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    • redfox
    • By redfox 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
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    redfox
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two
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    • 21st Oct 13, 9:17 AM
    Eating out of the freezer and cupboards challenge - part two 21st Oct 13 at 9:17 AM
    As the previous thread here had got very long, this is a new one for a continuation of the discussion.

    From the original first post of the previous thread:

    OK my freezer and stock cupboards are crammed full. I realise have spent a lot of money in the food in there. I want to save money by using these and only buy:
    . Milk
    . Fruit/Veg
    . Bread
    . Yoghurt
    . Breakfast cereal (only have 2 unopened packets)
    . Sandwich fillings (have one pack of ham in the freezer)

    as these things I eat virtually every day

    Until one of the following happens
    . I ran out of food
    . I have only fish fingers and cornflakes left.

    It will be a challenge as I'm on weight watchers so I have to be extra creative to keep my points down.
    Originally posted by Middy
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    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 7th Feb 18, 5:46 PM
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    phizzimum
    Out: breadcrumbs, garlic bread, cooked chicken portion

    In: pancakes, raspberries

    More out than in finally!
    weaving through the chaos...
    • caronc
    • By caronc 7th Feb 18, 5:51 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: spinach, ricotta, tomato sauce, lasagne sheets, chicken liver pate
    Used up: sardine pate, soup, streaky bacon, coleslaw
    Last edited by caronc; 07-02-2018 at 6:12 PM.
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 8th Feb 18, 10:05 AM
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    klbooth
    Yesterday....
    OUT: Buffalo chicken, mac cheese, jalapeno poppers
    IN: Nothing

    Got another cupboard stocktaked from the caravan, slowly, slowly....
    1P Challenge #13 £265.41/£667.95;£2 Club #30 £50;50p Club #8 £22;20p Club #100 £26;SPC #39 £?;VSPC #15 £492.30;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 £3964/£3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 £8912/£10014 (89%);GC Jan £483.58/£450; Feb £390.32/£430; Mar £260.41/£410; Apr £396.17/£410; May £368.57/£400; Jun 305.57/390
    • dannie
    • By dannie 8th Feb 18, 4:24 PM
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    dannie
    Using up 2017 freezer stored batch cooked recipes (several of each) =

    4/11.

    My expected online (food) grocery delivery was today instead of next week, in order to purchase some kitchen scales. However, only UHT milk bought and also wild bird food bought. (I shared the delivery costs with somebody else).
    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 8th Feb 18, 4:44 PM
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    phizzimum
    I feel like my slow war of attrition is starting to have an effect!

    DD made pizza today and was happy to use up one bag of OOD wholemeal flour. If I make some bread next week I could use up the other one. Just me and DH for dinner tomorrow night so will have some leftover curry from the freezer. Just stewed some odds and ends of frozen fruit which will go with a rice pud tomorrow too.

    DH was going to throw out a jar of pickled chillis heíd been given, so I will start working through those.

    So today:
    In: Milk
    Out: wholemeal bread flour, sad looking spuds
    weaving through the chaos...
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 8th Feb 18, 5:20 PM
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    Save Dosh
    Hi everyone - hope your all good. Been living out of freezer n cupboards, tons of outs, but not been recording, soups, stews, curries, salads, etc. No spends this month (technically) for me. My friend did come 'round yesterday with a bag of shopping, but wouldn't take anything for it - I did try - I will treat her to something.
    IN: 2 pks wraps, 2 pks falafel, 1 tub of houmous, 1 cucumber, 1 pk tomatoes

    If I don't get cooking some of the fridge veg, they will have to be flung. I'm a bit useless making a 'nice' brocolli soup, but found a lovely combination - brocolli n coconut milk - really nice.
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 08-02-2018 at 5:23 PM.
    June Grocery Challenge - Food £27.75/80, Alcohol £7.48/£20
    Bulk Fund Left/Food £66.76 Bulk Fund/Alcohol
    -£19.48
    Save 12k in 2018 #80 = £2,000/£5,000
    Yoga 30 Day Challenge 0/30
    Lose 12lbs - 8/12 - Goal 9st
    • caronc
    • By caronc 8th Feb 18, 7:38 PM
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    caronc
    In: individual HM roasted veg lasagne, 3 portion HM roasted veg, spinach & ricotta lasagnes
    Out: sausagemeat stuffing balls, giant yorkshire pudding
    Used up: 2 ood eggs, LO garlic bread
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 9th Feb 18, 10:20 AM
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    tootallulah
    Out: chicken curry, lamb curry, fish cakes, meatballs, tortellini, bacon, pizza

    In: nothing
    Mortgage House £45,000, 26 January 2018, 31st May 2018 £15,000.
    • donnajt
    • By donnajt 9th Feb 18, 11:03 AM
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    donnajt
    OUT: huge bag ikea meatballs
    IN: nil
    Slinkies 3st by summer (loss to date 10.5lbs)
    FlyMarketeers £1k by summer (sealed tin)
    • dannie
    • By dannie 9th Feb 18, 7:14 PM
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    dannie
    None of my mini-challenge recipes used up today.

    Went an errand and to the local food store. Checked "yellow-stickers". Nothing purchased.

    Assessed how much freezer space there is from 4 drawers = 1 drawer and 75%.
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 9th Feb 18, 7:28 PM
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    klbooth
    OUT: Bag of fish pie pieces, bag of prawns, half bag of white fillets, half a tub of smash
    IN: olive oil, 2 bags brown sugar, 2 tins rice pudding (thought i picked up custard, doh), 4 packs mac cheese, mango chutney, 2 packs poppadums, 2 bags crisps.

    Have friends coming to visit tomorrow so I am cooking a curry for lunch which will use up several sauce packets from the caravan storage and naan breads from the freezer hopefully if I can find them, lol (I know they are in there somewhere!!!)
    1P Challenge #13 £265.41/£667.95;£2 Club #30 £50;50p Club #8 £22;20p Club #100 £26;SPC #39 £?;VSPC #15 £492.30;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 £3964/£3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 £8912/£10014 (89%);GC Jan £483.58/£450; Feb £390.32/£430; Mar £260.41/£410; Apr £396.17/£410; May £368.57/£400; Jun 305.57/390
    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Feb 18, 7:38 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: crusty roll, fish pie mix, HM soup
    Used up: savoy cabbage, dried figs
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • phizzimum
    • By phizzimum 9th Feb 18, 7:49 PM
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    phizzimum
    Made hummus and bread today so thatís a carton of chick peas and half a bag of flour put to use. Used a no knead recipe that I havenít used in years so hopefully will taste ok.

    Dinner was random curry leftovers from freezer, bulked out with another carton of chick peas and some brown rice from freezer.

    Made rice pudding to help us use up stewed plums and gooseberries. A little fruit left but DH enjoyed it so I suggested he had it with yoghurt another day.

    Need to do a proper stocktake soon, the spice drawer is out of control
    weaving through the chaos...
    • foxyloxy11
    • By foxyloxy11 10th Feb 18, 8:26 AM
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    foxyloxy11
    IN- 3 Packs of reduced gluten free sausages from the coop,9 H/M Gluten/dairy free cupcakes and 3 portions of H/M veg soup
    OUT- 1 Pack of sausages for tea
    £1000 Emergency fund challenge #225 - £1000.00.00/£1000 Baby Step 1-COMPLETE
    Debt free day October 2019 - End of Baby Step 2 (A work in progress)
    • dannie
    • By dannie 10th Feb 18, 4:04 PM
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    dannie
    Still no 2017 freezer stored batch cooked recipes (completely) used up. Nevertheless, some are getting less and also other food "supplies" are being used/finished.

    No (local) weekend shopping yet due to the weather!
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 10th Feb 18, 6:37 PM
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    tootallulah
    Out: 2 X slices of sourdough bread (lucky find as I have been low carbing for about 6 months so this is a bit of a treat).

    In: nothing
    Mortgage House £45,000, 26 January 2018, 31st May 2018 £15,000.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Feb 18, 7:15 PM
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    caronc
    In: cheesy mash/white sauce mix
    Out: gammon joint, dried peas, gherkins, HM balsamic shallots, stewing steak, portion roast beef & gravy, pineapple
    Used up: cheese spread, celery, fish pie
    Last edited by caronc; 10-02-2018 at 7:17 PM.
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 10th Feb 18, 7:38 PM
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    klbooth
    OUT: 3 korma pastes, 3 packs naan bread, 2 packs poppadoms, mango chutney, 2 packs doritos
    IN: 4 bags diced chicken, 1 bag chicken breasts
    1P Challenge #13 £265.41/£667.95;£2 Club #30 £50;50p Club #8 £22;20p Club #100 £26;SPC #39 £?;VSPC #15 £492.30;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 £3964/£3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 £8912/£10014 (89%);GC Jan £483.58/£450; Feb £390.32/£430; Mar £260.41/£410; Apr £396.17/£410; May £368.57/£400; Jun 305.57/390
    • dannie
    • By dannie 11th Feb 18, 8:10 PM
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    dannie
    Still 4 out of the 11 mini-challenge freezer stored recipes used up. No weekend shopping purchases so making it a little easier to use up what I have first.
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 11th Feb 18, 9:21 PM
    • 207 Posts
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    klbooth
    OUT: Bag of chicken drumsticks, 2 packs 3 minute noodles
    IN: Carton of custard, 3 packs biscuits, 2 loaves of bread
    1P Challenge #13 £265.41/£667.95;£2 Club #30 £50;50p Club #8 £22;20p Club #100 £26;SPC #39 £?;VSPC #15 £492.30;1 Debt Vs 100 Days #1 £3964/£3964 (100%); PAYDOBX 2018 #118 £8912/£10014 (89%);GC Jan £483.58/£450; Feb £390.32/£430; Mar £260.41/£410; Apr £396.17/£410; May £368.57/£400; Jun 305.57/390
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