How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 49 of 52

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Costco $95.42

Costco has some great deals happening right now so I decided to grab a cart and get the bulk of my holiday grocery shopping done. I don’t know about you but I just can’t shop in grocery stores {actually stores in general} around the holidays. I’d rather get it all done in one big swoop then to have to go back each week for a few items. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird like that.

Some of my favorite Costco deals were 4 pounds of butter for $8.99, Pretzel Chips $4.39, Pom Juice $6.29, and a 6-Pack of Lubby’s Pumpkin Puree for $3.79. Saweeet!

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $32.61

Holiday baking season, it’s a killer isn’t it? BUT WAIT TIL YOU SEE THE RECIPES…. oh my word!!! Blowing my budget this week for a couple of convenience pizzas was totally worth it. ;) If you’re an Albertsons shopper be sure and use the $1.59 coupon in the Albertsons Flyer to snag Nestle chocolate chips for $1.59 a bag as well as 4 pounds of sugar for $1.59 as well. {Side note: one of the recipes I made last week had 4 pounds of sugar alone in it!!!} No wonder I have problems with my teeth. Ha!

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $128.03
Total Spent Year to Date $1862.61 {Yikes!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 48 of 52

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box of oranges and grapefruit

Neighbor Boy $52 {I’m only counting half {$26} in my grocery total*}

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about crappy school fundraisers and asked why don’t more schools sell something like fruit and vegetables? Well guess what? Not a 24 hours after I posted the story did I get a knock on my the door from one of the neighbor kids selling fruit for a fundraiser for his baseball team. I ALMOST PEEPED MY PANTS. Does the kid read my blog? Does him mom? What a coincidence. Right?

And now I have 40 pounds of citrus sitting on my kitchen counter. Good times people. Good times.

the blur chair jam cookbook

Luckily one of my favorite canning books, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook has several orange and grapefruit marmalade recipes in it. So fair warning … if you are on my Christmas list, you can expect a jar of marmalade this year! ;)

* Since we are eating half, and giving half of the fruit {in the form of jam} as gifts, I’m only counting half the cost in my grocery tally. That’s fair, right?

cyber monday deals

Online Deals

The UPS guy had a busy week delivering my Cyber Monday deals. Seeds, Boots, Pectin, Batteries and Sharpies. Did you order those boots LAMO Boots from REI Outlet for $20 when they were on sale? Holy cats they are cozy! I’ve worn them every day since they arrived. :)

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $22.36

Albertsons had some great coupon and buy 5 and save deals this week. 5lb bags of potatoes $0.99, canned corn $.50, Tatar Tots $1.49, Tillamook yogurt $0.50, BBQ Sauce $0.50 to name just a few.

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $48.36
Total Spent Year to Date $1734.58 
{$157 a month average so far this year.}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 46 of 52

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Costco $56.52

So I kind of have this policy of not walking into a grocery store {or pretty much ANY store for that matter} the week before, or the week after Thanksgiving. I get claustrophobic, cranky, disoriented and it basically makes my skin crawl. Did I mention it makes me dizzy and I pretty much want to vomit?

Martha Stewart could be standing in my local grocery store handing out autographed copies of her entire encyclopedia of cookbooks for free and I would still rather stay at home, in my pajamas sipping tea and surfing the web than walk into a grocery store around Thanksgiving. Maybe I’m a party pooper, or weird. I don’t know, I just don’t get the appeal of being surrounded by a bunch of people frantically buying stuff off the shelves like there’s no tomorrow.  I can’t handle it.

Blah Blah Blah… I went to Costco and loaded up on supplies. :) By the way, that chicken and apple lunch meat is delicious! Expensive, but a nice treat. And when did they start selling SHELLED pistachios? Seriously, I’m totally willing to pay a couple of extra bucks for that.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $13.97

Doughnuts for Monkey Boy, cherry pie filling for Grandma’s Cherry Cola Jell-O salad, Life cereal for the HH and eggs.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $12.97

I actually gave up sleeping in and got up at 5 am on Saturday so I could peacefully pop in Albertsons and get the last items on my grocery list before the mad rush of shoppers arrived. Yes, I am that weird.

So, have you bought all your groceries for Thanksgiving yet? Please tell me you did. I don’t want to be the only one who hates crowds. ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $83.86
Total Spent Year to Date $1686.22 
{$140 a month average so far this year.}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 45 of 52

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Albertsons  $17.05

A few days before we had our kitchen sink {and oven} up and running I picked up a few convenience packages of fruit fruit. I used to think those little tubs of pre-cut fruits and veggies were for lazy people, but how could I resist a giant tub of pineapple, raspberries and cantaloupe for $3.33 each?  Cuties $3.99, Butternut Squash $1.88 and Bananas $1.19.

zaycon chicken breasts

Zaycon Chicken – Free

I cashed in my Zaycon referral credits last week for a 40 pound case of boneless chicken breasts which I shared with my new neighbor The Church lady. We whipped up 26 freezer meals in less than 3 hours and now our freezers are stuffed full of homemade goodness. Yay for nice neighbors.

planters trail mix

Albertsons $0.75

I popped into Starbucks {which happens to be in our local Albertsons} to grab a hot cocoa using my Starbucks gift card I bartered with Mrs. Hillbilly for and spotted and sweet deal on Planter’s trail mix.

planters trail mix stand

 

Twenty five freakin’ cents. Umm ya, so that was a good deal. In my old extreme couponing days I totally would have asked the cashier for more coupons, but fast forward a couple of years and I find myself happy with 3 packages of trail mix for a quarter a piece instead of a 3 cases. Funny how how things change, huh?

smith brothers dairy

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

I don’t know about you but I’ve got a boatload of baking to do this week and thanks to Smith Brother’s Dairy I’ve got all the essentials {plus a few extras}.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.80
Total Spent Year to Date $1602.76 
{Over for the year!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 44 of 52

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Albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons – $9.75

Yogurt $0.38 each Jell-o $0.99 each, and Miracle Whip $1.99 with a coupon. Totally boring I know, but I was pretty pumped to get the Jell-o actually since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Each year I make my grandmothers Jell-o Salad and let me tell you Bob, it’s the best stuff on earth. I save it for special occasions and there is rarely leftovers. I’ll have to post the recipe in case there is anyone else out there who would like to make it too.

costco shopping trip

Costco $24.86

I put the electric skillet to good use this week and whipped up scrambled eggs for breakfast, sauteed green beans a few times for dinner and even fried some cod. Luckily Chino has promised me the electricians will be hooking up the oven and cook-top this week so I can get back to my normal cooking schedule and use up some of those freezer meals I’ve got stashed away. One can not live on frozen burritos and smoothies alone. Trust me.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Ever since The Girl went away to college our milk consumption has gone way down.  Like waaaaaay down. Monkey Boy does enjoy his half gallon of chocolate milk each week and I use about a half gallon of 2% for my tea and baking {when I have an oven} but other than that, it seems like The Girl was the one doing the majority of the milk drinking in the family. :(

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $34.61
Total Spent Year to Date $1584.96 
{Over for the year!}

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Spring Bulbs 50% off at The Home Depot

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fall bulbs on sale

I wandered into The Home Depot this morning to buy a painting stick and noticed their giant display of spring flowering bulbs on sale for half off. Wahooooo! I don’t know about you but I’ve been waiting for those suckers to go on sale ever since I spotted them at The Home Depot this past August.

fall bulbs on sale

Tulips, daffodils, irises, alliums, anemones, crocus bulbs, you name it… it’s on sale for half off.

tulip bulbs on sale

So if you are looking to add to your bulb collection, or start a new one, head on over {or call} your local Home Depot because now is the time to stock up baby!

fall bulbs on sale

Guess what I’ll be doing this weekend? ;)

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 43 of 52

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Albertsons – $1.98

Apple Juice was on sale this past week at Albertsons for $0.99 so I grabbed a few bottles. The Girl is really the only one that drinks it but the price was right so I figured she can have it when she comes home for winter break.

costco shopping trip

Costco $40.34

Before I headed out of town I stopped by Costco and grabbed a few goodies for the boys before I took off for the east coast. Salami, Shrimp, Salsa, Bananas and more. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to having my kitchen back in a few days.

The counter tops were installed while I was away so I’m going to try and get my kitchen organized as best I can this week. Number one on the list is getting the electric skillet and toaster out of the bathroom!! ;)

cupcakes

Homemade Cupcakes – Free from a neighbor! :)  

smith brothers milkSmith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Chocolate milk for Monkey Boy, 2% for my tea {and Monkey Boy usually drinks a glass of milk at dinner time} and cottage cheese for the HH. Talk about an easy peasy order!

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $40.34
Total Spent Year to Date $1550.35 
{Over for the year!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 42 of 52

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Panera bagel deal

Panera $6.99

Compared to last weeks Costco Rebate Check Shopping Trip this week was a total snoozefest. I really didn’t need to buy anything this week but I was over by Panera on Tuesday and remembered about their baker’s dozen special {13 fresh bagels for $6.99} so I went in a grabbed a bunch. I put half in the freezer and we enjoyed the other half for breakfast over the course of a few days. Have you tried the Panera bagels? Do you have a favorite? I love the asiago cheese and cinnamon raisin ones the best.

presto electric skillet

Since we are still without a cook-top or an oven, the electric skillet I bought is coming in pretty handy. I was able to whip up quite a few grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs last week which is a nice change from microwave burritos let me tell you. ;)

smith brothers farm delivery

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Last week I ordered some cookie dough from Smith Brothers because Chino had told me that once my cabinets were installed the oven would be hooked up and I’d be able to use it. Well that was a BIG FAT LIE. :( The electricians have to do some wiring first and they won’t be here until towards the end of the project so no fresh baked cookies for Monkey Boy. Booo!

But, he did get his chocolate milk… so hopefully that will tied him over until we get out oven back.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $6.99
Total Spent Year to Date $1510.01 
{Over for the year!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 41 of 52

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Costco – Free! 

It was like I won the lottery. Seriously. Although tempted to buy the giant Costco  92″ bear  I decided to spend my whole Costco rebate check on food. Yep. I’m totally exciting that way. ;)

Dave’s Killer Bread for the HH, Doritos and Mrs. Buttersworth’s syrup for Monkey Boy and Dubliner cheese for me. Yay! I also stocked on the basics like flour, sugar, rice, potatoes and onions. My total came to around $207 and so they gave me the rest in cash. Weee! Free groceries and a free lunch. Can’t beat that!

chicken stirfry

And since I finally broke down and bought an electric skillet last week  {did you see that sweet picture I posted in Instagram?} , I also picked up chicken, fresh veggies, eggs and breakfast weenies too. Real food!! Wahooo.

costco rebate check

So you are probably wondering what on earth I purchased at Costco in the past year to have earned this rebate check. Well for starters, my parents give us a Costco membership every year for Christmas. Which is totally cool because even though there are a lot of benefits to owning a Costco membership, $110 a year is still kind of high in my opinion.

So what did we buy? Mostly mattresses and bed frames for our place on the East Coast. And of course there’s all that lawn fertilizer, man clothing, and Costco food court weenies the HH buys there throughout the year as well. Oh and a new camera for me {because I busted mine this past summer after owning it for 3 years} and The Girl Who Thinks She’s a Birds graduation present as well. It adds up let me tell you. Quick.

kashi cinnamon harvest cereal

Amazon Subscribe and Save Deals $18.67

I picked up 4 boxes of Kashi Chewy Honey Almond Flax Bars for $8.34 and 4 boxes of  Kashi Organic Promise Cereal, Cinnamon Harvest for $10.33. I’m not sure if the deals are still available but I should be receiving my box from Amazon later today.

cougar mountain cookie dough

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

A strange phenomenon is happening at our house. Our milk isn’t getting guzzled down like it use to. I attribute this to not having a kitchen area because of the remodel.  Luckily the cabinets and oven should be in place by the weekend {I won’t have a sink or a counter top though} so instead of ordering regular milk this week {we still have 2 cartons in the fridge} I thought I would grab some Cougar Mountain Chocolate Chunk Cookie Dough and bake some cookies this weekend. {Fingers crossed!} I also picked up a half gallon of Chocolate Milk for Monkey Boy, and a tub of Greek Gods Honey Yogurt for the HH.

How did you do this week? Have you found anything good at Costco lately?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $18.67
Total Spent Year to Date $1503.02 
{Over for the year!} :(

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 40 of 52

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lemon lime juice

Dollar Store $3.00

Last night I had to go to the laundromat to wash our clothes. It totally sucked. I feel bad for people whose only option it is to wash their tighty whities in public while a man in red velour track suit smokes his Marlboros out front in the dark and stares at them through the laundromat window.  It’s a little unnerving to say the least. Especially if you are a suburban housewife.

In between loads I popped over to the Dollar Store and wandered the aisles for a good twenty minutes trying to kill some time and low and behold I found a few deals. Call it a silver lining I guess.

costco shopping trip

Costco $65.39

Costco saved me again this past week with their ready made meals and fresh produce. A big THANK YOU to the person who recommend Costco’s Chicken Salad. WE LOVED IT!!!

Since we are in the middle of a remodel and without a kitchen for a few more weeks, our options are pretty limited. Even though I’ve been working like crazy {blogging, helping with the remodel, painting bedrooms, unpacking, pulling weeds} I am having a blast. It seriously feels like I’m holding down two jobs… but I know it is going to be worth it in the end so I’m hanging in there. ;)

smith brothers dairy farm delivery

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Last week we hardly touched our milk so this week I decided to forgo my regular milk order and change my Smith Brothers Dairy order up a bit.

Leah’s Kitchen Chicken Pot Pie {I can pop it in the microwave!} a half gallon of Alpenrose Chocolate Milk for Monkey Boy and 16 oz. of sour cream {I plan on buying a giant sack of potatoes at Costco this week}. Doesn’t that pot pie look goooood? I’m excited to try it tonight for dinner.

How did you do this week?

Is there any other ready made stuff at Costco you think we should try?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $68.39
Total Spent Year to Date $1484.35
{Over for the year!} :(

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