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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 fourth Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the:
    March 2012 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.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of 600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at 15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at 280 per month and brought it down to 240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to 260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out 20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for X off a spend of XX - if you had no NEED to spend XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy 7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    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; 25-03-2012 at 4:56 PM.
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    • debbym
    • By debbym 12th Apr 12, 7:16 AM
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    debbym
    Not yet over halfway through the month but over halfway through my budget
    Also had the lovely news yesterday that I've a bill coming from the garage for 1000 and no car until Tuesday either

    On the up side decided to use the lefover roast pork from dinner yesterday to slice up for sarnies instead of buying sandwich meat from the shop. 505 g sandwich meat for free instead of 6 for the equivalent from MrM.
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 12th Apr 12, 7:59 AM
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    hi...sad day today as am going to a funeral...seems wrong to me when it is bright and sunny on such a day...am planning something simple for tea...a curry and maybe bombay potatoes if i can manage it
    the lidl offers include chicken thighs this weekend so will get some of those....cant remember what else

    take care tess
    onwards and upwards
  • abitofhelp
    tessie bear - how awful for you i cant think of anything to say other than i will be thinking about you and i'm sure a lot of others will be.
    no spend day for me today and tomorrow but will be going ald1 saturday morning for pots, veg milk and biscuits.
    florensceem your bread looks wonderfull, i have a panny oh bought it approx 6-7 years ago for me and its been worth its weight in gold. i also use the dough setting for rolls and pizza dough.
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    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 12th Apr 12, 9:42 AM
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    Florenceem
    Florenceem - that looks lovely. Im ashamed to say i have a massive box of catering size bread mixes that i bought from AF or somewhere, probably about 20, and just cant be assed to use them as they did not come out too good. Im sure i could get the hang of it. do you know if the unopened packs deteoriate (!!) im just thinking, home made pizza things, tuna cheese slices etc, i could really cut the grocery bill.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    I would just try one pack and see how it turns out. If it doesn't rise much - I would try again with a little added yeast - jmho.
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    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 12th Apr 12, 9:45 AM
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    Florenceem
    tessie bear - how awful for you i cant think of anything to say other than i will be thinking about you and i'm sure a lot of others will be.
    no spend day for me today and tomorrow but will be going ald1 saturday morning for pots, veg milk and biscuits.
    florensceem your bread looks wonderfull, i have a panny oh bought it approx 6-7 years ago for me and its been worth its weight in gold. i also use the dough setting for rolls and pizza dough.
    Originally posted by abitofhelp
    What is it about the panny that makes it so much better than other makes of BM please? I may save for one - when my BM goes to BM pastures anew - must replace it.
    15 in 2015 1/15
  • jumblejack
    All the best, Tessiebear for today

    We are having a vegetable bake for tea. It's ready for the oven but is a bit too full. Have had to put it on a turkey tray do that it won't make a mess of the oven.

    OH wanted to do a curry but that would have meant taking a huge amount of meat of the freezer when we have vegetables to use up in the fridge.

    I was first in the kitchen though

    The veggie bake is made using whoopsied.... Potatoes (mashed with butter & grated cheese -also whoopsied), broccoli, spring greens, sweetcorn, onions, celery (including the leafy tops!!), carrots and white cabbage.
    I added chopped toms, stock and seasoning then assembled like a cottage pie with the rest of the cheese grated on top.

    OH won't be chuffed as we have cheese n onion pie yesterday served with yet more veg so will be hankering for his dead protein

    For lunch we are having ciabatta (whoopsied) with tikka chicken (whoopsied) and salad... Yep, also whoopsied.

    I'm taking the kids to a nature reserve then going straight to the hospital this afternoon so need a bite to eat that can be taken with us. Snacks will be Kipling lemon slices (whoopsied to 10p from Asda) and wedges of oranges (also whoopsied) and a flask of cocoa.

    Another mega cheap day of meals and will be yet another no spend day, woohoo
    Every moment is a gift. That's why we call it the present.!
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  • abitofhelp
    What is it about the panny that makes it so much better than other makes of BM please? I may save for one - when my BM goes to BM pastures anew - must replace it.
    Originally posted by Florenceem
    no idea what the diff would be as it is the only bread maker i have owned. when the time comes to buy a new bread maker i would certainly buy a panny again, it has been redesigned though since oh bought me mine. the rolls i made yesterday were fab i had an opened pack of wholemeal flour so i mixed half white and half wholemeal. we did our usual thing when they came out of the oven, split one and spread with butter and shared. bliss.
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  • MunniMuncha
    Just googled the panny BM and there is more than one!!!

    Which model does everyone have and is it worth paying the extra? Think I might invest in one of these from my 3P instead of the Actifry as we go through loads of bread
    When you were born, you were crying and everyone around was smiling. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying!


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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 12th Apr 12, 11:42 AM
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    PennyGrabber
    This was in the weekly mse email, so probably lots of you know about it. Its a free tastecard, you just follow the link and sign up, it only takes about 20 seconds and you get a free taste card sent to you and you can get buy 1 get one free or 50% off a group meal in some cases. Here is the link http://www.tastecard.co.uk/trial/3/april
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Thanks for that - I had seem the link yest but didn't do anything about it. Done it now!!

    On the up side decided to use the lefover roast pork from dinner yesterday to slice up for sarnies instead of buying sandwich meat from the shop. 505 g sandwich meat for free instead of 6 for the equivalent from MrM.
    Originally posted by debbym
    Bargain! Although it wasn't free, but I know what you mean!! Could you also use some for another meal? Eg, if you have a steamer, put spuds in the bottom, veg in the middle and the meat at the top. Make some gravy, and voila, a dinner!!

    Just googled the panny BM and there is more than one!!!

    Which model does everyone have and is it worth paying the extra? Think I might invest in one of these from my 3P instead of the Actifry as we go through loads of bread
    Originally posted by MunniMuncha
    From what I can gather (I am saving for a panny), it makes bread that is less heavy and doughy. My cookworks one is only ok, and I would much rather have decent homemade bread, rather than stuff that tastes really heavy, IFKWIM. Friends have the panny, and that seems to be the concensus.
    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
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 12th Apr 12, 12:04 PM
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    Need2bthrifty
    Another couple of spends to declare totalling 9.14. Dont you just hate it when you run out of one item, in this case fresh garlic, I do have some minced garlic in the fridge but in some dishes for me only the fresh will do. Went shopping and came out with about 10 items , in fairness some of them were reduced and will be used....eventually, but now only got 20.49 till the end of the month .

    Best go and update signature while I remember.
    • S-I am
    • By S-I am 12th Apr 12, 12:10 PM
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    S-I am
    Hi Mrs Moneypenny,

    Sorry it has taken me so long to post the recipe, what with Easter and everthing else there never seems to be enough hours in the day.

    Anyway, Enjoy

    Salted Caramel Ice Cream
    Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa.

    The night before the Ice cream is needed make the custard base and put the relevant bits of the ice cream maker in the freezer.

    The custard base
    4 egg yolks
    160g sugar
    240ml warm milk
    480ml double cream

    Whisk the egg yolks and the sugar together in a bowl until the mixture is pale yellow. When the sugar has dissolved pour in the warm milk and whisk. Then pour into a saucepan and cook on a very low heat for 3-5 mins stirring constantly, until the mixture coats the back of a spoon.
    Strain the mixture into a bowl sitting in an ice-bath (a larger bowl half full of cold water and ice cubes). This will stop the cooking progress.
    Stir in the double cream. When the mixture is cool cover with cling film and chill in the fridge overnight.

    The next day make the caramel.

    Caramel
    280g sugar
    180ml double cream
    1 teaspoon sea salt
    1 tablespoon vanilla extract

    Add the sugar to a large saucepan and heat over a medium heat. Do not stir otherwise the sugar will become grainy. Once the sugar has liquified continue heating it until it is amber in colour.
    Turn the heat to low and very slowly add the cream whilst stirring constantly otherwise the mixture will cease. If this does happen, carry on stirring the mixture over the low heat and the sugar will re-melt.
    Once the cream and caramel have mixed take off the heat, stir in the salt and then chill the whole mixture over an ice- bath.
    The caramel must be cold before adding it to the custard base, otherwise the eggs will scramble. Once cold mix the caramel and the custard base mixture together. Add the vanilla. Stir. Then pour everything into an ice cream maker and churn.

    Because of the high sugar content Caramel Ice cream remains soft set however long it's churned and frozen. Which just means you never have to wait to eat it

    Enjoy

    Sx
  • abitofhelp
    Just googled the panny BM and there is more than one!!!

    Which model does everyone have and is it worth paying the extra? Think I might invest in one of these from my 3P instead of the Actifry as we go through loads of bread
    Originally posted by MunniMuncha
    just checked mine its SD - 253 approx 6-7 years old, i would also like an actifry
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    • iQueen
    • By iQueen 12th Apr 12, 1:03 PM
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    iQueen
    Thanks for the suggestion about the pressure cooker iQueen - I will definitely investigate. Was just wondering if you get all the flavours melding in like you do when you cook casseroles in oven for several hours? I must admit I just cook everything in the oven and don't think about alternatives - we don't even have a microwave!
    Originally posted by Mrs Addicted to Spending
    I love my p cooker! It's also good for making jam, marmalade, pickles etc.

    Provided the model comes with divider(s) and trivet, the individual flavours of veg do not invade each other - only half a pint of water needed (for veg), which doesn't usually touch them. So, they actually steam.

    In a casserole, stew or soup type dish (no trivet/dividers), the flavours meld really well - like when you cook such dishes the day before! Mmmm!

    My 30+ year-old Prest!ge Hi-Dome (parts still available on Ama*on/3bay) is probably the best bargain that I've ever bought - 12 new, back then. If you decide to buy one s/h, or get one via Freecycle, make sure the base is flat (ie not damaged by too much pressure) and that it comes with the instruction booklet. (You may be able to download the booklet - many manuals are available online, particularly for kitchen/laundry, other electricals ).

    I also took mine camping! The family had a 'proper' cooked meal each evening... on a single gas ring!

    AND, NO, I'VE NEVER HAD IT EXPLODE OR SQUIRT FOOD ALL OVER THE KITCHEN! AND I DON'T KNOW ANYONE WHO HAS.
    Needs, NOT wants!
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 12th Apr 12, 1:24 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Well I braved it today! I cleaned out my rather large chest freezer-by bagging up all the contents and popping them in the kitchen then rebagging a few of them into the bags for life. I sort it out as a bag for meat, one for veg, one for fish,bread.potato products etc-it works for me! Well at least it started up again! I always worry as its now 16 years old.
    I had to claim for a replacement combi micro from A*g*s yesterday on the extended warranty. Ok I think its a bit of a swizz as the last one was 84.99. They have identical one but they had given it a new catalogue number so its classed as different. Anyway the policy is they refund the original price. Ok-but the new one is 99.99 and identical except for cat no!!!!!!!!!! Aaargh. I dont blame the staff but I blame their head office and their policies. They did get me to buy a bar of choc to bring it up to 100+so they could give me a 10 voucher off off my "new warranty". The old cover is cancelled upon claiming so all is not quite what it seems. Well it cost me 24.99 to swap micros and truthfully I dont feel it should have but at least I have a new combi with a new 3 yr plan for that price. It could be worse-I could be 84.99 down instead. However-I am sorely tempted to write to head office!
    I am fedup with substandard goods and complained to Baco recently re their tubits which I generally have nothing but praise for! They sent me some new ones and the old ones are being returned to Quality control for them to investigate the fact they fell apart in the freezer(the lids)so excellent service from them. Ive also got a washbasket from curver with a design fault I am returning this week. Basically the side where the logo is embedded in the handle is a major weakness and that part has fallen apart-so awaiting new stock to swap it with.
    My philosophy is if its rubbish-let them know!But do it nicely!!!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 12-04-2012 at 1:26 PM.
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    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 12th Apr 12, 1:25 PM
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    TheThriftyScrumpers
    Hello!
    I hope everyone is well and had a good Easter. This is my first post of the month as we have been away. I am going to aim for 250 for April. Small spend today 6.63 on two gingerbread men for kiddies, milk, rolls, tuna and squirty cream. DD asked for the cream to go on hot choc as a treat.

    I have an online delivery coming tomorrow. Haven't done one for a long while but didn't fancy taking the kids so I bashed out an order during my lunch break yesterday.

    The rainforest place has pot noodle (curry or beef and tomato) 12 for 6.

    NickJW they also had kenco Millicano 6 x refill packs for 12. I remember that you like coffee.

    DD has requested fish fingers for tea and DH and I will have hm lasagne and salad.
    Last edited by TheThriftyScrumpers; 12-04-2012 at 1:30 PM.
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    • Bikingbint
    • By Bikingbint 12th Apr 12, 1:38 PM
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    Bikingbint
    [QUOTE=abitofhelp;52396061] i'm going to invest in meat slicer next month.
    QUOTE]

    Hi
    I invested in a meat slicer before Christmas and consider it to be one of the best bits of kit in my kitchen, it is amazing how much further a joint will go when it is sliced properly.

    Bikingbint
    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 12th Apr 12, 1:53 PM
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    Florenceem
    Well I braved it today! I cleaned out my rather large chest freezer-by bagging up all the contents and popping them in the kitchen then rebagging a few of them into the bags for life. I sort it out as a bag for meat, one for veg, one for fish,bread.potato products etc-it works for me! Well at least it started up again! I always worry as its now 16 years old.
    I had to claim for a replacement combi micro from A*g*s yesterday on the extended warranty. Ok I think its a bit of a swizz as the last one was 84.99. They have identical one but they had given it a new catalogue number so its classed as different. Anyway the policy is they refund the original price. Ok-but the new one is 99.99 and identical except for cat no!!!!!!!!!! Aaargh. I dont blame the staff but I blame their head office and their policies. They did get me to buy a bar of choc to bring it up to 100+so they could give me a 10 voucher off off my "new warranty". The old cover is cancelled upon claiming so all is not quite what it seems. Well it cost me 24.99 to swap micros and truthfully I dont feel it should have but at least I have a new combi with a new 3 yr plan for that price. It could be worse-I could be 84.99 down instead. However-I am sorely tempted to write to head office!
    I am fedup with substandard goods and complained to Baco recently re their tubits which I generally have nothing but praise for! They sent me some new ones and the old ones are being returned to Quality control for them to investigate the fact they fell apart in the freezer(the lids)so excellent service from them. Ive also got a washbasket from curver with a design fault I am returning this week. Basically the side where the logo is embedded in the handle is a major weakness and that part has fallen apart-so awaiting new stock to swap it with.
    My philosophy is if its rubbish-let them know!But do it nicely!!!
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    I say - do write to head office - address to customer services manager. I always complain if I am not happy with a product - I pay my money so want top quality goods and service.
    15 in 2015 1/15
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 12th Apr 12, 2:01 PM
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    NickJW
    Hello!
    NickJW they also had kenco Millicano 6 x refill packs for 12. I remember that you like coffee.
    Originally posted by TheThriftyScrumpers
    Thanks for this. I tried these at my friends house and the coffee is lovely! I'm scared of upgrading though because then I will get used to them and my normal Colombian blend coffee won't be good enough. I'll have to do a cost analysis and find out how much it will be per cup and see if it's possible. I could do a huge bulk buy perhaps....
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  • abitofhelp
    [QUOTE=Bikingbint;52422501]
    i'm going to invest in meat slicer next month.
    QUOTE]

    Hi
    I invested in a meat slicer before Christmas and consider it to be one of the best bits of kit in my kitchen, it is amazing how much further a joint will go when it is sliced properly.

    Bikingbint
    Originally posted by abitofhelp
    i work with someone who has one and they get a lot of meat from a joint. i do think its a good idea, we always buy a joint large enough for 2-3 meals and sandwhiches. argos have one on offer at the moment oh gets paid near the end of the month so i will buy one then, or when i get paid next week and claim the cost back from him.
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  • kittywight
    4.65 in co-0p (spinach,ham,butter,hot chocolate)



    spent just over another tenner pressies for a babyshower, but not including that on my allowance

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