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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 22nd Jun 11, 4:19 PM
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    July 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 22nd Jun 11, 4:19 PM
    July 2011 Grocery Challenge 22nd Jun 11 at 4:19 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June 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 the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #8 and #9 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by Pink.; 30-06-2011 at 10:22 AM.
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 22nd Jul 11, 10:43 AM
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    morning all today is a nsd, my kids are eating a serious amount of fruit at the mo since tue they've eaten 13 bananas 10 oranges, 4 plums, 9 apples and a punnet of grapes, i'm still ahve a few bits in tho and a bag of frozen fruit salad that i thought i;d try, i'm gonna try stretch it out til next thur

    tonights dinner is bacon and spinage quiche with salad and wedges
    DFW £7632/£28996 26.3%
    • greent
    • By greent 22nd Jul 11, 11:35 AM
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    Morning all - I've well and truly blown the budget this month (sig doesn't show the full picture yet) We have lots of store supplies, though - I've offer shopped with a couple of free delivery codes (30KG basmati rice, anyone?! ) We'll still need to buy more milk/ bread/ fruit at the least before the month is out. However, I don;t mind thios month for some reason - I think because I know I've only bought a few treat-y items that I wouldn't normally buy, and the rest has gone on rice, tins, packets, cereals (T's 3 for 2) etc - and some whoopsied meats which will be good for future months.

    School hols started today for DS1 & 2 - tomorrow for DD. Have made a big tray of sultana & raisin flapjack and some large triple choc/ marshmallow cookies this morning for the start of goodies. They might last the weekend if I'm lucky.....
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    • 69chick
    • By 69chick 22nd Jul 11, 3:40 PM
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    Hi all...My August budget started Tuesday (I run 19th-19th due to DH payday), so far spends have been £5 on milk and bread and a shop today in MrT's for a few urgent bits £5.18..will be going to Aldi tomorrow for a proper shop and update then..

    My August budget is £360 which is allowing for a small drop on groceries and then I have budgeted in for the kids lunches as they usually have school meals. Its a hard one really as I don't know how much it will affect the budget with them being off..
    Starting with Avon C6 target sales £150.00
    • 69chick
    • By 69chick 22nd Jul 11, 3:52 PM
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    ...also don't think I actually declared my July totals which are:-

    July total £289.46

    Really pleased with that, probably the least I have ever spent in a month with my lot

    Off to catch up with your posts..
    Starting with Avon C6 target sales £150.00
    • boultdj
    • By boultdj 22nd Jul 11, 4:06 PM
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    Blast I'v gone over me budget, spent another £49.26 today, but it has included some birthday pressie's.
    • mandco
    • By mandco 22nd Jul 11, 4:57 PM
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    got to total the damage but def over budget again this month and still got a wk to go
    doesnt help that we've had an unexpected houseguest for a few days who felt the need to help themselves to my goodies stash i'd been building for the holidays without even asking £20 worth of munchies gone in 2 days.oh and just found out we're out of bread & milk again (only brought some last night) but i refuse to go to the shops today.

    congrats to everyone whos doing well this month
    this year do something that scares you for courage is not the absence of fear just the knowledge that some things are worth the risk
    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 22nd Jul 11, 7:11 PM
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    July total for me £375.83. Well that's embarassing.
    • pipersky
    • By pipersky 22nd Jul 11, 7:16 PM
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    Hi all - well, I've had to make educated guesses at grocery spends for the last week or so as partner has been doing it! He doesn't keep reciepts but I'm reasonably happy that I'm within £10 either way... Don't usually leave it to him but had baby 3 on Tuesday and last few weeks of pregnancy were quite tough So new total for month stands at £156.89.

    As we have a new member of the family I will be increasing my budget to £250 for August please.

    Hope everyone is well
    Part time GCer, NSDer, Comper and (Bad)Flylady

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    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 22nd Jul 11, 7:20 PM
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    Congratulations on baby-piper!

    My August target will be £265.
    • russetred
    • By russetred 22nd Jul 11, 7:31 PM
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    Just a quick pop in as I'm back from my hols. Hope everyone is fine. Had to run out and stock up on fruit and veg not even an onion in the house when we got back! Should still have enough supplies in the freezer and cupboards to last till the end of the month if I get inventive. Picked up a few recipes for Egyptian dishes while away so will have some road tests and post them up if they are sucessful. We always eat in the local places when abroad, 5 main meals plus cokes just over £9 and it was delish. Happy days.
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    • Mrs Money Penny
    • By Mrs Money Penny 22nd Jul 11, 8:45 PM
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    Mrs Money Penny
    Hi A spend this week of £20.24.

    Many thanks for all your kind wishes regarding my Father.
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  • rosieben
    ... had baby 3 on Tuesday ..
    Originally posted by pipersky
    congrats to you and your OH and welcome to little piper
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 22nd Jul 11, 10:09 PM
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    Congrats pipersky!

    I have spent way too much on my month off from this challenge. I was supposed to only be buying stuff I would actually eat, but yet again, I've got through a month, and there's more in the house now than there was at the beginning of the month. This happens every month, and I don't know where to put it all!! AARGHH!!

    PG x
    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
    • TizerCat
    • By TizerCat 22nd Jul 11, 10:39 PM
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    Have done Icel&nd and &sda shopping today. £6 Icel&nd and £8.55 &sda. TOTAL Grocery spends £14.55 so far this week. Shouldn't need much else with help from the allotment got some whoopsied rolls and egg mayo for the students packed lunches tomorrow as they are off to Cambridge for the day.

    Menu for the week

    Chicken pie HM in the freezerwith broccoli and carrots
    Quiche HM in the freezer with salad and pots
    Chicken breast with salad and pots
    Spehgetti Bolgnese
    Sausage and beans casserole and rice
    Pasta Alfredo
    Pizza with salad or maybe chips

    Keep up the good work GCer's nearly the end of the month
    Debt at LBM 27 Sept 2010 £40,640.17 Debt now £1700 on one credit card 0% and £4,000 on an Ikea kitchen 0%

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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 23rd Jul 11, 6:38 AM
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    £35.49 spent this week. Signature updated. I am still buying milk from the supermarket instead of the milkman delivering. Now that I am into the habit of only shopping once a week, it seems to be going well. As the summer holidays have started, it feels like I should spend next weeks grocery money on bread, ham and monster munch......
    July grocery challenge £152.03/£300
    • ragz
    • By ragz 23rd Jul 11, 7:24 AM
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    Congrats pipersky!

    I have spent way too much on my month off from this challenge. I was supposed to only be buying stuff I would actually eat, but yet again, I've got through a month, and there's more in the house now than there was at the beginning of the month. This happens every month, and I don't know where to put it all!! AARGHH!!

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Same here, more and more cupboards are being given over to food storage... when will it stop? I think I have a problem...
    Ragz is busy studying
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 23rd Jul 11, 7:57 AM
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    Same here, more and more cupboards are being given over to food storage... when will it stop? I think I have a problem...
    Originally posted by ragz
    i have that problem aswell

    today is a nsd were off to a birthday party this afternoon and it's a great day for it, when we get back i'm gonna make a spanish omlette for tea as it's very warm today s we'll just want something light
    DFW £7632/£28996 26.3%
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 23rd Jul 11, 8:00 AM
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    Hi Chums well I have been pleased with the way my food budget has gone so far this month and for August will only need a budget amount of £50.00 as I am away on holiday for the last two weeks.I am hoping that I will have at least a tenner to put into the ice-cream-for-the grandkids fund from left over cash from my July food purse.I have been shopping from my freezer for the greater part of July so its helping to shift the food mountain in my stocks
    Well done to all those that have managed to get through the month so far and its the fact that we are all thinking before buying thats important not how much we have to spend .Focussing on you expenditure is money-saving in itself.I am constantly on the lookout for basic stuff that can be stored up for the coming winter as food prices keep rising almost daily I have a good stock of pasta,museli ect and will be looking towards finding some inexpensive porrage oats as not only do I have them for breakfast but I use them in cakes as well.
    Well done everyone we should have a pat-on-the back smiley I think
    Last edited by JackieO; 23-07-2011 at 8:02 AM.
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  • cat_smith
    Hi all. I'm back after a wonderful holiday. Planning Mr T for tomorrow. Hopefully to last for the rest of the month. Planning on coming in under £100 for the month with 14days away. We'll see.
    GC Mar 13 £47.36/£150
  • annelouise
    Culinary Success
    Two days,two new recipes and two resounding successes-

    Yesterday I had 5 tortilla's that needed using and a chorizo sausage in the freezer so google -

    Made Potato,Chorizo and Cheese Qusedilla for a BBQ.

    Parboiled 2 small potatoes cubed.Dried before frying.
    Fried 1/2 onion,clove of garlic for 3-4 mins, add potatoes,chorizo,
    S & P.
    Place on half moon of tortilla,flat bread etc.
    Cover with mixture of mozzarella and cheddar.
    Brush wih oil - Cook in oven,under grill or on sandwich press till golden serve with salad,meat or alone as a starter.

    Made onion marmalade this morning from this recipe thread.

    Added handful of raisins,3 cloves and 1/2 teaspoon of mustard seeds in addition to the recipes.

    'Tis divine

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