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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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  • highland fling
    hi everyone,
    just caught up with posts.

    Mothership: my thought are with you

    having lots of nsds but that is due to still being ill rather than any self control.
    good luck everyone
    It takes a long time to eat an elephant and I'm doing it a bite at a time!!!
    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 6th Apr 11, 11:37 AM
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    3.15 spend to report. Milk and some woopsied sausage rolls down to 15p! Now in freezer all ready for OH pack lunch on a day when I can't be bothered to make sandwiches.

    I made some carrot and coriander soup today, carrots were looking a bit sad in the fridge and I remembered I had some coriander in the freezer.

    New receipe for tea tonight. Basque style Salmon Stew with peppers, baby potatoes, paprika, garlic, thyme and tomatoes. It all cooks in one pot so nice and easy.

    I hope you all have a good day.

    Mothership - Thinking of you x
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    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 6th Apr 11, 11:51 AM
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    Spicy Sausage Casserole
    Rosieben - You might like this recipe, it has beans and sausages!!

    Pack of Sausages
    1 Onion Chopped
    2 or 3 Carrots chopped quite small
    1 Tin baked beans
    1 Tin tomatoes
    Couple of Rashers of bacon
    Chilli powder
    Small amount of stock (about enough to fill the empty bean can).

    Cook sausages and bacon and chop into bite size pieces

    Add to a casserole dish with beans, tomatoes, carrots, onion, chilli powder (1 to 2 teaspoons depending on how spicy you like things). Give it a good mix and add a little stock.

    Cover and Cook in the oven at about 180 for about 45mins - 1 hour (basically until the onion and carrot are cooked).

    This is really nice with rice or jacket potatoes and it freezes well. Quite economical too, especially if you get the sausages/bacon on special offer and use value beans and tomatoes.
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    • Kittikins
    • By Kittikins 6th Apr 11, 11:52 AM
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    Kittikins
    1.10 - naughty Kittikins, got a leeetle bit tipsy last night and couldn't be bothered to make any lunch for myself this morning, so have had a reduced packet of crisps and a reduced bread roll and a very restorative can of diet coke.......eek! Did buy a reduced loaf of bread that I will stick in the freezer.

    So I've now got 77.20 left for the month and friends coming for the weekend and off work most of next week.
  • rosieben
    2 great recipes, exactly the sort of thing I'm looking for! thank you WelshWoofer and tiger

    I'll add both recipes to the index in a mo

    TheThriftyScrumpers, thanks that sounds good too another for the index as well as my recipe book
    Last edited by rosieben; 06-04-2011 at 11:58 AM.
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  • Hippeechiq
    Big hugs Mothership

    I hope things are improving for you and your dd, I've been sending lots of positive vibes your way
    Originally posted by rosieben
    Thanks Rosie We're having a rough time sadly.
    She's been weaning of one anti depressant to go onto another, so she's been having awful withdrawal symptoms physically and mentally - what with that, and trying to get all the necessary paperwork ready for an appeal from the appropriate people, I am completely and utterly exhausted and very low - which is why I've not been posting.

    That said, I've felt a bit more "together" the last couple of days - so please keep sending the positive vibes - I need all the help I can get
    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
    Not sure how simple you mean, but I also make a Sausage & Bean Cassoulet - which is quite easy.

    SAUSAGE CASSOULET

    Serves 2
    4 SAUSAGES
    OIL
    1 ONION - finely chopped
    200G ( TIN) CHOPPED TOMATOES
    400G TINNED MIXED BEANS (or any combination of mixed beans)
    150ML RED WINE
    75ML BEEF STOCK (made from an 0x0)
    TSP CORNFLOUR (mixed with a little cold water)
    PINCH OF DRIED THYME
    BLACK PEPPER (to taste)
    1 TSP LAZY GARLIC

    Grill Sausages to Brown
    While sausages are being grilled, fry onion until lightly caramelised.
    Slice grilled sausages diagonally into 5 pieces per sausage
    Add to frying pan with Tomatoes, Wine, Stock, Beans, Garlic & Black Pepper

    Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer for 10 minutes.
    Add Thyme, check consistency, and if not thick enough, add the Cornflour mix (I don't find this necessary as a rule) and cook for a further 5 minutes.

    Before serving, check flavour and add additional garlic and a little sugar and salt if required.

    Serve with New Potatoes, Sweetcorn & Chunky Bread to mop up the sauce.

    I also make this
    SPICY MUSHROOM & BEAN CHILLI
    And I've got this for tea tomorrow night
    VEGETARIAN BEAN CURRY
    Last edited by Hippeechiq; 06-04-2011 at 12:03 PM.
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    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 6th Apr 11, 12:06 PM
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    First shop of Aoril a disaster went to town to get milk bread salad for daughter and something for tea we've agreed it makes more sense to go to town even for a few things it still works out cheaper but as usual i forgot my list then when i see an item we only get when on offer into the trolley they went when i got to the till i suddenly realised i'd got a lot more than i should of so i asked the till girl to sub total for me 25 and that was before she put the frozen on so i said can i pay for those card declined so tried again thinking i'd done wrong pin nope in end she froze the transactoin and a nice lady took me to customer services where i ended up putting 10 worth of stuff back before my card worked

    In all my years that must be the worst shop day ever never had to put that much back tthen when i got home sat down my daughter put the small shop away and asked why i'd been gone so long i explained then realised it was Tuesday i don't shop on a tuesday which is why not enough money available WON'T make that mistake again

    I've always shopped in town on a mon wed or friday and in holidays sometimes a saturday it hard to believe just 1 day can make so much difference the worst bit is i will still need to go to town to get the items i put back but before i do i wiill check the bank draw out the cash and take my calculator to keep tabs on cost might even split the shop up into a couple of baskets what we need and other at this rate i will be over budget before week 3 and the fridge is practically empty freezer not far behind and havn't paid all the bills yet just topped up leccy meter yesterday cos we were on friendly credit monday night so that took more than usual can't reduce anything else and food budget on 90 is not going to work when the cupboards run down
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    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 6th Apr 11, 12:06 PM
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    NickJW
    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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    Originally posted by rosieben
    Hi Roseiben

    If you like fish and chorizo then THIS is a nice recipe
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  • Rachel021967
    4.50 on cr*p (sweets and fizzy drink. Plus magazine which I'm not including in my grocery spend). 32.03 spent on luxury items for daughters cookery which she intends to give away to her friends. I've told her she is to bring it home for her dad whose going to be made redundant in a couple of weeks.
    107.95 spent at Asda online. Mainly food for the 1st week of the food plan on love food hate waste website.
    Frivolous grocery spends are Branded tissues, diet cola (can no longer afford the habit) and sparkling water. Will have to get used to tap water. How do you cut back?
    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 6th Apr 11, 1:08 PM
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    quintwins
    First shop of Aoril a disaster went to town to get milk bread salad for daughter and something for tea we've agreed it makes more sense to go to town even for a few things it still works out cheaper but as usual i forgot my list then when i see an item we only get when on offer into the trolley they went when i got to the till i suddenly realised i'd got a lot more than i should of so i asked the till girl to sub total for me 25 and that was before she put the frozen on so i said can i pay for those card declined so tried again thinking i'd done wrong pin nope in end she froze the transactoin and a nice lady took me to customer services where i ended up putting 10 worth of stuff back before my card worked

    In all my years that must be the worst shop day ever never had to put that much back tthen when i got home sat down my daughter put the small shop away and asked why i'd been gone so long i explained then realised it was Tuesday i don't shop on a tuesday which is why not enough money available WON'T make that mistake again

    I've always shopped in town on a mon wed or friday and in holidays sometimes a saturday it hard to believe just 1 day can make so much difference the worst bit is i will still need to go to town to get the items i put back but before i do i wiill check the bank draw out the cash and take my calculator to keep tabs on cost might even split the shop up into a couple of baskets what we need and other at this rate i will be over budget before week 3 and the fridge is practically empty freezer not far behind and havn't paid all the bills yet just topped up leccy meter yesterday cos we were on friendly credit monday night so that took more than usual can't reduce anything else and food budget on 90 is not going to work when the cupboards run down
    going to update my sig
    Originally posted by muffin man 7
    i can remeber doing this and i just wanted the ground to swallow me up, if your worried about running stocks down could you maybe do an AP order?

    4.50 on cr*p (sweets and fizzy drink. Plus magazine which I'm not including in my grocery spend). 32.03 spent on luxury items for daughters cookery which she intends to give away to her friends. I've told her she is to bring it home for her dad whose going to be made redundant in a couple of weeks.
    107.95 spent at Asda online. Mainly food for the 1st week of the food plan on love food hate waste website.
    Frivolous grocery spends are Branded tissues, diet cola (can no longer afford the habit) and sparkling water. Will have to get used to tap water. How do you cut back?
    Originally posted by Rachel021967
    you could buy a sodastream and make it fizzy tap water seriously don't there really expensive, it might help to list what you bought then we can suggest subsitutes

    btw i only buy branded tissues and real coke/pepsi
    Last edited by quintwins; 06-04-2011 at 1:16 PM.
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  • GroinSexyPavement
    diet cola (can no longer afford the habit)... How do you cut back?
    Originally posted by Rachel021967
    I am so with you on this one! Costs me and OH about 30 a month As for cutting down, will power I suppose.. not that I have much of that!
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  • rosieben
    Hippeechiq and NickJW, more great recipes, thank you I've added them all to the index

    All the recipes offered are the kind of things I wanted, I knew I'd get good help here, thanks everyone I also found a couple more I'd forgotten about in the index

    Muffin man, what a horrible thing to go through, the price rises don't help at the moment do they; years ago my finances were so bad I was afraid to use my card at all in case it was refused ... again! its a horrible experience

    Hippeechiq, positive vibes continuing for as long as you need them
    Last edited by rosieben; 06-04-2011 at 1:35 PM.
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  • 4weeladdies
    Muffin man, don't feel too bad. I work on a checkout and you'd be amazed how often it happens!!!! There's no shame in it at all xxx

    As for the Diet cola, myself and DH are completely hooked too, to the point of spending over 10 a week on the damned stuff (Although I do switch brands to buy whatever is on offer). To help us cut back I've bought a few bottles of Ald1 diet lemonade at 28p and bottles of the Don Simon fresh orange at 50p and we're having that at night instead. It's lovely and refreshing and sooooo much cheaper :-)

    4.30 spent for me today on eggs, sugar, milk, lemonade and porridge (the kids are going through mountains of it this week!) at Ald1. Got other bits and bobs at A**a but it didn't cost me anything as I took a list of stuff to get for MIL and she paid for the lot - whoop whoop!
    Feeding 2 adults and 5 piglets aged 7 months, 7, 8, 10 & 13. Thank heaven for Aldi!

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    • cutiepieabf
    • By cutiepieabf 6th Apr 11, 2:15 PM
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    cutiepieabf
    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
    Originally posted by destroyerofdebt2011
    lol. great stuff!! but did you get any flour?? lol.
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    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 6th Apr 11, 2:17 PM
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    4.50 on cr*p (sweets and fizzy drink. Plus magazine which I'm not including in my grocery spend). 32.03 spent on luxury items for daughters cookery which she intends to give away to her friends. I've told her she is to bring it home for her dad whose going to be made redundant in a couple of weeks.
    107.95 spent at Asda online. Mainly food for the 1st week of the food plan on love food hate waste website.
    Frivolous grocery spends are Branded tissues, diet cola (can no longer afford the habit) and sparkling water. Will have to get used to tap water. How do you cut back?
    Originally posted by Rachel021967
    Itoo love my coke allstarted as a craving with 3rd baby long time ago 12 litres a week i'm now down to 1lire on a good day 2 on a bad day i find having a bottle helps as you can have a little just when you need to whereas with a can you end up drinking all of it also have a bottle of water or juice and when you want a drink swap between them that way your body adjusts gradually also i've noticed i never feel hungry if i have alot of coke so cutting down has helped with that and best of all i have lost just over a stone lots more to go but its as good a reason as any

    maybe work out how much you spend on a week half it then when you get used to less half it again that has worked for me hth
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    • By debtfreewannabe321 6th Apr 11, 2:24 PM
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    Bought some yummy looking strawberries for 1.50 (2 punnets) from the market today...will update signature in a min

    Hope everyone is enjoying the lovely weather
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    • muffin man 7
    • By muffin man 7 6th Apr 11, 2:30 PM
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    muffin man 7
    Hippeechiq and NickJW, more great recipes, thank you I've added them all to the index

    All the recipes offered are the kind of things I wanted, I knew I'd get good help here, thanks everyone I also found a couple more I'd forgotten about in the index

    Muffin man, what a horrible thing to go through, the price rises don't help at the moment do they; years ago my finances were so bad I was afraid to use my card at all in case it was refused ... again! its a horrible experience

    Hippeechiq, positive vibes continuing for as long as you need them
    Originally posted by rosieben
    thanks rosie and congrats on your new grandson my grandson is 6months old now and youngest granddaughter is 9 months they grow so fast enjoy
    re the shop i think i will go back to cash only for a while and split it into two baskets need and stock that way if i don't have enough it will be easier to adjust i hope

    Have ever had cheesy bean bake its quick and filling and you have an option to add meat if you want i don't as i'm a veggie but have added veggie sos or veggie chunks yum yum your making me hungry lol
    2nd purse challenge no0400 Sealed pot challenge ???? 2 trolley find not counting small coins till end year
  • WelshWoofer
    Just popped to Mr T's for 3 packs of frozen fruit for 5, fromage frais, meringue nests and grapes - 7.90 worse off!
  • goodgirl80
    Booed up again. Next month - another new start! Already wishing April away!!!
  • moonpixiewitch
    We have decided to switch to a vegan diet . Started by cutting out dairy (as I strongly suspect it causing some of my health issues) , having no problem not eating meat , hubby is struggling with not eating eggs - so he is continuing with eating some eggs for a bit . Hopefully this should save us some money and help us lose weight !
    Last edited by moonpixiewitch; 06-04-2011 at 2:46 PM. Reason: spelling
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