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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Oct 10, 5:36 PM
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    Pink.
    November 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 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 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.
    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!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-10-2010 at 11:59 AM.
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  • ~moneysavingnovice~
    Spent 65 in Mr S which I feel ok about cos we got so much stuff.

    It does mean I'm just 6 under budget with another weekly shop to go but hey it's all about damage limitation! Will not be going over by more than 50. Will not. Will not. Will not
    Mortgage148,725 Student loan13,050 HSBC loan12,221
    AprGC:/320
    • cw18
    • By cw18 18th Nov 10, 9:26 PM
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    cw18
    bought quite a bit of whoopsied cooked meat for sandwiches from the deli counter chicken/ham/brisket beef I also bought a pack of ham and I froze that but not sure about the deli stuff? do you guys freeze it? I know you say you freeze sliced meat so i am happy with the pack stuff but not sure about the deli whoopsies..
    Originally posted by Picklepud
    Most certainly

    I got a 'fair bit' of roast beef from the deli last month (or was it September?), and that's all portioned up in my freezer. Will be used one portion at a time for a 'roast dinner' - much cheaper than buying a joint (which then shrinks) and using the oven to cook it myself
    Cheryl
  • Picklepud
    Most certainly

    I got a 'fair bit' of roast beef from the deli last month (or was it September?), and that's all portioned up in my freezer. Will be used one portion at a time for a 'roast dinner' - much cheaper than buying a joint (which then shrinks) and using the oven to cook it myself
    Originally posted by cw18

    i didnt even think of that ... thank you sooo much off to freeze it all now
    Determined to do better
    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 18th Nov 10, 10:35 PM
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    Sue14
    My uncle is about 72 and a bachelor (this could be why...) and he has two of those monkeys on a shelf in his hallway...when i tiedied up for him once i put them in a drawer...the next time i visited, they were back on the shelf...what is it with men and monkeys!
    Originally posted by katholicos
    Maybe my DS isn't so bad after all, lol, he's only 29, but he's always had a thing for monkeys!
    Weight loss challenge 3/10lbs
    Total weight loss 21lbs

    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 19th Nov 10, 7:07 AM
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    XSpender
    Well, the budget has well and truly been blown!

    Had to get some nappies for DS yesterday even though I have 600+ size 4s in the house from when they were on offer in C0stco He has not grown in to them as quickly as I expected so had to get some more size 3's. Luckily they were on offer and got 2x64 for 12. DH decided he wanted tinned chilli and tortillas for tea, if he had told me earlier I could have defrosted some of my chilli but he was at a conference all day so was unsure when he would be in or if he would want a proper meal. Also bought some prawn crackers for our chinese night on Saturday, some tissues and a bottle of wine. Total spend 23.31 taking me to an embarassingly high 397.75. Apart from beer at the weekend we should not need anything else until pay day next Friday. We shouldn't but that doesn't mean we won't buy anything in this house
    October Grocery Challenge - 277.74/220
    • jammy dodger
    • By jammy dodger 19th Nov 10, 9:22 AM
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    jammy dodger
    hi to all
    ive just updated my sig was very pleased when popping into MR T late tues night i picked up a host of whoopsied items , am rarely that lucky included 2 x butternut squash for 3p each 2 packs saus meat 2p each a box of mushrooms for 1p and a head of broccoli for 1p a carton of onion gravy also 1p will go loverly with saus meat plait thingy ..

    so thats sausage meat plait made , butternut squash and cumin soup , and a veg curry that'll make at least half a dozen meals for less than 50p when ive added the bits n bobs from store whoopee
  • Long tall sally
    Wow jammy dodger, you got some amazing bargains there! I have never ever seen whoopsies as low as that! I'm now rather jealous!

    Sorry to hear about all the health problems people & their families are having.

    My hope for the weekend is that I clear out my baking cupboard. It is rammed full & I am not too sure exactly what is in there, although I suspect lots of flour. OH is on a stag night tomorrow night so may do it then.
    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
    • jintyb
    • By jintyb 19th Nov 10, 10:05 AM
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    jintyb
    Just back from final shop for November for me as my pay day is on Monday. Final total for November is 195.66!
    Delighted to report that I am under budget for the month by 4.34 and for the year to date by 26.07! This has been a bit of a challenge to get there but worth it, and has also involved a bit of juggling between various SM's, something I never did before.
    The result is that I'm going into December with a good stock of items we use regularly and also pet food.
    Today I also took advantage of a lot of the Christmas offers - half price Black Magic for MIL, ( mR t, big box 5) At the Coop I got 2 tins of Fox$ Biscs 5 each and 6 Cadburys med selection boxes at 3 for 5 so that was 18 as I had a 2 off WYS 20 vchr.With the 2 I saved I bought Pudsey cupcakes for CiN. ( Christmas buys are not included in the grocery budget)

    All in all a good result!


    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 19th Nov 10, 10:12 AM
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    NickJW
    Hi All

    I've just had 5 NSD's but needed some odds and ends from Mr S today - 2.10 spent.

    I'm quite pleased that my spends are still looking low. It's 63.3% through my month, but I've spent 62.1%.
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

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

    DFD 1st March 2011
  • wssla00
    Hi all My new budget starts today and I STILL haven't decided what to do with it......

    however just popping on to say anyone with quidco accounts, sainsburys are now tracking 50p a time for each grocery order (so even if like me you use them quite frequently!)

    Which is a nice bit of a cashback for something you do normally anyway
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • JulieGeorgiana
    • By JulieGeorgiana 19th Nov 10, 12:07 PM
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    JulieGeorgiana
    OMG OMG OMG!!!

    I am at my limit and have a 6.50 shop to do today!!!!!

    Last week my husband and I were both sick... and it's meant I overspent!

    Why is it you always 'don't care' and overspend!

    Oh and I don;t add takeaways.... we spent 15 on that!!!

    Oh well, next friday is the start of a new 4 week period for me!!
    We spend money we don't have, on things that we don't need, to impress people we don't like. I don't and I'm happy!

    Mortgage Free Wannabe
    Overpayments Made: 5400 - Interest Saved: 11,550 - Months Saved: 24
  • missfit
    Hi All. Have spent just over 13 between Monday and Friday this week. I am covered until Sunday unless my weekend plans get cancelled. I need to get food for next week including lunches. Will plan before I buy. I am stocked up on washing powder, loo rolls etc so no expecting any non-edible spend. Have got a 4 Tes token so will get that used up too. Have a good weekend.
    • slbhill
    • By slbhill 19th Nov 10, 12:54 PM
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    slbhill
    Bread + milk = 40!
    Thursday is my usual grocery shopping day and I nearly didn't go because I barely needed anything, but figured I need bread, milk & eggs, plus maybe some f&v so I'll pop round Mr A to have an explore (not been there before). So of course I came out 40 poorer

    I bought a few things that weren't on the list but were good prices and will last a good while (de-icer for the car, salt for the drive, tea bags on special offer and electric toothbrush heads about half the price I'd refused to pay at Mr T a few weeks ago: that was 13). Also 10 of Christmas present type oddments, so I suppose I could claim only 17 was actual groceries, but I'm not that sneaky

    Next week is my last regular shop of the month and I have about 24 to spend. It's going to be tight but I am still hopeful! On the plus side I am definitely getting more aware of prices and what I'm spending, so the challenge is serving its purpose even if I don't hit the actual budget.
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 19th Nov 10, 12:57 PM
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    lil_me
    After doing a large online shop I'm now up to 189.... But the cupboards have a lot in them, freezer is quite full and fridge is packed. I feel much more settled now after buying the bare minimum for ages

    Need to meal plan!!!
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: 200
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb
  • losingpatience
    Managed to stay away from supermarkets this week but have had a bad couple of days. We're having to travel to Birmingham on a weekly basis at the moment so my OH can get treatment for a tumor he's got. We're driving as it's the cheapest option, but still having to fork out for petrol. It's an 8 hour 460 mile round trip ( without traffic problems ) so we ended up getting a burger king meal at a cost of 11 and then by the time we got home I was so tired that I couldn't face cooking anything so we ended up getting a takeaway which cost another 10.40 and really it's money we don't have.

    We have to go back down next week which will cost at least another 60 in petrol alone and will be the third trip of the month. We don't have that much money left in our account so some is going to have to come out of the food budget, but I don't know how we'll get by as there's only 51.75 left in the food budget as it is and I've got people coming round on sat night so need to buy stuff in to cook a meal for them. We've got a further 3 trips to Birmingham in December as well.

    Feeling completely low and fed up and don't know how we're going to get through, especially as I've barely started on my christmas shopping yet
    Going to get to grips with food shopping again, starting February!

    Got married to my lovely hubby on 12/11/2011
  • Long tall sally
    losingpatience - what a horrible time for you and your husband. It seems awful that there is not a hospital nearer that could provide the necessary care for your husband. It's things like this that do put the grocery challnge into perspective but nethertheless I guess you can't keep going outside of your budget grocery wise because you could end up with no more money in any account to fall back on. (I am slowly beginnng to realise this myself.) Could you not explain to the people coming to your house how much these hospital trips are costing you and that you cannot unfortunately afford to get some food in for them. You never know, they might offer to bring some food themseves.
    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
  • mum2b
    URGH am already over budget by 10.62 - and will probably end the month at least 25 over! More so if that 25.11 amount that I have found was not counted in last months I can't even blame xmas as that is a seperate budget.........
    Hey ho! At least I am keeping an eye on it
    Sep GC 235.51/225.00
    Oct GC 240.44/225.00
    Nov GC 170.76/235.62
  • wssla00
    Managed to stay away from supermarkets this week but have had a bad couple of days. We're having to travel to Birmingham on a weekly basis at the moment so my OH can get treatment for a tumor he's got. We're driving as it's the cheapest option, but still having to fork out for petrol. It's an 8 hour 460 mile round trip ( without traffic problems ) so we ended up getting a burger king meal at a cost of 11 and then by the time we got home I was so tired that I couldn't face cooking anything so we ended up getting a takeaway which cost another 10.40 and really it's money we don't have.

    We have to go back down next week which will cost at least another 60 in petrol alone and will be the third trip of the month. We don't have that much money left in our account so some is going to have to come out of the food budget, but I don't know how we'll get by as there's only 51.75 left in the food budget as it is and I've got people coming round on sat night so need to buy stuff in to cook a meal for them. We've got a further 3 trips to Birmingham in December as well.

    Feeling completely low and fed up and don't know how we're going to get through, especially as I've barely started on my christmas shopping yet
    Originally posted by losingpatience

    Hiya,

    Just wanted to send my well wishes. Have you called marie curie? They have access to funds for people living with cancer and may be able to help with some of the travel costs.

    Hope things go ok.
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
  • Hippeechiq
    Managed to stay away from supermarkets this week but have had a bad couple of days. We're having to travel to Birmingham on a weekly basis at the moment so my OH can get treatment for a tumor he's got. We're driving as it's the cheapest option, but still having to fork out for petrol. It's an 8 hour 460 mile round trip ( without traffic problems ) so we ended up getting a burger king meal at a cost of 11 and then by the time we got home I was so tired that I couldn't face cooking anything so we ended up getting a takeaway which cost another 10.40 and really it's money we don't have.

    We have to go back down next week which will cost at least another 60 in petrol alone and will be the third trip of the month. We don't have that much money left in our account so some is going to have to come out of the food budget, but I don't know how we'll get by as there's only 51.75 left in the food budget as it is and I've got people coming round on sat night so need to buy stuff in to cook a meal for them. We've got a further 3 trips to Birmingham in December as well.

    Feeling completely low and fed up and don't know how we're going to get through, especially as I've barely started on my christmas shopping yet
    Originally posted by losingpatience
    Oh hun - what an awful situation for you to be in.......I can't even begin to imagine

    On the practical side of things - the recipe below may not be dinner party fayre, but it is totally delicious and very cheap to make. This serves 2-3 depending on how hungry you are, so you'd probably need to double it.

    I serve it with something like broccoli and sweetcorn

    POTATO ONION & BACON HOTPOT

    3-5 Medium Potatoes, thinly sliced
    1 Large Onion, thinly sliced
    3 Bacon Rashers, chopped and dry fried for a few mins till crispy

    White Sauce
    1 Tablespoon Flour
    1 Tablespoon Butter
    Pint Milk
    50G Cheese, grated
    Cayenne, Paprika & Pepper to taste

    Place 1st 3 sauce ingredients into a saucepan and heat over a medium heat whisking continuously until ingredients have melted and combined and you have a thick sauce.
    Stir in cheese until incorporated and add Cayenne, Paprika & Pepper to taste

    Pre-heat oven to 200C
    Grease a casserole dish
    Add a layer of Potatoes (season with pepper only as there is salt in the bacon) a layer of Onion and a layer of Bacon
    Repeat layers
    When you have used your ingredients, pour over half the cheese sauce
    Continue with layers making sure you end with a Potato layer
    Pour over remaining sauce

    Cook covered for 45mins then remove lid and cook for a further 30-45mins @ 180C


    It's not posh, but presumably these people are friends, so just explain the situation. The above is also a simple, hassle free dish, that once assembled and in the oven you don't really have to do much else with it, so you can spend time with your visitors.

    OR
    To Serve 4
    400g Chicken Breast diced
    - pack of Iceland Frozen Mediterranean Vegetables
    2 Sachets Blue Dragon Stir Fry Sauces (for example Chow Mein, Ginger & Garlic, Sweet & Sour)
    Approx 600g Egg Noodles

    Fry chicken until browned (4-5 mins) remove from pan and keep warm
    Fry Mediterranean Veg for 8 mins - stirring all the time
    Put Egg Noodles into a pan of boiling water and cook for 4 mins
    Add Chicken back to the pan with the 2 Stir Fry Sauces and cook for a further 4 mins

    Serve chicken and med veg on a bed of noodles with some naan or garlic bread.


    Not as cheap obviously, but very quick. If you halved the ingredients, this would also be a quick meal for you and your OH after you get home from his treatment. Or maybe you could even get a couple of ready meals that you can bung in the microwave.

    Maybe possibly set a casserole on a timer in your oven (or slow cooker if you have one) so that you have something waiting for you as soon as you walk through the door.

    I used to have to do a journey with similar mileage every 6 weeks, and the cost of petrol was also similar, and my OH and I used to stop at the service station for something to eat, but as you say it's a least a tenner, and we got so we just couldn't afford it.

    We couldn't do anything about the cost of the petrol, but in the end, we used to take two flasks and a packed lunch, either sandwiches or cold pasta salad, crisps, chocolate bar and so on and tried to make sure it something that we would look forward to eating, even though it was cold.

    This time of year if you have enough flasks, maybe you could even take soup and some bread rolls too, so that you at least both have something warm inside you that isn't only hot beverage.

    I wish you and your OH the very best of luck with his treatment hun - and please feel free to come on here and vent
    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
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 19th Nov 10, 2:53 PM
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    Spiggle
    Managed to stay away from supermarkets this week but have had a bad couple of days. We're having to travel to Birmingham on a weekly basis at the moment so my OH can get treatment for a tumor he's got. We're driving as it's the cheapest option, but still having to fork out for petrol. It's an 8 hour 460 mile round trip ( without traffic problems ) so we ended up getting a burger king meal at a cost of 11 and then by the time we got home I was so tired that I couldn't face cooking anything so we ended up getting a takeaway which cost another 10.40 and really it's money we don't have.

    We have to go back down next week which will cost at least another 60 in petrol alone and will be the third trip of the month. We don't have that much money left in our account so some is going to have to come out of the food budget, but I don't know how we'll get by as there's only 51.75 left in the food budget as it is and I've got people coming round on sat night so need to buy stuff in to cook a meal for them. We've got a further 3 trips to Birmingham in December as well.

    Feeling completely low and fed up and don't know how we're going to get through, especially as I've barely started on my christmas shopping yet
    Originally posted by losingpatience
    Oh losingpatience I really feel for you and am sending hugs for what they're worth.

    There are some good ideas already on how you could manage for Saturday. You could always dub it a Magical Mystery Munch night and have everyone bring something different.

    In a similar vein to wssla00 above, have you approached Macmillan at all? I wonder if they can offer some support?

    I know from experience it can feel very lonely when you're dealing with things like this so please do come here when you're feeling like you want to let it all out. You know we're always here to support you.

    I'll be back later to update.

    All the best,
    Spigs
    Mortgage Free October 2013
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