How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 50 of 52

famous chocolate wafers

winco bulk foods

Winco $36.15

The Girl and I were running errands over by Winco so we decided to stop in and stock up on some bulk spices and other stuff like lentils, shredded coconut, rice mixes and beans. We were there around noon and let me tell you Bob, I have never seen Winco so deserted. It seemed like there were only about 20 people in the entire store. Cool, but weird.

famous chocolate wafers

Fred Meyer $8.58

The HH stopped by Fred Meyer’s on his way home to grab a couple of boxes of Famous Chocolate Wafers for me {what a nice guy}. I plan on making Smitten Kitchen’s chocolate peanut butter cheesecake for one of my {many} Christmas desserts. Have you tried it? Oh my word it looks delicious. Peanut butter, chocolate and cheesecake, does it get any better than that?

Also, a  few random items were left behind after the freezer meal party last Monday. Not pictured are 1 1/2 gallons of milk, 6 onions, 4 heads of garlic and 2 bunches of parsley. So between our stock up trip to Costco last week, I think we’re set for a while.

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $44.73
Total Spent Year to Date $1907.34 {Yikes!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 49 of 52

costco shopping trip

costco shopping trip

Costco $95.42

Costco has some great deals happening right now so I decided to grab a cart and get the bulk of my holiday grocery shopping done. I don’t know about you but I just can’t shop in grocery stores {actually stores in general} around the holidays. I’d rather get it all done in one big swoop then to have to go back each week for a few items. I don’t know, maybe I’m weird like that.

Some of my favorite Costco deals were 4 pounds of butter for $8.99, Pretzel Chips $4.39, Pom Juice $6.29, and a 6-Pack of Lubby’s Pumpkin Puree for $3.79. Saweeet!

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $32.61

Holiday baking season, it’s a killer isn’t it? BUT WAIT TIL YOU SEE THE RECIPES…. oh my word!!! Blowing my budget this week for a couple of convenience pizzas was totally worth it. 😉 If you’re an Albertsons shopper be sure and use the $1.59 coupon in the Albertsons Flyer to snag Nestle chocolate chips for $1.59 a bag as well as 4 pounds of sugar for $1.59 as well. {Side note: one of the recipes I made last week had 4 pounds of sugar alone in it!!!} No wonder I have problems with my teeth. Ha!

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $128.03
Total Spent Year to Date $1862.61 {Yikes!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 48 of 52

box of oranges and grapefruit

box of oranges and grapefruit

Neighbor Boy $52 {I’m only counting half {$26} in my grocery total*}

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about crappy school fundraisers and asked why don’t more schools sell something like fruit and vegetables? Well guess what? Not a 24 hours after I posted the story did I get a knock on my the door from one of the neighbor kids selling fruit for a fundraiser for his baseball team. I ALMOST PEEPED MY PANTS. Does the kid read my blog? Does him mom? What a coincidence. Right?

And now I have 40 pounds of citrus sitting on my kitchen counter. Good times people. Good times.

the blur chair jam cookbook

Luckily one of my favorite canning books, The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook has several orange and grapefruit marmalade recipes in it. So fair warning … if you are on my Christmas list, you can expect a jar of marmalade this year! 😉

* Since we are eating half, and giving half of the fruit {in the form of jam} as gifts, I’m only counting half the cost in my grocery tally. That’s fair, right?

cyber monday deals

Online Deals

The UPS guy had a busy week delivering my Cyber Monday deals. Seeds, Boots, Pectin, Batteries and Sharpies. Did you order those boots LAMO Boots from REI Outlet for $20 when they were on sale? Holy cats they are cozy! I’ve worn them every day since they arrived. :)

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $22.36

Albertsons had some great coupon and buy 5 and save deals this week. 5lb bags of potatoes $0.99, canned corn $.50, Tatar Tots $1.49, Tillamook yogurt $0.50, BBQ Sauce $0.50 to name just a few.

How did you do this week? Score any hot deals at the grocery store or online?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $48.36
Total Spent Year to Date $1734.58 
{$157 a month average so far this year.}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 46 of 52

albertsons shopping trip

costco shopping trip

Costco $56.52

So I kind of have this policy of not walking into a grocery store {or pretty much ANY store for that matter} the week before, or the week after Thanksgiving. I get claustrophobic, cranky, disoriented and it basically makes my skin crawl. Did I mention it makes me dizzy and I pretty much want to vomit?

Martha Stewart could be standing in my local grocery store handing out autographed copies of her entire encyclopedia of cookbooks for free and I would still rather stay at home, in my pajamas sipping tea and surfing the web than walk into a grocery store around Thanksgiving. Maybe I’m a party pooper, or weird. I don’t know, I just don’t get the appeal of being surrounded by a bunch of people frantically buying stuff off the shelves like there’s no tomorrow.  I can’t handle it.

Blah Blah Blah… I went to Costco and loaded up on supplies. :) By the way, that chicken and apple lunch meat is delicious! Expensive, but a nice treat. And when did they start selling SHELLED pistachios? Seriously, I’m totally willing to pay a couple of extra bucks for that.

albertsons shopping tripAlbertsons $13.97

Doughnuts for Monkey Boy, cherry pie filling for Grandma’s Cherry Cola Jell-O salad, Life cereal for the HH and eggs.

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $12.97

I actually gave up sleeping in and got up at 5 am on Saturday so I could peacefully pop in Albertsons and get the last items on my grocery list before the mad rush of shoppers arrived. Yes, I am that weird.

So, have you bought all your groceries for Thanksgiving yet? Please tell me you did. I don’t want to be the only one who hates crowds. 😉

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $83.86
Total Spent Year to Date $1686.22 
{$140 a month average so far this year.}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 45 of 52

planters trail mix stand

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons  $17.05

A few days before we had our kitchen sink {and oven} up and running I picked up a few convenience packages of fruit fruit. I used to think those little tubs of pre-cut fruits and veggies were for lazy people, but how could I resist a giant tub of pineapple, raspberries and cantaloupe for $3.33 each?  Cuties $3.99, Butternut Squash $1.88 and Bananas $1.19.

zaycon chicken breasts

Zaycon Chicken – Free

I cashed in my Zaycon referral credits last week for a 40 pound case of boneless chicken breasts which I shared with my new neighbor The Church lady. We whipped up 26 freezer meals in less than 3 hours and now our freezers are stuffed full of homemade goodness. Yay for nice neighbors.

planters trail mix

Albertsons $0.75

I popped into Starbucks {which happens to be in our local Albertsons} to grab a hot cocoa using my Starbucks gift card I bartered with Mrs. Hillbilly for and spotted and sweet deal on Planter’s trail mix.

planters trail mix stand

 

Twenty five freakin’ cents. Umm ya, so that was a good deal. In my old extreme couponing days I totally would have asked the cashier for more coupons, but fast forward a couple of years and I find myself happy with 3 packages of trail mix for a quarter a piece instead of a 3 cases. Funny how how things change, huh?

smith brothers dairy

Smith Brothers Farm – Sponsored

I don’t know about you but I’ve got a boatload of baking to do this week and thanks to Smith Brother’s Dairy I’ve got all the essentials {plus a few extras}.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $17.80
Total Spent Year to Date $1602.76 
{Over for the year!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 44 of 52

costco shopping trip

Albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons – $9.75

Yogurt $0.38 each Jell-o $0.99 each, and Miracle Whip $1.99 with a coupon. Totally boring I know, but I was pretty pumped to get the Jell-o actually since Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Each year I make my grandmothers Jell-o Salad and let me tell you Bob, it’s the best stuff on earth. I save it for special occasions and there is rarely leftovers. I’ll have to post the recipe in case there is anyone else out there who would like to make it too.

costco shopping trip

Costco $24.86

I put the electric skillet to good use this week and whipped up scrambled eggs for breakfast, sauteed green beans a few times for dinner and even fried some cod. Luckily Chino has promised me the electricians will be hooking up the oven and cook-top this week so I can get back to my normal cooking schedule and use up some of those freezer meals I’ve got stashed away. One can not live on frozen burritos and smoothies alone. Trust me.

smith brothers milk delivery

Smith Brothers Farm – Sponsored

Ever since The Girl went away to college our milk consumption has gone way down.  Like waaaaaay down. Monkey Boy does enjoy his half gallon of chocolate milk each week and I use about a half gallon of 2% for my tea and baking {when I have an oven} but other than that, it seems like The Girl was the one doing the majority of the milk drinking in the family. :(

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $34.61
Total Spent Year to Date $1584.96 
{Over for the year!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 43 of 52

cupcakes

albertsons apple juice

Albertsons – $1.98

Apple Juice was on sale this past week at Albertsons for $0.99 so I grabbed a few bottles. The Girl is really the only one that drinks it but the price was right so I figured she can have it when she comes home for winter break.

costco shopping trip

Costco $40.34

Before I headed out of town I stopped by Costco and grabbed a few goodies for the boys before I took off for the east coast. Salami, Shrimp, Salsa, Bananas and more. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I am looking forward to having my kitchen back in a few days.

The counter tops were installed while I was away so I’m going to try and get my kitchen organized as best I can this week. Number one on the list is getting the electric skillet and toaster out of the bathroom!! 😉

cupcakes

Homemade Cupcakes – Free from a neighbor! :) 

smith brothers milkSmith Brothers Farm – Sponsored

Chocolate milk for Monkey Boy, 2% for my tea {and Monkey Boy usually drinks a glass of milk at dinner time} and cottage cheese for the HH. Talk about an easy peasy order!

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $40.34
Total Spent Year to Date $1550.35 
{Over for the year!}

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How I Feed My Family for $100 a Month – Week 42 of 52

Panera bagel deal

Panera bagel deal

Panera $6.99

Compared to last weeks Costco Rebate Check Shopping Trip this week was a total snoozefest. I really didn’t need to buy anything this week but I was over by Panera on Tuesday and remembered about their baker’s dozen special {13 fresh bagels for $6.99} so I went in a grabbed a bunch. I put half in the freezer and we enjoyed the other half for breakfast over the course of a few days. Have you tried the Panera bagels? Do you have a favorite? I love the asiago cheese and cinnamon raisin ones the best.

presto electric skillet

Since we are still without a cook-top or an oven, the electric skillet I bought is coming in pretty handy. I was able to whip up quite a few grilled cheese sandwiches and scrambled eggs last week which is a nice change from microwave burritos let me tell you. 😉

smith brothers farm delivery

Smith Brothers Farm – Sponsored

Last week I ordered some cookie dough from Smith Brothers because Chino had told me that once my cabinets were installed the oven would be hooked up and I’d be able to use it. Well that was a BIG FAT LIE. :( The electricians have to do some wiring first and they won’t be here until towards the end of the project so no fresh baked cookies for Monkey Boy. Booo!

But, he did get his chocolate milk… so hopefully that will tied him over until we get out oven back.

How did you do this week? Did you find any good deals?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $6.99
Total Spent Year to Date $1510.01 
{Over for the year!}

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