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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
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    September 2011 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 4th Jun 11, 11:19 AM
    September 2011 Grocery Challenge 4th Jun 11 at 11:19 AM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the ninth Grocery Challenge of 2011,

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your August budget, then keep on posting in the August 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 the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #3, #4, #5 and #6 on this thread.

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    Last edited by zippychick; 31-08-2011 at 9:44 PM.
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    • cattysmum
    • By cattysmum 16th Sep 11, 1:05 PM
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    Well I did say I was hoping for a few no spend days this week as I am working nights, as the saying goes "the best laid plans .........Anyway daughter who is waiting for baby No 2 (6 days time) has been at mine almost every day as she is fed up being at home, she cant do much in the way of activity so she has had me on shopping trips as soon as I emerge from my bed!!!!!, with me driving and having a slow wander around (she says she needs to keep moving she says).. So reporting a couple of spends of 2.26 mr sainsbobs/2.20 B&M/tesco1.64. I am def. having a NSD today as DD has dragged her poor hubby out instead of me!!! I am going to bake some buns and checkout my food cupboard.
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    • quintwins
    • By quintwins 16th Sep 11, 1:20 PM
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    packed lunch not an option? far cheaper
    Originally posted by TrixieB
    no p1's aren't suppose to stay for dinner so they only yet them stay if they stay for dinners, pack lunch is in a diferent hall so i assume it's to save on man power, i said to hubby we could just not have them stay for dinner for abit and i could feed them here it would just mean they come home abit earlier but he wasn't up for it i can sorta understand tho we don't want to chop and change and confuse them, i guess i'll just have to grin and bare it and pay it, it's not the end of the world and it's not gonna kill us it will just mean less goes in the savings for this month
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    • thegirlintheattic
    • By thegirlintheattic 16th Sep 11, 1:23 PM
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    Think first shop was 68 and last weeks was 77 with some unessentials - so far 145 - looks like we'll be saving about 100 compared to our usual over 400 spend.
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    • sproggi
    • By sproggi 16th Sep 11, 1:42 PM
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    I really MUST keep away from the vouchers/groceries threads

    Popped into MrT's this morning and spent exactly 10 on milk,veg,fruit,tinned tomatoes etc., got home feeling quite pleased with myself for keeping my spend so low.
    Got home, grabbed a cuppa and logged into MSE, that was when I made the mistake of checking out the vouchers/groceries threads!
    4 chickens on a bogof
    5 BBQ meat packs at half price
    Add to that the fact that I still had 2 x 1 off vouchers and my postman kindly delivered me a 10 gift card from surveys,there was nothing for it, I just had to go back.

    Downside, I spent another 35.86 in cash
    Upside, It would have cost me 85.15 without any offers/vouchers/giftcards

    My freezer and cupboards are now jam packed, so, hopefully, I should only need fresh veg, fruit and milk for a long while.

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    • tessie bear
    • By tessie bear 16th Sep 11, 1:42 PM
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    tessie bear
    hi....went and got an mand s meal deal today....flippin heck it was 3 deep at the fridge....the very nice male assistant passed me a chicken and said it was the biggest he had put not quite sure why he involved himself in my chicken selection but still very kind of him....also got the salad bowl and a trifle and a bottle of wine......we dont drink alcohol but i keep them for xmas presents

    also went to tesco and got some more chicken and pasta spent up now and need to use what we have in and not wander to the shops

    got stew for tea which should be nice...think i will make a crumble for pud

    have a great weekend
    onwards and upwards
    • russetred
    • By russetred 16th Sep 11, 1:46 PM
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    Firstly congratulations to puzzledbubble on your new baby. On the GC still plodding away. Spent more than I liked to this week but the offers were there for stocking up purposes so needs must. Going to try and just buy milk and fruit next week to keep on track. Have a good weekend everyone!
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    • thegirlintheattic
    • By thegirlintheattic 16th Sep 11, 1:53 PM
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    I really MUST keep away from the vouchers/groceries threads

    Popped into MrT's this morning and spent exactly 10 on milk,veg,fruit,tinned tomatoes etc., got home feeling quite pleased with myself for keeping my spend so low.
    Got home, grabbed a cuppa and logged into MSE, that was when I made the mistake of checking out the vouchers/groceries threads!
    4 chickens on a bogof
    5 BBQ meat packs at half price
    Add to that the fact that I still had 2 x 1 off vouchers and my postman kindly delivered me a 10 gift card from surveys,there was nothing for it, I just had to go back.

    Downside, I spent another 35.86 in cash
    Upside, It would have cost me 85.15 without any offers/vouchers/giftcards

    My freezer and cupboards are now jam packed, so, hopefully, I should only need fresh veg, fruit and milk for a long while.

    Originally posted by sproggi
    I don't think vouchers are a bad thing as long as you would have brought the stuff anyway. Our freezer is full to bursting with reduced items and b1g1fs.
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 16th Sep 11, 3:16 PM
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    Hi all,

    Just popping my head around the door. Will have a read later.

    NSD today

    Sticking to my 1 a day saving tin, also have about 14 in second purse tin

    Bloomin WM still not working - WM man can,t get here till Tuesday, but hopefully he can save me from having to buy a new one

    Have a fab evening all x
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  • TrixieB
    Had to go to work so got the last two chickens on bogof for 4 yay!

    Also found out that the posh specialist food shop sells scraggy ends of the ham etc so got a big chunk for 37p and one that I didn't realise at time is a mix of corned beef and ham :s for another 37p
    Trying very hard to be frugal and OS - just plodding on and doing my best!

    • sparklysaver
    • By sparklysaver 16th Sep 11, 4:01 PM
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    Have been offline for a few days cos my laptop had a brain fart, but back in the land of the living now. Have topped up fresh fruit & veg, got loads of yogurts (the ones in T*sco's are the only ones with flavour combinations I like, so not much of a saving to buy in the cheaper shops when there's always 1 out of a 4 pack that I can't stand! ). Also got some sausages, some whoopsied bread & rolls and some tins of tomatoes. Am still on target for the month........ fingers crossed!

    • emmad5689
    • By emmad5689 16th Sep 11, 4:09 PM
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    Been round a few shops today so a bit of spending, discount shop stocked up on crisps, maryland bars and mug shots for dinners for works so 9.24 spent there. Spent a huge 1.54 in coop on some kitkats and 2 packs of huggies ( 2 x 1.00 vouchers). Morrisons 3 x dog food, 2 x free sacla sauces (vouchers) and some scholl bars for DDs packed lunches all with 10% off with my grandmas discount card 15.08. Tesco was a 33.71 spend but within this I had free soup, free shreddies, 30p off vitalite, 2.00 off huggies pull ups which were already b1g1f, had a 7 off 50 voucher so stocked up and some bits and managed to get 2 x 5p off petrol vouchers too.

    Total for today 59.57, tesco have given me another 7 off 50 voucher that runs out next sunday but ay give this to my mam as I have just got a new job today and think that I will lose about 400 whilst I change over jobs which we cannot afford. I have full cupboards and 2 full freezers so we will have to eat what is in and just get fresh.
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    • debbiedeejay
    • By debbiedeejay 16th Sep 11, 4:48 PM
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    Congratulations to puzzledbubble on your new baby.

    Spent 18.76 in Mr Mozzies -nothing fancy just basics - need to use up whats in freezer so I can get ready for Christmas.

    Did I hear/read correctly that its about 100 days to Christmas Day?

    Anyway that's my excuse ,not the fact that there hardly any money in my purse this week for shopping!

    Looks like next couple of weeks are going to be very inventive at mealtimes
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    • ButterflyBee
    • By ButterflyBee 16th Sep 11, 4:52 PM
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    A couple of bits and bobs again today from MrT. 20.03 and I have almost nothing to show for it! Not at all happy about that.

    At least the fridge is full of corner yogurts which will keep the kids happy.
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    • recovering spendaholic
    • By recovering spendaholic 16th Sep 11, 5:26 PM
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    Spent 38p today in Mr T - really wanted to have processed peas with tea so went to the little local Mr T and just bought the one tin. I took my Honey shreddies vouchers with me but they didn't have them.

    Got home and fell asleep in the chair (up half the night again with the puppies) and when I woke up found that the puppies had chewed through the electric cable to the TV, so I will have to go out and buy some insulating tape and try and fix it. I will go to the big Mr T and see if there are any honey shreddies there. I am too scared to try and get more than 2 in one go though.

    I also have loads of Campbells soup vouchers but will use them at Sainsbobs as they give you 82p off your shopping and the soup is price marked 58p and Tescos only give you the 58p.

    Got lamb chops out for the tea (off the 3 for 10 deal in Mr T) and although there were four chops in the pack they were REALLY thin and DD1 ate all of them!! DD2 was out and so I made a sausage casserole with a packet of the help for heroes BOGOF sausages and a jar of Homepride sausage casserole sauce. It was lovely and did me and her and there is enough left over for tomorrow! I don't usually use sauce jars etc. but this was so nice that I will look out for it on offer again.

    I made the Millies cookies from the recipe thread last night, and sandwiched them together with a bit of buttercream with Milo stirred in - Kids wolfed them down - I made 12 and there are only 4 left and I haven't had any!!

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    • angelatgraceland
    • By angelatgraceland 16th Sep 11, 5:29 PM
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    do you think this would work in the breadmaker with breadmaker yeast? if not i do have a loaf tin and normal yeast but i'd have to wait til next week because i won't have time tomorrow, and we hardly eat here at teh weekends so now good to me til then
    Originally posted by quintwins
    Well the beauty of this recipe is that it isn't "real" bread and doesn't need yeast. It makes a batter type mixture and if you added yeast to make "proper" bread I fear the water quantities would be incorrect. Now I rather like this non yeast bread as it doesn't bloat you out like yeast products do.
    What I suggest is that you simply add herbs to a standard bread recipe but it won't be "quick". It litteraly takes five minutes to prepare and an hour to cook so do try to squeeze it in. Truly it will take more time to do the breadmaker recipe and clean up the breadmaker!

    I made a lovely curry today from the chicken thighs and "bits" off the chicken. The breasts are wrapped up in the fridge for tomorrow.I boiled up both carcasses on the stove while I was making the curry so used some of the stock in the curry and only one stock cube. I also used some tomato puree and a handful of oats-one of the best curries I have done and no cans of anything in it! More stock to freeze later tonight.
    For desert I made a steamed pudding-same as my other recipe(on recipe index)but I used up a quarter of a jar of sweet mincemeat plus a few sultanas. The mincemeat needed using up-I want to reclaim some space in my cupboard. Used a packet custard for speed. NSD day today as I stayed in-it's the only way sometimes!
    Also made naan bread in the breadmaker to go with it and used up some of the rice I had frozen from other days. I think dd is cooking cakes or something now so I had best keep away from the kitchen-too many cooks and all that!
    Last edited by angelatgraceland; 16-09-2011 at 9:57 PM.
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    • forever saving
    • By forever saving 17th Sep 11, 6:34 AM
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    Popped into local shops on Thursday, so another 10.17 spent. Have updated my total. Going shopping to aldi in a bit. I want to get the veg for 49p. Stocks are running a bit low but I'm plodding on trying to use stuff up.
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    • looie
    • By looie 17th Sep 11, 6:43 AM
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    Another 5.64 to add to total on biscuits and energy drink
    • boultdj
    • By boultdj 17th Sep 11, 7:36 AM
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    Another 64.66 to add.
    • medsdemon
    • By medsdemon 17th Sep 11, 8:26 AM
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    Woops...spent 18.02 in Sainzers, not sure how and then 3.50 on a bottle of wine which we thoroughly deserved and needed yesterday after getting the wettest I've been except for being in a bath EVER and being this way for a 13 mile walk and an hour in the car home.

    Oh dear we're teetering on the edge of not succeeding again this month if we're not careful. Will try to make it a NSD today. Had one on Wednesday!! Must get more for next week to stop us going over budget..still got 10 days to go
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  • WelshWoofer
    Just back from town and managed to stick more or less to the shopping list with a few substitutions for things that were on offer and spent 21.15 in Mr S and 1 on cheap toilet roll so a total of 22.15. Well under budget of 30, pleased with that.
    I may need a bit of fruit later in the week but will just pop to the greengrocers if I run out.
    January grocery spending - 82.73/ 120
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