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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 24th Mar 11, 4:15 PM
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    April 2011 Grocery Challenge
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    • 24th Mar 11, 4:15 PM
    April 2011 Grocery Challenge 24th Mar 11 at 4:15 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the fourth Grocery Challenge of 2011, Spring has sprung and I'm feeling optimistic! Hopefully we'll all have a good month!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the March 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.; 29-03-2011 at 9:35 AM.
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  • destroyerofdebt2011
    nipped in to mr Ts for some flour and walked out with some great whoopsies
    2boxes of 10 eggs for 40p each not even out of bb date till next tues
    7 cans of deoderant for 79p (for all 7 cans )
    satsumas for 49p

    giggled as i walked past a lady on the self service who had at least 10 boxes of the eggs who was busy scanning her vouchers but hey im proud to be saving money i dont mind going thru a manned checkout.

    so a grand spend of £3.46 and i was down to my last egg anyhows lol
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    • shell2001
    • By shell2001 5th Apr 11, 8:35 PM
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    shell2001
    Well lots of spends and lots of month left.

    Done a Mr T shop, £138 - This did include shampoo, smellies, shower gel, pull-up (DD2 still needs these at night), Razor blades (£6 for 4 - so expensive). Unfortunatley none of which you can eat. I have done meal plan and I think so long as I dont get tempted I should be ok. Got dogs dried food to so another £15 gone there. The only treat I got in the Mr T order was £10 for a box of smirnoff ice. No biscuits, cakes or anything like that. Also had a couple of trips pre Mr T delivery to local coop.

    So my spend to date is £187.77

    I have downloaded the spendometer app to my phone and I think it will be a great help keeping on track.

    Will update sig.
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 5th Apr 11, 8:44 PM
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    minnie2
    theres a list in the grabits today i got chicargo town pizza, tesco roasties, aquafresh toothpaste,magnums and tissues, it does seem to mainly be branded treats and smellies instead of real food
    Originally posted by quintwins

    i feel this is going to be a silly question and im very sorry but what is the grab its?
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    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 5th Apr 11, 9:39 PM
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    i feel this is going to be a silly question and im very sorry but what is the grab its?
    Originally posted by minnie2
    Not a silly question. It is a board on the forum, The Quick! Grabbit while you can board

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  • Hippeechiq
    Thought a few of you might be interested in this, starting tomorrow 6/4, courtesy of thatguy from another board
    I've had a quick look, and it seems to be right across the board from peanut butter/nute!la - lemon curd/marmalade & honey - all jams. From brand names - value.

    Spigs hun - all the very best for Thursday - you'll be in my thoughts all day
    & Rosie Congratulations on your new Grandson. How lovely for you - one of each

    Thanks, by the way, to all for your kind posts on the March thread - they didn't go unnoticed or unappreciated
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  • Mothership

    Spigs hun - all the very best for Thursday - you'll be in my thoughts all day
    & Rosie Congratulations on your new Grandson. How lovely for you - one of each
    :
    Originally posted by Hippeechiq
    My thoughts exactly, thank you everyone for all your kindness, thoughts and hugs. I'm all over the place at the moment, I thought the news of my mothers death hadn't affected me, it has but in a way I didn't expect. I knew her for a short period and in that time I could feel my soul running away from her SCREAMING! She was very very angry bitter and very manipulative, she wanted unconditional love but hers was conditional. I forgave her for what she did to me, so did my half sisters , but I don't think she was ever able to forgive herself, she went to her grave still in denial and blamed everyone but herself for everything that went wrong in her life, there comes a time when everyone has to accept that the choices they make set you on your life path. She died a very lonely woman. I am sad about that, it could have been so different for her if she had just said sorry for all the bad things she did.
    I feel now I have some closure, all the bad memories have gone with her to wherever she is. And I'm keeping the good ones, yes there were some, she had a wonderful sense of humour, and there was some good in her. I saw it. You see we all felt the same, we would all have loved her anyway if only she had let us... wasted love, how sad!

    Stewed sausage with carrot and onion boiled potatoes and garden peas ,for dinner, very tasty .
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    • aussiemum
    • By aussiemum 6th Apr 11, 5:45 AM
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    aussiemum
    Hi all,
    Well this morning was my weekly shop, intially I thought I'd done really well, got some good specials plus a few bits for our Easter long weekend away, until I got home and realised I had forgotten dog food and deoderant, so it'll be back out to the shops after work grrrr .
    So i have spent $160.84 @ the supermarket, $10.10 @ the bakery and $11 on a couple of easter eggs,
    A grand total of $181.95
  • Candy Belle

    Yey!! NSD for yesterday!!
    Grocery Challange for DH, Me & 2 Fussy Cats (inc Grocerys, Cleaning Products & Cat Food)
    G/C -May £177.04/£235.00 Apr £237.79/£235.00 Mar £226.16 /£235.00
    G/C - Jan £248.52/£235.00 - Feb£214.72/£235.00
    NSD -May 3/31 Apr 10/30 Mar 3/31 Feb 6/28 NSD Jan 3/31
  • Tesco-shopper
    I have spent £148.51 of my £430 grocery budget this month so far, and today is only the start of day 6!

    If I continued to spend at the same rate throughout the month I would spend £891.06! This looks a horrendous figure, but my freezers, fridge and cupboards are positively bulging, so I am hoping to spend a lot less over the next 3 weeks!
  • rosieben
    thanks Hippeechiq, as I just said to someone else - I've had the 'pink denim and barbie years' with dgd, now for the other side of the story

    I hope things are improving for you and your dd, I've been sending lots of positive vibes your way

    also thinking of Spigs and Mothership, and anyone else dealing with health or other issues

    I've decided that I want to live long enough to see my new gds grow up so need to lose a serious amount of weight; I have a sainsbug delivery later this morning - trying a weekly delivery to keep me stocked up with veg and fruit; I know I'm paying extra delivery but there is no other option locally.

    does anyone have any fairly simple bean recipes please? I'm off meat a bit and have assorted tinned beans from AF (canneloni, broad etc); I found a few ideas on the 5kg tin of broad beans thread but any other suggestions greatly appreciated





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    • tootoo
    • By tootoo 6th Apr 11, 8:20 AM
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    tootoo
    Just updated my spends! Also have managed 3 NSD out of 5 so far!
    I'm finding this challenge and my meal plans helping already, thanks to all that post for the inspiration.
    Tootoo
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    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 6th Apr 11, 8:20 AM
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    Rosie, do you like sausages?

    Will be a NSD for me today
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  • rosieben
    Rosie, do you like sausages? ...
    Originally posted by tigerfeet2006
    yes I do like sausages, tiger, any ideas please?
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 6th Apr 11, 8:38 AM
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    tessie bear
    hi...on bean recipes...i use them in chilli and in soup thats about it ....both of which are nice though

    im in the process of making a spanish omelette and some bread....i like making bread...very satisfying

    we have sc spag bol for tea which im quite looking forward to as we haevt had pasta for a bit

    hoping for a nsd...could do with one

    have a great day
    tessa
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  • Winged one
    Well, the oven had been accidentally turned off on Monday afternoon, so the shepherd's pie was only cooked when we got home, so DD had leftovers while DH and I had SP later. So there were plenty of leftovers, so we had it again last night (and finished it). I have the potatoes, leeks and stuffing prepared for tonight (stuffed pork loin, roasted with roast pots and baby leeks wrapped in parma ham and a cheese sauce baked as well). So I will have a spare dinner (I think the meatballs one) for next week instead.

    And the peas are poking their heads through properly as well - the garden is suddenly sprouting like mad since we had a bit of rain over the weekend. I will be eating salad leaves tomorrow, and radishes in a couple of weeks.
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  • WelshWoofer


    does anyone have any fairly simple bean recipes please? I'm off meat a bit and have assorted tinned beans from AF (canneloni, broad etc); I found a few ideas on the 5kg tin of broad beans thread but any other suggestions greatly appreciated
    Originally posted by rosieben
    Now I'm no Masterchef but I did make a beany thing last night that was very nice and Slimming World friendly ....

    Fry off a chopped onion, pepper and mushrooms in Frylight. Add 3 or 4 tins of assorted drained beans (I used kidney beans, cannelini, aduki and black eyed beans) and 2 tins of value chopped tomatoes. Add 1 small tin of drained sweetcorn and a good dollop of chilli powder to taste. Let this cook through for about 30 mins on a lowish heat.

    If you want to bulk it out further chuck in a handful of dried pasta and cook until the pasta is soft.

    Serve either on its own with grated cheese on the top, in a jacket spud or with rice.

    This makes a massive pan of beany chilli but it does freeze ok and keep for days in a sealed container in the fridge - good for lunches at work where you could pop it in the microwave.

    Good luck with the weightloss - I can recommend Slimming World because I have never been hungry and its very geared to eating on a budget as it relies on mostly cooking from scratch and using fresh fruit and veg, cupboard staples etc.
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 6th Apr 11, 9:00 AM
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    This is a slow cooker recipe that we all love. You can double the amount of ingredients to freeze a batch or serve more. Though if you do that I find you can get away with 12 sausages. I also just bung in whatever beans I have to use up if needs be.

    Sausage and bean cassoulet

    8 sausages
    410g of tinned haricot beans, drained and rinsed
    800g of tinned chopped tomatoes
    1 large onion , chopped
    1 large carrot , chopped
    410g of tinned cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    410g of tinned butter beans, drained and rinsed
    2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
    200ml chicken stock (made double strength)
    1 tbsp olive oil
    1 tbsp tomato puree
    1 tbsp dried mixed herbs
    1 tbsp plain white flour

    Heat the oil in a saucepan and fry the sausages for 5-6 minutes, or until browned. Remove from the pan and set aside.

    Add more oil to the pan, if necessary, and fry the onion and garlic for 3-4 minutes, or until soft. Add the carrot and fry for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle on 1 tbsp flour and fry for 1 minute, stirring continuously. Transfer to a slow cooker.

    Cut each sausage into four slices and transfer to the slow cooker. Add the (cannellini, haricot and butter) beans, stock, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and mixed herbs and cook on high for 4-6 hours. Season to taste before serving.

    We have clean plates when this is dished up.
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  • Missus Aka
    Spends so far this month
    £147.12 between the turkish shop and tescos, the tescos shopping has earned me £56.60 in dtd vouchers that i will use to buy some duvet covers and some more food for free!!!!
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 6th Apr 11, 10:49 AM
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    quintwins
    I have spent £148.51 of my £430 grocery budget this month so far, and today is only the start of day 6!

    If I continued to spend at the same rate throughout the month I would spend £891.06! This looks a horrendous figure, but my freezers, fridge and cupboards are positively bulging, so I am hoping to spend a lot less over the next 3 weeks!
    Originally posted by Tesco-shopper
    i always find i spend loads in the first week of the month, i think it's cause i've started doing a monthly meal plan

    i feel this is going to be a silly question and im very sorry but what is the grab its?
    Originally posted by minnie2
    sorry i should have been clearer but i see someone helped you anyway i got a £20 dtd voucher this morning from my £23 spend yesterday so i'm happy

    nsd for me today chicken stew for tea made with leftover chick casarole from yesterday
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    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 6th Apr 11, 11:13 AM
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    £1.09 spent yesterday and £2.35 spent in Mr T today. Will update my signature
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