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    • mark88man
    • By mark88man 1st Jan 10, 11:45 PM
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    6000 meals under 50p in 2010; feeding your family on a low budget
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    • 1st Jan 10, 11:45 PM
    6000 meals under 50p in 2010; feeding your family on a low budget 1st Jan 10 at 11:45 PM
    Hi - so this is a personal challenge, but anybody wants to join in I would be more than happy.

    There are 6 in our household and than means 6 x 3meals a day x 30 days in a month x 12 months in a year = 6480 meals this year. I want to set myself a challenge of how many of those meals can be under 50p. Now my target is to get 90% of those meals under 50p ie around 6000

    For breakfast (which is always cheap) - I don't see a problem as I have a nose for cheap cereal.
    For lunch - weekdays will be lunch box challenge under 50p each and weekends tend to be cheese on toast or a baked potato
    For supper: We have 3 veggies and 3 carnivores and we tend to have the same 3 or 4 times a week and different the rest.

    Some basic thoughts.
    * This is to help me for the GC challenge
    * I am going to be reasonably strict in accounting the money
    * For dishes lasting more than 1 day I will try and average the cost
    * I will try and post recipes and meals (but not if they are from GC)
    * will try and keep up daily

    I know 50p will be a luxury for many but its quite a saving for me based on last year so fingers crossed

    thanks for listening

    EDIT 11/01/2010: UPDATE especially for new readers. This thread was merged with another by nikki, at about the same time there was a heated debate around nutrition and cheapness and 5-a-day. Thus it gets a bit confusing around post #50 and a bit heated until about page 6. After that its fine - and please feel free to comment critically if you think I need it. Main lessons:

    * It is doable, and it is focussing my mind on shopping and meal planning
    * It is really helping focus on portion control
    * Some start up issues with more expensive things bought before the challenge
    * If any of us is absent I claim the meal (0p is less than 50p)
    * If friends come round I count the cost of feeding them as well and average over 6 people
    * After 10 days I am running at 91.6% or a bit ahead of target namely 165 meals from 180
    * Excluding fruit/other things taken as snacks does confuse the issue, but its not any more than pre challenge so I am leaving it out
    * In first 10 days we have eaten 100 pieces of fruit 10litres fruit juice 2kg of peas and 1Kg sweetcorn

    EDIT 24/01/2010 - Still going string - lots of recipes in the thread - and a bit of banter. Main lessons:
    * Top Lesson: portion control - if you serve less it costs less
    * Next Lesson: shopping - if you buy it cheap you can serve more or do more
    * Reminder: Unless its just you - you do need to check if everyone is still happy
    * 5 - a - day: Its easier than you think to get extra veg in - carrots are great for this
    * Home Made Bread: My kids hated brown bread until they had HM bread - now they hate sliced
    * Relax: Once in a while you can go over budget for a family meal but don't blow it and order caviar
    * Preciseness: Most stuff gets used in whole packs, that's easy to cost, other stuff is done by look and feel not on the scales
    * Support: Everyone on here has been great thanks to all, even those with whom heated debates have been had
    * Snacking: Possibly more snacking going on (even before the challenge) than OH and I realised - will be looking at that more closely now we are the swing of things.

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    Last edited by MSE Deborah; 09-03-2010 at 8:31 PM. Reason: An update after first 3 weeks
    Things happen for a reason. Often the reason is we are stupid & make bad decisions.
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    • mark88man
    • By mark88man 2nd Jan 10, 12:18 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 12:18 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 12:18 AM
    Progress : 18 / 6000

    Breakfast was cereal but 3 of us missed it - (late night)
    Lunch was cold leftover salmon sandwich and/or eggy bread
    Supper was leftover salmon (it was a big salmon) heated with Peas and pototoes (+ DS1 had curried peas and potatoes )
    Things happen for a reason. Often the reason is we are stupid & make bad decisions.
    Weight - Fluctuating - less than I was more than I should be
    1/18: CC:11.5K@0% - Car Loan:17K@2.8% - Mort:145K@2.9%
    Decrease in Total Debt 2016:13.4K 2017:8.3K 2018-1H:11K
  • Beki
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 12:25 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 12:25 AM
    what a brilliant thread! i'll be following this with interest - good luck! xx
    • lil_me
    • By lil_me 2nd Jan 10, 12:26 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 12:26 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 12:26 AM
    Are you putting up costings for each meal, with how you made the meals so cheaply? Or just listing what you had each day? I am guessing drinks etc are not included in the day?
    One day I might be more organised...........:confused:
    GC: 250.00
    Slinkies target 2018 - another 70lb off (half way to what the NHS says) so far 25lb
  • sexykellylovespink
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 1:04 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 1:04 AM
    i think this is going to be a good thread and will be watching with intrest x
    • HappyMJ
    • By HappyMJ 2nd Jan 10, 1:08 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 1:08 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 1:08 AM
    Progress : 18 / 6000

    Breakfast was cereal but 3 of us missed it - (late night)
    Lunch was cold leftover salmon sandwich and/or eggy bread
    Supper was leftover salmon (it was a big salmon) heated with Peas and pototoes (+ DS1 had curried peas and potatoes )
    Originally posted by mark88man
    This is only 1 portion of the NHS's recommended "5 a day" of fruit and veg.

    I don't think your dinner could be had for under 50p. The cheapest salmon I found was Tesco's Value Salmon Fillets at 47grams for 38p after deducting 8p for a 75gram serving of Tesco Value peas and deducting 4p for a 100gram serving of Tesco Value potatoes. What did you pay for your salmon?
    • beemuzed
    • By beemuzed 2nd Jan 10, 5:21 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 5:21 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 5:21 AM
    I think this thread has real potential! Will be watching with interest!
    We have a glut of salmon here too - bought a whole one for 12ish on New Year's Eve, fed 10 that evening, 2 meals from it yesterday and still only used about half of it! Plan to make a sauce to have with salmon and pasta (4 adults plus toddler) this evening and probably sandwiches at lunch time. Very good value! Hope it lasts a couple more days!
    Resolution:
    Think twice before spending anything!
    • kippers
    • By kippers 2nd Jan 10, 7:21 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 7:21 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 7:21 AM
    I'm looking forward to this thread, thanks for posting
    • elf06
    • By elf06 2nd Jan 10, 8:11 AM
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    • #9
    • 2nd Jan 10, 8:11 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 10, 8:11 AM
    Wow I will be watching with interest!!
    Emma

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    NSD - target 18 days, so far 5!!
    • Ishtar
    • By Ishtar 2nd Jan 10, 8:30 AM
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    Very interesting idea. Will be watching to see how you do and hopefully get some ideas!
  • bunny too
    Could do with some new meal ideas, thanks for posting , will pop in often. All the best for your os New Year. This is my third, and it does get easier. xx
    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 2nd Jan 10, 9:14 AM
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    What an excellant idea, I think it can be done with a bit of inventiveness and a thorough scouring of shops available.I shall watch with intrest .I have some recipes in my Online Misers cookbook that I scavenged from this site ,so I think there will be a few people who once they get their thinking caps on will be posting their recipes
    Quot Libros,Quam Breve Tempus. 2018:Food Budget only Total end of October since Jan 307.43 15th November 19.80 first shop of the month
  • kunekune
    Is that 50p per person? Or a total of 50p for the whole family?
    Mortgage started on 22.5.09 : 129,600
    Overpayments to date: 3000
    June grocery challenge: 400/600
    • Penelope Penguin
    • By Penelope Penguin 2nd Jan 10, 10:17 AM
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    Breakfast was cereal but 3 of us missed it - (late night)
    Lunch was cold leftover salmon sandwich and/or eggy bread
    Supper was leftover salmon (it was a big salmon) heated with Peas and pototoes (+ DS1 had curried peas and potatoes )
    Originally posted by mark88man
    Will you be able to put up a list of costings please :confused:

    Penny. x
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    • HappyMJ
    • By HappyMJ 2nd Jan 10, 12:14 PM
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    Right..got it now...serving of salmon at 39p each.

    http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/bargains-and-rip-offs/article.html?in_article_id=495571&in_page_id=5
  • Hardup Hester
    Looks like an interesting thread, I think prices vary around the country, I live in an expensive area, but it will still give me some new ideas.

    Never let success go to your head, never let failure go to your heart.
  • HappyLottie
    Really like the idea of this thread- will be following with interest and hopefully picking up tips along the way.
  • Sublime
    A great thread. Its nice to pick up tips.
    • tjp70
    • By tjp70 2nd Jan 10, 12:41 PM
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    Good luck.
  • scintus-macbintus
    Sounds interesting will be following this ......Good Luck
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