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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the eleventh Grocery Challenge of 2012 EEEEEKKKKK!!!!, Terrifying how quickly the year has flown in!

    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:
    October 2012 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 request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of 600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at 15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at 280 per month and brought it down to 240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to 260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out 20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for X off a spend of XX - if you had no NEED to spend XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy 7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 #6 #7 #8 & #9 on this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #10 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by zippychick; 22-10-2012 at 1:33 PM.
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    • Bluegreen143
    • By Bluegreen143 3rd Nov 12, 5:53 PM
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    No grocery spends today, OH bought some extra virgin olive oil and laundry liquid but it's still his week so he paid. Feel slightly guilty as they were on my shopping list for tomorrow - but he needed them tonight, well certainly the olive oil, and he wanted to do a load of laundry. Oh well, my week is certainly going to be cheap as there is SO MUCH food left. I'm hoping this will start to cure him of overbuying because it was the same last month!

    Done my very small shopping list for tomorrow, which I will post up so you can judge me if I don't stick to it :

    Fruit & veg shop
    Salad x2
    Corn on the cob
    Cucumber half
    Red pepper

    Mr M
    Vanilla extract
    Coke x4
    Crisps multipack
    Tinned tuna x4
    Tin of soup/pot noodle for OH
    Strong brown flour
    Milk 4 pints
    Shower gel

    See what I mean about a small list! Hopefully I stick to it
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    • cattysmum
    • By cattysmum 3rd Nov 12, 7:19 PM
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    Evening all can I please put down a budget of 200 for november of which I have already spent 26 Im on holiday this month but am still going to use my budget on bulk staples stuff as it comes on offer and going to get some xmas food too.
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    • GreenFairy
    • By GreenFairy 3rd Nov 12, 7:53 PM
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    First trip to the shops this month. Spent €28, mostly on dairy products but got a huge amount of cheese on YS - fancy stuff that's only ripe by the time it's getting chucked out. Well chuffed
    Resisted buying more bottles of sauces on special as am still working through the huge number in the fridge. Have promised DH that will make lemon curd again when the half jars of jam are finished up.
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  • CompBunny
    Reporting 3.80 spend. We had Mum over as she was coming with OH and I to our village fireworks display, so bought some shop pizza and coleslaw to make an evening of it The display was really good, its our first year living here and we're definitely going again next year. Cheaper tickets, closer, much less hassle and just as good/long as the nearest big town one!

    Hope everyone has had a lovely evening enjoying your own fireworks, and that we have all managed to stay wrapped up warm!

    Our first big shop of November is tomorrow, and need quite a lot so have a feeling it will be an expensive one. We shall see
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 4th Nov 12, 6:37 AM
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    A..Ha, finally managed some NSDs. Had to do a very quick shop mid-week to get some bread rolls, milk, shallots and cinnamon, also managed to pick up a 500g slab of reduced butter which I will freeze in smaller portions that should keep me going for a while. So a spend of 5.27 to declare.

    Ive almost run out of greek yoghurt and bread is finished but I can make do with porridge or eggs for breakfast and Im sure there are some pitta breads lurking in the back of the freezer so hoping to last out till Wednesday before going shopping again.
    • mossy
    • By mossy 4th Nov 12, 8:22 AM
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    Went a little off track during the holidays but am hoping to make it to the 19th in budget without spending lots of next months budget towards the end!! Expensive month next month as a lot of Christmas preparations will be included in it so must be disciplined and not overspend this month!!

    Haven't had a chance to catch up yet, hope everyone is well and enjoyed the half term (if it was there for them to enjoy!).
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    • Kitchenbunny
    • By Kitchenbunny 4th Nov 12, 8:46 AM
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    Catching up with the thread now as have only had fleeting chances through the week. Luckily though, I've made no other spends so the total remains the same. So, status update for Kitchenbunny:

    Mealplan is made:
    Sun - Toad in the Hole with Beans
    Mon - Black Bean Chicken with Noodles
    Tues - Chilli con Carne with Sauteed Potatoes
    Weds - TBC
    Thurs - Chilli con Carne Toasted Sandwiches
    Fri - Ribs & Chips
    Sat - TBC
    Sun - Chicken & Bacon Pie with Mash & Veggies

    The shopping list is made and very little else is required this week - happy bunny indeed. I'm now planning to do some baking either for Christmas or just to "have in for just in case" so will use the oven when it goes on next (tonight).

    Have a lovely week, everyone, and hopefully I can post a bit more in the week!

    KB xx

    • gien
    • By gien 4th Nov 12, 9:28 AM
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    Had a very spendy Saturday - sent OH off to get some wine and beer as we had a group of people coming round and hedecided to take advantage if a few specials and spent 121! So upto 351 spent now for the month. Fortunately we have most of the wine and beer left so we should be OK for a while for drinks.
    Trying to keep in budget.

    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Nov 12, 9:44 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Loving the mealplan Kitchenbunny. So I thought I would copy and post ours. Our mealplan for this week is:

    Sun - Slow roast belly of pork with roast potatoes, shallots, squash and carrots, with steamed broccoli, apple sauce and gravy
    Mon - cold pork with jacket potato, salad and pickles
    Tues - fettucine with bolognaise
    Wed - cauliflower cheese with Jacket Potatoes
    Thur - chicken jalfrezi with butternut squash and onion side dish and steamed pilau rice (for 3 - DS coming for dins)
    Fri - oven-baked pork sausages with crushed new potatoes, runner beans, steamed carrots and onion gravy
    Sat - not sure yet - if it's cold either oxtail stew or chilli and if it's not, maybe baked trout with steamed veg might swap Fri and Sat


    Puddings will mostly be the reduced yogurts I indulged in at Azbos (extra special range)
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    • armchairexpert
    • By armchairexpert 4th Nov 12, 10:20 AM
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    Thank you for the lovely welcome, MrsCD. I promise I have very carefully read the first page (and every page!) of this thread, but I still have a question. Does Saturday's family outing, which has its own budget line but involved buying lunch for four people at $25, count towards the GC?

    If not, I am doing Excellently Well, with a weekly shop of a mere $89. Otherwise it's $114, which is still not bad, and I think I can get away with another minimal shop next week. We already had a lot of meat in, but usually I end up spending more at the supermarket and grocer's even without the butcher stop, so I am considering this a win. I could do much better but my OH is quick to feel deprived if we don't have a few luxuries in, like (supermarket brand) sparkling water and some tins of soup to grab on the days we haven't got time to have lunch.

    Today was not only a NSD but we went to a colleague's party which ran from early afternoon through the evening, so we ate nibbles and things instead of lunch, and stayed for pizza and barbecue chicken instead of dinner. So that's a day's saving on my meal planning as well!
    • fedupandskint
    • By fedupandskint 4th Nov 12, 10:27 AM
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    Meal plan for me is
    Sun - leftover veggie curry then either a micro choc/golden syrup pud or spotted !!!! with custard (recipe from front page)
    Mon - batch bake chilli with veg and rice and leftover pud and custard
    Tues - pasta and tom sauce and veg and chocolate mousse
    Wed and Thurs - some kind of potato topped pie from the depths of the fridge and freezer and banana and custard
    Fri - fish curry and rice and chocolate mousse

    Going for a nsd today and also trying really hard to not buy any food this next week and eat up what I have in
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    • PurpleJay
    • By PurpleJay 4th Nov 12, 10:33 AM
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    Yesterday I went to Morrisons to do our main shop. I had a voucher for 10 off 50 and if you spent 60 you got 15p off a lt of fuel

    It came to 59.53 (after the voucher so got my fuel voucher) and then we have bread x3 and newspaper from our local papershop which was just over 5.44.

    Current total 65/300.
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    • theatregirl4
    • By theatregirl4 4th Nov 12, 10:57 AM
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    Thank you for the lovely welcome, MrsCD. I promise I have very carefully read the first page (and every page!) of this thread, but I still have a question. Does Saturday's family outing, which has its own budget line but involved buying lunch for four people at $25, count towards the GC?
    Originally posted by armchairexpert
    Up to you.

    I include all meals out in my budget personally, but some people choose not to.

  • Taranaman
    Just added up my little spends. 27.74.

    No big shop yet this month. Store cupboard and freezer still ok for around three more meals easily and another three using creativity and ingenuity (what OH calls my Vicar of Dibley creations - like the old lady used to make). Will probably do a big shop before day three for the sake of my marriage!

    armchairexpert - I'm one of those who doesn't count eating out but like you relatively new to this challenge so may change my rules at some point as I get better at budgeting and meal planning. As long as you're happy with your own rules it really doesn't matter as it's not a competition but a challenge.
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    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 4th Nov 12, 11:49 AM
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    Suffolk lass
    Thank you for the lovely welcome, MrsCD. I promise I have very carefully read the first page (and every page!) of this thread, but I still have a question. Does Saturday's family outing, which has its own budget line but involved buying lunch for four people at $25, count towards the GC?
    Originally posted by armchairexpert
    It is your choice - it depends on how totally you are tracking your monthly spending and whether you have it covered elsewhere - I have a separate allowance for going out but if you don't (and you are tracking every cent) you should probably include it.

    I forgot (to be honest) to allow anything for going out when I started (we are particularly sad but we still go out sometimes!) but because it is such a disproportionate amount for one evening I prefer to keep it separate. As I say, it is up to you .

    Best of luck
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 4th Nov 12, 1:12 PM
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    Big GC Update from LC!
    Hi everyone!

    I have read all the posts which has taken me over an hour as I was very behind due to a Loooooong working week! As I went through there were loads of posts I thought I'd comment on but have now forgotten them all, so not being rude, just unorganised... soz!

    Okay, firstly, Coxy can you please up my budget to 110? I got paid a bit more than I'd budgeted for, and think the GC is the best thing to put it into at the minute.

    I'm definitely right when I've identified that my biggest challenge over recent months has been the following:
    1. Storage - lack of fridge and freezer space in this shared house means cannot do my amazing batch
    2. Time - nearly 3 months into the new job and I am spending more and more time there - meaning I get home late and I'm tired - both triggers for buying convenience food and wasting money.
    3. Weight - Point 2 also means that my weight is spiralling out of control, NOT GOOD!
    4. Kitchen time in shared house - with 8 people in this house, kitchen time is a premium - unless I get in there before 6 on a weekday then I can pretty much write off any decent cooking time. I can't remember the last time I was home before 6 - usually more like half 7, peak time in our kitchen.

    So, to strike a reasonable balance I've decided the following -
    a. Buy pre-prepared raw ingredients to save on time taken on preparation (I have found a GREAT range in Sainsbobs frozen, including garlic, chilli, herbs, finely chopped veg etc) - all on 2 for 2.50.
    b. Each meal I make must have a minimum of 2 portions.
    c. There will be repetitive meals as I will need to store batch cooked items in the fridge as my freezer drawer is bursting at the seams
    d. I MUST meal plan properly - I have been failing to do this

    I think that by preparing simpler meals in a couple of portions that I can nuke when required will be a great help. I have been failing on this by planning too complex meals which I have neither time nor inclination for. Also by the opposite - over simplifying so there is no excitement in food so I don't "fancy" whatever I've made and get something expensive and pre-prepared instead.

    First example was last night - it was about half 8 and I wanted dinner but had nothing prepared. Saturday in my head is a treat day, so nearly gave in and got posh ready meal or takeaway. Then kicked myself and made the following, based on Gingham Ribbons Sausage Casserole:

    In wok, heated a tbsp oil. Added a couple of handfuls of Sainsbobs frozen finely chopped veg (onion, celery and carrot). Nuked a couple of frozen Linda M sausages for a minute, then chopped and added to veg. Sauteed for 5 mins.
    Meanwhile, had 2 Ald! part baked rolls (39p for 4) in the oven. Made a mix of 4 cubes of Sainsbobs frozen crushed garlic, about 1 tbsp of Sainsbobs frozen chopped parsley, and 3 tbsps of sunflower spread.
    Got the rolls out of the oven, cut in half and spread with garlic mixture. Put back in oven.
    Back to pan with sausage and veg in, added 1 tin chopped toms, 1 veg 0x0 cube, 1 tbsp Sainsbobs frozen chopped parsley, 1 cube Sainsbobs frozen crushed garlic and stirred and brought to gentle simmer.
    Ten minutes later, retrieve rolls from oven and put on plate, serve sausage mix and hey presto
    Sausage casserole with HM garlic bread in under 20 minutes.

    No prep, no fuss, delicious and healthy (except the garlic bread but that was the Saturday treat!) and not too expensive.

    So that was my "testbed" if you like and it has more than proved to me that this is my (temporary while in this house) way forward, because it was much tastier than anything in the shops, and so easy.

    I'm going to average my grocery budget at about 100 - 120 a month for the next few months, to incorporate the marginally more expensive pre-prepared elements. The couple of months I haven't been here, I been spending over 200 due to all the takeaways/ready meals so it is actually better, though not up to my old standards. I think it's a suitable sacrifice for me though, as I need to be making more of my own food, for health and for budget.

    Sorry for the long post...

    LC x

    PS - Today I had a treat from my pocket money, which was a gingerbread muffin from c0sta c0ff33. It was DELICIOUS! Had a gooey middle and the cutest little sugar gingerbread man on top! Does anyone have any idea how to make something like this at home (that isn't insanely complicated!)... it was so different and so good, I'd like to try!
    Last edited by elsiepac; 04-11-2012 at 2:45 PM.
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  • mummybearx
    Spent 10 odds at MrT's last night. Managed to get two bags of potatoes for 10p each, and two bags of a bean onion and carrot mix for 10p each.

    Using one of the bean mix bags with some reduced sausages from the freezer to make a casserole today, along with the reduced potatoes and frozen peas it's costing about 70p for 4 portions

    Got a pot of lentil soup on the hob using some lanky carrots and a not so good leek I found in the bottom of the fridge. That's my lunch at work til Wednesday sorted

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  • HappyTorty
    Just a quick question...
    Can you freeze Tuna pasta Bake? This is something we always end up wasting for some reason or another, and was thinking I'd ask to make sure first
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    • tatabubbly
    • By tatabubbly 4th Nov 12, 1:26 PM
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    Did my main shop for this week, however as I'm on Slimming worldies, I'll probably need more fruit and veg by the end of the week.. Had a spend today of €27.12 and I need to grab the veggies on offer in Ald**s and Tescabugs in the next few days.. Hopefully this will give me a few NSD during the week.. I'm off to update my siggie and hopefully earn some swagbucks online!!
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    • theatregirl4
    • By theatregirl4 4th Nov 12, 1:36 PM
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    Just a quick question...
    Can you freeze Tuna pasta Bake? This is something we always end up wasting for some reason or another, and was thinking I'd ask to make sure first
    Originally posted by HappyTorty
    I'm sure you can freeze the pasta bake element as pasta and lasagna dishes I get from the supermarket freeze and defrost very well.
    Not sure if you can freeze tuna however...

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