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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Apr 11, 11:45 AM
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    May 2011 Grocery Challenge
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    • 27th Apr 11, 11:45 AM
    May 2011 Grocery Challenge 27th Apr 11 at 11:45 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the fifth Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your April budget, then keep on posting in the April 2011 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.
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #7 and #8 on this thread.

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

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 29-04-2011 at 3:42 PM.
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    • RhiBi
    • By RhiBi 12th May 11, 8:58 AM
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    I am really pleased with how I'm doing this month. My budget is 450, and I took out the cash at the beginning of the month. I have 235 left, so I know that says I've already spent over 200, I have loads of meat in the freezer, but also I've given my daughters their allowance of 30 (between 2 of them) out of it and also one daughter had an overnight trip to London and I gave her 25 spending money, so that is 55 out of my budget that I was actually planning on going to the bank to use.

    So, if I can stay within the 235 for the rest of the month, which I think I will, I will be really pleased, taking into account the extra unbudgeted things i've paid out
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    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 12th May 11, 8:58 AM
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    Have updated signature with grocery spends. Am now up to a whooping 272.01. Will need to be strict with myself and really limit the top ups and stretch what we have in. I do need to pick up cous cous and some green salad. So I will try to leave those till the milk runs out.
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    The Peach Pud was a success, the Recipe was on the back of my Packet of Ground Rice, it's called "Tropical Rice Dessert" and you're suppossed to use a tin of Pineapple but I had some Peach slices to up ...
    Originally posted by scotsaver
    scotsaver your recipe sounds good - I've listed it as Pineapple (or Peach) Pud
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    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 12th May 11, 9:45 AM
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    Help me!
    I have 46 to last until the 20th when OH can do a shop!

    8 b'fasts, lunches & evening meals for me, OH and 3 teenagers (1 of which is pregnant!) & 2 kittys. Can I do it

    I am veggie, son is almost, so I don't buy much meat, but daughter and boyfriend like meat (alot).

    Do you think I would be mean asking dd's boyfriend to pay a bit of rent?

    Any really cheap meal suggestions gratefully received.

    Love this thread, big hugs to you all

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    • cutiepieabf
    • By cutiepieabf 12th May 11, 10:15 AM
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    I have 46 to last until the 20th when OH can do a shop!

    8 b'fasts, lunches & evening meals for me, OH and 3 teenagers (1 of which is pregnant!) & 2 kittys. Can I do it

    I am veggie, son is almost, so I don't buy much meat, but daughter and boyfriend like meat (alot).

    Do you think I would be mean asking dd's boyfriend to pay a bit of rent?

    Any really cheap meal suggestions gratefully received.

    Love this thread, big hugs to you all

    Pixie
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    it really depends on whether you are comfortable asking him or not, but i would consider the following - how old are they, how often does he stay at yours, and does he have his own income? for example, if he is staying there a lot, eating a lot of your food and other consumables, and is bringing in his own income, then i would be inclined to ask for a contribution... HTH
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  • Winged one
    Another €26 spent last night. We needed milk and coffee, cooked meat for sambos and fruit. I also got some lemons (for hot lemon drinks to get me going again) and lullaby milk (to MAKE DD go to sleep earlier!! she does seem to settle better when she has it before bedtime). Oh, and coleslaw for with a quiche tonight for dinner.

    Got the quiche from the freezer and put it into oven on timer, made a tuna/sweetcorn/pasta salad from storecupboard, and washed lettuce. All DD and the au pair have to do is set the table and serve tonight. DD had leftover pasta from Tues night, while I had curry from the freezer last night - AP was eating out with a friend.

    I need to do a big clear out and restocking in general, I just feel a bit at sea at the moment. Hopefully things will settle down again over the weekend.
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    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 12th May 11, 10:45 AM
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    OMG I have totted up my receipts, i am up to 347.01 i still have 2 weeks to shop for plus a trip to costco for toilet roll and bits and bobs

    have plenty in though the freezers are full , as is the storecupboard
    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 12th May 11, 10:56 AM
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    it really depends on whether you are comfortable asking him or not, but i would consider the following - how old are they, how often does he stay at yours, and does he have his own income? for example, if he is staying there a lot, eating a lot of your food and other consumables, and is bringing in his own income, then i would be inclined to ask for a contribution... HTH
    Originally posted by cutiepieabf
    He lives with us all the time, his mum and dad are divorced, mum is single mum with another lad. Never met his dad and step mum, they live a distance from us. He is 20 in July and has an apprenticeship so doesn't earn much, it was never really agreed he should live with us it just happened gradually so now feel really awkward. Think I will have to ask for something though. Thanks for taking the time to reply.
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    • nessie216
    • By nessie216 12th May 11, 11:26 AM
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    OMG I have totted up my receipts, i am up to 347.01 i still have 2 weeks to shop for plus a trip to costco for toilet roll and bits and bobs

    have plenty in though the freezers are full , as is the storecupboard
    Originally posted by sistercas

    Out of interest sistercas - do you know how much you spend on your guineas every week/month?

    What things do you do to try and save money in regards to their food/bedding etc.???

    Curious as i have 8 guineas & 1 rabbit (DH's) and it quite scary when i tot up how much i spend with them - i know they are worth it though!

  • BlimusOreilly
    Spent a whopping 44.92 on this week's grocery shop at Mr M's

    However, it is the first week of a new diet and I always find that diet shopping costs more even though I don't buy specialist diet food and still cook everything from scratch. More fresh veg and fruit than I'd usually buy which takes the cost up, but more fresh fruit and veg can never be a bad thing!

    Did save an enormous 12.43 because of Mr M's current Muller Rice deal (2 six packs for 2)
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    • mrs tooti-frooti
    • By mrs tooti-frooti 12th May 11, 12:08 PM
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    Hi,
    Proper food delivery from Sainsbugs last night - 110.14 - off to update my signature
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    • SavingJane
    • By SavingJane 12th May 11, 12:45 PM
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    Result, Oh I do like it when I feel like I've got 1 over the supermarkets lol

    Had my A$da shop come today, the ice cream was soft and starting to go runny, so I got a refund on that, it had been price matched as they didn't have the 1 we wanted so got a brand pack for cost of their own version and free.

    Then the big 1 which is main reason I rang to complain, the tuna was priced as 3 but came today at 6.98, SHOCKING price, I said it wasn't that price last night and the guy looked online and said something wasn't looking right on the site about the price and he would ring me back. He rang back and said yes it was a mistake on the site and thanked me for bring it to their attention. So they refunded the difference

    So they shall be refunding me just over 5 of my shopping, Oh I do like that as before I started GC I wouldn't of properly even looked at the bill or complained about the ice cream.

    Thanks to GC I'm saving even more money by complaining when things arn't right.

    I shall update total when I've worked out what the total comes to
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    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 12th May 11, 12:55 PM
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    Out of interest sistercas - do you know how much you spend on your guineas every week/month?

    What things do you do to try and save money in regards to their food/bedding etc.???

    Curious as i have 8 guineas & 1 rabbit (DH's) and it quite scary when i tot up how much i spend with them - i know they are worth it though!
    Originally posted by nessie216
    i'm just trying to tot up what i spend
    approx 12- 15 a month on bedding and dry food
    today ive bought them :
    a bag of kale 1
    2 packs of green beans 1.18 for both
    romaine lettuce 1
    2 cucumbers 1.38
    4.56 and i do this twice a week
    so probably around 50 a month
    i have supplementing them with dandelions this last few weeks

    what do you feed yours?
  • MumOf2Beasties
    cannot believe it is only may 12th and i have spent a ridiculous 165.26 of my 215 budget

    really not pleased with this as i need to get another two weekly shops out of the 49.74 that's left

    am thinking maybe a two week meal planner would help a bit?anyone have any tips on how to do this? but also be a bit versatile as we may fancy something different on the day IYKWIM

    looking in the freezer and cupboards, there's no chance we are going to starve lol and we've got plenty of nappies and cat food (m'sons have wh*skas pouches are 3boxes for 6, another member posted the offer, can't remember whobut Thank You!!) and pasta and rice and pasata so hope we are ok.

    Really cannot afford to go over this month, hol coming up and OH and i have decided to move in together so really want to clear off as much debt as i can before we do so i'm upping a few monthly payments, only slightly but it all makes a difference

    Had my first ever veg box delivered from the local veg shop on tuesday, really happy with the quality, although will swap a few things next week as we eat lots and lots of bananas and i had to get a few more poatoes from m'sons as there weren't enough for this weeks meals!! it was 8 and when i worked out what it all would have cost in m'sons it came to roughly 10 so a saving made and better qualityfree delivery too

    hope everyone else is doing well
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    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 12th May 11, 3:28 PM
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    I had to go into town today to post some ebay parcels, so I got a couple of bits that I needed, not too much as I had to carry it back as still no car, so only spent 1.54 in Mr T's. This no car lark is saving me a fortune, but dreading getting the bill for car repair and m.o.t! Will have to go shopping at some point over the weekend as we're getting a bit 'mother hubbardy' cupboard stores wise, lol!
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    • nessie216
    • By nessie216 12th May 11, 4:09 PM
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    i'm just trying to tot up what i spend
    approx 12- 15 a month on bedding and dry food
    today ive bought them :
    a bag of kale 1
    2 packs of green beans 1.18 for both
    romaine lettuce 1
    2 cucumbers 1.38
    4.56 and i do this twice a week
    so probably around 50 a month
    i have supplementing them with dandelions this last few weeks

    what do you feed yours?
    Originally posted by sistercas
    Just added up total for last month 50.45 on fresh food for 8 guineas & rabbit

    Normally buy spinach, kale, celery, spring greens (fantastic buy @ mr t - pack for ~ 97p but you have to cut up yourself!), cucumber if on offer, carrots, peppers, sweetcorn (normal or baby), apple, parsley if on offer, sprouts (if in season & not too many!)

    Also give them any bits of my food i won't eat e.g. broccoli stalk, little bit too ripe bananas, outer leaves of cabbages, any fruit that won't last! e.g. if i buy a punnet of grapes that i don't fancy any more (all good intentions of eating them when i buy them!)

    I try as much as possible to get the reduced veg - but making sure it isn't bad iykwim - if it doesn't look fit for human consumption they don't eat it! (DH has OCD and cuts everything up in little pieces for them! )

    Spend ~ 20 every 2/3 months on p@h nuggets (10kg)

    I scrounge off neighbours/family/work for newspapers, i get my wood shavings free from a mate from his work, hay i buy in horse size bales @ ~ 4-7 each

    Also growing my own veg for them! Whole raised bed dedicated to them!

    If you have the space, i would reccommend buying in bulk - especailly the hay - dry food not so sure as the vitamins depreciation - bedding especially - depending on what you use of course!

    P.S. nothing is cheaper than letting them be lawnmowers!

    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 12th May 11, 4:16 PM
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    my AF order arrived, i had some credits on the account and went halfs with my mum so my amount is acually only 8.01 i will update my sig once i get it all put away
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    • Billie-jo
    • By Billie-jo 12th May 11, 4:31 PM
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    Do you think I would be mean asking dd's boyfriend to pay a bit of rent
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    Not at all Pixie, lets face it where else could he stay and not have to contribute anything at all. I think it teaches them how to budget as well.
    When our now sil lived with us he paid us a little. We took into account his wages, his outgoings and also the fact that they were saving for a deposit on a house and came to an agreement that we were all fine with. It wasnt a huge amount but it certainly helped. He now says that it was something he would have never thought about himself but now they have their own house and budget etc he realises how expensive everything is.

    Spent 39.23 between Te$co and the butchers but did get enough gammon, pork and steak to last two weeks so have frozen some.
    Will need some milk at the weekend, some tomatoes and veg.
    Fish, new potatoes and salad tonight.

    Hope everyone is well and doing ok.
    Last edited by Billie-jo; 12-05-2011 at 4:53 PM.
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    • hex2
    • By hex2 12th May 11, 4:40 PM
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    A little flurry of activity in the co-op, aldi and lidl yesterday. I had to take the boys so a few none essentials crept in, but I was quite impressed that thye had the sense to suggest that 1.99 on ten ice creams would only buy two ice creams in the newsagents - they are 6 and 8 .

    Co-op has PG Tips - 160, 2 for 5. We had very nearly run out so a timely offer.

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    • sistercas
    • By sistercas 12th May 11, 4:47 PM
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    Just added up total for last month 50.45 on fresh food for 8 guineas & rabbit

    Normally buy spinach, kale, celery, spring greens (fantastic buy @ mr t - pack for ~ 97p but you have to cut up yourself!), cucumber if on offer, carrots, peppers, sweetcorn (normal or baby), apple, parsley if on offer, sprouts (if in season & not too many!)

    Also give them any bits of my food i won't eat e.g. broccoli stalk, little bit too ripe bananas, outer leaves of cabbages, any fruit that won't last! e.g. if i buy a punnet of grapes that i don't fancy any more (all good intentions of eating them when i buy them!)

    I try as much as possible to get the reduced veg - but making sure it isn't bad iykwim - if it doesn't look fit for human consumption they don't eat it! (DH has OCD and cuts everything up in little pieces for them! )

    Spend ~ 20 every 2/3 months on p@h nuggets (10kg)

    I scrounge off neighbours/family/work for newspapers, i get my wood shavings free from a mate from his work, hay i buy in horse size bales @ ~ 4-7 each

    Also growing my own veg for them! Whole raised bed dedicated to them!

    If you have the space, i would reccommend buying in bulk - especailly the hay - dry food not so sure as the vitamins depreciation - bedding especially - depending on what you use of course!

    P.S. nothing is cheaper than letting them be lawnmowers!
    Originally posted by nessie216
    my 2 love spinach but it is expensive, but they dont seem to like fruit apart from the odd grape, ive never tried them with spring greens - will try that thanks

    we do have a run for the garden so when its dry they go in there

    unfortunately we dont have any storage space

    brilliant idea them having their own raised bed lol
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