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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 28th Jul 18, 10:09 PM
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    June 2019 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jul 18, 10:09 PM
    June 2019 Grocery Challenge 28th Jul 18 at 10:09 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of 2019 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your May budget, then keep on posting in the May 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.
    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. Mr M 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 bread maker - 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. Obviously 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 health wise.

    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,
    Spigs
    For guidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyone's totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

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    • Scrimps
    • By Scrimps 14th Jun 19, 7:10 PM
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    I had a mid week shop at Aldi and just did my weeks ahead shop at Aldi then Tesco. I have spent an extra £8.50 on cat food. I am now £7.17 over budget already! It was always going to be ambitious but I thought I would do better than this. I have written my meal plan for the next couple of weeks and whilst on paper I should be able to do it without any more other trips to the supermarket apart from milk...I don't think that will happen really. I'm still going to keep a tight reign on things but I don't want to scrimp too much on veg for the toddler. If i can only be £15 over budget due to unplanned cat food and mop purchase I will be well happy
    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 15th Jun 19, 6:48 PM
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    Smoosh

    Could I please ask for some of your lovely sounding veggie recipes? Spring green lasagne and feta peas. Also how do you make a halloumi burger. Thank you 😊
    Pix
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    • Smoosh
    • By Smoosh 15th Jun 19, 7:44 PM
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    Smoosh

    Could I please ask for some of your lovely sounding veggie recipes? Spring green lasagne and feta peas. Also how do you make a halloumi burger. Thank you 😊
    Pix
    Xx
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    They're less fancy than they sound

    The green lasagne is a Tesco recipe - https://realfood.tesco.com/recipes/four-cheese-and-spring-vegetable-lasagne.html

    The feta peas are literally just slightly mashed peas sprinkled with feta! Not too exciting but a nice addition to liven the peas up that we hadn't thought of until we saw it in a cook book.

    We don't actually make a burger with the halloumi, we just grill it and serve it in brioche!
    • Smoosh
    • By Smoosh 15th Jun 19, 8:07 PM
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    Big shop this week, had some things to stock up on and we got there at a good time for YS bargains, so the freezer is now stuffed! Hopefully means next week should be cheaper.

    £53.32:

    2 lint rollers, goats cheese, 300g scallops (YS), 4 pints of milk, 12 babybels, pecorino, 4 yoghurts, 6 eggs, 4 cheese topped rolls, 4 tins of baked beans, dried egg noodles, huge ketchup, tomato puree, 2 sweet potato rostis, 4 fibre bars, 4 Portuguese custard tarts (YS), 4 cheese scones (YS), 6 crumpets (YS), 2 tuna steaks (YS), 2 packs of Quorn cocktail sausages (YS), chips (YS), vegetarian curry pot (YS), 1kg cherries (YS), a mango (YS), ready made mash (YS), 4 Quorn chicken burgers, bag of Quorn chicken pieces, bag of Quorn meatballs, mini potatoes (YS), 3 passion fruits (YS), basil (YS), salad leaves (YS), baby mushrooms, 1/2 a cucumber, piece of ginger, 3 bananas, green beans, bin bags, dishwasher salt, broccoli (YS), 4 litres Pepsi max, 12 bags of crisps, 1 red pepper, 2 vegetarian toad in the holes - although just looked at the receipt and released we paid for 3, not sure I can do anything about that now

    Meal plan:
    1. Caesar style chicken burgers (Quorn) for me, scallops for OH with chips
    2. Roasted red pepper and goats cheese pasta
    3. Thai chicken (Quorn) sizzle with noodles
    4. "Brinner" - fried eggs, sweet potato rostis, Quorn sausage patties and beans
    5. Toad in the hole with roast potatoes and veg
    6. Fish (Quorn for me) with chips from the fish and chip shop
    7. Pie with potatoes and veg

    Lunches will be soups and salads utilising whatever veg is leftover as well as the YS curry pot.

    For breakfasts we have fruit, yoghurt and porridge/overnight oats.

    And for snacks we have more fruit, crisps, breakfast bars, fibre bars, rice cakes, crisps, yoghurt, cheese, pistachios and jelly.

    We're planning a mango, passion fruit and banana smoothie for breakfast tomorrow with custard tarts which will hopefully be yummy!

    I may have to freeze some of the cherries - not sure I can eat 1kg in a week!

    £122.09 left - 2 weekly shops left and we will need more cat food.
    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 15th Jun 19, 11:43 PM
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    Thank you Smoosh. I get in a bit of a rut with my veggie meals! Nice to try something new. Where do you shop for all your YS bargains?

    Out of interest does anyone use a soup maker? Not sure if itís worth the investment!

    Pix
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    It's the most wonderful time of the year!
    Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica!
    I wish you were here.
    But you're not, you're there.
    And there doesn't know how lucky it is.


    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 16th Jun 19, 6:59 AM
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    Spent £58.98 altogether om Friday, £5 in £land, £4 in Wilkos, £4.88 in B&M, wanted more coffee and chicken from Tesco, £32.78 spent there, stumbled upon a trolley piled with y.s. household items, 3 viakal spray @ 38p each, 8 packs seaweed crisps @17p each, etc.
    2018 £2285/£2149
    2019 £2000=£878-£53=£825-£20=£805-£25=£780
    • Smoosh
    • By Smoosh 16th Jun 19, 8:18 AM
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    Thank you Smoosh. I get in a bit of a rut with my veggie meals! Nice to try something new. Where do you shop for all your YS bargains?

    Out of interest does anyone use a soup maker? Not sure if itís worth the investment!

    Pix
    Xx
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    Always happy to help suggest veggie meals, although I rely very heavily on Quorn products which I know aren't to everyone's taste.

    Tesco they only seem to do them to 75% off now (used to be 90%) but still good for things we would've bought anyway.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 16th Jun 19, 2:31 PM
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    Suffolk lass

    Out of interest does anyone use a soup maker? Not sure if it’s worth the investment!

    Pix
    Xx
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    No. My go-to soup uses a large saucepan, a spoon and a stick wand mixer. Quite a lot cheaper and easy to clean and store without needing more cupboards...
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 16th Jun 19, 3:41 PM
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    Thank you Smoosh. I get in a bit of a rut with my veggie meals! Nice to try something new. Where do you shop for all your YS bargains?

    Out of interest does anyone use a soup maker? Not sure if itís worth the investment!

    Pix
    Xx
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    Soupmaker residing unused in my cupboard
    2018 £2285/£2149
    2019 £2000=£878-£53=£825-£20=£805-£25=£780
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 16th Jun 19, 8:08 PM
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    Eeeek! The joint that I thought I'd have to spend £20 on, was actually £27. So I was fairly firm with myself at the market this morning and spent a mere £5 on seasonal fruit & veg. I only have one more weekend to negotiate on this month's budget, so it's not disastrous that I have less than £100 to feed 4 adults, 3 cats, 2 cockatiels & 14 chickens for half of the month; payday isn't until 28th but we'll survive until then on what's bought the weekend before.

    And the stallholder knows I have chickens... he gave me a half-rotten melon for them (chicken heaven) then asked if they like cherries. Chickens, of course, will eat almost anything, so I said yes, please. He darted behind the stall and presented me with a HUGE bag of very ripe cherries, for free! I sorted them as soon as I'd staggered home; about a quarter went straight to the chickens, and a handful to the wild birds, but the rest were perfectly edible. I've made another batch of cherry & mascarpone ice-cream & frozen a big tray of them, DD1 has made cherry vodka, and I'll make the rest into jam tomorrow. So if we run out of everything else, there are always cherries!
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    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 16th Jun 19, 10:44 PM
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    Soup Maker
    Thanks for the soup maker thoughts!

    No. My go-to soup uses a large saucepan, a spoon and a stick wand mixer. Quite a lot cheaper and easy to clean and store without needing more cupboards...
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    What is your go to soup? Any veggie recipes would be gratefully received. Iím sick of sarnies for lunch 5 days a week. I fancy some lovely homemade soup.

    Soupmaker residing unused in my cupboard
    Originally posted by pamsdish
    Ok. Iíll try the pan method first!

    Always happy to help suggest veggie meals, although I rely very heavily on Quorn products which I know aren't to everyone's taste.

    Tesco they only seem to do them to 75% off now (used to be 90%) but still good for things we would've bought anyway.
    Originally posted by Smoosh
    I love Quorn. Mr T has a good veggie range (frozen), I do try to shop in @ldi & Lid! However not a great frozen veggie selection.

    Pix
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    It's the most wonderful time of the year!
    Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica!
    I wish you were here.
    But you're not, you're there.
    And there doesn't know how lucky it is.


    • shirlgirl2004
    • By shirlgirl2004 17th Jun 19, 8:48 AM
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    Really struggling with keeping a check on spending but I feel I have got much better. Going to take one week at a time. Hoping for a spend of no more than £70 this week. Spent £47.92 in Aldi on Sunday. I did need more but shopped on the spur of the moment and didn't have many bags with me and didn't want to buy some. So £22.08 left to spend.
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 17th Jun 19, 8:54 AM
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    Recipe - made up Squash and vegetable Soup
    Thanks for the soup maker thoughts!

    What is your go to soup? Any veggie recipes would be gratefully received. I’m sick of sarnies for lunch 5 days a week. I fancy some lovely homemade soup.

    Pix
    XX
    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    OK - I sort of made this up but it is tasty! Courgettes make it creamy tasting (who knew) and are so cheap at the moment - I substitute Butternut squash in winter and bang it in a roasting dish with oil, salt and pepper first for half an hour on 190c so it is roasted and sweet - but it needs more chilli in the winter (if you are a chilli-head like me). I have probably explained a bit too much as i don't know your cooking experience level so forgive anything that is obvious to you .

    Ingredients - onions, carrots, celery (if you have it - just leave it out if you don't) - a sweet potato, if they are cheap, peeled and chopped, 2/3 courgettes (medium size), seasoning; salt, pepper, mixed herbs, and a veg stock pot/cube, and water - and my personal failing is I always add chilli flakes or tabasco or sometimes chopped ginger)

    I chop the veg first so it just goes in when I am ready for it. Try and chop the veg about the same size so it takes the same amount of time to cook. Mine is a bit smaller than a cm (it will just take a bit longer to cook through if you chop it bigger)

    Method
    Chop up two medium onions and a large (or 2 medium) carrots and put them in a large deep saucepan with a glug (probably a couple of tablespoons) of olive oil and fry them until soft but not going brown or catching (also the ginger, if it is fresh and you are using it).

    Add the chopped sweet potato and celery if you have these (I use the middle bit when I buy a head - so the leaves and yellow bits, chopped and kept in the freezer as a go-to top up) - the middle of a head or about 2-3 sticks. If I don't have these I sometimes add a couple of frozen spinach balls instead.

    At the same time I add a good pinch of salt, three or four twists of black pepper, a large pinch of mixed herbs (my mix is dried oregano, thyme, mint and basil, where I am generous with the oregano and mint). keep stirring it so it doesn't catch. Add the chopped up courgettes and then after a minute or two, add the stock pot/cube and enough water to cover the veg.

    Bring it to the boil and stir it occasionally (so nothing catches on the bottom - dig it off with a wooden spoon if it has started to catch - it is likely to be onion or sweet potato and will add a little sweetness as it caramelises) - the consistency of porridge before it thickens will tell you if you have enough water.

    Put the lid on, turn the heat down to a bare simmer and time 25 minutes. Turn the heat off after this and after maybe ten minutes to cool a bit (just so I am not spattering me and the kitchen with boiling soup) I use the stick blender on a medium speed. It is likely to be too thick at this point but I slacken it with a bit more water when I reheat it to serve and adjust the seasoning to taste.

    This lasts me a week and by not adding the water until I want to cook it, takes up less space in the fridge. I also re-boil all of it every 3-4 days to make sure it does not ferment or go bad - old recipes claim you can keep soup going indefinitely this way. I have never had a problem (after 35 years cooking) - mostly I have 3 spoons or ladles-full for lunch

    If you want to add a little variation (posh it up for visitors eg), try adding a little garlic and herb cheese crumbled in when served and even a little cream or milk if you like it extra creamy. I always put a tiny bit of flaked salt on top and another twist of pepper but I like my food quite spicy.
    Last edited by Suffolk lass; 17-06-2019 at 8:55 AM. Reason: inevitable typo!
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    • shirlgirl2004
    • By shirlgirl2004 17th Jun 19, 9:06 AM
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    Suffolk Lass that soup sounds amazing.
    • Pixie Fairydust
    • By Pixie Fairydust 17th Jun 19, 8:10 PM
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    Thank you Suffolklass

    Will give the homemade soup a whirl over the weekend when I have more time!

    Pix
    It's the most wonderful time of the year!
    Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica!
    I wish you were here.
    But you're not, you're there.
    And there doesn't know how lucky it is.


    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 17th Jun 19, 9:27 PM
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    Evening all

    Chicken food, bedding, poultry tonic and cat litter bought so another £35.00 spent.

    Total spends now £120.67.

    GMAT
    Lost my way for a while but now back on board

    Grocery challenge June £160.34/£200, May £234.30/£200
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    No buying unnecessary toiletries - UU 8
    • Suffolk lass
    • By Suffolk lass 18th Jun 19, 7:21 AM
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    Evening all

    Chicken food, bedding, poultry tonic and cat litter bought so another £35.00 spent.

    Total spends now £120.67.

    GMAT
    Originally posted by getmyacttogether2016
    I notice you have UU toiletries in your signature - I got my stash down from two crates of bibs and bobs - things like scrubby sponges for your body that I now use as bathroom cleaning cloths to remove soap-scum from the shower and wash basin. - The "I'm ever going to use that" stuff went to a local charity for young carers - they offer them a night or two respite and apparently clean clothes and toiletries are often missing from their overnight bags so all my hotel freebies and gifted toiletries went there.

    And I sent all the spare toothbrushes, trial brands of toothpastes and bars of shampoo to the Food-bank (I had maybe 15 cheap toothbrushes that were there for when my Son's friends stay over - but he has not lived here for nearly 7 years), and my Son took loads of toiletries like different shower gels and shampoos to his house.

    Anyway, there used to be a thread on here with everyone's stash listed and accounted for as they were using up - are you on there?
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    • getmyacttogether2016
    • By getmyacttogether2016 18th Jun 19, 12:59 PM
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    Anyway, there used to be a thread on here with everyone's stash listed and accounted for as they were using up - are you on there?
    Originally posted by Suffolk lass
    Thank you Suffolk lass, you have listed some good ideas on there especially for the spare toothbrushes I have as now only use my electric.

    I am on the thread and it does help me think sometimes if I really need to buy but sometimes that is not enough. If I was more consistent in my use that would be a big help.

    GMAT
    Lost my way for a while but now back on board

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    • Smoosh
    • By Smoosh 18th Jun 19, 4:30 PM
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    Smoosh
    Thanks for the soup maker thoughts!



    What is your go to soup? Any veggie recipes would be gratefully received. Iím sick of sarnies for lunch 5 days a week. I fancy some lovely homemade soup.



    Ok. Iíll try the pan method first!



    I love Quorn. Mr T has a good veggie range (frozen), I do try to shop in @ldi & Lid! However not a great frozen veggie selection.

    Pix
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    Originally posted by Pixie Fairydust
    We love Aldi and Lidl too, although we rarely shop at either of them due to the lack of frozen veggie stuff! I find if we have to go to more than one supermarket then we end up buying more stuff than we need, so we mostly just stick to Tesco now.
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