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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th May 10, 8:33 PM
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    Pink.
    June 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 26th May 10, 8:33 PM
    June 2010 Grocery Challenge 26th May 10 at 8:33 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Appologies that ithe thread is a little bit later than usual...unfortunately I've been bit wrapped up in real life. Anyway...Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of the year.

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


    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
    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    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 #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3 and #4 on this thread.


    Wishing you all a great month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 29-05-2010 at 1:23 AM.
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  • rentawitch
    spent 14.98 in Iceland yesterday. Not too pleased with the quality. I will not buy lamb joint or their marinaded pork chops again.
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  • wssla00
    Ugh.... only came in needing loo roll and cat food and came out 38 lighter. But did get a HUUGGE gammon on special offer at 6 and BOGOF on muller corners so at least have some snacks for the month

    Off to think about making a sponge cake good luck all
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • **purpleprincess**
    • By **purpleprincess** 20th Jun 10, 2:01 PM
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    **purpleprincess**
    It has taken me a couple of days to read through the whole of this thread!! Got loads of fab ideas from you all and will be joining in the July challenge. We need to keep on top of the spending Got loads of ideas for dinners that should keep us going for a looooong time! I've done an inventory of the freezers and cupboards and going to try and use stuff in those. Been a while since I've done a GC!
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    • albacookie
    • By albacookie 20th Jun 10, 2:10 PM
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    albacookie
    June spend so far - 75.60. 10 days to go so fingers crossed I can come in under 100.

    Just had a yummy BLT for lunch, now off to make some muffins for lunch this week.
    ......
    • pepsi-kins
    • By pepsi-kins 20th Jun 10, 5:00 PM
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    pepsi-kins
    Hi All,
    Had a very good week GC wise, only spent 16.40. Getting a little low on supplies, but I am determined to to try to come in at 185 for the month, even though my "real" target is 200. Just been hunting the freezer for sandwich ham for the week, but must have run out, so I am going to cook a gammon joint thats been lurking in the freezer for a while, half for sanwiches for the week, and the rest to go with tomato, spinach and mascapone bake, later in the week. Feeling very smug, even though supplies are low, I have all meals planned for the rest of the month, and am wasting zero amount of food.

    Have a good week all x
    • Courgette
    • By Courgette 20th Jun 10, 6:45 PM
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    Courgette
    Groan, this is my first month sticking to a grocery budget (and I did make a massive reduction from an average of 340pm to 200 for June) but I've gone over already - have spent 208.70. Not too far over I know but there's still quite a lot of month left.

    Ah well, I'll still have saved absolutely loads. If I secretly change the target to 240 that's still achievable and still means a 100 saving on last month which is still pretty good. I've learnt loads too so can't really grumble.

    Will be over here lots tomorrow carefully meal planning for the rest of the month so we can spend as little as possible.

    Sorry, I've not been posting much but I do lurk
    Originally posted by Courgette
    Well, ever the optimist I made a big list this morning of all the meals I have in and I reckon, with topping up onions, veg, milk and eggs, I've got at least 18! So given that there's 10 days left of June we won't be going hungry and I really do think that I'll get away with spending less then 20 between now and the end of the month so we can actually eat really well Very pleased with that as although I've not made the budget I set we have still saved well over 100 on last month's grocery spend which given that I'm about to have a baby and my pay will more likely than not be frozen on Tuesday is very good news! I've made some lovely bread today too and I only have a little way to go now until it's consistently at shop quality (had a couple of disasters along the way ).

    So, although I haven't posted much this thread has been brilliant for me.

    Thank you!
    A reminder to myself: Persistence Pays Off
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    • Courgette
    • By Courgette 20th Jun 10, 6:48 PM
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    Courgette
    Hi All,
    Had a very good week GC wise, only spent 16.40. Getting a little low on supplies, but I am determined to to try to come in at 185 for the month, even though my "real" target is 200. Just been hunting the freezer for sandwich ham for the week, but must have run out, so I am going to cook a gammon joint thats been lurking in the freezer for a while, half for sanwiches for the week, and the rest to go with tomato, spinach and mascapone bake, later in the week. Feeling very smug, even though supplies are low, I have all meals planned for the rest of the month, and am wasting zero amount of food.

    Have a good week all x
    Originally posted by pepsi-kins
    Yes, that's one thing I've noticed too - I've hardly wasted anything. Wasn't quick enough with half a small tub of very cheap tomatoes and some spinach but that's it
    A reminder to myself: Persistence Pays Off
    Mortgage 1: 95,000 78,900 at 3.1%
    Mortgage 2 (BTL): 83, 489.15 at 2.99% (I.O.)
    Savings (S&S ISA): 3000 Plus 6 months emergency savings earning 3%
  • Hippeechiq
    Well, ever the optimist I made a big list this morning of all the meals I have in and I reckon, with topping up onions, veg, milk and eggs, I've got at least 18! So given that there's 10 days left of June we won't be going hungry and I really do think that I'll get away with spending less then 20 between now and the end of the month so we can actually eat really well Very pleased with that as although I've not made the budget I set we have still saved well over 100 on last month's grocery spend which given that I'm about to have a baby and my pay will more likely than not be frozen on Tuesday is very good news! I've made some lovely bread today too and I only have a little way to go now until it's consistently at shop quality (had a couple of disasters along the way ).

    So, although I haven't posted much this thread has been brilliant for me.

    Thank you!
    Originally posted by Courgette
    Well done Courgette and pepsi-kins

    NSD for me today too. 1st and only one of the week, but better than none - so yay for me also
  • wssla00
    Evening all have just made some HM mint ice cream- it's absolutely delicious! What's best about it.... it requires no eggs! Very good if you have a glut of mint in your garden

    I have a hospital appointment tomorrow so need to sort out dinner for the week this evening as I can predict being off track all next week!

    Have a good night all
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • hex2
    • By hex2 20th Jun 10, 7:25 PM
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    hex2
    wssla00 - now you know you cant just post that and run..... Recipe please.
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  • wssla00
    AHAHAHA! Sorry always forget!!!

    Ok... here is how I do it....

    50g fresh mint leaves and stalks
    300ml double cream
    250ml whole milk
    100g sugar (I use granulated)
    teensy drop of green food colouring (optional)

    Bung it all in a saucepan and heat gently until the cream starts to boil slightly and the sugar dissolves.
    Leave to cool and once cool strain out the mint leaves
    put into an ice cream maker and churn until made or put into a tupperware box and mash up every 2 hours to remove the ice crystals

    Enjoy!

    I usually have this with some chocolate sauce, but you could put choccy chips in the mix to make mint choc chip ice cream.
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 20th Jun 10, 7:49 PM
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    tessie bear
    nsp day today...first for ages but hey its a start...we have been out for a very nice sundaylunch ...other than that quite a lazy day...that said very busy week next week so its the calm before the storm

    have planned some dinners for next week and dont need anything food wise...oh maybe some fruit to go with packed lunches...i made a loaf of banana bread so that should last a couple of days
    tata tess
    onwards and upwards
  • missy dee
    Hi all

    Just caught up with a weeks worth of posts and updated my sig.

    Spent 18 at Co-op during week on nothing much and 30 today at Tesco - which should keep me going for the week - OH away for most of the week so going to use up some of the diet meals that have been lurking in the back of my freezer.......

    Anyway only got 12 left for the month so really need to avoid shopping at all costs!!

    wssla00 - my garden is over-run with mint - so icecream receipe please!

    Went to garden centre today and bought some gooseberry plants - so will be looking for some ideas soon - if anyone can help.

    Anyway good luck everyone and many thanks for all the useful tips.

    dee x
    • shell2001
    • By shell2001 20th Jun 10, 8:04 PM
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    shell2001
    Just put my meal plan for this week on the meal plan thread and pleased that I have meals well into next month sorted. Just need the usual fruit, veggies, milk getting - hopefully of staying in budget! Have DD2 family birthday tea to do on Thursday but have separate budget for that, not sure whether to go buffet or bbq route though. Am thinking buffet may be the easier way to go so must start on list for that.

    NSD's since last Tuesday when Mr S order was delivered - thinking going back to online shopping is the way to go (along with the meal planning).
  • Long tall sally
    Hippychiq - thanks for the info about how you do your meal plans. One day I hope to be as organised as that!

    NSD today but should really have gone to the shops as I've just realised that I have no fruit for the packups tomorrow or even any cake to pad them out with.

    I'm so glad that I get my son's gluten-free bread on prescription. I have recently had a problem with my latest order to the pharmacy & will have to wait till at least Wednesday until it arrives. I paid 2.05 the other day for a g/f loaf which only last 2 1/2 days (or would do if he actually eat it but he said it was horrible.)
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    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 20th Jun 10, 9:44 PM
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    Sue14
    22.40 spent today and, OMG, I actually stuck to my list, lol! Included in my purchases was a loaf of bread (Hovis best of both) reduced from 1.27 to 46p so was well pleased with that, and some plums reduced from 1.00 to 40p, both of which were on my list. 44.68 left from my budget, and no major grocery spends planned, so I may actually make it!

    Sue.
  • seductivesmile
    Well Done all on staying in your weekly budget and conserving the energy for sunbathing instead of shopping!
    I nipped into T today for work, and picked up reduced rolls, 4 for 20p, so that is the weeks lunches sorted, using up the cheese and tuna in the fridge.
    This week i have also been batch cooking, made enough meals to last til the end of july! woo, including a chicken and chickpea curry, steak and mushroom pie filling, chicken and veg pie filling, chilli, bolognese, fishcakes, goujons, potato wedges... the list goes on, just need to empty the baking tins out of my microwave now!

    Just put my meal plan for this week on the meal plan thread and pleased that I have meals well into next month sorted. .
    Originally posted by shell2001
    Can you do me a link to the meal plans please!?

    Hope you all have a week of NSD's! i have 4 hopefully planned as popping into l*dl tomorrow as they have robins*ns squash on offer at 50p a litre, normally 1.20 ish in T*sco! and it won't go funny in the cupboard and in this weather... ice lollies!

    Have a lovely week!
    SS xx
    Each day is a new beginning, look at what you have an be grateful for every tiny thing. You don't know when it may be taken away.
  • rentawitch
    Well it is the 21st today. - Longest Day. Magical day for a witch. I will ask the Goddess to help me manage the rest of the month on the food I have in. I am up to my limit now. I really would prefer not to go over.
    Sealed Pot challenge 3 - #969
    20ps and 2 coins and other bits.

    July grocery challenge 167.40/175

    NSD challenge July 9/10
    • cookiemum
    • By cookiemum 21st Jun 10, 9:17 AM
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    cookiemum
    Well all gone a bit mad this month- soooo many family birthdays!

    I have added up all of the receipts I could find and can't believe I am still under - I'm sure i must have lost a few. Plenty in the freezer so only F & V to buy this week.

    Well done everyone else. Enjoy the sunshine

    February Grocery Challenge 301.46/300
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  • elizabunny
    Hopefully a NSD for me today. Went to the Good F**d Show yesterday and picked up some naughty treats but I had a seperate budget for that. I have managed to stretch out my te*co shopping that I received last week and it's lasting much longer than I had hoped for. I think I can manage another day or so before I have to buy milk and cereal and I have lots of veggies in the garden.
    Have a nice day everyone!
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    5:2 Diet started 28/1/2013 only 13lbs lost due to Xmas 2013 blip.
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