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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 24th Jan 11, 3:50 PM
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    February 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 24th Jan 11, 3:50 PM
    February 2011 Grocery Challenge 24th Jan 11 at 3:50 PM
    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to the second Grocery Challenge of 2011

    This is my first time starting the thread so EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKK! It's a bit scary.

    Pink, you're not going to shout at me are you? Just thought I would have try to help you out and have a bash at it myself this month. Credit where it's due Pink - this thing has pickled me brain!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your January budget, then keep on posting in the January 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. Hope it's a good one for all of us.

    Last edited by zippychick; 28-01-2011 at 8:44 PM.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 26th Feb 11, 8:41 PM
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    Can't remember who asked, but the cheese biscuits were the ones from the recipes at the front - they went down really well at the party today, and I think will be a firm favourite in the lunchboxes from now on! It said to use 40-80g of grated cheese. I used 50g, as that seemed like a more round number. (OCD!!) I did them in heart shapes, and they worked really well.

    Didn't spend any money today, mainly because I've been in all day with the party, but everyone seemed to enjoy it, and the party bags went down well. I refused to waste my money on the normal tat you get in a party bag that clutters up people's houses for a few days then gets chucked, so I made up some bags of sweets (bought from asd@, although I may make my own next time!), and wrapped them in cellophane with the curly ribbon you wrap presents with. Lots of positive comments about that, and it cost me a lot less! DS birthday not til October, but I'm going to be trialling lots of sweet recipes from now on, to find some good ones for then. Any ideas anyone?!

    Night all,
    PG x
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
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    • esmer
    • By esmer 26th Feb 11, 8:42 PM
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    Home-Made Pizza

    This recipe is for 4. So if you want just a little pizza just divide the recipe by 4.

    500g plain flour
    1 1/2 tsp sugar
    2 tsp dried yeast
    3/4 teaspoons salt
    300 mls water
    20mls olive oil

    Pizza Base
    Dissolve the dried yeast and sugar in a some of the lukewarm water and stir well. Leave for 20 minutes to dissolve.

    Sift the flour, add the olive oil and the salt to it, and then the yeast and the rest of the water. Mix with your hands.

    Knead well - this takes 10 to 15 minutes!
    here is a good video to show you how to knead

    Put the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clingfilm and a teatowel, put it in a place that is not drafty, let the dough sit for 2 hours to prove. Knead again for a few minutes, roll out or squish into place with your fingers on a baking tray

    I made this last night and it was DELISH! I put on a homemade tomato sauce and onions with cheese and i ate it all......
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    • esmer
    • By esmer 26th Feb 11, 8:44 PM
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    Can't remember who asked, but the cheese biscuits were the ones from the recipes at the front - but I'm going to be trialling lots of sweet recipes from now on, to find some good ones for then. Any ideas anyone?!

    Night all,
    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Cheese biscuits sound good. I made chocolate slabs, and chocolates,and chocolate spoons all at xmas. Easily adapted for birthdays.
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  • destroyerofdebt2011
    Right im going to have to declare my final for February at £44.88, £4.88 over budget but on the good side i dont think ive thrown anything in the bin food wise and despite running out of milk,bread,eggs,butter,pasta, fresh fruit and veg i do still have a few freezer meals i could make dinners out of. and the above still works out as £12 a week which im rather impressed by.

    Id like to pledge £65 for March's Budget please i think my £40 was just a little bit tight even for my situation.
    HSBC £3223.20 £2060.00
    Cap1 £1724.91 £1782.00
    OD £939.78 £200.00
    No 49 of £2012 in 2012.. £645.10 so far & Crazy Clothes £14.09/£100.00 ReducingtheToiletryStash2012 UU12/IN 20 March Grocery 0.00/£65.00 & LbsNot£s Lost 14Lbs
    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 26th Feb 11, 9:16 PM
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    Thanks to everyone who runs the grocery challenge!

    I have been missing and had a good think and I am amending my challenge. Annual is now £4200, February's total is £375.93. I am upping my monthly target to £350, as this seems much more managable for us. So can I have March as £350 please. I pledge to update daily, where I can, all grocery spends or NSD (for groceries). This may keep me on target better.

    NSD here today on food , but planning a visit to the farm shop tomorrow for meat. If that doesn't happen (best laid plans etc...) it should be a NSD.

    Good luck everyone! x
  • helen jelly
    Well DH got paid early so March started yesterday for us and we've spent!!!

    61.26 spent at Tesc@ and C@stco - apart from F&V and other such daily things we should be ok for a few days. We also bought our ciggies from C@stco in bulk so that we didn't have to go to a shop on a daily basis [and it was slightly cheaper than the shops] so hopefully we will get some NSD's here - well thats the thinking anyway!!!
    Filled up with petrol and took advantage of the 5p off offer from Tesc@ so saved £2.30 but still spent over £56 - There needs to be alot more walking done by me cos I can't afford that every month

    Have Fleabayed a few items today and will do more tomorrow as its a free listing weekend - must check out what is in the garage, mind you, it would help if I could even get in there

    Also went out and bought DH some new clothes - CS's wouldn't accept what he was wearing today and got myself a new fleece and some lovely trousers - all clothing bought from an Edinburgh Wool Shop place that is located in our local Garden Centre - they had a sale on Also bought Mum a pot with Daffs and something else in it [flowers aren't my strong point] to cheer her up cos she was very down today [missing Dad]

    So definately not a NSD day here

    Have a good Sunday everyone - we're hoping for a dry day so we can all go out for a long walk

    Helen x
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  • Hippeechiq
    it's usually shortcrust pastry for a pasty and that's plain flour, as far as I can remember!
    Don't think you would need any liquid, don't put any extra in mine when I make them. I cook frozen pasties for about 50 mins to an hour, so maybe check them after 35-40 minutes, depending how big they are?
    good luck with them, let us know how you get on!
    Originally posted by maid in cornwall
    Well, I deviated from my original meal plan and made the pasties, and they were very nice indeed, and very simple.

    Cooked them for 35 mins @ 180c . They probably could have done with 40 but I was trying to watch Rugby, and Rugby is more important! lol

    I'm English, so I'm pleased with todays result, but having said that, I think I may well have been Welsh in a previous life. I prefer to watch Wales play and when their National Anthem plays, my TV gets cranked up to as loud as it will go for the duration, and it makes the hairs on the back of my arms and neck stand up. It is, without doubt the best National Anthem i in the world!. It's rousing and passionate, how a NA should be, not the dispassionate, dreary dirge that is God Save The Queen .......... kicks soap box into corner

    Right then, back to the GC. £2 spent today on 4L milk, so I'm now at £242.44 - leaving me £7.56 Should have a NSD tomorrow, not sure about Monday, so wont declare until then

    It was me who asked about the Cheese Biscuits PennyGrabber so thanks for that
    Weetab!x Brownies are lovely (recipe in the index) They're also pretty cheap to make if you use SM own brand, and value or smart price chocolate.

    Recipe I've been making for <cough> a lot of years now, handed down to me from my Mum passed on from a next door neighbour, called Chocolate Stuff because that's what the neighbour called it

    225g Digestives, crushed
    85g Marge
    1 Tbs Granulated Sugar
    1 Tbs Golden Syrup
    1 Tbs Cocoa
    150g Milk Chocolate (Te$co Luxury is lovely for this)

    Crush biscuits until very fine breadcrumb consistency and place in a large bowl
    Melt marge, sugar, golden syrup and cocoa in a bowl over a pan of hot water until smooth.
    Add melted mixture to the biscuits and mix well
    Press firmly into a greased swiss roll tin
    Chill for 5-10 mins
    Melt chocolate in a bowl over a pan of hot water and quickly smooth over chilled biscuit mixture, swirling with a pallette knife to get a rippled effect
    Chill for 5-10mins
    Remove from fridge and cut into squares (while still in the tin) before chocolate has fully set to prevent chocolate cracking when removing from tin after it has been returned to fridge to fully set.
    Return to fridge to chill until fully set before removing from tin

    I mark into 9, and then halve the 9 sections giving me a total of 18 pieces.
    It sounds very simple, but it is so very good, and kids love it.

    You've probably already got this - but just in case

    55g Marge
    55g Golden Syrup
    110g Plain Chocolate (small children may prefer Milk)
    85g Cornflake$ (or Rice Kri$pies)
    30g Desiccated Coconut

    Put marge, syrup and chocolate into a bowl over a pan of hot water until melted

    Add cornflakes and coconut and mix well. Tip into fairy cake cases, filling as little or as much as you desire and chill
    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
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    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 27th Feb 11, 6:57 AM
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    muffin man 7
    Thanks hippichicq ive been looking for that chocolate stuff recipie for years when i was at school (many years ago) we made it and it was called choc fridge cake then ,it sounds like its got many different names maybe thats why ive never found it we also made coconut ice and peppermint creams again because easy for little ones to help my recipies been misplaces will have to find new one before my granddaughters birthday she will be 7 in may and loves pink.

    cw18 may i ask where you got silicone cake/jelly mould it would be a nice change from square,round or rectangluar cakes and like you said will need to experiment with quantities for cake mix ,will have to get alittle each week marg has gone up so much recently and flour too i only use the value ones but its pushing up cost of home baking quite a bit used to do a lot when my lot were little even now in holidays i usually do at least one batch oh well maybe next weekend to test out new cake mould if i can get one near us
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  • huxley
    cooking times please
    Hi looking for some info from your clever peeps I have been given a rolled stuffed pork joint its from a market so no packaging with cooking times has anybody got ideas of times and temperature please not something I have done before. Thank you
    • fedupandskint
    • By fedupandskint 27th Feb 11, 7:26 AM
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    I made some pizza dough last night in my BM and it was lovely! I've never used the dough function before for some reason, will be doing from now on - how easy? And how nice with a quick tom sauce base and chucked ontop some things out of the fridge.

    That make me realise how much the shops charge for now very much at all let alone if I get one delivered. I'll be trying really hard to make my own from now on
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    • prophecy_grrl
    • By prophecy_grrl 27th Feb 11, 7:33 AM
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    Thanks Hippeechiq for the chocolate crispies recipe, I made fairy cakes with DS (aged 2) yesterday and he loved it, so was planning to make something else next weekend with him. I have everything on the ingredient list except the chocolate, will add tesco value milk chocolate to my shopping list
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    • Jolaaled
    • By Jolaaled 27th Feb 11, 7:51 AM
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    Just over, and that's been a struggle...maybe next month!.....
    • By 27th Feb 11, 8:24 AM
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    After lurking for the past few weeks and reading everyones posts, it has inspired me to try this challenge -if I can please??
    Realistically if I could do all the shopping myself I reckon I could manage for £275 per month but if OH comes with me I'll be lucky if we make £400!!

    So here goes compromise.... I would like to go for a budget of £350 for march please to start on 1st til 31st and see how this goes!
    Aiming to be debt free and saving money for once in my life!!
    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 27th Feb 11, 8:34 AM
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    For anyone that buys felix pouches, Mr A are selling a 48 pack for £10.
    Originally posted by carolt2
    That is a good price for Felix pouches, I get them for my cats. I pay £2.50 for a box of 12, all the time, from the pet stall in the market. Worth checking out if you have a market. Never ever pay full extortionate supermarket prices for pet food.
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    • franby64
    • By franby64 27th Feb 11, 8:41 AM
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    Morning all

    Behind again so I've only just seen Cutiepiebf's post asking where I got my veg box from.

    I get it (£13.49) delivered from Ab*l & Cole and I did have one on Friday on a whim. Most of it (cabbage, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, courgettes, carrots and parsnips) I can use up without too much mental strain this week but I am wondering what to do with a kohlrabi?

    I'll only buy the odd one now because as OH always points out I could buy it cheaper and I always have to defend myself - I know he's right but I just like a box of veg! Sometimes it's not just about money is it? (I'm defending myself again!)

    I'm over for this month, will have a tot-up in a minute and update totals. I'll declare tomorrow and see you in March on Tuesday

    Katholicos, I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Look after yourself.
    Last edited by franby64; 27-02-2011 at 8:56 AM.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 27th Feb 11, 8:41 AM
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    Thanks Hippeechiq! I love that we share stuff here - it makes me so much more excited about cooking and baking, and gives me more ideas for stuff to make, so it's not just same s**t different day!

    Huxley - I reckon pork is about 30mins per 500g plus 30 mins? I could be completely wrong, but I think that's what I remember! Failing that, the best option would be to cook it for a while, then insert a sharp knife into the centre and see what juices come out. If clear, prob cooked, if not then not! Sorry I can't be more helpful.

    Not planning any spends today, but if I do spend, it will count as March. I'm making a list on, and adding and taking things off daily until I think it's a sensible list!

    Have a good day all,
    PG x
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
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  • leeds1947
    grocery challenge feb 2011
    Another good month for budget spent £170/£190 put the difference to a lovely mexican meal out for family.Can I register for £200 for March please.Thank you for your help.
    • runnerbean17
    • By runnerbean17 27th Feb 11, 9:55 AM
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    Spent £263.06 feb

    1st time but definately going to try harder next month. My cupboards are bare now so think I'll go food shopping tomorrow so going to be a bit more realistic and stock up so ..

    please put me down for £350.00 MARCH starting tomorrow. Planning on getting proper food to make proper meals so think I'm going to have to spend a bit more now to save more in the long run...well thats the plan
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  • rosieben
    esmer, your Home Made Pizza added to the recipe list

    Hippeechiq, your Chocolate Stuff and Chocolate Crispies added too

    for the time being new new recipes are posted here
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  • huxley
    Thank you for the cooking times roast is on. Now if anyone knows any good recipes for Jerusalem artichokes got a trug of them from the allotment!!!!!!
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