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    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the eighth Grocery Challenge of 2013

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your July budget, then keep on posting in the:
    July 2013 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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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 5th Aug 13, 9:52 AM
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    LC's Green Smoothie (Breakfast!)
    Morning all!

    I'm just enjoying my breakfast late today. I've gotten in the habit of a green smoothie for breakfast.

    It's not VERY cheap, currently around £1.09 a portion, so nearly £8 per week just on that. However it's finally something I can eat in the morning that doesn't make me feel gross and for some reason keeps me going till lunch without tummy rumbling. (This may not be a good thing as Dr says possibility I may be hypoglycaemic which if I test positive means I will probably need to be eating something mid morning and this makes me feel I don't need to, but for now I love it!)

    So for those interested in a 200* calorie breakfast, for £1.09 a time, that isn't too sweet and you can drink while you're getting ready in the morning if you don't like it in one go (but it is delicious!) and that requires NO prep except blending, here's the recipe:

    LC's Green Smoothie (Breakfast!)

    - 80g frozen mango (I use Mr T frozen chunks £1.99 for 500g)
    - 125ml nut milk (I use Koko [was Kara] coconut milk £1.39 for 1 litre - almond milk is also REALLY good!)
    - 100g fresh spinach (I use Mr T £2 for 500g - be careful as there is also a 400g bag for £2!!!)
    - 1 medium banana, around 100g when peeled (I've used 20p as a price for this but can be a LOT cheaper!)
    - A Blender! (I use a Genie which I LOVE!)

    1. Weigh the mango into the blender cup and weigh the nut milk over it. 125g of the nutmilk is equivalent to 125ml so you don't need to waste washing up a half cup or anything!
    2. I let this sit for 10-15 minutes (I do this first thing when I make my coffee) so that the mango can de-harden a little bit!
    3. Blend the mango and the nut milk.
    4. Return the blender cup to the scales and add the spinach (if using a genie in the large cup you will need to do this in two batches).
    5. Blend the spinach into the mixture.
    6. Now break the banana into 4-5 chunks.
    7. Blend it in!


    Decant into a glass and enjoy straight away or while you get ready for the day if like me, you don't like to have a lot in your stomach at once in the morning!

    For a treat you can add in 10-20g shredded coconut - this makes it out of this world, but ups the calories of course! So depending on your needs, this may be a good option!

    If you like it sweeter (I like that it isn't!) - add 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey, that'll sort you out!


    Hope this is useful for someone!

    LC x

    *average calories!

    PS - the above is all my recipe, but I loosely based it on a breakfast smoothie recipe on laurenconrad.com - hence I've named it LC's Green Smoothie, because that is both of our initials!
    Last edited by elsiepac; 05-08-2013 at 9:55 AM.
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 5th Aug 13, 10:54 AM
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    Weekend spends were

    Milk 1.00 2 litre
    eggs 0.69 for 10
    mush 1,48 750grms

    total 3.17. Didnt buy any fresh fruit as planned as it didnt look to good.
    Slimming World at target
    • SilverBird
    • By SilverBird 5th Aug 13, 10:59 AM
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    Spent £37.30 on a delivery from Mr T. (Should have been £5 more, but had a £5 off £40 voucher!)
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    • Welsh Poppy
    • By Welsh Poppy 5th Aug 13, 11:03 AM
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    We went shopping at weekend it was a mega spend for us
    £20.09 Lidls(with a 5.00 voucher)
    £6.89 Tescos
    £27.45 Morrisons
    £3.20 Milk and butter
    Will update signature and will meal plan for the next 26 days.
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    • mumoftwo
    • By mumoftwo 5th Aug 13, 11:27 AM
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    Just been shopping to Asda with a list £84.79
    I need to revise my list and choose cheaper groceries or visit more supermarkets. I am hoping that I have stuff left over that I can carry onto next week. It doesn't help that everyone is home all day it being the holidays and OH is off 2 days a week as well. I have still spent less than I normally would but I have already spent just about half of my budget and it's only Aug 5th

    Definately making my own bread this week and rolls and cakes.
    • Nicki_Sue
    • By Nicki_Sue 5th Aug 13, 11:34 AM
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    We went shopping at weekend it was a mega spend for us
    £20.09 Lidls(with a 5.00 voucher)
    £6.89 Tescos
    £27.45 Morrisons
    £3.20 Milk and butter
    Will update signature and will meal plan for the next 26 days.
    Originally posted by Welsh Poppy
    Are the Lidl vouchers available via a paper or just something you've saved? x
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    • Nicki_Sue
    • By Nicki_Sue 5th Aug 13, 11:39 AM
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    Added to sig: £13.03 from Lidl
    42p from Tesco.

    I've set myself an interim target of £67 a week for all four of us, Yoda (the hamster) and night-time pull ups (currently on offer in Lidl - £2.99). I have £4.50 left and shouldn't *fingers crossed* need to do any more shopping until my new week starts on Thursday.

    I was including the £5 a week I spend going to Slimming World as part of this but that would stretch me a little too tight and I've instead opted for a 6 week countdown out of bill money so I get 6 weeks for the price of 5 (and don't get out a break a tenner as that way I know I'll spend the fiver somehow).


    This afternoon.... batch baking.
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    • ikkle87
    • By ikkle87 5th Aug 13, 11:51 AM
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    Cheesy lentil wedges sound good.
    Originally posted by Florenceem
    They are lovely, its a recipe I found on a baby led weaning site but I love them more than the wee man does and I'm not normally a lentils fan.
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    • ikkle87
    • By ikkle87 5th Aug 13, 11:52 AM
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    night-time pull ups (currently on offer in Lidl - £2.99)..
    Originally posted by Nicki_Sue

    Are these the blue Huggies ones hun? They are 2 for £9 everywhere else and I can't afford that!
    You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

    xx Mama to a gorgeous Cranio Baby xx
    • ikkle87
    • By ikkle87 5th Aug 13, 11:57 AM
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    ikkle87 - Could I please have your recipe for cheesy lentil wedges? They sound exciting and right up my street!

    In other news I've managed to put off my stocktake again today. Hmm, must try harder! I have tomorrow as a day off work so I'm going to do it then. Have no idea why I am still up now, on that note must get to bed!

    LC x
    Originally posted by elsiepac

    They are from a BLW book but I love them.

    8 oz red lentils
    3/4 pint water
    1 large onion
    1 oz butter
    4 oz grated cheese
    1 tsp mixed herbs
    1 egg
    1 oz breadcrumbs
    salt & pepper




    Cook the lentils in the water until soft, and all the liquid is absorbed
    Chop the onion finely and fry in the butter until soft.
    Combine all the ingredients and press into an oiled 9″ tin.
    Bake at Gas 5 for around 30 minutes.
    Allow to cool slightly then cut into wedges

    I don't like mixed herbs though so cook my lentils in chicken stock. They are nice with a salad for tea.
    You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.

    xx Mama to a gorgeous Cranio Baby xx
    • Nicki_Sue
    • By Nicki_Sue 5th Aug 13, 12:15 PM
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    Are these the blue Huggies ones hun? They are 2 for £9 everywhere else and I can't afford that!
    Originally posted by ikkle87
    Noo these are Lidl's own ones which are absolutely fine for us. At full price I think they were £3.50ish.
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    • pixiedust09
    • By pixiedust09 5th Aug 13, 12:33 PM
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    Popping in to declare spends of £71.66. Been shopping to Ald*, £land and Wilki*son today did get loads and bought stuff I don't really need this week but will need in the near future such as toothpaste, washing machine cleaner and ladies stuff. Got gammon cooking in the oven for tea, yummy, might have it with the runner beans i got in Ald*'s super six today. Then must make another batch of the banana choc chip muffins I made last week as they were delish.
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    • girlatplay
    • By girlatplay 5th Aug 13, 1:09 PM
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    Well I had to get milk yesterday (£1) so I have gone over my first week budget by 54p but I don't need anything else, next grocery shop/budget day is Wednesday and I have meal planned into next grocery shop week so I will just have to be careful. I know I am averaging it out over the month but I did want to stay within the £40 per week as that is what I receive that I use towards the groceries. That is Little Miss Gap and her sudden urge to have hot chocolates made with milk! (She doesn't drink a huge amount of milk so I am encouraging this).

    Anyway, in the meantime I am really pleased with myself as I have meal planned really well and haven't even been tempted to grocery shop for stuff. It hasn't stopped me from furniture and carpet shopping though
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    • lizalloareds
    • By lizalloareds 5th Aug 13, 1:13 PM
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    spends today £9.73

    £1 FF
    65p Lid*
    £1.73 Mr A
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    Aug £318.74/£280
    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 5th Aug 13, 1:22 PM
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    Town.
    Mr F is going into town - told him - just do the banking - no spending!
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    • xxlouisexx56
    • By xxlouisexx56 5th Aug 13, 1:25 PM
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    First spends of the month

    £39 in T

    Including eggs, toilet roll, orange juice, milk, lady products, toothpaste, piriton and the kids got a magazine each (£2.99 each :O)

    We want to go on a big all inclusive holiday next year and need to save as much as possible. Which means the grocery budget needs to go down. My freezer is completely full. Only things that are on offer or whoopsies are going in there from now on!
  • citygirl40
    Thanks to everyone who's sent best wishes on my First. I was stunned, thought I was headed for a 2:1. My graduation is October. I'm 42 so it just goes to show you can learn anytime! Congrats to elsiepac on the new job

    I've managed NSD's on the last 2 Sundays. Yesterdays was a miracle as my son had a friend over and we went to the cinema. However I made goody bags from the stockpile and had 2 sweet sundays cinema tickets and one from T*sco rewards so no money changed hands!

    Need to get some milk tonight and hoping to stock up on Velvet toilet rolls at the A*da. My other half ordered some shelving for my new downstairs cupboard and it arrived today. It's where the stockpile is currently in a disorganised mess. Soon it will look lovely

    August grocery challenge £60.23/£300

    Week 1 60.23/60
    Week 2 77.81/60
    Week 3 15.48/41.96
    • Maitane
    • By Maitane 5th Aug 13, 1:47 PM
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    Right, I've well and truly failed on the first budget of £35. So far I've spent £50.81.

    Not just poor planning because I'm between Brum and the People's Republic but back on Anglesey last weekend our freezer went on the blink. Thankfully we caught it before absolutely everything was ruined but I did have to get extra things I didn't plan on as our freezer was full of reduced meat and fish to make proper meals to cook and refreeze.

    As annoying as it was, I'm pleased that we salvaged all of the meat, fish and vegetables. We've also now got a few weeks worth of 'ready meals' in the freezer.
    Hilariously, the only things we lost were processed (Mr T's sauces, fish fingers, bread) so things we shouldn't be eating anyway.

    I'm not put off though, I think I'll give the £35 budget a crack next month and do some damage limitation for the rest of this month.
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    • lushlifesaver
    • By lushlifesaver 5th Aug 13, 2:34 PM
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    £4 spent today on a salad tub (to go with reduced prawn cocktail and a wrap from home) and some pies (4 - 1for my tea and 3 for the freezer)

    £3 yesterday for turkey for bf's lunches etc.

    Bf decided that he would pay for everything we bought to fill the freezer and the some longer lasting stuff we got for the fridge (mostly juices) as he also wanted to get a ton of healthy/allowed snacks to take with him to the tournament. In the end it came to about £65 but that included a good £15+ on tourney snacks plus we got some squash, cereal and other bits so it should last us a fair while (neither of us have massive appetites at the minute).

    I need kitchen sponges and dishmatic heads. Not sure is morrisons do the dishmatic heads though so will have to check for those tomorrow.

    In exchange for bf paying for those the grocery budget will pay for our meal out with his family next Friday

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    • CherryPie
    • By CherryPie 5th Aug 13, 3:56 PM
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    So for those interested in a 200* calorie breakfast, for £1.09 a time, that isn't too sweet and you can drink while you're getting ready in the morning if you don't like it in one go (but it is delicious!) and that requires NO prep except blending, here's the recipe:

    LC's Green Smoothie (Breakfast!)

    - 80g frozen mango (I use Mr T frozen chunks £1.99 for 500g)
    - 125ml nut milk (I use Koko [was Kara] coconut milk £1.39 for 1 litre - almond milk is also REALLY good!)
    - 100g fresh spinach (I use Mr T £2 for 500g - be careful as there is also a 400g bag for £2!!!)
    - 1 medium banana, around 100g when peeled (I've used 20p as a price for this but can be a LOT cheaper!)
    - A Blender! (I use a Genie which I LOVE!)

    1. Weigh the mango into the blender cup and weigh the nut milk over it. 125g of the nutmilk is equivalent to 125ml so you don't need to waste washing up a half cup or anything!
    2. I let this sit for 10-15 minutes (I do this first thing when I make my coffee) so that the mango can de-harden a little bit!
    3. Blend the mango and the nut milk.
    4. Return the blender cup to the scales and add the spinach (if using a genie in the large cup you will need to do this in two batches).
    5. Blend the spinach into the mixture.
    6. Now break the banana into 4-5 chunks.
    7. Blend it in!

    Decant into a glass and enjoy straight away or while you get ready for the day if like me, you don't like to have a lot in your stomach at once in the morning!

    For a treat you can add in 10-20g shredded coconut - this makes it out of this world, but ups the calories of course! So depending on your needs, this may be a good option!

    If you like it sweeter (I like that it isn't!) - add 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey, that'll sort you out!
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    This sounds right up my street, except, I don't really like mango. Do you think I could make with another fruit? I might just try mango first though, don't like messing with other peoples recipes!
    My name is CherryPie and I'm addicted to grocery shopping!!



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