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    • Pink.
    • By Pink. 28th Jun 08, 11:44 AM
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    July 2008 Grocery Challenge
    • #1
    • 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'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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    • beemuzed
    • By beemuzed 28th Jun 08, 11:47 AM
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    • #2
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:47 AM
    • #2
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:47 AM
    Gosh I'm in early for once! Last month was ok, so I am going to bite the bullet and go for £220 this month!
    Last edited by beemuzed; 28-06-2008 at 11:52 AM.
    Think twice before spending anything!
  • jackk
    • #3
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:51 AM
    • #3
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:51 AM
    200 again pretty please.

    Jackie x
    • yellowmonkey
    • By yellowmonkey 28th Jun 08, 11:56 AM
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    • #4
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:56 AM
    • #4
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:56 AM

    Can I be put down for £300 this month please.

    Already brought my beer for this month so saved £40 there already

    My month has already started and will end on the 30th. Long month this month.

    Good luck


    Ps sorry about the amount of times " Month " is mentioned in the above post. I am on nights and have just got up in my defence
    Last edited by yellowmonkey; 28-06-2008 at 11:59 AM.

    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 28th Jun 08, 11:57 AM
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    • #5
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:57 AM
    • #5
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:57 AM
    List moved to post no 8
    Last edited by angelnikki; 29-07-2008 at 5:09 PM.
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 28th Jun 08, 11:58 AM
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    • #6
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:58 AM
    Recipe Index
    • #6
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:58 AM
    Main Meals

    Baked potato pizza

    Broad Bean Burgers


    Creamy Chicken and Potato casserole


    Fish Pie

    Individual chicken pies

    Lemon Chicken

    Lemon chicken with basil and tagliatelle


    Mediterrean Mince and Potato 'Pie'

    Mince & onion pie

    Minced Beef Curry


    Open top 'pizza' pie

    Parsnip & Apple Soup

    Pizza Base Recipe

    Pizza Dough

    Potato layer bake

    Quiche Lorraine

    Spaghetti with courgettes, tomato and brie

    Super Tasty Bacon, Bean and Sausage

    Thai green curry

    Toad in the Hole

    Vegetable Casserole


    Angelnikki’s Breadsticks (No Salt Recipe)



    MRSMCAWBER’s Baguettes

    MRSMCAWBER’S Breadsticks

    MRSMCAWBER’s Chewy Soft flour Tortilla

    MRSMCAWBER’s Naan Bread

    MRSMCAWBER’s Super Seedy Bread

    Naan Bread

    Oatmeal bread

    Pennypinchingmum’s Herb Quick bread

    soft bread rolls

    Cakes, biscuits & snacks


    Apple delight

    Apricot Flapjack bars

    Banana and lemon drizzle cake

    Bounty Balls

    Bran Fruit Loaf

    Bread & Butter Pudding

    Bulk pancake mix

    Cheese n marmite twists

    Cheesy Biscuits

    Chocolate Cake without eggs

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

    Chocolate Orange Muffins

    Chocolate Krackolates

    Cookie Dough

    Courgette Tea Bread/Muffins

    D&DD’s Apple Braid

    Flaky Bars


    Gingerbread Men

    Gingerbread Muffins

    Ginger Raisin Crunches

    Golden Syrup Tart

    Homemade yoghurt

    Iced Bun Recipe

    Impossible Coconut Pie

    Jammy Buns

    Kiwi Muffins

    Krispie marshmallow bars

    Malt Bread

    Mascarpone and Lime Torte

    Millies Cookies

    MrBadExample's yoghurt cake (the recipe is on post 16)

    No fat sponge

    Pineapple Salsa

    St Peter's Mud Pie (no cooking required)

    Sticky gingerbread

    Strawberry Muffins


    Toffee Apple Muffins

    Twink’s Hobnobs

    Weetabix Brownies

    Weetabix Cake


    Yoghurt Cake (the easy way)

    Top Tips

    How to feed your whole family a healthy, balanced diet... (Webook)

    Laundry Washing Gel/ Gloop, Fab conditioner, vinegar.....

    List of conversions

    Last edited by angelnikki; 25-07-2008 at 8:54 PM.
  • weeping river
    • #7
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:58 AM
    • #7
    • 28th Jun 08, 11:58 AM
    Okay, I'm in this month, 80 for two adults (who are more like kids!). First time this month so hopefully it'll go okay, I'm feeling positive at the moment but we'll see how long this lasts.
    When life gives you lemons......Grab a bottle of tequila and call me over!

    July grocery challenge ~ 80/0
    • angelnikki
    • By angelnikki 28th Jun 08, 12:06 PM
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    • #8
    • 28th Jun 08, 12:06 PM
    • #8
    • 28th Jun 08, 12:06 PM
    *BigBird* £350 £391.17
    Abaxas £150
    Andan £120
    Angelatgraceland £280 £270.08
    AngelNikki £375
    Angelraesunshine £235
    Angchris £100 £103.51
    AnitaJ73 £250
    Annelouise €425
    Annie021063 £200

    Annie123 £325 £310
    Aril £160 £147.01
    Arkonite_babe £300

    BabyMother £350 £458
    Bails £150
    Barneysmom £180 £171.50
    Beemuzed £220 £240
    belfastgirl23 £130
    BigMummaF £350
    Blairweech £100 £119.72
    Booklover £140
    boredofbeingathome £200
    Brassic £350
    Brummiebabe £400
    Bumblebeeandboy £200
    CalleyW £100 over
    Cammumof3 £200 £185.19
    Candyblue £250
    Carolt2 £180
    Catnap53 £250
    Cherrie1122 £250

    Ches £200 £205.22
    Chocolate teddy £330
    Claire2305 £130

    Cleosmum £250 £215.38
    Coco2972 £260
    Cookiedough38 £120
    Cookinmummy £260
    Coolmum66 £200 £177.97
    Count rostov £65
    Craftingqueen £400 £360
    Crazyaboutsaving £190 £189.70
    Curly Cabbage £150
    Dawnylou £150
    DebbyM £400

    December £120
    Denise fowler £260
    Determinedtosticktothis £180
    Diane239 £200 £200
    Dink 1 £275
    Doris33 £50
    Dsljfreeman £250
    Earthmother £310
    fallen angel shelley £140
    FedupNow £183.21
    Feline Fantastic £200

    Fertyskids £450 £425.15
    Fi27 £300
    Findingmyfeet £380
    Fizzel81 £160
    Floxxie £200 over
    Fluffysox £140
    Frankerooney £180
    FrankieM £300
    funkyfunkymonkey £200
    GalacticGreen £200
    Galadriel £200
    Garnettgirl £100
    Get me debt free £200 £181
    Girl least likely to £170 £247.18
    Greent £500
    Guns n banjos £200

    Helliecopter €350
    Hamish222 £200
    Herbaholic £300 £273.58
    Here we go again £100
    Hev £300
    Hollysan £350
    Honeyapple £300
    Huxley £220
    Ifonlyitwaseasier £115
    Isthatreduced £120
    jackiegibbo £220
    Jackk £200
    Jacks xxx £300
    JamieDodger £200

    Jasminepics £300
    JayJay14 £200
    Jaycee1972 £150

    Jazer £500
    Jediteacher £250 £289.23
    JessBrown100 £140
    Jinky67 £200

    Jjef £450
    Judellie £350
    julie_Jukes £200

    KAAT_LADY £200 £203.17
    Kaz2904 £300
    Keeping positive £250
    KITTY £280
    kittynortheast £400
    Kunekune £500
    lady roughneck £200
    lainz £50
    Le Foot £300
    LeopardLady £200
    lil_me £300
    Lil Monkey £150

    Lilmrsmullen £200
    Lingojingo £160
    Linzmac £150

    Little_belle £200 £178.56
    LittleOne83 £80
    Lizzieanne £375
    Lucifa73 £150

    LulaHula £180 £205.84
    Lumpycustard £95
    Mad mittens £80
    mama67 £180
    Mandy_Moo_1 £200 £166.12
    MERFE £190
    Mhe £200
    Michelle06 £240
    Miggie £450
    MissPin £110 £97.39
    Mollymop5 £200
    Mollymunchkin £200
    Moniker £300

    Mooloo £265 £320
    Mouche £100
    Mr+Mrs T £250
    MrDT £60
    Mrs.Irwin £250
    Mrs Money Penny £200
    Mrs-MoneyPenny £400
    mrssnowy £200

    Mrs Toast £100
    Mudbath £325
    mummy gems £350
    Mummyofjusttwo £250
    NannyOgg £180 £115.79
    Naomim £220 £243.53
    natzini £120

    Nellis10 £200
    Nessa56 £180
    Nessquic80 £200
    newlywed £300
    Newmoneysaver £150
    Nickynoo08 £110
    nykmedia £40

    OldMcDonald £230
    OrkneyStar £250 £262
    patent girl £300

    Penguin83 £600
    PennyPinchingMum £200
    PerryWinkle £300
    PetitePeche £330 £193.41
    Philsmum £160 £226.60
    Pip-squeak £100 £79.51
    Pink Princess £375

    Pnq06 £120
    PoohBear59 £230 £231.89
    Poppyoscar £50
    princess leia £200 over
    Procrastinator £200 £235.71
    Queen of string £200 £202.49
    Queenpig £235
    rachelmk £100
    Ragz £350
    razra £90
    Redmel1621 £325
    Retrocircles £60
    Roxy7699 £100 £109
    Russetred £180
    Saffouri £220
    Sashanut £225
    Savingfortravel £200 £26.65
    Savingpennies £300
    Savvy mummy £300
    SAV3R £400
    Scaredy cat £300 £420
    Scenic route £150

    ScooterWife £300 over
    ScotSaver £150
    Scrooge2008 £250
    Searching me £200
    Shala-moo £200
    Shelley1977 £225

    Shezza £200 £116.18
    Sian the Green £100
    Sjaypink £300
    Skint_Catt £100
    skintscotslass £100
    Smetf £350
    Sosh £300
    Stopthemadness £100
    SunnyDay £120
    SunnyDonny £200
    susan946 £450 £402.72
    SuziQ £180
    Taplady £285
    tattycath £220
    Teedy23 £40
    Tesco_shopper £300
    the_cat £220
    TheBees £340

    Thumperandbambi £200
    Timbo86 £50
    Tiptoes £200
    Tq16 £150
    Triggles £200
    Turbo5019 £200
    TylersBabe £70
    Urbanchameleon €240
    weeping river £80
    Wendywitch £250 £164.35

    Winniepooh £350 £307
    Wmf £140 £110.50
    Yellow Monkey £300
    ZaraZara £200

    Zekepes £400 £399.92
    zoe260373 £350 £403.88

    1ubthrifty £400 £450


    amethystcash £70
    Busy mum £50

    Crockpot £50
    Justamum £84.45
    Mrs money Spinner £100

    Mumzyof2 £37.50
    Natty68 £50

    Sarellie8 £50
    Superflygal £35
    Tigger1983 £40
    xredwebx £50

    June totals are here
    Last edited by angelnikki; 17-08-2008 at 7:19 PM.
  • zekepes
    • #9
    • 28th Jun 08, 12:09 PM
    • #9
    • 28th Jun 08, 12:09 PM
    I am going to have to guess at my current supermarket spending. In May I spent 615 in morrisons (which will include cashback but that then ends up being spent at the local spar/husband spends it down the pub etc). There will be stuff on top of that, too. I am going to guess at 650 for 2 adults, a 3yr old, 1 jack russell and 2 cats.

    I have just bought a chest freezer to help in my quest to stop wasting money and I have just started to change the way I shop.

    I am going to aim for 400 for July, which I appreciate is still a lot but it is a lot better than we are currently doing!
    • boredofbeingathome
    • By boredofbeingathome 28th Jun 08, 12:14 PM
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    Wahay, a new month and a new challenge. Now i have been debating to see whether i can match Weezl, in 55p each per day.which would be £2.20 each per day..which would be £63.20 for all of us, with a £60 buffer so £124(rounded for month). Hmmm, i will give it a go, and see... as i have a £60 buffer, and i am so inspired by that thread and others where it just goes to how how it is possible to live on next to nothing. I have been growing a few things but won't be ready yet, so maybe i need to hang around folks with an allotment...hehehe
    Anyway..good luck everyone for the next month.BOB X

    (slight hiccough on maths as the extra buffer is in the £124 total,I have altered it to show how i work it out! but i have put aside the full £200 as dd2 is diabetic and has other medical probs re bowel, so her extras can come from that..if it makes sense!)
    Last edited by boredofbeingathome; 28-06-2008 at 3:22 PM. Reason: extra maths needed with explanation, i thought!
    Blackadder: Am I jumping the gun, Baldrick, or are the words 'I have a cunning plan' marching with ill-deserved confidence in the direction of this conversation?
    Still lurking around with a hope of some salvation
    • boredofbeingathome
    • By boredofbeingathome 28th Jun 08, 12:16 PM
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    Oh and a big thanks to angelnikki for the index..v. helpful.x
    Blackadder: Am I jumping the gun, Baldrick, or are the words 'I have a cunning plan' marching with ill-deserved confidence in the direction of this conversation?
    Still lurking around with a hope of some salvation
  • catnap53
    Thanks angelnikki for deputising, and good idea for the recipe links. Will save us all a lot of time (hope it isn't too time consuming for you)

    Have started well with nothing spent so far. Must check stores though to try to meal plan, keep leaving it.

    Just had hm bread rolls and fruit scones straight from the oven for lunch, so feeling virtuous at the moment.

    Good luck everyone.


  • dink1
    YAY!!!! Julys thread up and running THANK YOU SO MUCH ANGEL NIKKI and a thread thing to recipes you clever thing!
    JanGC 250/82 far:weight loss 1lb cc250/86/cm40/9.50
  • dsljfreeman
    My first grocery challenge
    Hi All

    I'm still reading through the June challenge but thought I'd start the July challenge, as this is my first month doing the challenge and I have no idea how much we spend, I'll put down 250 and see how we go, there are 2 adults, 2 sprogs (5 + 6m) and a cat and dog.

    My daughter is weaning so not a lot of expense there and my son and hubby eats like birds.

    Thank you for all the tips and advise I've read so far, I'm keeping a notebook with all my moneysaving thingymajigs in so will be adding to it frequently.

    Please bear with me while I pick up the lingo

    Laura xx
    Bankrupt 6th October 2009
    To a Debt-free Future
    • jediteacher
    • By jediteacher 28th Jun 08, 12:33 PM
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    My First Challenge
    Thanks angelnikki (sp?) for the links. I am very excited to start this challenge. My husband is dubious and thinks I'm wasting my time! However, this has just inspired me to knuckle down and sort out our money usage.

    The £250 is for two adults and one 18 month old.

    I've invested in a breadmaker as alot of people really recommend them. Used my birthday money so I'm not including that in my spend.

    Will officially start the challenge on Tuesday 1st July.

    Many thanks to you all for the inspiration to get going on this challenge.
    'Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.'
    Proud Mummy to two gorgeous miracles.
    • queenpig
    • By queenpig 28th Jun 08, 12:35 PM
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    Put me down for 235.00 this month see how I do.
    Grocery Challenge. 400. - 35.22 + 19.80 + 109.01 = 164.03
    Other spends (Clothes Luxuries etc)11.97 + 1.19 + 7.36 + 69.00 + 38.50 + 5.50 + 23.00 +2.00 = 158.52
  • JayJay14
    Oooh I love a shiny new thread

    Welcome to all the newbies including my own DD who has managed to post before me .

    Will come back on Monday when I finish on the June GC, good luck everyone.
    • searching_me
    • By searching_me 28th Jun 08, 1:23 PM
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    yer hopefully im on the 1st page if not nearly lol nsd cant be bothered to go out so all good here hope your all good xxx

    edit: yay!! 1st time ever xx
    Last edited by searching_me; 28-06-2008 at 1:24 PM. Reason: celebrating xxx
    Still searching .....
  • annelouise

    My budget is 425 euros as I have 3 weeks of guests 5 in each family and a 3 day overlap!!!!!!!!!

    Have planned menus but will tweak several times and cut costs along the way.I family has a long list of stuff they are coming with which includes - sugarfree squash
    jaffa cakes
    savoury rice
    mango chutney
    batter mix
    strong cheese
    salad cream
    chicken cupasoup
    hp sauce
    t bags

    So every little helps,I also have abox of jars that I bought while in the uk that they will transport in their car to here rather than OH having to pay for a case when he only needs hand luggage for a weekend.

    Made houmous today very successfully and I am going to make MRSM's Marmite n Cheese Twists tomorrow and change half to pizza flavoured with tomato paste and pizza seasoning for a BBQ.

    Checked the drinks cupboard and have 18 can beer,8 bottles beer,7 bottles wine,1 x Jack Daniels,1 X Gin,3 x sparkly stuff pamchagne,2 x water with gas,3 cartons sangria,3 cartons win to make sangria,few odd tins of fizzy pop.

    My collection of jamjars is coming along nicely I will have about 10 by the end of the week so may do 5 onion marmalade and 5 orange and lemon marmalade we'll see.

    Will update my new siggie and keep up to date.

    Luck everyone

    Be who you are and say what you think because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind....Dr Seuss
  • annelouise
    My lovely neighbour has jsut brought me a food parcel as they are driving home later it includes -

    8oz wafer ham
    Fresh Spinach & Ricotta pasta
    Philly cheese n chives
    1 x bag spaghetti
    1 x bag tagillatelli
    1 x family bag crisps
    1 x tube pringles
    1 x jar jam
    12 individual jams
    1 x honey
    1 x onion chutney
    1 x jar marmalade

    Lovely,lovely.I have been sending little tasters of all my Twinks,houmous and also cakes and quiche so its pro quo I think.

    Have a lovely piece of beef in a garlic,herb and olive oil marinade to BBQ tonight and a salad with apple,cheezy pizza,houmous,alioli and crudities.Beef was 7.45 euros and its massive.You would pay more in some places for a burger!!!

    Be who you are and say what you think because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind....Dr Seuss
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