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 rebate check shopping trip

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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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 39 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco $138.96

Over the last 10 days I have flown home from the east coast, packed up and moved my home {staying in a hotel for two of those nights waiting for paperwork to go through} prepared for a tv appearance by pulling an all nighter in hotel bathroom and started on renovations at the new place within 36 hours of moving in. We are currently living without a kitchen, a laundry room and are now down 2 bathrooms.

new kitchen

If that’s not enough to make you take the easy way out and head to Costco, I don’t know what would.

Sure, I could fire up the bbq and set up a dish-washing station on the back porch or maybe even plug a crock pot in somewhere, but you know what? I’m tired, and I took the easy way out. And sometimes… that’s okay. So please don’t leave hater comments saying you are disappointed I bought a bunch of easy peasy microwavable foods this week.  Because really, I feel like I’m doing the best that I can. Maybe you are superwoman, but definitely I’m not.

campbells soup cups

Target $21.17

Convenience food is spendy!

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Having milk delivered to your front porch is pretty darn RAD if you ask me. Monkey Boy missed out on his chocolate milk last week because we were in the process of moving and we had to skip a week. But luckily Smith Brother’s delivers to our new neighborhood and we’re all pretty happy about that! :) Milk, it does a body good!

How did you do this week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $160.13
Total Spent Year to Date $1415.96

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 37 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco $22.98

I had only one thing on my mind when I went grocery shopping last week…. Buy stuff The HH and Monkey Boy will actually eat while I pop over to the east coast for a few days to get some projects done on our vacation house. It’s true, buying chicken that has to be baked in the oven {rather than tossed in the microwave} might be a bit of a challenge for them, but I’m hoping they can pull it off. We’ll see.

qfc shopping trip

QFC $ 22.05

Canned soup, chips, yogurt, cereal, candy and a little orange juice for good measure. I’m sure they’ll survive just fine until I get back home. ;)

lucy the puggle dog

Amazon order

We were over at Mrs. Hillbillys house about a month ago and Lucy the Puggle Trouble gobbled up their dogs food so we decided to buy a bag. And now she is in love with Natural Choice. :) What a nut!

smith brothers dairy

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Milk, it does a body good. And butter? Well, just go ahead and staple it to my love handles… because that’s where it’s going to end up anyway. ;)

How did you do this week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $45.04
Total Spent Year to Date $1255.83
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 36 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip – $22.22 {for the food}

Same story different day. I went into Costco to buy socks and came out with egg rolls, a sack of Pirates Booty and giant baked potatoes and sour cream. You’d think after all these years I’d just walk into that place with a pair of those giant sunglasses older people wear so I couldn’t see out the sides. Tunnel vision. It’s a good thing!

lunch snacksTarget – $6.57

Crappy Snacks for Monkey Boys lunch. {I have NO IDEA what I was thinking buying that applesauce!!}

zaycon turkey

Zaycon Turkey Event – Free

I had some Zaycon credit so I ordered a 20 pound box of Zaycon Seasoned Turkey Breast Roasts for the first time. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and there were 6 roasts!!! We devoured one and popped the other 5 in the freezer for later this fall. I don’t know about you, but turkey and mashed potatoes are my favorite “comfort food” this time of year.

fresh corn

Fresh Corn from Farmer Ted – Free

Farmer Ted gave the HH 2 boxes of the sweetest corn on the planet this past Saturday. I cooked up a few ears for dinner and them froze the rest of the corn to use this winter in my favorite corn chowder recipe.

homemade applesauce

Homemade Applesauce 

We are enjoying a bumper crop this year and there are still a ton of apples to harvest. If you’ve never canned applesauce before it’s super simple and I love that you can adjust the sugar to suit your needs. I used a few Weck canning jars with this first batch because I intend to give those away as gifts and used my regular old canning jars for the rest.

  • 4 Quarts
  • 14 Pints {I gave one to my neighbor Hulda}
  • 4 Quarts Cloudy Apple Cider {I’ll post the recipe later this week}

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Monkey Boy sure is loving his weekly chocolate milk delivery now that The Girl is away at school and we don’t have to buy whole milk. :)

How did you do this week? Find anything spectacular?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $28.79
Total Spent Year to Date $1210.80
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 35 of 52

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albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $7.86

Talking about an easy peasy shopping trip! $0.49 a can for beans and $0.99 a bag for 3 pounds of granny smith apples? Heck yeah I’ll stop by and pick some up. No problem.  I was hoping to get 12 cans of black beans but they were all sold out, so I just picked up what they had and got a rain check for later. I don’t know what it is about black beans, but I’m totally addicted to them.

QFC shipping trip

QFC $9.73

Monkey Boy’s dreams came true last week. :) Captain Crunch, Cheetos, Ritz crackers and chili. Giddy up! The HH was in Alaska for business for a few days so it was just the two of us. I ate freezer meals for lunch and dinner and enjoyed vegetables from the garden while Monkey Boy was on a 4 day preservative high. We should all be so lucky. Ha!

Oh, and I totally did not intend to buy REDUCED FAT peanut butter!! Grrr, I hate when that happens. Would it be weird if I took it back and asked to exchange it? Have you done that before?

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

Now that we’re going through less milk around here my plan is to stock up on butter for the holidays.

Life is good.

How did you do this week? Find any deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.59
Total Spent This Year $ 1182.01
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 34 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco $31.96

School starts this week for Monkey Boy so when I went shopping I only had one thing on my mind. BUY STUFF HE LIKES. :) My son is about 152 times picker when it comes to food than my daughter so packing his lunch can be a bit of a challenge sometimes.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertson’s $27.23

How can you go wrong with Twinkies and overly processed cupcakes? ;) I also picked up a few can of refried beans {so I can make him burritos} his favorite vanilla yogurt, OJ for breakfast, Parmesan and cream cheese for me and a boatload of apples for his lunch.

bimbo bakery outlet

Bakery Outlet Store $5.00

I also stopped by the bakery outlet and picked up a months worth {or more} of bread and bagels for his lunches.

smith brothers milk

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And last but not least, chocolate milk. Now that The Girl is away at college I have switched out the whole milk for Monkey Boy’s favorite chocolate milk.

Life is good when you’re the only kid left in the house. :)

How did you do this week? Will you be glad to be back to a routine now that the new school is finally here?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $64.19
Total Spent This Year $ 1164.42
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 33 of 52

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mavis butterfiled

Swimming upstream. That’s what this past week has felt like.

When I rolled out of bed on Sunday morning this is all I could find to wear.

I arrived home late Saturday night after being on the East Coast for 10 days to find hardly any food in our cupboards. Half a loaf of bread, some miscellaneous cans, a couple of boxes of pasta and a few drops of orange juice were all that was staring back at me in the fridge.

I also left my sneakers accidentally behind some 3,000 miles away. And now my only choice in footwear is a pair of garden boots or my favorite pair of brown leather Keen’s that have had the backside chewed out of them thanks to Lucy the Puggle Dog.

Cool beans.

Note to self: Wash all dirty laundry before going on vacation so that when you come home exhausted from 10 days of travelling, you’ll have something decent to wear. Because HELLO, all the clothing you bring home… will be dirty too.

fresh garden vegetables

Hulda’s daughter kept the garden watered while I was away and when I rolled out of bed on Sunday morning I was able to harvest some fresh veggies. Zucchini bats, and heirloom tomatoes. My favorite. ;)

But grocery shopping? Ha! I didn’t get to it.

Hopefully today.

smith brothers milk

Thank goodness for local milk delivery!

Ahh the crazy days of summer. I’m going to miss you. {Not!}

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $0
Total Spent This Year $ 1100.23
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 32 of 52

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albertsons shopping trip

 Albertsons $19.39

I only made one trip to the grocery store this past week because the HH and The Girl were gone on their road trip across America and Monkey Boy was working practically every day. I did splurge on a few things like ricotta and feta cheese, whipping cream, hoisin sauce and dried chilies. Instead of shopping I spent my time whipping up yummy recipes and stuffing my face with food my family wouldn’t normally eat.

I also stopped my Smith Brothers Milk order last week as well since all the milk drinkers were gone.

How about you, did you buy a bunch of food this week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $19.39
Total Spent This Year $ 1100.23
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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