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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th Apr 10, 2:53 PM
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    May 2010 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 26th Apr 10, 2:53 PM
    May 2010 Grocery Challenge 26th Apr 10 at 2:53 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.

    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.

    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.

    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.; 28-04-2010 at 5:30 PM.
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    • earthmother
    • By earthmother 8th May 10, 1:49 PM
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    End of week one, and my total figure so far is £171.48. It's not as bad as it looks though, as I decided to try something a bit different, and have included what the contents of my storecupboard would have cost.

    My actual cash spends for the week are £65.07 - and that has included a months worth of tinned foods and cheese and about £10 worth of fruit - which the kids have already devoured - I think the aliens have been doing some body swapping, or they OD'd on chocolate at easter, as normally fruit grows legs and walks away before the kids choose to eat it - but I'm not complaining

    I have over a week of main meals in the freezer, and got emailed a Tesco code, so have a £50 delivery booked for Tuesday with milk and bread for another week, and a few odds and ends to get us through to the end of the month (plus a load of nappies, which come from a different budget).

    All I need outside of the delivery is some ham and fruit, which I prefer to pick myself, and should come in at around £10-£15. That'll mean that I'll have done this week on a cash spend of around £40, with 5, or maybe even 6, NSDs - so wish me luck.

    DFW Nerd no. 884 - Proud to be dealing with have dealt with my debts
  • Long tall sally
    NSD yesterday & today will probably be the same as the weather is so miserable looking that I don't think I will be going anywhere.
    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
    • greent
    • By greent 8th May 10, 3:09 PM
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    Argh! It's only the 8th and I've spent about £200 from the £450 budget...... I do, however, have enough nappies/ wipes for at least 2 months (but will need pullups) and a total of 5 chickens in my freezer (and beef joint and several steaks, 12 pieces of fish, 12 pork loins, 9 chicken breasts......)

    This week I will need some bread (say on Tues), pull ups (by the end of the week) and fruit & veg by the end of the week. Mr S has sent me a £8 off £40 voucher to be used by next Sat, so I think I'll go next Fri and get hubby to get bread on Mon night when he collects DS1 from Cubs (he'll be too tired to be tempted by anything other than whoopsies)

    I am determined to do this It theoretically should be quite easy, given the stocks I have ....

    Ho hum - off to see if ebay will let me in - I've been trying to list all day and it won't get me!!!! GRrrrrrrr!!
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
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    • hex2
    • By hex2 8th May 10, 3:19 PM
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    total of 5 chickens in my freezer
    Originally posted by greent
    Ooh, welcome to chicken hoarders anonymous . I still have 13 I think.....

    I am up to £204.90 of my planned £450. I have done my big butchers visit, a monthly MrS delivery which included packed lunches, household, freeezer, storecupboard and bread for the month. I have my last free veg box this week, thereafter it will be £11 for a local box rather than an organic one. I have all the meat but need more bacon. The new hens are finally laying . Spending far too much on fruit for the boys but that isn't really a bad thing . Famous last words, only really need fruit, veg and milk.....

    I made the chocolate fudge cake again today (from the front page) but I only had half of the icing sugar I needed. Rather than go to the shop I tipped some granulated sugar in the food processor and whizzed it to powder. This mix has made the best icing ever -it has that glorious gritty crunch that you get on the outside of good chocolates. Next time I will whizz extra to store. DS2 has already had 3 slices .
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • bevan840
    Only little spend for me today, my body doesn't like anti biotics so needed to get some of those pre biotic drinks Asda offer of 2 for £4 though so went for them and a few bits and bobs

    Cat litter and liners sorted now for another 2-3 weeks, decided to try a different (cheaper) brand and see how it goes with them, the reason I had the more expensive type was because when Angel was a kitten she used to eat the cat litter!!! (I was feeding her I promise)

    So, total spend of £9.71 for me today Will add to siggy now
    Jan 09. Debt @ LBM - £11936.55 Debt at worst - £12600.55 Current Debt (01/03/2012) £8,859.51 29.7% Paid off
    Honeymoon Fund £410.40/£6000 House Deposit £1.50
    Proud to be dealing with my debts. DFW Nerd 1177
    • becky170
    • By becky170 8th May 10, 4:06 PM
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    Had too small spends today and yesterday. I spent £5.89 on wine and nibbles to take round to a friends house last night, and today as I was walking through the contineal market in town I couldn't resist buying an apricot tart (£2...Eeek!) to help with the hangover. To be honest it was £2 well spent as it was delicious
    MFW 2019 #7 £1377/1615
  • Changingme
    Have just updated sig after weekly shop yesterday,am half way through budget not alot in freezer as I want to defrost it then next week will go to butcher and stock up a bit.
    Save £4500 in 2014
    • NJW69
    • By NJW69 8th May 10, 4:52 PM
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    Decided to make chocolate brownies as I bought some for DS the other day and it was £2.40 for a small tray .

    Got a recipe of the internet and adapted what I had in already.

    Melt 200g of plain chocolate (used a toblerone) and put aside to cool.

    Soften 100g of butter and mix with 250g of caster sugar until fluffy.

    Slowly add 4 beaten eggs and then spoon in the melted chocolate.

    Sift in 60g of flour and 60g of cocoa (used chocolate milk shake powder).

    Should have also added vanilla but didn't have any.

    Pour into a greased baking tray and bake in a pre-heated oven (170 degrees c) for 20 minutes.

    Leave to cool before slicing, makes about 20-24 depending on size.

    It's absolutely gorgeous, really soft and moist/chewy.

    Spurred me on to make a large pan of soup (cauliflower, edame beans, parsnip, leek and onion with some ham stock, tarragon and thyme, salt and pepper). Going to see what its like and then might add some cream, crumbled bacon and parmesan after whizzing up.

    Got some linseed bread in the BM nearly ready to come out to be knocked back before leaving to rise again and then bake in the oven.

    DS gone out, OH just come in and if he wants any more than the soup, bread and brownies with raspberries and strawberries there are some SC ribs left from yesterday.

    Had 6 NSD so far this month.
    GC Jan £318/£350, Feb £221.84/£300, Mar £200.00/£250 Apr £201.05/£200 May £199.61/£200 June £17.25/£200

    NSD Feb 23/12 NSD Mar 20/20 NSD Apr 24/20
    May 24/24
    • Winchelsea
    • By Winchelsea 8th May 10, 5:19 PM
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    Spent £2.09 yesterday - recorded it as £2.88, then realised I had used a 79p coupon (my second one recently for JustMilk, as DD passed one on to me), so had to alter sig., and got in a right old muddle! Is all correct now I think! Also bought fruit and butter.

    Don't have coupons that often, so was gratified to notice that you get your Nectar points on the original total, so gain the occasional extra penny - so, as Mr T says - Every Little Helps!

    Today I got yet more fruit and a cabbage (we certainly get our antioxidants!), and basics like sugar and peanut butter, and spent £4.11 (plus another 40p for a TV mag, but don't count that in GC.)

    Will knock up a meal shortly from what we have in. Not sure what yet! Last night I did a lovely stir fry which included mung beans which I'd sprouted. Left them doing on a high shelf opposite the kitchen window. Think they get the right combination of warmth and light there, esp. as it's over a radiator, which we have had on a few times over the past few days.
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 8th May 10, 5:24 PM
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    tessie bear
    hi...made ratatoule sp ? for tea we had it with a jacket pot and leftover chicken it was nice and very easy

    that brownie recipe sounds lovely...might try that but need some eggs first...only have one left its annoying when u want to make something but u have one thing missing

    beenm iles away from a no spend today but hey its the weekend

    tata tess
    onwards and upwards
  • Long tall sally
    Sorry, me again. Decided to pop to the co op after all & spent about another tenner.

    Greent & Hex2 - was just reading your posts thinking I was not doing as well as you & you have the same budget as me. What date does your month end on? My ends on the 26th.

    I have done a stock take of my freezer today & I have:

    Braising steak (although it has been in there for yonks!)
    10 chicken breasts fillets
    Chicken thighs & drumsticks
    3 bags of cooked chicken
    2 x 400g diced chicken
    8 salmon fillets
    1 pork joint
    1 quiche
    2 pizzas
    Bag of prawns
    2 Bags of scampi
    Fish fingers
    Gluten free fishfingers & burgers
    3 loaves
    Frozen sweetcorn, green beans & onions
    6 Turkey steaks

    I definitely have enough meals till the end of the month but don't have any mince or sausages which all the kids like.
    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
    • pipersky
    • By pipersky 8th May 10, 6:11 PM
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    Hi everyone

    NSD yesterday (yay ) and only spent £15.61 today (whoopsied fruit and potatoes, plus around £4.20 on shopping for mum). Freezer still full so I'm a happy bunny
    Part time GCer, NSDer, Comper and (Bad)Flylady

    A big shot is just a little shot that kept shooting ...
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 8th May 10, 6:13 PM
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    We have spent another £62.26 on our main big shop of the month. This means we have £37.25 left for the rest of the month out of our £108 budget.
    It is my birthday this month - going to be 21 - but I have a different budget for that thankfully .

    Fiance and I are havng home made chinese tonight. I'm having sweet and sour vegetables with rice noodles and seaweed, he will be having egg fried rice and beef chow mein. Local chinese place this would cost us around £17 . Doing this at home will cost less than £5 .
    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • NJW69
    • By NJW69 8th May 10, 6:31 PM
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    Well the soups ready, whizzed it up with my new stick blender (good buy from Amazon, also has a whisk which I used for the eggs and butter and sugar for the brownies). OMG its bl**dy lovely.

    Doesn't need cheese or cream but I think crumbled crispy bacon will enhance it as would some crispy fried onions but really can't be bothered with that.

    Bread rising on baking tray on the floor (underfloor heating).

    Just opened a bottle of my favourite wine (Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc) that I got on offer from Tesco and I'd forgotten how nice it is as I haven't had it for a while.

    OH out cutting the grass and I need to get the washing in, hasn't it just been the perfect day for drying washing?

    Hope it keeps up as want to do the beds tomorrow.
    GC Jan £318/£350, Feb £221.84/£300, Mar £200.00/£250 Apr £201.05/£200 May £199.61/£200 June £17.25/£200

    NSD Feb 23/12 NSD Mar 20/20 NSD Apr 24/20
    May 24/24
    • Lindy - Loo
    • By Lindy - Loo 8th May 10, 7:04 PM
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    Lindy - Loo
    Spent £6.50 in farmfood on milk, bread, crisps and treats for the lunchboxes, didnt realise I spent that much on treat stuff till you right it down!

    At least today I had a NSD

    Mr T shop coming Monday and just need juice thats on offer from neto on Monday.

    Enjoy the rest of the evening xx
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
    • franby64
    • By franby64 8th May 10, 7:10 PM
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    Evening all

    Really tried to keep my spending down today and only spent £6.04 on spaghetti, strawberry jam, potatoes, ice-cream, onions and rolls - not bad for a Saturday. I fended off requests for pop and sweeties and made a cake instead - though I've decided I will not put sweets in the GC anymore (and buy less).

    I'm determined not to have a T*sco delivery until 18/5 and I'm trying to spend as little as possible before that.

    My very short meal plan from last week has finished now and I'll have to do another one - I really don't like doing them - it feels like homework used to!!

    lilian1977 - I had just decided not to buy anymore icebergs but the only leaves in my price range yesterday was a reduced one in the C*op so I succumbed. I have planted some salad leaves so hopefully they will see us through the Summer and be a bit more exciting!

    Spiggle - I love elections too and sat up 'til 3.15 waiting for all to come clear! I'm still waiting!

    Anyway I've spent £167.48 out of £400 - 42% - and have about £10 a day left - this can't be right! Something will happen - it always does!

    Hope you're having a good weekend.
    Last edited by franby64; 09-05-2010 at 8:09 AM.
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    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 8th May 10, 7:48 PM
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    hi nsd for me today but i do have to update my sig as i had my shopping delivered on thurs which came to £54.83, also popped to mr t again on friday as i forgot to order some bits so another spend there of £4.97
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
    • hex2
    • By hex2 8th May 10, 8:41 PM
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    Greent & Hex2 - was just reading your posts thinking I was not doing as well as you & you have the same budget as me. What date does your month end on? My ends on the 26th.
    Originally posted by Long tall sally
    I work on a full calender month as DH gets paid on the last day so you are five days in front of me. I have usually spent a lot more by now but I had a full freezer, and two 'free' veg boxes to start the month.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • lilian1977
    • By lilian1977 9th May 10, 7:46 AM
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    Just opened a bottle of my favourite wine (Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc) that I got on offer from Tesco and I'd forgotten how nice it is as I haven't had it for a while.
    Originally posted by NJW69
    Mine too - I also stocked uup when it was £5 a bottle! I get so excited when I find it on offer - it's not like the usual Tesco offers where something's always on offer is it, it's usually over £8.50 a bottle! So when it's £5 it's such a treat

    Just spent £8.88 on food in Mr T - including 3 tomato plants which I am including as a food spend. Also bought some fruit sugar 'honey' substitute to have on my HM blueberry pancakes - a little more expensive but better for us.
    Last edited by lilian1977; 09-05-2010 at 10:38 AM.

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  • poppy-glos
    £72.29 spent out of £220.

    Budget aid of £50 per week, so aim to spend no more than £27.70 between now and end of 14th to be on track with budget.

    I have not been on here or totalling up daily so am planning to visit daily again to keep me on track.

    good luck all,

    poppy 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.
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