How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 23 and 24 of 52

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tyson chickenCostco $22.78

I’ve changed my shopping habits a bit this week. With all of the end of the year/graduation activities around here, our eating schedules have been totally off. So this week I played catch-up a bit in the shopping department. Plus, The Girl and I are gone all this week and I had to make sure the HH and Monkey Boy don’t starve!

albertsons grocery shopping trip

Albertsons $27.92

Monkey Boy put in a few requests this week and I obliged. I also was running low on popcorn for movie night with The Girl and they had some on sale, so I snatched them up!

simply orange juice

Fred Meyer $5.62

I’m trying to make sure the crew we leave behind has at least a few healthy alternatives while we are away. Anyone wanna guess how much of the good for you food is left when we get back?

vitacost groceries

Vitacost $5.05

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered a boatload of treats for the boys to enjoy while The Girl and I are away this week. Now anyone care to wager how much of the snack food will be left at the end of the week? {Ha! My guess is going to be NONE.}

QFC shopping trip

QFC $13.63

I stocked up on easy to prepare foods so the boys can make some quick meals. Anyone can prepare hot dogs, right?

fred meyer shopping trip

Fred Meyer $12.67

And a few more healthy staples to round out our week.

smith brothers milkWe had this Greek Gods Honey Strawberry yogurt delivered this week with our milk delivery. Let’s just say it lasted all of an hour around here. We put that on our keeper list for sure!

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored

How’d you do this week? Do you find yourself shopping differently as the seasons change? I sure do!

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $87.67
Total Spent This Year $874.42
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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Is Local Milk Worth The Price?

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twin brook creamery

I did something crazy today. I went to the store with the sole purpose of buying milk in a glass bottle, just to see what it would taste like.

I stood in the dairy section a good 5 minutes staring at the price trying to justify buying it.

old fashioned glass milk bottles

I lucked out. Another shopper came by and started to tell me how good the milk was, and how it was totally worth the price.  Then she pointed to the milk that was marked down to $1.49 a quart {normally $1.99} and I put 4 bottles in my cart.

fresh butter

When I got home I opened one of the bottles and it had a little “plug” at the top.  It took me a second to realize this was butter. Real, sweet cream, butter. Can you believe it?

twin brook creamery glass milk bottles

A gallon of fresh milk from a family farm in Western Washington that’s about 140 miles from my house, costs about $6 a gallon. Mystery milk from Costco or Albertsons, about $3.

Taste wise, there is absolutely no comparison. The fresh milk tastes way better than regular grocery store brand milk. It tastes like real milk, like the stuff I drank when I was a kid.

It’s weird. I’ve been missing out all these years and never knew it. Maybe it’s true, there are somethings in this world worth paying full price for. Quality DOES matter.

What do you think?  Would you be willing to pay DOUBLE for an everyday item like milk?  Is there something in your weekly grocery budget you’d purchase no matter what the price was?

~Mavis

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 22 of 52

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qfc shopping trip

QFC $17.51

QFC had some pretty good deal this week. Whole chickens $0.99 a pound, Tuna $0.50 a can English cucumbers $1.25 each so I stocked up. I was hoping to get a few more chickens but I ended up getting the last one out of the meat case and had to get a rain check for the next delivery.

I also grabbed some manager markdown mushrooms and a loaf of day old French bread which was PERFECT because I made baked French toast for breakfast. :)

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $9.75

I had to dash into Albertsons at the very last second to grab strawberries and whipping cream so we could make a Strawberry Pudding Cake for the HH’s birthday dessert. About 13 years ago he tried this cake at our neighbor’s BBQ and fell in love with it and we’ve been making it once a year since.

If you’ve never tried layering a cake with vanilla pudding before, TRY IT!!!

smith brothers dairy

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery - Sponsored

The HH loved the Alpenrose cottage cheese he tried last week so much that he asked me to order another tub of it for his lunch. In fact my husband says it’s the best cottage cheese he’s ever tasted. And Monkey Boy? Well let’s just say he was over the moon when he found a bottle of chocolate milk in the fridge.

So how did YOU do this past week? Did you find any cool deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $27.26
Total Spent This Year $786.75
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.94

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 21 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco $12.16

Have you ever bought those camisoles from Costco? Aren’t they the best? Well I popped in the other day to pick up a pack and grabbed a few other essentials as well. ;)

chef boyardee lasagnaTarget $2.16

Monkey Boy and I were in Target when he spotted Chef Boyardee Lasagna in a can for $0.54 each. Ummm, gross, but okay, I suppose I can fork over $2.16 if that’s what you really want. Ha! Maybe he thought since his beloved Doritos were not on sale that he had a better chance of getting lasagna in a can???

omaha steaks

Omaha Steaks – FREE

Happy Birthday to the Handsome Husband! For as long as I can remember his parents have been sending him an Omaha Steaks care package for his birthday. Pretty sweet if you ask me. Last year The Girl didn’t even get 1 piece of the beef jerky because the boys ran off with it so quickly, so when she saw it in the box this year she quickly asked for a few pieces.

It’s the little things that make up happy, right? Beef jerky and canned lasagna. Yum. Yum.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery - Sponsored

You are never going to believe this. Smith Brothers heard that I might be switching my service to every other week once The Girl left for school so they contacted me and one thing led to another and now I get to try a bunch of their products for free. This week we’ll be trying their Sweet Cream Butter and Alpenrose cottage cheese. Yipee! Free dairy products? I’ll take it. Thank you Smith Brothers!

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $14.32
Total Spent This Year $759.49
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.94

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Smith Brothers Farms Logo

One Hundred Dollars a Month is proudly sponsored by Smith Brother’s Farms, my family’s favorite milk. Check out their website HERE and learn about the over 100 top quality products Smith Brothers Farms can deliver to your porch box.

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 20 of 52

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albertsons shopping trip

This weeks grocery tally is a little different. I used a few coupons so I  thought I would break down a my shopping trips so you could see how I used the coupons in case you wanted to get some of the same deals.

Also, I was talking to my neighbor Girly Girl last week and she wanted to know if there were any deals on milk and cereal so I went ahead and picked up a few things on her list from Safeway so that is why you don’t see the amount in my final tally. :)

Albertsons Shopping Trip $8.26

Yoplait Yogurt Cups, 6 oz  $0.38 w/ in ad coupon {limit 10}

Use {1} $0.40/6 Yoplait Yogurt Printable Coupon
Use {1} $1.00/4 Yoplait Yogurt Cups 4-13-14 SS
Final Price: $0.13 each after coupons WYB 10

Dreyer’s Ice Cream, 1.5 qt $1.99 each WYB4
Use {2} $1.00/2 Dreyer’s Slow Churned Light Ice Cream or Grand Products, 1.5 qt or Larger  5-11-14 RP
Final Price: $1.49 each after coupons

Ronzoni Pasta 12 – 16 oz box $1.00
Use $1.00/1 Ronzoni Gluten Free Pasta Coupon
Use $1.00/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta Coupon
Use $1.00/1 Ronzoni Pasta Coupon 5/11/14 SS
Final Price: As low as free after coupons

La Brea Bread Baguette  $1.99
Use $2.00/1 La Brea Bakery Product Printable Facebook Coupon
Final Price: Free after coupon

safeway shopping trip

Safeway Shopping Trip $21.23 {I picked this stuff up for Girly Girl}

2 Liter Bottles of 7Up $0.88
Use $.88 Safeway Just 4UCoupon in weekly flyer
Use $1.50/2 Share and Save Coupon
Final Price: $0.13 each after coupons WYB2

Bull’s-Eye BBQ Sauce, 18 oz  $0.99
Use $1.00/2 Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce, 17.5 oz or larger Coupon 5/11/14 SS
Final Price: $0.49 each after coupons WYB2

Revolution Foods Meal Kits, 3.19 – 4.2 oz  $1.99
Use $2/1 Revolution Foods Meal Kit, 2.8 – 4.2 oz  Printable Facebook Coupon
Final price: Free after coupon

Hillshire Farm Products, 7 – 15 oz  $2.99
$1.00/1 Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage Links 5/18/14 RP
Final Price: $1.99 after coupon

FREE Milk when you buy any {4} participating Quaker Products Mix & Match 4/$10.00
Use $1/2 Quaker Chewy Bars coupon from 5/4/14 RP
Final Price: as low as $2.00 per box

winco bulk spices

Winco Shopping Trip $13.63

The bulk bins at Winco are Da’ Bomb. I tend to stock up on spices and other bulk items there about twice a year when I’m in the area.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery $11.16

Having milk delivered is a HUGE time saver and knowing it comes on the same day each week is very helpful when it comes to meal planning.

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

And, what’s the most you are willing to pay for a box of cereal?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $33.05
Total Spent This Year $745.17
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.94

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 19 of 52

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case of fuji apples

Fred Meyer – $26.40

Fred Meyer had Fuji apples on sale for $0.88 a pound last week so of course I stocked up. This time around the apples came in 30 pounds cases {most of the time they are 40 pounds} and so we’ve been snacking on apples and making apple chips like crazy around here the past few days.

sara lee whole wheat bread

Oroweat Bakery Outlet $5.00

The Girl and I went to the mall on Saturday to pick up a dress for graduation and decided to stop by the Oroweat Bakery Outlet in Tacoma on the way home. We met One Hundred Dollars a Month reader Allison there {Hi Allison!} and loaded up on bread that was Buy 1 Get 1 for $1.00 a loaf.

With school almost out, this should be enough bread to last our family all summer. :)

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery $11.16

I don’t know what it is about this time of year but we are not drinking a lot of milk right now. I think I may switch to an every other week milk delivery here pretty soon.

fred meyer shopping trip

Fred Meyer- $23.94

While I was busy sleeping in on Mother’s Day the HH went grocery shopping. ;) Oh yes he did. Ha! Fred Meyer is actually having a huge Founder’s Day sale this week {not that the HH found any sale prices} so I think I’ll head over there later and see what kind of deals I can find. It’s the thought that counts, right?

Who does the shopping in your house, and most importantly, if you let your husband do the shopping every week do you think your grocery bill would be double? Triple?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $66.51
Total Spent This Year $712.12
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.94

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 18 of 52

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albertsons double coupon shopping trip

Albertsons $ 29.74

Remember the good old days when Albertsons took double coupons? I totally forgot to snap a picture of the groceries I purchased from Albertsons this past week so I thought I would pull up this golden oldie instead.  Back at the height of the double couponing craze I would get up at 4 am to clip and organize all my coupons so I could be at the store at 5 am when it opened.

Then I had to gather all the deals {I never cleared shelves, but I did pre-order groceries though an assistant manager} and then stand in line at the cash register. On a good day I’d be first in line. On a bad day I’d still be standing in the checkout line 2 hours later waiting for other couponers to purchase their groceries. {The store I shopped at would open a line specifically for crazy couponers so the “normal” shoppers wouldn’t have to wait in line}.

It took a lot of planning {and a lot of time} to get that many groceries for just $7.24. Looking back, it was nuts. And we ate a ton of processed crap. These days I gladly pay 4 times that amount for about a 10th of the food. I know this is going to sound kind of strange, but I’m glad my shopping habits have changed.

With careful planning I am able to feed my family for roughly the same amount {give or take a few hundred dollars a year} without having to feed them a bunch of processed food with ingredients and preservatives I can’t pronounce and you know what? It feels good.

People change. And so do their shopping habits. :)

Here’s what else I purchased this week:

groceries from vitacostVitacost $7.53

I love ordering from Vitacost! Not only do they have great prices on organic, gluten free and healthy foods, but they also give you a $10 credit when you refer a friend {and your friend gets a $10 off $30 coupon}. This past week I was able to order everything you see above plus earn 4% cash back when I placed my order through Ebates.

ghirardelli mini chocolate chips

Amazon – Free thanks to Swagbucks. :)

It had been a while since I checked my Swagbucks account so I was pleasantly surprised when I found out I had enough points for a $50 amazon gift card sitting there. I haven’t used swagbucks in a while but I think it’s still a great way to earn some extra moolah.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery $11.16

I forgot to snap a photo of this weeks Smith Brother’s milk delivery so I’m using one from a few weeks ago. Even though having milk delivered costs a little more, it really has cut down on my trips to the grocery store {and the impulse buys that go along with it} so for now we are still going to continue to have our milk delivered. Once The Girl goes off to college though, I may have to cancel it because we won’t meet the $10 weekly minimum. We’ll see.

So how did YOU do this week? Did you snag any deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $37.27
Total Spent This Year $645.52 
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.94

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How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska

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franz bread How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska

Last week the HH was up in the tiny fishing village of Craig, Alaska for work and so I asked him to snap a few pictures at the local grocery store. He goes up there several times and year and is always telling me how crazy the prices are {this coming from a man who maybe buys groceries once a year and thinks $0.99 for a pound of pears is expensive} so I was genuinely shocked when I saw his snapshots.

Whoa Nellie is all I’ve got to say. Can you imagine paying $5.85 for a loaf of ordinary bread? It kind of makes you wonder how much the fancy stuff costs doesn’t it?

How Much Do eggs Cost in Craig, Alaska

I don’t think $3.19 for a dozen of eggs is that bad considering they have to be flown in. Expensive yes, but not super crazy. I would imagine the free range organic brown ones run about $10 though. How Much Does milk Cost in Craig, Alaska

Milk. Double what we pay here in Washington State.
How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska deodorant

Deodorant. Umm, if I was a guy living up in Alaska, I’d probably go without it because seriously, there is like a 10:1 male to female ratio up there. And it’s a fishing village, so c’mon.

How Much Does toilet paper Cost in Craig, Alaska

Does Alaska have a lot of trees? Because hello, paying $14.85 for 12 rolls of Charmin is kind of nuts. Especially when Amazon is selling it for $6.97.  And to answer your next question, no, Amazon Prime in not available in Alaska or Hawaii. :(

How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska toothpaste

Holy cannoli’s. $6.15 for a tube of toothpaste. And that’s on sale.

How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska ice cream

$7.55 for a gallon of Tillamook Ice Cream?

How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska fresh fruit

$2.69 a pound for Fuji apples and $2.19 a pound for Bartlett pears. Since I live in Washington State, I can usually find these for around $.99 a pound, but when I was in Virginia and Boston last year, these seems to be the going prices for apples and pears. How much does these items cost at YOUR store?

How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska doritos

Poor Monkey Boy would pass out if he saw how much they were charging for Doritos up in Alaska. $5.99 for a regular sized bag seems pretty darn high if you ask me.

How Much Do Groceries Cost in Craig, Alaska advil

So what do you think? Do these prices give you a headache too? Or are they inline with what your local market is charging?

~Mavis wants to know.

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 17 of 52

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albertsons orange juice

Albertsons $7.49

The HH was out of town all of last week so I was planning on doing a no spend week while he was away and I even put my Smith Brother’s Milk order on hold.

Everything was going great until friday afternoon when The Girl came home with a sore throat and was convinced she needed an extra vitamin C boost to keep her from getting sick. So off to the store we went to load up on oranges and orange juice. Gaaa. I almost made it. ;)

panera bagelsPanera – Free

I am sad to report the Panera gift card my parents gave me for my birthday is almost depleted. I sure am going to miss those delicious Panera bagels. But have no fear, Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and who knows, I might get lucky and get another gift card. {I’m keeping my fingers crossed}.

leftovers

Leftovers – ?????

After the Committee Meeting last week there was a bunch of food left over so I asked peeps if they wanted to take anything home {one lady took 8 brownies} but after all was said and done, this is what I went home with.

I didn’t include the price of the food I purchased in my grocery tally because I the food wasn’t intended to feed my family. But, we did get a nice meal of soup, salad, baked potato and blueberry crisp out of the deal and now I’m feeling a little guilty that I didn’t include the committee meeting leftovers in my tally.

What do you think? Should I include it? If so, how much?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $7.49
Total Spent This Year $608.25 {Yikes!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $22.27

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 16 of 52

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costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip $39.82

Well, I finally got my ham. :) I LOVE the Costco spiral hams, don’t you? While I was there I also stocked up on cheese for freezer enchiladas, black beans for tacos and bananas for smoothies. Kind of a boring trip, but expensive.

Zaycon ground beef event

Zaycon Beef Free

Last week I also picked up 40 pounds of Zaycon beef  {I had some Zaycon credit so it was free} and the HH and I make a boatload of freezer meals Now I’ve got plenty of freezer meals to last me through all those spring sport nights when I’m too tired to cook.

dole canned pineapple

Albertsons $3.56

Cream cheese for $0.88? You bet I grabbed a few {I probably should have bought more}.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

And last but not least, our weekly milk delivery from Smith Brothers. I might cancel this weeks delivery though because for some strange reason, nobody drank any milk over the weekend. Weird.

How did you do this past week? Did you blow your budget on supplies for Easter sunday?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $54.54
Total Spent This Year $600.76 {Yikes!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $22.27

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