cutting back on the food shop

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  1. munchkin1982

    munchkin1982 Well-Known Member

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    Oh wow... um, will definately find that website for you - will report back later :) xx
     
  2. munchkin1982

    munchkin1982 Well-Known Member

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    also... check out that approvedfood website link I posted a few posts up ^ as if you are ok with dry goods being past their "best before" (still perfectly edible - it's "use by" where food must be used by that date) then you could potentially save a fortune on there. I've just had a play around with it... and in my basket...

    Items: 81
    Basket Price
    You Pay: £15.49
    Basket RRP: £58.50

    Order Total:
    £19.54
    Delivered to your door & SAVE
    £38.96

    Not bad I don't think?! xxx
     
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  3. titch

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    Wow that's really good! Let us know if its any good when it arrives x
     
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    munchkin1982 Well-Known Member

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    Got to pursuade OH to purchase off there first! Hence me saying it was just a play around but if baskets are going to end up so "cheap" I think it's worth it! Ok, so there was quite a bit of cous cous cos they had like 12 packs of them for "x" amount so I put in 24 lol - mushroom-y one for 12 for £1.80 and a vegetable one 12 for £2.28 etc - oh, an another great one... Special K original cereal - 7 boxes for 99p (the variety pack size)!!!

    Certainly worth a look in. I've noticed that not all produce is past the "best before date" either... :) xx
     
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    I don't feel too bad now as we are spending about £100 a week including nappies and milk. But about 6 months ago we were only spending about £70, food has gone up loads. I have really cut down too, doing meal plans and only buying what we need, and it's still not getting cheaper. I think the fresh fruit n veg is what makes it so dear! Might have a look at that website x
     
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    I do, I have a couple of friends over there, I went to Monkfrith Primary, the other side of Chase Side.

    Lxx
     
  7. munchkin1982

    munchkin1982 Well-Known Member

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    Wow - such a small world huh? I'm not aware of Monkfrith Primary - we are talking over 20 years ago now lol! I moved away from London when I was 8 as was adopted... xx
     
  8. munchkin1982

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    Okay hun, so the name of that website that my MIL uses is...

    http://www.goodnessdirect.co.uk

    however still not as cheap as it could be - in my eyes, but then again specialist foods never are :-(

    I did however come across this link which could prove to be alot of help for you...

    http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/food/12...y-Free-and-Egg-Free-ideas-please/AllOnOnePage

    There is alot of good ideas/advice on there.... in particular the fact that if you are diagnosed ceoliac (sp?) you can actually get gluten free products on prescription from the doctor!!!

    Hope that helps??? xxx
     
  9. FebMum2Be

    FebMum2Be Well-Known Member

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    Ohhhh Munckin you're queen of this thread :yay: xx
     
  10. munchkin1982

    munchkin1982 Well-Known Member

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    LOL why thank you hunni! I don't mean to take over lol, I'm just very interested in how to save money too hehe and if I can help etc.... ;-)

    Am determind to cut bread out of my diet though so stuggling for food ideas at lunchtime. I quite like the cream crackers with a bit of ham/cheese (not so much cheese though as very calorific lol) but I tend to not be able to eat less than 6 crackers at a time lol...

    also like doing small portions of pasta salad but then i'm worried that the pasta carbs will take over the bread carbs iykwim??

    Any ideas on small bites to eat for lunch that are healthy but not not necessarily bread/pasta/rice related ALL the time? xxx
     
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    On slimming world pasta is a free food :) I love pasta x
     
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  12. munchkin1982

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    I'm wondering whether to give this SW thing a crack you know. I just can't get my head round it! MIL is doing it and she's losing weight well - she was slimmer of the week the week before last and lost 5.5lbs! And that was with eating 3 donuts on the sunday prior to the monday weigh in AND hardly any real excercise as she is disabled so can't really get about much! Plus if pasta is "free" on it that would be fab for me. What about rice? I seem to be eating alot of that at the moment! I love making random risottos! Made a lovely carrot, swede and red pepper risotto the other day! Was lovely! Even if I do say so myself! hmmm... xx
     
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    Slimming world is really great, I've looked about on tons of others and gave them a go, but I couldn't stand only being able to eat a certain amount or what you ate was really restricted, with Slimming World it's real food, great meals and the free foods are fab.. Some of the unlimited foods include, eggs, chicken, pasta, egg noodles, honey roasted ham, quorn sausages, bacon, apple, banana, potato, tuna, garlic, slimming world chips, cous cous, sweet potato, lamb.. I don't go to the meetings but I pick up the magazine and it's fab, lots of success stories and even though they are just the unlimited foods, there is so much more you can eat while counting your syns.. Check it out xx
     
  14. munchkin1982

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    wow - think you've just mentioned pretty much nearly everything I like to eat haha and it's all "free" ;-) apart from mince! lol... that is a key player in our diet at the moment lol... really think I need to check it out! One more question though... I know so much as that you have red/green days flexi days? I'm not sure - do you have to rotate these "days" or can you sort of stay on a one-type day if that makes sense? xx
     
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    :blush: If I'm being really honest, I only do free foods and healthy options, I don't eat lots of different foods.. I would have chicken and potatoes, pasta, egg, bacon and I would use syns for my bread iykwim? Check their website out, they do a 7 day plan with all the ingredients and info.. They do proper meals though, I have to skip most of them because I'm a seriously fussy eater :blush: x
     
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    No probs hun - thanks for your help ;-) xx
     
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    to help them have the crispy jacket like they do from a bbq rub them in sea salt :)
     
  18. vixforever

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    Mmmm great ideas!! I'm starving now I do the rice with battered nuggets and 27p asda sauce and add peas etc to it for Jacob :) I also buy cheese sauce granules and add extra cheap cheese on top for cheesy pasta! I bake Tescos 29p partbaked rolls for lunch and ether do a cheapy tub of soup or beans with them. I make fresh burgers and freeze any I don't need. I buy milk and nappies and bread in bulk. I buy cravendale which keeps for ages and for 6 litres is 3.50 down here. I can't praise Iceland enough for freezer stuff. I go to the £1 shop for things like crisps and cleaners yes the crisps have short dates but you will eat them by then ( well in my house anyway) lol. Other meals I do is I cook a huge bag of pasta up (Tescos quick boil is great 73p a pack) and store it in kid size and adult size portions in the freezer and take out what I need for quick meals (just add a little olive oil so it doesn't stick) x
     
  19. titch

    titch Well-Known Member

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    good tips there. my friend taught me how to make cheese sauce, Im a pro now :smug: its really cheap to make from scratch.

    I get bread from coop. Go for a walk after 8pm and go by coop, they only sell the bread on the same day they bake it so after 8pm they put it all at 10p. I get rolls and sometimes a fresh loaf,its good for ages cos it was baked that morning :yay:
     
  20. littlemiss83

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    oooh good tip about the pasta, didn't know you could freeze it. I've always got extra that just goes in the bin

    :)
     

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