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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Sep 10, 10:37 AM
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    October 2010 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th Sep 10, 10:37 AM
    October 2010 Grocery Challenge 25th Sep 10 at 10:37 AM
    Hello everyone!

    Welcome to the tenth Grocery Challenge of 2010.

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

    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!

    Last edited by Pink.; 27-09-2010 at 9:32 PM.
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  • gdyr1945
    Off to Ikea tomorrow to buy dining chairs, which have been needed for a long time, as the ones we have (from Habitat 40yrs ago) are definitely only fit for the bonfire! If we have anyone over for dinner I borrow chairs from my mum! Thanks to the tips and ideas from all you lovely people we can now buy them with the money saved from grocery bills.

    To everyone who is a 'new saver' congratulations for trying. I have been amazed at the amount of money we have saved and a bit ashamed of the money I have wasted in the past. OH says he hasn't noticed any difference in our meals but has noticed the increased money in the bank! I find I rather enjoy the challenge of 'not spending' and seeing how to keep our budget in check.

    Coming on to these boards and reading all the posts always cheers me up. The incredible help and support available is wonderful. I think joining in is one of the best things I have done in a long time. I feel I have so many great friends now. Thank you
  • Hippeechiq
    Yeah - I feel like that's a nice feeling, isn't it?
    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
  • Rachel021967
    I've spent £14.35 at Sainsbury's and £2.60 at the local shop. That leaves £15.07 until Sunday.
    Last edited by Rachel021967; 06-10-2010 at 10:57 PM.
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 6th Oct 10, 10:58 PM
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    I have considered this actually sharron but I've not been able to find any, so I assumed that they don't freeze well and gave up on the idea.

    They obviously do exist if you use them though, so where do you get yours from?
    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    I buy frozen leeks in Iceland. When I get my kitchen sorted I will get some of the flour a few of you are talking about but no room for it at the moment. Went to Lidl today and spent £70.03 but I got an unbelievable amount of food for that! DH commented today on how the veggie scrap bin is always full-he keeps emptying it! Well as I said-we are eating a lot more veg and that is the proof. Had a problem finding glace cherries to top my bakewell tarts I made yesterday. Went into Tesco for 3 packets of value peanuts, one pot of cherries and a value roll of foil-what a weird mix! Got some lovely crusty rolls in Mr M for 35p for pack of 6 and a granary loaf on special for 70p. Everything is full and Ive got trouble finding anywhere to put it! We also got the wraps in Lidl-39p ones-the right ones. They had cheese on the shelf mispriced at £1.99 for 400g when it was a 600g pack going through at £3.99. Luckily I got price checked while the till was empty before I went through the checkout. I hate the way they label their shelves-ticket above the product instead of below it like everybody else!
    They have a new 200g coffee in Lidl for £1.46 Im trying. The bananas are just 55p a kilo-about same as Tesco. I doon't like their own bread though-but Kingsmill was on offer. Best place for bread is Mr M.
    Butter has gone up terribly and anchor is £1.50 for 250g. I got Mr Ms own at 98p-never tried it. They had "Can't believe its not butter" at approx 69p?79p? in Mr M so got a couple of those to go with the fresh bread-total spend toay was approx £77.

    Bought 2 big butternut squash in Lidl-I find they a re going into everything.
    I freeze mine if I don't use it up quickly.

    My cousin gave me £25 today as she sold some of my excess "Avon bargains" for me. So now Ive got a bit more to make up for what I'm "investing" in this order! Sold a fe pots of honey here and there so that helps to cover the cost of DH beekeeping hobby-it never makes profit though as when we have had bad years they had amounted to losses of hundreds of pounds-no honey and 2 beehives dying off. This year has been good foodwise both from the hives, growing food and buying bargains. Being careful with spends and doing a lot of cooking has truthfully saved a fortune.

    DD cooked homemade tomato soup tonight and did the chicken wraps from scratch-along with the crusty bread and the bakewell tart tea wasn't too much effort for me personnaly-truthfully I was wornout from shopping!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 06-10-2010 at 11:29 PM.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • seductivesmile
    Hi All,
    its been 3 NSD's for me in a row, although the temptation to walk across to the garage for a choccie bar at work was great. lol, i thought to myself being forced into cycling 14miles a day to get to work since my car still isnt drivable, i'm not going to eat quick fix sugar foods and had some weetabix from my locker instead.
    Tomorrow will be a spend day - although i have no idea how much (not grocery) on ball bearings for my steering column, and then on fri i will prob go to the breakers yard to buy my new old door for my car so she is driveable and get the locks sorted so fri is about £50 - argh!
    got in really late today as ex and i were working on my car and threw together a quick tea, used up the end of the cooked sausages (from sun) that were in the fridge with half a tin of baked beans, some bacon and toast with a poached egg... gosh it felt so good being so bad. then i allowed myself 3 squares of the HEOUGE bar or dairy milk in the fridge... i love that bar!

    hope everyone is good and having lovely weeks and delicious dinners!

    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.
    • hamish222
    • By hamish222 7th Oct 10, 1:21 AM
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    Managed a NSD although was tempted by vending machine at work but resisted.
    Yearly Grocery Budget - £100.77/ £3500. January Treats Budget - £11.80 / £100.
    • hex2
    • By hex2 7th Oct 10, 5:47 AM
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    How have everyone else's experiences with shopping online at Mr S been??
    Originally posted by ~moneysavingnovice~
    It depends on your local store tbh. Mine is great, and they deliver for free Tue/Wed/Thu if you spend £100. I do one big monthly shop so usually manage this, although I have been known to bulk buy tobacco for DH to get it to free delivery.

    Had the months household delivery yesterday which came in at £101, we have run out of lots of things so an expensive one. A third of my budget gone, amd another £40 committed for veg.

    The co-op £3 chicken offer runs till the 19th (1.45kg Elmwood) so I have been stashing a few of those in the freezer.
    'If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need' Marcus Tullius Cicero
    • dazzle21
    • By dazzle21 7th Oct 10, 6:57 AM
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    Morning everyone! I have been suffering with tooth/jaw ache (wisdom tooth again!) and SPD to boot, so this has meant I haven't wanted to go anywhere and especially not near a shop! Did have a small spend stocking up on some bits for a curry and some cereal/milk (£7) and OH has taken the last £1.20 out of Septembers tin this morning as even though he has soup for lunch he fancies a treat..I've been so grumpy I feel he's earnt it! We still have plenty of food in, but I may brave the shops later as we are in need of (more!) cereal, and I quite fancy picking up a chicken from Co-Op (i need to go to PO and that is a CO-OP!) but whether i get there...another matter, if i do it will be taken from Octobers fund!
    Have been suprised how well we've been doing on GC, and I suppose it does really just come down to being organised and planning meals instead of impulse buying, and we still have had takeaways which we have paid for with GC money! Like someone else mentioned we eat alot more veggies now (even if only frozen ones!) and OH has begun to accept that he can't have 2 or 3 large chicken breasts (or whatever!) at every meal and instead I make sure I add something like stuffing to the menu so he feels full and it hasn't cost us ££££. I think it finally hit home when I needed to use up 400g of turkey made it into a curry and served the lot (greedy i know) and OH complained there was too much meat..!! I nearly fell off my chair laughing, as pre GC we would have used this much meat without giving it a second thought now it is simply too much! Hoorah!! Only taken me 2.5 yrs to get him to accept this! Hugs to those who need them, and positive thoughts to you all
    August: £149/£150

    Sept: £200
    • Craftyscholar
    • By Craftyscholar 7th Oct 10, 8:00 AM
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    Co-op yesterday milk, bread and rolls - £3.21

    • skilly
    • By skilly 7th Oct 10, 9:04 AM
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    morning all,5 nsd days so far and a small spend at mr t's of £45.00,i have also cancelled my veggie box this week i need to use up stuff from the freezer.
    27 Sealed pot challenge 3£496/4£706.75/5 £376.74/6 £645.08/ 7 £861.34 /8 £786.90/9£610.49/10 £722.03 / 11? / gold star from sue
  • Winged one
    OH has been pretty impressed with the weird and wonderful meals recently. Actually, they haven't ended up that weird, just wonderful for using up cheap stuff. I had managed to get lamb burgers whoopsied a while ago which he reckoned were the best EVER and I got beef burgers the other night (again whoopsied - the organic range) which we had with fried HG onion, a dollop of blue cheese (which was on special - DD loves it so it means she eats plenty for tea), sliced HG plum tomatoes and country relish. We had potato wedges with it and, as the oven was on anyway, I put the sliced toms into it for a few mins to get lovely and soft, before layering up the bun. WOW!! (We rarely do burgers at home, or even from takeaway - but I'd do this one again!!).

    Last night was a chilli which DH cooked Tues night (I put him in a good mood with burger ). And tonight, I have breaded chicken (whoopsied) to roast, with potatoes and carrots already peeled and in pots ready to turn on when DH gets in (I am late tonight). I don't know what's wrong with us this week but we seem ultra organised for a change!

    I have a bacon joint for this weekend (and a HG cabbage in fridge too), but I need more spuds for that. I still have loads in the freezer, but we ARE actually using up stuff. I found a batch of chicken stock yesterday, so I think we'll have a risotto on Sat night (probably a mushroom one, as I have loads of dried mushrooms still).

    Then next week, I can have IKEA meatballs, spag bol (with garlic bread), chicken korma, and a chinese pork dish, all from the freezer too. I have rice there to make a nasi goreng (or 3!) with tinned tuna. I will use up the strawberries over the weekend in a smoothie (DD has not finished bananas all week so I have a tub of half ones in the fridge).

    And I might risk trying to make a minestrone soup as well, to use up some extra cabbage, frozen beans and some of the bacon leftovers too (I got a decent sized joint for a change - nowadays you can't seem to get large bacon joints!). I could also do a macaroni cheese with bacon and mushrooms. Actually, that is great, I definitely don't need to go SUPERmarket shopping this weekend - bread and milk in convenience store, fruit and veggies in F&V shop, more beans from the plot, and I think I only need eggs (which I may get from a work colleague tomorrow, or else buy in convenience store), and everything else can wait a week!! YAY!!
    GC 2010 €6,000/ €5,897

    GC 2011:Overall Target: €6,000/
    €5,442 by October

    Back on the wagon again in 2014
    Apr €587.82/€550 May €453.31 /€550
    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 7th Oct 10, 9:35 AM
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    muffin man 7
    quick update small spend on juice for school and bread and milk =£4.19p will add to sig later as i need to go to town in a bit need to restock first aid box (luckily seperate budget ) with big dressings my daughter came home from school yesterday with red raw knees asked her how she done it answer came of a treadmill i'm not happy this morning she can hardly walk her knees are hurting so much and she must of wacked her shoulder too cos its stiff i'm not used to her being the injured oned last time she came off her bike that was bad too but over a year ago it's usually her brother that gets all the injuries mind you they usually make fun of my first aid bag my motto if you got it full you might not use it but when you do you it's ready and waiting
    2nd purse challenge no040£0 Sealed pot challenge ???? £2 trolley find not counting small coins till end year
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 7th Oct 10, 9:36 AM
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    Hi Chums aren't we all doing well this month I have only spent £1.55 so far this month and have had 6 NSDs.Tomorrow I will have to splash some cash though as I am running short of fresh veg and bread.I have been shopping from the freezer and am going to do a revised freezer list later this morning to see what I have available to eat.
    I am trying to 'run' down my freezer a bit as I need some space with Christmas coming up.
    It does help to only buy whats really needed as I have run out of it instead of thinking 'Oh that looks good I'll get some.I have enough fruit to get through till the middle of next week hopefully and if I use the long life stuff more than enough milk.I fancy making a big ric pud today in my oven ,probably a two pinta as I have some tins of evaporated milk I can use .This will do for puds for several days along with some tinned fruit. I seem to have quite a bit of cheese in the fridge so I will maybe make a big quiche as I have some rashers of bacon in there as well.That will do for several days lunches.
    I intend to use up as much of the odds and ends in the fridge as possible to stretch out for some meals .Christmas is looming and I have a lot of birthdays coming up so the more I save the better.
    Everyone seems to be really getting to grips with things on here at the moment .With the food prices rocketing in the shops its great to see folk being a bit inventive instead of just spending. Butter I know has gone through the roof just lately and I have a feeling flour will be following shortly. Well I'm off to sort my freezer out ,have a great day everyone
    JackieO xx
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 7th Oct 10, 10:12 AM
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    Does anyone have a recipe for rice pudding, as I discovered a whole un-opened packet or pudding rice in my pantry, god knows how long it's been there

    I've looked on the recipe index at the front of the thread with no luck, I seem to remember someone mentioning one that could be done in the slow-cooker?
    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 7th Oct 10, 10:53 AM
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    Well not off to a great start as I calculate that I have spent just over 50% of my budget in 25% of the time - hmn. Well I suppose that in part it is because I stock up on cleaning materials and meat at the beginning of the month, but more worryingly I have only managed 3 NSD so far! Went to Sainsbugs and did my weekly shop which was quite light as we are away at the weekend. Hopefully it will stay that way!

    Keep up the good work everyone.

  • Diflower
    Rice pudding
    45ml/3 tbs pudding rice
    30ml/2 level tbs caster sugar
    568ml/1 pt milk
    knob butter
    Wash rice, put into buttered 900ml/11/2 pt dish with the sugar. Pour on milk, top with shavings of butter & grated nutmeg. Bake 150c/gas2 for about 2 hours, but stir after 1/2an hour.

    Not done it in the s/cooker.
    Ps - see I did my sig, thank you
    Last edited by Diflower; 07-10-2010 at 10:58 AM. Reason: added ps

    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 7th Oct 10, 11:09 AM
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    Rice pudding
    45ml/3 tbs pudding rice
    30ml/2 level tbs caster sugar
    568ml/1 pt milk
    knob butter
    Wash rice, put into buttered 900ml/11/2 pt dish with the sugar. Pour on milk, top with shavings of butter & grated nutmeg. Bake 150c/gas2 for about 2 hours, but stir after 1/2an hour.

    Not done it in the s/cooker.
    Ps - see I did my sig, thank you
    Originally posted by Diflower
    Thank you, glad your sig worked ok
  • Hippeechiq
    Sounds like you're doing really well angelatgraceland , as are a lot of people on here, so well done everyone

    I go to Icel@nd most days for milk, so I'll look for leeks next time I'm in, thanks

    What does butternut squash taste of/like? Please don't say pumpkin as I've never eaten that either, but I'm just curious.

    Made a Shepherdess Pie last night for tea - it's probably the fourth or fifth time I've made it, but there's no escaping's boring and bland, and my least favourite tea of the month, and I so don't want it to be, as I don't have many veggie meals, so really don't want to drop it from the menu. Last night I used Leek instead of onion, and it was even more bland than usual - anyone got any suggestions for pepping it up a bit please?

    1 Clove Garlic
    1 Onion
    125G Carrot
    1 Tbs Flour
    ½ pint Veg Stock
    110G Red Lentils
    1 Tin Baked Beans
    1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
    Lots Freshly Ground Black Pepper
    500G Potatoes

    I use Lazy Garlic in all my cooking. 1tsp = 1 Clove (always been a bit shy of using the real thing, as I don't want to walk around reeking of garlic) I tried upping that to 1½ last night, I also added ½tsp Onion Salt, but then had to counteract that with a bit of sugar as the stock cube contains salt. It all got eaten, but it was bland beyond belief for all the faffing about involved in making it, and as the recipe stands, I don't think I can force myself to be bothered to make it again.
    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
    • SherlockFan85
    • By SherlockFan85 7th Oct 10, 11:17 AM
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    How's this for a-typical!

    My OH drank all the milk the day before yesterday, so i sent him to buy another 4 pints, as i work in North London (yet live in Kent) and he works 10mins drive from his workplace, plus I always do the food shopping normally.
    All fine, until i realise that he's left the milk on the side and not in the fridge for way too many hours to comtemplate, so it had to be thrown

    Oh well, these things happen sometimes. BUT...the next day i come in and he confesses that somehow in the morning he managed to leave for work with the fridge door completely open!!! All day! Everything in there was totally off, soaking wet and starting to smell (we have a VERY warm apartment, we've still got all our fans out and on every night, and probably will for some time, and no heating on either!) So another £18.52 to replace as much as we could, which included numerous days of packed lunch items.
    Typically, the only thing that was salvagable was beer...his beer
    Make £2019 in 2019 No 153 - £4517.17/£2019
  • rosieben
    Does anyone have a recipe for rice pudding, as I discovered a whole un-opened packet or pudding rice in my pantry, god knows how long it's been there

    I've looked on the recipe index at the front of the thread with no luck, I seem to remember someone mentioning one that could be done in the slow-cooker?
    Originally posted by LannyLee

    Here's a SC Rice Pudding recipe and SC Peach Cobbler too
    Last edited by rosieben; 07-10-2010 at 11:22 AM.
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