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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 24th Feb 11, 9:52 AM
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    Pink.
    March 2011 Grocery Challenge
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    • 24th Feb 11, 9:52 AM
    March 2011 Grocery Challenge 24th Feb 11 at 9:52 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2011, it's almost spring so hopefully this will be a new beginning for all of us.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February 2011 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, #7 and #8 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 27-02-2011 at 11:01 PM.
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 11th Mar 11, 6:56 PM
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    quintwins
    will do thanks
    OCT GC £196.12/£200
    • CherryPie
    • By CherryPie 11th Mar 11, 7:10 PM
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    CherryPie
    Well, I managed a BIG FAT NSD today!

    Had some lovely parnsip & parmesan soup for dinner with some bread, both from the freezer. Will have same 2mo to use it all up.

    Remembered to take lunch to work today, and have 2mo's ready too.

    I do the tesco pricecheck thing too, but I'm not going out of my way to buy stuff just to save IYKWIM. Although the Alta Rica coffee caught my eye..... It's usually on some kind of offer anyway, and I just bought them from Asda.

    Have a good weekend everyone

    My name is CherryPie and I'm addicted to grocery shopping!!



    Grocery Challenge

    Feb 2016 - £46.73 / £100.00
  • MumOf2Beasties
    didn't manage nsd today, whent to m'sons on an empty tum!!!spent £16.91 on a 'better than half price' bottle of wine, treats for a pj and film day with the kids tomorrow which is much needed and got the stuff to make peanut butter cookies...sorry i can't remember who put the recipe up no special dietry requirements they just sound too good not to try

    yesterday was a nsd as far as GC goes, but had a driving lesson (paid for out of my student grant!!) and did the lensway free specs offer, paid just £7.20 P&P for some lurvely new L*ura Ashl*y specs
    it's great to pop on here and see how well everyone is doing, get tips and ideas, it also encourages me to keep it up so thank you everyone
    1 adult, 3 children-Newborn and ages 4 & 6, 1 rabbit
    budget of £250 is for food, toiletries, nappies, wipes, cleaning/washing products and pet supplies (litter, sawdust, food)
    • Aldahbra
    • By Aldahbra 11th Mar 11, 7:52 PM
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    Aldahbra
    I've been through this thread loads of times looking but I just can't find a full explanation (I'm not saying its not here) of this money back at mrT or MrA. I have looked at Te$co website and haven't found anything.

    Please could someone explain simply for the slow ones like me, exactly what you have to do?
  • Missus Aka
    ok just to recap:
    te$co price promise:your shopping will be cheaper at mrt then mra or double the difference back (comparable items only)

    as above my 2 tre$emme shampoos were £8.60 at mrT but only £4 at mr A so tesco gave me a voucher for double the difference so £9.20 voucher (more than what i spent)

    and the 10% one is @sdas price promise: we will be 10% cheaper than te$co or give you the difference back (comparable items only, must be 8 different comparable items in your basket)

    when looking for comparable shopping it is easier when you look at branded products you just have to make sure they are the same weight amount etc, it is easy to do this if you go the te$co price Checker and go to check product
    Last edited by Missus Aka; 11-03-2011 at 8:03 PM.
    SPC Member#1096 Target £150 Feb Count £82.18
    Aug Make£5P.DayChal £0/£155
    My August £100 Grocery Challenge £49.90/£100
  • WelshWoofer
    Been to Mr T's this evening instead of tomorrow morning as I had an hour to kill and managed to spend £48.
    Just looked at the receipt and £7.09 of it was toiletries - all needed and will be used but seems like a lot in one go.
    I have meal planned and should have everything I need for the week apart from maybe some extra fruit - I'm going through it like there's no tomorrow due to the diet (its working though!). I'll pick that up at the village greengrocers though - avoiding all other temptation in the supermarket!
    Last edited by WelshWoofer; 11-03-2011 at 8:17 PM.
    January grocery spending - £82.73/ £120
    • never too old
    • By never too old 11th Mar 11, 8:15 PM
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    never too old
    ok just to recap:
    te$co price promise:your shopping will be cheaper at mrt then mra or double the difference back (comparable items only)

    as above my 2 tre$emme shampoos were £8.60 at mrT but only £4 at mr A so tesco gave me a voucher for double the difference so £9.20 voucher (more than what i spent)

    and the 10% one is @sdas price promise: we will be 10% cheaper than te$co or give you the difference back (comparable items only, must be 8 different comparable items in your basket)

    when looking for comparable shopping it is easier when you look at branded products you just have to make sure they are the same weight amount etc, it is easy to do this if you go the te$co price Checker and go to check product
    Originally posted by Missus Aka
    Hi its me again,
    i have chopped a changed my basket between mr t and mr a to see the items that are different in price, now my question is if i purchase these items tomorrow, what do i do next and how do you get your voucher?
    thanks for your help?
    £2019 in 2019 challenge no 18
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    £1993.52 / 2019
    0%/100%
  • 123budget
    I know it is really only the middle of March but next Fri will be my last shop in the March challenge due to pay dates. It's the first challenge I've done and have really stuck to planning meals and taking a shopping list - I can't believe how much I have saved this month and think I will just about be within my target. I just looked at Febs food bill -it was over £700 This month £450 hopefully At this rate our bank account MAY just about stay in credit this month. Think next month will be harder with easter hols though.
    Sealed Pot Challenge 2011 / no. 1205 £110 made]Sealed Pot Challenge 2012/no 1205 target £300
    Jan g/c 355.83/£450
    g/c Feb487.66/£400
    March 411.03/£450
    To feed 5 adults and 2 dogs includes toiletries & cleanining
    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 11th Mar 11, 8:21 PM
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    quintwins
    Hi its me again,
    i have chopped a changed my basket between mr t and mr a to see the items that are different in price, now my question is if i purchase these items tomorrow, what do i do next and how do you get your voucher?
    thanks for your help?
    Originally posted by l.m.hart
    you put your details in here

    http://www.tesco.com/pricecheck/

    one point is it's based on your whole shop and not single items so just because you ahve a few that should be more in your basket doesn't mean you will get a voucher, also you should check your items on the tesco checker as some aren't included
    OCT GC £196.12/£200
    • Billie-jo
    • By Billie-jo 11th Mar 11, 8:22 PM
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    Billie-jo
    Went to Te$co yesterday and only spent £24.07 Got the cheese for 2 4 1 and some lemons which were £1.50 a net but 2 for £2 think that was the only offers I got this week. Brought some sultanas to replace what will use tomorrow and some caster sugar as was almost out of it, few other bits and bobs as well. Have made a big dish full of lemon curd to put in a victoria sandwich which will be made in the morning. I love home made lemon curd and its a huge struggle not to keep nipping in the kitchen and having a spoonful or two.
    Will need some f & v from green grocers in the morning.

    Well withing budget so far - have spent £48.40 out of £250 this month

    Thinking of those who are not so good for what ever reason and hope things turn out well for everyone.
    [COLOR="Purple"][B] MARCH £62.38/250 [B][COLOR="Purple"]
  • Missus Aka
    ok firstly when you get up tomorrow recheck your baskets in @sda and te$co as they tend to change their prices daily, purchase your items (making sure you get your receipt) go to the te$co price check online (just google te$co price check) it will ask you to enter the details at the bottom of your receipt you also put your email address (it can take up to 36 hours but they normally get back to me in about 18hrs) they will email you a link when it is ready, click on the link and it will tell you how much your shop cost you at mrt and mra. When mra are cheaper it will say how much by and it will say that they are giving you double the difference back and it will have a button that says print your voucher, click on it and print the page. Then to make sure staple your receipt to the voucher as you need your receipt to redeem your voucher and either redeem it instore or when you shop online you just hand it to your delivery driver and he will take the amount off your shopping.
    SPC Member#1096 Target £150 Feb Count £82.18
    Aug Make£5P.DayChal £0/£155
    My August £100 Grocery Challenge £49.90/£100
  • rachelww1
    Been to T$scos tonight and managed to smack my head on the boot of the car when I was putting the shopping in it. Sitting here now with a bag of frozen peas on my head to make the swelling go down as it's agony. DS13 and DHnot sympathetic at all, and have just taken a picture and put it on facebook . Yes I do look stupid, but it seems to be helping.

    Anyway, spent £59.83, but £12.97 was on a dvd, so I'll deduct that from my total.

    Off to catch up and update siggy, and must take these peas off before they defrost on my head
    LBM Dec 10. Total unsecured debt £41176 Nov 12 Debt Free Thanks Mum x RIP x

    2013 Savings £250
    2013 OP £3500
  • cat_smith
    rachelww1 ouch. Hope the head recovers. Just be sure to label the peas as 'ice pack' I once had the misfortune to try and cook a pack of peas that had been used for that purpose once too often. Not too pleasant!
    GC Mar 13 £47.36/£150
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 11th Mar 11, 9:29 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Thank you all so much for your good wishes and prayers-they may be working you know!
    No sign that the cancer has spread so operation is on the agenda. Two places to operate but it has to be done. They may now operate first and treatment after-unsure. More scans and test but we are getting there!

    Spiggle-I do hope that your worries on the lymphs are also unfounded. A pet scan shows them up well!
    My thoughts are with you-working keeps you in focus I guess. I went to get my own blood tests today and asked too many questions of the receptionist so she printed it all out for me! So just ask if you want to read up on your blood results any time. Ive had fun typing in all sorts of things-very informative.

    Back to the grocery topic I was naughty lunchtime-no idea why I felt like a Mucky D! I had one though-not as good as I remembered of course.
    Treated myself to an mp3 player yesterday with video on it as watching music vids is my way of relaxing and Ive worked so much I told myself I deserve it.
    I am writing in my spending diary still-I will update sig asap so I keep on top of things. Been doinglittle topup shops really but today I literally just went in co-op for shredded wheat(their own)and that is all I bought.
    Gas and electric were less this winter due to new boiler.
    Dh built a pillar to support the garden wall today!!!!! I dunno! His way of doing things I guess.

    Look after you and yours everyone-spend a little more on healthy choices if you need to(and if you can)moneysaving is great along with a little of the common sense.

    Been to T$scos tonight and managed to smack my head on the boot of the car when I was putting the shopping in it. Sitting here now with a bag of frozen peas on my head to make the swelling go down as it's agony. DS13 and DHnot sympathetic at all, and have just taken a picture and put it on facebook . Yes I do look stupid, but it seems to be helping.

    Anyway, spent £59.83, but £12.97 was on a dvd, so I'll deduct that from my total.

    Off to catch up and update siggy, and must take these peas off before they defrost on my head
    Originally posted by rachelww1
    Watching things on facebook often works! Especially if its yourself with a bag of peas!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 11-03-2011 at 9:33 PM.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • cat_smith
    angel so glad to hear the news was promising. (((hugs))) and good vibes for the future. Don't worry about the extra spends. Sometimes we need a treat. At least if you are GC'ing for the most then you can allow indulgences like that
    GC Mar 13 £47.36/£150
    • CherryPie
    • By CherryPie 11th Mar 11, 9:35 PM
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    CherryPie
    I've been through this thread loads of times looking but I just can't find a full explanation (I'm not saying its not here) of this money back at mrT or MrA. I have looked at Te$co website and haven't found anything.

    Please could someone explain simply for the slow ones like me, exactly what you have to do?
    Originally posted by Aldahbra
    I can only really help with the Tesco one. Once you have bought your shopping, go to www.tesco.com/pricecheck enter in the details from your receipt (the website will explain where to find them)

    They will email you within 36 hours and if Asda is cheaper, they'll send you a voucher for double the difference.

    hth

    My name is CherryPie and I'm addicted to grocery shopping!!



    Grocery Challenge

    Feb 2016 - £46.73 / £100.00
  • Hippeechiq
    That's fantastic news Angel - that's made my day
    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
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 11th Mar 11, 10:03 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    I was just a moment ago washing out the tins for recycling. I used a tin of Milbona evaportated milk the other day(Lidl)and as long as you dont use a can opener on it-just use the peel off bit-you have nice little money slot left in the top to make a savings tin free!
    Ive just washed it out and will pop it in the oven to dry it inside-then I will give it to one of my daughters to save! Better than paying £1 for an empty tin!
    Last night I made risotto using long grain rice for the fist time.
    I used the following:

    Haddock and Pea Risotto.

    250g long grain rice
    100g frozen peas
    4 vegetable oxo cubes
    800ml water
    1 piece of smoked haddock(mine was Icelands frozen)


    I brought it to the boil minus the fish-meanwhile put the fish in the micro for about 4 mins with a couple of spoons of water.-doesnt need to be fully cooked.
    When rice is soft and has soaked up the water flake off the fish and mix in-cook for a couple of minutes in the pan with any fish juices.
    I used a big deep frying pan.
    Lowfat cheap and nutricious with simple ingredients.
    Serves 3 or 4 Costs approx £1.50
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is £1500 pa £125 calendar month £28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • Hippeechiq
    Just thought I'd share a very simple and scrummy recipe that I made for the 2nd time tonight

    Sweet Chilli Bangers
    Serves 2

    4-6 Sausages
    2 Tbs Tomato Sauce (not puree)
    1 Tbs Clear Honey
    1 Tsp Mild Chilli Powder
    1 Tsp Lazy Garlic
    ½ Tbs Water


    Heat oven to 200°C
    Arrange sausages in a single layer in an oven proof dish and bake for 10 minutes
    (I did them for 20 as I hate anaemic looking sausages)
    Meanwhile mix all other ingredients together with some seasoning
    (I never added any seasoning as I didn't think it needed any)
    Remove sausages from oven and pour over "sauce" mixture
    Turn sausages to fully coat
    Cook for 15 mins, then remove from oven and turn and cook for a
    further 10-15 mins or until golden(ish)/cooked through

    I served them with creamy mash, a good portion of slow fried onions and petits pois
    Meant to add cheese to mash, but forgot. Very moreish as it was, but will def add cheese next time.
    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
  • Hippeechiq
    That's interesting Angel

    I've often hung my nose over Risotto recipes but have never actually made one as I don't like the way they look like a load of gloop on a plate, and stodgy gloop at that.

    I'd toyed with the idea of subbing risotto rice for long grained, but wasn't sure it would work as I wasn't sure long grain would absorb the liquid well enough, but if yours was successful, I may well have a bash at one now
    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
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