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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Oct 10, 5:36 PM
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    November 2010 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 25th Oct 10, 5:36 PM
    November 2010 Grocery Challenge 25th Oct 10 at 5:36 PM
    Hello everyone!

    Welcome to the eleventh Grocery Challenge of 2010.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your October budget, then keep on posting in the October 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, #6 and #7 on this thread.

    Wishing you all a great Moneysaving Month!

    Last edited by Pink.; 28-10-2010 at 11:59 AM.
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  • wssla00
    Currently trying to work out what I can do with the seeds that I harvested from it!
    Originally posted by slbhill
    You can roast them for nibbles. On a baking tray at a low/medium heat with a little chilli flakes, a sprinkling of garlic granules and some salt and pepper.

    for about 15-20 mins- Yummy!!!
    Feb GC: £200 Spent: £190.79
    • mandco
    • By mandco 14th Nov 10, 1:07 PM
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    actually managed 3 nsd in a row (includes today)

    will need some bits tommorrow but hoping that will only be about £5 I will only buy what I need, I will only buy what I need if i say it enough might actually manage it lol

    at the mo my biggest downfall is I pop in for half a dozen things and end up with a basket full of stuff I prob dont really need
    though this month I have really made an effort to buy only what i planned to and though I've not actully managed it totally I have brought less impulse buys and it has made a real difference to my spends
    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 14th Nov 10, 1:31 PM
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    Pumpkin soup with lots of ginger.
    Originally posted by Chloris
    Thanks for that, I don't have any ginger, is it essential?

    Weight loss challenge 3/10lbs
    Total weight loss 21lbs

    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 14th Nov 10, 1:42 PM
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    I did the same thing last week, didn't even know if I liked pumpkin (fortunately it turns out I do! And my OH doesn't dislike it any more than other veg ).

    We had some with the roast last weekend - sprayed with oil & sprinkled with s&p then roasted for about half an hour, that was yummy. Other than that I've just been throwing it in with other veg to boil (it needs longer than most - 15 to 20 mins), or in stews and casseroles. Trying it in stir fry tonight, the info I found said put it in the wok & cook covered for around 5 minutes before adding other stuff. My searches also turned up that it can be mashed with a bit of butter and black pepper, like swede or turnip, although I haven't tried it yet. One pumpkin certainly goes a long way!

    Currently trying to work out what I can do with the seeds that I harvested from it!
    Originally posted by slbhill
    Thanks, I too have no idea if we will like it, but we're getting very experimental lately, (after me turning my nose up at things for years, even though I've not tried them), and most of the things we've tried we have liked, so we'll give it a go.

    I was hoping it could be used like that, a lot of the time I put butternut squash, sweet potato (or any other root veg I have to use up) into stews and casseroles, or roast them, but I wasn't sure if you could do the same with pumpkin. One of my favourite new recipes is the Jamie Oliver Sausage and Roast Veg from the feed your family for £5 at S**nsburys. It says to use sweet potato, but I put whatever I've got to hand in with the SP and it's still yummy, always make far too much for me and OH though, lol!
    Weight loss challenge 3/10lbs
    Total weight loss 21lbs

    • Want_to_be_free
    • By Want_to_be_free 14th Nov 10, 2:12 PM
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    Reading this thread makes me sooooo hungry

    I would like to share following recipe with you as Rosieben was asking about baked beans without sugar or any other gank . For me it is lovely and good for people who are going SW diet I guess.

    2 cups white kidney or of cannellini (or if you want to cheat 2 cans of those beans, I always use tin because it is quicker with that way but if you are using dry beans pressure cooked them for 30 minutes. However you need to soak them them over night and then cook them in water until they're soft)
    1 midium size onion
    One large or two small tomatoes or half a tin of tomatoes or two tsp full of tomato paste(If you have, 1/2 tbs spoon red paper paste + 1tbs tomato paste)
    1tbs oil of your choice (I don't put any but spray the pan with ActiveFry)
    1/2 tsp crushed pepper
    1 tsp salt
    2 cups of water

    * You can make this with 150 gr mince meet or dice beef or lamb- this is optional but nicer.

    Heat the oil in a big pot and stir in the onions (and meet if you wish) Cook until onions are soft ((& meat is brown)
    -Stir in tomatoes,cook for 2 more minutes. (Or add the the paste, cook for 2 minutes)
    -Stir in the beans and water. Bring to a boil.
    -Add crushed pepper, and salt. Stir for 4-5 minutes

    This is lovely next to rice, yummm x
    Last edited by Want_to_be_free; 14-11-2010 at 2:25 PM.
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    • Want_to_be_free
    • By Want_to_be_free 14th Nov 10, 2:23 PM
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    We had simit(gevrick) with nuts on this morning accompanied with cheese olives egg and tomatoes --a lovely sunday treat and will last me until tea time. i love sundays!!
    Originally posted by de1amo
    Arrrg, didn't I say this thread makes me sooo hungry?

    Don't forget smiling
    • wmf
    • By wmf 14th Nov 10, 2:32 PM
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    Been to mrA today and parted with £24.56.Ah well. That has stocked us up a bit. Will need more veg and bread during the week, also some more eats to cook on Wed as it's DD's birthday. Thinking the challenge this month is unlikely to have a positive outcome for me. But...I'll hang on in there!
  • scotsaver
    Thanks for that, I don't have any ginger, is it essential?

    Originally posted by Sue14
    Sue - I added half a tsp of Curry powder to my Pumpkin soup this week, it was lush. I've also made some Pumpkin muffins this week and in the past I've made Pumpkin pie. I've still got half a pumpkin left so going to roast some today with the Sunday dinner and make some more soup tomorrow with the remainder.

    We're having roast pork today with all the trimmings, also loads of veg to use up so not making a pudding tonight.

    Getting on well with emptying one of the Freezers, once one is empty I'm going to defrost it and then work on emptying the other, although that one doesn't need defrosted as it's self-defrosting.

    Been shopping a couple of times this weekend, will add up receipts later and adjust total.

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

  • Long tall sally
    Another NSD today for me but will need to get a few things tomorrow.
    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
  • Hippeechiq
    Something I have noticed recently about mysupermarket and wondered if anyone else has found the same.

    I always use mysupermarket before I shop and even if I buy the EXACT things the price I pay in the store is always higher than mysupermarket say it will be. Gets right on my nerves! I know they cant be 100% on their prices but still if your using it to get the cheapest/best deals then surely it should be more accurate than it is. (Or maybe its just me lol)
    Originally posted by mummygems
    That's not ever happened to me personally, but like you, I would be a bit miffed if it had. I always check just prior to going out, as things that are on offer say on a Tuesday and Tuesday evening are not necessarily on offer on a Wednesday morning.

    Also Hippeechiq - I got some of those chicken thighs from Lidl the other day which were very cheap. I am planning to cook them tomorrow in my slow cooker to then use them for a chicken pie. I know you were expecting them to be on offer a couple of weeks ago but as you were not far out with your guess, how often do you "guestimate" that Lidl's offers do come round?
    Originally posted by Long tall sally
    I had got it down to a fine art, so that I could plan when to buy what meat and always get it when it was on offer, but they've changed their system, the sods!

    Anyway, not to be deterred, I've created a document in Notepad detailing all their offers (that I buy) and what dates they were on to see if I can see a pattern.

    I bought 3kg of Chicken Thighs & 2 x 480g of Pork Loin Steaks yesterday, which gave me a saving of £5 overall, so I was very pleased with that, until I put it in my backpack and then onto my back.....I felt like the Flintstone car when they add the spare rib and the car tips up

    You've got a lot of mouths to feed for the rest of the month on £70, so don't be too hard on yourself if you can't make it. That's about what I've got left to feed 4 of us, and I'm not at all sure I can make it this month.
    I've lost the plot this month. My 87 year old Gran died on the 2nd November so tbh I've not been ' with it '.
    Originally posted by nicola1303
    Am very sorry for your loss Nicola

    Right....I've spent £58.62 over the w/end with my meat from £idls, some Cod Fillet from Ic£land for £4 and my A$da delivery today.

    Total spends so far £198.08 - Remaining budget £76.92 = £4.80 per always looks doable when it's written like that, but we all know £4.80 doesn't go very far.

    Need milk, bread, twin pack of M&S sausages and fruit tomorrow for a start, and it's £7.50 for the first 3 items

    I really must have some more NSDs
    Last edited by Hippeechiq; 14-11-2010 at 3:52 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
  • losingpatience
    Well I've managed to stay away from supermakets all weekend! We made do with cornish pasties for lunch yesterday from the batch I made up last week and they froze really well and best of all my first attempt at making pastry turned out well, they tasted lovely

    I was out on a hen do last night so was naughty and ended up getting a pizza on the way home which I shared with my sister annoy thing was it was horrid! Completely overcooked and unbelievably salty, reminds me why I make my own! Though I only spent £25 on drinks and the pizza on the night so it wasn't too expensive a night and I didn't feel as guilty getting the pizza.

    Today I really fancied a take away curry and was all set for ordering one but thought better of it so had a rummage round the freezer and found a pack of diced lamb so I'm going to make my own curry and found a recipe for garlic naan so have my dough for that rising at the moment.
    Last edited by losingpatience; 14-11-2010 at 4:24 PM.
    Going to get to grips with food shopping again, starting February!

    Got married to my lovely hubby on 12/11/2011
  • rosieben
    ...I would like to share following recipe with you as Rosieben was asking about baked beans without sugar or any other gank .
    Originally posted by Want_to_be_free
    Thanks Wtbf, recipe is added
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

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  • missfit
    Well I know I said I wouldn't be spending any more on groceries this weekend but realised I'd forgotten a few bits so spent an additonal £7. Spend should be low this week. Made a big batch of soup for lunch the next few days and have got enough in the freezer to keep me for the next week.
    • freakyogre
    • By freakyogre 14th Nov 10, 8:00 PM
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    Adding £4.91 on from yesterday.

    I went shopping with my sister and we ended up in Asda and decided to get one of their chinese 'takeaway' meal deals. It was really nice and a lot cheaper than a proper takeaway. I brought some of it home, so my total is a bit of a mix!

    1/2 pack of prawn toast, a pot of chilli sauce (planned to have last night, wouldn't have got it otherwise as have a huge bottle in my fridge), some biscuits for work, some sweets and a bottle of coke. The coke was on an offer, but i've only taken 1 of 3 bottles so have split that. Really, I bought a load of rubbish!
    I also got a cake for my dad's birthday tomorrow and some more plastic containers as I got some from there before and they're really good.

    I also got a new salt and pepper mill elsewhere which aren't included in this total. They were just over £20 each () BUT they have excellent reviews and i'm sick of buying sets that don't last. I did get some unexpected holiday pay from my last job, so thought i'd treat myself
    Grocery challenge - Nov: £52/£100
    • Sunflower1227
    • By Sunflower1227 14th Nov 10, 8:25 PM
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    Hope everyone is well and you all had a good weekend

    Just updated signature, small spend on Friday - kitchen roll from SDrug, on offer for £1 then had 50p off voucher from MrA instore mag. NSD Thursday & Saturday. MrS today spent £12.99 on fresh veg.

    For tea tonight we had roast beef dinner with pear & peach sorbet.
    Tea tomorrow pork in red thai sauce with rice or nan bread.
    I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it.

    Weight loss 3 stone
    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 14th Nov 10, 8:32 PM
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    Thanks for that, I don't have any ginger, is it essential?

    Originally posted by Sue14
    For me yes! I use Very Lazy. It really perks and warms it up as pumpkins, esp carving ones, can be quite bland. The jar of ginger lasts for ages in the fridge and can be added to chilli too. HTH
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 14th Nov 10, 8:49 PM
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    well time for me to report back on the toffee apple crumble, it was delicious and so easy to make and im well chuffed so will definately be making it again the only ones that didnt eat it was my son and youngest daughter (5), he dont like apples and shes just too fussy

    I also had a spend in i**land getting a bit of Gammon for dinner today and few other bits, total £7

    Have a good week all
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
    • de1amo
    • By de1amo 15th Nov 10, 6:07 AM
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    Tough for me to give the family secret receipe away with the home made beans because i dont speak Turkish and my mother in law doesnt speak English so its how it should be!!
    We are up to 250 pounds less one pair of levi jean/cords that got put in the total somehow!!They must go back because Levi's idea of a 32 inch waist is on the small side for my reality!
    My daughter has her best friend and little sister staying for a couple of days so the food bill could go haywire!--all those coco pops could seriously harm my guestimation process!!
    Edit-İ do know they use haricote beans out here--also i have discovered my jean/cords were on top of the 250 pounds--they alone were 46 quid!
    Last edited by de1amo; 15-11-2010 at 7:29 AM.
    mfw'11 No68- 55k mortgage İO--little to nothing saved! i must do better.
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 15th Nov 10, 7:47 AM
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    We now have less than £50 to last until the 26th Bought pizza, pasta, dough balls and desert for our italian theme night on saturday but no alcohol. We just had what was left over from last weekend.

    I will need to go and buy shampoo and conditioner today as I have finally used up my stash and we have run out. Apart from that I am hanging on until we go to Mr M on Thursday to spend £40 for the promo and will get everything we need to last us until the 26th then.
    October Grocery Challenge - £122.00/£220
  • Winged one
    I spent €71 yesterday, which was all I had spent all week, but then I remembered that DH had gotten some things in Lidl the other night so I added €10 for that (probably too much, but guessing).

    We are getting through lots of freezer and stores stuff at present, as we are contemplating a trip "up North" before Christmas. If I take a day off work (as there is NO WAY I am doing that on a Saturday this close to Christmas). But if not, I am still fine for the present.

    On Friday, we drove as far as M&S for the "Dine in" deal, but DD kicked up a fuss wanting a McD's dinner, we refused and ended up going home empty handed (to show her that we are so fed up of her whinging and whining to get her own way) - we had the basics for a fry between fridge and freezer which was fine. She had a tin of spaghetti, and then a fried egg with us.

    Bombay aloo potatoes, followed by chicken madras on Saturday night, using frozen chicken and a couple of packs of spices from the farmer's market a few months back (there is a really good Indian family who sell in the FM close to our folks, so we usually get a couple of packs).

    And then the large ham that I got for €7 about 3 weeks ago (still had a week spare to use), which did our dinner last night and we'll get at least 2 more dinners and 2/3 lunches from it too.

    I was aiming for €70 in SM, so that I got my extra points (worth €7.50 in December vouchers), and needed some bits but not loads. I got a pack of chicken breasts (were half price) that I'll chop and bag in 2-breast portions for freezer. I got lamb chops as well for tomorrow's dinner, and sausages and liver for tonight, and rashers "to have" - as I have ended up making a few "nothing in mind and no energy for cooking" dinners recently with rashers/bacon pieces, including a spag carbonara from scratch!! Oh, and a bag of fresh pasta for another such "no thought) nights. (I REALLY want the builders gone!). Otherwise, cereal, coconut milk, breakfast juice, veg (lots mushrooms, 4 peppers, bag carrots, bag chillis, tray pears), milk, bread, sugar (for the builders!), dunkers and cooked meat for lunches.

    This week's menu looks like:
    Tonight: Fry for DD, pasta with HG tomato sauce and leftover ham for us (maybe some mushrooms)
    Tues: Lamb chops, HG potatoes
    Wed: Chicken (frozen leftover roast) and mushrooms in sauce (M&S chick soup) with rice
    Thurs: Spag bol (freezer)
    Fri - probably real takeaway

    I also made my mince meat yesterday morning - had just not quite enough currants so added 1oz of dried cranberries as well. And as I had loads of peels from oranges (breakfast juice) and lemons (filled a bottle of juice for work drinks) left over, I put them to soak to try and make candied peel (will boil tonight and cook in sugar syrup tomorrow night). Popped a couple of chillis into vodka too. And made a Victoria sponge to use up some cream - left the second half for builders to enjoy today.

    I want to make a spiced vodka (Good housekeeping has an interesting looking spiced cranberry version) and some chilli oil too in the next few days. And some cookie dough, now that I am finding some freezer space.

    Better do some "real" work now though....
    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
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