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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 11th Mar 09, 12:16 PM
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    Pippilongstocking
    If you were to stock up for 6 months, what would you buy?
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    • 11th Mar 09, 12:16 PM
    If you were to stock up for 6 months, what would you buy? 11th Mar 09 at 12:16 PM
    Hi there
    I generally lurk around here sucking up all the good advice.

    So wondering if you can help me!! Apologies in advance for the long post - I am probably going to put ask on my DF diary but think maybe it would be helpful to ask for advice here too.

    I live on an island - which is great for many things we live very 'old stylee' love the more slow pace of life. Family of 3 (occasionally 4 when OH visits) me and DD and DS both entering the teenager twilight zone, but as yet pretty normal and eat ANYTHING!!

    We have a larder fridge, larder freezer and a big chest freezer (good old freecylce)

    However - we don't have access to many discount stores etc, have limited supermarkets (MrT, Lidl & Co-op) and a few nice general local stores.

    So - I am planning a trip to the mainland over Easter and I am now thinking (with my OS style budget head on) what are the best things to stock up on when around shops????

    I am planning on growing as much in the way of veggies as I can this year I have an ample veggie garden, greenhouse and conservatory which will be stocked to the gunnels with herbs, tomatoes, peppers and outside I am trying to maximise the space to produce as much veggies/fruit as I can.

    Thinking of stocking up on:
    **Stardrops**** cant get them here
    Bleach
    Washing powder
    Vinegar
    Microfibre clothes (can get them here but they cost between 2-5 quid each)
    Loo roll
    Shampoo, conditioner (have enough soap to last me the year!)
    Kichen roll
    Foil
    Flour
    Baking stuff bicarb, baking powder, nuts etc
    Oats
    Fresh coffee/instant
    Teabags
    Cereal
    Butter/Marg
    Tins (beans, tomatoes, spaghetti, cornbeef, tomato soup and ? we don't buy much tinned)
    Jars - Mayo ? don't buy much jars
    Stock cubes
    Some herbs I can't grow
    Cup soups for DD school packed lunches
    Lentils pulses and TVP mince/chunks to bulk out food
    Rice, Noodles & Pasta (check asda and specialist grocers like chinese s/m)

    Added thanks:
    Sugar
    Crisps
    Sweetcorn
    Part baked baguettes
    chocolate spread
    toothpaste
    deodarant
    plasters paracetamol etc
    vinegar + bi carb (check chinese supermarket)
    socks/undies kids (ps to me check clothes/shoes/wellies)
    passatta
    lazy garlic
    marmite yum yum
    beans, mixed stuff and tinned veg like mushy peas
    tins - sardines/tuna/other fishygoodness
    dog food/cat food
    squash and fruit juice
    ikea tealights and straws ? check poundshop maybe?
    ladies toiletries
    kids stationery etc
    sp curry sauces (a new adventure)
    sp noodles - kids love these ace for camping lunches
    oil veggie and nicer stuff - (check specailist s/m)
    cocunut milk
    popadoms the kind you cook yourself
    tins fruit - pineapple, pears, mandrins, grapefruit, etc
    cocoa
    dishwasher tablets

    Any thoughts or tips on where to go and who's best for what if you have the time to comment I would much appreciate it.

    Whilst I don't have a never ending budget I have put aside some money for this realistically I won't be on the mainland again (with a car) until probably August.

    I am trying to meal plan - we eat local meat, fish and anything like cheese - but happy to bulk up on my final way home with possibly turkey and couple other things I can't access easily here!

    Been reading the Mbaz thread and been very inspired - I do buy reduced as much as possible - we have a freezer bursting with reduced bread, some meat and some veg.

    We don't get the 4p sauces that I have heard tell of for curries here - etc so hoping if I go to some bigger supermarkets then I can get lots of value/smart price stuff in bulk. Are they any good? I always tend to just make my own, but this way might be cheaper.

    Am trying to work out how much of this stuff we use in a month and timesing it by 4-6 months

    So if you had an empty car - (its quite spacious and work are paying - hurrah) or an empty VW camper what would you buy or add to the list?

    Any thoughts very much appreciated.
    Ps will re order list once I think harder and form a cunning plan as to how to stay on the straight and narrow.
    Last edited by Pippilongstocking; 12-03-2009 at 8:37 AM.
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
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  • rosieben
    ... Perhaps we'll have to pester Martin for a corner of the board where we can post "make it yourself" food tips. I developed a wicked recipe for making brown sauce (stoned dates, currants, brown sugar, vinegar, tinned tomatoes and water etc), mainly from looking carefully at the ingredient lists on bottles and giving it a try.
    Originally posted by Iffy_Wallet
    Can I second the appeal for your recipe please? We have a few sauce-type recipes in the Complete Cooking Collection, but no brown sauce
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 14th Apr 09, 10:16 AM
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    HI Orkney star - yeah its only a 'on the plane trip' for a birthday party in Ed - but its going to be nice to go and just see some people.

    Glad your trip went ok - my berlingo does about the same petrol as your car does for a trip to glasgow - Darwin is far heavier on the fuel - but as work have covered the mileage I figured it was OK to take him for the fun factor
    Originally posted by fayjmck
    Oh of course, fun has got to be factored in where possible!
    Can I second the appeal for your recipe please? We have a few sauce-type recipes in the Complete Cooking Collection, but no brown sauce
    Originally posted by rosieben
    Mmmmmm HM brown sauce (salivating now)
    • MrsBartolozzi
    • By MrsBartolozzi 14th Apr 09, 12:20 PM
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    Sainsbury - Central Belt & Aberdeen - not one in Inverness or Perth Though there is talk of Nairn getting one.

    ....
    Originally posted by nesssie1702
    There's one in Dundee as well!! (near Broughty Ferry)

    I go there as it's better than T's!

    It's only a game
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    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 14th Apr 09, 12:34 PM
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    There's one in Dundee as well!! (near Broughty Ferry)

    I go there as it's better than T's!
    Originally posted by MrsBartolozzi
    Hello - It right next to one of my best pals - its one of the better Mr S's - I went to the Kirkcaldy one which wasnt as good x

    And I have to say you are right for the basics stuff theres nothing it in and some of the other stuff is cheaper x
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 14th Apr 09, 12:44 PM
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    About 3/4 of the shop in the garage
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 14th Apr 09, 2:12 PM
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    About 3/4 of the shop in the garage
    Originally posted by fayjmck
    Looks very tidy and organised, well done .
    I have bags sitting on top of freezer (one containing chocolate and sweeties, most of which we gifted to us and will take a while to eat!), and one containing all of DS's dried fruits, special biccies etc. Also have a bathroom full of showergel and shampoo and a kitchen porch full of cleaning stuff (incl the stardrops and all the washing liquid I had stockpiled when on offer, plus one from Morrys). We had lots of rice and pasta already so did not bring anything back this time, and plenty of tins too. Am I seeing porridge there ? I should have got more of that, although Tesco do sell it here and the Coop, for a reasonable price.
    x
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 14-04-2009 at 2:28 PM.
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 14th Apr 09, 3:09 PM
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    Hiya orkneystar yeah they do but south the bags are twice the size for less money

    Porridge is for the kiddiewiddies twinks hobnobs

    The toiletries are upstairs wiht the loo roll and the baby wipes and the cleaning stuff is stashed in the cupboard under sink, laundry stuff in the laundry room and 2/3 of the crisps are hidden from DS
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 15th Apr 09, 7:50 AM
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    Hiya orkneystar yeah they do but south the bags are twice the size for less money

    Porridge is for the kiddiewiddies twinks hobnobs

    The toiletries are upstairs wiht the loo roll and the baby wipes and the cleaning stuff is stashed in the cupboard under sink, laundry stuff in the laundry room and 2/3 of the crisps are hidden from DS
    Originally posted by fayjmck
    Yes true about the oats. We don't tend to make twinks much these days (could never get them quite right, oddly as I can normally bake!) but I use oats to make DS porridge.
    Lets hope your DS does not find the crisps (my OH is good at finding biccies hidden at back of cupboard lol).
    x
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 15-04-2009 at 9:21 AM.
    • nesssie1702
    • By nesssie1702 15th Apr 09, 11:37 AM
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    Your shopping piled on the shelves looks fantastic.

    A Citroen Berlingo is a must for taking home the shopping from the mainland - it's what we've got too....!!!

    My cupboards (including under the stairs!) are pretty full just now and we've set ourselves of eating out of the freezer for the next few months so that we can start to top it up again for the winter months....
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 15th Apr 09, 2:42 PM
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    Yes true about the oats. We don't tend to make twinks much these days (could never get them quite right, oddly as I can normally bake!) but I use oats to make DS porridge.
    Lets hope your DS does not find the crisps (my OH is good at finding biccies hidden at back of cupboard lol).
    x
    Originally posted by OrkneyStar
    I find that forgetting to put in the water makes them work everytime - I forgot it the first time and they worked

    Used water the second time and they weren't very good.

    Boychild here has a nose like a ferret - so the crisps will be found its only a matter of time tbh.

    Hi Nessie - yeah the berlingo would have held the same about of shopping as the vw - It's the best car I have ever owned. Keep thinking I don't need two BUT - 7 years old its hardly worth anything resale - and I love it to bits
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 16th Apr 09, 2:00 PM
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    I popped to the stripey shop today for some biscuits and nice coffee AS A PAL CAME FOR LUNCH AND IT WAS SO QUICK -
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 17th Apr 09, 10:30 AM
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    Just wanted to say I have passed on your wisdom to a couple of pals heading south (they live in the highlands) and are doing a big shop too in Yorkshire.

    So now the lists have been passed on and how to calculate what to take and I forwarded her a copy of my own list to see.

    They wanted to say a big thank you to you lot as well. xx

    (Well I could hardly take all the glory could I?)
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 24th Apr 09, 3:00 PM
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    Hello All (and a huge thank you)

    I just spent 10.07 on essential fruit and veg

    Just a quick update - So far I am still under my april budget - 43.07/50

    Whoop whoop - normally spend at least 200 (erm maybe 300 or so a month) or so and have a groaning freezer to boot. So we are going to meal plan for May again


    May for us - would love to try for the grocery challenge at 50 again - but we were away for a couple weeks in April......or can i persuade myself to try for 50 again............

    How about I think and try for 75 in May

    + (I will put away an extra 50 to save for my next 6 month shop to retop up the garage)

    My own little corner shop in my garage is brilliant - the kids even take their friends in there - so I will be dipping into that for my non-perishables - which I worked out was about 50 a month......

    Apologies if it doesnt make sense - it kind of does to me

    And what did I forget - so far - I have noticed - I bought butter and cooking marg but no 'use on toast marg' - so we are using the cooking stuff and its OK but otherwise can't see anything so far I have missed.

    BTW - this is saving us a fortune - no reason to go shopping - NO SPENDING on extra rubbish and just fancied that stuff........

    My NSD's have gone up by 3x this month

    Meal planning is working really well - the kids love it

    And no one is missing going shopping at all.

    I have been to the supermarket about 2x since I came home for just fruit and veg.

    So its working isnt it????????

    (Just be nice if my expenses claim was paid soon....for the petrol and the ferry)
    Last edited by Pippilongstocking; 24-04-2009 at 3:02 PM.
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 31st Mar 10, 10:05 PM
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    The shop as it was lasted for almost a full year - a few things ran out early - but on the whole its been ace

    I'm down topping up again

    Its saved us so much money I'd never be without it again

    Thank you MSE folks
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Iffy_Wallet
    • By Iffy_Wallet 1st Apr 10, 11:24 AM
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    Boychild here has a nose like a ferret - so the crisps will be found
    Have you thought about running a 'multiple-lockbox' system, where you lockaway some of the more popular 'goodies' to avoid all the nicest things disappearing in the first week or two. Then you could have a ceremonial grand opening of the lockboxes on the first weekend of every month, and withdraw some new 'stock' (i.e. chocolate / crisps / and other favourites). It might add a little 'colour' and excitement to the proceedings.

    The shop as it was lasted for almost a full year
    Wow, that's impressive. I haven't kept up with this thread. There is some major money saving going on.

    Do you subscribe to the various saver emails that some of the supermarkets send out? Aldi & Lidl (for example) buy in 'specials' (non food items) that they sell for a week or a day at greatly reduced price. If you were contemplating a visit to a store, it might influence you thoughts on which week to visit, depending on sepcials available.
    Last edited by Iffy_Wallet; 01-04-2010 at 11:31 AM. Reason: extra thought ...
    [ Eat, Drink and be Merry - for tomorrow we get the bill ]
    • Pippilongstocking
    • By Pippilongstocking 1st Apr 10, 12:33 PM
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    Iffywallet - good idea on the lock box thingmy - I do stash some of the goodies but inevitably I am weak and give in!

    I'm gonna try your idea - thanks

    I do look at offers of local stores etc and lots of our local stores reduce massively because it costs them to disposed of OOD stuff at home - so if I do shop at home for bread/milk/meat I don't shop til after 8pm.

    Where I live we've 3 small supermarkets (lidl,mrt,co-op) - so if there's any types of offers in those I go for them and stash them.

    But, I only get access to the biggies (bigger versions of those 3 and also Mr S and Mr A) probably about 2 (maybe occasionally 3) times a year.

    Don't subscribe to much aside that I used Mysupermarket to do my list.
    Approved foods and alike charge too much (IMHO) to send stuff upto us.

    Any major offers I get a pal to buy (EG - the slow cooker from asda - when it was on offer) and they keep things for me.

    I've put away 25 a month for this store cupboard now - I spend about 260 last year - so I've given myself a similar kind of budget.

    To be honest I can't beleive how much I've saved on my monthly shop having this 'shop' in the garage.

    Thanks for your post - you've cheered me up

    THus far on my shop I've only done the laundry/toiletries/cleaning stuff
    Next is tins

    Filling the inside of the car is a bit like a moneysaving game of tetris! If I have to take a car off to the mainland I want to make sure its absolutely choccablock with moneysaving goodies for home.
    Total debt 26/4/18 <1925 we were getting there.
    Total debt as of 28/4/19 7867.38
    minus 112.06 = 7755.32
    Sleeves up folks.
    • Iffy_Wallet
    • By Iffy_Wallet 1st Apr 10, 12:44 PM
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    'fayjmck' and 'rosieben' - profuse appologies. I haven't really been logging in to MSE a lot recently (although I desperately need to do so). I just seem to read Martin's email letter instead. Anyway, I wasn't ignoring your request for a recipe. Unfortunately I'm very much an 'approximate' recipe kind of person, so excuse any lack of clarity.

    BROWN SAUCE - here goes.

    Take 2 pans (of 2-2.5 litre size each).
    Half fill each with water and boil it.
    Add a pinch of salt to each pan (or not, if you don't want salt)
    Add a tea bag to each (hush-hush, top secret), and remove each bag when the water starts to go brown.
    Add a 'star' of star anise to each pan. Shake in some powdered ginger and corriander.
    Add 100-150g of brown sugar (or even better, Molasses!!) to each pan
    Add one bag of Tesco dried "stone-out dates" 375g to each pan. (Any dates you can get your hands on will do).
    Add 250g of Tesco Greek currants (or any currants you can get your hands on) to each pan.
    Add one tin (400g) of chopped tomatoes to each pan.
    Finely chop one large onion into each pan.
    (Hopefully the pan hasn't overflowed yet).
    Boil for about 10 mins to get soft.
    REMOVE the star-anise and discard.
    Remove from heat and allow to cool a little. **
    Liquidize or use hand blender.
    Source 568ml (approx one pint) of dark malt vinegar *** - pour half into each pan.
    Boil for 2 or 3 minutes, stirring.
    Pour into sterile bottles using a funnel, then seal.


    ** This is only 'cos I don't want to be splashed with boiling liquids during the liquidizing phase.
    *** Vinegar is the backbone of dark sauce, and I think that shop bought brands use upto 30% of the total volume as vinegar, which is way too tart by my thinking. If you start to overflow, you may have to transfer to a bigger pan!

    NOTES:

    This isn't a recipe, it is a starting point on a journey into making your own sauce. Salt, sugar and vinegar are all preserving agents, but some people will prefer no salt and less sugar. There again, you may prefer it sweeter with even more and/or darker sugar (with molasses being the best). Malt vinegar gives brown sauce a real kick, and commercial brands use a lot, especially as it is cheap. However, I'd tend to use less than they do. Then if the sauce is too sickly, remove a little from the top of the container and replace with vinegar, then shake. As for the currants and dates, I generally just throw some into a pan until it looks right. If you start with the above amounts then change things to suit yourself, then I'm sure that you'll come up with a winner soon enough. I hope that I haven't been too vague.

    PS, if you want more accurate recipies for a variety of cooking, then have a look at:

    http://www.mydish.co.uk/
    http://www.five.tv/programmes/cookery/chinese-food-in-minutes
    http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/recipes-az.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2007/oct/24/recipes.foodanddrink1
    etc

    They are all a lot more 'professional' than me.
    [ Eat, Drink and be Merry - for tomorrow we get the bill ]
    • Iffy_Wallet
    • By Iffy_Wallet 1st Apr 10, 12:59 PM
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    Filling the inside of the car is a bit like a moneysaving game of tetris! If I have to take a car off to the mainland I want to make sure its absolutely choccablock with moneysaving goodies for home.
    Brilliant !!
    [ Eat, Drink and be Merry - for tomorrow we get the bill ]
    • sinw
    • By sinw 1st Apr 10, 3:28 PM
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    Cushelle 18 for 4 Morrisons - I got 4 packs so far
  • rosieben
    Iffy_Wallet thanks so much for the recipe, it's worth waiting for

    I've added it to the front page recipe index on the Grocery Challenge
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