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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 seventh 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:
    June 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; 04-06-2012 at 12:30 PM.
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 28th Jul 12, 11:01 AM
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    I always freeze them whole and chop them from frozen (less chilli oil on your fingers!) - I keep them in a plastic tub and they are great. In fact, I never buy them unless they are reduced and I always freeze them all - using a frozen one in preference to the fresh ones I've just bought.

    SL
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Thankyou for that. I haven't froze them yet

    I didn't buy mine full price either, they were 1p a packet
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 28th Jul 12, 11:25 AM
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    No grocery spends yesterday - though me and OH went out on a very expensive date night bowling and then the casino (we always pick a set amount we're happy to lose and stick to it religiously and last time I actually won just enough to pay for the whole night out but sadly not this time!).

    Feeling a bit rough this morning as quite a bit of alcohol was consumed! it wasn't an MSE evening at all but we haven't been out together for AGES as OH has been a bit skint with less overtime at work, and it was really really good for us and a fantastic night Only we put the Olympic opening ceremony on to record and on the way out I forgot and turned the sky box off at the wall and so it didn't

    Before we went out I made an adapted version of a Jamie Oliver recipe, a spicy sausage pasta where you pulse the sausage in the food processor so it's kind of like pork mince. Well I wasn't trying to save money, it was supposed to be part of our nice date night after all, but I accidentally made four large portions with only 5 sausages! Not like Jamie meals to save you money but the sausages are well bulked out with onion, tomatoes and carrot in the recipe, it wasn't even me adding them to be cheap lol. Was delicious too, OH is really excited about eating the rest of it next week (I froze the other two portions)
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 28th Jul 12, 11:29 AM
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    ACTUALLY have just remembered that I did buy reduced food bags for 99p and a YS individual tiramisu for 45p (OH's favourite dessert) when I bought the booze at Mr M. Don't count alcohol in the GC thank goodness but I'll add 1.44 to my signature.

    Whoever had the freezing whole chillies idea, it's brilliant btw!!
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 28th Jul 12, 12:13 PM
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    Aha! better than I thought
    Following last night's Fab Olympics opening ceremony I looked again at my July sheet this morning (I hurried everything yesterday so we could loaf in front of the TV for the evening!)and realised I had included DH's purchase of hayfever tabs last weekend when we were away (also some Ibuprofen).

    My logic may seem flawed to others but I am happy to buy SM OB citirizine (in fact I bought four packs of 14 for 1 each in July) but not when I have bought them and he forgets to take any with us. That came out of the weekend away budget, not the GC!

    So I have updated my sig to reflect the reduced spend. Having also bought the pet stuff out of my target and stocked up on coffee and shower gloop my Jul GC is not bottomless!So feeling better now!
    SL
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  • bikelesschick
    I've not been keeping up to date with the thread. I hope you are all well.

    A speedy post to declare a grand total spend of 319.20 for July, 69.20 overspent. I relaxed a bit in the last part of the month, hence the excess. Saying that, I also made the most of some whoopsied bits so hopefully, that will help me to come within budget next month.

    See you all in the aug thread
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 28th Jul 12, 4:09 PM
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    Didn't think we'd spend much today if anything, but OH nipped to the shop for milk and came back with two shopping bags on closer inspection, one of the bags contained lots of beer, which doesn't count in the GC budget.

    He didn't get the receipt but swears the total minus beer etc worked out to 6.30 - seems plausible as he got rolls, bacon, hummous, pesto, milk and a multi pack of crisps. The crisps were on the list for the weekly shop tomorrow anyway so I've removed them, and the milk was needed - the rest wasn't planned but I costed my shopping list for tomorrow online and should be less than 25 so we'll still be fine will update sig now.
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 28th Jul 12, 4:47 PM
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    No grocery spends yesterday - though me and OH went out on a very expensive date night bowling and then the casino (we always pick a set amount we're happy to lose and stick to it religiously and last time I actually won just enough to pay for the whole night out but sadly not this time!).

    Feeling a bit rough this morning as quite a bit of alcohol was consumed! it wasn't an MSE evening at all but we haven't been out together for AGES as OH has been a bit skint with less overtime at work, and it was really really good for us and a fantastic night Only we put the Olympic opening ceremony on to record and on the way out I forgot and turned the sky box off at the wall and so it didn't

    Before we went out I made an adapted version of a Jamie Oliver recipe, a spicy sausage pasta where you pulse the sausage in the food processor so it's kind of like pork mince. Well I wasn't trying to save money, it was supposed to be part of our nice date night after all, but I accidentally made four large portions with only 5 sausages! Not like Jamie meals to save you money but the sausages are well bulked out with onion, tomatoes and carrot in the recipe, it wasn't even me adding them to be cheap lol. Was delicious too, OH is really excited about eating the rest of it next week (I froze the other two portions)
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143
    Glad you had a great night out - we deserve these every now and then, after all, what's the point of being frugal all the time, if you can't use the 'saved' money to treat yourself now and then!

    The sausage pasta thing sounds good - any chance of the recipe please?! We use lots of sausages in our house as they're cheap, but always on the lookout for inventive ideas with them!

    My logic may seem flawed to others but ...
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Not flawed logic at all - I completely get where you're coming from there! And, as it's your gc, it's your rules, so what you say goes!

    NSD today, woop woop. Could very easily have not been, because I wanted some extra veg for the dinner, but I decided we'll just have more fruit, which I already have in, for pudding instead.
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 28th Jul 12, 5:06 PM
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    No problem PennyGrabber, this is the recipe as my sister emailed me it, I assume its from 30 min meals as I know she has that book (changes I made I've highlighted below):

    4 spring onions I used two small normal onions
    1 carrot I used two, again quite small ones
    1 stick celery I left this out as didn't have
    couple of fresh chillies I used dried - around a tablespoon but hard to tell as I just shook the jar over it lol
    6 good quality sausages I used five as that's what I had
    1 tsp fennel seeds halved this as not too keen on fennel.
    dried oregano Used a big bunch fresh from the garden
    penne pasta Served with spaghetti
    4 cloves garlic
    4 tablespns balsamic vinegar Used about half red wine vinegar but then ran out so used balsamic for the rest, next time would stick with balsamic though as it's sweeter
    400g tin chopped toms
    some basil

    I also added two large fresh tomatoes as they really needed used up, some sliced black olives and half a courgette with the rounds cut into quarters. Plus a good bit of sugar to taste as I found it too vinegary (but then I used value toms which often need sugar). Oooh I also added soy sauce at the end because I find it gives pasta sauce a nice savoury flavour

    chop all the veg & spring onions roughly then blitz in the food processor with the chillies. Add the sausages, oregano and fennel and pulse until well mixed.

    spoon it into a hot frying pan with some olive oil, giving it a mix to break it all up. Crush the garlic into the sauce and add the vinegar and tomatoes, and stir in, cook for at least 20 mins, but it's better if you give it longer. Add some pasta cooking water to loosen if needed and the basil at the end.

    I served with some extra basil torn over it (from the garden, well windowsill) and parmesan, plus with a side salad. Made four generous portions. I have a picture too that I'll upload later (need to go make dinner now!).

    EDIT Here's the photo:

    Last edited by Bluegreen143; 28-07-2012 at 6:49 PM. Reason: Added photo
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  • rosieben
    Bluegreen, I've added your Spicy Sausage Pasta recipe to the front of the August GC (in post #7 for the moment)
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 28th Jul 12, 6:23 PM
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    Thank you bluegreen, sounds yummy!

    We've just finished our dinner. Easy; jar of roast chicken mix, chicken, peas and mash. Nothing fancy, or full-on hm, but tasty and easy. And cheap!! I made sure to do enough mash for tomorrow's dinner - corned beef hash. That will use up another tin of beans, so then I'll only have about 15 to go!!

    Breakfast tom will be scotch pancakes, lunch will prob be boiled eggs or egg muffins, and the hash for dinner. Easy day. Then, we're at my friend's for dinner on Mon (I shall take some cakes as a pud), and no idea what we're having on Tuesday! Off to think about that...

    PG x

    Looks delish!!
    Last edited by PennyGrabber; 28-07-2012 at 7:42 PM.
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    • Make-it-3
    • By Make-it-3 28th Jul 12, 9:22 PM
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    Been a busy few days organising and making all the bits for OH's Olympic birthday tea. So just catching up now with the spends from that 14.08 & 11.36 bringing my July total to 173.17/200

    So one more shop to go and there's lots of leftovers hanging around in the fridge so we're see if I can bring the month in on budget by being resourceful with these.
    We Made-it-3 on 28/01/11 with birth of our gorgeous DD.
    • TheThriftyScrumpers
    • By TheThriftyScrumpers 28th Jul 12, 9:22 PM
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    HELLLOOO!!!
    I have not been on here for well over a week and the amount of posts i had to read to catch up was crazy!!
    Went into hospital on 15th to be induced but i had apparently already started so they let me carry on on my own... After 19 long hours my beautiful son was born and as you can imagine i have been kept busy by my lil man!! I have updated my sig for spends, i still have one week left in july but its looking promising. Just wondering if i can cut the budget even lower next month.. :-)
    Originally posted by smelkel87
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    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 29th Jul 12, 9:54 AM
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    Spent 3 in 1 shop and 5.40 in Mr S this week. I made some of the banana ice cream (the one that just uses frozen bananas), which was delicious and saved 5 bananas from going in the green waste bin, unfortunately I think I've broken my food processor while trying to blend the bananas, so it could turn out to be the most expensive ice cream I've ever had, lol, hopefully it will be something that can be fixed by OH!
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    • prophecy_grrl
    • By prophecy_grrl 29th Jul 12, 12:52 PM
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    Hi, I'm just swooping in to say that I'm declaring at 151.19 for July 1.51 over budget

    August GC is 150 as well, and that's to include food for a week's self catering holiday for me and DS.

    See you all on the August thread
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    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 29th Jul 12, 5:33 PM
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    Another 19 today in Mr M's, including nearly 2 kg of YS bananas for 25p, to make some more banana ice cream. We shouldn't need anything else before the end of the month, but I'll wait until Tuesday to declare just in case, lol!
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    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 29th Jul 12, 5:46 PM
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    Hello all

    Well, this month has been an unmitigated disaster and the spends continue!

    8.13 in a mixture of corner shops and M+S. I've been out all weekend and have been eating naughty things like pre-packed sandwiches and drinking diet coke on the go!

    Then did an online shop with Mr W which is coming on Tuesday. My share comes to 40. I know that it will be all used in August but to be honest, I'm so fed up this month and am prepared to write it off and start August with a clean slate!

    Tonight it's a cheap and easy meal - pasta with pesto, pine nuts, feta cheese and sundried tomatoes (all in stock).

    Will need to spend money tomorrow though - it just feels as though money is slipping through my fingers.........
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    Grocery Challenge 13 -spent 1453.06
    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent 1565.51

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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 29th Jul 12, 5:53 PM
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    Not an NSD today, as I had to buy ice cream... We had corned beef hash for dinner, with enough cb left over to make corned beef and bean toasties for lunch, and then some sandwiches on Tuesday too!

    For pudding, we went to dd's ice cream shop!! She has made a shop in her bedroom, so we went in and each spent 1.50 (of DD's money!), on a cone with some honeycomb ice cream in (bought today) and some white choc chips (form my baking cupboard)! Made it a really treaty pudding! Then, they had half a melon between them, to make me feel better!

    Tom should be a nsd, as the car is being MOTed. However, thanks to this challenge making me organise my finances, I have a car account that should more than cover it! (Fingers crossed, as the insurance and aa cover need to come out of that in Sept and Oct!)

    PG x
    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
    Frugal 2018 needed! Saving and NOT spending
    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 29th Jul 12, 6:44 PM
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    I've just got back from MrT and MrS and have 4 bags full for 16
    I have had to use my tetris skills to fit it all in. I thought at one point that I was going to have to cook some of it now.
    2x 1k packs of turkey breast fillets down from 7 to 2
    2x chicken down from 4.49 to 1.14
    3x apple and sage marinated pork steaks down from 3 to 74p
    2x breaded chicken breasts down fron 3 to 74p
    1x chilli beef skewers reduced from 3 to 74p
    1x lge punnet of peaches down from 1.95 to 49p
    6 more of the greens dessert mixes for 10p each.

    That is it, I am not shopping again until the Lidl Thursday deals.
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    • Make-it-3
    • By Make-it-3 29th Jul 12, 7:35 PM
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    Quite a few toiletry necessities bumped up today's weekly shop, so I'm now officially over budget at 208.74/200. I won't be declaring till the fat lady sings and July is out, but hoping for NSD tomorrow and Tuesday.
    We Made-it-3 on 28/01/11 with birth of our gorgeous DD.
    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 29th Jul 12, 8:25 PM
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    Aw PennyGrabber, that sounds very cute, and honeycomb ice cream is my favourite too

    Spent 29 in Mr M - delighted as we really shouldn't need anything until next weekend, which will be a new GC month! Not declaring yet as that would be tempting fate and need to keep OH out of the shops - no way am I telling him we have 10 of budget left

    Just analysed my shopping for this month using my spreadsheet :

    Bread products 3.01 this is so low because I've been making a loaf every week
    Cat 7.27 This will be higher next month, we had a bit of a litter stockpile lol.
    Dairy & eggs 25.93
    Fruit & veg 44.54 Happy to keep this high for health reasons
    Meat & fish 34.11
    Toiletries 21.51
    General groceries 55.20 way lower than last month, and not sure why
    Household 14.70
    Treats for OH 29.85 this is 5 down!!
    Delivery charges 3 only got 2 deliveries and one was free

    After I got the shopping, I spent the afternoon cooking - made chicken, leek & sweetcorn pie for dinner for me, OH and OH's brother, with potatoes, carrots and braised red cabbage. Also made 4 portions of carrot & lentil soup for lunches and have a loaf of bread rising.

    Had a bit of an egg mishap this morning - noticed that the cardboard pack was really wet, so pulled it out to move the eggs into a bowl, but of course the cardboard split and one of the five eggs fell on the floor and smashed (caught the other four in my hands). Thankfully two eggs were fine (need them to make quiche on Saturday) but two have cracked and so need to be used today . So I'm making apple and cinnamon cake as I have a cooking apple spare. Also baking a few jam tarts with the pastry trimmings from the pie. And I wasn't even planning on making anything sweet this weekend!!
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