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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 24th Mar 11, 4:15 PM
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    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'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!

    Last edited by Pink.; 29-03-2011 at 9:35 AM.
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    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 13th Apr 11, 11:36 AM
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    Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and words. I'm off to hospital in the next half hour.

    I've fully updated my sig with two separate home deliveries from Mr S yesterday and Mr T today. We should only need fresh stuff until end of month now (fingers crossed!). Never been this far into budget this early in the month.

    Anyhow, DD is here so off I go. See you all in a few days or so.

    Take care,
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    Good afternoon all

    Hugs to all those in need and Hello to the newbies

    Well Im half way through our month and doing fine so far.. I have discovered a cracking place for fruit n veg whilst out and about -so now when we go for a walk around the lakes on a Saturday we stop off and I go crazy this week it was:-
    1. 2 huge pineapples -they weigh 3kg each
    2. 2 cantaloupe melons
    3. 4 aubergines
    4. 1 huge courgette
    5. 4 big red/yellow peppers
    6. 2 cucumbers
    7. 40 chilis
    8. 2x 500g plum vine tomatoes
    9. big bag onions
    10. big bag red onions
    And it came to just over 10 The pineapples are stunning -soooo sweet and have a slight taste of coconut mmmmmmmmm

    Yesterday was my 1 year anniversary of SW so hubby took me out to a lovely Italian -its the first meal we have been out for in well over a year (mainly as I like to cook) -but it was lovely-and I stayed on plan and best of all I got all dressed up in a size 16 evening dress (instead of my old 32s ) -so we have decided that we are going to go out "somewhere" once a month....
    So one year down the line and Im 8st 10.5lbs lighter with under 4st left to go ..... obviously it means I have given up on all the home baking -well apart from for hubby

    I think we are all set for the next week -the freezers are groaning with meat -so as always the next shop will be for water, milk and salad stuff

    Anyway -enough waffle .... have a lovely day all
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  • Doubtful Guest
    I'm not sure if this is the right place to put this so tell me if it ought to be elsewhere. I just thought it might be useful to someone.

    We just got a couple of Betty Crocker Shake to Make Pancake mixes - they're on the ASDA website reduced from 1.32 to 25p but they come with a peel-off voucher for 30p off. So, assuming that the offer is instore as well, you could just buy one and use the voucher to get another free. Then use that voucher to get another one free ... and another.

    I know it's usually cheaper to just make up your own pancake batter but this stuff is pretty convenient.
    Last edited by Doubtful Guest; 13-04-2011 at 1:05 PM. Reason: misspelling, sorry
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    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 13th Apr 11, 1:30 PM
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    MrsMcawber, I am extremely jealous. That little hawl would have cost 20+ at my greengrocers and wouldn't be that brilliant quality.

    Just spent 28 on bits in Morrisons
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    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 13th Apr 11, 1:37 PM
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    Congratulations on the bargains and the weight loss Mrs MC...wonderful...nearly worth a cheap flight to bring home that haul at that price!

    My spend for this month is now at €149.52 so its creeping up but got 10 kg of spuds to-day so that might see us through to May

    Good luck to all

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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 13th Apr 11, 1:47 PM
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    had to post a few parcels so i nipped into te$co's for a loaf (me and kids aren't feeling well and i have to go out for awhile tonight so cba making some) while there i got a bag of pears reduced to 46p which are all eaten already, and 3 packets of reduced mince, not a huge reduction but it's the mince i buy anyway so worth it, which has now been split into 9 portions and is in the freezer, so a 6.09 spend i still need spuds so if i have time i'll grab them today

    dinner is cheese and onion sausage rolls, peas and waffles for the boys, and whatever i can be bothered to make when i get bk for me and oh
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  • fancypottery
    Failing miserably
    Oh no, according to my spendometer, I am overspending 16.28 a day
    How can I stop this!
    However I have been through my bank account and have a fairly good idea of what I spend on food....i was just ignoring it! So I am moving forward... sold stuff at auction, put stuff on ebay, am determined to have at least 2 nsd's this week

    Great ideas on here, love my spendometer!
    thanks to all for posting ideas!
  • goodgirl80
    Confused by Tesco:

    Quorn Pieces: 300g @ 3 for 5.00, 500g @ 1 for 2.00, 350g @ 2 for 4.00

    Am I right in my calculation that the 500g pack for 2.00 is the best value. I worked it out at 40p per 100g, rather than well over 50p/100g for the other two?

    Can someone let me know if I've been hopeless with the maths!

    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 13th Apr 11, 3:50 PM
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    yeah the 500g one is better value, i worked out how much weight you'd get per 1
    300g= 180g per 1

    500g= 250g per 1

    350g= 175g per 1

    and thats if u take advantage of the multibuy offers
    OCT GC 196.12/200
  • rosieben
    I was nervously reaching for my trusty calculator when I saw you'd solved it, quintwins! maths is not my very best subject!

    Mrs Mc, I'm in awe of what you've achieved with your weight loss! I'm just starting out on my journey and not too far from your starting point. If I have half the success you've had in 12 months I'll be very pleased

    sistercas, hope your back is easier for you very soon

    good vibes to all who need them
    Last edited by rosieben; 13-04-2011 at 4:49 PM.
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 13th Apr 11, 7:15 PM
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    tessie bear
    hi....first day of holiday down....quite a few to go....did anyone notice on the news that food prices have gone down in the last month...i must have missed that when i did my shopping

    might pop in to lidl tomorrow and have a look at the fruit and veg...i thought the carrots and broccoli in aldi super 6 were good value...will pop back for some more while the offer is on

    take care tessa
    onwards and upwards
  • Long tall sally
    Spiggle - hope eveything goes ok.

    Hippeechiq - how did you get on at the doctors? Did they give you anything for your daughter? Keep strong hun, we are all routing for you.

    I have had a few more spends but have now deducted the 20 for the sleeping bag & 25 for the clothes which takes me to 302 something for April so far which is really rather good for me at this point in the month. This has admittedly been helped however by a bit of DTD at Mr T's so can't really take all the credit myself!

    Hippeechiq - sorry just reread your post & realised that you were also going to your Shelter appointment today as well. How did that go? Hope they were useful.
    Last edited by Long tall sally; 13-04-2011 at 7:43 PM.
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    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 13th Apr 11, 8:04 PM
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    Tonight we had Cashew Curry for dinner. Was a sucess but will probably add something like oyster mushrooms next time.

    I used 300g cashew nuts
    1 or 2 onions
    2-3 cloves of garlic
    1-2 tsp mixed spices
    1-2 tsp med curry powder
    10 or so new potatoes-peeled and cubed
    600ml veg stock
    5-6 tomatoes- coarsley chopped
    300ml single cream

    Dry fry cashews, stirring frequently until brown and set aside.

    Add oil to the pan and fry onion, garlic and ginger for 2-3 mins. Add spices and currry powder and fry for a minute. Add potatoes and stock and simmer until the potato is tender.

    Meanwhile cook the rice

    When potatoes are tender stir in tomatoes, cream and half the cashews into the curry and season well.

    Serve on the rice and sprinkle the rest of the cashews over.
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    • freakyogre
    • By freakyogre 13th Apr 11, 8:20 PM
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    2.99 spent today in Lidl on milk, grapes and a pineapple. I had to bin a pineapple I bought in Asda last week as when I cut into it, it smelled really musty and odd!
    Grocery challenge - Nov: 52/100
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 13th Apr 11, 9:10 PM
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    Been reading through but havent updated any spends yet, will tomorrow. Just want to say Hippeechiq, thinking of you hun and hope you get things sorted soon, Spiggle hope everything goes ok for you and mrs mc fantastic achievement on your weightloss you certainly deserved your meal out

    Will update my dreaded spends tomorrow
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • farmers-marketeer
    13 day update
    Feeling good about this after 38.10 first week, 10.71 in 6 days with 2 no spend days. Expect to finish week at around 20 and if I hold 40 next week have 60 for last 9 days. Cutting back on the alcohol buy adsa Smart Price bitter 98p for 4 cans tastes fine 4 units of alcohol better for my health and my bank balance it's fine for cooking too.

    13 of 30 days passed 48.81 of 160 spent
  • supersally01
    Just need to update a few small spends. 26 in H@ME B@RGAINS, 32 from the local butchers, and 17 in ICEL@AND. Really happy to be planting my veggies for the summer, had some fab weather here in Inverness. Hoping to get a greenhouse at some point (did I say this year! LOL).
    The renovations are going great. The en-suite starts monday, we are having a decorator paint my hall 1st may, and I am getting a new fridge/freezer. Just as well, as there is a terrible knocking noise from it. Lets hope it lasts till tuesday!
    • CupOfChai
    • By CupOfChai 13th Apr 11, 10:09 PM
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    Really quickly popping on to update sig, over 67 now aaaaargh! Not going to make it this month, let's just try to limit the damage and see how far I've overspent so I can try to sort of make it back next time.

    Anyone know if Aldi have got aubergines in cheaper than a quid each? I need some, but venturing on an Aldi expedition would mean getting off the train halfway home then getting back on again, so can't really just go to investigate. Also am huffed at Co-op again, for their milk this time. It doesn't seem to keep nearly as well as the milk that I was buying before. The last bottle actually went off while it was still a couple of days in date, and I only realised after I'd put it in my tea (the tea looked funny). Wasted a very good tea bag there! Does anyone else find their milk doesn't keep well, or is it my fridge?
  • rosieben
    tigerfeet, I've added your Cashew Curry recipe to the index
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  • janie-h
    Hi all

    Sorry that I am VERY late arriving this month. Have been saving receipts, popping in to catch up, but not been feeling too good

    A huge thank you to all who run the thread & please put me down for 250 for April

    Anyway, hope everyone else is well? And big hugs to those who need them (me included!)

    Spends so far this month -

    A**a - 6.28
    BM - 10.41
    Iland - 20.45
    A**i - 12.86 & 50.55
    TOTAL = 100.55

    Off to update sig. So far, this month is going much better than March so I am determined to get back on track!
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