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mama67
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 9:11 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

I had to chase my last AF order, they took payment on the Wednesday and i didn't get the order til the following Tuesday after I emailed asking where it was as i had ordered the Saturday before they took payment.

I have also noticed that their prices are creeping up, so somethings are not the deals they perported to be.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 02, 2014 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just worked out how much I spent in January . £176.76.
This is more than I would have liked. But OH did the shopping for 3weeks and boy can he spend.
Hoping this month will be cheeper.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:38 am    Post subject: Challenged! Reply with quote

I must live out of my cupboards this week as I have very little money to last for two weeks.

I also have miss 14's euros to get for her school trip to Spain next week.  

The challenge has been a good one so far this year. I just wish I wasn't on my own doing it.....
Thankyou all for being here...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spent £12 on quorn that was on offer in farmfoods so very little money to last us til next saturday but I have everything in the cupboard or freezer apart from fruit so that will be challenging.

Retrowren

We are all here to support and help each other
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Challenged! Reply with quote

Retrowren wrote:
I must live out of my cupboards this week as I have very little money to last for two weeks.

I also have miss 14's euros to get for her school trip to Spain next week.  

The challenge has been a good one so far this year. I just wish I wasn't on my own doing it.....
Thankyou all for being here...
Rw


Retrowren, never feel you are alone doing any of the challenges on here
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 2:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's no denying that single mumming can be tough at times, Retrowren, but there is no better feeling than being able to say, "I DID IT" and to know that you coped on your own despite not thinking you ever could!

Huge Zen hugs coming your way. Let us know how you are getting on with your extreme micro challenge, and how we can help, if at all possible!
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My weekly grocery came to £53.  I had to relent and buy mince as DH asked for spag bol and chilli for a change so felt I couldn't say no really. So I shall be stretching that pack of mince a looooong way.  It will start off a spag bol. then chilli and then lasagne.

I made a large pot of spicy italian bean and veg soup today.  I have just looked at it and decided that paying guest can have some it whizzed up with a bit of passatta added to it to go with her pasta   for her evening meal tonight.  The soup should last us 4 x lunches for 3.

I must try harder to eat out of my cupboards and freezer.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:26 pm    Post subject: RW Reply with quote

In many respects we are all expecting ourselves to undertake challenges on our own and, to be honest, the satisfaction of any tiny achievement is selfishly ours to enjoy. I often get annoyed at being on my own despite sharing my life/home/day-to-day with another person, but then I start to wonder what I'd do if I only had hold of one rein and the thought of going round in circles soon changes my mind.

Today I baked some biscuits.
Today I burned the biscuits.

On the plus side, the expected visitors couldn't make it, so I don't need to worry about it. I'm well used to 'carbon flavour' food.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:08 pm    Post subject: It's almost midmonth! Reply with quote

I am surprised that I have only spent 55€ in February as of now.

I am trying to pack lunches (frittata, soup, sandwiches etc.) every now and then and have managed to keep my spending at work very low (~ under 5€).

Today was a NSD, the 2nd this month, I'm so happy!
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 09, 2014 9:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Christine. IT really is amazing how few people stop and think about what their jobs cost them in real terms when factoring in lunches, snacks and drinks and to think some can very easily spend around £/$/€ 5 every working day, costing the well over £/$/€1,000 each year in hidden costs.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:12 pm    Post subject: Groceries Reply with quote

Grocery challenge going quite well despite the high spends at the start of the year. Just been given some sprouts and a turnip this week, so we're doing OK on the 5-a-day stakes. In fact, I think I will cook up all the potatoes and the 2 turnips the mash them together for putting into the freezer, rather than risk wrinkly veg. I also have 2 large white cabbages and a tiny red cabbage to use, but they seem to be doing ok as they are.

Got a couple of eggs from the chickens and have some lemons & limes, so you know what's coming next... lemon & lime curd.

How long does the spray can cream last? I got one for the New year and there's a little left in it, stored in fridge. If it's OK and I can find any icing sugar, I'll make up some microwave meringues with the leftover egg whites.

That's the plan for this week but the kitchen chaos needs sorted out frst, there's a washing needing hung out now and the bread will soon be ready and I am STILL SITTING AT THE BLASTED COMPUTER!  
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 11, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went into Aldi on the way back to work from my half day course. I used part of my lunch break but as I've claimed the journey petrol expenses, and both Aldi and Asda were on the way home, (we have to produce a receipt for petrol brought on the day of the journey or we can't claim for the mileage  ), it meant my fuel for the trip will be paid for by WCC.

I brought 2 packs of oranges, 2x cucumbers, 2x plum tomatoes, 2x salad potatoes, 2x tins tuna, some mature cheddar, a bunch of small bananas, a bag of funsize apples, a packet of crackers and a packet of Aldi's own ryvita style crisp breads. The total came to £10.92.

This should last the two of us until the end of the month when I shall do a larger Aldi shop, (hopefully with a £5.00 off a £40.00 spend voucher)

Total grocery spend for this month = £46.15
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I had better update my February spends so far £122:85 not so good I'm afraid, I really need to try and get stuff used in the cupboards instead of being lured into buying more.

This week I used a basket instead of a trolley and picked up 2x4pint cartons of milk first , it didn't take long to get the rest of my list and get to the checkout before my arms dropped off! i ended up spending £7 .76    must adopt this method more often !!

Sunday update...called at the mill shop (like AF) and spent £24.26 lots of which eill ladt into next month and beyond. Total spends now at £141:78. Only £59:22 left from my budget.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 16, 2014 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spent 18.70 in Asian grocers yesterday. Can't believe the difference in prices between Mr T and them. can only just gt the fridge door shut. David's favourite apples were £1.96 per kilo as opposed to £3.95 in Mr T.
Have spent £118.13 so far this month. savings not so good as last month but there will be some.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At last I am playing catch up with my finances. I have been keeping records in my book but not on here. My final total for January was. £67.17. Leaving £132.83.
So far this month only £38.13, leaving £94.70. That includes my Approved foods shop of £20.69.
There's one good thing about this weather, I don't get out as much so more N.S.D's.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 18, 2014 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's an excellent total for Feb, Cheap and Cheerful. You must be so pleased with yourself!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Catsister , I am quite pleased at my slightly improving bank balance. I needed to spend on my mobility scooter again. £45 for a new tyre and inner tube fitted. Not complaining though as I had the money as I had been careful. Also my scooter gives me independence and the ability to go bargain hunting.  
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just placed an order for AF, that's come to a total of £22.43.  I've avoided placing an order as I already have full cupboards, (although there are some tiny gaps appearing!) but when I saw that they had a special offer on for tinned tomatoes @ 20p per tin, I bit!

I got three lots of 3kg pasta, some ice-cream angel delight, some noodles, suet mix, bread roll mix, marvel instant milk, (it's getting to be yoghurt for breakfast season again), 10 tins of tomatoes, tinned mangoes, pitta breads and 3.5kg of custard mix - should keep us going for a while!

Store cupboards replenished and will be overflowing - again!

This means that I've spent Feb's grocery budget and gone a little bit over but I  start again on the 22nd Feb and don't need anything until next week, so I shall manage.

Total spend for February = £68.58
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All great bargains from Aff Foods! I opened first pack of pittas yesterday and there were 9 in it! At 10p per pack that's a very frugal few meals even allowing for cheese and chopped tomatoes to make frugal pizzas.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 4:06 pm    Post subject: App Foods Reply with quote

I can't blame you making the most of the bargains! I missed the tinned toms but have some in store, along with a giant tin of puree I got for 99p. The pittas are great value, especially as the packs contain 8 in each and my lunchtime one today had 9! My supply is all in the freezer now. I'm going to try making the ice ream with Marvel and add some mango.

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