Wednesday, June 21, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 22 - $96.95

I stopped into QFC for a couple things my Mom asked me to pick up and found some crazy deals.  GF crackers were just $0.39 so I bought 6 boxes.  Canned pears were just $0.39 so I bought 10 cans.  There were probably 50 cans, but I prefer to give my kids fresh fruit or organic fruit that I've canned so I stopped at 10.  There were also squeeze fruit pouches for $0.99/box.  I bought 10 4-pack boxes since they were at my $0.25/ea price point.  Organic milk was on clearance for $2.99 each, and organic cottage cheese was on clearance for $1.49.  I bought grapes that were on sale for $1.48/lb, bananas, a trio of green bell peppers on clearance for $1.00, a package of gf/df meatballs, a bag of fritos, a bag of goldfish, and clearance organic hot dog buns.  I also got a clearance deli chicken, and 2 more clearance GF pizza crusts.  I spent just $51.88 on ALL THIS!

My friend Stephanie told me about a new Cash 'n' Carry so I went to check it out when I was in the neighborhood and had about 10 minutes to squeeze in a stop.  I bought 2 mangos, a hand of bananas, a  pack of zucchini, 18 eggs, and a #10 can of applesauce.  I spent $15.67.

DH stopped at the store for me once this week, too.  He picked up a pound of butter and a bag of chocolate chips along with some vitamin water for himself.  He spent $11.88.

Late in the week my mom went to the store and picked up a few things for me including a gallon of milk, some strawberries, some peaches, eggs, and a couple other things I don't remember but it was about $20 and I gave her $20.

Week 22 Total: $96.95
YTD 2017 Total: $2,906.00
Weekly Average: $132.09

Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 21 - $121.56

Wow, I am behind in posting.  It's been crazy around here with contractors every day and the launch of our Lularoe business.  I didn't even take all the photos I usually take, but I do have all the receipts for accurate records.

First shopping trip was QFC on Monday.  I bought a red bell pepper, guacamole, some fruit popsicles and ice cream sandwiches, and I found GF pizza dough on clearance for $1.49 as well as nitrate free chicken sausage for $1.99/lb.    I spent $24.25.

I dropped in at Costco Tuesday for a watermelon and 3 loaves of Udi's GF bread that was on sale.  I also picked up a six-pack of mangos.  I spent $28.45 on food.  No photo.

Wednesday I went to QFC to grab corndogs and milk.  I found some frozen dinners for $0.79/each and I like to pick those up for DH lunches since we have leftovers less and less for his lunches.  I picked up brown sugar and some clearance baby food, some bananas, and some gf hot dog buns.  I spent $32.65.

We also made a quick stop into Trader Joe's for GF oreos & GF/DF potato chips.  I spent $9.97.

I stopped in to QFC again Friday (it's just closest to my house) because I needed more chips for our Small Group potluck.  I bought 3 bags of chips for $5.64.  No photo.

Finally, I had a quick trip late at night Saturday to Fred Meyer to pick up a last minute birthday gift for DD#3.  She also had requests for her meals I needed to accomodate.  I bought 4 boxes of annie's mac'n'cheese, some daiya shredded cheese, So delicious ice cream, bananas, & a gallon of organic milk.  I spent $20.60 altogether.

Week 21 Total: $121.56
YTD 2017 Total: $2,809.05
Weekly Average: $133.76.

Katie

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 20 - $235.84

Oh Gosh - There was so much shopping this week.  I love the Founder's Day Sale at Fred Meyer so I visited a lot.

It all started Monday when I stopped for milk & hot dog buns and happily realized my favorite sandwich bread was just $0.99, 2# bricks of Tillamook were just $4.99,  and there were lots of clearance deals!  Hamburger buns were $0.59 each, double pack of pizza was $3.59, organic chicken breast was $3.59/lb, organic granny smith apples were $1.00/2.  I also bought 'clean-ish' creamer for $2.00 each and organic apples for $1.49/lb. I spent $52.64.

I didn't get back to Fred Meyer until Friday.  I was super excited to see daiya pizza for just $5.99 each!  These are normally $8 and Fred Meyer and $10 at QFC.  I bought 3 pizzas, 3 organic cucumbers, 2 - 2# bricks of cheese, and 2 nitrate free kielbasa.  I spent $35.80.

Friday I also went to Grocery Outlet and found all sorts of good stuff.  12 pack Quaker granola bars were $2.99 so met my price point of $0.25 each, chocolate wafer cookies were $0.99, Oreos were $0.99, organic granola bars were 6-packs for $1.49, cup noodles were $1.99 for a 12-pack, olives were $0.79, big boxes of graham crackers were $2.99 (good for camping), snickers minis were only $1.25, and annies cracker packs were $2.99.  I also bought a case of vitamin water for DH were $0.69 each and some bananas.  I spent $65.42.

Saturday afternoon I was at Fred Meyer with a kiddo.  I spent $23.10 on 9# of organic potatoes, 3# onions, 3 boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios, 4 loaves of bread, & 2 more daiya pizzas.  I laid it all out for a photo, then put it away without taking a photo.

Saturday night DH and I had a sitter so we went out to dinner and used our last half hour to check out a new Fred Meyer we were near.  We ended up buying 3 more boxes of cheerios, 2 boxes of Ritz, another daiya pizza, a gallon of organic milk, a little container of organic sour cream, another 2# brick of cheese, 6 yogurt cups, frozen fries, and a package of skittles for DH.  I spent $33.19 on that visit.

Sunday I was back at Fred Meyer.  I know . . . I bought 2 more daiya pizzas (she eats about one of these a week because we have pizza as a family about once  week), a clearance deli chicken, a bag of chips, daiya cheese, bananas, sour cream, cream cheese, marshmallows, & tomatoes.  I spent $25.69.

So the whole week was $235.84
YTD 2017: $2,687.49
Weekly Average: $134.37

Katie

Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 19 - $200.51

This week was pretty average as dinners & shopping go.

I stopped into Fred Meyer Tuesday for a couple things to finish dinner.  I hurried home with them, dropped them off with the sitter, and raced off to meet DH for a dinner date.  So no photo.  I spent $24.27 on a can of beans, a can of corn, two gallons of organic milk, bananas, oranges, clearance fresh mozzarella, and a dozen clearance donuts.

I popped into QFC Thursday to grab dairy free cheese and dairy free sour cream.  Poor DD2 had been without them for about a week and she'd missed having them for two Mexican meals.  I ended up finding all sorts of things in clearance including Envirokids cereal, Chex, natural peanut butter for $0.99 each, baby food for $0.69 each, penne for $0.59, chicken noodle soup for $0.59, organic black beans for $0.49, corn for $0.49, and I grabbed chips for a potluck we were attending Friday.  I spent $26.92.


I made a big trip to Costco on Friday morning.  I needed a few things and had said I'd bring watermelon to our Friday potluck.  So I spent $149.32 on a watermelon, a bag of organic brown rice, two boxes of organic fruit snacks, cheerios, chicken nuggets, naan, curry sauce, a loaf of gf bread, a bag of organic tortilla chips, veggie straws, cheetos, a 6 pack of organic mangoes, a bottle of wine, 2 packs of organic chicken thighs, tortillas, organic salsa, & coffee.
Week 19 Total: $200.51
YTD 2017 Total: $2,451.65
Weekly Average: $129.03

Katie

Saturday, May 13, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 18 - $175.96

This week I went to Costco on Monday and put my receipt in my jeans pocket instead of my wallet.  DD1, bless her, promptly washed it in my jeans.  I know from my bank statement when I spent and I think I remember the non-food items I bought. So I think I spent about $105 on: 2 bags organic tortilla chips, curry, rice crackers, triscuit crackers, granola bars, organic chicken thighs, organic romaine, organic carrots, organic butter, & sausage.



I had a quick trip to Albertsons' while my kids did homeschool testing on Friday.  I spent $24.83 on cheese, 2 big packs of string cheese, organic half & half, 2 bags of candy, 2 packages of little smokies, and bananas.


My sweet friend participates in a gleaning ministry and I helped her out with carpooling for the homeschool testing.  She shared all this great stuff with me that needed to be used up quickly!  Breads, lettuce, basil, tomatoes, 2 peppers, 2 apples, parsley, a pizza, 2 vegan dinners, 2 packaged salads, GF cupcakes, a few bagels, a few ciabatta rolls, 11 eggs - What a blessing!  And most of it was organic, too!


I almost never shop at my local Safeway because they never have enough checkers and people are grumpy.  I stopped there Saturday though because we were right in that shopping center & I needed mozzarella cheese.  I found all sorts of deals in addition to the cheese and was feeling pretty good about my trip.  Then I headed for the checkout and remembered why I don't shop there, Lol.  I got clearance pot roast, soy yogurt, big pizzas for $4.00, pasta sauce, half & half, corn, sausages, & a chocolate egg for the kiddo who was along.  I also bought milk, some 'enhanced' water for my sick husband, & 2 mangos.  I spent $46.13.

Week 18 Total: $175.96.
YTD 2017: $2,251.14
Weekly Average: $125.06

Katie

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 17 - $191.20

I stopped for milk & bananas Wednesday and hit the jackpot!  QFC had clearance 'simple truth' ground beef for $0.99/lb!  It's 91/9, too.  I bought 16 packages.  I also bought 4 packages of clearance organic beef chunks for stew and 3 organic whole chickens on clearance for $1.79/lb which is cheaper than Costco's $1.99/lb.  I also bought 3 organges, sour cream, ice cream and so delicious non-diary ice cream, a clearance canteloup, a dozen eggs and 2 clearance pizzas.  I spent $114.97!

Friday I stopped in at QFC again for more milk.  I couldn't turn out the amazing deal on Cap'n Crunch cereal.  My kids generally eat really healthy and sugary cereal is a treat reserved for camping so they were amazed and delighted to see all this.  It was just $0.79/box!  I also bought a couple bags of chips for $1.99 each, a few tomatoes, more eggs, 2 boxes of clearance spinach and that milk. I spent $22.90.

Sunday I took DD2 on a take. She was looking for pez candy for her sister's birthday that's coming up.  We found it at Fred Meyer where I also bought 2 gallons of milk, 2 low-ingredient Darigold creamers, graham crackers, organic cucumbers for $0.99/each, organic potatoes for $2.49/3 lb bag, cheap tortillas $0.99, daiya cheese on sale for $4.57, a clearance mozzarella cheeese ball for $2.99, a daiya pizza for $7.99, and an impulse purchase of double Reese's for $1.00.  I spent $45.33.

We looked for pez at the Dollar Tree before going to Fred Meyer and I spent $8.00 on pepperoni, olives, and marshmallows.

Week 17 Total: $191.20
YTD 2017: $2,075.17
Weekly Average: $122.07

Katie

Monday, April 24, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 16 - $189.49

Week 16 was great around here.  I did lots of LuLaRoe research, including buying a new ipad (eep!), school got done and we even managed a field trip and a sleepover.  It feels pretty good when things are in balance-ish.

OK - I went to Fred Meyer Sunday night for milk and mustard.  I ended up buying tons.
Organic milk - 5.97/gallon
cereal - $3/5 each and I had a MC for $2/5 so they were $1.27 each.
brown sugar - $1.67 each
mustard - $0.99
refried beans - $0.87
brownie mix - $1.25 each
Daiya cheddar shreds - $4.57
nitrate free bacon - $2.79/8 oz package on clearance
lunchmeat ham - $2.09/16 oz package on clearance
cheese - $1.50/8oz package
darigold no-dye cheddar - $4.99/24 oz
nitrate free smoked sausage - $2.50
organic hot dogs (Applegate) - $3.39 on clearance (9 packages!)
organic baby yogurt - $2.29 for 6packs on clearance
gluten free bread - $2.19
bananas - $0.59/lb

I had ordered from Amazon Pantry last week when battling a cold.  It arrived Tuesday including: Brookside candies - $9.99 for 30 packets
Corn Flakes - $2.00 after MC
Chewy Granola Bars - $3.74 each
Starburst - $1.98/pack
Veggie straws - $2.52

The food was $27.93.

I popped into QFC Friday morning for parsely and rushed around to clearance areas.  I intentionally didn't grab a cart, but managed to spend $16.85 on clearance pico de gallo, $1.99, clearance deli chicken, $2.69, clearance Caprese salad for $1.29 each, and organic ground turkey for just $0.99/lb!

Finally, I shopped once more on Sunday evening, late after book club.  I spent $40.62.
bread - $1.69 each on sale
organic cheese - $2.99/8oz package on clearance
nitrate free sausage - $0.99 on clearance
half & half - $0.99 on clearance for half-gallon
organic sourdough - $2.09
organic macaroni - $1.69
gluten free brownie mix - $2.49
ham lunch meat - $3.29/lb
canned tomato sauce - $0.39 each

I spent a big $189.49 this week!
YTD Total: $1,883.98
Weekly Average: $117.75

Katie

Monday, April 17, 2017

GF/DF Menu Plan

Plan for the week.  I'm busy researching & learning about LulaRoe and related technology.  The scariest part for me is technology.  I love to talk to people. I don't mind asking for help & praying like crazy. I'm looking forward to helping ladies feel good about clothes and working my tail off to get this product in front of as many people as possible.  But wow, the technology piece is scary.  I have to learn new software, new apps, and a lot of LLR things run on apple apps.  I've never owned Apple products since my husband works for Microsoft.  I also have to learn how to do live feeds, Instagram, and something called periscope.  So I've got major work to do!

Lunches:
Monday - Corndogs/fries
Tuesday - Sausages
Wednesday - Finger Food Lunch
Thursday - Pizza/hot dog
Friday - Sausage soup
Saturday - Daddy's choice
Sunday - Quesadillas

Dinner:
Monday - Beef Stew
Tuesday - Macaroni & Cheese
Wednesday - Macaronada
Thursday - Pancakes
Friday - Saucy Chicken
Saturday - Mexican Dip
Sunday - Popcorn & Smoothies (Dad's Office)

Katie