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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th May 11, 10:29 PM
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    June 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 26th May 11, 10:29 PM
    June 2011 Grocery Challenge 26th May 11 at 10:29 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your May budget, then keep on posting in the May 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.; 29-05-2011 at 8:18 PM.
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    • JIL
    • By JIL 5th Jun 11, 9:06 PM
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    Delicious dinner. Not very OS as all bought at full price and deli prices, but sometimes its worth the extra. Chicken breast stuffed with mozarella and wrapped in parma ham. Yum.

    However, I have half a ball of mozzarella left and DH hates tomatoes so can't do the normal salad. Any ideas?
    Originally posted by cat_smith
    how about making your own burgers but wrapping the meat around the mozzarella so there is a cheese surprise in the middle? or adding to homemade tuna/smoked haddock fishcakes?
  • espresso21
    Jil, that's exactly what I was going to suggest with the leftover mozzarella. I have a recipe for lamb burgers with a ball of feta inside; I'm sure beef burgers with melty mozzarella would be just as lovely!
    • philsmum
    • By philsmum 5th Jun 11, 9:25 PM
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    I got a pack of 5 from the pound shop - cheap as chips! Well cheaper actually.
    Originally posted by Chloris
    Hi Chloris.
    If you go into pound land don't buy the ones in the cleaning section buy the ones that are in the motoring section, they are brilliant and you certainly don't need any cleaning products.

    Up to now I have had 4 NSD up to now (never been known) I have started using The 2nd purse System early days yet but I think I understand it now.
    Hope everyone has a good week. Morrisons have just advertised Robinson squash for 50p. Hope they have lots more offers this week.
    Debt free from April 2012
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 5th Jun 11, 9:32 PM
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    Oops. Was supposed to be a nsd, but spent £14.12 in a$da today. However, did need to go in for sun cream (not gc) and a few other bits, like a present for a friend (also not gc). I was fairly restrained, and didn't go down some of the aisles, which I think helped! Plus, the mantra - I already have too much, I already have too much...!!!

    I will not let this month beat me!

    ROTFLMAO about the kelloggs thing!!
    Grocery challenge for family of three - me, dd(12) and ds(11), feeding dp 2 or 3 x a week too. Only food, not toiletries. Jan £87.97/£100 Feb £0/£100
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
  • Mothership
    1lb Mince

    I jar Sundried tomatoes in olive or Sunflour oil ( Aldi £1.19)

    4 Cloves Garlic (finely chopped)
    1 large onion (finely chopped)
    1 red Pepper ( cut up small)
    A few mushrooms if you have them.
    6 large tomatoes chopped. (Or a tin of tomatoes cut up).
    2 small or one large container or jar passata or chopped tomatoes with olives M*******s finest 3 for £1.

    1 pack of Ementhall cheese ( Aldi £1.39)

    1 pack of Lasagna sheets, fresh or dried , (even better homemade)

    Tomato Sauce

    Brown mince, remove from pot, place in sieve to drain off fat, dry off pan.

    Open jar sundried tomatoes , puree tomatoes reserve till later, pour oil from jar in pan, fry garlic and finely chopped onions, until translucent, add mushrooms, red pepper pureed sundried tomatoes, fry for a while , then add chopped tomatoes, add mince.
    Add passata or containers of chopped tomatoes.
    Cook for about 10-15 min.
    Salt to taste. Add some basil, and a good squirt of lemon juice.

    White sauce.

    Large knob of butter, melt in pan, add 2-3 tablespoons flour, stir around for a few seconds until cooked, add 1 pint milk gradually, beat until there is no lumps, ( I use a stick blender).
    Add a good dollop of cream cheese, or 4-6 dairylee beat until melted.
    Salt to taste, add some grated nutmeg to sauce.

    Oil dish , place a layer of lasagna sheets in dish, followed by meat sauce, lasagne, repeat till all your meat sauce is used, then add, white sauce to top, cover white sauce with a layer of Ementhall cheese, press down in sauce to allow some of the sauce to come up through the holes in the cheese, go round all the edges as well to partly sink the cheese.
    Grate some nutmeg over the top and bake it oven for 40 min at 200.

    The sundried tomatoes really lift the tomato sauce, gives the flavour much more depth. Frying the onions and garlic in the sundried tomato oil at start of cooking also improves the taste. I've tried just throwing everything in, no where near as nice.

    I've used this sauce for meatballs and Bolognese.

    Last edited by Mothership; 05-06-2011 at 9:46 PM.
    1st Purse £114.19 Monthly GB
    2nd Purse ££100
    Fridge Freezer £300 3rd Purse /£290.94
    • philsmum
    • By philsmum 5th Jun 11, 9:45 PM
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    Oh, I have pearl barley too!

    Thank you for the idea. I am a lazy cook when it comes to parboiling. So could I cut my potatoes up for chips/wedges, coat with semolina when cook in the oven?
    Originally posted by Chloris
    Yes Chloris you can do it like that but much nicer when parboiled just for a short time. We have had the roasties tonight yum yum
    Debt free from April 2012
  • Evren
    Sausages, they are a godsend, I swear. Lol.
    Cheap and easy to cook from frozen, and never ever forget the old tatties. xD
    A work in progress. <3
  • rosieben
    Mothership, I've added your Lasagne recipe to the index
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    • Sunnyday
    • By Sunnyday 6th Jun 11, 7:07 AM
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    Morning Peeps

    not doing quite as badly as i thought we would be this month

    I`ve not even started on my siggy yet though but plan to update later as i`m off out to the shops soon. I`ve not been able to total up for May yet as i have a missing receipt so may have to guess at that one if it doesn`t turn up soon.

    I think that as i`m getting out of the habit of taking my purse everywhere this has gone astray, still have a few more pockets to check though.

    Mothership - your lasagne recipe sounds lovely, i`m a big fan of sundried tomatoes too so i shall buy everything in and make the recipe later in the month when i have a day off. Thanks for posting.

    Sistercas - Sorry to hear about your freezer hope that you manage to replace everything without too much expense.

    Off to tweak the meal planner and add a few things to my shopping list.

    Have a marvellous Monday everyone.

    Planning on starting the GC again soon
    • CherryPie
    • By CherryPie 6th Jun 11, 7:35 AM
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    It's only the 6th, and I'm already not gonna make it!!

    Consoling myself with the fact I've had a couple of good months. Stopped meal planning, so shouldn't be surprised really! Back on that wagon today. Have cupboards full of food and i'm on hols this week so batch cooking it is!

    And staying away from T3scos!!!!!!
    My name is CherryPie and I'm addicted to grocery shopping!!

    Grocery Challenge

    Feb 2016 - £46.73 / £100.00
    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 6th Jun 11, 9:11 AM
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    hi everyone, had a weekly shop at mr t on thursday which came to £70.29 had to buy extra with kids being off. Popped to Mr Morris on sat and spent £22.75, half the things i just picked up cos they were on offer not because i actually needed them
    Today will be a NSD, been chucking it down all night and still is, least the gardens getting a bit of water.

    Spiggle.. hope your ok love and we see you posting again soon
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • espresso21
    Mothership, I just read your recipe and now I'm hungry! It sounds delish and not too expensive either.
    I have several good recipes too - do we just post them on here or put them on a recipe thread? That's if anyone wants them of course!
    • toddles*
    • By toddles* 6th Jun 11, 9:20 AM
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    A huge thank you to Hippeechiq for the link to the diabetes thread. your an angel

    spent another £10.50 in MrS this morning, just a top up shop, things for my new sugar-free lifestyle.

    off to up date my sig now
    Happy days
    • Cleosmum
    • By Cleosmum 6th Jun 11, 9:42 AM
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    Hi, I really need to be here again as my grocery budget has fallen by the wayside and I just keep popping into Sainsburys to buy bits and coming out £20 lighter almost daily on top of a weekly shop On plus side I am still using mysupermarket to check things for weekly shop and most top up shops but still not good enough!

    Please put me down for £400 usually do 1st to the end of the month so will try and work out what I have spent so far! We have no money until 17th but a full freezer so hoping it will be much less! I have an asda shop due tomorrow for £26 but not sure I can count it as the money will be reimbursed?! What do you think?
    Jan 2016 Grocery Challenge: £184.58/£400 (16/01)
  • crockpot
    Well Mr S has just brought my shopping and I am not a happy bunny.

    Delivery man noticed that a large pot was rotten so they had to go back, we were having bangers and mash tonight!

    Then found dishwasher cleaner had leaked and 2 out of my 3 onions were rotten aswell!

    Not feeling too good but rung them up-free phone No at least, they will refund the problem items and credit me £5 in an e voucher for next shop!!

    Did order some baking pots so might have them with the bangers instead.

    But on the upside cupboards and freezer full, plus fridge and spent £58.58
    • patentgirl
    • By patentgirl 6th Jun 11, 9:53 AM
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    It's only the 6th, and I'm already not gonna make it!!

    Consoling myself with the fact I've had a couple of good months. Stopped meal planning, so shouldn't be surprised really! Back on that wagon today. Have cupboards full of food and i'm on hols this week so batch cooking it is!

    And staying away from T3scos!!!!!!
    Originally posted by CherryPie
    Keep going Cherry Pie this is whatI have done in past then given up for rest of month then back to old ways before you know it have pullled myself back few times now I am still trying to keep to total myself got full cupboards too so hopefully will come in around total fingers crossed
    Mothership Lasagne recipe sounds yummy
    February grocery challenge £200
  • Mothership
    Mothership, I just read your recipe and now I'm hungry! It sounds delish and not too expensive either.
    I have several good recipes too - do we just post them on here or put them on a recipe thread? That's if anyone wants them of course!
    Originally posted by espresso21
    Post them here, there's a lovely lady who puts them in the index for us.

    I stole the recipe from a chef, I helped him with a do and watched what he put in it, he used concentrated sundried tomato puree (eee! its expensive.) A jar of Aldi's blitzed works just as well, frying the garlic and onions in the oil from the jar was my own slant on the recipe. It makes LOADS I've got 4 portions for the freezer and gave 3 to a wee pensioner friend who doesn't eat very well + 3 for dinner, 10 portions in all good sized ones too. I think it worked out about 42p per portion.
    1st Purse £114.19 Monthly GB
    2nd Purse ££100
    Fridge Freezer £300 3rd Purse /£290.94
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 6th Jun 11, 11:11 AM
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    tessie bear
    hi...just got back from asd$... at prices...they seem to change (ie go up) almost daily....i used to just wander around putting what we needed in a it takes ages checking what all the options cost...i think one week iv got a product sussed eg what is the cheapest...then next week its all change and another product is better...also whoopsies in asd£ seem to have got pathetic...hardly marking down at all

    have just finished up a pineapple upside down pudding i made at he do fab pineapples...huge and cost 99p or a quid cant remember exactly

    take care
    onwards and upwards
  • rachbc
    owch - car repar bill means I've had to shave this month budget down to £200 - think we shoudl be ok due to well stocks freezer/ cipboard and hens now laying.

    20.80 at adli at the weekend inc 2 cheeky bottles of alcoholic ginger beer to get over the shock at the garage.

    Running total £58.63, will need some fruit later in the week though
    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 6th Jun 11, 12:03 PM
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    just back from tesco, only needed a few bits but got extra bits aswell spent £13.42 so still not doing too bad i suppose, i need desil tho which isn't gonna help my bank balance much
    DFW £7632/£28996 26.3%
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