Monday, March 30, 2015

Gluten- Free Menu Plan

I have a few meals from last week to carry over into this week.  Plus I need to use lots of freezer things.

Monday - Beef Stew
Tuesday - Chicken Chili
Wednesday - Sausage gravy over biscuits/gf noodles
Thursday - Chicken Curry
Friday - Dinner out
Saturday - Dinner with family
Sunday - Leftovers

Monday - Tofu patties (in the freezer)
Tuesday - GF Mac & Cheese Pie
Wednesday - Nachos
Thursday - Chicken Nuggets/GF Corndog
Friday - Leftovers
Saturday - Lunch with family
Sunday - Easter meal

Snack: Lots of smoothies!  There is major fruit in the freezers.


Sunday, March 29, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 13 - $146.63

Lots of shopping this week - Again!

Albertsons on Tuesday for Ken's dressing for $0.74, $0.49 and $0.49 after coupons.  More creamer (I know this stuff is so just JUNK but I haven't gotten my act together to try the couple of recipes I am planning to give a go) and boneless, skinless chicken was $1.99/lb.  I spent $27.63.

QFC Wednesday to get the Rice Krispies on sale for $1.99 and I had coupons to average out to $1.60/box.  I found organic yogurt on clearance for $2.29, some granola for the kids to put in their yogurt (but I accidentally bought granola cereal which they are happily eating for breakfast, but refuse to put in the yogurt), some crackers and drinks for an upcoming road trip and some clearance donut holes for  a hubby treat.  I spent $32.43.

I spent $36.17 at Fred Meyer Saturday.  I bought chicken nuggets, tortilla chips, sour cream, cottage cheese, brick cheddar, a few pears, bananas, bell peppers on sale (for munching this week) and bell peppers on clearance (for immediate fajitas and dice/freezing), popcorn, and those protein wrap things DH really likes were on clearance and I had coupons so they were $0.59 each.  I used to have $0.50 as my price point for DH grab'n'go meals, but it's become so hard to find I thought $0.59 was OK.

I went to QFC once more for more Rice Krispies.  I found another coupon online and there were peelies for free marshmallows on the boxes I bought last week, so I used those, too.  I bought eggs for dyeing, more granola, a couple bags of chips, crackers, clearance yogurt, and clearance baby food jars.  I spent $36.93.

Milk was the usual 13.47

Total Groceries Week 13: $146.63
Total Groceries Year-to-date: $1,077.93
Weekly Average 2014: $82.92

I recognize there were a huge amount of chips this week.  I will not be buying any next week.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Annual Freezer Defrost

Oh my freezer!  Look at this icy mess.  I can't even fully close the door (which is only held closed by bungee cords anyway) so the ice is just getting worse.  I took this photo after I'd already used a ham.

My inside freezer is pretty full, too so I can't move much in yet.

The inside freezer is actually pretty deep and holds a lot, so when the time comes I can pack a lot in.

I usually try to unplug and defrost the garage freezer by April 30 and I'll aim for that again.  

Menu plans to include lots of freezer stuff the next several weeks!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Gluten Free Menu Plan

It's time to start clearing out our freezer.  I try to unplug it annually for a defrost and to give our electric bill a break during the summer.  Usually I start this in April, but things are really frosting up so I'm starting now.

Monday - scrambled eggs/toast
Tuesday - Ham
Wednesday - Pork loin
Thursday - beef stew
Friday - ham bean soup
Saturday - chicken curry
Sunday - smoothies/popcorn

Monday - cucumber/chicken salad
Tuesday - GF mac'n'cheese pie
Wednesday - leftover ham
Thursday - nachos/quesadillas
Friday - pancakes
Saturday - leftovers
Sunday - leftovers


2015 Groceries Week 12 - $103.38

I always spend more than I want to on groceries.  I think it might be time to switch back to a cash envelope with my grocery money so when it's gone, it's gone.

I stopped at QFC because I was craving a salty snack.  Pasta sauce was $0.99 each, the chips were $2.00, GF pizza crust was on clearance for $2.59 each, 3 bags of clearance produce for $0.99, and clearance lettuce for $2.99.  I spent $19.09 altogether.

We dashed into Albertsons for cream since it was $1.99.  I also found eggs for $2.00 and GF chocolate muffins for $2.99 that went straight into the freezer.  I'll pull them out as needed for DD#2.  I spent $8.97.

I spent $21.92 at Albertsons later in the week, too.  Eggs were $1.49/dozen, cream was $1.99, salsa was $3.99, and I found some clearance bakery items for $0.99 each.

I had a big trip for $39.93 at Fred Meyer early Saturday morning.  Chips were $1.50, milk was $4.99, cottage cheese & sour cream were $1.25, bread was $0.79 on clearance, english muffins were $0.69, guacamole was $2.49 on clearance, picnic roast was $0.99/lb, bananas & onions were regular price, tomatoes were $1.49/lb, cucumbers & bell peppers were $0.59 each, and 2# tillamook were $5.99 each.

Milk was $13.49

Week 12 Total Groceries - $103.38
Total Groceries Year-to-Date 2015 - $931.30
2015 Weekly Average - $77.61

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 11 - $82.81

I scored some great clearance deals this week

Fred Meyer was a treasure trove with lots of clearance produce.  I got 12 $1.00 bags yielding 4 lemons, a lime, 12 oranges, a pear, and 31 apples about 2/3 organic.  There will be applesauce this week!  I also got a clearance organic chicken for $8.31, clearance pita for $1.09, some asparagus, cucumbers, bell peppers, & tomato sauce for a recipe.  I also found a $0.49 loaf of bread.  I spent $28.15.

I had ten minutes to kill between errands so I dashed into a nearby QFC. I spent $8.26 on some flour (I've been out of conventional flour for months!), almond milk, and clearance peanuts.

I went to QFC for the good deal on Classico spaghetti sauce.  It was only $1.00 if you bought 5, I also got lots of yogurt for $0.49 each, and big containers of yogurt for $2.19, sour cream for $2.29 I needed for a potluck, bananas, Doritos, a mango, granola bars, split pea soup mix and GF breakfast bars for $3.49.  I spent $32.93.

Milk was $13.47

Week 11 Total: $82.81
Year to date total: $827.92
Weekly average 2015: $75.27


Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 10 - $175.79

I had a big Costco trip this week and a small stock-up at Albertsons.

I went to Albertsons for the $1.79/lb boneless, skinless chicken breast.  I got just over 10 pounds, found a 1 lb. package of lunchmeat on clearance, and bought some yogurt cups for $0.38 each on sale.  I spent $23.73.

The big Costco trip was $138.59!  I bought shredded cheese, organic GF flour, organic pears, fruit leather, organic tortilla chips, bananas, string cheese, romaine, organic mac'n'cheese, and big splurge: nitrate free meatballs and sausages.  It just adds up fast at Costco!

Milk delivery was $13.47, no eggs this week

Week 10 Total: $175.79
2015 Year-to-date Total: $745.11
Weekly Average: $74.51
Weekly Average at this point in 2014: $45.37!  I am spending WAY more than last year.


Monday, March 2, 2015

2015 Groceries Week 9 - $34.80

I went to Albertsons on Tuesday and spent $20.11.  Eggs were on sale for $1.39/dz, oranges were $0.25 each, butter was $2.25/lb,  bacon was $2.99, lunch meat was $3.00 ($0.75 MC), green onion was $0.50, string cheese was $0.25/each, and I found some awesome flank steak stuffed with spinach and provolone for just $2.09!

On Thursday I went to Fred Meyer for a few things.  I had a $8.48 reward to use so I only spent $1.22!  Cucumbers were $0.59/each, $2.00 creamer, $0.59 canned pineapple for a kiddo recipe, and $2.04 almond milk.

Milk delivery was $13.47

Total Groceries this week: $34.80
Total Groceries year-to-date: $569.32
Weekly average: $63.26