Sunday, July 16, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 28 - $164.40

This week was a bit of recovery after being out of town.  I went to Costco Monday and picked up organic apples, a watermelon, organic flour, organic tortilla chips, organic Amy's snacks, organic kids Clif bars, 'natural' turkey lunchmeat, chicken breast, wheat bread, & tortillas.  I spent $104.55.

I found a bunch of clearance pizza kits at QFC on Friday morning.  We hosted our couples Bible study and grilled the chicken I bought at Costco on Monday.  I thought I was making pineapple-steak skewers, too, but I just ran out of time.  I did buy steak and pineapple though.  I also bought yogurt on clearance, organic whole milk and 2% on clearance, nitrate free sausage on clearance for $1.99 each package, organic tomatos for $0.99 on clearance, bananas, & 2 small yogurt cups.  I had the $10 off $40 coupon and spent $41.09 after the coupon.

Finally, today I stopped at QFC & picked up 2 gallons of organic milk, a pint of half & half, & a dozen doughnuts.   I spent $18.76.

Week 28 Total: $164.40
YTD Total: $3.722.08
Weekly Average: $132.93

Katie

2017 Groceries Week 27 - $160.21

Some how I don't have photos for this week!

I went to Fred Meyer late Monday night for a couple things.  I got brown sugar for $1.99, 2 Darigold creamers for $2.79 each, mayo for $2.79, organic gummy candy for $1.25 each package, saltines, Wheat Thins & Triscuits, sourdough bread boule on clearance, heavy whipping cream, Hershey's 5 ingredient syrup,  Corndogs, 4 packages of nitrate-free bacon for $2.49 each, 3 packages of $4.99 Daiya cheese, a big package of pepperoni, onions, & summer sausage.  It was $73.51

On 4th of July I went to QFC for an ingredient I needed for the barbeque we were attending.  I ended up getting lots of stuff including 3 pound+ packages of organic stew beef on clearance for just over $10.00 each, 6 bottles of organic lemonade for $1.00 each, some clearance produce for $0.99 each bag, gf/df cookies, df buttery spread, a can of corn, pickles (per kid request), grapes, sour cream, & powdered sugar.  I spent $63.77.

Saturday I was out of town so DH took the kids shopping at QFC.  He spent $22.93 on donuts, bananas, ice cream, milk, & coffee creamer.

Week 27 Total: $160.21
YTD Total: $3,557.68
Weekly Average: $131.77

Katie

2017 Groceries Week 26 - $158.01

Monday I was at QFC for milk, half & half, & fruit and I found lots of other goodies including organic jam for $1.09 each jar, fruit squeezy pouches were $0.99/4pack, relish was $1.29, Annie's mac&cheese was $0.49/box, and a can of organic corn was $0.89.  I was happy to find organic gf cereal for just $1.49/box and I pick up Sour Supreme for DD2 because I happened to remember we were out.  With the organic milk, organic half & half, bananas, & grapes ($0.99/lb) I spent $45.61.


I stopped in at Trader Joe's and picked up a bell pepper, organic pears, & organic romaine.  I don't know why I picked TJ's.  I almost never go there.  I spent $6.17.


I popped into QFC again Wednesday beause I had a $10 off $40 coupon & I needed coffee creamer.  I bought the kids some chocolate milk and I got orange juice for a recipe.  I found mango peach salsa on clearance - yum!, as well as organic sour cream for $1.49 each, and clearance organic Honeycrisp apples that were $0.99 for 3 in a bag!  I also picked up organic stew beef that was on clearance for $7.99/lb.  Crazy that meat costs so much, but I just try to make it stretch by cutting into smaller, bite-size pieces and adding more veggies to the stew.  My total was $53.41 before the $10 off, so I spent $43.41.

I know I go to QFC a lot.  My closest 2 grocery stores mainstream are both QFC!  I was happy to find more organic cereal on clearance for $1.49/box and $1.69/box.  Tillamook was $5.99 for 2# block so I picked up some Jack along with Daiya for DD2. I got more half & half, a sack of 5# potatoes & corn dogs for easy lunches.  Bananas rounded out the shopping & I spent $30.74 on Friday.

I couldn't find the photo for this last shopping trip on Sunday night - also to QFC to use another $10/$40 purchase coupon.  I bought 2 gallons of organic milk, a case of organic lemonade for $1.00 each, creamer for DH, another brick of Tillamook cheese for $5.99, bananas, a ball of fresh mozzarella on clearance for $1.99, and (to push me over the $40 mark) I let the kiddo with me choose 3 bags of chips that were 3/$5.  I spent $42.08 before the coupon so it ended up $32.08.

Week 26 Total: $158.01
YTD 2017 Total: $3,397.47
Weekly Average: $130.67

Katie

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 25 - $70.32

In Colorado my sister-in-law and I shopped a lot.  She's learning about the gf/df diet and I didn't want her to have to feed my big family so I picked up a lot of the groceries.

First we went to Natural Grocers, a health food store on Monday.  I bought some granola bars for DD2 to have snacks at VBS and for the airplane ride home.  I also got some cookies for dessert/snacktime during the week.  I spent $10.53.

On Monday we also shopped at the local Kroger store which is called City Market.  I bought loads of stuff including coffee creamers, 4 boxes of cereal, milk, organic tortilla chips, organic salsa, marshmallows, dark chocolate, 4 bags of clearance produce including mangos, nectarines, & apples, a brick of cheddar cheese, graham crackers, Hershey bars, and a frozen pizza.  I spent $45.28

We went to Target for curtains and I picked up regular granola bars for the other kids.  It was a huge box of 24 for $5.54.  Sales tax in Colorado includes food so all the prices are a tiny bit higher.

Wednesday was Whole Foods for dairy free sour cream and I bought some Caprese salad at the deli because I was starving.  I spent $8.97.

Week 25 Total: $70.32
YTD Total: $3,239.46
Weekly Average: $129.58

Katie

2017 Groceries Week 24 - $125.38

Week 24 was a bit frantic.  Mom finished up her visit, we had a couple of days of packing & Lularoe, and then we were in Colorado at the end of the week. I was trying to use up what we had on hand before leaving town at the start of the week.  I didn't take any grocery photos.

Tuesday I found myself with a few extra minutes so I dashed in to Costco for a couple of lasagnas I had committed to bring to a church event.  While there I got some organic juice boxes, shredded cheddar, organic fruit snacks, cheese pizza, organic chicken thighs, and organic something else I can't identify from the receipt that was on sale for $6.59.  I spent $87.77

Thursday I picked up a gallon of milk for $2.99.  It was on clearance and I figured we'd use it before we left.  

Friday we dropped those lasagnas at church on the way to the airport.

Saturday my sister-in-law and I shopped in Colorado.  I bought organic milk, daiya pizza, daiya brick cheese, clearance romaine hearts, two loaves of garlic bread, coconut milk, and a loaf of gluten free sandwich bread.  I spent $34.62.

Week 24 Total: $125.38
YTD 2017: $3,169.14
Weekly Average: $132.05

2017 Groceries Week 23 - $137.76

I'm several weeks behind in posting.  Life has been crazy with LuLaRoe starting up, the contractors finishing up, and a trip to Colorado.   I barely even took photographs, but I kept all my receipts.

Monday I was at QFC for coffee.  I also grabbed some organic candy that DD2's Sunday school teacher asked for for a party.  I spent $10.49.

Wednesday morning I was back at QFC for daiya cheese & milk.  I also bought cereal, crackers, and 3 coffee creamers.  I found organic cottage cheese on clearance for $1.79, sour cream on clearance for $0.99, and organic hot dog buns for $1.49 each.  Finally, I bought a kiddo a doughnut and myself a piece of pie on clearance.  I spent $32.80.

Wednesday night I went to Costco and bought chili powder, bananas, curry simmer sauce, organic salsa, organic tortilla chips, more coffee, organic mac'n'cheese, organic eggs, organic peas, organic pasta sauce, and 2 pounds of organic butter.  I spent $94.47.



Week 23 Total: $137.76
YTD 2017 : $3,043.76
Weekly Average: $132.34

Katie

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


2017 Groceries Week 15 - $102.01

Just one shopping trip this week.  Mama was feeling puny with a bad cold so we stayed home from most things.

I was at QFC Friday morning for milk again, but found all sorts of things.  They were having a "Buy 6,save $3.00" sale so I bought 4 coffee creamers and 2 boxes of Ritz crackers.  GF corndogs have been on my list for ages so I finally bough them and french fries, and I picked up another package of the $5.99/lb organic chicken breast.  On clearance I found organic yogurt tubes for $2.29/box of 8, summer sausage for $1.99, lunchmeat ham for $1.99, organic yogurt tub for $2.39, and coconut curry chicken for the microwave for $3.59 each.  I spent $62.01 in total after store coupons I'd gotten in the mail for $1.50 off organic chicken, $0.50 off frozen potatoes, $0.50 off lunch meat, and $1.00 off Foster Farms corndogs.

I also have been meaning to add in Girl Scout Cookies that I bought last month.  My good friend's kids were selling them so I bought 8 boxes for $40 total.

Week 15 Total: $102.01
YTD 2017 Total: $1,694.49
Weekly Average: $112.97

2017 Groceries Week 14 - $99.16

I haven't posted for 2 weeks so I have two weeks of groceries to get through tonight.  I'm exhausted.  DH and I have been staying up late the last couple of weeks researching, watching videos, and learning about LulaRoe.  I'm planning to start a business and we're 95% committed.

OK - Monday of Week 14 I went to Fred Meyer for their eggs on sale.  I wanted some for Easter.  I also bought an organic cumber, a pound of butter, bread, zucchini, clearance Pink Lady apples, clearance mango, a gallon or organic milk, bananas, cucumbers, & zucchini. I spent $24.74.




Wedneday I dropped to QFC for items needed for company coming for dinner Thursday including milk, potatoes, whipped topping, green onion & sour cream.  I was happy to find some organic milk on clearance and the organic sour cream on clearance.  I had all the kids with me so I got talked into potato chips.  I also bought creamer, bell peppers on clearance. & tomatoes on clearance.  I spent $41.20.




I was back at QFC Friday morning because I had forgotten a couple things on Wednesday including df sour cream and a gf/df pizzas.  I also found a tub of organic cream cheese on clearance.  No photo. I spent $15.67.

One more time to QFC on Saturday for  a kiddo date.  I bought organic chicken breast on sale for $5.99/lb and found croissants, organic cottage cheese, and cheese curds all on clearance.  I spent $17.55.

Week 14 Total; $99.16
YTD 2017 Total: $1,592.48
Weekly Average: $113.75

Katie

p.s. Sorry for the stretched images. I downloaded from my phone and they're not formatting the usual way.

Monday, April 3, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 13 - $119.75

Week 13

I avoided the store the first couple days of the week, but dashed into QFC for 2 gallons of milk on Wednesday.  Seriously, dashed in & out on the way to an appointment for one of the kids.  2 gallons of organic whole milk were $11.98

Thursday I was back at QFC, but this time it was while another kiddo was in a 30 minute appointment on a packed day.  We dropped off DD4, raced to the store, zipped in (with 4 kids), grabbed 3 items, & zipped out.  I spent $5.70 on bananas, eggs, & brown sugar.

I spent $18.37 at QFC on Friday night.  I found a bunch of stuff on clearance including toddler cookies, campbell's soup, 3 apples, several candies, lots of string cheese, and skinny girl chocolate  candies. Lots of good bargains!

Sunday afternoon I went to Costco. I spent $83.70 on groceries, but used a big rebate to only actually spend $17.53.  I'm recording the $83.70 though to try and keep my grocery cost accurate.  I bought an 8 pack of organic spaghetti, 2 cases of organic tomatoes, a case of organic black beans, cooking spray, organic chicken thighs, organic carrots, organic peanut butter, organic yellow onions, organic hummus, onion powder and organic tortilla chips.

Week 13 Total: $119.75
YTD 2017: $1,493.32
Weekly Average: $114.87

Katie

Monday, March 27, 2017

GF/DF Menu Plan


Typical week, not too busy.

Dinners:
Monday - Stuffed Shells, Pizza pasta for DD2
Tuesday - Teriyaki Chicken
Wednesday - Beef Stew
Thursday - Taco Soup
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Saucy Chicken
Sunday - Popcorn & Smoothies

Lunches:
Monday - Organic chicken sausage
Tuesday - Nachos
Wednesday - Waffles
Thursday - Corndogs
Friday - Finger food lunch
Saturday - Italian sausage soup
Sunday - packed lunch, likely leftovers

Katie

Sunday, March 26, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 12 - $122.51

Typical week this week.

My friend who gleans shared some items with me including a loaf of organic bread, a box of organic grape tomatoes, organic potatoes, & bananas.  I was thankful to get it and I worked it into my meal plan for the week.

I went to Fred Meyer Monday afternoon for milk and ended up spending $42.15 on all sorts of stuff.  I bought the milk, 2 bags of chips, 2 packages of clean hot dogs for $2.99 each, chicken strips for $6.25 & corndogs for $3.75, chocolate milk for $1.00, clearance creamers for $1.89 each, a gf/df pizza on sale for $7.19, saltines for $0.99, and 3# organic potatoes for $2.49.

Friday I dashed into QFC for 4 bags of chips and a macaroni salad for our potluck contribution.  I spent $14.25!

Later that night I was back at QFC since we needed milk.  I found ricotta on clearance for just $0.99 each so I bought big shells to make stuffed shells.  I bought some gf, acient grain chips in clearance for $1.99 each, clean guacamole on clearance for $1.79 each, a deli chicken on clearance for $4.79, a big package of pepperoni, an organic bell pepper and a lemon.  I spent $44.52.

I stopped into QFC today just to see what was there.  I found organic stew beef on clearance for $7.49/lb, organic hummus for $2.49, some bananas, & baking powder.  I spent $21.59.

Week 12 Total: $122.51
YTD 2017 Total: $1,373.57
Weekly Average: $114.46

Katie

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Menu Plan

I made quick menu plan for the week,

Dinners:
Monday - coconut curry (crockpot) & rice
Tuesday - hamburgers
Wednesday - pot roast
Thursday - French toast
Friday - potluck: chips & macaroni salad
Saturday - popcorn & smoothies
Sunday - chicken curry (different curry than Monday)

Lunches:
Monday - pbj
Tuesday - corndogs
Wednesday - taco salad
Thursday - mac'n'cheese
Friday - ramen & pbj (other soup for DD2)
Saturday - chicken/millet sautee
Sunday - crockpot stew


Sunday, March 19, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 11 - $272.01

Another big week, but I feel so much better about having my fridge stocked!

Monday I went to Fred Meyer late at night.  We needed milk, cheese, and I wanted some hamburger patties to use up leftover hamburger buns.  Cereal was on sale 3/$5 for I picked up 3 boxes that didn't ring up correctly and I'm only now noticing - RATS. I got 2 coffee creamers for $1.99 each, chicken nuggets for $4.99, and a package of cheap hot dogs for $1.49.  I hate buying cheap hot dogs, but DH asked for them.  I bought regular corn dogs for quick, easy lunches because they were on sale.  I bought a couple bags of chips for kid treats with a store coupon making them $1.51 each, a bag of tortilla chips for $0.60 after coupon, shredded cheese for $2.68/pound after a coupon, and organic yogurt for $2.79 for a big tub.  On clearance I found a loaf of organic bread for $1.79 and lunchmeat ham for $2.99.  Milk was on sale so I got two gallons & those hamburger patties were just $5.49.  I also bought some brick cheese. $3.00/lb for Kroger and a no-dye cheddar loaf from Darigold was $5.79.  I spent $69.05 altogether.


I knew I needed Daiya cheese, but it was $4.99 at Fred Meyer.  So I got online Wednesday morning and found it for $3.89 on Amazon Now.  So I placed an order, also buying organic spinach for $3.99 for a dinner I made this week and syrup so I could use up some pancake mix on a kid lunch.  I spent $30.31 on this delivery.

Friday night, DH and I had a date night.  We saw an early movie, ate pizza together at Costco and shopped.  I bought 2 cases of organic coconut milk since it was on sale, feta cheese, Annie's snacks that on sale worked out to $0.25 each snack (my price point), organic garlic cloves, organic frozen corn, organic syrup, organic baby carrots, organic salad mix, organic sausages (also on sale so $3.99 per pack in stead of $4.99) for the kids' lunches, and organic chicken thighs (the small package possible), and conventional brick cheddar for just $4.99, feta (again, the smallest package possible), tortillas, shredded cheese for $2.59/lb, curry sauce I love, bananas, & oranges.  I spent a big $159.59.  And I reassured my husband that even buying a lot of organic food, I spend less than most folks buying conventional groceries.  I think.


I had a date with DD1 this afternoon and we ended up at the Dollar Store.  I bought some ramen & cup noodles.  Then we went to Haggen since we were in the neighborhood and I got organic romaine heads for $2.79 each bag of 3 and some no-dye Darigold cheddar for $5.49.  Between the two stores I spent $13.07.

Week 11 Total:$272.01
YTD 2017: $1,251.06
Weekly Average: $113.73

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Groceries Week 10 - $95.40

A pretty average week for Week 10.

My first shopping trip was QFC on Monday.  I found myself in Bellevue with an hour to kill so I stopped at the closest grocery store for tortilla chips, cereal, and any other bargains I could find.  I scored with clearance Tony Roma's pulled pork for $2.99 in the one pound package.  I bought 5 packages and was able to use them for our potluck dinner Friday night.  I added 2 cans of shredded chicken that were in my pantry to add bulk (thanks to my friend & mom of 7, Stephanie, who suggested it!).  I also found some clearance baby snacks for $0.29/ea, clearance hummus for $2.29, and I picked up 3 organic zucchini and an organic cucumber.  Cereal was on sale for $2.00 and I got a free half-gallon of organic milk for buying 4 boxes.  I had a $1.00/3 MC, too, for the cereal.  A sweet friend also gave me some gf tortillas & gf pizza crust Monday so I added them to the picture.  I spent $32.66 on food at QFC.

Next was a Friday trip to Fred Meyer for hamburger buns I needed for the pulled pork potluck that night and brown sugar that the kids kept begging for since their morning oatmeal wasn't the same with honey or white sugar.  DD2 asked me to buy apple juice for her sleepover that night.  I also found baby food on clearance for $0.79/2-pack and chunk pineapple for $0.69/can.  I spent $12.68.

I was also at QFC Friday with DD2 after our weekly Bible study.  I bought organic 1% milk on clearance for $3.29 and a regular price ($5.99) organic whole milk.  I found 2 cake mixes on clearance for $0.79 each, clean ravioli on clearance for $2.49 each, organic chicken thighs on clearance for $3.37/lb, a clearance lemon pound cake for $2.99 for a playdate, and some nice candy on clearance, too.  I'm saving that candy for gifts so I'm not including it in the grocery budget.  I bought organic bell peppers for $1.00 each, bananas, an organic cucumber, and regular grapes for $1.78/lb.  I spent $33.54 on groceries.

Saturday I was back at Fred Meyer for eggs and a lemon so I could make food for a brunch in Sunday school the next day.  I also bought a gf/df pizza because DH and I were going out that night and pizza would be an easy dinner for the sitter.  I bought asparagus, roma tomatoes, and organic apples.  I spent $16.52 on food.

Total for Week 10: $95.40
YTD 2017 Total: $979.04
Weekly Average: $97.90

Katie

p.s. I know I haven't been buying much fruit.  My kids are still plowing through several quarts of canned applesauce and 1 to 2 quarts of canned peaches each week.