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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How Much Do Groceries Cost In London?

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cornflakes

The Girl and I were at the market today and thought we would snap a few pictures to share with everyone. I don’t know about you, but I love wandering around grocery stores in other countries. It’s sooo much fun.

Corn Flakes 2.19£ = $3.64 per boxtropicana orange juice

Tropicana Orange Juice. Wowza!  3.85£ = $6.41 <— Might be cheaper to buy this at a gas station? milk

Milk {approx 1 quart} 1£ = $1.66avocados

2 Avocados 2.10£ = $3.49 andrex toilet paper

Toilet Paper 2.35£ = $3.91 <– Kind of high don’t you think?
eggs

6 Free Range Eggs 2.25£ = $3.76 Wow. Those are farmer’s market prices right there.
nappies

22 Pampers Diapers 4.40£ = $7.30pampers nappy

Did you see it says Nappy?

Ahhhh, I LOVE the British!!

What do you think? Are the prices high or low in London?

~Mavis

~Mavis

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 7 of 52

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albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $25.15

Sometimes I get so tired of listening to my teenage son say “We don’t have anything good to eat” that I just let him go buy whatever he wants. Maple flavored doughnuts, barfy chicken nuggets, boston creme pie yogurt and cardboard pizza. Mmm Mmm good.  Just because I know it’s total crap, doesn’t change the fact that he thinks this type of stuff is “good.” And to be honest, I’m not sure he and I will ever agree.

Did you read last weeks post on How Do We Teach People to Eat Healthier? Madam Chow’s comment pretty much hit the nail on the head for me.

“That aside, people eat what they want to eat out of convenience and taste. Another friend lives in an extremely wealthy suburb outside the nation’s capitol. Two of her kids eat everything, including fruits and vegetables. One of them will eat only fries, chicken fingers, and Costco taquitos. She is a high income earner with a graduate degree. She is very knowledgeable about nutrition. So, in other words, she’s not ignorant, uneducated, or poor. And she feeds that child whatever he wants because it’s such a huge hassle to deal with him at meal times. And in case someone thinks I’m slamming her, she is a fantastic mother and friend who works her butt off. She has made the decision that his food is not a battle that she has energy for 21 times per week.”

fresh express salad mixAlbertsons $3.97

According to Monkey Boy, this is BAD food. ;)

albertsons snack crackersAlbertsons $6.51

I needed the {fake} Ritz crackers so I could make Ritz Cracker Chicken for dinner and let me tell you Bob, I couldn’t taste the difference from the knock off crackers. The broccoli went into a stir fry and the cream of chicken soup is for a freezer meal recipe I plan to make later in this week.

smith brothers farm milkSmith Brothers Milk Delivery $11.16

I just noticed the carton on the left is facing the opposite direction. Grrrrr.

How about YOU? Are there any food battles going on in your house?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $46.79
Total Spent This Year $272.07
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $4.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 6 of 52

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costco shopping tripCostco $55

So. The HH was out of town last week on a business trip and we needed flour. Who has the best price on flour? Costco. And then I’m sure you know what happened after that.

Monkey Boy wanted chili, The Girl wanted those fancy shmancy crepes and I wanted a quick and easy dinner {rotisserie chicken}. Chalk up eggs, bread and chocolate chips to necessity items and, well, and you have a $55 trip to Costco. Good times people, good times.

Note to self: cut up Costco card.

zaycon chicken breastsZaycon Chicken – Free

Thanks to my Zaycon credit I was able to get 40 pounds of Zaycon chicken for free this past week. 40 pounds of chicken goes a long way when you know the deal won’t come around for another 6 months. The kids asked if we could have Ritz Cracker Chicken tonight so I’ll be stopping by the store later to pick up some crackers.

I don’t know what it is about Ritz Crackers, but a box lasts about 2 seconds at our house so I’m going to have to find a good hiding spot for the extras. Ha!

smith brothers milkSmith Brother’s Milk $15.95 

The chocolate milk was a splurge.

fresh pineapple fruitLocal Produce Stand $6.24

Pineapples for $2.50 each? How could I resist?

How about YOU? Did you order any Zaycon chicken? Did you process it all already?

Buy anything else you just couldn’t resist this past week?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $77.19
Total Spent This Year $225.28 {This is not going well
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $4.50

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 5 of 52

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costco shopping tripCostco $36.92

I don’t know how it happened but I drove by Costco and it was calling my name. Seriously, does that every happen to you? Ha! Anywho, I splurged and loaded up on some tasty croissants, Kashi bars,  Black Forest ham, eggs for Lucy the spoiled Puggle, bananas and a big bin of salad mix. Oh, and I almost forgot,  MEYER LEMONS!!

With groceries like that, I almost feel normal.

panera wheat breadPanera – Free with Christmas Gift Card

I can’t believe I haven’t spent it all on the you pick 2 tomato soup and tuna sandwich combo.

apples and avocadosLocal Produce Market $3.37

Fuji apples and avocados. Yum Yum.

albertsons milk everyday valueAlbertsons $5.58

No, I have not given up on getting our milk delivered. There was a snafu with my credit card. Maybe you heard, 10 gazillion people had their credit card info compromised and  now everybody and their brother is getting a new credit card in the mail. Unfortunately I forgot to upload my new card to my milk order and had to run out and buy milk. BOOO!

Oh well, I’ll get the cool milk again next week.

How did you do spending wise this week? Buy any cool food for the Super Bowl?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $45.87
Total Spent This Year $148.09 {Yikes!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 4 of 52

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smith brothersSmith Brothers Milk $11.16

Getting your milk delivered is RAD people, totally RAD. Shuffling outside in 40 degree weather at 8am in your pj’s to collect groceries off your porch is the best thing ever.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $12.04

I sent The Girl to the store for lunch supplies and this is what she came back with. Had I sent Monkey Boy we would have had a totally different picture. ;)

costco shopping tripCostco $11.35

About those eggs. Remember last month when I told you how we thinned our flock of chickens? Well apparently we gave away our best egg layers. Which wouldn’t have been a problem if Lucy the Puggle Dog hadn’t suddenly developed a 2 egg a day habit. Yep, that sweet little pup has us wrapped around her little paw and I now find myself scrambling her up 2 eggs every morning for breakfast.

Hopefully once the days get a little longer all the chickens will start laying again.  But until then, I might have to buy Lucy a carton of eggs every once in a while.

panera breadPanera  - Free {Thanks to a Panera gift card my parents gave me for Christmas}

The savages got to it before I could take a picture.

parsnips and carrotsBackyard Garden 

Last week I pulled up a few baby parsnips and carrots for a hearty soup.

That’s it. That’s all I bought. Obviously it wasn’t a stock up on anything kind of week. But that’s the beauty of waiting for a good deal I guess.

How is YOUR grocery budget doing this month?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $34.55
Total Spent This Year $102.22
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 3 of 52

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albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $9.28

I was pleasantly surprised when I stopped by Albertsons this week.

manager markdownsBecause of manager markdowns I was able to pick up bacon for $0.99 a pound, day old croissants for $0.99 and two packages of beef for about $5 thanks to $2 off and Buy 1 get 1 free stickers. :) Manager markdowns are cool!

smith brothersSmith Brothers Milk $11.16

This past week I was able to pop into the grocery stores all in one day while I was out running errands. I think having our milk delivered is really going to help me cut down on my trips to the market this year. So far so good.

fruits and vegetablesLocal Produce Market $6.23

Real food costs money.

panera breadPanera – FREE

My parents gave me a big fat gift card to Panera for Christmas and I plan on getting my bread there until the card runs dry. I love that place.

whole chickenQFC $6.02

I was next store picking of Lucy some dog treats and decided to run in a grab a whole chicken for dinner. I spotted vanilla bean yogurt marked down so I grabbed a few for Monkey Boy.

VitacostVitacost – Free

I had some Vitacost credit so I ordered a few treats. Have you ever tried Mc Canns Irish Oatmeal before? Talk about a breakfast that will stick to your ribs. It’s the HH’s favorite. I also picked up The Girl’s favorite Irish Tea, Bob’s Irish Soda Bread and some toaster pastries for my son {who eats them untoasted {barf!}.

Well that’s what I purchased this past week, how about you? Did you buy anything exciting?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $32.69
Total Spent This Year $67.72
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 2 of 52

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Smith Brothers Milk $11.16

I decided to save a little over a buck a week and canceled Monkey Boy’s chocolate milk and replaced it with another half gallon of 2%. Having milk delivered has kept me away from the grocery stores lately which was the main goal for signing up for home delivery.

One of my goals for 2014 was to get my house organized. I haven’t started on the pantry yet, but I’m hoping to clean it out and see what we have and what needs to be consumed so it does’t go to waste.

yellow bananasFresh Produce Market $5.06

Now that Mr. Produce Guy and I have broken up I’ll be buying my own bananas and other produce from now on. I’m sure going to miss all those freebies, but knowing the fruits and vegetables are going to a good home it was totally worth it.

target shopping tripTarget – $6.45

I picked up spinach, yogurt, limes and a box of Milk Duds while we were at Target buying some bins last week. I don’t know about you, but I still think it’s a little weird they sell groceries. Clever, but weird.

panera breadPanera – Free

For the fifth year in a row my parents gave me a big fat gift card to Panera for Christmas. If you have never tried Panera’s creamy tomato soup, holy smokes is it delicious. And their bread, well that’s pretty RAD too. ;)

Well that’s all I bought this week, how about YOU? Are you still trying to eat everything you bought for the holidays or are your cupboards getting a little bare?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $22.67
Total Spent This Year $35.03
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month – Week 1 of 52

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Smith Brothers Farm $12.36

Can you believe it? I signed up for home milk delivery. Yep, I sure did. And let me tell you why.

Besides the fact that fresh, local milk is better for you, when I wrote down my 12 goals for 2014 I had one thing in mind, getting organized. So, how is that going to save me money?

Well, for years now I’ve felt like I was always zipping into the grocery store for “just one thing” and milk was always at the top of the list. So I decided that if I had it delivered, I’d spend less time running to the grocery store, thus spending less money on groceries in general.

I’m not sure if it is going to work, but my goal is to try and use the items in our pantry and freezer more and just go grocery shopping once a week instead of making 2 or 3 small trips.

Even though I am not great at planning meals ahead of time, I’m optimistic that my new goal of shopping less often will work out in the end. We’ll see.

free produce

Mr. Produce Guy – Free 

Last week we enjoyed another basket of fresh fruit and veggies from Mr. Produce Guy. Yum-O!

So there you have it, milk and produce. That’s it. ;)

How often do you buy groceries?

Do you get your milk delivered? Do you think it cuts down on your shopping trips?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $12.36
Total Spent This Year $12.36
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $0

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