - result! So I'm knocking this off my budget which means I really am ahead of the game so far this month

    As I've only got 8 hens I can't see that I'm going to make a fortune doing this, but it covers the cost of their feed. And my eggs are yum!
    Last edited by ChocClare; 03-03-2010 at 5:09 PM.
  • JayJay14
    Sorry, don't know what crystal type ones are! Can you give more details please?


    Originally posted by Moniker
    If you check out the jelly shelves in the supermarket they are in sachets (usually 2 together) Hartleys do one.
    • kezlou
    • By kezlou 3rd Mar 10, 5:16 PM
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    Thanks Mrs M and Rosie ben for the thread, i did thank in previous post but for some readon it hasn't shown up, so thanks again . so far i have spent 24.03 and guess what its all gone! the kids and DH have eaten it all.

    Made a list for Friday for when i go to Sainsbugs, i went on money supermarket and its worked out the cheapest, so going to stock up on flour, beans etc for the month.
    Making macaroni cheese and focaccia bread for tea tonight. Got a meal plan for the week so it should be all good as i think i have everything in.

    Right off to have a cuppa and find out how to make au natural multi surface cleaner.
  • tranquil
    Spent 68 in Morrisons. Did ok, took a list and managed to get everything that was on it. Resisted most impulse buying but did spurge on their meal deal, 8 for Indian; starter, 2 mains, 2 sides and 2 (large) bottles of Kingfisher beer. I'm trying to justify it in that it is cheaper than a take away. Saving it for us on Friday night, will do kids something easy.

    Other than that I've got meals for the rest of the week but I'm not sure further than that. Back to browsing the meal planning threads!
    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 3rd Mar 10, 5:57 PM
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    If you check out the jelly shelves in the supermarket they are in sachets (usually 2 together) Hartleys do one.
    Originally posted by JayJay14
    Thanks JayJay14 - I will be doing my 'big' shop in Sainsbury's tomorrow so I will have a look for them then.

    Had to go into town this afternoon for an optician's appointment and guess what- our new Lakeland has just opened and I had to go in and have a look didn't I - it would have been rude not to! Anyway, I bought some loaf tin liners and Astonish paste (have been looking for it everywhere) and have updated my total to take account of these spends.

    I need the cake tin liners because I am running a cake stall for Shelter on Saturday week and so have been doing lots of extra baking. I have a batch of hob-nobs on the go as I write! It's hard not to taste the results especially as I have given up sweet things for Lent!

    Supper tonight is a cannelloni with meat filling - I batch cooked mince last night in the sc and now have filled 16 tubes (2 lots of 8- one lot has gone in the freezer)and there was still enough left to freeze separately for another spag bol or lasagne. Not bad for 500gms mince - at least 6 meals maybe 8!

    Off to finish cooking now. Have a good evening everyone.

    • NJW69
    • By NJW69 3rd Mar 10, 6:13 PM
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    Monicker what do you put in your mince as that seems to have really stretched?
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