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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 24th Feb 11, 9:52 AM
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    March 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 24th Feb 11, 9:52 AM
    March 2011 Grocery Challenge 24th Feb 11 at 9:52 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the third Grocery Challenge of 2011, it's almost spring so hopefully this will be a new beginning for all of us.

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your February budget, then keep on posting in the February 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.; 27-02-2011 at 11:01 PM.
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  • Mothership
    I'm bad
    I was out for a walk with DGD a few days ago, I found a new butchers shop, just opened in June so...
    I ended up buying one of their offers, 2 sirloin streaks, 2 pork chops, 4 links, 4 steak and onion slice for £10 (I know I said I wouldn't be buying any meat).
    I like to support local shops where possible, though I needed meat like a hole in the head. I put the steaks and chops in the freezer and we ate the sausages, (the links) with bacon cabbage and fluffy mash.
    I think the sausage had quite a lot of filler in it, there was that kind of lingering after smell some sausages have. Not good, had the windows open for hours trying to get rid of it.
    Anyway if the steaks are are nice as Donald Russell's I will buy them again. They had mince buy two get one free, I resisted that as I have loads of mince.
    Then I popped into M+S they had a roast dinner for £5, ham with honey, a bag of potatoes, carrots and sprouts, a good deal saved almost £4 we had that last night it was yummy. Also got 4 jars of Mincemeat for 20p each, 2 packets of chicken wings ( both were eaten that night for dinner, LOL) and a quiche for £5 so spent £10.80 there.
    Then I went into Waitrose got 2 bags of walnuts ,made the apple cinnamon cake from the list OMG it was yummy, the walnuts was for another one, the first one was eaten the same day. So I spent £4 in there.
    I am SO disappointed in myself, I've not shopped like this for a while , and I was doing so well too. Although we enjoyed the food, I am really annoyed with myself for buying more food when we have so much at home.
    So £24.80 gone just like that from my GC budget

    to all who need them , especially to Angel and Spiggle, I've been sending you both healing since I learned you were poorly.
    Love and Light to you both. I pray for you both while I'm doing it. So hope it reaches you

    A big thank you for all the yummy recipes, the biscuits look yummy going to have a bash at them, If I can find the recipe
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  • rachbc
    Arrrgh when will I learn not to take oh and dd to the shops with me lol! Aldi yesterday - £25 inc mini magnums, cookies and other bits not planned. Ah well suppose its not too bad - running total £115/270 and won't need anything til next weekend.
    • never too old
    • By never too old 13th Mar 11, 10:34 AM
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    never too old
    Morning does anyone know if Mr M still have the offer on the baked beans, dont want to have a wasted trip.
    £2019 in 2019 challenge no 18
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    £1711.95 / 2019
  • Mothership
    Morning does anyone know if Mr M still have the offer on the baked beans, dont want to have a wasted trip.
    Originally posted by l.m.hart
    I had a wee look on fixture ferrets , they list all the offers , didn't see any beans. Did a search, Sainsbugs have heinz 8 tins for £3.50 .

    I got some from Aldi 29p each, I think , OH has been eating heinz all his life and says he wouldn't eat anything else LOL ,(He hasn't even noticed I've changed brands).

    I've subscribed for a year to fixture ferrets, if anyone is looking for anything in particular let me know and I will have a wee look for you
    1st Purse £114.19 Monthly GB
    2nd Purse ££100
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  • katenut

    There are a few things where the "double the difference" refund is bigger than the cost - so they're paying you to take it away Example was Banrock wine - priced at £10.49 a bottle at Tesc0 but £5 at MrA. So you pay £10.49, but are refunded double the difference - the difference is 5.49 so the refund is 2*5.49 = £10.98!
    Originally posted by slbhill
    Thanks for posting this - I now have 2 bottles of wine and a voucher for more than they cost - free wine and a small profit, woohoo!! xx
    Trying to jump back onto the moneysaving wagon ....
    • never too old
    • By never too old 13th Mar 11, 11:15 AM
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    never too old
    i know i said to my oh i was glad i didn't buy branded stuff often, i spent £30 and had 4 mesly bags lol, i do my whole shop for £40 lol but my 4 bags were pretty much free

    ok i've been thinking about this and i didn't add my first spend to my total, but now i've spent a voucher i'm gonna have £5 less that what i spent to spend next month, so i've was thinking of adding the £5 to my total then decided this is going to get too confusing, so i'm gonna add the whole £29.90 to my total, which will mean i'll be well over this month, but then i should be under next month

    i really can't buy anything else tho (expect my bag of spuds) as i had to play tetris last night to get a loaf in my freezer and my cupboards and fridge are just as bad
    Originally posted by quintwins
    Ohh i have my email £12.12 difference in price so voucher for £24.24

    got to go and get some potatoes this aft on my way out ( i pass mr t) so have revised my list slightly and will pop in again ( i have checked prices .

    Thanks for looking Mothership
    Bran**on beans were 30p a can last week should have got more.
    £2019 in 2019 challenge no 18
    1% challenge no 70
    2019 Frugal Living Challenge

    £1711.95 / 2019
  • martafdz
    Just thought i would report - this was DELICIOUS!! The sauce was awesome, i could've drunk it!
    Originally posted by cutiepieabf
    Could you post the normal (no SC) recipe? I do not have a SC but might try it on the hob since it is so yummy!

    Morning does anyone know if Mr M still have the offer on the baked beans, dont want to have a wasted trip.
    Originally posted by l.m.hart
    Branston Baked Beans are at 30p 412g (half price) at MrM, the offer still appears in MrM website.

    Mothership, could you repeat again what is that you had to do with sausages to get rid of the nasty stuff? Was shimmering them for 5 min in boiling water?
    Last edited by martafdz; 13-03-2011 at 11:21 AM.
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    • minnie2
    • By minnie2 13th Mar 11, 11:22 AM
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    i am confused about the mr t mr a thing!!! not sure i can get my head around it
    Frugal living challenge - need to revisit its been.a while !! Need to reduce our debts!!
    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 13th Mar 11, 11:23 AM
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    i got my voucher aswell, i'm not sure if i shud spend it tho, i thought i'd done 3 receits already but acually the firts one i did was my email, and the last 2 was oh's because our online shops threw there, so i could sqeeze another 1 in lol, i'll see what offers are on on wed when i go with my mum as i'm determined to not just buy stuff for the sake of it
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  • SOT2011
    Update time following the weekly shop.

    Spent £55.38 in Mr T this morning including a reduced large chicken which I am planning to stetch to at least 3 meals each, and hopefully will do me a couple of lunches too if I get the soup made.

    Also spent £10.15 yesterday in Ald1, went for the first time to see how it compared to L1dl, not sure I like it as much, but will give it another go in a couple of weeks and see what the veg offers are like again then. Only bought things we will def eat, but couldn't really knock much off my weekly shopping list in there this time.

    So running total for this month is £120.75/£240. Half way through the month and 75p over half my budget, so if can keep on like this I think I might just make it.
    Debt Free since Nov 11 (ish) (except the £118000 mortgage ) as at Jan 2013 but still hanging around DFW as I need to Stay On Track.

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  • Mothership
    Mothership, could you repeat again what is that you had to do with sausages to get rid of the nasty stuff? Was shimmering them for 5 min in boiling water?
    Originally posted by martafdz
    Yip simmer in water for 5 min then fry or grill them. I've done it with about 6 different kinds now, oh! yuck the gloop that comes out of them. I wish I'd have discovered this before. I love sausages but not the amount of fat that oozes out of some.
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    • burge23
    • By burge23 13th Mar 11, 12:48 PM
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    Well had an NSD yesterday but not today. Just back in from Al*i and As*a as we were out of cereal and coffee which is the only thing MiL drinks . Hopefully sorted now, except from bread, milk and a few veggies, for the rest of the month. I looking at my receipts I've managed some really good bargains and am well stocked up with dog and rabbit food, pasta, apple juice (DS drinks this a lot). As*a had a certain well known brand of dishwasher tabs 58 for £3 = 100% free. That's even cheaper than my usual ones from Li*l. . They will do 2 months. Have strong suspicion I'll be over my guestimate budget but at least it's a start! Has anyone tried the Mr S 5 meals for £20 yet and are they any good?
  • MumOf2Beasties
    Morning does anyone know if Mr M still have the offer on the baked beans, dont want to have a wasted trip.
    Originally posted by l.m.hart
    hi, the offers usually run sunday to sunday, is it the branston ones you want?they are still showing as 30p on the m'sons website HTH

    another nsd for me and a lovely walk down the river with the kids, ds managed to get wet and squelched home lol i've had a look at what food's in the house and think i might just be able to stay on budget this month

    keep up the penny pinching
    1 adult, 3 children-Newborn and ages 4 & 6, 1 rabbit
    budget of £250 is for food, toiletries, nappies, wipes, cleaning/washing products and pet supplies (litter, sawdust, food)
  • destroyerofdebt2011
    Hugs, and spoons to all who need or want them.

    Have finally caught up the thread it seems to move so quick!

    A simple quick recipe for using up dairylea triangles

    Boil up some pasta of choice and drain off the liquid, while hot stir in the triangles and a splash of milk and some chopped up ham, season with black pepper and hey presto quick and easy carbonara.

    Reporting a spend on dog food on Friday of £9.99 but that should cover the rest of this month and possible all of next. Which does mean i am on super tight reins to stay in budget for the end of this month. Freezer meals and home baking it is.

    Must try out the mr t mr a price war i need some shampoo and i do love tresemme so will have to make an extra to budget buy for this i think.
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  • LittleMissHappy

    Its been a while since i posted, I hope everyone is well x

    I have been keeping note of my spending....I'm doing quite well - I've got lots of dinner stuff, so just need the daily things really (bread, milk, eggs etc) for the rest of the month. Might have to increase my budget from £250 from next month as my cat was really sick last week and the week before and the result is he now needs a special diet which costs way more than what I was paying for his food...I might try to keep at £250, but I don't want to feel like I'm struggling, I want to feel as if I am in control of my spending iykwim, so I'll see how I go
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    • kalojac
    • By kalojac 13th Mar 11, 2:18 PM
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    Hi Pink Winged

    Can I join please, since I am half way through my financial month can I please be put down for £150 for 2 adults, 3 kids til 30th March, thanks
  • elfen
    Need to add a 24.27 spend to my list, have now got food for the week...Still have 65 of my budget left with half a month to go!
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    • mummyjane
    • By mummyjane 13th Mar 11, 2:25 PM
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    Spent £1.65 today as we are rapidly running out of fruit. Bought some kiwis and some bananas which should keep us going until Tuesday when I have a small mr T shop coming. Off to update signature now.
    Groceries Challenge 2019
    Jan £462.44/£400
    Feb £210.10/£450, 2/10 NSDs
  • scotsaver
    Updated my total with spends from Friday, only £40 left and 13 days to go but meal planned for the next week, ok for Bread flour, milk, fruit and veg so fingers crossed this is still do-able.

    angelatgraceland - that's good news. spiggle - thinking positive thoughts for you now.

    Dinner tonight is Roast Lamb and all the trimmings.

    Rolls, bread, boodles biscuits and fairy cakes made for this weeks lunchboxes.

    Enjoy the rest of the day everyone.
    GC for OH, myself, DD18 & DD16 includes Toiletries, cleaning stuff & Food.

    • fedupandskint
    • By fedupandskint 13th Mar 11, 2:44 PM
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    NSD today and batch cooked a lamb curry to freeze and a beef and mushroom pie filling for tea. Should be ok this week foodwise but will need some dog food later on this week and stock up with some biscuits for him too.
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