Tuesday, June 21, 2016

2016 Groceries Week 25 - $149.16

I went to Fred Meyer on Monday with DD1.  We bought baby formula, Cheerios, a loaf of bread, onions, mango, some clearance baby food & fancy candy, and 3 peaches.  I spent $35.58. That formula just kills the budget.

I also made a late night stop at QFC Monday and picked up a cup-o-noodle &  a bag or doritos for $2.28.  No photo.

Friday morning I went to QFC with DD2.  We got organic milk, organic soy milk, and coconut milk.  I also bought the baby some cereal, a gf/df pizza, organic carrots, a few apples, & mozzarella cheese.  We found hummus on clearance and my favorite, organic rice cakes for $1.89/package when I rarely see them under $2.99.  I spent $52.21.

Finally, I went to Fred Meyer Friday in the late afternoon.  I now I laid out all the groceries, but somehow either I didn't take a photo or the kids deleted it before I downloaded to my laptop.   I spent $59.09 on 2 boxes of formula, 4 coffee creamers, 4 cheap mini-pizzas, chicken hot dogs, more mozzarella, 3 organic peaches, & six boxes of Cheerios.  It was a good trip for $59.09.

Week 25 Total: $149.16
YTD 2016 Total: $3,640.22.
2016 Average: $145.61


Monday, June 20, 2016

GF/DF Menu Plan

It's a different kind of week with the kids at VBS in the mornings.  I'm still working on my freezer, but I don't know if I'm actually going to get to unplug this summer.  We'll see.

Monday - Teriyaki Chicken & Rice (chicken in freezer)
Tuesday - Pulled Pork (buns & leftover pulled pork in freezer)
Wednesday - White Chili (beans & chicken/turkey in freezer) - I didn't make it last week.
Thursday - Pork Loin in crockpot (meat in freezer)
Friday - Burgers (ground beef in freezer)
Saturday - Chicken Caccitore (in freezer)
Sunday - Smoothies & Popcorn

Monday - Chicken Nuggets
Tuesday - Sandwiches (packed lunch)
Wednesday - Homemade mac'n'cheese
Thursday - Nachos
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Hot Dogs
Sunday - Leftovers or Soup


Monday, June 13, 2016

2016 Groceries Week 24 - $174.41

This week I stopped by QFC for some fruit & eggs.  I found some clearance organic chicken breast and clearance fruit cups and was happy to see the slightly 'cleaner' coffee creamer on sale.  I also got apples, bananas, & baby food.  I spent $42.46.

I thought I was going to have a light shopping week, but I ended up in Issaquah on Saturday while my kiddo was at a birthday party.  So I stopped in at Champion and ended up spending a whopping $106.95! I got organic pasta, organic gf pasta, organic salsa, gf graham crackers, gf granola bars, organic pizza sauce, organic gf teriyaki sauce, organic red wine vinegar, organic coconut aminos, and 2 bags of chips.  As I was leaving I glanced over at the tiny refrigerator and saw daiya cheese!  So I checked the price and it was just $2.85 compared to the $5ish I usually pay.  Yay!  Not pictured was the bulk of the expense, a 25# bag of organic great northern beans.

Here are the beans - a late picture because I didn't even get them out of the car until the next day.
Finally, again no photo, we dropped into Fred Meyer for bake-at-home pizza Saturday night.  Our friends were babysitting our kids over dinnertime so we wanted to take easy food for them.  While at Fred Meyer I also spotted an organic whole chicken on clearance.  I picked up 3 pizzas (including a daiya GF/DF one) and the chicken for $25.00 exactly.

Week 24 Total: $174.41
Year to Date Total: $3,491.06
Weekly Average: $145.46


Gluten Free, Dairy Free Menu Plan

I'm working on using freezer contents so I can unplug for a short time this summer.

Monday - Macaroni & Cheese (gf/df So Delicious for DD2)
Tuesday - Sandwiches
Wednesday - Nachos
Thursday - Pancakes
Friday - Taco Salad
Saturday - Sandwiches (pack lunch)
Sunday - Macaronada (Father's Day Request)

Monday - Mexican Dip (beef from freezer)
Tuesday - Enchiladas (pre-made in freezer)
Wednesday - Stew (meat from freezer)
Thursday - White bean & Corn chili (shredded chicken from freezer)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Popcorn & Smoothies
Sunday - Zucchini Meatloaf (zucchni & beef from freezer)

DD2 is my kitchen cooking helper this week, so she helped make this list.


Thursday, June 9, 2016

2016 Groceries Week 23 - $197.46

We left on vacation in the middle of week 23.  I tried to have our cabinets/fridge well-stocked so my sister would have it as easy as possible caring for the kiddos.

We started the week by picking strawberries on a sunny Memorial Day at our favorite organic farm.  We spent $63.80 on about 25 pounds of strawberries.

I went to Costco Tuesday for chips, crackers, tortillas, & sugar that I was running low on.  I spent $31.35.

Wednesday I went to Fred Meyer for baby formula, milk, baby cereal, carrots, more mangoes, apples, yogurt, whipping cream (for promised strawberry shortcake), soy sour cream, nutella (for my sister & nephew), and cheese for a plane snack.  I spent $54.82 on food.

In Hawaii we went to Wal-Mart for a few grocery basics.  No photo, but I spent $20.68 on coffee grounds, creamer,  a package of hot pockets, 2 microwave Campbell's soups, 8 oz cheese, a dozen eggs, 2 cans of Pringles, and a package of dried cranberries.

Back home, my sister went to the store for a few things, too.  She spent $26.81 on a gallon of organic milk, a half gallon of almond milk, a loaf of bread, organic romaine hearts, 3 mangos, and some roma tomatoes.

Week 23 Total: $197.46
YTD 2016 Total: $3.316.65
Weekly Average: $144.20


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Gluten Free Menu Plan

This week I'm hoping to use stuff I have on hand and not shop much.

Monday - homemade pizza
Tuesday - Italian sausage soup
Wednesday - BBQ
Thursday - Enchilada Casserole (rainy day)
Friday - Taco Soup
Saturday - Mexican Dip
Sunday - White Chili (in freezer)

Monday - macaroni & cheese (gf/df for DD2)
Tuesday - cheesy bread
Wednesday - Sandwiches (ciabatta rolls & GF bread in freezer)
Thursday - Taco Salad
Friday - Nacho/Quesadilla
Saturday - mac'n'cheese
Sunday - leftovers

Snacks: cucumbers, strawberries, smoothies, watermelon, leftover birthday cake


Monday, May 30, 2016

2016 Groceries Week 22 - $306.90

A big week again.  I was just telling some friends this morning at church how hard it is on my ego to spend so much on groceries.  I used to be really proud of myself for my $100/week on groceries, but darned if my kids don't keep growing and emerging with more allergies.  And I'm trying to buy more organic.  I don't know why I'm surprised every week at how much I spend.

Monday I went to QFC with a kiddo for milk.  I also picked up almond milk and found some good clearance deals including: organic Kashi bars for $2.24/box, organic hummus for $2.49, cottage cheese for $0.79 each, baby food for $0.69, and a bag of clearance produce for $0.99.  I spent $28.10.

Wednesday night I took DD3 out to shop for her birthday party.  She was really excited to pick out juice - it was $1.99 each bottle, the Teddy Grahams were a ridiculous $3.69/box, $4.99 for gummy bears, rice cakes for $2.49, a bag of apples, 3 mangoes, 2 organic cucumbers, and clearance packages of chicken thighs ($1.34/.93 lb) and 2 gourmet burger patties for $2.04.  Altogether I paid $35.93.

Another stop at QFC Friday morning for organic peanut butter and an organic watermelon.  These were $12.57.

Saturday afternoon I was exhausted after DD3's birthday party (and staying up half the night cleaning & preparing food), but when DH suggested I get out the house on my own for a few hours I took him on it.  What homeschooling mom of 5 would turn that offer down?  I checked out Grocery Outlet in Bellevue where I don't often have a chance to go.  I was delighted to find organic 2# bricks of cheddar for $9.99 and organic butter for $2.99/lb.  I found 16oz jars of organic salsa for $.99 each, organic potato chips for $1.99, and conventional chicken nuggets, wheat thins, pita chips, onions, oranges, and lunch meat.  I spent $100.02.

I also visited Champion Foods in Issaquah which is usually a great shopping trip for me.  Yesterday was no exception.  I found a passel of deals.  8 bags of kettle chips for $0.50 each, GF teriyaki sauce, organic GF elbow macaroni,gf spaghetti, baby snacks, organic GF granola bars, teabags for $2.00/box, big cans of organic tomato sauce, rice vinegar, dried mango, organic pizza sauce, 6 jars organic baby food, baking soda, organic candy (like starburst), peppercorns, & 25 pound bag of red beans.  I spent $98.45!

And finally, I stopped into Fred Meyer today for olives so I could make DD3 her requested pepperoni & olive pizza. I decided to give the kids a treat of chocolate milk, the 'clean' coffee creamer was on sale for $1.99, I bought Doritos & buns to hopefully bbq this week, a GF/DF pizza to have on hand for DD2, and a couple of mangoes.  I spent $34.65.

Week 22 Total: $306.90 EEP!
Year to Date Total: $3,119.19
Weekly Average: $141.78


Sunday, May 22, 2016

2016 Groceries Week 21 - $173.36

This week wasn't too bad.  I'm trying to make some meals ahead and get ready for an upcoming vacation where DH & I will be out of town, but family will be staying with our kids.

I popped into Costco for a couple things Monday.  I spent $21.88 on mac'n'cheese and maple syrup.

I went to Fred Meyer for organic yogurt that was on sale for $2.79.  I also bought organic milk, organic green onions, organic mangoes, an organic chicken, and conventional corn flakes, applesauce, chex granola & gf honey bunches of oats.  I spent $40.83.

No photo for a stop Tuesday at QFC for gf/df pizza.  It was $9.99 and annoying because only $7.99 at Fred Meyer.  Too bad QFC is the one close to my house.  *sigh*

Fred Meyer for milk again on Friday.  My kids are drinking it fast!  I also got the raspberries that were on sale, 2 organic cucumbers, bacon, and clearance baby food and bread.  I only spent $19.39.

Finally, a big trip on Saturday where I got lots of good deals with sales & coupons.  I bought clearance pectin for canning, croissants, and salami sticks. I used manufacturer's coupons for the Ritz and Triscuits which were also on sale.  I also got 2 containers of organic formula, organic gummy bears, organic potatoes, and conventional cream cheese, salsa, lunchmeat, half & half, creamer, asparagus, zucchini, oranges & raspberries.  I also picked up some clearance K-cups to share with one of my homeschool groups.  I spent $81.27 on food.

Week 21 Total: $173.36
Year-to-Date Total: $2,812.29
Weekly Average: $133.92