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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    • 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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  • helen jelly
    Morning all

    Chiprchick - you can join in with us at any time - I'll post your Feb total now [with a F beside it so I know to carry it over]

    totals done to here

    helen x
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    1st fair on 13/4/14
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 20th Jan 12, 9:09 AM
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    Please can we have the recipe for sweet potato and goat cheese pie, thank you
    Originally posted by tigerfeet2006
    pastry
    175g plain flour
    75g butter or marg
    50g grated parmesan cheese
    1 egg yolk

    filling
    75g butter or marg
    450g sliced leeks
    1tbsp fresh chopped thyme
    350g sweet potato peeled and cut into shunks
    150ml dry white wine (if you dont want to use wine double the stock)
    150ml vegetable stock
    300ml double cream
    200gm cubed goats cheese ( found this a little too much so i halve it)
    1 medium egg
    black pepper to taste

    make the pastry (only use 2/3 of the parmesan the rest is sprinkled on at the end) wrap in cling film and leave in fridge while you prepare the filling.
    heat oven 180*c gas 4
    melt butter in pan fry leeks potato and thyme for about 10 mins on a low heat so they dont brown too much. Add wine and stock and bring to boil boill rapidly untill reduced by about half, add the cream and bring back to the boil until sauce is nice and thick.
    put filling in pie dish scatter the chunks of goats cheese over it then allow to cool slightly then cover with pastry and sprinkle over remaining parmesan and bake in centre of oven.

    enjoy
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 20th Jan 12, 9:11 AM
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    mrs-moneypenny
    enforced NSD day as ive just been our our sainsburys local and the system is down so they can only do cash payments, the hole in the wall was out of order as well so that stopped me shopping.
    cashier said she thinks its the whole sainsburys system
    SPC~12 ot 124

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 20th Jan 12, 9:34 AM
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    NickJW
    Spend of 16.18 today at Mr W. Went there before work because a lot of things I've been unable to get at my little Mr S local recently.

    Checked my receipt just now though and the tortellini which I got because it was supposed to be half price was charged full price at 3.39! Maybe I picked up the wrong one It better be good - it cost more than the chicken I got! I guess it will be a quick after work dinner at some point because it has a BB of the 6th Feb.

    Anyway - tonight will be chicken with peppers, tomatoes and onions already in stock with Cajun spice and couscous. I've got enough to keep me going for a week and a bit of dinners now with veggie top ups/lunch extras still required.
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent 1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent 1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011
    • tjak
    • By tjak 20th Jan 12, 10:11 AM
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    tjak
    So, I get paid today and start February GC. It is the first month where I have got to pay day with money in my account, unheard of!
    I am so pleased to be able to declare January as 221.14/250, especially as that included my christmas veg box. It is a real step forward, as previously we had been spending 300 - 400 a month (and that is for 3 of us plus dogs and chickens).

    So, please can I aim for 250 again in February, and I will plan to bring it down in March if I am successful again.

    Good luck everyone, your support has been fantastic.
    Debt free and saving
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 20th Jan 12, 10:24 AM
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    mrs-moneypenny
    well done tjak brilliant start to the year
    SPC~12 ot 124

    In a world that has decided that it's going to lose its mind, be more kind my friend, try to Be More Kind
    • medusasmummy
    • By medusasmummy 20th Jan 12, 10:33 AM
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    Morning all

    I've made it 4 NSD in a row (mon-thurs). It would have been 5 been had to get bread, cereal, oil, popped into Ald! and they had 2.5kg white potatoes in super 6 for 69p, so i picked up 2 bags. This was my only impulse perchase, which for me is fantastic. so another 8.41 to add to total. I'm hoping to continue with good NSD runs to keep me under budget. Next goal is to not spend until at least tuesday 24th

    just incase anyone's interested

    ALD! SUPER 6 (69p)
    white potatoes 2.5kg
    kiwi fruit 8pack
    green apples 6pack
    oranges 6pack
    large vine tomatoes 450g
    fine green beans 200g

    KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK EVERYONE
  • LittleMissHappy
    My Mr T order came to a smidge over 80 and have added it to my signature DH will be happy as he has been complaining recently that there is never any food in the house (he means snack food as we always have breakfast, lunch and dinner!), however there is still hardly any snack food I'm too tight MSE to buy snacks unless they are on a really good deal, I just make stuff, but haven't had a chance the last few weeks. Maybe now would be a good time to encourage him to get a pinny on and do some baking

    ETA - tjak well done on being in the black at the end of the month
    Last edited by LittleMissHappy; 20-01-2012 at 10:47 AM.
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    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 20th Jan 12, 10:44 AM
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    Excellent tjak, well done!
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    • kerri_dfw
    • By kerri_dfw 20th Jan 12, 10:49 AM
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    Avoided OH buying carp from the supermarket this weekend by making stuffed cabbage for the slow cooker last night for tonights tea a veggie stew, and some hummingbird choc cupcakes mmmm
    Diary: Getting back on track for 2013 and beyond
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    Beautiful daughter born 11.1.14
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    Deposit loan from Dad: 900010000
    • tigerfeet2006
    • By tigerfeet2006 20th Jan 12, 10:49 AM
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    Cheers Mrs M, that sounds absolutely gorgeous.
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  • aberdeensaver
    Running my budget into the ground this month, but it was our first attempt. This week we have very little money left but still have 35 of a Marks and Spencers Voucher left.

    Went out at lunch to get some pieces for some home baking and a few pieces for dinner. So leaves me 32.94 left to last hopefully until Friday (my pay day) but OH gets paid Wednesday. I would really like to get through till Friday but we will see. The freezer is emptying nicely so we might manage to defrost it next weekend ready to start again with lots of good batch cooking meals.

    I treated myself to two magazines out of a different budget, and cant believe that I feel bad about spending on them when I used to spend more than that on smoking every day! I now have an app on my phone that tells me how much money I am saving and I have sworn if I try and 'borrow' a fag of anyone at work I will have to pay them the amount I have saved financially. considering the numbers are already up around the 20 - 30 mark I can guarantee I will be asking NOBODY ever again.

    Hope you all have a good day. dinner tonight is sausage and bean casserole that I think I took off the first page, plus some home made bread, see if I can master it any better as each loaf so far has looked and tasted more like a ciabatta than bread!
    Jan GC 242.38/250
    Feb GC 147.57 /240
    2012 Clothes Challenge 97.50/500
    Repay 5K in 2012 254.17/5000
    2012 NSD 14/200 (Jan 14)
    • xxlouisexx56
    • By xxlouisexx56 20th Jan 12, 11:08 AM
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    spent 2.69 in morrisons yesterday. 2 jars of own brand pasta sauce and then 5 mushrooms and 3 carrots. That made spag bol with the mince i had in the freezer. We ate it last night and then put a big portion in the freezer for when we are away and SIL is looking after the kids.

    Will be going out later to get potatoes for dinner, should get a couple of bits for sunday so we dont have to go out again
    • Byatt
    • By Byatt 20th Jan 12, 11:19 AM
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    Byatt
    So, I get paid today and start February GC. It is the first month where I have got to pay day with money in my account, unheard of!
    I am so pleased to be able to declare January as 221.14/250, especially as that included my christmas veg box. It is a real step forward, as previously we had been spending 300 - 400 a month (and that is for 3 of us plus dogs and chickens).

    So, please can I aim for 250 again in February, and I will plan to bring it down in March if I am successful again.

    Good luck everyone, your support has been fantastic.
    Originally posted by tjak
    Well done!!
    • LavenderBees
    • By LavenderBees 20th Jan 12, 11:43 AM
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    LavenderBees
    Hi All

    Still hanging in on this challenge with a healthy spend of only 5.40 today on veges, red lentils, tea bags and garlic at Mr A's this lunchtime. Having to rush to fit it into my lunch break defininitely focuses my mind!

    I need frozen peas, but can't have them defrosting in the office this afternoon, so may pop out tomorrow to get some...then again, that prevents another NSD on my challenge so maybe not...not sure I can live without my frozen pea fix, though. They go in everything I make.

    Siggy updated and I have a whole 10 to spend next week...what will I do with it all?

    xx
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 20th Jan 12, 12:15 PM
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    Suffolk lass
    Hope you all have a good day. dinner tonight is sausage and bean casserole that I think I took off the first page, plus some home made bread, see if I can master it any better as each loaf so far has looked and tasted more like a ciabatta than bread!
    Originally posted by aberdeensaver
    Sorry if this is Grandma sucking eggs advice but when I did an Italian cookery class a few years ago I remember the teacher saying that the salt kills the yeast in bread so I have been stirring the dried yeast into the flour before sprinkling the salt on top so some of the yeast stands a chance of working. That and the Hairy B*kers tips of greasing the proving bowl with oil and putting a shower cap (hotel giveaway style) over the proving dough has helped enormously.

    I previously specialised in housebrick wholemeal so I also mix wholemeal and strong white for my own 50/50 version. HTH a bit

    I am a relative novice at this compared to some here...
    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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    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 20th Jan 12, 12:18 PM
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    TheThriftyScrumpers
    Hello!
    I hope everyone is well. OH struck lucky at Mr S last night and came away with 28 worth of grub for 6.30 including a Thai box meal that should have been 8 for 1.90 and two curry and rice meals that should have cost 3.50 each down to 70p. This will be brilliant for weekend easy dinners instead of takeaway.

    Just as well as we have had a run of bad luck - leak in shower room, damage to carpet, dishwasher breaking and unexpected 300 car expense, all since Xmas. Oh well the only way is up from here (crossing fingers and toes).

    Weekend Meal Plan

    Fri - shepherds pie and mixed veg
    Sat - Thai bargain meal
    Sun - stew and dumplings
    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
  • aberdeensaver
    Sorry if this is Grandma sucking eggs advice but when I did an Italian cookery class a few years ago I remember the teacher saying that the salt kills the yeast in bread so I have been stirring the dried yeast into the flour before sprinkling the salt on top so some of the yeast stands a chance of working. That and the Hairy B*kers tips of greasing the proving bowl with oil and putting a shower cap (hotel giveaway style) over the proving dough has helped enormously.

    I previously specialised in housebrick wholemeal so I also mix wholemeal and strong white for my own 50/50 version. HTH a bit

    I am a relative novice at this compared to some here...
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Oh thank you so much, I will try less salt this time see if that helps, I have possibly been a bit liberal with it as OH loves anything salty!

    Any idea how I stop the crust braking my teeth? I have tried adding some milk powder and wrapping in a tea towl out the oven but still very very very crusty!!! I am tempted to give up and buy bread machine but is not cost effective for us as not massive bread eaters.
    Jan GC 242.38/250
    Feb GC 147.57 /240
    2012 Clothes Challenge 97.50/500
    Repay 5K in 2012 254.17/5000
    2012 NSD 14/200 (Jan 14)
    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 20th Jan 12, 12:24 PM
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    sistercas
    only got 11.50 left for the last week of the challenge

    spent today:
    20.07 in l!dl
    53.42 in @sd@
    70 in c0stc0
    13.28 in pets at home

    thats a total of 388.50 which is 97% 0f budget
    to be fair the cupboards and fridge are bursting , so we will have plenty to eat , will just need to get fresh milk, fruit , veggies and cat food

    hopefully wont go too far over
    Last edited by sistercas; 20-01-2012 at 12:30 PM.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 20th Jan 12, 12:34 PM
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    Suffolk lass
    Sproggi - re glasses - your earlier post acted a s a timely reminder so thx for that as have been getting more headaches (always a sign) and OMG had my eyes tested yesterday and yes, new glasses all round. I have four pairs currently - 1 varifocals for all the time, 2 pairs for the VDU screen (home and office - and work paid for the office pair) and a pair of sunglasses that are also varifocal (for reading on holiday) - anyway, 328 later for 2 new pairs (can't re-lens the old ones) plus a work voucher for the replacement work VDU pair (still got the sunglasses to do). I knew it was coming and I was prepared (sort of).

    Not prepared for the call just a while ago from DH. Car in for service today and he has already had two calls - 2 new tyres, new brake pads and something else (might have been disks - probably - been nagging him to book the thing in for nearly 7000 miles) - anyway, looking at 1300 for that I might cry. I just hope they will take my 0% promo card over the phone or we are up the creek without a paddle in Feb Def need No choice but to do it. Rely on car to commute 500 miles a week + associated teenager taxi services (5 miles from Stn and no buses after 6pm any more).
    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
    My DFD is here
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