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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 eleventh Grocery Challenge of 2012 EEEEEKKKKK!!!!, Terrifying how quickly the year has flown in!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your September budget, then keep on posting in the:
    October 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 #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
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    • NickJW
    • By NickJW 13th Nov 12, 11:57 AM
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    NickJW
    Two more spends:

    1.60 yesterday on milk and a lime
    4.45 in Mr W today on cream, cheese and mushrooms.

    Have bacon out of the freezer so having Spaghetti Carbonara tonight
    Grocery Challenge 14 Jan 14 46.05/130

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

    DFD 1st March 2011
    • meg72
    • By meg72 13th Nov 12, 12:15 PM
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    meg72
    Now apologies to the thread but I just need to ask some advice and I know lots on here use them.
    I ordered some red labelled fizzy drinks from @pproved foods along with some soups and a couple of other things. The website said they would arrive on the Wednesday, they didnt and arrived today in bashed up boxes. The tins are very badly damaged and theres things missing.
    Is it usually like this? I have done one of them ticket things but I am so disappointed.

    Thanks for any advice
    Originally posted by JIL
    I think you have been very unlucky with this as it is not usually like this. Unfortunately it seems your order has been damaged in transit
    and I am sure if you contact AF they will put things right for you.
    Please dont let it put you off ordering from them as they do have some real bargains at times,
    Slimming World at target
    • theatregirl4
    • By theatregirl4 13th Nov 12, 12:21 PM
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    theatregirl4
    Couple more small spends to report.

    95p on bread yesterday.
    7 on various snacky bits in a local co op type shop (but got a fair bit for the money spent!)



    • Bunny112
    • By Bunny112 13th Nov 12, 12:42 PM
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    Bunny112
    Catching up
    Afternoon all

    Catching up after a long weekend off of work, so of course that means spending! Needed a few bits on Friday - milk, cheese and bread) so i sent DH to T$sco and he spent 3.82, then Saturday used our clubcard vouchers and doubled up on frozen items and got just under 50 worth of shopping for 27 but 7 was on sleepsuits for DD so not from GC budget! Lastly bought my milk for work this morning and treated myself to a little breakfast food 2.24, oh almost forgot 6 on McD's yesterday as DD had her flu jab and was soooo brave! so all in all spent 32.06 this weekend but have enough food to do lunches and dinners until the end of the month. 164.29/200 and we only have to the end of next week before we go into our December budget!! so 35.71 remaining and in theory should only need bread and milk top ups! We might just squeak in under budget in our first month, but of course that is with some help from Vouchers.

    I do have one gripe though, I doubled up on frozen food thinking that was brilliant, but I don't know if it's just my local T$sco (which is HUGE by the way) or all of them but I was REALLY disappointed by their frozen variety, i struggled to find anything not breadcrumed or battered, all i could find was a whole chicken and sausages and mince - there were chicken breast but at between 4 and 5 for four in a bag i didn't think they were really worth it!! has anyone else found this? usually i would have just gone to the fresh section for the meat i needed, but a) trying to budget and b) being forced to get 10 worth of frozen for my voucher I found it very limiting, anyone else had this problem or was this just an anomaly?

    Ame xxx
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    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 13th Nov 12, 3:29 PM
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    mummyyof5
    Careful spending today as we are majorly broke..got new pots to go with tea on Thursday...sausages...8 out for sausage and mash tomorrow(already have a pack of 12 out)..and other 4 in freezer to go with the pack in there for a sausage casserole next week...also cocoa and icing sugar...made a chocolate cake and realised I had run out of both when I went to make the buttercream..satsumas for 2 littlies pack ups....just 8 to add...may need milk tomorrow....
    Feeding 6 Adults 1 Teen a 8 year old with hollow legs and a very fussy 5 year old. Also 3 cats and 3 fishies
    To include all Food,Toiletries and Petfood.
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 13th Nov 12, 3:50 PM
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    Coxy11
    Hi everyone,

    So for the time being I am working at my DSis's tea room on a Tuesday which means Monday nights I have to go and shop for any bits and bobs we might need. Went to Sainsbobs last night at 7pm after dropping DS2 at cubs. Good time to go as car park empty and as it was an hour before closing they had a few whoopsies. Got a BGTY chicken sandwich for 57p and some prepared leek and cabbage for 10p. The rest of the fridge was mostly ready meals for one or desserts - neither of which we eat.

    Got a couple of 'cracker' presents for DD and DS2 and some drinks for DS1 to take to school as I won't be going to Co$tco anytime soon. Total from grocery budget is 6.69.

    NSD today (as I was at work ) and hoping for another tomorrow.

    Welcome keepcalmanddrinktea - let me know when you decide on a budget and I'll add you to the list.

    Have a good evening everyone.
    Coxy
    Cross-stitch WIP: Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    • GreenFairy
    • By GreenFairy 13th Nov 12, 6:03 PM
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    GreenFairy
    Got into town today so €14.80 spent. 5l container of vinegar and mochi at the Asian market, milk and caster sugar at L1dl. Not on the GC but also picked up my sister in laws xmas pressie (we do Kris Kindle with Hubs family) and a crinoline skirt to go under my dress for graduation on Friday.
    Feb GC 253.11/400
    Jan GC 203.37/400
    • pinkypig
    • By pinkypig 13th Nov 12, 6:45 PM
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    pinkypig
    4.20 in Ald* on milk, juice and marg. Pay day on 27th and it can't come soon enough!
    MFW 2018 #157 Target 15,000

    23,095.71/15,000
  • adelight
    Eeek I have been so bad at keeping my sig update but it's done now, bit high for the 13th but ho hum
    I scoped out the local good morrisons today (the other is slightly closer but small, grotty, hardly any value stuff!) for the bits I can't pick up locally but some of the offers were so good I couldn't resist... 50p toms, 1 for 4 pomegranates, 50p dried chick peas etc.

    armchairexpert lots of bulking with onion, dried lentils and rice? or just small portions? I've noticed most people eat much bigger portions than me but the people I live with now all eat the same as me. I think it's close to the recommended size but it's too small for a lot of people.
    Do you have a rough recipe btw? Sounds tasty

    bunny co-op, iceland and morrisons all do better frozen meat ranges for the money imo. And those unknown brand frozen chicken portions from most supermarkets are okay. I think the cooked chicken works out at 5-6/kg and it's not that bad unless you're used to the finest stuff around. Lidl chicken breasts are ~7/kg fresh. Oh and the usual spiel about farm shops, cheap butchers etc worth a look if there are any local to you.

    bluegreen looks delicious

    kattykicker well done dh
    Living cheap in central London
    • emmita
    • By emmita 13th Nov 12, 7:25 PM
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    emmita
    Knew my grocery shop was high and set myself a target of 280 for November. 1st week tried hard honest but over spent. 75 for the week but I did buy a lot of cat food that was on special. I also stumbled on a whoopsie shop. I normally call in on the way home from work but last week went to the pictures and then on to Mr A. 7:15 - 10p for a big bag of spinach (rabbits), 10p for 2 lettuce (rabbits happy) and a chicken leg for 37p (tea sorted). 7:15 seems to be the time mr a reduces, yup went back on saturday and picked up a few deals. I need to now check times for mr t and mr m. Hopefully I will come in on budget
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 13th Nov 12, 7:41 PM
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    XSpender
    I was planning not to shop again until Friday but I hadn't realised we were out of dog food tins. We had also run out of milk and the fruit bowl was almost empty. Quick trip to Mr S resulting in a spend of 25.29. Just under a tender of this was on a GF Christmas pud and some ys mini sausage rolls and a quiche I will put away for the outlaws Christmas tea buffet.

    Also picked up some half price GF oatcakes cos the box was damaged and some greatly reduced GF muesli bars. Oh and some less than half price ys clementines.

    The meal plan has gone off track because it is made up of meals to be cooked from scratch and I keep forgetting to defrost meat. I have a lot on this week and I am probably expecting a bit too much from myself TBH. The good news is that we have used up a few packets of things from the cupboard and have also agreed to check the fridge mid week each week to check what needs to be used up and have a use up night. It will probably involve making soup or a curry but that's ok with us.

    I have defrosted sausages and mash for DH to cook when I get in from college tomorrow night and will need to think of something easy for him to do Thursday when I will be late in.

    I have a total of 27.80 left to last until 22nd November. DH is away Sunday and I am out at a family meal that day too and will also have a big meal paid for by work on Friday which knocks 2 days off my meal plan. I am going to cancel this weeks veg box but I do have a 5 off 40 Mr T voucher that Runs out Sunday. I think I will probably end up using it as DH will no doubt want some beers at the weekend. I may buy a few Christmas bits to make up the total but I have a separate 50 Christmas budget so they won't come out of my 500 budget. I have never been this close to achieving my budget, I don't want to blow it now
    October Grocery Challenge - 122.00/220
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 13th Nov 12, 9:18 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Now apologies to the thread but I just need to ask some advice and I know lots on here use them.
    I ordered some red labelled fizzy drinks from @pproved foods along with some soups and a couple of other things. The website said they would arrive on the Wednesday, they didnt and arrived today in bashed up boxes. The tins are very badly damaged and theres things missing.
    Is it usually like this? I have done one of them ticket things but I am so disappointed.

    Thanks for any advice
    Originally posted by JIL
    Just as Meg says:Phone them up! They are very good and I am sure they will sort it out! I have never had a problem with them-it is the courier at fault not Aprooved foods by the sound of it. AF pack their goods very well so it has to have happened in transit.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
  • katholicos
    Another nsd. Today i picked what i suspect to be the last of my raspberries and had them with some home made yoghurt for my lunch. Really enjoyed it. We ate at Mum's for tea, lovely meal.
    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 14th Nov 12, 9:51 AM
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    Adelight, probably, but this was bulked with potato, carrot, lentils and pastry as it was. And if we'd eaten less of it we'd have been hungry into the evening, I think. And we're a relatively compact set of people, with sedentary jobs. It mystifies me.

    Curried chicken, potato and lentil pot pie

    Meat from two chicken marylands, or 2 thigh fillets, chopped into bite-sized pieces
    1 large onion, chopped finely
    2-3 cloves garlic, chopped finely
    2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced
    2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
    1 can brown lentils, drained
    2 tbsp curry powder.
    1-2 tsp chilli powder or to taste (fine without any chilli; my kids hate spicy!)
    1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
    Juice of a lemon
    Big dollop of single cream
    1 tbsp cornflour
    1 sheet puff pastry

    1. Saute meat, onion and garlic in some olive oil until the onion is golden.
    2. Add diced vegetables, curry powder and chilli if using. Stir to coat.
    3. Add lentils and stock.
    4. Simmer for about half an hour.
    5. Mix cornflour with an equal amount of cold water, stir to dissolve. Add into simmering mixture while stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
    6. Turn off heat. Add cream and lemon juice.
    7. Pour mixture into pie dish or other suitable bakeware. Top with sheet of puff pastry; you may have to cut it to fit. Brush with a little bit of beaten egg.
    8. Bake at 180 until pastry is golden (about 15 minutes if cooking all in one go. I made the filling a day ahead and then added the pastry just before cooking; because the pie filling was refrigerated I baked for 40 minutes on the bottom of the oven to ensure it was heated through)

    I will add the note that a more frugal way would be to use dry lentils; in that case adjust the stock content accordingly. I just had a can of lentils in the cupbaord.

    Also I just realised that there are five shopping days in my November; I do the weekly shop on a Friday and the first one was 1 November. So my $700 is going to have to streeeeeeettttttcccccccchhhhh further than I thought!
    MFW diary here. 1 Feb 2017 $229,371 - MFD Feb 2043 aiming for May 2028
    14 August 2017 - Refinanced: $220,000
    January 2019 $211,580 Current MFD 31 June 2036
    • tinkerbell73
    • By tinkerbell73 14th Nov 12, 11:26 AM
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    tinkerbell73
    Ok so I have found myself with 250 a month to spend for me and 3 children (2 teenagers that eat and eat and eat) plus a dog. This is for everything - is it doable? I used to post on this thread years ago and then my situation changed and suddenly i didnt have to worry any more however life changes and here i am now back to the start thinking can i mange and do slimming world with this much :-( bit scarey really - but what i have learned is what everhappens going forward i am never going to let my spendning get out of control again !!

    My month starts 15th to 15th
    Been stupid but have no regrets starting to slowly sort my finances now the kids are growing
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 14th Nov 12, 11:59 AM
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    Coxy11
    Ok so I have found myself with 250 a month to spend for me and 3 children (2 teenagers that eat and eat and eat) plus a dog. This is for everything - is it doable? I used to post on this thread years ago and then my situation changed and suddenly i didnt have to worry any more however life changes and here i am now back to the start thinking can i mange and do slimming world with this much :-( bit scarey really - but what i have learned is what everhappens going forward i am never going to let my spendning get out of control again !!

    My month starts 15th to 15th
    Originally posted by tinkerbell73
    Hi tinkerbell73 - welcome back to the thread. I think 250 is doable. Make sure you read the advice at the beginning of the thread - lots of great tips there. Loads of really lovely people on here will give you help and tips if you need them. Sorry you've had a rough time (((hugs)))

    Coxy
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    • Nicky Noo Na
    • By Nicky Noo Na 14th Nov 12, 12:27 PM
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    Nicky Noo Na
    Another 2.60 on fruit and a couple of bits last night

    • mummyyof5
    • By mummyyof5 14th Nov 12, 12:30 PM
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    mummyyof5
    Managed not to part with any money today despite buying 2 4pt milk..satsumas and 1 Pepsi max..my mum gave me her 3.50 Tesco voucher...never uses them apparently(insert confused smilie???)...handed over the 45p and she wouldnt take it..so thats a NSD for me xx
    Feeding 6 Adults 1 Teen a 8 year old with hollow legs and a very fussy 5 year old. Also 3 cats and 3 fishies
    To include all Food,Toiletries and Petfood.
    • Make-it-3
    • By Make-it-3 14th Nov 12, 12:58 PM
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    Make-it-3
    Just recovering from all the Diwali spending. OH isn't very good with receipts and pays cash so its difficult to tot up how much it cost us food-wise - so I'm just going to add a round 50 to my total.

    Also did a weekly shop today of 23.12. So all in all we are at 148.64/200 or thereabouts.

    Unlikely to be able to survive on 50 for the rest of the month, but hey I knew at the beginning of Nov this would be difficult one.
    We Made-it-3 on 28/01/11 with birth of our gorgeous DD.
  • CompBunny
    Hello!

    I haven't posted for almost a week Naughty me!

    Did a 20 T$co shop on Saturday. Looking at my bill is was shocking how little of it this week was spent on actual day-to-day food! The bulk of it was some vitamin c effervescent tablets (3 for 2 yay), loads of biscuits for family coming over on sunday, a couple of extra mugs, tea bags etc.

    I'm concerned that will won't stick to our budget this month, although we are in the very fortunate position of being able to afford it if we go over. We are just trying to save for our wedding before my ESA/IB inevitably stops as when it does we will be on 0 at the end of each month.

    Thankyou for your suggestions with the quick herb bread. In the end I halved the quantities and used the silicon loaf tin, filling it up a little and using the excess batter in some mince pie foil wrappers I'd saved! It was gorgeous.


    I also made a quick potato and red onion soup. 500g potatoes, 1 red onion, a couple of handfuls of frozen carrots, 1.5 pints veg stock and some garlic and garam masala. Microwaved potatoes and carrots to cook more quickly whilst softening onion and garlic in pan. Added cooked potatoes, carrots and stock to the onions in the pan, threw in some garam masala, whizzed it up with a stick blender and simmered for a bit. Sooo good with the herb bread, made a thick soup just the way OH likes it. Pleased with myself as I don't often make soup.

    Inspired by those successes I then went on to try sweetcorn fritters from the frugal queen blog and hummus, as I have tried both in the past and they weren't particularly nice. These were different recipes and turned out well, very tasty!
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