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

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 4 of 52

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 1 of 52

smith brothers farm milk delivery

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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How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month: My Year-End Grocery Budget

costco shopping trip

Costco Shopping Trip $27.35

I zipped into Costco to pick up a bunch of wine and cheese for my parents annual Christmas gift basket and picked up a few supplies for my family as well.

Albertsons Shopping Trip

Albertsons Shopping Trip $20.89

I sent The Girl to the store and she stuck to my grocery list! Wahooo!  :)

Well the time has come to add up all my receipts and get my grand total spent on groceries for 2013. Drum roll please…

Total Spent This Week $40.24
Total Spent This Year $2192.32 {Yep, I’m over for the year}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $919.96 {I bought a Meyer Lemon Tree, Rhubarb crowns, 6 Fruit Trees , 16 yards of soil}, Walla Walla Onions and 90 pounds of seed potatoesPlus, supplies to make my own potting soil. I also picked up a boatload of heirloom tomato plants at the Seattle Tilth sale.

I know, I know. It’s not $100 a month. And yes, I get that my website’s name rides on the fact that I’m feeding my family for $100 a month. And I still strive to do that. But since my shift towards growing a larger garden and attempting to eliminate a lot of the processed foods I was feeding my family, I’ve gone over my budget a time or two. And I don’t feel bad about it one bit. Because I’m still trying. I’m still shopping sales and bartering with neighbors and sifting through my haul from Mr. Produce Guy.

So while I didn’t quite feed my family for $100 a month, I feel better spending a little bit more and feeding them an overall healthier diet. And doing that for a little over $175 a month? Pretty awesome in my book.

Here’s a little sampling of some of the ways I saved {and splurged} through the year:

winco shopping trip
Winco:

Winco is one of my favorite places to just walk in and shop. I know that even without coupons or a detailed list, I can still save because they have rock bottom prices. And once a year or so they’ll send out coupons like a $10/$50 purchase coupon that makes their prices crazy good!

albertsons double coupon shopping trip mavis
Albertsons:

While double coupon shopping trips are a things of the past, I can still find some awesome deals at Albertsons most weeks. It just takes a little planning and a little patience.

Zaycon ground beef eventZaycon Foods:

Bulk meats are where it’s at! Sure you can to process a junk ton of meat all at once and have a lot of freezer space, but the money you save makes it totally worth it. Plus, I’ve been super duper impressed with the quality of meat from Zaycon. And now they’re having event all over the country so you can get in on the bulk meat buying too! You can see if there’s a Zaycon event near you HERE.

food waste in AmericaFREE Produce:

I might grow A LOT of produce in my backyard, but I don’t have a grape vine or banana tree or much of anything edible in the winter. Enter Mr. Produce Guy. Every week I pick up what he would otherwise throw away. I feed a lot of it to my chickens, but I salvage a lot for my family’s meals each week too! Check out all my Reclaimed Food posts.

bartering foodBartering:

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s why bartering is so awesome. I have what you need, you have what I need. We swap and WALLAH! We spend no money out of pocket and both get what we want/need!  I barter my produce a lot for meat and other random and fantastic things. Check out all my Bartering posts.

costco shopping tripCostco:

Costco is a dangerous place. If you are focused and don’t get easily distracted by shiny things, you can be in and out and save a bundle. But a few times this year the lure of the samples held me in their trap and I overspent. My advice is to only shop Costco with a plan, no shopping cart and not when you are emotionally distressed or starving. No good can come from that!

vitacostVistacost.com:

I earned  Vitacost credit  by referring family and friends, etc. {you get a $10 credit, they get a $10 credit. It’s kind of an awesome system!}. So when I earned enough credit to make a solid purchase, I cashed in my credit and bought some staples for me and some fun items for my kids. Check out how I was able to score 7 Bags of Cereal + Cookies + a FREE Magazine all for only $5.12 shipped!

oroweat bakery outletOroweat Bakery Outlet:

A great way to save on bread {other than baking your own} is to stop by your local bakery outlet every once in a while and stock up on bread that has been pulled from the grocery store shelves. I buy a bunch and freeze it and no one can taste the difference.

So now the big question is: What’s next for Mavis? Should I try for $100 a month for a 4th year? Should I switch it up and set a different goal? Should I have the same goal but different rules? Weigh in you guys with your thoughts on what my budget should look like next year.

~Mavis

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Mondays with Mavis – How to Feed Your Family for $100 a Month

I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who gave me advise {and recipes} on what to do with the the 20 gazillion pounds of green tomatoes I harvested the other day.  I plan on whipping up some green tomato goodness just as soon as I get a few more cups of tea pumping through my veins this morning.

In the mean time, here’s what I picked up at the store this past week.

Albertsons – $5.18 

Earlier in the week I picked up free tissues, free pasta, free yogurt and some nearly free cheese with a couple of sets of Albertsons double coupons.  On my last set of double coupons I earned a $5 off your next order coupon.

Albertsons – $.01

I hung on to the $5 coupon until yesterday.  Albertsons had their 3 pound bags of chicken on sale for $4.99 {limit of 1}. In order to use the $5 off coupon though, I actually had to spend $5 in products, so I picked up a $.02 grape to bring my total to $5.01.

After the $5 off coupon was applied, I only had to pay $.01 for 3 pounds of chicken.  Yee-Haw!

Costco and Target – $8.79

I also went to Costco last week and forked over $7.75 for some whipping cream.  Man that stuff is expensive.  To maximize my Costco shopping trip I went at lunch time, you know, when all the ladies with hairnets are passing out free samples.

Local Store – FREE

Being able to pick up “chicken scraps” from our local store has really saved our family a lot of money in the produce department this year. Watermelon, fresh corn, mushrooms, strawberries and grapes are not things I would normally purchase for my family.  So being able to get them for free has not only been helpful with our budget, but it’s been pretty fun to see what comes our way each week as well.  Free food rules, no matter how you look at it.

Total Spent This Week $13.98
Total Spent This Year $978.71
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $516.21
Total “Seed Money” donations received $51.00

How did YOU do this week?  Any splurges?

I feel like the 1/2 gallon of whipping cream was a splurge for us.

~ Mavis

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