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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 25th Dec 10, 1:15 AM
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    Pink.
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    • 25th Dec 10, 1:15 AM
    25th Dec 10 at 1:15 AM
    Hi Everyone,

    Welcome to the first Grocery Challenge of 2011, a new decade and a new beginning!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your December budget, then keep on posting in the December 2010 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 #3 and #4 on this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5, #6 and #7 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month and may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year! Hope it's a good one for all of us.

    Pink
    Last edited by Pink.; 29-12-2010 at 9:09 AM.
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 5th Jan 11, 10:19 PM
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    quintwins
    I'm looking for something to make to use them up, any suggestions? I've also got nearly a whole jar of cranberry sauce , that one has me stumped LOL.
    I've also got a jar of olives and a quite a lot of rosemary, any suggestions for them, I will use some for rosemary & garlic potatoes.

    I was wondering if anyone knows if you can freeze rosemary?

    These last few days have really taken me back to my childhood, I can remember my granny in the kitchen teaching me how to cook and not waste anything. I'm the granny now LOL my wee darling GD is only 4 months old.
    I'm ashamed of the stuff thats been wasted from my kitchen, I vowed last year I would change my ways, I was waiting to join this years grocery challenge this month, so glad I have , I feel it has grounded me. Thank you so much everyone.
    Originally posted by Mothership
    all i can think of is lemmon curd, or lemon sponge
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  • Mothership
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Cast-Black-Steel-Baking-Stone/dp/B0001IWYFA/ref=sr_1_2?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1294269029&sr=1-2

    this is the one she got me from amazon and its great, and she got me the little book of welsh bakestone recipes to go with it.
    Originally posted by happycrafter
    Yay! its not like the scottish griddle, it looks a better design. I ordered one, I had a few pennies saved. Thank you so much! I will wait till the planc arrives then make the welsh cakes, be sure to thank your mum from me. And tell her your spreading the word... Planc LOL!
    • pixie1
    • By pixie1 5th Jan 11, 10:21 PM
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    pixie1
    OK Im in - and i need to be as we are now down to one income so i need to budget better.

    Im in for $200 for Jan as I plan to use up everything we have in the freezer and cupboards.

    Good luck everyone and Happy New Year!

    Pix
    Debt Free At Last!
  • Mothership
    all i can think of is lemmon curd, or lemon sponge
    Originally posted by quintwins
    Great stuff! Thank you.

    I made lemon curd years ago, I think you use only the yolks, I hope there's a recipe in the list, could probably make meringues with the whites, I've got some dislocated cocoanut.
    I also found a few tins of condensed milk too, could maybe do cocoanut ice as well.
  • Mothership
    Hi you could try an mince your own meat, i remember my mum doing this many years ago in a mincer like this one

    http://www.lakeland.co.uk/meat-mincer/F/C/preparing-food/C/preparing-food-mills-grinders-mincers/product/10118
    Originally posted by Sunflower1227
    Now there's a thought, I've got a collection of antique mincers, there's an enameled one, do you think It would be safe to use? Any idea how I could sterilise it? Its in really good nick, and bolts onto the work surface. OOOh! I'm going to get it down and try it LOL. Now what could I mince...
  • LittleMissHappy
    Hi everyone

    I had my first grocery spend this year today and this is what I got

    milk x 2 - 2
    apple juice - 67p
    marg (1kg) - 2.50
    juice for lunch boxes - 1.28
    jam - 84p
    chicken slices - 3
    philly - 82p (1/2 price)
    toms (1kg) - 2
    nann (whoopsied) - 29p
    f/r eggs (9) - 1.50
    bananas - 1.34
    juice - 63p
    houmous x 2 - 1.50
    cucumber - 75p ()
    bread x 2 - 1.50
    sugar - 1.34
    crisps - 2.49
    bread (whoopsied) - 45p
    chamomile tea - 99p

    Grand total of 25.89 (I think - have had a glass of wine, though!). Also got some 50p wrapping paper, childrens xmas cards (x 5 pks) 87p for 24 and some ribbons and bows for 37p per bag full plus 342 This is not counted as a grocery spend as it will be a saving for xmas and will add it to xmas spend (when I work out the budget for next xmas )

    Have meal planned for the rest of the week so combined with what I have in already this should be enough until I do a monthly shop to be delivered next Tuesday (sharing with sister so only paying minimal amount for delivery and saves petrol, faffing etc!)

    Have already updated my signature. I know my previous spends pw have been around 100, but am doing 2010 costings tomorrow and am a bit scared of what I might find - well, we live and learn and am sorting it now which is the main thing

    Babble over, hope you are all doing well

    Happy x
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  • janie-h
    hi All

    1st grocery shop of the month/year today. 29.32 in A**i. Did very well - loads of veg and tinned goodies, fruit, cheese, marg, butter, eggs, pizzas, bread, cod, lamb and mince.

    Will update sig and see you all again soon
    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 5th Jan 11, 11:06 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Now there's a thought, I've got a collection of antique mincers, there's an enameled one, do you think It would be safe to use? Any idea how I could sterilise it? Its in really good nick, and bolts onto the work surface. OOOh! I'm going to get it down and try it LOL. Now what could I mince...
    Originally posted by Mothership
    I'd take it apart and put the bits in the cutlery basket of the dishwasher-or you could boil the bits in boiling water for 5 minutes-that will sterilize them. No reason it won't be safe to use-just ensure no rust or flaky paint-give a good clean and you are away! If things seem a bit dry you can always put a smear of cooking oil on the parts.
    you made me smile at the dislocated cocoanut-I know you mean dessicated coconut! Good luck with it all! I used to mince my meat but not done so for years-it is the best way to know what goes into your mince though!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 05-01-2011 at 11:11 PM.
    Annual Grocery budget 2018 is 1500 pa 125 calendar month 28.84 pw for 3 adults
    • kahunababy
    • By kahunababy 5th Jan 11, 11:46 PM
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    kahunababy
    Evening all, I was wondering if I could join please. I would like to work off 250 for Jan please. This is for me, my DH and my 2 DS (6&3). My month runs from 1st - 31st.

    I have tried the GC once before in Nov and came in slightly over budget but decided to wait until the new year to get cracking properly. This month has been a little topsey turvey already, I have my best friend and her 2 DS coming to visit tomorrow for 6 days so my Christmas still isnt over! I have promised myself I will get sorted and start knuckling down once they have left.

    My DH is also leaving on Sunday and will be away for 6 weeks so that should save us some pennies. I have already done a couple of shops but don't really seem to have much in. I did stock up on a lot of cleaning stuff before the VAT went up though.

    I really like the idea of doing a Jan box someone mentioned earlier (sorry can't remember the name). It got me thinking, If I could stock up a little each month between now and June on tins/packets meat/bread/milk to be frozen then I might be able to make it through June by only spending on fresh fruit & veg which would make June a shopping free month. Does this sound like a crazy idea? I don't mean to go mad, just pick up the odd bit on offer or if I get something BOGOF then put the "free" one away for the June box. Ah well, if it works then I will do it again for Jan.

    I have also started a Christmas book for 2011!!!! I have dedicated a page to each of my DS and started writing down some presents (the ones they get every year i.e PJ's, Sweets, Socks etc). I plan on buying these throughout the year and crossing them off as they are bought. I also have a page for the Christmas bits and bobs i.e wrapping paper, crackers etc. Hopefully this will mean that I won't panic buy in Nov & Dec and end up paying extortionate prices like I did last year. I must go and try to get some reduced wrapping paper sometime this weekend.

    Before I leave just wanted to say thanks for all the help & tips I have got off this thread. I am trying really hard to pay off some debts this year and give us some breathing space and the GC will really help me get underway.

    Thanks
  • Mothership
    I'd take it apart and put the bits in the cutlery basket of the dishwasher-or you could boil the bits in boiling water for 5 minutes-that will sterilize them. No reason it won't be safe to use-just ensure no rust or flaky paint-give a good clean and you are away! If things seem a bit dry you can always put a smear of cooking oil on the parts.
    you made me smile at the dislocated cocoanut-I know you mean dessicated coconut! Good luck with it all! I used to mince my meat but not done so for years-it is the best way to know what goes into your mince though!
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    Thank you! I had a look at it, I think you may be right, the others look well dodgy, one is cast iron, this one is green enamel and probably isn't as old as the others. What cut do you think would be best minced ? I've never minced meat before, though I can remember my granny doing it.
    I can see me going back to the old ways, I'm halfway there already. This thread has really brought me down to earth, and I just love all the posters they all have such lovely manners, and are so keen to help each other.

    I don't believe i actually wrote dislocated, I've always called it that LOL, but usually manage to spot it, its just as well folk here cant hear me I'm Mrs Spoonerism he he, I told my family they were having craple rumble for pudding or scunge and pustard.
    Profato titters, !!!! porn, (OOPS! pop corn) just some of the foody ones.
    My favourites has to be oudourarm deunderant, and naughtybiantics.
    I once called my best friend a busty nagger, she is too and the other way round LOL.
    Or my friend deals in shocks and stares. I once asked for a ducky lip.
    And I thanked my friends father for floovering all the !!!!!s! (OOPS!AGAIN! hoovering all the floors)
    My family and friends don't bat an eye now.
    I only know if I've said something funny if they burst out laughing.
    Oh aye and I'm married to Mr Malaprop, never a dull moment in this house LOL.
    Last edited by Mothership; 06-01-2011 at 12:22 AM. Reason: OOPS!
  • Mothership
    Is it really more expensive? I was hoping to make fresh pasta once a week instead of buying the dried stuff.
    Originally posted by bramble1
    HEEEELP! my daughter gave me a pasta machine for xmas, but there's no instructions with it, it has two roller thingys one flat and one with little blades. Also need a recipe. Can anyone help me?
  • Mothership
    OH just brought home 6 large oranges from work, he always gets them every year as a good luck present from people he works with in Israel. So I am going to make marmalade at the weekend with them.
    Originally posted by happycrafter
    Do you have a recipe? I've been up to get my mincer from the top of my kitchen cupboards and brought down the jelly pan. Never done it before, would love to have a bash, if anyone has any tips I'd love to have a go.
  • JayJay14
    Great stuff! Thank you.

    I made lemon curd years ago, I think you use only the yolks, I hope there's a recipe in the list, could probably make meringues with the whites, I've got some dislocated cocoanut.
    I also found a few tins of condensed milk too, could maybe do cocoanut ice as well.
    Originally posted by Mothership

    I usually use this -

    http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/main-ingredient/lemon/lemon-curd.html

    Cos it uses whole eggs it means you wouldn't have loads of whites to use up. I have my lemons in the freezer, all juiced and zested in little pots of four ready to use (go loads last year of Asda unwaxed ones at silly prices)
    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 6th Jan 11, 7:31 AM
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    minnie2
    will look again into the mincing idea thanx!! i gues its venturing into the scary unknown!

    well so far we are 6days in and we have a grocery no spend of 6days - got frozen left overs for lunch today at work, hubby is at home but have been reliably informed tht he has been eating the general christmas leftover snacks!

    our cupboards are looking bare - but i can whip many things up with a bit of flour and water


    defrosted mince - so tonight i shall be making chilli con carne, spag bol and savoury mince to split up and freeze for our lunches!!!
    • elf06
    • By elf06 6th Jan 11, 8:06 AM
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    elf06
    Thank you! I had a look at it, I think you may be right, the others look well dodgy, one is cast iron, this one is green enamel and probably isn't as old as the others. What cut do you think would be best minced ? I've never minced meat before, though I can remember my granny doing it.
    I can see me going back to the old ways, I'm halfway there already. This thread has really brought me down to earth, and I just love all the posters they all have such lovely manners, and are so keen to help each other.

    I don't believe i actually wrote dislocated, I've always called it that LOL, but usually manage to spot it, its just as well folk here cant hear me I'm Mrs Spoonerism he he, I told my family they were having craple rumble for pudding or scunge and pustard.
    Profato titters, !!!! porn, (OOPS! pop corn) just some of the foody ones.
    My favourites has to be oudourarm deunderant, and naughtybiantics.
    I once called my best friend a busty nagger, she is too and the other way round LOL.
    Or my friend deals in shocks and stares. I once asked for a ducky lip.
    And I thanked my friends father for floovering all the !!!!!s! (OOPS!AGAIN! hoovering all the floors)
    My family and friends don't bat an eye now.
    I only know if I've said something funny if they burst out laughing.
    Oh aye and I'm married to Mr Malaprop, never a dull moment in this house LOL.
    Originally posted by Mothership

    This made me actually laugh out loud Year ago my mum was talking about jamaica ginger cake and called it jaminja cake - this is now how it is always known. Dont bat an eyelid until someone gives me a funny look and I then have to carefully think what it should be called!! Not quite as bad as the time my friends mum went into our hardwear shop and said she was looking for durex...............the poor man didnt know where to look (she meant dulux)
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    • medsdemon
    • By medsdemon 6th Jan 11, 8:14 AM
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    medsdemon
    I'm looking for something to make to use them up, any suggestions? I've also got nearly a whole jar of cranberry sauce , that one has me stumped LOL.
    I've also got a jar of olives and a quite a lot of rosemary, any suggestions for them, I will use some for rosemary & garlic potatoes.

    I was wondering if anyone knows if you can freeze rosemary?

    These last few days have really taken me back to my childhood, I can remember my granny in the kitchen teaching me how to cook and not waste anything. I'm the granny now LOL my wee darling GD is only 4 months old.
    I'm ashamed of the stuff thats been wasted from my kitchen, I vowed last year I would change my ways, I was waiting to join this years grocery challenge this month, so glad I have , I feel it has grounded me. Thank you so much everyone.
    Originally posted by Mothership
    You could use the cranberry sauce up in toasties or pannini's with brie and bacon...my personal favourite filling. Or add it to your gravy to give it a bit more flavour when having poultry???

    Well today I need to go and buy milk, an onion and a jar of chilli powder and will try and resist other purchases as my daughter is booked in for a C&B at the hairdressers and I will include this in my budget and I know it will be 20 . Tonights dinner will be chilli con carne and rice and leftovers will be tubbed up for spare lunches for hubby over the next week. Pudding will be using up the rest of the gluten free lemon drizzle cake that was lovingly made for us by MIL. Todays lunches are leftover paella from freezer and cereal bars which were a gift.

    Hope everyone has a good day today-will update sig later after shoppping.
    Grocery challenge October: 228.28/250.00 NSD 4 ( not completed)
    Grocery challenge November : 291.65/300.00 NSD 10
    Grocery challenge December : 0/240.00 NSD
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Jan 11, 8:19 AM
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    XSpender
    Aiming for a NSD today, well I need stamps but these are out of my misc. budget not GC.

    We have had some weird dinners the last 2 nights, not what I had planned, but all out of the freezer/cupboards so no extra spends incurred.

    We are both tired today after not sleeping too well last night/getting up with DS twice so I will make a nice tea and pud for when DH gets in and have an early night.

    Not sure whatI will make for pud as I have no eggs to make a sponge pudding (DH favourite) and fancy something stodgy/comfort food. Have ice cream, chocolate, meringue nests, frozen rasps, flour, sugar, butter, milk, dried fruit. Might have to be a sundae type thing, not what I had in mind though. Any suggestions welcome

    The baby rice pudding I made for DS yesterday was inedible, followed the recipe but did not seem to have enough liquid in it to make the rice mushy IYKWIM. May have another go as I have half a pint of full fat milk left that we won't drink, we can't stand anything but skimmed.

    Can't wait for my veg box to be delivered tomorrow morning with a dozen eggs in it, managed to get 6 of these reduced due to short date. They are starting meat deliveries in my area from next week too but it's expensive. I am veggie, DH doesn't eat a great deal of meat but is fussy about what he has. Won't eat fish, gone off fresh chicken but will eat carp like PEK pork, bacon and sausages, but only good quality sausages and loves lamb which is soooo expensive for the run of the mill sm stuff. He wants to eat less meat this year so we may be able to afford to change to organic meat for the bit he does have. Eating more organic is one of my goals for 2011.
    Last edited by XSpender; 06-01-2011 at 8:24 AM.
  • rosieben
    Great stuff! Thank you.

    I made lemon curd years ago, I think you use only the yolks, I hope there's a recipe in the list, could probably make meringues with the whites, I've got some dislocated cocoanut.
    I also found a few tins of condensed milk too, could maybe do cocoanut ice as well.
    Originally posted by Mothership

    we don't have a recipe on the GC list but there is a recipe for microwave lemon curd in the Complete Jams, Chutneys and other Preserves thread
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  • kez12
    [QUOTE=medsdemon;39954190]You could use the cranberry sauce up in toasties or pannini's with brie and bacon...my personal favourite filling. Or add it to your gravy to give it a bit more flavour when having poultry???/QUOTE]


    yum yum carnberry, brie and bacon my favourite, although post christmas could be having mine in a wrap!

    Anyway quickly came on to say already had a spend after following this thread and discovering, 2xnaan breads for 57p at Mr C-O and Curry Sauces for 54p, although OH has made a curry for tonight they can go in the cupboard for next week. Thank you for whomever mentioned that
    Also whilst there they had Yoghurt Covered Fruit Flakes on offer, I was overjoyed 5xpacks for 1.00 my DD takes these in her pack lunch but is restricted to one pack a day due to cost.

    + Two loaves of bread one for now and one for freezer means i need to update my total by another 7.91
    Kez12 intends to have a frugal 2012 and bust that debt there's certainly plenty of it!
  • rosieben
    ...
    I was wondering if anyone knows if you can freeze rosemary? ...
    Originally posted by Mothership
    you can freeze most herbs, some useful comments, including this one, on the Freezer Quick Questions thread
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

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