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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th Apr 10, 2:53 PM
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    Pink.
    May 2010 Grocery Challenge
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    • 26th Apr 10, 2:53 PM
    May 2010 Grocery Challenge 26th Apr 10 at 2:53 PM
    Guidelines for posting on the Grocery Challenge thread.


    What is the Grocery Challenge thread?
    This is a thread where people who are taking part in the Grocery Challenge can post for help encouragement and support and talk about anything related to grocery shopping. We ask that you try to keep on topic and post things that are relevant to the challenge.

    Posting grocery budgets and spends for the month
    Some people like to post their grocery budget and final spend for each month. If you wish to be included in the master list then please post these in red and in a large font as this makes it easier for the volunteers to keep a record of everyone’s totals.

    Number of posts
    In order to make the thread easier to read it would be helpful if users would try not to post multiple posts in quick succession.

    Chat
    Chatty posts that are relevant to the Challenge are fine. Irrelevant chat or posts simply saying ‘Good morning/Goodnight’, ‘just popping on to say hello’, ‘I’ve sent you a pm’ etc aren’t, as they clutter up the thread and may be removed to make the thread easier for others to read. Unfortunately the board guides simply don't have the time to pm users individually when posts are removed to keep the thread on topic. If your post has been removed and you are unhappy with the decision, please feel free to send us a pm.

    If you want to say thanks to another user please use the thanks button and please post any chat not related to the Grocery Challenge into the Daily Thread or use the pm function.

    No Spend days (NSD’s)
    A number of people like to record that they have had a no spend day. Again to reduce the number of posts we would ask that rather than post just that you had a no spend day you record it in your signature and/or add it to a post that is directly relevant to the Grocery Challenge.

    Pictures
    Please keep these relevant to the challenge. While photographs of produce or cooking are great, pictures of semi-naked men or large clip art aren’t.

    Bargains
    Please don’t forget to check out the Grabbit and Shop but Don’t drop boards for any bargains and the Discount Codes 'n Vouchers (online & offline) board to see if there are any current vouchers around.

    Questions about recipes, freezing, techniques etc
    These don’t always fit into the Grocery Challenge. There are a number of threads where it may be more appropriate to ask questions. There is a wealth of information available on the Old Style board so please do a search to see if there is a better thread for your question. For more help with searching see here or feel free to send a private message to a board guide who will be happy to help.

    Useful Links to threads on the Old Style board

    Quick Questions thread

    Recipe thread

    Cheap recipe threads

    Don't throw food away challenge...

    The Complete Cooking Collection

    Old Style Daily thread General chat about Old Style (new thread started daily)

    Flylady thread Cleaning thread (new thread weekly)

    Enough is Enough (decluttering)

    Lose weight the Old Style way


    Finally if you are new to Old Style and want help to find your way around, this thread may help: Welcome to Old Style and there is some excellent practical help and advice on posting on MSE chat forums in this thread: Unofficial A-Z (Look here first)
    Last edited by Pink.; 28-04-2010 at 5:30 PM.
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    • NJW69
    • By NJW69 4th May 10, 9:08 AM
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    NJW69
    Just had a delivery from Sainsburys and spent £36.51 on items that come from my grocery budget.

    Will go to Farmfoods later for bread milk and banannas that will be £3.50 so I'll have spent £40.01.

    Will update my total now.
    GC Jan £318/£350, Feb £221.84/£300, Mar £200.00/£250 Apr £201.05/£200 May £199.61/£200 June £17.25/£200

    NSD Feb 23/12 NSD Mar 20/20 NSD Apr 24/20
    May 24/24
    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 4th May 10, 9:47 AM
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    tessie bear
    hi....hope everyone had a nice bankholiday ours was nice but weather wasnt great

    we have left over turkey for tea...we are loving our leftovers well using them anyhow...also need to use up a mango...not sure that goes with turkey
    need to visit shops later...ill report back the damage later
    tess
    onwards and upwards
    • greent
    • By greent 4th May 10, 10:47 AM
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    greent
    hi....hope everyone had a nice bankholiday ours was nice but weather wasnt great

    we have left over turkey for tea...we are loving our leftovers well using them anyhow...also need to use up a mango...not sure that goes with turkey
    need to visit shops later...ill report back the damage later
    tess
    Originally posted by tessie bear

    Couscous or Rice with mango, almonds/ cashews, sultanas and turkey - sounds fine to me (well, it works with chicken, so should with turkey) - add a little moroccan spice mix to the mix if you have any, or a weeny bit of curry powder.
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786 12/18 £54829 2019 OPs (#18) £2418.57/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
  • Long tall sally
    Small spend of £5.49 today for me at the co op - 2 warburtons bread, potatoes, 3 leeks, bananas & 12 Thorntons brownies! Decided not to go to Sainsburys for the wine offer. Not feeling too great today & also I have some wine here already.
    Grocery aim £450pm.Spent £519 August, £584 July, £544 June, £541 May, £549 April, £517 March, £517 Feb,£555 Jan, £573 Dec, £465Nov, £561Oct, £493Sept, £426Aug,£496 Jul, £528Jun, £506May,£498April, £558 March, £500Feb, £500 Jan, £490 Dec, £555 Nov,£566 Oct, £505Sept, £450Aug, £410 July, £437 June, £491 May, £471 April, £440 March, £552Feb, £462Jan
    • lilian1977
    • By lilian1977 4th May 10, 11:12 AM
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    lilian1977
    Two small spends - £1.60 on 6 reduced Gu chocolate puds (OH loves them!) and £2.07 on two tubs of grapes and some vine tomatoes in Aldi. Subtotal updated.


    My debt free diary
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    • guccigoo
    • By guccigoo 4th May 10, 11:20 AM
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    guccigoo
    hi everyone, a spend today in mr s of £6.05 and also £5.50 in iceland. tomorrow should be a nsd. enjoy your day everyone.
    I will lose 2 stone by this summer!!!!!!
  • Wildchild
    Hallo,

    Am new on here and I have just discovered this thread. Could I join please as we always overspend on food and I could do with a challenge to cut down. Up to now we spent about £400 - £500 per month on food for two of us.

    Would like to cut this down to £300 to start with.
    Last edited by Wildchild; 04-05-2010 at 6:18 PM.
    CC 1: £102 / CC 2: £349 / CC 3: £1000
    CC 4: £1000 / CC 5: £150 / CC 6: £500
    CC 7: £500 / CC 8: £1183/ CC 9: £1639

    Total debt: £6,423 £6,128 £5,978 £4,099£3,639
    • Lindy - Loo
    • By Lindy - Loo 4th May 10, 11:38 AM
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    Lindy - Loo
    hiya,

    Spent £2 in farmfoods on milk and bread, so hopeflly wont need anything else for a few days xx
    Mum, wife and dinnerlady!
  • sadsadjenjen
    Hi All

    I would like to Re-join this challenge. The supermarkets are hiking their prices so high that my budget no longer works.

    Please put me down for £300

    This should be fun
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    • greent
    • By greent 4th May 10, 12:28 PM
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    greent
    Hallo,

    Am new on here and I have just discovered this thread. Could I join please as we always overspend on food and I could do with a challenge to cut down. Up to now we spent about £400 - £500 per month on food for two of us.

    Would like to cut this down to £300 to start with.
    Originally posted by Wildchild
    Welcome & good luck wildchild - nice to see another mfw here
    I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul
    Repaid mtge early (orig 11/25) 01/09 £124616 01/10 £104927 01/11 £89873 01/12 £76317 01/13 £52546 01/14 £35356 01/15 £12133 07/15 £NIL
    BTL Mtge 12/16 £69786 12/18 £54829 2019 OPs (#18) £2418.57/£5K
    Net sales 2019 £173.62/£500
    • kezlou
    • By kezlou 4th May 10, 12:30 PM
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    kezlou
    Hi all, well i've spent a massive amount month again, mainly on ahem cheese. As some mice decided to eat it ie OH and DS1 and 2.
    Just hopefully got a months supply of flour
    4 x white bread flour
    4 x plain flour
    2 x self raising flour
    1 x wholemeal four
    2 x (8x7g) fast action yeast
    2 litres of oil
    brown lentils
    green lentils
    tom puree x 2
    coconut milk x2
    toms x 2
    kidney beans x 2

    fingers crossed i will only need to buy fresh from now on. Going to do an inventory of whats in the freezer, again.

    Got loads and loads of rhubarb off MIL so going to make some deserts for pack lunches and chop some up, freeze ready for next time.

    right going to sort tea out x
    • Billie-jo
    • By Billie-jo 4th May 10, 12:50 PM
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    Billie-jo
    Tessie Bear if the turkey is going to be eaten cold you could do a mango salsa -chopped mango, onion, tomato, cucumber, radishes - no need to put them all in but just to give you an idea.

    Wild child - you sound similar to us in that you spend a large amount on a small number of people! There are two of us all the time and then quite often another one with a huge appetite. Our food bill was also £100 every week. Only started this challenge in April but cut it down to £300 every 4 weeks and am hoping for same (or less) this next 4 weeks. If I manage to do two consecutive months at a lower amount then aim to reduce the month after (hope this makes sense)

    Had a small spend today of 69p for some rocket cant believe thats all I brought
    The cheese and onion bread I made yesterday is not bad. I think it needed more cheese though to be honest and perhaps a pinch of mustard? Will have to see if there is a proper recipie somewhere not like I did yesterday and just chuck things in.
    Steak for tea tonight (reduced in price) and will probably do it with pitta bread and maybe a small jkt potato & salad.

    will update spends now and see if can work out how to quote what other posters have posted.
    [COLOR="Purple"][B] MARCH £62.38/250 [B][COLOR="Purple"]
  • longtermlurker
    The cheese and onion bread I made yesterday is not bad. I think it needed more cheese though to be honest and perhaps a pinch of mustard? Will have to see if there is a proper recipie somewhere not like I did yesterday and just chuck things in.
    Steak for tea tonight (reduced in price) and will probably do it with pitta bread and maybe a small jkt potato & salad.

    will update spends now and see if can work out how to quote what other posters have posted.
    Originally posted by Billie-jo
    I have a cheese and onion bread recipe in my breadmaker instruction book, not tried it yet but I can let you have it if you want. You can let me know what it's like before I try it

    mrs-moneypenny Whats weetabix cake? I love weetabix

    Not spent anything yet today will try and keep it like that.
    You learn to love to live
    You fight and you forgive
    You face the darkest night
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    • Billie-jo
    • By Billie-jo 4th May 10, 1:34 PM
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    Billie-jo
    Oh yes please longtermlurker would love to have the recipie. Cant do it till Thursday though as not got enough flour till go shopping and refuse to buy it at local shop as its twice the price.
    [COLOR="Purple"][B] MARCH £62.38/250 [B][COLOR="Purple"]
  • longtermlurker
    Cheese, Onion and herb bread.

    275ml Water
    450g Strong white bread flour
    22 1/2 ml/1 1/2 tbsp Dried milk powder
    7 1/2ml/ 1 1/2 tsp Salt
    7 1/2ml/ 1 1/2 tsp Caster sugar
    2 1/2 ml/ 1/2 tsp Dried mustard powder
    pinch Cayenne pepper
    25g Butter
    5 ml Dried yeast
    100g Grated cheddar cheese
    1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
    15 ml/ 1 tbsp fresh mixed chopped herbs or
    5ml / 1 tsp Dried mixed herbs

    Place water, flour, milk, salt, sugar, mustard, cayenne pepper, butter and yeast in the bread pan.
    Program-Basic

    Add cheese, onion and herbs at the beeps during the second needing cycle.

    This is for my bread maker so you may have to adjust it to suit yours.
    Hope it's ok and I take no responsibility if it's not
    You learn to love to live
    You fight and you forgive
    You face the darkest night
    Just live before you die
  • TheBees
    TheBees are all fired up and ready to go. Trying not to worry about the redundancy thing by keeping busy....

    Had roast shoulder of lamb on sunday followed by lamb risotto with the leftovers on Monday. Tonight it's baked potatoes for me and the children as DH will be late home. While the oven was on yesterday I made some flapjacks for the packed lunches this week and made a loaf in the breadmaker as DS16 is eating far too many snacks and a slice of bread is cheaper!

    Good luck all
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    Sealed Pot Challenge 416 - target £500
  • WelshWoofer
    No shopping since Saturday for me!
    Hopefully, with the exception of milk, it'll stay that way until Monday next week (we're away at the weekend).

    It's meat spag bol for OH for tea tonight and Beanfeast bol (a throw back to student days) and spaghetti for me.
    January grocery spending - £82.73/ £120
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 4th May 10, 5:30 PM
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    Spiggle
    Cheese, Onion and herb bread.

    275ml Water
    450g Strong white bread flour
    22 1/2 ml/1 1/2 tbsp Dried milk powder
    7 1/2ml/ 1 1/2 tsp Salt
    7 1/2ml/ 1 1/2 tsp Caster sugar
    2 1/2 ml/ 1/2 tsp Dried mustard powder
    pinch Cayenne pepper
    25g Butter
    5 ml Dried yeast
    100g Grated cheddar cheese
    1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
    15 ml/ 1 tbsp fresh mixed chopped herbs or
    5ml / 1 tsp Dried mixed herbs

    Place water, flour, milk, salt, sugar, mustard, cayenne pepper, butter and yeast in the bread pan.
    Program-Basic

    Add cheese, onion and herbs at the beeps during the second needing cycle.

    This is for my bread maker so you may have to adjust it to suit yours.
    Hope it's ok and I take no responsibility if it's not
    Originally posted by longtermlurker
    Hi all,

    Longtermlurker that looks like a Morphy Richards BM recipe. If it is, Billie-jo you may want to reduce the sugar severely. The only problem with the recipes for the MRBM (and we love our machine) we've found is the very unpalatable amount of sugar they recommend and we have had success with many recipes with far less sugar. But it could be different with a cheese and onion bread perhaps?

    We've had three NSD so quite pleased but will probably need to go to MrT tomorrow lunchtime from work - this monkey needs bananas! I've also had a free delivery email from MrS so may put an online order in with them but I need to check whether it's worth it first.

    Great to see our community and support network growing so welcome to the newbies and well done to all those staying away from those terrible temptors at the shops.

    Take care all,
    Spigs

    P.S Billie-jo if you want to quote a post just hit the Quote button and you'll automatically be taken to the advanced reply page where you can just type below the quote or amend it if you want to just use a part of the OP post.
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • freakyogre
    • By freakyogre 4th May 10, 5:52 PM
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    freakyogre
    Oh dear, over a third into my total already and only 4 days into the month. I can do it!

    I went to Aldi after work and got 2 boxes of grapes (which are lovely) and some bananas, so £2.22 spent there. Then on to Tesco to get some Herbal Essences while on offer, i've tried other/cheaper brands and they all leave my hair looking greasy by lunchtime, so i'l have to stick to HE! £7.45 spent in there on 2 x shampoo, 2 x conditioner and a packet of rice cakes to nibble on at work.
    Grocery challenge - Nov: £52/£100
    • butdoineedit?
    • By butdoineedit? 4th May 10, 6:37 PM
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    butdoineedit?
    First spend of the month yesterday, but only spent £8.26 on F&V, pittas & fillings & reckon that's me sorted for the week for absolutely everything, so my challenge is to keep out of the supermarket until at least Saturday... fingers crossed!!
    February NSD challenge 5/15
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