Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 34 of 52}

albertsons shopping trip

costco cheesecake

Costco $16.98

Cheesecake and French bread. Does it get any better than that? The Girl was craving a cheesecake and since we were having pasta that night I went ahead and picked up Costco’s 2-pack of French bread while I was there.

embasa chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

Fred Meyer $1.77

3 stores later… I finally found the chipotle peppers!

chipotle chicken soup

I had been wanting to try a chipotle chicken soup recipe for the last two weeks and I am so glad I did. We all loved it and there were 3 servings of leftovers to pop in the freezer for the HH to take in his lunch. I’ll be adding this delicious recipe into our meal rotation, that’s for sure. {I’ll post the recipe tomorrow}

albertsons shopping trip

Albertsons $11.45

I stocked up on smelly bologna, white bread {barf} and cookies for the boys before I left. The bananas were for The Girl’s smoothies {we have plenty of frozen fruit in the freezer}. I find it mildly amusing the boys will eat every possible preservative filled packaged food product in the house before they’ll even consider making something to eat that involves cooking. It’s weird. The Girl on the other hand will make herself all sorts of yummy stuff. Even after all these years… I still don’t get it.

cucumbers

Fresh vegetables from the garden.canning

The Girl, teaching The Boy to make homemade raspberry jam. heirloom salsa

A small batch of heirloom salsa. I’ll be putting up as much salsa and tomato sauce as I can as the tomatoes ripen.

pasta

More pasta for Monkey Boy. lucy the puggle dog licking peanut butter

I was only home for half of the week before jetting off to the east coast. I did thaw some chili from the freezer for the boys though, but that’s about it. I hope they survive.

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $30.20

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29,30, 31, 32, 33 & 34 Shopping wherever the heck I want $185.43 {$30.90 a week/$123.62 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1414.68

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 33 of 52}

fred meyer milk

fred meyer milk

Fred Meyer $16.19

What a boring trip, I know. Grapes $1.28 a pound, broccoli $0.88 a pound, sweet onions $0.99 a pound, milk $1.25 per half gallon and 18-count eggs $3.09.

ritz crackers

Albertsons $8.78

I was going through the Crock Pot recipe book Monkey Boy gave me for Christmas and found a few new recipes to try out. One of them calls for sweet potatoes and the other for a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce {which I’ll have to go back to the store for because I forgot it}. The Ritz crackers have been hidden until I can make the recipes. My son LOVES dipping Ritz crackers in soups and stews so for $2 a box I tossed them in the card.

apples

Butler’s Apple Farm $2.50

Apples for $0.25 a pound? Can’t beat that. I have plans to go back next week to buy more. I LOVE warm applesauce for breakfast during the cooler months.
applesauce

So what are some of the things we ate last week? Well, applesauce of course. 😉 I also baked a Lasagna with Goat Cheese, Mozzarella and Fresh Basil freezer meal {dinner and leftovers for lunch}. We ordered 2 $5 pizzas from Papa Murphy’s and for some strange reason the HH and I ate steel cut oats for breakfast 4 days in a row. Egg salad and grilled cheese sandwiches were also made and gobbled up.

Homemade Strawberry Syrup recipe

I whipped up a batch of homemade strawberry syrup.
strawberry waffles syrup

And served it over waffles. chocolate brownie cookies

Chocolate brownie cookies were baked {they lasted 3 days}. eggs

I served breakfast for dinner. Which is always a hit around here. french fries

The Girl and I were gone one night so we baked breaded chicken and french fries for the boys and left them on the stove top for them before taking off. stir fry

Chicken stir fry. blueberries

We snacked on fresh blueberries and green beans from the garden. kitchen garden harvest

And harvested a few things like Swiss chard {great in stir fry and smoothies} cabbage beets and tomatoes. We also enjoyed steaks one night with roasted vegetables as a side dish. I forgot to snap a picture of the carrots I harvested from the front yard but they are starting to come in as well. Cucumber and Dill Salad

And in case you missed it, I also made and posted a delicious cucumber and dill salad recipe.

How about You? What have you been making for your tribe lately?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $27.47

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29,30, 31, 32 & 33 Shopping wherever the heck I want $155.38 {$31.07 a week/$124.28 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1384.63

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Weekly Grocery Shopping Savings Show and Tell {Week 32 of 52}

tomatoes

costco shopping tripCostco $25.56

Something weird has happened in our household this summer. Or rather something has happened to me. I am beginning to think of my children as adults.

Which is weird. Because they are my babies. I kid you not when I tell you I stood in Costco this week contemplating whether or not to buy pudding cups for Monkey Boy’s lunch {he is the only one who likes them and they were on sale}. I mean, he is working full time now {40 hours, 5 days a week} and here I am still thinking I need to buy him cute little lunch snacks and pack his lunch everyday. I need to stop.

I need to let go. He’s a big boy, he can get up on time or suffer the consequences {I still have to wake him up at least once a week it seems} make his own lunch {or choose to waste his money on processed or fast food}, manage his own hard earned money, WASH HIS LAUNDRY and all those other things grown ups are suppose to do on their own.

Am I right?

Pudding cups people. This all came from putting pudding cups in my cart.

zoi greek yogurt

Haggen $2.00

Have you tried Zoi yogurt? The HH thinks it’s the bomb diggety and won’t stop asking me to buy it after he tried it a few weeks ago at one of his work conference breakfasts. I think all Greek yogurt tastes like old shoes so my opinion doesn’t count.

tomatoes

From the Garden

Swiss chard, cucumbers, green beans and tomatoes, kale, and a few blueberries were plucked from the garden this week. Not too shabby for a first year garden if you ask me.

I actually thought about sneaking a couple of chickens and an Eglu in here. But then realized too many people who live in my neighborhood read this blog.  If only I could keep my mouth shut I could turn this place into a mini homestead while serving out my sentence. I am my worst enemy.

cucumber tomato salad

Through the end of summer, cucumber and tomato salad will be served every night.

breakfast dinner

Waffles, eggs, bacon, and potatoes? Yes please! turkey pie

Last week The Girl, and The Boy made us a nice turkey dinner. And there were leftovers thank goodness. Round one of the leftover turkey, mashed potatoes and corn went into a turkey pie. split pea soup with biscuits

And if that wasn’t awesome enough for you, the remaining turkey and corn went into a simple split pea soup {a little weird, I know, but it tasted delish!}

steak soft tacos

On Friday, The Boy was here again hanging out with The Girl. I walked into the kitchen and said OH GOOD, it’s Friday night, that means you two are cooking dinner for us again and proceed to hand them a few steaks and chicken breasts. I skedaddled out of the kitchen as fast as I could and didn’t look back.

Would you believe dinner was served and hour later?

Holy cats people, what am I going to do when The Girl goes back to college at the end of the summer? I need to find Monkey Boy a girlfriend and then encourage them to hang out here all the time and cook.

Any suggestions?

~Mavis

Total Spent This Week $27.56

Weeks 1-28 Shopping Exclusively at Costco $1,229.25 {$43.90 a week/$175 a month average}
Weeks 29,30 & 31 Shopping wherever the heck I want $127.91 {$31.97 a week/$127.91 a month average}
Total Spent Year to Date $1357.16

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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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