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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th Aug 10, 11:12 PM
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    Pink.
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    • 26th Aug 10, 11:12 PM
    26th Aug 10 at 11:12 PM
    Hello everyone!

    Welcome to the ninth Grocery Challenge of 2010.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your August budget, then keep on posting in the August 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
    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.; 28-08-2010 at 8:03 PM.
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    • elf06
    • By elf06 31st Aug 10, 6:54 PM
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    elf06
    Well my trip for milk ended up costing me 5.83
    Did get some bread, flour, potato, tea bags, sugar, milk, melon and mango though

    Will not be going shopping tomorrow!!

    Off to update sig.......
    Emma

    Aug GC - 88.17/130
    NSD - target 18 days, so far 5!!
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 31st Aug 10, 7:01 PM
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    Spiggle
    Hi Folks and welcome to the many newbies

    Spent a fab day in the garden yesterday so I was quiet!

    Went back to work this morning while OH went to work and see the doctor. Long story short I flew back from work to pick him up and take him to the hospital where they confirmed DVT. So warfarin for six months and the pleasure of injecting him over the next week or so. All in all a pretty sh***y day. Sorry that was uncalled for.

    Don't know how things will pan out over this week but I'll try and stay in touch.

    Keep up the fantastic work all,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013
  • Hippeechiq

    Went back to work this morning while OH went to work and see the doctor. Long story short I flew back from work to pick him up and take him to the hospital where they confirmed DVT. So warfarin for six months and the pleasure of injecting him over the next week or so. All in all a pretty sh***y day. Sorry that was uncalled for.

    Don't know how things will pan out over this week but I'll try and stay in touch.
    Originally posted by Spiggle
    Oh Spiggle, what a worry. No wonder you're feeling low hun, no need to apologise, it must be a bit of a shock, and you need time to get your head around it


    couscous i know i should be able to use this but tbh i find it abit boring and tastless but refuse to bin it. - I love couscous. Make it up with squeezy garlic (dried herbs if you want) add roasted veg - Mediterranean. Serve hot or cold. Or add sunflower seeds, some roasted veg, cumin, coriander, chickpeas and sultanas for a more moroccan type. Serve with pork and roasted peppers and onions and courgettes (all in together) instead of rice. Use in wraps withj chicken (add salsa/ sour cream for stick-togetherness)
    Originally posted by greent
    Mmmmmmm, am loving the sound of that

    Love cous cous and love roasted veg. Must confess though, that I usually buy it in the packet already mixed.

    I have bought a bag of plain cous cous recently though, so am wondering what kind of quantities of cumin, coriander, chickpeas and sultanas would you use to how much cous cous if you don't mind me asking greent?
    Last edited by Hippeechiq; 31-08-2010 at 7:08 PM.
    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
    • cw18
    • By cw18 31st Aug 10, 7:32 PM
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    cw18
    Hippeechiq, thanks so much for telling us exactly how you do it. Anyone else willing to share the nuts and bolts?
    Originally posted by carolinerunner
    I have my super-whizzy spreadsheet

    At the end of each day I enter what I've bought, where I bought each item, what I paid, how many I got (and, if it was a Whoopsie item, then I also add what the full price should have been)

    This keeps track of what I've spent over the month/year, and where my annual budget stands (at the moment I'm over budget for the year-to-date, but hope to be well under by year end as my fussy eater/milk monster moves out on 12th and I'll then start working my way through my freezers/cupboards )

    My personal version (which has more to it than the one I share) also keeps track of my staff discount (Mr M) and the pennies I get in change - shoving this off to my sealed pot, so that all my grocery spends add up to a round 10p.
    Cheryl
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 31st Aug 10, 7:42 PM
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    NickJW
    ...it took me a day or two to realise my bottom didn't have dandruff
    Originally posted by jackieglasgow
    I've been laughing at that for a good few minutes now - it only takes a little thing to get me going!

    Payday is tomorrow but since I've already declared August I'll add the spends of 3.51 for sugar, Lurpak, choccy bar and milk from the local Mr S. Updated signature.

    Flatmate cooked dinner - Salmon with Parmesan crust with mash and green beans. Was nice, but we both agreed it was quite dry. He made too many breadcrumbs so now has a LOT of breadcrumbs mixed with parsley and parmesan. Apart from freezing, does anyone have any idea what can be done with these? Would rather not do the same recipe tbh...

    I had a REALLY nice dinner last night, which gave me enough for lunches for today and tomorrow. I was only looking for a recipe to go with with a can of Cannellini beans which I was getting fed up of seeing looking at me in the cupboard. It was a sausage, bacon, and passata hot pot with the beans - kind of like posh baked beans with a smoky BBQ style taste.

    It's from a recipe but I've made a few amendments:

    BBQ Cannelini beans with sausages

    Ingredients

    Pack of 8 Sausages
    6 rashers bacon (ideally smoked)
    I can of Cannelini beans
    500g Passata
    1 Onion
    1 tbsp paprika
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    2 garlic cloves, crushed
    Splash Lea and Perrins
    Serve with chips, potatoes or rice
    One deep, non stick pan for cooking the meal in.

    1. Fry off the sausages for 10 mins until brown all over. Take off and transfer to another plate once done.
    2. Chop up the onions and bacon then fry for 5 mins (or until browned), add the sausages after this, pour in the passata, cannelini beans, paprika, sugar, garlic and lea and perrins . Simmer for 10-15 mins.
    3. Serve with chips, potatoes or rice, or if you want, in a bowl on it's own.

    I had with chips tonight, and baked potato today. Both yummy, especially since I was wondering what the h*ll to do with these beans!

    PS: If I've done wrong posting this, or if it's already been posted before then please let me know/edit it.

    Sorry again to hear about your OH Spiggle.
    Last edited by NickJW; 31-08-2010 at 10:47 PM. Reason: Forgot something!
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent 1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent 1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011
  • Long tall sally
    Spiggle - not a nice day for you. Do understand a little as my sister also had this and and had to inject herself with warfarin as she was single at the time & couldn't drive. hope things get a bit easier for you.

    Hippeechiq - i'm with you now about the flan dish. Think I was being a bit thick there tbh!

    NSD yesterday for me and only a tiny spend of 95p today on a bag of spinach for 15p and a packet of chocolate brownies for 80p.
    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
    • tessasmum
    • By tessasmum 31st Aug 10, 7:54 PM
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    tessasmum
    Looking forward to succeeding this time!! Must do a grocery shop tomorrow so I am off out to the freezers now to have a good rummage around and see what we can use up, then I am going to make a menu plan and then a shopping list - full of good intentions so let's hope it works!! My kids' days of school lunches are over, so I have to concentrate on making some good lunches for them to take with them - our secondary school dinners are not terribly good at all, so we don't bother with them. Shame, as the ones at primary school were good and my youngest enjoyed having them now and again for a treat.
    December GC: 350
  • wssla00
    Hippeechiq, thanks so much for telling us exactly how you do it. Anyone else willing to share the nuts and bolts?
    Originally posted by carolinerunner
    Here's mine: I write a monthly meal plan, and add in a couple of non plan days for takeaways or a dinner out or something. Then I go through my list and mark off what I already have the ingredients for in red, some of the ingredients for in orange and none of the ingredients for in green. I then write one big huge list from that including meat.

    After that, I use my supermarket (or whatever supermarket is taking my fancy at the time....) and write out the list of everything that is needed for the month. I order all the meat, all the root veg e.g. onions, potatoes etc and all the dry and frozen stuff to be delivered. I then freeze all the meat and any bread stuffs (e.g. bagels or burger buns) add that to the freezer alongside my frozen stuff.

    Everything else is stored where it should be. Finally the only things I need throughout the month is any fresh veg (I have a lot of tinned, frozen and dried fruit in at the mo) my garden isn't producing, milk, extra cat food and eggs if they are needed.

    I also make my own bread which helps me loads as it's much cheaper than the stuff I buy in the shop and tastes better anyway.

    Finally I make sure I always have value chocolate in, cocoa, flour, sugar etc so if I get a sweet craving I can make a quick pud or some brownies and that stops me going into the shop. Anything that stops me going into shops stops me spending, I'm awful for after a long day at work going into a shop and getting junk and expensive stuff just because it's a treat and I feel I deserve it, so staying out of the shops stops this.

    Good luck we all get wibbles but so long as you know that it's not failure if you do, it stops you going oh well... I have already overspent X of my weekly amount so I might as well give up and spend whatever I want for the rest of the month.

    Going to sort out my lunch for tomorrow in a minute or two. Going to have left over marinated chicken and some jacket potatoes. Yum Yum
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 31st Aug 10, 8:15 PM
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    guccigoo
    You're welcome and you're right, we've a great bunch on people on this thread.



    Hi jackie, I started using A$da/Te$co smart price/value ones - both 12 for 1.29 - a few months back. Te$co are better quality than A$da, but the sheets are smaller, but I appreciate they're not everyone's cup of tea.

    It saves me enough to treat myself to a bottle of wine each month so that there's more to life than save, save, save......... Give me a glass of wine over something posh to wipe my backside on anyday
    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    i second that as i always buy tesco value toilet rolls, the asda ones are not soft at all
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • wssla00
    Spiggle: Hope thinks are OK. I have to inject myself every day and you get used to it in the end! I promise!


    Flatmate cooked dinner - Salmon with Parmesan crust with mash and green beans. Was nice, but we both agreed it was quite dry. He made too many breadcrumbs so now has a LOT of breadcrumbs mixed with parsley and parmesan. Apart from freezing, does anyone have any idea what can be done with these? Would rather not do the same recipe tbh...
    Originally posted by NickJW
    You could make some really lovely chicken nuggets using some chicken breasts chopped up banged into flat pieces, dipped in egg (or the nigella way or marinating them in natural yoghurt and not dipped in egg) then the breadcrumb mixture and then baked on a baking tray lined with parchment. Yummy!
    Last edited by wssla00; 31-08-2010 at 8:21 PM.
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 31st Aug 10, 8:27 PM
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    guccigoo
    hi nsd for me today, will be doing a small shop this week as i overspent last week and still have lots of food in fridge and freezers, also as im starting my new job tomorrow i wont be getting paid till the end of the month so its going to be tight for me till then.

    on a happier note i harvested 3 of my onions today that were ready so cant wait to cook them and eat my HG veg Still waiting on my carrots and spring onions though
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • katholicos
    I've been laughing at that for a good few minutes now - it only takes a little thing to get me going!

    Payday is tomorrow but since I've already declared August I'll add the spends of 3.51 for sugar, Lurpak, choccy bar and milk from the local Mr S. Updated signature.

    Flatmate cooked dinner - Salmon with Parmesan crust with mash and green beans. Was nice, but we both agreed it was quite dry. He made too many breadcrumbs so now has a LOT of breadcrumbs mixed with parsley and parmesan. Apart from freezing, does anyone have any idea what can be done with these? Would rather not do the same recipe tbh...

    I had a REALLY nice dinner last night, which gave me enough for lunches for today and tomorrow. I was only looking for a recipe to go with with a can of Cannellini beans which I was getting fed up of seeing looking at me in the cupboard. It was a sausage, bacon, and passata hot pot with the beans - kind of like posh baked beans with a smoky BBQ style taste.

    It's from a recipe but I've made a few amendments:

    BBQ Cannelini beans with sausages

    Ingredients

    Pack of 8 Sausages
    6 rashers bacon (ideally smoked)
    I can of Cannelini beans
    500g Passata
    1 Onion
    1 tbsp paprika
    1 tbsp brown sugar
    Splash Lea and Perrins
    Serve with chips, potatoes or rice
    One deep, non stick pan for cooking the meal in.

    1. Fry off the sausages for 10 mins until brown all over. Take off and transfer to another plate once done.
    2. Chop up the onions and bacon then fry for 5 mins (or until browned), add the sausages after this, pour in the passata, cannelini beans, paprika, sugar and lea and perrins . Simmer for 10-15 mins.
    3. Serve with chips, potatoes or rice, or if you want, in a bowl on it's own.

    I had with chips tonight, and baked potato today. Both yummy, especially since I was wondering what the h*ll to do with these beans!

    PS: If I've done wrong posting this, or if it's already been posted before then please let me know/edit it.

    Sorry again to hear about your OH Spiggle.

    Originally posted by NickJW
    The breadcrumbs, parsley, parmesan...mix with pork mince/beef mince, add some salt and pepper to taste, bind together with an egg and shaoe into meatballs and cook in a pasta sauce or fry them in a little oil in a frying pan.
    Grocery Challenge for October: 135/200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
  • katholicos
    Hi Folks and welcome to the many newbies

    Spent a fab day in the garden yesterday so I was quiet!

    Went back to work this morning while OH went to work and see the doctor. Long story short I flew back from work to pick him up and take him to the hospital where they confirmed DVT. So warfarin for six months and the pleasure of injecting him over the next week or so. All in all a pretty sh***y day. Sorry that was uncalled for.

    Don't know how things will pan out over this week but I'll try and stay in touch.

    Keep up the fantastic work all,
    Spigs
    Originally posted by Spiggle
    Hope your OH is ok and that things soon start picking up for you.
    Grocery Challenge for October: 135/200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
  • Trinny
    Evening everyone

    PLease put me down for 140 again Just cant seem to get to within a few quid of this.

    Must try harder

    Trinny
    "Not everything that COUNTS can be counted; and not everything that can be counted COUNTS"
    GC - May 39.47/55. June 47.20/50. July 38.44/50
    NSD - May 16/17. June 16/17. July 14/17
    No new toiletries til stash used up challenge - start date 01/2010 - still going!
    2 Savers Club member No 93 - getting ready for Christmas 2011
    • Jevvers
    • By Jevvers 31st Aug 10, 9:06 PM
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    Jevvers
    Hi
    Not done this for a while but freelance DH is coming to the end of a contract and we need to get a grip again! Please put us down for 300 for me, DH and two young children (3&1).

    It is to include all meals in the home and my packed lunches so we will be taking a long hard look at our takeaway spend. I think I may invest in that Takeaway Secret book!
    Last edited by Jevvers; 31-08-2010 at 9:09 PM.
    Mortgage 1: 243,034 0.99%, i/o, ends May 2026 MFW date 20 Aug 2020
    Mortgage 2: 166,966 159,066 0.99%, repaymt, ends Oct 2033
    Total: 402,100
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 31st Aug 10, 9:42 PM
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    NickJW
    Thanks wssla00 and katholicos! I think I'll have enough breadcrumbs for both of those recipes so I'll give them both a go this weekend - meal plan changed. I just need to get some eggs and then do some sauce for the pasta.

    Katholicos: what sauce do you think would go best with the meatballs and pasta in your opinion? A tomatoey passata style sauce, or a creamy cheesy style sauce (or maybe with olive oil/herbs or another type of sauce). Thanks again.
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent 1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent 1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011
    • carolinerunner
    • By carolinerunner 31st Aug 10, 11:02 PM
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    carolinerunner
    NickJW, I';d agree, I was going to say put them onto some slices of raw chicken coated in mayo and grill for 15 mins, yum! You could add some grated parmesan too, and have it with mayo, or garlic mayo if you like it.

    tessasmum, what do you give your older 'kids' now? I have one similar but eating anything 'homemade' is embarrassing, it seems...

    thanks cw18 and wssla for your 'nitty gritty', it really helps a lot, mine isn't that organised yet but it's getting better...

    Just went thro Aug spend to see what it all went on, and guess what? it went on loads of different things, nothing in particular, tho was surprised to see we spent as much on veg as on meat, and as much on fruit as on fish. now, off to cost out HM school meals...
    Erratically money saving
  • Miche*
    Newbie here. I'd like to join the challenge please. Could you put me down for 200 this month. Thank you
  • Rachel021967
    Please can you put me down for 120 a week.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 1st Sep 10, 7:52 AM
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    JackieO
    Well Ist September already and hopefully lots of savings this month I have a lot of birthdays on the horizon so the more I can stash the better. Hospital appointment this morning so a bottle of drink taken with me will save being tempted by the stuff in the cafe ,plus my book so I won't buy and magazines either.i know I will be hanging around for an hour or so at least so I shall put temptation out of my way.
    Good luck everyone for this month
    JackieO
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