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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 25th Jun 18, 8:54 AM
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    July 2018 Grocery Challenge
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    • 25th Jun 18, 8:54 AM
    July 2018 Grocery Challenge 25th Jun 18 at 8:54 AM
    Hi everyone,

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your June budget, then keep on posting in the June 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 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. Mr M 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 bread maker - 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. Obviously 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 health wise.

    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 guidelines 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 everyone's totals, see post #3 on this thread

    I hope everyone has a great month!

    elsiepac

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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 9th Jul 18, 6:59 PM
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    I only have a small chest freezer, so batch cooking or stocking up on fresh meat bargains etc is difficult. To top it all off, I'm a vegetarian and my partner is a meat eater, so I tend to find myself cooking properly for him and bunging in a quorn fillet or similar for myself about once a week, which works out quite expensive!

    I'd love to hear any easy meals that can be made meaty or vegetarian. I tend to do stir fry (I cook his meat separate) and fajitas (meat for him, beans for me) a lot, as they're easy to do both ways. He also quite likes veggie tortellini/raviolis, though I sometimes fry off some pancetta to top his off.
    Originally posted by K80 Black

    I'm vegan and if people come here to eat, that's what I cook. It's against my values to buy meat for any reason and people honestly wouldn't expect it. If I went to a meat eaters house, I would not expect them to eat veggies, just because of me. For hardcore meat eaters, you can get some unbelievable meat replacements, especially for putting in tacos/fajitas and if you didn't say, people honestly would not know the difference. Check out the range Vivera sell in supermarkets, you can make some amazing stir frys/curries with that, or Iceland No Bull Burgers, I can't eat them as they taste too meaty, you can make some beautiful curries, sweet potato, spinach & chickpea is a favourite of mine, or green thai, pizza - you can even get meat free pepperoni. I buy veggie mince, cook it up like you would do regular meat n make spag bol, lasagne (with vegan cheese), mexican wraps, jacket potatoes - with mince/coleslaw or beans with cheese. You can buy veggie meatballs and do that with tagliatelle or mash, however you like really. I sometimes do bangers n mash - vegan style. You could of course add meat to the above, but as a 'vegetarian', and not wanting to cook different meals, why would you and you have the perfect opportunity to introduce someone to the wonders of 'meat free' and save a few more animals, which is what it is all about.


    Oh yes, 11.40 on spends. I will update sig.
    July Grocery Challenge - Food 41.40/80, Alcohol 7.98/20
    Bulk Fund Left/Food 73.88 Bulk Fund/Alcohol
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    • Moguline
    • By Moguline 9th Jul 18, 9:03 PM
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    I'm vegan too, SaveDosh - always excited to meet fellow vegans! And wholeheartedly agree with everything you said!
    Mushrooms were the thing I added to every single meal to appease my omnivore husband ha. He loves them and doesn't miss meat when there's some garlicky mushrooms.
    He's basically veggie now and eats fully vegan at home - would have been unthinkable a couple of years back!
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    • Save Dosh
    • By Save Dosh 9th Jul 18, 9:33 PM
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    I'm vegan too, SaveDosh - always excited to meet fellow vegans! And wholeheartedly agree with everything you said!
    Originally posted by Moguline
    Hi & thank you. That's fantastic about your husband. We're all free to do what we want, I do normally keep it to myself, but if someone doesn't live with you, it's easier to put your foot down, if you so wish. Hope that came across and wasn't preachy. #HeavenForbidAPreachyVeganWhateverNext
    Last edited by Save Dosh; 09-07-2018 at 9:41 PM.
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    • stoopy
    • By stoopy 9th Jul 18, 10:14 PM
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    Yesterday I opened the chicken breasts I bought, 9 for 8.99. I used 3 for lunch for the 5 of us, cooked a spare one for lunches for the week. Then I diced the remainder and portioned out into the freezer - that will do curry this week and 2 more meals for other weeks.

    I forgot about having to bake for the school fair on Friday so will either need to find some recipes using what I have in stock, or go to the shops before Friday, which I really don't want to do!
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    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 9th Jul 18, 10:50 PM
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    I have vegetarian friends and if they come here I cook vegetarian. My son prefers quorn to meat anyway so it's not a hardship. I make a lot of dairy free stuff too due to a very good friend's dairy allergy. Actually Save Dosh, your post is making me think very seriously about going vegetarian once the meat in the freezer is finished.
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    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 10th Jul 18, 7:37 AM
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    Hey, I'd like to join if I may.

    My budget for the month is 200 for myself, plus my other half 3 evenings and one day a week (so 4 meals + 1 breakfast a week.) I've already spent 84.60 on a big home delivery - but that's got me a very well stocked cupboard, plus enough alcohol to last the entire month. (Yay, 25% off 6 bottles of wine at Tesco again!). I tend to do my weekly shop online, at just over 40 a week, plus one 'double' week, when I buy all the booze for the month and top up basics. I find it difficult to get to the shops and the minimum order for most deliveries is 40, so going beneath that isn't an option. I'd ideally like to get it to 160 for the month, without cutting out too much alcohol!

    I only have a small chest freezer, so batch cooking or stocking up on fresh meat bargains etc is difficult. To top it all off, I'm a vegetarian and my partner is a meat eater, so I tend to find myself cooking properly for him and bunging in a quorn fillet or similar for myself about once a week, which works out quite expensive!

    I'd love to hear any easy meals that can be made meaty or vegetarian. I tend to do stir fry (I cook his meat separate) and fajitas (meat for him, beans for me) a lot, as they're easy to do both ways. He also quite likes veggie tortellini/raviolis, though I sometimes fry off some pancetta to top his off.


    This week, my goal is to make a whole bunch of fajita/taco seasoning, instead of buying packets. I've been putting it off as spending 4-5 on spices seems more expensive than 50p for a packet - but I know I can make a large batch so it'll be cheaper overall, and we do eat them a lot. Hopefully I can work that into my budget!
    Originally posted by K80 Black
    My OH is a meat eater and I'm (mainly) veggie (I'll occasionally finish off meat if it was going to be wasted, and I'm ok with meat being cooked in a dish and me eating the rest of the dish but not having the meat, but I don't actually cook it for myself or cause it to be cooked for me, if that makes sense!).
    I do cook meat for him but I try and only cook 'meat meat' 3 times a week for health reason anyway (that's 3 main meals, if I make his lunch, it's veggie/vegan), and fish once a week. I do egg as a main meal most weeks too, often omelette.

    He'll eat cauliflower cheese, also Mediterranean roast veg with a chicken breast or fish cooked separately is good, and things like casseroles, which can go in the oven at the same time, one with meat one just veg. You could so this with most rice or pasta one pot dishes too, cook the meat separately and and add it to his portion at the last minute.

    Chicken supreme is his favourite, and I make one lot of white sauce (I often use soy or rice milk oddly enough - I haven't managed to make the full step to vegan but I try and limit the dairy and eggs we eat) and have one pan of chicken and veg and one pan of just veg and add half the sauce to each, takes up more room (and pans) but doesn't really take much more time
    Last edited by Hopeless Case; 10-07-2018 at 7:40 AM.
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    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 10th Jul 18, 8:02 AM
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    Just checking in with a run of nsd. Haven't spent anything from the grocery budget since Thursday so need to start getting creative for the last 3 days before we shop. Tonight will be tomato and lentil soup, homemade bread, Welsh cakes and for adults green lentil and hazelnut salad with a ginger dressing. I've got to eat through that store cupboard and use those cookery books!

    Hold on to your money. Xx
    • K80 Black
    • By K80 Black 10th Jul 18, 8:58 AM
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    Thanks for the suggestions for veggie/meaty meals guys!

    I don't mind cooking meat for him - when we went to a dinner party that his friend held, they had an entirely vegetarian menu that everyone ate just because I was visiting. It'd actually go against my morals more to 'trick' him by cooking soya and telling him it's chicken or something. Live and let live, and all that. He doesn't mind veggie mince mixed in with his meat, so I do that to stretch it a bit. He does however have a strong disliking of eggs and beans (and peas, custard, potatoes... real fussy eater!) - so I think any hopes of him going veggie are out the window, as they're my main sources of protein.


    Up to 156/200 on the grocery challenge after topping up bread and milk from the local shop and getting distracted by ice creams again!


    Oh, my fajita spices are here! Made up a batch, absolutely delicious and so much cheaper in the long run. Brilliant.
    Last edited by K80 Black; 10-07-2018 at 10:20 AM.
    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 10th Jul 18, 12:07 PM
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    Thanks for the suggestions for veggie/meaty meals guys!

    I don't mind cooking meat for him - when we went to a dinner party that his friend held, they had an entirely vegetarian menu that everyone ate just because I was visiting. It'd actually go against my morals more to 'trick' him by cooking soya and telling him it's chicken or something. Live and let live, and all that. He doesn't mind veggie mince mixed in with his meat, so I do that to stretch it a bit. He does however have a strong disliking of eggs and beans (and peas, custard, potatoes... real fussy eater!) - so I think any hopes of him going veggie are out the window, as they're my main sources of protein.


    Up to 156/200 on the grocery challenge after topping up bread and milk from the local shop and getting distracted by ice creams again!


    Oh, my fajita spices are here! Made up a batch, absolutely delicious and so much cheaper in the long run. Brilliant.
    Originally posted by K80 Black
    I totally agree with that, would be wrong to me too. He's also the main bread winner and works much longer hours than I do, so it's really not just up to me what we eat, but everyone works things out the way which works for them

    I bought some quorn mince and hated it, and OH actually liked it and said he'd have it again instead of beef mince, so I could end up making quorn chilli for him and veg and bean chilli for me
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    • mrssd
    • By mrssd 10th Jul 18, 12:39 PM
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    I totally agree with that, would be wrong to me too. He's also the main bread winner and works much longer hours than I do, so it's really not just up to me what we eat, but everyone works things out the way which works for them

    I bought some quorn mince and hated it, and OH actually liked it and said he'd have it again instead of beef mince, so I could end up making quorn chilli for him and veg and bean chilli for me
    Originally posted by Hopeless Case
    Hopeless Case: It's me out of the Living Out of your Freezer thread Just found this thread. Thanks for pointing me towards it. I'm not a veggie, but like to have 3 meat-free days a week, if possible, OH, on the other hand...
    I replace up to half the mince in things with brown lentils. He's never noticed the difference Also, add sofritto to just about everything involving mince: make your own (finely diced onion, carrot and celery). Make up big batches (easy with a food processor) and freeze in suitable sizes.
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 10th Jul 18, 1:21 PM
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    Today's shopping trip done. I try to keep to Tuesdays as I go to slimming world first thing on a Tuesday morning and I'm more motivated to buy healthy food after I've spent half an hour talking about healthy cooking. 9.99 spent in Home Bargains and 21.64 spent in Asda, total 31.63. Signature updated

    My son likes quorn mince or veggie mince way better than meat mince. If we fed him meat mince when he was small he would suck the gravy off it then spit the mince out. There's never been a problem feeding him quorn.
    Last edited by CRANKY40; 10-07-2018 at 3:46 PM.
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    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 10th Jul 18, 1:47 PM
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    4.50 to add spent at work yesterday on YS apples x 2, ys fruited teacakes x 5, YS mushrooms, crisps and a samosa for dinner.

    I'm really low on fruit, but trying to plod along with what we have.

    Very tight month this month, as one of the cats has been at the vets most of last week and has cost a small fortune.
    Hope everyone else is having a better month.
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 10th Jul 18, 4:54 PM
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    10.20 Spent between Morries and Lidl just counting grocery spends, Actually spent nearly 80 in total but only the 10+ counts as grocery, Went to lidl to get the dogs chicken thighs, not 1 to be had so a trip to Aldi now on cards.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200-5=195,-19=176,-10 =166,-10=156,-24=132,-17=115.-4=111,-26=85

    • Hopeless Case
    • By Hopeless Case 11th Jul 18, 6:53 AM
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    Hopeless Case
    Hopeless Case: It's me out of the Living Out of your Freezer thread Just found this thread. Thanks for pointing me towards it. I'm not a veggie, but like to have 3 meat-free days a week, if possible, OH, on the other hand...
    I replace up to half the mince in things with brown lentils. He's never noticed the difference Also, add sofritto to just about everything involving mince: make your own (finely diced onion, carrot and celery). Make up big batches (easy with a food processor) and freeze in suitable sizes.
    Originally posted by mrssd
    Hello, nice to see you here

    My OH won't eat lentils, they upset his stomach - I do try and stretch the mince as far as I can, with loads of onion, celery, carrot, mushroom, diced courgette, tinned tomatoes, etc, and make extra portions and freeze, but I'm going to go with minced quorn from now on seeing as he likes it
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    • K80 Black
    • By K80 Black 11th Jul 18, 8:50 AM
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    Looks like I'm going to fail this months challenge - OH needs more beer, and I bulk buy so that's a whopping 20 out of the budget. Even being super thrifty on the rest of next weeks shop, I'm up to 188.59/200 with the week starting the 23rd left to shop for.

    I could only count one case at 10, as the second one will sit unopened until August - but that's a '5 week month' for me, so coming in at 200 will be hard enough as it is! I might have to be slightly more realistic and set a 225 goal from now on. After tracking it properly and including all the corner shop top-ups I spend more than I thought (though thankfully not by much!)
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 11th Jul 18, 12:12 PM
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    19.72 spent today, wilkos, tesco, home bargains and aldi, got 6 weeks of chicken for the dog, 3 bottles of carpet cleaner, almond butter some reduced ox tongue and lots of ibuprofen. nearly forgot book of stamps while in p.o.23.74 total now.
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200-5=195,-19=176,-10 =166,-10=156,-24=132,-17=115.-4=111,-26=85

    • caronc
    • By caronc 12th Jul 18, 1:42 PM
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    Impromptu visit to Aldi this morning and 17 spent bringing total so far to 85/150. I think I'll go over this month as I didn't budget for extra spends due to my son being here and holding a family bbq.
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    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 12th Jul 18, 3:35 PM
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    Returned carpet cleaner to Morries, well worth it if any body thinking of trying rug doctor, i declined the cleaning fluid and used astonish carpet cleaner from Family Bargains, spent 16.85 on a bottle of brandy, on offer, running a bit low although not drinking it much while so hot, but in my stock pile, and 85p on a reduced romanesco cauli
    JAN200=107FEB200=40MARCH175=50
    APRIL200=35 May200=61 JUNE200=6
    JULY 200-5=195,-19=176,-10 =166,-10=156,-24=132,-17=115.-4=111,-26=85

    • Merlin's Beard
    • By Merlin's Beard 12th Jul 18, 3:51 PM
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    Merlin's Beard
    Up to 48.60/100, hopefully sorted until next weekend now, though.
    • Highland Fling
    • By Highland Fling 12th Jul 18, 5:58 PM
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    Highland Fling
    Hi everyone
    well I spent 60 in @ldi. Did get a lot for my money and it will keep me going for quite some time.
    Note to self: stop buying stores and start eating them
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