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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 fifth 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:
    April 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
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  • cleggie
    Just an afterthought....

    I bet you could use tortillas or flat breads too instead of pancakes in a lasagne!!!!
    Hmmm, *scratches chin thoughtfully*. I am sure I have some in the freezer.

    I have 4 big courgettes to use up in the salad box so I am now open to suggestions on thrifty recipes or else I am banging em into a curry.
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    jumblejack, in nigellas unusual version of lasagne, 'mexican lasagne'.
    She uses tortillas instead of lasagne sheets. Its a really yummy recipe too, if you like beans and stuff:

    http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/MEXICAN-LASAGNE-WITH-AVOCADO-SALSA--5315

    Quite cheap to make, and i can tell you its really tasty!! i used a bit less chillies though.
    • valerie57
    • By valerie57 14th May 12, 4:17 PM
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    JJ I love courgettes sliced long ways and griddled so that you get the stripey marks along them. If you have any mint in the garden it is lovely chopped up and served on them with a bit of lemon juice. Serve with almost anything. Or if they are big enough you could slice longways, scoop out the middle, stuff them and bake them using the middles in the mix. Mince mixture would be nice or you could do a completely veggie version with lentils etc
    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 14th May 12, 4:58 PM
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    Just an afterthought....

    I bet you could use tortillas or flat breads too instead of pancakes in a lasagne!!!!
    Hmmm, *scratches chin thoughtfully*. I am sure I have some in the freezer.

    I have 4 big courgettes to use up in the salad box so I am now open to suggestions on thrifty recipes or else I am banging em into a curry.
    Originally posted by jumblejack

    How about cakes?

    Lemon Courgette http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/5959/lemon-courgette-cake.aspx

    Chocolate Courgette http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/633634/chocolate-courgette-cake
  • jumblejack
    I have actually thought of that as I had some courgette muffins once!

    I am now cooking up a storm as I feel inspired today by the thread and posts.

    I have saved a courgette for a sweet concoction and am griddling the other whoppers lengthways to use as layers in a baked dish.

    I have cut a few potatoes into discs and parboiled them. These are draining and will be used in layers too with a tomato pasta sauce(on offer from Lidl at the weekend) to which I have added loads of fried off onions (i currently am the proud owner of 15k!) garlic and chilli.

    Will top with cheese and sesame seeds.

    Haven't a clue what it wil be like but will report on success later.

    Edit:

    It seems to work a treat

    I prepped my veggies:


    I made a layered courgette n potato bake with tomato sauce for tomorrow and another for the freezer.

    I had loads of potato n courgette left though so I made a quick cheese sauce and used it up to make another cheesy version for the freezer!!



    I topped em with cheese and a sprinkling of sesame seeds and they are now ready for whamming in the oven



    Cost per portion must be tiny.
    I used one big jar of pasta sauce (39p) and filled it up with water again.
    The courgettes were 33p but I have one left for a sponge thingy.
    Half a block of cheese (50p)
    Onions (about 11p)
    Cornflour (5p?)
    Teaspoon of value mustard (2p?)
    Half a dozen potatoes (YS so around 15p.)

    Around 40p for each family sized dish. 10p a portion ain't half bad!!
    Last edited by jumblejack; 14-05-2012 at 5:58 PM.
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  • happy chick
    Thanks for the kind welcome everyone. I did some batch cooking yesterday and made an amazing thai sweet potato soup - used up the sweet potato that had been languishing in my fridge for a bit too long and the rest were all cupboard ingredients. Couldn't have cost more than £1.50 for the whole thing and it made 4 good portions, well probably more if I hadn't kept tasting along the way!
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/5898/speedy-sweet-potato-soup-with-coconut

    Enjoy!
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  • chelseabun
    I hope you don't mind me butting in here.
    I am rather allergic to bites and my legs always swell badly. Other than antihistamine, the other thing that relieves them quickly is ice - rub some ice/frozen peas etc wrapped in a teatowel over them for a while. It definitely helps me.
    Had a NSD today and did a freezer inventory (we have 3 freezers) - we have enough 'main meal' bits and pieces to last a couple of months I think.
    Originally posted by Possession
    Thanks, Possession, that's good advice. I hadn't thought of ice! They're still swollen, but becoming less itchy today. Nice big blisters forming, though! Lovely!

    JJ, that lasagne looks fantastic! I'll have to have a go at that!

    Had a NSD today. Bought lots of YS mushrooms yesterday in Mr M, 25p a punnet, so I have mushroom soup in the sc for dinner tonight and several lunches in the week. I'm using up some hm chicken stock I found in the freezer marked August 07! It smells gorgeous, the cat has become very hungry and is asking pleadingly for chicken. Sorry hun, not today!!

    Congrats to hiddenidentity!

    Have a good evening all
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  • elizabunny
    Well my new oven door should arrive tomorrow, fingers crossed. I have managed with the smaller top oven today. Baked another 12 sourdough rolls and a Walnut and date traybake (from M*ry Be*ry's Ult*mate Cake Book) It all turned out ok.

    Had to buy milk, tin foil and cling film today, so I'll need to update my signature asap.

    Hope everyone else is doing ok.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 14th May 12, 7:08 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    Well my new oven door should arrive tomorrow, fingers crossed. I have managed with the smaller top oven today.
    Originally posted by elizabunny
    I really felt for you, having that break after you'd been so frugal for the previous days!

    I actually only ever use my top oven. I used to use my big oven, but then realised I was paying to heat a massive space, and I could just use the little one! So now, my big oven is a storage cupboard (storage is an issue in my kitchen / I have way too much stuff), and I use the little one to cook with. This Christmas just gone, I did a roast dinner with all the trimmings for 5 people in my little oven!!

    NSD today, as day one of my fiscal fast. Go me!! Dinner today was poorly dinner for the children, and the last of the steak for me - fried off, with fried onions and mushrooms, and hm wedges. Nomnomnom!

    Hope all are doing well on the run-up to halfway through the month.

    PG x
    Last edited by PennyGrabber; 14-05-2012 at 7:54 PM.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 14th May 12, 7:10 PM
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    Another courgette recipe for JJ
    A bit late for this time but this looked really nice when Hugh Fearlessly-eats-it-all made it last year. Yummy for a party bite:

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Courgette Polpette Recipe

    Ingredients
    · 2 tbsp rapeseed or olive oil
    · 3 medium courgette, finely diced
    · 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
    · Finely grated zest of half a lemon
    · 1 egg, lightly beaten
    · 2 tbsp grated hard Cheddar
    · ½ ball buffalo mozzarella, diced
    · 50g breadcrumbs
    · 1 tbsp chopped parsley
    · Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    METHOD
    How to make courgette polpette
    1. Preheat the oven to 200ºC and oil a baking tray or line with baking paper.
    2. Heat oil in a large frying pan over a medium-high heat and fry the courgettes and garlic for about 10 minutes, until tender and golden. Set aside to cool a little, and then combine with all the other ingredients to make a thick, sticky mixture. Season if you like with black pepper.
    3. Take walnut-sized blobs of the mixture and roll into balls. Place on the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes, until golden. Serve warm or cold, on their own, or with pitta bread and a tomato salad or sauce.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 14th May 12, 7:37 PM
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    The super six look good this week:

    Spring onions, 125g, 39p
    Baking pots, 4, 39p
    Mangoes, 39p
    Toms, 6, 39p
    Cucumber, 39p
    Beetroot, 500g, 39p

    HTH someone. The offer is from 13th to the 26th May. I'll def be getting some of those. Quite excited that our new aldi (third one in town!) is opening on 7th June, this one will be closer than the others, and it's on the same road as a walmart, so can use those two as my regulars from now on. In theory!!

    PG x
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    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 14th May 12, 7:37 PM
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    I really felt for you, having that break after you'd been so frugal for the previous days!

    I actually only ever use my top oven. I used to use my big oven, but then realised I was paying to heat a massive space, and I could just use the little one! So now, my big oven is a storage cupboard (storage is an issue in my kitchen / I have way to much stuff), and I use the little one to cook with. This Christmas just gone, I did a roast dinner with all the trimmings for 5 people in my little oven!!

    NSD today, as day one of my fiscal fast. Go me!! Dinner today was poorly dinner for the children, and the last of the steak for me - fried off, with fried onions and mushrooms, and hm wedges. Nomnomnom!

    Hope all are doing well on the run-up to halfway through the month.

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    hello, may i ask you a few questions about your small oven.? i have a fan oven at the bottom and the top oven is a grill is this the same as yours? its just my knob for the top oven has the same degrees as knob for big oven so i take it this IS actually a REAL oven not just a grill? if this is the case how do i use it i know that sounds daft,do i take the shelf out and use a roasting dish? does the GRILL not burn the top of the food, sorry for so mant questions but just had a light bulb moment reading your post,i would love to use top bit as an oven as it does sometimes seem a wast turning big oven on for small dishes , sorry for melting your brain
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  • elizabunny
    I really felt for you, having that break after you'd been so frugal for the previous days!

    I actually only ever use my top oven. I used to use my big oven, but then realised I was paying to heat a massive space, and I could just use the little one! So now, my big oven is a storage cupboard (storage is an issue in my kitchen / I have way to much stuff), and I use the little one to cook with. This Christmas just gone, I did a roast dinner with all the trimmings for 5 people in my little oven!!

    NSD today, as day one of my fiscal fast. Go me!! Dinner today was poorly dinner for the children, and the last of the steak for me - fried off, with fried onions and mushrooms, and hm wedges. Nomnomnom!


    Hope all are doing well on the run-up to halfway through the month.


    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    PennyGrabber I know what you mean about the little oven. I had never really used mine before, I always thought I wouldn't get such good results. I have been surprised at how well things cooked and will be using it lots more now
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  • jumblejack
    Wow, Suffolk lass. They sound lush

    Wouldn't mind trying those. It sounds like a recipe that could be experimented with a bit too I love posh buffet food. Great for nibbles if friends come over.
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    Hugh Fearlessly-eats-it-all
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 14th May 12, 7:53 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    hello, may i ask you a few questions about your small oven.? i have a fan oven at the bottom and the top oven is a grill is this the same as yours? its just my knob for the top oven has the same degrees as knob for big oven so i take it this IS actually a REAL oven not just a grill? if this is the case how do i use it i know that sounds daft,do i take the shelf out and use a roasting dish? does the GRILL not burn the top of the food, sorry for so mant questions but just had a light bulb moment reading your post,i would love to use top bit as an oven as it does sometimes seem a wast turning big oven on for small dishes , sorry for melting your brain
    Originally posted by craigywv
    That's fine! We never realise some things unless they slap us in the face! That's what I'm like, anyway!!

    My top oven has two knobs close to each other. One has pics for the grill, double grill and oven, the other has temps on it. I turn the first knob to oven, and the other one to 180 or whatever, and voila, an oven!! I did take a pic to show you more easily, but I can't put my finger on my card reader! Sorry!

    PG x
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    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 14th May 12, 7:56 PM
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    craigywv
    That's fine! We never realise some things unless they slap us in the face! That's what I'm like, anyway!!

    My top oven has two knobs close to each other. One has pics for the grill, double grill and oven, the other has temps on it. I turn the first knob to oven, and the other one to 180 or whatever, and voila, an oven!! I did take a pic to show you more easily, but I can't put my finger on my card reader! Sorry!

    PG x
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    thanks for replying i am sitting here with the manual for the oven and yes its an oven deep joy lol im elated yayyyyyyyyy (must get a life lol) thanks for your help
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    • Possession
    • By Possession 14th May 12, 8:07 PM
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    Does cough medicine count as grocery spend? If not, NSD here.
    • Cool Nanna
    • By Cool Nanna 14th May 12, 8:20 PM
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    Made HM pizza yesterday, I did the base in the BM while I was gardening then realised I had nothing tomatoey {is that a word?} for the base but I had a jar of barbecue sauce to make hunters chicken so I used that and made a meat feast pizza using up various sorts of meat. It went down a treat.
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    • Aldahbra
    • By Aldahbra 14th May 12, 9:17 PM
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    You can also freeze pancakes, if you put greaseproof paper between them.
    Originally posted by Possession
    Silly question but how would I defrost/reheat them?

    .... And you can make lasagne from them!!
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    Really? ...

    Well Nigela does it it then it must be OK

    I'm the same with cookbooks!! I also have at least 200 - how many recipes have I cooked from them? Yet I still trawl the net for more!!
    Originally posted by PennyGrabber
    Me too. I have about 3 books in the kitchen that I use regually and if they don't have what I want I refer to the internet. The other shealves full of a huge variety of fantastic books remain gathering dust.

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    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 14th May 12, 9:22 PM
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    craigywv
    Silly question but how would I defrost/reheat them?



    Really? ...

    Well Nigela does it it then it must be OK



    Me too. I have about 3 books in the kitchen that I use regually and if they don't have what I want I refer to the internet. The other shealves full of a huge variety of fantastic books remain gathering dust.

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    Originally posted by Aldahbra
    frozen pancakes just take an hour or so to defrost so easy to use , depends on the thickness i make my own ones small thick ones for toasting , once defrosted bung in toaster. if maling the thinner ones same thing apples defrost about an hour and use the way you would use if not frozen hope this helps. p.s..... i also just bung the frozen ones in the toaster straight from the freezer and press the frozen setting button on my toaster they cook perfectly.
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