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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Dec 10, 1:15 AM
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    • 25th Dec 10, 1:15 AM
    25th Dec 10 at 1:15 AM
    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2011, a new decade and a new beginning!

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

    I hope everyone has a great month and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Hope it's a good one for all of us.

    Last edited by Pink.; 29-12-2010 at 9:09 AM.
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    • Mumof2
    • By Mumof2 3rd Jan 11, 11:07 AM
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    Just spent 2.38 on milk from the local shop. Doing an online order from Mr T so will add that onto the total when done.
    Flymarkeeteer: 168 and counting
    • Winchelsea
    • By Winchelsea 3rd Jan 11, 11:10 AM
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    Happy New Year all! First time on here for a while, as was so busy pre-Christmas.
    Finished December 34p in the red, so will continue with the same target - please put me down for 50. I have quite a bit in the cupboards etc, so should be OK. And if not, have to remember this is a CHALLENGE, and the world doesn't end if I'm a bit over - I'll still be spending less than in pre-challenge days.

    I recently let slip to the one of the kids how little I'm surviving on since I started paying for DH's nursing home care, and the usual family bush telegraph meant they were all horrified! I wouldnt have opened my big mouth if I'd remembered to do the EBBOM routine(Engage Brain Before Opening Mouth)!

    But, I cooked a nice meal for DD3 and her family last night, all made from scratch and at little cost, so hope that was reassuring for them! Had a large HM pizza and salad, followed by pineapple upside down pudding with evap milk in my best cream jug to pour over. Made bread dough and used half for the pizza (the rest made a small loaf for me for today), and the topping was half a tin of plum toms with a squeeze of tom puree and chopped up garlic, onion and celery, then slices of S**nsb*ry Basics cheese slices, then slices of tomatoes and green and yellow peppers. The salad was finely chopped savoy cabbage and a little bit of leek, tossed in dressing with cuke, tom and sprouted mung beans. Delicious! And the pudding had a 17p tin of value pineapple in it.

    This is pretty typical of how I normally eat, so I'm sure the family don't have to worry that I'm neglecting myself!
    Keeping three cats, the car and myself on a small budget, and enjoying life while we're at it!
  • Trinny
    Sorry im late this month!

    130 please for me this month


    "Not everything that COUNTS can be counted; and not everything that can be counted COUNTS"
    GC - May 39.47/55. June 47.20/50. July 38.44/50
    NSD - May 16/17. June 16/17. July 14/17
    No new toiletries til stash used up challenge - start date 01/2010 - still going!
    2 Savers Club member No 93 - getting ready for Christmas 2011
  • rosieben
    Was wondering if someone could point me in the direction of a recipe for rice pudding on here? Do you have to use pudding rice?
    Originally posted by pixiedust09
    here are a few threads that might be useful, including some discussion about which rice to use

    Rice Pudding

    Rice Pudding in Slow Cooker

    Rice Pudding on the hob?

    Can you make rice pudding with risotto rice

    Question about long grain rice/rice pudding

    eta Welcome to all our newbies, MRsMC will be along add you to the front list
    Last edited by rosieben; 03-01-2011 at 3:17 PM.
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    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 3rd Jan 11, 11:37 AM
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    Went to Mr S and Mr T today primarily to get some more washing liquid, mouthwash and toilet rolls on offer. If I didn't go today I would have had to get them from the Metro/Express store in smaller packs at full price in the week.
    Also got some coriander for the curry tonight, tomatoes and cucumber to go with sandwiches this week, pasta sauce and wraps on offer and a 2.50 'good deal' frozen turkey xmas joint (why I bought that I do not know - I did not need that!!)

    All together I spent 6 exactly in Mr T (because I part spent with Clubc*rd points), and 6.74 in Mr S.

    Whilst I'm at it, I noticed when I checked the freezer today that I've got goodness knows how many packs of bread in there! One bagel here, 4 pitta breads there, and a few packs of bread with maybe the crusts left, or 5 slices for example, because I bunged them in the freezer when I could see they were going to go mouldy. I remember keeping them so I could make breadcrumbs, but this is something I never get around to doing. I'll take a few out each day to make my lunch sandwiches before buying any new bread!
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

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

    DFD 1st March 2011
  • highland fling
    Congratulations to Mrs Mc on a fantastic weight loss.

    Congratulations to Toodles on your wonderful news. Each baby is a little blessing.

    Pipkin71 here is the recipe for banana muffins that I use.

    10oz(280g)plain flour**
    1 tsp (5ml) baking powder
    1 tsp (5ml) bicarbonate of soda
    1/2 tsp(2.5ml) salt
    3 large well-ripened bananas (weighing about 1 pound/450g in total)
    will yield 8-10 fl oz/240-290ml when peeled and mashed
    3-4 oz (85-110g) white granulated sugar
    1 egg beaten with a fork
    3 fl oz (90ml) corn oil or 3 oz (85g) butter, melted
    2 fl oz (60ml) milk or water

    1. Prepare muffin tins. Preheat oven to 375-400 F (190-200 C)
    2. In a large bowl, sift together (or stir well with a fork) flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt.
    3. In another bowl, mash bananas thoroughly with a potato masher. Add sugar, beaten egg, oil or melted butter and milk or water. Stir well.
    4. Pour all of the wet ingredients into drey. Stir just until combined, scraping sides and bottom of bowl as you stir. Batter will be lumpy, but no dry flour should be visible.
    5. Fill muffin tins 3/4 full, or to the top for larger muffins. Makes 11-12 standard size muffins. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until topes are lightly browned and spring back when pressed gently.

    **If using self raising flour, omit baking powder. Do not omit bicarbonate of soda.

    I try to work/mix batter as little as possible as I feel it makes for lighter muffins.

    Hope you enjoy them. You can also add chocolate or walnuts during the final mixing strokes if you want a little variety.
    You can freeze bananas and thaw for muffins. May look unappatizing but they are perfect for baking.
    It takes a long time to eat an elephant and I'm doing it a bite at a time!!!
  • Mothership
    how does this work please?
    Originally posted by pavlovs_dog
    I'm one of those cooks that just throws the stuff in a bowl. I'm making them tonight and will measure the ingredients out and post the recipe.

    The ingredients are Flour, butter, baking powder, salt or sugar if you like it and you bind the mix with the yoghurt. I was watching the Edwardian farm the other day and saw cornish scone things being made with buttermilk and powdered milk. I'm going to be experimenting with different batches to see what works best.
    I will also be making tottie scones (potato scones) got some left over mash.
    My daughters are pressing me for measures, so I will post the recipe for them too.

    love this thread!!!
    • boysma
    • By boysma 3rd Jan 11, 11:42 AM
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    Hi again

    Declaring a spend of 8.15 today (5.15 home bargains mainly cleaning stuff and 3 quid at iceland). Actually enjoy shopping a bit more now hunting for the bargains. Right off to update siggy then DH taking me out for lunch (wetherspoons) as DS2 is off to a museum with his friend.
    Payment A Day 15 (started 17/5/14)
  • helen jelly
    Afternoon everyone

    Spent 5 in MrM on bits for the kiddies and also got LOTS of Daz Liquid [half price] and [Lenor] half price. I think I now have enough washing liquid and powder to last me till November/December if I eak it out a bit. Washing stuff total not included in my spends as I had savings stamps for them that I bought over a few months last year when I wasn't doing the challenge. If I buy more this year I will include them in my total spend for the relevant month

    Happy non spending everyone

    Helen x
    Projects made for craft fair - 40
    1st fair on 13/4/14
    • catznine
    • By catznine 3rd Jan 11, 12:12 PM
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    Just spent 2.28 on milk and bread! Kingsmill 50/50 has gone up 25p this week! Must get the breadmaker going again!
    Our days are happier when we give people a bit of our heart rather than a piece of our mind.

    Jan grocery challenge 35.77/120
  • fizzypops
    spent 2.07 on milk and bread today so have updated my sig.
    Total debt- 2982.00 Now- 2890.00
    • jintyb
    • By jintyb 3rd Jan 11, 12:25 PM
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    Just popped in to update my sig.
    Didnt mean to do a shop today but I was passing FF and noticed they were open, so stocked up on B&M and cans of Pep$i max for my packed lunches ( 4 for 1)Also got cooked meat and squash. Spend 8.64.

    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 3rd Jan 11, 12:34 PM
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    Weekly update
    From my 60 I spent today:
    44 on food (36 Tesco, 8 Lidl)
    10.01 diesel (1.36.5 per litre up here!).
    The remaining ~6 will be kept for milk.

    Off to meal plan now.
    • suzybloo
    • By suzybloo 3rd Jan 11, 12:42 PM
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    Hello folks, spent 10.47 out of my 40 for the week on milk, bread, cold meat and some other little odds and ends, so not doing too badly as yet, this week,
    Every days a School day!
  • bramble1
    I'm trying for a NSD day today. BUT i need to make a cheese sauce for our lasagne and NO idea where to start. Anyone got a fail proof recipe?
    Annual Grocery Budget 364.00/1500
    Debt payments 2012 433.27
    • Georgiegirl2012
    • By Georgiegirl2012 3rd Jan 11, 1:09 PM
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    here are a few threads that might be useful, including some discussion about which rice to use

    Rice Pudding

    Rice Pudding in Slow Cooker

    Can you make rice pudding with risotto rice

    Rice Pudding on the hob?

    Question about long grain rice/rice pudding

    eta Welcome to all our newbies, MRsMC will be along add you to the front list
    Originally posted by rosieben
    When I sorted out my kitchen cupboard i found an open bag of arborio rice. I tipped it into a container, but it didn't all fit it. So I made rice pudding with the rest - it was delicious.

    Have received my first shopping order of the year in which I did a bit of a bulk buy of products that I know extra VAT will be added to tomorrow. I think I'might have enough toilet rolls to last me till the middle of 2012!!!! I need a child to move out now so I've got room to store them.

    EDIT - spent 54.59 which will come out of my annual allowance, and got free delivery, saved 2.92 on multibuys, got 118 points onto my nectar card, earned 6.06 for going through My Supermarket (via topcashback) and somehow managed to get myself 105 maximile points as well.
    Last edited by Georgiegirl2012; 03-01-2011 at 1:15 PM.
    • Tibbie's mum
    • By Tibbie's mum 3rd Jan 11, 1:26 PM
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    Tibbie's mum
    I very naughtily spent 37.02 in Lidl today, but this did include stocking up on a year and a half supply of dishwashing tablets, thank you to whoever mentioned they were half price today. So that's 15.12 on dishwasher tablets, 1.99 on rinseaid and 1.90 on dishwasher salt, the rest was groceries, will now try and keep away from the shops until next week.
  • wssla00
    Afternoon all A NSD for me! Didn't get up till two because I was feeling crummy (damn the lungs...) and am still in my PJ's as it's a bit too much effort to change from them at the moment! LOL I'm being lazy aren't I? I am not sure what to have for dinner tonight.... it's me on my lonesome and feeling crapola means it may just be a sandwich or some beans on toast.

    Have a good day all well done on all the bargains!
    Feb GC: 200 Spent: 190.79
    • Georgiegirl2012
    • By Georgiegirl2012 3rd Jan 11, 1:31 PM
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    Can anybody tell me how to do the crossing out thing in your signature so I can look like I'm making some progress?

  • lily288
    Hi everyone and happy new year,
    Please can you put me down for 100 for the month for myself, hubby and 4 kids, hoping this will be fine as I have quite alot of meat in the freezer etc so its only basics that I need
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