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    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 27th Jul 08, 1:12 PM
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    August 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:12 PM
    August 2008 Grocery Challenge 27th Jul 08 at 1:12 PM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the eighth Grocery Challenge of 2008.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your July budget, then keep on posting in the July 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!


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Galtizz
    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.



    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Penny x
    Sheep, pigs, hens and bees on our Teesdale smallholding
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 27th Jul 08, 1:14 PM
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    • #2
    • 27th Jul 08, 1:14 PM
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    *BigBird* £350 £434.42
    *Mari * £195 £124
    4moneysaver £100 £82.57
    Ailz95 £150
    Airedaleterrier £300
    Alexelisey £200 £222.33
    Almar £450 £490
    Alphie25 £250
    Always_skint £200
    Andan £120
    Andrinaperry £350
    Angelatgraceland £350 £374.24
    AngelNikki £300 £241.55
    Angelraesunshine £200 £194.35
    Angchris £100
    AnitaJ73 £250
    Anna-Spanna £250 £247
    Annaangeluk £120
    Annelouise €365 €298.35
    Annie123 £300 £296
    Annifranakapan £300
    Anzac Biscuit £140 £127.06
    Arabellamilla £200
    Aril £180 £185.44
    BabyMother £300 £230
    Bails £100 £98.58
    Barneysmom £180 £176.55
    Beemuzed £230
    belfastgirl23 £150 £205.43
    Betterlife £300
    BigMummaF £350 £280.34
    Blairweech £100
    Blondie Bear £400 £397.27
    boredofbeingathome £150 £140
    Bowski_1011 £150
    Bree £500
    Brighton Belle £200 £199.88
    Brummiebabe £300 £358.92
    Bumblebeeandboy £120
    Bunzee £45
    CalleyW £100
    Cammumof3 £200 £170.25
    Carolt2 £170 £162.47
    Cashwise £120
    Catnap53 £200 £305.49
    Cheapskate £400 £500
    Cheletastic £160
    Chell £300 £191.12
    Cherrie1122 £250 £235.90
    CherryBlossom £200 £237.75
    Ches £200
    Chocolate teddy £280 £280
    Chriscroz £400
    Cleosmum £210 £165.02
    Coco2972 £220
    Cookinmummy £240 £212.47
    Coolmum66 £250 £228.05
    Craftingqueen £450 £462.19
    Crazyaboutsaving £185
    Cruiksl £350
    Dazzle21 £225 £259.56
    DdraigGoch £180 £193
    Debz66 £60 £116.47
    Denisefowler £300 £302.81
    Diane239 £200
    Dink1 £160 £170
    EagerLearner £120 £104.27
    Egon £150 £169.96
    el-o-l-a-lola £70
    Enlli £135
    Essex-Girl £300
    Ewingoil £180
    Fayjmck £200
    FedupNow £121.85
    Feline Fantastic £220
    Fertyskids £400 £369.03
    Fi27 £350
    Findingmyfeet £420 £366.39
    Fizzel81 £200 £187.68
    Floxxie £250
    Fluffysox £150 £122.07
    Frankerooney £180
    Frugalswan £160 £165.32
    funkyfunkymonkey £150 £159.78
    Gailey £200
    Galacticgreen £200 £195.72
    Galadriel £150
    Get me debt free £100
    Getting-Sorted-Sarah £200
    Gillaman £135 £114.51
    Gillian576 £400
    Girl least likely to £200 £207.53
    Greent £500 £487.24
    Gunsandbanjos £175 £173.55
    Halia £150
    Hamish222 £200
    Heatherbelle £200
    Helenm2008 £200 £213.72
    Herbaholic £300
    Herewegoagain £100 £85.16
    Huxley £220 £202.81
    Ifonlyitwaseasier £75
    Isthatreduced £140
    jackiegibbo £180 £225.56
    Jackk £200 £233.34
    Jacks xxx £350 £402.06
    JayJay14 £220 £223.94
    Jaycee1972 £150
    Jediteacher £250
    Jinky67 £200 £195.98
    Jjef £385
    Jo_jo70 £100
    Jumps £170 £172.24
    KAAT_LADY £200
    Kalojac £300
    Kaz2904 £286.85
    Kazmeister £300 £315.15
    Keeping positive £200 £216
    Kindlesgirl £350 £301.95
    KITTY £275
    kittynortheast £350 £278.20
    lady roughneck £200 £190.23
    lainz £50 £50.56
    Le Foot £300
    Lemonade_money £300
    LilacPixie £250 £307.62
    Lingojingo £160 £119.62
    Little_belle £200
    LittleMissAspie £110
    Liuhut £100
    Lizzieanne £375 £369.56
    Lucifa73 £200 over
    LulaHula £150 £192
    Lumpycustard £95 £92.15
    Madmittens £70 £68.70
    mama67 £250 £187.60
    Mandy_moo_1 £200 £184.92
    Mariel £160 £149.67
    Meanmarie €300 €300
    MERFE £200
    Mhe £200
    Millyscarlett £200 £193.12
    MissPin £100
    Mollymop5 £200
    Moniker £280 £254.03
    Mooloo £300 £247.97
    Mouche £100 £100
    Mr+Mrs T £250 £265
    Mrs.Irwin £300 £293.37
    Mrs Money Penny £200 £228.73
    MrsBartolozzi £250 £242.65
    Mrs-MoneyPenny £400
    mrssnowy £180 £162.42
    Mrsmcawber €100 €90.85
    Mudbath £25
    Mum_2_1_boy £200
    mummy gems £340
    Mumoffour77 £450
    Mumofjusttwo £200 £259.75
    NannyOgg £170 £134.97
    Naomim £220 £222.16
    Naturally £60
    natzini £125
    Nessquic80 £220 £183
    newlywed £320 over
    Newmoneysaver £130
    Nicki £80 £138.13
    Nickynoo08 £120
    Nicnacnoo £150 £149.78
    NW-Angel £250
    nykmedia £40
    Orkneystar £160 £154
    patent girl £300 £300
    Penguin83 £450
    Penny-Pincher £275
    PerryWinkle £280 £278.71
    PetitePeche £200 £440.55
    Philsmum £160 £159.33
    Pink princess £375 £354.79
    Pip-squeak £100 £93.61
    PoohBear59 £240 £221
    Poppyoscar £40 £43.36
    princess leia £250 £260
    Procrastinator £250 £199.50
    Punkrock06 €160 €250
    Queen of string £200
    Rachel021967 £650
    rachelmk £100 £100.88
    Ragz £300
    razra £80
    Rockie4 £200 £180.37
    Roxy7699 £125
    Rrutter £300
    Rubydoiwannabee £300 £338
    Ruthibe73 £200
    Russetred £340 £351.59
    Saffouri £220 £221.71
    Sashanut £225 £220.96
    Savingfortravel £250 £36.06
    Savvystudent £130 £139.80
    SAV3R £400 £398.77
    Scaredy cat £400
    Scattymam £160 £152.08
    Scenic route £120
    ScooterWife £300
    ScotSaver £161 £156.34
    Searching me £100 £115
    Shala-moo £200
    Shelovestobuystuff £200 £99.76
    Shezza £150
    Sjaypink £300
    Skintmam £150
    skintscotslass £100
    Sleepy-Lady £150
    SmellyOldSock £300
    Smetf £380 £379.69
    Sosh £260 £285.54
    Sproggi £350
    StudentGirl £320
    SueB £450
    SunnyDay £140
    SunnyDonny £225 £210.49
    susan946 £400 £339
    SuziQ £180
    Suzybloo £350
    Last edited by angelnikki; 13-09-2008 at 2:42 PM.
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 27th Jul 08, 1:15 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:15 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:15 PM

    Taffy1969 £350 £367.59
    Taplady £285 £269.89
    tattycath £220
    Teedy23 £45 £40.78
    the_cat £300 £307.40
    Tigerpants £400
    Toottifrootti £130 £113.72
    Tq16 £145 £135.08
    Triggles £200
    Turbo5019 £180 £189.26
    Wannabe sybil £400
    Welshwoofs £150
    Wendywitch £200 £215.42
    Winniepooh £350
    WitchMabel £300
    Wmf £100 £126
    Yellow Monkey £315 £312
    Zend £200
    Zekepes £325
    Zenzen £200
    zoe260373 £350
    Zoegirl $80

    Fortnightly
    Moneysavinghornette £200
    Pen_and_paper £70
    ShelBell £100


    Weekly
    Astonished £100 £99.27
    Crockpot £50
    Justamum £84.45
    Mary33 £65
    Moneysavinghornette £50
    PablosMummy £45
    Last edited by angelnikki; 03-09-2008 at 6:23 PM.
    • ifonlyitwaseasier
    • By ifonlyitwaseasier 27th Jul 08, 1:15 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:15 PM
    thank you for starting this,

    can i have 75 for my august total, it's only a part month as will be off honeymooning from the 22nd
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 27th Jul 08, 1:20 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:20 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:20 PM
    Hi everyone

    Thanks for starting the thread Penny

    I'm gonna set my budget for this month at 300 which will be 75/Week. My month doesnt start until wednesday though, and I still have one MrT delivery left for July.

    Good luck everyone and welcome all newbies

    Nikki x
    • sproggi
    • By sproggi 27th Jul 08, 1:31 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:31 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:31 PM
    Can I sneak back in here this month, it must be a year since I fell off the wagon and my food bills have escalated to scary levels

    I will set a target of 350 for 2 adults, 2 teenagers, 2 children, 3 cats & 1 dog

    It seems quite high, but I have DD1 & DD2's birthdays and the hoards of people that need feeding on those days

    Sproggi
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    • craftingqueen
    • By craftingqueen 27th Jul 08, 1:33 PM
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    • #7
    • 27th Jul 08, 1:33 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:33 PM
    Hi,
    Can you put me down for £450 for August, as it will be a five week month for us so have put an extra £50 for the extra week ,compared to July budget this is for 2 adults,2 teenagers,3 children and 1 dog. Will declare my July figure tomorrow when shopping is delivered.

    CQ
    Last edited by craftingqueen; 27-07-2008 at 1:35 PM.
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    • razra
    • By razra 27th Jul 08, 1:54 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:54 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 1:54 PM
    Please can you put me down for 80, still need to tally up last months spends as with being away for a family wedding and being poorly I kinda lost track

    As always this is for everything and its still only me to feed, just been and done an online shop which will prob come in around 50, which goes to show how much food has risen, I used to struggle to get the total upto 50 to get free delivery now I seem to get there really easily:rolleyes:

    Good luck everyone
    June Grocery Challenge 270.80/250July Grocery Challenge 0/300
    • carolt2
    • By carolt2 27th Jul 08, 2:01 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 2:01 PM
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    • 27th Jul 08, 2:01 PM
    Afternoon everyone, just logged on to catch up on july's thread and noticed this was up and running.

    Angelnikki, could you please put us down for 170 for this month.

    This is to last from 1/08/08 to 31/08/08.
    To include all food,cleaning things and pet food etc.

    Thanks for all your work keeping the totals Angelnikki.
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    • *BigBird*
    • By *BigBird* 27th Jul 08, 2:04 PM
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    Happy new thread everyone

    Spent just over 100 in Mr T this morning But my cupboards and freezers are now stuffed. I also liberated the cupboard in the "utility area" in the garage - shifted out all the pots with dregs of dried up paint in them, and it is now my storage area for bulk buys.

    Made a big pot of carrot and coriander soup for lunch, just waiting for the remainder to cool down now so I can freeze it. And whilst I wait, I'm off to sit in the garden with my book - gotta make the most of the nice weather whilst its here. Housework can wait til tomorrow, when it's supposed to be chucking it down Let's face it, the dust ain't going nowhere!
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  • fizzel81
    Afternoon everyone, wow august already! well since june and july were very low spend months for me ive run down so much that i dont have much in now

    so august will be 200 for me budget wise, this will also include the fact its the holidays and anything we have when out and about will be included

    this budget is for me and 3 children, and also includes bbq food for sons birthday next weekend (2nd aug)
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    • teedy23
    • By teedy23 27th Jul 08, 2:10 PM
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    Hi all, good work people for getting all this done. I have just taken delivery of a 2 1/2lb trout, as it,s just me I,ll have to think of something different to do with it, or I,ll get bored and it will go to waste. I will be eating it with my home grown spuds, and having it cold with a salad, home grown again but what to do with the rest? Some will go in the freezer of course. I,m going out tonight dinner and a movie , or I would be making some right now, I,m starving but saving myself for a HUGE curry, as it,s a buffet. I,m going to see the new Batman movie at the IMAX, should be good.
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 27th Jul 08, 2:18 PM
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    Thanks, have just posted on July thread but can I please put down 40 weekly for August.
    Have explained on July thread why its weekly now lol
    Thanks
    • searching_me
    • By searching_me 27th Jul 08, 2:26 PM
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    Hello and good afternoon todays been so lovely but i wouldnt know as ive spent it cleaning ahhhh well stops me spending the money i havent got just phoned my work and they told me i should get the rest of the money they owe me tomorrow although ive decided to keep my budget at 100 and see how i go .... its only for 3 weeks due to a late wage and i have a fair bit of food in the freezer so hopefully wont be to bad:rolleyes: as i say i hope ... lovelys keep me strong well here goes xxx
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  • JayJay14
    Hi Everyone - Ooooh but I love a shiny new thread

    I will be still on the July GC until Wednesday but

    Angelnickki - Please put me down for 220 for August.

    I hope to have a few days off w**k soon so I am going to have a freezer stocking session so I may ned a few pounds extra but this will help me get more organised.

    Back to the July thread I go
    • annie123
    • By annie123 27th Jul 08, 2:46 PM
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    Afternoon everyone

    Well as the sun is out and so is everyone else here which means I've got the place to myself today I'm feeling optimistic so going for £300 for august please.

    never done that before but DD is away with bf for a week so thats 1 !/2 less tummys to feed :rolleyes: It is a 5 week month for me, but the freezer is full, so if I'm going to do it it will be this month.
    That would be £200 less than last year Cant believe I used to spend that much!!!!!!!!!


    thanks for the recipe index again angelnikki and everyone who contributes, one day I will be a good enough cook to be able to post some ideas as well:rolleyes:

    Good luck everyone
  • smetf
    Thanks for sorting out targets again Angelnikki and for doing the recipe index- found it SO useful last month

    Am hoping to keep better on budget this month, planning one weekly Tesco online shop, topped up with visit to Co-op/ Aldi- mainly for fruit and milk.

    Have allowed extras for meals out and treats as it is summer hols and we are bound to have a few.

    Good luck everyone and welcome to anyone new

    Smetf

  • shezza
    Hi everyone

    July was a bit of a strange month, but came in well below my 200 limit - mainly due to the fact that I used the grocery money for other things , but we did not starve . So as a consequence could you put me down for 150 for August's GC (my month is 28 July to 27 Aug).

    Many thanks

    Shezza

    • turbo5019
    • By turbo5019 27th Jul 08, 3:03 PM
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    Good luck to everyone

    Thanks Nikki for helping Mrs M out

    Well spent this afternoon cooking so far -

    2 x weetabix brownies My fav

    50 Hobnobs

    minced beef curry enough for 10 meals

    banana and lemon drizzle cake - this didn't turn out as good as I thought. I had to put it over 2 loaf tins as I didn't have a round ti they both looked lovely when they came out of the oven and they are cooked but both have sunk like pancakes any ideas what I did wrong?
    GC 7.79/225 per month ~ wk1 7.79/ 50
  • MRSMCAWBER
    Well im a numpty

    I clicked on the grocery thread and wondered why there was only 1 page -then realised i was in August not July

    Anyway Im in for 100 this month..nothing like a challenge eh

    Got off to a good start as i made so much chicken pasta salad for lunch hubby has a big tub for his lunch tomorrow and there is still enough for my lunch tomorrow and probably the day after ...

    Concocted the parships soup with lots of broth mix in..its sooooooo thick -but that means i can portion it up and it will take up less room in the freezer -then i can let it down when i re-heat it ...just waiting for it to cool so i can portion it up... only cost 1 for the kilo of parsnips a bit of broth mix, chicken stock from the roast and should make at least 8 portions

    just tipped out the change tin...its not long since we took it to be banked but allready there is over 30 in there in 1c 2c 5c 10c 20c + 50c -nothing any bigger gets in there -well not from me anyway ..
    I told hubby that if we bank it and keep on throwing the change in we can or HE can use it for extra beer over xmas when my brother is here -so that it won't have to come out of his own money -strangely enough he liked that idea

    right i had better get of back to the x stitch ... hubby is doing poached eggs on toast for tea later ....super seedy bread for me and white for him... then i need to get the rest sliced and frozen
    have a good afternoon all
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