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

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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 $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 – $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 $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 $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

Smith Brothers Farm - Sponsored

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 $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 $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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