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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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    • caronc
    • By caronc 9th Nov 18, 6:32 PM
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    caronc
    In: coffee, naan, bread flour, yeast
    Out: pollock, peas, corn, broth mix, cooked turkey, leeks and ham stock
    Used up: cheese spread, roasted veg, jarlsberg cheese, wrinkly carrots & parsnips

    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Nov 18, 8:02 PM
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    caronc
    In: nothing
    Out: souvlaki, refried beans
    Used up: nothing

    • JackieO
    • By JackieO 11th Nov 18, 1:16 PM
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    JackieO
    yesterday in
    Nothing
    Out a piece of frying steak which I had for lunch with a poached egg on top I will get this blooming freezer emptied
    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
    • caronc
    • By caronc 11th Nov 18, 8:19 PM
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    caronc
    In: portion of HM broth
    Out: gammon steak, pineapple, corn cobette, sausagemeat, HM breadcrumbs

    Used up: LO stuffed wrap from last night, cabbage salad

    • Nodette
    • By Nodette 11th Nov 18, 10:20 PM
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    Nodette
    It's all too, too much.....
    Goodness, it's over a year since I was on this thread so you probably won't remember me. I'm the one who used to live on a farm (and had 4 freezers) and then moved to a terraced house and managed to cut down to 1 freezer with the help of this thread.

    Well, we moved house again and before I knew it I had 5 full freezers! How does that happen??
    I decided to join the thread again to force myself to empty at least one of the freezers.

    Then two days ago one of the freezers died. Soggy bread had to go in the bin, but thankfully most of the rest of the stuff was still frozen. I transferred as much as I could to the other freezers and they're all now so full I've had to put cast-iron casserole dishes etc on top to keep them closed!!

    We still have about a dozen beefburgers that won't fit anywhere and I've got to think of something to do with them before they go off (they're in the fridge at the moment. The second fridge. . . . .) In my defense, my mum has dementia and the second fridge was hers, as was the freezer that died.

    But I still want to empty one of the other freezers. After all, there are only 2 of us in the house and we don't need 4 freezers.
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Nov 18, 7:51 AM
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    pamsdish
    IN. nothing
    OUT, Lamb, sprouts.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • dannie
    • By dannie 12th Nov 18, 9:54 AM
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    dannie
    Since my last post (8th this month) :-


    Bicycle transport back again has meant more potential for more food coming in. However, just one "yellow-sticker" cauliflower acquired. Also, via someone else, three packets reduced price "tofoo" (i.e. tofu). A few bits from the garden as well.


    Non-food costs have been much higher this month but no food online shopping expected this week. Still one freezer drawer of food remains plus fridge/store cupboard contents to use up.
    Last edited by dannie; 12-11-2018 at 9:57 AM.
    • Nodette
    • By Nodette 12th Nov 18, 4:21 PM
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    Nodette
    In: nothing (no room!!)
    Out: nothing
    Used up: catering tin of roasted red peppers and another of tomatoes - combined to make red pepper and tomato soup. We'll eat some tonight.
    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Nov 18, 9:42 PM
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    In: nothing
    Out: pasta, brown lentils, HM passatta, parmesan

    Used up: mushrooms, 1/2 carrot, 1/2 yellow pepper
    Ditched: end of a pot of sour cream

    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 13th Nov 18, 9:05 AM
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    zafiro1984
    I had to do a shop at the weekend mainly for fruit and veg plus dog food. Into freezer went frozen mixed fruit, and some fish as I had none.

    So I went shopping in the freezers again and moved enough food over to the small one in the kitchen to last 1 week.
    I'll record what I take out of the kitchen freezer.

    Out over the last couple of days
    venison, 2 pork chops, crumble topping, sliced apple, mincemeat, courgettes, toms, aubergine peppers all from my plot, bread, rolls and a bit of soup.
    All the rest came from the fridge and veg store (nothing out of the cupboards) - phew
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 13th Nov 18, 12:50 PM
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    pamsdish
    IN Nothing
    OUT Liver.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 13th Nov 18, 3:00 PM
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    Need2bthrifty
    Hi Folks, I’m back again too.

    I failed miserably to empty and defrost by September/October - I totally lost track and had a carrier bag of windfall apples to deal with. This past weekend I did an inventory and my priority over the next two weeks is to use up all the RTH meals and soup portions.

    I’ve a small quantity of fresh stuff to use up and the only thing on my shopping list at the moment is eggs .

    RTH Portions
    Chicken = Lasagne x 1, Curry x 2, In Oyster Sauce x 1, Sumac x 1
    Pork = Sweet & Sour x 1, Sausage & Bean Chilli x 3
    Lamb = Moussaka x 1
    Beef = Savoury mince x 1, Stew x 3, Keema Curry x 1
    Veggie = Falafel Patties x 1, Mushroom & Leek Lasagne x 1, Roast Veggies x 1

    Soup Portions = Broth x 3, Pea & Ham x 3, Minestrone x 2, Celery x 1, Leek & Potato x 3

    Next on my “To Do” list is a menu plan
    Last edited by Need2bthrifty; 13-11-2018 at 3:43 PM.
    NSD's from 13/11/18 = 4
    • caronc
    • By caronc 13th Nov 18, 7:31 PM
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    Need2thrifty, like you I'm nowhere near empty freezers though my "stock rotation" has greatly improved! I think unless I stop bulk buying and batch cooking etc. that's unlikely to change but tbh I'm not inclined to miss out on offers etc. for things I will use over time. I'll get the big freezer defrosted one day though it's so old the shock will probably kill it.......
    In: 2 portions HM mushroom & lentil ragu
    Out: butterbeans, HM swedish meatballs, root veg mash, yeast, bread flour

    Used up: greek yoghurt, lemon, HM scotch egg

    • dannie
    • By dannie 14th Nov 18, 7:07 AM
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    dannie
    No change since last Monday although I have spotted some "clearance" store cupboard products locally. Might get them as I do not think the price will get any lower. Also, have worked out how they will work (money saving/simple uses) with existing food "stock".
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 14th Nov 18, 11:36 AM
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    pamsdish
    IN half pack Heck sausage, bought y.s. eaten other half.

    OUT some of aubergine and courgette I had roasted and frozen.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • natlie
    • By natlie 14th Nov 18, 2:46 PM
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    natlie
    Hi I don't think my post worked yesterday, so I'm new on this thread but trying to clear out a bit before xmas

    In nothing
    Out nothing

    used up: vegan sausages use by today, bread, 2 sad slices of quorn vegan chicken for tea more sausages - in a casserole
    £27328 £26,728 £26,668 £26475.20 £26,696.77 DOH
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 15th Nov 18, 9:01 AM
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    pamsdish
    IN 2 half shoulders of lamb
    OUT no idea, defrosting in fridge, spotted yesterday whilst searching for aubergine, will update.
    Turned out a cauliflower cheese. very nice too served with 2 slices belly pork.
    Last edited by pamsdish; 15-11-2018 at 4:47 PM.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 15th Nov 18, 11:44 AM
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    Need2bthrifty
    Need2thrifty, like you I'm nowhere near empty freezers though my "stock rotation" has greatly improved! I'll get the big freezer defrosted one day though it's so old the shock will probably kill it......
    Originally posted by caronc
    Thatís a concern I have as the poor thing is over 20 years old, but on a positive note the cubic space will increase a wee bit when the build-up of ice is defrosted

    In = Nothing
    Out = Pea & Ham Soup, Falafel patties, 2 bread rolls, 4 slices bread, a handful of potato wedges.

    Used up = a red & green pepper, 1 little gem lettuce, stewed apples.
    NSD's from 13/11/18 = 4
    • zafiro1984
    • By zafiro1984 15th Nov 18, 3:27 PM
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    zafiro1984
    In Nothing
    Out over the last couple of days
    veg from fridge to make soup, I also whizzed up some dry lentils to thicken the soup, plus spices/stock cubes
    Freezer - pork chop, apple sponge, venison wellington - my version, plums.
    November 2018 42.83/100
    • caronc
    • By caronc 15th Nov 18, 7:46 PM
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    caronc
    Yesterday and today
    In: nothing
    Out: flour, chicken wings, corn cobette, cupasoup, blueberries

    Used up: bananas, butter bean & red pepper dip, greek yoghurt, lemon

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