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 $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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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 15 of 52

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albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $3.21

I didn’t plan on being a lazy shopper his past week, it just sort of happened. I only popped into the grocery store once for a lime, a bunch of cilantro and one can of sweetened condensed milk for a pie I’ll be making later this week. For the second week in a row, I forgot the Easter ham.

Let’s hope I remember to get it this week, or we’ll be eating oatmeal for Easter dinner instead.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

Who knew being a shut in was so easy. If it weren’t for the milkman and UPS guy I would have had a really boring week.

vitacost shopping order

Vitacost – Free

I had some Vitacost credit so I stocked up on snacks for the monkeys and coffee for the HH. Vitacost was having a buy 1 get 1 half off sale last week so I was able to get some really good deals.

empty chest freezer

So, what was I doing all last week instead of shopping? Well, cleaning out and reorganizing the freezers.

We have 2 big chest freezers in the garage and each summer they get filled with homegrown fruits and vegetables from our backyard garden. By the time fall rolls around I have both those babies stuffed full of not only produce, but a gazillion freezer meals as well.

full chest freezer

We still have a lot of berries {especially blueberries} rhubarb, peppers, jams as well as a few pans of meatloaf and beef pot pies to go through, but pretty soon this freezer will be empty as well.

freezer meals meatloaf

I guess that can only mean one thing. I better get out there are start gardening.

Yee- Haw!

How is your freezer looking these days? Do you still have a lot of last summers fruits and veggies to get through?

Mavis wants to know. :)

Total Spent This Week $14.37
Total Spent This Year $550.22
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 14 of 52

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costco shopping trip
Costco $50.63

I went into Costco for an Easter ham. That’s it. Not only did I forget about the ham but I ended up buying a bunch of other stuff that was not on my 1 item list. Bahahaha. Has that ever happened to you?

I didn’t even realize I forgot the ham until I was taking the photograph of the food on our kitchen table and I was like hey, where’s the ham?

I am totally losing it I tell you, totally losing it. I have about a million and two other things on my mind lately and buying groceries is not one of them. :( panera bagels and spreadPanera – Free

I popped into Panera on Tuesday for their baker’s dozen bagels for $6.99 and also picked up some cream cheese spread to go with it. I have exhausted my Christmas gift card and am now working on my birthday gift card from my parents so I didn’t have to pay anything.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

We are still getting our milk delivered. :)

How did you do this week with your grocery shopping? Please tell me I’m not the only one who has gone into a store to buy one thing and come out without it.

Seriously, 1 item. How could I forget that?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $61.79
Total Spent This Year $535.85 {I’m digging a hole, I know}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 13 of 52

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Albertsons $13.16

Lately we’ve been eating a lot of chicken and beef tacos with homemade tortillas and refried beans for after school snacks and quick dinners. With everyone going in different directions these days, homemade tacos are super cheap and easy to assemble because of the minimal ingredients {beans, rice, meat and lettuce}. And they are pretty filling as well.

Luckily we still have a bunch of meat from Zaycon in the freezer and so making a big batch of taco meat in the crock pot is a huge time saver for busy weeknights.

Albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $9.48

Sweet potatoes, onions butternut squash and beans, all staples in our house. I got a craving for some beef enchiladas so I grabbed a can of sauce. If I get my act together I’ll whip up a batch later this week. ;) Oh, and the Haagen daz was for the HH.

qfc shopping tripQFC $11.17

QFC had a Buy 5 save $5 sale this week so I picked up some pasta sauce, sliced cheese and a pint of my favorite Chunky Monkey.  The tater tots were for Monkey Boy {of course} and the bananas were for some homemade breakfast smoothies.

We didn’t need to have milk delivered this past week because of the 4 gallons we purchased last week and we still have plenty of bread in the freezer from stocking up a few weeks ago at the bakery outlet.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until those *free* summer vegetables start to roll in. :)

So how did you do this week?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $33.81
Total Spent This Year $474.05
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 12 of 52

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Target Shopping Trip $16.27

So this week was an epic fail. ;) The HH was sick all week {like REALLY sick} and then there were committee meetings, spring sports, oh and a bunch of other random time sucking stuff that I had to do. So basically, I took the easy way out and shopped like a normal human being. {Rare, I know, but I DO tend to fall off the wagon a couple of times a year}. ;)

costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip $32.21

For some strange reason we ran out of milk 3 days before our next delivery so while I was in Costco picking some cardboard Mac and Cheese {The Girl has been craving it for some time now} I went ahead and grabbed some Haagen Daz Bars for the HH and some chips for Monkey Boy.  Ahh preservatives, aren’t they great?

fruit

Local Produce Market $3.10

Red pears are the best!

twinings tea

Vitacost $7.83

I had some Vitacost credit so I loaded up on tea and chocolate. :) :) :)

smith brothers milk

Smith Brother’s Farm Milk Delivery $11.16

And last but not least, our weekly milk delivery. Although I may cancel it for this week because we still have a ton of milk in the fridge. We’ll see.

So how did you do this week? Epic fail, or major success story?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $70.57
Total Spent This Year $440.24
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 11 of 52

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Oroweat bread outlet

Oroweat Bakery Outlet $5.00

I was near the Oroweat Bakery Outlet on Saturday so I stopped in and picked up 10 loaves of bread for only 5 bucks! There were two full rolling cards of bread marked buy 1 get 1 free so I loaded up. $0.50 each? Heck ya I’ll buy some.

paneras bakers dozen tuesday bagels

Panera Bakery Free

On Tuesday I was near Panera so I stopped in and picked up a baker’s dozen of bagels for $6.99. I used my Christmas gift card my parents gave me so I didn’t have to pay anything. Yee-Haw! Have you tried their French Toast bagels? I think they might be my favorite.

Fred Meyer Shopping Trip

Fred Meyer $15.12

You can’t have bagels with without cream cheese now can you? Ha! So after Panera I popped into Fred Meyer and picked up some cream cheese and other vegetables for side dishes this week. I noticed the HH’s Greek Gods Greek yogurt was on sale for $2.50 so I picked up two containers. Personally I think Greek yogurt tastes like barf, but he likes it.

Harbor Greens Market

Local Produce Market $6.77

I found turkey lunch meat for $3.99 a pound, Fuji Apples $0.50 a pound, pears $.79 a pound and broccoli for $0.99 at my local produce stand.

smith brothers farms milk delivery

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11. 16

I love being able to open my front door and find milk on my front porch. Pretty rad if you ask me so for now I’ll continue to pay a little more for milk to have it delivered.

How did YOU do this week? Did you buy anything delicious? And what is your take on Green yogurt? Love it? Hate it?

~ Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $38.05
Total Spent This Year $369.67
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 10 of 52

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fresh produce

Local Produce Market $7.79

Whenever I’m on the other side of town, I make sure and stop by the local produce market to see what’s on sale. This time around cauliflower was $1 a head, organic lettuce $1 a bag, asparagus $1.99 a pound and everything else was a deal too.

A couple of years ago when I was at my friend Jane’s house she served pumpkin pasta for dinner and it was delicious. When I spotted the butternut squash I immediately remembered the recipe and thought I’d give it a whirl this week. I’m sure it will turn out great, because all her recipes rock.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

Yes, $5.08 a gallon for milk is a little crazy, but local milk just tastes better. ;)

fresh eggs

Fresh Eggs

Apparently getting rid of those roosters was a good move. Since the HH shipped them off we’ve been getting about 7-9 eggs a day from our 12 hens. Not to shabby if you ask me. Scrambled eggs are practically on the menu every morning for breakfast and I’ve been eating egg salad sandwiches {one of my favorite foods} for lunch almost everyday.

I never thought I’d say this, but Way to Go HH!!

target clearence

Target Clearance $6.88

Sparkling cider, gravy for chicken pot pies and marshmallows {I suddenly had the urge to make Rice Krispy Treats}.

panera

Panera, Panera, Panera. :)

Did I tell you  my parents gave my a gift card to Panera for my birthday? And Christmas too? I still have $32 credit on my Christmas gift card and have yet to touch my Panera b-day gift card so you can pretty much assume that when I’m near a Panera Bakery, I stop in for a treat. Yummm! Gift cards for food are the best gifts ever if you ask me.

How did you do with your spending this week? Did you buy anything exciting? Find anything good on clearance?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $25.83
Total Spent This Year $331.62
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 9 of 52

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Albertsons $ 22.56

Gahhh, those stinkin’ Ritz crackers were $3.99!! Monkey Boy can’t get enough of my Ritz Cracker Chicken recipe lately so I stocked up. This time I was smart though and smashed all the Ritz crackers into bits and bagged them up so he and The Girl couldn’t run off with them. ;)

We have a ton of Zaycon Chicken in the freezer so most of our meals lately involve chicken. Chicken soup, chicken pot pie, chicken stir fry, you name it, if it has chicken in it, we’ve been eating it.

Luckily Zaycon has a beef event coming up soon so I’ll be able to stop up on 40 pounds of beef.

The red vines? Total impulse item. ;) And the New England clam chowder? That’s for the HH, he loves it. I would make it myself {we actually have clams in the freezer} but I don’t have a good recipe. Do you? If so could you pass it along because I would love to be able to make clam chowder from scratch {even if it would stink up the house}.

smith brothers farm milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

I know it would be much cheaper to pick up 2 gallons of milk at the store each week, but I really like having our milk delivered on a set day. A gallon of milk at our local grocery costs about $2.89 a gallon, so clearly I’m not saving money on the milk, but like I said before, once the garden gets going I’ll be running to the store less so in the end I hope it will all work out.

Plus, Smith Brothers milk just tastes better. And that has to count for something, right?

How about you, did you buy impulse items last week? Do tell.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $33.72
Total Spent This Year $305.79
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $11.50 {I bought some seed potatoes this past week}

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 8 of 52

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paul cafe london

You know that kangaroo pouch most of us moms have? Well usually mine only gets a workout during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, but right now, when I take off my coat, it looks like I am four months pregnant with a food baby. A food baby that was formed almost entirely out of pastries and bread.

I am going to go out on a limb here and assume The Girl and I ate a little better than the HH and Monkey did this past week. Sure we left them with a batch of homemade cookies and some ready meals in the refrigerator, but that doesn’t mean they actually made them.

tea and sconesSo while we’re living on biscuits, jam and tea, I suspect they’re dining on Doritos, chimichangas and Hungry Man dinners. It’s kind of like we’re both living very different versions of food heaven this week!

hummingbird bakeryAll I have to say is it’s a good thing calories don’t count on vacation. I’ve walked my way through this city, because my metabolism does not match The Girls. So walking 10+ miles a day while I stuff my face with cupcakes seems to be a good way to combat those calories if they try to catch up with me when I land on American soil.

london groceriesOf course we didn’t live on pastries alone. We took the occasional carb break and threw in some fruit and some juice.

london groceriesBut then we found a way to incorporate a pastry into pretty much every other meal. It didn’t feel right otherwise.  When in Rome London, right?

tea cupcakeI mean can you think of a more perfect breakfast than the one you see above? And yes, that cupcake tastes just as awesome as it looks. And no, I didn’t share.

The restaurant london natural history museumBecause The Girl is leaving for college in a few short months {excuse me while I go sob into the hotel pillow}, it’s sitting around a freakin amazing meal like this and just enjoying the moment that I totally cherish. Having some of my favorite food on the planet in one of my favorite places on the planet with one of my favorite people on the planet. Pretty much sums up what life is all about.

paris street foodShe’s the very best go-with-the-flow travel companion. And, she understands why moving to London some day makes perfect sense. Just the food alone is enough.

rodin museum cafeIt’s so nice to take a break from the $100/month budget when we travel. Budgeting and being careful with my money is really important, but letting yourself splurge every now and then while on vacation is totally awesome, and so worth it. Indulgences like these are what we live for.

the orangery afternoon teaBecause I stocked the pantry and fridge before we left, I’ve technically spent $0 this week. No, all that totally awesome food above wasn’t free, I just don’t count it towards our weekly food budget because it falls into one of the challenge rules I live by:

Here are the One Hundred Dollars a Month Challenge Guidelines I’ve been living by for the last few years:

1. Money spent on vacation food does not count.  Why?  Because when we travel we use money from our “vacation fund.” Money that has been set aside specifically for vacations. :)

2. If anyone in our family receives a gift card to a restaurant  it does not count towards our out of pocket expenses.  Why? Because the gift cards were a gift.  We did not have to pay for them out of our own pockets.

3. If one of us wins a free gift card/gift certificate to a store it does not count.  Why?  Because we won it and did not have to pay for it out of our own pockets.

4. If I am able to score a free $10, $20 {etc.} store coupon from the purchase of a gift card {ie: Amazon, Home Depot, iTunes ect.} the amount I spent on a gift card does not count towards my food purchase total.  Why?  Well to me, that one is a no brainer.  If I know my husband will be buying something from the Home Depot,  why wouldn’t I purchase a gift card and earn a coupon for some free food in the process?

5. If I purchase any seeds for my garden I count the seed purchase as “food” money spent.  However, if I can re-coup the seed money via selling my extra produce to neighbors, friends or family I will deduct any earned money from my “garden seed” total {I will keep this tally separate from my food purchases}.

What do you think, do those guidelines seem pretty fair to you?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $0
Total Spent This Year $272.07
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $4.50

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