Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 24th Mar 11, 4:15 PM
    • 17,431Posts
    • 40,365Thanks
    Pink.
    April 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 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.
Page 19
    • cutiepieabf
    • By cutiepieabf 6th Apr 11, 3:13 PM
    • 344 Posts
    • 3,561 Thanks
    cutiepieabf
    hey all,

    boiled my first ham yesterday!! i usually roast it, but i thought i would try boiling it and it turned out lovely! quite easy to cut, and we had ham slices topped with fried pineapple with hm wedges and peas. i used the boiled water to make ham and and pea soup, but also added some brocolli and carrots out of the freezer. decanted into 4 helpings for lunches. Tonight is pasta with ham, peas and cheese sauce.
    DFBX2016 #160 - 3550/8800

    DFBX2017 #160 - 0/11,378

    0/7807 CapOne (0% PAID) 0/2776 Tesco (0% PAID)
    820/820 HSBC OD (100% PAID) 0/795 HSBC M/C (0% PAID)
    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 6th Apr 11, 4:37 PM
    • 1,861 Posts
    • 20,265 Thanks
    Kitchenbunny
    Afternoon, all. Yet another spend to report chez Kitchenbunny! Have added another 8.46 to my running total on some storecupboard essentials to keep us in rice for a while, some bread, yoghurts and (sigh) tinned cola. I'm afraid there isn't an easy way to stop drinking it. I've tried several times (often unsuccessfully) to cut back, but the only way is to drink water or squash instead and stop buying it if you can. Now, I try to only drink cola when I have a bevvy at the end of a hard working week, but the odd one does slip in. I'd say to keep at it, and work through the couple of days where you'll feel yuck. It is worth it though.

    Oddly enough, we've got sausages for tea tonight. I do know I'll have to pop to the shops for some fajita wraps (unless I can actually manage to bake some - breadmaking seems to be a bit of a downfall with me!) as I'm going to do some enchiladas on Friday, but beyond that I hopefully don't need to get anything else. I'll update my sig now.

    KB xx

  • jumblejack
    hey all,

    boiled my first ham yesterday!! i usually roast it, but i thought i would try boiling it and it turned out lovely! quite easy to cut, and we had ham slices topped with fried pineapple with hm wedges and peas. i used the boiled water to make ham and and pea soup, but also added some brocolli and carrots out of the freezer. decanted into 4 helpings for lunches. Tonight is pasta with ham, peas and cheese sauce.
    Originally posted by cutiepieabf
    Now THAT I like the sound of, yummy
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):30.50/40
  • jumblejack
    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. whoop!
    Originally posted by 4weeladdies
    Lidl have an offer of 1.5 litres of ACE fruit juice which is awesome at 49p over this weekend!!! Why not try substituting flr the scrummiest, healthiest drink you can buy at 30 odd p a litre, it is worth a try!!!

    We only drink those. I can't abide soft drinks any more.
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):30.50/40
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 6th Apr 11, 7:12 PM
    • 4,842 Posts
    • 58,667 Thanks
    sistercas
    just lost a post

    a Nsd today as i have been at work all day , my 1st of the month

    Spig thinking of you hope you are ok x

    Hipeechiq glad you are posting again , sorry things are still bad (((hugs))) to both of you

    done my meal plan / shopping list for the next 7 days, i have included some choccy and biscuits as the kids will be on hols , i will also do some baking

    i need to find some extra money next week as we are spending a day in london ( visiting the titanic exhibition) i will need money for dinner and tea so hopefully can find somewhere thats not too expensive
    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 6th Apr 11, 7:13 PM
    • 5,058 Posts
    • 29,575 Thanks
    quintwins
    13 on takeaway, and 5.50 on pizza from te$co for the freezer (i'll get most of that back in a voucher, off to update my sig now
    OCT GC 196.12/200
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 6th Apr 11, 7:30 PM
    • 467 Posts
    • 5,112 Thanks
    guccigoo
    been reading through the posts, Hippeechiq sending positive vibes to you, Mothership your in my thoughts and Rosieben congrats on your grandson... Im also going to be a nanny in June for the first time and still cant believe it im only 36 , my daughter is having a boy
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • 123budget
    Spent 2.18 in Aldi on bread and milk. I upped my budget this month but the way things are going I will be lucky not to go over.
    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
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 6th Apr 11, 8:42 PM
    • 513 Posts
    • 8,701 Thanks
    minnie2
    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 .
    Originally posted by Mothership

    sending you loads of hugs!!!!

    Not a silly question. It is a board on the forum, The Quick! Grabbit while you can board

    http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&daysprune=&f=36
    Originally posted by tigerfeet2006

    thank you!!!!

    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



    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
    Originally posted by quintwins


    wow that is great!!! no no its me- i am still relatively new and learning!!!
    Frugal living challenge - need to revisit its been.a while !! Need to reduce our debts!!
  • jumblejack
    TAKEN FROM COLOUR IT GREEN WEBSITE:

    nettle pasta

    3 litres of nettle tips (or the nettles left over from making nettle beer)

    500g fine flour

    2-3 eggs

    pinch of salt

    use of a pasta machine.

    !

    I made this by saving the nettles from making nettle beer (removing the lemon peel afterwards)- ideal: one picking session results in two recipes! To start from stratch, pick only the nettle tips of young nettles. Cover with two litres of water, bring to the boil and boil for half to one hour. Strain. Squeeze the nettles to remove all the water - you should end up with two egg sized lumps of nettle pulp

    In a mixer blend the flour and nettles together then add two eggs. The mixture should resemble sand.. and a pinch of it squeezed together holds, if too wet add more flour.. if too dry add more egg.

    Turn the sandy mixture onto a board and squeeze together into a lump, then need for a few minute. Then use in your pasta machine, following its instructions, making whatever pasta you prefer - we made spagetti. Cook or dry for later use
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
    Grocery Spend Weekly Challenge (Sat-Fri):30.50/40
  • Mothership
    All the hugs reaching me thank you!
    This is going to sound strange, this has become the first place I turn when I'm upset , low, a wee bit down. Needing ears. I always find what I need here 24/7. I think there's a lot more than a grocery challenge going on here...
    I used to frequent the grabbit forum regularly don't go there much at all now. Ebay too. Don't do that much. There's enough going on here to keep me happy. I was most definitely food shopping way too much, don't do that much either, unless I really need something. I love reading all your posts, sharing recipes, sharing our problems. In a short time the wealth of knowledge and camaraderie to be found here is something truly special. I just wanted each and every one of you to know how much I appreciate this 'special' place. and all the 'special people' who take the time to comfort and support each other in these hard times.

    Had spaghetti Bolognese for dinner made with Donald Russell mince OMG it was just delicious, either my cooking has improved or I've found better food lol.

    Got a spend to report 2 jugs of milk and two loaves 3, will add it to my signature. Sent husband LOL, he hates shopping. But never buys anything you don't ask him to.

    Just wondering if I should send flowers to my mothers funeral, as I said I didn't know her, I don't feel any loss as I never had her. My youngest half sister isn't going either she's been told she's not welcome. The last wish of an angry bitter woman reaching from beyond the grave to hurt someone who really didn't deserve it, this wee soul has 7 kids 2 newborn twins, her crime? She wasn't able to visit her mother 2 -3 times a day to do things for her. I think the flowers should go to her to cheer her up on the day of the funeral, this wee lassie kept her babies and didn't abandon them like her mum did. I am so proud of her , my heart goes out to her. Any thoughts , pearls of wisdom anyone? I really don't know what to do.
    1st Purse 114.19 Monthly GB
    2nd Purse 100
    Fridge Freezer 300 3rd Purse /290.94
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 6th Apr 11, 11:31 PM
    • 13,826 Posts
    • 29,891 Thanks
    tigerfeet2006
    (((hugs))) MS.

    I would definatly send flowers to your sister.

    Thinking of you all.
    BSCno.87
    The only stupid question is an unasked one
    Loving life as a Kernow Hippy
    • aussiemum
    • By aussiemum 6th Apr 11, 11:56 PM
    • 69 Posts
    • 921 Thanks
    aussiemum
    .
    Just wondering if I should send flowers to my mothers funeral, as I said I didn't know her, I don't feel any loss as I never had her. My youngest half sister isn't going either she's been told she's not welcome. The last wish of an angry bitter woman reaching from beyond the grave to hurt someone who really didn't deserve it, this wee soul has 7 kids 2 newborn twins, her crime? She wasn't able to visit her mother 2 -3 times a day to do things for her. I think the flowers should go to her to cheer her up on the day of the funeral, this wee lassie kept her babies and didn't abandon them like her mum did. I am so proud of her , my heart goes out to her. Any thoughts , pearls of wisdom anyone? I really don't know what to do.
    Originally posted by Mothership
    I also think you should send the flowers to your half sister, I think it might be nice if you deliver them, stay and have a cuppa, if possible.
  • crazybeautiful
    very recently unemployed. am used to ready meals and takeaways whilst working..and only have 14.88 left to last me the rest of the month NSDs are easy, im not leaving the house! just listed everything in cupboard, fridge, freezer , and made meal plans. never done this before, proud of myself. and i have enough food to last until 20th april! wow. and i didnt think i had much food in the house. i only need to buy milk, fruit juice, and some fresh veg between now and 20th.

    all i have to do now is teach myself to cook
  • Mothership
    very recently unemployed. am used to ready meals and takeaways whilst working..and only have 14.88 left to last me the rest of the month NSDs are easy, im not leaving the house! just listed everything in cupboard, fridge, freezer , and made meal plans. never done this before, proud of myself. and i have enough food to last until 20th april! wow. and i didnt think i had much food in the house. i only need to buy milk, fruit juice, and some fresh veg between now and 20th.

    all i have to do now is teach myself to cook
    Originally posted by crazybeautiful
    Aww! bless, well you'll find all the help you need right here sweetheart, there's loads of lovely recipes in the index and all the support you could wish for, and there's always someone on here ready and willing to help. Good luck and happy cooking.
    1st Purse 114.19 Monthly GB
    2nd Purse 100
    Fridge Freezer 300 3rd Purse /290.94
    • perrywinkle
    • By perrywinkle 7th Apr 11, 3:40 AM
    • 224 Posts
    • 2,641 Thanks
    perrywinkle


    Just wondering if I should send flowers to my mothers funeral, as I said I didn't know her, I don't feel any loss as I never had her. My youngest half sister isn't going either she's been told she's not welcome. The last wish of an angry bitter woman reaching from beyond the grave to hurt someone who really didn't deserve it, this wee soul has 7 kids 2 newborn twins, her crime? She wasn't able to visit her mother 2 -3 times a day to do things for her. I think the flowers should go to her to cheer her up on the day of the funeral, this wee lassie kept her babies and didn't abandon them like her mum did. I am so proud of her , my heart goes out to her. Any thoughts , pearls of wisdom anyone? I really don't know what to do.
    Originally posted by Mothership
    Hi Mothership,

    wish I could send you pearls of wisdom but I'll leave that to those that are much better with words than I am. I will though send you a big hug and say that focusing on the positives in that you have a half sister that you are proud of and sending her the flowers, I think may make you both feel better at a difficult time.

    Take care
    perrywinkle
  • scotsaver
    rosieben - congrats on the Birth of your DGS.

    hippeechiq & Mothership - hugs for both of you.

    I've updated my total with this weeks spends which were on fruit and veg, running low on Milk and sliced ham so a little trip to L!dl today.

    Dinner tonight is going to be a Casserole in the Slow Cooker using Ox cheeks from DR - the menu plan was written up before I realised it was going to be 21 degrees again here today!!

    Off to the Allotment again today to make the most of this lovely weather, got my potatoes in yesterday, came home and sorted some more seeds in the Greenhouse so feeling good about keeping the GC under control in the Summer months with all the fruit and veg we'll have on the go.

    Have a good day everyone.
    "WASTE NOT, WANT NOT!"
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

    • boultdj
    • By boultdj 7th Apr 11, 5:54 AM
    • 4,505 Posts
    • 33,130 Thanks
    boultdj
    Got a $33.71 spend to report, starting to creep up again, must leave OH at home.
    [[Hugs]] Mothership, and I thing flower's to sister.
  • cat_smith
    Mothership (((hugs))). I'd agree - send the flowers to your sister.
    GC Mar 13 47.36/150
    • skilly
    • By skilly 7th Apr 11, 8:10 AM
    • 882 Posts
    • 10,225 Thanks
    skilly
    Morning all, spent 79.00 so far this month and 4nds :-)
    27 Sealed pot challenge 3496/4706.75/5 376.74/6 645.08/ 7 861.34 /8 786.90/9610.49/10 722.03 / 11? / gold star from sue
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,309Posts Today

7,982Users online

Martin's Twitter