Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    Middy
    I'm eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge
    • #1
    • 20th Jun 11, 8:58 AM
    I'm eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge 20th Jun 11 at 8:58 AM
    OK my freezer and stock cupboards are crammed full. I realise have spent a lot of money in the food in there. I want to save money by using these and only buy:
    . Milk
    . Fruit/Veg
    . Bread
    . Yoghurt
    . Breakfast cereal (only have 2 unopened packets)
    . Sandwich fillings (have one pack of ham in the freezer)

    as these things I eat virtually every day

    Until one of the following happens
    . I ran out of food
    . I have only fish fingers and cornflakes left.

    It will be a challenge as I'm on weight watchers so I have to be extra creative to keep my points down.
Page 2
  • NKLK
    Last night we had sausage (frozen) and mash (real mash) and frozen sweetcorn
    For lunch today I think we will have one of our many tins of soup!
    ..(/(/
    =(';')= Stripper No.28
    .(")(") myfitnesspal: 38lbs lost!!
    • meg72
    • By meg72 22nd Jun 11, 9:14 AM
    • 5,082 Posts
    • 46,072 Thanks
    meg72
    Last night we had sausage (frozen) and mash (real mash) and frozen sweetcorn
    For lunch today I think we will have one of our many tins of soup!
    Originally posted by Naffito
    Snap I had that too. todays dinner is one of the many portions of Chilli Concarne , stashed away lord knows when, for tommorow have taken out a whoopsied pack of stewing meat and various odds of veg.

    Been at this for three days now but cant really see a great deal of space in the freezer yet.

    Would love to know how everyone else is doing
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 22nd Jun 11, 9:24 AM
    • 16,890 Posts
    • 144,629 Thanks
    JackieO
    Well I am in for one at least as I have just under 8 weeks until my holiday and I am saving as much as I can towards it.Last night I had herby salmon and mash and green beans all from my freezer. I will have another rummage later on today to get tonights dinner. My cupboards are so full the extra has started to go into my china cupboard so I really must stay away from the shops .So far this month I have used less than half of my budget so I will have fairly good amount of spare cash going into my saving next wednesday.
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus.
    • Florenceem
    • By Florenceem 22nd Jun 11, 12:26 PM
    • 3,996 Posts
    • 52,590 Thanks
    Florenceem
    Using stock.
    Hi, I have been trying to run down my cupboards and freezers for ages.....hubby keeps bringing in more stuff! Florenceem.
    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 22nd Jun 11, 3:56 PM
    • 5,026 Posts
    • 29,397 Thanks
    quintwins
    can i join? i've acually been foing this for awhile now but i never really make an impact the problem is i tend to buy proper meat which doesn't take up that much room, but i have a huge chest freezer

    we were having pork casarole (with veg and pork from the freezer) for tea, but i found aload of bread that really needs used so were having cheesey beans on toast for tea and pork casarole tomorrow
    SEP GC 136.84/150
    • mymerrywidow
    • By mymerrywidow 22nd Jun 11, 4:13 PM
    • 4,908 Posts
    • 77,593 Thanks
    mymerrywidow
    Hi, I have been trying to run down my cupboards and freezers for ages.....hubby keeps bringing in more stuff! Florenceem.
    Originally posted by Florenceem
    i bet he blames you as well!!
    life is like a loo roll. the nearer the end you get, the faster it goes.
    • mymerrywidow
    • By mymerrywidow 22nd Jun 11, 4:14 PM
    • 4,908 Posts
    • 77,593 Thanks
    mymerrywidow
    my tea tonight was chicken fingers,packet mash and frozen veg. teenager had sausages as he think its cruel to chickens to eat their fingers!!!
    life is like a loo roll. the nearer the end you get, the faster it goes.
  • gitw
    ohh what a good idea. would love to join in too please. have lots of random, sometimes unidentifiable items in my freezer and i tend to open it up, look, close it again and go and buy something fresh. freezer is now stuffed to the gills and i'm still wasting money buying things i have probably frozen having brought 50,000 packs because it was a deal, reduced, or from the wonderful approved foods

    i also have a food buying habit - have always shared houses and had lots of friends for dinner but all that changed about a year ago but i still cant resist buying loads of food - nothing particularly junkified but i just like food and having it in my home - cheaper than shoes though!
    • Barneysmom
    • By Barneysmom 22nd Jun 11, 4:54 PM
    • 9,465 Posts
    • 24,285 Thanks
    Barneysmom
    Yep.
    We're all feeding our freezers, and even their bellies get full
    so we have to stop it, get a grip on it.
    I know we can get the whoopsies from the supermarkets, but if we're not going to eat it, all we are doing is putting that 1.50 in the freezer when it should be in the bank/holiday fund/mortgage kitty.

    I reckon we've got about 80 meals worth of meat and fish in our freezer.
    Why do we do it?
    I can't count how many packets of stuff in the cupboards, and tins galore.
    We could feed an army.
    I just today got 100 Asda delivery plus 35 Approved Foods delivery.
    And nowhere to put it all. There's only 2 of us and 2 dogs.
    I swear it's emotional...

    Are You A Failure Because You Haven't Shopped This Week?


    My pledge.

    I will not buy any more meat or fish (apart from sausage and bacon for weekend breakfast) until we have only one drawer half full left to eat.

    This is gonna be hard!
    • Lynsey
    • By Lynsey 22nd Jun 11, 5:24 PM
    • 9,257 Posts
    • 31,991 Thanks
    Lynsey
    I just today got 100 Asda delivery plus 35 Approved Foods delivery.
    And nowhere to put it all. There's only 2 of us and 2 dogs.
    I swear it's emotional...
    Originally posted by Barneysmom

    100 + 35 for 2 and 2 dogs.
    It must be emotional. lol

    We were just talking today about food shopping and we couldn't even think of when we last spent 20 even on a single shop (probaly a Lidl meat offer).
    Also guilty of having a freezer full of stuff (mainly meat) bought from either Lidl "half-price weekend offers" or reduced at silly prices from the local Sainsburys.

    I'm in with the challenge, we are trying to get one freezer empty/ish and will start over again.

    It is hard to refuse silly bargains though, sometimes you can get the basis of a full weeks worth of meals for a fiver, just need some veg etc (reduced if possible) to tie things in.

    Lynsey
    **** Sealed Pot Challenge - Member #96 ****
    No. 9 target 600 - (x21)
    No. 6 Total 740.00 - No. 7 1000.00 - No. 8 875.00 - No. 9 700.00 (target met)
    • Barneysmom
    • By Barneysmom 22nd Jun 11, 6:30 PM
    • 9,465 Posts
    • 24,285 Thanks
    Barneysmom
    That didn't include dog food or treats either, I got a month's worth last week
    • Lynsey
    • By Lynsey 22nd Jun 11, 6:33 PM
    • 9,257 Posts
    • 31,991 Thanks
    Lynsey
    That didn't include dog food or treats either, I got a month's worth last week
    Originally posted by Barneysmom
    Lol. Are you seeing anyone for this "condition".

    Lynsey
    **** Sealed Pot Challenge - Member #96 ****
    No. 9 target 600 - (x21)
    No. 6 Total 740.00 - No. 7 1000.00 - No. 8 875.00 - No. 9 700.00 (target met)
  • NKLK
    Think I'll be out first. Only gOt a little freezer. Boo!!

    Left over BBQ pasta and salad for tea! The feast of kings!!! ( or queens rather!!)
    Also going to make some jelly up tonight for snacking on tomorrow. Tis my sweet tooth thats suffering so far cause we only buy sweets as and when. Can't mass buy them else I put on a stone in a week. Same with biscuits! Aaaarrrgghh jelly here I come!!!
    ..(/(/
    =(';')= Stripper No.28
    .(")(") myfitnesspal: 38lbs lost!!
    • Lynsey
    • By Lynsey 22nd Jun 11, 7:06 PM
    • 9,257 Posts
    • 31,991 Thanks
    Lynsey
    Not too good at this!!!!!!!!

    Took out some stuff today for dinner and some for tomorrow. Wasn't too sure about tomorrow and initially took out some pork steaks and changed my mind to some cooked mince. Got some potatoes to get rid of so though we'd have mince and tatties, but silly me left out the pork steaks on top of the freezer in the garage (just noticed them) and now they've defrosted.
    Off to cook them now and I'll just make a casserole for Friday.

    Lynsey
    **** Sealed Pot Challenge - Member #96 ****
    No. 9 target 600 - (x21)
    No. 6 Total 740.00 - No. 7 1000.00 - No. 8 875.00 - No. 9 700.00 (target met)
    • Marvel1
    • By Marvel1 22nd Jun 11, 7:39 PM
    • 4,353 Posts
    • 4,909 Thanks
    Marvel1
    I do this now, it's great that way food is never wasted, I always buy essentials like eggs, milk, bread, cereal.
    • rhosynbach
    • By rhosynbach 22nd Jun 11, 8:00 PM
    • 7,591 Posts
    • 117,595 Thanks
    rhosynbach
    hi i started this a while ago but my freezer is not going down The only thing i have got is 4 packs of free rice infusions today but still had to shove it in, I think someone is sneaking stuff in my cupboards are still full from dtd but like others I am still buying things I dont need so I am not going to buy anything but milk and bread for a few weeks
    luckily we have hens for eggs and a garden full of veg and fruit so I am looking foward to saving some money
  • NKLK
    Toast for breakfast as I'm already out of milk (trip to the shops tonight, I'll try my hardest to be good!!!)
    Been proactive and got chicken out the freezer so I'll make a chicken curry for tea tonight? Plenty o onions and spices in. No cream tho so it'll be a lovely low fat one too.
    I feel a bit like I'm on the Sainsburys diet lol.

    Lunch time I do not know what I'm going to make. Maybe fish finger sandwiches. Mmmmmmm!!! Comfort food at it's best!!
    ..(/(/
    =(';')= Stripper No.28
    .(")(") myfitnesspal: 38lbs lost!!
  • NKLK
    hi i started this a while ago but my freezer is not going down The only thing i have got is 4 packs of free rice infusions today but still had to shove it in, I think someone is sneaking stuff in my cupboards are still full from dtd but like others I am still buying things I dont need so I am not going to buy anything but milk and bread for a few weeks
    luckily we have hens for eggs and a garden full of veg and fruit so I am looking foward to saving some money
    Originally posted by rhosynbach
    Wish I had chickens!!
    My crop of blueberries was looking fantastic but they seem to of shrivelled up and died this week
    Nothing like a good bit of homegrown to keep you out the supermarkets!
    ..(/(/
    =(';')= Stripper No.28
    .(")(") myfitnesspal: 38lbs lost!!
    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 23rd Jun 11, 8:09 AM
    • 2,817 Posts
    • 25,336 Thanks
    cheerfulness4
    Last night we had sausage (frozen) and mash (real mash)
    Originally posted by Naffito
    Ohh now thats given me an idea for tonight. Know I have plenty of sausages lurking in the freezer and some tatties that need using up.
    A nice thick onion gravy and some veggies should make that a treat for tonight.
    • Moorhen
    • By Moorhen 23rd Jun 11, 8:33 AM
    • 950 Posts
    • 13,229 Thanks
    Moorhen
    Hi everyone,

    I tidied the freezer at the weekend and found lots of things that I had forgotten about.
    There was a huge portion of smoked haddock which I baked and OH and I have been eating for lunch with salad all week, I also discovered 4 lamb chops but there are 5 of us so I will have to wait for an evening when someone is out!

    I have also discovered tons of frozen fresh fruit, redcurrants, white currants, blackberries and raspberries. Shame it has not been crumble weather.

    I will have another hunt in the freezer this weekend to see what I can discover.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,573Posts Today

8,284Users online

Martin's Twitter