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
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
1 package salami
2 packages HEB deli meat
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
2 gallons whole milk
2 dozen eggs
Frozen chicken breast
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!
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.
Broccoli crowns (3)
Yellow squash (2)
Flour tortillas (2)
Shredded cheese (1lb)
Block cheese (8oz)
Half and half
Greek yogurt (5)
Country pork ribs
1lb ground beef
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.
I am doing a bad job lately of being frugal. I keep trying, one pay check at a time, and failing pretty miserably. I guess it could be worse, but I have definitely thought about handing over grocery shopping to Robert … Continue reading →
I received my Walmart.com and Boxed.com 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)
Jif To Go
Kelloggs assortment pack
Eight o’clock coffee
Lysol toilet bowl cleaner
Melatonin (for kids and me)
Cover girl powder
8 cans of green beans (yes, we love canned green beans in this house)
2 Nature’s seasoning containers
I also bought these at HEB:
2 sausage links
2, 12 packs of La Croix
2lbs Decaf San Antonio blend coffee
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!
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 Walmart.com and Boxed.com 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)
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
Provolone sliced cheese
Mild cheddar shredded cheese
Monterey jack block
Street taco tortillas
Whole wheat hot dog buns
Whole wheat bread
Lots of carrots
HEB sparkling water
Little Debbie spring snacks
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 Walmart.com and Boxed.com orders!
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
2 packages snack pack hummus
Clorox wipes (plus a free multi surface cleaner)
3 summer sausages
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 Boxed.com 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 :-).
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 Walmart.com (for some reason they shipped it all separately). The stuff I bought on Walmart.com 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
Half and half salad
2 red bell peppers
7 broccoli crowns
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.
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)
Yellow squash (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)
Flour tortillas (2)
Shredded cheese (large bag)
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):
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!