One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 2/28/2015

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Shopping at Costco Week 8 of 52

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costco shopping trip

The one thing that is starting to annoy me about shopping exclusively at Costco is the portion sizes. For instance, even though Monkey Boy’s beloved Doritos were on sale for $3.99 this week, if I was going to treat him to a bag from the grocery store I would have waited until they were on sale for $2 a bag. Sure the LOVES the fact that he is getting more… but I miss being able to spend that other $2 on something else. First world problems, I know.

ham and egg

I do love those Costco croissants though. Especially when they are stuffed with eggs, cheese and ham. Yummarooo! Talk about the perfect breakfast to fill your belly.

turkey

Last fall Zaycon was offering 6 packs of seasoned turkey breasts and let me tell you Bob they were delicious! Sadly I used up the last one I had this past week. :( Must.Get.More.
turkey casserole

I whipped up an easy peasy turkey casserole with the leftovers.
peach crisp

I made a peach crisp using some canned peaches I had in the pantry. Earlier in the week I also cooked a sweet and sour freezer meatballs freezer meal and it served it over rice. It took us 2 days to finish. And I served pasta one night as well.

simple salad

Check it out! My first homegrown salad of the season. I added a little balsamic vinegar and shredded cheese and it was perfect. If you’ve never grown lettuce indoors before you should really try it during the winter months. It will make you heart happy. :)

simple cheesecake

When I was at Costco last week I wanted so badly to buy one of their giant cheesecakes for $12.99. I’ve had them before at sports banquets and the Costco plain cheesecake is delish. But I didn’t want to blow 1/3 of my budget on it so I found a basic recipe and slightly modified it to what I had on hand and made one. The recipe called for a fresh fruit topping but I thawed some blueberries I’ve had in the freezer since last summer and the cheesecake was WONDERFUL.  {I’ll post the recipe soon}.breakfast

And last but not least, the HH’s Sunday breakfast tray. I serve him breakfast in bed every Sunday. Did you know that?

Feeding your family yummy food using the staples you already have is easier than you think.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $39.21
Total Spent Year to Date $273.73

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 2/21/2015

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How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Shopping at Costco Week 7 of 52

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I know what you are thinking. How can I possibly feed my family for an entire week when the only groceries I purchased we a case of noodles, goldfish crackers, milk,lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, a dozen English muffins and a pineapple?

breakfast tray

This breakfast I made the HH the other day is a great example for how I ration out our food.

  • Bacon – Bought with the Christmas Costco Gift card my parents gave us.
  • Eggs – I purchased 5 dozen eggs last week.
  • Toast – I like to buy several loaves and freeze them until we need them. {Purchased 2/2/15}
  • Yogurt – I purchased a case of 24 yogurts on 2/2/15 as well.
  • Orange Juice – Bought a 6 pack of frozen concentrate back in late January.
  • Blueberries on Yogurt – I froze those last summer and tucked them away in the freezer to enjoy all year long.

Maybe my family is weird in that just because I bring home a case of Cup of Noodles… they don’t get eaten in 3 days. I don’t know how else to explain it other than to say when you cook most of your meals at home using simple ingredients, it doesn’t cost all that much. Sure, it costs you time, but money? Not so much.

I think the one thing I always forget to mention, is that since we get our meat in bulk, {chicken, fish,ham, ground meat from Zaycon} making recipes in large quantities and tucking them into the freezer to use on nights when I don’t feel like cooking, helps tremendously. It not only cuts down my desire to shop, but it really makes me focus on using what we already have.

Being able to pull pre-portioned meat like hamburger, fish or chicken breasts out of the freezer and adding a simple side dish like rice or frozen veggies is so much easier than getting sucked in to the “What am I going to make tonight, I don’t have all the ingredients I need” game.

taco night

We enjoyed soft tacos with homemade refried beans twice last week. {The taco meat was already pre-cooked and ready to go}
beef stew

I also made a giant pot of beef {actually venison} stew using a package of Bob’s Red Mill 13 Bean Chili that I had in the pantry. All I did was soak the beans, add the meat, spices, carrots, onion,  and a little of tomato sauce and it was delicious. freezer meal beef stew

And there were plenty of leftovers to freeze as well for the HH’s work lunches and quick dinners.salad and grilled cheese

We also had grilled cheese sandwiches and salad one night. Boring, but yummy.oatmeal cookies

Monkey Boy’s lunch  box treat of the week was homemade oatmeal cookiesblueberry crisp

And last night I made a blueberry crisp using berries I froze last summer and oats I purchased in bulk last year. We also had cod fish and chicken strips last week with a side of rice and green beans {frozen} last week as well.

It may not have been the most exciting week of meals on the planet, but it worked. ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $41.32
Total Spent Year to Date $234.52

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 2/14/2015

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 2/7/2015

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/31/2015

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/24/2015

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Mavis Butterfield | Backyard Garden Plot Pictures 1/18/15

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pulling up ivy

I don’t know what the weather is like at your place, but it has sure been a couple of wet and windy days around here. Luckily, I like working in crappy weather. No one else it out, there are no annoying leaf blowers to listen too, and I feel like a real gardener when I work outside in the rain and cold. Weird huh? Maybe I belong in Maine.

weeded side yard

Operation pull up all the ivy from the hillside is in full swing. I am honestly still baffled as to why everyone hates ivy. I LOVE it! Just not where it’s currently residing in my landscape. :)  I’m hoping to have it all pulled up from the hillside by the end of next week. This is the first place we have lived where I’ve had to pull up ivy, and you know what? It’s not that bad.

small leland cypress

Removing the ivy and getting all the leaves and twigs raked up on the side yard will give those Leland cypress privacy trees a good chance at putting on a little weight {and height} this summer. Mrs. Active Wear and I both planted Leland cypress trees between along our property lines in our last neighborhood and I was amazed at how fast they grew. With any luck, the side should have a full on privacy screen in about 5 years.
raised garden boxes

I’ve just begun toying with the idea of installing 3 large garden boxes alongside the side yard instead of creating one huge garden plot up above. One the plus side there would be easy access to a garden hose, the garden a few feet from the door and I could actually see everything I am growing in those boxes from my kitchen window.
galvanized bin I plan on purchasing a garden bench this summer {there’s a guy at the Farmer’s Market who makes them} and setting it up right where I have the giant galvanized bin right now. So, having my garden boxes just steps away would be super convenient and it would also tie the whole area together.

container garden

Plus, since I plan on growing all my tomatoes, cucumbers and beans along the back of the house {where we get the most sun} I really don’t have to worry about the garden boxes being in a semi-shady spot. The side yard gets the same amount of sunlight as the upper lawn, so I think at this point, maybe it should be about aesthetics. future herb garden

I’ll also be growing my herbs, potatoes, lettuce and onions along the back of the house, so really it just comes down to how big do I want this garden to be? These are things I never really thought about until I actually started to look around and work outside in the garden {which really, has just bee the last few weeks}.

seedlings under grow lights

Spring is right around the corner, and if I don’t get this garden plot figured out here pretty soon, I’m going to be stuck with a garden I  may not like. Help! Do you think it makes sense to have a garden just off the kitchen? Or should I put it up on the hill where it will be out of sight?

Opinions welcome!

~Mavis

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This years garden is being sponsored by the awesome folks at Botanical Interests Seed Company. You can check out their website HERE, order their new 2015 Garden Seed Catalogor see the seeds I’ll be growing in my garden this year HERE

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 1/17/2015

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