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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 ninth Grocery Challenge of 2012 EEEEEKKKKK!!!!, 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 August budget, then keep on posting in the:
    August 2012 Grocery Challenge oops at my typo

    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'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,
    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 #7 #8 & #9 on this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #10 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by zippychick; 22-08-2012 at 12:00 PM.
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 4th Sep 12, 4:41 PM
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    Well I survived day one of my running Thank you for your words of encouragement. Took DD and DS2, bike, scooter and our dog with me. Must've looked like a right wally running up and down on the newly tarmac'd path in our local path. I refuse to run on grass the yet in case I damage my ankles Next run planned for Thursday or Friday - bring it on

    Lunch today was ys quiche from last night, carrot and cucumber sticks and houmous. Tea is going to be macaroni cheese, brocolli and runner beans (beans from the garden).

    Went to MrS today and spent the princely sum of 3.10 on carrots, brocolli, cucumber, onion and some sweets for the children.

    Totals updated.
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 4th Sep 12, 5:15 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Drats, just did a whole lot of replies to people and then lost it, so have got to get dinner on, and am presently sat with conditioner on hair and an asda bag on top - nice so i will quickly try again
    Jumblejack thanks very much for the jam recipe, i will be attempting to make blackberry jam - im a bit confused about how you seal the jar, am i being dumb !! or do you use special jars.
    Lulabelle you could try pulled pork in barbeque sauce - i tried it for the first time a week or so ago, not being a brilliant cook it turned out gorgeous.
    tracey12 i looked at the delivery reduction, but found ordering once a week, on the cheapest, delivery would only cost 12 per month, doubled if i ordered twice a week, so unless you are ordering a few times a week on the more expensive delivery, personally i dont think its cheaper, hope it is for you though.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 06-09-2012 at 8:29 AM.
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    • Barbeduk
    • By Barbeduk 4th Sep 12, 5:15 PM
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    Have now done the first 2 shops of the month. 26.36 at !id! Which included a chicken, some gammon, sausages, eggs, all the necessaries for the week. then 9.14 at Mr M on all the bits I can't get at L, which included 2 x punnets of cherries @ 39p a punnet and a melon @ 39p. This was at 9am, I've never seen fruit reduced in the morning before but the checkout operator said she thought they'd totally over ordered on the cherries so good news for us!

    I'm also going for the cash approach this month, taking out 70 a week and anything that doesn't get spent goes in the piggybank towards our trip to London at half term. I've budgeted for 75 a week so that means I have 20 left in play for emergencies!

    So, roast chicken for dinner with butternut squash and veg, then the leftover chicken will make a couple of curries and a risotto. The kids were so hungry when they came home from school they've already eaten macaroni cheese (and loads of cherries).

    I know that I am very very cynical (perhaps add another 'very' as well), and I am lucky enough to live in town, but the Teaco 'deal' on paying 3 or 6 months in advance for delivery is simply a way of ensuring you don't shop elsewhere. It benefits them far more than the customer. Bloody good marketing idea though.
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 4th Sep 12, 5:43 PM
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    Jumblejack thanks very much for the jam recipe, i will be attempting to make blackberry jam - im a bit confused about how you seal the jar, am i being dumb !! or do you use special jars.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    SaveDosh In my experience, you don't need to do anything to seal the jars - the seal tends to pop down as they cool and tbh it doesn't matter in the slightest if they don't. I just use normal jars saved from other things or occasionally buy the normal ones from Lakeland etc and just fill them while the jam is still hot then tighten the lids by hand. HTH.

    To whoever said about the Mr M free range chicken deal - thank you!! Got a 1.5kg chicken for just under 5, which I know is the same price as normal chicken but I only eat free range so a nice saving there. Was going to get a chicken to cut up for the freezer at the weekend anyway

    Also got some savers food bags and cling film as ran out at the weekend and need them to freeze the chicken lol. As I picked up the cling film, I checked the price of the non-saver ones (3) against the savers ones (60p). OK so you did get a bit more in the expensive roll but not loads more! Just thought that a few months ago I would have bought that without thinking and spent 3 on cling film and as I was thinking that a woman came up and quickly grabbed it on her way past, I wanted to say to her "look, the other one is miles cheaper!" but didn't as that would look awfully rude

    Also got YS sheep's cheese, vine tomatoes and lettuce. Not great deals, my Mr M only seems to get to about half price for YS, but the lettuce and tomatoes will be useful for dinner tonight and tomorrow and I was just curious about the sheep's cheese Got home and OH had bought two bottles of coke which were the one thing I'd forgotten so that was lucky!
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    • mossy
    • By mossy 4th Sep 12, 5:51 PM
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    Second day of home visits for new children and I am seriously pooped although looking forward to them coming in to class later in the week. So glad we had batch cooked chilli planned for tea tonight, which DH had taken out of the freezer earlier in the day when he and DD checked to see what was for tea.....could it be that I am getting them trained???

    Spent 2.12 in L!dls, 40p in Sainsbugs and 3 in !celand, including some treats for the train up to watch the Paralympics and to eat whilst we are there. I figured it made more sense to buy a few treats here as it will no doubt cost more there!!

    Also did some shopping for my second purse. Hopefully now I won't be dreaming about it all night like last night!!

    Well done on the running Coxy.
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 4th Sep 12, 6:14 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Bluegreen - thanks very much for that
    Mossy there are lots of very cheap eating places in London or if in doubt, head for a Wetherspoons. Hope you have a fab time at the games
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    • MoonJelly
    • By MoonJelly 4th Sep 12, 7:11 PM
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    MoonJelly It's entirely up to you what you include, just best to keep it consistent. I do include delivery charges as it comes out of the same account that I only use for grocery shopping. I guess it's easier for me to keep the lines distinct as I do have a separate joint bank account for it, so I just class any spends from that account that aren't bill DDs as GC spends.

    I don't include eating out, takeaways, alcohol or lunches bought at Greggs etc as me and OH buy these out of our own spending money in our personal accounts, but many people do include them. And I don't include food bought on holiday as I save up for holidays separately, however I am reducing my grocery budget this month to account for the fact that I'll be away for a week. HTH!

    Made super easy tomato and veg pasta for dinner, took a photo but too lazy to put it up lol. It was two peppers (one red, one yellow) and two small onions roasted, then pulsed in food processor with basil (from windowsill) and a 250ml carton of passata. I then added sliced up olives, couple of big handfuls of spinach wilted down, a glug of soy sauce and toasted pine nuts, and served with value pasta, parmesan and a side salad.

    Must have been 3-4 portions of veg in there so happy about that! I eat 1-2 bits of fruit a day (had an apple today) and always have veg with lunch (either soup/leftovers or if I have e.g. a sandwich I have carrot sticks) so only need 2 portions with dinner but I like having lots of veg and OH is atrocious as he's allergic to uncooked fruit and usually has ham/tuna sandwiches with crisps for lunch, so only gets veg at dinner. Even though he isn't fussy and does likes every type of veg under the sun! So I'm trying to be doubly good at providing more veg-filled dinners and I'm going to buy orange juice for him next week as he can drink that as long as it's not the freshly squeezed stuff. Only problem is I really need to get the individual cartons so he'll drink it, which isn't as cheap...
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143
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    • savesummore
    • By savesummore 4th Sep 12, 7:36 PM
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    NSD today and yesterday, although I am tempted by the Morrisons pork shoulder. Does anyone know when the offer ends?
    Originally posted by Possession
    Hi I believe the offer ends Sunday- I hope so anyway as im planning to go Saturday and get 2 Have got a 5 voucher from the petrol that i intend to put towards it

    1 spend on a bag of salad today and a NSD yesterday so not too bad
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    • henna123
    • By henna123 4th Sep 12, 8:02 PM
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    just had two no spend days in a row, spent 11ish on sunday at asda, got some ys bread and tomatoes in with meat for hubby's sandwiches and a few other bits. Will update the total in sig when i dig out the reciept. today I cooked off a chicken, split it into two bags for the freeer for currys and cooked the chicken carcass with some veg to turn into a soup. tonights tea will go a bit further now too as i had jusdged 3 sausages each for us but after cooking extra veg only plated up 2 each so I will have those for dinner tomorrow now with left over yorkie and gravy I have some cheapie gravy granules as i dont normally like them, prefer to make my own, but its better than bisto! only problem is I cant remember where i bought it!
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 4th Sep 12, 8:17 PM
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    Lovely dinner today - made mackerel fishcakes with cooked leftover mackerel, mashed up potatoes to similar weight (left skins on as I like them), spoonful of wholegrain mustard, chopped up capers and zest of a lemon, lots of pepper, then coated in breadcrumbs from freezer. So yummy and made two extra so can have for lunch tomorrow!

    OH doesn't like fish so he had a HM burger from freezer with HM bun and HM wedges. I was good and gave him all the wedges and just had an enormous salad with my fishcakes with the YS lettuce and tomatoes I got today

    Now need to get up the motivation to chop up the chicken I got today on offer and squeeze into my already VERY packed freezer
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    Bluegreen, I've added your Mackerel fishcakes to the recipe index
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    • Mortgage Reduction Novice
    • By Mortgage Reduction Novice 4th Sep 12, 8:53 PM
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    Bluegreen143 - that sounds yum!

    Reporting a visit to M&S food hall... wait... I had a 10 voucher so only spent 46p.

    This brings my running total to 50.73
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Sep 12, 10:14 PM
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    How was the Paralympics? We are going to watch the swimming on Wednesday night, I'm soooo excited!!
    Originally posted by mossy
    You will have the best time. We had Olympics tickets for hockey and athletics and I thought 80,000 in the athletics stadium was the loudest thing but I was wrong. Cheering Ellie Simmons home last night was so loud, and so much fun.

    ...Unfortunately my management meeting resulted in me being ridiculed this morning because I was completely hoarse today (and my hands hurt from clapping everything) but so good and what a joyful occasion.

    I bought three drinks for 7.30 but these are entertainment budget. We have general park entry tickets tomorrow - only 10 each - we are going to try and get into the wheelchair rugby but actually, sitting on a rug in front of the giant screens is so infectiously enjoyable that if we dn't get in it will be fine.

    Have a great time. You can go early and spend the afternoon (day) enjoying the park and soaking up the fantastic atmosphere.

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    • MrsCD
    • By MrsCD 4th Sep 12, 10:34 PM
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    Suffolk Lass it sounds like you had a fantastic time!

    Jumblejack, your jams look yummy!

    I had a NSD yesterday, and spent the day doing my bank account, sorting bills, and washing. I had a renewal for an insurance at 110, I rang up and asked if it was their best offer, and they reduced it to 88 I do this with every renewal we get these days.
    Today, I did the weekly shopping. I'll update when I figure out what's GC and what's not. Went to MrA and saw packs of 12 long colouring pencils for 15p so I nabbed a few for shoeboxes!
    I had been charged full price for some YS strawberries last week, so I told CS, who refunded the difference and gave me a 2 gift card without me asking for it
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 4th Sep 12, 11:13 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Coxy11 - if you look at your post, at the very top of this page, scooter is a link and my post below, confused is a link, any idea why this is happening, also debts in my signature is a link, but not in my other post below it. is this a new mse advertising thing - thought you might be in a better position to know. If it is, im not happy with my posts advertising companies under my signature. I thought i had a virus on my computer. p.s., it will be interesting to see if the links have gone tomorrow.

    pps - all the best with the running
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 04-09-2012 at 11:52 PM.
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    • Longships
    • By Longships 5th Sep 12, 5:22 AM
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    Had another spend yesterday which means my total for the month so far is quite high but I now have enough toothpaste/mouthwash to last for a few months plus a load of whoopsie fish gone into the freezer.
    Thank-you to everyone who posts comps
    • cowboymum
    • By cowboymum 5th Sep 12, 5:59 AM
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    Logging a bit more spending - 38 tesco order and 15.44 at sainsburys (most of this was wine! 3 bottles for 12, but 1 bottle was a gift for a babysitter). Also got a delivery of meat from Weston gourmet- when they delivered before one of the packs of burgers was split open, so they sent another plus 4 gammon steaks for free! Gammon in slow cooker tonight then!

    The tesco saver thing is working well for me. I paid 30 for 3 months via quidco, and have used 1 delivery per week. I was going shopping on Sunday so I now get it delivered on Sunday which works much better than the cheap deliveries mid week. The only thing that irritates me is that you have to spend 40 - I usually manage it though! It's definately cut down trips to supermarkets which in itself is money saving.

    Also trying to not do dinners in oven after getting huge electric bill. Using slow cooker much more and planning on leaving oven meals for when I can fill the oven with bread etc.
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 5th Sep 12, 6:08 AM
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    I am hanging on to go shopping tomorrow as I haven't much to buy,today instead of shopping as the sun is shining I am taking a flask and my book to the local park to sit and enjoy the autumn sunshine as it will soon be winter so a bit of sun will do me more good than spending money in the supermarket.Its great where I live if I turn left from my house I am a few minutes walk from the shops ,but turn right and I am five minutes away from a nice park with some comfy benches under the trees.Cheap as chips and better for my purse.
    I only have a few bits to get anyway and nothing that is urgent.I had a couple of chilli sausages last night with a jacket spud and salad for dinner and it was lovely.Tonight I think I will have fishcakes and mash and peas.Feeding from the stuff in my freezer is helping my pocket as well as saving me trundling around the shops spending too much Good luck to all who are trying like me to recoup money spent during the school summer holidays.I am back to my squirrel like ways again
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 5th Sep 12, 6:54 AM
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    Coxy11 - if you look at your post, at the very top of this page, scooter is a link and my post below, confused is a link, any idea why this is happening, also debts in my signature is a link, but not in my other post below it. is this a new mse advertising thing - thought you might be in a better position to know. If it is, im not happy with my posts advertising companies under my signature. I thought i had a virus on my computer. p.s., it will be interesting to see if the links have gone tomorrow.

    pps - all the best with the running
    Originally posted by Save Dosh

    Oooh spooky - I just took a quick look back and they appear to have gone....Worried to post now in case I end up advertising something???

    Working this morning and hoping for a NSD - budget could certainly do with a rest!
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 5th Sep 12, 7:11 AM
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    lol, they were there when i put my computer on about half an hour ago. I just don't like my posts being linked to casinos or online gambling. I thought possibly i might have pressed something which showed up affiliate links (which i know mse uses) and maybe i had to unpress it, anyway have a lovely day
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