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    • zippychick
    • By zippychick 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
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    February 2018 Grocery Challenge
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    • 13th Oct 14, 12:54 PM
    February 2018 Grocery Challenge 13th Oct 14 at 12:54 PM
    Hi everyone,

    Welcome to the second Grocery Challenge of 2018 !!!!

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your January budget, then keep on posting in the Januarychallenge.

    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 competition....it'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,
    Spigs
    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!

    Zip
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    • debtfreeforlife
    • By debtfreeforlife 13th Feb 18, 7:00 AM
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    Still mostly on track - £107.97/£200 of this month's spend!
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    • mummyjane
    • By mummyjane 13th Feb 18, 10:06 AM
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    Have updated my signature to include a Mr S delivery that came Saturday, they had sent me a £10 off voucher on a £50 shop so stocked up on toilet rolls and cleaning bits plus topped up a few everyday bits such as milk/bread/cereal. Going to try and make a list of our freezer contents later and meal plan around them, food seems to get lost in them and we are now starting to take over the dog's freezer as well I would love to get down to one freezer if possible as I think it would be much easier to know what we have and keep our shops down.

    Miserable day outside and we have a plasterer in so might take dd up on her offer to treat me to a Costa today I'm sure dh will manage for an hour on his own.
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    • LalalaLindy
    • By LalalaLindy 13th Feb 18, 10:54 AM
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    Yesterday was NSD but will need a few bits for DS packed lunches today, so I will update signature later.

    I need to join the injury bench now. Felt rubbish all year, thought I was just being a bit pathetic. Turns out Ive got pleurisy. Should start to feel better soon.

    Hope everyone else is improving.

    Doom_and_Gloom, some people are revolting. Hope you are ok.
    Last edited by LalalaLindy; 13-02-2018 at 10:56 AM. Reason: Spelling
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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 13th Feb 18, 10:57 AM
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    Aubergine, Lentil and Potato Layer Bake (VEGAN)
    Doom & Gloom I'm so sorry to hear about the way you were treated on the bus, that's terrible! What an ignorant woman; I hope she doesn't pass that on to her child

    I made up a delicious dinner last night and it gave me 4 massive portions to have with veg - totally free on Slimming World too (also vegan of course)! Here's the recipe if any of you want it - it;s nothing ground breaking and I totally improvised it but it was really delicious!

    Aubergine, Lentil and Potato Layer Bake

    7 small - medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2 cm slices
    2 large aubergines, sliced longways
    250g dry green lentils
    1 large white onion
    2 giant garlic cloves (this would probably be 4 normal sized but I get the big garlics!)
    2 tsp dried basil
    2 tsp dried oregano
    2 tsp smoked paprika
    1 tsp sea salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/4 tsp chilli flakes
    2 bay leaves
    2 tins chopped tomatoes
    3 heaped tbsps tomato puree


    1. Bake the aubergine slices until soft and lightly coloured (I just used a few sprays of Frylight)
    2. Parboil the potato slices for about 10 minutes
    3. Cook the lentils as per packet instructions - I just put them in loads of water and get them boiling then simmering for about 30-40 minutes - I don't really time it, just eat a couple now and then - LOL
    4. When the lentils are done, make the sauce - saute the chopped onion and garlic in water (or oil if you're not trying to lose weight!) until translucent, add all the herbs and spices, mix well and cook for further minute, the add the cooked lentils, the tinned tomatoes and the tomato puree. Let it sit on a low simmer for 20-25 minutes to get those flavours combined.
    5. To assemble, its 3 layers of sauce, 3 of potato and 2 of aubergine, in this order: sauce, aubergine, potato, sauce, aubergine, potato, sauce, potato.
    6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes foil covered, then 25 uncovered.

    It's really good.. You could top with (vegan!) cheese before baking if not on a diet like me





    Last edited by elsiepac; 13-02-2018 at 2:00 PM.
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    • short_bird
    • By short_bird 13th Feb 18, 11:15 AM
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    Morning, all!
    £22.35 in the "social budget" and £14.32 in the groceries budget, £37.67 left for the next fortnight. Still lots of basics in the fridge, store cupboard and freshly defrosted freezer
    Happy Pancake Day!!
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    • klbooth
    • By klbooth 13th Feb 18, 11:20 AM
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    Quick stop off at Aldi for a few bits, £13.86 later.....

    £140.04/£430
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 13th Feb 18, 11:59 AM
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    SaveDosh I'm so sorry to hear about the way you were treated on the bus, that's terrible! What an ignorant woman; I hope she doesn't pass that on to her child
    Originally posted by elsiepac
    I think you mean Doom & Gloom, post 297, but yes terrible behaviour.

    For anyone interested, Lidl are have a Vegan/Veggie specials on Thursday 15th. Gonna hold off shopping 'till then, weather rubbish here and I have a ton to be catching up on.
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    • mummyjane
    • By mummyjane 13th Feb 18, 1:09 PM
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    Lalalalindy - hope you're feeling better very soon, I suppose at least you know why you've been feeling so terrible x

    Elsiepac - thank you for that lovely recipe, I will try that. I'm trying to get the family to eat more meat free meals and struggling but that looks lovely xx
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    • LalalaLindy
    • By LalalaLindy 13th Feb 18, 1:40 PM
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    Thank you mummyjane, it was a relief to know what was wrong.

    elsiepac Thank you for the recipe. It looks lovely. I sometimes struggle to picture what something would look like if I’ve never had it before. The photos really helped. I’ve already screenshot it to try out next week!

    Just been making pancake batter ready for teatime.
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    MAR GC: £428.96/£390 + 9 NSD ** APR GC: £137.38/£390 + 5 NSD


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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 13th Feb 18, 2:04 PM
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    I think you mean Doom & Gloom, post 297, but yes terrible behaviour.

    For anyone interested, Lidl are have a Vegan/Veggie specials on Thursday 15th. Gonna hold off shopping 'till then, weather rubbish here and I have a ton to be catching up on.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Correct! Corrected - thanks for pointing out!!

    Thanks for Lidl tip - what sort of stuff is included? Don't have one near me so would need to bribe my mum to go to hers for me lol!

    LalalaLindy and mummyjane - glad to be of service!
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    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 13th Feb 18, 6:51 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom, some people are revolting. Hope you are ok.
    Originally posted by LalalaLindy
    I'm okay now yes. Though I didn't go out today with my OH as it was still in my mind . I will also admit to having a few drinks last night due to it as did OH. Bad habit I know .
    Doom & Gloom I'm so sorry to hear about the way you were treated on the bus, that's terrible! What an ignorant woman; I hope she doesn't pass that on to her child

    I made up a delicious dinner last night and it gave me 4 massive portions to have with veg - totally free on Slimming World too (also vegan of course)! Here's the recipe if any of you want it - it;s nothing ground breaking and I totally improvised it but it was really delicious!

    Aubergine, Lentil and Potato Layer Bake

    7 small - medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into 1/2 cm slices
    2 large aubergines, sliced longways
    250g dry green lentils
    1 large white onion
    2 giant garlic cloves (this would probably be 4 normal sized but I get the big garlics!)
    2 tsp dried basil
    2 tsp dried oregano
    2 tsp smoked paprika
    1 tsp sea salt
    1/4 tsp black pepper
    1/4 tsp chilli flakes
    2 bay leaves
    2 tins chopped tomatoes
    3 heaped tbsps tomato puree


    1. Bake the aubergine slices until soft and lightly coloured (I just used a few sprays of Frylight)
    2. Parboil the potato slices for about 10 minutes
    3. Cook the lentils as per packet instructions - I just put them in loads of water and get them boiling then simmering for about 30-40 minutes - I don't really time it, just eat a couple now and then - LOL
    4. When the lentils are done, make the sauce - saute the chopped onion and garlic in water (or oil if you're not trying to lose weight!) until translucent, add all the herbs and spices, mix well and cook for further minute, the add the cooked lentils, the tinned tomatoes and the tomato puree. Let it sit on a low simmer for 20-25 minutes to get those flavours combined.
    5. To assemble, its 3 layers of sauce, 3 of potato and 2 of aubergine, in this order: sauce, aubergine, potato, sauce, aubergine, potato, sauce, potato.
    6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 20 minutes foil covered, then 25 uncovered.

    It's really good.. You could top with (vegan!) cheese before baking if not on a diet like me





    Originally posted by elsiepac
    Thank you. I am ashamed to say I did mention her being a parent when it happened , however it was after I said that that she said it was funny .
    By the way that recipe looks epic and as I'm not on a diet, though trying to keep to current weight, I will probably try that with some vegan cheese when I next buy some . I have some vegan parmesan right now that might work?
    I think you mean Doom & Gloom, post 297, but yes terrible behaviour.

    For anyone interested, Lidl are have a Vegan/Veggie specials on Thursday 15th. Gonna hold off shopping 'till then, weather rubbish here and I have a ton to be catching up on.
    Originally posted by Save Dosh
    Yes it was horrible but there you go, some people just don't know how to be considerate of others. I am glad you are better after your tumble. I didn't comment before but I was thinking of you and others.

    I can't see about the veggie/vegan event. Do you know what exactly is vegan? I know my local Lidl is usually lacking but last time my OH managed to pick me up a few items.

    Today should be a NSD unless OH goes shopping before he gets home later.
    We had pancakes today. I had buckwheat ones with apple and pear. OH had his 'usual ones' with smoked bacon he defrosted in the fridge over night.
    Just tucking into vegan sausage stew with brown rice.
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • lynnejk
    • By lynnejk 13th Feb 18, 8:03 PM
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    Evening all

    Spends today were Morries = £16.36 and Al*i = £16.36.

    So that puts us on £67.93/200 for the month and shouldn't need anything else this week

    Hope you're all staying warm and safe and have a great Wednesday
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    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 13th Feb 18, 8:16 PM
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    Hi all, ended up buying a bag of pasta 45p today as I realised I didn't have enough left to feed the 5 of us. I'd planned the meal to use up half an opened chorizo, a jar of opened red pesto and some veg so it was a necessary spend.
    Fortunately there is enough left for my lunch tomorrow.
    Has anyone had any trouble finding gherkins in the supermarkets.
    I usually shop at Ald! and they've not had any for weeks. I saw some at Mr T the other day but they seemed a lot more expensive than the Ald! ones.
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    • MadamMim2013
    • By MadamMim2013 13th Feb 18, 8:29 PM
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    Popped in local for milk (DS1 &2 have enjoyed milkshakes n toasties galore it seems!)
    Picked up a jar of chocolaty stuff for pancakes (on offer) and some ys meats & bread..
    Had some real bargains for the grand sum of £5.05.. Taking my total to £158/£300 so far..
    Enjoyed lots of pancakes just after 6pm tonight and so far no mention from either of being "staaaarvin"
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 13th Feb 18, 10:22 PM
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    I can't see about the veggie/vegan event. Do you know what exactly is vegan? I know my local Lidl is usually lacking but last time my OH managed to pick me up a few items.
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    It's here https://www.lidl-flyer.com/#/715216f5-0be2-11e8-b1f4-005056ab0fb6/locale/en-GB/view/flyer/page/4
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    • RedFraggle
    • By RedFraggle 14th Feb 18, 7:20 AM
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    09-Feb Mr T £55.11
    12-Feb Boots £5 (large bottles of Pantene on offer)

    Total £125.60 from my budget of £350 so leaves £224.40
    DD, partner and gorgeous grand-daughter coming for this weekend so the spend will be a bit more this week but should still be ok.
    Officially in a clique of idiots
    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 14th Feb 18, 9:40 AM
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    Thank you. I am ashamed to say I did mention her being a parent when it happened , however it was after I said that that she said it was funny .
    By the way that recipe looks epic and as I'm not on a diet, though trying to keep to current weight, I will probably try that with some vegan cheese when I next buy some . I have some vegan parmesan right now that might work?
    Originally posted by Doom_and_Gloom
    Vegan parm would definitely work! Or even a homemade version - I like to do toasted nuts eg pecans or almonds or even walnuts, or you can use hemp seeds or pine nuts, and grind them in a pestle and mortar with salt and nutritional yeast... yuuum!
    It was definitely delicious as it was, but the top could have been jazzed up and it would have "completed" it, I just didn't have the inclination or energy at that point to think of something SW friendly!

    I am now at £11.91 plus a £5 Mr T voucher left to last me till 25th Feb. 11 days.
    My spends yesterday were on 6 cartons of A1pr0 dark choc almond milk as I drink this every day and it's currently on offer again at 3 for £3 instead of £1.70 each so worth stocking up as I do get through it! Also an A1pr0 Go On for a treat pudding after lunch, and a YS Wicked Kitchen ready meal also for lunch as I wanted to try it but am not paying full price!

    Last edited by elsiepac; 14-02-2018 at 9:54 AM.
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    GC: Nov £0/£165 | Oct £220/£220 | Sep £244.34/£250 | Aug £190.38/£200 | Jul £194.08/£150 | Jun £179.03/£150 | May £158.54/£150 | Apr £316.94/£200 | Mar £170.47/£120 | Feb £199.45/£160
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    • Islandmaid
    • By Islandmaid 14th Feb 18, 3:53 PM
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    Islandmaid
    £85 at Aldi today, including top up of laundry bits, loo rolls, cat biscuits etc and a couple of steaks and a bottle of wine
    Note to self - STOP SPENDING MONEY !!
    • Tales17
    • By Tales17 14th Feb 18, 6:21 PM
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    Going to be interesting to tot everything up when we get home this week! Far too many little shopping trips in the last few days, that comes of having the other half around for the whole week!! (He is a buy as we need it person, whereas I plan and buy in advance!). Shouldn't complain though as he is doing all the cooking too!

    Got a 3 course dinner this evening - bought the £15 meal deal from Morrisons so will see how it goes!! If we can get the kids to bed at a reasonable time (always more difficult when you are on holiday!), we might get to watch my Valentine's present "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
    Last edited by Tales17; 16-02-2018 at 8:43 AM.
    Grocery Challenge 2018 YTD-£2500.31/£7200(35%)
    Grocery Challenge May - £279.26/£600(47%)
    £12k in 2018 #117: Monthly Saving Accounts £3600, Cashback & Competition Sites £170.37, Shopping Saving £696.27, Selling £154.05, Interest & Dividends £92.74, Surveys £25, Tesco Vouchers £140, Save 1p a Day #24 £253.24
    Total Saved - £5109.01/£12000(43%)
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 14th Feb 18, 6:38 PM
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    Evening all. I wrote a large post and lost it all. I'll just do a quick update and then recreate the original post later when I'm less angry.

    Monday = €22.00 on corned beef, Quorn, frozen cauliflower and 40 rolls of toilet paper.
    Tuesday and Wednesday = NSDs

    Totals So Far:
    €97.56 / €450
    8 / 10 NSDs

    I'm pretty happy about how well I'm doing this month. I'll stop at Lidl tomorrow evening for a things as we're running low on vegetables and there are some Greek Week items I'd like to check out.
    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
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