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

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 29-12-2010 at 9:09 AM.
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    • Pernicious
    • By Pernicious 9th Jan 11, 12:34 AM
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    Pernicious
    Good luck with it, pernicious.

    Remember though, if you can't stick to it, don't feel bad, it's just one of those things.

    You can then alter February's budget to reflect what you've spent, or see where you can cut down from January's shopping
    Originally posted by pipkin71
    Thank you Now there's a good idea!

    I must say I do like how friendly & fast moving this thread is, so many good recipes I will need to try out as well!
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    • PurpleJay
    • By PurpleJay 9th Jan 11, 2:13 AM
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    PurpleJay
    Hi all, I spent 6.80 yesterday on bread, magazines, newspaper and chocolate. Off to update my sig now.

    Just mushrooms to get today - I am making pasta sauce as I have a friend coming for lunch. The sauce will consist of tomatoes, onion, garlic, mushrooms, pesto and olive oil and I have the other ingredients :-)
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  • Mothership
    Bhoona Curry in a hurry LOW FAT
    Lamb shoulder cubed cut as much fat off as possible, & bung in slow cooker (no water).
    Beef cubed (add about 1 cup of water.)
    Chicken thighs or breast meat (skinned) bung in slow cooker (add 1/2 cup of water).
    (Choose 1 of the above)
    VEGGIE OPTION (scroll Down)
    Put meat in sieve once cooked and let the juices drip back into pan. Skim fat off when cooled and pour juices over meat, store in fridge if your doing it the day before.

    2 large onions (Finely chopped)
    Tin of tomatoes ( if whole get a sharp knife & break up in tin).

    Spices for sauce
    8 BLACK Cardomon Pods
    1 Teaspoon Cloves
    2 Teaspoon Cumin Seeds
    1 Teaspoon Turmeric
    1 Piece cinnamon Stick
    1/2 Teaspoon chilli Powder
    1 inch piece of Fresh ginger Grated or chopped fine or (2 teaspoons dried or paste)
    4 large Cloves of Fresh Garlic Grated or chopped fine or (2 teaspoons dried or paste).
    1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
    Fry the above for a few minutes, if it begins to stick add a little drop of water and work loose.
    Now add
    Onions, fry till translucent. Then...
    Tinned tomatoes
    2 teaspoons Tomato Puree
    1 Teaspoon Salt
    1 Teaspoon Sugar

    *
    The sauce must be partly cooked on the stove ( to here *) then added to the meat if your using the slow cooker. If the meat is uncooked it will take about 4 hrs. There is no need to simmer the sauce for this method.

    The above is the base of the curry, it can all be made on top of the stove or entirely in the slow cooker.

    If you are using the cooked meat method simmer sauce for 15-20 Min, the sauce should be fairly dry at this stage if not simmer and stir till it is, add meat, and heat througly.



    To finish ( whatever method you use, this is stirred in at END of cooking when pan is off the heat.)
    3 tomatoes cut into 6 pieces each
    1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
    2-4 Tablespoons Chopped Corriander
    1-2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice

    Take all the whole spices out count the cardamon pods make sure you get them all, it doesn't matter if you don't get the cloves.

    Serve with boiled rice (basmati is best) nan bread/chapati. Salad/ Pineapple and sliced bananas dressed with lemon juice.

    VEGGIE OPTION

    The above recipe can be used for a vegetable curry with quartered potatoes, carrots, turnip, parsnips, butternut squash, any veg you have, (though some potatoes are good) and a cup of washed red lentils, if using lentils you will need to add a pint of water.

    I've made it without the lentils, with potatoes and large chunks of green peppers and Stoned Green Olives, sluuurrrrph! Olives in a curry? try it, its incredible.

    The meat cooked first in the slow cooker just melts in your mouth and is on the table in 20 minutes.

    If your new to curry making the best place to get the whole spices is an Asian foodstore, start with the Black Cardomon Pods , cloves, cumin seeds, chilli powder , cinamon sticks & turmeric and Garam masala.
    Buy a bunch of fresh Corriander Fresh Garlic and Ginger, (chop and freeze any surplus). This should cost around 5-6 for the lot. But it will make dozens of curries.
    If you buy these in the supermarket you will get much smaller quantities and it will cost double.

    This recipe is the closest you'll get to a takeaway, I've been making this for about 30 yrs, it is incredibly tasty and not at all hot. Its mild enough to give to kids. If you want it hotter add more chilli, after you've fed the kids.

    Keep your eyes open for whoopsied lamb or beef , bung in slow cooker de fat and freeze till you want a curry.
    I keep bags of cooked chicken in the freezer for speedy curries.
    Last edited by Mothership; 09-01-2011 at 3:00 AM.
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    • NoAngel
    • By NoAngel 9th Jan 11, 4:12 AM
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    NoAngel
    Hi :-)

    I'd like to join in please. Have recently moved away for a new job and now living separately from OH for a while whilst I do my training. Therefore I need to shop for one instead of two! Have found this difficult at first- so used to cooking for two and have found it fairly expensive to look after just myself. However have also found that i'm not as fussed about having a big meal every day, and realised that I was cooking mostly for him! Therefore I expect to save some pennies.

    My monthly budget is going to be 200, which I expect to be more than enough for all of my food/cleaning products, including making lunch for work each day.
  • Maisy Mouse
    Morning all, spent another 38.31 in the supermarket yesterday......
    Although I have only been subscribed to this thread a week or so, it is having an effect-I am thinking about what I put in the basket, there has been more meal planning than normal (still a work in progress!) and there has definitely been more cooking from scratch!
    Hope I can keep it up!
  • kez12
    Hi Everyone, Happy Sunday and what a beautiful sunny morning it seems to be, I am on my second coffee and catching up with the Thread

    Everyone seems to be doing really well and I am very grateful for the receipes, I had hand written down the Welsh Cakes and then the Egg Free Lemon Sponge ( brilliant for our house as eggs go the moment I buy them) by the time I got to Motherships Bhoona receipe, it struck me why dont I copy and paste onto a word doc and print .........

    that's when I woke myself up with my second coffee.
    So now three great receipes for me to try in the week.


    I did my shop for the week in MrM yesterday went over my 40.00 budget by 3.00 due to new can opener 1.99 mine brok in the week and new value dp and brush for cleaning out bunny. I can live with that as Mum kindly gave me a joint for todays dinner saying her and dad wouldnt eat it, hope she doesn't think I am starving the family I have updated signature accordingly.

    Hope you all have a lovely relaxing Sunday, off to catch up on some other threads.....
    Kez12 intends to have a frugal 2012 and bust that debt there's certainly plenty of it!
  • fizzypops
    morning all

    done my weekly shop yesterday and spent 44.03 so i have updatedd my signature
    Total debt- 2982.00 Now- 2890.00
    • buddiebabe
    • By buddiebabe 9th Jan 11, 10:11 AM
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    buddiebabe
    Well i couldn't resist the lure of 50% off in Farmfoods so i went down at 7.45 this morning and there were cars abandonded everywhere and a queue outside the shop They weren't letting anyone else in until the queues had went down... only had to wait about 25 mins before being let loose!!!

    I didn't go mad... only 3 overflowing baskets of stuff most of which is for the cupboard like oxo cubes, gravy granules and some bottles of juice. Got the things i need to get today anyway like bread, milk and eggs and it was cheap then 50% off... will really need to start doing my weekly shop there when it reopens. I spent a grand total of 37.87 and got 8 bags of shopping that would normally have cost me 75.74 so January's budget may be broken this month as i wouldn't normally buy 11 packs of oxo cubes in one go but i definately won't need to buy any for the next year now.... and i made sure i checked the dates on everything i bought 2!

    Need to update my signature

    Buddiebabe x
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    • babyboysmommy
    • By babyboysmommy 9th Jan 11, 10:14 AM
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    babyboysmommy
    Change for Life discount vouchers avilable today in the News of the World

    Vouchers can only be used in ASDA


    1.00 off ASDA leaner cut pork escalopes or leaner cut beef escalpoes
    1.00 off 200g ASDA Fantail King Prawns
    50p off 800g bag golden delicious apples
    30p off clementines net
    50p off 170g snack pack grapes
    75p off ASDA baking potatoes
    50p off 1kg bumper root vegetables
    50p off 750g packs of Birds Eye Field fresh sweetcorn, country mix, select mix of green beans
    50p off 500g, 750g or 1kg Kellogs Cornflakes
    25p off 4 pack of low fat ski yoghurts
    40p off 500g Flora Light
    30p off 800g Warburtons Wholemeal medium laof
    50p off 400g Hellmans Mayonaise
    25p off 12* 50cl Nestle pure life water bottles
    70p off Robinsons 2L no added sugar squash
    30p off 4*200ml Robinsons my-5 fruit shoot, selected flavours only.
    50p off 4 pack zero alcohol free smooth premium larger
    50p off uncle bens wholegrain boil in the bag rice

    There are other offers not related to food.
    • fedupandskint
    • By fedupandskint 9th Jan 11, 10:58 AM
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    fedupandskint
    Have done my weekly shop at Mr S and got seduced by a por joint for 6 and bag of scampi (for easy teas after work) that weren't on my list

    Spent 26.07 leaving 110.05 for the rest of the month

    Next weekend will need a box of eggs and some fruit and a jar of honey, butter and ground almonds and almonds natural and blanched - will update my shopping list for then now

    Will have a look at these recipes that sound nice on here

    I made nigella's seed cake this morning after finding some caraway seeds in the cupboard. Was easy as I had everything in. Slightly unusual aromatic taste that I'm not used to but it is nice and good to use up these seeds. Wonder what others I could use in place of these in future
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    • monicaj
    • By monicaj 9th Jan 11, 11:15 AM
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    monicaj
    Woop Woop !
    Just updated my signature as I realised this morning that Tesco online had charged me 10.51 for Surf Small & Mighty which should have been on special offer for 5.00 - a quick phone call and I have been refunded - I will definately be checking my receipts in future !!! if anyone has purchased this, worth checking your receipt.
  • bella121984
    Just updated my signature as I realised this morning that Tesco online had charged me 10.51 for Surf Small & Mighty which should have been on special offer for 5.00 - a quick phone call and I have been refunded - I will definately be checking my receipts in future !!! if anyone has purchased this, worth checking your receipt.
    Originally posted by monicaj
    Im awful at checking receipts for anything, despite the number of stories I have heard like this where people have been overcharged...must do better!!
    January grocery challenge- 338.09/350
    365 in 365 days- 25
    January NSDs- 9
    Money made on ebay- 16.89
    • *Twizzle*
    • By *Twizzle* 9th Jan 11, 12:00 PM
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    *Twizzle*
    Is it too late to join? I've recently become a single mum and need to get a hold of my finances

    Can you add me please 200 for January GC

    I did my first shop yesterday it came to 52.55 In my defence the freezer was bare(1 bag of sausages!) , the fridge was bare and the cupboards were bare!!!! So i am gradually trying to build up my stores x This is to feed 1 adult, 2 children 8 & 9 and 1 pooch and will include dog food, toiletries and cleaning products (although i am using up what was left in the house when i moved in..someone had serious cleaning disorder!

    Thanks Spike x
    • Lindy - Loo
    • By Lindy - Loo 9th Jan 11, 12:07 PM
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    Lindy - Loo
    Spent 6 in poundland on heinz and ambrosia stuff. Definatly cheaper than tesco - 3 cartons of ambrosia for 2
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
    • Gracie_1827
    • By Gracie_1827 9th Jan 11, 12:29 PM
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    Gracie_1827
    Went to Mr.M's this morning and spent a little more than on my list but got some "use today" streaky bacon and meatballs very cheap, will whiz that in the freezer. Overall spent 32.97 on food, which included some spices for baking tea loaf and Parkin. Also got half a dozen larg eggs on the little market in Morecambe for 80p.
    Been through all my cupboards this morning listing what I have in store and only had to throw 1 item away which was well past its use by date. Will go and delve into freezer afterwards.
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  • rosieben
    Bhoona Curry in a hurry is in the index, thank you Mothership
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 9th Jan 11, 1:01 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Pork and chicken in overn with a bag of lidls frozen roasties and a pack of out of date stuffing Im using up. Made a spotted !!!! steamed pudding in the micro. Very easy-if anyone wants recipe I will pop it up!
    Going to stops a little later when ?I drop my Avon books-I tend to go about 3 pm on a Sunday hoping stuff has then been reduced!
    Have my list-only a few bits I need-also have some vouchers I may use. I will tell you the damage later!
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • Sunflower1227
    • By Sunflower1227 9th Jan 11, 1:09 PM
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    Sunflower1227
    Just updated my signature as I realised this morning that Tesco online had charged me 10.51 for Surf Small & Mighty which should have been on special offer for 5.00 - a quick phone call and I have been refunded - I will definately be checking my receipts in future !!! if anyone has purchased this, worth checking your receipt.
    Originally posted by monicaj

    Just a quick question do you get DTD on online over charges like you would in the shop?
    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.

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    • jintyb
    • By jintyb 9th Jan 11, 1:09 PM
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    jintyb
    I didn't go mad... only 3 overflowing baskets of stuff most of which is for the cupboard like oxo cubes, gravy granules and some bottles of juice. Got the things i need to get today anyway like bread, milk and eggs and it was cheap then 50% off... will really need to start doing my weekly shop there when it reopens. I spent a grand total of 37.87 and got 8 bags of shopping that would normally have cost me 75.74 so January's budget may be broken this month as i wouldn't normally buy 11 packs of oxo cubes in one go but i definately won't need to buy any for the next year now.... and i made sure i checked the dates on everything i bought 2!

    Need to update my signature

    Buddiebabe x
    Originally posted by buddiebabe

    Gosh, that was terrific, buddiebabe! I love a good bargain story!

    Thanks Mothership for the bhuna recipe - I'm going to put that on my meal plan for next week. I've all the ingredients in my cupboard/freezer.
    I'm loving all the new recipes being posted. I think we're all looking for something new to tickle our tastebuds after all the Festive fare! Saw a great recipe for chinese style chilli beef on Something for the Weekend this morning, which I fancy doing on Saturday instead of a takeaway.
    Had a small shop this morning at Mr T, but stuck to my list and am well and truly stocked up!

    Menu plan for this week

    Today : HM Chicken Casserole, giant yorkies and veg HM apple crumble & custard
    Monday : Corned beef hash
    Tuesday: Chicken marinated in ginger, lemon, garlic and chilli with tagliatelle
    Wednesday: Eggs/ omelettes ( always quick and easy on a Wed!)
    Thursday : Grilled salmon with noodles and stirfry mangetout& baby corn
    Friday: Chilli con carne & rice
    Saturday: Chinese style deep fried chilli beef
    Sunday: Beef stew, veg, tatties

    As you can see, I'm reasonably organised for this week!( for a change)
    Thanks Mrs M for updating my total - sorry to muck you about, but I hadnt anticipated going to Co$tc0 this month!
    I am under my revised target with one more shop to go. My month ends on the 20th, so I will be endeavouring to keep the damage to a minimum


    you will always be rich enough to be generous.
  • mummy2mygirls
    Made a spotted !!!! steamed pudding in the micro. Very easy-if anyone wants recipe I will pop it up!
    !
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    Would love this is you dont mind. DH keeps going on about wanting a spotted !!!! or the like so a micro ones sounds a good idea (esp as he keeps moaning at me because i wanted a new microwave as ours broke and i hardly use it )
    Having a nsd today need it if im going to keep to my budget
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