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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th Jul 10, 12:34 PM
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    Pink.
    August 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 26th Jul 10, 12:34 PM
    August 2010 Grocery Challenge 26th Jul 10 at 12:34 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the eighth Grocery Challenge of 2010.

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

    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 and #4 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5 and #6 on this thread.


    Wishing you all a great Moneysaving Month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 29-07-2010 at 12:14 AM.
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    • notjustlaura
    • By notjustlaura 15th Aug 10, 8:33 PM
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    notjustlaura
    I realised today that I'm about to run out of eggs so had to go down to the Co-op for those and some painkillers.

    Tomorrow is menu-plan and shopping-list day which is always fun I'm well stocked for whoopsied meat at the moment but I seem to be needing a lot of toiletries and cleaning things which is a bit annoying. I'm actually really looking forward to knowing how much I can spend and then cutting my coat to fit that cloth instead of it all being a stab in the dark.

    Will need to get petrol tomorrow which is unfortunate but the car's running on fumes and I need to drive a fair distance tomorrow morning to get to a meeting. I'm on a car fast at the moment (partly to help with weight-loss) so at least £10 of fuel will last for a goodish while.
    Household: Laura + William-cat
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  • seductivesmile
    Hi All,
    I have a super duper amazing auntie!
    i havent been to a shop since the 31st July, and today whilst i was decorating my aunt popped in, and helped herself to a cup of tea while i was wallpapering, because i have been eating out of the freezer and cupboards there is literally, milk, butter, cheese, eggs, coke, beer, pickles and what ever is defrosting for dinner that night in the fridge, my auntie bless her said to me ' you're fridge is empty - u need to eat more' and i told her i was eating fine, just using up what was in my freezer, we carried on our catch up and she left, then an hour later she came back with bags of food, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, courgettes, cauli, broccoli, strawbs, grapes, apples, oranges, bread, ham, turkey, celery, carrots, potatoes, onions, spring onions, cabbage for the fridge and salmon and chicken fillets for the freezer and said to me ' not on my watch is my neice going to be living on frozen veggies with her dinners' and she wouldnt let me pay her back, she said most of it came from the garden so i feel a little less guilty - but now i need some ideas on how to use up so much healthy stuff...
    i have a delicate stomach in that i suffer with IBS so spicy food and rich foods are a little painful. but any ideas or help ?? (i have the store cupboard staples such as pasta, rice, couscous, noodles etc)

    Thanks
    SS x
    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.
  • Hippeechiq
    For the chicken/ chickpea curry:
    Soak a mug of chickpeas overnight and rinse as often as you can in between-I soaked mine the previous afternoon.
    Boil as per instructions on packet-I boil rapidly for about 10 mins then cook until soft.
    I used 2 chicken legs-stripped off the meat and chopped it up into pieces approx 1.5 cm so it goes a long way.
    one chicken stock cube
    2 or 3 onions chopped
    one tin chopped toms
    2 teasponns garam masala
    one2 teaspoons hot curry powder
    half a teaspoon chilli powder
    one jar value curry sauce(cos I got it for 5p in Asda/tesco)or an exta tin of toms and an extra spoon of curry powder.
    I wash out the tins and jar with about half tin of hot water to get every little bit from them-transfering from one to another(Im just tight)
    Lightly fry onion, add the chopped cooked chicken and spices. Lightly fry. Chuck in everything else and cook for about half an hour to develop the flavours-make sure its runny enough-may need a little more water-just add half a can at a time
    That is what I used "this" time but it varies as I'm geenrally a "chuck it in" type of cook!
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    Oh how I wish I was but, I'm not, and I doubt I'll suddenly become confident enough to give it a bash after all these years .......strange how you either are or you aren't, isn't it I've found and cooked some lovely new recipes this year, but I've also had two or three that have turned out and that's after following quantites, method and cooking times to the T! so gawd knows what would have happened if I had dared to "improvise" on a few

    Thanks for the above recipe and for all the info on the Butternut Squash - it's very much appreciated
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230
    Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
  • sofababe
    Had to go to the corner shop for a couple of things, should have made the effort and walked the mile round trip to A*da

    Spent £7.23 on cat food, milk, squash and loo paper. Oh and some ginger nuts!
    • greent
    • By greent 15th Aug 10, 9:23 PM
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    greent
    Hi All,
    I have a super duper amazing auntie!
    i havent been to a shop since the 31st July, and today whilst i was decorating my aunt popped in, and helped herself to a cup of tea while i was wallpapering, because i have been eating out of the freezer and cupboards there is literally, milk, butter, cheese, eggs, coke, beer, pickles and what ever is defrosting for dinner that night in the fridge, my auntie bless her said to me ' you're fridge is empty - u need to eat more' and i told her i was eating fine, just using up what was in my freezer, we carried on our catch up and she left, then an hour later she came back with bags of food, lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, courgettes, cauli, broccoli, strawbs, grapes, apples, oranges, bread, ham, turkey, celery, carrots, potatoes, onions, spring onions, cabbage for the fridge and salmon and chicken fillets for the freezer and said to me ' not on my watch is my neice going to be living on frozen veggies with her dinners' and she wouldnt let me pay her back, she said most of it came from the garden so i feel a little less guilty - but now i need some ideas on how to use up so much healthy stuff...
    i have a delicate stomach in that i suffer with IBS so spicy food and rich foods are a little painful. but any ideas or help ?? (i have the store cupboard staples such as pasta, rice, couscous, noodles etc)

    Thanks
    SS x
    Originally posted by seductivesmile

    Wow!! Lucky you!

    I suspect you may need to freeze some of the veggies/ fruit, cos that's an awful lot to get through! You could freeze the tomatoes chopped for pasta sauce/ use in casseroles, ratatouille etc, or roast them and freeze them (yummy pasta sauce) The peppers can also be chopped and frozen or roasted and frozen - add to ratatouille. chilli (although maybe not for you) stirfries, casseroles etc. I have lots of frozen courgette - some grated (lasagne/ bolognaise/ cake), some chunked (chilli, ratatouille, chicken casserole etc) some sliced and griddled off (makes yummy pasta sauce) Frozen strawbs are nice in crumbles... go well with apples (dessert ones still make nice crumbles - I use wrinkly ones from the fruit bowl up in crumbles/ charlottes)

    Roasted veg goes really well with couscous - tomatoes, peppers, bit of onion (red is best, but normal works too) and chunked courgettes roasted in a drizzle of olive oil. Peppers, carrots, (spring/normal) onions, broccoli in noodle strifry. Courgette and tomatoes in pasta sauce (with celery if you must - yick!!)

    ooh - lots of things spring to mind - lots of choices with lots of food!!
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
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    • Milly-Ann-Molly
    • By Milly-Ann-Molly 15th Aug 10, 9:25 PM
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    Milly-Ann-Molly
    aarrggghhh mr T got me! I went in for milk but there were loads of great offers on and I wasted about £60... Still I have enough cereal and treats for a few months though Hmmm Must try harder. I did get alot of whoops stuff for the freezer too so meals are fine for at least another 2 weeks now

    Make £/day October: £0 / £640
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    Nectar £9.00 Tesco £10.50 Boots £10.18 Morrisons £15
    • greent
    • By greent 15th Aug 10, 9:52 PM
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    greent
    Evening all! I hadn't been shopping since last SUnday until today - possibly a first for me! Made possible by DH working away and having 4 children at home at not wanting to take them to teh supermarket and not needing enough for an online shop!

    Didn't need as much today as I bought, but stocked up on some bits. Spent about £80 (put receipts somewhere safe earlier..... - will update sig when found!) but got masses of stuff. My mum then visited with some veg for guinea pigs, about 4kg of plums(!!) and a cucumber (had just bought one - hmph!) I literally have no room in my freezer, fridge or cupboards - stuff is now piled on top of the fridge (which I hate - it's untidy!!) and I still have 2 loaves of bread, 2 packs of bottled drinks, 3 packs of canned drinks and the plums on my kitchen side - grrrr!!!!

    Dh is working away and is home for less than 48 hours at the weekend - so we're not eating much from the freezer, nor getting through anywhere near as much bread and milk as if he were here - but my shopping hasn't really adjusted to take account of this yet (other than with milk) I really don't know what I'm going to do with some of this stuff. I might see if I can put a bit in m-i-l's freezer - but am worried she'll use it (really!!) May send her off with some strange things and hope.... I also have about 4kg of runner beans in my fridge and 3kg of apples to prep and freeze.... and the courgette plants look like another 6 or so will be ready later this week.....
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786 12/18 £54829 2019 OPs (#18) £3757/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £518.64/£500
  • 4kids4cats
    Did a small shop today. Being car-less and having to carry it all definitely helped me cut down on what I bought! Spent £14.79. OH did 2 small shops while I was away and got quite a few BOGOFs so we are quite well stocked up. Had a lovely free joint of beef, courtesy of my mum tonight - it tasted even better cos I didn't have to buy it!!
    Got given a marrow today too - I always say yes, then wonder what on earth to do with it, that my family will actually eat. Does anyone have any good marrow recipes?

  • Hippeechiq
    wssla00 - Cant remember whether or not I thanked you for the quantities that I ask for when making Rumbledythumps, but in case I didn't - thank you Hope the fridge "recovered"

    Bought some milk and a couple of bits in Icel@nd today - £6.20 total spend so far £154.59 out of £275.

    Wish there was a F@rm Foods near me - we get through a 4 pinter of Semi Skimed a day + a 4 pinter of Skimmed every 2-3 days (for daughters Slimfast) *sigh*
    Aug11 £193.29/£240

    Oct10 £266.72 /£275 Nov10 £276.71/£275 Dec10 £311.33 / £275 Jan11 £242.25/ £250 Feb11 £243.14/ £250 Mar11 £221.99/ £230
    Apr11 £237.39 /£240 May11 £237.71/£240 Jun11 £244.03/ £240 July11 £244.89/ £240
    Xmas 2011 Fund £220
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 15th Aug 10, 10:45 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Well Greent maybe what you need is an extra freezer! You'd only fill it up though! Just as I would
    I made the veggy chilli today, cooked the chicken late afternoon and have just taken it apart and put it in a bowl where it will sit overnight in out 2nd fridge(in the garage) away from DH.
    Just need to decide what we will do with it tomorrow. Ive got some rather old potatoes that I may make wedges with. Don't want to do anything with pastry so may even serve it on its lonesome with some gravy yet. Thawed out a pack of very nice sausages also for those who want them and will prob cook brocolli and carrots with it. I know-its Sunday today not tomorrow but I had to cook my beans up which were in the fridge so I had to do the chilli and not really enough room in the freezer for storage now.
    Also mad a "quick cheesy herby loaf" today which is a recipe I got from here some time ago-no yeast needed. I made it in a silicone loaf tin today and its the best one yet. I had some rather old cheese to use up so that went in it also. Had that with our chilli and rice. I actually weighed the rice today as I always seem to either cook too much or too little. Brown rice-80g per peson-served 5 but I found the 320 g I cooked was in fact enough for 6-as was the chilli. Cost under £2 for 6 servings inc the rice but not the bread.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 15th Aug 10, 10:48 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Someone may have already suggested this, but it may be worth contacting customer services? I had the same problem with some Mr T vouchers and a very helpful chap said although he couldn't re issue the vouchers, he could put the points back on my account.


    A x
    Originally posted by ASC
    Thanks for the reminder!
    Well it had crossed my mind but Ive a horrid feeling I chucked them away with some other paperwork! If not I will give it a try-nothing to lose!
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • cw18
    • By cw18 15th Aug 10, 10:57 PM
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    cw18
    Got given a marrow today too - I always say yes, then wonder what on earth to do with it, that my family will actually eat. Does anyone have any good marrow recipes?
    Originally posted by 4kids4cats
    Only thing I use marrow for is chutney - and I picked up a jar from my Dad just today

    Am going to have to get the recipe off him (again) though, as one 454g sized jar won't last me until this time next year
    Cheryl
  • JayJay14
    Updating Sig - £107.56/£130 - had quite a few shopping trips this weekend.

    Went to Bradford on Saturday to visit friends and took advantage of the local Asian supermarket to pick up some items and then went to coetso on the way home. Spent more than intended but DD1 had bought some of the stuff so she reinbursed me (I love that they have free cash machines in store).

    Then yesterday my car wouldn't start (flat battery - DD2 cleaned it while we were in Bradford and ran the battery down using the radio with the door open apparently) so HAD to take a run to sainsbugs to get it up and running and call at aldi on the way home didn't I?

    Not much money left in the kitty - though branston beans are £1 for 4 in asda again so will have to stock up on a few packs - can't go over budget though as there just isn't any more to use.

    Hope everyone is doing well.
    • jintyb
    • By jintyb 16th Aug 10, 8:55 AM
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    jintyb
    Just popped in to update - did my final August shop today - my month ends on the 20th so Im dclaring £181.83 for August. Overbudget by £21.83 Not too mad at myself though as I've got lots stocked up plus I had to buy dog & cat food this month. Managed a few good whoops too on cereal and washing powder so really quite pleased.
    Will be back later in the month to post my Sept budget.
    Have a great day everyone!


    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
  • Winged one
    I am amazed at my low spend this week. (And I know loads of people spend a lot less, but I am an over-spender normally).

    We went to the farmer's market on Saturday, and got pork chops (the lady gave us a jar of apple sauce for free, as she had to give us frozen ones, having sold all the fresh! Suited us anyway, as we only wanted them for tonight), feta cheese, olives, potatoes (2.5kg bag), 8 apples, cherry tomatoes, 8 carrots and 2 peppers for ourselves. (We also got 3 coffees, a slice of pizza, 2 chocolate lollies and 5 pieces of choc biscuit cake - but these were for immediate eating/drinking there, or as a present for hosts, so not from GC budget, and was only another €15 or so anyway).

    We had to get diesel yesterday, so went to Al*i, which was right next to petrol station. MIL wanted a couple of things too. I got the milk and bread we need until midweek, cheese, salami, a tin of chickpeas (for hummus), some wine, and 4 of the super 6 (3 packs salad potatoes, 2 packs cherry tomatoes, and 1 each of carrot/parsnip tray and celery) at 39c each.

    So a total of €44, and I won't need anything else this week apart from a carton of milk and loaf of bread, around Wednesday.
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    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 16th Aug 10, 9:51 AM
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    LannyLee
    Well Greent maybe what you need is an extra freezer! You'd only fill it up though! Just as I would
    I made the veggy chilli today, cooked the chicken late afternoon and have just taken it apart and put it in a bowl where it will sit overnight in out 2nd fridge(in the garage) away from DH.
    Just need to decide what we will do with it tomorrow. Ive got some rather old potatoes that I may make wedges with. Don't want to do anything with pastry so may even serve it on its lonesome with some gravy yet. Thawed out a pack of very nice sausages also for those who want them and will prob cook brocolli and carrots with it. I know-its Sunday today not tomorrow but I had to cook my beans up which were in the fridge so I had to do the chilli and not really enough room in the freezer for storage now.
    Also mad a "quick cheesy herby loaf" today which is a recipe I got from here some time ago-no yeast needed. I made it in a silicone loaf tin today and its the best one yet. I had some rather old cheese to use up so that went in it also. Had that with our chilli and rice. I actually weighed the rice today as I always seem to either cook too much or too little. Brown rice-80g per peson-served 5 but I found the 320 g I cooked was in fact enough for 6-as was the chilli. Cost under £2 for 6 servings inc the rice but not the bread.
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    Can you pls post the recipe for this, sounds like it would make a yummy brekkie toasted with a little butter

    Thanks!
  • laisbojar83
    Gooodddd Morning everyone,

    After a disastrous weekend, full of expenses.. Its a new week and I am going to make better.
    I have budgeted my groceries for this week and as much as I wanted to spend only 60.00, I have a lot of cleaning stuff to buy.. like washing powder, fabric, washing-up.. etc. Because I have some frozen left-overs I will be able to stick with the budget which is 70.00
    Today is a NSD and I have 15.00 in my wallet but I am going to stretch it as much as I can!!
    I hope you all have a lovely day
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 16th Aug 10, 10:04 AM
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    Spiggle
    Hello everyone,

    Laisbojar do you include all of those items in your grocery challenge? DIY definitely doesn't come into ours and days out/activities would be a different budget too. No matter what, don't knock yourself out about it as it is the school hols after all.

    Seductivesmile what a fantastic auntie you have. Very heartwarming to hear.

    4kids4cats the OH does a stuffed marrow which is delish. He uses rice, tomatoes, onions, garlic as a base (he probably chucks other herbs and spices in too that I don't know about ) and then either makes it veggie by adding cheese or meaty buy using mince. The marrow is cut longways, seeds removed, filling put into the channel, and then roasted. He has just got up (we are still on holiday) and told me the easiest way of doing it is to make a bol sauce with meat and use that as above. You can then either lay the two sides in a baking tray/dish and cook or if it's a particularly large marrow put the two halves together, wrap in foil and bake in the oven. Cook for about an hour or so at about 180.

    If you've done the wrapped in foil method, rest it for a bit after taking out of oven and then cut thick slices, lay flat sprinkle cheese on top and grill until ready to your taste. If you've done it the long cut method, you can either add the cheese about ten mins before the end or do it afterwards.

    I love marrow this way BUT be wary, the skin can sometimes (often if large) be tough so do not eat it unless you're hugely determined!

    Does anyone know if FelineFantastic is ok? I haven't seen her around for ages and hope she is fine.

    We haven't had any spends since the 11th but will need to get a couple of things today. I will update the sig later with whatever damage has been caused.

    Good luck for the rest of the month folks.

    Take care,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • jayII
    • By jayII 16th Aug 10, 11:33 AM
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    jayII
    Hi all. It's lovely to see all the positive stories and recipe ideas.

    I went out for a couple of things yesterday and managed to spend £13.61 on food and a magazine, plus £20.14 on a magazine subscription when I got home = £33.75 in total. A much bigger spend than I'd planned, so I'll have to be really careful to minimise my spending this week.

    Have a good day all. xx
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  • laisbojar83

    Laisbojar do you include all of those items in your grocery challenge? DIY definitely doesn't come into ours and days out/activities would be a different budget too. No matter what, don't knock yourself out about it as it is the school hols after all.
    Originally posted by Spiggle
    No, DIY and days out dont go in my grocery budget lolol I was just moaning about how much I spent during the weekend
    My grocery budget includes everything from fruits and veggie to toiletries, cleaning products and baby stuff. I need to update my sig and add the 20.00 I spent in my local shop tho lol
    Thanks for the support Spiggle
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