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    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 3rd Sep 05, 10:06 PM
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    New challenge for everyone hoarding for the five thousand
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:06 PM
    New challenge for everyone hoarding for the five thousand 3rd Sep 05 at 10:06 PM
    So, it's finally got to the stage of ridiculous. I have about enough food to last for three months in the cupboard, and it's just totally unnecessary, and it's taking up spare space in our cupboard. Like, not even the kitchen cupboard - the one in the lounge I remember the first time I put food in there... it was only a couple of tins of tomatoes from Lidl, and that was when we had a lodger and therefore one less cupboard in the kitchen. Now it's a full shelf, all crammed in, and about to encroach on the next if I'm not careful.

    It never gets to the stage where things go to waste... at least, not yet, but if I keep this up and don't stop myself now, it will. So I'm challenging myself to buy only fruit and veg (plus maybe one or two other essentials, if strictly necessary!) until we've eaten our way through this stupid surplus.

    I'm 100% sure I'm not the only one in here that does this, and I'm just as certain that there will be other people here with the same problem. Any of you want to join me for moral support?
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    • chickadee
    • By chickadee 3rd Sep 05, 10:24 PM
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:24 PM
    Its funny how things accumulate isn't it? I am just the same. My sister called in and peered inside one of my kitchen cupboards. She asked if I was expecting a seige! Mind you, she is from the opposite school of though. Her kitchen cupboards are like the fridge in Bridget Jones... a crust of bread, a tin of chick peas from 1996 and a face pack in the fridge

    So I can't blame it on our upbringing as we both had the same experiences.

    Tomorrow I will go through the freezer and make a list of what is in there so I can do some meal planning. It badly needs defrosting too so if I use up the contents that will be even better.

    My cupboards aren't too bad at the moment as I had a new kitchen fitted in May so that forced me to throw out loads of stuff before we ripped out the old one.

    Good luck!
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  • crossleydd42
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:41 PM
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:41 PM
    The fridge/freezer is our downfall. We always call it 'The Forget Box'!

    "Some say the cup is half empty, while others say it is half full. However, this is skirting around the issue. The real problem is that the cup is too big."
    • nearlyrich
    • By nearlyrich 3rd Sep 05, 10:50 PM
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:50 PM
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:50 PM
    I admit to having a siege mentality when it comes to food...my tin cupboard is full, freezer full, I have 2 packs of 9 loo rolls in the loft!!

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    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 3rd Sep 05, 10:57 PM
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:57 PM
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    • 3rd Sep 05, 10:57 PM
    I think with me, it's partly genetic. I'm better than my mum, but only just

    You'd think if you looked at my cupboards that I was expecting a siege, or to be snowed in... or maybe another petrol strike!

    I'm hoping that I can manage to go on with only buying fruit and veg for the rest of September. Might take a bit of creative thinking, but that's not a bad thing, is it?
    • Ticklemouse
    • By Ticklemouse 4th Sep 05, 12:51 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 12:51 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 12:51 AM
    My cupboards are crammed - but I have a good excuse

    I was sent lots of loverly vouchers that had to be used up straight away, so I hit Tesco and Asda in a big way and bought lots of non perishables. Well, it was money saving after all. Now, like you lot, I must start eating what I have
    • Debt_Free_Chick
    • By Debt_Free_Chick 4th Sep 05, 7:00 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 7:00 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 7:00 AM
    My cupboards are crammed too - and the overspill (tins) is in the garage

    Mind you, I only go to the supermarket once every three months, so that's me done until December
    • Prudent
    • By Prudent 4th Sep 05, 7:18 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 7:18 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 7:18 AM
    I realised I was at this point at the start of the summer holidays. I decided to use up most of the stuff and use the money saved to do holiday activities with my daughter. It was great as we saved loads and were able to do some nice things. I also haven't found I had to do a costly re-stock as these things accumulate gradually.
  • stellagypsy
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    • 4th Sep 05, 8:13 AM
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    • 4th Sep 05, 8:13 AM
    I found that much stuff when I did my kitchen out that I have been storing it in the garage!! I have been bringing in bags full at a time to use up, it is back to manageble proprtions now. Don't think I've bought a tin since June!!

    I mean, how much rice pudding and baked beans can one family eat?????

    Stella xx
    • MATH
    • By MATH 4th Sep 05, 8:24 AM
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    My cupboards, fridge and freezer are like a desert waste-land. I ran everything down before we went away for the summer and since then I have only bought what we needed for the three week meal plan I devised especially to limit the amount of store cupboard ingredients I need. It's very satisfying to know you do not have money sitting in cupboards going out of date when it could be earning 5% interest but is a bit unsettling to have so little food in the house until you get used to it.
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    • squeaky
    • By squeaky 4th Sep 05, 9:22 AM
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    For those of you feeling challenged by the contents of your cupboards - guess what?



    We have a store cupboard challenge and the thread is brim full of ideas for using up odd combinations of things...

    Store Cupboard Challenge

    It's only twenty pages long so it shouldn't take you too long to read
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    • squiggles
    • By squiggles 4th Sep 05, 11:36 AM
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    I think i have the opposite to other old stylers.I dont have vast amounts of food items but i have accumulated a stack of toiletries,wipes from boots.I have around 3 year supply of showere gels and mostly for coppers if not free.
    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 4th Sep 05, 12:14 PM
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    Hmmmm sounds as though you have the same problem as me a!!!!!

    Once I get around to sorting out a delivery of meat/poultry for the freezer next week the only things I should really need to buy over the next couple of months will be milk, butter, cheese, fruit and veg etc. I've got all manner of pastas, rices, noodles, pulses, tinned stuff etc to keep me going, and I make my own bread/cakes/biscuits and yoghurts, but you can guarantee I won't stick to just buying those things, especially if I spot any special offers

    Maybe it's time to hit the storecupboard challenge again, as Squeaky suggested, and work my way through some of this mountain of food I've stockpiled
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    • ashmit
    • By ashmit 4th Sep 05, 12:23 PM
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    My problem isn't so much not knowing what to do with it... I'm pretty creative with food, and have no problems normally making meals out of next to nothing. It's just that I'm incapable of stocking up every time I go into Asda or Lidl and if I don't have people watching me here, I'm never going to stop.

    MATH, you shall henceforth be my hero
    • Curry Queen
    • By Curry Queen 4th Sep 05, 12:37 PM
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    My cupboards, fridge and freezer are like a desert waste-land. I ran everything down before we went away for the summer and since then I have only bought what we needed for the three week meal plan I devised especially to limit the amount of store cupboard ingredients I need. It's very satisfying to know you do not have money sitting in cupboards going out of date when it could be earning 5% interest but is a bit unsettling to have so little food in the house until you get used to it.
    by MATH

    Oooooh just the thought of that is enough to send me into a panic attack
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  • 1sttimer
    I think my storecupboards are more on the scale of a supermarket! I have everything in there and in their quantities - got to make use of the BOGOF'S!

    My dear late MIL was like MATH, her excuse was that she shopped everyday so she only bought what she needed for the next day. Only problem was that if we called in unexpectedly she always would offer you something and do without herself - which I thought was crazy and never wanted it - therefore I hurt her feelings. It was a no win situation :confused:

    My mum was the opposite, we had loads in cos we had visitors at almost any time and she was always prepared (she had a large family), so I think I must take after her. Still OH says we need to cut down as I still cook for 4 when there is only 2 of us and the bills remain the same as a full household

    I'll be reading the storecupboard challenge and see what recipes I can come up with!
    • Sweet Pea
    • By Sweet Pea 4th Sep 05, 1:44 PM
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    I always had a bit of a problem with the storecupboard challenge because I thought, if I spend the next few weeks eating whats in the cupboards and freezers until they are empty I will save loads of money. BUT I will then need to restock the aforementioned cupboards and freezers with more food and I will spend loads of money, so wheres the sense in that?
    From the above posts Ive deduced that Im not really a hoarder, I have just enough and a bit spare.
    • wouldbeqaulitymoneysaver
    • By wouldbeqaulitymoneysaver 9th Aug 12, 11:18 PM
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    Guilty as charged I must have three months supplies
    I am definitely a Food Security Freak and always have full cupboards I simply cannot abide hand to mouth existence as well stocked cupboards provides a buffer zone of tasty deliciousness to get you through the dry times.
    It drives me made (bloody tins I have to throw away) makes me frustrated, but the security provided is good.
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    • chirpychick
    • By chirpychick 10th Aug 12, 12:45 AM
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    I didn't have a store cupboard and in the last few weeks I have actually built it up to the point where I don't seem to have spent much money but my fridge, freezer and cupboard is full.
    I explained this to my husband baffled this evening as I always make menu plans and we can only just afford to feed ourselves so how did I have a store?
    He then reminded me that we only have a very small kitchen and so what we have in is enough to feed us for 3-4 weeks until payday and then they will be empty again! So at the beginning of the month I have stores and at the end I dont we may have the odd tin of beans/pack of custard etc but not stashes of stuff. We just don't have the space for it. Also we find, when it's in the house, we eat it!!

    I do like it when i get to the end of the month and have to come up with odd dinner ideas or i will try and make an extra week out of what we have. I think I actually enjoy having empty cupboards which is really odd but my husband is the same and neither of our parents is like that!

    The upside being that we rarely throw anything away either.
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    • Own My Own
    • By Own My Own 10th Aug 12, 12:53 AM
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    Just watched Extreme Couponing (USA) on You tube . I doubt any of you have any worries . One woman had over 400 kitchen towel . Was a little envious though , $700 shopping for $40 ! Where are our coupons ?
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