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    • elsiepac
    • By elsiepac 28th Jul 18, 11:09 PM
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    November 2018 Grocery Challenge
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    • 28th Jul 18, 11:09 PM
    November 2018 Grocery Challenge 28th Jul 18 at 11:09 PM
    Hi everyone,

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

    If your new month starts early feel free to join this thread, or if you're still working on your October budget, then keep on posting in the October 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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    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 7th Nov 18, 10:08 PM
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    First check-in post-op, and the family have gone through about £30 so far. Mostly because they haven't thought to take things out of the freezer in time! So I've added the £30 to the non-perishable shop that I did before going into hospital. (All went very well, btw.)

    Don't know whether I will manage to stagger round to the market on Friday. I wouldn't be able to buy much, but the idea is growing on me, just for an outing and a natter with my trader friends!

    And one interesting thing; I'm supposed to be on a low-fibre/low residue diet for a couple of weeks, which involves eating all the things I usually stay away from like white bread & breakfast cereals. Doctors have literally told me to eat marshmallows, jelly babies and crisps! However, after a couple of days at home, I've worked out that there are better ways of doing this; I can adjust my cooking methods to avoid the things I have to avoid - mostly fruit & vegetables, especially my beloved green veg - and turn out some perfectly acceptable dishes that aren't making me feel terrible, which the white (supermarket) bread, constant supply of sweets and oily things was doing. I think I may have to have a word with the dieticians - advising a diet that's so high in sugar is definitely NOT a good plan for Ladies of a Certain Age - I'm not going to heal fast if I'm having hot flushes every ten minutes throughout the night!
    Angie

    GC Nov 18 - £336.59/£400
    Bulk-buy purse '18 £204.36/£250, pet & livestock food '18 £358.63/£300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 7th Nov 18, 10:59 PM
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    Glad to see you back thriftwizard. I was wondering earlier today when we'd hear from you. My house troll is also an expert on avoiding fruit and veg. He's a bit sensory so strawberries have too many pips, raspberries are too hairy and so on.... He eats carrots though. His favourite food used to be smart price noodles on their own. Just a bowl of mildly chicken flavoured noodles. We've moved on a bit since then though. His only saving grace is that he doesn't like sweets and chocolate either.

    Take it easy and only go out on Friday if you're absolutely sure you'll be ok. Hopefully there's someone to go with you?
    Weight loss 2018 18.5 lbs

    October Grocery Challenge £138.20/£150
    November GC £136.91/£200
    • carolinerunner
    • By carolinerunner 7th Nov 18, 11:13 PM
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    ... stock up on Pyrex
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    I find charity shops are great for Pyrex.

    Generally if I'm wondering who's got what on offer/in stock I use mysupermarket.com which is really handy, don't know if it includes things that aren't obviously part of a weekly shop though
    Erratically money saving
    Aiming for £500 for November 2018: £216.88 so far
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 8th Nov 18, 1:51 AM
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    £2.70 to add back on for kitchen roll handed back to driver. Forgotten it was on two for £4; but they refunded me £2 anyway, so it still worked out at £2 for one. 70p was for bag refund which were Ocados, but they run off the same warehouse, so are pretty much identical.

    Need to do some serious mealplanning now. Only got about four or five meals in the pipeline
    Last edited by K9sandFelines; 10-11-2018 at 7:34 AM. Reason: Typos..... Always!!
    GC 2017 (£3,434.09/£4,000) Jan £264.28, Feb £179.18, Mar £290.38, Apr £182.39, May £210.24 Jun £122.33, Jul £149.45, Aug £199.22/£220 Sep £211.46/£210 OCT £227.94/£220 Nov £124.60/£230 [(£2,037.42/£3,250 p.a)

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
    • NeverendingDMP
    • By NeverendingDMP 8th Nov 18, 5:18 AM
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    I'm at 290 spent out of 433 so far. This includes my delivery today. I overspent by 18 altogether in the first two weeks but tea coffee sugar bulky stuff is now bought. Have had food bought for us as well from mil who came to stay a few days so no excuses for not getting in on budget this month. I must try to do this X 17 days and 143 pounds to go. Big shop arriving today that should mainly cover this week.
    35,213 in Jan 2018, 30000 remaining.
    Mortgage 77230 in Jan 2018
    75112 remaining.
    Emergency fund 250
    • medsdemon
    • By medsdemon 8th Nov 18, 9:02 AM
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    Yesterday and today NSD’s for me .

    Will need to top up on milk and a few other bits tomorrow I think, but shouldn’t come to much.

    We’ll be out all day on Saterday ( come on Scotland ( rugby internationals begin ) !)and all afternoon/evening on Sunday but any food drink spends ( mostly drink )won’t come out of my shopping budget.

    Today I am making a mushroom lasagne with basil and cream , and roasted squash with thyme ( have everything in) both from Nigel Slaters Kitchen Diaries. I made his Dahl and Pumpkin soup yesterday for lunches to use up some of my huge pumpkin. I’m trying to cook more from my big pile of recipe books, and his ingredient lists are not usually huge and ridiculous.

    Glad your op went well @thriftwizard and hope your recovery does too.

    Regarding YS markdowns, Morris*ns near us is great but very random.
    Grocery challenge October: £228.28/£250.00 NSD 4
    Grocery challenge November : £279.33/300.00 NSD 10
    • carolinerunner
    • By carolinerunner 8th Nov 18, 9:22 AM
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    Does anyone else find it slightly scary to see so much of the monthly budget spent so early in the month? I know it's cos of doing a big shop with lots of things that will last the month (I hope!) but it makes me doubt I can spend so little in the last 3 weeks if I've spent so much in the first week... I'm out of the habit of estimating quantities for 2 weeks as well, (trying to plan meals/shop iin 2 weekly chunks) so I underestimated things like cheese which just vanishes in my house.

    £104 on A$da online shop so far, plus about £50 on meat etc at farm shop. DS's obsession with protein for body building is costing a lot of money
    Erratically money saving
    Aiming for £500 for November 2018: £216.88 so far
    • pamsdish
    • By pamsdish 8th Nov 18, 12:22 PM
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    £12.67 in Aldi just some fresh veg, eggs and butter.
    JAN£200=£107FEB£200=£40MARCH£175=£50
    APRIL£200=£35 May£200=£61 JUNE£200=£6
    JULY £200=£11 AUG£180=£57SEPT£180=£57Lost OCT, under budget
    NOV£150-£13=£137-£34=£103,-£48= £55-£30=£25-£9=£16-£30=£14
    • Nellbell21
    • By Nellbell21 8th Nov 18, 5:45 PM
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    £263 spent out of £600 budget. Hubby came home last night, ate a pack of ham, loads kids Halloween snacks and half a litres of milk (after a large dinner). He’s gone till tomorrow but there is no feeding him. Doing ok though, lots of meals and I can avoid shops till Saturday I think x
    • Mrs Cheshire
    • By Mrs Cheshire 8th Nov 18, 10:38 PM
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    Quick shop tonight, should mostly see us over the weekend, will need to get bread but otherwise should be fine till Monday. Spent £27.05
    SPC #148 2014-£25 2015-£5.50 My stars from Sue-UU

    Grocery Challenge 2018
    Jan£400.33/£400 Feb£383.02/£400 Mar£392.60/£370 Apr£?/£400 May£378.34/£400 Jun £457.57/£400 Jul £91.74/£400 Nov £252.63/£400
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 8th Nov 18, 11:06 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    NSD today.
    OH was busy with crafts most the day and although he needs butter he sais it could wait for tomorrow and I didn't need anything. I will also need a few bits tomorrow such as bananas, easy peelers and pears are what I know I need.

    £60.93/£200.
    £139.07 left
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • K9sandFelines
    • By K9sandFelines 9th Nov 18, 2:02 AM
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    Does anyone else find it slightly scary to see so much of the monthly budget spent so early in the month? I know it's cos of doing a big shop with lots of things that will last the month (I hope!) but it makes me doubt I can spend so little in the last 3 weeks if I've spent so much in the first week... I'm out of the habit of estimating quantities for 2 weeks as well, (trying to plan meals/shop iin 2 weekly chunks) so I underestimated things like cheese which just vanishes in my house.

    £104 on A$da online shop so far, plus about £50 on meat etc at farm shop. DS's obsession with protein for body building is costing a lot of money
    Originally posted by carolinerunner
    Thanks for the tip on the Pyrex. I live in a small town and there's hardly ever anything good in ours. These new ones from the supermarket at least come with a 10year guarantee, so worth it really.I didn't think to look on mysupermarket, but will now (can't sleep again )

    Would your dh not eat some meatfree meals. There are tons of bodybuilders on youtube that are veggie and Vegan, they obviously don't need meat to bulk out.

    Point him in the direction of Hench Herbivore on YouTube.He is English and massive . I can't think of any others but there are loads.

    It may just cut your bill a little to have one or more days without meat. Plus it would be beneficial health wise too
    GC 2017 (£3,434.09/£4,000) Jan £264.28, Feb £179.18, Mar £290.38, Apr £182.39, May £210.24 Jun £122.33, Jul £149.45, Aug £199.22/£220 Sep £211.46/£210 OCT £227.94/£220 Nov £124.60/£230 [(£2,037.42/£3,250 p.a)

    ~ Still learning the art of frugality ~
    • selloptape
    • By selloptape 9th Nov 18, 7:22 AM
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    Hi everyone,

    Am back with a budget of £306.25

    Making packed lunch every day this week has made a difference, but have had to get up earlier to do it, which has left me tired... need to batch cook some soups that I can just grab from the freezer instead!
    GC Nov £245.25/£306.25
    £2 Savers Club #59 £58
    MFW 2018 #49 £700/£3,000
    MFiT T4 #21 - reduce mortgage by £20k over 3 years
    • carolinerunner
    • By carolinerunner 9th Nov 18, 9:18 AM
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    Thanks for the tip on the Pyrex. I live in a small town and there's hardly ever anything good in ours. ...

    Would your dh not eat some meatfree meals. Point him in the direction of Hench Herbivore on YouTube....It may just cut your bill a little to have one or more days without meat. Plus it would be beneficial health wise too
    Originally posted by K9sandFelines
    Isn't it unfair K9 that its a postcode lottery in terms of charity shops too? I suppose the other good thing about new Pyrex is it often comes with its own lid which is super handy.

    Thanks so much for the idea of identifying veggie body builders, I never thought there was such a thing! (IYSWIM). I totally agree about some meat free days. I'd be meat free mostly if I lived by myself. I did try a lentil and sweet potato curry from BBC Good Fodd last week, sounds dull but with the amends suggested in the comments on the page, and some M&S roasted garam masala at the end instead of curry powder at the beginning, DH and 2DS all ate it happily - hurrah!
    Erratically money saving
    Aiming for £500 for November 2018: £216.88 so far
    • Chloris
    • By Chloris 9th Nov 18, 9:25 AM
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    Chloris
    Weekly shop, dinner money and milkman paid. I am now at £268.69 which is about right. Shop day is always Thursday, so I have 3 more full shops this month. I do still need to pick up the health store bits too. Nsd so far 7/30.
    We have ds2 gang of gamers for tea tonight, so burgers, corn on the cob and fries. I'll have to think of something else for me. Maybe roasted cauli, toms and onions with rice. I probably should make something for the cake tin.... XX
    • thriftwizard
    • By thriftwizard 9th Nov 18, 10:30 AM
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    Haven't made it to the market thanks to a delightful procession of friends & healthcare professionals popping in to say hi! Which is lovely. But I don't think there's anything we need that can't be picked up for pennies at the supermarket instead, so I'm not fretting. If I do think of anything, one of the other family members can pop down there sometime during the weekend instead.
    Angie

    GC Nov 18 - £336.59/£400
    Bulk-buy purse '18 £204.36/£250, pet & livestock food '18 £358.63/£300

    Money's just a substitute for time & talent...
    • medsdemon
    • By medsdemon 9th Nov 18, 11:15 AM
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    Managed 2 NSD but just back from the weekend top up shop ( £20.53 at Moggies and £8.96 at Ald*). That did includes a bottle of pink gin and tonics and a couple of bits for some recipes I’m trying out as well as boring essentials like milk and spread. Go my gf bread YS too.

    Just want to report back on the amazingness of the Mushroom lasagne recipe I used from the Nigel Slaters Kitchen diaries. You made your own pesto oil to use in it and I made my own bechemal sauce and it was so so delicious and morish. I made the recipe for roasted Squash with thyme too to go with it and served greens as well. Took ages to make but will do it again definitely.

    Tonight I have taken YS chicken breasts out and will do something with those alongside Stilton onion and potato pie ( from Kitchen diaries) and YS asparagus.
    There’s 3 breasts so may use the third in a stir fry with some veg that needs using up and freeze it ready for emergency dinner next week.

    And I still have half a pumpkin to use up !

    Have a lovely weekend everyone .
    Grocery challenge October: £228.28/£250.00 NSD 4
    Grocery challenge November : £279.33/300.00 NSD 10
    • JingsMyBucket
    • By JingsMyBucket 9th Nov 18, 1:44 PM
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    JingsMyBucket
    Hi folks. We've had a couple of spends the last two days.

    €3.90 for Activia yoghurt and some bread rolls. The yoghurt is to help my stomach because I've been on antibiotics for the last week.

    €14.00 roughly, at Delhaize by OH. I asked him to pick up some more Activia yoghurt for me and he bought a bunch of stuff for himself as well. He doesn't remember the amount so that's an estimate.

    TOTALS SO FAR
    €87.94 / €300.00
    2 / 12 NSDs

    I sent out the invite for a Thanksgiving dinner later this month so I'll see how many people I'm cooking for.
    NOV 18 GC: € 352.65/€300.00 // 8/12 NSD
    OCT 18 GC: €293.20/€300.00 // 13/12 NSD
    • Doom_and_Gloom
    • By Doom_and_Gloom 9th Nov 18, 4:13 PM
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    Doom_and_Gloom
    £17.14 spent today.

    2 large mangoes, 260g spinach, 405g red onions, 265g white onions, 495g pears, 770g easy peelers, 1,150g bananas, naturya greens blend, 2 tins baked beans, 2 tins sweet corn, fentimans cherry cola, lemonade, FF 4 iced mince pies, 2 butter, chicken tikka spread, 250g double Gloucester cheese, cheese and jalapeno crisps and 4 cheese top rolls.

    £78.07/£200.
    £121.93 left
    Last edited by Doom_and_Gloom; 12-11-2018 at 11:58 PM.
    29 year old vegan woman. My OH is a lovely omni guy
    • CRANKY40
    • By CRANKY40 9th Nov 18, 5:44 PM
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    CRANKY40
    £47.74 for week 2 including milk. Technically it's not week 2 until Monday but I needed a few bits and I don't love the supermarket enough to go today and Monday as well so I thought I'd just get everything that was on my list.

    I experimented for this evening's meal - I'm following slimming world but I wanted enchiladas so I concocted an enchilada lasagne. I made it the usual lasagne way but made a spicy enchilada mix for the filling. I used plenty of veg, tomatoes and mushrooms in the filling too. It was lovely. My cooking has been stuck in a bit of a rut lately so I want to try and make something new at least once a fortnight if I can. I'd say once a week but the lasagne made 6 portions, the macaroni cheese I made earlier in the week made 5 portions and there's only me eating them so....
    Weight loss 2018 18.5 lbs

    October Grocery Challenge £138.20/£150
    November GC £136.91/£200
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