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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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    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 14th Sep 10, 2:29 PM
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    sistercas
    (((hugs)) Hippeechiq

    popped into lidl spent £14.12

    2 x bags spuds 69p each on offer
    2x cucumbers 39p each
    2x brocoli 29p each on offer
    bananas 99p
    kingsmill £1
    diced beef steak £1.99 on offer
    mature chedder £1.69 on offer
    museli bars 69p on offer
    vanilla ice cream £1.99 on offer
    mini ice creams £1.99
    shortcake bics 29p on offer
    licorice allsorts 75p

    not too bad but some non essentials have crept in
    Last edited by sistercas; 14-09-2010 at 2:40 PM.
  • claire1234
    done a tesco shop today, very pleased with everything i bought.

    just having a good look at the recipt now to meal plan, got plenty in now,

    spent £42.41

    dont need anything else for at least a week,
  • welshkaz
    Another £4.29 for me today topped up our fruit in local market. but another nsd yesterday so doing ok x
    may groc challenge £167/£280...
  • Hippeechiq
    Thanks sistercas

    What size was the cheddar?
    Originally posted by goodgirl80
    It's 400g 'cos I got some on Sunday

    Makes it 42.3p/100g or £4.23 per kg - it's a good price
    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
    • greent
    • By greent 14th Sep 10, 4:16 PM
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    greent
    Quick note for Hippiechiq

    Firstly some (((hugs))) for you

    Had an A5da delivery today. Did it yesterday and amended it a few times - delivered at 4pm exactly (he was 15 mins early but had to wait cos I nipped out to get DD as it was raining) (yeay!!)

    Anyway, the total was exactly the same as the online order - all offers/ rollbacks etc certainly held from the Mon-Tues. I would have preferred it to be delivered tomorrow but chose today because a- the possibility of rollbacks changing liek you had and b- they gave me an e-coupon for £5 that expired today (and dlivery at 4pm was only £3, so I was £2 up )

    I dislike our Asda very much and very very rarely go there - but I offer-shopped for this delivery, getting some of their cleaning stuff and then some things that I know are a few p cheaper there but which don't make it worth my while to go there if I was driving, as the benefit would be outweighed by fuel cost (and some of the things that I regularly buy are actually cheaper in messrs T & S)

    Haven't added it to my signature yet.....
    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) £1972.10/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
  • adelight
    (((hugs)) Hippeechiq

    popped into lidl spent £14.12

    diced beef steak £1.99 on offer

    shortcake bics 29p on offer
    licorice allsorts 75p
    Originally posted by sistercas
    That beef is delicious, especially when you consider you can't even get Sainsburys basics for that price

    Was walking to Lidl but it started raining(picked up some tips in denmark so i don't get completely dishevled in the rain and wind, swedish bun and snood!) so just went to Sainsburys instead. Lots of offers and reduced items, spent £4.88 + £1 on a new Jute that makes the walk back much easier:
    cucumber, tomatoes, nectarines, banana, garlic,
    frozen quorn mince(1/2 price, couldn't find dried), chopped tomatoes, quark, bread rolls, stuffing mix
    energy saving light bulbs, sandwich bags
    Me and the BF were drooling over the 1/2 price silverside- think we might buy a long one and chop it into chunks to freeze/eat.

    Hopefully get to lidl later in the week as they have some fantastic offers on and I want to go to the market!
    Living cheap in central London
  • Long tall sally
    Well onto 2nd day of my meal plan & so far so good, except I hadn't realised that OH's kids were coming tonight as well as tomorrow & Saturday but luckily they just had scampi & chips. We have sausage casserole tomorrow & as I have never made that before, I need to find a recipe. Am a little worried though that somebody won't like it & it will be wasted.

    Had to pop to the Co Op tonight for some potatoes and ended up spending £18 odd. Not sure whether to be relatively pleased with the "bargains" that I got or disheartened about such an expensive bag of potatoes! Within my "bargains" was a half price box of Ferrero Roucher (£1.75) which I love! I gave them to OH with instructions to put them away somewhere and told him that he had such an easy life as I had been doing some xmas shopping for him as he nearly always gets me a box of these! I hope he does put them away soon though cos they look so inviting sitting in the kitchen!

    Hippeechiq - thinking of you.
    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 14th Sep 10, 6:19 PM
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    greent
    LT Sally

    Sausage Casserole - originally for 4 but will stretch to 6 easily

    8 sausages
    oil (olive, sunflower - whatever)
    1 onion (chopped)
    2-3 cloves garlic (chopped) or a big squeeze of garlic puree
    1 1/2 peppers, chopped (whatever colours you like)
    2 handfuls of mushrooms (sliced or chopped according to preference)
    2 x tin of chopped tomatoes
    big squidge of tomato puree
    red wine (small glass/ large splosh) (optional but nice!)
    dried chilli or paprika to taste
    1/2 tsp mixed herbs/ italian seasoning or whatever you've got around

    Chop sausages into bite sized pieces (scissors work well!) About 8 pieces a sausage, I guess. Using a large saucepan, gently fry off until brown (important bit - they look insipid if casseroled without being browned off!) Put to one side and then soften onion and garlic (use same pan with the sausage fat in) Add peppers and mushrooms and cook for about 3-5 mins.
    Put sausages back in pan with tinned tomatoes, tomato puree, wine, herbs. Simmer until it's cooked (about 20-30 mins)

    Nice made earlier and then re-heated, as chilli/ paprika flavour develops.

    Eat with hunks of French stick (or rice or jkts, I guess )

    You can bulk it out more with other veg and a handful of lentils in, but I tend to have veg on the side with it instead to bulk it out
    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) £1972.10/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
  • rosieben
    ... Have some peaches in desperate need of using up and i am tempted to make chutney, I heard someone mention 'curried peach chutney' but i can't see a recipe, if anyone has one would you share? Pretty Please!!
    Originally posted by dazzle21
    Recipe for Peach Chutney at the Great British Kitchen website; found this on a thread recently but can't remember where I saw it to credit the op, sorry

    eta

    and greent's sausage casserole recipe is now in the front page index
    Last edited by rosieben; 14-09-2010 at 9:13 PM.
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    • CupOfChai
    • By CupOfChai 14th Sep 10, 6:33 PM
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    CupOfChai
    ((hugs)) to Hippeechiq.

    Have to add on a weeny spend of 37p today, on some sweetcorn which they didn't have in when I went at the weekend. They still didn't have it in today, so I had to get the twice as big tin which was bizarrely about the same price. It's ok though, rejigged meal plan so it will get used up no bother. I might try and work it so I can get the big one again in future now. I hadn't before as I thought it wouldn't get used, but it's been working for me with baked beans so as it's double the amount for the same price I'm sure I can work it out for this too.
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 14th Sep 10, 6:45 PM
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    sistercas
    What size was the cheddar?
    Originally posted by goodgirl80
    its 400g so a good offer
    • purplevamp
    • By purplevamp 14th Sep 10, 7:01 PM
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    purplevamp
    Just popping in with my total before the kids go to bed. Spent £53.44 in Mr S on Saturday (I know it's Tuesday today ). I've updated my total. Have a good evening everyone.
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    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 14th Sep 10, 7:04 PM
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    guccigoo
    hi everyone havent posted lately but been reading and keeping up to date ive been to the supermarket a few times since i last posted and in all have spent £23.56, out of this i managed to get quite a few whoopsies finally found the shelf in my local mr t

    Still got to do my online shop this week, also need to find time to do some baking as i havent for ages. Well the weather is now turning so i can see my slow cooker coming out a bit more often now, the thought of stews and casseroles and soups makes me feel all cosy inside

    Hope all the newbies are getting on ok with the challenge, hopefully one day i might actually come in on target!
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 14th Sep 10, 8:21 PM
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    carolt2
    Evening all, not posted on the GC thread for quite some time.

    Nice to see the familar names as well as some new ones.

    Been trying to keep on track with spends but not managing too well.
    Too much happening away from MSE.

    Spent £21 ish at sainsburys on saturday, had a AF order another £26.42 spent there and then spent 3.74 at Co-op this afternoon.

    Off to catch up on some more of the thread and update signature.
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    • freakyogre
    • By freakyogre 14th Sep 10, 8:29 PM
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    freakyogre
    £2.27 spent at Aldi yesterday on eggs, leeks and onions (one of which was rotten....grr!)

    £5.26 spent in Tesco today. I haven't felt like much to eat lately but really fancied a wrap at lunchtime so went and got one. Saw Herbal Essences was on BOGOF so got some of that too.

    The leeks will be made into leek and potato soup in my slow cooker tomorrow.
    Grocery challenge - Nov: £52/£100
  • katholicos
    Bought no groceries today and it was also an NSD.
    Grocery Challenge for October: £135/£200


    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
  • EvieSaver
    LT Sally

    Sausage Casserole - originally for 4 but will stretch to 6 easily

    8 sausages
    oil (olive, sunflower - whatever)
    1 onion (chopped)
    2-3 cloves garlic (chopped) or a big squeeze of garlic puree
    1 1/2 peppers, chopped (whatever colours you like)
    2 handfuls of mushrooms (sliced or chopped according to preference)
    2 x tin of chopped tomatoes
    big squidge of tomato puree
    red wine (small glass/ large splosh) (optional but nice!)
    dried chilli or paprika to taste
    1/2 tsp mixed herbs/ italian seasoning or whatever you've got around
    Originally posted by greent

    Thank you for this recipe, not only does it sound really tasty but also follows my style of cooking! (squidge, splosh, handful) so will definitely be giving it a go. I usually find that I have to follow a recipe then re-write it to remove all use of scales, jugs etc as I always cook in a rush and can never be bothered with all the extra items.

    Thanks again


    • Mrs Money Penny
    • By Mrs Money Penny 14th Sep 10, 9:26 PM
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    Mrs Money Penny
    Hi All
    Just added another £74.96 to my total which I spent in MrS on Friday. Shouldn't need much for a couple of weeks hopefully. Good luck everyone.
    MFIT Challenge save £40k
    £48828.05/£46842.89/-£1985.16Mortgage neutral 03/19
    • Billie-jo
    • By Billie-jo 14th Sep 10, 9:50 PM
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    Billie-jo
    Went to T*sco yesterday and spent £23.35 on fruit & veg mainly plus some orange juice, butter and a french stick.

    Made some mushroom soup and we had that for tea with the bread last night as DS was out and we were not really hungry.

    Tea tonight was using things out of the freezer - prawn stir fry for DH & DS and I had a stir fry with a lamb steak that was suffering slightly from freezer burn.

    Tomorrow intend to make some deepfried haggis bites but never done them before and only had them once so it will be pot luck if they turn out ok. (haggis was brought for us so cost nothing - thats the price I get excited about)

    Today was a no spend day, well actually brought food on motorway cafe but it will be reimbursed so doesnt count. One Tea one coffee, two bacon toasties and a small bottle of juice was over £15 If didnt get the money back would most certainly give the motorway services a miss.

    Think our apples may be ready next week as well. We only have a small tree of eating apples but it always does well. We tend to give a lot away to friends but then we get other stuff in return so all good.
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    • greent
    • By greent 14th Sep 10, 10:21 PM
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    greent

    Have to add on a weeny spend of 37p today, on some sweetcorn which they didn't have in when I went at the weekend. They still didn't have it in today, so I had to get the twice as big tin which was bizarrely about the same price. It's ok though, rejigged meal plan so it will get used up no bother. I might try and work it so I can get the big one again in future now. I hadn't before as I thought it wouldn't get used, but it's been working for me with baked beans so as it's double the amount for the same price I'm sure I can work it out for this too.
    Originally posted by CupOfChai
    Tinned sweetcorn freezes fine - I just rinse it of the slimy stuff first and pop it in a freezer bag (if I have enough space I try and do it all nice and flat, and then I can break it up into individual bits rather than a block, too! )
    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) £1972.10/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
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