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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 27th Sep 08, 5:14 PM
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    October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts.
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    • 27th Sep 08, 5:14 PM
    October 2008 Grocery Challenge. Please read first two posts. 27th Sep 08 at 5:14 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the tenth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

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

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

    For everyone's targets and totals for the month please read posts #3 and #4 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by Pink.; 28-09-2008 at 10:13 AM.
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    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 5th Oct 08, 6:36 PM
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    I did a corned beef and piccalilli pie yesterday that tasted delicious. Had some cabbage to go with it.
    Originally posted by bullet
    Mmm, this sounds great. I loved corned beef and piccalili How do you make it into a pie?
    You can do anything, make anything, dream anything. If you change the world, the world will change.
  • funkyfunkymonkey
    Mrs M, could you put me down for £250 for October please. Thank you.

    AMAZON SELLERS CLUB member 0077 come and join us make some space and get hold of some cash, we're on the ebay and other auctions, car boot and jumble sales board.
  • bullet
    I made a pastry by mixing together flour, suet and water and rolled it out. and lined a dish with it. Then I emptied out a tin of corned beef and half a jar of piccalilli into the dish, covered it up with more pastry and baked it.
    • rellaella
    • By rellaella 5th Oct 08, 7:29 PM
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    1st week not too bad!!!!
    Well, I have just completed my 1st week on the Grocery Challenge and don't think I did too badly! Spent £125.07 - I include everything in my budget except for clothes and birthday presents. There are 4 of us (me, hubby, 2 children aged 6 & 4). Had school trip to pay for and am still waiting to have a NSD!!!! Have been batch cooking, that feels great to know that for the sake of a couple of hours cooking we can have meals prepared for the week!!! I've been making Slimming World curries and this week plan on:
    Stir-Fry - using leftover beef from todays dinner
    Caserole - makes enough for 2 days
    Fish with tomatoes and homemade chips
    Chilli chicken noodles
    Homemade fish & chips
    Have been given a breadmaker by a friend who no longer uses it and have been making my own bread - so much easier than kneading it by hand and very tasty.
    Have been to Mr S today and only bought the things I needed to see me through the rest of the week - spent £46.27 today so heres hoping I have a better week budget wise.
    Good luck to everyone this week .
    Last edited by rellaella; 05-10-2008 at 7:35 PM.
    Weightloss 2013 = 3lb/40lb
    £2 savers club = £2
    Weekly Grocery Challenge w/c 20/1 = £101.97/£30
    Jan NSD = 2/10
    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 5th Oct 08, 7:47 PM
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    Hi angelatgraceland - thanks for posting this sausage cass in the SC - just what I was needing - new to the batch cooking scene - what is soup mix????
    and how long do you do it in the SC?

    Sweet and sour por - again thanks - will give this a go - how long for and what heat?

    sorry for the stupid questions but I am a beginner!!!!

    TF xx
    Originally posted by toottifrootti
    Hi TF,

    They aren't stupid questions! These threads may help you:

    Does anyone have a recipe for a simple sausage casserole I can make in the SC?

    Help, Soup Mix!

    • betterlife
    • By betterlife 5th Oct 08, 7:56 PM
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    hi please can you put me down for £60 per week. this is for me, oh, 4 children (between 11wks and 7yrs) and 2 cats. this is to include nappies and wipes aswell for 2. i know this doesn`t sound alot but i cook from scratch, grow some veg and my local coop which i find over priced has had good offers lately and are also allowed to reduce the whoopsie right down in the morning rather than the end of the day which is great as i pop in after dropping son to school. last week i bought 4 pks of richmonds sausages for 60p each and 4 loafs of warbertons bread for 25p each and a free range chicken for £2 which we had for roast, hm chic and veg pie then carcess made soup.also had organic eggs for 38p anyway spent this week £59.09p 91p saved lol. i also get milk vouchers £36 per month x
  • Julimk
    I did the first main shop of the month, which came in at £32.18, so not too bad. Would definitely have been less if I didn’t have DD with me, but she was reasonably good. Did include whoopsied ½ price quiche (this is a weakness of mine – but I need high calorie & high calcium diet for medical reasons! ) and whoopsied ½ price chicken breasts.

    Haven’t used many chicken breasts recently as the last two whole chickens have been well & truly vulcanised! But the last of it went into HM cream of chicken soup for lunch today. For now the chicken breasts & quiche are in the freezer (still have HM quiche in the fridge).

    I am happy with the sausage casserole I did in the SC today; I didn’t put any chilli in & just used herbs, as I was using Lincolnshire sausages, which are my favourite!

    Will make some apricot flapjacks tomorrow. Bought dried apricots for DD pack-up (after checking with her that yes she did still like them!) and then she said ‘Mum – the dried apricots were a good idea but please don’t put them in my lunch again!’ Kids!!
    • lilmisskitkat
    • By lilmisskitkat 5th Oct 08, 8:29 PM
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    Evening all

    Just posting an update on our challenge, hope no one minds but it helps me to think clearly by writing it all down here

    Havent spent anymore money so far out of the £300, just the £57 in my sig below, have got quite a lot in so i've made a list of meals around what i've got and it should keep us going for a week or two. My main problem with trying to meal plan is that i dont know too far in advance when OH will be working away so i try to plan 7-10 meals and have them in whatever order suits at the time, rather than having set meals on set days. Heres what i've got so far...

    * Lamb Hotpot and Lamb Rogan Josh (lovely grandad got us 2lb diced lamb). Will have extra to freeze for another time when i make both of these.
    * Roast chicken dinner
    * Toad in the hole
    * Sausage casserole
    * Lasagne
    * Chilli wraps
    * Corned Beef hash
    * Egg and chips
    * Pasta bake (with leftover chicken)
    * Chicken curry (leftover chicken again)
    * Rabbit stew and dumplings

    Dinners are either HM broccoli and stilton or spicy carrot and lentil soup with sandwiches, leftovers, toasties etc

    I really really need to come in under budget this month, with xmas coming and having new windows at the house we need every penny we can save so i'm hoping that getting it all down here will motivate me, well i know it will cos it did in the past lol, i just got into bad habits *slaps hand*

    Good luck all

    Kate xxx
    Last edited by lilmisskitkat; 05-10-2008 at 8:31 PM.
    Hi Blairweech

    Im sometimes like a human avalanche where shopping is concerned.. I can pop out for 1 thing then find various whoopsies and go loopy -I would do very well on supermarket sweep ..

    The freezer is packed and the one above the fridge is just the same.. so im trying to get them run down -I can't get my sausages made until I clear space for them all

    I must admit that I find it easier to stick to NSDs once i get going..the more NSDs I have the more determined I am to keep going..If i went out for 1 thing Im sure it would be the slippery slope -

    We have eaten really well so far.. In fact we have had more variety as im making an effort to use stuff up my meal plan has gone to pot -(but i don't mind as im using up lots of odds n sods ) we have had :-
    roast chicken dinners, pasta bakes, beef casserole, turkey + bubble n squeak pie, potato n onion layer etc

    My aim this month is to spend as little as possible in the hope that I will be able to put most, if not all of next months house keeping straight into the savings account -and just use the budget left from this month -

    heck thats a waffle again
    -6 -8 -3 -1.5 -2.5 -3 -1.5-3.5
    • mhe
    • By mhe 5th Oct 08, 9:08 PM
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    Put me down for £200 please for the month - did well last month and came under budget but want to start buying and putting some stuff away for Xmas so might be getting a bit harder in the next few weeks!!
    "With no money you start to discover your own inner resource" GK Chesterton
    2 adults, 3 children
  • princess leia
    Well, not spent anything over the last few days which is good, but our freezer has finally broken and the telperature has been swinging all over the weekend so I managed to offload all my meat and some fish fingers etc to my mums and we have been eating the rest.....12 chicken dippers, 15 yorkshire puds, HM chicken pies (yummy), frozen fruit.....I am so glad we have been running it down over the last few weeks and the only thing we have lost is veg and chicken stock and some value chips, veg mix so that was quite good really!
    I have had to order a new one though and I think its gonna be smaller than the one we have but we really don't have the money or space to get the one I wanted so I picked the best I could :rolleyes: So roll on wednesday when I can get some shopping in!
    Will have to pick up milk tomorrow but at least I won't get tempted by anything else as I have no where to put it!

    Mrs Mac how are you getting on with your remoska? I am so thinking about getting the grand one for Christmas as I usually get quite a few Lakeland vouchers
    Sealed pot Member target £200 - No. 151
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    £1k in 100 days so far - £235
    Snowball debt free calculator says DEC 09 - lets hope we can do it!

    • susan946
    • By susan946 5th Oct 08, 9:59 PM
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    I have been reading all the posts but haven't posted for a few days now. We've done a few shopping trips - stocked up on meat from the butcher, fruit and veg from the farm shop and PYO, and the odd quick dash to Tesco or Asda so thought it was about time to update sig. The cupboards and freezer are full so shouldn't need too much more this month.

    I don't remember who posted the recipe for home made baked beans but hubby thinks you are wonderful. He was most impressed with my efforts so thank you. I also made a batch of hash browns from the recipe book with the incredibly long name which I can never remember. They are really good but more like rosti as they use grated potato and onion. I think the recipe could be adapted by including other root veg. I'll give it a go and report back.

    A busy week this week as my son gets married next Saturday. Please will you all wish for fine weather. I rather hope that if enough people make a wish we might get some sunshine.

  • scotsaver
    Morning everyone, it's getting more like Winter every day, really hate it when it's wet but at least now we can start cooking more comforting food.

    Busy in the kitchen yesterday, HM Gingerbread and HM Scotch eggs for Lunchboxes this week and shall top them up with fruit and cubed cheese.

    Dinner last night was Roast Lamb, roast potatoes, yorkies, carrots and a roasted tray of veg consisting of Sweet Potatoes, red onions and courgette from the Garden. Shall definitely grow courgettes again next year, still got at least another 4 on there which are getting to a decent size and then I think that will be it but we've had loads from there.

    Dinner tonight will be a curry made from the remains of the Lamb and I shall throw in some veg, don't know about pudding, off to Asda later today so shall have a think.

    Have a good day everyone.
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

    • Essex-girl
    • By Essex-girl 6th Oct 08, 7:03 AM
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    Morning All

    Just about to update sig, had a bit of a nightmare at tesco on thurs - only went for 1 thing. However am pleased as our local little farm shop sells big sack of pots for £7, I actually bought the half sack for £4 but will definately buy the big one next time.

    Have actually spent loads out of this months budget, not much left but hopefully doable. We will see.
  • Galaxy863
    Well I did my first big shop for the month on Saturday. Normally once we've just been paid we go overboard and spend in the region of £110 - £125 but I only spent £64.32 so I was really pleased with myself ( we deliberately got one of the smaller trolleys so I couldn't pile too much stuff in! )

    This should hopefully last us 2 weeks ( we'll have to get bread, milk and maybe a few other bits and pieces in before the next big shop ) but I've easily got enough meal wise. I also switched a few brands from what I normally go for to save money, so far I can't really tell the difference so I might try switching more again next time.

    On target so far!
    For petrol, food & toiletries for 2 adults and 2 guinea pigs!
    October £150/£158.61 November £150/£213.52 December £250/£230.92 January £250/£204.27
  • katiejones
    Good Morning All

    Have updated my sig - i have spent so far £80.76 (leaves 169.24 until 29/10)

    But that does include 3 tubes of sweets for xmas treats and a couple of pack of special biscuits that i will hide for xmas. I tend to buy one or two things now when i do a shop in the lead up to xmas, just seems a little easier when the time gets here lol.

    Feel quite good about what i have spent so far, the cupboards and the freezer are full. Have been sticking to the meal planning - but have to change todays. We had roast pork yesterday and theres enough left over to make pork curry, good job all of us like curry lol.

    anyway thanks for listening.
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  • Winky, The House Elf
    I haven't popped in here much this month- and its a good thing! The only thing I've spent on this month so far has been milk, and in a moment of weakness the ingrediants for a full English brekkie on the way home from work!

    I was working yesterday, so I instructed the OH that we were having freezer surprize. "Whats that?" he grunted. I said look in the freezer and surprise me!

    I came home to lamb steaks (YS), marinated in garlic and rosemary, roast potatos and petit pois!YUM!

    I'm still using the bread maker daily. I need yeast so I will pop out later...

    Winky x
    Right now I'm having amnesia and deja- vu at the same time. I think I've forgotten this before
    • cw18
    • By cw18 6th Oct 08, 9:38 AM
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    ( we deliberately got one of the smaller trolleys so I couldn't pile too much stuff in! )
    Originally posted by Galaxy863
    I found that helped last year

    And this year I either carry in my arms if I've only gone in for a couple of bits (but then when the Whoopsie! section is really good with stuff I can freeze I end up juggling my way to the checkout much to the amusement of other shoppers ) -- or use a basket if I need stuff that's heavier/bulkier. It's certainly made me think twice about picking stuff up on more than one visit to Mr T........
    • meanmarie
    • By meanmarie 6th Oct 08, 9:44 AM
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    Just to say that I have spent another €15.85, bringing my month's spend to €43.24...think that DD4 might have a bill/receipt for me too as she bought stuff yesterday.

    Weight 08 February 86kg
    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 6th Oct 08, 10:07 AM
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    Week 1 has gone well - have spent £46.94 in total, i popped into Tesco for bread on thursday night and picked up 2 huge £7.99 locally produced chickens RTC £2.50 and some 2x Wiltshire thick cut deli ham 6 slices £4.99 RTC 99p

    but went in yesterday for bread, milk, fruit for pack lunches and only took £6 and spent £5.23

    Sadly my breadmaker died on Saturday so I have had to buy a new one...a lovely shiny Panasonic (YIPPEE!!) so i am planning on starting my HM bread from tomorrow onwards
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