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

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2012

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your March budget, then keep on posting in the:
    June 2012 Grocery Challenge

    As always this challenge is to reduce your own grocery budget to levels that you will be pleased with, not forgetting that we always recommend that you stay inside your own comfort levels and take things gently one step at a time. Remember that this is not a competition....it's designed to take you and your grocery spending to a level you are happy with.

    If you are new to the challenge I have quoted the advice from Galtizz below which will help you get started.

    Please post into this thread for help and advice and support at any time. Good luck to everyone taking part!

    I have said this before, but for all the newbies to the challenge;

    For the first month I took a guess at the budget but I really had no idea how much I was spending.

    I found the best thing is to have a guess the first month but SAVE ALL OF YOUR RECEIPTS (and yes, that does include the ones from the local shop when you run out of milk ), then at the end of the month add them all up and have a look if you were on budget, if not, it doesn't matter because your budget was a guess. For the next month you can use the total of your receipts and take a bit off to get a realistic budget, just shave off as much as you think you can, it could be 1 a week or 20 a week.

    If you are currently spending 200 a month don't suddenly drop it to 100 - you'll never do it but if you cut 20 a month off for a few months you'll get there eventually without feeling you're missing out on anything.

    You might think you've done everything you can in the first month but someone always comes up with a new idea and, if you try it you often find you save a bit more (unless you are SarahSaver who is an expert at this and could only save more if she turned her back garden into a paddy field and lived on rice ) In the first month I thought, I'm planning meals, I couldn't possibly save any more, but then I started double cooking and freezing, and making soup instead of buying it in tins.

    I've been doing this since Feb but only saved ALL of my receipts last month, it has given me a much better idea of where it is all going. Budget for next month is 80 for 2 of us, I'll start on 30/4. I could probably save more, by eating different foods but I can afford to live on 80, I have saved a lot of money since Feb. and I don't waste food or money any more. So I'm happy with my budget.
    By request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of 600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at 15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at 280 per month and brought it down to 240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to 260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out 20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for X off a spend of XX - if you had no NEED to spend XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy 7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    Spigs
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    For everyones totals, see post #7 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Zip
    Last edited by zippychick; 04-06-2012 at 12:30 PM.
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    • fozziebeartoo
    • By fozziebeartoo 1st Jul 12, 3:46 PM
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    fozziebeartoo
    My DD's treated me to birthday lunch out today, so it turned into a NSD

    If I get hungry later, I have LO HM biryani and LO YS nan bread I can have....and already froze 2 portions of the biryani for another time.

    I dont have to look after DGS until late afternoon tomorrow, and the thought of shopping on my own (with no 2 year old or buggy) is very appealing, but I dont need anything, just fancy a mooch

    Hope everyone has had a nice weekend!
  • jumblejack
    Free food hunt results....

    Here is lovely sea beet:



    I foraged some of this for my pasta bake!!!

    Here is some rock samphire. I didn't harvest this though. It's available all year so it can wait:


    I found some ramsons by a church graveyard so here it is getting ready for my pasta with the sea beet:



    Ready for the oven, my ramson, sea beet and beef pasta bakes with a couple of sun dried tomato breads........


    Edit:

    Success!!!! The whole family are eating SECONDS... And they even saw me collecting the goodies today so know they are eating foraged ingredients!!!
    I feel truly victorious. Yay!

    Room for afters? Pancakes with foraged wild rose petal jam made last week...
    Last edited by jumblejack; 01-07-2012 at 5:24 PM.
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    • savesummore
    • By savesummore 1st Jul 12, 3:55 PM
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    savesummore
    Pitta Bread
    2 tsp dried yeast
    1 tsp sugar
    300ml/ 1/2 pint hand hot water
    450g/1lb strong white flour
    1tsp salt

    stir dried yeast & sugar into the water and leave until yeast has disolved and mixture frothy

    Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl and stir in the yeast liquid and mix to a dough

    turn onto floured surface and knead- you will have to knead until dough is firm, elestic but not sticky, then put in a greased large bowl and leave to rise (double in size)

    Knock back dough and re knead until firm, divide dough into 8 pieces roll into oval shapes, place on greased tray and leave for abut 5 mins

    Bake at the top of your oven for 6-8 mins (240c) or until then just begin to colour, then wrap cooked pittas in a damp tea towel to cool

    OH always puts rising bread inside a plastic bag- bread in the bowl, bowl in the bag-it seems to help

    Good luck with these-they are yummy esp with HM hummus
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    • liz-paul
    • By liz-paul 1st Jul 12, 4:20 PM
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    Can I join for this month please? My month starts today & ends on the 20th as I'm on hols from then (diffferent budget). Last month I did this on my own, set a budget of 450 for myself, Oh & 2 small kids (all food (exc takeaways/eating out), basic toiletries (i.e. not fancy face creams/make up etc), & household items). Came in at just under the 450 so I'm pretty pleased! Especially as we've been spending 500 - 600 per month (closer to 600 most months).
    This months target was 275 (as only 3 weeks for us) until I realised that my brother and his wife are visitng us from the US this weekend meaning we need to buy in booze and some other exta bits & bobs. Therefore setting this months budget at 325 which is a bit higher than I would like but I also want my brother and his wife to have a good time without it meaning we have to live on pasta & beans after they leave

    Any tips what I can do with broad beans? Got a massive bag in the freezer & don't know what to do with them.....
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    • meg72
    • By meg72 1st Jul 12, 4:28 PM
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    Sincerely hoping the floods receed quickly and the lovely people here are not too badly affected, hugs to Meg, and hurrah for the return of Flo!

    Still no news re: DD's tests but she is out trying on wedding dresses today so hopefully she wont let the worry spoil her
    fun

    Tomorrow is my birthday (will be 53 ) and I just had delivered a gorgeous huge arrangement of flowers and a cuddly teddy from a new man I have met recently and who I like a lot, so happy Fozziebeartoo here, at least for the next 5 minutes

    Flo DID say there were still some nice men out there, but I had just about given up finding one......
    Originally posted by fozziebeartoo
    Thanks for the hug, prayers for your DD, Wow for the new Man,
    Happy Birthday Birthday Fozzie, even if its only 5mins, be happy when you can.
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    • katiegirl
    • By katiegirl 1st Jul 12, 4:40 PM
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    This thread is like my conscience! I woke up feeling a little rough after a friend's wedding yesterday and could have really eaten some junk food. Instead I went to the Co-op (needed to go anyway for wraps/bread and yoghurts for dd's lunch box), and did do a bit of uneccesary spending but was way cheaper than going to McD's or something.

    Spent 7.96 which was for
    Value pittas 21p (the wraps weren't on special offer anymore and I wasn't going to pay 1.89 for the, so we're giving these a go)
    Mature cheddar 2 (this was on special offer, normally 3 for 360g, after I picked it up I spent a good few minutes looking at the other cheese and seeing if it actually was cheap, I think it was, but the maths was a challenge to my hungover brain!)
    Fromage frais 1 (never pay more than 1 for fromage frais/yoghurts for dd's lunchbox)
    Fanta 1.25 (really fancied it, I know a 750ml bottle for this price isn't very money saving but I usually don't drink it so even though I could have got 2x2l for 3 this seemed the more sensible option)
    Pizza 2 (easy tea, were going to have fishcakes and veg but that can be saved for another day)
    Snickers ice-cream 1.50 (another treat!)

    Will update my signature now.
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 1st Jul 12, 5:15 PM
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    XSpender
    DH wanted to go to C0stc0 today to check out the meat now I am eating it too. The FR chickens looked good but don't need one this week but did buy a 6xpack of bacon, 2 cases of branst0n beans that worked out at 20p each and 10 tins of John W3st tuna at 69p each.

    I tried the 2nd purse system a while ago but it didn't really work for me but after reading the recent posts I realise I was missing out the 3rd purse bit and trying to do it virtually so I never really had any surplus. I am going to try it again with the beans, tuna and bacon I bought today and anything I earn over 20 is going into the 3rd purse for treats, probably meals out and days out as a family

    DH also wanted some milk thistle as he is coming off the drink for a month in order to lose a bit ( I hope a big bit) of his belly! This has been added to my total as I would normally include alcohol costs.

    Final spend today was 6.72 on milk, a bag of crisps for me and some final beers for DH to have with the football.

    I am also going to add 2 to my total each month to cover the annual c0stc0 membership I paid today.
    • rising from the ashes
    • By rising from the ashes 1st Jul 12, 6:02 PM
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    rising from the ashes
    With all the talk of buying tubs to freeze batch cooking I thought I'd share what I do in case it might save someone money. I cut my 2ltr/4pint milk bottles approx 3inch from the bottom all the way round, recycle top part. Then line with a food bag, put meal in, knot bag and freeze. When frozen I remove the bag from the milk bottle and label with masking tape. The blocks stack nicely in the freezer and to defrost I place them in a cut milk carton in the fridge HTH
    Originally posted by dizzyditzy
    I use empty butter / margarine tubs - I used to line them but gave up. The blocks tips out neatly from frozen (run under hot water for a few seconds to loosen) and can go straight in the pan

    I think the rest of you can relax now as that is the three of us; rising from the ashes, frooglefraggle and me - all with freezer disasters in the last week or two

    BTW Thanks for the cat litter link rising; too late for this month but will check it out for next month
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Ohhhhh dear - as you say, hopefully now there's been 3 of us, others will escape....... still early days in the testing for the new litter - I've not used clumping for years so .... we'll see! (get it on Tuesday as it was delivered to DPs)
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 1st Jul 12, 6:07 PM
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    mrs-moneypenny
    ive gto to do this weekends reciepts to declare for june but am in again
    with 400 to spend in JULY

    thank you to everyone on this thread, you really are all such a great help
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  • KatyReed+5
    2 NSD's here, nothing out of the GC anyway. We did go to the Aquafest today which is a local river festivals with rides stalls, rafts races, etc, i took 20 from another fund as spending money and didn't even spend all of that, few rides for the kiddies, took a pack up and snacks and juice, and had a lovely day, glad the sun was shining.

    Felling better about the split, although very very lonely
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    • wannabe sybil
    • By wannabe sybil 1st Jul 12, 6:45 PM
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    I hope I will be able to stick to this.

    My grocery budget this month is
    200 and I really need to start working on this.

    Originally posted by wannabe sybil
    @sda delivery so down to 159.41 which is less than normal. I won't be able to get another one for a while due to roadworks.
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    • Make-it-3
    • By Make-it-3 1st Jul 12, 7:03 PM
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    Day one for me, meal planned and for the first time wrote out the shopping list based on my local Sainsbury's layout to keep me focused going round. Bought everything on my list, bar a few things that were out of stock and no extras - total spend 30.70 - so that leaves me with 169.30 for the rest of the month.

    Will need to do a top-up by mid-week on milk, eggs and bread no doubt.

    I feel a bit in awe of you OSers who are foraging and your 2nd/3rd purses. I can't imagine what I would find to forage in London.

    And I tend to avoid the bulk buy special offers, as I find things will either go off, we'll eat/use more, or its too much to carry home.

    Rather than stock up, I tend to work on a running a threadbare cupboard as possible, and that the money is better in my account than in the supermarket's till until I really need something. Does anyone else work this way?
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  • nicky s
    Hi, could I join in? I have lurked for a while, but really need to control our expenditure. We are 2 adults, two teenagers who are eating like horses, 2 dogs (one large and one small) and one cat. I am going to start with 350 ( including all pet food and toiletries) and take it from there.
    Last edited by nicky s; 02-07-2012 at 9:26 PM.
    • Glitzer
    • By Glitzer 1st Jul 12, 7:15 PM
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    Glitzer
    Evening!

    One NSD here.

    Had a beautiful roast chicken dinner this evening and there is a huge amount of chicken left over! I reckon we should be able to make two pies for the three of us, plus with the leftover veg another two roast dinners for DS (he eats earlier than us usually as DH and I don't usually eat until DS goes to bed). I am trying persuade DH to make a stock with the carcas but he thinks it is too much of a faff and that you don't get much anyway.
  • KatyReed+5
    I have just gutted out big walk in cupboard in the living room, it has been filled with stuff more and more since the day we moved in nearly 2 years, it's also been a stock room for christmas/birthday presents, it's practically empty now bar a few boxes piled up one end, it was actually full of rubbish, old boxes etc. This cupboard is to be my new store room for food, it's 0.7m by 2.4m so quite a good size, my newly ordered chest freezer will go in here and i have a big set of shelves too, i'm very excited about this, after all this 2nd purse talk i'm going to start the 2nd/3rd purse in August, going to start to bulk buy what i can where i can, EXCITED.

    Katy, X
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    Family of 4 : 1 adult 3 kids ages 3,4 & 5.
    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 1st Jul 12, 8:04 PM
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    Determined to make the most of what I've done recently, I have just made five pots of raspberry jam! The raspberries cost me 80p for four punnets (should've been 8!), and the sugar was in the stores anyway, so really cheap! Tastes amazing, too. Trouble is, I've now increased my stores! There's no escape!!!

    Having decided to not go anywhere near a sm this weekend, I was in one both days. Sat didn't spend anything, was there with a friend, but today I went to get a bike lock and ended up spending about 7 on stuff. Cuc, pepper, grapes, bread (I like a sm one now and then), and treats...

    However, have been using up/freezing/creating with what I bought on Friday in my moment of weakness, and now have a bag of chopped sliced turkey and one of pork in the freezer, can chuck them with some pasta and sauce to make a meal, so they won't have been wasted. They only cost 20p for loads, but that's not the point. Tomorrow lunch, I will take the samosas and chicken kebaby things, and then that's everything used up/put away, except for two slices of a 20p pizza.

    No idea what we're having for dinner tomorrow. Silly really, as I have so much in, but I think that's the problem - there's too much to choose from! I did, however, print off a load of weekly meal planner sheets from the net, so I'm off to fill one of those in for this week. Used to work quite weel, as the children could then see what was for dinner and when. They won't be getting any choices this week, as they're in bed asleep, so that's just tough!

    Sorry for the long msg, but just had to get some stuff off my chest. Men, close your ears and eyes! And, a great mse-er told me on my dfd, that it's my totm, so that's why I've been doing crazy things. She's awesome! Thanks SL! Don't feel so bad now, as it's not a permanent thing...

    On that weird note, goodnight everyone!

    PG x
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  • jumblejack
    PG, well done on 5 pots of jam!!!!!!!!!

    In an ideal world, wouldn't it be nice if we could 'trade' our goodies for those of others!!! I'd love to trade for a pot of HM raspberry jam.

    Can't wait til mine become ripe. I want to try my hand at that. I reckon I won't be buying jam again if I can help it.

    How long can it keep?

    Cheers JJ
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    • rising from the ashes
    • By rising from the ashes 1st Jul 12, 8:18 PM
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    rising from the ashes
    In an ideal world, wouldn't it be nice if we could 'trade' our goodies for those of others!!! I'd love to trade for a pot of HM raspberry jam.

    Can't wait til mine become ripe. I want to try my hand at that. I reckon I won't be buying jam again if I can help it.
    Originally posted by jumblejack
    A quick question for the jam makers amongst us - how does it compare cost wise to buying - eg can buy raspberry jam in Mr A for around 80p and Al*di for 90p (much nicer!).

    AFAIK (which isn't a lot! but remember granny making jam when I was wee) you need mountains of sugar (which isn't cheap!).

    I have a plentiful supply of blackberries (nearby woods) ..... feeling a bit sad now as lost loads when the freezer defrosted last week - so wondering if it's worth doing or not. TIA
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 1st Jul 12, 8:23 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    I was in a$da on Friday evening, and there were 4 packs of raspberries rtc at 20p each. I used just under 1kg of sugar. So, that made my five pots (1 mayo sized, two jam sized, one mint sauce sized and two fish paste sized) cost about 1.60. If you allow for 80p per jar of jam-jar-sized jam (!), then I've got the extra ones for free, AND they're much superior tasting as they're hm!


    eta - it turns out I actually made 6 jars! As counted above, but not in my head!! And I have a maths degree... Is there no hope for the world?!?!?!!!!!!
    Last edited by PennyGrabber; 01-07-2012 at 8:24 PM. Reason: I can't count!!
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    • PennyGrabber
    • By PennyGrabber 1st Jul 12, 8:25 PM
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    PennyGrabber
    And, the advantage of the raspberry jam, is that because there's no hulling, chopping, etc, it was done start to finish in just over 20 mins!!!
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