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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 first Grocery Challenge of 2013

    Hope you all have a happy new year. Here's to 2013!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the:
    December 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
    Last edited by zippychick; 12-12-2012 at 1:40 PM.
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    • wuvvies
    • By wuvvies 19th Jan 13, 3:28 PM
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    wuvvies
    proud of myself today. made 50 pounds of shopping last all week and this week i spent 59 pounds and the fridge is full. im really embracing the fact that i dont need anything for spares. i need whats on my menu plan for this week and some snacks. thats it. im fed up of spending all my wages in @sda. am desperatly trying to get an emergency fund together. at the moment i have 12 pounds in my emergency fund so hoping for v v small emergency
    • lbnblbnb
    • By lbnblbnb 19th Jan 13, 3:49 PM
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    Meal plan:
    Potato & chickpea curry and swede spiced cakes
    Quesadillas: spicy for us, plainer for the kids
    Paella
    Pizzas
    Pasta, prawns, peas
    Pasta bake with bits of veg
    Risotto with whatever veg there is - add salmon for OH and kids

    Lunches - we have bread and wraps plus pasties in freezer.
    Breakfasts - bakes oatmeal/ weetabix/ cornflakes/ porridge
    NO FOOD SHOPPING apart from milk til next Saturday at least.
    Need to leave my purse at home! I might stash my diesel money in my car then that is that. Or an emergency/milk 2?
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    • Solstice_3
    • By Solstice_3 19th Jan 13, 4:39 PM
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    Popped out to Asda this morning - it was busy! Spent 12.19 with my 21p off lol

    Will update siggy then it's time for tea
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  • jem1980
    Mmmm, am very inspired to put soups and risottos into next week's meal plan after reading the last few pages!

    Went to Mr A today, where I haven't been for ages but the weather was pretty bad and we had gone to the cinema which is right next to one. Usually an Ald* gal, I normally hyperventilate in the big 4, but Mr A seemed slightly less extortionate that Mr T to me (all personal opinion, I know).

    Spent 36.54, which was higher than intended but included whoopsied Young's fish for 2.64 instead of 6 (v. exciting as we have 3 littlies and this pack size means we all get 1 each - normally everything comes in 4s...), also a big whole chicken (planning to read the rubber chicken info and roast it tomorrow, followed by whatever rubbering involves...), 2 pot noodles (50p each, "I'm not even sorry!!!" - v. rare guilty pleasure :-), 4x 4-pints milk, frozen chips, fruit, veg, 3x cereals, ice cream, eggs and lots of other stuff.

    Was originally traumatised as the carrots on offer for 50p were such a small pack! (about 4 carrots a pack) ...but then found the SP ones 2kg for 92p, much better.

    Did find that I bought a lot less fruit and veg that I do at Ald*, due to higher prices. Will make up for that next week, and use lots of frozen / tinned / dried instead this week.

    Updated sig, and really have to work hard at meal planning if I'm going to come in on budget on the 31st, but as it's first month at least I'm learning about my mistakes!

    Hope everyone is not too affected by the awful weather!
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    • mossy
    • By mossy 19th Jan 13, 4:49 PM
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    Hello peeps, hope you've managed to enjoy the snow a little this week.

    I've started next months budget and have spent 78.41 so far!! Although that does include a DR order for 8 packs of steak mince (no horse included!!) and 4 packs of chipolatas!

    I've started making a list of what food I bought that was unnecessary so that I can add it up at the end of the month, after yesterday's snow crazy Waitrose visit which included as much yummy things as we could carry back on the sledge I think I'm going to be pretty shocked!!

    Also keeping a record of how much grocery challenge money I put in the sealed pot so that I can get a true figure of what I actually spent.
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    • princess84
    • By princess84 19th Jan 13, 4:51 PM
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    wow this post sure moves fast....Just checking in with a small grocery shop of 9.06. Struggling this month but luckily my MIL gave us loads of stuff from her overflowing freezer so through meal planning that has meant i have been able to miss a 'big' shop this week, only getting fresh things. Sold more things on eB*y so holiday saving pot filling up nicely....
    • mossy
    • By mossy 19th Jan 13, 4:53 PM
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    mossy
    am desperatly trying to get an emergency fund together. at the moment i have 12 pounds in my emergency fund so hoping for v v small emergency
    Originally posted by wuvvies
    That made me chuckle!
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    • freyasmum
    • By freyasmum 19th Jan 13, 5:01 PM
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    freyasmum
    By any chance have you checked the temperature in your fridge lately? If it's too warm, even by only a few degrees, it will cause milk to spoil extremely fast. Also, do not keep milk in the door! That's the warmest part of the fridge and the absolute worst place to keep milk, unless you go through....
    Originally posted by Mrs_T_M
    Apologies if this message comes out a bit garbled - I'm writing it (literally) on my phone - It doesn't always pick up my writing

    Thank you for your post, but the fridge is definately not toowarm - if anything, its far too cold-my cream froze!: o

    Re eating out yesterday, I had creamy garlic mushrooms, which were delicious, and chicken wrapped in bacon and cheese with lots of veg. It cost 7.95 which, while not strictly in this budget, I am including it.

    l also spent just over 4 in Lidl on frozen sprouts (for my daughter) and courgettes, flat mushrooms and spinach for breakfast.

    Will update with the exact figures When I get home later
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 19th Jan 13, 5:41 PM
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    Went to Mr T on the way back from taking DS to a party as DH wanted some crisps for tonight. I did get some items that were half price ant that we would normally buy like branst0n beans, a tinned pie, tinned soup and some things I couldn't get yesterday like pizza cheese for homemade pizza and GF teackakes and a couple of things I forgot like value w.up liquid, cereal and bin liners. I spent 28.84 and am still well under my budget for the month so far. We don' need anything at all until next weekend.

    The store i went to is an extra one and was really quiet, the snow isn't that bad up here.

    My meal plan for the week is based around my slow cooker which I do to use enough.

    S - sausage and leek casserole (sc)
    M - chicken and chorizo casserole (sc)
    T - chilli and wedges (not slow cooker)
    W - I am away over night so will leave something easy for him or defrost some salmon
    Th - back late so jackets with cheese and beans
    F - chicken with a cheese and leek sauce (from freezer)
    S- pork loins in a BBQ sauce with wedges and corn on cob (sc)
    S - chicken casserole

    All meals are likely to get jiggled about but I have everything in for all of them.
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    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 19th Jan 13, 6:12 PM
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    No spend day today! finally

    This weeks list is below - shouldn't need anything else as will use the bread, cheese and ham which was bought for the team at the tournament (which coincidinkally we are trying to claim some of the cost for back! might be wishful thinking).

    Costings should be:
    milk 1 Iceland
    Aerosol cream 1 Iceland
    Mixed veg 1 Iceland
    Cauliflower 1 Iceland
    sweetcorn 35p Co-Op
    Porridge oats 2 x 75p Co-Op (will take one to parents for my breakfasts when there)
    Bacon ?? can you get some cheap in lidl??
    Tin minestrone soup - probably Iceland

    Could do with some Options hot choc but will save up for that for a week or two (or buy after pay day) as it's 4 a tub pretty much small blessing that a tub lasts quite a long time as i keep half here and half at my parents

    Roll on pay day (oh and possibly having a 'proper job')!

    Rough meal plan (some not day specific)
    Monday: spag bol - makes 3 servings (1 for freezer)
    Tuesday: Cottage pie
    Wednesday: spag bol for me, chippie tea for bf (3)
    Thursday: Savoury mince
    Friday: chicken, rice and veg sauce
    Saturday: Pizza
    Sunday: Chicken dinner

    Breakfasts: porridge/cereal/mini waffles
    Lunches: pasta/ham sandwiches and fruit
    Last edited by lushlifesaver; 19-01-2013 at 6:29 PM.
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  • katholicos
    Not really eating a proper meal today, just bits and pieces, not feeling hungry that's all.

    I have taken a chickpea curry out of freezer that we will have tomorrow with some rice.

    I have put two large cans of pineapple chunks in the dehydrator and they will provide some healthyish and tasty snacks once dehydrated.
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    • lizalloareds
    • By lizalloareds 19th Jan 13, 6:31 PM
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    Don't think I will do very well this week spends so far is 61.87 so only have 8.13 that is meant to last till thursday
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    • flyingmamma
    • By flyingmamma 19th Jan 13, 6:36 PM
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    2 no spends in a row,....have just got a mikman and think this will save me money as i normally buy it twice a week and spend extra on things we dont need! its a few pence more per pint but i think this will save in the long run, my plan of 2 online shops a month plus 10 a week on veg and bits is working well. im gonna change from mr t to mr a i think.....i,m completely turned by this whole meat thing..,,,have been veggie all week now! also hoping mr a will be a bit cheaper....will see. love the idea of a dehydrater katholicos!wht else can you use it for?
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    • kezlou
    • By kezlou 19th Jan 13, 7:31 PM
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    Hello just thought i'd share a recipe,

    Haven't posted as yet in the grocery thread, our budget went a bit haywire as i haven't being able to cook till recently.

    Just thought i'd post a new recipe up that me and my youngest made up today. It was quite a shock really as ds2 actually wanted to eat peppers
    This is the child who hates spicy things and will only eat foods which he had seen being cooked from fresh.

    Tomato and pepper pasta
    .
    Serves 4

    500 grams of pasta (basic dried pasta 29p)
    One onion thinly sliced. (10p)
    One yellow pepper thinly sliced (20p)
    2 garlic cloves crushed (or 1/2 tsp of powered garlic) (5p)
    1 tin of chopped tomatoes (400g tin) (25p)
    1 tsp of black pepper (1p)
    1 tsp of oregano (1p)
    1 tsp of salt (1p)

    put the pasta onto boil
    Place sliced onions and garlic into a frying pan and cook till soft.
    Then add the sliced pepper and fry till cooked.
    then add the tinned tomatoes, pepper, salt and oregano stir and boil down till the liquid is almost gone.
    Drain pasta, add sauce and serve.

    I think the recipe costs about 92p.
    Think the recipe takes about 15 minutes in total, so i put the pasta on first and then make the sauce.

    Hope you like it.
    • Nicky Noo Na
    • By Nicky Noo Na 19th Jan 13, 7:36 PM
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    Nicky Noo Na
    OH spent 55p on YS snacks in the week then we did the weekly shop today - a large 41.51 but they overcharged on something so I got 60p back and 2 gift card for next week so technically under 40 budget! (41.46 added to sig - will use gift card next week). We usually spend less than this but been upping the fruit intake to aid weight loss and its expensive!

  • Hollygym
    Had quite a satisfying day today, although still no hot water or heating!! DH stoked up wood burners and underfloor heating in the kitchen, and after going for a shower at a friend's house, the world seems ok. DH did fruit and veg shop at Ald* and spent 35. Way over budget this moth, but mot be fair it was only a guess this month. I must try and work out a more accurate one next month!! DH came home with 6 bags of frozen veg -3 swede and 3 carrots with ys at 50p each !!!! He also brought ys chicken legs. I now have 2 full freezers. Will only need cooking Marjorie next week (I hope). Have updated sig.
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  • Hollygym
    Hi everyone

    Right, i have never made soup before, so have been trying to come up with some nice ideas.
    So, my new slow cooker came with some recipes, and these 3 soups were included.
    I thought i'd post them here as i have heard a few people talking about soups, and i wrote them out earlier for a different thread where someone was asking about freezing soups.
    They are slow cooker, vegetarian soups.

    I am just about managing to stay within my budget, which is good. I think i'm going to start meal planning breakfasts and snacks, as it helps

    Anyway, here are the soups:

    All of these serve 4



    Leek and potato soup:
    25g butter
    250g thinly sliced potatoes
    900g thinly slices leeks
    15g Plain flour
    1pint veg stock
    Salt and pepper to taste
    1/4 pt milk.

    Heat the butter in a large pan and fry veg in it for 2-3mins
    Stir in the flour and add stock
    season to taste
    bring to boil, stirring continuously.
    place mixture in the slow cooker for 3-4hrs (HIGH) or 8-9hrs (LOW)
    Add milk for the last 30mins.


    Chunky Veg Chilli:

    1courgette, cut into 1cm pieces
    1pepper (any colour, i prefer red), chopped roughly
    75g chopped onion
    75g chopped celery
    2 cloves garlic, crushed
    1-3 tsp chilli powder (depending on your personal preference)
    1tsp dried oregano
    1/2 tsp ground cumin
    2xtins of chopped tomatoes
    1 tin sweetcorn
    1 tin kidney beans
    1 jar of salsa

    Add everything to the slow cooker, stir
    Cook on HIGH for 4-5 hrs, or LOW for 9-10hrs.

    Carrot and Lentil Soup:
    2tsp olive oil
    2tsp grated ginger
    1tsp each of cumin, chilli powder, curry powder and ground coriander
    1 and a half red onions, diced finely
    2 parsnips, chopped
    2 sticks celery
    600g carrots, slices
    180g red split lentils, washed
    50g brown basmati rice
    1.3 lires veg stock
    2tsp lime juice
    4tsp chopped coriander
    1 can coconut milk

    Heat oil in pan, add ginger, cumin, chilli powder, curry powder and ground coriander, fry on high heat for 3 mins.

    Turn down heat and add veggies.

    In a seperate pan, boil the lentils for 10mins.

    Drain lentils an add to the slow cooker, along with the contents of the other pan, plus the rice.

    Stir in the stock.

    Cook for 3-4hours (HIGH) or 6-7hours (LOW).

    Using a jug/ladle, remove half the soup and set aside.
    Add the coconut milk, lime juice and coriander to the slow cooker, and using a hand blender, liquidize the soup.

    Then return the un-blended half of the soup, to the slow cooker.

    Stir all together, and continue to heat on HIGH for another 20mins.
    Originally posted by WantToBeSE

    I love the coventry garden soup book - they have soups for everyday of the year!! I love the spiced parsnip and cardamom one, and butternut squash and blue cheese one. I bought this book cheap from the book people - keep a look out for it.
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    • loveasale
    • By loveasale 19th Jan 13, 9:02 PM
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    loveasale
    Oh dear , went to Asd@ today and spent 34
    I have to say my fridge is looking a bit healthier!
    I'm right up to this weeks budget ( should try hard and not spend til next Thurs )
    However would normally spend around 80/100 so it's a huge improvement!
    I will never be rich but I'm happy
    • DanielleNic87
    • By DanielleNic87 19th Jan 13, 9:38 PM
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    DanielleNic87
    Small spend of 7.29 at Lidl on Thursday. I have not been out of the house since then as i am suffering from flu and feeling very sorry for myself

    Sig already updated.

    We are slowly making are way through both freezers so we can start afresh in the next month or too. However i bought a 25kg bag of spuds just before christmas and they are already starting to turn So i am going to have to do a major cook up session of potatoes and stick them in the freezer. I will have my slave ( i mean husband ) to do it tomorrow as i really am not feeling up to it.
    Last edited by DanielleNic87; 19-01-2013 at 10:09 PM.
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  • daizyboo
    Ok this is def the thread for me. My shopping bills for myself, hubby and three kids used to be around 150 per week I have now started to shop wiser with farm foods and tesco to desperately try and get the bills down. I went shopping for my first proper shop since Xmas and it was 120 tesco. 40 farm foods and 25 in pets at home for the rabbits and dogs for about 3 weeks. I should operculum spend only about 40 per week for the next 3 weeks. I really want to get the bills down to around 250 per month. Any suggestions??? HELP x
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