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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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  • wssla00
    A 27.00 spend in Marks and Spencer this afternoon. I got their dine in for a tenner plus some steak for next month and a choccy desert for my desert tonight!

    Anyway I am cooking the large chicken I got today in the dine in with some garlic oil (sorry- I love the stuff!!) for some lovely chicken sarnies for dinner. Have a good evening all
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
  • scotsaver
    Hi everyone - updated my spends, getting scary as I'm running close to budget again but that's because I've bought a few bits to put aside for Xmas.

    I'm sure I'll be ok because both Freezers are full and loads in cupboards so a bit of tweeking on menu plan and I'll get there I'm sure - can't fail 2 months in a row.

    Dinner tonight is going to be Sweet & sour pork, using some sliced pork that was previously cooked and I found in the Freezer, going to serve it with some Egg noodles I've found in the cupboard. Already have all the ingredients in the cupboard for the sweet & sour sauce and have sliced peppers in the freezer, only thing I had to buy was a tin of pineapple so a cheap storecupboard/freezer meal tonight.

    Planning to visit the Allotment tomorrow to pick some Leeks for some Leek & potato soup - getting a bit cold down here so soup weather again.

    Have a good evening everyone.
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 14th Oct 10, 4:56 PM
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    Hi All,

    Just a quick update and apologies as I haven't had chance to read from page 35 on! I had to get some milk today so 2.96 added to sig. Up to 9 NSD so far so starting to feel a little more confident about budget.

    Gotta run as it's GD2's 1st birthday and we're going up for tea.

    Hope to be back later.

    Take care,
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • sharronej
    • By sharronej 14th Oct 10, 5:44 PM
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    Lol yup its definitely creeping up on us!

    Liver and bacon pate

    two packs of lambs liver (about 1.60)

    small amount of smoked bacon - about 4 pieces but you can add more if you like as it dosen`t make much difference.

    Chopped garlic, tin of tomatoes and salt and pepper. I throw a couple of bayleaves in too and a couple of onions.

    I throw it all in the slowcooker on low overnight and in the morning once its cooled just throw it in the food processor until smooth. Reserve the liquid and add afterwards to reach the consistency that you prefer I used to add a whole pack of room temperature butter cut into chunks at the blending stage but its easily left out by keeping the juice from the tomatoes in the mix.

    I freeze it in ramekins and defrost it in the fridge - very tasty.

    Originally posted by Sunnyday
    Def going to try this - thanks
    • elf06
    • By elf06 14th Oct 10, 6:23 PM
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    Back to update again as I've had another spend. Spent 9.02 in Mr T tonight getting a few herbs and baking things which (thankfully) will last ages so shouldnt need buying again for a while. Also spent 75p online for my local paper. Should be a NSD tomorrow though so dont think I'm doing too badly.............

    Aug GC - 88.17/130
    NSD - target 18 days, so far 5!!
  • Shysarah
    Got some bits today from Sainsbugs. My mum insisted on paying as I drive her around but I got reduced pork (yum), carrots, fresh baguette and some snacky jacks. Also some bacon offcuts and mushrooms. I am not sure what it all comes to but I am classing it as 10.
    Also had to buy some specialist cat food which came to 38. However I am not going to include this as he needs it for his urinary problems.

    S xx
    GC 2011
    Jan 43.45/40.00 Feb 55.14/55.00 Mar 64.88/120
    Time you enjoyed wasting, was not wasted (John Lennon)

  • xacesx
    Hi All,
    I know its a bit late for this month but could I join?
    I'm trying to stick to 40 a week for me, hubby and baby (plus 2cats and 2 guinea pigs!), and i'm adding an extra goal to myself to TRY and stay out of the supermarkets as much as poss!

    oh and Moniker 'evil bulb' brilliant

    thanks guys and good luck with your budgets

    Total Debt at LBM (12/11/14): 5620 20 paid 5600 by Nov 2016 to go!

    "Sealed Pot Challenge" member No. 1010 - Jar is growing!
  • katholicos
    Drove Dad to hospital for appointment and when i dropped him and mum home mum made us bacon and cheese on toast for lunch. For tea some ready made tomato and pasta soup from the pantry and some stale french stick...which was made lovely and soft by putting it in the mike for 2 minutes....never knew mikes could be used to make stale bread nice and soft again

    Another NSD under my belt today too so i am well
    Grocery Challenge for October: 135/200

    NSD Challenge: October 0/14
    • cw18
    • By cw18 14th Oct 10, 9:18 PM
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    never knew mikes could be used to make stale bread nice and soft again
    Originally posted by katholicos
    I've used my micro for just that purpose on a regular basis for a loooong time - especially over the last 11 months when I've picked up french sticks in final reductions for use the next day (or even the day after). I find they do best with a touch of moistening first - I get a small amount of cold water in the palm of my hand and then lightly 'stroke' the french stick with it - which I tried after realising that when they're baked at work the first part of the programme actually injects steam into the oven
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 15th Oct 10, 9:01 AM
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    I've used my micro for just that purpose on a regular basis for a loooong time - especially over the last 11 months when I've picked up french sticks in final reductions for use the next day (or even the day after). I find they do best with a touch of moistening first - I get a small amount of cold water in the palm of my hand and then lightly 'stroke' the french stick with it - which I tried after realising that when they're baked at work the first part of the programme actually injects steam into the oven
    Originally posted by cw18
    ooh thats a good tip , i will try that - thanks

    should be a NSD today as i have to wait in for a parcel.
    I am cooking the chicken i bought from mr S yesterday ( whoopsied) so roast dinner for tea tonight , possibly a chicken rissoto tomorrow
    and hopefully there will be enough left for a soup
    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 15th Oct 10, 9:08 AM
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    well our GC has gone well & truly out of the window, we had an unexpected visit over the weekend & ended up spending almost 50 in ASD@ & Mr M, most of that was beer & BBQ food (hangs head in shame) but it was worth it as the weekend was nice & relaxing.

    On the plus side I did a freezer stock take & we have enough food to easily last us 2 months, so my (either very brave or very stupid) plan for next month is to just spend 10 a week on bread, milk & F&V & just eat from the freezer/pantry - Eeeekk!

    It will be tough, but the extra 100 I'll be able to pay off my CC is spurring me on
    • jintyb
    • By jintyb 15th Oct 10, 9:40 AM
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    Just back from my weekly shop - the last one for Oct for me, my month ends on the 20th.
    Have ended up 2.01 over budget, but I'm more than happy with that as it was a 5 weeker for me and I cut the budget from 200 to 170 this month. I bought tahini paste to make hummus for lunches next week and it was that which drove me over the edge!
    Have been really trying to not waste anything this month, so tonight its HM sausage rolls made with leftover puff pastry and sausages with chips and beans!
    Thanks for all the support you guys give - it really helps!

    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
  • Hippeechiq
    Wow! That's one hell of an achievement jinty, fabulous! - well done you
    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
  • Diflower
    Updated sig with last night's bits - OH had list, it includes wine & beer, partly because we'd have bought it anyway, but also we have friends coming for the evening tomorrow.

    Still need to buy the food, am planning on the Aromatic slow-cooked pork that Hippeechiq mentioned as it sounds good and shouldn't cost too much! - plus probably rice and stir-fry veg.
    We have blackberries in the freezer, and cooking apples still (both free) so will be deciding on a pudding. Not sure whether to do a starter or not, maybe just nibbles.
    Apart from that need to get the place respectable - OH's work is all over the dining end, it'll have to go in the 'hideit' cupboard

    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 15th Oct 10, 10:19 AM
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    goodness Jinty thats brilliant well done i think you can forgive yourself for the tahini paste
    • cookiemum
    • By cookiemum 15th Oct 10, 11:21 AM
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    Can't believe its the weekend already. Small spend today on Mozarella, ham and chocolate - essentials for the weekend Making Calzones again tonight.

    Payday not until 27th and cupboards are looking very bare so going to have a freezer hunt tonight and make a meal plan to last us. Wish me luck!

    Hope everyone has a great weekend.

    February Grocery Challenge 301.46/300
    To feed - Me, DH, DD, DS and 1 dog

    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 15th Oct 10, 11:48 AM
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    2.54 spent today in Mr S on some reduced Pork Chops and a can of Diet Coke...should have just gone to the corner shop to get my can of Diet Coke really...need to figure out how these Pork Chops are going to fit in the freezer!
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

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

    DFD 1st March 2011
  • ~moneysavingnovice~
    I feel like I'm doing quite well this month

    Got my 3rd weekly shop of the month tonight, and have made my list so hopefully will get everything for less than 60.

    I am loving my new slow-cooker- everything I make in there does us two dinners, and it makes cheap meat so tender and yum (I know you all know how great they are already, but I'm a late-comer to the club )

    Hope I'm this positive when I update with tonights spends later!
    Mortgage148,725 Student loan13,050 HSBC loan12,221
    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 15th Oct 10, 12:53 PM
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    Sent DH to pick up milk and OJ last night. I haven't got the receipt yet so will update sig later. I did a monster cooking session last night to use my very cheap mushrooms. We now have a freezer full of spinach and mushroom lasagne, mushroom chickpea and green bean curry and enough mushroom soup to launch a ship in. I still have mushrooms left so am making mushroom stroganof for a us and a visitor tonight. I now have a problem because my freezer is full to bursting. I have 10lb+ cooking apples in my fridge and the very nice lady across the road might be bringing me a carrier full of damsons next week. I had planned on stewing the apples and freezing them in batches (I have already got 6 bags of this in freezer!) and making chutney or jam out of the damsons. So I can make the chutney/jam asap when damsons are delivered but that still leaves the apples. Help! Every time I make a cuppa the apples mock me! What can I make that is apple heavy to use them up. (I am making crumble whenever I think my family wont moan "Not again!"). Thanks in advance.
    • LannyLee
    • By LannyLee 15th Oct 10, 12:59 PM
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    Help! Every time I make a cuppa the apples mock me! What can I make that is apple heavy to use them up. (I am making crumble whenever I think my family wont moan "Not again!"). Thanks in advance.
    Originally posted by Chloris
    Try this - we do it every year:

    Spiced apple chutney


    • 225g/8oz onions, chopped
    • 900g/2lb apples, cored and chopped
    • 110g/4oz sultanas, raisins or chopped dates
    • 15g/oz ground coriander
    • 15g/oz paprika
    • 15g/oz mixed spice
    • 15g/oz salt
    • 340g/12oz granulated sugar
    • 425ml/ pints malt vinegar
    Put all the ingredients into a preserving pan. Slowly bring to the boil until the sugar has dissolved.
    Simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring from time to time to stop the chutney sticking to the pan.
    When it is very thick and you can draw a wooden spoon across the base of the pan so that it leaves a channel behind it that does not immediately fill with liquid, the chutney is ready.
    Turn into sterilised jars, seal and cool.
    Store in a cool, dark cupboard for two to three months before eating.

    Super-duper easy
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