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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 eighth Grocery Challenge of 2012 Holy majoly, where has the year gone?!?!?!?!!?

    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:
    July 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 #6 and #7 on this thread.

    For everyones totals, see post #8 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 22-07-2012 at 11:49 AM.
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    • russetred
    • By russetred 3rd Aug 12, 7:16 PM
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    Just back from Mr T and PG tips the delicate one 80 pack has a SEL for 10p. Picked up a few hoping its not too weak.
    "Sometimes life sucks....but the alternative is unacceptable."
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 3rd Aug 12, 7:27 PM
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    Oi NickJW I can't believe you thought it was me!

    Well done on your mr w meat freebie by the way
    Originally posted by TheThriftyScrumpers
    Sorry I was looking at the post and thinking 'what's wrong here'? At least I read your post thoroughly!

    Anyway - spends of £1.41 + £7.69 = £9.10 in Mr W - mainly on veg + basmati rice because I'll be doing 3 rice meals this weekend and wasn't sure if I would have enough (turns out I will do - oh well!).

    Meal plan for my cooking days:

    Tonight will be pasta with creme fraiche, bacon, mushrooms and chives (from the garden) with a splash of sherry
    Tomorrow will be pork fillet with paprika, rest of the creme fraiche, tomatoes served with rice and brocolli
    Sunday- Chicken marinated in lime, soy and honey with peppers, spring onions and a cashew and coriander rice
    Monday - Chicken biryani with coriander

    Have my ready meals from the Mr W doubled up delivery for lunches and Special K for breakfast.

    Tuesday - Thursday my housemate will cook, so I should...in theory...be spend free for a while!
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 £46.05/£130

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    • kerrypn
    • By kerrypn 3rd Aug 12, 7:59 PM
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    Another £2.19 to add for me(milk and bread) but a NSD yesterday

    Just realised today I am out of bicarb so will have to get some over the weekend
    • CupOfChai
    • By CupOfChai 3rd Aug 12, 9:09 PM
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    Tonight I got some fruit and veg, bread and sandwich meat to do for the next week. And chocolate . Spent £11.56 in total which brings me to £127.89/£180 so far. Hope I can do it!
    • amyloofoo
    • By amyloofoo 3rd Aug 12, 9:36 PM
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    2 NSDs for August so far also received a £3.99 refund for an inappropriate substitution in the Tesco delivery, so I'm going to deduct that from my total for the month so far.
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 3rd Aug 12, 9:59 PM
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    Well it was a nsd for me today, and we had the roast pork I got on us yesterday. It was selfish! 1.5 kg for £3.50! We used only a tiny bit of it and there's enough to slice up and have another six or seven main meals! Result!

    Had a lovely time at a friend's for lunch. I took some cucumber, cherry toms, carrots and choc cake towards it. She had already done toms and carrots, but she used my quarter cuc and we had a all bit of the cake, and I went home with my toms, the rest of the choc cake, my carrots and a whole cucumber which she had bought for us! Crazy!

    We may not be going out for the day as planned tom, as the weather looks rubbish... Shame as I've already cooked the picnicky stuff! Oh well, it won't be wasted.

    Night all

    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
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 4th Aug 12, 6:13 AM
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    Why not have a living room picnic PG? Picnic blanket out, all sit on the floor with the food and a board game. The kids will still love it. x

    Just milk as a planned spend today. I will send one of the kids to the village store for it. It costs more than Lidls price wise but it means I can not spend anything else.

    I have taken out some scones this morning that I will add jam and whipped double cream to later for the kids. YS 3p each.
    I have also pulled out some buns for lunch. I will make some of the left over chicken from yesterday in to coronation chicken. It is jubilee year after all.
    It will just be a light salad for dinner after all that stodge.

    I hope everyone has a low or no spend day.
    Last edited by Soworried; 04-08-2012 at 6:43 AM.
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    • DundeeDoll
    • By DundeeDoll 4th Aug 12, 7:27 AM
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    Lidl weekly shop yesterday as OH off camping today. £80.45 so has been better but still much less than mr t. But then oh needed elastic for tent poles so a trip to mr t. No threading elastic yet £21 at checkout. Grrrrr. And nuffink in the RTC areas to redeem the situation. Then admission from OH £14 spent at lunch time on water carrier and midge repellent. August has had a self-inflicted expensive start!
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    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 4th Aug 12, 8:17 AM
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    Ah, Saturday. Today is "get organised" day for me. On Saturday I sit down and plan my meals for the following week, check what's in the freezer and work out what else I need to buy. A bit later (probably with a cuppa and the Olympics on telly) I'll sit down and get sorted. My mealplans run from Monday to the next Sunday and today's and tomorrow's meals are sorted. When done, I'll update the mealplan thread and send the mealplan off to a couple of friends as well who like to get ideas but I'm not sure they venture on here yet.

    Wow I can ramble.

    Anyway, today we'll be having chicken & ham pie for tea, and probably again tomorrow as we can't resist the leftovers It should be an NSD today as I have no need to go out at all. Hope everyone has a good day.

    K xx

    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Aug 12, 8:26 AM
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    Sorry I was looking at the post and thinking 'what's wrong here'? At least I read your post thoroughly!

    Meal plan for my cooking days:

    Tonight will be pasta with creme fraiche, bacon, mushrooms and chives (from the garden) with a splash of sherry
    Tomorrow will be pork fillet with paprika, rest of the creme fraiche, tomatoes served with rice and brocolli
    Sunday- Chicken marinated in lime, soy and honey with peppers, spring onions and a cashew and coriander rice
    Monday - Chicken biryani with coriander

    Have my ready meals from the Mr W doubled up delivery for lunches and Special K for breakfast.

    Tuesday - Thursday my housemate will cook, so I should...in theory...be spend free for a while!
    Originally posted by NickJW
    NickJW- You wrote what I thought, but sufficiently before me that others had responded. Poor old Thrifty! I kept thinking "what's wrong with that; has she been hacked?"

    I always read your meal plans and think how lovely they sound. You are more adventurous than me. I'm going to do what Pennygrabber does and try a new thing at least once a month as I am so bored with my regular things.

    Whatever we have will involve courgettes, runner beans and potatoes - all from the garden (and the first tomatoes are turning orange - that's the variety, not a mutation ).

    Your fortunate double delivery from Mr W is why I still shop there as my favourite place. Their customer service is second to none in UK. If I ever take anything back they refund it and give me the replacement free. I had Turkey crowns on order for Easter one year and they cocked it up and ended up giving me three whole turkeys for free (I was cooking for loads but this was fantastic). Take and enjoy your good fortune with no guilt> You are a loyal customer and to be valued.

    Have a great week (everyone)
    SL
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    • greent
    • By greent 4th Aug 12, 8:28 AM
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    Small additional spend in T's of £6.89, bringing monthly total to date to £13.06. Got cans of pop (on offer and DH and DS1 were going to cinema and so was much cheaper than the drinks there!), box of malteasers (likewise), rtc chicken, energy drink, Doritos, a pack of rolls and mint sauce - lovely offers, coupons and yellow stickers keeping it all down

    Month would be going fantastically well..... except I made the mistake of going of AF to take advantage of the £5 for 50kg delivery offer..... almost £70 (inc delivery) later.... I'll add the total when it's delivered, as sometimes something ends up out of stock. Still, lots of tinned toms, treats, pasta and toiletries for my money Now just need to make sure the rest of the month doesn't run away with me!
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Aug 12, 8:32 AM
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    Why not have a living room picnic PG? Picnic blanket out, all sit on the floor with the food and a board game. The kids will still love it. x
    Originally posted by Soworried
    Soworried - Great minds think alike - I just posted a very similar suggestion in PG's DFD only we used paper table cloths and we able to clear up in about a minute flat! Apparently one of DS's best birthday parties

    All the best
    SL
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    • Soworried
    • By Soworried 4th Aug 12, 8:43 AM
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    Soworried - Great minds think alike - I just posted a very similar suggestion in PG's DFD only we used paper table cloths and we able to clear up in about a minute flat! Apparently one of DS's best birthday parties

    All the best
    SL
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Even better if there is no mess.
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    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 4th Aug 12, 9:04 AM
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    NickJW- You wrote what I thought, but sufficiently before me that others had responded. Poor old Thrifty! I kept thinking "what's wrong with that; has she been hacked?"

    I always read your meal plans and think how lovely they sound. You are more adventurous than me. I'm going to do what Pennygrabber does and try a new thing at least once a month as I am so bored with my regular things.

    Whatever we have will involve courgettes, runner beans and potatoes - all from the garden (and the first tomatoes are turning orange - that's the variety, not a mutation ).

    Your fortunate double delivery from Mr W is why I still shop there as my favourite place. Their customer service is second to none in UK. If I ever take anything back they refund it and give me the replacement free. I had Turkey crowns on order for Easter one year and they cocked it up and ended up giving me three whole turkeys for free (I was cooking for loads but this was fantastic). Take and enjoy your good fortune with no guilt> You are a loyal customer and to be valued.

    Have a great week (everyone)
    SL
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    I also thought TheThriftyScrimpers has been hacked - I'm glad it's not just me who thought it!

    Ah - my meal plans are only like that because I have something left from one recipe so go searching for another recipe to use up what is left, end up buying something else, then need to find another recipe to finish off using the other thing. The cycle goes on for a while sometimes, and I often wonder if I should 'calm down' and have easy weeks. It would probably be better for my budget!

    I agree with Mr W - I also like the fact that their essential range is just as good as the finest range in Mr T for instance. I would NEVER buy value meat, but essential meat is fine, and more importantly (for me), it's nearly always British meat. The double delivery will set me up for sure this month

    At a loss as to what to do today - the house is cleaned and I was going to venture out, but don't need the SM obviously, it's raining outside and my friends are still in bed because they went out last night (I didn't bother and had an early night because I had a heavy weekend last week!).

    Think it will be an internet day/Olympic TV day until lunch, unless the weather improves when I will venture out.

    Hope everyone is well.
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 £46.05/£130

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

    DFD 1st March 2011
    • savesummore
    • By savesummore 4th Aug 12, 9:44 AM
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    I will catch up properly in abit but just wanted to report

    £32 in Mr T this should of been £44 but I have a £6 off £40 shop and £6 clubcard vouchers

    £14 in Mr M on half price pork, a cooked chicken for tonight and a few bits and pieces

    Im quite pleased with what I have got for todays spends
    O/S weight loss 2.5 /10lbs (11st 8.0- 08.02)
    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 4th Aug 12, 9:53 AM
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    Whatever we have will involve courgettes, runner beans and potatoes - all from the garden (and the first tomatoes are turning orange - that's the variety, not a mutation ).
    SL
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    To give you an example - if I had these ingredients I would probably make courgette and potato rosti cakes . I've made mine with sweet potatoes but I'm sure regular potatoes would be fine.

    Root Veg + Potato rostis

    2 medium parsnips (about 350g in total), peeled and grated
    1 medium sweet potato (about 300g) (could probably use real potatoes) peeled and grated
    1 medium carrott, peeled and grated
    100g plain flour
    1tbsp finely chopped rosemary
    salt and pepper
    2 eggs lightly beaten
    2 tbsp sunflower oil
    25g butter

    Put grated parsnips, potato and carotts in a bowl and toss the flour, rosemary and salt and pepper through. Add the beaten eggs and whisk well. Divide into 8 even sized patties about 10cm and 1cm think.

    Get a baking tray lined with baking paper buttered up.

    Pre-heat oven to 180 Celcius/Gas Mark 4. Then heat half oil and butter in a frying pan over the hob medium heat, put patties in (in batches if necessary) then gently cook for 3-4 mins each side, turning carefully until golden brown. Transfer to the baking tray, then bake for 15-20 mins or until cooked through

    Serve with runner beans, tomato and chilli (you could subsitute the chopped tomatoes with garden tomatoes in a blender if you wanted to: HERE. A dollop of creme fraiche would also go down nicely too!
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 £46.05/£130

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    Grocery Challenge 12 -spent £1565.51

    DFD 1st March 2011
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 4th Aug 12, 10:05 AM
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    I didn't manage t spend under £20 on my weekly shop yesterday but I am still quite pleased as it was much less than we usually spend. I was sabotaged by DH in Mr A who wanted a curry from their 'takeaway' counter, some poppodums and a bit bottle of lucozade. He also managed to slip in some gammon with an apple sauce ( I have a gammon joint and cooking apples in the fridge!) that cost £2 and a pack of Bob the builder crips for DS!! This little lot came to £9.18.

    My total bill was £27.82, so I would have been well under without DH additions to the trolley. I can't complain really though because he has cut out alcohol and I would have spent a lot more on booze in the week. I am not having any either.

    Total spent on food etc this week (including over 3 weeks worth of dog food is £64.61 - a really good reduction on what I usually spend and it includes an M&S £10 meal deal and the dog food for the rest of the month DH also spent £10 on a chinese takeaway for himself but it came out of his winnings so I am not counting it in my GC total

    I have £60 to spend until my next pay day which is the 22nd of August, so 2 weekends shopping.

    I went to the precinct near us this morning as I had to go to the bank and they had a lovely fruit and veg shop with really cheap fruit and a B&M so I may go there next weekend.

    They had horse carrots for £2.25 for 5kg (i think). Is this a good price and how long would they last? I can cope with just about any veg frozen but carrots have to be fresh and are mine and DS favourite veg

    The butcher was telling a customer as I walked past that there is a big Icel*nd and a Mr M opening up there soon.

    ETA: Thanks for your commersirations about the car. DH has managed to get the clutch (fly wheel), pads and disks for both sets of brakes and a recovery to his place of work for £197 and a hard days work so I am very relieved.
    Last edited by XSpender; 04-08-2012 at 10:08 AM. Reason: Forgot something
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    thanks It is now removed!
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Aug 12, 10:29 AM
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    I've just emailed requesting the two posts on here are removed and the poster is blocked. I used the email address in the turquoise box in the middle of the top of the screen. The board management crew might have a quicker way, I'm just a poster!

    It makes me really cross!
    SL

    ...And there they are gone! Well done team!
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    • EverTheOptimist
    • By EverTheOptimist 4th Aug 12, 10:40 AM
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    EverTheOptimist
    Morning all

    Just back from a weeks holiday, but as we went on 25th July i have missed the start of this thread and you are now 18 pages in. thats going to take some catching up.

    Will set a budget of £200 again ths month, but as we both have another week off and need to fill the freezer and cupboards i can see myself playing catch up from mid August.

    Hope everyone is well, we are away for the weekend from after lunch, so will try and catch up soon.
    SPC 12 #005 Target £200 /
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