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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
    I'm a Board Guide on the Quick Grabbit, Food Shopping & Groceries, Shop but don't drop, Loans and Cutting Tax boards which means I volunteer to help get your forum questions answered and keep the forum running smoothly. Pease remember, board guides don't read every post. If you spot an illegal or inappropriate post then please report it to forumteam@moneysavingexpert.com (it's not part of my role to deal with this) Any views are mine and not the official line of MoneySavingExpert.

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    • dannie
    • By dannie 27th Feb 18, 7:06 AM
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    dannie
    My mini challenge figure is now 6/11.

    Went out yesterday to see if there were any useful "yellow-sticker" food items due to the oncoming snow. Didn't purchase anything so will be using up "stores", probably until the roads are safe (bicycle transport).
    • caronc
    • By caronc 27th Feb 18, 5:56 PM
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    Yesterday
    In: portion shepherdess pie base mix
    Out: liver & bacon casserole, tinned tomatoes
    Used up: gravy, piri piri sauce

    Today:
    In: portion curried lentil & tomato soup, portion cheesy mash
    Out: salmon trimmings
    Used up: nothing
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 27th Feb 18, 10:53 PM
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    klbooth
    OUT: gammon steaks, mac cheese, frozen corn, loaf of bread
    IN: 4 packs weetabix, bacon scallops, tin of coffee, honey bucket, 4x2 baguettes, 2 packs chocolate crepes, 2 loaves bread, 2 lots meatballs, 5 lots mince
    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
    • whmf00001
    • By whmf00001 28th Feb 18, 10:49 AM
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    whmf00001
    Really really good excuse to use from freezers and cupboards. Always try to but now not going out so cannot replace (add to) stocks.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 28th Feb 18, 6:42 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: pasta, lamb chops, pea & ham soup
    Used up: cucumber, cheese spread, piri piri chicken
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • Frogletina
    • By Frogletina 1st Mar 18, 10:13 AM
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    Frogletina
    I've been meaning to go to Waitrose as I've got 10% off until tomorrow but it's in the next town and I'd have to get a bus there. I could get a delivery but it's a minimum of £60.

    frogletina
    Originally posted by Frogletina
    Didn't go, and now I have vouchers for £9 off a £60 shop or £10 off £100 shop on line. There is no way I can carry £60 worth of shopping or need £100 worth. Doing wonders for my purse.


    In my cupboards

    custard powder - don't know when I last made custard

    oats - I use in muesli, but not made it for a while - new resolution, have started making muesli again

    sponge flour - no idea when I will use this up

    1 packet of coconut flour - used some of this up with the pastry but still have a lot left. Coconut tarts in Freezer.

    Self raising flour - no idea when I will use this up

    Plain flour - no idea when I will use this up

    Thai curry paste - packet for 10-12 servings - have used a third of this today

    Tin thai curry - not ever tried this, waiting for the day I decide to try it

    Keralam curry - ate it, but was not impressed

    coconut oil x 2 - one started, not using as quickly as I thought

    PG tips and Nescafe - I don't drink either so depends on who visits as to when they get used up

    basmati rice - I'm not that good with rice, tend to use tilda packets

    One Tilda packet rice, lol

    Peppermint tea - given to my daughter

    5 packets of Sensations - given to family


    I've only spent 36.90 on groceries this month - I'm very pleased about this
    Originally posted by Frogletina
    I have done even better this month - only spent £30.79. I have bought bread, orange juice, milk, broccoli, carrots, eggs, potatoes, Quorn, cheese spread, baked beans, almonds and Alpen bars.

    frogletina
    Last edited by Frogletina; 02-03-2018 at 1:09 AM.
    Not Rachmaninov
    But Nyman
    The heart asks for pleasure first

    SPC 8 #441 £1567.31 SPC 9 #441 £1014.64 SPC 10 #441 £1164.13
    • dannie
    • By dannie 1st Mar 18, 11:10 AM
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    dannie
    February 2018 update :-

    Mini challenge to use up freezer stored 2017 batch cooked recipes (several of each) = 7/11.

    Freezer drawers now empty = 2 drawers and one third of a drawer approximately from 4 drawers. The start of February = 1 drawer and two thirds approx.

    Food money expenditure for that month decreased compared to January 2018.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 1st Mar 18, 7:23 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: chicken & corn soup, ratatouille, greek pita
    Used up: grated cheese, HM jam
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 2nd Mar 18, 12:43 AM
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    klbooth
    OUT: Shredded taco chicken, box taco shells, old chicken rice packet
    IN: nothing
    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
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 2nd Mar 18, 4:02 PM
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    tootallulah
    Out: Bread, beef stew, chicken pie, pastificcio, cheese.

    In: Nothing as can't get out of the house!
    Mortgage House £45,000, 26 January 2018, 31st May 2018 £15,000.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 2nd Mar 18, 7:22 PM
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    caronc
    In: breaded haddock, tea, tinned tomatoes, Easter eggs
    Out: breaded haddock, peas, soup pasta
    Used up: ratatouille, egg/cheese mayo
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • dannie
    • By dannie 2nd Mar 18, 7:23 PM
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    dannie
    Weather conditions have meant no local food purchases this month so far. Consequently, I am continuing to use up "stores" and this should be until maybe next Tuesday or/and Wednesday.
    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 3rd Mar 18, 2:04 PM
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    klbooth
    OUT: spaghetti packet, S&S sauce jar, chicken soup concentrate, mug shot, tortilla wrap packet, 2 packs doritos, chilli portion.
    IN: nothing
    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 3rd Mar 18, 4:22 PM
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    dannie
    My mini challenge to use up freezer stored 2017 batch cooked recipes (several of each) is still not achieved. 4 more yet to do, so I will continue this month.

    Still not bought any food groceries locally this month due to the weather. However, it looks like the road outside is clearing a little but probable sleet and breezy conditions might put me off.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 3rd Mar 18, 7:18 PM
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    caronc
    In: breaded camembert
    Out: rump steak, pork belly
    Used up: soup, flat mushrooms
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • archwaysaver
    • By archwaysaver 4th Mar 18, 12:15 PM
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    archwaysaver
    This weekend:

    In: aubergine lentil stew (dinner leftovers)
    Out: lamb burgers (yellow stickered from Waitrose(!), in freezer since December )
    Used up: carrots

    This week I want to get cracking on some of the odd things we have knocking around from specific recipes - millet and soba noodles, here we come!
    Bring lunch to work March: 5/13
    NSD March: 6/18

    Goal by Sept 2019: £20,100
    So far: £3,749.89
    (tuition £1,920/4,100, cushion £456/1,000, dream £1,300.44/15,000)
    • tootallulah
    • By tootallulah 4th Mar 18, 5:52 PM
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    tootallulah
    Out 2 X filet steak, lamb chop, garlic bread, white currants, strawberries, apricots,
    raspberries.

    In nothing: thank goodness the rain has arrived the snow has gone now and it is still above freezing, let's hope this is over for this year. I have put aside a budget of £48.00 for the rest of the month because I have been on an enforced no spend due to weather and I can't see that either freezer is any clearer after eating out of them for 6 days. I am a food hoarder which needs to stop.
    Mortgage House £45,000, 26 January 2018, 31st May 2018 £15,000.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 4th Mar 18, 6:55 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: lorne sausage, tattie scone
    Used up: nothing
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
    • dannie
    • By dannie 4th Mar 18, 7:47 PM
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    dannie
    The road conditions made it possible for me to walk to some local shops but nothing purchased. (Poor reductions and I thought that what I had was better at home). So far this month, no food purchased.

    Fridge is less cluttered and the food store cupboards are less packed. The 2017 freezer batch cooked items are very slowly reducing.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 5th Mar 18, 9:10 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: curried lentil & tomato soup, ragu, spaghetti
    Used up: belly pork
    GC - Mar £104/£150, Apr £164/£200, May £96/£120, Jun £175/£230
    GC YTD 2018- £574/£940
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