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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    September 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    September 2011 Grocery Challenge 4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the ninth Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your August budget, then keep on posting in the August 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.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by zippychick; 31-08-2011 at 9:44 PM.
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  • choclover
    Delivery from Mr A came today, came to a total of 54.84 including delivery which isn't bad as i've filled up the fridge, got loads of nibbles and even got some ready meals for hubby and me to have while I'm at work in the evening (he doesn't cook) and some cupboard stuff like baked beans and gravy granules!
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    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 5th Sep 11, 9:02 PM
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    Evening everyone, we had our shopping to do on Saturday plus bought a couple of other things out and about, so have just added up my spend so far - £73.19 It's weird how you end up spending so much without realising it, and the total goes up very quickly

    Am hoping I can go a couple of days without having to spend anything, but I would imagine something is bound to crop up it always does

    Just off to update signature now

    Hugs and love to everyone

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    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 5th Sep 11, 9:15 PM
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    Went to mr t today as had a £9 off a £60 spend and they have their own brand washing liquid (bio and non bio) £2.50 a bottle on bogof. I thought this might help someone.

    I have also done a meat order with Donald Russell for the first time. A friend of mine raves about them. I am getting :
    2 ribeye steaks
    2 pave rump steaks
    4 pave rump medallions
    4 grand steak burgers
    12 mini steak burgers
    £29 (this is a half price offer) with free delivery.
    I have also added another half price deal for 8 x 440g steak mince at £19.

    I will let you know what I think once it has been delivered but if you are interested in the offer the link is

    Night xx
    GC Mar 11 £437.08Apr 11 £459.26 May 11 £485.52 June 11 £423.79July 11 £409.22 Aug 11 £250.10Sept 11 £396.14Oct 11 £382.37Nov 11 £372.55Dec 11 £332.29 Jan 12 £375.19:Feb 12 £349.58Mar 12 £279.66Apr 12 £249.12May 12 £337.66/Jun 12 £362.58/Jul 12 £317.03/Aug 12 £354.02/Sept £439.72/Oct 12 £210.16
  • busylizzie76
    NSD today - first day back at full time work - am a teacher as I see a few on this thread are :wave so it was a full day inset on "outstanding teaching". Fab lunch of sandwiches and yummy pudding. Sausages and tomato pasta for tea tonight - DDs favourite.

    Did have to buy £12.24 of bits for two wedding cakes I am making but I am not putting this on my personal grocery budget......did well as went into a lovely large Mr.Ts and only bought what I required for the cakes.
    Have been baking and covering cakes this evening.

    Night night everyone.
    Me, 2 x kiddies and multiple pets.

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  • destroyerofdebt2011
    Fallen by Wayside
    Recent RL events have kinda derailed recent efforts ... so guess what I'm back again!! With a very tight budget as i have a mammoth bill coming out next month which i havent been able to plan for. Theres always something sent to try us.

    So thankyou to all who keep this Topic running and please can you put me down for a very slim £40 this month.

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    • sparklysaver
    • By sparklysaver 5th Sep 11, 9:57 PM
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    Evening all...... well, I ended up with a NSD today because the rain was so torrential I would have needed a wetsuit to get to the car

    So, veg shopping delayed until tomorrow, and meal plan adjusted accordingly. Have a list and am going to do a bit of a trawl to compare prices on things I buy quite a lot of, like muesli and fruit yogurts. I tend to buy these without paying much attention to the price to be honest, and I suspect I could get them cheaper, but on the other hand I don't want to end up saving just a wee bit and ending up with something I don't like. Yogurts especially - I only like certain flavours and the multi packs always seem to have a peach or apricot one, which I HATE, so that's a bit of a waste of money! Going to have a nosey round A*di & L*dl in the morning.

    I think I may actually have turned into my Grandad (he's in about 4 supermarkets every single day, bless him) and if I ever get a job again I'll have less time to do this, but might as well make use of the free time at the moment.

  • Girl least likely to
    1st spend of the month today. Mr T delivered £93.76 of stuff to carry us through most of the month. Hopefully I'll keep out of the shops until Friday for a milk, F&V, bread top up shop for the weekend. Will be having slow cooker meals this week so I can bung some in the freezer for later in the month
    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 6th Sep 11, 6:34 AM
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    Forgot to say S4vers had a box of 6 Johnsons baby wipes for £4.99 xx
    GC Mar 11 £437.08Apr 11 £459.26 May 11 £485.52 June 11 £423.79July 11 £409.22 Aug 11 £250.10Sept 11 £396.14Oct 11 £382.37Nov 11 £372.55Dec 11 £332.29 Jan 12 £375.19:Feb 12 £349.58Mar 12 £279.66Apr 12 £249.12May 12 £337.66/Jun 12 £362.58/Jul 12 £317.03/Aug 12 £354.02/Sept £439.72/Oct 12 £210.16
  • Nicky2905
    Had to pop to Mr T last night for a few fresh bits and urgently needed some black trousers for my work induction tomorrow.Was feeling a bit peeved and frustrated as, as usual, couldn't find a good fit - so went for the closest fit and will have to take the legs up. So I wasn't 100 per cent happy and even when I got home I said to my hubby I might take them back as I really just bought them in desperation, only £8, but still, money is v tight. Then, I checked my receipt and realised I had only been charged £1.50 for them!!! My mood instantly brightened - for £1.50 I don't mind having to adjust them!!!

    So, need to declare £13 on fresh bits (milk, veg, fruit, cheese and some crackers, eggs) and the trousers!! The joke is, I was feeling a bit of a failure as I had gone in the evening in the hopes of picking up stuff reduced and not been able to find anything - never knowing the bargain I had sat in my basket!!!
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    • FoxFace
    • By FoxFace 6th Sep 11, 7:25 AM
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    Good Morning folks

    I have just woke up, but can happily state my 2nd NSD for today

    I have an old work colleague visiting today, who I haven't seen since I was made redundant in January... it's all very exciting
    I am particularly happy because rather than meeting at a coffee shop (my usual choice) and having to spend a lot of money, I simply invited her to my home (where I have a perfectly good kettle and brew supplies ).

    And in the afternoon I have another friend visiting, so other than walking the dog I will pretty much be at home all day

    I may have to spend tomorrow though, the milk is getting a little low
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  • sock-knitter
    today will be my 3rd nsd as i got milk and fruit yesterday, and have plenty of everything else already in
    loves to knit and crochet for others
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 6th Sep 11, 7:39 AM
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    nicky well done on the bargain trousers

    two NSDs so far this week and hoping today will be another

    going through the cupbaords using stuff last night ried Quinoa for the first time lightly fried the green stalks of a bunch of spring onions with a few slices of leek and a couple of chopped courgettes added a cup of quinoa cooked for a while longer then added 3 cups of water and left to simmer for abouut 20mins (it really swells up) served it with veggie sausages and cabbage, followed by fresh strawbs and icecream.

    jacket pots for dinner today and possibly golden rice or something light for tea, kids will eat earlier, pasta aqnd something.

    have a good day all
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    • 166million
    • By 166million 6th Sep 11, 8:29 AM
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    Hi all, can't keep up with this thread!

    My first spend for September budget is £18.16

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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 6th Sep 11, 8:38 AM
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    morning all another nsd today, rejiging my meal, i didn't have any dinner last night so hubby didn't have any either, then late on i heated the spuds and we had them with butter and cheese, so there was loads of casarole left so rather than stretch to stew we can have casarole next week, so were having pizza and chips for tea tonight instead
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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 6th Sep 11, 8:40 AM
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    tessie bear back to school today and the heavens have line drying today which is a chicken for tea...might do a white sauce and mushrooms with it...sort of pie like but with no blackberries for pudding...maybe crumble

    got to go shopping later...i always seem to need something...oh well...onward and upward

    take care tessa
    onwards and upwards
    • Naomim
    • By Naomim 6th Sep 11, 9:04 AM
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    ~Hi All,

    Jumping on here although as working on Aug/Sept balance (I get paid mid month)

    So technically still my Aug budget I am still within budget at £205.57 with 10 days (2 shops?) left.

    For Sept please put me down for £325

    Will post more when I'm on lunch break


    Naomi x
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    • Gorgeestwo
    • By Gorgeestwo 6th Sep 11, 9:26 AM
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    Children back to school this morning The house is wayyy too quiet lol hoping for another NSD today, not going to ventre out in this weather apart from doing the school run this afternoon, going to make some bread and making beef and ale pie for tea, going to make my own pastry , its been a long time since I've made it, so could end up just being beef and ale casserole

    Hope everyone has a good Tuesday.
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    For 2 adults, 2 children (10 & 9 yrs) 3 cats & 2 dogs.

    • Pinwheel
    • By Pinwheel 6th Sep 11, 9:33 AM
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    Hi everyone

    Children back at school today and mixed feelings for me. I'm sad to see them looking thoughtful about going and sad that the summer is over, but deep down I know that we all need the routine back!

    Anyway the last few days I seem to have spent too much. I spent £22.10 in W**trise on Saturday on 2 chickens, 3 packs of minced beef, 3 packs of sausages, some yoghurts, veg, stock cubes and tea bags. Most of it was on offer and as we don't eat a great deal of meat, that should do us for this month meatwise. I then spent £2.25 in C**p, and another £5.18 in W**trose yesterday on wraps, ham and a couple of other bits for lunch boxes. I have updated my signature and am left with £113.16 to last until 26th Sept. I think I can do it, I will certainly try my best!

    Have a good day everyone
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  • TrixieB
    need a few bits today - or want would be more accurate!! - so my plans for a NSD out the window! fryup for tea, egg bacon, hash brown, beans, black pudding, fried bread, and also will be making some bacon cheese and potato pasties for the freezer
    Trying very hard to be frugal and OS - just plodding on and doing my best!

  • choclover
    Wow those trousers sound like a good deal!

    Got some things from the local shop last week and they've only just taken it out my account, topped it all up and it comes it to a whopping £42.24! Meaning that now I only have £45.45 left in my budget to last for three weeks! I don't think it's going to happen somehow!

    Will update my sig now
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