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

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the December 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 competition....it'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 everyones totals, see post #7 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 27-12-2011 at 12:52 PM.
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    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 4th Jan 12, 5:40 PM
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    freyasmum
    I actually have an annual budget, which I split into monthly amounts according to the days in the month. If I have anything left out of a months 'allowance' it stays in my annual pot - which means that if I underspend in the early part of the year I can stock up on bargains later in the year without having to rob other pots to do so.
    Originally posted by cw18
    This is how I do it too.

    Although I officially have an annual budget and could, in theory, draw 2000 from the bank and keep it in the purse and spend as and when, I've split it up into monthly allowances and can then take advantage of any good deals.

    ____________

    Spent 1.97 in Tesco today while I was picking up the blender. 65p of which was the useless local paper for my mother I said I was doing an experiment, trying to keep an eye on my groceries and stick to a budget and she just said 'oh aye? me too. get the paper while you're in' Still it makes an improvement on the time I spent over 500 in less than 3 months running down to the shop for her And that's while she has two deliveries a week from the various supermarkets

    Anyhoo, I digress... The weather has been atrocious so there was quite a bit of veg reduced. That was ideal for me as I got two bag of carrots for 22p each and a bag of clementines for 38p.

    Also got the turnip for the root veg mash for tonights dinner, which was 50p.

    They had bags of maris pipers down to 20p for 2.5 kg which I wish I'd gone back for but didn't see till I was out.

    Some of the carrots have gone into the veg mash, some will go into the sizzling beef strips, some will be turned into soup for lunches and the rest that haven't been pinched by my little fruit&veg bag will go in the freezer.

    freyasmum- thanks for the tip on the fairy, Plus the voucher will definitely be off to sainsburys tommorow to stock up
    Originally posted by medusasmummy
    I'm glad it helped!

    I just need to keep telling myself I don't need it
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 4th Jan 12, 5:41 PM
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    tigerfeet2006
    Thought I would share this with you all. I have a magazine delivered called Easy Food (the original budget recipe magazine) and it is available for 10 Mr T vouchers that covers an annual subscription.

    There are loads of budget recipes, they give you loads of ideas for entertaining and have a great section each time on special diets such as diabetic, coeliac, egg free, high fibre etc.

    I have 2 recipes which may be of interest especially to Tigerfeet2006 and Long Tall Sally for gluten-free, egg-free and diary-free banana bread and flourless chocolate raspberry cake. If you want the recipes just let me know.

    HTH

    Tracey
    Originally posted by tracey12
    Thanks Tracey, new recipes are always gratefully recieved
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  • Redouble
    Another 17.95 spent on emergency moon cup purchase (accidentally flushed mine down the loo like the imbecile I apparently am!!)

    Up to 61.25 spent now :/
    Tomorrow is sort the cupboards and make meal plans day. I hope my mother in law isn't expecting to eat much while she's here
    NSDs 7/20
    Make 10 a day 403.74/310
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 4th Jan 12, 5:50 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Hi all, well had to give up on reading all the posts, gawd its gone mad. Good luck to the ladies who have quit smoking, meg & aberdeen (i think), sorry if thats wrong). I quit, having been a 30 a day smoker, 12 years ago, and would NEVER go near a cigarette, it really does get better. I can highly recommend a book called you can stop smoking by Alan Carr, it really works. I have only spent 1.09 this month, on milk, will update sig.
    August GC - Food 55.56/80 Alcohol 17.24/20
    Bulk Funds - Food 19.73
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    • EverTheOptimist
    • By EverTheOptimist 4th Jan 12, 6:00 PM
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    EverTheOptimist
    Just popping in quickly to post and update signature before i forget.

    Had a lot going on in the last couple of days and it hasnt been good, so havent had a chance to catch up on posts or been on to update.

    Have spent 71.31 already in a couple of spends. However my OH and I are on leave so we have gone a bit mad on spends, but should get it under control over the next couple of weeks. Hubby is back to work next week so will be on my own during the week, will start to look at meal planning, especially as i work most days so need to be more organised. If i dont plan or take food out of the freezer then i tend not to eat or go for the cereal option.

    Will have a proper catch up on the thread in the next few days, and also look through the recipes to see what i can throw together with food stuffs i already have in.

    Hope everyone is well, and having a good start to the new year.

    ETO
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    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 4th Jan 12, 6:00 PM
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    tigerfeet2006
    I would love to see the banana bread recipe. My usual one has milk so I can't eat it. Not entirely a bad thing, but it would be nice to indulge sometimes!
    Originally posted by LondonDreamer
    This is my usual Banana Bread recipe

    75g (3 oz) butter or margarine
    175g (6 oz) sugar
    2 eggs, beaten
    450g (1 lb) bananas, mashed
    200g (7 oz) gluten free flour
    1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    110g (4 oz) chopped mixed nuts

    1.
    Grease and line a 2 lb loaf tin.
    2.
    Cream the butter and sugar.
    3.
    Add eggs a one at a time, beating between each one.
    4.
    Add bananas and beat again.
    5.
    Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and nuts.
    6.
    Put in a greased tin and bakefor about 1 and 1/4 hours at 180 C / Gas 4 until well risen and firm. Turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
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    • Dragoncry
    • By Dragoncry 4th Jan 12, 6:03 PM
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    Dragoncry
    Had to do a shop as needed a few bits. Went to Merry Hill as there is a sports shop , needed a swimming cap for my 9 year old as she starts that at school next week. Bargain was 4.99 down to 1.99 Went into Poundland and the Mr A's there for some onion sets and lentils (respectively)
    Spent 4 in Poundland on 2 FB pies for the store cupboard and 2 packs of goodies for packed lunches. Got my onions too but not counted in the GC.
    6.10 in Mr A's ..lentils were 1.10 going to have a shop around to see if I can get them cheaper.
    Then stopped at Lidl on the way home for a bigger shop , sack of potatoes, nappies, milk, toilet rolls etc and spent 20.09 there.

    That will be my shopping now till the 15th Jan apart from maybe 4 pints of milk towards end of next week.

    Have updated my total.
    Thanks DC xx
    • janiepopps
    • By janiepopps 4th Jan 12, 6:09 PM
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    janiepopps
    Another 17.95 spent on emergency moon cup purchase (accidentally flushed mine down the loo like the imbecile I apparently am!!)
    Originally posted by Redouble
    Oooh, gutted. Would've thought that was actually quite hard to do?!
    Jan '12 GC; 74.66/100
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    • FlacosFloozie
    • By FlacosFloozie 4th Jan 12, 6:16 PM
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    FlacosFloozie
    Weekly shop in Mr T 39.81 plus 22.54 on beer in local independant shop. Naughty, I know but it will last him through the month (I hope!) Just nee to get a bit of stewing steak from the local butcher's tomorrow (cheaper and nicer than Mr T) and can do some more batch cooking.

    62.35/250
    Save 12K in 2018 1518.23/7500 20 % Emergency Fund 6533.21/6750 96%
    Mortgage 159,995 154,480 Overpaid 0 in 2018 Holiday Fund 125

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  • Redouble
    Oooh, gutted. Would've thought that was actually quite hard to do?!
    Originally posted by janiepopps
    Yep - I won't go into detail, but I could reinact that moment a trillion times and it wouldn't happen again.
    Has taken me most of today trawling the Internet for the cheapest place to buy one, 17.95 was the cheapest as I also get some cashback. Never mind! Onwards and upwards I suppose, where's the wine??
    NSDs 7/20
    Make 10 a day 403.74/310
  • lemmings1986
    Another 17.95 spent on emergency moon cup purchase (accidentally flushed mine down the loo like the imbecile I apparently am!!)

    Up to 61.25 spent now :/
    Tomorrow is sort the cupboards and make meal plans day. I hope my mother in law isn't expecting to eat much while she's here
    Originally posted by Redouble
    hi redouble might sound silly but whats a mooncup purchase???
    only just managed to get on to mse site it kept coming up too many connections, finally got on and its really slow but every other site ive tried has been fine.
    everybody must be trying to save money
    just consuming my pasta bake very tasty and am going to stick the leftovers in freezer thankyou for replying im sorry i cant remember who it was sorry but thanks
    VSP#17 2.34
    debt free 26/10/2012
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 4th Jan 12, 6:37 PM
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    Hi All, 1st spend of the year for me - just popped out to get printer ink so that I could have the OS Calendar in all its colourful glory and just happened to stop by Sainsbobs cause I needed salt and eggs.

    Ended up spending 5.93 as I couldn't resist the reduced Christmas Cards but at least that's a MS tip ticked off the list and I'm sorted for next Christmas.

    Shouldn't need to go shopping again for another few days as I'm still using up stuff bought in for the 'festive' period - just need to figure out what I can do with a couple of sad looking parsnips, half a red cabbage, half a swede and some stilton cheese but I will figure something out - determined not to throw anything away this year.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Jan 12, 6:37 PM
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    Suffolk lass
    Hi all,
    Is there somewhere that has tips on getting good whoopsies? Time, place, where to look in the store etc? I'm not getting anything like the depth of discounts that some are managing and I want to find out how I can do that!
    many thanks in advance!
    Originally posted by carolinerunner
    Re discounts - I am a relative novice but I popped into Waitrose half an hour before it closed on a Sunday and picked up a massive wild salmon trout fillet that would have been 14.99/kilo for 1.36. It weighed 950g and fed three adults and 2 cats
    Save 12k in 2019 - #68 target is 7k 8,766.30 after Sep
    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target 3k - 57.28% spent after Sep
    Mortgage Free Wannabes 2019 #37 108.23% 43,292.24 including Sep - reducing now to avoid fees
    MFIT T5 target to clear our mortgage completely (59,998) Q2 30,085 or 50.14% paid
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 4th Jan 12, 6:48 PM
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    Need2bthrifty
    hi redouble might sound silly but whats a mooncup purchase???
    only just managed to get on to mse site it kept coming up too many connections, finally got on and its really slow but every other site ive tried has been fine.
    everybody must be trying to save money
    just consuming my pasta bake very tasty and am going to stick the leftovers in freezer thankyou for replying im sorry i cant remember who it was sorry but thanks
    Originally posted by lemmings1986
    No offence Redouble - but please don't go there, I had never heard of it before and totally respect your views about using it but after reading about it on this forum and a male posters description I am soooooo glad to be going through the menopause
  • zebbeddee
    A mooncup is an alternative to tampons/towels xxx
  • lemmings1986
    No offence Redouble - but please don't go there, I had never heard of it before and totally respect your views about using it but after reading about it on this forum and a male posters description I am soooooo glad to be going through the menopause
    Originally posted by Need2bthrifty
    lol have just search it and found out what it was ive never heard of them before need2bthrifty you did make me chuckle lol
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    • Lovebeingathomemum
    • By Lovebeingathomemum 4th Jan 12, 7:11 PM
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    Lovebeingathomemum
    Can I still join?

    Totally new to all this but really excited to get involved! My budget is 200 pcm for 5 of us. Will see how it goes.

    Also, how do I get/update my signature?
  • lemmings1986
    Can I still join?

    Totally new to all this but really excited to get involved! My budget is 200 pcm for 5 of us. Will see how it goes.

    Also, how do I get/update my signature?
    Originally posted by Lovebeingathomemum
    if you go on quick links at top of page right handside and click on that under user control panel click on edit signature hope this helps
    good luck with gc
    VSP#17 2.34
    debt free 26/10/2012
  • redkids1972
    Spent 1.03. At asda today on the mirror newpape And a reduced cake taking. My spends to 60 pounds and its only week one. Must try harder
    New to comping 11/2/2013

    Feb wins to date: 0lympic messenger bag, 100
  • LondonDreamer
    5.95 spent in Mr T on the way home to restock lunchboxes for the rest of the week, plus some bananas (I can't get over how cheap they are at the moment - 6 for 50p!) and milk.

    Delicious curry for dinner. Sauce is from a jar, but it was bought when it was on a "better than half price" deal a few months back. Normally I make my own, but do cheat with curry paste.

    Off to update siggy. Hello to all the new joiners!
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