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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 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 #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!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 22-08-2012 at 12:00 PM.
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  • sneakyspender
    Hello all, great ms tips as always. Spent £6.50 yesterday on stock cube.and pre-dinner nibbles (dhs birthday).Other than that haven't bought anything since wednesday and plan to shop again on thursday so realy pleased. MIL came down this W/E and has bought loads of beans and salad, any bright ideas for using them (I have no space in my freezer).Still got loads of apples so will go blackberry picking with dcs after school tommorow
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 10th Sep 12, 3:52 PM
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    Hi everyone,

    Went out for dinner on Saturday - thankfully a different budget. Great views of Tower Bridge with the paralympic symbol - once in a lifetime opportunity Took my extended family out for a pub lunch yesterday. Again a different budget. All these meals out as it's my birthday today

    Some spends to report: second purse, MrT and MrC. Totals updated and not looking too shabby!
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  • sneakyspender
    Happy birthday coxy!
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 10th Sep 12, 4:30 PM
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    Happy birthday coxy!
    Originally posted by sneakyspender
    yes, happy birthday - hope your having a nice day
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    Happy Birthday coxy
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    • mossy
    • By mossy 10th Sep 12, 5:17 PM
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    Happy Birthday Coxy!!

    To tired to make dinner (and so it begins!!) So nipped in to Wa!trose and bought a french stick to turn into pizza bread. Was going to make pizza dough, but was too hungry and tired. Also picked up a huge block of my fav cheese which was reduced.

    Wa!trose £5.09
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    • Nicky Noo Na
    • By Nicky Noo Na 10th Sep 12, 7:02 PM
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    Another small (£1.73) spend after work to get a few bits I forgot/didn't know I needed at the weekend - some custard to have with a crumble I made yesterday to use up some old apples, some ham for the rest of my lunches this week and some YS veggies.

    Will need milk later in the week but hoping thats it till the weekend!

    Hope one of you might be able to help me - I'm having dinner guests on Saturday and I have a gammon joint to use up, any ideas for what to make? Not a roast dinner, ideally something that can be pre-prepared and cooked later (like lasagne) athough not essential and also no cheese as one guest is allergic. I've checked out the recipe index and found the gammon and leek crumble but OH doesn't want that, grrrrrrr. Any bright ideas anyone??
    TIA

  • jumblejack
    Robinsons classic mincemeat is currently 20p at Tesco:



    I used half a jar with some YS Bramleys for a lovely after supper pud...

    Make up a batch of shortcrust pastry (8oz plain flour, 4oz fat, enough water to turn into a workable dough).

    Line an old plate with a layer of pastry.
    Put a layer of mincemeat onto it and top with sliced apple:


    Liberally sprinkle sugar onto the apples (I like to use golden sugar as it makes the apples toffee like but white is fine)



    Top with pastry. Put an eggy wash over it and again sprinkle liberally with sugar:



    Bake until cooked and golden:



    Smother with custard or cream and enjoy
    Last edited by jumblejack; 11-09-2012 at 7:33 AM.
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    • Possession
    • By Possession 10th Sep 12, 8:05 PM
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    Possession
    Another small (£1.73) spend after work to get a few bits I forgot/didn't know I needed at the weekend - some custard to have with a crumble I made yesterday to use up some old apples, some ham for the rest of my lunches this week and some YS veggies.

    Will need milk later in the week but hoping thats it till the weekend!

    Hope one of you might be able to help me - I'm having dinner guests on Saturday and I have a gammon joint to use up, any ideas for what to make? Not a roast dinner, ideally something that can be pre-prepared and cooked later (like lasagne) athough not essential and also no cheese as one guest is allergic. I've checked out the recipe index and found the gammon and leek crumble but OH doesn't want that, grrrrrrr. Any bright ideas anyone??
    TIA
    Originally posted by Nicky Noo Na
    You could have the gammon cold and do a Nigella with her sweetcorn pudding and some dauphinoise potatoes -
    http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/nigella-lawson/sweet-corn-pudding-recipe/index.html

  • rosieben
    jumblejack, I've added your Apple and Mincemeat Pie to the index, it looks delish
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    • nicknack
    • By nicknack 10th Sep 12, 8:30 PM
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    I find the coupon thread more up my strasse, I can browse the latest offers and print them if I use that product. That is here if you don't already know.

    HTH
    SL
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Thanks for that - had a look on the coupon thread and printed a few off for 50p off Oatso Simple. This is currently on offer at Mr T reduced from £2.29 to £1 so that means I'll get it for 50p!!

    NSD today - my total currently stands at £116.40/£200 with 2 more big shops to do before the end of the month.

    Thanks to everyone for all the tips and ideas on here, they really make a difference. x

    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 10th Sep 12, 8:34 PM
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    Have been given a price list from a wholesale butchers that a local restaurant uses and am looking forwards to re-stocking the freezer from there in the not to distant future. However will have to have a think how am going to justify this with the grocery budget. Have been thinking that every time I use some of the meat I pay £2 or £3 from the grocery budget but put it up ready for the second order of meat and not add the full cost to the budget in one go IYKWIM. Anyone got any thought on this and if it would work?
    Originally posted by Billie-jo
    You could try a 13th month called my stores. I did and divided what was left of my annual budget by the remaining months and am spreading that extra month across five. It works for me. I plan to have 14 "months" in 2013 with two stock months to get round these stock up items

    HTH
    SL
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 10th Sep 12, 8:40 PM
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    No spends to add at the moment although DH kept saying we wanted bread, he doesn’t class homemade bread as bread for sandwiches!!! It’s nothing to do with the taste of the bread as he likes it its just that I usually make a round shape loaf and he doesn’t think it’s the ‘right’ shape for sandwiches!!!!
    Originally posted by Billie-jo
    If it helps, I make HM rolls as well as a loaf and freeze them in case OH wants sandwiches. I kind of agree about the loaf thing, love my HM bread but can't slice it thin enough for good sandwiches and they are smaller but thicker so get the wrong filling to bread ratio. Rolls just work better and can be used for OH bacon butties and burgers too.

    Lol BlueGreen - I'm looking forward to hearing how this goes . Sounds like you'll be having a good rest that week though and then hopefully by the end of the week there will be more appreciation of what you do .

    With my DH when I'm meal planning I ask him what he wants to do when he's cooking (3 nights a week) and then just tell him it's too expensive if necessary so he has to think of something else. Then when I'm cooking I just cook what I want and everyone just has to eat it . When we first got married, he used to want to cook unhealthy food but now he's pretty good (it's taken me years to train him lol).
    Originally posted by Mrs Addicted to Spending
    Haha I'm looking forward to it too. He did used to do the cooking and shopping last year when I had to work evenings. We spent a lot more money and wasted lots but I wasn't as fussed then because it was before I learned to be all OS. He thinks I'm a bit obsessed now!

    Got Mr A delivery yesterday, spent £52.81 including delivery on:
    • Fresh fruit (bananas and SP apples) & veg (spring greens, carrots, radishes, SP peppers, salad leaves, broccoli, spring onions and mushrooms)
    • Dairy (4pints milk, cheddar, SP butter, Greek yoghurt, SP ice cream)
    • Salami, olives
    • Dried stuff (coffee, basmati rice, yellow split peas, green lentils, sesame seeds, oregano, bay leaves & cardamom pods)
    • Tinned stuff & jars (chickpeas, cannelini beans, SP chopped toms & SP passata, tuna, SP mayonnaise, raspberry jam)
    • Toiletries & household (SP sponges, shower gel, laundry liquid)
    • Two 6 packs of crisps, coke (8 bottles!)

    What strikes me the most is how much SP stuff we buy compared to a few months ago. Most of it really is the same!
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  • KatyReed+5
    Updating my total.

    £10.49 - Co-oops picnic snacks for a day out with all the kids on Sat.
    £8.00 spent on ice creams while in the forest.

    Brining my total to £332.84/£350.00

    Leaving £17.16 to last till the 21st.

    Should be fine as i have 23 dinners in the freezer along with bread and milk so if i'm tight i can do it, as will just need fruit and maybe some salad stuff.

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    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 10th Sep 12, 9:08 PM
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    craigywv
    Robinsons classic mincemeat is currently 20p at Tesco:



    I used half a jar with some YS Bramleys for a lovely after supper pud...

    Make up a batch of shortcrust pastry (8oz plain flour, 8oz fat, enough water to turn into a workable dough).

    Line an old plate with a layer of pastry.
    Put a layer of mincemeat onto it and top with sliced apple:


    Liberally sprinkle sugar onto the apples (I like to use golden sugar as it makes the apples toffee like but white is fine)



    Top with pastry. Put an eggy wash over it and again sprinkle liberally with sugar:



    Bake until cooked and golden:



    Smother with custard or cream and enjoy
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    hi what fat do you use can i use lard as i have quite a bit of it ? thanks
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  • jumblejack
    hi what fat do you use can i use lard as i have quite a bit of it ? thanks
    Originally posted by craigywv
    I used butter but you could pretty much use any fat for pastry.

    I've never used lard but I can't see why not. I've used suet in pastry for sweet pies before successfully.

    Apparently lard is excellent for shortcrust pastry as it makes for tasty, flaky pie crusts! Just remember to eggy wash and sprinkle with sugar before baking.
    Last edited by jumblejack; 10-09-2012 at 9:25 PM.
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    • craigywv
    • By craigywv 10th Sep 12, 9:36 PM
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    craigywv
    I used butter but you could pretty much use any fat for pastry.

    I've never used lard but I can't see why not. I've used suet in pastry for sweet pies before successfully.

    Apparently lard is excellent for shortcrust pastry as it makes for tasty, flaky pie crusts! Just remember to eggy wash and sprinkle with sugar before baking.
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    will do and thanks for that.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 11th Sep 12, 5:53 AM
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    hi what fat do you use can i use lard as i have quite a bit of it ? thanks
    Originally posted by craigywv
    When I did housecraft lessons at school in the 1970s Miss Armstrong (terrifying woman) taught us to use 50% lard 50% marge (cooking fat) within the fat amount - so having checked my school recipe book for a plated jam tart we used 6oz flour 1.5oz marge and 1.5oz lard (and a pinch of salt).

    Tried and tested for 40 years!
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    SL


    ...Make up a batch of shortcrust pastry (8oz plain flour, 8oz fat, enough water to turn into a workable dough).

    Originally posted by jumblejack
    JJ - do you really make pastry with the same weight of flour to fat? I make short crust with 50-60% fat to 100% flour - so maybe 8oz flour to 4-5oz fat and that is really short, flaky pastry

    SL
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  • jumblejack
    When I did housecraft lessons at school in the 1970s Miss Armstrong (terrifying woman) taught us to use 50% lard 50% marge (cooking fat) within the fat amount - so having checked my school recipe book for a plated jam tart we used 6oz flour 1.5oz marge and 1.5oz lard (and a pinch of salt).

    Tried and tested for 40 years!
    HTH
    SL


    JJ - do you really make pastry with the same weight of flour to fat? I make short crust with 50-60% fat to 100% flour - so maybe 8oz flour to 4-5oz fat and that is really short, flaky pastry

    SL
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Sorry. Thanks for pointing it out. No I don't. I use one part fat, 2 parts flour. I don't know why I put that. I DO use the same fat to flour when baking cakes.

    I think it was cos I wanted to point out the quantity required for a pie (8oz batch).

    I will edit now before someone tries it.

    Cheers me dears. That's what happens when you don't proof read.

    X
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  • Mrs Addicted to Spending
    If it helps, I make HM rolls as well as a loaf and freeze them in case OH wants sandwiches. I kind of agree about the loaf thing, love my HM bread but can't slice it thin enough for good sandwiches and they are smaller but thicker so get the wrong filling to bread ratio. Rolls just work better and can be used for OH bacon butties and burgers too.



    Haha I'm looking forward to it too. He did used to do the cooking and shopping last year when I had to work evenings. We spent a lot more money and wasted lots but I wasn't as fussed then because it was before I learned to be all OS. He thinks I'm a bit obsessed now!

    Got Mr A delivery yesterday, spent £52.81 including delivery on:
    • Fresh fruit (bananas and SP apples) & veg (spring greens, carrots, radishes, SP peppers, salad leaves, broccoli, spring onions and mushrooms)
    • Dairy (4pints milk, cheddar, SP butter, Greek yoghurt, SP ice cream)
    • Salami, olives
    • Dried stuff (coffee, basmati rice, yellow split peas, green lentils, sesame seeds, oregano, bay leaves & cardamom pods)
    • Tinned stuff & jars (chickpeas, cannelini beans, SP chopped toms & SP passata, tuna, SP mayonnaise, raspberry jam)
    • Toiletries & household (SP sponges, shower gel, laundry liquid)
    • Two 6 packs of crisps, coke (8 bottles!)
    What strikes me the most is how much SP stuff we buy compared to a few months ago. Most of it really is the same!
    Originally posted by Bluegreen143
    Me too and it saves a fortune . The only problem items we have are baked beans, coffee and ketchup - DH refuses cheap versions of these though my sons don't notice the difference so I can get away with it for them .
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