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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 6th Feb 18, 4:51 PM
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    Spring Cleaning the Freezers - 52 days on £70
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    • 6th Feb 18, 4:51 PM
    Spring Cleaning the Freezers - 52 days on £70 6th Feb 18 at 4:51 PM
    I have 2 freezers and cupboards groaning with food. We eat some and top it back up again with the same things, eat these, top it back up again and so on and never get to the bottom to give them a good clean out. I buy too much and struggle to spend within my grocery budget every week.

    I have lots of fancy ingredients from various healthy eating regimes (I'm looking at you Joe Wicks ) and recipes I planned to make that are cluttering up the cupboards and I want to use them up before they go off.

    We also need to seriously save some money, so we can pay down our debt which has been run up doing up our house and, more recently, buying some furniture in the January sales. This challenge should allow us to save nearly £500 and clear the balance on the credit card that is attracting interest.

    To complicate matters I am coeliac and don!!!8217;t eat red meat or fish, DH will only eat a bit of salmon and does not have a sweet tooth so can!!!8217;t fill him up with cake or puddings. We have one DS who has school lunches and gets fed at grandparents most evenings.

    Our challenge, is to use the food in our freezers and cupboards and an extra £70 cash to feed all 3 of us (excluding DS school lunches) between now and 29th March, 52 days. This may seem a lot to all you super experienced old stylers but we normally spend £70 in a good week!!

    In addition to the £70 I can sometimes make use of a dinner allowance from work to buy groceries and sometimes have lunch/dinner paid for when away with work. This varies as this week I have none and next week I have 3 and DH has a rare 2.

    I will post the contents of my freezers and cupboards and will be meal planning, writing a (very short) shopping list and looking for inspiration for meals and any recipes anyone would like to share. No cupboard shaming please

    DH is on board and has even offered to spend some time in the kitchen with me at the weekend prepping our meals. DH never cooks and I!!!8217;m not sure he knows how to use the oven.

    I have done a meal plan and shopping list for the first 11 days as both DH and I have some days away with work. There are 3 things on my shopping list so far:

    Milk (4 pints semi skimmed) - £1.09
    Eggs (15) - £1.19
    Vegetable oil (1L) - £1.09

    Please feel free to join in if your cupboards and freezers need a spring clean too.

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    Last edited by MSE Andrea; 14-02-2018 at 11:48 AM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 9th Feb 18, 4:43 PM
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    My password reset said you have not changed your password in 3653 days I haven't been on that long!

    DH has reminded me that he promised DS his first KFC for doing so well in his swimming. This comes out of a different budget. As I cant eat it I will stick to my veggie burger meal as planned
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • hex2
    • By hex2 9th Feb 18, 5:22 PM
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    Denise - how did you know I have four tins of coconut milk sitting in my cupboard?
    Originally posted by Cherryfudge

    erm, can you send some this way? I was making lentil dhal but neglected to check supplies. I thought back on the earlier post and whizzed some decimated in the little blender which made powder nicely, I've mixed it in with some added water and will report back later.

    Coconut rice was the other thing I thought of.

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    Mint viennetta Why does anyone think that toothpaste makes a good flavour for icecream?
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    Exactly, but it was part of the £10 frozen thing in the co-op at Christmas
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    • Katiehound
    • By Katiehound 9th Feb 18, 5:55 PM
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    Don't know if any of the following recipes will grab you! from the latest GH mag (so assume recipe or something similar can be found online.)

    Carrot, chickpea & falafel traybake

    Mac & greens

    Black bean cottage pie- now this looks interesting- mince bulked out with tin black beans tin chopped toms, herbs. Topped with mashed sweet pots & soured cream.Feta crumbled on top.

    Spiced rice pudding- zest of 1/2 each lemon & orange, cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla paste

    Dairy free fruity flapjack crumble: plums, frozen mixed berries cooked with maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla.. Topped with oats, wholemeal fl, flaked almonds mixed with coconut oil
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    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 9th Feb 18, 7:24 PM
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    Thank you all for the coconut in curry ideas! I can see prawn curry is the way to go (if I can wean myself off a sudden love for macaroons)! I do like prawns, though...



    Denise - how did you know I have four tins of coconut milk sitting in my cupboard?
    Originally posted by Cherryfudge
    I didn't but thought as I was on the subject of coconut and curry I might as well give another thing I do for information for others

    Denise
    • joedenise
    • By joedenise 9th Feb 18, 7:32 PM
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    I also got the change password message - not changed for 4033 days! That's more than 10 years, LOL!

    Denise
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 9th Feb 18, 9:25 PM
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    loving all the recipe suggestions. will be including some in March's meal plan as I've already done Feb.
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    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan £400.33/£400 Feb £383.02/£400 Mar £392.60/£370 Apr £211.17/£400
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 9th Feb 18, 9:31 PM
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    Confession time I spent £2.00 of my very small pot on a pizza for DH tea as I really couldn't face making the meal I had planned. I had the last ys pizza from the freezer so at least I have crossed another thing off the list.

    I also bought some ys clementines for 79p but resisted the ys gluten free quiche and chicken pies I would normally have snapped up as we don't need them.

    TOTAL SPENT - £10.93 AMOUNT LEFT - £59.07 DAYS REMAINING - 48 VALUE OF FOODS PURCHASED WITH WORK ALLOWANCES £3.00
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Feb 18, 2:01 PM
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    I spent the morning in the kitchen, assisted by DS (7), and we have made:

    1) Thriftylesley's Tomato Scones topped with a little cheese https://www.thriftylesley.com/tomato-scones-5p-each/
    2) A batch of Rose Elliot's Best Ever Chilli
    https://www.veganrecipeclub.org.uk/recipes/roses-best-ever-chilli
    3) Flapjack

    I can't seem to get links to show properly using the 'inset hyperlink' button.

    I've also cooked all the jacket potatoes, some we have had for lunch and the rest DH will have for lunches next week with the chilli. DH had HM curried beans with his at lunch and I finished the dregs of a bottle of hot sauce into them as well.

    The beans are very easy and DH loves them. Fry half a small onion in a little oil or butter, add a tsp of curry powder, cook for a minute or so. If it sticks a bit I put in a little of the sauce out of the beans. Add the beans and a small handful of sultanas and heat through.

    The list's have a few more items crossed out or with numbers reduced
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 10th Feb 18, 2:12 PM
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    I have three lone burgers out of the freezer today. One or two home make and one or two luxury brand reduced to 50% on Ocado flash sale.

    I haven't had an Ocado order this week, so planning round not having another one yet. Seeing how long I can go!
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • purpleivy
    • By purpleivy 10th Feb 18, 2:15 PM
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    Have you thought of making your own pizzas XSpender? Not sure if you have the wherewithal, but they're easy to do and you can use all manner of ingredients as topping, as long as your family isn't too conservative!

    I don't put tomato/ cheese on for dd. I make an onion mix for her with a small amount of tomato in it. She gave up dairy for a bit to see if it helped with a health condition, found she preferred more of a '!!!!aladiŤre' type of thing.

    ETA... see you have things to use..... even pineapple if you see fit. Fancy adding !!!! for p i s saladiŤre!
    Last edited by purpleivy; 10-02-2018 at 2:18 PM.
    "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad"
    Trying not to waste food!
    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 10th Feb 18, 7:36 PM
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    Those beans sound tasty XSpender! A rather lower calorie version than mine, which is to mix in BBQ sauce and top with cheese.

    I haven't made any progress on food cupboards today and have actually shopped for more ingredients. Please don't banish me from the thread!
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Feb 18, 7:53 PM
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    Have you thought of making your own pizzas XSpender? Not sure if you have the wherewithal, but they're easy to do and you can use all manner of ingredients as topping, as long as your family isn't too conservative!
    Originally posted by purpleivy
    I haven't made home made pizza for a long time but was planning a build-your-own-pizza-night for one of the Saturday's of the challenge. I only have GF flour though and I am the only coeliac in the house. I am sure I have made them GF before for DH.

    DS and I both love pineapple on our pizzas and I like caramelised onion chutney on mine too

    Those beans sound tasty XSpender! A rather lower calorie version than mine, which is to mix in BBQ sauce and top with cheese.

    I haven't made any progress on food cupboards today and have actually shopped for more ingredients. Please don't banish me from the thread!
    Originally posted by Cherryfudge
    I have added milk and apples to my mountain today and DS and DH have had KFC as promised. I did a fake GF one for me with bits from the freezer.

    I've defrosted the pack of turkey mince and 10 sausages for cooking tomorrow. I do need to keep in mind what a previous poster said about using up something each week that I have to think about using or I will eat all the easy nice stuff and leave the weird stuff and be no further forward.
    Last edited by XSpender; 10-02-2018 at 8:40 PM.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Feb 18, 8:59 PM
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    Gluten Free Bread in the Breadmaker
    I am posting this link here so I don't lose it.

    http://www.glutenfreealchemist.com/2013/03/lets-start-with-loaf-of-bread.html

    I may have found a recipe that uses up all the weird and wonderful 'flour' and starch ingredients I have. Arrowroot can be substituted for tapioca and I have everything else but powdered milk. You even make it in the bread maker or by hand to make rolls.

    If it asks for 360ml water and 4 tbsps. of milk powder could I use milk or milk and water? I don't have dried milk but I could pick some up with my work dinner allowance next week.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • caronc
    • By caronc 10th Feb 18, 9:07 PM
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    If it asks for 360ml water and 4 tbsps. of milk powder could I use milk or milk and water? I don't have dried milk but I could pick some up with my work dinner allowance next week.
    Originally posted by XSpender
    Yes as long as you don't go over the total liquid in the original recipe milk (or milk & water) should be fine
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    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 10th Feb 18, 9:28 PM
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    Yes as long as you don't go over the total liquid in the original recipe milk (or milk & water) should be fine
    Originally posted by caronc
    Brilliant, thanks
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
    • charlies tribe
    • By charlies tribe 10th Feb 18, 11:30 PM
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    Today we used up 5 chicken breadsteaks (we have quiet a few of these) a part bag of wedges and a part bag of fries. Also emptied 3 of the ice cream tubs that all just had a few scoops left.

    We are having sausage and mash tomorrow. So will use up a bag of sausages and a bag of veg.

    The freezer is emptying quiet quickly, i've still not got round to the cupboards.
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 11th Feb 18, 12:21 AM
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    I've found a very effective way to empty cupboards - I've just had one fall off the wall!

    Thankfully it was only plastic boxes and no one got hurt. I have a feeling a savings pot for a new kitchen may be in order.

    I'm not recommending it as a way of making space in the kitchen but it's quick.
    • charlies tribe
    • By charlies tribe 11th Feb 18, 12:28 AM
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    I'm sorry Cherry, that did make me giggle! Hope no one was injured.
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    2018 PAID OFF TARGET £1031/£5000 (20.6% paid)
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    • Cherryfudge
    • By Cherryfudge 11th Feb 18, 1:13 AM
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    We're all fine thanks! Could have been a lot worse but doesn't help me get the kitchen looking half way decent!
    • XSpender
    • By XSpender 11th Feb 18, 8:20 AM
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    Goodness Cherry, that must have given you a fright! Glad to hear everyone is OK.
    Action Plan Part 1 - Clear First 3 Balances
    Target Debt Lloyds (Me) Part 1 £666.22/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 1 £1176.49/£0
    Target Debt Virgin (Me) Part 2 £1038/£995
    Big black hole of debt - £53,515.15 @ 16.12.17 £52,811.64 @ 28.02.18, £50,638.77 @ 28.03.18, £49,778.78 @ 20.04.18, £46,093.32 @ 18.05.18
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