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    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.
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    • mymerrywidow
    • By mymerrywidow 20th Jun 11, 9:46 AM
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    i will join you, but i wont be buying milk as i have 12 pints in the frezzer and wont be buying bread either as i make my own. but yes it will be fun and am so looking forward to defrosting the frezzer and not have to do it quick as the food is starting to defrost.
    i wonder what is lurking at the back of those cupboards/freezer. cant wait to find out
    life is like a loo roll. the nearer the end you get, the faster it goes.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 20th Jun 11, 10:05 AM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 10:05 AM
    I will join you too, if I may,its about time I used stuff up rather than looking at it,my trouble is cant resist a bargain and keep topping up.

    I make my own bread,yogurt etc and have a few weeks worth of long life milk and cheese

    Are you starting today.
    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 20th Jun 11, 10:29 AM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 10:29 AM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 10:29 AM
    I'll join you too as I am moving in 6 weeks so need to eat up freezer contents and some cupboard stuff to save lugging it all to the new place (which is only accross the car park but involves 6 flights of stairs down and 6 flights of stairs up!!). I will only need to buy fresh fruit/veg, cheese and yogurts as I make my own bread and have lots of long life milk already. I do SW but most of itis SW friendly so should be ok!

    x
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    • mouseymousey99
    • By mouseymousey99 20th Jun 11, 12:28 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 12:28 PM
    I'm doing the same this week. We had some huge bills so I have $10 (my sterling button isn't working) to last this week. Not so bad, I bake too. The old bread so has been turned into bread & butter puds (with almonds and apricots) today I made a summer pudding & thats in the fridge for tonight. Tonight is Korma, chicken for himself & I'm veggie.
    Quite interesting to see what is lurking in the back of the cupboard and the freezer.
  • alandbailey
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    • 20th Jun 11, 1:54 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 1:54 PM
    I have one large upright freezer, one commercial sized chest freezer and one medium fridge/freezer. I cannot resist a bargain and all are crammed to overflowing. What makes things worse is that I use to buy for a family of 4 adults - now I live alone and after weightloss surgery, eat very little. I think I am buying food as a substitute for comfort eating. At least I can give my leftovers to my chickens or even cook some of the stuff just for them.
  • she who can not cook
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    • 20th Jun 11, 7:33 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 7:33 PM
    i will join you, but i wont be buying milk as i have 12 pints in the frezzer and wont be buying bread either as i make my own. but yes it will be fun and am so looking forward to defrosting the frezzer and not have to do it quick as the food is starting to defrost.
    i wonder what is lurking at the back of those cupboards/freezer. cant wait to find out
    Originally posted by mymerrywidow
    you be careful at the back of them cupbroads too much angel d
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 20th Jun 11, 7:51 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 7:51 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 7:51 PM
    I'm due to go on holiday soon and have been trying to eat everything in the greenhouse
    It's salad with everything, i'm getting quite use to lettuce on toast.
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    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 20th Jun 11, 10:10 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 10:10 PM
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    • 20th Jun 11, 10:10 PM
    May join people in this. I'm a bit of a food hoarder lol. I'm also trying to save money so will eat pasta, rice, pasta, rice lol. Potatoes go off too quickly!

    My brother's moving in with his girlfriend and being replaced by someone else so instead of sharing 2 drawers in the freezer I will only have 1! So need to condense it down. I may need to buy potatoes to go with some of the stuff though. I rarely buy bread and milk - they tend to go out of date and mouldy, so my challenge is to eat things before they go out of date!!!
    • SailorSam
    • By SailorSam 20th Jun 11, 10:20 PM
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    SailorSam
    I suppose Sharon you need to go back to the way they use to shop, you know using the local shops for just a few things at a time. What you really need is a bigger freezer
    I see what you mean now, your brother and his g/f are moving in with you, that's why you have less room. I thought at first you meant he was moving out, and in with his g/f
    Liverpool is one of the wonders of Britain,
    What it may grow to in time, I know not what.

    Daniel Defoe: 1725.
    • Sharon87
    • By Sharon87 20th Jun 11, 10:55 PM
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    Sharon87
    I suppose Sharon you need to go back to the way they use to shop, you know using the local shops for just a few things at a time. What you really need is a bigger freezer
    I see what you mean now, your brother and his g/f are moving in with you, that's why you have less room. I thought at first you meant he was moving out, and in with his g/f
    Originally posted by SailorSam
    He is moving out, we use to shop together, so we had 2 drawers between us. But somebody else will be moving in who I won't be shopping together with. So that means I will have 1 drawer, not 2. It will mean the freezer will go down more slowly though.

    I can't afford to buy a freezer just for me lol. I'm moving out in less than 3 months, so will try and find a place with 2 fridge/freezers!

    I've still got lots of cupboard space and lots in it! 8 tins of Napolina Chopped tomatoes for example (less than half price they were )

    Btw my local shop is the supermarket it's 5 minutes walk away!
  • Middy
    May join people in this. I'm a bit of a food hoarder lol. I'm also trying to save money so will eat pasta, rice, pasta, rice lol. Potatoes go off too quickly!
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    I don't eat that many potatoes myself. On the first weekend in June, I finished my bag of Jersey Royals and the bb date was 30th April. They looked as good as the day I bought them (and only cost me 30p in the reduced)
  • NKLK
    I can't wait to see your outcome whilst being on ww!
    I tried to do this in the past but have the commitment of a Swinger!
    • flutterbyuk25
    • By flutterbyuk25 21st Jun 11, 8:21 AM
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    flutterbyuk25
    I can't afford to buy a freezer just for me lol. I'm moving out in less than 3 months, so will try and find a place with 2 fridge/freezers!
    Originally posted by Sharon87
    Have you got a Freecycle/Freegle for your area? Try putting a 'want' ad on there for a freezer (if you have room to store one), there are always lots on my Freecycle.

    HTH
    * Rainbow baby boy born 9th August 2016 *

    * Slimming World follower (I breastfeed so get 6 hex's!) *
    • mymerrywidow
    • By mymerrywidow 21st Jun 11, 8:44 AM
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    mymerrywidow
    you be careful at the back of them cupbroads too much angel d
    Originally posted by she who can not cook
    the joy of raspberry angel delight!!!!


    anyway how is everyone doing?

    sunday will be the test for me. i somehow always manage to go there when they are reducing stuff to silly prices. and things just seem to fall into my basket!!!
    life is like a loo roll. the nearer the end you get, the faster it goes.
    • meg72
    • By meg72 21st Jun 11, 9:27 AM
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    meg72
    I have one large upright freezer, one commercial sized chest freezer and one medium fridge/freezer. I cannot resist a bargain and all are crammed to overflowing. What makes things worse is that I use to buy for a family of 4 adults - now I live alone and after weightloss surgery, eat very little. I think I am buying food as a substitute for comfort eating. At least I can give my leftovers to my chickens or even cook some of the stuff just for them.
    Originally posted by alandbailey
    Interesting thought that about comfort eating,I think I am doing a similar thing.

    I have managed to wean myself off a daily shop and now only go once a week but still manage to buy enough to feed a family,and stock up as though theres going to be a famine.

    I recently lost my best friend and shopping buddy .She was great
    at telling me ,No ,you dont need that, .
  • NKLK
    That's what best friend are for meg, so sorry for your loss!


    I cOuld quite easily join in with this as I'm now out of smp and have fully stocked up cupboards and freezer in preparation for this!
    ..(/(/
    =(';')= Stripper No.28
    .(")(") myfitnesspal: 38lbs lost!!
    • sb44
    • By sb44 21st Jun 11, 11:04 AM
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    sb44
    I think I am going to have to give this a go too.

    I have two small freezers, an upright and a chest and there are only three of us.

    The thing is, I call at the CoOp every day as I have to drive past it to take my daughter to school. They have reduced items every morning ie 400g packs of steak mince for 1.45, stewing steak 1.50 etc etc.

    So I am buying things every day to either eat that day or to put in the freezer and the other stuff is not getting used.

    I can't help it though, I hate losing out on a bargain!


    • AnotherMakes3
    • By AnotherMakes3 21st Jun 11, 2:37 PM
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    AnotherMakes3
    I just started doing this on Friday. My freezer is full of whoopsie mince, bread and other random bits and the cupboards are pretty full. I went on friday and bought milk, fruit and veg and cereal. I hope that will last until this week where I will do another stock take and see what is left and what we need. With 5 of us eating it I'm sure it won't last long but at least its cut around 100 in shopping for the 2 weeks I think I will have.
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    • cheerfulness4
    • By cheerfulness4 21st Jun 11, 9:33 PM
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    cheerfulness4
    I've tried to join these challenges in the past and fallen flat on my face but I'm not beaten yet so I'll give this another bash with you all.

    My freezer is bursting and I'm wanting to change my eating habits so we'll eat our way through this lot and try and save as much of my shopping allowance for my new, healthier eating plan. ie.. leaving the reduced doughnuts and pastries on MrM shelves and head for the fruit and veg.
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