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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 28th Jul 18, 10:09 PM
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    July 2019 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jul 18, 10:09 PM
    July 2019 Grocery Challenge 28th Jul 18 at 10:09 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2019 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June 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. Mr M 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 bread maker - 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. Obviously 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 health wise.

    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 guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyone's totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    elsiepac
    Last edited by elsiepac; 19-06-2019 at 10:44 AM.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 16th Jul 19, 12:23 PM
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    Thanks for updating the budgets, etc, Elsiepac. I hope your back eases up and stops hurting, and that the move goes well.

    I have a couple of spends to declare from Sunday: £6.40 at the Farm Shop for fresh veg (carrots, potatoes, spring onions, broccoli and broad beans), and £8.55 in MrT's.

    These bring our GC spend so far to £96.08/£120, leaving £23.92 for the remainder of the month.

    I will have a spend to declare for last night, but I don't have the details with me. All I know is that DH scored two Gammon Roasts in MrT's, at £1.25 each (down from £4).

    Dinner last night was my version of the BBC's Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Pasta, using leftover gammon, a tablespoon of English Mustard Powder and 300ml of low fat creme fraiche (instead of the double cream). I also used an entire (500g) bag of Value penne, so it made 6 portions instead of the advertised 4.

    Somehow, I managed to get tonight's dinner into the slow cooker before I left for work this morning: a half-shoulder of lamb, accompanied by the aforementioned broad beans, half-a-dozen wizened carrots (chunked), 4 potatoes (halved), some ancient green peppers (sliced), 3 dodgy looking courgettes from our garden (I think they had blossom-end rot, which I cut off), mushrooms, a sliced onion and a sprinkling of pearl barley. Oh, and about a pint of chicken stock, made with boiling water and a stock cube.

    Lunches are leftovers for both me and DH, while breakfast for me is my cereal mix (half bran flakes, half "Maple and Pecan Crunch") plus skimmed milk, over which I scatter a tablespoon of sunflower seeds for the protein. DH eats porridge when he gets to his office.

    - Pip
    Last edited by PipneyJane; 16-07-2019 at 12:34 PM.
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    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 16th Jul 19, 4:52 PM
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    Yesterday’s spend
    To update my last post, yesterday’s spend was £7.92 in MrT’s (2x£1.25 YS Gammon, 4x Yeo Valley yoghurt - this branch still has the 2 for £2 offer - YS bagels 40p, Peppers £1.02) and £1.04 in Asda (2x 54p mushrooms).

    That brings our GC budget to £105.08/£120, leaving £14.92 for the rest of the month. I think we’ll be OK - there’s plenty of food in the house - but things may be a bit tight by the end of the month. No doubt, we’ll need onions and carrots by the 27th, so another visit to the farm shop will be on the cards in the last weekend of the month.

    - Pip
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 16th Jul 19, 5:22 PM
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    Good evening all,

    No food shopping today but I did have to feed the HT as he was sent home from school at lunchtime with a migraine. This led to a late lunch for both of us and subsequently we've just had a snack type evening meal.

    Breakfast - cereal for HT and banana on toast for me

    Lunch - ham sandwich and home made brownie for HT, Save Dosh's mushrooms on toast for me

    Dinner - we both had cheese on toast. The HT had his with tomato puree under the cheese and some chopped up ham sprinkled on top. I had mine with Worcestershire sauce drizzled on the cheese

    Supper will probably be a mini ham wrap and a packet of crisps for him and a sliced beef mini wrap for me

    It's the HT's last week in school before the summer break so I'm expecting my grocery bill to go up a bit when he's home all day. I'm also hoping to teach him to be slightly more self sufficient instead of expecting all meals to be made by me.
    July grocery challenge £260.80/£300
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 16th Jul 19, 6:36 PM
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    I'm celebrating two NSDs on the trot, as last night's fish & chips came out of the Entertainments budget as a late celebration of DD1's birthday, at the end of her "holiday" (i.e. a week off! But she dipped in for some lovely weather, and we've been able to head down to the beach several times)

    Breakfasts this week have mostly been toast made from home-made sourdough bread - which I'm gradually getting the hang of! - or rolls/buns from The Book of Buns. I made a soup with the ham cooking liquor, which ran out at lunchtime today, and did a pasta Milanese for supper, leaving just enough for a sandwich or salad tomorrow lunchtime. Tomorrow's supper will use up the leftover pork from Sunday, probably in a pork & peppers casserole, with some of the bargain Jersey Royals and allotment-grown runner beans. I shouldn't need to buy anything... famous last words?
    Angie

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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 17th Jul 19, 11:15 AM
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    thriftwizard glad you've sussed the sourdough recipe, I bet it's delicious!

    Yesterday I was gifted a GIANT cucumber so I changed my dinner plan from "something from the freezer" to a yummy cucumber noodle salad:

    I spiralised the WHOLE cucumber (can't even describe how big it was!).
    Then I put it in a sieve and sprinkled with salt, and massaged it in and squeezed as much water out as I could.
    I left it draining some more whilst I cooked some rice noodles and made a sauce.
    The sauce was tahini - about 1/4 cup, juice of 2 limes, a thumb of ginger, a clove of garlic, about 1.5-2 tbsp light soy sauce, a splash of chilli oil and a splash of coriander oil. I whizzed this to make a smooth thick sauce.
    When the rice noodles were cooked I drained and rinsed them to cool them, then combined with the cucumber noodles, then used my hands to massage the sauce all the way through really thoroughly.
    I topped this with lots of fresh coriander, some sesame, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, and a few pine nuts.
    It was delicious and very refreshing!

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    Vegan 27-8-13
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 17th Jul 19, 11:37 AM
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    Glad to hear of your excellent recovery, Save Dosh! Pretty much back to normal here too, I'm delighted to report.
    Originally posted by thriftwizard
    Really pleased to hear that.


    OK, confession time. The drinks budget has been blown out of the water. I like cocktails, but guess i'm begrudging paying the high price for them and mostly finding i don't like them. Another thing, i keep forgetting what i dont like and order the same yucky thing again, so i've bought a few (soon to be more) bits to make some at home cocktails. The only cocktails i remember liking are Pina Colada (my favourite), Martini Expresso, and Long island Tea. The list of dislikes is long and includes Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, Blue Curaco. There are many more that i have wasted money on, but that's all i remember. Anyway here is the drinks i've ordered - thus far - Amaretto, Creme Caramel, Cinnamon Whiskey, White Rum, Malibu substitute (it's honestly the same). I'm working on a skinny version of Pina Colada (mentally), which involves frozen banana, almond milk and coconut extract. I'm only having a few cocktails on the w/e, as i don't want to totally unravel my healthy living and/or put on weight. Anyone know where I can get coconut extract. Truth be told, I've lost a very good friend of 40 years to cancer (we bury him next week). I went to see him in hospital before I went in to hospital. I was wheeled in to see him as I couldn't walk - we conversed from our relative hospital beds and were going to meet up when we were better - sadly not to be and I have another friend of 35 years, who has terminal cancer, so I need to let rip for a bit, without totally losing the plot.. Hopefully it all goes to plan and if it doesn't, it doesn't.. So for the next month or two I'm tearing up the rule book with regards the drinks budget.

    Food wise I've spent £6.73 on 2 tubs of blueberries and 2 tubs of strawberries, which have been frozen for smoothies, plus some tins for the store cupboard and a couple of toiletries. I have cooked up a large batch of veggie mince and frozen three portions. Just lentils, tvp and whatever veggies were lurking. The plan is to very much run down my convenience food freezer and replace with home cooked stuff. Sorry for the long post. xx
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 17-07-2019 at 11:41 AM.
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 17th Jul 19, 1:02 PM
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    I've added £15 to my spend. The actual food bit was £11.70 on fruit, bread and ham all of which we needed but I spent the change going through the car wash, so I added the whole £15. I know rain is forecast but thanks to the seagulls the car needed more than a rain shower.....

    Today's meals :-

    Breakfast - cereal and a slice of buttered syrup loaf for the HT, toast with peanut butter for me.

    Lunch - HT will be fed at school, I had egg on toast because the eggs need using up and I like eggs. I also had a satsuma and a slice of melon.

    Dinner - skinny meatballs and pasta in tomato and basil sauce for HT. The sauce is a jar sauce because he likes it but I only ever buy it when it's on offer at half price. One jar does 3 portions and it freezes fine. I'm having skinny sausages from the butcher (nothing comes out of them when they're grilled), with a dry fried egg, the other half of a small pot of beans from the HT's dinner the day before yesterday and some mushrooms that need using up.

    Supper - mini ham wrap and a packet of crisps for the HT. Mine will probably be a satsuma....not sure if I'll want anything else.
    July grocery challenge £260.80/£300
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 17th Jul 19, 3:01 PM
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    PipneyJane
    Really pleased to hear that.


    OK, confession time. The drinks budget has been blown out of the water. I like cocktails, but guess i'm begrudging paying the high price for them and mostly finding i don't like them. Another thing, i keep forgetting what i dont like and order the same yucky thing again, so i've bought a few (soon to be more) bits to make some at home cocktails. The only cocktails i remember liking are Pina Colada (my favourite), Martini Expresso, and Long island Tea. The list of dislikes is long and includes Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, Blue Curaco. There are many more that i have wasted money on, but that's all i remember. Anyway here is the drinks i've ordered - thus far - Amaretto, Creme Caramel, Cinnamon Whiskey, White Rum, Malibu substitute (it's honestly the same). I'm working on a skinny version of Pina Colada (mentally), which involves frozen banana, almond milk and coconut extract. I'm only having a few cocktails on the w/e, as i don't want to totally unravel my healthy living and/or put on weight. Anyone know where I can get coconut extract. Truth be told, I've lost a very good friend of 40 years to cancer (we bury him next week). I went to see him in hospital before I went in to hospital. I was wheeled in to see him as I couldn't walk - we conversed from our relative hospital beds and were going to meet up when we were better - sadly not to be and I have another friend of 35 years, who has terminal cancer, so I need to let rip for a bit, without totally losing the plot.. Hopefully it all goes to plan and if it doesn't, it doesn't.. So for the next month or two I'm tearing up the rule book with regards the drinks budget.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Big hugs to you, SaveDosh. ((((((((((((((((SaveDosh)))))))))))))))

    Losing two friends to cancer in a short period of time is painful and you need time to grieve, both for your lost friend and the one who is dying now. Grief is a cruel monster and the pain will knock you side-ways when you least expect it. I'm sorry.

    - Pip
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 17th Jul 19, 4:14 PM
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    Hugs Save Dosh. One of my close friends who was supposed to take the HT if anything happened to me died of cancer at the beginning of June. All food and alcohol rules were cancelled for the week before and the two weeks after she died. We're more or less back to our usual pattern now....but it's still an emotional time. Go easy on yourself.
    July grocery challenge £260.80/£300
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 18th Jul 19, 7:23 AM
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    elsiepac
    Save Dosh so sorry for the loss of your friend and that your other friend is suffering too. You must be really struggling, I hope you have plenty of real life support but you know we are all here too if you need us. Big hugs x

    Re coconut extract Waitr0se do one - not sure if it's high enough quality for cocktails, I'm sure it would be fine.
    If not I just did a quick search and there are some on Amaz0n and looks like one in L4keland too.
    Last edited by elsiepac; 18-07-2019 at 7:25 AM.
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    SPC No 074
    GC: Apr 19 £59.94/£200
    Vegan 27-8-13
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 18th Jul 19, 11:03 AM
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    my "homemade" iced latte which is a shot of espresso from the work machine poured over a glass of ice and alpr0 coconut milk "drink" - soo good and cheaper than c0st4 but not quite as exciting! (so posh name for what it is haha)
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    elsiepac the Italian for Almond is "mandorla" - you could name your drink "caffè mandorlatte" (said with an Italian accent, naturally)
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 18th Jul 19, 11:21 AM
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    favourite cocktails
    Really pleased to hear that.


    OK, confession time. The drinks budget has been blown out of the water. I like cocktails, but guess i'm begrudging paying the high price for them and mostly finding i don't like them. Another thing, i keep forgetting what i dont like and order the same yucky thing again, so i've bought a few (soon to be more) bits to make some at home cocktails. The only cocktails i remember liking are Pina Colada (my favourite), Martini Expresso, and Long island Tea. The list of dislikes is long and includes Manhattan, Cosmopolitan, Blue Curaco. There are many more that i have wasted money on, but that's all i remember. Anyway here is the drinks i've ordered - thus far - Amaretto, Creme Caramel, Cinnamon Whiskey, White Rum, Malibu substitute (it's honestly the same). I'm working on a skinny version of Pina Colada (mentally), which involves frozen banana, almond milk and coconut extract. I'm only having a few cocktails on the w/e, as i don't want to totally unravel my healthy living and/or put on weight. Anyone know where I can get coconut extract. Truth be told, I've lost a very good friend of 40 years to cancer (we bury him next week). I went to see him in hospital before I went in to hospital. I was wheeled in to see him as I couldn't walk - we conversed from our relative hospital beds and were going to meet up when we were better - sadly not to be and I have another friend of 35 years, who has terminal cancer, so I need to let rip for a bit, without totally losing the plot.. Hopefully it all goes to plan and if it doesn't, it doesn't.. So for the next month or two I'm tearing up the rule book with regards the drinks budget.

    Food wise I've spent £6.73 on 2 tubs of blueberries and 2 tubs of strawberries, which have been frozen for smoothies, plus some tins for the store cupboard and a couple of toiletries. I have cooked up a large batch of veggie mince and frozen three portions. Just lentils, tvp and whatever veggies were lurking. The plan is to very much run down my convenience food freezer and replace with home cooked stuff. Sorry for the long post. xx
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    I am loving the cocktails chat - my personal favourites are a Brandy Alexander (you may already have the creme de cacao, unless you really mean creme caramel - thought that was a dessert ), a marguerita (with salt and lime around the rim of the glass) and an Aperol Spritz. Let me know if you want the recipes I use (I am guessing Brandy Alexanders would be nice with low-fat coconut milk instead of full-fat cream (or mixed 50%-50%) to be ahem , a bit more healthy.

    Really sorry to hear about the loss of your friends. Drink to the happy memories and a pain-free farewell
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    OS Grocery Challenge 2019 target is £3k - 50.52% spent so far, at end of July
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 18th Jul 19, 1:15 PM
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    elsiepac the Italian for Almond is "mandorla" - you could name your drink "caffè mandorlatte" (said with an Italian accent, naturally)
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Love that!!

    Today for breakfast I had my usual porridge

    For lunch I had a portion of my "Italian style" bean veg and lentil and barley etc soup from the freezer (my last portion of that one) with some bread from the freezer

    For tea I will have the same as I had last night which was a THING I made to go on top of jacket potatoes:
    Sauteed onion, garlic, red pepper and mushrooms (half price pack of wonky mushrooms from Ald1!)
    Added Cajun seasoning, two tins of drained kidney beans and a tin of chopped tomatoes
    Let simmer for a few more minutes then added half a bag of spinach that needed using, and dished up over a huge baked potato - I baked two last night and plated up the second with the bean thing on top and so my tea tonight just needs to be nuked after Sl1mm1ng W0rld. I had a little bit of vegan cheese left so topped with that to make it extra spesh!


    I think I will have mostly emptied my freezer by next week - I move a week today... and my fridge will be just a few sauces etc. I have a fair bit of unopened stuff in the cupboards but that's fine to go straight into the new place. My big job this weekend is getting the kitchen mostly packed up. I've done the worst parts of the rest of the house, but can't put off the kitchen anymore really!
    Last edited by elsiepac; 18-07-2019 at 2:31 PM.
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 18th Jul 19, 2:32 PM
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    CRANKY40 Sorry to hear about your friend too. Thank you very much everyone - I'm really ok, just very tearful at the mo and it will pass. Loving the cocktail talk too. Suffolk Lass they are all the cocktails I don't like - soz - lol - but it was nice of you to mention them. Have worked out where I've been going wrong - they are bitters, Aperol, Campari etc and that's the stuff I don't like, but when ordering them out, get confused with Vermouth Rosso. I'm going to concoct the most amazing cocktail and call it after my friend - his surname was 'Bailes' - so the Bailes it is lol.

    Elsiepac I think the coconut flavour would be fine as a first try, it gets a good review from people adding it to Pina Colada's. Tried 2 Waitrose's this morning, one will be getting it back in stock Saturday, so will go back then, if not sorted.

    A few spends of £3 on bananas, a huge bowl of blueberries and 2 tubs of raspberries, which have been frozen. Will update sig
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 18th Jul 19, 9:08 PM
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    {{{Hugs}}} Save Dosh, what a horrible time for you. And for you too, Cranky40; cancer's a total bu88er, one way & another.

    £13-odd added to my total; a spice we'd run out of, gallons of green tea to keep the girls on an even keel, some cream for ice-cream making (to use up leftover fruit) and some YS beansprouts to add to tonight's eat-it-up-Thursday supper of baked potatoes & anything leftover in the fridge that didn't have a green coat or needed picking at the allotment.

    I'm fairly sure I will be going over-budget this month, which is partly because I've stopped accounting for the animal food & bulk-buys separately & added them back in without increasing my target. It's going to take a few months to get myself sorted out in that respect, and the target may need to inch upwards eventually, but for the next couple of months, with allotment produce & foraged goodies available, I'll try hard to stick to it.

    ETA: but on the bright side, 3 NSDs this week...
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 18-07-2019 at 9:10 PM.
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 19th Jul 19, 6:43 AM
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    £5.63 in morries needed some potatoes for tea.
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 19th Jul 19, 10:16 AM
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    Good morning all,

    grocery shopping for this week was £50.61. It would be good if there were no top ups required but the HT finishes school today for the summer break. We'll see what happens. He seems to need feeding roughly every 2-3 hours

    He was home for lunch yesterday due to a doctors appointment so yesterdays meals were :-

    Breakfast - cereal and a slice of syrup loaf for HT, small wholemeal toast with peanut butter for me.

    Lunch - ham and cheese roll, piece of homemade brownie and a packet of crisps for HT, bacon and egg toastie for me.

    Dinner - burger inna bun for both of us. His was beefburger, mine was quorn. I had salad with mine, he had fries.

    Supper - we raided the freezer and dug out a cornetto each.

    Save Dosh a Brandy Alexander doesn't have any bitters in, it's yummy and very creamy. My friend was amazed to discover that her elderly mother's unusual pairing of Baileys and tequila actually had a name - it's an Irish Cactus
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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 19th Jul 19, 2:34 PM
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    Oh dear, I'm £20 over already. £60 spent at the market this morning, and another £20 at the supermarket. It's got us most of what we'll need for the week, but a top-up will be needed on Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Bit of an eye-opener, really. If I took the cat-food out of the reckoning again, I'd still have £30 which would be tight-but-do-able. But the whole point is to establish what I'm spending on groceries etc. all together, as I originally used to. There's a bit of a spike in fresh food prices at the moment, as the new-season British-grown crops hit the markets, but that doesn't explain all of my over-spending!

    ETA: main meal-plan for the week, feeding 2-4 omnivores, 1 pescatarian, 1 vegetarian:

    Tonight: trout with new potatoes (the Jerseys again) and HG runner beans
    Saturday: Sausages/chick-pea burgers with rosti & broccoli
    Sunday: roast chicken/roasted veg OR nut roast, roast potatoes & vegetable medley (two small free-range chickens from local supplier)
    Monday: cauliflower cheese & beans - baked + runners
    Tuesday: chicken/potato curry (from leftovers) rice, possibly naans, + frozen veg
    Wednesday: HM pizza
    Thursday: Baked potatoes with whatever's left over! If nothing, there are a few takeaway containers of previous leftovers in the freezer to use up. Plus stir-fried veg, mostly from the allotment.

    Breakfasts will be toast from HM sourdough, or pancakes, poached eggs or buns of one sort or another. Lunches will be soup (chicken, from carcasses) or salad. I always cook enough of the omnivore option for OH to take a portion in to work for the next day's lunch. Snacks: there's always fruit, the girls have usually baked something, and if not, I'll do hob-nobs, cheesy flapjack, or more yeasted buns!
    Last edited by thriftwizard; 19-07-2019 at 2:48 PM. Reason: To add meal plan...
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    • By Doom_and_Gloom 20th Jul 19, 4:43 PM
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    We have spent £33.98 since our last post.

    I'm having vegetable chilli with a jacket potato for dinner.
    OH is having stuffed pasta for dinner.

    We're a little over budget at the moment but tomorrow will be a no spend day for definite and Monday is likely to be a no spend day as well so by that it will even out.

    £145.48/£200.
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    I am a vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • just trying
    • By just trying 20th Jul 19, 10:49 PM
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    just trying
    Good morning all,

    grocery shopping for this week was £50.61. It would be good if there were no top ups required but the HT finishes school today for the summer break. We'll see what happens. He seems to need feeding roughly every 2-3 hours

    He was home for lunch yesterday due to a doctors appointment so yesterdays meals were :-

    Breakfast - cereal and a slice of syrup loaf for HT, small wholemeal toast with peanut butter for me.

    Lunch - ham and cheese roll, piece of homemade brownie and a packet of crisps for HT, bacon and egg toastie for me.

    Dinner - burger inna bun for both of us. His was beefburger, mine was quorn. I had salad with mine, he had fries.

    Supper - we raided the freezer and dug out a cornetto each.

    Save Dosh a Brandy Alexander doesn't have any bitters in, it's yummy and very creamy. My friend was amazed to discover that her elderly mother's unusual pairing of Baileys and tequila actually had a name - it's an Irish Cactus
    Originally posted by CRANKY40
    Cranky loving the meals every day. You should post on what are you having for dinner thread to, it gives people ideas.

    I'll be joining the thread again in august. I hate to say it but if you trying to lose weight have you thought about cutting bread down, you have it a lot. I was big.. maybe try egg and soldiers for breakfast, salad for lunch then whatever for dinner but nearly a full plate of veg or salad I think you'll see results quick.
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