Grocery Geek, May 7th

I took pictures of our groceries a week ago and forgot to post about them!  So here I am!

I decided to buy groceries for 2 weeks.  My budget for 2 weeks is $250.  I spent $185.  I’m pretty proud of myself!  I was hoping to spend less because I’m trying to save up to buy science for Karis for next year (she is so excited about doing Chemistry and Physics but the lab kit is expensive!!).

  • Sea salt and cracked pepper crackers (which turned out to not be so good)
  • Small packages of Whales
  • Peanut butter crackers
  • Simply salted popcorn
  • Lime and salt popcorn
  • HEB cheddar crackers
  • 2 bags of whole cane sugar (for my homemade yogurt)

  • 2lbs ground beef
  • Bacon
  • Hot dogs
  • Cottage cheese

  • 2.2lbs of Ruta Maya coffee (it’s the BEST)
  • 2, 12oz bags of decaf coffee

  • 2 packages sliced cheese (muenster and provolone)
  • 2 packages hummus snack packs
  • 1 bag string cheese
  • 2 packages block cheese
  • 2 summer sausages
  • 2lbs butter
  • 1 package salami
  • 2 packages HEB deli meat
  • Coke Zero

  • HEB brand individual packages of chips
  • 2 loaves whole wheat bread
  • 1 package whole wheat hot dog buns
  • 4 broccoli crowns
  • Green leaf and red leaf lettuce

  • Bananas
  • Celery
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Jalapeños
  • Zucchini
  • Avocados
  • Baby carrots
  • Yellow onions
  • Glade candles

  • 2 gallons whole milk
  • 2 dozen eggs
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Frozen chicken breast
  • Whole chicken

It has been a week since I bought groceries and we still have lots of food.  We will be good for another week at least.  It helps that we also eat in the dining hall here at camp.

I realize that I was going to have a “no spend month” but it hasn’t worked out completely.  But.  I haven’t spent money other than gas and groceries.  Since I’m using cash I can’t buy things online.  So far I have saved $160 (maybe more) just by not buying things online.  I have been known to buy lots of little things that add up quickly.

I’m super proud of myself!  I have more growth ahead in the area of money, but I am on my way!

Grocery Geek

Today we had choir, then lunch, games, and an Easter egg hunt at First Baptist in Rocksprings.  It was a great time!

I had to buy groceries at our local small grocery store called Lowe’s Market this week because I won’t have time tomorrow when I’m in Kerrville (I get out of counseling just in time to leave to pick up the kids from the end of our 8 mile dirt road).

Groceries are a little more expensive at Lowe’s so I had to limit what I bought because my grocery budget is really small this check.

  • Potatoes (10lbs)
  • Broccoli crowns (3)
  • Cabbage (1)
  • Bananas
  • Salad
  • Baby carrots
  • Zucchini (2)
  • Yellow squash (2)
  • Onions (2)
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Lime juice
  • Flour tortillas (2)
  • Shredded cheese (1lb)
  • Block cheese (8oz)
  • Half and half
  • Greek yogurt (5)
  • Biscuits
  • Mini pizzas
  • Corn dogs
  • Country pork ribs
  • 1lb ground beef
  • Coffee
  • Hamburger buns
  • Caffeine free Diet Pepsi (the didn’t have Coke Zero)
  • Whole wheat bread

All of this was $94.  The only things I will have to buy the next 2 weeks will be more sodas, and maybe more bread.  We are eating in the dining hall a lot and we still have quite a bit of food here.

Grocery Geek Part 2


I received my and orders.  Not everything I ordered is pictured here because Walmart sends things all separately.  I forgot to take a picture of what I received yesterday!


  • Old Elpaso taco kits (3)
  • Krave jerky
  • Veggie straws
  • Pretzels
  • Mixed nuts
  • Pesto
  • Zbars
  • Mayo
  • Brown sugar
  • Jif To Go
  • Kelloggs assortment pack


  • Tostitos
  • Eight o’clock coffee
  • Gogo squeeze
  • Zulka sugar
  • Pledge wipes
  • Lysol toilet bowl cleaner
  • Melatonin (for kids and me)
  • Cover girl powder
  • Eye liner

Not pictured:

  • 8 cans of green beans (yes, we love canned green beans in this house)
  • Powdered sugar
  • 2 Nature’s seasoning containers

I also bought these at HEB:


  • 2 sausage links
  • Carnitas
  • 2, 12 packs of La Croix
  • 2lbs Decaf San Antonio blend coffee
  • Decaf tea
  • HEB herbal teas (one bedtime and one mint)
  • Hibiscus mint tea
  • 2 packs of HEB water drinks made with stevia

I bought all of that tea, decaf coffee, and La Croix because I am weaning off caffeine (for another post).  The meat is because I am making Carnitas for a friend and the sausage links (one sale) because I have some cabbage that needs to be used or it will go bad, and one of our faves is cabbage and sausage!

Now we are really set for the month!

Grocery Geek Part 1


It has been a long day.  It started out nice and peaceful, then the rest of the day happened.  Drove 1 1/2 hours to town, lunch with mom and kids (which was nice), Lego Batman movie, drove home, put away groceries.  All without Robert (because he is working this weekend).  I’m worn out!  Luckily I will be able to sleep in tomorrow, so I’m enjoying some peace and quiet right now before I go to bed.

On another note, I definitely spent way more than I usually do for groceries tonight!  I think it was because I had the kids with me.  I usually shop by myself so I’m not used to having to deal with them… fighting, messing around, being in people’s way, asking for everything, etc.  I felt anxious through the whole store.

I also spent some of our income tax refund on and stocking up again.

So between today’s shopping trip and my online grocery shopping I won’t have to buy much in the month of March.  Mostly produce and dairy products!

Here’s my haul from today:




  • 3 dozen eggs
  • 3 pounds butter
  • Chobani yogurt tubes
  • Fage Greek yogurt (as a starter for homemade yogurt)
  • 3 pounds ground beef
  • Mild white fish (can’t remember the kind)
  • Whole chicken
  • Beef chuck roast
  • Bag of frozen chicken breast
  • 2 packages carnitas
  • 12 oz bacon


  • 2 gallons of milk (one for yogurt)
  • 2 packages dino nuggets
  • 3 packages deli meat
  • 1 package hot dogs


  • Half and half
  • Egg whites
  • Sour cream
  • Cottage cheese
  • Provolone sliced cheese
  • Mild cheddar shredded cheese
  • Gouda block
  • Monterey jack block
  • Street taco tortillas
  • String cheese


  • Coleslaw
  • Caulibits
  • Spring mix
  • Whole wheat hot dog buns
  • Whole wheat bread
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Cucumbers
  • Bell peppers


  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Roma tomatoes
  • Lots of carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Mandarin oranges
  • Jalapeños
  • Yellow squash
  • Zucchini


  • La Croix
  • HEB sparkling water
  • Coke Zero
  • Little Debbie spring snacks
  • Glade candles
  • Swiffer wet and dry
  • Swiffer wet pads

Tomorrow I will be doing a lot of prep for the week with what I bought today.

I plan to also write about doing a pantry month for the month of March as soon as I receive my and orders!


Grocery Geek, Part 3…


This is going a little far now.  I may have a grocery shopping problem.  Robert told me today that we have officially run out of room for more food.  So I guess we need to use up what we have.  Whoops.

But.  In the past I would have used credit.  The most recent stuff was bought with the budget we decided on together.  So I don’t feel too bad.  If food it the worst thing I spend money on, then we’re good.  I mean, I used to spend a fortune on alcohol!  Now that money goes to food, gas, and counseling :-).

Here is what I got today:


  • 4 boxes of Valentines for the boys
  • 1 gallon vinegar
  • 1 gallon whole milk
  • 1lb shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1lb shredded mozzarella
  • 2 packages pork carnitas
  • 1lb mild Italian sausage
  • 12oz bacon
  • 2 packages snack pack hummus
  • Clorox wipes (plus a free multi surface cleaner)
  • 3 summer sausages
  • Plastic cups
  • Plastic forks and spoons
  • 3 Glade candles (buy 2 get 1 free)
  • Austin sandwich crackers and cookies
  • 2, 12packs HEB coke zero
  • 2 boxes of really unhealthy cereal as a treat (Reese’s Puffs and Trix)… buy 2 get $2 off

I still have a small order coming in (Tuesday).  This order will include extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, white cheddar Cheez-its, Nutri-grain bars, and Frito Lay party mix.  We are officially stocked with more food than we will eat anytime soon :-).

Grocery Geek, Part 2… Orders


I ordered from last weekend and they sent it out in 5 packages!  So annoying.

So the pictures here are from each box that we got…


  • 12 pack beef and 12 pack chicken ramen (for backpacking)
  • 6 cans Hunt tomato sauce
  • Box of 75 quart size freezer bags


  • 14 oz garlic powder
  • 24 oz taco seasoning
  • Mrs. Butterworth’s syrup
  • 4 cans corn
  • 4lbs pinto beans


This was from 2 boxes.

  • 2 bags Tostito’s with lime
  • 4 cans black beans
  • 4 cans pinto beans
  • 5lbs brown rice
  • 2lbs brown sugar
  • 20oz chili powder
  • 4 Lysol sponges
  • Baking powder


  • Secret Outlast invisible solid (2)
  • 2 bags of King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour
  • 6 pack of Rotel
  • 3 cans Hunts tomato paste
  • 1 Cholula hot sauce

We’re pretty much as stocked up as our pantry/cabinets will allow us to be, so we’re good for a while.  I have one more order for going out tomorrow, then we’re set.

Grocery Geek, February 8th


I spent $95 on groceries and $27 on food for HAF homes (our gap year student get together).  Tomorrow I will be posting pics of food that I bought on (for some reason they shipped it all separately).  The stuff I bought on is mostly “stock up” foods (pantry items) and backpacking food along with things like zipper bags, deodorant, etc.



  • Family pack Hormel natural smoked turkey (14oz)
  • 1 dozen HEB cage free eggs
  • 3lbs HEB ground beef
  • 1lb HEB mild Italian sausage
  • 1 container HEB sour cream (32 ounces)
  • 1 container Julio’s salsa
  • HEB Sliced provolone
  • HEB Sliced mild cheddar
  • 2lbs HEB shredded mild cheddar
  • 1 gallon HEB whole milk
  • 1/2 gallon HEB half and half
  • 8oz HEB brand gouda
  • 8oz HEB brand New York extra sharp cheddar
  • 3, 4 packs of HEB Greek yogurt (Vanilla Bean, Banana Pudding, and Lemon Sorbet)
  • 2 half gallons of HEB creamy creations ice cream


  • 13 large russet potatoes (for HAF homes)
  • 1 bunch bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Half and half salad
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • Baby carrots
  • 6 avocados
  • 7 broccoli crowns
  • Celery
  • 1 bag of yellow onions


  • 1, 12 pack La Croix
  • 2, 12 packs of HEB coke zero
  • 2 loaves of HEB 100% whole wheat bread
  • 200 ft of foil

We already have a lot of meat (2 packages deli meat, large package of sausage, 2 packages of chicken thighs, 1 large package of drumsticks, box of frozen chicken breasts, and 4lbs of ground beef on top of what I bought today).  I forgot to get summer sausage so I will get that on Sunday when we go to church.

I’ll need to get a few things (produce and dairy), but we’re pretty set for 2 weeks.

Grocery Geek, Part 2


I ordered from Boxed:

Charmin toilet paper


Barilla pasta sauce


Barilla pasta


Hunts diced tomatoes


I plan on ordering from them once a month, spending $50-75.  This will keep us stocked up on things that I can stock up on.  (I ordered a ton from them with money that I made selling curriculum last week, so that should keep us going.)

I had Robert pick up a few things at HEB when he was there Friday (stuff that I didn’t think to buy and/or stuff that I forgot).


  • 3 dozen eggs
  • 2, 12 packs of HEB Coke Zero
  • 4lbs of ground beef
  • Grape tomatoes (the orange ones are awesome)
  • Onion powder
  • Crest toothpaste
  • Cauliflower
  • Yellow squash (2)
  • Zucchini (2)
  • Chocolate chips (large bag)

Today, we picked up a few things from the little grocery store (Lowes) in Rocksprings.  I won’t be able to go by a store anymore for the next few weeks (because of meeting with my sponsor and counselor after AA).  I don’t want to make a special trip just to buy a few things.  So we are officially stocked for two weeks (actually a bit more than that because we’ve decided to eat in the dining hall more than I originally planned… so the food I bought, especially the meat, will last through the month).


  • 2 packages of chicken thighs (less than $3 each package!)
  • 1 package drumsticks (less than $3)
  • Avocados (4)
  • Flour tortillas (2)
  • Shredded cheese (large bag)
  • Butter (1lb)
  • Julios salsa
  • Sour cream

I made our monthly meal plan based on what we have, so that should save us lots!  We will need things like milk, produce, etc.  I’m working on writing meal planning posts for the month.


Here are pictures of what we have stocked up on (except for the few things I’m still waiting for from Boxed):





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I love having a stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer.  Maybe it’s a woman thing, but it just makes me feel content and helps me know we are taken care of.  God has provided all of this!

Grocery Geek, January 25th


I bought groceries for most of 2 weeks, and I spent about $150.  I got a table full of fresh food!




  • HEB long grain brown rice (2lbs)
  • HEB pinto beans (4lbs)
  • Aguilar flour tortillas (2 packages of 20)
  • HEB Corn tortillas (80 count)
  • Zulka sugar (4lbs)
  • Pyure
  • Duke’s mayo
  • HEB Coke Zero (3, 12 packs)


  • Bananas (2 bunches)
  • Gala apples (3lbs)
  • Bell peppers (4)
  • Russet potatoes (5lb bag)
  • Sweet potatoes (4)
  • Roma tomatoes (6)
  • Jalapeños (3)
  • Avocados (5)
  • Broccoli (3 crowns)
  • Cabbage (1)
  • Carrots (1 medium bag)
  • Celery (1)
  • Cantaloupe (1)
  • 50/50 spring mix and spinach (1 small)


  • HEB whole milk (2 gallons, 1 for yogurt)
  • HEB half and half (1/2 gallon)
  • HEB cottage cheese (32oz)
  • HEB sour cream (32oz)
  • HEB shredded cheddar (1lb)
  • HEB summer sausage (12oz)
  • HEB bacon (12oz)
  • HEB butter (1 lb)


  • Ground chuck (4lbs)
  • Hormel natural lunch meat (4)
  • Farmhouse eggs (2 dozen)


  • HEB frozen chicken breasts (36oz)
  • Kiolbassa polish sausage (2lbs, 11 links)
  • Kiolbassa beef sausage (2lbs, 11 links)
  • HEB whole chicken (1)
  • Grands biscuits (1)
  • HEB hummus (2 snack packs)

In the next two weeks, I will need:

  • More HEB Coke Zero (yes…)
  • Milk (2 gallons)
  • Eggs (2-3 dozen)
  • And maybe some produce (we’ll see… this may last)

I love grocery shopping!