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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 26th May 11, 10:29 PM
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    June 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 26th May 11, 10:29 PM
    June 2011 Grocery Challenge 26th May 11 at 10:29 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the sixth Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    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 2011 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.

    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

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

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #5, #6, #7 and #8 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by Pink.; 29-05-2011 at 8:18 PM.
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    • SilverBird
    • By SilverBird 1st Jul 11, 7:04 AM
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    I'm declaring a total of 237.04 for June.
    #Life isn't about waiting for the storms to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain #We must be willing to let go of the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us #If you focus on what you have left behind, you will never see what lies ahead - Gusteau/Ratatouille
    GC 2018: 2,104.01/2,160 total spend
    • never too old
    • By never too old 1st Jul 11, 10:50 AM
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    never too old

    im declaring at 240,
    taken advantage of all hot deals, glitches so my total is low again this month,
    2019 in 2019 challenge no 18
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    1711.95 / 2019
  • espresso21
    Aaah! I was doing so well and was set to come in under budget but then spent 13 at Morrisons yesterday. It's not so bad as it has made extra meals for the freezer for next month but I'm still annoyed! Oh well...
    • Aril
    • By Aril 1st Jul 11, 2:36 PM
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    Phew made it Am declaring 235.77
    Aiming for a life of elegant frugality wearing a new-to-me silk shirt rather than one of hair!

    Not Buying It 2016
  • Tracey.32
    Not been about much this last week or so, but my month ended on 28th so declaring please at 134.15 for June

    That's 14.15 over budget but lots less than I used to spend.

    Need to catch up with the July thread now!
    Last edited by Tracey.32; 01-07-2011 at 8:44 PM. Reason: One of us is stupid ... it's either me or the keyboard!
    Grocery challenge: Jun134.15/120; Jul 60.90/120
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 2nd Jul 11, 6:57 AM
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    Declaring 177.12 for June. I think I will stick to the same budget for July....
    July grocery challenge 152.03/300
    • franby64
    • By franby64 2nd Jul 11, 11:54 AM
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    Declaring at 546.89 for June, stacks over!! ,, and a few .
    Well done to everybody for June and see you over in July where I will have another go!
    Starting weight on 22/6 14st 00lbs. Weight on 15/2 10st 11lbs. Lost 3st 3lbs.Target 9st 12lbs. 13lbs left.
    • Spiggle
    • By Spiggle 4th Jul 11, 6:44 PM
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    Hi all,

    I was MIA but did keep the receipts and reasonably up to date with logging them - well in spurts really. Anyway, declaring at 180.71 for June so very pleased.
    Mortgage Free October 2013
    • Gintotmelinda
    • By Gintotmelinda 4th Jul 11, 6:49 PM
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    Can you put me down for 400 in June please? Declaring 435.07.


    "It's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world"
  • Pee
    Moneysav3r, could you give your recipe for salmon pasta with the smoked slamon trimmings? I got some today, because they were so cheap and had so far only thought about putting them in a prawn cocktail. (I had this as a starter on a meal out and it was yummy.)

    I'd also like any other ideas for using them, especially lower calorie ones. I do a lovely single cream and smoked salmon sauce, but again, that's very high in fat.

    I've done a smoked salmon and broccoli frittata before. I add a spoonful of quark because slimming world recommend it but I use that whenever I have it because it makes it so light and fluffy.
    • Sue14
    • By Sue14 5th Jul 11, 10:08 PM
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    Declaring at 119.36 for June, very pleased!
    Weight loss challenge 3/10lbs
    Total weight loss 21lbs

    • prophecy_grrl
    • By prophecy_grrl 7th Jul 11, 10:32 AM
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    Sorry for the delay - I'm declaring at 104.10 for June, with GC for July as 160
    *** PROPHECY_GRRL***
    *** DEBT FREE AS OF 17/10/11 - I DID IT!!! ***
  • struggling but positive
    Well just to update you all. I did a big grocery shop the first week last week for July and made the majority of meals in advance which worked really well. I even have some meals still left in the freezer which is a bonus.
    I am really enjoying making my won bread which seems to be so much tastier.

    Into week two. Fingers crossed I dont go over budget!!
    Though no one can go back and make a new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending
    LBM: May'11/ DFD Oct 2016/ July GC 87/150
    DFW No.1397 : Proud to be dealing with my debts
  • money saving hedgehog
    And heres a recipe for a healthy prawn and chickpea curry.
    1 finely chopped onion
    2 tablespoons curry paste
    150 ml coconut milk
    150 mls vegetable stock
    1 tin chickpeas drained and rinsed.
    225g frozen prawns thawed
    coriander or spinach
    juice of half a lime

    In a pan heat a tablespoon of oil, add onion and fry gently for 5 minutes.
    Add the curry paste and fry for another minute
    Stir in the coconut milk, stock and chick peas and simmer for about 10 mins
    Stir in the prawns and simmer for about two minutes, add the coriander and/or spinach and the lime juice and heat through. Season to taste.

    It is very tasty and quick and easy to make, serve with rice, nan bread or on a baked potato.
    Originally posted by JIL
    Does anybody know how many this recipe serves. Thanks
    2015 in 2015 (Although actual goal is 10 a day)
  • rosieben
    Does anybody know how many this recipe serves. Thanks
    Originally posted by money saving hedgehog
    Hi msh, JIL is on the January thread, why don't you post your question there
    ... don't throw the string away. You always need string!

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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 4th Oct 13, 9:49 AM
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    Seductive Smile - This is a really nice mince meal :-

    Chilli-Lime Meatballs


    240g Teriyaki Sauce
    2 Tbsp Lime Juice
    2 Tsp Curry Paste (either Thai Red or Any Patak's type)


    500g Mince of your choice
    25g breadcrumbs or porridge oats
    1 egg
    1 clove garlic
    2 tsp fresh ginger (optional)
    1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 tsp Curry Paste of your choice
    1-2 Spring Onions thinly sliced

    Combine Mince, breadcrumbs (or oats), egg, garlic, cayenne, ginger (if using) and curry paste. Mix Well. Make about 40 Meatballs. You can then either Pan fry (for about 10 - 15 mins) or Oven cook (about 20 - 30 mins) on an oiled tray at about 180.

    Pour sauce into a microwaveable jug, add lime juice and curry paste and mix. Heat in Microwave.

    I usually serve this on a bed of spaghetti with meatballs and sauce on top and then sprinkled with spring onions. Also nice with a salad.

    The meatballs freeze well. I usually mix everything but the curry paste and spices and make some plain for the kids, then add the curry paste for OH and I.
    Originally posted by TheThriftyScrumpers
    Not sure if you still frequent the forums, but wondered if you think this would work with Quorn mince as it sounds delicious!?
    GC 2017 3,434.09 GC 2018 2,250.95 GC 2019 Jan 268.24/200 Feb 158.01/200 Mar 220.05/200 April (moving) May (adjusting 270.73), Jun 291.01/280 Jul /300
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