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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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 31 of 52

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heirloom tomatoes roadside stand

Our schedule was a little weird last week and as a result I only made it to the store once. With the garden in full production right now there really isn’t too much to buy. I had more tomatoes than I could process so I set up a little veggie stand and the end of my driveway. Have you ever done that?

What would you charge for a quart of homegrown tomatoes? I never know what to charge.
albertsons essential everyday

Albertsons $6.56

I stopped by Albertsons to pick up some whipping cream for some homemade ice cream when I noticed they were selling cherries for only $.99 a pound and doughnut peaches 4/$1.00. What a find! I also swung by the day old bread section and grabbed a loaf of reduced garlic bread for only $0.99. {half price}. Not too shabby if you ask me.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brothers Farms Home Delivery – Sponsored

Now that The Girl has headed off to college we no longer have a need to order whole milk. You know what that means right? Monkey Boy will get his 1/2 gallon of chocolate milk each week instead. :)

How did YOU do this week?

Are you buying less at the store these days because of the bounty from your garden?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $6.56
Total Spent This Year $ 1080.84
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 30 of 52

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qfc shopping trip

QFC $5 for groceries

For the boys. Bologna tastes like barf if you ask me.

boxed cereal

Albertsons $20.90

I told Monkey Boy to stop by the store and pick up a few things so when I was gone he and the HH wouldn’t go hungry. This is what he came home with. I was actually kind of shocked he didn’t bring home a few bags of his beloved Doritos.

When I got home last night I noticed a huge bag of chips AND and half eaten bag of pork rinds {GAG!!!}. We typically operate under a don’t ask don’t tell system when I’m traveling so I’m not surewhat else they bought while I was away but whatever ever it was I’m sure it wasn’t fruit or vegetables. Ha!

tocino rebanado bacon

Local Fruit Stand $5.52

A pound of bacon for $2.99? Yes please! The peppers and broccoli were for stir fry night.

pickling cucumbers

Duris Fruit Stand $14.61

Buying food from a fruit stand is the best thing on the planet. Seriously. I’ve been a bit of a local foods slacker this year choosing convenience instead quality but there is still something inside of me that yells STOP when I pass a fruit stand. So there is always hope for next year.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored 

While I was away I had some of the HH’s and Monkey Boy’s favorites delivered. Chocolate milk usually lasts about 2 days around here and the Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, well, that’s gone already. ;)

How did YOU do this week? Any deals? Did you shop the Albertsons big 75th Anniversary sale? Is there anything good I should stock up on?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $46.03
Total Spent This Year $ 1074.28
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 29 of 52

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albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $9.74 for the groceries

I stocked up on a few items from Albertsons last week: Tillamook yogurt $0.60 each, cornbread muffin mix {for Monkey Boy to use when I am traveling} day old garlic bread $0.99 and a few bags of goldfish crackers for $1.00 each. Not incredible deals, but not bad either.

chopped pecans

Barter with Mrs. Hillbilly  

Mrs. Hillbilly came by last week to see if I had any extra tomato cages and fencing so her son could expand his garden. In exchange she gave me 2 pounds of pecans and a jar of plum jelly from her mother’s farm in Mississippi. Not to shabby if you ask me.

produce

Local Fruit Stand $7.29

$1.00 pineapples, $1.99 for a head of cauliflower and a few other odds and ends were the deals I found at our local fruit stand this week.

leftover food

Church Dinner Leftovers- Free

The Guy from Guam dropped off a whole pile of leftovers from his church picnic on Saturday. He’s in charge of the cooking there and always makes the most delicious homemade food. I didn’t even know what the heck was in the rice or the sack of mystery rolls but Holy smokes it was good.

The HH has been friends with him for over 20 years now and he just shows up at our house once or twice a year and brings us leftovers.  I typically give him some of our homemade jam as a thank you… this time around it was raspberry jam. Pretty awesome if you ask me.

smith brothers farms

Smith Brothers Milk - Sponsored

And last but not least, our milk order from Smith Brother’s Farm for this week. Milk, it does a body good. :)

How did you do this week?

Any mystery men show up at your door with food?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.03
Total Spent This Year $1028.25
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 28 of 52

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haagen daz bars

Costco $8.49

A big thanks to Nicole who shared last week Haagen Daz ice cream bars were $3.00 off at Costco. The HH was so happy! The vanilla chocolate almond bars are his favorite! :)

target market pantry pasta

Target $5.89

I tried a new recipe last week that called for V-8 juice, it’s not something I normally buy the my husband likes it so I figured why not? Remember the Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips I made last week? Well luckily I can get a few more batches out of the bag peanut butter chips I bought at Target because man are those expensive!

tyson chicken breast tenderloins

Target $11.98

Chicken! I had to buy chicken. :( Let me tell you Bob it’s always a sad day around here when I run out of my bulk order of Zaycon chicken. I have plenty of chicken freezer meals I can use but we are officially all out of single chicken breasts and the next Zaycon deal doesn’t come around to my neck of the woods until around the middle of October. Boo!

chicken stir fry dish

During the summer months we probably eat stir fry about 2, maybe even 3 times a week. I mean really, how can you go wrong with fresh veggies, rice and a little meat? It’s the easiest dinner ever if you ask me. {Get the recipe for my chicken stir fry HERE}

smith brothers milk

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I realized I needed to add butter and whipping cream to my milk delivery but the cut off time to change your order online for the next days delivery is 6pm. Luckily the old school way of leaving a note in the milk box still works. Yay!

With the garden in full swing now I’m not having to stock up at the grocery as much as I usually do during the winter months which is pretty sweet if you ask me. How about you? Have you seen a dramatic reduction in your grocery bill? Or are you sending those extra dollars in ice cream like me? ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.36
Total Spent This Year $1,011.22 {Eeek! I’m way over budget!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 27 of 52

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ben and jerrys ice cream

Albertsons $12.45

When it’s 90 degrees outside it’s all about priorities, right? ;)

The HH was really craving Haagen Daz Ice Cream Bars but Albertsons was having a buy 5 get ice cream for $2.49 sale on the Ben and Jerry’s and Klondike Bars so that’s what we picked up instead.

tillamook yogurt

Albertsons $5.79

Yogurt for Monkey Boy and cheddar cheese for Homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

homegrown raspberries and vegetables

Backyard Garden

I don’t know about you but I LOVE the summer months. Even though I don’t have a huge garden this year, it’s still pretty amazing what we can harvest around here on a daily basis. I harvested all these lovely fruits and vegetables last night right before dinner. Multiply that by 7 and it’s pretty easy to see how we can shave some serious money off our grocery list in the summer and fall months.

Gardening is rad. There’s no doubt about it.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I didn’t add anything fancy to our order this week, just the basics. ;) Did you know that Smith Brother’s Farm was voted the 2014 Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods? How cool is that? I think “ll order some chocolate milk for Monkey Boy and some cottage cheese for the HH for net week. We’ll see.

How did you do this week? Do you find yourself hanging out in the ice cream section at your local grocery store this time of year too? What’s your favorite way to cool down in the summer months?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $18.24
Total Spent This Year $984.86
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 26 of 52

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QFC Shopping trip

QFC $13.11

QFC had some great deals this week including a Buy 6 and Save special so I went ahead and picked up pasta for $.49 a box, Ragu pasta sauce for $1.49 a jar and Minute Maid orange juice for just $1.99 a bottle. Those are some pretty good prices if you ask me.

I also snagged a whole chicken and made 2 dinners out of it. 1 roasted chicken dinner and a pot of homemade chicken soup the next night. :)

red cherries

Albertsons $6.63

Cherries! I couldn’t resist!! Luckily I won’t be shelling out too much money for fruit this summer because our raspberry and blueberry patches are loaded but cherries and peaches? Heck ya I’m going to grab them when I find a good deal.smith brothers farm

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored

Milk. It does a body good. ;) Having milk delivered is AWESOME, there’s no doubt about it and luckily we are in an area where we can get it delivered to our doorstep once a week from a local farm. Pretty stinkin’ rad if you ask me.

How about you? How did you do at the stores this week?

Now that summer is in full swing, are you going to the grocery store less and less because of all the yummy fruits and vegetables you’re harvesting from you garden? If so, what are you harvesting this week?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $19.74
Total Spent This Year $930.62
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Preventing Food Waste – How to Use Your Summer Harvest

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#SAVEITSUNDAY

I recently teamed up with Glad Food Protection to take the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge to not only help eliminate food waste in my own kitchen, but to show you some cool and creative ways you can reduce food waste in yours.

What is the #SAVEITSUNDAY pledge?

Well basically it’s about loving food more and wasting it less, one day at a time.

fresh homegrown fruits and vegetables

It feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve talked about food waste on the blog. I suppose that has something to do with the fact that Mr. Produce Guy and I broke up. We’re still friends, of course, but not having that weekly haul of reclaimed foods means I don’t have food waste constantly on my mind.

Since gardens are in full force and many harvests are at their peek, I though it might be a good time to revisit some great ways to use and preserve your summer’s bounty. Here are the top 5 ways I use my produce:

Canning Corn - How to Can Fresh Corn

Can It: Canning  is my very favorite way to preserve food and prevent food waste. You can pretty much can just about anything! Don’t be afraid of canning either. I  know a lot of people shy away from it because they think it’s much more complicated than it is.  Check out all the canning recipes you can choose from!

how to freeze soup

Freeze It: In addition to using Glad Food Protection bags to freeze some of your excess harvest {check out some of the things I like freezing HERE}, you can also use them to store freezer meals utilizing ingredients growing like crazy in your garden {check out my Freezer Meal 101}. I also love to make my Fast and Easy Strawberry Freezer Jam and store it in Glad FreezerWare.

Pickle It: I mean obviously dill pickles are a must! But I love pickling all sorts of things: pickled corn relish and pickled beets to name a few. So many veggies can be pickled and canned or even stored in GladWare Containers in the fridge.

Donate It: This is my very favorite thing to do with my big summer harvests. I talk a little about how to donate your excess in this post about Excess Harvest.

diy compost tumbler

Compost It: If you still find yourself with excess produce, don’t throw it away! Compost it instead. Check out why composting is so essential and find out how to make compost and compost bins HERE.

#SaveItSunday

For more information about the #SAVEITSUNDAY Pledge and how you can reduce food waste in your own home, head on over to SAVEITSUNDAY.com.

Looking for more Glad Food Protection Pointers? Head on over HERE where you’ll learn lots of cool tips and tricks to keep the food you love fresher, longer.

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 25 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip $28.85

I went into Costco to pick up some photos and walked out with a few things I just had to have. It’s a good thing I didn’t bring a cart in with me {yes, I’ll admit walking around Costco with a 20 pound bag of potatoes is weird} or I would have tossed a few more items in the cart.

It’s all about self control people… self control. If you can’t carry it, don’t buy it. ;)

zaycon steak

Zaycon Steak Event – Free

Last week I also picked up 10 pounds of frozen Zaycon Steaks {I had some Zaycon credit so it was free}. We cooked some on the grill this past weekend and man oh man was it good!

haagen dazs ice cream and peach sorbet

Albertsons $7.96

How could I resist Haggen Dazs Ice Cream when it was only $1.99 a pint? Everybody has their favorites:

HH: Butter Pecan
Mavis: Orchard Peach
Monkey Boy and The Girl: Coffee

What’s your favorite flavor?

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored

It’s so nice to wake up and be able to grab fresh milk off the porch in your pj’s. ;) The HH is currently in love with Smith Brother’s cottage cheese and since The Girl still had some of her whole milk to drink from last week we swapped out her whole milk for some sour cream this time around.

How’d you do this week? Did you buy anything exciting?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $36.46
Total Spent This Year $910.88
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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