How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 29 of 52

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albertsons shopping trip

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.

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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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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/26/2014

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Canning 101 – How to Can Green Beans

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Well, I did it. I succesfully canned green beans in a pressure canner, and I didn’t blow up the house either. I totally feel like Olivia Walton right now.  In fact I might even go cut up some fabric and sew me a quilt this afternoon too. Ha Ha Ha!

So because I am a visual learner, I decided to take a boatload of pictures for you just in case you want to give this a try too.

Step 1 – Fill a pressure canner with 4 inches of water, place the rack in the bottom of the canner, and then place the canner on the stove and bring the water to a boil over low heat.

While the water in the canner is heating up, wash and cut your beans.  I used just under 8 pounds of beans and I ended up with 12 pint jars of green beans.

Fill clean, dry, sterilized jars 1 inch from the top with cut green beans.

Cover the beans with boiling water within 1 inch of the top of the jar and remove any air bubbles.

Carefully place the jars in boiling water, on the bottom of the canner rack. The water level in the canner should be at 3 inches by now.  If not, add more boiling water until you are at 3 inches.

Raise the temp to med- high and place the lid on the canner.  Set a timer for 10 minutes to allow the steam to escape. DO NOT put the weight on the canner yet.

After 10 minutes of venting, tighten the side clamps.

Put the 10 pound weight in place and make sure any openings are now closed and allow the pressure to build to 11 pounds.

Once the pressure canner reaches 10 pounds, set your timer for 20 minutes {see chart below}.  You may need to adjust the heat {I did} to maintain 10 pounds of pressure.

Once the 20 minutes are up, turn off the heat.  Walk away, go find something to do until the pressure in your canner drops to zero {my canner made a “ping” noise when it hit zero.  Do not attempt to open your canner until it is at zero.  Big No No!

Once the pressure in the canner has dropped to zero, remove the clamps, and remove the lid. Carefully place the jars in a draft free area {I always place my hot jars on a towel}.

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 Check seals {they will be indented if you canned the beans properly} and after the jars have fully cooled down, wipe clean and store in a cool dark pantry {or cupboard} away from heat.

Viola!  That is how you can green beans. See, I told you it was easy.

 

Christmas of 2008 my Mother in Law gave me an All American 21-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner.  Now, I’m all about saving money, but a pressure canner is not something I would buy used.  But that’s just me.  So you do what you like.  But if you are interested in getting a new one,  Amazon has a ton of different sizes to choose from and the All American company has the highest ratings.

 * I am not a pressure canning expert, this is simply how I canned my own green beans. Can at your own risk.

 

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 28 of 52

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haagen daz bars

Costco $8.49

A big thanks to Nicole who shared last week Haagen Daz ice cream bars were $3.00 off at Costco. The HH was so happy! The vanilla chocolate almond bars are his favorite! :)

target market pantry pasta

Target $5.89

I tried a new recipe last week that called for V-8 juice, it’s not something I normally buy the my husband likes it so I figured why not? Remember the Pretzel Cookies with Chocolate & Peanut Butter Chips I made last week? Well luckily I can get a few more batches out of the bag peanut butter chips I bought at Target because man are those expensive!

tyson chicken breast tenderloins

Target $11.98

Chicken! I had to buy chicken. :( Let me tell you Bob it’s always a sad day around here when I run out of my bulk order of Zaycon chicken. I have plenty of chicken freezer meals I can use but we are officially all out of single chicken breasts and the next Zaycon deal doesn’t come around to my neck of the woods until around the middle of October. Boo!

chicken stir fry dish

During the summer months we probably eat stir fry about 2, maybe even 3 times a week. I mean really, how can you go wrong with fresh veggies, rice and a little meat? It’s the easiest dinner ever if you ask me. {Get the recipe for my chicken stir fry HERE}

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Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I realized I needed to add butter and whipping cream to my milk delivery but the cut off time to change your order online for the next days delivery is 6pm. Luckily the old school way of leaving a note in the milk box still works. Yay!

With the garden in full swing now I’m not having to stock up at the grocery as much as I usually do during the winter months which is pretty sweet if you ask me. How about you? Have you seen a dramatic reduction in your grocery bill? Or are you sending those extra dollars in ice cream like me? ;)

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $26.36
Total Spent This Year $1,011.22 {Eeek! I’m way over budget!}
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/19/2014

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 27 of 52

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ben and jerrys ice cream

Albertsons $12.45

When it’s 90 degrees outside it’s all about priorities, right? ;)

The HH was really craving Haagen Daz Ice Cream Bars but Albertsons was having a buy 5 get ice cream for $2.49 sale on the Ben and Jerry’s and Klondike Bars so that’s what we picked up instead.

tillamook yogurt

Albertsons $5.79

Yogurt for Monkey Boy and cheddar cheese for Homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

homegrown raspberries and vegetables

Backyard Garden

I don’t know about you but I LOVE the summer months. Even though I don’t have a huge garden this year, it’s still pretty amazing what we can harvest around here on a daily basis. I harvested all these lovely fruits and vegetables last night right before dinner. Multiply that by 7 and it’s pretty easy to see how we can shave some serious money off our grocery list in the summer and fall months.

Gardening is rad. There’s no doubt about it.

smith brothers milk

Smith Brothers Milk Delivery - Sponsored

I didn’t add anything fancy to our order this week, just the basics. ;) Did you know that Smith Brother’s Farm was voted the 2014 Plant of the Year by Dairy Foods? How cool is that? I think “ll order some chocolate milk for Monkey Boy and some cottage cheese for the HH for net week. We’ll see.

How did you do this week? Do you find yourself hanging out in the ice cream section at your local grocery store this time of year too? What’s your favorite way to cool down in the summer months?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $18.24
Total Spent This Year $984.86
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/12/14

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 26 of 52

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QFC Shopping trip

QFC $13.11

QFC had some great deals this week including a Buy 6 and Save special so I went ahead and picked up pasta for $.49 a box, Ragu pasta sauce for $1.49 a jar and Minute Maid orange juice for just $1.99 a bottle. Those are some pretty good prices if you ask me.

I also snagged a whole chicken and made 2 dinners out of it. 1 roasted chicken dinner and a pot of homemade chicken soup the next night. :)

red cherries

Albertsons $6.63

Cherries! I couldn’t resist!! Luckily I won’t be shelling out too much money for fruit this summer because our raspberry and blueberry patches are loaded but cherries and peaches? Heck ya I’m going to grab them when I find a good deal.smith brothers farm

Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored

Milk. It does a body good. ;) Having milk delivered is AWESOME, there’s no doubt about it and luckily we are in an area where we can get it delivered to our doorstep once a week from a local farm. Pretty stinkin’ rad if you ask me.

How about you? How did you do at the stores this week?

Now that summer is in full swing, are you going to the grocery store less and less because of all the yummy fruits and vegetables you’re harvesting from you garden? If so, what are you harvesting this week?

Mavis wants to know.

Total Spent This Week $19.74
Total Spent This Year $930.62
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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One Hundred Dollars a Month – Mavis’ Weekly Highlights 7/5/2014

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 25 of 52

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Costco Shopping Trip $28.85

I went into Costco to pick up some photos and walked out with a few things I just had to have. It’s a good thing I didn’t bring a cart in with me {yes, I’ll admit walking around Costco with a 20 pound bag of potatoes is weird} or I would have tossed a few more items in the cart.

It’s all about self control people… self control. If you can’t carry it, don’t buy it. ;)

zaycon steak

Zaycon Steak Event – Free

Last week I also picked up 10 pounds of frozen Zaycon Steaks {I had some Zaycon credit so it was free}. We cooked some on the grill this past weekend and man oh man was it good!

haagen dazs ice cream and peach sorbet

Albertsons $7.96

How could I resist Haggen Dazs Ice Cream when it was only $1.99 a pint? Everybody has their favorites:

HH: Butter Pecan
Mavis: Orchard Peach
Monkey Boy and The Girl: Coffee

What’s your favorite flavor?

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Smith Brother’s Milk Delivery – Sponsored

It’s so nice to wake up and be able to grab fresh milk off the porch in your pj’s. ;) The HH is currently in love with Smith Brother’s cottage cheese and since The Girl still had some of her whole milk to drink from last week we swapped out her whole milk for some sour cream this time around.

How’d you do this week? Did you buy anything exciting?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $36.46
Total Spent This Year $910.88
Total Spent This Year on Garden Seeds/Supplies $38.98

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