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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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    • PurpleJay
    • By PurpleJay 11th Sep 11, 6:00 PM
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    Here is a little update.

    This week we have had a couple of trips to Tesco Express totalling 17.63 a couple of loaves of bread , a trip to wilkos at 5.77, finally a trip to Morrisons today (gosh it is busy on a Sunday morning) 57.

    I got a few bargains in Morrisons and spent a bit more than planned today but still ok.

    Going to do a meal plan now. (I know I should really have done it before I shopped).

    It is hard to know how much M will want at tea time as he is starting school full time tomorrow and is having school dinners. He will probably want something hot but if not we always have stuff in for sandwiches - it will be jam, cheese or quorn ham this week. I have quorn beef for me and italian ham for hubby.

    Mon - Potato and onion pie with beans/brocolli and gravy
    Tues - Pasta with tomato, mushroom, pepper, onion, garlic sauce
    Wed - Jacket potato, cheese and beans
    Thurs - Curry and rice / savoury rice with extra veg
    Fri - Sausage, mash, veg and gravy
    Saturday - Potato Waffles, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes
    Sunday - Cottage pie with quorn mince, veg and gravy

    These are inter-changable and can be adjusted to suit.
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    • pepsi-kins
    • By pepsi-kins 11th Sep 11, 6:20 PM
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    Quite pleased with how little I have spent this week, even though I didn't really need much. I went to Li*l yesterday as I never ever go there, and I thought I would have a look, particularly at their fruit and veg, my goodness I was really surprised at how cheap it was and what good quality it was. I will definitely be making that a regular trip.
    Have been very industious today, i've made 8 pasties, four vegetable crumbles, five blackberry and apple crumbles, apple sauce, and pork chops and roast for tea.

    Have a good week everyone x
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 11th Sep 11, 7:32 PM
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    today ended up a nsd even tho we have no bread it was so wet i didn't wanna go to the shop for any so i put some in the breadmaker, i didn't ahve any salt so i put rocksalt in hope it's ok, not much else happening here it's wet and wild outside
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    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 11th Sep 11, 7:41 PM
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    recovering spendaholic
    I was having a NSD today but have just run out of toilet roll ( again!!!!) so have dispatched DD2 to the little Tesco for some, plus some foil for lunches. I told her to get any reduced bread that they had as they reduce it to silly prices about this time. Hope she remembers!

    Spent a bit in Tescos yesterday as my sister and friend were coming for tea last night, plus I wanted to get the free Campbell's soup. I only printed off one voucher but apparantly you can print of as many as you want -does anyone know if you can only use one per shop or can you buy 5 tins and use 5 vouchers? I always buy the condensed mushroom and the celery as they are great for pasta bakes - I make a tuna one with the celery and a ham and mushroom one with the mushroom. The chicken one used to be lovely but they must have changed the recipe because it is truly vile now!

    I made a lovely dessert last night - it was really easy and used up a couple of jars of the blackberries that they have on approved foods.

    Chocolate mousse trifle

    leftover chocolate cake (any kind - I used about six little chocolate muffins)
    Bar of value chocolate
    two jars of Approved foods blackberries or 1 tin of any berries or cherries
    2 sachets of chocolate Angel Delight or own brand.

    Chop half of the chocolate and sprinkle it over the broken up muffins or fairy cakes in the bottom of a shallow dish. Pour over the fruit and leave to soak for about 2 hours.

    Make up the Angel Delight and pour over the cake mixture and when set grate on the rest of the bar of chocolate.

    This was really nice and worked out quite cheap too as it fed 6 of us but could have stretched to 8 easily.

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  • Girl least likely to
    It was going so well until yesterday . 13.99 in Adl1 and 39. 75 in Morry's. Didn't stick to my list in Morry's at all so really must try harder. One the plus side it was all stuff on offer I usually buy so hopefully it'll impact next month. So, total for the month so far is 147.50. 19 days and 52.50 left. I need bananas tomorrow for the kids, they eat 2 a day, could do with a tree in the garden . Hope everyone is doing better than me .
    • nmlc
    • By nmlc 11th Sep 11, 8:13 PM
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    Eveing all

    Just an update on the spends, did shopping on Friday and Saturday total spent was 101.84 - bit more than I would have liked but several stock up items.

    Keep safe and well everyone, hugs to those that need/want them x

    nmlc x
  • starflower
    Updating sig, 5.30 spend on milk and fresh fruit. Planning a bigger top up shop later in the week.

    September Grocery Challenge 181.51/270.00
    August Grocery Challenge 298.60/270.00
    • lynneee
    • By lynneee 11th Sep 11, 8:43 PM
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    Im up to 69.18 spent. Really pleased with the progress we are making! Never thought I would be doing so well!!
    Need to be more frugal! Took my eye off the ball, time to refocus
    • Natty68
    • By Natty68 11th Sep 11, 9:02 PM
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    Had our weekly shopping run yesterday and managed to spend 49.00 in Mr A's. Wasn't too bad though as we bought a few extras i.e. toiletries - which brings me up to 168.17

    Struggling financially

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  • rosieben
    recovering spendaholic I've added your Chocolate mousse trifle recipe to the index
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 12th Sep 11, 12:25 AM
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    Save Dosh
    Just to update spends, I spent 6 on a bottle of wine, hopefully i will come in on budget this month, really been trying. Hope everyone else is doing ok, or enjoying not
    August GC - Food 55.56/80 Alcohol 17.24/20
    Bulk Funds - Food 19.73
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    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 12th Sep 11, 6:17 AM
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    Signature is now up to date. I have about 50 per week and I have quite a lot in. Enjoying the change in season - I have made my first cauliflower and brocilli cheese in ages .

    LO chicken to become noodle soup/ barley broth for a quick tea tonight. I'll make spotted !!!! and custard for pudding. I also need to make something cakey for tomorrows packed lunches.

    Hope everyone enjoys their blowey day and stays safe. x
    • FoxFace
    • By FoxFace 12th Sep 11, 6:28 AM
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    Very early morning spend of 8.25 after finding out Mr T's 50p products this week are strawberries, mangoes & plums... three of our favourites

    So I have stocked up on those and grabbed some eggs whilst there, for more baking
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    Total Starting Debt = 11,020.01p Currently: 6203.07p
    ~Grocery Challenge August: 0.00/ 80.00p : NSD: 5 ~
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  • poppy-glos
    Very early morning spend of 8.25 after finding out Mr T's 50p products this week are strawberries, mangoes & plums... three of our favourites
    Originally posted by FoxFace
    morning foxface, was that a big mr t? i've just checked online and can't see any 50p offers - i didn't know mr t did them.

    thanks in advance

    poppy x
    nov grocery challenge, .227.69/300, 9/25 nsd: , 7 Cmo, 10 egm.
    Me, 10 yo dd, and the dog. all food and drinks, in and out, plus household shopping.
    • FoxFace
    • By FoxFace 12th Sep 11, 7:19 AM
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    morning foxface, was that a big mr t? i've just checked online and can't see any 50p offers - i didn't know mr t did them.

    thanks in advance

    poppy x
    Originally posted by poppy-glos
    T3sco, yes I had an email voucher for 10 off a 50 spend, and went to have a nosy for stocking up purposes, it was on the front page... I wonder if it's a regional thing then?
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    Total Starting Debt = 11,020.01p Currently: 6203.07p
    ~Grocery Challenge August: 0.00/ 80.00p : NSD: 5 ~
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  • ThrivingOnThrift
    What I need to stop doing is putting off doing a proper online shop, because then I run out of milk and have to go and get some, and tend to pick up other bits while I am there. Still, although over half my budget has gone I am feeling good about ending the month on budget, as I stocked up the freezer at F@rm Foods and now have the basis for at least a fortnights dinners in there. The other trap I must resist is feeling pleased with how the budget is going, and then if we go out for breakfast or coffee as a treat buying it out of the food budget. Over 30 has gone that way so far this month! Still I am learning lots which has to be a good thing. Task for today and tomorrow is to make out a new menu plan inspired by my freezer contents, and then do a small online shop for milk, sandwich filling etc etc.

    I hope everyone else is having a good month so far!

    PS Best buy in F@rm Foods....2.5kg bags beef mince with onions that you can cook from frozen, 2 bags for 5. Used some last night to make cottage pie and was really pleased with it.
    September Grocery Challenge 236.28/260
    • ButterflyBee
    • By ButterflyBee 12th Sep 11, 8:15 AM
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    On target for September.
    So far I have done quite well. I am impressed but have a LONG way to go still.

    Went to Mr T and bought a huge bag of cat litter for 8, reduced from 9 at least that is sorted for the rest of the month. I have decided that cutting down on the cat food and supplies is the next step in managing the weekly shop.

    My local Tesco always has so much reduced but the staff are so rude! this normally puts me off going in there. I wrote a letter and a follow up letter however no reply was ever recieved!
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    • annem38
    • By annem38 12th Sep 11, 8:23 AM
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    hi all, not been on for a while but can i change my target for sept to 250 and not 200, was meant to be going away for a week but didn't happen, bummer but at least i didn't have to get on a plane!

    anyhoo for the first 2 weeks of the month i have managed to get thru 138.48, but at least my one big monthly shop is out of the way and i have enough cat food to see them thru to oct, am now going to see if i can get back on track by only spending 12 quid this week, well a girl can dream can't she??

    right, got a chicken carcass to turn into stock, not sure what to make with it at the moment so will prob freeze it

    thanks for listening

    • Flat Eric
    • By Flat Eric 12th Sep 11, 8:40 AM
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    Flat Eric
    Had no electricity for about eight hours yesterday - my upright freezer with drawers is pretty full and I didn't dare open it. The chest freezer (in garage) is about 3/4 full. I use this mainly for storing of vegetables / loafs of bread etc.

    The inside freezer has all sorts including sausages, chicken pieces, breaded chicken pieces and the like.

    I am led to believe that as long as you don't open the freezer (which I didn't) and because the freezer was quite full that the contents will be safe for about 12 hours. The power was off off for about 8.

    Am i correct in my thinking - will the stuff (in my freezer) be ok ??
    The cat can have the ham that was in my fridge and I think mainly fruit/cheese yogurts are the only other items that might be spoiled but will obvious if they are ?

    Obviously as and when I go to use something (for example chicken pieces), when defrosted, the sniff test should determine whether its safe to use ???

    Im sorry for posting this on this thread but I wasn't sure where else to put it and I will add I am very glad I didn't buy too much when I visited the shop yesterday !!! (only a carton of soup!)

    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 12th Sep 11, 9:37 AM
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    Save Dosh
    Flat Eric personally i would think if they have not defrosted, then they should be fine, but i always smell meat products out of habit, so the sniff test should suffice - hope its all ok
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