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January Grocery Shopping
Tue 4-Jan-11
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Shereen
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After the excesses of Christmas I try to be sensible when it comes to grocery shopping in January. This year I am concentrating on using up a lot of the store cupboard and freezer, and only buying things that need replaced. The plan is to both reduce expenditure in January and rotate the storecupboard stocks.

It has meant I've had to have a good old hoke around and do a sort of stock-taking, and I've still got to tackle the bigger cupboard, but I've a better idea of what's lurking on the shelves and am drawing up shopping lists and sticking to them.

So even if there's a special offer on tinned tomatoes I'll be walking on by.

Do you do anything differently with January shopping?

Tue 4-Jan-11
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I so wish I could say yes, but sadly I'm still a sucker for a bargain!  A couple of days ago we went to Leamington Spa for a 'day at the sales' (ostensibly to look for  new bed linen) and came back with one jar of Christmas Jam (black cherry with Cherry Brandy) and one of Christmas Marmalade (clementines with Cointreau), purely because I couldn't come back completely empty handed.  And I have so many jars of left-over jams and jellies from my preserving outburst earlier in the year that I've absolutely nowhere to put these infiltrators.  So I'm eating some right now. Each flavour. On toast. embarassed Well, I need to do something with it, don't I?

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Tue 4-Jan-11
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I try to be like you Shereen, and do a good stocktake and do a bit of using up. However, as Heather I can't resist a bargain. To do the best I can, I try to resist going out as much as I can - used to be terrible when I was working in York town Centre, I would always be buying stuff I didn't need, just because it was a bargain. Boots often sell off all the Pressie stuff at 75% discount some time soon, bought loads last year, but still had some of it left this Christmas.

Tue 4-Jan-11
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Went into Homebase and bought some chunky tinsel, they were selling off for 15p each.

Some lovely thick pedestal mats, for just £4.99, and actually I've been looking for some nice ones for a while, so really pleased with that find!

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Wed 5-Jan-11
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wave  It is good to spend the money when the goods are cheaper and you really need it.  However I do seem to come across items in my house every now and again that I have bought  - in a sale - and used perhaps once.  Since I retired I have tried to resist.   whistle

My freezers are full to the gunnels and I have to start trying to create some space as our piggies are due for slaughter about the end of February.   Have to start eating all this game.  So I will be doing very little food shopping this month or next, only the staples.

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Wed 5-Jan-11
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Heather E
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OH walked in this evening with 4 packs of smoked salmon - 99p!  (Each, that is, not 99p for the whole lot.  Don't be daft!) i_am_hungry

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Wed 5-Jan-11
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We've not been so lucky with the bargains round here. The best we managed was a tub of clotted cream for 9p. We didn't need it but got it anyway, thinking if we only used small amount it would still be good value. We started by eating a few spoonfulls out of the pot then decided to cook with it so added some to a pasta sauce tonight.

(when I say 'best' I really mean that's the only bargain)

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Wed 5-Jan-11
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That's a real good bargain, though.  I love clotted cream but it's a bit too rich to pig out on.  Pasta sounds like a really good idea for using some up.  Any left? i_am_hungry

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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We made kale pesto which was quite nice and didn't actually taste of kale. Must have been something to do with the amount of parmesan we added. And yeah, we've still got some cream left. We've not long finished two tubs of double cream we bought before christmas. We had frozen one and got it out at the weekend to add to some home made soup so we've slightly over-indulged the cream recently surprised

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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Such pretty pasta too.

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-Jan-11
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Toffeeapple said:

Such pretty pasta too.


 The much missed Willie Rushton used  spagetti sprinkled with hundreds & thousands to get his kids to eat pasta .

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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wave Wow Mike, I have never see pasta so brightly coloured before.  What is it flavoured with?

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Fri 7-Jan-11
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Terrier - Boots was my downfall as well. I bought a Jamie Oliver glass jar of American BBQ rub. It's got salt, spices and dried orange peel in it, and it was reduced to £2.50 so I couldn't resist it. The jar itself is worth that.

As for food - I'm only going for real bargains in things I don't already have a good stock of. I'm serious about the tinned tomatoes - I'm sure they're the reason the pantry shelf is bowing the way it is.

I was at my butcher's this morning. He's selling off (giant) turkey legs for 50p each, so I bought 2. I also got a huge slab of pork belly, 6 chicken breasts, 6 pork sausages and 4 broad lamb chops for £18. My freezer hoke showed an awful lot of mince, steak pieces, stew and tukey, so I thought I'd get some meat for variety. He had no chicken thighs though, so I'm still out of them. Eek!

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I like the sound of the turkey legs at 50p Shereen, I usually pay far more than that - slow roasted they make a great Sunday roast for a family.  I love chicken thighs for a chicken casserole, much better than breasts for flavour, especially if you put a bit of bacon in and some stuffing!chefchampagneHappy New Year!

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wave And to you  too Marilyn.  Hope you had a good one.  champagne

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