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Title: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 07:45:51 am
I go to the  supermarket & buy anything & everything.

I have set myself a challenge of $100 per week to feed us 3 plus visitors who stay & friends that come over. I am trialing this until the end of June if anyone is interested.

It means I have to menu plan rigidly & use up what we have in the house first.

Today, yay $0 spent.

H :)

Here we go, anyone else or let me know if I left you out.
Halex.  Budget $100, spent $98.80, $98.48, $99.06, $98.25, $99.25, F/n bud $235 $233.84,] $150, $111.75, $52.46,$106.70 F/n $290, $0, $117.58! $97.75, Rosie B
Michele
Robyn
Nazar
Goldfish
Astarra. Budget $100, spent $94.87, $0.00,
Keiramax
Jude59
Faffa ?
Merlin
JeninWA
Chookie
Marina
Deedub
Marina
Brumington
Dede
Judy. Budget $100  - spent, $106.88,  $69.69,  $0,  $143.50,  $137.04 (inc $78 meat),  $73.40,  $117.38,  $55.19,  $0,  $137.70, $40.90, $86.11,  $152.60,  $0,  $128.99,  $145.12,  $72.60,  $135.31,  $84.24,  $131.40,  $52.60, $70.08, $125.26,
Gert
Jakodai
Katie J
Thermo18 Budget $100, spent $98, $85.00, $92.00, $120. $92, $60
Joon
Meganjane
EmeraldSue
Queen Be budget $250 per f/n
Obbie, Budget $100, spent $88, $120
ElleG
Fodiepep
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: astarra on May 28, 2012, 07:55:31 am
I'll give it a try - might help me clear out the freezer and pantry a bit!!!!!!!!  ;)
I currently budget $150 a week, so any less will be a good challenge!  :D
$ spent today = 0
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 28, 2012, 08:02:50 am
Even though I don't have to Hally, I budget for an average of $100 a week for the 2 of us by shopping more carefully and not running to the shops every 5 minutes.  I make sure I have enough of the basics each week then choose my meals as per what is in the fridge and freezer. I've had 5 shopping free weeks already this year so I'm certainly on track to meet my target again for the 3rd year in a row. I keep a diary and write down every single cent spent on food (this includes cleaning products & toiletries) but does not include eating out as that comes under entertainment.  I get a kick out of there being more money in my pocket than in the supermarkets' tills.  Good luck with the challenge you have set yourself.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: keiramax on May 28, 2012, 08:16:18 am
Would love to join in.  What are the rules?  Are you purely talking food or are you talking about supermarket shopping in total (cleaning products, mags, other stuff in my case nappies, baby wipes).

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: faffa_70 on May 28, 2012, 08:45:23 am
lol not a hope from me  :D :D

though I was pretty excited last week to shop for under $200 for all 7 of us  :)

 note to oneself ... I must do my menu plan for this week  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 28, 2012, 09:07:00 am
I have been doing this lately just to try and encourage my girls and their families.

There are only the two of us at home but I host Sunday lunches for anyone in the family that wants to come and mostly they and the lovely grandchildren come. I also take lunch up to my eldest daughter on a wednesday and for the past couple of months have come in at around $100. I used to spend around $300! So I will join in too. Won't be posting much for a few weeks am having an indulgent time in the Loire Valley and Provence ATM haha!  Have a lot more spending money because of being more careful with the past few months grocery shopping :)

I have been buying in season and whatever is on special and then deciding what to make rather than shopping with a planned menu in mind and that seems to be working best for me. I also try and pop specials into the freezer and just generally use the freezer a lot.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: goldfish on May 28, 2012, 09:17:38 am
You're on!! ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: RosieB on May 28, 2012, 09:24:46 am
I will give it a try.
I am under instructions at present to empty the pantry and freezer and this is just the shove I need.   :D
I do pretty well at keeping my grocery bill down as we have a fixed income, but I don't have a fixed weekly budget.
Shopping day tomorrow.  I will have to resist any impulse buys.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 09:26:40 am
Great,  fantastic, the more the merrier.

ok we can all help with the rules.

Fodd only, if you need soap, shampoo, dishwashing liquid etc this does not count, but would be a good exercise to keep a weekly note of that too. At the end of June we can compare notes on non food items. We can all make this fun. ;D then have money to spend on other things ;D

Money cannot be carried over, each week is a fresh start.

Eating out does not count unless you eat out more than twice, then it woud have to be a percentage, we can work this out.

It includes 3 meals per day & snacks etc, basicaly what goes in the families mouths.

It includes juices & soft drinks, tea & coffee at home.

It would be great to encourage each other & help with cheap meal plans etc.

I think we should document our spending each few days.

I have started as of today.

I must admit I am a food hoarder so I do have a lot of food  in the house but its still a great exercise.

Jude, well done, my bill is around $250 - $300 each week.

Faffa, your budget can be $230 ;D works out about the same per head as me.

Please put up your menu plans :)

Anyone else like to add rules, please do so.

Ok my menu plan for this week, lunches are normally left overs soup & or sandwiches for the 3 of us. Breakfast cereals, yoghurts, toast, porridge & eggs at weekends

Monday. - left overs & baked custard
Tuesday - roast pork, vegges & baked custard
Wednesday - left over roast pork in either a wrap, stir fry ror friiter, rice pudding or semolina
Thursday - pasta of some type, left overs  from wednesday desert
Friday -  chicken & veg soup, bread desert not sure what yet, lemon surprise
Saturday - lamb & veggies, might be casserole or roast, not sure yet
Sunday -  pizza or nuggets

I dont eat desert often but ds & dh do :)

DH & Ds eat breadwith every meal too :)


Happy Days Saving money

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week foid challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 28, 2012, 09:28:20 am
Just converted the $100 to approx £63 Or €78 for those living in Europe ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 09:30:18 am
Well done CC.

Are you joining in :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on May 28, 2012, 09:34:31 am
Well done CC.

Ate you joining in :)

H :)
All I can think of is babies at the moment H ;D.But I think it's a fabulous idea,will join in later ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 28, 2012, 09:52:52 am
Last week we were in Paris and eating out a lot. This week we have a house here in Montrichard so we decided to see how much we could buy locally for around 70€ and how long it would last. We do tend to go out a lot though too but for the past two days and today we have been cooking for ourselves - getting over the lovely restaurant meals in Paris :)

Haven't spent anything extra and so far have made:
- Scallops with fresh taglietelle in butter and lemon with fresh chilli and parsley
- Salad with fresh cooked beetroot and Roquefort cheese olive oil and lemon dressing and more chilli
- Salmon steaks cooked in butter and oil and more lemon and a splash of champers with roast sweet potato, zuchinni, olives and tomato and reheated leftover taglietelle from the previous night.

We have been snacking on pistachio nuts and fruit (all included in the 70€)
Wine I have not included. DH buys that :)

It's a bit of a limited palette because we don't have sauces, marinades, spices etc just the olive oil, lemons, parsley, chilli, garlic and balsamic that we purchased. it's kind of a fun challenge though to work with what you have and produce great meals!
Today will probably be the beetroot and cheese salad again as have plenty of beetroot. Tonight probably the bought quiche . Tomorrow we will go out.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 10:02:26 am
Jude, sounds like your eating very well, roquefort cheese olive pil, omg sounds devine. Cheese s my weakness so fitting that in the budget is going to be hard. Here I am making baked cstard fr dh & ds because its cheap ;D

JD you do so well with yiur food buying :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 28, 2012, 10:10:16 am
I quite like the diary idea too to keep track. It's amazing what you can do when you really pay attention to what gets spent. Having a TMX has certainly inspired me to skip pre made or pre packaged food. I love the fact that I used to spend $1200 a month and now $400!!!  I did have a lot of stuff in the fridge and freezer though so was a great start. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 28, 2012, 10:12:02 am
I spend about $400-$450 a f/night on all our groceries including cleaning, hygiene etc.
So I'm already within the budget :)
I usually buy milk in the 3 liter bottles at $3, I buy 3-4 of these at a time,
and I buy 10 loaves of bread @ $1.49 a loaf and throw in the freezer, this way I don't need to go to the shops too often at all.
My lot are not so keen on slicing there own bread so I just make bread rolls a couple times a week. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 10:24:04 am
Dede you do so well. You have to give us lots of tis.

My family wont eat shop bread anymore, so bow I make bread every day or every other, but ts cheap.

My  full cream milk is 3 litres at $4.70 & my hi lo 2 litres  is $3.50. All local milk here.

Do you  freze your milk?

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on May 28, 2012, 10:35:25 am
I definitely need to do this Hally. I'm someone that has spent more on the weekly groceries since getting thermomix not less.
$100.00 should be really achievable for DH & myself.
Although I spent nearly that on one meal when all the family were around yesterday.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 10:40:09 am
Great michele, i think its doable. Have a look in pantry, freezer, fridge & plan the meals around what you have already. I have a fair bit of milk at the moment, so baked custard tonight. Left overs tonight whch might normally not all been finished, but todays evening meal & lunch tomorrow. Soup is a good cheap meal, with yum home made bread.  My problem will be in reducing my cooking time :)

It will be interesting to see what we all come up with.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 28, 2012, 10:42:07 am
Hally darling I am in.
I spend about $160 per week,but this week only $140.
That's for 4 of us, but I also cook main meals for my parents at least 4 nites a week too. :)which is 6 of us.

We buy meat, chicken fish in bulk, have 3 big freezers. 2 are empty, I have just ordered 1/2 cow.
10 kilos of king salmon
10 kilos of barra

5 kilos of coral trout.
Hence I cook all meals, and lunches, no take aways ever, no dinning out, Only 1 week a year on holidays.

Buy in season is a must, and menu plan when you can.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on May 28, 2012, 10:42:33 am
 l will join in . l needed that kick up the bum to get me started
theres 4 in my family two adults and 2 kids
l have been wanting to clean out my freezer so this will be good
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: RosieB on May 28, 2012, 10:52:53 am

We buy fish in bulk, .
10 kilos of king salmon
10 kilos of barra
5 kilos of coral trout.
Hence I cook all meals, and lunches, no take aways ever, no dinning out, Only 1 week a year on holidays.
Buy in season is a must, and menu plan when you can.
Robyn

Hi Robyn.
The fish sounds wonderful in bulk..   Is the fish you buy pre-frozen?  Is it in fillets ? 
We shop at a fresh fish store but I never know how to freeze the fresh fish so it doesn't go soggy.
Rosie
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 10:59:13 am
This is excitement plus. So happy so many of us doing this. Yay, $100 per week.

Just looked in my thermo server & it is full of yesterdays minestrone, I have a whole thermo server, thats a few lunches. Ths is going to be so much  fun, normally I would look at the soup & think oh great we have heaps left, sarcastic voice, but now its excitement ;D.

Going to put everyones name at the top who is up for it.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 28, 2012, 11:06:15 am

Do you  freze your milk?

H :)

Don't need to freeze it Halex we go through about 3 litres a day anyway :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 28, 2012, 11:09:52 am
I also buy UHT milk when it's on special for $1 a litre to have as a back up :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 28, 2012, 11:12:32 am
I am under $100, only 3 us

H i do freeze my milk
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on May 28, 2012, 12:54:24 pm
I must be an expensive shopper. I usually sp[end $150-$200 a week on my food.  That includes meat, milk and all fruit and vegies as well as cleaning etc.
I'd certainly give it a go Hally if I was home. Up here I spend about $50 a week and that includes $30 on my lotto. I had a very big sppend up before we came. It would be a good challenge.  Lots of soup and casseroles.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 28, 2012, 12:56:47 pm
I also buy UHT milk when it's on special for $1 a litre to have as a back up :)

I do the same Mandi.  I buy 2 litres of fresh milk then when we run out I use the LL rather than go to the shop and buy so many other things as well.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on May 28, 2012, 12:59:44 pm
I should really join in  too.My freezer is full as are the cupboards. However,  I'm not sure I could make it as I spend about $18 a week on milk alone as I buy jersey milk from the farmers market.
Our school has just started a competition where we earn points for each dollar spent at our local shopping centre. So now is not really the time for me to curtail my grocery shopping. LOL
We actually won the competition last year which included a canteen renovation and 2 Thermomix's for our school. We are keen to win at least the local prize this year. I will follow this thread with interest and am keen to find out how you all get on. Good luck!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on May 28, 2012, 01:43:07 pm
Hally!!  You're a legend!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on May 28, 2012, 02:36:37 pm
Count me in- I'm trying to do $100 a week anyway and usually get close until I get distracted by specials on stuff that I don't need straight away!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 28, 2012, 03:29:44 pm
Today's lunch time salad.  this is my plate... dh had sliced ham as well.  I don't eat meat only seafood but cook meat for my man!  
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 28, 2012, 10:56:07 pm
Merlin, your on the list.

Fantastic

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on May 29, 2012, 12:04:50 am
Count me in Hally, I have been trying to keep the to $100. Or lower for the last couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 29, 2012, 12:18:01 am
Jen, your on the list too :D

Yay, this great

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 29, 2012, 12:25:26 am
A few months i got into a argument with one of my GF, she spends $700.p/w ever week for a family of 5 at the end i told her i did not belive her and walked away  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on May 29, 2012, 12:40:23 am
as food is more  expensive  here l where live .
 when l am in margaret river for other appointments  l shop at coles which is a bit cheaper so this happens about every  2 -3 weeks
    just buy the few things that pop up during this time  in town

we normal have cereal and pancakes on weekend for breakfast
 
lunch is usually left overs or sandwiches

and we dont eat much dessert but the kids do like to eat ice cream 

so l normally only meal plan main meal
 
l am bit of a food hoader too and have a full pantry , freezer and fridge 

l also buy boxes of uht milk when on special for $1 so l have it for back up   
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 29, 2012, 01:03:19 am
Unfortunately we dont like UHT milk.

Today I am doing some food shopping, I find it very hard not to buy the specials, I will have to be strong. Will try & add as I go along. Fruit & veggies get delivered thursday so can make do with what I have for the next 2 days, normally I would buy more. I need the garlic to make the paste which is quite pricey.

We have eb this weekend so 4 to feed friday through to monday night, eb has a big appetite, but will keep to my $100.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on May 29, 2012, 01:08:33 am
Am feeling rather pleased ... just done my weekly shop (including knowing we have 25-30 visitors coming in for lunch on Sunday) ...  and kept below my $100!! Only just (by $5.13) but still ... I DID IT!!!!  ;D

I only ever do one grocery shop/week, if we run out (very rare) it is just too bad, has to wait til the next Tuesday! I hate shopping with the 2 preschoolers tho, so I make a list (after looking at the specials online) and stick to it... easiest and quickest way to get it done ...  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 29, 2012, 01:14:20 am
A few months i got into a argument with one of my GF, she spends $700.p/w ever week for a family of 5 at the end i told her i did not belive her and walked away  :-))

They must eat caviar and crayfish quite a lot Uni  ;) 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 29, 2012, 01:15:12 am
Rosie B, The fish I get is frozen, and in fillets, individually wrapped.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 29, 2012, 01:21:23 am
A few months i got into a argument with one of my GF, she spends $700.p/w ever week for a family of 5 at the end i told her i did not belive her and walked away  :-))

$700 a week is just silly, that's nearly my monthly bill.
And there is 7 of us (with 2 nearly 3 TEENAGES )
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 29, 2012, 01:36:33 am
A few months i got into a argument with one of my GF, she spends $700.p/w ever week for a family of 5 at the end i told her i did not belive her and walked away  :-))

$700 a week is just silly, that's nearly my monthly bill.
And there is 7 of us (with 2 nearly 3 TEENAGES )

i was so angry with her that day  >:(. her DH works 2 jobs and makes a lot of money but it never enough

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on May 29, 2012, 01:37:38 am
H,  wonderful idea.  I'm in.  Feel  like I am cheating though with freezers full,  although we do entertain a lot so that might cancel out.  The Farmers market will be my undoing.   Must be strong.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 29, 2012, 02:03:11 am
I only shop once a week anyway, as its 30 minutes drive to the supermarket here.


I should do a meal plan.
Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 29, 2012, 03:42:35 am
Uni, that is crazy, $700 per week, she obviously cant add up, unless she is living if truffles!! You couldnt even eat that amount of food. Mine is $250-$300 & theres always food here.

Astarra, great work, wont you need milk further in the week.

Chookie, your in, great ;D no nt cheating, we have a lot of meat here in the freezer. Its just great to use up what we have.

Well my first shop today, $29.80, that is really good for me. It also included some junk food, tim tams & chips for the long weekend here. I woud normally have spent over $80 on not much all.

My next shop is a big fruit & veg one, we have basically nothing left, using my emergency frozen stuff as well as fresh tonight. My order comes to $52.17 to feed 4 of us, sounds a lot but as I sad the cupboards are bare, & next week should  be down to under $30. So
I am at about $83, will need a few things friday, around $10-$15. So I should come in under $100. ;D

H :)



Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 29, 2012, 03:59:28 am
Doing well Halex, I guess sometimes we don't really think about what we spend till we decide to sit down and ad it all up.
I have found that buying my milk and bread in bulk keeps me away from the shop so stops me buying in impulse. And this really helps keep the grocery bill down to a minimum.
With a little effort and discipline we can save $1000s a year by not buying items that we really don't need. And also using what we already have so much less wastage as well.
I'm glad you started this topic Halex as its a great idea :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 29, 2012, 04:15:20 am
Unfortunately we dont like UHT milk.

Hally, have you tried it in your baking - I'm sure you wouldn't notice a difference.

I make sure I have some frozen vegies and canned fruit in the pantry so that when I run out of or get low in choice for these items, I can still fill the plate with vegies and have fruit if I fancy it.  I always fancy fruit when I don't have any in the basket  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on May 29, 2012, 04:45:18 am
I have a suggestion, but feel free to ignore it as the "$100 per week food challenge " is a catchy title.
As there are different numbers of people in each household, why not use a guide of $5 per person per day? That works out at $35 per week per person.
ie Single person : $35/week;
   Couples: $70/week;
   Family of 3: $105/week;
   Family of 4: $140/week;
   Family of 5: $175/week;
   Family of 6: $210/week
   Family of 7: $245/week etc

Just a thought ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on May 29, 2012, 04:59:27 am
ES,  cut it out.  I couldn't possibly manage in $70 a week. Just 2 of us.  Probably should say I don't want to manage on $70 a week. ;D ;D ;D  But then again,  think of all the money I could save for a holiday.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 29, 2012, 05:07:30 am
Has anyone done the $21 challenge. ( from Fiona Lippy)
$21 groceries for a week.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on May 29, 2012, 06:10:03 am
This is a great idea but I'm too chicken to join in :). Especially since I just spent $140 at the supermarket for just the 3 of us! I'm not good at menu planning, usually plan 2 main meals a week and just wing it for the rest. Having said that, I should come in under $100 next week if I resist trying new recipes & just use up the meals in the freezer.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on May 29, 2012, 06:37:08 am
Blimey teddy, I don't know what we're buying but I don't think we could ever do a full grocery shop for less than $100!! :o We go through a lot of fresh fruit and veggies, I eat a lot of yoghurt, I also use nuts and seeds which can be quite expensive, and we have 2 big dogs to feed as well... :P

I'll enjoy following this thread and getting some tips from the rest of you ;)

I'll be in your next one Hally :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on May 29, 2012, 07:03:55 am
Spent $63.00 at the supermarket, should see us through the week, may need to top up on milk at the end of the week.  Have looked through the fridge, freezer and pantry and have worked out the meals for the rest of the week.
Tues - pork spare ribs with stir fried veg
Wed - pasta with speck and mushrooms
Thur - beef in the slow cooker
Fri - lamb chops and veg
Sat - mushroom risotto
Sun - pizza

So good to start cleaning out the freezers
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on May 29, 2012, 07:18:10 am
I spent $87.00 yesterday at the grocery store but that did include cleaning products and some toiletries.
I'm going to try and stick to $100.00 a week including the above.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on May 29, 2012, 07:24:22 am
Had a proper look at my shopping bill & realised that $36 was for non-food items, so bill only came to $105 - pretty close! Except I need to add my Aussie farmers bill as well which usually comes to around $20. If I was home more & had time to plan better, I'm sure I could do this (she says writing this at the local pool while kids have swimming lessons). Maybe next time - will watch with interest, very inspiring!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on May 29, 2012, 08:11:37 am
As I am out of most of my baking needs I don't think I could shop for under $100 this week. I need to stock up the cupboards first LOL
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on May 29, 2012, 09:02:04 am
 l was given some salmon & pike  fillets today
 so tea tonight will be  salmon patties  and salad
wed will be fish and chips & salad
not shore about rest of week
l spent $1.89 for 1 kg carrots today and they were not organic  { thats just the price they are here ]
and $5.69 for 1 kg of tomatoes  to go with salad
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 29, 2012, 09:04:25 am
DG, that defeats the object ???

Amy you would be surprised that it is possible & we are all going to do it. I think of course long term it wouldnt be as we all have food in freezers & pantry etc. it is a good way of using up what we have. :)

Deedub, join in, your early there. Yes my aussie farmers deliver is a big one for fruit & veg, just over $52!!

Keiramax & Michele, you guys have done really well.

H :)

Nazar I dont think your prices are much different to what I pay with aussie farmers :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on May 29, 2012, 09:28:49 am
I'll join in from this weekend onwards, which is when I do my main shopping.  I will probably blow it though in June - end of financial year will strain my free time for cooking so I think there will be quite a few take-aways thrown in, particularly towards the end of the month.

I haven't frozen milk, but it's a good idea - does it still taste OK when you defrost it?  Not much in my freezer, unfortunately, but loads of soup coming up. 

I think it will be hard for some of us to keep to the $100.00 because those who live in more remote areas are penalised with higher prices, but I think the object of the challenge is to try your best under each person's individual circumstances.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on May 29, 2012, 10:20:10 am
As I buy in bulk it will go over $100 in just flour, sugar, cocoa, bicarbonate soda, etc.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on May 29, 2012, 10:29:21 am
I'd love to join in this challenge.  I think it sounds like a good exercise in self control.  I'm terrible at making meal plans though :-(.  So it start 1st June?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 29, 2012, 10:37:08 am
I chose $100 for us as I believed it woukd be doable as a challenge, not easy but yes I could do it.

You can all choose whatever figure you want, just let us know & I can put the amount against your name.

Milk freezes fine :)

I started the challenge monday, but you can start when youwant.

DG, why dont you buy yiur baking items & then join us.

Marina & Brummington, I will add you to the list.

H :)

Just finished our lovey dinner. DH was just about take the rest of  the pork to work for lunch, I had to stop him!! i sad no we are having it again on thursday with more veggies. i dont think he was too pleased, told him lunch was soup :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 29, 2012, 04:54:40 pm
Haha that's funny. He might not love it that you are being frugal!
 I found $100 much more possible than I thought. The tricky bit is managing to squirrel away a few things in the freezer still on that amount. At the end of the week I sauté all the leftover veg and purée them to freeze and have on hand to chuck into casseroles or soups or with a bit of cream and seasoning for sauces. They really make a lovely difference and so easy.  I also soak and cook up batches of dried beans, lentils and chickpeas and freeze. The nicest soups come from chucking a few of these things together.  Left over meat sauce and casserole is great on pizza bases with cheese too. My grandchildren and DH love that.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 29, 2012, 11:06:34 pm
Tonight we are having sausages with potatoes & peas., maybe toad in the hole or just good old bangers & mash. Had to change the plan as have no veg until tomorrow to go with the roast. So far I have def saved money prob about $20 as I would have bought veg & salad for yesterday & today. Turned out we had 7 veg last night, a little of everything.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 30, 2012, 12:17:18 am
We are having chicken drumsticks which are another nice cheap meat for a big family. $10 for enough to feed us all :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on May 30, 2012, 12:23:37 am
At the end of the week I sauté all the leftover veg and purée them to freeze and have on hand to chuck into casseroles or soups or with a bit of cream and seasoning for sauces. They really make a lovely difference and so easy.

Thats a fantastic idea Jude59! I've never thought to do that ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 12:30:55 am
Dede, did yiu want to join in?

Yes I can buy 2kg for drumsticks for $9 here, but they are not free range.

Jude, dh much happier today when I told him there might be about $700 at the end of June to knock off the mortgage, he is always groaning about the interest we pay :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 30, 2012, 01:15:26 am
for a family of 4, I spend about $140 per week, lots of fruit and vege though.
But we are replanting the vege garden this week, so that will save us in a couple of months.

But I buy meat, fish, chicken in bulk too.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 30, 2012, 01:30:35 am
Count me in Halex. I think most of the time I'm pretty well under budget but sometime I can blow the budget by not being careful. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 30, 2012, 02:20:53 am
I'm on the list too - will be easy for me as I've been doing it for 3 years now.  Slightly different to the rules Hally has set down but it works out the same in the end.

 I might spend $170 one week and nothing the next so I then come in well under budget.  Mine is based on a yearly thing, I add up the 52 weeks spending and get my weekly average from that. That allows for visitor weeks, Christmas etc and if I can still come in under the $100 I am very happy with that.

 I used to just buy whatever I wanted at anytime I wanted it but wasted a lot of fresh food that way.  Now I only buy a few vegies at a time instead of some of almost every variety :-)) then if need be I can get more before the week is up.  My week goes from Sunday - Saturday and if I need something on Saturday, I will do everything I can to work around not having to go to the shop so that I can start my tally afresh on the Sunday.  It is Wednesday and I still have not been to the shop this week and I will be trying to get through until Sunday again if at all possible.  This will mean I have only spent $290 for the whole of May. I have plenty of meat in the freezer, a well stocked pantry and vegies in the freezer, even after doing my personal challenge for 3 years.

It can be done, the kids may not like it when they run out of some of the things you buy them but with the variety of things we can make ourselves, there will always be something for them to snack on.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 02:32:09 am
H I am like JD and try to have no spend weeks.  Very necessary when living on a pension.  Even so I would find it hard to feed the two of us plus dogs on $400 a month. Yeah ok I could do it if I didn't drink.  Is grog included? I didn't read the rules. Best go back  and see. Tomatoes Are $8.50 a kilo in Coles here.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 30, 2012, 02:34:49 am
 DS  paid $75 for a small box of tomatoes last week
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 02:40:07 am
Yikes it makes it soo hard in a restaurant.  You wanna  get twenty slices out of each one.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 30, 2012, 02:51:11 am
Wow you guys pay heaps for tomatoes, think they around $4-$5 a kilo at the moment here.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 03:48:45 am
Ok two of us and two dogs on $100 a week easy peasy as I make all the dog food anyway and we eat only 2 meals a day.  Main meal is at lunch time and DH  loves a slice of bread and Vegemite for supper.  I reckon a week of my breakfast congee would cost only about  $5  and DH toast and stuff not much more.  No more crumpets for him though.  Oh oh the coffee I buy is $38 a kilo. I will have to figure that one out.


I guess I am in.


Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Shazzy on May 30, 2012, 04:08:45 am
Obbie I did the $21 challenge earlier this year. I had actually just got the book out of the library and was on my way home and got a ticket(!) Hence had lots of motivation to not spend on groceries that week to pay for the ticket!! I didnt quite manage the $21 though - I think I ended up spending about $39.

I dont know how I will go with the $100 challenge as I also cant walk past things on special but would like to give it a go (any savings have to be good) - so count me in.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jakodai on May 30, 2012, 04:27:57 am
I want to join this too, but not until next week. Everything's a bit bare at the moment and this Friday I'm doing my big Costco shop.

My family is just me & my son, so $100 should certainly be easy to hit. I also have a Border Collie but he's on a premium dry food that I buy in bulk every 2 months. I have a shopping budget of $150 a week at the moment, which normally includes my Costco shopping and everything else (apart from the dog food).

IDEALLY I'd like to be under $50 a week for my weekly shop, put $50 away for my monthly Costco shop and save $50. It shouldn't be too hard as I buy flour, meat, cleaning and things like that in bulk, and really only need to buy milk, yoghurt and fruit & vegetables each week. It also gives me more encouragement to make my own bread, too.

Thanks for the challenge - I hope I can make it. I'll report back next week-end with how I went... It'd be interesting to keep a tally of how much we saved as a forum, hey? I can help out if you need it Halex, I'm slightly addicted to spreadsheets... :-S

Exciting!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on May 30, 2012, 04:44:31 am
I will start my budget next Thursday when I do my main shopping. My aim is to go under $400 (f/night for 7 people) then the rest on milk and bread for remainder of the f/night
I think my allowance is around $240 week? ($480 f/night)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 06:00:38 am
Dede, your budget s $230 per week, that is what I suggested to Faffa, but it is up to you :)

Gert, will add you on, pets & wine dont count ;D

Jakodai, would avsolutely love you to do spreadsheets, I am analytical so I love to analise everyones figures. will add you to the list too :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 30, 2012, 06:01:31 am
Hally, I can do it for $140 per week, prices are dearer up here.
Lemons are $4 a kilo at the moment up here.
I could sell heaps and make $$$$$ :-))

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 06:08:08 am


Gert, will add you on, pets & wine dont count ;D
H :)

Well tell that to poor old Elvis and Jaxon. :'( :'(

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 06:10:25 am
I think Tycho & Tangles are pleased, they still get their tins of tuna otherwise it would have been dry biscuits for 1 mnth ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on May 30, 2012, 06:21:53 am
Tonight we are having leftover beef dish that DH made on Monday night with leftover rice and leftover vegies, tomorrow night is left over risotto from last night.
Is dinning out to be included?
So far this week I have spent $17.75
I went to Tenina's Thai class last night and really want to make some of her recipes from the class, so will have to budget that in.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on May 30, 2012, 06:23:05 am
I'll join too  ;D

I'm glad pet food doesn't count as we have 2 of the most spoilt dogs around.  All of their food is home cooked and they eat well and a lot (one is a greyhound).

It's only my partner and I, so we should be able to get well under the $100.  I do have some indulgences though - I only buy organic local milk, free range chicken and pork and definitely no supermarket branded products (not because of quality, only because I don't support what the 2 big supermarkets are doing).  It will be interesting to see how we go  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 06:43:33 am
I'll join too  ;D

I'm glad pet food doesn't count as we have 2 of the most spoilt dogs around.  All of their food is home cooked and they eat well and a lot (one is a greyhound).

It's only my partner and I, so we should be able to get well under the $100.  I do have some indulgences though - I only buy organic local milk, free range chicken and pork and definitely no supermarket branded products (not because of quality, only because I don't support what the 2 big supermarkets are doing).  It will be interesting to see how we go  :)

If you can afford to I agree with buying local products always. The reality is that most people with families cannot afford to buy what we want to buy. Isn't that a damn shame. I feel so sorry for farmers and really appreciate all their hard work on my behalf but that does not help them much. I do what I can in a small way  but cannot afford to feel guilty about buying some necessities  cheaper. I hate Coles and Woolies. 

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 30, 2012, 07:36:55 am
JudyDawn that is very encouraging that you have still managed to have your freezer and pantry well stocked after 3 years doing this. Great to know and what I have been trying to do too. I have been including most items in my $100, that is, cleaners etc and pet food for two cats and one rat although, Bella ( my rat) eats what we eat and as you can imagine her meals are teeny.   I don't include cosmetics and wine. I consider these discretionary choices and the fruits of saving on groceries :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on May 30, 2012, 08:42:47 am
Ok, ok, you've talked me into it - count me in Hally! Feel like I'm cheating a bit since the freezer is full of meals and the pantry's pretty well stocked - so no excuses, right?
Might even be able to include wine purchase in the $100 - no wait, STUPID idea! 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 08:58:16 am
Katiej, i feel the same as you, hence aussie farmer deliveries for a lot of our food.

Have had to re-organise my menu a little, we only have peas on the veg front, plus a couple of other things, celery, onion.. So sausages tonight, roast pork & veg tomorrow, friday is now chicken kievs as ds said NOT SOUP  AGAIN.  Fantastc as 500g of chicken breast set aside for soup so thats what I need for kiev.

Have just under $18 left, spend it wisely  H :)

Its really making me think about what to buy etc, loving it. Dh has given me 2 weeks max..... I said no way, i have about 20 people doing this, I cant fail. So thank you everyone for joining my ride. :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 30, 2012, 09:03:50 am
if u have eggs u could make this
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 09:05:46 am
Yes I have eggs, but what is it?!?!? ??? :o

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on May 30, 2012, 09:14:03 am
I'm still holding steady on the 70€ so far this week (from Saturday). But have been out a bit.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on May 30, 2012, 11:20:58 am
OK. So I'm starting on 1st June and budgeting $100 a week. Hope that's ok. I'm buying F & V tomorrow cause I've run out of everything but I'm actually going to include that in my first weeks budget. Otherwise I think it's a bit of an unfair start!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on May 30, 2012, 11:40:34 am
This is a great thread Hally.  Well done everyone who has jumped on board!!!

Our food budget is $500 a month for our family of 4 and I am pretty happy with that. We have cut out takeaways and eating out (we are in saving mode for an overseas trip) so that amount includes all our food.  I don't think I could cut it down any more without impacting on our health.  We go through two big boxes packed with fruit, veg, dairy and eggs each week (costing $50-$60 per wk) and I wouldn't want to cut that down. I shop online once a month for groceries (I have a big pantry store) and do a weekly fresh produce shop at my local fruit and veg store. Staying out of the big supermarkets, menu planning and "making do" helps me save money.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 11:48:56 am
Chelsea you are doing well. I am gunna clean out my pantry and freezer. Who knows what I will find. SPAM  for sure. I love SPAM

How long is the challenge lasting?

Don't forget about the long weekend.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 12:07:37 pm
Thanks Chelsea. If you divide $100 by 3 it will give you a cost per head, which I think you will find is within your budget :) you have 4 to feed. I have 3 mosdt of the time,wih foster kids it makes 4 from time to time. This week 4 days out of 7 i feed 4 :) its great to be abe to reduce our food bills :)

Gert, i set it until end of June, but of course can be altered.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 12:14:10 pm
Just a thought. A bad one. Today I cooked a big chook for the doggies. We could have 2 or 3 meals from it. At least I have stock.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 30, 2012, 12:16:31 pm
Gert, what you cook for your pets does not count :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 30, 2012, 12:45:45 pm
I know that but I could have used it for US saving about $8.

Lucky dogs.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on May 30, 2012, 01:16:16 pm
Wow I think you are all impressive and I will follow this thread with great interest. Usually I would love this kind of challenge, but being pregnant currently I am having some very weird and expensive cravings (such as prosciutto & pistachio salami from our local gourmet fine foods speciality store!!) that I just can't 1. budget for, 2. meal plan for, and 3. do without! But good luck everyone and I'm looking forward to seeing how everyone goes.    :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on May 30, 2012, 01:35:38 pm
Bubbles, I really don't think you should be eating salami seeing as you are pregnant.  Please read this. (http://www.babymed.com/food-and-nutrition/salami-during-pregnancy-is-it-safe-to-eat)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on May 30, 2012, 02:11:14 pm
have just been organizing my freezer so now l know whats in there and what needs to be eaten first
 
will do pantry in next few days  and work out meal plan  to use up stuff l have  . l will be  painting my sons room tomorrow
it will be good to be organized

thanks hally for the idea

firday tea   judys  chicken and vegie soup
saturday tea  quirky jo fried rice
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on May 30, 2012, 11:10:00 pm
Count me in Halex, will start tomorrow the 1st of June, I like a challenge and better still extra money LOL
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on May 30, 2012, 11:38:09 pm
Thanks JD I knew it was too good to be true  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Joon on May 31, 2012, 01:45:05 am
LOVE this idea!!  There's 8 in my family- me and DH, 18,17,16, 15, 12 and 10 year olds..this will be a stretch!! - I'm going to give $220 a go- we live in a rural area and everything costs a fortune, but I really want to SAVE!! Cleaning/washing/pets and (thank the stars!) booze isn't included, right? I'm excited!  Now...off to menu plan...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on May 31, 2012, 01:46:55 am
LOVE this idea!!  There's 8 in my family- me and DH, 18,17,16, 15, 12 and 10 year olds..this will be a stretch!!

 :o :o :o

Wow!!! Good luck Joon :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 31, 2012, 01:49:11 am
 thats 27.50 each per week, i am thinking  you can do it Joon   ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 31, 2012, 02:06:03 am
Does chocolate count in food....... ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on May 31, 2012, 02:34:00 am
Does chocolate count in food....... ;D


cheeky girl ,of course it counts  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on May 31, 2012, 02:42:52 am
Thanks Chelsea. If you divide $100 by 3 it will give you a cost per head, which I think you will find is within your budget :) you have 4 to feed. I have 3 mosdt of the time,wih foster kids it makes 4 from time to time. This week 4 days out of 7 i feed 4 :) its great to be abe to reduce our food bills :)

Cool Hally. I am already in then!!! ;D I like to set myself little 'challenges' to keep cooking on a budget interesting. Last week I bought 2 large butternut pumpkins for $1.50ea and challenged myself to use them up.  Over the week we had pumpkin bread (x 3 loaves), curried pumpkin and lentil soup and roasted pumpkin, bacon and fetta pizzas.  Yum!  This week I bought a huge chinese cabbage for $3 and I have used it in chow mein, Quirky satay chicken and cashews and the last of it will go in winter soup (MWOC) tomorrow night. I think local pears are still 99c kg at my local fruit and veg store so they may be the next challenge - chicken and pear risotto, pear and butterscotch pudding, poached pears. Mmmmmm!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on May 31, 2012, 03:11:39 am
I like to set myself little 'challenges' to keep cooking on a budget interesting. Last week I bought 2 large butternut pumpkins for $1.50ea and challenged myself to use them up.  Over the week we had pumpkin bread (x 3 loaves), curried pumpkin and lentil soup and roasted pumpkin, bacon and fetta pizzas.  Yum!  This week I bought a huge chinese cabbage for $3 and I have used it in chow mein, Quirky satay chicken and cashews and the last of it will go in winter soup (MWOC) tomorrow night. I think local pears are still 99c kg at my local fruit and veg store so they may be the next challenge - chicken and pear risotto, pear and butterscotch pudding, poached pears. Mmmmmm!


That sounds like a great way to keep things interesting Chelsea! I might have to give it a try. I'm going to our local fruit and veg shop this afternoon so I will see what they have on the clearance shelf :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on May 31, 2012, 03:25:34 am
I've just got a bonus!  ;D DH went and helped some friends pick up their paddock of pumpkins (at their farm) on Saturday - the wife has just dropped off 4 pumpkins (and said there is 20+ more up for grabs) 10kg potatoes, a big bag of apples and some fresh beans........ yum!!! So I won't have to buy any of those things next week...... oh and my lemon tree is groaning so I'll be doing lemon cooking too!!!!! Hope that is not cheating!!  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 31, 2012, 04:52:46 am
Astarra, I am still squeezing lemons to freeze.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 31, 2012, 05:24:17 am
Yes sadly chocolate counts >:(

Great to hear you set challenges Chelsea, tt makes things more fun.

Astarra, no thats not cheating, whatever you get given is a bonus :)

Dinner tonight roast pork from tuesday with veg.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on May 31, 2012, 05:30:53 am
Juicing the last 7 boxes of bush lemons from my tree tonight.
My freezer will have lemon juice galore. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on May 31, 2012, 07:52:00 am
Love this chalange. ;D  Did the first of 2 shops for the week,  $33.  usually $100.  I know that on Saturday I have to buy a bag of flour and this will cost $20.  Will try and get out of the Grocers with just this.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: RosieB on May 31, 2012, 08:02:58 am
DH is right behind me on this challenge.  He has been nagging for a while to clear out the freezer and pantry.
I have done this weeks shopping and managed to get out with just $64.86  so a little bit left to go the the market with on Saturday.  $24.00 was steak, but enough for about 5 meals.  And I didn't give in to any temptations.
DGS eats mainly one brand/flavour of a prepared meal and that is expensive  :-)) so trying to get him onto regular food as well.
So far he has accepted bread that is not square and white, and last night he had pumpkin soup with us.
We have pumpkins and sweet potatoes in the garden to bulk out casseroles and curries. 
Looking good so far
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 31, 2012, 09:12:14 am
So glad everyone is loving this ;D

Plus we are all eating really nice meals, so that makes it even better :)

I have $18.03 left, i need jelly, cream & sour cream. I would love some nice cheese, thats my downfall, i will see what they have at coles tomorow on special.

Chookies its amazing how much we can just throw in our trolleys without really thinking about it.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 31, 2012, 09:25:22 am
I didn't think it was much of a challenge for me but I  was sooooooooooooo surprised when I went food shopping today. I have saved all my receipts so will be adding up on Sat. I kept putting stuff back. Good girl I was and now I realise how much stuff I buy I really do not need.

Really really surprised. thanks H.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Joon on May 31, 2012, 12:40:30 pm
I did my dry goods (including bag of flour), dairy and some fruit/veg shop tonight- $110 including a big bag of cat food, so will say $100...will be interesting to see if I can get meat for under $100- I think its a go.  Is it okay to use up stuff in freezer first?  Halex- Do you have to include that cost in budget? (fingers crossed you say no to included in budget!!!)
Is everyone going to post menus?  Would love to see the food choices!
Ready to start tomorrow!! It will be a REAL challenge to stick to a menu because I get kinda random at times...but- it would be good to have things planned and hopefully cook ahead!
I'm so excited I'm going to post my menu- havent picked days for things, because I know what I am like- but will only have correct food for what is planned!!!
Breakfast- we have chooks so EGGS!!! Cereal, CADA, toast. School lunches are; focaccia, mini quiches, pizza, sangas...snacks; cakes, muffins etc desserts- choc custard, sorbet.  Adults lunch- soup/bread (or same as kids)
Tuna Mornay with vegies on rice
Cheesy Pasta Bake with lots of vegies and sausages
Steak, salad and potato bake
Chilli con Carne with cornchips/sour cream etc
No fried rice with steamed garlic chicken
BBQ chicken pizzas and ham/cheese pizza with garlic bread
Pasta cabornara with bacon and mushroom, spinach & parsley
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 31, 2012, 12:58:03 pm
Joon, yes of course use up any food in the freezer, fridge & pantry.

Menu sounds good, I posted mine near the fribt f the thread, will have to start planning for next week soon.

Gert, so much did you spend in total.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 31, 2012, 10:59:01 pm
H an amazing $36 . I think that might be it for the weeks as I am making bread today. I am amazed. No specials . No two fers not a one. ONLY things I needed.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on May 31, 2012, 11:10:57 pm
Wow $36, Gert that is great. Yes I am a specials queen, find it hard to walk past, then just sits in the pantry.

Please could everyone put up their final expenditure for the week along with their budget as Joon is going to start a spreadsheet at the weekend for us. My week is monday to Sunday.

Also love to see the menu plans.
Thanks

Hally :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on May 31, 2012, 11:23:51 pm
Yeah I am impressed with myself but have no idea what a menu plan is ;D I can tell you what we ate but  have no  idea. Luckily that is not important as DH only wants to eat sausages  so he plans to eat them EVERY day.  Sadly for him there are none in the house so my plan is to open the freezer and take what is on top and work down or maybe the other way around.  Oh wait I do,have some German Sausages in the fridge so today he is a lucky boy. German sausages  mit sour kraut , carrots and something else. Every day brekkie is about the same Thai rice  congee for me and toast  with whatever he can find. Then late lunch and he has maybe Vegemite on bread as a supper. I have a glass or two of wine.  ;D
Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 01, 2012, 12:00:51 am
Gert,  love the idea of opening the freezer and working down. ;D
Joon,  love your menu plan.  Pretty good for a budget challenge.
H,  I usually just walk around the Supermarket and throw into the trolley, anything that takes my fancy,  and specials of course, plus what is on my list.
I buy meat that has been reduced for quick sale,  and worry about where it will fit in the freezer,  when I get home.
Tomatoes were $10 a K.  No toms this week.


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 12:30:33 am
Gert,  love the idea of opening the freezer and working down. ;D
Joon,  love your menu plan.  Pretty good for a budget challenge.
H,  I usually just walk around the Supermarket and throw into the trolley, anything that takes my fancy,  and specials of course, plus what is on my list.
I buy meat that has been reduced for quick sale,  and worry about where it will fit in the freezer,  when I get home.
Tomatoes were $10 a K.  No toms this week

I found a 1 kilo bag of small tomatoes for only $4. Not wonderful but will do.  I buy meat the same chookie. What is a list?  :-))Should I have one :D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 01, 2012, 01:28:23 am
Gert, my list is what I am running out of,  and need to buy next time I am at the shops.   Ha.  Not what I buy.!!!!

Meal plans,  love them,  but have trouble sticking to them.  Disrupted by Visitors dropping in,  Invited out for a meal or eating out unexpectedly. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 01, 2012, 01:43:52 am
Hally, I shop Sundays, so I will post then. :) my amount spent.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 01, 2012, 01:48:02 am
Well I have an unexpected visitor for lunch today. Checked food on hand and had everything but not quite enough sweet potato to make Teninas chorizio sweet potato soup.

Did my shopping, cannt believe I did this, picked up about 6 sweet potatoes until I found one within 10g of what I needed, woud never have done that before.

Managed to get some tasmanian brie too ;D

Total spent drumroll......$98.80, happy happy happy.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 01, 2012, 02:30:47 am
Well I have an unexpected visitor for lunch today. Checked food on hand and had everything but not quite enough sweet potato to make Teninas chorizio sweet potato soup.

Did my shopping, cannt believe I did this, picked up about 6 sweet potatoes until I found one within 10g of what I needed, woud never have done that before.

Managed to get some tasmanian brie too ;D

Total spent drumroll......$98.80, happy happy happy.

H :)

Well done Hallyyyyy!!!!!!! :D :D :D Happy Hally ;D
Lol funny about the sweet potato thing!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 01, 2012, 02:51:30 am
Well done Halex , you done extremely well :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 01, 2012, 03:01:03 am
 :D :D :D Hally I do exactly the same, back and forth to the scales until I get one close to the size the recipe states. People must think we are crazy LOL.

I'll be shopping on Sunday and officially starting the challenge then.  Have stretched the 2 litre container of LL milk to last until then by mixing up a batch of powdered milk and mixing the 2 together  ;)  

Just baked bread for the first time in ages seeing as the freezer only has 1 french stick left in it which is no good for toast in the morning, well you could at a pinch but I prefer a slice of bread to toast.

I've also made a casserole for lunch using more leftover corned beef, if it is any good I'll post the recipe later but so far that's 3 meals from a $7 piece of beef and still enough for a few sandwiches as well.  It's so easy to be Mrs McScrooge  ;D

Keep up the good work girls, we can send those supermarkets broke in a month the way we are going 8)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 01, 2012, 03:10:57 am
Know what you girls are talking about.  bought 2 onions instead of a 2 K bag.  Not sure if this is really economical,  but kept the total price down.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 01, 2012, 04:01:16 am
I have been on a food budget since, the recession we had to have, thank you mr keating for putting me through one of the hardest times in my life ,it made me the person i am today . i hope you ladies with young families will never have to go through it

i dont need to budget anymore but once u start it becomes a habit and  very addictive

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 01, 2012, 04:06:40 am
Uni, when things are tough and tight, as they are, that's when you budget. ( The recession we had to have...) >:(

That is why we buy great quality food bulk, and freeze.
Also, as I buy my fish direct from the boats, its cheaper.

Buy a whole cow 220 kilos at once, and freeze.
Hopefully my vege garden will save us $$$ too.

I can't afford meat at $20-$25 a kilo.

Robyn

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 01, 2012, 04:21:18 am
My usual budget is $150/week, my week is Tues-Mon.
This week spent $94.87  :D

Robyn, if your vege garden goes anything like mine it will save you heaps!!!! I don't think I'll have to buy tomatoes, zucchinis or capsicums all year - by the time I run out I hope next years garden is producing!!!! We also have a lemon tree, an apple tree, a cheery tree, a plum tree and a blueberry bush............. :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 01, 2012, 04:36:11 am
We have a macadamia tree, 2 apple, lemonade,2 lemon, plums, 2 lychee,
avocado, 2 mulberry, banana, manderins, comquarts, passionfruit vine.

now planting veges.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 04:59:15 am
Uni, when things are tough and tight, as they are, that's when you budget. ( The recession we had to have...) >:(

That is why we buy great quality food bulk, and freeze.
Also, as I buy my fish direct from the boats, its cheaper.

Buy a whole cow 220 kilos at once, and freeze.
Hopefully my vege garden will save us $$$ too.

I can't afford meat at $20-$25 a kilo.

Robyn



Where  you finding meat that cheap?  I saw some lamb for  $38.99  in  Woolies yesterday.  So called 4 star mice was $12  a kilo.  I do not know how families manage.

At least you have lemons, lemonade, lemon curd, lemon pie etc  ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on June 01, 2012, 05:37:37 am
I confess I was doing well until today. I had so far spent $67 this week but I received an email today from my kids school requesting me to make a meal. I am one of the volunteers who make meals to stock the school freezer to distribute to families in crisis eg newborn in the family, illness in parents/children, sudden unemployment of breadwinner etc- you get the idea. The parents club  runs this service and I think it is wonderful- any of us could be in that situation one day! Also, there is the Great Australian morning tea next week as well so I had to grab some provisions to make an apple tea cake as well as the huge pastitsio I made today to go to the school.  That along with usual groceries meant I spent about $70 today so all up $137- close but no cigar. On the bright side, I won't have to go shopping  for the next few days as there is enough pastitsio for the weekend and I will make two apple cakes- one for us and one for the school so will get extra mileage out of those ingredients. There's always next week!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 01, 2012, 05:42:55 am
what a great way  to help out the community when in need
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 01, 2012, 05:52:55 am
Merlin, if you are cooking food to give away for a good cause, I wouldn't count that in your grocery bill. Just my thoughts.

I love what your school is doing. Such a great way to teach children about helping those in need. Good on ya. Be proud
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 01, 2012, 06:01:00 am
Merlin, you are so wonderful, what a great idea.

I used to bake cakes, and slices each week for our school tuckshop to sell, but we arn't allowed to any more. All food must be baked at school.

Now I bake cakes for the bowls club instead.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 01, 2012, 06:02:40 am
I agree Merlin, what a wonderful thing to do for the community. While none of us want to find ourselves in that situation (well maybe apart from the new baby one  ;) !!!) we never can tell what is around the corner.  :-\
I agree with DG here, I don't think you should count that as your groceries, but it is not up to me.....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 01, 2012, 07:13:10 am
Merlin, of course the food you are cooking to donate is not counted. What a great idea the school has thought of. Well done for cooking for them :)

Just count what you have bought for the family.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 01, 2012, 07:24:13 am
It's a donation. The children are learning by example here. Great practical lesson in giving.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 01, 2012, 07:35:33 am
I've heard of church groups and mothers' groups doing this but never heard of a school getting involved.  What a great, charitable idea and good on you for participating Merlin.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 01, 2012, 07:44:31 am
What a wonderful thing to do Merlin  ;D

Today I've spent $18.60 at the butcher, $15.95 on fruit & veg and $57.35 at the supermarket, total $91.90.
I only do the Supermarket shopping every fortnight, so the $57.35 is for 2 weeks really. 
I shop every second Friday and menu plan for the fortnight.

All we will buy next week is milk and fruit & veg.

JD I can't believe you are mixing powdered milk into LL milk  :o
I'm glad I'm not heading to your house for coffee this week!  Good work on the budget though  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 01, 2012, 07:55:19 am
 :D :D Katie, it tastes surprisingly good.  I picked up the wrong LL milk last time (semi-skim instead of skim) and it's a bit too creamy for my liking.  The powdered milk cuts the creamy taste and it's much better and it will get me though another non-shopping week which is what I am after.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 01, 2012, 08:05:50 am
I can't imagine it JD.  I've never used powdered milk and my only memory of it is as a child my Auntie used it and the smell made me feel sick.  I can't even go long-life milk either (or low-life milk as I've heard it called!).

I must be a milk snob  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 01, 2012, 08:11:17 am
Merlin you are a very special person to volunteer for such a good cause.I think it's wonderful idea for people in crisis :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 01, 2012, 08:32:22 am
Merlin, I got goosebumps when I read your post. What an absolutely lovely thing to do :D :D

I wish more schools did things like that. It would help a lot of struggling families :-\
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on June 01, 2012, 08:35:34 am
I agree everyone- we have an amazing and thoughtful school community which I am proud to be a part of. On a lighter note, all I can say is thank goodness the TM can do huge quantities of bechamel sauce for lasagnas and the like- makes short work of not having to stir stuff on the cooktop!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 08:50:50 am
Where do you live Merlin? Ther are so many regulations and nay sayers and busybodies about these days it is a wonder that any charity work is allowed. More power to you and your community.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on June 01, 2012, 08:59:34 am
Gert- we're in bayside Melbourne and as far as I know this program has been running for some time. The name of the recipe,  date the food was cooked as well as a complete ingredient list is written on the lid and then a expiry date- usually 3 months. There have never been any cases of food poisoning and there are strict guidelines about what can and can't be included eg no nuts policy of the school etc. sometimes specific requests come up eg vegetarian, gluten free etc but usually any meal that is suitable for freezing eg pasta bakes, cakes, soups and curries are fine. There is definitely a demand for the meals as whenever the stocks are getting low in the freezer we are all asked to cook up another meal.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 09:12:54 am
Gert- we're in bayside Melbourne and as far as I know this program has been running for some time. The name of the recipe,  date the food was cooked as well as a complete ingredient list is written on the lid and then a expiry date- usually 3 months. There have never been any cases of food poisoning and there are strict guidelines about what can and can't be included eg no nuts policy of the school etc. sometimes specific requests come up eg vegetarian, gluten free etc but usually any meal that is suitable for freezing eg pasta bakes, cakes, soups and curries are fine. There is definitely a demand for the meals as whenever the stocks are getting low in the freezer we are all asked to cook up another meal.

That is fantastic. Love it.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 09:17:01 am
May I interrupt for a moment and ask if it is possible to cook muffins just in paper without a muffin tin thingy.

I have never  cooked muffins before but surprisingly have some paper things. I want to make  Quirks savoury muffins for the old bugger while he watches footy. Better than his usual Vegemite bread.

Can it be done withought making a mess.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: RosieB on June 01, 2012, 09:40:59 am
Yeah I am impressed with myself but have no idea what a menu plan is ;D I can tell you what we ate but  have no  idea.
Gert

I'm going to have to do the same. I used to menu plan when my girls were tiny.
Now it is whatever comes to mind and I have the ingredients.
And with the freezer and pantry clearout there may be some strange combos..
And I will have to write it down as by the next day I have forgotten what we had the day before.    :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 01, 2012, 09:48:58 am
May I interrupt for a moment and ask if it is possible to cook muffins just in paper without a muffin tin thingy.

I have never  cooked muffins before but surprisingly have some paper things. I want to make  Quirks savoury muffins for the old bugger while he watches footy. Better than his usual Vegemite bread.

Can it be done withought making a mess.

Gert

pop them in a cup
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: RosieB on June 01, 2012, 09:51:20 am
May I interrupt for a moment and ask if it is possible to cook muffins just in paper without a muffin tin thingy.

I have never  cooked muffins before but surprisingly have some paper things. I want to make  Quirks savoury muffins for the old bugger while he watches footy. Better than his usual Vegemite bread.

Can it be done withought making a mess.

Gert
Hi Gert.  I don't think it will work if they are the ordinary paper muffin things as they collapse  :(  and make a mess.  Been there done that and went out and bought several sizes of muffin tins so it didn't happen again.
Maybe if you use two for each muffin??   Or if you have the foil ones they would probably hold up.
Or put them together in a cake tin so they support one another.   ???
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 09:56:11 am
Thank you both. To Fundj I say duh how could I be so stupid. The mixture is done so in cups  they will go.

Thank you Rosie and uni.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 01, 2012, 10:40:15 am
RosieB, how nice to see your new avatar with GS.  A cutie.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 10:44:20 am
He is a cutie Rosie.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 01, 2012, 10:46:57 am
you're welcome Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 01, 2012, 12:43:07 pm
No no to plastic cups though Gert. Just in case you didn't know. They make a mess when they melt in the oven :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 01:01:15 pm
Shucks I wish you has told me earlier :P :P
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 01, 2012, 01:20:51 pm
l have done my shopping for the fornight today   and as there is 4 who live here l choose $140 a week
l spent all together now $254.40 but might need some more stuff towards the end
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Joon on June 01, 2012, 05:06:58 pm
I was on such a roll with the budget- got the meat (minus steak, some chicken and mince in the freezer) for $60...thinking how awesome I was until we got to 3.05pm this arvo and had 6 kids wanting Friday Night Treats (yes, even the 18 year old- and NO- he didnt want booze, that was on MY list..) $25!! TWENTY FIVE DOLLARS on lollies! FOR ONE NIGHT!  Everyone gets their choice of a sweet- they all chose something on special..BUT I never realised!!! Hmmm This will make the rest of the week interesting...I do have apricots in the freezer.....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 01, 2012, 09:29:40 pm
Everyone is doing so well ;D

RosieB, gs a real cutie, i think he is about the same age as my boy, my boy is 8.

Gert, love your new avatar.

Joon, i think your gonna have to 1/2 their lolly intakr :) $25 thats a lot :o cant you say your make a cake instead.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 01, 2012, 09:58:44 pm
I'm off to the market in an hour or so on Day 1 of my challenge.  I will be interested to see how I get on.  Haven't really menu planned, but have a few ideas that I am going to work around.  If you don't hear from me again for a week or two, you'll know I've blown it completely and am hiding from you all!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 01, 2012, 10:30:38 pm
Will be making my week from friday to thursday.  Went the market yesterday and spent $54 on veg, fruit and meat.  I think there is enough veg to last more than a week.  I was feeling good until DH came home and he had dropped in for some milk, $60.00 later and a few more shopping bags -  so this weeks budget is blown already.  Oh well, hopefully I can contain it to $114 but I know we will be needing more milk later in the week.

As my MIL says "You only fail when you stop trying"  So bring on next week

At least I know we will be eating healthy this week as no treats etc was added to the shopping, just good quality food.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 01, 2012, 11:00:40 pm
As my MIL says "You only fail when you stop trying"  So bring on next week

I love that saying :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on June 01, 2012, 11:17:12 pm
Shop at a great market on the way home from work . . . they have the most wonderful array of food - meat, fish (frozen), chicken - vegetables, groceries, etc.  Just by the front door they have a stand with marked down fruit and vegetables  of those that just don't make the grade . . .a tray (probably 60 cm X30cm) spinach leaves - $2 . . . bananas - same size tray $3 . . huge box of mixed onions $3 . . . .and really!  there's nothing that I can see that's wrong with them . . . great way to shop!! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 01, 2012, 11:46:06 pm
What a win goldfish.  ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 01, 2012, 11:48:12 pm
Keiramax $14 overbudget is good, and it wasnt your fault :D

Its so good to see where the money goes.

Goldfish, what bargains.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 02, 2012, 01:25:28 am
I'm amazed (and actually quite proud of myself because I wasn't consciously being frugal), I purchased everything on my list and only blew it by $3.50!  I've put aside $20.00 for incidentals during the week, but hopefully won't need to dig into that.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on June 02, 2012, 01:41:00 am
OK here we go, I think I went really well I still have $20 left, but that will be for milk and a couple bananas for mid week, bananas weren't that good and wouldn't last all week. It will be interesting how I will go once pantry and freezer has been used up, so my week begins Friday to Thursday if that's OK

Friday:  crumbed fish, garlic/chille prawns  ( from freezer) with chips and salad
Saturday:  pizzas
Sunday:  roast beef from freezer, roast potato, pumpkin,carrots,peas and corn, cauliflower and broccoli
Monday:  beef enchiladas with salad
Tuesday:  lamb casserole (lamb from freezer) with rice and steamed veges
Wednesday: tuna noodle & corn casserole with salad
Thursday: bolognaise pinwheel, mash potato, steamed veges ( this makes two pinwheel so one will go in freezer for 2 week time)

Lunches: any left overs from the night before and will make soup and rolls
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 02, 2012, 02:03:28 am
I shop tomorrow, all we bought today was milk. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 02, 2012, 02:04:42 am
Well done Marina.

Thermo18, menu sounds good. $20 left for milk etc. I am wondering whenmy pantry stocks & freezer meals & meat run out how I will go. Another good thing is that it is making us use up what we have before we spend more, as dh says better off  in the mortgage than in the freezer!LOL I will buy a side of cow & a sheep again.

Menu for the week

Sunday. Roast Lamb & veg or salad & wraps
Monday  lunch Pork Larb, dinner Pasta, ph in wa
Tuesday Portuguese  chicken or healthy chicken & veg
Wednesday Spaghetti bol from freezer, home late
Thursday Freezer meals/left overs, home late
Friday  Silverside & veg
Saturday, not sure, only dh & I, might go out or plan a special meal, to be decided

Breakfast, cereals, porridge, eggs, toast
Lunches, left overs, soups & sandwiches


H :)






Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 02, 2012, 03:52:35 am
This week I have stayed away from the supermarket, had my monthly trip to Kakulas sisters and the Asian store, garlic for $1.20 for 500g bag, bonus :)
Just need a few bits from the supermarket later today, to keep DH happy and so fruit and veg.
so far I have spent $77.50. Will give my final total later.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 02, 2012, 05:13:38 am
Final for the week, $44.50.  Great,  instead of $250.  Even bought DH a little pressie,  jar of honey.  Had to ask my self if I could do without the bag of flour.  YES,  I can use up some of the bits floating around. Did buy a fruit bun for $2,50,  to see what they put in it.
Robbery.  The shopping bag not included,  a gift from a dear friend in England.  One of the great advantages of this Challenge is not having to put away a pile of stuff. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 02, 2012, 05:57:26 am
I'm looking forward to my grocery shopping next week to see how well I can do. Although I will have kids with me so could be an extra challenge. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 02, 2012, 06:18:50 am
Chookie, wow, you did really well.

Yes loving not having to unload bags & bags & then try & find a place for them. Hopefully by the end of June, there will be space in the freezer, pantry & fridge. It woukd be nice to be able to see clearly what I have in the pantry rather thamoving things & thinking yes I know  its somewhere, but where.....

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 02, 2012, 06:56:56 am
You are all doing so well and are very inspiring. I'm making some lists and planning a few meals for when I get home and can start with the rest of you. We get home 12 June.   spent around 80€ plus a few meals out this week. Today we leave for St Remy in Provence but I won't have a kitchen there - Haha - I don't mind:)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 02, 2012, 07:14:57 am
Final for the week, $44.50.  Great,  instead of $250.  Even bought DH a little pressie,  jar of honey.  Had to ask my self if I could do without the bag of flour.  YES,  I can use up some of the bits floating around. Did buy a fruit bun for $2,50,  to see what they put in it.
Robbery.  The shopping bag not included,  a gift from a dear friend in England.  One of the great advantages of this Challenge is not having to put away a pile of stuff. ;D ;D ;D
Love the bag Chookie.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 02, 2012, 07:27:40 am
Final for the week, $44.50.  Great,  instead of $250.  Even bought DH a little pressie,  jar of honey.  Had to ask my self if I could do without the bag of flour.  YES,  I can use up some of the bits floating around. Did buy a fruit bun for $2,50,  to see what they put in it.
Robbery.  The shopping bag not included,  a gift from a dear friend in England.  One of the great advantages of this Challenge is not having to put away a pile of stuff. ;D ;D ;D

I want one for my mum ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on June 02, 2012, 07:35:55 am
OK- if I take away the extra expenses this week I am about $115 - still close. Just as a side issue, has anyone had problems with garlic lately? I don't  grow my own and the last batch I bought looked fantastic but was mouldy- unfortunately I couldn't find the receipt to get a refund but I thought it was disgusting! I hadn't even had it sitting around- I bought some to use  the same day and when I peeled the head open all of the cloves were mouldy. As I didn't have time to get back to the shops that particular week I think I accidentally shredded my receipt with some other stuff- I'm a compulsive shredder of personal information! ANNOYING- if I  find out that those garlic bulbs have been in storage for a long time and were then placed out for display and sale, I'm going to get stuck into the shop owners! What's even worse, they were from a green grocer not a supermarket! Who knows where they were from- probably my fault I didn't ask but I bet they came from overseas.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 02, 2012, 07:55:34 am
My local garlic,  very expensive is all sprouting ,so am going to plant it.   Have had mouldy stuff,  very annoying.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 02, 2012, 08:00:00 am
Merlin, I have had similar trouble with onions lately :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 02, 2012, 08:07:17 am
Mcmich and Amy, people look at the bag,  then look at me and smile.  Some people even say, 'love that bag'.  I wonder which bag they mean.? ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 02, 2012, 08:08:45 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 02, 2012, 08:44:32 am
LOL ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jakodai on June 02, 2012, 11:37:57 am
Well, I haven't started yet, but I'm kind of getting jealous reading through all of these posts! I had a thought the other day, my shopping is going to be pretty hard to stick to soon, because of all the 'healthy stuff' I'll need to buy. ;-)  But, I did my Costco shopping last night and spent a small fortune, but I got a lot of stuff, and the majority of it will last 4 - 6 months, like washing liquid and toilet paper. I also did a stocktake of my freezer and pantry so I can meal plan based on what I already have so I can reduce shopping there. I think I also have enough meat in my freezer to last a month! Because I work 3 days a week, we have a meal from the freezer on those nights, so I really only need to cook 4 meals a week. I think I should manage well.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 02, 2012, 12:14:20 pm
jeninwa    l love that place kukulas and try to go there when l am in perth 
  thats a good price for garlic
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 02, 2012, 01:43:54 pm
Yes the garlic was a great buy, not local, but will be ok for the garlic paste.

My total came to $106.39 pretty happy with that, considering $50.00 was for my bulk buying of dried fruit and nuts.

My menu for the week is:

Lamb shank in BBQ sauce and veg cooked in slow cooker.
Prawn stir fry
Mince dish (haven't decided what yet.)
Sticky pork and noodle salad (home made rice noodles) from  Tenina's Thai class.
Pumpkin soup
Chicken and corn soup.

Tonight was seafood pizza and salad.
Seafood marinara was reduce buy 40% at the supermarket this afternoon $1.99 for 300g. Home made pizza bases.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 02, 2012, 09:12:31 pm
This week, I'll be eating out of the freezer and pantry.
Only should have to buy a few fresh veggies and fruit and some puff pastry.
Will have a good look through the freezer and pantry and then meal plan for the week this evening.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 02, 2012, 09:22:25 pm
This week I will try to have a no shop week which I do like Judydawn.  We will se how that goes.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 02, 2012, 10:14:54 pm
It can be done Gretchen. I've just had my third in 5 weeks and today I will be ready to start Hally's challenge so it will be off to the shops for me.  Only difference is now I will have to document my menu plans and spending on here.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 03, 2012, 01:39:49 am
Gert if you can do that, amazing. What about milk & fresh fruit & veg?

JD,  I will be interested  in how you go over the month as you do this anyway.

Having 4 mouths to feed all with adult appetites what I have  noticed is I have no left overs. Last night we had lamb, was expecting some lamb left to make pies but all gone. Tonight was pizza but dh wants to take us out for pizza for lunch tomorrow, so off to Raffles we go. We have $170 worth of vouchers left he won which need to be used up by September. So dinner is not pizza & lunch is not pies!!!!

Lunch, johnros mac beef from the freezer for the boys, us soup or toasted sandwich
Dinner, chicken noodle soup, followed by bacon & egg pies if they are hungry. Rice pudding

I love the challenge, having to think outside the square is great. Normally I would  have said OK better go to the shops & buy soething as I dont know what we can eat today.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 03, 2012, 01:55:00 am
H,  pleased to see that you have to change what is on the menu.  This is what I find happens all the time. Will post menu but don't expect that I will be able to stick to it. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 03, 2012, 04:07:41 am
went shopping today, blew the budget totally, as I had DH and kids with me.
But, picked up olive oil, and EVOO 1/2 price.

I wont have to shop at all next week, only milk, fruit.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Joon on June 03, 2012, 04:13:29 am
I'm the same achookwoman- the very first day I started budget challenge-we ended up having homemade fish and chips- definately not on the menu!  Well, we will see how it all goes for the rest of the week! DH is home tonight, so will have to cook 'real' food for the rest of the week! :-))
Halex- the kids get $4 a week for their lolly fix...I think I'd have a rebellion if I took it away or halved it!  I think I will actually give them a lolly allowance in cash- then it doesnt come out of the food budget!  ;)
This challenge is great- I actually looked through my chest freezer and realised I had WAY more food in there than I thought!  My pantry is up to date though!  I like the idea of having a shop free week- I'll try week next week (except for vegies and fruit...)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 03, 2012, 05:07:38 am
Well I blew the budget girls but that didn't surprise me seeing as I spent nothing last week.  I make a list of food that I run out of or need as I go and this week I menu planned.  I only bought what was on the list apart from my contributions for the goody bags at the retreat (saved $24 as they were on special today).  Of course I have taken that tally off the total bill and I came in at $106.88 which is still very good over a 2 week period which is how I do my own budgetting.  I want to stick to Hally's rules for now though so I promise to come in under budget next week.

Menu plan in no set order and, like others, I may or may not even do some of these dishes.

Moroccan Chicken with carrot puree from the 2012 calendar
Leftover chicken will be turned into a chicken and mushroom pasta
Laksa
Chicken & Veg soup
Panini Bread Rolls with BBQ chicken sausages & caramelised onions
The Tarts Tart
Others days - leftovers, freezer meals or eating out.

Other items on the plan for making this week

Yoghurt
Harissa paste
Cornflake biscuits
Beetroot jam
Queen of Puddings
Creme Brulee
 

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Coops on June 03, 2012, 05:49:47 am
Gert- we're in bayside Melbourne and as far as I know this program has been running for some time. The name of the recipe,  date the food was cooked as well as a complete ingredient list is written on the lid and then a expiry date- usually 3 months. There have never been any cases of food poisoning and there are strict guidelines about what can and can't be included eg no nuts policy of the school etc. sometimes specific requests come up eg vegetarian, gluten free etc but usually any meal that is suitable for freezing eg pasta bakes, cakes, soups and curries are fine. There is definitely a demand for the meals as whenever the stocks are getting low in the freezer we are all asked to cook up another meal.

We do this at my church . Also amongst our group of friends whenever someone has a baby or is sick etc we fOrm a meal roster. I also offer to make a meal for mums at the school I know are having a rough time etc. people underestimate the way something so simple can send so much love and boost someone's spirits. I may be busy and not always have time for lots of things, but we all have time to whip up a meal, and the tmx makes it even easier to bless someone with a meal or a cake :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 05:59:21 am
Gert- we're in bayside Melbourne and as far as I know this program has been running for some time. The name of the recipe,  date the food was cooked as well as a complete ingredient list is written on the lid and then a expiry date- usually 3 months. There have never been any cases of food poisoning and there are strict guidelines about what can and can't be included eg no nuts policy of the school etc. sometimes specific requests come up eg vegetarian, gluten free etc but usually any meal that is suitable for freezing eg pasta bakes, cakes, soups and curries are fine. There is definitely a demand for the meals as whenever the stocks are getting low in the freezer we are all asked to cook up another meal.

We do this at my church . Also amongst our group of friends whenever someone has a baby or is sick etc we fOrm a meal roster. I also offer to make a meal for mums at the school I know are having a rough time etc. people underestimate the way something so simple can send so much love and boost someone's spirits. I may be busy and not always have time for lots of things, but we all have time to whip up a meal, and the tmx makes it even easier to bless someone with a meal or a cake :)

I think the world needs more caring, generous people to do these things for the less fortunate among us. Its so easy to forget about them when you lead a comfortable life.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 03, 2012, 06:17:33 am
went shopping today, blew the budget totally, as I had DH and kids with me.
But, picked up olive oil, and EVOO 1/2 price.

I wont have to shop at all next week, only milk, fruit.

Robyn

That's the problem I will have on Thursday Robin :D, why do kids make us spend more?
Can we by this?
Can we try that?
Please mum can I have?
:D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 03, 2012, 06:45:01 am
This is the plan for the week,  I will try and stick to it.
Monday  Lunch Ricotta and silverbeet slice in Puff Pastry
             Dinner Sausages, mashed pots and cabbage and Lemon Pie ( new Recipe)

Tuesday Lunch Spring rolls from left over Chow Mien on Sunday
             Dinner fish in Varoma with veggies,   Lemon Pie

Wednesday Lunch Eggs on Sour dough toast
                 Dinner  Corned Beef and Apple Pie (new recipe)

Thursday out all day,  Grandparents Day Will take leftover for family, and make vanilla Slice for daughters work staff. Also Impossible Coconut Pie for GC lunches.

Friday    Lunch   Soup from freezer,  sour dough from freezer
           Dinner    Lamb Chops, pots and veggies. Waffles

Saturday Lunch Toasted Sandwiches and soup
            Dinner Roast Chicken and roast veggies , Chocolate pud, self saucing

Sunday Lunch  Chicken Sandwiches
           Dinner  Beef stir fry with noodles.

Will need to bake biscuits so as not tempted to buy Tim Tams.
Local Farmers Market day on Sat.  A real test. Will try and limit what I buy during the week.  I like the idea of not shopping one week.
            
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 03, 2012, 06:51:31 am
Joon, yes give the kids their own cash then  it wont be food money :)

Judy is Hariisa paste morrocan? Which recipe are you using? You dd very well as you didnt spend any money last week. Will you shop again this week?

I agree we should all give more when we can :)

Robyn & Dede its aways dangerous shopping with kids.

Chookie menu looks good.

Started to write my list, I need olive oil, do I buy a large one or a small one, hope to find a large one n special.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 03, 2012, 06:54:00 am


That's the problem I will have on Thursday Robin :D, why do kids make us spend more?
Can we by this?
Can we try that?
Please mum can I have?
:D
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get a baby sitter for them, its cheaper lol
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 03, 2012, 06:56:08 am
H where do u shop C or W
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 03, 2012, 06:56:55 am


That's the problem I will have on Thursday Robin :D, why do kids make us spend more?
Can we by this?
Can we try that?
Please mum can I have?
:D

get a baby sitter for them, its cheaper lol
[/quote]

Lol. Good idea :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 03, 2012, 06:57:27 am
I usually only take them shopping a couple of times a year. DH throws extras into the trolley, like softdrink, biccies, snack food. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 07:10:13 am




That's the problem I will have on Thursday Robin :D, why do kids make us spend more?
Can we by this?
Can we try that?
Please mum can I have?
:D

get a baby sitter for them, its cheaper lol

Lol. Good idea :)
[/quote]

I can babysit, if you want me to teleport over to your house ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 03, 2012, 07:11:51 am
Thanks Amy, that would be great. Thursday about 9.30am thanks. Bring your own ear plugs :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 07:46:13 am
went shopping today, blew the budget totally, as I had DH and kids with me.
But, picked up olive oil, and EVOO 1/2 price.

I wont have to shop at all next week, only milk, fruit.

Robyn

That's the problem I will have on Thursday Robin :D, why do kids make us spend more?
Can we by this?
Can we try that?
Please mum can I have?
:D


I always considered  shopping time me  time and I never , not even once, took my kids grocery shopping. DH  has rarely seen the inside of a grocery store. If I ask him to get something I have to draw him a map and take a photo or cut out a label or give him the wrapper of what to buy.  I never bought any soft drinks either. The budget would not allow  it and neither would I. I drank water as a kid for the same reason.

My DD  is 42 and the only coke she has ever drunk is a diet  Coke with Bacardi. My DS  loves. Coke now  and then  but his kinds never drink any soft drinks either and his wife does not allow DH to have it either. I think he sneaks one in when he is out

I was lucky I guess because the shopping centre near me had a crèche which they loved and which I loved droppIng them into while I went shopping in peace. It was cheap too.

Mean mother eh?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 03, 2012, 07:53:44 am
This challenge is forcing me to look in the dark depths of the pantry.  Dried Lima beans dated Aug 2000.  Will cook them and see what they are like.  I'm sure there are other things more than a decade old.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 03, 2012, 08:03:16 am
I'm a little bit disappointed. I usually shop Mondays but as we were out today and I was only buying fresh fruit and veg, dry dog food, puff pastry and tiolet paper we shopped on the way home. I am eating down the freezer and pantry this week.
I still spent $70.00 and forgot the puff pastry.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 08:14:53 am
I always considered  shopping time me  time and I never , not even once, took my kids grocery shopping. DH  has rarely seen the inside of a grocery store. If I ask him to get something I have to draw him a map and take a photo or cut out a label or give him the wrapper of what to buy.  I never bought any soft drinks either. The budget would not allow  it and neither would I. I drank water as a kid for the same reason.

My DD  is 42 and the only coke she has ever drunk is a diet  Coke with Bacardi. My DS  loves. Coke now  and then  but his kinds never drink any soft drinks either and his wife does not allow DH to have it either. I think he sneaks one in when he is out

I was lucky I guess because the shopping centre near me had a crèche which they loved and which I loved droppIng them into while I went shopping in peace. It was cheap too.

Mean mother eh?

Gert


You gotta do what you gotta do Gert. That's what methinks anyway ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 03, 2012, 08:15:33 am
when the kids come with me shopping the only thing i would buy them was the little golden books,who remembers them ?

ps i am Mean mother 2
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 08:19:40 am
when the kids come with me shopping the only thing i would buy them was the little golden books,who remembers them ?

ps i am Mean mother 2

I LOVED those books when I was a kid! I still have some in a crate somewhere. They are very worn and faded though :-))

Uni, I cannot imagine you being mean :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 03, 2012, 08:19:56 am
I still have my childrens golden books.

The Little Engine That Could
Good Night Baby Bear

I'm saving them for my grand children.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 03, 2012, 08:20:51 am
Uni, we have lots of little golden books too. :)

We are going to plant up the vege garden next weekend, so i should save $$$$
I haven't bought eggs for 2 months, and that save $$$
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 08:24:12 am
This challenge is forcing me to look in the dark depths of the pantry.  Dried Lima beans dated Aug 2000.  Will cook them and see what they are like.  I'm sure there are other things more than a decade old.

My mother's favourite veg was frozen Lima beans. I was FORCED to eat them. I hated them so much and I hated being forced to eat them. I could not leave the table until they were gone. Week after week it happened.  I was about 10 when I decided enough was enough. I ate a pile of Lima beans my mean mother put  my plate and promptly projectile vomited them all over her. No more lima beans. Today I love them and grin every time I eat them when I think of the look on my mother's face.  She is still going strong at 92 in a " facility" in Florida.  She buried her 3ed husband last month. Sadly they had only been married  about 2 years. maybe it was the Lima beans that made her such a long liver.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 03, 2012, 08:25:10 am
  l still have the books my mum brought me and l read them to my kids
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 03, 2012, 08:30:22 am
 l was a very fussy eater and ate like a sparrow as a child
 l invented lots of ways to make my food disappear with out eating it
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: djinni373 on June 03, 2012, 08:32:10 am
[I was lucky I guess because the shopping centre near me had a crèche which they loved and which I loved droppIng them into while I went shopping in peace. It was cheap too.

Mean mother eh?

Gert

Nah Gert you're a pussycat. :D
The really mean mother is one who takes 3 kids shopping all the time and says no ;D ;D ;D ;D.
Fundj I used to buy those too and the mr men ones  :) :) :) We still have them I think. Quite a collection.

I am awestruck by this challenge. We would struggle to survive on $100 for 2 days
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 08:32:38 am
Today I was in Coles just looking and there were two young mothers  with a total of 5 kids each with a  kiddie trolley causing chaos racing all over  the place running the trolleys  into people and stuff. Absolute menace  for oldies  and others. They were totally out of control. What is the point of kiddie trolleys? Do kids get their own shopping money?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 03, 2012, 08:34:57 am
I still have my childrens golden books.

The Little Engine That Could
Good Night Baby Bear

I'm saving them for my grand children.



me 2
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 08:36:46 am
I still have my childrens golden books.

The Little Engine That Could
Good Night Baby Bear

I'm saving them for my grand children.




Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Gert
me 2
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 08:40:21 am
l was a very fussy eater and ate like a sparrow as a child
 l invented lots of ways to make my food disappear with out eating it

You didn't have MEAN ELLEN watching you. Her mother, MEAN ALICE was the same.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 03, 2012, 08:41:43 am
Today I was in Coles just looking and there were two young mothers  with a total of 5 kids each with a  kiddie trolley causing chaos racing all over  the place running the trolleys  into people and stuff. Absolute menace  for oldies  and others. They were totally out of control. What is the point of kiddie trolleys? Do kids get their own shopping money?

Gert
I'm with you Gert.
If it kept the little ones occupied and the parents gave them some items off the grocery list to look for it might work. For the most part they run wild with them. Even worse when they have the full sized trolleys.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 08:47:16 am
Today I was in Coles just looking and there were two young mothers  with a total of 5 kids each with a  kiddie trolley causing chaos racing all over  the place running the trolleys  into people and stuff. Absolute menace  for oldies  and others. They were totally out of control. What is the point of kiddie trolleys? Do kids get their own shopping money?

Gert
I'm with you Gert.
If it kept the little ones occupied and the parents gave them some items off the grocery list to look for it might work. For the most part they run wild with them. Even worse when they have the full sized trolleys.

It annoys me when mothers let their 6 year olds push big heavy trolleys, (which the kids can't even see over, let alone control!) and then just laugh or look at you like its your fault when the kid shoves the trolley up your backside as your walking down the ailses.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 03, 2012, 08:51:01 am
when they get you on the ankles, its worse. :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 08:53:30 am
when they get you on the ankles, its worse. :D

Oh yeah, ouch! :(
It must just be me who has a bum that sticks out past my ankles... lol ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 03, 2012, 08:55:30 am
when they get you on the ankles, its worse. :D

god i hate that  >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 03, 2012, 09:00:54 am
Just been shopping on ebay.... ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: djinni373 on June 03, 2012, 09:02:03 am
Kids do seem run "wild and free" in a whole lot of places while their parents look on.
I must have been really mean (feeling guilty now... have I scarred my kids for life??) or really fortunate because I only had to walk out of the shops once when one child was throwing a tanty. Just picked them all up, apologised to shop staff for leaving the trolley with stuff in it and walked out. Told the kids on the way home in the car we'd have to eat baked beans until next shopping day (They do still like baked beans ;D). Never had much of a problem after that. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 09:06:56 am
when they get you on the ankles, its worse. :D

Oh yeah, ouch! :(
It must just be me who has a bum that sticks out past my ankles... lol ;D


Noooooooooo.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 09:13:56 am
Just been shopping on ebay.... ;D

Number one way to save your ankles ;D

when they get you on the ankles, its worse. :D

Oh yeah, ouch! :(
It must just be me who has a bum that sticks out past my ankles... lol ;D


Noooooooooo.

Thank goodness for that :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 03, 2012, 09:15:12 am
I must admit that I absolutely love grocery shopping online.  No hastles with the kids or trolleys!!! It is amazing to have them delivered to my kitchen bench.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 03, 2012, 09:17:47 am
Uni, i shop in either C or W or IGA.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 09:24:26 am
Uni, i shop in either C or W or IGA.

H :)

Hally, I've always found IGA to be much more expensive than C or W. Is that just in my town? ???
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 03, 2012, 09:24:30 am
I must admit that I absolutely love grocery shopping online.  No hastles with the kids or trolleys!!! It is amazing to have them delivered to my kitchen bench.

I did that when I lived in Sydney. greengrocer.com then they sold out to Woolies. I loved it. The guy used to bring it right into the kitchen. Like Christmas . Always included samples and extras and  only quality stuff.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 03, 2012, 09:29:09 am
Aussie Farmers does free delivery.

IGA has good specials & different foods to C & W.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 03, 2012, 09:30:06 am
Yes I love online shopping as well. Now why didn't I think of that? Thursday shopping will now be online. Bigger taking the kids shopping. It's a pain in the bottom :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 03, 2012, 09:32:32 am
Yes I love online shopping as well. Now why didn't I think of that? Thursday shopping will now be online. Bigger taking the kids shopping. It's a pain in the bottom :D

Very literally for some mothers Mandi :-)) I once saw a kid give his mum a big pinch on the bum because she wouldn't give him any attention when he was trying to show her something he wanted :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 03, 2012, 09:32:54 am
I shopped online when I lived on the Central Coast.
Unfortunately they don't deliver to my area now.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 03, 2012, 01:25:50 pm

Judy is Hariisa paste morrocan? Which recipe are you using? You dd very well as you didnt spend any money last week. Will you shop again this week?


Yes the paste is for the Moroccan Chicken in the 2012 TMX calendar Hally.  Don't know how hot it is but there's 5 large chillies in it (which cost me $7, no wonder I blew the budget!!) so I might only use a little bit.  It keeps indefinitely in the fridge so that's a good thing.
I hope to not have to visit the shops again Hally - I'm pretty sure I've covered everything. If you are keeping a spread sheet, perhaps pencil amounts in until my new week starts next Sunday and I'll let you know if I have spent anymore.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 03, 2012, 11:49:38 pm
Oohh I have the calendar, but its hanging on the wall  still open at Jan ???  Must take it down & have a look through. Love moroccan food :D

Shame about the chillis I have quite a few atm.  Pity we cant all get together a trade items, we might end up with 0 expenditure ;D

Obbie would do well with her lemons ;D

Jakodai is organising the spreadsheet.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 03, 2012, 11:57:19 pm
This weeks menu planner:

Chicken Enchiladas
Beef and mushroom casserole
Chicken fried rice
Beef and mushroom pie (from left over casserole) with potato and parsnip mash, carrots and peas
roast pumpkin and corn soup with toast
Caramelised onion and roast pumpkin tart with salad
Roast lamb and veggies + birthday cake for DH

Extras - date scones
Portuguese tarts
no fuss bread rolls.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 04, 2012, 12:41:20 am
This weeks menu plan.

Crumbed steak veges,  Pumpkin soup, fresh bread rolls
fish mornay, thermomix fried rice
beef Guinness casserole
chicken with sweet sour sauce, rice in thermomix, steamed veges
Lasagne with veges
T bone steak, chips.

Nigella little lemon puddings, lemon curd aswell...

Robyn :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 04, 2012, 02:26:47 am
I looked into online shopping and found the prices more expensive than in the actual supermarket.  Some items up to $1.10 more expensive.  All the basic items were about the same, milk and bread, but apart from that generally they were more expensive.  I kept a receipt for a normal shop and then went online to buy the same trolley load of stuff and it added about $18.00 extra to the bill then on top of that was the delivery fee.

I figure C and W get enough of my money with adding to their profit.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 04, 2012, 04:09:56 am
Keiramax have you looked at Ausse Farmers?

Well every weekend I empty my wallet which is full of the weeks receipts. DH could not believe that I only had a few, he sad where dd you put the rest. Remember food chalenge only buying what we need for the week. He was flabberghasted, I think he has been humouring me & not really taking it in.  He is a very happy hubby today :)

Any others dhs noticed?
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 04, 2012, 04:20:44 am
My DH blew the budget, by shopping with me.
No spend for us next week, except for milk.

Robyn :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 04, 2012, 04:37:35 am
If i was doing this challenge and menu planning i would collect all of the catalogues in my area or on line and menu plan with the special for that week
I have C,W,A,I all within 10mins apart
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 04, 2012, 04:41:25 am
Uni, i was just thinking of seeing which store had specials on what I need. I have c & w in the same shopping centre, plus iga at auskick.

My other trick was I walked to the shops so I couldnt be tempted to buy too much as I had to carry it home :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 04, 2012, 04:44:40 am
Has anyone been rewarding themselves in other areas eg. shoes, clothes, etc with the money they have saved on food?  ;)



Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 04, 2012, 04:55:25 am
Uni, i was just thinking of seeing which store had specials on what I need. I have c & w in the same shopping centre, plus iga at auskick.

My other trick was I walked to the shops so I couldnt be tempted to buy too much as I had to carry it home :)

H :)

good tip H, ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 04, 2012, 05:08:18 am
Uni, you are lucky to have C,W, A so close.
I have 1 WW, or IGA, 25 minutes drive each way.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 04, 2012, 05:40:57 am
CP, I have anything I want (mind you I am not an 'I want, I want' type of girl at my age so I don't go silly) - cutting down on housekeeping does allow you that luxury and if you halve your grocery shopping for a full year, think of how much play money you have.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 04, 2012, 06:23:22 am
Halex, I've looked at Aussie Farmers but they don't deliver in my area yet.   I was surprised that W delivered in my area, that's why I looked into it.  Great to use online shopping especially if it's a busy week or kids/me are sick and we can't get to the shops, but have decided not to use it on a regular basis.

At the moment, my kids save me money, being so little they only tolerate short shopping trips, so it is in and out quickly.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 04, 2012, 07:21:12 am
CP, my reward will be a holiday for my family.
I have set up a bank account for that.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 04, 2012, 07:25:57 am
I am putting my savings (not that much really) into a slush fund so I can have extra for WA weekend.
I don't really need too, but it's fun.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 04, 2012, 07:44:29 am
It does seem more fun when you don't really need to Michele  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 04, 2012, 07:47:41 am
Yes, it is Judy.
I remember when the children were little and it was necessity. Not much joy in it then.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 04, 2012, 10:04:23 am
I looked into online shopping and found the prices more expensive than in the actual supermarket.  Some items up to $1.10 more expensive.  All the basic items were about the same, milk and bread, but apart from that generally they were more expensive. 

That's unusual. The price I pay is the same as in-store.  I find that I save heaps of money not entering the supermarket and being tempted to buy extras.  My online shopping is super quick now as I have my list of regular items saved and I just go down through the list and click quantities. Too easy.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 04, 2012, 10:09:24 am
Wouldn't everything just be so much easier if money grew on trees like apples? :-)) :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 04, 2012, 11:07:25 am
I'll start the challenge tomorrow as I usually shop on Tuesday's. We're going away for the weekend with friends and I still don't know if we're meant to bring anything, so will be interesting! Shopping list so far is pretty short, will try to stick to it. I don't really menu plan - I usually plan 2-3 meals a week then just wing it for the rest of the week, plus we usually go out 1 night. This week planning on Mac & cheese, chicken cacciatore & maybe lasagna or a soup. Rest will be from the freezer.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 05, 2012, 12:48:35 am
Amy, can i have a money tree that grows like apples. I have 2 apples trees, but no money growing on them.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 05, 2012, 12:51:32 am
Lol, you're ahead of me already Robyn. I don't even have an apple tree :'( Or a lemon tree... :-))

But if I discover the secret to growing money trees, I'll definitely let you in on it :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 05, 2012, 01:22:22 am
Well I've just found out that I have to provide an antipasto platter for our weekend away with friends - easy, but expensive! I already have sundried tomatoes, goats cheese, caramelised onions and I can make dips pretty cheaply.... but I'll need to hit the deli counter and that's gonna be a killer! Need olives, salami, prosciutto and other assorted goodies for 17 people including kids - there goes my budget!  :) I'll let you know how I get on....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 05, 2012, 01:22:45 am
I have a lemon, lime  & passionfruit, but no fruit >:(

Fruit & veg my biggest expenditure last week, $52, will see how to get this down on a regular basis.  Just planted some more veg & herb in the garden.

Spent $14.39 from aussie farmers & I havent even left the house.

Week 2 for me, I am still enjoying the callenge :)

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 05, 2012, 03:41:19 am
Well I've just found out that I have to provide an antipasto platter for our weekend away with friends - easy, but expensive! I already have sundried tomatoes, goats cheese, caramelised onions and I can make dips pretty cheaply.... but I'll need to hit the deli counter and that's gonna be a killer! Need olives, salami, prosciutto and other assorted goodies for 17 people including kids - there goes my budget!  :) I'll let you know how I get on....

Gee how did  you get caught with that one. I would hold  on the prosciutto at over $40 a kilo.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 05, 2012, 05:45:47 am
Wouldn't everything just be so much easier if money grew on trees like apples? :-)) :D
Yeah that would be great - especially for those of us living in 'apple isle' !!!  ;)

No shopping today for me, even tho Tuesday is usually shopping day - school holidays...!  :-)) Will see if we can get thru the whole week without going.........
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 05, 2012, 05:48:08 am
Wouldn't everything just be so much easier if money grew on trees like apples? :-)) :D
Yeah that would be great - especially for those of us living in 'apple isle' !!!  ;)

No shopping today for me, even tho Tuesday is usually shopping day - school holidays...!  :-)) Will see if we can get thru the whole week without going.........

Lol, you'd be rolling in it astarra! :D I bet it would be helpful with a baby on the way... ;)

Good luck with not shopping ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 05, 2012, 05:50:21 am
true Gert, no need for prosciutto.

make a sliverside and thinly slices that  :-))

buy plain olvies and marinate at home same with the feta

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 05, 2012, 06:35:00 am
We are going good on this not spending arn't we.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 05, 2012, 07:05:28 am
Yes Obbie, I think we are doing really well. In fact I think it is us that might be making the reserve bank lower its interest rate tomrrow ;D, yay another win

$29.25 shopping today, plus the $14.39, plus $26 veg delivery on thursday toal so far $69.64, which gives me money for olive oil, milk & a few extras.

I have veg oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil, ghee etc so not desperate :)

CP, will add up the total savings at the end of the month :) i am appy to help get the mortgage down.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 05, 2012, 07:33:57 am
Hally, it makes you think about what is in the pantry too.

Heaps in mine.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 05, 2012, 08:33:38 am
Ok, as expected i've blown the budget already - so far I've spent 118.16 including my aussie farmers delivery, but considering I spent 37.74 on the antipasto platter I have to provide for this weekend I reckon that's pretty good. If I take those items out it comes to 80.42 - but since we're away for the long weekend I probably bought less 'normal' stuff than usual....
I'm having fun with this! Definitely makes you think/shop differently.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 05, 2012, 11:13:33 am
I'm a bit concerned about my shopping Thursday as I have noticed over the last few days that we are running out of quiet a few things.
I'm heading shopping Thursday now as I'm able to go on my own without the kids.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 05, 2012, 09:46:58 pm
Dede, saves money without the kids.

last week, we spent too much.

Robyn :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 06, 2012, 12:34:04 am
Today left over fish for lunch.
Dinner lasagne from freezer.   No spend...

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 06, 2012, 08:20:11 am
Dede, saves money without the kids.

last week, we spent too much.

Robyn :)
I have to leave DH at home to save money when grocery shopping. Worse than kids. Not so much on food but he gets caught up in hygiene section buying 4 or 5 different deoderants and shaving cream and razor blades which cost a fortune.
And socks - he buys a five pack of sports socks every time he goes shopping.
But if socks make him happy so be it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 06, 2012, 09:14:32 am
I wouldn't like to take my DH either, he would hang around the meat section and complain about the price and quality (being an ex-butcher)
He would annoy the crap out of me :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 06, 2012, 09:27:03 am
Luckily DS 22yrs is a butcher so we buy our meat from him.
Well at least DH is clean shaven, smells good and has clean socks.  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 06, 2012, 10:37:45 am
My DH doubles the total spent too - must be a novelty for them to go shopping perhaps?  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on June 06, 2012, 12:21:43 pm
I'm doing really well so far! I shop per fortnight but get dribs and drabs during the week. My fortnight spending so far has been $54.42 on fruit and veg, $4.00 on milk and $55.20 on meat so well within the $100 per week so far. I have no need for anything for the pantry at the moment. Loving this challenge especially as we are really trying to save money at the moment.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 06, 2012, 08:52:22 pm
Well, I blew it yesterday - needed to buy more fruit, bread and milk, so I'm over this week by approx. $20.00.  Will try again next week and see if I can do better, but I've got to say that I can really see a difference in my wallet, I'm very impressed with the money I have saved - or, more accurately, not spent!

Even if I drop back into some of my bad old ways at the end of the month, I think I will be far more aware of my spending than I was at the beginning of the challenge so, thanks Halley, for getting this up and running.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 06, 2012, 10:04:09 pm
Me too Cuildh. I was going to have a no spend week like JD but we have friends moving away from Cairns  sohad them over to a seafood dinner. This week I have spent $64.00  most of which I didn't really need but still well under. I think by the end of the week I will have spent no more than $70.

Not bad for a "no spend" week.  :D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 07, 2012, 12:29:20 am
Michelle, I am leaving the family home again from now. Its cheaper.
My husband bought 5 pairs of socks last week too.
 :)
This week all I will need is fruit and veges.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 07, 2012, 01:18:03 am
... talking about socks and jocks.  I was at the Myer stocktake sale this week and bought a load of both for DH and even with the huge sale discount they still cost more than $250.00!  It's as well they are not part of the challenge.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 07, 2012, 01:23:32 am
Socks & jocks for dh cost that too, we do an annaul shop for them & I always cringe, $300 in essentials.

If anyone has Nigellas  ritzy nuggets on their menu, jatz are on special for $2 at Coles.

Looking over the last  2 weeks I can see now where the money has been spent. Fruit & veg, dairy are my 2 biggest expenses.

Those of you that are coming in well under $100, thats amazing, I dont know hw you are doing it. I sail very close to the wind.

After my next 2 aussie farmers delivery, I have about $17.50 to spend which will go in a flash. I must admit I miss having a wide selection of cheese to choose from.

Happy Savings ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 07, 2012, 01:56:24 am
Well first week of the challenge over and I've spent $134.00 for the week.  Not too bad, my biggest expense is milk and soy milk  This week we have gone through 12 litres of normal milk and 8 litres of soy milk.  That is for 2 adults and 1 toddler.  Not sure where it all goes.

Good news is that I have meat, veg and fruit left over so hopefully this week will be a low spend week.

This challenge has made me rethink our other expenses and I've started to pay monthly installments on our big bills to spread it out a bit more.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 07, 2012, 02:23:23 am
 :o 20 litres of milk a week
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 07, 2012, 02:29:50 am
This week we have gone through 12 litres of normal milk and 8 litres of soy milk.  That is for 2 adults and 1 toddler.  Not sure where it all goes.

Looks like you will have to make a list of how you use all that milk keiramax - for 2 people I bought 6 litres fresh milk and 2 litres LL in case I run out.  With 3 days left before the start of my new week, I still have 4 litres fresh milk left + the LL of course. Someone is drinking an awful lot of milk in your household  :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 07, 2012, 02:38:48 am
This week we have gone through 12 litres of normal milk and 8 litres of soy milk.  That is for 2 adults and 1 toddler.  Not sure where it all goes.

Looks like you will have to make a list of how you use all that milk keiramax - for 2 people I bought 6 litres fresh milk and 2 litres LL in case I run out.  With 3 days left before the start of my new week, I still have 4 litres fresh milk left + the LL of course. Someone is drinking an awful lot of milk in your household  :o

For two people I have bought about 4 litres in the past six months. The only time I have milk in the house is when I am expecting guests  or to use in cooking.

I cannot believe 2 people can drink 20 litres of milk in a week. Wine yes milk no.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 07, 2012, 02:53:17 am
thats all most 7 liters each a week
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 07, 2012, 02:58:35 am
we go through about 6 liters a week  for 4 of us.

Wine yes, milk no...... ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 07, 2012, 03:01:29 am
we go through about 6 liters a week  for 4 of us.

Wine yes, milk no...... ;D


 ;D >:( ;D >:( >: ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 07, 2012, 03:03:30 am
I'd be pushing it to drink 20 litres of anything in a week  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 07, 2012, 03:05:09 am
This week we have gone through 12 litres of normal milk and 8 litres of soy milk.  That is for 2 adults and 1 toddler.  Not sure where it all goes.

Wow, thats a lot of milk! :o

I suppose if you make a lot of milky coffees, porridge, custard, rice puddings, becahmel sauces, yoghurt...

But thats still a lot of milk.... :o

Oh well, just imagine how strong your bones and teeth will be from all that calcium keiramax!!! :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 07, 2012, 03:06:08 am
Wow 20 litres a week between 3 people. That's a lot of milk lol.
We average I thing around 3 litres a day (21 litres a week) between 7.

Groceries done, I spent $382.18 for the fortnight, but if I'm taking off the personal items/pet food etc then my total so far is $328 f/night for 7 people :)
Pretty happy with that so far. Will see how I go for the rest of the f/night.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 07, 2012, 03:09:27 am
So if I'm looking around $460 f/night for 7 people I'm left with $132 for extras for the f/night. I think I can stay under budget ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 07, 2012, 03:11:48 am
I think I can understand kieramax going thru that much milk if she did alot of cheese sauces and things like that, especially if she has to do normal and soy. My girls would easily drink a litre of milk each a day if I let them - but I'm a mean mum that makes them drink water all day, and 1 glass of milk each before bed. I have one DD that has a milk intolerance so needs soy too, so I find myself doing two mixtures of the same thing but usuing the different milks!  :)

So far so good with not going shopping this week - BUT have run completely out of flour and cheese slices (bad I know but DH won't eat anything else in his sandwiches/rolls, and complains if I leave cheese out altogether... :-)) ) So will see how far I can string it out but not sure if I'll make the whole week now.  :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 07, 2012, 03:16:00 am
Going well Mandi - any complaints from within the house  ;)

I've run out of DH's oranges (he has 1/2 an orange with his breakfast for fibre) because I used them in the orange sauce recipe I did the other day.  No more oranges now until Sunday but he won't mind.  As long as he can have a glass of soft drink with his meals he is happy - I have a glass of water so that his drinks last longer.  Besides that, I don't need the extra calories  ;) 

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 07, 2012, 03:36:45 am
Now you have me thinking about our milk consumption.

The soy milk is for my daughter and she will have 2 - 3 bottles a day (300mls each) and some on her breakfast in the morning, that's nearly a litre a day.  About 7 litres a week.  She also drinks about 1 litre of water a day.

I make yoghurt twice a week, that's another 2 litres.
Becahmel sauce 500 mls
My partner has lots of milk on his cereal in the morning and a warm milk and honey at night so that's about 500 mls a day (3.5 litres a week)
Then he will have a milk shake a couple of times a week, usually about 1 litre at a time (that's another 2 litres)
I would drink at least 500 mls a day (3.5litres a week)  I have a calcium rich diet as I'm breastfeeding at the moment, I have a 67 mth 7 month old as well as the toddler.
Then the rest is used in cooking ( cake, custard, porridge )

So yes, 20 litres seems about right for this family.  I'm sure there a weeks when it's less. We very rarely drink wine or beer.

We mainly drink water and milk.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 07, 2012, 03:39:09 am
Sorry that should say 7 month old
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on June 07, 2012, 03:56:52 am
Well my first week is just about over and I couldn't be more happy  :D I have $2 left yeah and my new week begins tomorrow, only thing I would do different is write the menu with just the meals, as we had unexpected visitors and the list I had made went out the window lol, as long as there is 7 meals written down, then just go with the flow when and what I will have that day.  It was really nice going shopping and saying to myself do I really need this, when I didn't really a good wake up call, so I saved heaps and now a happy lady  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 07, 2012, 04:04:07 am
Last week inc weekend we got through heaps of milk. Our foster boy & ds woukd drink nearly 2 litres each per day. When foster boy not here ds doesnt drink as much, but the foster child likes it so I am happyto make him happy. Cereals & porridge, plus a glass of milk with breakfast. Water with meals, milk afternoon tea. Then I made rice pudding, baked custard & bechamel sauce.  My ricoota for gnocchi used a lot. DH does a shake at the weekends, so it goes quickly, probaby around 15 litres last week, not so much this week, so far 5. I have 2 in the fridge unopened & have ordered 2, so maybe 11 ths week.

Also f friends come over & we drink lattes, that gets through a lot of milk.
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 07, 2012, 04:14:03 am
Total for week $98.48.

Loving the challenge, thank you everyone for joinng me, it makes me keen to stay on budget.

Yes bought some cheese. In the past $50 of nibbles without thinking would go in the trolley.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 07, 2012, 04:18:57 am
what would u spend normally H
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 07, 2012, 04:32:54 am
Normally without thinking just buying whatever I saw on special and wanted between $250-$300per week.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 07, 2012, 04:35:03 am
I spend about $160 per week for 4, but I cook for my parents as well about 4 times a week.
Then the fish and meat on top of that which is about $40 per week.
so $200 a week all up.

Robyn :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 07, 2012, 04:39:08 am
Normally without thinking just buying whatever I saw on special and wanted between $250-$300per week.

H :)

u will have the house  paid off in no time if u keep it up, and i am sure you will 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 07, 2012, 05:38:14 am
So what is everyone going to do with the money saved each week.
Mine is going towards a holiday for us.

Robyn 8)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 07, 2012, 05:42:55 am
So what is everyone going to do with the money saved each week.
Mine is going towards a holiday for us.

Robyn 8)

Mine is either going off the mortgage or toward a new 'family' vechile... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 07, 2012, 05:43:37 am
Yes Uni, we are trying to clear the mortgage in the next 3 years. We pay tax returns straight in & if I can add $600-$700per month too it will really help.

Mine is off the mortgage but we have a revolving line of credit so we can always borrow back when needed, like our big trip next year for 6 weeks to the west coast of america & canada. ;D
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 07, 2012, 05:45:51 am
Yes Uni, we are trying to clear the mortgage in the next 3 years. We pay tax returns straight in & if I can add $600-$700per month too it will really help.

H :)

thats awesome H, i am sure you CAN DO IT
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 07, 2012, 05:46:49 am
Sorry that should say 7 month old
Keiramax, I have altered the original posting for you.  Left it in though as it does give a laugh   ;) ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 07, 2012, 06:01:22 am
Awesome H.  No wonder you are so motivated.  We are saving to head back to Africa. Can't wait!

I was worried that my monthly budget might be blown as we are entertaining (large numbers) twice this week. I am keeping things informal (and kid friendly) though. On Tuesday night I cooked up Johnro's macaroni beef, pizzas and a yummy milk tart for one crowd.  It all went down such a treat that I might keep the same menu for the next crowd.  People really seem to appreciate old-fashioned home cooking these days!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 07, 2012, 06:09:29 am
Mine is off the mortgage but we have a revolving line of credit so we can always borrow back when needed, like our big trip next year for 6 weeks to the west coast of america & canada. ;D
H :)

Wow, that's a new one Hally - you snuck that one in on us ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 07, 2012, 06:33:12 am
what about the others, holidays, cars, mortgages,....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 07, 2012, 06:35:32 am
we did the same H for many years we only had $30.000.00 to pay off but we kept it opened and used the money for ,cars and trips. a few years ago i said that it lets finish paying this ****** house off  ;D

it is cheap money  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 07, 2012, 12:04:56 pm
Did my main shop today.  $67.00.  This gives me $33 to spend at the Farmers' Market on Saturday.  A $20 bag of bread flour is included in the $67.  Feeling good about this.  Saved money towards holidays. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 07, 2012, 11:09:41 pm
I spent $70.00 on Monday when I was having a no shopping week.
It's DH's birthday this weekend and we having all the kids and friends over.
DH really wants roast lamb done on the bbq so I can see that the budget will already be blown.
We do have 1 leg of lamb in the freezer but will need another one and I will need some more veggies and a good quality dark chocolate for the cake.
As birthdays are special I think we can afford to spend a bit extra this week. Will be back on budget next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 07, 2012, 11:15:13 pm
Jakodai sent me a pm, she is flat out & doesnt have time to do the spreadsheet to see how we track.

If your interested in tracking please pm me your budget & total weekly expenditure each week. I will add this to the front page.
Thanks

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jakodai on June 08, 2012, 01:28:30 am
I'm sorry everyone! :-(
Lots going in at work at the moment, I'm even working on my days off.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 08, 2012, 02:20:45 am
Hally, I added mine myself - because I can ;)  One less for you to worry about  :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on June 08, 2012, 02:34:12 am
Today my spending was $85 with $15 for the rest of the week for milk etc
Chille Con Carne ( which will make 1 for the freezer)
Hungarian goulash  (another x1 for freezer) mash potatoes and vegetables
Baby snapper with prawns (both already in freezer) with salad
Thai chicken with rice and vegetables
Lasagna (freezer) with salad
Vegetable quiche with salad
Roast chicken with roast vegetables /potatoes
A big pot of soup not sure what yet, rolls no fuss
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on June 08, 2012, 05:19:17 am
Any savings we have go off the mortgage - we're very boring sensible like that.  I'm going to try and do this for longer if possible cause every little helps.  Plus we've just received our latest Home and Contents Insurance renewal and have been told our premiums have risen from $800 per year to $2700 per year.  They are trying to claim it is not because we live in the Lockyer Valley and that they are not making money off of a natural disaster.  Hmmmmmm, I beg to differ. >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 08, 2012, 05:26:40 am
Nextt week is definitely a no shop week. I only spent $70 this week.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 08, 2012, 05:42:16 am
Very happy with myself only spent $46.00 this week.
Not menu planning this week only made one meal from my list last week. :D Have meat in the freezer that need using up, so its going to be a lucky dip, this week. And a few meals frozen, for the days when I cant be bothered cooking.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 08, 2012, 06:44:26 am
I'm going to have a no shop week next week (again). My no shop this week has cost me $140.00 so far.

I have got another way I'm saving now. I have an entertainment book that I purchased for a school fundraiser.
In it you can buy gift cards for Coles, Woolies, Kmart etc. $100 gift cards for $95.00.
I have purchased for Coles and Woolies so I can get the specials at either store.
You can purchase up to $4000.00 worth of gift cards over the year at each store.
Every little bit helps.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 08, 2012, 07:47:53 am
so spend $4000 save $200 Michelle ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 08, 2012, 08:06:02 am
Brumington our insurance went up by $900 this year.  They told me because we have the same postcode as the near by town that had some flooding that we also have to bear the cost.  We live up in the hills and Noah's ark would have to be built for our home to flood.  I went shopping around and ended up changing companies.  In the process of ringing around discovered that current insurance didn't cover many things that I had asked for.  Very annoyed.

Hoping this week we will be under budget.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 08, 2012, 08:14:28 am
so spend $4000 save $200 Michelle ;D

Well I'm spending $100 every week anyway. So that means I could have two weeks worth of groceries for free if I purchased $4000.00 worth of gift cards over the year.
I wouldn't buy them all at once. Maybe every 5 weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 08, 2012, 10:13:46 am
Well so far so good for stretching it out for a week - won't talk too soon as my week goes from Tues - Mon, but as Mon is a public holiday I think I can wait til next shooping day (Tues) which means a no spend week for me!!  ;D Yay!!
By the way I usually budget $150/week, for this challenge my budget is $100/week for the 2 Adults, 3 kids and any visitors we have. Oh, and the cravings...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 08, 2012, 12:18:49 pm
By the way I usually budget $150/week, for this challenge my budget is $100/week for the 2 Adults, 3 kids and any visitors we have. Oh, and the cravings...

I bet its the cravings that break the bank, right astarra? :-)) ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 08, 2012, 12:19:58 pm
Amy, want to join us :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 08, 2012, 11:36:38 pm
Michelle, its great idea with the gift cards, if you can, it all helps.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 09, 2012, 12:19:40 am
Amy, want to join us :)

H :)

I would love to Hally. I have been following this thread with great interest and admiration for you innovative ladies ;)
BUT since this thread has been up and running I have paid more attention to our food bill, and am very scared by how much we spend and how we would cut it down. I'm afraid I would fail at this challenge :-[
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 09, 2012, 12:21:37 am
I have the entertainment book too. If you buy a $100 voucher do you have to spend it in one hit? That woudnt work for me on this budget.

Looking at the menu plan for next week, trying to work out how to keep it under $100. I am out of a few things, olive oil, vegemite, cereals,  rock salt, just pantry items. Thought I might have a week using frozen veg & a small amount of fresh fruit & veg. That might help keep the cost down as my minimum order is $25 for aussie farmers. I still have lots of potatoes, carrots & onions, have some tinned items too.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jakodai on June 09, 2012, 12:59:48 am
No Hally, they're like credit cards. You'll get a gift card with your money on it, and you just use it until its empty. They also have a 12 month expiry.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 09, 2012, 03:26:08 am
As anticipated (and expected) I blew my budget last week by approx. $30.00.  I'm not sure of the exact amount as I got my budget cash confused with the rest of my wallet, but the $30.00 overspend is probably pretty accurate.

Just back from the market and I've got $10.00 left over from this week's budget.  I know I'll blow it again, but as I've said before, the challenge really focuses you on what you are spending and it has already made a big difference to my "bottom line" (and I don't mean my hips - but that would be good if they eventually felt a shrinking difference due to the challenge as well).
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 09, 2012, 04:52:41 am
This week is looking good.  Just did the menu plan and don't really need to buy much.
Fri - bacon & eggs, mushrooms, zucchini, capsicum, tomato and silverbeet
Sat - green chick curry, (curry paste & chick from freezer, veg in fridge, rice pantry)
Sun - corned beef & veg (freezer & fridge)
Mon - mac cheese with tuna, corn, other veg (pantry & freezer)
Tues - lamb shanks (freezer)
Wed - silverbeet soup & bread (garden & pantry)
Thurs - Rissoles & veg (freezer & pantry)

Have made a big batch of baby food for the freezer so the littlest one is set for the week

So apart from paying for our milk obsession and some bread, that should be it for the week.  If I'm under still by Thurs will stock up a bit just so I can keep to $100 per week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 09, 2012, 05:23:13 am
sound good keiramax,

I am about to do a menu plan for the week. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 09, 2012, 05:57:47 am
Amy, want to join us :)

H :)

I would love to Hally. I have been following this thread with great interest and admiration for you innovative ladies ;)
BUT since this thread has been up and running I have paid more attention to our food bill, and am very scared by how much we spend and how we would cut it down. I'm afraid I would fail at this challenge :-[

amy its hard for a newbie to stay within budget,my food bill was way way up for the 1st 6 months, i am right ladies 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on June 09, 2012, 06:05:55 am
Quote
amy its hard for a newbie to stay within budget,my food bill was way way up for the 1st 6 months, i am right ladies  

do you think that's because you are slowly collecting the basics when you first start out? (I think thats what I'm finding anyway-lots of stuff I don't have in the pantry to begin with)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 09, 2012, 06:34:26 am
Yes that's probably right Bubbles, because we are generally all making things we never used to (our own sauces, bread, etc) and I found when a new recipe book came out eg the Indian one, I had to go out and buy all those different spices, things I never ever had in my pantry before.  For a while there I was trying some recipes off Quirky Jo's blog which meant I had to shop in a health food store and boy was I spending a lot of money then.  I soon decided I didn't need to do this as I have no allergies - her blog is great for those who do but we can eat anything here. I think we all tend to go mad to start with too, so many recipes to try and we want to do them all so completely overlook our budgets.  Things settle down over time and we start living within our budget once again but are eating healthier than ever.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 09, 2012, 06:44:14 am
Yes I think so bubbles - I know I spent more in the beginning stocking the pantry, but I'm under control now. I've just made granola without having to buy anything - already had it on hand. I love the fact that I'm using up pantry ingredients, nothing is left moldering away like in the old pre-TMX days!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 09, 2012, 06:44:27 am
That is so true JD. The health food store is a killer to the budget. Now after emptying my fridge the pantry is full of STUFF I have no idea about. 3 types of quinoa! Three types of lentils, chia seeds, about a kilo,of flax seeds what to do?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 09, 2012, 07:31:46 am
Tenina has a few quinoa recipes in her books or websites Gert - maybe you have been looking at them?  Have a read of this on Chelsea's blog (http://fulllittletummies.blogspot.com.au/2010/05/filling-tummies-nourishing-chia-gel.html) about chia seeds - you can add them to anything but best to soak them first as she describes here. Flaxseeds (linseeds?) can be added to bread, do you make your own bread? It is one of the ingredients in the milo recipe too but I somehow can't see you drinking milo or smoothies in general :D  This (http://www.ehow.com/how_4499301_eat-flax-seeds.html) might be useful information for your flaxseeds.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 09, 2012, 07:54:14 am
Menu plan for my 2nd week of the challenge.  It's my shopping day tomorrow but I don't need anything urgently yet so will manage now until after our public holiday on Monday I'm sure.

Leftovers (tomato soup and frittata)
Healthy roast chicken & vegies
The Tart's Tart and leftover chicken
Chicken laksa carried over from last weeks menu
Ricotta gnocchi with nap sauce (sauce in freezer)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 09, 2012, 08:02:23 am
Very good suggestions JD.i will look up some recipes. Yes I like to make rye and linseed bread. So that is on the menu this week. Just need to get motivated  again.  Hard when it is just the two of us and DH doesn't have much of an interest.  I found about a litre of buttermilk in the freezer. I was going  to toss it  but  thought better of it. Might make some scones with it .

Absolutely  no spending this week  except for some fruit I hope.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 09, 2012, 08:31:24 am
I remember when I first bought the TM, I could not believe the amount of flour, sugar, eggs, butter I bought. Never made cakes or biscuits, in a blue moon a packet cake ???

Also I thought my spices were pretty good as I cooked thai, indan & balineese food but now I have double to what I used to have. :)

This weeks menu, I have 4 to feed at the weekend

Sunday Nigellas nuggets, atlantic salmon for the boys, matchstick chips or roast pots &  salad
Monday Roast Lamb, wraps & salad
Tuesday Beef Dianne, pasta & veg
Wednesday left overs, soup or freezer food
Thursday Roast tarragon chicken with pari mash & greens, ds making this with my help new recipe from masterchef kidds cookbook series 2
Friday Pizza.
Saturday Chilli cheese pasta, new recipe

Extras lemon pudding, apple crumble, semolina
Bread, cakes & bscuits & soup & quiche or fritatta

This might change a litte as I have lots  of new cookbooks, but wont change just because we fancy something that isnt in the house.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 09, 2012, 09:33:30 am
Well,  I am totally inspired by the motivation of you creative cooks.
I have come in just under the $100 and feel very good about this.  I resisted buying some stuff at Woolies and didn't go to the Farmers market as I am Pi...d off with them at the moment. Another story.
We are going away for 2 weeks holiday in 10 days so will try not to shop between now and then.  Might need milk.

Beef and red wine Cass, rice,  Lemon tart.
Visitors,  roast chicken and roast veggies and frozen veggies, Queen of Pud.
Make chicken soup out of bones and add left over chicken and veggies, no fuss rolls, Baked apples.
Grilled fish and veggies, waffles from freezer
Grilled Pork Chops, Golden Syrup pud.
Spaghetti and Bol sauce.Leftover Golden syrup pud.
Salmon Ravioli from freezer with left over Awesome cheese sauce. Waffles

Bread rolls as necessary.  Used the flat ones,  (cooked with oven tray on top) cut in 1/2,  as mini Pizza bases.
Cook 3 different lots of Biscuits,
Soup for lunches as well as leftovers.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 09, 2012, 09:36:27 am
I think I'm going to go over budget with buying panadol, tissues, soothers etc. oh I hate being sick :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 09, 2012, 10:27:01 am
Dede, medical & non food items dont count :)

Chookie is your golden syrup pudding on here?

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 09, 2012, 10:29:14 am
Bonus Halex as I have been through 2 boxes of tissues already :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 09, 2012, 10:32:45 am
Sorry to hear that you're sick Mandi.  My OH & I have both just gotten over a cold/flu thing.  Being sick is such a waste of time  :(

I hope you feel better soon  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 09, 2012, 10:57:17 am
Thanks Katie, DH is also sick which makes it even harder cause Men are always worse than us woman :D.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 09, 2012, 12:25:46 pm
Hugs from me Dede,I hope you feel better soon :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 09, 2012, 12:26:52 pm
Get well soon Mandi  :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 09, 2012, 08:52:10 pm
Thanks Guys, I have every intention to get well soon, just hope it's real soon as its a nasty one. Affecting my ears, nose, throat and head. Hope it doesn't go to my chest :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 09, 2012, 10:43:43 pm
Get well soon dede.

I just threw away $40.00 on Friday.
First went to get a pink slip for my car that is up for rego $33.00 and when I got home had a good look at the rego papers they said no inspection required. I thought as my car was over 3 years I needed a pink slip but it's 5 years. DH didn't pick-up on it either.
Then bought the new Donna Hay magazine when I did the shopping and left it there. Went back but no one knew anything about it.

That combined with my $140.00 no shopping week.

Well it's Sunday and a brand new week, will try again. Did better when I wasn't on such a strict budget.  ??? ???
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 09, 2012, 10:51:30 pm
well I am shopping for groceries today, and I don't need much.

Michelle, just as well $40, and not $400 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 09, 2012, 10:54:25 pm
Mcmich just one of those days you wanna forget .  Definitely a no spend week for me .  Tossed out all the junk mail and so far so good as iris only 0745 on Sunday. LOL' no really ppl, I am gunna be good. Really.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 09, 2012, 10:57:30 pm
Mcmich just one of those days you wanna forget .  Definitely a no spend week for me .  Tossed out all the junk mail and so far so good as iris only 0745 on Sunday. LOL' no really ppl, I am gunna be good. Really.

Gert

You can do it Gert. Be strong.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 09, 2012, 10:58:27 pm
Dede hope the bug has gone.
Mchele, bummer, the Donna Hay mag is good this month >:(

Would love to see menu plans  for no spend week, how do you cope without fresh milk, fruit & veg?? ???

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 09, 2012, 11:24:35 pm
I might just stay in bed.

Menu plan simple.

Start at top,of fridge and work down right to left. The champers is  on  the left. Plenty of apples to eat. We don't drink milk though I do have some for cooking.

Hit the pantry.

Then  start at the top of the freezer and work down. The duck is on the bottom. When finished with duck go shopping.

For breakfast today  I see some small lamb chops and eggs looking good. Saw some rye bread slices in the freezer .

Lunch is  some sort of steak I think sitting on the top,of the pile so it could be  a BBQ steak or a curry depending on what the mystery meat is.

Plenty of veggies . And a bucketload of Quinoea. So maybe a salad with white Quinoea.

Supper is definitely hoarded cheese and crackers no doubt nearing use  by date not that it matters.

Tomorrow I will HAVE to make  some bread. No doubt it will have lots of seeds.


I can do this.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 09, 2012, 11:31:26 pm
Gert you surprise me, i thought you would start with the champers  ???

Be an interesting week for you.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 09, 2012, 11:47:07 pm
I like to finish the day on a high note.  Hi  C!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 10, 2012, 01:48:17 am
Haha Gert, you and me both. I might be a little out of tune after a couple of champers though.

I've read all 16 pages of this thread and you've all shamed me into taking on this challenge.

I did a freezer and pantry challenge for a month last year which was fantastic, so need to do it again.

Like you, Gert, I have three types of quinoa in my pantry. I also have every type of flour imaginable, every seed you can think of, every nut imaginable and all the dried fruits.

I try to menu plan, but don't think about what's in the freezer and pantry, just choose what I want to cook and eat!

I'll start on Monday. I'll be shopping in
Albany on Tuesday, so will be buying meat in bulk. My challenge will be spending less than $600 a month on food. I feed the two of us, sometimes DD and her fiancé and also do meals for FIL about four times a week.

I've been known to spend $600 in one week! Especially if I do a big shop in our local town which is very expensive.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 10, 2012, 02:34:54 am
Hally, you will be so proud. :D
My $100 a week spend, was  $88 at WW.

I bought enough milk for the week, so no go to the corner store.

Mainly fruit and veges, and pantry basics.
I have a freezer inventory, I just need to inventory the pantry now.
Off to start baking biccies for kids, cakes ect.

Dinner is leftovers from last night too.

Robyn :D

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 10, 2012, 02:57:18 am
Obbe, well done.

This week I know I will be just under the $100 again, but thats OK as long as I stay under.

Made more butter this morning, still have some cream left so will make  another batch later. Cheaper to use my cream than buy butter this week. Just used homemade butter in the bechamel sauce, I am sure it will still taste good, maybe better. Home made butter going into everything this week, then I dont need to buy any, ;D who woud have thought  I would do this to save a few $$$ ??? :o

Had my donna hay mag delivered, fantastic gnocchi & silverside recipes in it. Theres a recipe using silverside for lasagna, ds has been asking for lasagna but didnt want to buy mince until I do my big meat order but nw I can using silverside, another way to stay in budget ;D

Happy Happy Happy

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 10, 2012, 12:25:01 pm
I have to do this now as I've posted a topic on my blog (http://bushgourmand.blogspot.com.au/2012/06/money-saving-challenge.html) telling everyone that I'll be doing this challenge!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 10, 2012, 08:00:09 pm
how do u ladies do it, i find it hard not buying things on  special, i went to C for DS yesterday and saw that my coffee that i drink was less that 1/2 price so i bought 2 tins and also on sale was the nutlex it was only $2 I grabbed 4 tubs.



 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 10, 2012, 11:51:22 pm
Uni, thats what I used to do, but I probably would  have grabbed more ;D
my pantry is full of things. Since starting the challenge I have bought tinned tomatoes & I still have about 10 in the pantry :)


H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 11, 2012, 12:18:31 am
 :D Well, I made it - no spending (and can't today, a public holiday so we are spending the day together as a family!!! Week 2 spent $0!!!! Very happy!
H - we have long life milk as a back up and the soy milk DD2 has is long life too so we have been using that this week. (tho it was a little embarassing when the in-laws turned up with MILs brother and wife from mainland and I only had soy milk left for their coffees/teas!!!)  :-[ They didn't seem to mind tho!!! And as for fruit and veg, I have a fridge, freezer and pantry with some in (not much in the fridge now) and a veg garden that I'm still getting capsicums, leeks, spring onions and tomatoes from, a lemon tree loaded and an apple tree with apples still on - tho they are only worth cooking with now.
I am very happy - hope I can stay below $100 next week... ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 11, 2012, 12:19:12 am
That's why I spent $140.00 on my no spend week.  Lindt chocolate was on special at $1.85. Half a dozen blocks later and more specials I'm over the budget. Although mine does include toiletries and cleaning products.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 11, 2012, 12:30:30 am
Astarra, well done, I have just  planted some more veggies so hopefully in 6-8 weeks I can start picking some. I have rocket & spring onions atm. Wish we could drink ll milk, just can stand it.

Yes Michele I saw that lindt too, its still on specal here until tomorrow, so I am sure I will end up buying a couple.

This week is going to be really hard to stick to budget as I need so much, but I am going to try. Have cancelled my fruit & veg order as I think with a few bits from the shops I can cope.

H

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 11, 2012, 12:41:29 am
does anyone read the blog,

debt free, cashed up and laughing (http://www.debtfreecashedupandlaughing.com.au/#axzz1xRFUg1aN)

The cheapskates way, very good ideas on saving money on food and general stuff.

Robyn :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 11, 2012, 04:13:47 am
Did some shopping, bought hardly anything & spent $44.80!!! Cant belive it.
1 avocado, 1 cucumber, $2 bag spinach, garlic 2 bulbs, punnet f green beans, vegemite, evvo, paprika & ham, that was it!! The evvo was $18.99

The 1/2 price lindt chocolate is not looking promising >:(

Obbie, good site, thanks :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 11, 2012, 04:27:31 am
The 1/2 price lindt chocolate is not looking promising >:(
H :)

Surely the TM can make chocolate Hally?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 11, 2012, 04:38:41 am
I'm heading to get my milk and bread soon (that's all I need) can I walk out of the supermarket with just milk and bread? Not sure I trust myself ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 11, 2012, 08:57:09 am
Ok I spent a little more as I brought 2 family packs of arnotts biscuits @$1.99 each and some lemon butter to make fundj's condensed milk cheese cake. And I got 6 litres of milk and 8 loaves of bread for $30.05 :D
Will keep a track of my spending and let you know total at end of f/night.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on June 11, 2012, 09:51:20 am
I'm not on this challenge, but it has made me think now when shopping.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on June 11, 2012, 10:47:44 am
As my DH always says, 'it's only a bargain if you need it.' I have this nagging voice in my head now every time I see specials in the supermarket.  ;D
I'm so happy to be doing this challenge.  The savings are stacking up and I'm discovering things in my pantry and freezer that pre TMX days I'd have wondered what I could use them for but now I'm inspired!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 11, 2012, 12:13:57 pm
does anyone read the blog,

debt free, cashed up and laughing (http://www.debtfreecashedupandlaughing.com.au/#axzz1xRFUg1aN)

The cheapskates way, very good ideas on saving money on food and general stuff.

Robyn :D

Fascinating reading Robyn. I will book mark for more study. Got this off the site - and its great:

Miracle Spray
1.5 litre water (inc. 1 x cup boiling water)
300ml vinegar
60ml dishwashing liquid
25ml eucalyptus oil
3 dessertspoons Lectric washing soda

Mix together and decant into spray bottles for kitchen and bathroom etc. Recycle your toilet cleaner bottle and pop this in it.  You can read more about it on the website, but you can clean around the home, even removes stains from clothes. Gives a "clean" smell too.



Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 11, 2012, 12:18:14 pm
I'm not on this challenge, but it has made me think now when shopping.  :)

Ditto ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 11, 2012, 09:32:38 pm
"Specials" are certainly a double edged sword!  I generally stay well away from them, unless they are already on my shopping list.  Fortunately I am pretty disciplined when I shop and rarely impulse buy.

At work, my suppliers are always saying "well, if you buy 30 of these you will save $$$$$" - well, that's great, but buying 30 of one item on "special" uses up my budget so that means we cannot buy what we really need - but that is what the suppliers / retailers want - get you to spend all your money with them so that you cannot spend elsewhere.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 11, 2012, 09:53:14 pm
Mcmich, the mechanic should have informed you that a pink slip is not required.
Hope this week improves for you
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 11, 2012, 10:16:12 pm
Ok I spent a little more as I brought 2 family packs of arnotts biscuits @$1.99 each and some lemon butter to make fundj's condensed milk cheese cake. And I got 6 litres of milk and 8 loaves of bread for $30.05 :D
Will keep a track of my spending and let you know total at end of f/night.

dede have you not made lemon curd in the  *: ?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 11, 2012, 10:30:23 pm
No fundj I haven't. Was a last minute decision to make cheese cake. :)
I'm not a big lemon fan so never thought of making it before. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 11, 2012, 10:37:47 pm
me 2 not a fan of lemony things but the curd is very nice maybe becauce of all of the butter and eggs  :-)) i really like it

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 11, 2012, 10:41:30 pm
I just had a look at Tenina's recipe, nice and easy to make. I will give it a try when I run out of lemon butter (next time I make your cheese cake) ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 11, 2012, 11:06:12 pm
I havent tried teninas recioe, but  we all love this one from The British Larder
Lemon curd
125ml fresh lemon juice
125g caster sugar
2 whole medium free range eggs
2 medium free range egg yolks
125g cold unsalted butter, cut into very small pieces
pinch of salt
Method:
Using the built in weighing scales weigh the freshly squeezes lemon juice, caster sugar, salt, egg yolks and whole eggs directly into the Thermomix bowl, blitz for 10 seconds on speed 8, scrape the sides down, insert the butterfly whisk. Set the timer for 5 minutes at 70°C, speed 4.
Cut the cold butter into small even size pieces, set the timer for 2 minutes at 70°C, speed 2 and slowly drop the pieces of cold butter through the hole onto the curd.
Scrape the sides down, remove the butterfly whisk and secure the lid, blitz the curd for 20 seconds on speed 9, transfer the curd to a clean container and place a piece of clingfilm directly on top of the curd to prevent it from forming a skin, let the curd cool.
Once cooled keep refrigerated until needed.


Read more: http://www.britishlarder.co.uk

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 11, 2012, 11:17:49 pm
this is the 1 i use
 if this recipe belongs to anyone on the forum i would like to say thank you  ;D

lemon curd
80 g lemon juice
80 g cater sugar
50 g butter unsalted
1 teaspoons lemon or orange zest
2 eggs large

mix on speed 6 for 15 sec scrape down sides

cook on 80 for 7 mins on speed 4 with the butterfly in place
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 12, 2012, 12:45:48 am
Well I blew the budget last week, spent around $140. That includes around $38 for an antipasto platter for a dinner at a weekend house party which we didn't end up going to because DD7 is sick. Had some of the antipasto for lunch on Saturday then took the rest to the house party on Sunday - only a day late!
Starting again today, but I suspect I'll go over again. Combination of DD7 being sick, me coming down with it, and DD8's slumber party for her birthday this saturday. Not in the mood to menu plan!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 12, 2012, 12:52:11 am
Deedub, I dont think you can count the antipasto plate, thats not normal everyday living feeding so many on such an expensive platter.

I think as the weeks go by it will get harder & harder as we run out of more expensive items, will be interesting to see how we all go.

Make some chicken soup & hope you all get better.

I buy meat in bulk so meat doesnt count, i have bought sausages, ham, bacon which I have included, as they are small amounts.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 12, 2012, 01:05:24 am
CP I will give that miracle spray a go.  I checked it out on her blog and you need to mix the Lectric washing soda with the boiling water first to dissolve it then add the remaining ingredients.   Loved the picture of the before and after shower recess, that alone speaks volumes.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 12, 2012, 01:33:34 am
Thanks fundj for the lemon curd recipes :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 12, 2012, 01:43:09 am
Dede, Lemon curd is so easy to make, especially with all my lemons.... ;D

CP. that site is great for so many savings on cleaning, using vinegar, bi carb ect.
Lextric soda is on the bottom shelf in the cleaning isle, so cheap to make your own washing powder.

Bi carb soda, is sold cheaper at pool shops in bulk too.

I buy my floor cleaner in bulk 5 liters at a time. It lasts about 4 months.

Robyn :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 12, 2012, 04:41:39 am
I just made some of this miracle spray up and so far it is really doing a great job. It cleans the grout between my tiles really well, and my tiles are sparkling :)
And smells pretty good too with the eucalyptus oil added.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on June 12, 2012, 05:45:25 am
 last week i went to the supermarket twice- bought diced rump steak 2kg- one kg for my beef casserole (pressure cooker) which lasted 3 days and the other half for the hungarian goulash which also lasted 3 days. Plenty of lemons at the moment on our tree so have made lemon curd and the total of the two trips has been $84 including 1 kg of blue grenadier that i pan fried with vietnamese flavours and everyone was happy. I even found blocks of Lindt chocolate that were $1.88 each- i have to hide them from my DH (NOT ME!) as he normally gets to the chocolate before I ever do!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 12, 2012, 06:42:10 am
My shopping for week 2 of this challenge came to $31.76 for fruit & veg + $37.93 at Foodland - Total $69.69, happy with that as I got heaps of F & V at Farmer Jo's in the Port.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 12, 2012, 07:03:47 am
I am loving those numbers JD  ;D  ;D  ;D  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 12, 2012, 07:56:32 am
I have done alright so far this week but it is only Tuesday.
Bought $56.00 of fruit and veg, included eggs and a 10 kilo bag of potatoes. I had a voucher and got $14.00 off so that came down to $42.00 and spent $8.00 at Coles.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on June 12, 2012, 07:59:10 am
Yes that's great Judy.  I wish we had a fruit & veg shop here with their bargains.  Only have the supermarkets so it all depends on what they have going out on special, but nothing like I hear/see others buying from the stand alone stores.

My shopping will be very minor this week too.  Using stuff up from the freezer and making meals around them will see me only having to buy the very basics too.  I usually shop on Monday's but I should be able to leave it until Thursday or Friday this week.  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Decadent Dot on June 12, 2012, 08:06:08 am
I enjoy reading about all your thrifty ideas. I haven't joined this challenge as I rarely spend over £30 ($46 ) per week and that includes the cleaning stuff. I do live on my own though and that means that if I don't feel like making a meal, then I don't. As a dressmaker, machine knitter and machine embroiderer, I just love using up fabric or cutting down clothes to re-vamp them. My button and zip boxes are overflowing with the saving of these. I'm afraid that I spend what I save, mainly on gadgets and technology.  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 12, 2012, 08:26:10 am
Dot, I love jars and tins of buttons.
Have inherited several lovely old jars of buttons from my MIL. Has even got buttons from armed forces - guessing from FIL.
Some of the buttons are glass too, so very pretty.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Merlin on June 12, 2012, 08:58:39 am
I have an antique pharmacy glass jar that holds all my buttons. Heaven forbid if a) my kids ever get hold of it and it smashes or b) I need a button that is near the bottom! I love old buttons and collecting swatches of fabrics! There is a fantastic button shop near my work that stocks so many buttons that if I am ever stuck to find a match for a missing button I'm sure to find one there. Also, change of subject, but anyone with young kids- I highly recommend an app called Bugs and Buttons. Absolutely gorgeous educational games for kids with a recycling theme as well as all of the mini games are based around buttons and insects. Very cute and engaging.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 12, 2012, 09:42:24 am
I've decided to join in as well. I didn't go to the growers market this week as I was away for the weekend, but I've added up the supermarket and butcher bill from last week and it came to $270!! Like Hally, I'm a bit of a food hoarder too, so I'm determined to eat my way through the freezer and pantry cupboard. I have 4 mouths it feed, so I'll aim for $100 but will be happy with $135 ($5/person/day).  I told my husband - he rolled his eyes and with a big smile on his face, said" Good luck!"

I usually visit the supermarket on Fridays and the growers market on Sunday. I shouldn't need to go shopping until then. I'm not a meal planner type of person so it will be interesting to see how I go. Tonight we are having leftover beef and ale stew with mashed potatoes. I have even used half powdered milk and half jersey milk in the mash as we are low on milk as I didn't get to the market this week.

H, I'm happy to run a spreadsheet if you would like me too.

ES
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 12, 2012, 09:45:54 am
ES, welcome to our challenge :). Sounds like your dh & mine are the same, i think he is happily surprised that 2 weeks in a row I have come in under $100.

A spreadsheet woud be great, it s a great idea to track everyone.
I have added you to the lst :)
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 12, 2012, 11:16:57 am
Did my weekly shop today and, added to my Aussie farmers delivery, so far I've spent $125. I'm pretty happy with that as I bought party food which I don't normally get eg. soft drink, chips, ice cream - would have easily come in under budget without that stuff. Plus I bought a 5kg bag of bread flour and some coffee - those 2 items alone were over $18.
This is definitely changing my shopping habits - when I run out of something I immediately add it to my shopping list (on my phone) and then buy it next time I shop. Now however, I ask myself if I REALLY need it THIS week and just carry the item over to the next week if the answer is no. Saves me having a pantry full of stuff I bought "just in case".
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 12, 2012, 12:46:10 pm
Michele, I inherited my MIL's button collection too. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 12, 2012, 03:50:52 pm
I don't do a lot with my collection JD. Sits on my Nan's Singer treadle machine.
The jar is pretty amazing.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 12, 2012, 08:43:56 pm
The old buttons are great - modern ones tend to be pretty boring though.  My mum had a great button box but I have no idea whatever happened to that, I used to love playing with them when I was little.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 13, 2012, 12:27:22 am
Our prices for groceries are much dearer up here than down south.  $100 doesn't go far for a family, let alone tuckshop for kids once a week.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 01:28:28 am
Our prices for groceries are much dearer up here than down south.  $100 doesn't go far for a family, let alone tuckshop for kids once a week.

 :)

Too true Robyn. The prices in Coles at Smithfield have gone ballistic.  I am having a no spend week for sure. Only absolute necessities  and so far only $7.60 but it is only  Wed. I don't think I will go out of the house.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 01:36:56 am
how about rent,homes,transport,outings car rego etc Gret,  what are the prices like where you are
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 13, 2012, 02:45:07 am
Quote

Too true Robyn. The prices in Coles at Smithfield have gone ballistic.  

I thought that those 2 big supermarkets prices were the same Australia wide  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 02:49:00 am
CP from one suburb to another suburb in syd the prices are different
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 13, 2012, 03:05:07 am
Quote
Too true Robyn. The prices in Coles at Smithfield have gone ballistic.  
Quote
I thought that those 2 big supermarkets prices were the same Australia wide  :-))

We only have one Coles and two WW down here so I had always assumed that too CP :P
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 13, 2012, 03:12:44 am
No they vary the price, per suburb.
Also whether its a comp store or not.

(for example) if there is a IGA, coles and WW in one shopping centre, prices are cheaper.

We have  ww which is 25 minutes drive for me, and coles is 45 minutes drive, each way.
Thats why I buy as much direct  and in bulk as I can.



Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 03:41:14 am
Quote

Too true Robyn. The prices in Coles at Smithfield have gone ballistic.  

I thought that those 2 big supermarkets prices were the same Australia wide  :-))


Nope.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 03:48:45 am
how about rent,homes,transport,outings car rego etc Gret,  what are the prices like where you are

Rent is probably  the same. Houses probably a bit cheaper but a whole different style. Transport is expensive as is any distant city. Petrol is $1.56 today. Rego si more that NSW. House ins has gone through the roof. We are thinking about not having any.

Yesterday cauliflower was $5 and tomatoes $7 in Coles.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 13, 2012, 04:07:48 am
I'm loving this thread. i'm not participating but it's great hearing how everyone even small changes are making a big differences to the budgets. There is a thread on the taste forum at the moment where people are saying how much their weekly shop is and it's amazing how much some people spend on food. I'm thankful we have a lot of choice where I live and we are all relatively small eaters.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Tan on June 13, 2012, 04:20:09 am
i am also enjoying this thread.
Although not actively participating, it has certainly made me think about my food shopping habits.
 Although not overly extravagant when shopping, we never really have a budget as such, and i find we often pop in to get something and come out with lots of things for "just in case".
For quite a few weeks i have been trying to make my way through the freezer and pantry without buying too much else.

what this challenge has helped me do so far is attempt some meal planning to use whats in the freezer meat/chicken etc wise, and only buy milk/ fruit veg etc.

last week i spent just short of $100 at out local farmers market on f & v, milk, cream, cheese etc,. Most of this should do nearly two weeks, will just have to to up on milk.

So thanks for starting this
Tan
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 13, 2012, 05:03:52 am
Week 2 of the challenge and I come in at $91.00.  Won't be going out tomorrow so this is it. 

I'm also sticking to my meal plan.  Made Mac Cheese on Monday and there was enough for two nights. I had some sad looking veggies so they went in too.  It turned more into a pasta bake with veg and tuna.

Today I'm doing lamb shanks in the slow cook, didn't realise that there were 5 in the bag frozen together (not sure why an odd number, I'm sure the lambs had an even number of legs when they went to the butcher), so there is enough again for 2 nights.  So that's 2 meals I can transfer to next weeks meals.

Starting to think about meals for the next week, not only is this saving me money but I'm getting more inspired again with cooking.  Lost my cooking mojo for a while.  I try and add 1 or 2 new things to each week's meal plan.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 13, 2012, 06:17:42 am
Rego is very expensive for qld, roads are terrible.
Insurance is about $1000 for my house and contents, but my crime rate is zero.

But my views from my decks are wonderful.
Peaceful and quiet. Very safe for the kids.

Rent in about $370 for a 4 bedroom house per week. ( my friends pay that.)
Glad I built my house when I did, as prices have gone through the roof.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 06:20:52 am
roybn a 2bedroom place in my area is $ 560
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 13, 2012, 06:29:25 am


Too true Robyn. The prices in Coles at Smithfield have gone ballistic.  I am having a no spend week for sure. Only absolute necessities  and so far only $7.60 but it is only  Wed. I don't think I will go out of the house.

Gert


You've done really well Gert.

My son rents in Sydney and pays $250 for 1 bedroom granny flat. Rent out here on The Lake is much more reasonable because there is no transport or night life. $350 a week for a 3 bedroom home.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 06:35:11 am
Rego is very expensive for qld, roads are terrible.
Insurance is about $1000 for my house and contents, but my crime rate is zero.

But my views from my decks are wonderful.
Peaceful and quiet. Very safe for the kids.

Rent in about $370 for a 4 bedroom house per week. ( my friends pay that.)
Glad I built my house when I did, as prices have gone through the roof.


My daughter has a rental property in Cairns. 3 bedrooms  small block of land no pool. It rents for $365. A week. She just go the insurance bill for the house only no contents $1600.

My house backs on to a creek and rainforest . Noisy critters at night in the forest. But a safe area. 12 minutes from the airport and  15 from downtown Cairns which is not a safe area at all.

Gert

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 06:42:21 am
The  insurance for my property is $ 4140 no contents  and what i do not get it that DS pays   $3600 for the same property so all up its $7740 >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 06:43:05 am
roybn a 2bedroom place in my area is $ 560

That  is expensive. The wages in Sydney must be a lot higher than here.  I don't know  how some people manage. Living on a pension is hard enough but at least everything is owned.

When I see what people pay for school shoes I wonder the kids don't go bare foot. Raising a family today is  far more expensive .  I never even owned a stroller  and the cost of those things are astro.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 06:54:08 am
Uni

(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cb162c7-2afc-316d.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 06:57:08 am
BIG TIME  :(
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Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 06:59:02 am
Gret i would say on average $1200 per week
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Post by: mcmich on June 13, 2012, 07:27:01 am
That's astronomical Uni. Is it so expensive because of the business side of things?
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Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 07:37:26 am
yep, very hard to make money these days
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 13, 2012, 08:01:17 am
Gert, I used to live in Cairns North, near the hockey fields....

$370 rent for a house in yungaburra is crazy.
wish I could earn $1200 per week.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on June 13, 2012, 11:30:28 am
Wow Uni. I can't believe your house insurance. That's astronomical! We used to live in the outskirts of Sydney and recall our cost of living to be higher than qld, especially food. Don't get me started on when we used to rent in the Eastern suburbs!
Gert, it's really sad that your house insurance has gone up so much that you are considering not insuring. We went through the same issue. Our premiums have tripled in the Lockyer Valley for obvious reasons and we really considered not insuring but can't afford the risk. We were not flooded in jan 2011 and didn't make a claim and we could safely say after those levels we could be relatively safe but then we have to consider things other than flood.  Insurance companies have us over a barrel.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on June 13, 2012, 01:40:00 pm
Is the benefit of shopping at the local farmers market for your F & V because its fresher than the supermarkets? Or also cheaper? We have one but I rarely shop there.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jakodai on June 13, 2012, 02:29:37 pm
Is the benefit of shopping at the local farmers market for your F & V because its fresher than the supermarkets? Or also cheaper? We have one but I rarely shop there.

For me it's the freshness. The supermarket near me has the most tragic fruit & veg, whatever I buy has to be used basically straight away as within 2 days it's unusable.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 13, 2012, 09:48:14 pm
Insurance rates all go on what the crime rate is in your area, ( how safe).



For the markets, its the freshness and price here.
picked one day, sold the next, not spending months in storage.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 10:05:30 pm
Brumington, it's a commercial property

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 13, 2012, 10:14:23 pm
Yes, they've got you over a barrell for anything commercial - loans, mortgages, insurance, different phone rates, different electricity rates, even rubbish collection.  Regardless of the size of the business you still get stung.  It's very hard to keep going at times.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 10:26:13 pm
Yes, they've got you over a barrell for anything commercial - loans, mortgages, insurance, different phone rates, different electricity rates, even rubbish collection.  Regardless of the size of the business you still get stung.  It's very hard to keep going at times.

its getting really hard to make a wage,and the worse is yet to come  :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 13, 2012, 10:32:13 pm
Yes, they've got you over a barrell for anything commercial - loans, mortgages, insurance, different phone rates, different electricity rates, even rubbish collection.  Regardless of the size of the business you still get stung.  It's very hard to keep going at times.

its getting really hard to make a wage,and the worse is yet to come  :(

I didn't realise that electricity and rubbish collection was charged differently.

Did hear on the news last night that electricity is going up 20%.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 13, 2012, 10:44:12 pm
Yes, they've got you over a barrell for anything commercial - loans, mortgages, insurance, different phone rates, different electricity rates, even rubbish collection.  Regardless of the size of the business you still get stung.  It's very hard to keep going at times.

its getting really hard to make a wage,and the worse is yet to come  :(

I didn't realise that electricity and rubbish collection was charged differently.

Did hear on the news last night that electricity is going up 20%.

and we are not allowed  to do the rubbish on the steert thing  >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 13, 2012, 10:47:00 pm
Electricity going up was the motivator for buying a new fridge. I have already sold one and hopefully the other will go soon to defray the cost of the new one. Down to two fridges from 4 but no doubt DH will want  to boot up the  pool fridge as soon as it warms up.

We do not have a choice of suppliers here and already pay about $ 2000 a year.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 13, 2012, 10:54:13 pm
Talking about electricity, does anyone have solar panels?
I would love to get some to help bring the cost of our power bill down :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 14, 2012, 03:11:46 am
We looked at solar panels, but it would cost $18000 to install, so no we did not do it.

Even our internet at my shop is a different rate than at home.
Insurance is dearer for my shop (commercial ) too.

Car insurance is based on whether it is a  popular make/model, likely to be stolen...


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 14, 2012, 03:18:47 am
Lots of houses in our area have them but at our age, I figured we'd never get our money back  :-)) 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 14, 2012, 04:14:06 am
I was looking at the solar kit that feeds power to the grid and makes your meter run backwards when there is plenty of light and we not using a lot of power. Would bring our power bill down. The package here is around $2500 and you can add on to it down the track. From what I have heard we would reduce our power by around $600 a year with a basic set up. I would love to get them. A friend is having some installed in the next couple of weeks so I will be interested to see what difference it makes to her power bill.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 14, 2012, 04:16:11 am
We looked at the panels, , it just wasnt worth it as our house is not in the best position. Of course we could have stuck them at the front of our house but woyld have looked terrible.

So far have spent $85.20, still need a few things but hope to be under $100.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 14, 2012, 05:38:05 am
We have had our quotes for solar too and have started saving. The price of power in Tassie is just out of control! We are working on lowering our power usage also. Shorter "timed" showers, heat pump on timer, installing thermal curtains over verticals, changing lighting etc.  We had an energy consultation and our usage was very high for a family of our size in Tassie.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 14, 2012, 06:26:03 am
I'm very happy this week. $73.88c and only 2 days left in my week.
That included $15.00 of non food items.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 14, 2012, 06:27:54 am
your do well Mich so you are buying lunch next week?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 14, 2012, 06:42:14 am
Looks like I might be abe to afford that.
Must PM you with my mobile number so we can meet up at food and wine show.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 14, 2012, 06:49:09 am
(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cb162c7-7b35-7412.jpg)


Wanna tum  too.

Gertie
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 14, 2012, 06:50:57 am
Hop on a plane and go down there Gert.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 14, 2012, 06:52:57 am
(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cb162c7-7c29-e7d0.jpg)

I'll buy lunch!
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Post by: mcmich on June 14, 2012, 06:54:54 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 14, 2012, 06:55:56 am
Hop on a plane and go down there Gert.

If it weren't so cold I would be tempted.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 14, 2012, 06:57:33 am
 i thought you said you didn't smoke ???
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 14, 2012, 07:14:33 am
Its cold here in the mornings too..

 ;)

Hold on, Gerts booking plane tickets, maybe....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 14, 2012, 07:49:18 am
i thought you said you didn't smoke ???


That is my sister.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 14, 2012, 08:04:09 am
its a shame you dont have her beauty Gert  :-*
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Post by: Amy :-) on June 14, 2012, 08:09:00 am
its a shame you dont have her beauty Gert  :-*

Obviously Gert got all the personality ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 14, 2012, 08:35:49 am
Yeah she got the beauty and the voice. She can dance and plays several instruments as well. I was the middle child.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 14, 2012, 11:28:15 am
I'm ready to go now that I'm back from holiday.  Today's first shop after a months holiday was $133. Hoping to average $300 over the next three weeks.   I cook for the family on Sundays so tend to cook a stack on Saturday and live on as many leftovers as possible after Sunday.
Making
Lentil dal ( made it today and had a third tonight so have frozen the rest for two more meals)
Slow cooker roast lamb (from freezer) served with ratatouille.
Bacon quiche (bacon from freezer) and salmon quiche (hoping for a couple of leftover pieces to freeze for some time during the week).
Chicken vegetable soup (hoping to freeze half)
Going to have a go at making homemade baked beans with ham hock and tomato sauce  in the slow cooer - never tried this before.....
Baked potatoes ( with leftover ratatouille and cheese or with home made baked beans and ham and cheese)
Banoffee Trifle (Sunday lunch desert)

Lunches are bread or toast or leftovers or soup.
Breakfasts are usually porridge and stewed fruit (pears and apples this week).

I'm hoping to have a few meals extra left for next week or the week after and cut down the costs those weeks to catch up on the extra $33 spent ths week.  Bought a lot more veg than I probably needed.


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 14, 2012, 05:29:00 pm
welcome back jude  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 14, 2012, 11:25:32 pm
Welcome back Jude, as you can see we are all going great guns. :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 14, 2012, 11:51:31 pm
Welcome back Jude
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 15, 2012, 03:16:13 am
Well this week, gone up a liitle, $99.06, but no chocolate >:( still have chocolate mouse ;D
Out f a few things but dont need them until next week so didnt buy them

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 15, 2012, 03:19:40 am
Welcome back Jude. I hope you had a lovely time. No little surprises when you got home  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 15, 2012, 03:19:51 am
Hally, you are doing so well.
I still have $12 left this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 15, 2012, 03:20:51 am
Good to see you back and straight into the challenge Jude - it's fun.

With an extra mouth to feed over the weekend Hally, it is not surprising you came in just under budget this week.  I hope you don't need anything between now and next shopping week though ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 15, 2012, 03:41:50 am
Chocolate, cheese, Chocolate, cheese, Chocolate, cheese, Chocolate, cheese,
You get my drift & maybe some cashew nuts. I did buy nobbys mixed nuts this week :D

Its getting tougher too I reckon. When we have eb for 8 days in a row, I will put it up to $135 that week.

Thans Obbie, i think one week is going to be very interesting, vinegar, veg oil parmesan, sugar, salt, getting low on lots of things >:(

I did find 2 bottles of rice bran oil in my pantry, what did I buy that for ???

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 15, 2012, 03:56:13 am
Thankfully no little surprises when we got home.  Arrived back early tuesday morning and got a taxi home.  Did what we did last time and combated the jetlag and overtiredness by drinking a nice big glass of wine (or two) - at 9:00am - for medicinal purposes only of course - haha - helps to unwind so we can catch up on a bit of lost sleep :) too hard to settle down when you first get home otherwise....

JD it is fun - I really enjoy the challenge of planning and creating great meals on a budget.  Baked beans and ham hock are in the slow cooker today - hoping they turn out really tasty.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 15, 2012, 04:10:21 am
Welcome back Jude.

Obbie I am up $92.80 this no spend week. Yahoo. Only spent $7.20 . Next week I will need fruit and veg but still no meat until I see the duck at the bottom of my new freezer.

Any good veggie places up there?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 15, 2012, 04:19:16 am
Gretchen, yungaburra markets are next sat, june 23.

I like to buy fruit and veg at the welcome mart in Atherton, just seems fresher too.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 15, 2012, 04:32:23 am
Gretchen, yungaburra markets are next sat, june 23.

I like to buy fruit and veg at the welcome mart in Atherton, just seems fresher too.


I was thinking. About coming up on Wed to pick up the book.  Tell me again where I can find you as  I have totally forgotten. I think I put the message in my computer but where I know not.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on June 15, 2012, 05:06:29 am
Well I did well this week with $10 left, and just did a shop and that came to $51 so going good, mind you the freezer is now only half full, I don't think it's ever been that empty since I bought it lol. The best thing is when shopping I am sticking to the list which I thought would be hard but isn't.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 15, 2012, 05:17:59 am
I have the pump & irrigation shop opposite the pub.

there is a coffee shop, then us, then the pharmacy next door.

You can't miss me.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 15, 2012, 06:28:05 am
Ok I will post here when I figure out what is happening next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 15, 2012, 06:57:58 am
Well done thermo 18. Its a nice feeling to see space. Still cant see much in the freezer, but now I open the pantry door without things falling out. I am liking that.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 15, 2012, 07:23:16 am
I'm finding this challenge so good for helping clean out the freezer and pantry - tho I think there is only a choice or pork or chicken or pork or chicken in the meat drawer.. :-)) May be time to buy some more fish or red meat!!!
So far this week I have spent a whole $64.70 - not too bad considering I had a no spend week last week!  ;D

Am looking forward to having some space in the freezer again so I can start my list of what is in there again... used to know exactly what, exactly where and exactly when soething was in the freezer, got out of routine (what with bub #3 arriving,a renovation which left me without a kitchen for a month (this was pre TM too  :o) amy eldest girl starting school 5 days/week and BIL moving house and giving me all the stuff left in their freezer...) and am VERY keen to get back into it again!!!

Thanx for starting this, Hallex!!  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 15, 2012, 07:32:38 am
I've still only spent $73.88c. I was considering trying to have a non spend week again but have thought differently now. I don't want to get low on pantry items so next week I will spend up to $100.00 on stocking up on things that are running low and any specials I might see.
I will be really happy if I stick to $100 a week long term.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 15, 2012, 07:37:21 am
My aim is to stick to $100 weekly long term. I started just after Christmas mainly because we had so many leftovers etc and then got addicted to it.  Really enjoyed having all that extra money in my account on holiday.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 15, 2012, 07:40:59 am
It does pay to keep your stocks up otherwise you won't be able to cook the meals you want.  I've not spent another cent this week since I shopped and don't expect I will need to tomorrow either (the end of my challenge week) so it will be $69.69 for this week for me. I won't add it to the list though until the end of tomorrow just to be sure.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 15, 2012, 08:08:24 am
I just did my monthly groceries online and spent $320. That was for groceries, meat, toiletries, catfood etc. Now I have $180 for fruit, veg, milk and cream for the month. Am hoping to come in under $500 for our family of four.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 15, 2012, 08:12:31 am
This is harder than it looks! I had to visit two supermarkets as the first was out of something that was on my list. I stuck to my list in the first supermarket. However, the second had rice bran oil half price, and I know that my bottle in the cupboard is almost empty, so I bought a bottle, and I bought some lamb offcuts which I will cook in the PC for dinner one night. Not strictly on the list, but is now on the meal plan for the week. I also bought 2 leeks that were on special to add to the lonely one in the fridge, and will make soup for another meal during the week. I spent a total of $46.75 on food at the supermarkets, but I still have to visit the growers market on the weekend to get milk, eggs, fruit and vege etc
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 16, 2012, 10:42:49 am
It is tricky ES. I think it is easy to do for a week or two but gets harder as staples are used up and need to be replaced.

I think a really fun part of shopping on a budget is learning to make-do and be creative with what you have.  My Mum always says if you don't want to spend money stay out of the shops and I like that motto (so much that I only shop for groceries once a month). I always have all the staples on hand but have to think up different ways to use them. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 16, 2012, 11:38:50 am
amy eldest girl starting school 5 days/week

Great name astarra ;)
She's going to do brilliantly, I can just tell :D :D I
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 16, 2012, 11:55:41 am
amy eldest girl starting school 5 days/week

Great name astarra ;)
She's going to do brilliantly, I can just tell :D :D I

Whoops sorry it was meant to say AND MY eldest daughter... her name is actually Xanthia!!  :-[ But even tho her name is not amy she does do brilliantly - she's in prep doing grade 2 work... :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 16, 2012, 12:02:10 pm
Lol I knew it was too good to be true! :-)) I don't come across many other Amys. I don't know why ???

Xanthia is a beautiful name though :D And she sounds like one smart little cookie. Does she take after her mum? ;) ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 16, 2012, 12:24:41 pm
 l was doing well with the challenge this fornight

                        UNTIL

 l saw my husband sneak into the house with a bag full of  junk food  chips ,chocolate ect  
he would not give me the receipt as he knew l was doing this challenge  but l threaten to starve him   (not talking about food  :) ;D :D )
and he told me he spent $33

looks like he did not like what l was buying him  so he thought  l will fix that
 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 16, 2012, 12:52:57 pm
Well, that's good for you Nazar - he spent his money not your housekeeping.  Will he share the goodies with you though, that's the burning question  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 16, 2012, 01:21:00 pm
Week 3 menu plan in no particular order.

Quick Chicken Laksa (for the 3rd week in a row but I am finally doing it tomorrow :-)))
Chelsea's Chow Mein
Chilli prawn & scallop skewers and noodles with sesame roasted spring onions
Home cooked fish and chips
Stuffed chicken breasts
Risotto
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 16, 2012, 02:40:35 pm
I'm very pleased with the ways I have been able to use a  ham hock I bought do a stack of meals.
1.  In the slow cooker to flavor the baked beans
2. DH lunch today was omelett with the ham  and cheese
3. Had enough of the ham  to make a ham and cheese quiche.
4.  Cooked up the leftovers and bones and used the resulting stock in a big pot of soup.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 16, 2012, 08:20:54 pm
I don't come across many other Amys. I don't know why ???
We have a beautiful niece called Amy ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Tam on June 16, 2012, 09:31:50 pm
Chocolate, cheese, Chocolate, cheese, Chocolate, cheese, Chocolate, cheese,
You get my drift & maybe some cashew nuts. I did buy nobbys mixed nuts this week :D

Its getting tougher too I reckon. When we have eb for 8 days in a row, I will put it up to $135 that week.

Thans Obbie, i think one week is going to be very interesting, vinegar, veg oil parmesan, sugar, salt, getting low on lots of things >:(

I did find 2 bottles of rice bran oil in my pantry, what did I buy that for ???

H :)
FYI, rice Bran oil makes lovely EDC mayonnaise - I always use rice bran oil for it.  It's a lovely substitute oil for lots of things. :)
Proud of you all for trying to stick to your budgets.
I don't stick to a budget but like Chelsea, I TRY to only go to the grocery store monthly so this keeps the bill down tremendously.  It really eliminates impulse buying.  Actually I think Chelsea's blog inspired me to try it.  It's fantastic not being a slave to the supermarket - I rely on my F&V delivery each week and usually have to top this up at the local fruit shop depending on the amount of visitors.
I'm reading this thread with interest!!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 16, 2012, 11:27:33 pm
We are going away for 2 week holiday tomorrow.  Will have to put. Challange on hold.  Have really enjoyed it and will certainly be on it again when we come home.  Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 16, 2012, 11:41:29 pm
So far this week I have been right on target, for the first time - spent my entire $100.00 (almost to the cent) at the market yesterday - hope I don't run out of anything this week.  I work on replacement buying, if I use up something I include it in the budget, which is why I tend to be over the $100 at times, and I also buy organic fruit and veges, which are more expensive, so that doesn't necessarily help.  However, slow food market next weekend, so good fresh fruit and veges on the list again.

I've got to make more vege stock concentrate today, also making a pot of pumpkin soup, the famous nut clusters from last week's thread, JD's noodle and cheese slice for lunches, vege curry to use up leftover veges ... and there's something else on my list, but can't remember!  Better get off the forum and get into the kitchen.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on June 16, 2012, 11:49:32 pm
Have a lovely holiday Chookie.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 12:08:32 am
Have a lovely holiday Chookie.  :D

Just when are you not on hols chookie?  ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on June 17, 2012, 12:10:34 am
Chookie, enjoy your holiday.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/74fa479a-1265-bcb3.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 12:40:01 am
I don't come across many other Amys. I don't know why ???
We have a beautiful niece called Amy ;D

 :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 17, 2012, 12:46:04 am
Everyone is doing so well ;D

Jude59 thats fantastic, so much out of a ham hock. I put mine in the slow cooker ivernight, use the stock & meat for a big soup.

Chookie have a great trip.

Tam, I used the rice bran oil for my choc chip cookies as I had not veg oil, they turned out delish. Will try in mayo, thanks.

Looking at my meal plans for next week

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 17, 2012, 12:52:55 am
Have a nice relaxing holiday Chookie, hope you are feeling much better now. :-* :-*

Jude, how much did your ham hock weigh?  I've seen them in Foodland but they don't look big enough to do everything that you've done with one.  I have only used them in the past for making pea & ham soup but that was prior to the TMX arriving when I used to make a stock pot of soup. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 17, 2012, 01:51:37 am
Hally i spent $120 this week, $88 last week. so only $8 over in 2 weeks, no spend till next sunday.

very happy.

Robyn :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on June 17, 2012, 04:14:17 am
I'm way under budget still. Feeling very proud of myself. $64 spent on fruit and veg which should last us a couple of weeks.  Our fridge is fantastic so everything lasts a really long time and I only buy from the farmers market which would make a huge difference. I also freeze a lot.  If I don't think I'll finish a pineapple before it starts going funny i'll cut it up and freeze it for smoothies, spring onions and leek I always cut up and freeze straight away so it doesn't get wasted. I bung it into a recipe frozen usually. You can prepare your spring onion and drop all the cut up bits of it into an old drink bottle then just dispense as much as you need.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 17, 2012, 04:28:15 am
Have just got back from the growers market, and have added up my purchases with trepidation. I bought milk, eggs, spuds, apples, mandies, kiwi fruit, mushrooms, coriander, oranges, carrots, Olives, broccoli, zucchini, cucumber, capsicum, tomatoes and metwurst. It came to $65.45. Added to my supermarket visits, I have spent $112.20 out of my $135 budget. I am very happy.:)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 17, 2012, 05:15:50 am
Ran out of bread, milk & cheese so my total for the week now comes to $139 which should be it as new week starts tuesday. Not bad considering had to buy extras for DD's birthday party. Running out of a few essential pantry items so will be tough to stick to budget. On the upside, I can now see some gaps in my freezer!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 17, 2012, 05:16:59 am
l was doing well with the challenge this fornight

                        UNTIL

 l saw my husband sneak into the house with a bag full of  junk food  chips ,chocolate ect  
he would not give me the receipt as he knew l was doing this challenge  but l threaten to starve him   (not talking about food  :) ;D :D )
and he told me he spent $33

looks like he did not like what l was buying him  so he thought  l will fix that
 
Well, that's good for you Nazar - he spent his money not your housekeeping.  Will he share the goodies with you though, that's the burning question  :D

Hey Judy (he he) - as soon as i mentioned "starving" - he was very willing to do anything  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 17, 2012, 05:19:04 am
Everyone is going great , well done.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 17, 2012, 05:28:02 am
Obbie, great work ;D

Brummington love the freezing leek & spring oniins, never though of that.

ES your doing really well.

Deedub, loving gaps, none yet for me as I tend to make things and put in the freezer ??? Pantry is def less cluttered.

Menu plan

Sunday silverside, mash potatoes & veg/salad
Moday beef fillet with chilli dipping sauce, grren beans & rice
Tuesday, soup
Wednesday gnocchi pasta
Thursday, shepherds pie from frozen left over silverside
Friday left overs
Saturday pizza, have 2 kids for sleepover, adults maybe curry from freezer, not sure yet

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 17, 2012, 05:42:12 am
Thanks to everyone for the good wishes for Holiday.  We are going to a National Park near Batemans Bay,  on the NSW South Coast.
Will post more info in Chit Chat so if anyone is in the area and would like to join us for a coffee they will be able to contact us.  Will try and keep in touch.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 06:13:13 am
Thursday, shepherds pie from frozen left over silverside

Hey Hally, how do you make your shepherds pie from leftovers? Our pork roast is enormous and I was wondering if I could do the same sort of thing with our leftovers from that.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on June 17, 2012, 10:35:42 am
Amy,  roast pork makes fab shepherds pie.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 17, 2012, 10:39:13 am
Amy,

You can use any roast meat
1kg  potatoes, peeled 150g butter Knob of beef dripping (optional) 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, diced 2 sticks celery, diced 1 tsp dried thyme 600g shin of beef, chopped into small pieces 350ml good quality beef stock 1 tsp cornflour Worcestershire sauce 1. Pre-heat the oven to 180C. Cut your potatoes into evenly sized chunks, and put in a large pan of cold, salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer until tender. 2. Meanwhile, heat the dripping, if you have any left over from your last roast, or butter in a pan over a moderate heat, then add the vegetables. Soften, but do not brown. 3. Add the thyme, and then the beef. Brown it all over, and then add half the stock. Whisk the other half with the cornflour, and then stir into the meat mixture. Add a generous dash of Worcestershire sauce and allow to simmer on a low heat for 15 minutes. 4. Drain the potatoes and mash with a generous slab of butter. Season to taste. 5. Taste and season the meat, adding more Worcestershire sauce if necessary. If it looks dry, pour in a little water. 6. Put the meat into a large baking dish and top with the potato. For a nice crispy top, I like to add it in lumps, or you can run a fork over the top if you prefer. Dot with small pieces of butter. 7. Put into the oven for about 40 minutes, until the potato is crisp and slightly brown, then serve.

Cant remeber where this came from but it is great. I mae it a lt with left over roast r soag bol or lasagna.

H
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 10:45:20 am
Amy,  roast pork makes fab shepherds pie.

Thats good to know, thanks Chookie :D

That recipe looks yum Hally, thank you :) I think we will have it for dinner tomorrow night ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 17, 2012, 10:59:52 am
Have a lovely holiday Chookie. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 11:08:46 am
I wonder if the next challenge could be $100 per week holiday challenge? Now that would be interesting... :-))

Have a great holiday Chookie :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 11:18:58 am
I wonder if the next challenge could be $100 per week holiday challenge? Now that would be interesting... :-))

Have a great holiday Chookie :D

I don' t think that would work. Impossible.  $100 a day perhaps.

This week I am going to be ok as I am still working on the freezer but I can actually see the duck now. So the following week will be a real challenge. I might shop for veggies where Robyn shops this week.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 17, 2012, 11:27:41 am
How many meals are you hoping that Duck will make Gert  ;) :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 11:40:08 am
Well when I get to it maybe the  end of the week I think we can get two meals out of it. I will beer ass it on the  BBQ and probably the cherry sauce on the breast using the legs for,the next day.

Got to find a cherry sauce now.

Meanwhile I have to eat the things on top and I can see  2 lots of mince . Thinking cap on.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 11:45:08 am
Meanwhile I have to eat the things on top and I can see  2 lots of mince . Thinking cap on.

Spaghetti bolognese. Pie. Tacos. Nachos. Pizza. Meatballs. Burgers. Lasagne. Meatloaf.

Pizza meatloaf. Pie burgers. Taco nachos. Meatball lasagne. Spaghetti bolognese burgers.

Sorry, I was running out of lightbulbs :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 11:49:20 am
Yup meat loaf. Forgot about that one. Good one Amy. Can get two meals out,of that. I also see some tortillas so am thinking of a round lasagne using the tortillas instead of  pasta.  Another two meals. Might not get to the duck this week after all. My oh my I am getting really frugal. Or I could give the dogs the mince . Ummmmm?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 11:54:22 am
No! Bad Gert! Use the mince to feed yourself. Nothing wrong with a good meatloaf, and the tortilla lasange sounds yummy. The duck isn't going anywhere :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 12:51:41 pm
True and I really am not in a hurry to fill the freezer again. This has been a good challenge for us all but especially me. No need to go with the specials unless you need them . No need to shop for excess as I really am only 7 minutes from a store. No need for backup. I have really started to change my very bad habits.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 17, 2012, 12:52:37 pm
See you can teach an old dog new tricks  ;D :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 17, 2012, 01:00:40 pm
They say it takes 3 weeks to form a habit. I am now starting week 4 ;D

We were going out for tapas earlier today but I said no,we would be down $100, lets do it at home. So we did. ;D
Watched a movie in peace, ate tapas & had a couple of glasses of wine. cost 0. Plus bonus lots f siverside lft as we were not that hungry.

Tortillas, great made crispy for dips, cost minimal, but to buy would be costly.

Not sure I will go ths week.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 01:05:02 pm
See you can teach an old dog new tricks  ;D :-* :-*

Apparently so JD. Very happy.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 17, 2012, 01:16:46 pm
I wish I could teach my old boxer the new trick of not farting all the time...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 17, 2012, 01:25:25 pm
Get him to read this (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080224193238AAHzoSF) Amy  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 01:32:53 pm
I wish I could teach my old boxer the new trick of not farting all the time...

Same goes for DH.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 17, 2012, 01:39:45 pm
You'd better read the same link then Gretchen  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 01:57:18 pm
You'd better read the same link then Gretchen  ;D

Missing link.

Gert

Sorry Amy and Gert, forgot to add the link for the dog flatulence, here (http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080224193238AAHzoSF) it is.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 17, 2012, 10:03:29 pm
True and I really am not in a hurry to fill the freezer again. This has been a good challenge for us all but especially me. No need to go with the specials unless you need them . No need to shop for excess as I really am only 7 minutes from a store. No need for backup. I have really started to change my very bad habits.

Gert
Well I was going to fill up the pantry this week with things I'm getting low on and specials.
I have bought 5kg of flour, toothpaste and 2 tins of water chestnuts. Can't really see anything else I'm low on.
Probably some milk later in the week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 10:37:41 pm
True and I really am not in a hurry to fill the freezer again. This has been a good challenge for us all but especially me. No need to go with the specials unless you need them . No need to shop for excess as I really am only 7 minutes from a store. No need for backup. I have really started to change my very bad habits.

Gert
Well I was going to fill up the pantry this week with things I'm getting low on and specials.
I have bought 5kg of flour, toothpaste and 2 tins of water chestnuts. Can't really see anything else I'm low on.
Probably some milk later in the week.

Ah shucks I could have given you a can of water chestnuts  I bought some time ago and cannot remember why. What do you do with them?
Maybe I should pack up all the things in my pantry labels  "What on  earth"  and distribute them in the goodie bags.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 17, 2012, 10:40:31 pm
LOL - that's a good idea Gert. Your luggage would be quite heavy carrying tins though.
I put a tin in the San Choy Bow last night.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 17, 2012, 10:51:59 pm
LOL - that's a good idea Gert. Your luggage would be quite heavy carrying tins though.
I put a tin in the San Choy Bow last night.

Tins and bottles and packets.  I think I am going a pantry item fast until I can see the back wall.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 17, 2012, 10:56:02 pm
San Choy Bow yum  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 12:13:51 am
Love san boy chow :P
Or whatever its called.

Week 4, interesting to see how we all go. 2 weeks to go until the end of the challenge, but as we are all loving it I think we should just keep going ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 18, 2012, 12:16:53 am
Keep it going Hally.
Its making me think about buying stuff.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 18, 2012, 12:39:59 am
I put a tin in the San Choy Bow last night.

Is San Choy Bow the one you serve in lettuce leaves?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 18, 2012, 12:42:22 am
H now you have me working on my pantry. I have found two new packets of Chia seeds and Psyllium husks. Maybe Robyn can use them. I have not a clue.

 H did you also tell me that you have fridge the same as mine?   

Maybe we should have Weekend get together and just exchange food from one pantry to another or put it all out and charge 50 cents a thing for charity.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 18, 2012, 12:45:27 am
I put a tin in the San Choy Bow last night.

Is San Choy Bow the one you serve in lettuce leaves?

yes love
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 18, 2012, 12:46:32 am
Thanks Uni :D
I have been wanting to try that for ages!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 01:09:19 am
Gert, yes I have the same fridge, we love it. Had it 2 1/2 years now. Good work on the pantry, mine does seem less cluttered. I still have 7 tins of tomatoes, havent bought any since the start & must have used 7 or 8, just shows you what a hoarder I am.

Today, i have just weighed my cooked silverside. I have just over 850g left. So it fills  2 containers. Looking at new ideas for silverside.

Any suggestions? I have pasta dishes, pies, fritters, any other deas.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 18, 2012, 01:15:10 am
Today, i have just weighed my cooked silverside. I have just over 850g left. So it fills  2 containers. Looking at new ideas for silverside.

Any suggestions? I have pasta dishes, pies, fritters, any other deas.

H :)

Oh golly gosh, that is a lot of silverside Hallly :o
Could you put it on homemade pizza? Sandwiches? Chop some up and have in tacos? Slice it and put layers in a potato bake?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 18, 2012, 01:16:16 am
Uni makes rissoles out of her left over. Not sure where it is posted though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 18, 2012, 01:31:20 am
Bow thats a good one, add it to potato bake....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 18, 2012, 01:33:07 am
Gert, yes I have the same fridge, we love it. Had it 2 1/2 years now. Good work on the pantry, mine does seem less cluttered. I still have 7 tins of tomatoes, havent bought any since the start & must have used 7 or 8, just shows you what a hoarder I am.

Today, i have just weighed my cooked silverside. I have just over 850g left. So it fills  2 containers. Looking at new ideas for silverside.

Any suggestions? I have pasta dishes, pies, fritters, any other deas.

H :)

Corned beef and hash browns..

H my freezer containers have icy frost on them and a bit of ice underneath the bottom drawer. Maybe I have it on too cold even though it is t on 8 markers taking it to just the beginning of warmer. What do you have yours set at?


It is a very efficient and quiet fridge.
Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 18, 2012, 01:41:41 am
Hally there are lots of ideas if you google 'what to do with leftover corned beef' as you will see here. (http://www.google.com.au/search?q=what+to+do+with+leftover+over+corned+beef&rlz=1I7ACEW_enAU385AU385&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&sourceid=ie7&redir_esc=&ei=6HjeT46rHcWOiAfElqC1Cg)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 18, 2012, 01:43:12 am
Judy what a great idea,
thanks :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 18, 2012, 01:44:36 am
Uni makes rissoles out of her left over. Not sure where it is posted though.
i dont think i have Michelle, maybe you are think of JD

i will check
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 18, 2012, 01:53:17 am
Yes, I have done these (http://www.mylittlethermomix.com/2012/01/corned-beef-fritters.html) corn beef fritters from the blog of one of our members
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 02:03:22 am
Gert climbing hills on abike atm. When i get home later will look.

Thanks for all the suoer ideas. I think i will freeze a container.
Potato bake sounds good ;) will look at your links J.d, thanks

Just seen corned beef & potato soup, going to do that for to orrows soup night
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 18, 2012, 03:14:08 am
I wonder if it would work the same as ham in a quiche or something you would normally use ham for.   I love the idea of adding it to the potato bake.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 18, 2012, 03:28:02 am
I love corned beef hash with an egg on top for breakfast.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 18, 2012, 04:09:49 am
Yum Gert, good ideas for me here.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 05:34:25 am
Gert, i have my fridge on 6 bars & my freezer on 4.

Just making some corned beef & potato soup, if any good will post the recipe.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 18, 2012, 06:04:36 am
Gert, i have my fridge on 6 bars & my freezer on 4.

Just making some corned beef & potato soup, if any good will post the recipe.

H :)


Yikes tha tis colder than I have and  is too cold . I have now put the freezer on 9 bars and  fridge on 8  I'll see if the ice and frost go away in the freezer. I did have the freezer on 7 .

Soup sounds good.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 06:28:21 am
Here it is, can easily be converted to TM. I really enjoyed the bowl I have just eaten

Corned Beef & Potato soup
1 medium onion diced
2 stalkes celery diced
2 good sized garlic cloves
32 oz chicken stock
3 large potatoes
1/2 cp milk
however much corned beef you have leftover.
Salt Pepper and Thyme to taste

Sautee celery, onion, and garlic add stock and potatoes. cook until all is soft.
Put in TM & chop to size that you require
add corned beef and milk simmer for an hour to allow flavors to blend. I used about 400g.

From

http://elisesramblings.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/left-over-corned-beef-and-potato-soup.html


H  :). Soup below
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 09:27:36 am
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Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 18, 2012, 12:34:41 pm
My Mum used to make a yummy batter and dip thick slices of corned beef in before shallow frying them. Served with tomato sauce, of course,  mashed potatoes, peas and corn.

I overspent by $25 last week, but did buy a lot of chuck steak and chicken thighs for the freezer. I entertained on two occasions, one being a family curry night where I fed 10 people. Also had sister and BIL for three days over the weekend. So, not too disappointed. I won't spend much this week so that will make up for it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 18, 2012, 12:46:13 pm
I went to the supermarket with the kids today and spent $3 as the kids wanted some more pomegranates. I am still about $20 under, but I may need bread before Friday.
I have had a go at summarising all of this information into a spreadsheet. I have probably made lots of mistakes, so please let me know and I will update it with the correct information. Here goes!

   Budget   Week1   Week2   Week3
            
Astarra   100.00   94.87   0.00   64.70
Brumington   100.00   113.62      
Chookie   100.00   33.00   99.00   44.50
Cuilidh   100.00   130.00   90.00   
  Dede   230.00   191.09   191.09   
Deedub   100.00   118.16   102.00   139.00
EmeraldSue   135.00   n/a   n/a   
  Faffa    230.00         
   Gert   100.00   36.00   70.00   7.20
Halex     100.00   98.80   98.48   99.06
JeninWA   100.00   17.75   46.00   
  Joon   220.00   185.00      
Jude59   100.00   n/a   133.00   
  Judy   100.00   106.88   69.69   
Katie J   100.00   91.90      
Keiramax   100.00   134.00   91.00   
Meganjane   150.00   n/a      
Merlin   100.00   137.00   84.00   
Michele   100.00   87.00   140.00   73.88
  Nazar   140.00   127.20   127.20   
  Obbie   140.00   88.00   120.00   128.00
Rosie B   100.00   64.86      
Thermo18    100.00   98.00   85.00   

I am having trouble with the formatting, so if anyone knows how to post from excel to the forum and keep the formatting, I would appreciate some help ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 18, 2012, 01:13:31 pm
Fantastic job ES
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 18, 2012, 01:20:37 pm
Good job ES fine like it is. We have no need for anything more . Just a nice guide and info for us all. Keep it's simple I say.

I am gunna have to get some veg this week.  I hope tomatoes are cheaper.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 18, 2012, 01:24:45 pm
My vegies and milk are still going fine from last week's shop so I don't know when I'll be shopping this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 19, 2012, 12:55:03 am
MJ the dippers sound good, might give rhem a go, they sound right up ds alley.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 19, 2012, 02:54:03 am
Sitting in the car park outside Woolies and feeling a wee bit guilty about buying a whole chicken. But it was only $2.99 a kilo. Only $6.20 added to my veggie buying but it looks like the duck might be next week now.


I should not have gone to that section. Bad Gert.


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 19, 2012, 03:04:23 am
Knowing you Gert, you will get a few meals from that chicken so what the heck.  The duck can wait  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 19, 2012, 03:07:43 am
Don't worry Gert, you might blow the budget tomorrow when you are up here.  Coffee, cheese, chocolates... ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on June 19, 2012, 03:10:32 am
Not quite sure I could do this - but who knows?!? . . interesting reading.


http://www.smh.com.au/money/extreme-budgeting-life-on-21-a-week-20120616-20gu9.html
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 19, 2012, 04:02:54 am
Did my weekly shop today - added to my Aussie farmers delivery total comes to 102.74. I did get some pantry items which probably could have waited until next week, plus a chook which wasn't on the shopping list, my bad! Getting low on meat though - found some lamb shanks in the freezer, been there 6 months. Can I still use them you think?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 19, 2012, 04:20:41 am
You certainly can deedub.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 19, 2012, 04:25:19 am
That article and the comments that go with it are very interesting. I agree with many and really wonder at her motives behind sticking with the $21 per week. You need to live a little and you can't take it all with you so you may as well enjoy your life as much as possible with what you have. Agree about not going into debt and spending unnecessarily but she seems to have taken it to the extreme - I wouldn't want to be growing up in that household.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 19, 2012, 04:40:54 am
I think we could all live on $21 a week, say one week every 2 months. ( 6 times a year) :)

put the extra money away for something else.
 Clean out fridge and pantry and use whats there.

my pantry is so full.
 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 19, 2012, 04:51:46 am
Don't worry Gert, you might blow the budget tomorrow when you are up here.  Coffee, cheese, chocolates... ;D

Well I ain't  going into the Gallo Dairy. They charge $100 a kilo for very ordinary chocolates and the cheese is very ordinary as well as the place being totally user unfriendly and disorganised.

I bought $80 worth of coffee last month  so I am good for a few more weeks.

I am being really careful and it surprises me. The dogs are doing well out of the pantry reduction plan,   barley, quinoa , flax seeds, pasta etc.

We will leave after the morning traffic.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 19, 2012, 04:58:10 am
Not quite sure I could do this - but who knows?!? . . interesting reading.


http://www.smh.com.au/money/extreme-budgeting-life-on-21-a-week-20120616-20gu9.html

Interesting but I don't think I would like to live like that. Life is too short and full of good stuff to eat.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 19, 2012, 06:20:20 am
So far $43.30, still need fruit & veg, veg oil but am using my rice bran oil instead & will need milk later in the week.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 19, 2012, 07:43:22 am
Week 4 started for me today, spent a total of $107.17 but after taking off the non-food items it was down to $74.17 - $33 for a box of nappies!! So far I have been amazed at how little I can spend, tho I can see quite a few empty places in my freezer and pantry now, which is good!!! :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 19, 2012, 07:59:46 am
DH shouts out as I leave the house this morning. Please buy a packet of ginger nuts.  The new me shouted back that I will make you some. DH nearly fell on his ass laughing. So I came home and made some . So there .First time ever as  I rarely do anything sweet. The turned out great.

Also went to SAMS Warehouse and bought some containers to sort the pantry. Need more but looking a bit better.

Made  dog food today and thanks to Amy made a meatloaf so leftovers tomorrow the comes the Chicken.

Frugal Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 19, 2012, 08:16:45 am
Doing very well frugal Gert.
I'm into day 3 of my week and have spent $16.45. Have got 15yr stepdaughter this weekend so will have to get fruit (she's my little fruit bat) and probably milk in for the weekend.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 19, 2012, 08:37:58 am
Made  dog food today and thanks to Amy made a meatloaf so leftovers tomorrow the comes the Chicken.

Glad to be of service, Young Elder Gert ;)

 :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Blue Wren88 on June 19, 2012, 09:02:43 am
My dad called me to say he got some tinned tomatoes for 59c a can & did I want some? :D

My new favourite soup from the tinned tomatoes is on the menu this week!

Jenny
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 19, 2012, 09:33:04 am
Everyone is doing really well. My DH visited his brother today at the butcher shop. He gave us a huge stick of metwurst and some frankfurts. DH also bought some flavoured snags and some meat for the cats. I need to get the receipt from him, but it was less than z$10, so I'm still under budget with a couple of days to go.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 19, 2012, 09:46:10 am
Is this someone from here doing the challenge?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 19, 2012, 09:57:58 am
That ass is too small to be mine..


Tell your dad Blue Wren I'll have a case.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 19, 2012, 10:59:08 am
Gretchen, glad you showed DH you are not all talk.  Might have made a rod for your back now though - he may refuse to eat bought ones after tasting your delicious home made with love biscuits.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 19, 2012, 11:26:58 am
I am always amazed when I cook something in the TMX I have never done before and it turns out  ok.

They weren't too bad for a made up recipe done by someone with no idea .
Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 19, 2012, 11:36:41 am
Ooohh that could be e CP ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 19, 2012, 11:37:57 am
Surely the $21 challenge wouldn't be for every week!  I think it would be something you could do occasionally when the fridge/pantry/freezer had plenty in them.  I know that since I have been challenging myself to live on less my attitude to the freezer in particular has been better. I used to chuck stuff in the freezer and think I was wonderful BUT I never really used it. I kept it for I don't know when!  Now I think of the freezer in more of a shorter term way. Instead of keeping stuff in te fridge and then chucking out because it has spoiled I tend to freeze right away and use within three weeks and it works much better from a savings point of view.  Even little bits and pieces go into the freezer and they can be mixed with other sall amounts for a casserole or for stock.  I'm loving this because I always have something  flavorsome to pop into a dish.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 20, 2012, 05:53:46 am
Nearly at the end of my week, thursday being the last day and I've only spent $68.00.  Might go shopping tomorrow and spend $30 just to take it up to $100.  Need a few pantry basics and a bit of veg. 

This challenge has me rethinking all our other expenses.  Have started to do a detailed budget just to keep track of all our spending.  Want to start saving for a holiday next year and also pay some extra off the mortgage.  So come July 1st will be tracking everything.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 06:17:02 am
Ok my f/night is over. My spending was $448 so just under budget. Very happy with myself :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 20, 2012, 07:01:19 am
keiramax eventhough I'm not taking part it's got me thinking of all our expenses and the need to track them for a while. I think our spending has been a bit unconstrained for a while so could do with some bringing into line.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 07:23:32 am
Driving along the Kennedy Highway today I could have picked up enough road kill to have wallaby stew for the next five years. Now that would have been a huge saving.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 20, 2012, 07:31:56 am
Driving along the Kennedy Highway today I could have picked up enough road kill to have wallaby stew for the next five years. Now that would have been a huge saving.

Gert

Blimey Gert, go back and pick it up quick! You don't want to miss an opportunity like that! :o

I know a lady who used to pick up roadkill and cook it for her dogs so she didn't have to buy dog food :-X
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 07:34:04 am
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Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 20, 2012, 07:37:05 am
 :o :o :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 20, 2012, 07:59:17 am
Do people actually do that  :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 08:01:14 am
At the Markets in Darwin there in a Road Kill Cafe. I have eaten there.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 20, 2012, 08:02:30 am
Were you the only customer that day Gert  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on June 20, 2012, 08:07:11 am
A friend purchased wallaby shanks at the market last week - he could have saved some money by the sounds of it!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 08:17:00 am
This was at the Mindil Markets on tHe beach at sunset. Spectacular.  People were lined up. Yum roast wild piggies. kangaroo shanks, croc steaks.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 20, 2012, 08:22:33 am
I remember that market from 1970 Gert, I used to go for the beef sartees - no such thing as roadkill back then to my knowledge. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 20, 2012, 08:29:30 am
I've heard about that roadkill cafe... its always seemed a bit off to me though... :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 08:29:44 am
I remember that market from 1970 Gert, I used to go for the beef sartees - no such thing as roadkill back then to my knowledge. 

Well if you wanna believe that. ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 20, 2012, 09:19:20 am
I don't think road kill would be very good for dogs to eat. Imagine all the bruising and toxins in an animal that has been killed by a car, truck or bus. :o
Yuck
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 20, 2012, 09:20:40 am
Well I am going to be over this week if I keep my 2 aussie farmers delivery. Too late to cancel fruit & veg, the other is milk, sausages & sour cream. If I dont count the sausages I will be in budget. Sausages are meat, so maybe I dont have to include them. Buyi g them to replace the acket we are eating tonight.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 09:44:21 am
Well I am going to be over this week if I keep my 2 aussie farmers delivery. Too late to cancel fruit & veg, the other is milk, sausages & sour cream. If I dont count the sausages I will be in budget. Sausages are meat, so maybe I dont have to include them. Buyi g them to replace the acket we are eating tonight.

H :)

Waddya mean you do not have to include meat!!!!!!  Are you not including meat!!!!!!!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 20, 2012, 09:47:13 am
I think you have to include meat. Maybe Hally is making up the rules as she goes along!! 😄
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 20, 2012, 10:16:47 am
H you have been watching too much Border Security  ;D ;D ;D sausages are meat, and meat is food. Points for trying

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 20, 2012, 10:23:15 am
No I normally buy my meat in bulk spending around $600.

I have included sausages, bacon, chorizios in the past. I still have enough meat in the freezer to last me for 3 weeks then I domy bulk order.

If you read through an earlier post you will read that i did include my sausages & bacon, but I like Obbie buy it in bulk.

No .i am not changing the rules or making them up. Read all posts

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 20, 2012, 10:39:49 am
H we are just kidding ya.   :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 20, 2012, 11:18:13 am
I do include meat in my budget but then again 500g of meat can last us for up to 3 meals - I think it's a different story in H's household!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 20, 2012, 11:33:08 am
We had sausages for dinner tonight H . DH bought them yesterday and they weren't in my plan, but he got them for a really good price, and they were really tasty and  meaty.
I have got to the end of the first week and have spent a total of $122.20. (including the sausages he bought). I AM UNDER BUDGET!!!
Normally I would do the supermarket on Friday, but I will go late night shopping tomorrow as I have a hair appointment at the shopping centre. It will mean that next week will cover 8 days!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 21, 2012, 12:53:50 am
I've been including meat and cleaners in my budget but apart from Sunday's it's just the two of us here.  I have wondered about buying bulk meat but it would last us forever.  My family will eat pretty much all meats but I personally only eat seafood.  Sometimes I buy a whole salmon and that works out quite a lot cheaper.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 21, 2012, 12:55:22 am
Hally, how long does your $600 meat last you?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 21, 2012, 01:00:56 am
We are waiting on a friend to give us 1/2 cow, cut up and packed of course. That lasts us about 6 months..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 21, 2012, 06:19:50 am
Well, I'm not going shopping today as it's wet and cold in Melb today.  So my total for the week is $68.00.  Very happy with that.  Will need to sit down and work out the meals for the next week.  It will be a potato inspired week as I picked up a 5kg bag of spuds for $2.00
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 21, 2012, 06:21:04 am
what a bargain
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 21, 2012, 06:33:24 am
Jude, I bought my last side if cow in Jan,  so 6 months shared it with a friend &  1 1/2 lamb, 10 kgs chicken breast & 4 chickens.

So 1/4 of a cow, 1 1/2 lambs, 10 kgs chicken breast & 4 chickens. This s what I have left in the freezer

Beef
1 beef stir fry
1 beef rib
1  silverside
6 osso bucco

Lamb
2 x rack of lamb
1 pkt lamb chop
 2 roast lamb plus 1 we are having tonight

H
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 21, 2012, 06:45:56 am
I've haven't shopped since Sunday and that was $16.45.
That gives me $80.00 to spend at the food and wine fair tomorrow.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 21, 2012, 06:49:33 am
Have a great time tomorrow Michele & Uni - photos please.

I haven't shopped since Tuesday week ago - going well.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 21, 2012, 06:56:57 am
Tuesday week ago  :o :o :o.
You must be eating out of the freezer Judy. How do you get by without fruit and veg?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 21, 2012, 07:04:06 am
I spent around $32 at a farmers market for my last shop Michele and still have enough left to last me until my next planned shopping day.  I am hoping to have $0 shopping week this week seeing as I have got to this point.  Sunday is the beginning of my new week.  No freezer meals this week, cooked meals which have lasted us a couple of days each time.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 21, 2012, 07:17:03 am
Hally sounds like good value for quite a selection of meats -  and only costing you around $100/month! $25/week.  Salmon works out to around $14/kilo if you buy it whole and you get the frame and bones etc for stock.... although sometimes I just oven bake the leftover bits and use them to make fish cakes with mashed potato etc.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 21, 2012, 07:18:32 am
Also good to grind up some do the bones and leftover bits for dog food.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 21, 2012, 07:37:48 am
or in my case.... for my cats and rats :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on June 21, 2012, 09:01:18 am
I've haven't shopped since Sunday and that was $16.45.
That gives me $80.00 to spend at the food and wine fair tomorrow.
I reckon you will spend all of that Michelle and some :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 21, 2012, 10:26:14 am
I've haven't shopped since Sunday and that was $16.45.
That gives me $80.00 to spend at the food and wine fair tomorrow.

Just smile sweetly and pretend great interest and you will be surprised what they will give you.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 21, 2012, 03:11:24 pm
Lucky you Michelle! I'd love to go to the Food and Wine Show.

I've spent only $79 so far this week, so I'm pretty happy. I do have to get a few things tomorrow as I had a big baking day today and am now out of a few pantry basics. The $79 included a Pantry Pack of plain flour and some meat that was on special.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 21, 2012, 11:53:20 pm
My food bill comes in at $98.25, cancelled sausages & have fhem on tuesdays delivery. I did cop a $1 delivery fee as you need to order 3 items to get free delivery.

H
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 22, 2012, 12:05:21 am
I've spent $60 for this week so far - $40 left.

This Sunday is a quiet one as kids are busy with other family so won't have to cook up the usual storm. Dinner out last night, tonight, next Monday night and Tuesday and off to the shortest lunch festivities around the Yarra Valley tomorrow.   Don't need too many supplies this week :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on June 22, 2012, 12:11:34 am
Well my food bill came to $92 for the week, not sure how I will go this week going to need chicken and meat stock is very low, I now have big gabs in the freezer lol
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 22, 2012, 12:24:18 am
Yes it gets harder, i had to buy twinings english breakfast tea,  veg oil & 1kg block of cheese, $30 gone, just like that.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 22, 2012, 02:30:56 am
I have been to the supermarket and spent $45.20. I can't believe it- i was in and out in 20mins instead of at least double that, and I only needed two bags! I have just made the milo recipe for the first time and needed brazil nuts, so I spent $8.30 on half a kilo only to read the recipe and realise that it only needed 30g. Never mind, my DD spied them this morning and said yum, Brazil nuts!
I still need to go the the market on Sunday, but I'm doing well at $53.50.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 22, 2012, 02:10:51 pm
I thought I was doing really well and only needed a few things today, but spent $60.71 at the stupidmarket! Mind you, 4kg of potatoes cost $9.98! Also bought a kilo of bacon @ $9.90.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: CreamPuff63 on June 22, 2012, 02:17:43 pm
homemade milo is expensive to make to start off with, but health wise its so much better. Once you have bought all those nuts and things tho you can decorate home made bread and make lots of goodies.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 22, 2012, 10:05:24 pm
I am going no where near the store today so my weekly spend was only $67.40 I am very pleased.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 22, 2012, 11:23:51 pm
I am going shopping today, but will stay in budget..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on June 23, 2012, 12:02:33 am
Staying in budget for food . . . . . . . BUT . . . . . then there's the SHOPPING THREAD !?!?!?! :o :o :o :o

Maddy!!  You have a lot to answer for . . .!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 12:51:43 am
Jude, yes buying meat in bulk is the only way to go. The chicken would have been about another $150, plus 1 piece of pork whch was in the freezer & I was shocked at the price of $28, which is why we have only had pork once in 6 months.  so over 6 months the real that  would have been per week woud be about $29 per week, which is really good as we meat every day. We do have the odd    veggie meal but not often & we dont do take outs. The males  here in this house want meat in some shape or form. I dont buy fish as I am alergic to it, so  its meat here.

H

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 23, 2012, 03:00:57 am
I was over this week, DH decided to do some shopping savory shapes, nuts and chips when he went to get some milk, poor thing was missing his junk food. Lol. Total was $135.00 he did buy enough for a couple of weeks.
I am still saving heaps, I have a separate account that I use for everyday stuff, I transfer x amount into that account each fortnight last week I had $250 Left  I am was pretty happy with that as it usually down to only a couple of $ left. Hoping I can have the same or more left next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 03:53:30 am
We miss nuts big time >:(

Sun standing rib riast & veg
Mon rissotto
Tues beef fahijtas & salad
Wed soup & fresh bread
Thur. Lamb rack & veg
Fri silverside soup
Sat ?? Left overs, freezer or neat from freezer

Lunches, salads, soups, sandwiches & quiches
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 23, 2012, 05:04:50 am
I am busted....
$240 spent instead of $140 for the week.
But I got about 12 kilos of chicken breasts in that on special.

so 16 meals of chicken breast, and 6 of chicken tenderloins, all bagged up, in the freezer.
 :)
always more when I take the kids.

But, I got a huge bag of mandarins last week for free, and more to come this week for free.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 06:28:39 am
Obbe, is the chcken free range & if so how much do gou pay per kg?

Have you ever bought a side of pig?

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 23, 2012, 07:43:44 am
I am pleased to report I had a $0 shopping week - will do my menu plan for next week later and probably shop tomorrow if I get time.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 23, 2012, 07:49:45 am
Well done judy. I can't believe how well we are doing.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 23, 2012, 07:57:16 am
My week ends today and I'm happy to say this has been the best week so far.....$49.68
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 23, 2012, 08:00:37 am
Well done judy. I can't believe how well we are doing.

Gert

I've been following this thread and also been amazed at how well you are all doing. I've been inspiried to try and make more meals with what we've already got in the pantry/freezer/fridge rather than buy heaps on every shopping trip. I didn't buy any buckwheat this week because I need to use up the quinoa and millet we've got in the pantry.

Small steps... ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 23, 2012, 08:58:35 am
Sorry Hally, just got on again....

Yes the chicken was free range $5.99 kilo (bargain)

I have bought sides / whole pigs every year for the last 10 years.

My house is 10 1/2 years old. so every year we do a whole pig / beef/ lambs ect...

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 09:07:02 am
I was looking at a pig,  but wondered what you would get on a side. Bacon, roast, sasages, mince, what else?

Fantastic price for free range breast, the best  I can do is $9.99.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on June 23, 2012, 09:43:29 am
wow good price for chicken l would of brought heaps to
l buy mount baker chicken cheapest is $ 19 KG
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 09:57:58 am
I buy mt barker chicken breast $9.99 per kg, but I ave to buy minimum 10kgs whch s fine.

Our butcher charges $7.20 per kg for a side of pork according to hus website. What do you pay  Obbie?


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 23, 2012, 10:13:03 am
Hally, check this (http://www.themeatboutique.com.au/WebRoot/ecornerstoreplus/Shops/meatboutique/4625/898F/EB30/1B3A/EB85/C0A8/D207/979B/Pork_0020_Cuts.pdf) out - it shows you all the cuts available from a side of pork.  
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 23, 2012, 12:34:29 pm
I was over this week, DH decided to do some shopping savory shapes, nuts and chips when he went to get some milk, poor thing was missing his junk food. Lol. Total was $135.00 he did buy enough for a couple of weeks.
I am still saving heaps, I have a separate account that I use for everyday stuff, I transfer x amount into that account each fortnight last week I had $250 Left  I am was pretty happy with that as it usually down to only a couple of $ left. Hoping I can have the same or more left next week.

I am the same with the separate account. Used to be depleted every month but now has very healthy balance.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 23, 2012, 09:35:56 pm
Hally pork is about $7.50 kilo.

roasts, bacon, ham, chops, mince for the pork. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 23, 2012, 10:03:51 pm
We have a full pork, 10kg of mince and 10kg burgers coming next week. :D. The pork works out at $6 per kg
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 11:04:34 pm
Thanks JD, didnt realise there was so much you could do with a porky pig.

How many kgs is a side?

I really need another freezer, have to talk dh into it.

Dede, why did you get mince & burgers only?

Why not roasts & pok belly.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 23, 2012, 11:17:35 pm
Hally we have 3 chest freezers for us, saves $$$ buying in bulk.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 23, 2012, 11:17:59 pm
Pork belly. Who mentioned bork belly? I love pork belly and have a great recipe for really crispy pork belly but it takes a good few days to do it.. Yummy yummy.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 23, 2012, 11:54:46 pm
Wow 3 chest freezers.

Dh just agreed to another chest freezer. His concern is the electricty account. He says i need to work out how much per year a new freezer would cost to run. Then take in the meat price & cost of freezer to see if it is cheaper.

Love pork belly.

Now if i bought a side, how does the ham come?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 23, 2012, 11:59:47 pm
Thanks JD, didnt realise there was so much you could do with a porky pig.

How many kgs is a side?

I really need another freezer, have to talk dh into it.

Dede, why did you get mince & burgers only?

Why not roasts & pok belly.

No we getting a full pig cut up as normal, and 10kg beef mince and 5kg beef burgers. DH is going to buy a full scotch fillet as well to cut up. Our freezer should look healthy then :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 24, 2012, 12:07:19 am
Dede, how many kgs is a full pork?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 12:22:08 am
I think the one we are getting is around 30kg
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jakodai on June 24, 2012, 12:46:56 am
He says i need to work out how much per year a new freezer would cost to run. Then take in the meat price & cost of freezer to see if it is cheaper.
You could use something like this (http://www.urbanponds.com.au/online-calculators/running-cost-calculator.html) to work out the running cost. It says it's for water pumps, but if you entered the details for the freezer you're looking at instead, I'm sure it would give you the running cost.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cuilidh on June 24, 2012, 01:18:16 am
At last I have come in well under budget - only because I was too ill to go to the market yesterday!  Sent DH off to the supermarket to get fruit, etc. with $50.00 and we will be living on my stores from the freezer for the rest of the week.  Bit of a beggar being unwell today as it's our 35th anniversary and I was hoping to treat ourselves out to a nice restaurant for a change - hopefully I'll be better by the end of the week and we can go out for my birthday instead!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 24, 2012, 01:19:45 am
Hally, our ham is in about 1 kilo pieces. Freezes well.

we also claim our high electricity as our workshop is at home.
3 freezers is nothing, compared to running welders, pumps. ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 01:24:10 am
At last I have come in well under budget - only because I was too ill to go to the market yesterday!  Sent DH off to the supermarket to get fruit, etc. with $50.00 and we will be living on my stores from the freezer for the rest of the week.  Bit of a beggar being unwell today as it's our 35th anniversary and I was hoping to treat ourselves out to a nice restaurant for a change - hopefully I'll be better by the end of the week and we can go out for my birthday instead!

Happy 35th anniversary Cuilidh. Hope you feel better soon.

I have started a thread here (http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=10432.msg162924;boardseen#new) for Cuilidh's anniversary - JD
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 24, 2012, 01:29:09 am
Jakodai, thanks, I will get dh to give me the info then I will calculate.

Quite interested in a porky pig. Love pork.

Dede, 30gs for a whoe pig, i thought they were much bigger than that :o

Is the ham like christmas ham?

Get well soon, such a waste if time being sick. Well done on the budget :)

I like the dea of having a different account for food & to see the moey saved. I dont do that as we ave the revolving line.of credit on our mortgage.

Ths week is the end if June, so I am hoping to be in budget again.

I am now going to adopt this new way of shopping each week, its great to see spaces in the fridge, freezer & pantry. Also nice to open the pantry door & not have it fall out on top of you.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on June 24, 2012, 01:35:33 am
Halex a pig can be as big as you want. We choose to have a 30kg one as we don't like them too big. The roasts on a 30kg pig would be an average size ham size I would say.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 24, 2012, 01:36:30 am
I am going to do a meal plan, then continue cooking for the day..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 24, 2012, 01:54:47 am
You don't  just get a ham when you get a pig . A leg of Pork  has to be processed into a ham.  Cured and smoked or brined or whatever to get that flavour.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 24, 2012, 01:58:37 am
Gert, thats what I thought, so I would have to make my ham?

The piece that is ham can be just eat cooked as a roast or cut up for a casserole?

Dont know how to make ham ??? :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 24, 2012, 02:06:13 am
Gert, thats what I thought, so I would have to make my ham?

The piece that is ham can be just eat cooked as a roast or cut up for a casserole?

Dont know how to make ham ??? :o

H have you ever bought a leg of pork? Shoulder of pork? That is fresh ham. This is how to make a ham ham.
http://bbq.about.com/cs/pork/a/aa112898.htm

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 24, 2012, 02:44:01 am
Ham ham. Haven't heard of that.  ;D

I spent $141.50 this week, so $16 over. So far, $31 over budget. I never was good at budgeting... :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 24, 2012, 03:41:36 am
Wow Gert, cant wait  5 years for a ham!!!!

Think its easier to buy ham & I suppose bacon is the same as  ham.

I think I woud use all the meat on a side of porkers.

Thanks Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 24, 2012, 03:51:58 am
Hally our butcher does it for us. we just tell him what we want, fresh pork, bacon, ham, whatever. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 24, 2012, 03:55:29 am
Will speak to my butcher & see what he says, thanks
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 08:12:53 am
Did rather a big shop today seeing as I didn't shop last week so, not surprisingly, I am over.  $22.22 at Farmer Jo's and $95.79 at Foodland making a total of $117.01.  If it wasn't DH's birthday later this week, I could have quite easily stayed within budget but we will be having family for a meal at some stage.

I have chosen a few recipes for this week , made sure I had all the ingredients and hopefully will in fact do the following in no particular order.  I tend to go as the day dictates.

Lemon risotto with asparagus and broad beans
Mexican Bake
Slow roasted turkey drumsticks with vegies
Stuffed chicken fillets

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 24, 2012, 08:18:28 am
I need to make an amendment to my weekly total. Thought it was $49.68 although DH said he bought a tile cutter in with the Aldi shop. That was $29.90 so my total on food, cleaning products and toiletries was $19.78. Yah best week I've had so far.
Need to do a decent shop this week though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on June 24, 2012, 08:20:41 am
Did rather a big shop today seeing as I didn't shop last week so, not surprisingly, I am over.  $22.22 at Farmer Jo's and $95.79 at Foodland making a total of $117.01.  If it wasn't DH's birthday later this week, I could have quite easily stayed within budget but we will be having family for a meal at some stage.

I went to Farmer Joes today too Judy.  Did you buy one of those green cauliflowers they had (cauli broc I think it was called)?  We did, it will be interesting to see whether it tastes any different to normal cauliflower.
 
You have to splash out for DH's birthday  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 24, 2012, 08:21:25 am
Did rather a big shop today seeing as I didn't shop last week so, not surprisingly, I am over.  $22.22 at Farmer Jo's and $95.79 at Foodland making a total of $117.01.  If it wasn't DH's birthday later this week, I could have quite easily stayed within budget but we will be having family for a meal at some stage.

I have chosen a few recipes for this week , made sure I had all the ingredients and hopefully will in fact do the following in no particular order.  I tend to go as the day dictates.

Lemon risotto with asparagus and broad beans
Mexican Bake
Slow roasted turkey drumsticks with vegies
Stuffed chicken fillets



Not too bad at all Judy. I have definitely got to shop this week too.  Happy B'day to Geofd. What has he asked for his birthday dinner?

I just have to stay away from the meat dept until that bloody duck is done and dusted. DH  took me out for lunch so I now have an extra bit of meat. Tomorrow I am delving into that freezer and making a plan.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on June 24, 2012, 08:28:43 am
I need to make an amendment to my weekly total. Thought it was $49.68 although DH said he bought a tile cutter in with the Aldi shop. That was $29.90 so my total on food, cleaning products and toiletries was $19.78. Yah best week I've had so far.
Need to do a decent shop this week though.

if i would have known that i would have odered a large coffee Mich
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 24, 2012, 08:46:27 am
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 24, 2012, 09:05:50 am
I saw those cauli-brocs today Katie but I tried them years ago and wasn't that impressed.  It's neither one nor the other but if I remember correctly, more like a cauli than broccoli.  I'll be interested to hear what you think of it.  I had a very quick trip over there, found a 30 minute park nearby and wasted no time browsing as I had to come back to Foodland to do the rest of my shopping.

DH never puts an order in for anything Gretchen and would rather forget the hassle of birthdays.  I'll decide what we are doing mid-week - might go out for a meal on the day as we usually do.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 24, 2012, 11:26:13 am
I've planted purple cauliflower in the vege patch and it seems to be doing well so far. Either that or purple broccoli. I can't quite remember which one is purple!
I went to the market today and my total so far this week is $127.10. I will either have to buy some bread or find some time to make some, so I may spend a little more this week. My freezer is still full, but I can see a little more space in the food cupboards. I'm not sure what's on the menu this week. I bought some beef cheeks today, so that is on the menu along with pasta carbonara.the rest will be freezer pot luck
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 25, 2012, 12:41:03 am
I went over budget this week.  :(  But it is because I got 1/2 a lamb.  :)
Went into Launceston yesterday, (need a new highchair!!)  which is 35min away, and went to my favourite butcher who had 1/2 lambs for $5.99/kg. I couldn't resist at that price (and proper butcher lamb) and spent $56. But I didn't have $56 left in my budget this week. Oh well  :-)) - won't need to buy lamb again for a while - or til I go to that butcher again!! ;)
Am just sorting it into meal lots for the freezer. MMMMMMM looks good. Now to decide what part/s to have for dinner tonight...?!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 25, 2012, 12:51:55 am
$5.99, wow that is cheap, lamb is expensive here in WA. I buy a whole one for $9.99 per kg. take your meat off, its bulk meat.

I am moving my menu plan around this week. Yesterday made a huge pot of french onion soup, we were home all day & I had kids here. So having that tonight with  the left over rib beef made into pies.

Organising  freezers today as I have my 6 month meat order in for next week. Will need it as most of Julywe have eb here with us.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 25, 2012, 07:26:42 am
Well only Monday and have blown the budget. Including cleaning products, toiletries and some foil containers, 3 x extra lean mince because it was on special and of course another packet of sports socks for DH as he was shopping with me. Total $146.00.

I will have to average my spending out I think. Next week probably won't need much.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 26, 2012, 07:43:54 am
I need to add $7 to my last week's total- ran out of bread & milk- I think that comes to $110 now. New week starts today, have done my shopping but haven't had a chance to tally it up yet. I think - fingers crossed - I might stay within budget this week for the first time!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 26, 2012, 09:49:42 pm
So far this week including tomorrows fruit & veg, $73.08. I have enough milk, cheese & yogurt to last until monday. Need a few things but hope to be in budget. This week has been easier in the fact I have had to really get the freezer  down as my meat order comes next week. Now I have bought another freezer, not the necessity but am still trying to use up as much this week & next week so I can start menu planning with new recipes. As the urgency to use up all the meat to make space is not there, i ntend to have a few more soups rather than 3 roasts in ine week!!

This is def going to be my new way of shopping. Bulk meat, then try & stay within the $100 budget, or $135 when eb stays with us. Going to stocktake the pantry over the next few days  Freezer is done :)

Any ideas on how to store the meat. Last time, i bagged the meat in plastic bags eg mince, steak, diced beef etc. the problem I had was that as I pulled the bags from the bottom of the freezer they split. Prior to that I had the meat in plastic containers, but they took up too much room. How do others store their bulk meat?

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 26, 2012, 10:58:46 pm
I store most of my meat in meal size lots (cut if needed before freezing) in freezer bags - BUT freeze them as flat as poss on trays til frozen then move they trays, never had them split. Depending what meal it is, sometime I freeze the whole meal in an oven bag (once again flat til frozen, tho I do find I need to be a bit more careful with how I handle them.) That way I can pull the bag out, let it thaw and put straight into the oven or slowcooker, so easy!   ;D  Hope that helps.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 12:01:54 am
I freeze all meals in tupperware, bulky but that works for me.

Astarra, dont you have problems with the freezer bags sticking together?  Most of my meat is in trays in plastic bags. I think maybe less trays per plastic bag might work better. Will have to give that a go.

With the excitement if the new freezer I have decided to try & use up meals & bits in the fridge/ freezer. So over the next few days not much cooking for meals, but thought I might start making a few cakes etc for when eb comes.

I have a curry, roast beef to make shepherds pie, small portiion of last nights beef, small portion of bol sauce, quite a few soups & I think one or 2 portions of silverside lasagna & 1 container of silverside. Goal to use these by next thursday 5th before  meat order.

Hoping to get pantry organised, noticed I had 6 boxesof spaghetti in pantry, I am shocking!! Plus still have about 2kgs of oats!!

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 27, 2012, 12:12:44 am
Hally, my butcher cuts up, packs and labels all our meat how we want when we buy in bulk.
In porioned sizes. packed in freezer bags, so its easy just to grab out.

Oats, why not make some anzac biccies for Eb and Crown Prince.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 12:15:13 am
Obbie, dont the bags stick together ?

Cp doesnt like  anzacs but we do. Can you freeze the dough I wonder.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 27, 2012, 12:17:01 am
Freezer bags don't stick together, if they do just pick it uo and drop them on the floor, works well..

you can freeze the dough, roll up like a log, so then you just cut into discs to use.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 12:20:36 am
Thanks Obbie.

Freezer bags, do you  just mean the clear plastic freezer bags? Or do you mean the ziplock ones?

Oh dear I can see freezer getting full before I realise. Can you freeze any cookie dough?

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 27, 2012, 12:26:13 am
I just use the clear freezer bags.
zip lock ones for whizzed up banana etc.
Or diced chicken etc.

Yes, most cookie dough can be frozen..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 27, 2012, 02:20:26 am
I'm going to make it to the end of the month on budget!  $60 left.  I've been going through my freeser(s) and think I have enough to do my family Sunday lunch without having to buy too much extra.  Have a large whole pumplin in the garage too so thinking pumpkin soup, pizza, pasta and quiche  (or pie to stick with the aliteration) for sunday :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 02:33:18 am
Obbie, just bought 2 pkts, so I am assuming you put each try in a freezer bag then into freezer?

Jude, well done.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 27, 2012, 02:41:26 am
Hally is your meat on a tray from the butchers.

Yes you can do that, or without the tray, just in the freezer bag.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 02:42:14 am
Yes the beef & lamb come on trays, the chicken doesnt
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on June 27, 2012, 04:19:21 am
Bum! Thought I would make it this week but my weekly shop has come to $111.21. Bought a couple of 'bulk' items, coffee $13 & chicken $10 for 1kg which will last a while. Also had to stock up on cooking chocolate which probably won't last long at all! 
Hally, I'd like to thank you for starting this challenge - even though I always seem to go over $100 I have definitely saved money. Not only that I am now much more aware of what I have in the pantry/freezer which has made meal planning a lot easier. This challenge has changed how I shop & cook & I intend to keep it going!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 27, 2012, 04:52:48 am
When we last had a cow butchered I had 300kgs of meat to pack.  It all came prepacked in bags with labels.  I have up right freezers with drawers, so when I packed the meat I put  sheets of newspaper/cardboard on the bottom and sides of the wire baskets to stop the meat squishing through the wire and freezing.  Makes it a bugger to get out when it does it. 

You can do the same in a chest freezer to divide up the layers so they all don't freeze together in a big block.  Once frozen take out the paper.

I also collected alot of ice cream containers and froze the mince in them.  I put the the mince into the container and flattened out (in its freezer bag) put a layer of paper then the next freezer bag of mince.  Did this until the container was full.  Once semi frozen took them out of the containers and you have nice square blocks of meat - easy to pack.

You also need to make sure the bags are dried before putting into the freezer.  If they are wet then tend to freeze together can then they tear etc.

I also divide up the bulk meat. I put aside enough that will last 2-3 months and keep in the cheap freezer bags, all the rest I vacuum seal for longer keeping.

Hope this helps
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 27, 2012, 05:10:45 am
Kieramax, great idea about the ice cream containers for mince.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Queen Be on June 27, 2012, 08:42:56 am
I wish I had joined and found this thread weeks ago  :(

If anyone plans to keep going on the challenge I'd love to be included, I need to pay off the credit card ASAP.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 27, 2012, 08:48:08 am
Quote
This is def going to be my new way of shopping. Bulk meat, then try & stay within the $100 budget, or $135 when eb stays with us. Going to stocktake the pantry over the next few days  Freezer is done :)

 :)
So Hally is your bulk meat budget included in the $100 weekly total...averaged out etc? or bulk meat and then 100 bucks for the week?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 09:56:25 am
Deedub, you  have done so well. It gets harder when your out of  3 or more essential items wheb they are $10 a hit.

Kieramax love the ice cream containers, but since my tm I rarely buy it as I make it. With the newspaper you put a layer in between each level, then remove the next day. Sounds like a good plan.

No my bulk meat is not included in the $100, i am really going to track the meat and length of time etc. there should  be no need to buy anything but whole chickens, chicken breasts, lamb, cow & pork. As long as I can get the bulk orders sorted.

I have saved so much money on food, but sent it on freezer & cookware ;D

The other thing I notced was I dont draw cash out regularly now, used to pop to the shops spend $10 here & there. Also if I am on my own & fancy a coffee I go home, or if hungry wait until I get home. It also has made me think about what we soend etc.

I am going to keep this  going, for me $100 & when we ave eb $135.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 27, 2012, 10:04:52 am
Same same H . No coffee or snacks when out . For goodness sake I have very expensive  almost commercial machine at home with excellent beans  so I am crazy to spend. 4 bucks on coffee. That is a new me mantra.

The exercise has made me rethink my whole spending pattern. And like you I no longer need so much cash..

Not saying I am sticking with reporting all the time but I am definitely keeping to the $100 budget . Well under so far this week and I have still not got to the  duck and frozen cherries.

Would love some fish but not buying any this week.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on June 27, 2012, 12:07:07 pm
Would love some fish but not buying any this week.

Gert

Fishing rod?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: medusa on June 27, 2012, 01:13:43 pm
Halle this makes so much more sense. I just could not work out how you could feed your family for $100 pw. Now that I know you already have the meat (not included in the weekly budget) I feel a bit better. I just couldn't work out how to do it for us. I don't have any extra meat in our freezer or the room to store it in bulk.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 27, 2012, 01:23:44 pm
Queen Be, I've only been doing this for a couple of weeks,and plan on continuing as my freezer is still full and I need to pay down my credit card. Please feel free to join us on this challenge.
I'm almost at the end of my week, and will come in on budget again. Yay!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 27, 2012, 01:26:46 pm
People can join the challenge at any stage, the thread will remain here for those wishing to continue with it. I'll add your name to the list on page 1 Queen Be (love your avatar).
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 01:31:01 pm
Medussa, there is no way I could  do it if meat was included. I have been challenged at times with what I do have or need. Dh is mssing the nuts I used to buy, plus I have had to be strict & stick to my weeks menu. $100 doesnt go far, fruit & veg anythng from $28-$55, & dairy is a huge expenditure, so doesnt leave  much for everything else, but it can be done or nearly done.

Come join us

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on June 27, 2012, 01:51:38 pm
Hally re freezer bags splitting: when we get a cow butchered, we bag it ourselves, and our butcher also suggested (like keiramax) putting cardboard underneath, especially if your shelves/trays are metal as the bags will definitely stick to the metal. He also suggested we open the freezer after a few hours before the meat has totally frozen and take out all the bags and repack them again, that way it ensures they don't stick together and split/get stuck when you go to use them. It works for us :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on June 27, 2012, 02:03:06 pm
I'm including meat in my budget.
I keep overspending though, so probably need to make it $150 a week instead of $125!

Yesterday, I overspent again, but by less than last time. At least, my overspending is reducing! I won't do my total yet, as I'm out of Dairy Soft and butter and buy 4 of each at a time, so that will have to be included after tomorrow.

I bought a fair bit of meat and chicken yesterday - all on special. A whole roast chicken for only $4kg and Lamb Chops for $17kg, leg of lamb reduced as well.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 27, 2012, 11:32:37 pm
This year I have been including the meat in my $100 budget but there is just the two of us and we do tend to dine out and go away a bit. Each week I buy whatever is on special at the butchers or chicken/seafood shops or whatever we are running low on in the freezer.  Last week spent $20 on lamb steaks that were on special this week I will be buying a large bag of Australian frozen prawns, next week will be time to get some more chicken supplies as I have plenty of salmon and beef in the freezer. Its amazing how soon supplies build up. Some weeks if I don't need to buy much I stock up on pantry/freezer items. I freeze just about all leftovers as well and try and make all stocks, sauces, preserves etc. it's such a lot of  fun!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 27, 2012, 11:49:24 pm
Bubbles, thank you. Opening the freezer & repacking sounds like a great idea.

I have had a thought, , i have cardboard boxes from my aussie farmers delivery. They fit the freezer, can put meat in them with a newspaper layer between them & then take it all out after a few hours & they should  all stack neatly and not stick.

MJ, how many do you feed?

Jude, yes its amazing how quick the freezer can get filled ??? :o. One of the reasons I started the challenge.

What is everyones pantry like? Am I the only one that seems to  6 or more of most things? Would love to know.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 27, 2012, 11:55:58 pm
Same same H . No coffee or snacks when out . For goodness sake I have very expensive  almost commercial machine at home with excellent beans  so I am crazy to spend. 4 bucks on coffee. That is a new me mantra.

The exercise has made me rethink my whole spending pattern. And like you I no longer need so much cash..

Gert

I too am thinking twice before spending money when out. DH and I do like to have a coffe when we are out and do eat out at least once a week which isn't in the $100.00 a week budget. Everything else is included though, meat, cleaning products and toiletries.
It's working out well for our household this way.
I think we are all doing so well at saving on our shopping bills and just spending in general.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 28, 2012, 12:02:04 am
I don't spend any money during the week. I am at work, so don't need to.  I bring leftovers, or something in for lunch, snacks.
Its only the groceries that I spend on.

I buy chicken, beef, fish, lamb, pork in bulk, we have 3 chest freezers. :)  much cheaper, especially up here.

we have a coffee shop next door, and if I go out the front I can smell what she bakes,  but I refuse to buy any thing or coffee there.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 28, 2012, 12:45:38 am
Well need to save money now, the hotwater service split this morning.  A big expense I definitely wasn't planning for.  Will be spending the day doing some research on what to get. 

Why is it when you just think you are getting on top of things along comes a big expense that you weren't planning for.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 28, 2012, 12:56:30 am
Bummer Keirajax, its always the way. At least you have money saved from grocery shopping, woud be worse if you didnt
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on June 28, 2012, 12:57:16 am
Bubbles, thank you. Opening the freezer & repacking sounds like a great idea.

I have had a thought, , i have cardboard boxes from my aussie farmers delivery. They fit the freezer, can put meat in them with a newspaper layer between them & then take it all out after a few hours & they should  all stack neatly and not stick.

MJ, how many do you feed?

Jude, yes its amazing how quick the freezer can get filled ??? :o. One of the reasons I started the challenge.

What is everyones pantry like? Am I the only one that seems to  6 or more of most things? Would love to know.

 :)

Nope H - you are not the only one with 6+ of the same thing in your pantry....... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 28, 2012, 01:59:23 am
Hally, i have 6 or more of somethings. jelly, sauces, ect.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 28, 2012, 02:25:55 am
Good I dont feel so bad now, we are all hoarders :D

Chester has arrived, shiny & new.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 28, 2012, 02:41:34 am
I don't spend any money during the week. I am at work, so don't need to.  I bring leftovers, or something in for lunch, snacks.
Its only the groceries that I spend on.

I buy chicken, beef, fish, lamb, pork in bulk, we have 3 chest freezers. :)  much cheaper, especially up here.

we have a coffee shop next door, and if I go out the front I can smell what she bakes,  but I refuse to buy any thing or coffee there.

Does she still make those wonderful pies
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 28, 2012, 02:42:43 am
H I am working on my pantry as well.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 28, 2012, 04:28:03 am
Yes Gretchen,
But she has issues with us, so i don't support her.

Police have given us support, so we just ignore her.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 28, 2012, 04:40:30 am
Yes Gretchen,
But she has issues with us, so i don't support her.

Police have given us support, so we just ignore her.

Oh yeah I remember the door. I have one next door to me as well.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 28, 2012, 04:45:37 am
Well I am doing well, dh car ins renewal came in $540, so he queried it, they said if you can get t cheaper elsewhere we will match & give you another 10%, so i got a few on line quotes. His new premium is now $412 with our current insurer. My car us due too, so will see what I can do there. Yay, $128 saving ;D
 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 28, 2012, 04:47:00 am
Must try that one, my insurance is due too.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Queen Be on June 28, 2012, 05:16:13 am
Well need to save money now, the hotwater service split this morning.  A big expense I definitely wasn't planning for.  Will be spending the day doing some research on what to get. 

Why is it when you just think you are getting on top of things along comes a big expense that you weren't planning for.
Tell me about it. I spent over $750 a couple of months ago getting our fridge and oven fixed. The dishwasher has been broken since Christmas and I have been putting off getting it fixed, the washing up is starting to get to me but until I have the credit card down and paid off Alice (my TMX) I am going to have to hand wash.

My aim is to stick to $250 a fortnight as that's how we get paid, there is myself, DP and two girls aged 3.5 and 5.5. Today I bought meat and chicken  which came to $36.30, I still want to get some chuck steak but it was too expensive where I was today I will pick that up on Saturday at the wholesale butcher. That plus what I have in the freezer should last two weeks with leftovers. Also spent $36 at the supermarket on milk, cheese and a small amount of fruit that the girls begged me for, I usually refuse to buy fruit at the supermarket.

Will do a proper menu plan tonight and figure out what to cook, I am still to cook a main meal in Alice and I am itching to  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 28, 2012, 06:15:17 am
Hally, it works. I have 7 cars, 6 are on the road, fully insured, and my house and contents.. anyway I just got my car insurance down from $547 to $437 in one call...


Happy Dance :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: courton on June 28, 2012, 08:06:51 am
Which insurance companies are you with obbie and halex?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 28, 2012, 08:10:15 am
Well done Robyn & Hally.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on June 28, 2012, 08:59:32 am
At the end of my shopping week and have spent $127.78.  Not too bad as I had to restock some pantry items.  Since starting this challenge, not much is going to waste.  No more science experiments happening at the back of the fridge.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 28, 2012, 09:09:14 am
That's the benefit, not so much in the bin on garbage night.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on June 28, 2012, 10:16:28 am
Yes I agree. A big plus of this challenge is reducing wasted food. It's so much easier to see what needs to be used up if the fridge isn't crammed with food.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 28, 2012, 10:59:43 am
Courton, I'm with AAMI

I have been for 24 years, makes me old....
Anyway, 2 months ago I rang and asked for a discount on 1 of our policies up to renew, and they reduced it.
Today I saved $110 with 1 phone call. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 28, 2012, 11:22:53 am
I am with SGIO. Been with them for about 15 years, have health, cars & house with them.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: courton on June 28, 2012, 11:25:23 am
Good to know! Will try it when renewal time comes around.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 28, 2012, 11:52:27 am
Just done the same  with my car  ins. Dh saved $128, mine was $87, $215 in total saved from our car ins, that buys a whole lamb,  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on June 28, 2012, 12:07:33 pm
Will remember to ask for a discount when our insurances are due later in the year, we insure 3 cars, 1 motor bike and 1 yacht plus the house and contents.
This week I am over by $22.75 had to buy fish and meat, DH has been good and has stayed away from the shops, he is still munching his way through all the junk food, I have been good and havent had any.

I menu planned  this week before shopping and stuck to the list, and the menu plan. Have plenty of veg left so wont need to buy much next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 28, 2012, 01:44:31 pm
I was tracking really well this week. DH messaged me at work to see if I wanted anything as he was off to the shopping centre. I asked him to get some bread. Problem is, he bought Nutella, soft drink and other "stuff". (I have the ingredients to make "Nutella", so didn't have it on my list). I asked him for the receipt, but he didn't keep it.
I think that the best that I can do is add the cost of the Nutella to next week's shopping tally. He thinks it cost about $7.
I ended up going to the supermarket myself tonight as I have to work tomorrow. I spent about $41, so if I add the Nutella as well, I've spent about $48. I still need to go to the market on the weekend, and it's school holidays next week.
Anyway, back to this week... My total (without the Nutella) was $134.20. Under budget by 80 cents.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on June 29, 2012, 03:50:03 am
Well Iam over by $20, but I do have my DD staying with us over the uni break, and my pantry was way down so I was quite happy with what I got. This is such an eye opener and I can't believe how much I have enjoyed doing this challenge. Now I just have to work out some of the pantry items that I had to have and now I have no idea why I had to have it LOL
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 29, 2012, 03:55:13 am
I have done all my shopping for the week. Came in at $99.25.

Next week I might have to do a fortnight shop or the majority of it.

I have no car for the first week of the school holidays & I also have eb with us. So for the 2 weeks my combined will be $235.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 29, 2012, 09:26:48 am
My budget is going to be $200 from the 1/7/12-15/7/12 and $200 from 16/7/12  - 31/7/12. Wish me luck and good planning :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 29, 2012, 09:49:19 am
Well Coles had Diet Coke on  sale for  $40 for 72 cans so of course I bought it.  I drink only one or two cans a week and buy it mainly for my wonderful cleaner Maria. I always leave some in the fridg for her along with mini Mars bars.

I digress. Although coke will last me many months but it was on this weeks shop so my total forthe week was @$88.52 and I am not going out of  the house tomorrow.

I think my freezer holds more than I thought but surely I must be near the duck. Then I can go shopping but not for much.

So,H that is my score for this week $88.52.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 29, 2012, 10:51:33 am
Gretchen, that's so good.
I will check out my pantry tomorrow, then menu plan for the week, and shop Sunday...
Don't need much, apart from veges...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 29, 2012, 11:55:25 am
Talking about pantries and hoarding food, I have one cupboard that is just chock-a-block with tins and jars of food. I wanted to cook tuna mornay for dinner. I could only find one tin of tuna and one tin of sweet corn, but there are tins and tins of beans, lentils and tomatoes. I dare not count them. I am determined to reduce this cupboard by at least half before this challenge is over. I'm tempted to post a photo, but I just can't bear to! ???
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 29, 2012, 11:59:22 am
Come on Sue show us what you've got.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 29, 2012, 12:18:48 pm
DH thinks I'm crazy taking a picture of a food cupboard
(http://img.tapatalk.com/792d54c5-8f11-2582.jpg)
It's the cupboard over the fridge, and it is FULL!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 29, 2012, 12:38:27 pm
ES, at least  its tidy & organised. Mine is shocking!!! I tidy it up & a week later with everyone searching for things its a mess again.

The challenge seems to be working well for everyone.

With the insurance saving & food for 5 weeks, we have saved approx $1,100, a huge saving.

So for me its my new way of shopping & of course looking at reducing  any bills.

Just started menu planning for 2 weeks, finding 2 weeks hard. 1 week I can  manage but 2 is harder to think that far In advance.

 :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 29, 2012, 12:47:58 pm
H. I've just fell off the couch laughing. Tidy? Organised? Ha ha
It's just chockkas.
I couldn't plan my meals two weeks in advance. I just couldn't get my head around that. I still haven't made anything with the beef cheeks I planned to use this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 29, 2012, 09:27:10 pm
Just started menu planning for 2 weeks, finding 2 weeks hard. 1 week I can  manage but 2 is harder to think that far In advance.

 
I can only plan 1 weeks worth of meals too. Way too hard to think what I will cook in a fortnights time.


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 29, 2012, 10:10:18 pm
Sue something has to be done.  :o  You can't possibly reach the back. What is  there?  Love it. Mystery cans sitting in he d ark envying those in the front or not!

I have never actually planned for meals more than a day or two ahead unless it is a dinner party and I usually change my mind anyway. What I feel like cooking when  I go shopping  never results in those meals, like your beef cheeks Sue. LOL!  Now they would,be good in a slow cooker or PC.

I wish I had a pantry and cold larder like the MasterChefs.

Gert



Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 29, 2012, 10:15:40 pm
Sue something has to be done.  :o  You can't possibly reach the back. What is  there?  Love it. Mystery cans sitting in he d ark envying those in the front or not!

I have never actually planned for meals more than a day or two ahead unless it is a dinner party and I usually change my mind anyway. What I feel like cooking when  I go shopping  never results in those meals, like your beef cheeks Sue. LOL!  Now they would,be good in a slow cooker or PC.
I wish I had a pantry and cold larder like the MasterChefs.

Gert

I also have masterchef pantry and cold room envy.

Having a no shopping week to make up for the $46 over spend this week. It is averaging out though the week before I spent under $20.




Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 29, 2012, 11:11:55 pm
I would love a chiller too, plus the cool room & pantry.

Too hard menu planning for 2  weeks, going to have to menu plan for 1 week & hope I buy what  we need for week 2. Will def be having a few pasta dishes to use up the spaghetti pkts :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 29, 2012, 11:14:33 pm
Now that I no longer have my extra big fridge as a cold larder I have got to use up all the past Nd rice I had in it befor the wet season starts and the weevils have a holiday on my pantry.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 12:45:34 am
ES, showed dh your food pic, he said dont get any ideas about storing food there. I said no its OK under the stairs s better, lots more space :). I have my 2kgs of oats & 12kgs of flour under the stairs.

Menu plan
Sun. Caneloni & salad
Mon, silverside hash browns & salad, using up cooked silverside in freezer
Tues roast Lamb & veg
Wed sausages, caramelised onions mash & veg
Thurs curry from freezer, nigellas nuggets from freezer for cp
Fri  burgers, salad & chips
Sat, not sure yet

Happy savings

 :)

Lunches ,soup from freezer & zuchini slice & pre cookd meals
Deserts, lemon dishes

I actually am enjoying the menu olanning for the week, once its done its easy
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 12:49:32 am
I posted this in uni's thread by mistake but here is my pantry challenge.

Before as in now.
(http://img.tapatalk.com/3ce738d1-3f08-640b.jpg)(http://img.tapatalk.com/3ce738d1-3f1c-9cd1.jpg)

After comes later.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 12:51:49 am
Freezer challenge. Spot the duck. See the cherries.

(http://img.tapatalk.com/3ce738d1-3faa-31fa.jpg)

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 12:52:08 am
You've definetly inspired me Gert. Am going to through the pantry this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 12:53:21 am
Is that the duck in the top right hand corner?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 12:56:52 am
Gert, everyhting looks so tidy & organised, both in pantry & freezer.

Is your fridge  freezer your  onky freezer?

Duck 2nd pack in from right?

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 30, 2012, 01:03:03 am
A nice healthy pantry Gert, if you are sick at least DH can find something in there to feed himself with.  I like a well stocked pantry but have stopped having 4 cans of tuna and a dozen tins of tomatoes in mine.

I have been menu planning for the challenge but generally don't bother - just go as my gut guides me which I will return to soon.  I plan a week's meals but generally they take 2 weeks to cook as I push others in and around them  :-))  

I am well over this week because of DH's birthday but as I aim for an average of $100 over the whole year in my own personal challenge, I am happy with that.  Bad total of $143.50 this week.

So my 4 week challenge is over and my average for the month was $80 a week.  Will keep doing what I have been for the past 3 years which is watching what I spend, not running to the shop for an item but finding something to substitute it with and generally stretching my housekeeping dollar as far as I can.  It has been nice to share it with others and thanks Hally for motivating everyone to think about where they can cut down on a weekly basis. 

Gert I hope you enjoy that duck when you get around to cooking it  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 01:06:43 am
You girls are funny.  The duck is upper right showing with kabana on top and a hunk of porterhouse partially obscuring it.

It is now my only fridge apart from my bar fridge which does not have a freezer. I have a small fridge on the patio for summer but it is off at the moment. Stops the traipsing  with wet suits through the house.

I hope I don't regret selling my wonderful garage side by side fridge.

You call  all that  mess tidy?  HO HO you wanna see my closet?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 01:09:59 am
LOL, the porterhouse I thought was  the duck. Is everything wrapped in gladwrap then put in zip lock bags.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 01:10:54 am
I might take a photo of my pantry and then show you what it looks like this time next week.
It's not very tidy though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 01:21:46 am
Judy my DH ventures no further than the Vegemite and peanut butter. He would not have a clue how to open a can if it did not have a pull ring. When I go away I think he eats at the pub or buys meat pies on the highway.  I never bother to prepare anything for him as he could not even turn on the microwave.  He does, however make toast and Vegemite, toast and peanut butter ALL THE TIME?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 30, 2012, 01:32:22 am
Men don't starve if left alone though Gretchen and where they gets their food from, well it just doesn't matter does it?
If they go down the pub, it's pretty cheap to get a counter meal and the bonus is someone to talk to.

My DH does virtually nothing these days but used to be able to pour boiling water into cup-of-soup or heat something in the microwave if I left instructions.  He is at the stage now though where he cannot be left alone to eat.  If he could, he would find himself having to do a lot more whilst I flitted around here, there and everywhere at my leisure.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 02:04:55 am
I might take a photo of my pantry and then show you what it looks like this time next week.
It's not very tidy though.

Just do it mcmich. Be a good challenge now we have the food budget under control. I wish we could just have an exchange meet.
I will trade you two cans of this for one can of that. What a hoot that would be.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 02:23:41 am
That's an excellent idea.
Would be so much fun. I've got a lot of packets of things I need to organise into containers too or get rid of them.

The fun thing about this challenge is that it has led to other areas of spending... electricity bills, insurance, buying a coffee when out.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 02:26:54 am
Interesting reading

I have been menu planning on Paprika since the middle of May. I am surprised how many times we have eaten left overs!!! I am obviously cooking too much ;D

Its good to go back & see what we have eaten, I forgot all about Chelseas yummy chicken  kiev unil I read we had it for dinner one night.

Has anyone else been keeping track of their menu plans?

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on June 30, 2012, 03:21:14 am
Gert,
I love your pantry. It looks so tidy and organised. If I had one in my kitchen, it wouldn't look like that. My problem is that I haven't got one place to put all the food together, so it is spread over a number of cupboards, and I end up with duplicates. I'm hoping that I can reduce the amount of food I have and only replace things as I use them, instead of buying them "in case".

I haven't been keeping track of the meals we have eaten, but I'll try and remember what we ate last week:
Friday - tuna mornay
Wed & Thurs- lasagne and salad, chocolate hazelnut self sucking pudding with custard. That should read self SAUCING pudding!
Tues - Pasta carbonara
Mon - risotto
Sun - leek and potato soup
Sat - dinner with friends
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 03:40:42 am
Sue that definitely is not tidy. I just cleaned out my closet and really did a job on that. You should have seen the car filled with clothes for the salvos. I ain't gunna be size 12, or 14 any time soon. Everything went I had not worn in the past year bar one or two sentimental things. I sever got rid of a beautiful pair of shoes  I went all the way to Hawaii  to buy. No place up,here for mauve high heels with gold dots on them I guess.

I did buy some new clothes and changed my 'style' completely. No longer  buttoned down Gretchen but I discovered the things I wanted to buy are mostly black and I have never worn black but what can ya do if that is all they have in your size in Cairns? You would think it was downtown Melbourne the clothes they sell here.

Oh well as where was I? Oh yes the pantry, I do not have "in case of "but I have to have "back up"and there is a difference!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 03:42:49 am
Here are the pantry photos and will see what I can use up and tidy away this week. Way too much stuff in there.

It was a bit hard to photograph being a corner pantry but you get the idea.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 03:56:15 am
Michele, that is so neat & tiday. Mine is a diassater.

ES, i too have just in case food too in every place.

This is my meat I have left. Most people would call that a few weeks supply, me no time to restock
Beef
 2 silverside
6 osso bucco
1 pkt oyster blade steak

Lamb
2 x rack of lamb
1 pkt lamb chop
 2 roast lamb

Chicken
Chicken breasts    1 pkts of 2 breasts

Pork
1 ham hock
Pork mince
2 chorizio sausages

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on June 30, 2012, 04:02:22 am
I think that is really just right mcmich. I like the narrow shelves. Noice.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 30, 2012, 06:16:29 am
I have a corner pantry too. But my shelves are really deep, and its so full.

then I have a cupboard for pasta.
 another for Baking... flour, sugar, cocoa, sprinkles, bread improver
another for milkshakes, milo,

then my corner for my pressure cooker, spare TM, kitchen aid, on my bench.

Oh, the good thing I came in under budget for the week today at $94.00.

No more spend till next Sunday... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 06:20:04 am
You did very well at $94.00 Robyn.
I'm glad I only have narrow shelves in the middle section as nothing gets lost and forgotten up the back.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on June 30, 2012, 06:23:42 am
Michelle, I know what I have and where it is.
My DH shakes his head, and then gets me.... :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 30, 2012, 07:45:55 am
Nice, neat pantry Michele.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Queen Be on June 30, 2012, 09:54:23 am
This weeks spend has been $186.73 which leaves me with $63.27 for fruit, veg, eggs, milk etc top ups. I have more than enough meat, chicken and fish in the freezer to last and plenty of pantry and fridge staples as well. Hopefully my girls don't eat everything too quickly but you never know what they are going to go for, they like to keep me on my toes and change the rules often :-))

$40, a big chunk of my budget, was spent of 3 cases of coke zero for my DP, he has a couple a day and if I don't buy them this way he buys then anywhere and can spend over $6 a day  :o this works out a 59c a can and should last a month.

Love the pantry shots, I should take one of mine tomorrow  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 11:38:43 am
Queen Be, welcome to the challenge. What is your budget per week?

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Queen Be on June 30, 2012, 12:12:39 pm
Queen Be, welcome to the challenge. What is your budget per week?

 :)
Thank you. We get paid fortnightly so I am working on $250 a fortnight for myself, DP and our two girls aged 3 and 5.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on June 30, 2012, 12:15:23 pm
Fantastic, I have added your budget to the front. ;D

Happy Happy savings ;D

Halex :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on June 30, 2012, 02:35:55 pm
Love seeing all the photos.  This is my pantry but you can't really see my supplies.... they are in the drawers in the first photo.  TMX home is on the other wall of the pantry.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 08:22:56 pm
What a lovely big walk in pantry Jude. Thanks for the photos.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on June 30, 2012, 09:46:56 pm
I have just been through the shopping bills for June and all up I spent $458.63 for the month. An average of $114.65 per week.
I am very happy with this.

I'm setting myself another challenge this month and that is not to buy any more hand cream, body lotion etc.
After taking a pantry inventory, I looked in the vanity and have seen all lotions there. I have been given several as gifts but have still bought the majority of them. Want to use it all up by WA retreat so i can buy some of MJ's products.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on June 30, 2012, 11:11:01 pm
Life is full of challenges Michele LOL.  I could say the same as far as buying DH trousers and winter tops - he has so many that I must walk through men's clothing now with my eyes closed. I guess it all boils down to the fact that we like spending money.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 01, 2012, 06:06:30 am
Jude, I love the idea of drawers in your pantry. I wish my kitchen had more drawers than cupboards.
Michele, you pantry looks pretty tidy to me.
I have just been to the market this morning and spent $74  on milk, fruit, veges, nuts, ham, eggs and bacon. This brings my total to $122' but will need bread later this week. So far, so good.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on July 01, 2012, 12:16:19 pm
Jude =- thanks for the photos . .. would give almost anything for a large walk in pantry - and those drawers are such a good idea!!  Eyes have just turned green!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 01, 2012, 01:19:53 pm
Thanks ladies.  Those drawes hide a lot!  My kitchen is small, minimalist galley style so the pantry is my messy happy place. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 01, 2012, 01:39:37 pm
 l love the idea of the shelves to store all the eletrical  appliances on, it looks like easy access to get them out
 and your draws look so useful . would love to see a photo of rest of kitchen
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 01, 2012, 01:47:38 pm
I'll try and post one soon. Have two (5 year old) granddaughters staying and they are still being chatty :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 01, 2012, 02:33:59 pm
I should be posting these in the kitchen thread. It's hard getting a full photo of such a small narrow area. The first two photos are looking down from the pantry, the other two are looking up the other end. I can shut the door on the pantry and it just looks like it might be a cupboard. Very handy for hiding the messes :)

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Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 01, 2012, 02:39:20 pm
iPad photos so pretty crappy.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 01, 2012, 11:31:11 pm
Lovely kitchen Jude.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 03, 2012, 12:20:03 am
Jude, lovely kitchen.

Some shopping today, I have $235 for the fortnight. Most of my shopping will be done this week & monday.

Too hard menu planning for next week, 1 week at a time is easier.

Aussie Farmers dairy bill will increase, eb drinks a lot of milk. Hoping not too much extra on veg & fruit. I have some tinned fruit & frozen berries, some frozen veg & tinned corn & of course tomatoes, canelini beans etc. So will try & use what we have withut spending too much extra.

I have a feeling 2 boys at home with school holidays, they are going to eat more, cold & hungry.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 03, 2012, 01:05:23 am
Hally my kids graze all day at work, then still eat when we get home... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 03, 2012, 04:15:01 am
Can I join please? Just added up our credit card and took note of the money spent on food, toileteries, cleaning products for June - $859.88 for 2 people!!

We had two sets of visitors for a few days each. God knows where all the money went! We had been away so did restock so now fridge, small freezer and pantry are all full. We dont drink softdrinks, buy prepared foods, proceesed foods, chips, we make our own yogurts, how can we have spent so much?? Everything is usually made from scratch. This month I would love to join and actually think about what I am spending. I am also going to go back and count a few other months and see what I spend.

Last year I remember I added up a month and it was just over $400.

Lovely pantries ladies. Love drawers in a pantry, so efficient.

Geat thread Halex  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 03, 2012, 04:37:24 am
H,  I am back on Challenge.  This week will be interesting as we have a Birthday party and DD and GC for 2 days.  Also have Farmers Market on Sat.  Have spent $20 so far. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 03, 2012, 04:53:34 am
Just recounted for June and it was $792.50. Still ridiculious!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Chelsea (Thermie Groupie) on July 03, 2012, 06:15:43 am
Just recounted for June and it was $792.50. Still ridiculious!

Wow. That is big!!!  Can't wait to see how much you can get it down to this month.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 03, 2012, 08:10:14 am
$91.21c so far this week but it is only Tuesday. That did include a bunch of flowers and a cake tin.
Wont be going to the shops again this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 04, 2012, 12:54:26 am
So far my weekly shop is 98.21 which includes 13.00 at baker's delight! The dangers of shopping with hungry children. I forgot a few things so the total is likely to go up. It's going to be a strange week as the kids are off to Adelaide on Friday & because I have to work I won't be joining them until Monday night, so I haven't done much menu planning. Could be some spicy takeaways for me over the weekend, I don't think I've got the ingredients to make my own.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 12:59:13 am
Welcome to the challenge ElleG. Your shopping bills sounds like mine used to be.

I think we are on week 6. We have all eaten well on this challenge & my DH has certainly noticed the difference in our credit card.

He said to me, our credit card is the lowest its been, its down by at least $1,000.

Welcome back Chookie :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 04, 2012, 01:02:22 am
Wow, $1000.00 is a big saving saving Hally. No wonder DH is happy.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 01:04:01 am
Yes, its really good when he notices the difference in our credit card bill.

Makes me feel its worth the work of all the menu planning.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 04, 2012, 01:18:59 am
Must have been DH noticing day ... we got a credit card bill yesterday which was down by $800 - which is not bad considering we had a 3rd birthday during last month!!  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 01:20:16 am
Astarra, great isnt it :D

I think you shoukd treat yourself to something with some of your savings.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 04, 2012, 02:06:30 am
 and just think girls all that extra stuff you would of brought  that you thought  you needed
as it turns out you did not need it  after all .

 and so much more money in your pocket instead of theres

have tallyed up for the month of june $560.29 4x $135 my budget =$540 so over by $20.29  but l am happy with that

this included  all meat, chicken ,and junk food my husband brought in the month of june
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 04, 2012, 06:08:31 am
wow, thats good Nazzar.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 07:00:46 am
Its so nice to see everyoe is saving so much money. The fortnight including aussie farmers this week I am up to $101.11, so have $133 for next week, but will probably do another shop saturday or maybe monday. My biggest expense will be dairy & fruit & veg. If
I came in at $200 for the fortnight with eb here i wouod be amazed.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 09:04:48 am
Thought I better start looking at the back of my pantry, it has deep shelves. Found 7 different types of tinned cuury or pastes, obviously pre TM days. As we have eb with ds next week,  ds & eb probably wont eat these, my goal is to use 2 tins. They are decent ones imported from Thailand, my other goal is to try & get through some spaghetti. All kids love spag bol, so I just have to think of other ways to use the spaghetti without making spag bol every night.

I have only 5 tins of tomatoes now, thats amazing me for me.

Very pleased how I have been getting through the freezer food. Still have a far bit of soup, but we can have that for lunches. After tomorrows dnner, we have 2 lasagnas & 2 meat pies, pls the soup & silverside thats pretty good for me.

Anyone else found a stack of things?

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 04, 2012, 09:09:36 am
Hally, Hally, Hally....where do I start (my freezer and pantry and the creams in my vanity)

Will be sorting for a very long time.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 04, 2012, 09:15:02 am
 thanks obbie
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 04, 2012, 09:45:13 am
I have updated the spreadsheet as best I can. Michelle, i dont think I have got your spend correct for this week, but I think it is correct overall. If I have got anyone's totals incorrect, I apologise and am happy to update the spreadsheet with the correct figures - just let me know.
I Have just about got to the end of my week, and so far I have spent $123.77.

   Name   Budget   Week1   Week2   Week3   Week4   Week5

Astarra.    100.00   94.87   0.00   64.70   74.17   98.28
Brumington   100.00   113.62   <100   <100   87.16   
Chookie   100.00   33.00   99.00   44.50   n/a   
Cuilidh   100.00   130.00   90.00         
Dede   230.00   191.09   191.09   224.00   224.00   
Deedub   100.00   118.16   102.00   139.00   110.00   111.21
ElleG                  
EmeraldSue   135.00   n/a   n/a   122.20   134.20   123.77
Faffa ?   230.00               
Gert   100.00   36.00   70.00   7.20   88.52   
Halex.     100.00   98.80   98.48   99.06   98.25   99.25
JeninWA   100.00   17.75   46.00   122.75      
Joon   220.00   185.00            
Jude59   100.00   n/a   133.00         
Judy.   100.00   106.88   69.69   0.00   143.50   
Katie J   100.00   91.90            
Keiramax   100.00   134.00   91.00   68.00   127.78   
Meganjane   150.00   n/a            
Merlin   100.00   137.00   84.00         
Michele   100.00   87.00   140.00   73.88   157.75   
Nazar   140.00   127.20   127.20   152.95   152.95   
Obbie   140.00   88.00   120.00   128.00   94.00   
Queen Be   125.00   n/a   n/a   n/a   n/a   
Rosie B   100.00   64.86            
Thermo18    100.00   98.00   85.00   92.00   120.00   

Ive just updated it again!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 04, 2012, 09:52:35 am
You are doing a great job Sue.  We are all doing so well. I am amazed .
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Brumington on July 04, 2012, 10:09:32 am
Sorry forgot to update mine.  I had an $87.16 right at the end of June so all up it looks like I spent well below $400 for the whole month!  So pleased with myself and I'm continuing it into July.  I'm enjoying challenging myself!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 04, 2012, 10:23:05 am
Sorry forgot to add mine for last week too - $98.28  :)
This week so far a whole $5 of shaved ham....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 04, 2012, 10:26:27 am
Gosh, I am happy. $570 for the month for 6 of us. 4 adults, 2 kids...
plus whats in the freezer/pantry.


Thanks Hally..... ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 11:58:16 am
My pleasure, its a great challenge

Tinned food here Icome >:( oh well cant be that bad, hopefully

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 04, 2012, 12:02:51 pm
Yes. H great idea  and everyone is enjoying it.  It should go  country wide I say.  I walked through Coles today saying reject reject . Spent only about 28 bucks on  NECESSITIES. I am doing well this week. The challenge has instilled a bit of discipline. No more two fers  either.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 04, 2012, 12:04:15 pm
H, I have plenty if you run out  :-\
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 04, 2012, 12:06:43 pm
I know. I needed a loaf of bread and a tub of cream to go with my pumpkin scones today. I walked into the supermarket with the 2 kids, and walked out with a loaf of bread and a tub of cream. That's it. Nothing else.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 04, 2012, 12:12:05 pm
Well done Gert, i was pleased today, funny normally I   wouldnt have  thought this way. Eb loves peanut butter, today it was 1/2 price, so the jar is his, I bought smooth, because crunchy ?i will eat it all, smooth no.

Of course could have thrown a load of stuff in, but nt needed.

Also bonus tim ams $2 a pkt, so bought them for school holidays. ths wasn't on my list but  everything else I stuck rigidly too.

ES, thanks for the spreadsheet update, great job :). If I get lw  will let you know you can bring me some :)

 ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 04, 2012, 12:18:29 pm
I know. I needed a loaf of bread and a tub of cream to go with my pumpkin scones today. I walked into the supermarket with the 2 kids, and walked out with a loaf of bread and a tub of cream. That's it. Nothing else.

Now,that is a first.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 04, 2012, 12:30:49 pm
I bought $78 worth of meat from Gawler River Meat Co today - I didn't need it, only went in for some chickens but there were so many specials and I had a few gaps in the freezer.  Not a lot of supermarket items needed this week so why not keep the freezer full.
How are these prices girls.

896g pork fillet (2 large) $14.33
1.026kg topside mince $8.20
660g diced lamb $7.91
1.56kg pork scotch roast $20.26
1.14kg boneless leg of lamb $14.83
1.33 kg pack of meaty beef bones for soup $2.65
4 chickens for $10 (use by date in 3 days time)

We will get at least 20 meals from this lot of meat for just the 2 of us - approx $4 a meal, not bad going.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 04, 2012, 12:36:06 pm
You HAVE had a good day.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 04, 2012, 12:43:01 pm
I loved it Gert - having had a very busy week with visitors or going out every day, this was what I needed to unwind.  Have to pull my head in now though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 05, 2012, 12:20:51 am
Judy, what great meat bargains ;D you did well & the chickens, straight to the freezer.

The most expensive was the pork. Why is pork so expensive?

Picking up my meat today.
Woke up this morning & feel like I have done a few rounds with Mike Tyson & lost. Hope I am not coming down with anything.

Bought some radox yesterday, put it in the bath, its meant to relieve aches & pains, maybe it brings them out first & thats how it works. So no gym today >:(

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 05, 2012, 12:21:59 am
Hope you feel better soon Halex.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 05, 2012, 01:18:06 am
Take it easy Hally..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 05, 2012, 01:26:06 am
Judy, what great meat bargains ;D you did well & the chickens, straight to the freezer.

The most expensive was the pork. Why is pork so expensive?

Picking up my meat today.
Woke up this morning & feel like I have done a few rounds with Mike Tyson & lost. Hope I am not coming down with anything.

Bought some radox yesterday, put it in the bath, its meant to relieve aches & pains, maybe it brings them out first & thats how it works. So no gym today >:(


Hally, Pork fillet at Foodland is over $24 a kg so I was really pleased with the $15.99 kg price tag at this place.  I have found pork has risen quite a bit in price these days, it used to be very cheap and we ate a lot of it but of late I don't seem to buy as much.

What a terrible day to feel down - all that meat to pack away.  Take it easy - if you can. xx
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 05, 2012, 02:12:28 am
Yes I wonder why pork is so expensive, the last roast we had was $28, thats why I decidedto buy a side. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 05, 2012, 02:58:23 am
Gosh you have a big day ahead of you Hally - hope you find the energy to get that freezer packed successfully. 

Have had a bit of an expensive week with two granddaughters staying over sunday till wednesday.... will try and lie low the rest of this week and next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 05, 2012, 06:15:03 am
 you did well judy to but all that for for such a good price and such a variety aswell

 halex hope as the day goes on that you will feel better
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 05, 2012, 11:33:25 am
Halex, hope you survived the day Ok and filled your freezer up.
I went to the supermarket today, thinking that it would be a cheap week. Wrong. I bought the coffe bags I like as they were on special, and  spent $20 on salmon for dinner as we haven't had fish for a while. I've spent about $75 and still have to go to the market on Sunday. I should still come close to budget as the kids haven't eaten much fruit this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 05, 2012, 05:13:59 pm
I know. I needed a loaf of bread and a tub of cream to go with my pumpkin scones today. I walked into the supermarket with the 2 kids, and walked out with a loaf of bread and a tub of cream. That's it. Nothing else.

 :o  u must be still  in shock, did it feel good  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 05, 2012, 10:11:20 pm
ES you did great.
If I take the kids it costs twice as much.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 05, 2012, 10:43:13 pm
Don't know how long I can be so disciplined but I have spent only $93.34 this week which finishes for me tomorrow but I ain't going out of the house. Best way.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 05, 2012, 10:51:45 pm
Good thing about where I live, there is no shops..... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 05, 2012, 11:47:44 pm
Survived yesterday was stuffed by about 4pm. Still not too good >:(

Doing another shop today as I dont want to take 2 always hungry boys to the shops too often.

Menu planning today.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 05, 2012, 11:53:11 pm
do u have the flu H?  :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 06, 2012, 12:02:53 am
Hally, I did my menu plan last nite for a month. ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 06, 2012, 12:07:55 am
Hope you get better soon H  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 06, 2012, 12:16:29 am
Wow Obbie, would love to see it. I found it hard to do for  2 weeks, so gave up. Plus we ended up using a lot out of the freezer to empty it. Still want to finish preared food before i cook too much& woud like to use the last bit of the old meat order before starting the new order. Also some spaghetti & the tinned curry pastes.

Thanks Astarra

Uni, no not the flu, some bug thats going round school, sore bidy & upset tummy >:( 1/2 the class is off with it.

Going to the movies with a friend today, then resting up this afternoon

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 06, 2012, 12:26:48 am
Hally, I did my menu plan last nite for a month. ;)

I don't even know what we are eating today. A month plan. I do not know how you girls do it. I must have brain drain.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 06, 2012, 12:47:37 am
I'm with you Gert. No idea what we are having for dinner this week, let alone tonight!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 06, 2012, 01:08:32 am
Ill post it tonight or tomorow.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on July 06, 2012, 03:17:37 am
Shopping came to $92 so happy, won't need to go back to shops so now really happy  ;D I really hate shopping like to get in and out as quick as possible specially when it's school holiday.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 06, 2012, 03:34:34 am
That was a good week for you too Thermo.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 06, 2012, 03:42:50 am
we are doing so well here.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 06, 2012, 05:23:31 am
Rest up Hally.

I'm glad if I can do a one week menu plan. having Cookies menu planner has helped though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 06, 2012, 10:02:55 am
Hally this is how I menu plan the easy way.......

Sunday.. Diced steak,     either slow cook, pressure cook, Thermomix
Monday.. Pan Fry,           Pork, lamb, steak, stir fry, something easy
Tuesday ...                      Fish
Wednesday ....               Chicken
Thursday......                  Mince
Friday....                         Quick, or from Freezer
Saturday  .....                  Roast or Corned silverside that takes a while to cook.

Then its easy to plan from that.

Then you can plan what meals you make, so you get a good variety. Add soups and desserts, breads ect.
On  the weekends I have more time to cook and freeze, make pizza dough, cut up veges..

So I then plan which recipes  I will cook on the weekend, for the week ahead.
I have 3 big chest freezers loaded, so I always have plenty of food, fresh eggs, ect.

Left overs we take to work for lunch.
I cook cakes, biccies, jams, ice cream, heaps of stuff on weekends.

I hope this sort of helps someone with a basic idea of where to start.

example, If I am having fish, I then plan which recipe or how I am doing it, the weekend before.

Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 06, 2012, 10:23:47 am
What a great idea Obbie. I might give it a go. Thank you xxxx
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 06, 2012, 12:25:18 pm
H,  hope you are feeling better. 
Obbie,  my weeks plan is similar,  and even if I don't stick to it %100 it is a guide.

Have spent $88 in total this week,  and had to fill up on butter, cream and brown sugar.  3 good things as a result of this challenge......
1.  freezer is looking a BIT empty
2,  Not so much to pack away
3  A bit of spare money to spend on other goodies.

Thanks Hally ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 06, 2012, 11:16:08 pm
Obbie, thats a great udea, gves you a base to work with.

Chookie, so glad you are saving money, it really does make a difference. My chest freezer was nearly empty, but of course now both full to the top. I also like ntso mych to pack away :)

Resting up today as off to see LadyGaga tonight ;D excitement plus :)

$135.41 for the first week of the fortnight, so have just under $100 to spend next week. Hope to come in on budget as I have enough milk to last until friday. So main expenditure will be fruit & veg & incidentals. Need to re-look at list & see what I really need or dont need. The beauty of having no car tues-fri means I have to carry shopping.
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 07, 2012, 11:42:14 pm
I really pleased with last week. My week starts on a Sunday.
Shopped last Sunday and spent $91.21c which included a bunch of flowers and a cake pan. Didn't go back to the shops until Friday and just bought a bottle of milk. So grand total for last week $93.61c.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 08, 2012, 06:41:23 am
Well done!
I went to the market today and spent the least amount of money there ever! The kids are on holidays and I have no idea what they have eaten because I didn't buy any apples and only 2L of milk as there is so much left over from last week. The total of my supermarket and growers market shopping comes to $114. I may need  bread this week so it will be a little more, but I should come in under budget this week ( again). Still not much room in my freezer either. I am determined to keep going with this challenge
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 08, 2012, 07:44:10 am
A much better week! On budget with $97 for the week. Next week should be a lot less, should only need a few greens and bananas towards the end of the week.  (fingers crossed  ;D).  Fridge and freezer are full :)

When I start organizing our tax return this week, I will add up food for some of the other months. And see if it was as bad as June.

I do try and menu plan. I have trouble as the meat part of meals seems to go a lot further then planned. For example i bought a small piece of corned beef. I smoked it and served it as a main meal, then later in the week some of the leftovers were made into savoury waffles. This did another two nights, and the rest I have frozen. So two night menu plans went out of the window.

I find I like to cook what appeals to me that day - not a week ago! This challenge will help me to empty out the freezer and pantry, which is great.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 08, 2012, 07:49:21 am
Aren't we all doing well  :) :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 08, 2012, 10:19:17 am
$105 this week so slightly over.  Coles had red delicious apples for 90c er kilo and bananas for $2.00 per kilo. Fruit and veg shop had red capsicum for $2.99 per kilo so have masses of all those.  Peeled bananas and squeezed lemon over and froze in chunks for instant icecream in TMX. Will add frozen coconut milk and sieved passionfruit.  Apparently apple freezes ok too and have been looking at recipes for apple ketchup and chutney etc. roasted some of the capsicums and skinned for a pesto style sauce.  Love the challenge of using seasonal produce.   Kiwi fruit sure cheap too.... Hmmm ave to research wat to do with them.... Maybe jam.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 08, 2012, 10:43:11 am
Here's (http://www.thermoblog.info/en/archives/kiwi-jam/) a kiwi fruit jam Jude, I haven't done it though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 08, 2012, 11:05:43 am
Looks great Judy! And easy. Thanks.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 08, 2012, 12:08:19 pm
totally stuffed it, spent $200

but I bought heaps of sauces to do a chinese banquet, and its school hols.

if I AM FEEDING 5PER NIGHT, NOT THAT BAD....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: meganjane on July 08, 2012, 12:29:18 pm
Don't buy Radox, Halex, just get some Epsom Salts and put some Lavender oil or something like that in it. Radox is simply Magnesium Sulphate, Epsom Salts in disguise.

I've tried to post on this thread twice today and it just kept hanging.

I've blown my budget twice now and haven't really kept a record as I've been too busy. But this week, only spent $30, so that has helped!
This exercise has been really good for me, making me use what's in the fridge, freezer and pantry and not throwing anything away because I haven't planned to use it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 12:56:57 am
Thanks MJ, & radox is expensive.

Well havent complteted my menu plan but it runs something like this

Sun, silverside & veg
Mon, beef dianne
Tues chicken enchiladas
Wed pasta for boys & tinned curry paste for s
Thur lamb chops, salad & chips
Fri. Beef or steak
Sat  not sure yet

Lunches, soups, toasted sandwiches/wraps, left overs, risotto, pies or simikar

Shoppig today, i ave just under $100 left

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 09, 2012, 01:00:07 am
Good work Hally.. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 09, 2012, 01:57:52 am
Halley you are so organised!  I open my fridge, peer hopefully into the freezer and pantry.... have a glass of wine... have another look and a think... have another glass of wine and then fully inspired get to it!  LOL sometimes success, sometimes failure, always interesting.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 02:02:28 am
Oh Jude that is so funny. After 2 glasses of wine we would all be eating cereal for dinner, wouldnt be bothered, would  be on couch very relaxed & if ds wanted ice cream for dinner, I woud say yes if I dont have to move, LOL


H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 09, 2012, 02:04:57 am
Hally - I practice a lot  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 02:06:50 am
I am over in a flash ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 09, 2012, 02:22:04 am
Haha - sounds like fun.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 09, 2012, 02:47:20 am
Halley you are so organised!  I open my fridge, peer hopefully into the freezer and pantry.... have a glass of wine... have another look and a think... have another glass of wine and then fully inspired get to it!  LOL sometimes success, sometimes failure, always interesting.

Exactly the same Jude. LOL!  Sometimes I just grab the bottle,and the  is it.

G
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 09, 2012, 02:54:47 am
That is quite a common thing in our kitchen... dh and I stand around talking about what to have for dinner and polish off a bottle and call that good and healthy nutrition :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 09, 2012, 02:55:28 am
Isn't wine a food group??? I'm sure the French would think so.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 09, 2012, 02:59:18 am
I have been over budget two weeks in a row by about $25.00 had to buy meat as the freezer is just about empty. Might look into buying in bulk.
DS and DD are moving back home in a week or so. DD will be here for about 6 weeks, she has decided to move back to Tassie, I am going to miss her.
DS was sharing with her so he is coming back to, he says it will be temp.
 It will be different after all these years of just the two of us.
Will have to double my budget plus, with the amount DS eats.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 09, 2012, 03:00:56 am
Isn't wine a food group??? I'm sure the French would think so.

Sure is, fruit and carbohydrate at the very least.

Gert

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 09, 2012, 03:18:57 am
I'm going to try this.  The last couple of weeks I've been trying to empty out the pantry and freezer a bit.

The last week in June's food bill was $78.00 and last week's food bill was $52.00. 

We've got 5 in our family including 2 teenage boys.  I've been using what I have rather than going to the supermarket to buy an item and spending $50 while I'm there.  For instance, I wanted to make a sour cream shortcrust pastry but had no sour cream so Googled and found a good shortcrust recipe that uses yoghurt.  Oh, and as a bonus it had less than half the butter as the recipe I was going to use.

Not sure about this week's shop though as I'm starting to run out of meat in the freezer.  Oh and I'm so over lamb!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 09, 2012, 03:53:05 am
good idea foodiepep,  I change recipes around
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 09, 2012, 04:02:37 am
Well a new shopping week starts for me tomorrow, but as I am not going out today my total food spending for the week is a whole $5.13...shaved ham for DH and DD's sandwiches.  :)
Have my mum coming (from NZ) on Friday for 10 days so will be interesting to see how our food budget goes then!!!!!  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 04:49:11 am
$41.72 with 2 boys in tow. Only got conned into 1 pkt of chocolate biscuits :)

EB is so good, helps with shopping etc.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 09, 2012, 04:53:56 am
I'm defrosting my chest freezer and writing an inventory so I don't buy anything that I've already got.  :-))

At the beginning of the school holidays I had 6 bags of Hash Browns!  I was able to use up a few of them when kids came over to play, but there's still 2 bags left and my kids' stomachs churn now at the thought of them!

My stomach churns at the thought of eating lamb again but there's 6 meals of lamb left!  We're even having lamb cutlets tonight and my stomach is churning.  

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 05:33:33 am
Foodipep, I will add your name to the front.

Its a fun challenge :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 09, 2012, 05:57:23 am
Went shopping today and spent $90.67c. $34.98 was in razor blades and conditioner.
DH sneeked a can of WD 40 in. I wasn't going to count it in the budget but DH said we've still got $8 for milk so let's see how we go?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 09, 2012, 06:49:19 am
Oh foodiepep I would trade my hunk of beef for some lamb. If we all lived in the same neighbourhood we would be running around crazy exchanging food with one another.

I might drop a couple of bottle off at EmeraldSues.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 09, 2012, 06:55:37 am
Wouldnt it be great if we could trade ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 09, 2012, 07:04:25 am
I'm just happy to give my excess away, don't want to bring anything back.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 09, 2012, 07:16:02 am
lol, would be funny as if we did a food swap, meet & greet. 

Freezer is looking very well organised now and I definitely know what I don't need any of (besides lamb). 


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 10, 2012, 12:19:34 am
That does give a rather funny mental image... :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 10, 2012, 02:36:15 am
I have a suggestion, but feel free to ignore it as the "$100 per week food challenge " is a catchy title.
As there are different numbers of people in each household, why not use a guide of $5 per person per day? That works out at $35 per week per person.
ie Single person : $35/week;
   Couples: $70/week;
   Family of 3: $105/week;
   Family of 4: $140/week;
   Family of 5: $175/week;
   Family of 6: $210/week
   Family of 7: $245/week etc

Just a thought ;D
I like this idea, especially seeing I just spent way more than $100.00   ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 10, 2012, 03:49:46 am
So I really did blow the budget!  In my defence everything I bought was on my list.

Meat - 71.66
Fruit & Veg - 25.53
Groceries - 48.69
Dairy - 28.63

So I spent $174.51 on food.  Which scrapes me in to the 5 in the family result. 

I also spent $33.19 on toiletries and light bulbs but their not food!   ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 10, 2012, 05:13:11 am
I think $70 a week is probably OK for us,  however we have visitors 2/3 times a week.  So not sure how this would work out .  I work hard to come in under $100.  This is so much better than what I have been spending. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 10, 2012, 07:42:28 am
I think $70 a week is probably OK for us,  however we have visitors 2/3 times a week.  So not sure how this would work out .  I work hard to come in under $100.  This is so much better than what I have been spending. 
It is hard work Chookie. I include everything and with just 2 of us it should be plenty. When we have all the children and their spouses and boyfriends it cost me $100 for 1 meal. Have done well though in the past 2 weeks to keep it under $100.00 especially when i have to include WD 40 and account for DH's sock obession.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 10, 2012, 07:56:08 am
Mich it's a weekly FOOD challenge so until you'll be consuming the WD40, socks and razors they don't count.   ;D

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 10, 2012, 08:05:43 am
Good point foodiepep.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 11, 2012, 12:40:33 am
So far thus week $57.12 which includes my auusie farmers, so far fortnights total $192..53  so have about $42 left for this fortnight, budget $235 for this fortnight.

Not ordering my fruit & veg this week, using what we have & frozen & tinned. Then will buy as needed.  We have potatoes, carrots, capsicum,  brocolini, spinach, onions, Zucchini, celery, parsnios, green beans, turnip, red onions, cucumber, lettuce, spring onions, mushrooms & a leek. Fruit, tinned quite a bit, frozen berries, apples, pears, bannasa, lemons & limes.

Looking good, I am getting better at this, normally I would  do my order but think I will just need to buy a few things.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 11, 2012, 02:39:36 am
H,  I am about to post a hot pud that you can use your pears or apples in.  Only need 1 per person.  When i finish making my berry jam, will do it.
I am not going shopping until Sat.  But this will not help much as the shopping list is growing.  Will just buy small packets of things. ;D  Will thin the Gravox powder with corn flour.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 11, 2012, 10:06:47 am
Great, thanks chookie :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 12:16:08 am
My fortnights total was $233.84, very happy as budget was $235.

Next week $100 for the week, going to be hard as I have my xmas in July. I have changed the menu a fair to use what we have in the house.
EB goes home tomorrow evening the come back at the weekend.

Will be looking at menu plan today for next week.

Hows everyone else going?

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 14, 2012, 12:23:00 am
Well done Hally.

Last day of my week today and I won't be going to the shops Grand Total $92.67c.
Very happy with that.

When I shop on Monday it might be a different story as I've run out of a few things and the fruit and veg is very low.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 12:26:57 am
My fruit & veg order will be aroubd $30 from aussie farmers this week. I took JDs advice & have a few frozen & tinned items for back up. Do you have them where you live, there pre-packed seasonal boxes are very good value.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 14, 2012, 01:14:40 am
My fruit & veg order will be aroubd $30 from aussie farmers this week. I took JDs advice & have a few frozen & tinned items for back up. Do you have them where you live, there pre-packed seasonal boxes are very good value.

 :)
I don't think we do Hally, although we have farmers markets every Sunday. Might pop in there tomorrow.
I have plenty of tinned and frozen back-up.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 01:16:23 am
Start using the back up, i bought no fresh fruit or veg this week & we have done  well on what we had left & what we had n pantry & freezer.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 14, 2012, 03:54:21 am
My spend this week was $52.96 andincluded the two pieces of swordfish for $17.90.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 03:58:21 am
Wow Gert, is there anything left in your fridge, freezer or pantry???

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 14, 2012, 04:10:41 am
I bought three small packages of meat for the freezer. Still,working on the  pantry.

I think I can get one more cheap week.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 14, 2012, 04:27:08 am
Your doing well Gretchen..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 05:00:45 am
Gert, you amze me how little you can spend.

I suppose you dont have hungry kids.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 14, 2012, 05:38:04 am
Nope just dogs.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 14, 2012, 07:48:21 am
That is amazing Gert seeing how empty your freezer is.
I've had my best week yet - $114. That is more than $20 under budget! I haven't bought anything since I went to the market last Sunday. I even made my own bread, and used up some rolls from the freezer.
However, I've just been to the supermarket for this week - we had no bread, no cheese, no juice, no butter.
It's cost me a little more than the last 4 weeks, but depending whAt I buy at the market tomorrow, I'm hoping I will come close to budget this week too. School goes back this week, so we'll need more bread and fruit.
The menu plan for the last week included pea and ham soup with ciabatta, salmon, beef parmigiana plus other meals that have completely skipped my mind. I know we didn't go hungry!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 14, 2012, 07:55:29 am
Hally and Gert, can't do as well as you but still very pleased.  Had $5 left from last week, ( had to re stock with Fruit and Veggies after Hol). This week , shopped today for week,  including Farmers Market, $70.  Instead of buying large packets,  bought small.  

This is starting to show on Master Card.  WOW.  Don't won't to spend money on anything.  
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 07:58:46 am
Chookie, you just reminded me.

Yes dh very pleased with our cc bills.

He has booked & paid a 4day 3 night stay for the 3 of us to Singapore. The money we have saved has covered the cost. He has done this to keep me on budget. We now need spnding money :)

So am doing my best to stick to budget which includes my christmas in july party :)


HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 14, 2012, 08:04:50 am
Lucky you Hally, when is the holiday?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 08:07:57 am
September ;D ;D

Never thought saving money on grocerys would  amount to so much in savings, therewere some really cheap jetstar airfares which he grabbed & we are staying at a sheraton in singapore.

So come on girls, go through that pantry, fridge & freezer.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 14, 2012, 09:01:00 am
Oh, I'm happy for you H. It sounds lovely. We have just had a quote for a gas space heater for our house as the reverse cycle air conditioner isn't coping, and I'm sick of freezing at night. I sit on the couch with a hot water bootle and a mohair rug, and am still cold. The quote is almost $4,000' so I know what our savings are going towards!


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 14, 2012, 09:09:55 am
Oh bummer ES. Isnt it always the way, extra cash, bills or replacements.

DH did it to keep me on top of the budget :)

Havent used 1 tin of curry >:(
Dont know how but counted 5pks of dried spahetti, thought it woud be only 4 now >:( they are so breeding :o

Rough menu plan
Using things we akready have as much as possible, as really want to stay in budget
Sun, left overs
Mon, pork, potatoes & veg
Tues beef diane, already in freezer, pasta
Wed, silverside & potato soup with crusty home made bread
Thurs roast lamb, wraps & salad
Fri chicken enchiladas, & salad
Sat, out to function

Lunches, left overs, tasted sandwiches
Deserts, lemon puddings, & whatever else I can make with what we have

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 15, 2012, 02:37:24 am
$140 spend today for me on groceries..
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Post by: Jude59 on July 15, 2012, 06:05:12 am
You will have a great time in Singapore Hally - we love it and ohhhhhhh the shopping. Orchard Road has all sorts of wonderful designer shopping!  Always have a couple of nights stopover there on a trip. Told our kids they should go there for a holiday - so safe and clean and vibrant. Lots of fun bars and nightlife too  :)
 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 15, 2012, 06:10:12 am
Hally I am so proud of you. Just shows what we can do, all of us, when we try.....

Have a great holiday.... :-* :-*
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Post by: mcmich on July 15, 2012, 07:03:19 am
Lovely holiday destination Hally.

Shopped today and spent $84. 55.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 15, 2012, 07:06:17 am
Our country regional prices must be alot more expensive than city prices..... :)
$140-$160 is basic for us each week, then beef, lamb, fish in bulk.... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 15, 2012, 09:14:11 am
Thank you everyone,
Yes happy happy happy :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Queen Be on July 15, 2012, 10:56:22 pm
What a lovely DH you have Hally, enjoy your holiday  :)

Sorry I have been MIA for a few weeks, school holidays have kept me extremely busy and I have not been on-line much. I had had my 5 year old niece staying with me last week, her mum (my brothers partner) has cancer and is terminal. I tried to keep her busy so she did not miss her Mum and Dad too much, lots of outings to the playground and friends houses and lots of buying lunches.

My plan was to spend $250 a fortnight and in the first 2 weeks I ended up spending around $260, happy with that. I have my Birthday Christmas In July party this coming Saturday for around 25 people and I have been spending money on extra items in preparation. I had a budget of $200 for the party food, I bought a frozen 5.5kg turkey breast for $55 and a 4kg ham for $24, which gives me $120 left for everything else, I think I will be coming in way under budget as I did the mini Christmas puddings 2 months ago and I already have most of the ingredients for the other desserts on the menu. Lots of money left for some bubbles for me  ;)

We will probably be eating leftovers in various ways the following week so should not have to spend anything apart for fresh fruit and milk.
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Post by: mcmich on July 15, 2012, 11:08:33 pm
So sorry to hear about your SIL Queen Be.

You've done very well staying on budget and having a party to cater for as well.
I think Hally's Christmas do is next weekend.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 15, 2012, 11:23:57 pm
Yes my christmas in July is this sunday. 17 adults & 17 kids I think.

My budget us $100 for the week & I am trying to stay in the budget or as close as possible. Changed my menu to do this. If I achieve budget I will be very pleased.

Queen Be, sounds like your doing really well.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 16, 2012, 01:46:14 am
Queen Be, am I right in thinking it is your birthday as well as your Christmas in July party this coming Saturday.  Let me know your birthdate and I will put you in my birthday book.  Have a great time on Saturday night.  I feel for your SIL and her family, how hard it must be when you have children so young - it distresses me just thinking about it so I can imagine what you are all going through.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 16, 2012, 01:52:11 am
Queen Be Happy Birthday for Saturday.
Sorry to hear about you SIL. My thoughts and paryers are with you xx

I just bought mum and I tickets to a Christmas in July fashion parade and afternoon tea. All proceeds got to CanAssist. CanAssist were absolutely wonderful when dad passed away. All his medical bills were paid by them.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 16, 2012, 05:56:38 am
Sorry to hear about your SIL queen be.   :(
Thoughts and prayers with you and your family, and the little one. Take care.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Queen Be on July 16, 2012, 07:18:58 am
Queen Be, am I right in thinking it is your birthday as well as your Christmas in July party this coming Saturday. 
Yes my Birthday is this Saturday, I started the Christmas in July party as a way of having a Birthday party without having a Birthday party  ;)

Thanks everyone for the kind thoughts. My brother also has 2 boys aged 10 and 8 also. So very hard at the moment, my parents who are in their mid 70's are doing much of the running around for the kids, school drop off and pick up, sport, dancing etc etc, unfortunately they are in Sydney and I am 90 minutes away on the Central Coast. The least I can do is have my niece for the school holiday, she and my oldest DD are only 5 weeks apart and very close though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 16, 2012, 07:21:45 am
Queen Be hope you have a good party..
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Post by: goldfish on July 16, 2012, 07:24:22 am
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for you Queen Be - hope you have a wonderful day on Saturday!

Really sorry to hear about your SIL - it's one day at a time, one step at a time.  thinking of you and your family . . . :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 16, 2012, 07:32:32 am
Happy Birthday Quuen Be.

Sorry to hear about your SIL,  it is very sad for everyone.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 16, 2012, 10:53:33 am
Glad to see you back Queen Be . Sorry to hear about your SIL, but it sounds like your niece had a lovely holiday.
I cut it fine at the market yesterday,and came  home right on budget. No money left for anything else this week.
At the market I bought a half share in a box of green tomatoes and 5 kg of capsicums, but we didn't have any recipes in mind. We thought that we would need sugAr, as I  had no spAre supplies in my cupboard. DH Offered to go to the supermarket, and came back with 8 kg of sugar and 5 tins of baked beans as they were on special. As it turns out, we only used about 1 kg of the sugar. My friend has taken 2 kg, but I now have to find a home for the baked beans and  5 kg of sugar, and I've gone over budget.  :(
I did use up 3 bottles of vinegar that had been there for a long time, and I only plan on replacing the balsamic. That has freed up a little space for the sauce and chutney I've made. My tin cupboard is still full, but at least I have used up 4 tins of tomatoes in tonight's dinner. I hate to think how many tins of tomatoes I originally had in the cupboard. I've used at least one tin a week, and haven't bought any for 5 weeks. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 16, 2012, 11:16:28 am
Love this challenge. ;D ;D ;D ;D I have cooked all day and used up lots of stuff.  When I shopped last Sat.  I just topped up a few things,  Just bought small quantities.  Think I will continue to do this. Going to the Bendigo Wool show  on Friday,  not much food to buy there so should be safe.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 17, 2012, 12:06:40 am
a wool show, that would be fun.

What happens at a wool show achookwomen.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 17, 2012, 12:09:45 am
Fantastic Chookie.

Enjoy the wool show. Will there be sheep there?

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 17, 2012, 04:03:05 am
So sorry to hear about your SIL Be, my thoughts are with your family, been through it myself so I can relate.
I'm not sticking to budget this week, we were away for a week & I've done a big shop to re-stock - haven't added it up but I think it will be close to $200! I'll start again next week, but I'll aim for $120/week including meat from now on.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 17, 2012, 04:28:00 am
Bee, so sorry to hear about your SIL, a very sad time for everyone.

I was in budget last week   ;D my DH is enjoying this challenge! Only had a few things to buy last week, came in at $88. I spent $50 at the Health Food Shop for 4 items. Ouch.

Will see how I go this week. Will be out of veggies and low on meat, so will have a bit to buy.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 17, 2012, 04:39:07 am
Elle, $88 is a bargain
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 17, 2012, 04:52:50 am
Well I've gone over my $175 allowance for the 5 of us.  I went shopping hungry (I knew better).  I did come out with some yummy things though. Such as, king crab to have with home made pasta tonight.  Calamari as a treat for my youngest, he just loves s & p calamari.

Also bought macadamia nuts and choc chips which weren't necessary but you only live once.   ;D

I also needed to make sure there enough things for the kids to take to school for lunches.  Youngest goes to a nut free school so it isn't as easy as a peanut butter sandwich for him. 

Groceries $184.41 plus I went to the spice bazaar and bought some spice mixes, fried onion and a heap of peppercorns.  ( I hate running out of pepper)  8) that was about $24.00. 

I'll make up for the $13.40 over spend next week!   ;D
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Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 05:37:26 am
Only $13 over. It's probably a big savings on what you normally spend though.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 17, 2012, 06:21:53 am
I have a macadamia tree...
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Post by: cookie1 on July 17, 2012, 06:26:31 am
I am very jealous. :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 06:37:12 am
I have a macadamia tree...
lemons, eggs and macadamias - lovely.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 06:44:20 am
I have. Macadamia nut vice.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 17, 2012, 07:08:29 am
I have one too Gert, just need to find it to crack more..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 17, 2012, 12:30:48 pm
I know exactly where to put my hands on mine but we haven't had macadamias in their shell since we toured Qld 21 years ago.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 12:44:53 pm
Once I was  waiting  around for a Caesar to turn up in the OT. In the nurses lounge we had a bag of macadamias . The wardsman and I decided to crack a few  without a tool . Eventually he put some in the hinge of the  heavy swinging door into the theatre and flung it hard. The macadamia won. I had to,call out the hospital,engineer on a Sunday morning to fix it.  Naturally we never owned up to it. While the door was being repaired I  unwrapped a lovely  sterile solid metal hammer  used in orthopaedics  not remembering it was to be used the next morning for a hip replacement. I then had to explain to,the sterilising unit manager  how I came to open the package  and why it had to be re sterilised right away for for the morning list. Of course I explained that it had fallen off the shelf while I was cleaning and had a wee hole  in the package.

The nuts were lovely.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 17, 2012, 12:51:30 pm
So you always were a bit of a devil girl then Gert ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 12:54:01 pm
You really must have wanted those macadamias.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 12:54:55 pm
No not al all JD. There are a lot of very interesting items in the store room of an operating theatre including a lovely boxed set of glass eyeballs just to mention one?  Lovely to find one staring up at you  from the bottom of your soup bowl.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 01:00:50 pm
You really must have wanted those macadamias.

I think mcmich it was about the challenge of cracking them  opened and using our imagination.  They certainly are a very hard nut to crack.
If the hammer had not worked I remember I was going to open the bolt cutters next. That really would  have been hard to,explain.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 17, 2012, 01:01:24 pm
A bit like the false teeth I found in my pumpkin soup when I went to a dinner/show taking off the Fawlty Towers programme. :o :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 01:02:25 pm
Nurses have their own sense of humour.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 01:06:24 pm
A bit like the false teeth I found in my pumpkin soup when I went to a dinner/show taking off the Fawlty Towers programme. :o :D

That is hysterical ;D

Nurses have their own sense of humour.

Just give  us a bottle of gentian violet  or iodine.  The possibilities are endless eh?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 17, 2012, 01:08:48 pm
 gentian violet thats a name l have not heard of  for years
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Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 01:10:34 pm
gentian violet thats a name l have not heard of  for years

A recipe for good or for evil. LOL!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 17, 2012, 01:12:50 pm
good my mum used to use it all the time
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 01:13:58 pm
good my mum used to use it all the time

What for Nazar?

Gert
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Post by: nazar on July 17, 2012, 01:14:56 pm
 from memory her eyes  l think   its  purple  liquid  isn't it
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 01:28:21 pm
Yes it is. It was widely used as an anti bacterial and anti fungal. It could cause some staining to the skin if not cleaned  properly. It was used in inks and was early on used in fingerprinting.

I have two small round tattoos  on my body  where a needle which was dipped into gentian violet  and then pricked on my skin to mark the perimeter of  radiation therapy when I had breast cancer.

Kids used to use it for home made tattooing years ago.  If they knew I guess they would use it today.

It is still used for herpes zoster.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 17, 2012, 01:31:53 pm
 l remember the purple rings on our bathroom shelf  and mums purple fingers and l think she would put it on our sores
 what is herpes zoster
 l  hope it was a long time ago and that your all better cancer free now
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 01:33:12 pm
Yup it was that or iodine but that stung.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 01:52:10 pm
Haven't seen gentian violet in a few years.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 17, 2012, 01:59:19 pm
  can you still get gentian violet  now a days
maybe we could get a tattoo  at the retreat
saying ' thermomix forum gracetown 2012 '

well l am off to bed  goodnight

 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 17, 2012, 02:01:44 pm
I haven't seen it nazar in probably 10 yrs. Maybe a henna tattoo?

Goodnight.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 17, 2012, 02:04:25 pm
could be an idea  ;D ;D ;D

l have not seen it for 24 years
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 17, 2012, 11:02:23 pm
I saw it used on a friend a couple of years ago when he picked  up an very nasty infection in his eye while travelling  in China.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 12:57:44 am
amazing what you learn on here. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on July 18, 2012, 01:00:43 am
I haven't been keeping a tally of my Grocerie spending over the last few weeks. I keep forgetting to tally it up at the end of each fortnight. I think if I did my groceries weekly then It would be easier. But anyway I think I would stay within the budget most of the time as the income is pretty tight. Plus being on the weight loss challenge means much less junk food brought :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 18, 2012, 01:02:10 am
Budget looking dodgy this week!!!

Have spent $59 already >:(  I need to get a few things still for xmas in july. Cheese & some salad items for us for dinner tomorrow night. Its going to be tough this week with so many people to feed on sunday.

H >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 18, 2012, 01:13:06 am
We are all going to have weeks when there is more to buy. Birthdays, Christmas, Easter.
If you're on budget most weeks then you can afford to splurge on the special occasions.
Life would be no fun if you're too rigid.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 18, 2012, 01:22:54 am
Yes your right there, i took ds out with friends yesterday & started to realise I was being scrooge like. Spent $10 in time zone, then we went to the dome, I bought him chips, bless him, he wanted a meal & I said no we have heaps of food at home.

He is going to ice age today.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 18, 2012, 01:46:14 am
He will have a good time at the movies.
It's easy to get quite obsessive once you start with these challenges. I don't want to spend over $100 on my entire shopping bill each week. I wouldn't let DH buy socks this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 18, 2012, 01:50:05 am
I know, it starts to become lets see how little we can spend everywhere, LOL.

We have hung up his santa sack & stocking, the sack wont get  filled but maybe the stocking :)


  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 03:55:42 am
My 2 kids have birthdays so close, DS is next week, then 2 weeks later DD :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 18, 2012, 04:02:39 am
How old are they Robyn?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 04:16:48 am
DS will be 7, DD will be 8, very close....... they are 50 weeks apart Michelle.   ( it was planned)
so each year I have 2 kids the same age for 2 weeks.... ;D

I am one of the older Mums...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 18, 2012, 04:24:54 am
That's nice that they are close.
Hardly old by todays standards Robyn.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 18, 2012, 06:42:27 am
Robyn, is your avatar a picture of you? If so I wouldn't be thinking you are an older parent, i htought you look and sound quite young.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 18, 2012, 06:48:49 am
Wonder, that is dido.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 06:59:14 am
No Wonder, its a photo of Dido.

I don't look my age, but I am one of the oldest mums  in my kids classes.


I'll bump the thread of Gretchen and me..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 18, 2012, 07:16:55 am
Robyn i just read some of the other thread - now I understand. Can't tell much from the photo but I'm sure you wouldn't be classified as one of the older Mum's down here? Maybe it's a location thing.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 07:28:40 am
Guess my age...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 18, 2012, 07:36:19 am
Guess my age...
SO not going there! Lol
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 07:42:16 am
hahahahaha ;D

Oh well.

Just looked at a photo on another site of a lady I thought would be 55, and she is only 43..

I asked the 2 guys that work for me, and both said over 50 maybe 55...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 18, 2012, 07:44:17 am
I'm not going there either. The photo I saw had you in the background and I couldn't make you out very well - that's my story anyway  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 07:48:03 am
hahahaha ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on July 18, 2012, 08:47:09 am
Wow that is close in age Robyn.  I'm an older mum too.  There is 15 months between my two kids.  I had to laugh because in my Mothers group there is 18 years difference between me and the youngest member and 8 years between me and the next oldest.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 18, 2012, 10:41:50 am
Keiramax  one of the mums in my DD class is 23 years younger than me....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on July 19, 2012, 04:51:06 am
Wow I love the 50 week age difference Robyn  :D
That must have been pretty crazy when they were both babies? What a credit to you.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 19, 2012, 05:00:54 am
50 weeks apart, you and your kids are so fortunate Robyn.  :)
We wanted all ours close, but our smallest gap is 19mths... :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 19, 2012, 06:17:14 am
people think their twins..

very close = really easy to handle.. :)

o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 19, 2012, 10:38:49 am
$114 so far >:( mind you $29 is a good  cheese platter.
Decided I was being too  bah humbug on the food budget, so splashed out. Havent finshed yet :D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 19, 2012, 11:52:44 am
50 weeks apart, you and your kids are so fortunate Robyn.  :)
We wanted all ours close, but our smallest gap is 19mths... :(
Our eldest daughter had two sets of twins within 12 months. That's a pretty small gap..... Plus two other children.....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 19, 2012, 11:56:50 am
Now that would be having your hands full - bet you were called on to help out a lot Jude.  How old are they now?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 19, 2012, 12:22:24 pm
Wow, 2 sets of twins anyway - let alone within 12months!  :D
She must be a super woman!  :)   
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 19, 2012, 12:30:40 pm
With a super busy house :o
I've done the supermarket shopping for the week. I must admit that I snuck a couple of treats onto it too H - a tub of icecream and some Havati cheese. My food snooping came to about $60. Stupid iPad....food shopping ;D
The lady in front of me at the checkout spent over $275', so I felt pretty good coming after her. I will still need to go to the market on the weekend, but so far, so good.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 19, 2012, 10:54:59 pm
Yes she is busy but very happy....well this past week was tough as all six kiddies got the flu as well as Anna and her husband :( but they are all pretty much over it now.  She has a nanny three days a week, which is a huge help.  The first set of twins are 2 1/2 and the second set are now 18 months. They also have a 5 1/2 year old and a 4 year old. All stunning looking and lovely children. Haha I'm not biased!  She had to sweet talk her DH into a third baby, and she snuck in an extra, then she broke her ankle and they bought a bottle of champers to celebrate when that was whole again and.... Bingo... Next set of twins!

My shopping this week came in at $112. Keep going slightly over - had to buy face cream and then got enticed by some nice looking sea scallops......
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 20, 2012, 01:59:21 am
I raced into the supermarket yesterday to buy some plain flour, I've been doing so much baking I'd totally run out!  Anyway while there I bought, 2 kg flour, icing sugar, cream, purple cabbage and a whole duck!  I know not on the list but it was market down and I was feeling adventurous.  All up $21.00

PS.  We've decided now that we love duck.

I'll make up for it next week! Unless they have duck again!   ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 20, 2012, 03:18:58 am
What a bargain foodie pep. You shoulda have bought two ducks!

Gert

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 20, 2012, 03:40:47 am
Jude I am always amazed at how well Anna and Ross cope. I would be tearing my hair out now. Give them all a big hug from us.

(BTW, Judes SIL is my Cousin)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 20, 2012, 04:06:13 am
Small world  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 20, 2012, 04:58:48 am
DH was away for two days . If I do not go shopping tomorrow then I have spent only  $ 46.91. Not making much headway in the pantry.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 20, 2012, 05:51:46 am
Bargain Gert, I have to shop tomorrow for party stuff.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 20, 2012, 05:57:01 am
I am up to $124 & still need a few things.

Thinking we might be living off party food for a couple of days, so next week shoud be in at under $100 :D, i hope so.

Gert, you amaze me with your low spend.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 20, 2012, 06:00:14 am
I amaze me as well and was quite alarmed ar how much I bought I didn't need or  use. I am thinking with my head now and not greedy eyes.

I am being really careful and asking me if I really need it NOW.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 20, 2012, 06:03:04 am
Cooking today for the party. I shoud come in under $150 for the week & the party, will be happy if I do.

Mind you the kids will be drinking water ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 20, 2012, 06:04:47 am
Nothing wrong with that Hally....

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 20, 2012, 06:43:52 am
Gosh thats so good Hally...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jadey on July 20, 2012, 07:24:55 am
Without going through ever post on the last 69 pages, how do you do it?
Has anyone posted their meal plans for the week? If I could do $100 a week (without soft drink) I'd be damn impressed and there's only 2 of us.

Jadey  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 20, 2012, 07:27:41 am
Jadey, mine doesnt  include meat. I buy 1 side of a pig, a sheep etc at a time.

Menu plan, not buying specials for the sake of it & only buying whats on the shopping list.

Hope this helps.

ES, frgot to say that woman at the shops usd to be me :) not anymore ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 20, 2012, 07:45:26 am
It's so funny reading this thread, as I realise just how your mindset does change  ;D we are  just being so careful and thinking if we really need something before buying it.  My husband thinks its great!

Great idea for a thread Halex  ;D

Have spent $2.70 so far this week  :) Grocery shopping tomorrow, so making a very rough meal plan. Will making Dashingdens African Quinoa stew, it will use up tins of red kidney beans and tomatoes. Focus this week is to use up more food from the freezer and some tins.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 20, 2012, 09:06:58 am
This week,  came in at $85.  This includes $15 on cheese ,bought at Wool Show.  Shopping day tomorrow.

Wool and sheep show is a very big event in Bendigo. All accommodation is booked out weeks before the show.  There are stalls selling every type of fiber you can think of.  There are clothes, hats and lots of things like wine , olive oil. cheese, honey.  In fact too many things to mention.   It is like a real country show .  The very best part is the things people wear.  Most hand/home made.  Then there is the sheep bit.  Lots of different sheep. Then there are dog trials.  We go with friends.  My friend Mandy is a great knitter.  She knits lace.  Today she bought yarn that was spun from Camel hair and silk. Absolutely beautiful. I bought 1 hank of hand dyed yarn. The people who run the stalls are nice and friendly,  and remind me of people on this Forum.  Many of them belong to a massive Forum called Ravelry.  Great time was had by all. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 20, 2012, 09:14:00 am
Jude I am always amazed at how well Anna and Ross cope. I would be tearing my hair out now. Give them all a big hug from us.

(BTW, Judes SIL is my Cousin)
I think they do amazingly too DG! I will pass on your greetings.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 20, 2012, 09:18:56 am
That sounds like my kind of show with real people and real products. I love the dog trials.

I can just imagine yarn of silk and camel. Wow. I bet it was expensive.  What cheese was it, a sheeps cheese?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 20, 2012, 09:24:09 am
What a bargain foodie pep. You shoulda have bought two ducks!

Gert



That's not really helpful Gert!!!  You do realise that I have a shopping/hoarding obsession?   ;D

But saying that....there were 3 marked down and I should have bought all 3 of them  :D :D

Lunch was free today as I went to my first TMX demo (not at my house) today.  It's so nice to go to one at someone else's house so I get to sit, eat and watch everything.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 20, 2012, 09:47:22 am
 halley if you have lemons make the kids some lemonade for there christmas party drink
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 20, 2012, 09:51:48 am
halley if you have lemons make the kids some lemonade for there christmas party drink

Nothing wrong with water  ;D ;D. They will,probably be having enough sugar as is. LOL!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 20, 2012, 11:09:31 am
Have a load of lemos, the olds next door give me a bag a week, bless them.

Water is good ;D

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Cornish Cream on July 20, 2012, 11:50:29 am
This week,  came in at $85.  This includes $15 on cheese ,bought at Wool Show.  Shopping day tomorrow.

Wool and sheep show is a very big event in Bendigo. All accommodation is booked out weeks before the show.  There are stalls selling every type of fiber you can think of.  There are clothes, hats and lots of things like wine , olive oil. cheese, honey.  In fact too many things to mention.   It is like a real country show .  The very best part is the things people wear.  Most hand/home made.  Then there is the sheep bit.  Lots of different sheep. Then there are dog trials.  We go with friends.  My friend Mandy is a great knitter.  She knits lace.  Today she bought yarn that was spun from Camel hair and silk. Absolutely beautiful. I bought 1 hank of hand dyed yarn. The people who run the stalls are nice and friendly,  and remind me of people on this Forum.  Many of them belong to a massive Forum called Ravelry.  Great time was had by all. ;D
Any photos Chookie.It sounds like my kind of show. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 20, 2012, 12:41:37 pm
That sounds like my kind of show with real people and real products. I love the dog trials.

I can just imagine yarn of silk and camel. Wow. I bet it was expensive.  What cheese was it, a sheeps cheese?

Gert
Gert,  I think it was about  $. 45 a hank.  Friend bought 2 hanks.  Will make a very special stole,  Probably be worth $500,

cc,  kept thinking of you.  You would have loved it.  Sorry , no photos.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 20, 2012, 12:56:03 pm
What are you going to make with your yarn Chookie?  How many balls are in a hank? I've never been to a country show but it sounds like something I would like too.  Glad you had a lovely day.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 21, 2012, 12:40:30 am
I would enjoy  a wool show too, especially if there is cheese involved ;D

Couple of things today, then will do the big tally for the week.

ElleG, yes its amazing how you start to save in all areas :) my dh loving it too.

Menu plan for next week, not a clue as I have been busy wih party stuff.

Sunday - party food
Monday - left overs or meal from freezer
Tues -  next 3 days will be soup, lamb, sausages, beef or chicken
Wed -
Thus -
Fri - pizza
Sat - spag bol

Mon, will do proper menu

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 21, 2012, 01:11:45 am
Nearly had the pantry cleaned out, and DD brings two cloth baskets of food over from here pantry, they are moving back home. DD and DS this weekend. Now to find room to put it all. Lots of double up spices.
Been trying to stick to my $100.00 budget, little over this week $115.00 that was with meat to feed 4 for the week.
Only bought 2 things that weren't on the list, I am loving this menu planning we are pretty much sticking to it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 21, 2012, 03:05:26 am
I am about to do a menu plan for the week. grocery shopping tomorrow.
Tight budget this month, with 2 birthdays..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 21, 2012, 08:23:06 am
Well I have lst 1 receipt, it was around $24 but did include a few items like soap. Plus out of character but a box of spring rolls for the party.

So I will say it was $150, probably slightly less but comfortable with that. Before the challenge it woud have been $350-$400 easy with a party on.

DH came with me today, he was trying to add lots of extra things, I said is it on the list you wrote, he said NO, I said PUT IT BACK ;D ;D

He was very impressed with me.

Next week $100 for sure, think we might be having party food a few nights, will need to freeze all left overs sunday.

Must use a tin of curry this week & a pkt of spaghetti.

Everyone is going great guns, its fun too.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 21, 2012, 12:02:17 pm
You're having a party Hally - Enjoy.

My total this week is 85.97c. Very pleased as this is 3 weeks in row I've been under $100.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 21, 2012, 09:03:52 pm
You're having a party Hally - Enjoy.

My total this week is 85.97c. Very pleased as this is 3 weeks in row I've been under $100.
Same here Michele.  Yesterday spent $60.   Very pleased.  Included in this was a Duck and  corned beef.   Will need to menu plan for next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 22, 2012, 03:10:16 am
I spent $145 this week. very happy as that is for 4 adults and 2 kids, included was fillet steak.. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 22, 2012, 03:58:37 am
U haven't participated in this initially because I was away. I spend about $150 per week (not counting meat) I will have to have a good look at it and see if I can cut back.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on July 22, 2012, 05:36:57 am
So happy this week $60, maybe not so happy next week as very low on meat lol
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 22, 2012, 05:45:58 am
I am starting to worry about this challenge as we are going to Melb on Friday.  I need to go to the nut and spice shop,  the Italian grocer for some Parmesan Cheese,  and to the Chinese grocer for chicken bones. I am making a list. :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 22, 2012, 06:24:34 am
Chookie, I like what Judy does and averages the cost over the year.
While my aim is to stay within the $100 a week, the weeks I stay under help with the weeks I'm over.
So over the past 7 weeks my average is $104.31. Happy with that and so is DH.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 22, 2012, 06:45:31 am
It is easier Michele as some weeks you need to buy bulk purchases of coffee etc or expensive items which last quite a while - as long as it evens itself out and you stay within a budget you have set yourself averaged out over 12 months, it works well.  I've had 7 x $0 shopping weeks already this year so you can imagine how they are going to help bring my average down at the end of the year.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 22, 2012, 06:47:58 am
That's wonderful Judy. How do you go for fruit and veggies in your $0 weeks?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 22, 2012, 06:53:41 am
That is because our Wonderful Judy is so organized... :-* :-*

I spend zero during the week, only groceries on Sundays.

$145 for 6 people  this week is good..

Off to menu plan the week. I found more cookbooks today in the cupboard for inspiration..
getting ready for party next Saturday :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 22, 2012, 07:00:52 am
That's wonderful Judy. How do you go for fruit and veggies in your $0 weeks?

DH doesn't eat much fruit, only oranges and bananas so if I do a good shop at Farmer Jo's, it's enough to last me for 2 weeks Cookie. I always have back up frozen peas, corn, broadbeans and cans of fruit if I run out.  If my new week is about to start within a couple of days and I'm out of fruit and veg, there is always something in the freezer ready cooked to help me survive until my next shopping day.  If I go 5 days without going to the shop I figure I can go that extra yard and stay away for another couple of days if the bonus is a $0 free week again. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 22, 2012, 08:36:27 am
Well this week was $98 and really only had a few bags!  I need more coffee, so that will be $35 for a kilo before I start next week. I only bought 800 g of chicken breast, so am working our way through the meat I have in the freezer.

I was really happy with the groceries. Then I went to the chemist - $113 for two lots of meds and they will last one month. And I have others I have already purchased  >:(

So pi**ed of big time with costs of medications.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 22, 2012, 10:32:49 am
Judy,  you are an inspiration to all of us. ;D  Coffee $45 a kilo !!! Depends on how many visitors we have as to how long it lasts.  I buy Parmesan  in a block and freeze it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 22, 2012, 10:54:55 am
Thank you Chookie, what a lovely thing to say.  I like buying some grocery items in bulk and am a stickler for looking at the price per 100g to make sure I am in fact getting the best price.  One example which goes against the tide in this regard is 1kg packs of plain and SR flour - they are always cheaper than buying the 2kg pack  ???  I used to try and work comparisons out in my head before the price per 100g came in on price tags so I was pretty pleased when that happened as it saves me a lot of time these days.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 22, 2012, 10:57:50 am
I find the same with sugar at times too. I always check the price per 100g. I love that they do that now.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 22, 2012, 12:54:16 pm
Last week's total was $146.50. It's the first time I have gone over budget, but luckily I was under the previous week.
This week I've spent $123 at the supermarket and the growersf market, so I should come in under budget this week.
I can't imagine having a zero spend week though  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 23, 2012, 02:20:37 am
I too love the 100g price. I always look at that :) it can surprise you sometimes.

Judy I just coukdnt do a no shop week, milk, fruit & veg etc i buy each week.

Should be in budget this week.

Not much party food left, people took home more than they came with.

In bed with flu, lost my voice & to be honest feeling pretty sorry for myself.

Kitchen a mess & need to take decorations down, all can wait though.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: DizzyGirl on July 23, 2012, 02:24:55 am
Oh Hally the cleaning will be still be there tomorrow, unless the fairies come in and do it. Rest up hun x
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 23, 2012, 02:57:00 am
Take it easy today Hally.  :-* :-*

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Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 23, 2012, 02:59:27 am
Wish I could have soe now.
Must make soe to keep in freezer.

 :)
Title: Re: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 24, 2012, 03:21:57 am
Just did my weekly shop & so far I've spent $118 - I've made my budget $120/week including meat so I've just scraped in! We'll probably need bread before the week is out though & I haven't yet mastered making my own sandwich loaf. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 03:37:31 am
Deedub, chookies no fuss bread is so easy. Even having the flu I managed to throw  it together. So much cheaper than buying bread & of course so much nicer.

Well done on the shopping.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 24, 2012, 04:36:13 am
Deedub, chookies no fuss bread is so easy. Even having the flu I managed to throw  it together. So much cheaper than buying bread & of course so much nicer.

Well done on the shopping.

H :)
Of course! I've made rolls with it, will try as a loaf - thanks H!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on July 24, 2012, 05:47:21 am
I've been very bad.  That's all I'm saying.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 05:51:02 am
 ;D ;D ;D

Always next week to start afresh :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 24, 2012, 05:53:41 am
very bad can be fun.... ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 24, 2012, 06:57:56 am
I've been very bad.  That's all I'm saying.  :)

It happens. No worries.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 24, 2012, 07:17:48 am
Still trying to decide on how much to put my budget up now 2 of my children had come back to the nest.
Thinking $160. a week, as one is a big eater,(has a very physical job) buying stuff that we don't eat any more like biscuits and ice cream. Will put the budget up and the freezer is just about empty.
So far this week I have spent $1.40 on some onions and saved on petrol as I walked to the shops. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 07:19:48 am
Hope they pay for te extra in the budget  :)

We are 3 as you know & cp eats nearly as much as dh.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 24, 2012, 07:24:32 am
Hope they pay for te extra in the budget  :)

We are 3 as you know & cp eats nearly as much as dh.

 :)

They are both paying board and it aint cheap. :)
I will have to buy meat each week till I buy it in bulk. That will add to my total.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 07:25:28 am
LOL ;D

Good on ya :)

Think you need to get some bulk meat in.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 24, 2012, 11:44:32 am
hally
 where about do you buy your mount baker chicken from in bulk , when you got it for $10 kg
thanks
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 11:52:08 am
I buy it from the same butcher, but it is up to $11 a kilo now. Happy still. I think he does me a deal as I have been going there for 7 years & only this year started buying in bulk :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 24, 2012, 12:00:18 pm
where abouts is the butcher . is it a shop that anybody can go to
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 24, 2012, 12:30:51 pm
Its a wholesaler, they supply to restaurants & mining sites. They are in jandakot.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: nazar on July 24, 2012, 02:40:01 pm
do you need to be a business to buy from there

or can anyboby go there

l just  thought next time l am in perth l could go there and buy bulk as it cost me twice as much down here
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 01:01:15 am
Ive just made my first bulk beef order after considering what a lot of you have said on this issue.  I do not eat meat myself but my husband does and of course I have sunday lunch for the entire family on sundays so we will find it  a cost saving.  I wanted grass fed beef and was surprised to find a butcher in Seville that supplies grass fed beef at $9.99 for 60 kilos or $10.99 for 30 kilos, packed and delivered to the door!!!!  I have ordered 30 kilos - it was an online order form too and a stack of options.... COD.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 25, 2012, 01:19:54 am
Sounds great Jude.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2012, 01:25:33 am
Jude, where abouts is Seville? I'm still thinking about buying in bulk but just not sure.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 01:37:25 am
in the Yarra valley. http://www.littlecreekbeef.com/index.htm#.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 01:40:23 am
I ordered 1/2 a beef yesterday
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 03:12:12 am
Woohoo, what are you going to cook?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2012, 04:46:32 am
Jude, I will be very interested to see how you go, i've looked at this place before but was reluctant to purchase because we gernerally stick with chuck for casseroles and eye fillet for steaks plus top quality mince so was worried we would end up with a lot of meat we don't like. Pardon my ignorance but why is there no eye fillet listed?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on July 25, 2012, 05:17:40 am
Wonder I have just had a look at the website also, eye fillet is under the first drop down box above rump steak. You can choose either eye fillet + porterhouse, or T-bone (as eye fillet and porterhouse both come from a T-bone you have to choose either.)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 05:24:34 am
I should get it next week.

I am loving the PC at the moment, so fast and easy.

meat pies, casseroles are easy.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 25, 2012, 05:29:57 am
I've just done my weekly shop and I tried really hard to cut back. I didn't buy any meat and we are eating casseroles etc from the freezer this week. But I still spent $138. I spend about $60/week on fruit and vegies alone. How do you all do it please? I thought I was reasonably economical but obviously not. I bought the week's milk etc and don't usually buy anything more in the food line until next week. I make our own bread and cook from basics. ??? ??? DD does take a spinach salad to work each day with bocconicini in but that is only $5.20 a week for the bocconcini. We could grow some of our vegies but our yard is taken up with paving and old cars and car parts. (it doesn't look as bad as it sounds).  I did need to buy rolled oats and a few staples but I'm sure others do too.

I admire you all.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 05:32:31 am
Cookie, that is about right.

I cook for the 4 of us each nite, then about 5 nites a week for my parents too, so 4 adults, 2 kids.

I do buy meat, lamb, pork, fish, chicken in bulk though. :)  $145 for us this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 25, 2012, 05:58:16 am
Cookie 1 I have become a bit mean these days. It is always just the two of us. DH just likes toast and liver wurst or cheese or some such. I have my congee for Breakfast. We have our main meal at lunchtime and sometimes late so we have maybe nothing at night. Instead of buying a kilo of this and a bag of that I am buying just what we will eat that week. Now we have very few  leftovers which wind up with the dogs usually.

Amazing how I do not miss the excess. Used to buy 4 pork chops because DH will eat two and I will eat one and that is how they come but nowI just source out three. Instead of buying a kilo of sausages I buy  4 pr 5.  I am not freezing much and not getting sucked into the two fers. I am changing a lifetime of bad habits. We don't eat sweets or drink juices. I limit myself to  about 3 cans of diet coke a week.

Today I bought  1/2 a stick of celery but found when I or home I was charged for a whole.i am really pissedd off but do,I go back  get my money or let it go?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 05:59:04 am
Oh! Good point about the mince.... Didn't think about that... Will have to see how we go. I don usually buy sausages either but the fellas like them. Hope I've done the right thing. Got all excited about the grass fed bit.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 06:04:24 am
Cookie, this week my fruit & veg bill is just over  $50. Last week might have spent $10 on fruit & veg. I just used what we had. Today is a prime example, fruit & veg delivery tomorrow. Normally I would have bought items today for tonight, but looked around & found that I could make a beef dish. I didn't have enough mushrooms or shallots, just put in what I had. Have carrots & potatoes so that is what we are having. I make do until the delivery. Judy also taught me to have frozen & canned on hand which I do now too. We might even have peas as well tonight.

I buy meat in bulk so as you know meat is not included.

I consciously  go through bits & pieces in the pantry to use what we have.

It is getting harder for sure, plus I would like to start making some new recipes next week which will probably include ingredients I dont have. Some things are running low which will need replacing over the weeks. I think the main thing that keeps the cost down is I make do & see what I can use.

Plus you probably dont have freezers, pantrys & fridges stocked like some of us hoarders :)

Also like Gert says if I need 3 of something I buy 3 not a whole load etc, its starting to pay off :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 25, 2012, 06:18:07 am
I tend to buy meat mainly only when I need it and only the amount I need. We don't eat sweets apart from icecream or yoghurt, which I make. Everyone here likes 3 meals a day, including me. Lunch is salad, protein and 2 slices of bread for me. DH has left overs or a sandwich. We use at least 8 litres od milk a week and a dozen eggs. We do eat a lot of fruit and veggies.  My pantry doesn't have great stores in it, although it is full. Lots of flour, different rices etc.
Oh well, thanks Hally. I must admit I do like things like nice balsamic and nice cheese, not that I bought any today.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 06:39:59 am
We have deserts/cakes only on a sunday when the family is here and then I can send home leftovers or freeze.  I buy seasonal veg and fruit so that makes things cheaper and it's good to eat whats in season anyway.  This week I have started some seeds for the veggie garden and we have quite a lot of carrots in the garden and silverbeet and spring onions. It all helps.  Only buy fruit juice for sunday and we have a soda stream, which keeps me supplied in soda water.  I now never buy canned fruit (except passionfruit and occassionally pineapple) or any curry mixes or pastes, just make my own.  Probably the only tinned stuff I buy is tomatoes, tuna and coconut milk and I KNOW I could and should be making my own coconut milk :)   I really think my shopping trolley has changed so much in the year I have had my TMX.  It's put the power back in our hands just knowing we have the ability to make a lot of those pre prepared spices and condiments that we used to buy and depend on.  It's not all about just saving money though it's about being able to have a say in what we eat as well.  Ithas been a lot harder the past few weeks to stick to $100 and I have been more like $120 and my freezers are looking a bit sad now. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 06:46:50 am
Rice pudding is a big filler here during the week. I dont make other deserts that often.

I dont buy juice, full of sugar, soft drink once in a blue moon. We drink a lot of water in our house.

Plus my dh & cp like to have bread at dinner, another cheap filler & I dont mind because its home made.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 06:47:36 am
Cookie, you can still have a veggie patch.  We have a second property, which is our business office and it has a bit of a backyard with a great sunny fenceline.  We bought some old apple crates from an orchard (they are really quite big and a nice level so you don't have to bend whilst gardening) and we lined them, put in drainage holes, put hay in the bottom and filled with soil and they have been a fantastic addition for growing veggies.  They look quite nice too!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 25, 2012, 06:53:44 am
Milk is a big thing in a lot of  families but we do to drink milk at all. I do use it for cooking and try to buy only the mungali dairy milk in one litre containers. Now I freeze half of that so I don't waste it.

I used to keep so many things in case of but all my friends have now moved away so there is no danger of anyone dropping in.  It really is strange to me not to have a fridge full of cheeses and crackers in the pantry plus a salami or 6 ready to roll. DH has asked about the bare fridge but if he wants some "stuff"  all he has to so is ask And he goes  to the shopping centre every day to pickup mail so.........

Of course the wine racks are always full. Don't you just hate an empty space there? ;D ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2012, 06:55:29 am
Obbie and hally, if you don't mind me asking how much does your beef work out to per kg?

Jude, i'm sure the meat will be great. We ar just a bit too fussy with meat but that is changing as we are using the pc more and I'm happy to use up cheaper cuts of meats I would never have dreamed of cooking a little while ago.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 07:11:11 am
Either $7.50 or $7.90 cant remember
 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 07:29:44 am
about $6.50 per kilo Wonder..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Bubbles on July 25, 2012, 07:31:45 am
I notice a huge difference in cost when I buy my fruit & veg from Aldi vs Coles/WW. (we also go through a lot of fruit & veg)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 07:38:28 am
It's very disturbing to have an empty space in the wine rack or the wine fridge for that matter :)

The grass fed I've bought is a bit more expensive than Hally's price per kg isnt it.  Was yours prepacked and delivered to your door too Hally? and how many kilos did you buy???  Now to find some free range chicken bulk buy places. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 07:40:01 am
Hi Jude, no one should have empty spaces in the wine rack.... :)

Our IGA had chicken on special for 2 weeks, I bought up then.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 25, 2012, 07:43:53 am
It's very disturbing to have an empty space in the wine rack or the wine fridge for that matter :)

That would make me nervous Jude.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 25, 2012, 07:45:11 am
2 spaces and I start to panic.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 07:49:00 am
I would panic too.

How do you do the  quote....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 25, 2012, 08:03:30 am
I would panic too.

How do you do the  quote....

Just click on quote and a new box opens dory our reply.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 25, 2012, 08:35:15 am
Gretchen, I'd definitely try and get the refund for being charged incorrectly for the celery.

I used to buy just enough sticks of celery that I needed but now buy a half or a full one, slice it as soon as I get home and bag it up for soups and casseroles - it's perfect for them, no waste, always have some on hand and it cooks quicker once frozen too.

I also buy seasonal fruit & vegies - if I think a vegie is overpriced then I don't buy it.  We eat a lot of potatoes, go through as many eggs as I need to use, sometimes 3 dozen in 2 weeks, I generally cook a meal which serves 4 (although time and time again I tell myself I am not going to do that) so it means we always have leftovers in the fridge.  I make a lot of soups in winter, cheap and filling. Breakfast is cereal or toast and I have the occasional egg but never anything flash as I just want to get that meal over and done with as quickly as possible.  No such thing as a leisurely breakfast in this house.  I sometimes don't even sit to eat it, I stand at the bench if it's an egg or if toast I have it with the computer/forum. To me the coffee is the star of my breakfast. My pantry is still very full because if I use something, it goes on my shopping list to be replaced and I still can't walk past a piece of meat which has a good price tag - I hate paying full price at any time.  Lately I've been having water with my meals, DH has soft drink with his. I have a cupboard full of alcohol and it's taking forever to go down.  Probably only use no more than 4 litres of milk a week. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on July 25, 2012, 09:13:08 am
I don't even have a wine rack.  Dan Murphy's is not far away.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 25, 2012, 09:22:59 am
I love Dan Murphys.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 25, 2012, 11:11:56 am
i love Dan 2.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 25, 2012, 11:21:31 am
I buy my wine from a wine club,  Our wine rack holds 16 bottles and there is usually a carton in the spare room, I start to panic when the last carton gets opened  :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 11:28:28 am
I need wine mow, disaster in kitchen >:( >:( >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 25, 2012, 11:38:25 am
I buy my wine from a wine club,  Our wine rack holds 16 bottles and there is usually a carton in the spare room, I start to panic when the last carton gets opened  :D :D :D
Um.... My wine racks hold over 100 bottles and it's more than half full, but I still keep buying wine! I think I might have a problem....
Mind you, a lot of the wine is quite old & I'm too scared to open it in case it's turned into vinegar!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 25, 2012, 11:39:18 am
I need wine mow, disaster in kitchen >:( >:( >:(
Poor Hally, have a wine & then tell us about it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 11:43:43 am
Deedub bring some over :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 25, 2012, 11:55:28 am
You haven't stabbed yourself again have you :o
I could do with a wine tonight  too, as everything has taken a lot longer than it should have and we have only just eaten  >:(
Can't have wine though as I'm doing dry July (only one week to go!) ;D
On a positive note, I've used up a tin of coconut milk and a packet of pork from the freezer, and there are fresh rolls for lunches tomorrow
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 25, 2012, 12:09:13 pm
We will buy wine from anyone who will deliver  it up here for nothing!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 25, 2012, 12:32:46 pm
No ES, all ok here, in bed & staying there ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 25, 2012, 01:00:52 pm
Glad to hear it. It's almost 9.30 and I've just finished the dishes and have collapsed on the couch. Aaah
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 25, 2012, 09:29:27 pm
I work directly across from the pub..
The other bottle shop is 30 seconds away...


i'm safe..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on July 25, 2012, 10:18:24 pm
Dan Murphy  delivers so i am safe 2 robyn  ;D 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 25, 2012, 10:20:40 pm
Emerald sue, I'm also doing dry July, not long to go now. Keep up the good work.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 25, 2012, 10:44:31 pm
I buy my wine from a wine club,  Our wine rack holds 16 bottles and there is usually a carton in the spare room, I start to panic when the last carton gets opened  :D :D :D
Haha that is exactly us with the cartons in the spare room! Under the bed when I'm being tidy.
We are practically on first name terms and chatty with the wine delivery people here haha!  Love Dan as well!!  Hate nuisance sales calls on the phone EXCEPT those lovely people at the wine clubs .... 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 26, 2012, 01:42:34 am
Just ordered another case - the cellarmasters people keep sending me discount vouchers, and I can't resist a bargain! Will have to have a few dinner parties I think....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 01:52:48 am
It's very disturbing to have an empty space in the wine rack or the wine fridge for that matter :)

The grass fed I've bought is a bit more expensive than Hally's price per kg isnt it.  Was yours prepacked and delivered to your door too Hally? and how many kilos did you buy???  Now to find some free range chicken bulk buy places. 

Sorry Jude missed this.
My side of beef was about 110kg! It is Amelia Park Beef from the south west of WA. It is packed, weighed & labelled. I pick it up, no delivery.
I share the beef with a friend :)
I also bought a side of pork & chicken breasts.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 02:40:01 am
So far I have spent $77.12 all from aussie farmers as have not been to the shops. Over $50 on fruit & veg this week. I will need to go to the shops today or tomorrow, we are out of english breakfast tea.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 26, 2012, 03:09:22 am
Hally, Obbie - what do you pay per kg for your meat in bulk?

Jude, i'll be interested to hear if you find a good supplier of the chicken - we use quite a lot of chicken.

Hally - 110kg - that's a lot of meat, how much room does it take up in your freezer and how long will it last?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 03:30:03 am
Wonder our beef is about $6.50 per kilo. Cut up, packed, labelled by our local butcher. ;)

perfect.
When we buy a whole beef, for 240 kilos, it takes us about 9 months to use for 2 adults. Now I cook most nites for my parents, it would take 6 months.. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 03:56:32 am
I share the beef. I can get 55-60 kgs f beef & a whole amb in my cest freezer. Paced very tightly ;D

Either 7.50 or $7.90 per kg, cant remember.

I bought my 1st bulk order in jan, then again in july.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 26, 2012, 04:20:05 am
So far I have spent $77.12 all from aussie farmers as have not been to the shops. Over $50 on fruit & veg this week. I will need to go to the shops today or tomorrow, we are out of english breakfast tea.

 :)

You know how funny that is H?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 04:20:45 am
So far I have spent $77.12 all from aussie farmers as have not been to the shops. Over $50 on fruit & veg this week. I will need to go to the shops today or tomorrow, we are out of english breakfast tea.

 :)

You know how funny that is H?

Gert


No not getting that one Gert ??? ???
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 26, 2012, 04:25:30 am
So far I have spent $77.12 all from aussie farmers as have not been to the shops. Over $50 on fruit & veg this week. I will need to go to the shops today or tomorrow, we are out of english breakfast tea.

 :)

You know how funny that is H?

Gert


No not getting that one Gert ??? ???

Wasn't the English Breakfast mixed in with the  T2. ?

Pork is about to go into the  oven
Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 04:25:50 am
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Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 04:37:51 am
Yes it was Gert, mixed into my lovely morning red >:(

Pork, cant wait.  Probably have to take one out if the freezer friday to cook monday or should
I take out today?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 26, 2012, 04:38:24 am
wow that's really cheap Obbie and Maddie, I would definitely buy in bulk at that price.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 26, 2012, 04:44:05 am
love that piggy! Wish I was having pork belly for dinner -I almost bought one last week, but am trying to use up what's in my freezer. This challenge is making me think before I buy.  ;D I do have a large pork roast in my freezer, so must invite people over to help us eat it soon.
I havent been shopping since last weekend, so I will come in under budget again. I made a double batch of NayNay's scones this morning for the kids to take to grandparents day at school. I ran out of SR flour, and I would normally have a spare packet in the cupboard, but I didn't, so I used plain flour and baking powder instead. Both flours will be on my list this week.
Maybe I could buy some bulk meat once I have emptied the freezer, but i dont think we would be able to eat even a half side of beef, and I dont think my freexer would be big enough either. We are not big red meat eaters, although in winter we do eat a lot of pressure cooker meals and many of those have beef in them.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 26, 2012, 04:46:36 am
Yes it was Gert, mixed into my lovely morning red >:(

Pork, cant wait.  Probably have to take one out if the freezer friday to cook monday or should
I take out today?

Stick it in the fridge today.  Do you have a steam oven H?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 04:48:55 am
No steam oven.

So take out now to eat monday???  Wont it go off??

How many days can you keave meat in the fridge. I thought 2-3.

Still pottering at home, this bug is very persistant >:(

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 04:49:16 am
I have 3 big freezers.
It saves so much money. Beef, pork, lamb, chicken, fish in bulk.

Then all I need is fruit/veges, bread and milk.. Plus a few basics for the pantry..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 26, 2012, 05:04:22 am
No steam oven.

So take out now to eat monday???  Wont it go off??

How many days can you keave meat in the fridge. I thought 2-3.

Still pottering at home, this bug is very persistant >:(

H :)

Nah it will be fine.  You are just air drying it.  It would not keep if it were wrapped .  Be sure to put enough water in the pan though to keep the meat moist.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 26, 2012, 06:56:59 am
Obbie, do you just buy yours from a local butchers shop and get them to cut it up how you would like?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 26, 2012, 07:12:56 am
Yes wonder. Our local butcher shop ia around the corner.
You just fill out a "cut up sheet", to tell them what you want, what size, example.

I kilo mince
6 sausages
 2 steaks
 4 chops

we just work it out to suit us.
Packed, labelled, delivered.. :D

Our butcher has his own cattle too, so its good.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 07:20:28 am
Failed to stay in  budget $111.75. Might need some extra milk as eb is coming tomorrow, but thats it.

What pulled me over was 2 things that were not on my list & not needed this week. So nughty me >:(

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on July 26, 2012, 07:22:57 am
Hally, I think I need a minder . .!!! :-)) ??? >:( ;D   Still trying!!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 26, 2012, 08:01:49 am
Failed to stay in  budget $111.75. Might need some extra milk as eb is coming tomorrow, but thats it.

What pulled me over was 2 things that were not on my list & not needed this week. So nughty me >:(

H :)
I would really recommend averaging out your budget Hally as Judy does. I was so down on myself on the weeks I went over budget, although have found when I've averaged it out over the 7 weeks I have been doing the challenge it has come in at a bit over $104.00 per week. Some weeks you buy extras on special and bulk items that last a few months. As long as it averages out to $100.00 a week or close. For me $200 a week was an average bill so $104.00 a week is 96% better than what I was spending.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 08:58:29 am
Michele, prob a good idea, even if it averages out to $130 per week, that is so much better than my $250-$300 per week, mind you that did include cleaning products, but still we are saving heaps.

Very happy hubby :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 26, 2012, 09:47:48 am
I have come in under budget again. Last week I spent a total of $123 and my budget was $135.
I dragged my DD to the supermarket after school and spent $55 on food at the supermarket and $25 on food for the cats. They will eat better than us this week!
I also spent $10 at the chicken shop for 2 free range chickens as I couldn't resist that bargain. Gert, they had a sign in front of their chickens which said "Beer can chicken" with a photo. I thought of you ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 26, 2012, 11:02:57 pm
ES Wow thise chickens are great value :)

How many in your family, you are doing so well.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 26, 2012, 11:35:40 pm
Thanks H. We have 2 adults and 2 kids.
I'm looking forward to roast chicken for dinner tonight :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on July 27, 2012, 12:00:05 am
ES thats a bargain with the chickens, where are you located?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 12:00:41 am
Bet you are. I have a chicken out too & pork belly. Was going to do Gerts pork belly but then saw Maddys in the pc. Too hard too choose. Lucky I have 4 in the house.

So many yummy recipes to cook, so hard to choose.

Menu planning today for next week. Mind you when not well find a roast the easiest to do :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 27, 2012, 12:34:21 am
$5.90 so far this week, my week finishes today, menu plan done for next week, shopping list done. I have been including everything in my weekly total. Forgot about not including cleaning products, not that I use much. I  use enjo most of the time.
What about the bathroom stuff do you include that in your total?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 12:38:49 am
Jen $5.90 are you on a no eat diet? ??? ???

No dont include bathroon products either.

What have you been living on this week :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 27, 2012, 12:47:29 am
I menu planned for this week shopped last Friday, keep all my veg in Tupperware and what's left still looks good. Only run out of onions and mushrooms. Will do next weeks shop this morning, need meat, fruit and veg, and very little else for next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 27, 2012, 12:54:25 am
I have got $74 left in my budget to last me to the end of the month and a Sunday dinner (for 8 adults, 10 children) to fit into that budget....  Luckily there was a special on red capsicums $2/kg, the other day and I have some mince in the freezer. Looking like stuffed red capsicums and pizza's from me, one of my daughters is bringing roast chicken (bless her) and I'll do roast veg too.  Have some dark chocolate in the pantry and cream in the fridge so thinking a chocolate tart for desert.... Have some choc cupcakes in the freezer for the children.  It's very creative cooking when you get down to the wire LOL!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 27, 2012, 12:56:59 am
I ran out of onions recently and ran over the road to borrow one - she doesn't buy fresh onions, only frozen chopped ones so that had to do.  Was quite OK for what I wanted though.  Point being, maybe a good idea to have a packet in the freezer for times like that girls or buy extra and chop and freeze our own.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on July 27, 2012, 01:08:21 am
I was reading somewhere yesterday about someone who said they did mass amounts of caramelised onions every now and again and froze them in portions for adding to cooking. Great idea I thought.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 27, 2012, 01:29:10 am
If I run out, I run next door. :) :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 01:58:03 am
It is amazing what we all can create from nothing ;D

I must admit I do love the challenge, plus dh is so proud.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 27, 2012, 02:19:12 am
Its amazing what we have in our pantry's and freezers that we forget about. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 02:32:38 am
Obbie, havent even  looked through 1/2 of my pantry yet. So many things at the back & in the middle.

My plan was to clean it out ths week, but it can wait :)

One week I might do a dairy chalenge, whch will mean buying milk, cheese,  yogurts & creams only, see if I could last a week.  ??? :o
This way I would use up a lot more tinned & frozen products. Not to mention packets too.

I think it is possible, as I have so much stuff. What do you think?

Have to look at doing a menu & seeing how it goes.


H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 27, 2012, 02:34:52 am
Great Idea Hally.
I need to menu plan for next week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on July 27, 2012, 02:44:34 am
Well this week I went over, but considering my mum has stayed on (she got the flu and didn't feel up to travelling like that) I don't think I was too bad...$111.11  :D  - for 3 Adults and 3 girls.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 02:46:31 am
Obbie i think its doable.

Should be able to get  through the week, my problem will be the following week as  my fruit  & veg comes thursdays. Will just have to get a few things from the shops the following week if needed or see what I can create. I have a lot if fresh veg atm. Plus I have about 30 eggs :)

I have a fair bit of tinned fruit. Lots of creamed corn, better start googling recipes for corn. Canelini beans, chick peas.
Frozen mixed  veg, at least 2 bags that I know of, peas, spinach, not sure what else.

Will be fun to try for the week.
Pizza is def on the menu.

Looking forward to seeing your menu.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on July 27, 2012, 02:47:14 am
Good week, only spent $49 for the week  ;D. We bought $35 worth of coffee beans, but didn't count that, as we bought it from the Club with bonus points - I didn't even realise my husband had that many points on his card.

Have 100g chicken breast and one roast left in the freezer. Four tins of beans and one tin of tomatoes left, certainly have been using up bits and pieces! We are going camping for the weekend - no shops, so no more spending except on diesel.

Halex, I am sure a dairy challenge would work well - quiches, pizzas, chicken in yogurt etc  Yum.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 03:12:17 am
Fantastic week ElleG

Ok Obbie here we go, the only advantageof being sick, lots of time on my hands.

Breakfast, cereals, toast & eggs

Lunches, sandwiches, chicken & corn soup, pizza, nuggets, meat or chicken pies, left overs, just guage as we go. Thursday is the only dodgy day, but must get through the tins, maybe dh an have some for lunch ;D

Dinners
Sun pork belly & veg
Mon quiche, potato bake & coleslaw
Tues sausages, frozen wedges & frozen veg
Wed chicken & chorizzio paella with veg
Thur tinned curry paste with meat & rice, spinach curry too?
Fri  meatlovers pizza,  chicken pizza, plus garlic pizza
Sat beef dianne or spag bol from freezer

Rice pudding, steamed lemon puddings
Home made breads
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 27, 2012, 04:20:39 am
I'll have to meal plan.
 i'll do it and post later..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 04:52:12 am
Obbie, it wasnt that hard. If I stick to it ;D

Just organised tuesdays milk, 5 litres & some spreadable butter. Cancelled the rest of the weeks deliveries, see how I go during the week :) counted my eggs, I have 39 :o

I seem to all of a sudden feel a lot better ;D ;D

Thought about going to bank & library but changed my mind, will stay home & play with pc :)

Going to make thermomixers chicken & sweetcorn soup.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 27, 2012, 05:10:46 am
Hally. ok.
 :D :D
I have heaps of eggs, even after I gave another dozen away today.

Fri          Fillet steak/veges
Sat         Sausages on BBQ/ salad
Sunday    Roast Pork ,   make cakes and quiche for work lunches  *:
Monday    Bacon and egg pie   *:
Tuesday    Curried chicken in PC
Wednesday   Coral trout, chips, veges
Thursday     Lasange from freezer

Breakie is toast or bacon and eggs.
Will make cup cakes, and birthday cakes tonight
Nigellas little lemon puddings, with lemon butter
 ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 27, 2012, 06:06:03 am
Gretchen, whats left in your freezer..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 06:47:50 am
Gert, do you  have anything eft in the freezer. Your last photos it looked bare. What did you spend this week :)

I cooked a chicken which cost me just over $13 in the pc, it weighed 1.8kg.  Shreded it & decided to weight it, just over 500g of meat, breast, thigh & drumstick. Not very economical at all!!!

It is nearly all in the soup, apart from enough for 1 pizza & the frame is now making stock. Still a bit if meat on the frame in the pc.

We are now having the soup for dinner.

 :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 27, 2012, 07:03:57 am
That posting was totally wonky as I had said a couple of things.

Ok this week I have spent $127 which is over but I went to the wholesale butcher and didn't buy much.  My freezer was empty bar the  400 gms of  raw prawns. Now I have put into it 4 lamb shanks, a very small leg of lamb. 8 chicken thighs bone in, beef cheeks, 400 gms beef mince, a piece of corned silverside and I have four containers of dog food I make this week.  Still plenty of room and that meat should last us a few meals so not much spending next week. In the fridge I have some  pickled pork .

Must look up recipe for beef cheeks.

Had lamb chops for lunch.

Gert

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jadey on July 27, 2012, 07:06:55 am
Hello Ladies.

Well today is "payday" and since I haven't worked this month that doesn't exist for me at the moment  :'(
What better time to start the Challenge. I think it will work best for me if I average my spend fortnightly (Since that's how I'm paid) And I'll exclude soft drinks from my budget because hubby and I do drink a lot of soft drink. Although I may make more soda stream versions on my current budget.

Wish me luck.

Jadey  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 07:08:22 am
Gert, you do so well :)

Jadey, enjoy, its quite fun :)

Hoping one day to see my pantry 1/2 empty. Oh well another tin today, creamed corn :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 27, 2012, 07:40:36 am
I thought that my freezer and pantry would be emptier by now too. I like the idea of a dairy week because at least half of my supermarket trolley was from the dairy section. I am also toying with the idea of visiting the supermarket fortnightly as i am about to start working on the day I usually go to the supermarket. It is just so hard to change habits of a lifetime.

Gert, do you have a pressure cooker? i made a dish with beef cheeks in it recently, and they were really nice.

Jadey, join in the fun. I've definitely been spending less money on food since i started this challenge.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 27, 2012, 08:01:22 am
No I don't have a PC nor a Slow cooker. Was thinking of slow cooking in  the  oven.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 27, 2012, 08:06:23 am
Gert, you do so well


When you live on a fixed income you do not have the option sometimes but to make an effort to cut down when you are expecting a horrendous rates  bill plus the electricity  going up so much. You have to make cuts somewhere and about the only place you can is in the consumables.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 27, 2012, 08:25:15 am
My week ends tomorrow but with DH away I won't be going to the shops again.
My total for the week is $110.87. Average = $105.21.
If DH stays away longer than expected then I'll have a no shopping week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 09:01:02 am
ES, I thought my pantry would be shrinking too, but I really cant see any difference ???

The freezer I did get down out of necessity. Definitelt the pantrys turn to get a bit of a workout.

So are you buying dairy onky ths week?

Gert, yes bills keep going up, its just crazy.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 27, 2012, 09:38:12 am
Did my shopping this morning grand total for this week was $125.96 for 4 adults.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 27, 2012, 09:43:19 am
That's excellent Jen.
I would be happy if that was my weekly total. I want my entire shopping bill to be $100 though, cleaning stuff and toiletries. There is only 2 of us mostly so it should be achievable.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 10:21:53 am
Jen, that is brilliant or 4 adults. Well done.
Would love to see your menu plan :)
 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 27, 2012, 11:30:39 am
Here's my menu plan for next week

Monday: Thai prawn curry & rice
Tuesday: Pasta sausage & Bean soup
Wednesday: Beef Tacos
Thursday: Asian Salmon with Bok choy & mushrooms
Friday: Grilled pork chops with stirfry veg and rice
Saturday: Oven fried chicken and veg
Sunday:  Chilli Beef

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on July 27, 2012, 12:27:07 pm
Jen that sounds delicious. I M hopeless at menu planning. I have no idea what we will have for dinner tomorrow night. We will have chicken again this week, pasta one night, and as for the rest, I will stick my head in the freezer and seek inspiration  :P
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 27, 2012, 11:03:09 pm
Today is my shopping day.  Yesterday did my annual shop at the Italian grocer in Melbourne.   I usually spend $300/400.  Yesterday spent  $114,  mostly on cheese.  Parmarsen ,  will cut in blocks and freeze.  This will last the year so not counting it.  Also went to the Chinese grocer.  Bought chicken bones for 50 cents a K.  ,  a duck for $12 and a packet of bean shoots. And a K of chicken wings for $2.   All for $ 17.  Had $40 left this week so still $20 under.  Friends came for dinner and bough a bag on onions .  I gave them eggs.   Love this challenge.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 27, 2012, 11:18:54 pm
Chookie, buying in bulk doesnt count ;D
Would love your Italian shop, I think you must have been very restrained, well done :)
Are you joinig us on our dairy week, only buying dairy products to try & reduce pantry & freezer items.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on July 28, 2012, 01:11:46 am
Chookie, are you planning your next overseas holiday with all these savings  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 28, 2012, 05:34:04 am
Hally,  tell me more about the dairy week.

Judy,  have booked our trip to Turkey for next year.  Going to need all I can save between now and then.. Would love to visit CC while over there.  ;D  Anyone want to have a sticky,  it is Captains Choice,   Ancient Wonders of the Black Sea.

Well blew it today.  $114 .  Back to some bad habits ,  got sucked in with some specials.  2 tins of Pineapple  Thins (on special)  for a lovely sweet  where you fill the hole with dates and lemon juice and cover with meringue and bake. A very large chicken for $10.  A large packet of English Breakfast Tea.  2 Bags of quick sale pumpkin,  which I am turning into soup,  mash and bake.  2 lots of visitors,  (that I know about)  this week,  so still pretty good.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 28, 2012, 06:07:36 am
It is so easy to get sucked in :(

Dairy Challenge, the idea is to try & use freezer frozen veg & fruit & more importantly pantry items. My pantry doesnt seem to go down, just as busy.

So the only items we can buy this week are dairy, milk, cream, butter, cheese etc.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on July 28, 2012, 06:31:38 am
OK,  i'm in.   ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 28, 2012, 06:35:00 am
Count me in. My pantry is just about where I want it but the freezer just don't seems to budge.
Was hoping to defrost it this weekend, will aim for next weekend.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 28, 2012, 07:08:38 am
Great there is a few of us doing ths :)

Very pleased since yesterday I have used, 1 creamed corn, 1 tin of tomatoes (my last) but i have puree, paste & dolmios & passata :o, 1 tin of spaghetti- talked the boys intto having some with toast ;D & 1 coconut cream. 4 tins in 2 days, yay,  ;D

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on July 28, 2012, 07:29:02 am
It is so easy to get sucked in :(

Dairy Challenge, the idea is to try & use freezer frozen veg & fruit & more importantly pantry items. My pantry doesnt seem to go down, just as busy.

So the only items we can buy this week are dairy, milk, cream, butter, cheese etc.

H :)

I wont be joining this challenge, I can only have a small amount of dairy.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 29, 2012, 12:39:48 am
Quote
I wont be joining this challenge, I can only have a small amount of dairy.

It diesnt sound like you have cupboards of food where you cant  find anything or it all falls out on top of you :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 29, 2012, 01:14:21 am
I shopped friday instead of today, for kids party.  This week, I wont spend much, just dairy, fruit..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 29, 2012, 01:22:59 am
Was very happy used 4 tins yesterday. Will be making soup for the freezer today, so another tin of creamed corn. Yay. Probably shifting food from pantry to freezer,  ;D LOL

Soups good in portions in freezer, wished I had sie ast week
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on July 29, 2012, 07:54:00 am
I have one huge 800gm can of peach halves in the pantry. This can will be my first port of call.
I don't buy a lot of tinned fruit, although have half a kilo of raspberries in the freezer and apart from the peaches only have a tin of fruit salad.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 31, 2012, 02:54:38 am
I wonder if peaches & chicken works like apricot chicken.

My menu plan out of the window as I left meat out of the freezer whilst looking for a chicken to make butter chicken.

However instead of buying a few items for my Harira soup I used from pantry. Needed dry chickpeas, used tinned but obviously didnt  soak & pre-cook. Needed a tin of tomatoes, used dolmio jar. Used green lentil instead of black. Normally I would have bought all these items.

Spent $12.89 with aussie farmers, 5 litres of milk & 1 spreadable butter. Have cancelled the rest of the weeks orders,  but will need milk by the weeend with eb coming again.

Really hoping to stay in dairy only. Might need a few veg but not much :)

Used frozen veg yesterday, nothing wrong them :)

H :)


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on July 31, 2012, 02:58:40 am
Well done H. I am working on my pantry too. I am amazing myself when shopping .this challenge has really changed  a lifetime of poor shopping habits.

Thank you for thinking of it and for getting us motivated.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KathD11 on July 31, 2012, 03:44:30 am
I have been reading this thread with interest, as I really need to start shopping within a budget. I thought before I post anything saying "I'm in" I would give it a trial run and see how close to $100 I could get at my last supermarket shop. I did my menu plan for 2 adults 1 toddler 1 baby and tried to use mostly things from the pantry & freezer, but still managed to spend $227!!  :o  :o What the! That did include $60 worth of nappies, but still nowhere near  >:(

Will attempt again this week, fingers crossed for a better result.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 31, 2012, 04:10:37 am
I am good, spent nothing since Friday, and not shopping till Sunday..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on July 31, 2012, 04:29:23 am
Gert I need to get the pantry down, sick f kocking things over etc. amazing I ave hardly bought any tinned for or much packaged since the start if the callenge, but I dint see any soaces :o

I do only  have 3 pkts of spaghetti now instead of 6 or 7, no tinned tomatoes, no chickpeas, so it must be going down. Still very full looking :o

Come on Kath, you can do it.

If I stick to my dairy ony, I should easily rock in under $50. DH needs more of his lowering cholestral margarine, milk, some yogurt & probably a few veg & that would be it. i hope to do it :)

I might look at doing the dairy challenge monthly, it seems to help in reducing pantry stocks.

Gone this week, 5 tins & 1 dolmio  jar so far ;D ;D

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on July 31, 2012, 04:41:12 am
I am going to do a full pantry inventory and then menu plan around that.

I have so much pasta, and dolmio sauces, tinned stuff too.

I have used 3 tins of veges so far this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on July 31, 2012, 04:41:45 am
Well done Hally! Good to get rid of pantry items. This week I've spent 111.46 so under my 120 budget! I thought I'd be under so splurged a bit on Atlantic salmon for tonight's dinner - nearly $10 for 2 small pieces! 😒
My pantry's not too bad, but I need to clear out my freezer - it's only small but I still have no idea what's in there.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 01, 2012, 03:07:16 am
I bought 20 kilos of fish yesterday, but otherwise have not spent a cent since last Friday..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on August 01, 2012, 05:29:03 am
OMG 20 kilos what are you going to do with that much fish?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 01, 2012, 05:30:56 am
OMG 20 kilos what are you going to do with that much fish?

Obbie will freeze it into portions :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 01, 2012, 05:33:02 am
Just spent $7.11 on dairy & few (very few) veg. So total for week so far is $20  :)
Also bought bulk chicken :)

Hm :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 01, 2012, 10:34:30 am
I have been "lurking" and reading this thread with interest, and would love to give it a try, but have had no luck with menu planning the few times I have given it a try.  My problem is with left-overs ........ my 2 DS's are such unpredictable eaters - one day they eat bowls full, and other days barely anything.  So when I cook a meal, it may last one meal or several. And then I end up with all sorts of little dribs and drabs in the freezer that are too good to chuck out, but not enough to feed us for a meal.

Also, I am very embarrassed to admit that I have no idea how much money we spend on groceries at the moment  :-[ :-[

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 01, 2012, 11:28:05 am
KarenH, you can do this. Look through your  freezer for meat, chicken, mince, sausages etc, look at recipes that use what you have & menu plan around that.

The dairy challenge this week has been a huge eye opener for me, 5 tins 1 dolmio sauce down, would be lucky to normally  use 2. Its a bit more time consuming, but I have all my menu plans on paprika app so I can  go always go back there to look for inspiration.

Once you get into it, is easy.

Are you coming to the retreat?

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 01, 2012, 12:18:16 pm
KarenH, you can do this. Look through your  freezer for meat, chicken, mince, sausages etc, look at recipes that use what you have & menu plan around that.

The dairy challenge this week has been a huge eye opener for me, 5 tins 1 dolmio sauce down, would be lucky to normally  use 2. Its a bit more time consuming, but I have all my menu plans on paprika app so I can  go always go back there to look for inspiration.

Once you get into it, is easy.

Are you coming to the retreat?

H :)

H  maybe those of us on the retreat  can take a small VDO with our IPads to compare. LOL!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 01, 2012, 01:41:17 pm
Karen,
Join us! I'm terrible at menu planning too, but I've managed to stick to budget for the last 6 or 7 weeks. I never used to pay attention to how much I spent on food until I started this.  I have lots of leftovers in my freezer, but I freeze them in single serves so I can take them to work for lunch or we can  have a leftover night where everyone gets to choose something different.
I bought 2 free range chickens this week for $10 and managed to stretch it to 4 meals and a couple of lunches for me. We had roast chicken two nights, fried rice  and sprig rolls,  and then chicken and rice soup. It was really good for the budget, but hasn't helped use up the food in my freezer or in the cupboards.
I did discover tonight that I have no tins of tomatoes left . Luckily I still have a few fresh tomatoes leftover from the 10kg box I bought the other week. I seem to have lots if tins of bean instead.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 01, 2012, 10:37:44 pm
After tonight I will have no meat left in the freezer. Only 2 small packages of bacon. Although I still have a 4 litre tub of ice cream, don't know how much is in it, a pkt of crumpets, 3 lentil and pumpkin patties, a frozen potato bake, peas, corn and puff pastry. Hoping to fit this all in the kitchen freezer which is tiny and defrost the drawer freezer on Saturday.

Spent $68 this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: dede on August 01, 2012, 10:45:17 pm
Grocery shopping today for me, I haven't kept an eye on my spending but pretty sure it would be under budget as I walk everywhere now and don't buy unnessasary items from the shop
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 01, 2012, 11:37:09 pm
Gert, what is vdo??

Mcmich, i can see a pasta dish, bacon, peas & corn to start :)

ES, yes I am out if tinned timatoes, but till have alternatives :) if they are on spcial I might buy 2, but dont need any this week.

Dede, you always coe in under budget, your very good.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 02, 2012, 01:06:44 am
Video H VDO.

On the IPad  a small movie.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 02, 2012, 01:27:28 am
OK - I will join in this challenge too - even if just to see exactly what I am spending on food each week to start off with, and then see what I can reduce it down to!

Hally, would LOVE to be coming to the retreat weekend (I am originally from south west WA, so it would be like coming home for me) but I travel quite a lot with work, and have already been away heaps this year with more conferences coming up soon, and feel guilty about abandoning DH and the kids again - so no, sadly not coming this time  :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 02, 2012, 01:37:30 am
Glad you're joining us Karen. It's amazing how much you can save and it seems to flow onto other areas of spending too.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 02, 2012, 01:50:33 am
Glad you're joining us Karen. It's amazing how much you can save and it seems to flow onto other areas of spending too.

Not if I keep reading the shopping thread  ;D  Maybe we need some kind of challenge for that too
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 02, 2012, 02:40:49 am
I have given up reading the shopping thread as I want EVERYTHING.  I have avoided the pie maker and PC so far.  Did buy an electric Steam Boat.  Haven't posted it as I don't want to be a bad influence on others.

On the dairy challenge this week, will see how we go tomorrow. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 02, 2012, 02:43:02 am
I ordered my fish from this supplier 3 months ago. Fresh, snap frozen on the boat in the gulf.


10 kilos of barra, and 10 of King Salmon.

I still have 5 kilos of coral trout, and 5 kilos of prawns, and more bugs.. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KathD11 on August 02, 2012, 03:05:10 am
Obbie that sounds amazing, I am jealous.

Well given my epic failure last week, this week I am attempting online shopping. That way I can see my total bill before clicking order. Have signed up to Aussie Farmers Direct and Woolworths online (assume we are allowed to use store names on here? I don't work for nor endorse either of them at this point!)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 02, 2012, 03:32:12 am
Glad you're joining us Karen. It's amazing how much you can save and it seems to flow onto other areas of spending too.

Not if I keep reading the shopping thread  ;D  Maybe we need some kind of challenge for that too
Yes, the shopping thread. No money being saved there.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 02, 2012, 04:17:54 am
I have given up reading the shopping thread as I want EVERYTHING.  I have avoided the pie maker and PC so far.  Did buy an electric Steam Boat.  Haven't posted it as I don't want to be a bad influence on others.

On the dairy challenge this week, will see how we go tomorrow. 

I keep well away from the shopping thread. I don't have a PC! Slow Cooker, or Pie Maker and I don't want one......I think.

Now an electric Steam Boat  interests me.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 02, 2012, 04:33:08 am
What is a Electric steam boat Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 02, 2012, 05:35:42 am
I love steam boat meals in restaurants.

Oh dear Gert now you have me thinking :)

So far this week $35, yay. The dairy challenge is going to  be a monthly for me whist the pantry is so well stocked.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 02, 2012, 05:44:49 am
What is a Electric steam boat Gert

(http://img.tapatalk.com/7cba0263-05cf-571d.jpg)

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on August 02, 2012, 05:54:21 am
.  I have avoided the pie maker and PC so far.  Did buy an electric Steam Boat.  Haven't posted it as I don't want to be a bad influence on others.

 ;D ;D ;D   . . but here is just as good . . . . !!  Going to look into this one . . .thanks ACW!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 02, 2012, 06:21:08 am
I ordered my fish from this supplier 3 months ago. Fresh, snap frozen on the boat in the gulf.


10 kilos of barra, and 10 of King Salmon.

I still have 5 kilos of coral trout, and 5 kilos of prawns, and more bugs.. :)
Wow. So these are not farmed fish?  I'm in Melbourne can we get similar deals?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 02, 2012, 07:17:05 am
I have 2 steam boat but neither are electric, we love using them, great for dinner parties, our friends keep hinting for another steamboat night.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 02, 2012, 12:01:20 pm
Well this challenge did not start out well for me  :o :o  Bad day at work, and worse day with renovations at home, so we all went out to local pub for a counter meal for dinner.  Nothing grand, couple of schnitzels, couple of kids meals, couple of glasses of wine  ;)  and there goes $80  :o :o

Does eating out count in the $100 per week challenge??
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 02, 2012, 12:05:06 pm
No it doesnt but t cant be more than twice per week or a %age is taken off your bufpdget :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 02:33:11 am
Just completed the shopping for the week. A few non dairy items, my total for this week is $52.46, very happy  with that.

Menu plan later today :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: LucyH on August 03, 2012, 02:46:04 am
Oh Obbie that's sounds like a good plan for seafood (would you share with me?) I love seafood, but it's so expensive for us.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on August 03, 2012, 02:55:01 am
Just completed the shopping for the week. A few non dairy items, my total for this week is $52.46, very happy  with that.

Menu plan later today :)

Hi Hally - do those non-dairy items include all your new PC books??  ;D ;D ;D ;D

(I should talk - I'm a total cookbook tragic!  Just trying to cull a few today - that is such a hard task!! :( )
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 03, 2012, 02:58:46 am
My food bill  for the week was $36.86.


Pretty good after going over last week.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 03:00:01 am
No they did mot include my new cookbooks :( LOL, thats another non budget, LOL

It was spinach, potatoes & as a treat for ds as he has just finished all the weetbix, cornflakes.

  :)

Well done Gert :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 03, 2012, 03:06:43 am
That's an expensive meal for a counter tea Karen - they must charge like wounded bulls in your area.  A lot of us could feed the family for a week on that amount.   :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 03, 2012, 04:35:39 am
My week ends tomorrow but I topped up today so no more groceries this week. Spent $98.59c. A weekly average of $103.36c. Really pleased with that.

Didn't go so well with the dairy only week and DH requested Nigella's meat loaf for tomorrow nights dinner and I have no meat left in the freezer. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 03, 2012, 05:51:11 am
Shopped today.  $99.18.  Couldn't resist 2 packets of Laucke flour on sale,  also large packet of toilet rolls. We are hosting a Birthday party next week so consider this very good.  DH is helping by not loading the basket up with chocolates.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 03, 2012, 06:02:32 am
Everyones doing very well. Chookie you came in under budget and hosting a party, you've gotta be happy with that.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 06:12:19 am
Shopped today.  $99.18.  Couldn't resist 2 packets of Laucke flour on sale,  also large packet of toilet rolls. We are hosting a Birthday party next week so consider this very good.  DH is helping by not loading the basket up with chocolates.

Chookie, thats brilliant with a party & your still under budget :)

Didnt stick to dairy inky, need a few veg. Did anyone manage dairy only?

6 tins 1 dolimio jar this week, yay
How any tins did others get through?

My goal for next week is to match this with tins. The kids will be having spaghetti on toast for lunch one day this weekend :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 06:21:26 am
My challenge is these 7 tins for this week.
Currys,  minestrone soup, creamed corn for a soup, kids spag on toast for lunch
(http://img.tapatalk.com/3ab2d340-5fe6-9138.jpg)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 03, 2012, 06:27:51 am
I had to laugh when my stepdaughter 15yrs and her friends dropped round a few days ago after school. They were wanting to know what was for afternoon tea and I told them they had to eat the two minute noodles. They thought I was joking but they have been in the pantry for ages and no one is eating them. I haven't seen them back this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 06:29:04 am
I had to laugh when my stepdaughter 15yrs and her friends dropped round a few days ago after school. They were wanting to know what was for afternoon tea and I told them they had to eat the two minute noodles. They thought I was joking but they have been in the pantry for ages and no one is eating them. I haven't seen them back this week.

LOL, That is so funny :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 06:35:53 am
Menu plan, a boring week for me in the kitchen

Sun roast lamb & veg, kids lunch spag on toast, 2 tins
Mon tinned curry sauce, 2 tins
Tues minetrone soup, 1 tin & 1 dolmio jar
Wed steak, frozen veg & wedges
Thurs pasta?
Fri. Tinned curry, 1 tin
Sat ?

Lunches, soups - 1 tin, sandwiches & left overs

 :)

Btw, I am leaving these tins out on the kitchen bench to remind me to use them. Might even get some spag down the boys for afternoon tea :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 03, 2012, 06:39:11 am
LOL Mich!!!! Did they eat them?? 2 minute noodles scare me after we found some in the back of the pantry when we pulled the old kitchen out, DH ate them and got food poisening from them.  :o  He said they tasted funny but he still ate them .......
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 03, 2012, 06:41:53 am
They did, they were still in date. Usually there is muffins, a slice or cake so I suppose it was a shock for them.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 03, 2012, 06:51:49 am
We have some somewhere better check the dates. Probaby very out of date :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on August 03, 2012, 07:31:39 am
About to go shopping, and have menu planned for the week. Visitors for 3/4 days

Sat roast chicken and vegies
Sun beef pot roast and vegies in PC
Monday Pumpkin. Feta and bacon risotto
Tuesday Chookies Bacon and vegie Quiche
Wednesday prob leftovers
Thursday Nico's Thai Chicken Chill
Friday Lamb Chilli Con Carni

Lunches, pumpkin soup or quinoa salad
Desserts banana and raspberry icecream - just whipped together, nothing added

Breakfasts either porridge, Amy's hot chocolate smoothie or Quirky Jo's Fermented waffles, served with yogurt and berries

Have not spent anything this week, have been away. I made a soup today and used all the vegies we have left and one tin of beans. Only meat I have is the roast. Nothing else left.

Will see what I spend...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 03, 2012, 07:37:50 am
They last 3 weeks mum has been here and I only seemed to grocery shop 1 day in the whole 3 weeks - that was the $111.11 I spent and posted. We went out for a few meals and I think mum must have done some groceries sometime because my tin shelf has suddenly got chockers again, and there were brought chicken nuggets  :o (3 pkts) in the freezer along with some other things I didn't buy or even know about....and they were on the top too, not like they were buried and I didn't know!!  Also found extra stuff in the other shelves of the pantry and in the fridge!  :)  But I am right out of brown sugar, & white sugar, and nearly out of flour .... hope I can stay under budget next week too!  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: jeninwa on August 03, 2012, 08:52:10 am
My shopping came to $111.76 today that included everything, soap, washing powder etc. way under the budget I set for us.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 03, 2012, 08:57:29 am
If I can get through tomorrow without going to the shop, I will have another $0 shopping week  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on August 03, 2012, 08:59:25 am
That's amazing JD.  How many no shop weeks is that this year?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 03, 2012, 09:02:48 am
It will be my 8th one Katie.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Katiej on August 03, 2012, 09:11:54 am
Wow that's impressive!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 03, 2012, 09:14:27 am
It's an addiction Katie, the more you have the more you want.  I must be doing something right as I have never had that many in one year before - I should be able to sneak a few more in before the year is up.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 03, 2012, 09:18:58 am
I agree!
I didn't get to the supermarket today as I got a call from school to pick up my (not so as it turns out) sick DS at lunch time. This weekend is busy, so I will try not to go to the supermarket this week, although I will go to the mArket on Sunday. This week I have come spot on budget $135. I managed to stretch my 2 bargain crooks for 4 meals. That should read CHOOKS.
I have no tinned tomatoes left, but so have some jArs of tomato pasta sauce which will just have to do.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 03, 2012, 09:43:39 am
Amazing ES, what we can substitute if we have to.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on August 03, 2012, 10:20:29 am
JD, that's is incredible. Eighth week this year!

Well, we spent $142 - way over budget, but I am including meats in my total and this is for this week and next week. Perhaps, its not as bad as i thought. I have a good range of veggies again. I have carefully stored them, so will not need as many next week. Haven't the prices sky rocketted :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 03, 2012, 12:02:48 pm
Ok, I've been doing this for 7 weeks now, and I haven't bought one tin of tomatoes or 1 packet of pasta. I made my version of pasta carbonara tonight and had to use small macaroni instead of my favourite orrichette. It still tasted good, but I think that I only have spaghetti and fettuccine in the cupboard left. Can I cope without buying other types of pasta ?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 04, 2012, 12:06:59 am
JD, thats amazing 8 weeks no spend. I need that addiction :)
Milk is our issue, fresh milk, we use lots & none of us like long life.

ES, i havent bought pasta either, still have 3 pkts of spaghetti, risoni, fusli & macaroni. I am not making or buying any until what I have is nearly gone. I used spaghetti in lasagna, it worked quite well. Cooked it up & just layered it like sheets. This week I have my tins out on the bench to remind me to use them :) try & make do, one day I am hoping to easily view my pantry instead of I know I have it, but where ???

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 04, 2012, 06:59:21 am
Oh my goodness Judy - at first I thought you had gone for 8 weeks straight without shopping   :D  A bit of careful reading set me straight there

Well, Saturday morning is traditionally my grocery shopping morning - but after joining this challenge, we didnt go this morning.  We need a little F&V, but I am sending DH and boys off to farmer's market tomorrow morning to get that - so I might manage a supermarket-free week, even if I cant quite do a shopping free week yet!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: foodiepep on August 05, 2012, 03:11:52 am

Well last week I blew it, as I'd already posted.  I spent twice as much as I should have.  This week I was right on budget of $175 but instead of shopping on Tuesday I waited until Friday.  I'm going to wait until next Tuesday to do my next shop.  That'll mean I'm back on track after the blow out week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 05, 2012, 03:33:13 am
$50 at the farmers markets this morning, which bought enough fruit and veg and eggs to last at least 1 week, if not two. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 06, 2012, 02:01:17 pm
I've spent about $65 at the growers market this week, and have managed to keep away from the supermarket. With any luck that will be it for the week. Mind you, my shopping list is growing.
I have used up quite a few tins from the cupboard in the last few days, so that is starting to look better, and there is a little more room in the freezer too.
Happy happy, joy, joy!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 06, 2012, 11:41:29 pm
Judy,  I am going to follow your example and try and have a shopping free week.  Some real inspiration there.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 06, 2012, 11:42:49 pm
Chookie, what about milk?

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 07, 2012, 12:34:31 am
I've just done my weekly shop - and overspent by $30.  :-[ 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 07, 2012, 02:35:39 am
Sunday I did my weekly shop and that was $160
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 07, 2012, 04:13:22 am
Back from supermarket, spent so far which includes thursdays fruit & veg $47.60. Bought 1 tin of tomatoes :) including the canelinni beans & tomatoes, minestrone soup in pc, I have used 5 tins. YAY
 Sent ds off to school with a tin of spaghetti in his flask, he thought it was a great treat :)

Will need to buy more milk & some cheese treats for the weekend, so at least another $30-$40 probably, we will see.

Everyone is still doing so weell :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on August 07, 2012, 04:28:55 am
Even though my pantry looks very over full I don't have a lot of tins. I probably have 6 tins of fruit (bought on special as DD has fruit on her cereal) and that will last 6 weeks, a couple of tins of tomatoes, milo, coffee and the usual sauces etc. I don't stock up on things any more as when we shifted I found all sorts of things in the pantry. Now I try to menu plan and buy just the tins we need. I do have lots of types of rice, heaps of types of flour, dried fruits, nuts and things like this. They are all in sealed containers because of the dread pantry moth.
I hope to go up to a local F & V place this afternoon as they have lovely stuff. I have a 90+year old darling friend who has been admitted to hospital and want to go and see her too, so the F & V may have to miss out. She is far more important as I love her dearly.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 07, 2012, 05:02:50 am
Even though my pantry looks very over full I don't have a lot of tins. I probably have 6 tins of fruit (bought on special as DD has fruit on her cereal) and that will last 6 weeks, a couple of tins of tomatoes, milo, coffee and the usual sauces etc. I don't stock up on things any more as when we shifted I found all sorts of things in the pantry. Now I try to menu plan and buy just the tins we need. I do have lots of types of rice, heaps of types of flour, dried fruits, nuts and things like this. They are all in sealed containers because of the dread pantry moth.
I hope to go up to a local F & V place this afternoon as they have lovely stuff. I have a 90+year old darling friend who has been admitted to hospital and want to go and see her too, so the F & V may have to miss out. She is far more important as I love her dearly.

Visting friends is alway better than spending money I find!  :)  We have an old family friend in a home at the moment...DH used to go to her place for lunch from school sometimes, he thinks very fondly of her - as do I and the girls, we all enjoy going to see her.  :)  Her husband died a few months ago aged 103.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on August 07, 2012, 07:20:44 am
My weekly supermarket shop came to around $75 which is great BUT... Before that I had spent about $150 at Costco, not all on food. Need to do my sums to work out total spend for the week, and add on my Aussie farmers bill. I bought some fruit & eggs at Costco, I'll include those in my budget.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 08, 2012, 05:37:57 am
Cookie, hope you enjoyed your vist, much better than shopping.

Well I dont need anymore food, I am at $73.70, but I woud love some cheese & some nuts which would make me up or over budget, we shall see. I love a good cheese platter. :)
I mst confess I bought tinned tomatoes & a tin of chickpeas, so have added to my tin collection >:( as long as I work on use mre than you buy, then the pantry should go down ???

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 09, 2012, 01:04:00 pm
I agree. If you have used up all of one type of tinned food, you can buy another to replace it, as long as it is something that you are using regularly. I have just been to the supermarket and bought 1 tin each of tomatoes, corn and salmon as I have used the last of these from my cupboard.
I managed to avoid a supermarket shop last week, and my total spend for the week was $67.15. That's exactly half my budget!
However, I have just done the supermarket shop for this week and I have spent $99 already  >:(
I'm sure that if I average it out over the two weeks, I'll still come under.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 09, 2012, 01:07:01 pm
Well one ES . I will add up my shopping tomorrow and think I am under.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 09, 2012, 10:54:12 pm
Am going to try and not go shopping this week.  We can use LL milk as we always keep some.  Out for lunch tomorrow and visitors on Sunday.  Visitors covered,Maggie  Beer pate,  from freezer,roast beef from freezer, Potato and celeriac gratin,  silver beet from garden, carrots.  For Pud  ,Queen of Pud.Plenty of wine available for those who drink and soda water  for those who don't.  Cantucci to have with coffee.  Made bread sticks.  Like ES,  I have run out of some tins,  but will work around this for another week.  May even try not shopping the next week also as we will be heading for WA.  Love this Challange.   Thanks Hally.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 10, 2012, 04:45:50 am
My total for the week is 84.13. Not bad. No shopping next week or very little..

Save my pennies for my trip.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 11, 2012, 12:58:45 am
My total for the week was $106.70, which included an extra trip to the shops thursday to buy extra bits to cook for 6 people instead of 3.

Who cooks for 6 & what is your budget? For a while I will be cooking for 4 adults & my ds & a teenager.

11 tins used, yay but still have a few tinned curry tins. Down to one packet of spaghetti :) still have lots of other types of pasta.

Will be doing my meal plan today for next week.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 11, 2012, 01:01:54 am
After a $0 week last week, I was happy with a $60.31 spend this week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 11, 2012, 05:53:00 am
Ok my new budget while I am cooking for my friend & family is $150. I think this is reasonabe, I am doing main meals & lunches. I didnt want to make it too high as I ddnt want to get back to old habits.

 ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 11, 2012, 06:20:07 am
I think that is very reasonable Hally. If you go over you go over. It's a lovely thing you are doing for your friend.

Well this week I spent $79.06c. Which brings my average to $100.93.

Very Happy  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 11, 2012, 09:46:34 am
Avoided the supermarket but bought $5 tomatoes at farmers market.  Like Gert,  saving my money for Grace town.  Very pleased.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 11, 2012, 10:26:52 am
I spent $120 yesterday, but that was lollies for party stuff too. have just bought a quarter of a beef for $400, so that is cheap.

Not shopping at all tomorrow.
Title: Re: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Greyhoundmum on August 11, 2012, 02:54:49 pm
Hi not sure where to ask this question, so I'll start here. pre TMX I stocked up on lots of tinned soup,some concentrate some just heat and pour, now we only eat home made.  any ideas on how I may use up these tins of soup??
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jadey on August 11, 2012, 03:12:03 pm
Greyhound mum - you could use chicken based ones in chicken pies? Otherwise no idea, never eaten canned soup really. Hopefully someone more skilled than me has a better answer.

Jadey  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 11, 2012, 03:23:57 pm
GHM, a lot of American recipes call for canned soups.  How about listing what your cans of soup are and see if anyone has a recipe to suit.  I have used them in the past but it's something you soon change once you are a TMX owner. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 11, 2012, 09:46:55 pm
Lots of the 3 and4 ingredient recipes use canned soup.  Mostly chicken, mushroom and tomato.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 11, 2012, 10:25:58 pm
Theres an app called big oven, lots of recipes on there used canned soup. I havent made any recioes from the app because each recipe I have been interested in requires canned soup!!LOL

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 11, 2012, 10:51:51 pm
This weeks menu plan

Sunday  Moroccan Lamb Rack, cous cous, flat breads & salad
Monday.  Creamy chicken pasta,  2 batches
Tuesday chicken& sweetcorn soup & minestrone soup, divide between families
Wednesday. Silverside & veg,
Thursday   curried lamb in yoghurt, 2 batches, pilau rice
Friday     pizza, extra dough
Saturday freezer food

Lunches & extras
Quiches, asian chicken broth wih pork dumplings, fried rice, pies & mjs pasties breads
Plus a mince dish for friend, any suggestions, they had 1kg if mince made into to spag bol last time.

I figure my friends dh can buy a bbq chicken 1 night & a bag of salad

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on August 11, 2012, 11:34:21 pm
Theres an app called big oven, lots of recipes on there used canned soup. I havent made any recioes from the app because each recipe I have been interested in requires canned soup!!LOL

 :)

Hally - check out this link on the forum called "Can the canned soup!" from Quirkycooking - you could make your own "canned soup" for those recipes you'd like to try . . ;D ;D

http://www.forumthermomix.com/index.php?topic=2609.0

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 11, 2012, 11:35:38 pm
Meat loaf H . Then he would have some over for sangers.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 11, 2012, 11:40:03 pm
meatloaf sounds good, or rissoles.
that way they keep,and  can be heated up again.

No shopping today, I spent $100 on friday, so nothing till next sunday.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 11, 2012, 11:57:10 pm
Thanks gf, could I use normal milk insted of almond milk?

Meatloaf, yes nigellas mini ones woukd be good, thanks Gert :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on August 12, 2012, 12:10:35 am
Thanks gf, could I use normal milk insted of almond milk?

Meatloaf, yes nigellas mini ones woukd be good, thanks Gert :)


Can't see why you couldn't use normal milk, Hally . . I'm no expert.  What do others think?

 . . and thanks for the nudge about the mini meatloaves!  Just what I need to do today! :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 12, 2012, 04:26:37 am
meatloafs would be easy to make and freeze too.

i am meal planning now.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 13, 2012, 02:23:00 am
Just realised that next friday is our weekend away.

So i am going to combine this weeks & next weeks shopping together. I am hoping to do a fortnights worth if food for my friend as next week with ds committments & the weekend I am quite busy.

So doing a shop today & will start cooking today.

So I have $300 for the fortnight.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 13, 2012, 02:50:36 am
you should get alot of cooking meals with $300 Hally.

have fun
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 13, 2012, 05:02:01 am
I have really blown it this week!
I spent $99 at the supermArket as I didn't go to the supermArket last week, then I spent more at the growers market yesterday too. I was seduced by some local calamari which cost me $15, bringing my market shopping to $75. In total, I spent $175 against a budget of $135, but it averages out at $121 over the fortnight.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 13, 2012, 08:00:54 am
That's pretty good ES. I love averaging it out. It's more realistic. We are all going to have weeks when we entertain, buy something in bulk etc.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on August 15, 2012, 07:21:31 am
Last week I came in under budget at $116, but I've blown it this week! Spent $137.57 so far & will probably need more milk before next Tuesday. I was seduced by reduced legs of lamb, and a sudden desire to cook corned beef! I spent around $45 on meat, but much of that will go into meals for the freezer, so not too bad I suppose.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 15, 2012, 07:23:58 am
Our grocery prices must be so much dearer than yours down south.

$160 for us without meat is nothing, and I don't buy processed stuff
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on August 15, 2012, 07:56:48 am
Obbie, I was also thinking our prices much be dearer then down south.. Last few weeks have each been $143 and $148 for the two of us. No processed foods.  No softdrinks. Nothing is cheap and the prices if fruit and veg  :o

One treat only - one small chocolate to share! (always watching my weight)  :D

However, I have been counting meat, toiletries, panadol (1 box lasts 2 and 1/2 days), etc that perhaps not everyone is counting. Will be interested to see what I spend this week. I am hoping for a small shop only.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 15, 2012, 08:16:43 am
Elleg, small tip for you buy cheapest paracetamol box of 100  is usually $1.99 to $2.50 . Same as Panadol.huge saving. You can sometimes get 100  for 49 cents.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on August 15, 2012, 09:13:25 am
Thanks Gert, but I can't swallow the round panadol.  I buy caplets at Coles - cheapest I can find. I know it's only about $1 for 24, but it all adds up, ESP on the budget  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 15, 2012, 09:32:45 am
I have become  vigilant looking for any way to save  money these days. Just paid my 1/2 yearly rates  about $1300 , no discount for paying early and a charge if you pay by CC . I find myself taking longer to shop  as I have to check and compare everything. This whole challenge has changed me as a person. I need help . I wonder how I can get a cheap shrink.

I saw a packet of 100 paper serviettes in Woolies  for $4.99 I thought it was a mistake and had to,have a second look.  Then I saw a woman with 2 kids doing a run through and she tossed two packets into her trolley. I nearly wanted to stop her and ask her if she had seen the price. I do not ever use paper as I have a collection of  over 100  serviettes I buy in the op shops. I once got  150 for 10 bucks from a restaurant changing over to another colour. I finally got or sick of them and gave them too friend. I could not believe spending $10 on paper ones.

I may stop shopping all together because it is driving  me nuts being so frugal. LOL!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on August 15, 2012, 09:35:58 am
I feel your pain Gert, I buy my serviettes from the $2 shop or no-name ones, but everything is going up in price and I don't see it getting any better  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 15, 2012, 11:49:50 am
I know. I buy the 99c ones in foodland, although I covert the funky ones in Ikea.  Tonight, I made the kids use the hard ones from KFC that I found in the bottom kitchen drawer when I cleaned it out on the weekend!
I'm contemplating passing on the supermarket this week, and waiting until Wed afternoon before I leave for the retreat, and doing two weeks at once. I might not save much money, but I will save time :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 16, 2012, 06:36:45 am
Gert I wonder if that shrink would consider 2 for the price of 1. ;D  I think I am addicted to Super markets and desperately need help. However ,  that said, last week I spent $5 and was trying not to shop this week but spent $42.26.  Pretty good really. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 16, 2012, 07:19:40 am
That is excellent. So far this week  is zero.  Yeah money in my pocket.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on August 16, 2012, 07:37:24 am
Gert, Great  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 16, 2012, 07:39:59 am
wish I could have a zero week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 16, 2012, 09:13:24 am
Well done Gretchen, it feels good doesn't it?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 16, 2012, 09:19:00 am
Love it Judy. MInd you the only thing left for Ted will be 4 discounted crapola meals. But he can get the courtesy bus to the local pubs where there is plenty of food.  Bad sad wifey Gert.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 16, 2012, 09:58:06 am
I am up to $212 for the fortnight with a $300 budget. I cant see me spending over $80 on milk & fruit next week, well I hope not. So vey hapy at present.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 17, 2012, 02:07:40 am
Gretchen, I think Ted would love to go to the pub... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 17, 2012, 02:11:57 am
I love the idea of the courtesy buses Gretchen.  Great idea if he eats out every day and has someone to talk to in the process.  I love how you can just up and leave him to fend for himself which is how it should be with all partners.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 17, 2012, 03:42:08 am
He is hopeless in the kitchen. He can do his own toast and fry an egg . He prefers scrambelled but has not a clue how to do it. At 83 he ain't gunna learn now.

F
The bus will drive up to the front  door, pick him up and deposit him back for free. good service.


Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 17, 2012, 04:24:48 am
love the bus Gert.

No spending for me all week, till I shop Sunday
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 17, 2012, 07:14:35 am
DH said he was very relieved that I had defrosted the freezer and am cooking meals to freeze again.
He is very capable of shopping and is a wonderful cook.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on August 17, 2012, 08:31:45 am
Well it's taken a couple of days of reading to catch up on all the posts.  Although I haven't been posting I've been still watching my budget.  It totally blow out in July as I had 2 family birthday parties, one of them I catered for 36 adults/kids and the other 10 adults plus kids.  In total I blow the budget by $400.00 for the month.  Not too bad considering.

August back on track and keeping to $100.00 a week, that includes all food, pet food, nappies, non food grocery stuff so pretty pleased.

Can any one tell me, can you freeze sour cream?  A friend has given me 5 litres of milk and 2 litres of sour cream which will be at it's used by date in 5 days.

TIA
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on August 17, 2012, 08:40:21 am
yes it can be frozen keiramax will u be making butter with the cream ?

i am testing some frozen sour cream pastry ATM will deforst and try it out 2morrow and let you know the out come if u like
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 17, 2012, 08:50:00 am
 Kieramax & Uni, I found this comment on the net regarding feeezing sour cream. Uni, what has your experience with it been like?

"I often get asked, Can you freeze sour cream? The answer is Yes and No. I know that sounds funny but YES you can freeze it. Will it be as good as if it had never been frozen? NO!  However, it really depends on how you plan to use it.  I personally do not freeze it however it can be done.

By freezing you can extend the life by 4 to 6 months. Just write the date you put it into the freezer with a permanent marker so you know how long it has been there.

Sour Cream – You can freeze it in the original container or an air-tight container however by freezing IT WILL affect the texture. It will turn it into the consistency of cottage cheese. So if you are going to use it for baking then it would be ok but if you are using it in its original form then I would not recommend it.

Also, another helpful tip is that you can extend the life of your sour cream by storing the unopened container upside down in your fridge"




 



 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on August 17, 2012, 11:41:32 pm
JD i have only used it in baking or to add to soup, pasta and meat dishes

made these with the frozen sour cream pastry and some pastry that was in the fridge

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on August 18, 2012, 01:13:32 am
Thanks Uni and Judy, will freeze and see how I go.  Can always add it to cooking etc.  My friend has another 6 litres to get rid of so I've told her I'll have them is she can't find homes.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on August 18, 2012, 01:27:58 am
have u made the sour cream loaf, we all love it
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 18, 2012, 01:31:41 am
I just counted 5 bottles of cream, 2 cartons of buttermilk and 2 tubs of sour cream in my freezer..... :-))
Guess who can't walk past marked down stuff!  :-\
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on August 18, 2012, 01:43:41 am
i think we all have the same disease astarra lol
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: fundj&e on August 18, 2012, 01:47:42 am
Thanks Uni and Judy, will freeze and see how I go.  Can always add it to cooking etc.  My friend has another 6 litres to get rid of so I've told her I'll have them is she can't find homes.

keiramax can i ask why does ur friend have so much cream, milk  and sour cream  :-))
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 18, 2012, 02:08:00 am
Uni, maybe she has a pet cow ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 18, 2012, 04:47:08 am
maybe she does have a cow, or shops for bargains.... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 18, 2012, 05:59:12 am
Maybe the sour cream can be whizzed up in TMX to get the texture right again. Would be interesting to try.  I have made butter successfully from frozen thawed plain cream.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: keiramax on August 18, 2012, 07:43:20 am
Couldn't image her with a cow.  Her husband works in a distribution warehouse for cold goods milk, cheese etc and they get goods close to the use by date.  

Will look at the sour cream loaf.  I've also got a few recipes for sour cream cakes that can go into the freezer
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 19, 2012, 05:56:32 am
That would make sense, as they couldn't sell it to shops with not much use by date left.. :)

Spent $45 yesterday for the week. Yeah.... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 19, 2012, 10:04:04 pm
Didn't have the best of weeks. $278.85. That brings my weekly average to $117.11.

Will have to try and do better this week. It is expensive stocking up the freezer again.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 20, 2012, 01:46:10 am
Michele, I think we are all going to have "expensive" weeks, I am low on so many items.

I am up to $250 for the fortnight, need hi lo milk, dh is out of Brazil nuts, he eats a few each day to help ward of prostrate cancer, I am hoping to come in under $300 for the f/n.

My friend sees her specialist on thursday, will know when we get back from MR if I am still cooking for her.

Menu this week

Sunday, pork chops & salad
Monday roast beef & veg
Tuesday  chicken or beef stirfry
Wednesday left overs from monday
Thursday out to cocos
Friday boys have freezer food
Saturday boys have freezer food

Lunches spag bol, salads, quiche & soups

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on August 20, 2012, 04:41:56 am
I love Coco's. Lucky you  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 20, 2012, 05:13:24 am
Yes we like it there & upstairsat Raffles.

We are taking JD to Cocos, its a good place for her to start her trip.

Just dine the shopping, have to add it all up.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on August 20, 2012, 05:25:01 am
JD will love it  ;D great choice Hally.

Are many of the retreat crowd going?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 20, 2012, 05:26:19 am
No just us, i think some others are going to another place near where they are staying.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 20, 2012, 06:09:51 am
$277.97 for the fortnight. We dont need anything else, the boys have heaps for while I am away. That is what I used to spend per week feeding the 3 of us, & now I have fed 6 people over 2 weeks with this amount. $139 per wekk, very happy.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 20, 2012, 06:38:54 am
No just us, i think some others are going to another place near where they are staying.

 :)

Or not!   Some lovely places just a walk tor cab ride away. Who knows  where we will be!   

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on August 20, 2012, 07:02:20 am
Wherever you end up I am sure it will be a fun filled experience. Wish I was going too :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 20, 2012, 10:29:30 am
Well there is a half price place going MF. Would love for you to join us.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on August 20, 2012, 10:58:37 am
Wish I could but we are going away on Wednesday for 9 nights otherwise I would have come for sure.
Will be so much fun with all you girls together......  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 20, 2012, 01:46:27 pm
I haven't done my supermarket shopping this week, but I have been to the market. I'm looking at my budget over the fortnight instead of a week again. So far I've spent about $80. I bought more at the market this week as I won't be there next weekend  ;D
My shopping list is getting longer as I'm starting to run out of staples.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 21, 2012, 09:45:36 am
No more shopping for me. Total this week. 27.62

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 21, 2012, 10:20:07 am
Gert, you cant have any food left n your house.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 21, 2012, 10:29:18 am
Lean and mean.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 21, 2012, 10:40:43 am
Lean and mean.

Gert

Isn't it lovely to look at a stocked - not over stocked freezer. To see what you have and be able to put your hand on what you want, not have to shuffle through a pile of - what the heck is that?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 21, 2012, 10:54:48 am
Lean and mean.

Gert

Isn't it lovely to look at a stocked - not over stocked freezer. To see what you have and be able to put your hand on what you want, not have to shuffle through a pile of - what the heck is that?

And to look in the pantry and see EVERYTHING you have.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 21, 2012, 10:56:06 am
Oh in my dreams ;D ;D LOL

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 22, 2012, 01:00:46 am
Bought a couple of things at IGA which brings me $290 for the fortnight :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 23, 2012, 01:20:10 am
So far so good for me this week - if I take off the $89 I spent on bulk meat yesterday that is.  ;)
Still need to buy a few salad veg and ice cream this week, should come in just under my $100.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: sunnyzoë on August 23, 2012, 01:03:26 pm
I would really like to try this...... I don't see how it's possible though, without buying the cheap and nasty versions of some things (bread, milk, etc...)

I should be able to keep the bill down, as it's just me and my three young ones (aged 4, 6, 8), but I spend almost $200 per week :(

I will read through the middle of this thread for some tips.

Does anyone find that shopping online helps?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 23, 2012, 01:15:03 pm
Hi Sunnyzoe, welcome to the challenge.

You will be amzed how much you can save if you menu plan around waever  food you already have.

I dont buy generic brands, my milk fruit  & veg are from aussie farmers delivery.

Its hard the frist week or so, but it gets easier each week & most of us really enjoy it.

Let us know how you go.
 We must be on about week 12 now & all doing well.

Halex :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 26, 2012, 02:34:16 am
$115 for this week, Yeah....  :o  saved at least  $60
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 26, 2012, 09:50:10 am
Well done Obbie.

DH has spent $22 today, I thought it woukd be more, so pretty happy with that :)

Have to menu plan today or tomorrow.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 27, 2012, 12:13:22 am
I'll do a menu plan today, while I am here at work.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 27, 2012, 04:37:56 am
Hows it going Obbie?

Sunday, dh organised, steak with parsley butter, salad, corn, potatos
Mon, hamburgers from freezer & salad
Tues, beef & ale pie & veg
Wed, rack of lamb, cous cous & veg,
Thur minestrone or lamb shank soup
Fri  freezer meal
Sat dh surprise , meant to be happy surprise :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 27, 2012, 05:07:59 am
I am planning on a no spend week this week.  :D

Dinner menu done for the week from what I have in the fridge, freezer and pantry...
Mon: beef roast dinner
Tues: chicken portions, homemade chips, steamed veg and salad (+ gravy)
Wed: slow cooked lamb chops in gravy with mashed potatoes and steamed veg. {a no oven tea}
Thurs: pork, crackling, gravy, roast potatoes and kumara, steamed peas, corn & carrot dish.
Fri: Macaroni beef {already in freezer done}
Sat: pizzas.

Very happy me!  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 27, 2012, 05:16:39 am
I am planning on a no spend week this week.  :D

Dinner menu done for the week from what I have in the fridge, freezer and pantry...
Mon: beef roast dinner
Tues: chicken portions, homemade chips, steamed veg and salad (+ gravy)
Wed: slow cooked lamb chops in gravy with mashed potatoes and steamed veg. {a no oven tea}
Thurs: pork, crackling, gravy, roast potatoes and kumara, steamed peas, corn & carrot dish.
Fri: Macaroni beef {already in freezer done}
Sat: pizzas.

Very happy me!  :D


Wow Astarra you have. come  a long way. Good stuff.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 27, 2012, 05:17:35 am
Fantastic Astarra,well done & all yum :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 27, 2012, 05:24:01 am
M  Portuguese chicken and veges
T Corn meat fritters, veges
W. Fillet steak, brown onion gravy, veges
T. Swiss beef
F. Coral trout
S. Sweet sour pork, veges, rice, prawn crackers
S. Roast lamb in oven.

Cakes, biccies, quiches, mini pies, Maddys cheese and bacon rolls again,  also for work lunches, :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 27, 2012, 08:48:44 am
Astarra, what are you doing about milk? Fresh fruit etc.

I would love to have a no spend week, I just cant see hw ???

Do you buy more the week before?

We could eat a lot of freezer left overs,, we probably have enough if I cooked a roast too.

We are off to Singapore on wednesday midnight horror. Maybe I could do next week  as its half a week & see how I go.

So at the weekend just buy some milk & nothing else. Be interesting but I am going to try it.

So this week I have $150 budget, next week 0.

I will make extra food for my friends family this week. Already done a few things.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on August 27, 2012, 09:42:19 am
Hi Everyone!

Thanks for your company on the way home Halex, I am sold on the idea!

I am going to give it a go, I spend about $200/$250 a week on 2 people including toiletries so it will be a challenge. I think the first step is to menu plan like you ladies so I am starting today! My two main immediate savings are buying in bulk and stopping going to the Boatshed! lol

 ;D Emma
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 27, 2012, 09:57:57 am
Love the avatar Em. You will be our forum Wally.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 27, 2012, 10:35:43 am
Mmsie, Thanks for the lift :)

Look in your cupboards, freezer etc & start from there. You have heaps of recipes now, so good luck :)

Need any help with anything, pm, email or ring :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jadey on August 27, 2012, 12:43:08 pm
I think I've done well this week. $114.50 including meat but not including soft drink $140 with soft drinks. I normally spend around $250 or more so I'm pretty happy. I've also never meal planned and shopped for a week at once so that was fun. I'm hoping it works out without any further shopping trips.

Mon: OMG Chicken with salad
Tue: Martha Stewart Perfect Mac and Cheese
Wed: Lamb shanks with Roast Veg
Thu: Steak and Salad for hubby and Lemon Pepper Salmon for me (our favourite meals)
Fri: Out - 1927 concert
Sat: pizza night at a friends place
Sun: Roast beef with all the trimmings, And sticky date pudding

Lunches: Turkey, Brie, Spinach and Cranberry wraps.
Left over Mac and Cheese

Jadey  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 28, 2012, 12:29:53 am
My menu plan is done, But sometimes I cook for us , and sometimes M&D too. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on August 28, 2012, 04:16:16 am
Where has the time gone? I've just done this week's shopping and realised I hadn't added up last week's yet! Last week I was under, $116.09, and this week under again, $118.45 including drinks. Yay! I should really be able to go even lower considering my freezer is chock-a-block.... but couldn't resist salmon fillets - at least I know I can afford them now!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 28, 2012, 04:28:27 am
We have a lot to thank Hally for  deedub.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on August 28, 2012, 08:42:53 am
Sure do Gert, she's definitely got me out of a few bad habits.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 29, 2012, 01:51:10 am
Thanks guys :)

I am up to $147, need a few more things so will be slightly over budget, but next week is a  ZERO SPEND WEEK, yes have enough milk to last so its looking good. OK only here for 4 full days of the budget but its still a no spend week.

Off to singapore with the family using the savings from the $100 week challenge, feeling pretty good :)

Slipped a few items into my trolley yesterday with the help of crown prince that were not on my list :(

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on August 29, 2012, 03:05:26 am
Hi Everyone,

I have spent about $96, I don't really want to include the 2 lots of oil I bought or the balsamic vinegar as they are pantry items but I guess I should?! :-[

I need to make some cupcakes for my husband to take to work as a fund raiser and will need some extra bits, does that count?! Just walnuts and maybe some white chocolate?! It just seems frustrating to have failed in my first week!  :-\

I have made a few items out of my weekly shop that will last - 2 jars of onion jam and some of Teninas Garlic paste so I should get brownie points for that?! ;D

mmsie
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on August 29, 2012, 03:18:17 am
Been really busy the last few weeks so changed my weekly shopping to fortnightly and seems to be working quite well, it works out to $90 per week so really happy with that. This week it's just milk and only few vegetables  so around $15, i am going to use up freezer meals. Halex we are heading off to Singapore next week too  :D so next week a Zero Spend Week so happy never done that before  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 29, 2012, 03:43:55 am
I am so on track for zero spending till Sunday..... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 29, 2012, 07:53:26 am
Hi Everyone,

I have spent about $96, I don't really want to include the 2 lots of oil I bought or the balsamic vinegar as they are pantry items but I guess I should?! :-[

I need to make some cupcakes for my husband to take to work as a fund raiser and will need some extra bits, does that count?! Just walnuts and maybe some white chocolate?! It just seems frustrating to have failed in my first week!  :-\

I have made a few items out of my weekly shop that will last - 2 jars of onion jam and some of Teninas Garlic paste so I should get brownie points for that?! ;D

mmsie

Your doing well Emma. What some of us do is average it over the weeks. So on weeks when you stock up or have a party to host will balance out with weeks when you eat out of the freezer and spend less.
E.G. For me I've spent anywhere between $79.00 and $278.00 per week my average though is $117.11c per week.
I'm yet to manage a no spend week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 29, 2012, 09:19:26 am
I need to make some cupcakes for my husband to take to work as a fund raiser and will need some extra bits, does that count?! Just walnuts and maybe some white chocolate?!
mmsie

I don't think you are expected to include fund raiser ingredients mmsie.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: courton on August 29, 2012, 11:46:18 am
Ok I know I am dropping in at this late stage but what don't you include in your $100 grocery budget? Washing powders, meat, fish??? I am doing really well if I spend $200 (all inclusive) and am struggling to see how I could do it with half the $$! How do you define grocery items...anything you buy from aldi, woollies or Coles?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on August 30, 2012, 03:08:54 am
I think it's different for everyone Courton. I include all food items in mine, but not cleaning stuff or toiletries. Some people buy meat or pantry items in bulk so don't include that in their weekly budget. Just go with what feels right for you - I've made my budget $120/week including meat & fish, but if I buy something in bulk from Costco I don't include that in my budget. I only go to Costco once every few months.
The idea is to get you thinking about how you shop, using what's in your pantry/freezer, and not getting sucked in by 'specials' at the supermarket!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on August 30, 2012, 03:56:18 am
Your doing well Emma. What some of us do is average it over the weeks. So on weeks when you stock up or have a party to host will balance out with weeks when you eat out of the freezer and spend less.
E.G. For me I've spent anywhere between $79.00 and $278.00 per week my average though is $117.11c per week.
I'm yet to manage a no spend week.
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I have started to plan next weeks menu, it is amazing how much time it takes! I guess I will get quicker, by the time I do the shopping list it is quite a mission! Lucky I enjoy it  :-)) I can see why you say to average it out Michele as I think I will be $100 without meat and fish next week, I think I can balance it out another week though  ;D

As an aside I get my rapadura sugar from Manna Whole Foods in South Fremantle, it is weigh and pay at $9.99kg which is pretty good I think for not being bulk. They have heaps of other stuff their too, worth a drive for SOR girls : ) it's on South Terrace for those nearby or http://www.mannawholefoods.com.au/ those out of town.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 30, 2012, 04:46:52 am
Mmsie, your doing well :) if you can get an app that keeps all your menu plans, you can pick & choose from previous menus if your busy. I also have a selection of ideas for each season :)

Courtin, just work out what suits you. Meat I buy in bulk.

Deli items I include, ham, salamis etc.

Pet food is not included, unless they are having tuna or chicken. Soaps, laundry, bathroom & cleaning items not included. Mine is food only. The reason I started this was to cut down on quantity & use up what we have & menu plan. To be more efficient & have everything work for me. I no longer wake up & say what do you want for dinner, go out & buy it, even though we might have had all the ingredients in the house. I am also substututing items, if I dont have what I need to use something I have :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on August 30, 2012, 04:52:38 am
I have only been reading these posts as my shopping for the week in between $150 and $200, but that includes absolutely everything. I spend about $60-70 a week on fruit and vegies alone as we eat a lot of them. It also includes meat, cleaning products and everything else. Hally do you include your stuff from Aussie Farmers?
Perhaps I'm not doing so badly after all. I don't buy a lot of things in bulk so they are all included in my weekly shop as well.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 30, 2012, 04:53:32 am
Yes my aussie farmers is included :)

I am alot more frugal though, like evey tues & fri always a delivery of milk, butter, eggs or whatever. Tomorrow no delivery. Some weeks 1 delivery & other weeks 2.

Thursdays fruit & veg, once I managed to have no fruit & veg delivery.

I have no more deliveries after today until we come back from Singapore.

All set for a 0 spend next week :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 30, 2012, 05:07:55 am
My amount is whatever I have spent on any household item be it food, toiletries and cleaning products. All bulk purchases are included and if I go way over one week, it is evened out by weeks where I spend nothing at all.  I have been doing this for a few years now and it has always averaged out to under $100 per week.  That was not the case previously as I was spending far too much for just 2 people and am ashamed at how much food was binned.  I shop far more sensibly these days and if I have to pop around to the shops during the week to pick up items for a particulat recipe, I have learnt to buy those items and nothing else.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on August 30, 2012, 05:13:10 am
Great H - a $0 spend week feels so good.
Mine this week is going perfectly to plan... no shopping, tho have run out of fresh milk so using long-life, no big deal, just not very organised of me!  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 30, 2012, 05:16:51 am
It is not unusual to run out of milk Astarra which is why I always have a few litres of LL milk on hand.  Having lived on powdered milk many years ago as a single mother to make ends meet, LL is pure luxury in comparison.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on August 30, 2012, 06:18:33 am
I often cook with powdered milk. You can't tell the difference in sauces, cakes etc, although I do keep LL in the pantry just in case we run out for coffee etc.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 30, 2012, 07:17:16 am
I have frozen milk to get us through next week..
Total spend this week $161, so I am $11 over budget. Budget $150.
Wont need to buy anything next week, so will be a O spend. Determined to stick to that.
I dropped another huge food parcel at my friends today, so shes fine now for 2 weeks. She says she is p to cooking the odd meal now, so I will see how she is when I get back from Singapore, which is funded from by food budget savings :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 30, 2012, 07:47:15 am
Hally your a gem..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 30, 2012, 07:53:15 am
Hally your a gem..

Yes she is. I wonder If she knows what an impact this challenge has had on so many lives. 


Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on August 30, 2012, 11:58:43 am
Thanks for the information. I'm afraid I tend to buy lots of something if it is on special.(that's if it is something we use) eg this week had small Goulbourn Valley fruits on special. DD takes them for lunch quite often so I bought quite a few. I do remember to use them.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 30, 2012, 10:21:01 pm
What is everyone doing with their savings? I know Hally is off on holiday with hers, that is wonderful!  I have a nest egg of $6,500 from this years savings. Am very pleased about that. That shopping thread threatens my savings regularly though...haha.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 30, 2012, 10:25:37 pm
I should add that my frugal spirit has spread to most areas of my spending so my savings are from what I used to spend every month on all personal spending not just household. I usually buy a new MacBook pro every second year and have decided to make this one last another year. The iPad is great for a lot of stuff but I use my laptop a lot for graphics etc.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 30, 2012, 10:43:25 pm
What is everyone doing with their savings? I know Hally is off on holiday with hers, that is wonderful!  I have a nest egg of $6,500 from this years savings. Am very pleased about that. That shopping thread threatens my savings regularly though...haha.

I never go to the shopping thread. It is evil.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 30, 2012, 11:52:02 pm
It certainly is!  A guilty pleasure haha!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on August 31, 2012, 12:19:27 am
Unfortunately I do.

But yes Singapore here we come. Makes all the savings worth it.

I do enjoy the challenge & we are still eating extremly well.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 31, 2012, 01:34:00 am
I am going to buy a HMP... with my savings.. :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on August 31, 2012, 01:36:27 am
That will be nice Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 31, 2012, 01:41:53 am
I just know I always have money in my purse these days and can afford to buy clothes if I want them, go out to meals, give the grandkids nice things and generally just cope better living on a disability/carers pension.  I would like to upgrade my bathroom but I think I would be in for a shock if I start getting quotes.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 31, 2012, 01:45:41 am
JD guess the quote then double it...

Things are starting to get busier for us now. Hope the weather keeps warm like now.

my vege garden should save me some money soon.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 31, 2012, 01:50:17 am
I am going to buy a HMP... with my savings.. :D

I am so happy for you. You will be able to hlp others with it and I am really really thinking about it.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 31, 2012, 02:36:41 am
ohhhh Obbie.... you temptress you!  I try not to think along those lines.  I am dying to hear how you feel about them both though!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on August 31, 2012, 02:37:54 am
JD guess the quote then double it...

Yes, I figured it would be something like that Robyn.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on August 31, 2012, 02:38:59 am
Definitely right!  Everything we have ever had done around the house has been double what we thought except landscaping, which was very fair.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: KarenH on August 31, 2012, 02:45:30 am
JD guess the quote then double it...

Yes, I figured it would be something like that Robyn.

Judy - dont do it!!  Not only will renovating rob you of your money, but also your sanity!    ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 31, 2012, 03:37:11 am
Funny one Karen.
 :D
We all have things that we want, or dream of.

just have to save up for them.. :)  I have ways and means of saving...  ( I spend nothing during the week)

Really this challenge is brilliant, thanks   Hally. :-* :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on August 31, 2012, 05:54:00 am
Although I am not a part of this food challenge it is interesting reading everyone's ideas. I have drastically cut our food bill by menu planning and using up what I have instead of buying new things all the time plus having TM helps as you can cook a chicken main meal eg chicken strog, fast chicken curry etc for about $10 as I get my chicken thighs for $7.99 a kilo
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on August 31, 2012, 12:05:22 pm
I was hoping to have a zero spend week last week, but it didn't quite happen, although I didn't physically buy anything myself.  My neighbour bought me some milk and eggs at the market whilstnimwas away, and DH  bought some bread and cheese. About $29 was spent, added to the $152 from the week before. So, on average, I'm doing Ok.
I went to the supermarket today, and the chicken shop, and the butcher. My list was really long, and my trolley was really full... I was surprised that my supermarket bill  was only about $150, of which only $117 was food plus about $26 on a chicken and some nice sausages at the other shops. I still need to go to the market on Sunday, but it is the last market for a couple ofmweeksmdue to the Royal Show, so I need to stock up on a few things.
 I,m hoping that next week will be a zero or minimal spend week. Wish me luck!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on August 31, 2012, 10:16:21 pm
I think you did really well runaroundsue.  This week I spent  $98.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on August 31, 2012, 10:20:49 pm
shopping tomorrow :D for me. Off to have breakie.. :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Decadent Dot on September 01, 2012, 07:08:47 am
Like Yvette, I follow this post and it has inspired me to think before I buy.
Tomorrow I am off on a machine knitter enthusiasts holiday for 5 days at a rather nice hotel so I am not buying anything (well that is to say outside of the holiday cost. ) I do rather fancy the upgraded machine knitting software which will be one of the demonstrations as well though. I wonder if it is backward compatible to my 32 bit computer or will I need a 64 bit computer too!  :-\ You can go on and on can't you?  :oMy savings on a weeks food for one is now beginning to look silly. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 01, 2012, 09:09:34 am
I spent $86.11 this week even though the freezer is full of meat and ready prepared meals.  It was mainly on bulk items including coffee, toilet rolls etc plus fruit and veg and I couldn't believe the prices this past week of F & V so will make sure I go to a farmers' market next time. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on September 01, 2012, 02:47:47 pm
Hally,  don't forget you also had a couple of blow ins last week.  We did eat very well.
Back on budget again.  $ 35 at farmers market today and $35 t supermarket.  This is for 10 for Fathers day lunch,  and visitors during the week.  All meat will be from freezer and I made lamb shank soup from Frozen shanks and last of the veggies.  Bought aa large bag of organic carrots for $5.  Some broken .  Will be making carrot cake, roast carrots, mashed carrots. And anything else I can get carrots into...Pasties, Spaghetti Bol, Sausage rolls.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 01, 2012, 11:11:23 pm
Yes your right chookie, with us 3, my friends family & you 2, that was 8 for dinner one night.

I woukd have come in under budget if dh & I hadnt bought bread. I bought 2 loaves & dh bought rolls too, over half was binned as no-one liked the bread. $14 on bread which I would never spend now.

Happy Fathers Day everyone.

We are going to a friends who too have no family here for drinks & nibbles. I am now on my 0 spend week. So have had to think outside the square, normally I would have gone to the shop, bought assorted cheeses & crackers & spent a fair bit. Today
I am doing chicken wings, edc focaccia bread & whatever I can find to make a dip, 0 spend instead of around $40. :D :)

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 02, 2012, 05:22:00 am
Well done Hally. Shows that you don't have to spend a fortune to be hospitable.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 02, 2012, 05:36:54 am
spent $160 this week on groceries.

 Ice cream was on special..heaps of fruit, veges, strawberries, mixed fruit, flours ect.

 :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 02, 2012, 07:02:57 am
Thanks Michele,

I had 12 chicken boomerang wings, so made 24 nibbles. Was going to make bread & dip, but decided that the adults woud get left with that while the kids all  all the chicken.

So more thinking & I have chookies  mozzarella & garlic filled  cheese slice. Got to be smart in many ways :) just waiti g for it to coe out of the ven.

Fantastic nibbles & no expenditure today :) very happy Hally :)

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 09, 2012, 02:58:12 am
Spent $160 again today, thats the norm. But that covers stuff for breakkie, lunch, dinner too.

Typo error $160 ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 09, 2012, 03:08:25 am
$4160, wow that's a lot to spend in one week Robyn  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 09, 2012, 04:11:04 am
obbie, thats huge ;D must be an error.

Sitting out by fhe pool, just about to do my menu plan for next week

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 09, 2012, 06:14:11 am
OOps, Fixed it. $160 ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: BecciM on September 09, 2012, 12:53:10 pm
I really need to get in on this  :-))

For many years I had the calculator at the supermarket watching every dollar but since bub #4 I just got really bad and tired of it. Lately I have spent around $250 a week for our family of 6. Ideally I'd love to get it down to $150. Being new to a TMX isn't helping though, do many new ingredients to buy and try!

I am excited because this week I should get some Squeeze'ems. For anyone with small children these are reusable pouches with a screw cap. My kids are difficult and will only eat yoghurt like this and I admit for the baby I have been buying smoothies and purées luke this because when we are out and about they are just fantastic for self feeding. Here is the link for anyone interested. This will save me money and wastage!
http://www.squeezeems.com/page/page/8581227.htm
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 10, 2012, 02:13:53 am


For many years I had the calculator at the supermarket watching every dollar but since bub #4 I just got really bad and tired of it. Lately I have spent around $250 a week for our family of 6. Ideally I'd love to get it down to $150. Being new to a TMX isn't helping though, do many new ingredients to buy and try!


Becci, its great to do this challenge, i have just returned from Singapore for 3 nights 4 days, the hotel & flights were paid from my savings. For 2 weeks I fed 6 people for aroud $150per week.

Well having had such a great time away it makes the budget so worth while.  I think its a good idea to spoil ourselves with the savings as I am now even more determined to stay on track.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: BecciM on September 10, 2012, 07:12:02 am
Well I'm definitely in. I had to do it out of necessity before and while I don't have to anymore there are certainly other bills that would appreciate the savings!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 10, 2012, 08:31:45 am
$100.40c last week. I would so love to have a no dollar shopping week. It doesn't seem to happen though.
I'm only just catching up again after emptying the freezer.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 11, 2012, 02:00:18 am
I spend about $160 every week, without meat, chicken, fish.  Our prices up here are so much dearer because of the freight costs.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 11, 2012, 03:28:47 am
Just done a little shop. Yesterday we had frozen baby green beans for dinner, I zapped in microwave & they were delish. I bought more & some other frozen veg in the hope I might save money. :D

2 aussie farmers & shopping atm $74 but will need a few more things, but am really going to try & say around $100, because we has such a great trip to Singapore.

Obbie you will be biying your HMP b4 u know it :D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 11, 2012, 03:38:56 am
Hally, My DH says just buy it... :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 11, 2012, 04:15:34 am
So buy it now Robyn  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 11, 2012, 04:28:06 am
Put your order in Robyn - You'll use and it will make your life easier.
You're a working mum and should have all the labour saving devices necessary.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 11, 2012, 04:31:25 am
I will get one soon, but the dealer in Cairns is not interested at all in selling one.. :'(

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 11, 2012, 04:33:52 am
Really, Robyn  ??? ??? ???
Obviously missing a golden opportunity.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Meagan on September 11, 2012, 08:45:51 am
Ok just writing in here so it comes up in my replies list so I can read the latest.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 12, 2012, 03:36:44 am
I will get one soon, but the dealer in Cairns is not interested at all in selling one.. :'(



Obbie, can't you contact Stuart who used to be on the forum, I'm sure he could help?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 12, 2012, 03:40:33 am
I was of the opinion that the HMP had arrived in Cairns and was about to be delivered? What  happened? I don't think there is actually a dealer in Cairns just a contact .

Phone Stewart I say.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 12, 2012, 04:06:52 am

See what happens. 

Have talked to the contact..

 :)


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 12, 2012, 04:41:50 am
Hopefully you can get one soon Robyn
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on September 12, 2012, 06:24:15 am
Hey everyone,

Glad you had a great trip H! Great that you paid for it but being careful x

Just checking in, I spent $96 the week before last, $124 last week and $88.50 this week. I am being so careful with how much meat I use (3 chicken thighs for 4 portions of biriyani would have been 4-5 in the 'old days') Im putting more veg in to bulk things out and by menu planning I am ensuring we have fish every week and at least one vegetarian meal - hopefully 2.

I really cant thank you enough H, Im really enjoying the planning, spending waaaay less time and money in the supermarket, eating better and healthier food. I am cooking a much bigger variety of food as well, making sure I try new recipes all the time which has also been great, I have pulled all my old cook books out to review them, something I have not done for years.

I put the umami paste or garlic paste or lime salt in almost everything so the flavours of what I cook are super enhanced which boosts my cooking confidence also. Its win-win.

Have a great week everyone xx Emma xx
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 12, 2012, 06:39:53 am
That's great Mmsie I need to go through my cookbooks too and cook some new recipes
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 12, 2012, 06:46:27 am
Emma  how do you make your lime salt.

I have heaps of limes.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 12, 2012, 07:27:58 am
There's a Chilli Lime Salt in FFS page 11 Robyn.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 12, 2012, 10:21:18 am
Thanks Judy :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on September 12, 2012, 11:55:15 am
Mmsie, you are doing so well.
I,m having a harder time. Week 11 I only spent $29, but week 12 I spent a whopping $243. This was partly becouase my meat supplies were really low, and partly because it was the last growers market for a couple of weeks due to the Royal Show. I stocked up on milk, cheese, fruit and veggies.
This week is not looking good as I spent about $70 at the supermarket today mainly on lollies, chocolate, chips and soft drink as I have party bags to make up and two parties to cater for on the weekend. I still need to do the food shopping >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 12, 2012, 11:59:50 am
Emerald Sue when are you going on your trip across the Nullabor?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on September 12, 2012, 12:48:14 pm
Later next week. It's coming up quickly, and I haven't had time to think about it yet!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 12, 2012, 11:30:13 pm
ES, that has come around quickly.
Will you be able to stay in touch with us on your way? Love to see some pics.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 13, 2012, 12:15:48 am
Emma you are doing really well. I told you it was fun. I try & cook one new recioe per week too, I have cookbooks everywhere ;D plus always more on order ???  We had chicken & sweetcorn soup last night, really cheap, chicken frames & few things in pc, used just over 1 litre of stock, 1 can creamed corn & 1 chicken breast. Fed the 3 of us perfectly with home made bread. How cheap is that ;D garlic paste goes in everything too, somtimes umami, havet made the salt yet, must do at some stage.

Also like to use some of the curry pastes as marinades for bbq chicken kebabs.

ES, take off your meat, remember mine doesnt include eat, only deli items.

I think I am going to add all my weeks & see what the average is, why dont you do that ES, its a good idea of Micheles.

DH doig a bbq on sat night for us, he wants drumsticks & thighs. Previously I  would have gone out & bought them, I said no you can cut up a chicken. Its all about thinking what we have & how to use it. :D

I have a few more things to buy this seek, milk & yoghurt is my problem, get through so much of both. Made yoghurt yesterday so hope its set.

Happy savings everyone ;D

H
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 13, 2012, 12:20:24 am
I've been following this thread and I hope the challenge is still going at Christmas time. I would love to see how you all go ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 13, 2012, 12:23:57 am
Thanks Amy, december, dh birthday, cps birthday & christmas ;D

Its going to be over but will try my best.

A ham will be about $60.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 13, 2012, 12:26:54 am
OMG Hally, what a month for you!!! :o :o :o

Maybe you could start saving a special fund for Christmas that won't be counted as part of your usual shopping?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 13, 2012, 12:55:32 am
Later next week. It's coming up quickly, and I haven't had time to think about it yet!

I am excited  for you. I would love to see some pics too. It is a real adventure most of us have never done. well cookie 1 has!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 13, 2012, 12:56:26 am
Thanks Amy, december, dh birthday, cps birthday & christmas ;D

Its going to be over but will try my best.

A ham will be about $60.

H :)
I reckon you will be hard put to find a ham under a  $100 come Christmas.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 13, 2012, 01:38:55 am
With the way the economy is it will be $120 by christmas.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 13, 2012, 01:39:20 am
I've been following this thread and I hope the challenge is still going at Christmas time. I would love to see how you all go ;D ;D

I put $10 a week in an envelope for Christmas, been doing it for years as it is a great help when you are having the family for Christmas. You can buy anything and everything you want without even thinking about how much it costs.  Christmas is Christmas and most of us expect to spend a lot more than any other week.  These days, if we go to the kids' house for our main meal I like to have 6 particular friends in for a meal a week or so before Christmas so I am more inclined to use it then and give the leftover money to whomever is having Christmas Day at their place to help with their costs (or buy them a leg of ham or some prawns, whatever).
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on September 13, 2012, 04:24:00 am
Emma  how do you make your lime salt.

I have heaps of limes.

Yes I use Teninas recipe, 2-3 lime zest and 2 chillis per 100g salt (I use 150g salt though)

Take care, Emma
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 13, 2012, 04:43:32 am
I've been following this thread and I hope the challenge is still going at Christmas time. I would love to see how you all go ;D ;D

I put $10 a week in an envelope for Christmas, been doing it for years as it is a great help when you are having the family for Christmas. You can buy anything and everything you want without even thinking about how much it costs.  Christmas is Christmas and most of us expect to spend a lot more than any other week.  These days, if we go to the kids' house for our main meal I like to have 6 particular friends in for a meal a week or so before Christmas so I am more inclined to use it then and give the leftover money to whomever is having Christmas Day at their place to help with their costs (or buy them a leg of ham or some prawns, whatever).

Thats a great idea Judy! I might copy it, if you don't mind? ;D Money is a bit tight for us and I'd love to help mum and SD out with the finances in any way I can. Maybe I should put away $20 though, since there are only a few months until Christmas ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 13, 2012, 05:15:49 am
That's so nice Amy if you can afford it  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 13, 2012, 05:17:31 am
Anything for my mum Yvette :D She deserves it!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 13, 2012, 06:11:26 am
Amy you are such a good Daughter :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 13, 2012, 06:55:54 am
That's a lovely idea Amy. You are a very caring daughter and stepdaughter.  :-*
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 13, 2012, 07:27:58 am
Go for it Amy, anything put away adds up and helps in the end.  Remember to put some aside for yourself too though ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 13, 2012, 08:29:05 am
Thanks ladies :-* :-*

Remember to put some aside for yourself too though ;)

I don't mind about that Judy. I get more pleasure from seeing others happy :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on September 14, 2012, 10:28:41 pm
Home after a week away and back on to challenge.  We are going to daughters to babysit for 3 days,  so with a bit of planning and a lot of help from the freezer ,  should be able to stick within target.  I take the main meals and the GC love to cook so will make muffins and. Cakes with them.  Fruit and veg will be the challenge.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 15, 2012, 12:54:13 am
Wel I am over this week, $117.58, it could have been worse, I refrained from nuts & cheese, but theres always tomorrow as I run from sunday-saturday,  ;D

I bought quite a few bags of various frozen veg to keep as back up, plus as last week was a 0 spend I was low on a lot & some things I still am. I am sure one week there is going to be a large blow out on necessities, hope not, but am running low  on evvo, no vanilla paste left. I made cakes yesterday without the vanilla paste & I could tell the difference,cakes not quite as good.

Trying to keep as low as poss before we go away at the beginng of October.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 16, 2012, 04:11:28 am
$130 today, so a bargain. saved $30 ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 16, 2012, 04:52:42 am
I've just had another successful $0 shopping week here. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: BecciM on September 16, 2012, 05:00:07 am
I haven't broken down my shopping yet but I spent $18 on bulk yeast, 7.5kg white flour and 15kg whole meal flour. My supermarket bill was $101 but that included bulk buys like toilet rolls and nappies for two kids. I am happy with that!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 16, 2012, 07:53:17 am
I've just had another successful $0 shopping week here. 
Only $34. 50 last week from the farmers market. This is as close as I have come to a no spend shopping week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on September 16, 2012, 08:11:18 am
A good week though Michele.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 16, 2012, 08:14:34 am
Very pleased with it Judy and my super market spending is so much better than before I started the challenge.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 16, 2012, 08:19:40 am
I spent $130 today......
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 04:08:07 am
Even though I'm not participating in this challenge, I have been more watchful of what I spend since the challenge started.

I still had $500 grocery money left over from the last month so last week I used it to buy one of these.  I only had to add $25 to it.  

Have used it a few times already, particularly good after cleaning up after dinner, the area where I prepare can quite often have bits and pieces that's dropped to the floor, so only takes a few seconds to vacuum it up.  Cleaned out my kitchen drawers yesterday and used it to suck up all the little bits that was in the bottom and corners of the drawers.
Will be great for cleaning my timber venetians this week and the inside of my car.

If I do as well next month, I wonder what I can buy then?   ;D ;D

(http://www.dyson.com/medialibrary/Images/Dyson/Products/Vacuums/vacuums%20pages/Digital%20Slim%20Range/DC44/dc44CordlesVacuum.ashx)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 17, 2012, 04:17:23 am
Julie is that the Dyson one?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 04:22:27 am
Yes it's the new model, DC 44 Animal.  Comes with the floor attachment as well as 3 others, one for upholstery, one with a soft brush and the long thin one for getting into nooks and crannies.  ;D

The holder/charger where it slots into attaches to the wall so it's ready to go at all times.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 17, 2012, 04:25:15 am
I have the electrolux one, the suction isn't as great on it as it was so I would love the dyson do you have to hold the button on the whole time? What price did you get it for? Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 04:34:09 am
Yes you do need to hold in the button, but as it's only in small spurts it's not a problem.  Of course it's not for taking the place of your normal vacuum but as a 'Dustbuster' type thing I'm really pleased with it.  I paid $525 cash with 3 years warranty from Harvey Norman.

Make sure to look for this model as it's been improved from the last lot of hand helds they made.  Look for the blue wand. I was so surprised at how lightweight it is, thought I might have trouble when holding it up to clean the venetians, but it won't be a problem.
You just press the red lever and the bottom opens and the rubbish falls out.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 17, 2012, 04:52:04 am
Thanks Julie will put this on my wish list it is much easier than getting out the whole vacuum I have heard the suction is great on the dysons. The electrolux is ok but I think the dyson would be better  ;) Have to work on DH with this, the microwave and everything else I want  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 05:20:50 am
I love my Maria. I would rather pay her the $525 than clean the blinds myself. Lol! ;D ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 05:22:48 am
I love my Maria. I would rather pay her the $525 than clean the blinds myself. Lol! ;D ;D

Gert

Well, yes..... :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 17, 2012, 05:33:44 am
Well done on your savings Julie, and for using them to buy such a practical device! ;D

We have a dyson vacuum cleaner, they are brilliant ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 05:40:12 am
I would rather have  an iPad than a cleaning device.  I hate cleaning . ???

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on September 17, 2012, 05:42:55 am
I thought that might be the case Gertie ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 06:42:58 am
I have in iPad Gert, so okay there  ;D

Thanks Amy, we have the upright Dyson too as our main cleaner, so this compliments it well.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 17, 2012, 06:47:26 am
I have a a dyson vacuum cleaner..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 06:52:53 am
I have in iPad Gert, so okay there  ;D

Thanks Amy, we have the upright Dyson too as our main cleaner, so this compliments it well.  :D

But Julie there  is a new smaller handbag size coming out in October if the rumours prove correct. A must have me thinks.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 06:54:30 am
Oooh, look forward to hearing all about it Gert if you do get it.  ;D  Mine fits okay in my handbag (bought one to suit).

Obbie, any news on the HMP yet?  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 06:57:58 am
I have a a dyson vacuum cleaner..

I never even owned an electric floor cleaner until Maria  made me buy one. It is a Volta I think. I have not really looked at it. Apparently it is not up to scratch and Maria's other clients have a better class of cleaner. I did buy her a very expensive mop which is much nicer than some of her other clients and I keep buying her new mop heads to make up for being a low class lazy  slut.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 07:01:17 am
Oooh, look forward to hearing all about it Gert if you do get it.  ;D  Mine fits okay in my handbag (bought one to suit).

Obbie, any news on the HMP yet?  :D

I am definitely going to get one. Mine fits in my handbag a well . In fact I had to buy three different ones to suit as I kept wanting to get a lighter weight one.  Real leather was just too heavy.

Yeah OBBIE the HMP . Wot's happenin' girl? 

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 17, 2012, 07:01:59 am
How generous of you Gert  :) maybe I will name my Dyson Maria when I get it
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 07:08:22 am
How generous of you Gert  :) maybe I will name my Dyson Maria when I get it

I am nothing if not generous. Least I could do eh?

Good name Maria. I love mine. She is a super person.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Emme on September 17, 2012, 07:14:38 am
I have a a dyson vacuum cleaner..

I never even owned an electric floor cleaner until Maria  made me buy one. It is a Volta I think. I have not really looked at it. Apparently it is not up to scratch and Maria's other clients have a better class of cleaner. I did buy her a very expensive mop which is much nicer than some of her other clients and I keep buying her new mop heads to make up for being a low class lazy  slut.

Gert
Oh Gert, thanks for all the smiles, love reading your posts.
Marie
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 17, 2012, 07:23:18 am
I love my Maria. I would rather pay her the $525 than clean the blinds myself. Lol! ;D ;D

Gert

My cleaner came again today. She is working out very well. I have a steam mop which she loves and I just got a new Miele vacuum cleaner but I've only used it once, I sweep with a a regular broom inbetween the cleaner although she's not back for a fortnight so will have to take thw vacuum for another whirl.
I do like the look of the dyson "dust buster" would be good for doing the stairs and save dragging the big one up and down.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 17, 2012, 07:28:41 am
If you find a good price for the Dyson let me know Mich it is DC44 Animal
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 07:49:19 am
You obviously treat your cleaner better mcmich. I hope Maria doesn't hear about the Dyson And Miele.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 17, 2012, 07:53:31 am
Like you said Gert, need to treat the cleaner like gold.
After all she is doing the chores I don't want to do and even DH commented today what a good job she did.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 17, 2012, 07:55:00 am
Hopefully within the next 2 weeks.. i will have it.. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 17, 2012, 07:55:59 am
That's great Robyn  :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 17, 2012, 07:58:42 am
Excellent Robyn, will be interested what you think about thermothingy 2.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on September 17, 2012, 08:05:24 am
Excellent Robyn, will be interested what you think about thermothingy 2.

Good name  TT2 .

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Emme on September 17, 2012, 08:13:32 am
Hopefully within the next 2 weeks.. i will have it.. ;D ;D ;D
Thats good news Obbie  ;D  ;D
Marie
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: JulieO on September 17, 2012, 08:18:06 am
Looking forward to hearing all about it Obbie.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on September 17, 2012, 12:41:54 pm
Me too.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 18, 2012, 04:54:01 am
Thermothing 2 it is... ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on September 19, 2012, 05:06:34 am
Ive added up my receipts for last week and it has come to almost $200. I had to buy chips, softdrinks/ lollies and chocolates for the parties and party bags. I also bought some party pies and sausage rolls as i just didnt have the time to cook them myself.
never mind - these things dont happen very often.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 19, 2012, 08:01:49 am
ES, kids parties are going to cost more, i think you got away pretty lightly with $200 ;D

Well my lack of interest in cooking has really helped my food budget. I dont need anything else, but if I get my cooking spirit back who knows, lol.

$61& that includes sundays splurge  on cheeses, nuts & crackers of $35!!

Mace bread today for the first time in ages, only because we are having soup :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 20, 2012, 05:52:25 am
just ordered yesterday another side of beef, so that will save $$$$$ :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 20, 2012, 06:06:17 am
just ordered yesterday another side of beef, so that will save $$$$$ :)

Loving it :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 20, 2012, 06:23:51 am
OOHh, forgot we are getting it for free, just paying the cut up fee.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 20, 2012, 06:27:16 am
Wow Robyn how did you score that?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 20, 2012, 06:43:35 am
Helped a friend out about 18 months ago. we did a job for him, and we scored a full beef as a swap.
We have had 1/2,  and the rest next week. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 20, 2012, 06:44:50 am
Lucky you Robyn enjoy  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 20, 2012, 07:20:39 am
Good one, must have been a big job :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 20, 2012, 07:29:05 am
smart Husband I think, saved us heaps of $$$$$ :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 20, 2012, 11:06:47 pm
Another good way to save $$$ is loose your interest in cooking ;D

Unfortunately mine is back & I have a list for the supermarket :(

I can see my $61 spend rising. I am going to see what I need for today & tomorrow & try & buy the rest next week or another time.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 20, 2012, 11:57:25 pm
You saved money for a few days Hally  ;)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 21, 2012, 12:47:04 am
I never loose interest in cooking :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on September 21, 2012, 12:47:32 am
I do  :o
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 21, 2012, 12:50:44 am
Itsvery rare for me but it does hapen :)

Looked through my pantry & was able to take 4 items of my list, fantastic ;D

H :)

$97.75 after my super market trip.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 21, 2012, 06:40:53 am
Well done Hally. I need my son to come up and visit so he can take frozen meals home again.
I said I wasn't going to stock the freezer up to pussy's bow again but it is getting that way.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 21, 2012, 06:47:40 am
Michele, it doesnt take long to fill, a few containers seem to make a difference,  BUT NOT WHEN YOUR TRYING TO EMPTY IT ;D

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 21, 2012, 07:07:38 am
That is ssooo true Hally.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: BecciM on September 21, 2012, 08:10:33 am
I'm at $152 with about $10 left still to buy bread for the week. My aim is $150 so I'm happy with that. And again it included meat and other things I don't need to include in my total. I have my Varoma demo tomorrow so there were extra ingredients for that too.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 21, 2012, 08:33:54 am
BecciM, great work :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on September 21, 2012, 09:12:27 am
I have a suggestion, but feel free to ignore it as the "$100 per week food challenge " is a catchy title.
As there are different numbers of people in each household, why not use a guide of $5 per person per day? That works out at $35 per week per person.
ie Single person : $35/week;
   Couples: $70/week:
   Family of 3: $105/week;
   Family of 4: $140/week;
   Family of 5: $175/week;
   Family of 6: $210/week
   Family of 7: $245/week etc

Sue you are scaring me! I am still struggling with $100 a week  ;) I would love to spend less not because we need to but I love a challenge and I guess every little helps, a holiday is a good reward hey H?!

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 21, 2012, 09:56:52 am
Mmsie, yep Singapore trip well worth the savings :)

$100 is ok, but $70!!! Couldnt do it, even for 2.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: BecciM on September 21, 2012, 10:11:38 am
According to that chart I am allowed $210, sweeeeet!! 😃
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on September 21, 2012, 01:04:03 pm
I am thinking I am going to start to take more notice of what I spend, at food shopping that is :-))

Could I ask with the rest of your shopping ie. toiletries etc what would your average shopping expense for the week be?
Just curious as to what others spend each week, please feel free to ignore if you wish  ;D and I know it differs from week to week depending on what you need but just  a general idea

 we are a family of 6 so food budget would be $210 so next week I will start, I already do a menu board and am making a lot more things myself like snacks,biscuits etc since owning my tm so it shouldn't be too hard
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 21, 2012, 10:34:03 pm
Suzanne, once you get into the swing its not as hard as you think. The secret is not to be pulled in by specials, menu plan & only buy what you need for your menu  AFTER checking, pantry, fridge & freezer.

Of course there are going to be times, parties & xmas which do cost more :)

I had my first 0 spend week a few weeks ago & it was a fantastic feeling. My main issue is dairy so the week before I made sure I had enough milk with a long use by date & we ate a lot of left overs & freezer food. judy  suggested having frozen veg & tinned fruit so that was a great help durng that week.

You will also find that you make savings in other areas too. I used to always buy a latte at the shops, now I have it at home before I go, unless  I am meeting friends for coffee :) sometimes  it could be 2 a day :o thats nearly $8!!!


With regards to toiletries & other products, very little now, just replace when we run out, whereas before I used to have stocks of everything. Ths week it was toilet roll & kitchen roll $10, last week dish washing liquid $3.

Good luck & let us know how you go.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on September 22, 2012, 02:38:03 am
I cannot believe the difference it has made by menu planning. I have no idea what on earth I used to spend so much money on! We always have food and I have a couple of hours extra that I would have spent in the supermarket, popping in after work most days - it is worth it for that alone!

I still stock pile toiletries but I guess I should start using them up to see even more savings!

I am camping for 2 weeks in the holidays - no menu planning and worse - NO TMX! I dont know how I will cope!

Have a great day everyone x
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on September 22, 2012, 02:43:03 am
Thanks H :)

I have had a menu board for about 4yrs now I got sick of everybody asking "what's for dinner" but still my grocery shopping bill is a little high,I am a sucker for specials so will try and just go with my list and stick to it and empty my freezer and pantry.
I don't buy coffee out any more since we have had our own machine, unless like you it's morning tea with friends.

This is going to be fun, I will get to Singapore F1 that is my goal!!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 22, 2012, 02:48:54 am
We have a family of 4, but I cook dinner for my parents 3-4  nights per week too.

I also bake cakes, biscuits,slices,  for my parents too,

I spend a average of $160 per week.

Last week was $125.

i have just cleaned out my huge pantry, found 6 bottles of bbq sauce, 12 dolimo sauce, and more.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 24, 2012, 03:25:19 am
Went shopping on Saturday..$48 for the week. best week ever since cleaning out the pantry.. ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: BecciM on September 27, 2012, 04:31:14 am
Well done Obbie, that's a great week!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 27, 2012, 04:33:46 am
Thanks Becci, hopefully about that this week too, all I need is fruit and veges again..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 27, 2012, 04:53:55 am
Mmsie, hope the weather is better for camping.

Obbie, what a great week for you.

You better get on a mission to go through those Dolmio sauces, lol. Bolognaise comng up n your house :) i used a dolmio jar instead of tinned tomatoes in miniestrone soup, it was lovely.

This week I am under at $92.25 which inclueds evvo for $20 & my nestle choc bits which were not on my list at $11.10. I was hoping for a zero spend next week but ts not going to happen. I have 4 litres of milk left & not enough fresh salads. I will try & keep the bill as low as possible. Monday is a public holiday so that means we will probably buy some treats too. Apart from pizza on monday meals from suday through to monday will be from the freezer, just adding a few salads or veg. School holdays doesnt help either, but cp at tennis camp for 4 days :)

Menu
Sunday, lunch out, dinner left overs
Monday, pizza & nibbles
Tuesday butter chicken from freezer
Wednesday, burgers from freezer
Thursday, chicken pie filling from freezer
Friday,  pasta from freezer
Sat, make Egg sandwiches for the plane.

Lunches, soups, left overs from freezer & sandwiches

Easy :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 27, 2012, 05:30:25 am
where are going on the plane this time Hally..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: ElleG on September 27, 2012, 05:35:42 am
My DH said to me when we were out shipping, prices are what they are. Meaning stop worrying about the $100 a week. Buy seasonal and buy what we need. I live in a remote area and am not sure when we are moving, so have already partialy emptied the pantry.

So no freezers, or large pantries to menu plan from. So, I am more aware of what I am buying however,  I am not actively trying to only spend $100 a week as I was trying to include meats, toiletries, cleaners etc.  I am continuing to menu plan and enjoy this thread.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on September 27, 2012, 05:48:15 am
So this week I spent $160 so pretty good considering I left my shopping list on the bench at home  :-)), I will need to get more milk ,fruit and veg though

Well done Robyn and Hally it's amazing when you actually stop and think "do I really need that" and put it back on the shelf, it felt good
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 27, 2012, 06:04:18 am
Went shopping on Saturday..$48 for the week. best week ever since cleaning out the pantry.. ;D
Amazing how finding 6 bottles of sauce and 4 pkts of breakfast cereal gets you motivated.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 27, 2012, 06:50:49 am
I have lots of BBQ sauce
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 27, 2012, 06:51:54 am
I did read that somewhere  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 28, 2012, 04:16:17 am
where are going on the plane this time Hally..

Hawaii, yay ;D

Next week I am going to do a grand total of all my shops & get the average. I hope its going to be around $100, might be mre with cooking for my friend  & having eb with us a  lot in July.

Then will start over, cant really count the 2 weeks away, would love too, it would  get the average right down ;D

Clean slate when we return.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on September 28, 2012, 04:26:12 am
I popped into C today, thought I will buy pizza base, save my back fron hurting etc. no way, the ones I liked the look of were $4 each, 3 pizzas $12 plus topping!!

I thought I will check the bakers for a few things, 70 cents per roll!!!!

Thermie saves you so much money. Came away empty handed, coudnt believe the prices of dough!!  Bass flour, yeast & water!!!

Back to Thermie.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on September 28, 2012, 06:43:36 am
Not posted before because I always seem to blow myself out of the water . . .  This is a "refill" week . . so some bathroom/household extras, etc. Shopping online today as we're all getting over this bug and that . .  $165 . . . that should be it for the week (I hope!!)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 28, 2012, 07:08:24 am
that is good Hally. I have not spent a thing since last saturday..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on September 29, 2012, 02:48:32 am
My grand total for this week was...$48.09.  :D :D :D :D

Doing the happy dance!  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on September 29, 2012, 07:53:54 am
Well done astarra and Obbie.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on September 29, 2012, 08:38:54 am
Astarra, that is so good..

Hoping I spend around that this week too.

shopping Monday :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 02, 2012, 09:21:23 am
My grand total for this week was...$48.09.  :D :D :D :D

Doing the happy dance!  :D


Fantastic Astarra, great feeling.

Well I am feeling very good, even though I spent more than I wanted to this week, $92. DH came shopping on monday which meant lots of bits I wouldnt buy in 1 hit, but never mind. I also stocked up on cereals, vegemite & a few other things. Lollies for the plane & snacks etc.

Well I have averaged my shopping out  over the 18 weeks & it is $102.40 for a weekly average. Great idea Michele.

So happy happy  as that is a huge saving.

This also included a lot of cooking for eb here & also my friend, plus my christmas in July party & buying 30kgs of flour for the goodie bag.

I cant be any happier than this. To achieve this from spending $250-$300 per weeks  is a HUGE improvement.

We all deserve a huge round of applause.

 ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 02, 2012, 11:01:17 am
Hally needs a big Hug....

I spent $9 today on Tuesday.
Nothing since  last saturday.....
so I have $91 left,  so eaasy
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 02, 2012, 11:45:21 am
Thanks Obbie,

Its a great  feeling :)

Also having saved so much I was able to gice cp US$100 for doing so well at naplan, year 3, two in the band 6  (highest level) & the 0thers in  band 5. Bless....

He s looking forward to spending it in Hawaii. Its nice to see extra $$ in the bank ;D

Will start again when we return home :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 02, 2012, 09:42:13 pm
Thats good Hally
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on October 02, 2012, 09:58:05 pm
Well I have averaged my shopping out  over the 18 weeks & it is $102.40 for a weekly average. Great idea Michele.

So happy happy  as that is a huge saving.

That is so fantastic Hally.

It is a great idea to average the weekly totals out but was Judy's great idea not mine.  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 02, 2012, 10:50:47 pm
Great idea Judy ;D

Achieving this has given me great satisfaction.
H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on October 03, 2012, 12:20:35 am
Great work Hally clap clap clap clap  :D :D :D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 07, 2012, 05:45:49 am
 :-)) 2 weeks ago I spent $48
last week $9
This week $230

 I bought 10 kilos of chicken pieces $2.50 a kilo  ( bargain) :D :D


  $287.00  Fantastic for 3 weeks, ...... Still way under from $160 per week :) :) :)


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 14, 2012, 06:54:26 am
today I spent   $150 but i bought coffee, dish washing powder as well, so that was $30 for 2 items.

Freezer is full, 1/2 a beast for us in the next week or 2, so that will help too.

How are you all going.. :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 14, 2012, 08:05:03 am
today I spent   $150 but i bought coffee, dish washing powder as well, so that was $30 for 2 items


Aldi is cheapest by far and best for dishwasher stuff if you have one nearby.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on October 14, 2012, 11:43:52 am
The first week back from holidays, I spent almost $200! I did buy steak, mince ,diced beef and calamari though.
This week I have been to the supermarket and the grower market and I have spent $123. I still need to buy bread and a few small items, but I'm hoping I can keep under $135.
My freezer and cupboards Re still really full. I'm not sure why!!!!!
I will try to be more disciplined  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on October 14, 2012, 03:49:57 pm
$76.00 last week. Really pleased that I've been keeping under $100.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 14, 2012, 09:31:54 pm
DH keeping spending tally from now on.
However it will be food and cleaning stuff from Aldi. He won't separate these so anything we buy to eat or use in house like loo paper etc will be counted.
Will report in due course.

I think everyone is doing brilliantly, I haven't read it all but some pages made me think I'd accidentally stumbled on the shopping thread!!!!!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 14, 2012, 09:49:01 pm
I have not  reported in for a while because I have become so disciplined about not buying things I do ot need anymore. This  has been a great thread. I am sure we have all learned a lesson in  shopping for food.

Obbie where did you get such cheap chicken? 

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 14, 2012, 09:50:36 pm
No Aldi any where around here. We have WW or IGA
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on October 15, 2012, 06:20:20 am
My grand total for this week was...$48.09.  :D :D :D :D

Doing the happy dance!  :D


Fantastic Astarra, great feeling.

Well I am feeling very good, even though I spent more than I wanted to this week, $92. DH came shopping on monday which meant lots of bits I wouldnt buy in 1 hit, but never mind. I also stocked up on cereals, vegemite & a few other things. Lollies for the plane & snacks etc.

Well I have averaged my shopping out  over the 18 weeks & it is $102.40 for a weekly average. Great idea Michele.

So happy happy  as that is a huge saving.

This also included a lot of cooking for eb here & also my friend, plus my christmas in July party & buying 30kgs of flour for the goodie bag.

I cant be any happier than this. To achieve this from spending $250-$300 per weeks  is a HUGE improvement.

We all deserve a huge round of applause.

 ;D

Awesome work H! I have been away but back with a vengeance now! Food from the freezer tonight (cottage pie) which will also be a lunch for hubby tomorrow. I have plenty of meat in the freezer and am hoping my $103 spend on sunday will last me for a week and a half - finger crossed!

I had a bonus yesterday, picked about 10kg of free mulberry's which is now 6 jars of mulberry, pear & vanilla jam, a crumble cake and 7 x 500g bags in the freezer! (as well as a favour owed from my neighbour that I gave 1kg to!) I have my eye on 2 fig trees ; ) I can feel some fig jam(!) coming on!

Even my sceptical husband has noticed the difference in the food bills and the quality of the food (all fresh and tasty) which is the TM, he thought it would be another gadget that I grew bored of, how wrong is he?!!!

Keep up the good work everyone, Emma xx
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on October 15, 2012, 06:22:05 am
Way to go Emma!!  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 15, 2012, 06:27:19 am
Figs? Figs? Do I hear Figs?


BWAAAAAAAAA!

Gimme.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on October 15, 2012, 06:48:05 am
Figs? Figs? Do I hear Figs?


What do they sound like Gert? ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on October 15, 2012, 06:55:23 am
Haven't clocked in for a while but last couple of weeks under $100.  Mr Woolie is wondering what is going on and has started to offer incentives .  Ha.  Can't fool me.  The stall holders at the Farmers Markets are offering me free meat , fruit and veggies.  I insist on paying,  but they seem to sneak in  a little extra.  I am going to make Pasties this week with Oysterblade Steak.  Will post in Non TMX section.  
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 15, 2012, 07:53:37 am
Gert, IGA atherton..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 15, 2012, 08:40:22 am
Amy they are saying gurt gurt.

IGA has them?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on October 15, 2012, 09:06:29 am
Wel done Emma. Oh to have figs.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on October 15, 2012, 12:16:07 pm
No, no, no. The figs are saying "sue", "sue", "sue"
In our previous house there was a huge, old fig tree next door which hung over our fence. We got loads and loads of lovely, juicy figs every year. I really miss that tree, and to make it worse, the people that bought our house removed all the fruit trees and cut back the neighbours trees to the fence line.
I trip to the supermarket for a couple of items turned into $37. I needed bread and yoghurt and strawberries. I also bought 2 punnets of blueberries, asparagus, a capsicum( there weren't any at the market) , 2 bananas, and the bread rolls looked good so I bought 6 and then some free range chicken patties and some lean turkey patties. The kids polished off a punnet of blueberries and the yoghurt after school and we had burgers for dinner and the kids have rolls for lunch tomorrow.
I don't have much to show for my $37 now!
Good to see you back Mmsie :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on October 15, 2012, 01:46:08 pm
The Figs are saying 'Emma', well the owner of the tree has said 'you can have them Emma' which is magic to my ears! The issue is I am selling the house (it's vacant) and if I sell it too quickly the buyer will get the figs! Thanks a conflict of interests to a jam maker lol, I think they are about a month away so I should be fine, unless I get a purchaser that wants the figs too! Haha
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on October 15, 2012, 11:37:24 pm
I have never tried figs  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 16, 2012, 12:12:53 am
I have never tried figs  ;D

You must do it this season. I love then any way but my favourite is to  cut a star in the top, shove some Gorgonzola down  the hole, wrap them in prosciutto. Bake  them in the oven for a few minutes. Drizzle  with balsamic  and chow down. OMG! Orgasmic.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on October 16, 2012, 12:20:15 am
I have never tried figs  ;D

Neither, but wasn't going to admit it!!!! :-[
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on October 16, 2012, 01:02:40 am
Thanks Gert might try them one day  ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on October 16, 2012, 03:04:33 am
Love them.  Will even eat the dried ones. 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on October 16, 2012, 04:44:41 am
Haven't posted on here for a while but I'm still on the program! I've been keeping within budget since we got back from hols, thanks to a well stocked freezer! Freezer's starting to look a bit empty, but I've just done my weekly shop and will still be under my $120 budget. I plan to make some freezer meals this week and the pantry is fine, so it's all good here!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on October 16, 2012, 07:51:03 am
I have never tried figs  ;D

You must do it this season. I love then any way but my favourite is to  cut a star in the top, shove some Gorgonzola down  the hole, wrap them in prosciutto. Bake  them in the oven for a few minutes. Drizzle  with balsamic  and chow down. OMG! Orgasmic.

Gert
Gert, that is my favourite.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 16, 2012, 08:03:22 am
Yummy . Have not seen any figs yet.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 18, 2012, 08:27:14 am
Haven't been shopping this week yet...... £66 last week.

Try to last to next week if possible now DH not back til Sunday night.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on October 20, 2012, 03:35:13 am
I spent $103 last Friday so I am over a week! That is a first for me  :o I am hoping to keep costs down this weeks as well as I have a joint of pork in the freezer that will do 2 dinners (roast and meatballs) and 2 lunches for DH. I am eating at a friends tonight (Im bringing desert, lemon cake) so it will be a good start to the week!
I am going to go to the market tomorrow for my veg so that should make it a cheaper exercise but I am really hanging out for some fresh mango which wont be cheap! I do DH and I a bircher muesli every night for the next morning and tinned mango is just not the same : (
Have a great week ladies xx
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 20, 2012, 04:49:07 am
Tinned mango. Nooooooooooo!

Lots of mangos hee so should be getting cheaper.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 20, 2012, 04:51:54 am
Yes Mangoes will be cheaper soon.

We picked up our 1/2 beef today, all packed and labelled for us, for free. Must be 130 kilos.

 3 freezers totally full now. :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Amy :-) on October 20, 2012, 04:55:34 am
There were lots of green mangoes in my local WW yesterday, I think they were $5 each :P Even more expensive than the blueberries!
I can't wait until they ripen up and start selling cheap! :D

We used to have a fig tree. Yuck :-X

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Wonder on October 20, 2012, 04:56:38 am
Wow Obbie that's a lot of beef.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 20, 2012, 07:15:21 am
Lucky us....
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 21, 2012, 05:23:28 am
$115 this week, so saved $50. pretty good for 4 of us, and I cook for 6 people, 4 nites a week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 21, 2012, 08:33:17 am
£13 only this week because I happened to be near big supermarket and bought 3 packets decaf tea for DH, 2 packets rooibois for me, neither are available at Aldi, and the packet of coconut I forgot.

Not bad.
However like obbie we have beef in the freezer.

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 22, 2012, 01:08:15 am
Back to it this week. Expecting to go over as i am out of a few things & until my body is normal again I will be using quick options, ie bbq chicken, bags of salad.

I am temmpting a gumbo today or tomorrow which will do 2 meals.

Well done DJ & Obbie.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mmsie on October 23, 2012, 05:14:35 am
Just checking in, got my first 'real' mango this weekend $4 : ( But beats tinned any day!

I have spent a whopping $220 this week but my last spend was 10 days ago ($103). I include meat and fish in mine and aim for $100 per week not including cat food and toiletries. I think I will make it at least 10+ days (I froze some milk!) until I shop again so I think when I average out the month it will be a close call... well I hope so anyway!

I have my menu planned for this week, awesome food and no shopping required! That will save me 2+ hours of my life that I used to waste walking the isles of Woolies almost daily! - not to mention $100 per week I save!

Happy TMXing ladies x
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on October 23, 2012, 06:25:27 am
Last week was $13.09, this week I have spent $18, but will need more so will update the total when I get out of the house and get to the shops!!  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on October 23, 2012, 07:44:35 am
I got sent some flybuy coupons which give me $10 discount each week for the next couple of months, so no excuses for going over budget! Having said that, I did go to Costco this week 😝. Haven't added up the weekly shop yet, but I think I'll be just under if I don't count the Costco items.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 23, 2012, 10:11:37 pm
£44 in aldi today around 68 Aus$.
And 21 in pound stretcher. This included coat hangers, plastic baskets and loo roll..

DH likes shopping now. Says we'll never go back to mainstream supermarkets except for the speciality things.

However I do want good quality flour. Years ago trialled supermarket flours and the differences were huge.
Has anyone else tried budget flour for cakes/ biscuits etc?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 24, 2012, 02:34:05 am
Great stuff everyone :)
I am over, $122.60 this week, mind you $70 is fruit & veg, we had nothing!!! I think after a trip away there is always going to be more items needed. Just see if I can spend under $80 next week :)

Have bought items I dont normally buy, bbq chicken, 2 loaves bread, short crust pastry, some biscuits as I did too mch yestrday, pain bad today :(

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: morganj16 on October 24, 2012, 04:37:26 am
I would love to join you!   Sounds like a great challenge.  The diary is an awesome idea too.   I need to get my herb garden in top shape.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 24, 2012, 04:51:00 am
Morgan, jump on in, see what you can save..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 24, 2012, 06:58:05 am
Morgan this is a great challenge. I hardly ever come to this thread anymore because I have become sooooo disciplined . Great idea by Hally and those who partake have learned a lot even to the point of having NO SPEND weeks.

Just do not buy anything you do not need this week.  That is a good start.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: morganj16 on October 24, 2012, 10:08:25 am
Thanks Gert.  Does it include cleaning and nappies?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 24, 2012, 10:34:21 am
Only things you eat!

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: morganj16 on October 24, 2012, 11:36:20 am
I see.  Thanks for that.   
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on October 24, 2012, 11:41:32 am
I didn't realize that it only included edibles so I would like to give it a try too  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 24, 2012, 11:50:10 am
Oh MF, yes only food, I dont include meat as I buy in bulk, but I do include deli meats.

Have a go, its fun & even  if you spend more like I have this week, its still a lot less than what you used to spend. :)

Give it a go, secret menu planning :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on October 24, 2012, 11:55:10 am
Thanks Hally I will give it a go as I tend to buy way too much and then don't use all the fruit and veg depending on how many people are in my home during the week.
Couldn't see how it was possible if it included cleaning products,toiletries and other non food products.
Will start next week and maybe I can get some tips please.  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 24, 2012, 12:00:13 pm
MF, you will be quids in ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on October 24, 2012, 12:02:38 pm
Yippee more shopping  ;) ( the non food variety)  ;D ;D :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 26, 2012, 02:53:31 am
I am now well over food budget :o

Cant be helped, still in pain & I wanted an easy weekendso I am up to $149.58.

Physio reckons anothrt 6 treatments over 3 weeks before I am good :( >:(

Bought a lot of packaged items today which I dont buy these days, dips, biscuits, french stick, salad dressing.

I have realised there are times when you just need to have easy food if your unable to cook.  So this could be for another 3 weeks, I hope not.

Hows everyone else?

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on October 26, 2012, 03:05:22 am
At the end of the day we all have to eat Hally and if an illness or painful condition means we can't spend all day in the kitchen preparing food as we normally do, then so be it.  The family won't mind and you will get the break your body needs.  There are healthy options to buy so don't stress over it.

Has the physiotherapist said what could have caused your problem?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: *suzanne* on October 26, 2012, 03:48:19 am
Mmmmm $250 this week but I haven't been back to shops at all ( which for me is a miracle) and that includes meat for next week plus bits and bobs for my sisters birthday dinner on Sunday so not too bad
Next weeks should be way under since I will only need fruit,vegies and milk

Halex hope your out of pain soon and back in the kitchen  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 26, 2012, 03:54:06 am
At the end of the day we all have to eat Hally and if an illness or painful condition means we can't spend all day in the kitchen preparing food as we normally do, then so be it.  The family won't mind and you will get the break your body needs.  There are healthy options to buy so don't stress over it.

Has the physiotherapist said what could have caused your problem?

My first initial problem was repetitive use.

Then what triggered major problem, I fell asleep propped up in bed & my head hang to the right side, ( we were watching tv in the hotel room) this caused the nerve to be well & truly trapped, this is a common probem especially on long haul flights too!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 26, 2012, 05:01:07 am
Take care Hally
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: cookie1 on October 26, 2012, 05:39:03 am
We have been well and truly under the $100 while we have been away. Even counting all the chocolates I have bought. Today's shop was. $92 and that was the most expensive since we left. I haven't been cooking nearly as much and buying only basic grills and simple veggies.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: achookwoman on October 26, 2012, 06:29:19 am
I'm still in,  although like Gert have learned to be more disciplined,  so haven't been on much.  I notice that Safeway is not doing as well as Coles.  I know the reason.!!!!! I have been keeping under the $100,   I must tell them at the share holders meeting that it is all due to Hally. ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 26, 2012, 07:08:03 am
LOL chookie
Hope the pain eases soon Hally, so horrid for you.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on October 26, 2012, 07:12:27 am
So in future no watching TV in bed and if you do, make sure DH wakes you up if you fall asleep - I daresay he has already fallen asleep himself though  ;) 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 26, 2012, 07:40:08 am
Yes no more tv in bed unless we are sick. Something so small causing so much pain & frustration.

Done nothing all day. >:(

Halloween no.1  tonight but I cant go. >:(

Just keep resing n hope....

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on October 26, 2012, 10:51:58 am
Are the boys still going Hally?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 26, 2012, 10:53:27 am
They are there now but wont stay too long,  if still hungry roast pork sandwiches.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 28, 2012, 01:37:23 am
A new week for shopping, just going to write last week off. Things happen & cant be helped. It could have been less if we had eaten a lot of take away, so I did choose the cheaper option. We had no take away ;D

Hoping to be in less pain this week & can cook more, only time will tell.

Spent a lot of time going through recipe books & magazines, I have hundres of recipes on my to do list now :D

I bought the american foodnet work mag at the airport, some good recipes in there I am hoping  to convert.

Looking at my menu plan for the week & all the Halloween food I want to make.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 28, 2012, 02:36:41 am
today was $160. really can't get it much cheaper than that where we live.
only a IGA or a WW, thats all.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 28, 2012, 02:43:00 am
today was $160. really can't get it much cheaper than that where we live.
only a IGA or a WW, thats all.

Well done Robyn . Probably 4 bags full! Living ain't cheap up there.

Gretchen
 
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 28, 2012, 05:13:45 am
Gert, it would be so hard, if you ate takeaway, and packet stuff, and had 4 or 5 kids.
My friends spend $500 a week on food...  sorry $500 a week on processed food.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on October 28, 2012, 05:23:52 am
You mean $450 a week? That is $1800 every four weeks or a mortgage payment in some cases. Yikes.

We never ever had that amount of money to spend  on one weeks food for the four of us nor would I if we had. Incomes must be a Lot higher these  days.  Scary.

Gert


Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 28, 2012, 07:05:33 am
Incomes are tight, but when you go to the corner shop every day, it adds up.

feeding there 4 kids, plus half the neighbor  hood, all bought stuff, no cooking at all.

 I much prefer to stay home and cook from scratch, its better, and cheaper... :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: mcmich on October 29, 2012, 05:17:15 am
Incomes are tight, but when you go to the corner shop every day, it adds up.

feeding there 4 kids, plus half the neighbor  hood, all bought stuff, no cooking at all.

 I much prefer to stay home and cook from scratch, its better, and cheaper... :)

$450.00, wow. I don't know how they do that. Having 4 children is expensive without spending all that money on food.

I spent $165 last week as stocked up on a few regular items that were on special. Don't need much this week and haven't spent anything so far although it's only Monday. The week before spent $38. Still very happy as it's so much better than what I use to spend.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on October 29, 2012, 10:11:28 pm
DH got milk today, that's all.
Hoping to get to Thursday  before going again.

Lots of soup, lots of bread.

Missing satsumas though, forgot them last week.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on October 29, 2012, 10:33:28 pm
We are all doing so well ;D think f what we used to spend & what we send now.

Hoping to come in around $100 this week.

$450, easy to do I reckon with a big family. So easy tp spend without thinking.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on October 30, 2012, 12:43:45 am
Just done my shopping for this week, came in at $98.34.....phew, just!!!!  ;) :D
Was actually surprised as my freezer is getting rather empty, and I also needed a few baking goods (sugar, flour) so am very pleased!  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: deedub on October 30, 2012, 03:12:53 am
This week's shopping came in at $111, so under my $120 budget. Not bad considering I splurged on salmon ($20!) and vanilla bean paste ($10!). Thought I could afford it with my $10 flybuy discount voucher - but the checkout girl didn't put it thru properly, she actually charged me 1 cent instead! Grrrr. Tempted to ring up & get another coupon.... I'm turning into such a tight-a#%e lol!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on October 30, 2012, 03:41:02 am
do it deedub,

 Supermarkets have to obey sticker scanning rules...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 01, 2012, 08:00:47 am
 >:( over again, $127. Wish I could say it was due to buying packaged food. A little is, but I know my main downfall this week. I didnt  menu plan properly & dh came to the supermarket sunday to help carry the food.

Better than last week, so it is going down.

Much better tha my old days :)

Hows everyone else :)

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: thermo18 on November 01, 2012, 09:37:40 am
I had a shocker this week $180, first time in months that I was over by that much, but it wasn't on impulse had to stock up on meat,  chicken vegetables all the different flours, and nuts basically was running on empty, not any more lol. So all stocked up now and will go back to $100 a week which works really well and saving a lot, it's been the best thing have ever done except this week   >:(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 01, 2012, 09:42:34 am
Best thing I have done as well. Once again, thank you H.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: EmeraldSue on November 01, 2012, 10:34:03 am
I know I've been over the last couple of weeks as I've run down the meat in my freezer, and I've had to buy replacements and I had to stock up on fruit and veggies when we got home from holidays. I just haven't had time to analyse my dockets. I'm hoping I can do this soon. I might just work out the average for those weeks.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 01, 2012, 10:07:32 pm
Yes just do an average.

Whats really good is being able to realise why you were over budget, sometimes it might just be that your out of coffe, tea, evvo & basics. They alone could be around $100.

I know last week was failing to menu plan.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 01, 2012, 10:08:45 pm
Gert, whats your  freezer like these days?

I still have a few tins of curry sauce, have to start using them again.

H :)

Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 01, 2012, 11:01:27 pm
My freezer is kept at about half full. I am finding this new one much harder to manage than the lovely upright in the side by side. Putting in round things is a nightmare is tend to use fresh chickens and roasts. In any case I really do not need a big freezer as I have to go to the shopping centre to pick up the  mail anyway. I don't need to buy in bulk and avoid the bulk meat wholesalers except when they have a really good deal going. Shopping for two is easy to manage and by not buying large amounts I am actually saving.

You are right about the budget going over when you need coffee beans which I do now at $38 a kilo. I save my good EVOO  for foodI need to taste of  it I otherwise I use rice bran oil which was in special recently for. $19 for 3 litres! That is a big saving for me.
 
Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on November 01, 2012, 11:13:15 pm
£66 yesterday at Aldi.
Included a padlock for the back gate, some specs cleaners for DH and a large magnifying glass for him!!!!

We've had better meals since I got organised and am cooking more. Have got potato masher and rolling pin unpacked etc.

I go shopping with a list, might buy something else but then write my menu planner when home. Have swopped tomorrow and Saturdays meals over as not backin time to cook chicken.

Having beef fajitas tomorrow and am marinating skirt from freezer tonight.

Taking billy tea and ham rolls tomorrow and banana cake.

Not sure what will happen when working on call as temp nanny!
See how the boys manage.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 01, 2012, 11:22:52 pm
That will be interesting DJ. Can't wait to see how you like being a Nanny.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 01, 2012, 11:38:12 pm
Gert, i know what you mean about the freezer. I use it for frozen veg, bread, & few frozen sauces & pastes in the right top drawer. Bits & pieces for school lunches, anything I need to grab quickly. Chester &  Jester  look after my meat.

H :)

DJ, good luck nannying.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on November 01, 2012, 11:46:09 pm
I need a new freezer for bulk meat as I don't have enough storage for that purpose. I like to cook and freeze as having a big family means we often have unexpected  dinner guests so it very handy to have pre cooked meals on hand.
I don't like freezing fish much prefer buying it fresh from the fishmonger to cook on the day.
Will try to organize myself and start on this challenge after I come back from New Zealand.  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on November 02, 2012, 06:30:29 am
I'm still budgeting happily :). I have an upright freezer inside, which is kind of like a frozen pantry and a chest freezer in the garage for meat etc.  I prefer most seafood fresh too but do regularly buy whole salmon because it freezes very well, also prawns.  They are so handy to have.  When are you off to NZ Mama Fergie?   We  leave next Thursday for a few days in Queenstown then off to catch up with  family etc.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on November 02, 2012, 06:47:15 am
Gert, I've done it before, but when younger.

Thanks Hally
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on November 02, 2012, 06:51:47 am
I go to Queenstown on 21 st November until 2nd December Jude. My DH is going next Friday night and arrives back 2 nights before I go with my mum. He is going on his annual golf trip with his friends. There are a few nice courses in the Queenstown area and of course it's a stunning place. How long will you be there for? Are your family in the south island?
Yes I agree salmon freezes well as do prawns but everything else I would buy on the day.
Hope you have a good trip 😄
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 02, 2012, 07:00:07 am
I know someone in Cairns who babysits for an agency. She is very popular and as this is a tourist town gets lots of work . It is very lucrative. I mean VERY lucrative. I don't believe how much she makes. It certainly is  a bonus for a pensioner. I would rather have wasps up my a** than baby sit children of any age. 

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: droverjess on November 02, 2012, 08:15:02 am
LOL :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: astarra on November 02, 2012, 09:08:41 am
I love kids...... mostly!  :D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on November 02, 2012, 09:12:31 am
Me too Astarra

I love the time I spend with my GD's.

So much fun,love and trust and unconditional  ;D
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on November 02, 2012, 12:27:10 pm
Yes my family is in the South Island.  We always fly into Queenstown so we cn have a few days to ourselves before going to see family. I love the area and Arrowtown etc.  so many beautiful wineries and restaurants and so much to do .  We enjoy walking around the area too usually but I managed to stuff up my ankle last month while on holiday at Broadbeach so won't be doing anything too active this time. I have really dodgy ankles :(
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on November 02, 2012, 06:05:15 pm
That's a shame about your ankle Jude and hope it gets better soon.  :( We love Queenstown too and try to get there twice a year. It's such a beautiful part of the world. We always feel so relaxed there and like you we enjoy the restaurants, wineries and the beautiful scenery.  I am taking my mum so long walks not on the agenda this trip. She loves Arrowtown so will drive there a few times and also over the Crown Range to Wanaka..  Hope you have a great time  :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 04, 2012, 06:17:58 am
I spent $200 today, normally $160..
But i bought 4 litres of olive oil, and 4 litres of EVOO for $40 ( $20 per bottle)

 Thats is normal, for us.. :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: goldfish on November 04, 2012, 06:34:49 am

given the amount of cooking - and the number of people you're cooking for, obbie - I'd say that was pretty good!!!!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Jude59 on November 04, 2012, 08:50:07 pm
It really does make a difference using what you have in the fridge/pantry/freezer etc. I was at one of my daughters the other day giving the kids breakfast and in the fridge was half a chicken, platter of cooked BBQ meats and a big bowl of pasta salad. Were they having any of that for dinner? No!  I told her yesterday that she shoud have frozen the cooked chicken and even the BBQ meats if they weren't  going to be used and eat the more perishable pasta salad. Grrrrrr there were at least three meals worth that ended up in the rubbish bin.  Am considering taking on the role of fridge police :) I guess though I should really be showing them what to do with leftovers and how you can convert most things into another different meal.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 04, 2012, 10:09:30 pm
You would think that these days people would be trying  to minimise waste and become more frugal. I hate food waste more than any other waste. Whatever we do not eat or maybe won't eat or  I am sick of eating becomes dog food. I never throw even  the smallest amount of leftovers out  because there is always fritter or frittata  to be made .

With  Hallys challenge I have learned I can be even more frugal and eat well. Everyone should at least try it for a few weeks.

You never want to hear your daughter complain about the cost of feeding her family  Jude! ;D

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 04, 2012, 10:52:36 pm
Wow Jude, what a waste.  I too hate food wastage more than anything.

1/2 a chicken, so much to do with that, the bq meats & pasta.yes sounds like you need to show her how to whip up another meal with left overs. I dont think I could throw that food out, maybe some still coukd be frozen.

I agree Gert, I have learnt how to be more frugal too.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 04, 2012, 11:00:55 pm
Me too, all our main meal leftovers, we bring to work for lunches, like today.
Yesterday, I boiled up 12 eggs, to take to work. I have brought in cold roast meats, salads, fresh bread today.

My DH hates food waste.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Mama Fergie on November 04, 2012, 11:21:32 pm
I hate food wastage too.
It's so unnecessary as leftovers can be eaten for lunch or turned into something different for another meal.
My dogs occasionally have some if there are no ingredients in the food that is not suitable for their health.
No need to throw away food
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Yvette on November 04, 2012, 11:43:45 pm
Robyn sounds like you are having healthy lunches this week  :) What did you think of your new toy?
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 05, 2012, 12:04:00 am
Good on you Obbie. I have decided to use up our freezer meals this week. Hoping that this will keep on budget this week.

H :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 05, 2012, 12:57:08 am
Loving my new toy,, trying to post photos, not much luck. will keep trying though. I want to post my bread I made too.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Halex on November 05, 2012, 01:07:22 am
Want to see photos :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 05, 2012, 02:49:04 am
I think we can talk about what you  are doing with you new toy but we can't compare so tell us  what and how you are making. And get them pics happening.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 05, 2012, 02:50:47 am
I have pics on my computer..
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 05, 2012, 03:04:42 am
I have pics on my computer..

So you can upload  them  to here easily!
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 05, 2012, 03:05:32 am
How Gert :)
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 05, 2012, 03:13:57 am
When you reply look down and to the left for additional options . A open it and browse to the photos.

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 05, 2012, 03:31:15 am
photo size is too big Gert, how do I reduce it.
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: Gertbysea on November 05, 2012, 03:51:16 am
photo size is too big Gert, how do I reduce it.

AH! there is the rub. You have to go to a photo editor to do it. The you have to save it .

 To me it was easier to buy an iPad. No iPhone?

Gert
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: obbie on November 05, 2012, 03:54:33 am
next I will buy a iphone...
Title: Re: Anyone want to join me on my $100 per week food challenge
Post by: judydawn on November 05, 2012, 04:44:57 am
Robyn, this is how Chelsea told me to reduce the size ages ago. Try this.

I open the folder where the photo is currently saved (can even be your camera folder).
I right click on the photo and a menu appears.
I click on the "open with" option.
I then click on the "paint" option and it will open in the paint program (don't worry if it is huge).
I then click on the "image" menu at the top.
I click on the stretch and skew option in the image menu.
In stretch and skew I change the stretch settings to 25% and 25% (and leave the other settings).Obbie sometimes 25% is even too big so I use either 18% or 20%
I then click on the file menu and click on the "save as" option.
I type a new name for my smaller sized photo.  (I don't bother doing this step)
I find the folder where I want to save my resized photo in the drop down menu (I use "my pictures" folder)
I click on save and then close the paint program.
The smaller sized photo will be saved in the folder I selected and will open in almost every application (not just paint).

From here, if the picture is either too big or too small, I simply go back into paint and increase the size by say 120% if I want it bigger and decrease to 80-90% if I want it smaller.  You can do this as many times as you wish to get to the allowable size for the forum which is roug