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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
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    Pink.
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
    July 2008 Grocery Challenge 28th Jun 08 at 11:44 AM
    Hello everyone,

    Welcome to the seventh Grocery Challenge of 2008.

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

    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



    I hope everyone has a great month!

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  • toottifrootti
    Hi all,
    herbaholic, I love the sound of the rose geranium face water - would you use that like a toner? And any suggestions where I would get the leaves?
    TFxx

    OOps sorry this is nothing to do with groceries !!!
    Last edited by toottifrootti; 17-07-2008 at 12:48 PM.
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  • SAV3R
    Welcome back MrsM, take care of yourself. I know I haven't been on here very long, but it is clear you have been greatly missed nad have never been far from anyones thoughts. Best Wishes to you and your family.
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 17th Jul 08, 12:31 PM
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    Love & Huggs Mrs M, we've all missed you. Hope we can help with keeping your spirits up... we're all here for you...

    Wow, your pottio seems to have gone mad while you've been away - were you still able to get out there when you came back or was it beginning to take over ? it all looks great...
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  • FelineFantastic
    Welcome back MrsMC its lovely to have you back again (purely selfish!)- Wow to your potio- look at all that lovely produce- hope you are hungry!

    ((((hugs))))

    Axx
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    • Moniker
    • By Moniker 17th Jul 08, 12:53 PM
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    Moniker
    Welcome back Mrs M - we have missed you! (Though Angelnikki has done a great job keeping us all in order!)

    I have decided to have a NBD (no baking day) as well as a NCD(no car day) and NSD today, as I excelled myself yesterday! I made from one 250g packet of mince 2 lots of cannelloni for 2, and ,after putting Sunday's chicken in the slo cooker got 2 1/2 pts of stock. I took all the edible bits of meat off the chicken, left the celery, carrot and onion, added two ladles of stock and the tomatoey juice leftover from the mince bolognese, and hey presto "poor man's (or woman's) chicken casserole" - enough for two served with lots of creamy mash. It's more like a chunky soup really, but will do us for a main meal. Stock, casserole and cannelloni all in the freezer now. Have decided to try and build up the freezer meals so that when I go back to work in September I will have plenty of quick meals to fall back on.

    I used the Waitrose discount code to order online last night and it worked fine. However, as it is ages since I shopped at Waitrose, my credit card details needed to be updated. Just as I pushed the button to save the new details I noticed that the code disappeared from the box and I couldn't go back and add it. Fortunately Waitrose have a freephone number to call for help and I got a real person (at 9pm!) who helped to put the code back on. I am using it for a delivery next Thursday as I have promised to take MIL to Sainsbury's tomorrow. I think I will use the next code for the bulk buy at the beginning of August.

    Earlier in the week I promised to post a pic of my chicken pies and palmiers but I don't want to post my url as it will reveal my details. They are jpeg images does anyone know if I can attach them to the post in any other way?

    Cheers

    Moniker
  • Herbaholic
    Hi all,
    herbaholic, I love the sound of the rose geranium face water - would you use that like a toner? And any suggestions where I would get the leaves?
    TFxx

    OOps sorry this is nothing to do with groceries !!!
    Originally posted by toottifrootti
    Yup you can use it as a toner, it smells lovely to. If you lived closer I'd give you some, not sure they'd survive in the post to scotland though! Garden centre would be a good bet, head for the geraniums (pelargoniums) and squish the leaves of the ones they call 'scented geraniums' if you get one that smells like roses then you have a rose scented geranium. You can use the leaves in cooking, lemon scented ones are good to Its very hard to find dried rose geranium leaves, if you manage it when you get them they hardly have any fragrance in them , much better to use fresh ones. Apologies to all those peeps as this isn't strictly grocery challenge as Tootti pointed out, but it could be if you were going to buy some facial toner and it came out of the grocery budget

    Welcome back Mrs M nice to see you again, your veggies look superb, all this rain has done all our veggies good, a little silver lining to the recent deluge of clouds maybe?
    Last edited by Herbaholic; 17-07-2008 at 1:13 PM.
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    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 17th Jul 08, 12:58 PM
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    Flylady_Flower
    Earlier in the week I promised to post a pic of my chicken pies and palmiers but I don't want to post my url as it will reveal my details. They are jpeg images does anyone know if I can attach them to the post in any other way?

    Cheers

    Moniker
    Originally posted by Moniker
    Hi Moniker - AngelNikki mentioned something about this before, but I have forgotten who she uses, perhaps you could post again for us Nikki?

    Also, any chance of the recipe for the canelloni? I love it but very rarely buy it, so it would be great to bake my own...
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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 17th Jul 08, 1:02 PM
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    angelatgraceland
    Welcome back Mrs M.
    Went to Tesco and got a load of shopping to save many trips as Ive been so busy lately. Got new ink cartridge there too and promptly broke my printer last night putting it in. Pushed in the forward catch before the top catch. Why do they need all this nonsense? It sits in tight enough without any catches!. Now got stock of cartridges and have to find a printer they will fit. Saverstore.com have one same as mine so I may go for that.
    Frustrated! So much for saving money ec.
    Have to tot up my totals and put them on my sig today to keep me going.
    Just making a big shepherds pie. Using half bag of minced lamb from Tesco and some soya-prob some oats as well.
    Loads of spuds so I have the chore of peeling them a little later.
    Hubby wont eat mince in any guise so he is having a chicken breast(Tesco frozen)wraped in bacon(offcuts). Got a free cabbage so thats good too.
    Couldnt believe the price of the value battery eggs! 88p. A short while ago these were 27p. wouldnt mind if the chickens were getting a better deal. Doesnt affeact me as I had no intention of buying them as Im now buying free range but I couldnt help noticing. Didnt buy any of them-Im down to one egg at the mo but will make cake using vinegar instead.
    I will wait for some local FR ones at a decent price.
    Petrol is a con as its 2p per litre m,ore expensive than Waitrose but you get 5p per litre off if you spend £50. So really its 3p per litre off.
    Still nagging hubby to keep our own chickens-I will get them eventually!
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 17th Jul 08, 1:05 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Welcome back MrsM.
    Well I have made some nana muffins......mmmmmmmmm, might just have to try one for quality control! I made 6 big 'uns and 3 small 'uns so will have a small 'un just now
    Weather brightening up here so not sure whether I should shift the washing outside OR take DS for a walk ? Hard choice! Might just sit the driers out for a bit and save hanging everything up again!

    PS My plants have loads of wee green toms- how long til they go red ?
    Also courgette plant has little ones on and we have been getting a few strawbs too
  • MissPin
    Afternoon to all..miserable weather though....does England have a summer anymore??

    Thanks for the pineapple salsa recipe OrkneyStar! Can't wait to try it!!

    Hope everyone is having a good day!
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 17th Jul 08, 1:08 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Welcome back Mrs M.
    Went to Tesco and got a load of shopping to save many trips as Ive been so busy lately. Got new ink cartridge there too and promptly broke my printer last night putting it in. Pushed in the forward catch before the top catch. Why do they need all this nonsense? It sits in tight enough without any catches!. Now got stock of cartridges and have to find a printer they will fit. Saverstore.com have one same as mine so I may go for that.
    Frustrated! So much for saving money ec.
    Have to tot up my totals and put them on my sig today to keep me going.
    Just making a big shepherds pie. Using half bag of minced lamb from Tesco and some soya-prob some oats as well.
    Loads of spuds so I have the chore of peeling them a little later.
    Hubby wont eat mince in any guise so he is having a chicken breast(Tesco frozen)wraped in bacon(offcuts). Got a free cabbage so thats good too.
    Couldnt believe the price of the value battery eggs! 88p. A short while ago these were 27p. wouldnt mind if the chickens were getting a better deal. Doesnt affeact me as I had no intention of buying them as Im now buying free range but I couldnt help noticing. Didnt buy any of them-Im down to one egg at the mo but will make cake using vinegar instead.
    I will wait for some local FR ones at a decent price.
    Petrol is a con as its 2p per litre m,ore expensive than Waitrose but you get 5p per litre off if you spend 50. So really its 3p per litre off.
    Still nagging hubby to keep our own chickens-I will get them eventually!
    Originally posted by angelatgraceland
    You can use vinegar instead of egg ?
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 17th Jul 08, 1:09 PM
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    angelnikki
    Earlier in the week I promised to post a pic of my chicken pies and palmiers but I don't want to post my url as it will reveal my details. They are jpeg images does anyone know if I can attach them to the post in any other way?
    Originally posted by Moniker
    I use Flickr.com as you can choose on that whether you want the pics to be available to everyone or just friends/family or be completely private. You can also grab the URL of the pic in a way that people dont have access to all your other pics (whether private/not) or even to your user name IYSWIM

    eg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2649687656_4bfc9e165f.jpg is the url to one of my pics but noone can get back to my other pics from that.

    If you have a yahoo email account then you just use that to login to flickr and dont need to set up a seperate password. You can choose a different user name to your yahoo one once you've logged in. HTH

    MrsM I have started the list for August, I can PM it to you whenever you're ready but I'll carry on adding to it for now.

    Nikki
    x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 17-07-2008 at 1:28 PM.
    • Flylady_Flower
    • By Flylady_Flower 17th Jul 08, 1:28 PM
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    Flylady_Flower
    I use Flickr.com as you can choose on that whether you want the pics to be available to everyone or just friends/family or be completely private. You can also grab the URL of the pic in a way that people dont have access to all your other pics (whether private/not) or even to your user name IYSWIM

    eg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3008/2649687656_4bfc9e165f.jpg is the url to one of my pics but noone can get back to my other pics from that.

    If you have a yahoo email account then you just use that to login to flickr and dont need to set up a seperate password. You can choose a different user name to your yahoo one once you've logged in. HTH

    MrsM I have started the list for August, I can PM it to you whenever you're ready but I'll carry on adding to it for now.

    Nikki
    x
    Originally posted by angelnikki
    See, knew Nikki would have the answer
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    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 17th Jul 08, 1:29 PM
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    angelnikki
    See, knew Nikki would have the answer
    Originally posted by denisefowler
    I've always got an answer not always the right one though...

    Nikki
    x
    • wendywitch
    • By wendywitch 17th Jul 08, 1:46 PM
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    wendywitch
    Was going to have a NSD today 'til I walked passed the next door neighbours son's birthday banner and realised I forgot to get him a present and card. So nipped to Mr T's and ONLY got a present and card
    Decided to have a baking day instead of the planned cleaning day :rolleyes: so have made Kiwi muffins for us and rice crispie cakes and ice-cream cone cakes for next doors birthday bash, just waiting for them to cool so I can ice them.

    Totally skint now 'til next week so definitely lots of NSD's for me so it's cleaning, baking and wallpaper stripping for me.
  • Diane_239
    Welcome back Mrsm,
    Nsd for me but will have to go to butchers tomorrow has running low on meat,so will update sig then.
    am having a baking day today.
    have taken a chilli out of freezer for tea so will have that with jacket tates and salad.
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    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 17th Jul 08, 1:54 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3212/2676485049_e49564e154_m.jpg
    nana muffins- can anyone see them, what page does it go to ?
    Last edited by OrkneyStar; 17-07-2008 at 2:02 PM.
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 17th Jul 08, 2:00 PM
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    angelnikki
    OrkneyStar here's the magnifying glass... I've put a yellow mark around it...



    Click on the magnifying glass/where it says all sizes.
    Choose which size you want and then in the second box (where it says Grab the photo's URL) there is an url of the pic. copy that.
    Come on here, click on the button that looks like and then paste the URL into the box that pops up to make it show as a pic instead of a link

    OS it just shows as a link to the pic on its own at the mo


    Nikki
    x
    Last edited by angelnikki; 17-07-2008 at 3:33 PM.
    • OrkneyStar
    • By OrkneyStar 17th Jul 08, 2:03 PM
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    OrkneyStar
    Yeah I found it, sorry was editing post as you were replying to me!
    Can you see my pic from the link ?
  • dink1
    Welcome back Mrs M! Dink1
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