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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    December 2017 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    December 2017 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the final Grocery Challenge of 2017 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your November budget, then keep on posting in the November 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 request, here is Spiggles wonderful helpful post

    We all have different budgets that suit our households. The most important thing to remember is that you set yours according to your needs and finances. It can take time to get to where you want to be too so don't knock yourself out if you go over in the first few months. We are here to support each other and it is not a competition.

    I thought it might help to outline where we've come from and the top tips I've learned.

    When we started in March 2010 we had spent in excess of £600 in the previous month. This had to stop, (there's only me and him and our two beautiful black cats) something which thankfully my OH completely agreed with so I have been lucky that he has been on board from the start. He gave me his debit card voluntarily and I still keep hold of it until he needs to get something for the home. At the same time we set up a system of pocket money (pm) at £15 each per week which doesn't count towards the GC and which we can each spend as we wish with no comebacks or complaints. OH predominantly uses his pm on his beer and I ferret mine away mostly.

    The next step was to set up my own spreadsheet which is absolutely simple onto which I put all spends so that I have a continuous running total for the month and for the year. We initially set our budget at £280 per month and brought it down to £240 where it resides for most of the year it is occasionally increased to allow for extras e.g. Christmas to £260.

    The important 'tools' we found greatly helped and continue to do so now are:

    Stocktake cupboards, fridge, freezer - make lists and ensure that the older products get used up first. You'll be amazed at what you find squirrelled away and it will help with your shopping list as you'll realise that you don't actually need so much.

    Before you go shopping check staples - running out of milk, bread, butter, etc often leads to going into a shop for one thing and coming out £20 lighter. Always check these and if they'll run out tomorrow buy them the same time as getting other things.

    Always make a shopping list and stick to it - the supermarkets (sm) try every which way to get us to spend so having a list and strong resolve is the only way to beat them.

    Keep every receipt - and then note it down on your spreadsheet/spend diary so that you always know where you are.

    When tempted, ask yourself do you NEED it or just WANT it - now this advice goes with two things. Firstly, the things you see in store when shopping that APPEAR to be bargains - if you hadn't planned spending the money then its not a bargain. Secondly, the sm send us loads of vouchers for £X off a spend of £XX - if you had no NEED to spend £XX then have you SAVED anything???

    Use my supermarket to compare prices (limited to four of the biggies) - The site may be used to actually do an online shop at whichever of the big four offers the best value or, if you have the time and sm availability, to make up lists for visiting each of the stores so that you can purchase all you need at different stores thus getting the best possible value. (I'd add, do a 'shop' virtually on this site and take the list you create on it with you, whichever one you shop at, it will help keep target prices in your head and allow you to spot bargains. MrM is not included but you can do a virtual list on their website so you know what you're going to be spending.)

    Always have a list - this is just as important when shopping online as shopping on foot.

    Use Approved Foods online (with a list!) - if you don't mind out of date things (ood) or you can search for only in date items. The only drawback is storing the goods as far as I can tell. Oh, and watch the delivery as it's done on a scaled charge for weight so keep an eye on it. You can of course do an AF order with friends, family, colleagues or like minded neighbours. Other GCers use Big Br*nds 4 Less too.

    Invest in a breadmaker - we have saved so much by making our own bread. The prices in the shops are extortionate for bread these days. There's loads of advice on this thread and others in the forum on this.

    Use the recipe lists - always posted at the front of a new thread. There are fantastic, tasty, healthy and economical recipes to use on them and there are a number of other threads on the forum such as Weezl's that will help you to eat well on a budget.

    Shop locally - the local greengrocer (or preferably market but I don't have one ) is usually cheaper as an option for fruit and veg (f&v) than the sm. Often the prices may look the same but when you look at the quantity for the same price the greengrocer will be cheaper. The same goes for the local butcher. Often you will have far more variety of meat available, advice on how to cook a particular meat can be offered and there is (for me at least) no comparison in terms of quality. We buy our huge FR eggs there and I'm yet to find an equivalent FR egg in a sm at the same or lower price. Obvioulsy if you have your own chicks/know someone who has chicks you can get them even cheaper again.

    Grow your own - it's quite simple to grow some f&v at home even if it's only in pots on the patio. There are also supportive threads on the forum for this.

    Cook your own - making meals at home from ingredients is far more economical, often tastes better than shop bought and is probably far better healthwise.

    Meal Plan - this is something that others can advise on as we don't do it. I have a tremendous capacity for eating the same food over many days but presented in slightly different form. For example, we could buy £7 worth of brisket from the butchers and eat it as pot roast for a couple of days, sliced for sarnies, sliced with a salad, chucked into a casserole or shredded up and fried as crispy beef.

    Don't waste food - either only make what you need or use any leftovers for other meals/creations or freeze it for another day.

    Withdraw the cash you want to spend - and keep it in a separate purse. This can be particularly effective as you have the money in front of you reducing rather than spending with plastic which is so easy to lose track of. Very useful when you first start out.

    Don't go to the shops to browse - this can only lead to pain and hardship!!!

    Keep posting and reading the thread - there really is no better supportive, wise and inspirational place to be! I think I saw that somebody mentioned forgetting to read/post. I get around this by using the Advanced button to post, below the window where your text is displayed you will see Additional Options. In the Thread Subscription box use the dropdown to select either instant email notification (this is what I use) or daily email notification before you submit your latest post. Then you will get an email into your inbox from which you can click to the thread to see what others are saying.

    Always remember the sm is not your friend - it wants to profit from you and take as much of your money as it can coerce out of you!

    So, there you go as a starting point. Others on here will offer tremendous advice on meal planning. And don't forget, the only silly question is the one you didn't ask!

    See you all later,
    For quidelines on posting in this thread please read the second post in this thread.

    For the Grocery challenge Recipe Index please see posts #4 to #10 this thread (the list is growing!!!!!)

    For everyones totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!


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    • taka
    • By taka 2nd Dec 17, 10:04 PM
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    I'm in again please! No idea if this budget will be remotely possible but I have £155 set aside plus the £2.04 underspend from last month: £157.04 for December. So far £12.80 spent but a trip to costco will happen mid month so this plus christmas may well mean the budget could be an epic fail.
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    • Pandora
    • By Pandora 2nd Dec 17, 10:38 PM
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    What a nightmare day!!!! I got so caught up doing my stock take that I didn't get around to making my soup and just had a quick microwaved jacket spud with some left over grated cheese for lunch. Then later on when I switched on the hob to start making my paella for tea I ran out of gas!!!! So, no heating, no hob and no hot water unless I use the electric shower or boil the kettle!! Grrrr!!!! Tea ended up being an out of date packet of flavoured rice which I could microwave and am just toasting a couple of crumpets as am still a bit peckish and need something yummy to warm me up!!
    The only good points are that at least I've made some headway with the stock take, I'm saving money not using/having any heating (!) and I've managed to find the slow cooker which hadn't been unpacked yet even though I moved house months ago!! Found it too late in the day to actually use it to cook anything to eat today but now I've found it, I can use it to save on gas by not cooking on the hob
    Must remember to ring up and see about getting these horrible pre-payment meters changed to normal ones!! Hope it's not too difficult and can be done quickly as I start a new job on 2nd Jan and have no idea what my shift pattern will be like!! It's step one towards my dream job though and I'm certainly looking forward to the extra £6k a year - on paper if not actually in my bank account!!

    **Just thought, the meals I had planned but didn't cook can still be done as none of the food will be any more ready for the bin tomorrow than it was today!!!! Woohoo!!!**
    Last edited by Pandora; 03-12-2017 at 12:48 AM. Reason: Feeling brighter!!
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    • just trying
    • By just trying 2nd Dec 17, 10:45 PM
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    just trying
    Please can I join again.

    I would normally go for £80, spent pennies over £80 for the week yesterday to last the week for 5 adults basically, includes everything. Plus £10 for daughters lunches for the week so £90. D's girlfriend has been staying Friday to Sunday night so no more than £100 a week at very most, won't spend more this week anyway.

    Not much pennies just now as I've lent money to someone and they don't have all the money to pay it back, lent them £2,500 guarantee you'll have half back nope, now I'm short. Oh well.
    • ScotinLondon
    • By ScotinLondon 3rd Dec 17, 9:07 AM
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    Morning all..a bit belated too, but thanks for the setting up the December challenge.
    My month started on 25th November. Have had a few spends already.
    Could you please kindly put me down for £160.

    Will post up everything during today. Everyone have a great Sunday.
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    • butterfly2507
    • By butterfly2507 3rd Dec 17, 11:12 AM
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    We spent 61,97 !!!8364; yesterday which is pretty good considering we bought a we things that WEREN'T on the shopping list
    Dec GC 156,21 € / 250 €
    Jan GC 108,33 € / 250 €

    english is not my first language, sorry for any misspellings
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 3rd Dec 17, 12:07 PM
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    Hello. May I join you all again please? Sorry I keep dipping in and out. This year has been a roller coaster including OH's mum passing away over summer after becoming ill this spring. We're finally beginning to stabilize our home life after everything that has gone on this year.

    SO. I'm going to realistically high this time around. !!!8364;350 for December. £200 to stock up in London when we go this weekend. I'm going to buy ALLLLL THE HAGGIS. And cheeses and crackers, etc. I'm also thinking of making food presents for friends this year so will buy baking supplies.

    We're 2 adults living in continental Europe with no kids or pets. OH is vegetarian and I eat low(er) carb.

    Please and thanks.
    Last edited by JingsMyBucket; 03-12-2017 at 12:15 PM.
    MAY 18 GC: €112.63/€400.00 // 6/10 NSD
    APR 18 GC: €406.12/€400.00 // 16/10 NSD
    MAR 18 GC: €193.98/€400.00 // 17/10 NSD // £162.19/£150 UK stock up
    FEB 18 GC: €250.44/€450 and 15/10 NSD
    JAN 18 GC: €377.92/€550.00 // 8 NSD
    Dec 17 GC: €406.50/€350.00 // 11 NSD // £198.57/£200 UK stock up
    • Faete
    • By Faete 3rd Dec 17, 12:19 PM
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    I failed disasterously to keep check last month as my SO ended up shopping for two weekends and didn't keep the receipts. (I was ill one weekend and staying with friends the other). He wouldn't even hazzard a guess!

    This month I'm trying to stick to £350. I started well with £22.26 spent at Asda and £23.32 at Aldi yesterday.

    Fae xx
    Last edited by Faete; 03-12-2017 at 12:23 PM.
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    • Need2bthrifty
    • By Need2bthrifty 3rd Dec 17, 12:48 PM
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    2 weeks of my month past already, I've had a couple of spends but then went down with the dreaded lurgy this week and cba doing anything much until now. Did a bigger shop last week in Sainsbugs £12.73 = meat, F&V and some cupboard staples and a £5.44 on dairy, bread, fresh fruit & paracetamol = a total spend so far of £18.17/£70.00.

    Now that I feel a bit better I'll go plan my weekly menu, I've been a bit lazy lately

    Edit - After much procrastination finally drew up a plan, which I should hopefully stick to. Everything is either in the freezer/fridge or store cupboard so technically I shouldn't need to go shopping at all.
    Mon - Turkey & Quinoa Meatloaf
    Tues - Sweet & Sour Pork, rice
    Wed - Falafel & tomato sauce, pasta salad, coleslaw
    Thurs - Baked potato, l/o salad.
    Fri - Moussaka
    Sat - Macaroni Cheese
    Sun - Pizza
    Last edited by Need2bthrifty; 06-12-2017 at 5:28 PM.
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    GC - Apr - £55.82/£80.00, Mar - £59.87/£60.00
    • starting_again_in_the_sun
    • By starting_again_in_the_sun 3rd Dec 17, 4:20 PM
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    Spent 50.99!!!8364; yesterday, which means about half our budget is gone after 9 days :/.

    I did buy coffee for the rest of the month and a bottle of Bailey's for Christmas. Also 5 different blocks of cheese (cheese is my weakness!)... So the rest of this month's meals will be cheese themed.
    Meal plan for rest of the week:
    Today: Chinese stir fry with rice
    Tomorrow: cheese and vegetable pastry parcels with chunky chips.
    Tues: blue cheese risotto with chicken
    Wednesday: pasta with brie, bacon and veg.
    Thurs: pizza with wedges and roasted peppers.
    Friday: out for dinner.

    Need to buy fruit juice, rice, bread and leeks tomorrow.
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 3rd Dec 17, 4:33 PM
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    !!!8364;2.40 for Moroccan flat bread at a Moroccan bakery.

    !!!8364;24.87 on some staples like bananas, avocados, clementines, etc.

    So, !!!8364;27.27 / !!!8364;350 so far. I'll see if we can last the week without buying stuff before we leave on Friday morning for London. The only thing I might pick up would be olive oil for about !!!8364;15 and which will last into the new year.
    Last edited by JingsMyBucket; 03-12-2017 at 4:38 PM.
    MAY 18 GC: €112.63/€400.00 // 6/10 NSD
    APR 18 GC: €406.12/€400.00 // 16/10 NSD
    MAR 18 GC: €193.98/€400.00 // 17/10 NSD // £162.19/£150 UK stock up
    FEB 18 GC: €250.44/€450 and 15/10 NSD
    JAN 18 GC: €377.92/€550.00 // 8 NSD
    Dec 17 GC: €406.50/€350.00 // 11 NSD // £198.57/£200 UK stock up
    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 3rd Dec 17, 4:56 PM
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    Save Dosh
    I did buy coffee for the rest of the month and a bottle of Bailey's for Christmas. Also 5 different blocks of cheese (cheese is my weakness!)... So the rest of this month's meals will be cheese themed.
    Originally posted by starting_again_in_the_sun
    It's not your weakness - it's because cheese is highly addictive, it contains a protein called Casein, which is produced to bond the calf to the mother. If your interested, Google is Casein Addictive, it will give you the facts. #JustThoughtYouMightBeInterested
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 03-12-2017 at 6:21 PM.
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    • YorksLass
    • By YorksLass 3rd Dec 17, 5:23 PM
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    Week 1
    Welcome to all newbies and returners. If anyone's worried about this not being a good time of year to join in, look upon it as a trial run for next year!

    I can't believe we're in December - where has this year gone?

    Friday spends of £20.30 at the market and fish shop, plus a "payback" to DH for this weekend's shellfish. A few items needed tomorrow from the sm and hopefully that will be it for this week. Dinner plan done:

    Su - Beef stew (made in sc yesterday), cabbage, mash, Yorkies
    M - ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ but with dumplings instead of Yorkies
    Tu - Turkey stir fry, noodles
    W - Fish pie (potato topping), peas, sweetcorn
    Th - Bacon chops, egg, chips

    I've gone for fairly quick and easy meals this week as I need to get a wriggle on with all the Crimbo stuff. I'm more or less organised but really would like to have everything sorted over the next couple of weeks.

    Breakfasts will be the usual cereal, porridge, toast + something on top and there's plenty of stuff in the freezer and cupboards I can use for lunches and puddings if we want or need them, so still on course for emptying one freezer drawer for Xmas goodies.
    Be kind to others and to yourself too. Life has its ups and downs, use the ups to overcome the downs!
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    • dingdongsaving
    • By dingdongsaving 3rd Dec 17, 8:13 PM
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    It's hard to believe it's the last month of 2017 already!

    I've looked back through our December budgets from years gone by & we're going to set our budget at £600 for 1-31 December. This is for all food, drinks & pet food for the 4 of us, our cat and 2 dogs.

    I've gone with a significant increase to our 'average' budget as we have several meals/days with guests who will be eating/drinking with us. Nothing tremendously fancy, just lots of celebrations. December brings: my birthday, possible family meals on Dec 23rd and Christmas eve, us hosting Christmas day & Boxing day plus several other friends popping round for nibbles, catch ups, brunch etc.
    • starting_again_in_the_sun
    • By starting_again_in_the_sun 3rd Dec 17, 8:29 PM
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    It's not your weakness - it's because cheese is highly addictive, it contains a protein called Casein, which is produced to bond the calf to the mother. If your interested, Google is Casein Addictive, it will give you the facts. #JustThoughtYouMightBeInterested
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Thanks, read about this a while ago...I am probably am addicted to cheese but I manage to only eat it a few times a week until December
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 3rd Dec 17, 11:18 PM
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    Totally forgot that I bought a carton of seedy bread mix at IKEA on Saturday. That's another €2.95. That takes me up to €30.22 / €350.

    Things to buy this week:
    • eggs
    • toilet paper
    • olive oil
    • paper towels, maybe (aka kitchen roll)

    We'll be eating down the fridge this week before going away.
    MAY 18 GC: €112.63/€400.00 // 6/10 NSD
    APR 18 GC: €406.12/€400.00 // 16/10 NSD
    MAR 18 GC: €193.98/€400.00 // 17/10 NSD // £162.19/£150 UK stock up
    FEB 18 GC: €250.44/€450 and 15/10 NSD
    JAN 18 GC: €377.92/€550.00 // 8 NSD
    Dec 17 GC: €406.50/€350.00 // 11 NSD // £198.57/£200 UK stock up
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 3rd Dec 17, 11:29 PM
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    Evening folks and a warm welcome to the new peoples, returners and regulars

    Thank you for running the thread Zippy and Coxy

    Sorry I'm late to the gate this month, but just back from my holibobs in Valencia I'll get all my signature updated tomorrow.

    We would like to go for our usual budget so £200 for December. This is for DH and myself and covers all our food, cleaning, laundry and general toiletries. Drink and entertainment have their own budgets.

    Hope you all have a great month and good luck with the challenge
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 4th Dec 17, 12:54 PM
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    Hi everyone,
    Budgets updated to here
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    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 4th Dec 17, 1:52 PM
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    Thank you Coxy and Zippy for keeping us on track each month.
    MAY 18 GC: €112.63/€400.00 // 6/10 NSD
    APR 18 GC: €406.12/€400.00 // 16/10 NSD
    MAR 18 GC: €193.98/€400.00 // 17/10 NSD // £162.19/£150 UK stock up
    FEB 18 GC: €250.44/€450 and 15/10 NSD
    JAN 18 GC: €377.92/€550.00 // 8 NSD
    Dec 17 GC: €406.50/€350.00 // 11 NSD // £198.57/£200 UK stock up
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 4th Dec 17, 2:53 PM
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    Genuine question to everybody else declaring less than £300/ month, how do you do it?
    Originally posted by Camomile
    Well, in our case, the Grocery Challenge bill is only part of our "housekeeping". Our full monthly budget is £220, split as follows:-
    £120 - General groceries (Supermarket, farm shop, market stalls)
    £ 40 - Meat Fund (we use a specialist butcher for most meat)
    £ 40 - Bulk Fund (for stocking up at Costco, Wing Yip or on a great deal at the supermarket)
    £ 10 - Christmas (this buys the turkey/goose* (if we can get one), Christmas pudding, etc)
    £ 10 - Garden Fund (for seeds, compost, etc)
    This is for household spending. DH and I have separate money for our own spending, as well as a "date night fund", which may pay for the odd takeaway. Usually, there's just the two of us but we often have family/friends staying, sometimes for weeks at a time.

    The big things with us that save us money are:-
    • we cook virtually everything from scratch
    • Use - and abuse - the freezer for leftovers, ys items, etc
    • Unless we have a really good reason not to, we normally just buy the value label. There are a couple of items for which we will pay a premium (for instance I won't purchase peanut butter containing palm oil)
    • Portion control. This applies to things like washing up liquid, shampoo and washing powder as well as food, e.g. I decant washing up liquid into pump-topped bottles - two squirts per sink full.
    • We take our lunches to work virtually every day. I also take in instant coffee because my employer just supplies boiling water and a machine that dispenses something that is "almost but not quite unlike tea" (to quote Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). They sell fancy coffees downstairs but I'd be spending close to £20 a week if I didn't bring my own.

    *I can't get a goose this year from my butcher. I've ordered my turkey but don't know what it'll cost until we collect it. The last time I bought a turkey from them, it cost £70. It was 8kg and had fat on it, so well worth the cost.
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 4th Dec 17, 4:09 PM
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    Don't know why but wasn't able to enlarge or change colour of text on my total. just produces this £250
    Never mind even if I am not on list I will still aim for target.
    Originally posted by Highland Fling
    I've made it big and bold for you... for future, copy and paste this but replace the round brackets with square

    (b)(size=5)(COLOR="red") £250 (/COLOR)(/size)(/b)
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