Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Menus This Week

Menu Monday Time again. Only a day late lol.
Anyway, let's get started.

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Monday.. waffles for lunch  ( I got the waffle iron for free by using the ShopYourWay program explained here) ( I also bought a belt sander ..$75  on sale for $50 that I paid $24 for)  and minestrone soup with cornbread for supper.

Tuesday..fried eggs and watermelon for lunch and steak and baked potatoes for supper. (We never never get steak but it was a buy one and get two free deal and hubby said take it!)

Wednesday..egg burritos and tacos

Thursday.. obj on homemade bread and vegetable soup with more homemade bread

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

So I Can Join In

I came across a great blog titled Organizing Junkie and she has a Monday blog hop where bloggers can list their menus for the week. I decided to join in even tho it's not Monday!

I just bought groceries last night so this is perfect timing.

Thursday...bbq chicken and mashed potatoes (bbq sauce was free with rebates from checkout 51 app)
Friday...tacos ( cheese and shells were bought buy one get one free)
Saturday...spaghetti and salad (which was bought on sale and used rebates from Ibotta)( noodles were another buy one free deal and they were organic too!)
Sunday....waffles for breakfast for supper and fruit
Monday... Tuna casserole
Tuesday... chicken salad sandwiches with carrot sticks and ranch dressing.

And that is my menu plan for the week. Comment below and share yours!

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

My Food Storage Plan

In light of all the recent catastrophes I thought I would share with you how I have been working at having a year's worth of food storage in case something happens that affects my family.

First I planned 10 meals for breakfast, 10 for lunch and 10 for supper. 10 is the number that came out when I began writing down easy inexpensive meals with a long shelf life ,keeping in mind all the eggs I get from my chickens. Thankfully our winters are fairly mild and I get eggs most all year.

Then I began to buy 1 meal at a time, with all the fixings.  Tuna casserole means tuna, noodles,and sauce. So I buy all 3 items at the same time. That way I always have 1 meal complete each time and I don't get stuck with 12 boxes of spaghetti and no sauce!!

For food like pancakes, or homemade bread, for example I need many of the same ingredients. So for example  I figured out how many cups of flour each meal will take and add all of them together. Then I multiply by 12 so I have a year's worth.
Sugar, flour, cornmeal and the like I simply buy in bulk.

I store things in their original package in foodgrade buckets. This way I don't have the expense of mylar bags and such. Most things at the supermarket have a shelf life of 1 year. I am not planning on including my freezer for this since we probably won't have power.
My plan is to rotate everything out at the one year mark so I don't have food go bad.

I also plan to can several different soups so I have ready-made meals that won't require any more thinking other than heat up.
Speaking of heating up...we will be cooking these meals on our wood burning stove or an open fire pit. We lived totally off grid for years so each member of our family knows how to build a pit, start a fire and cook a meal. And yes, we have the firewood!

One tip- Instead of using precious water to cook certain foods, I plan on using the milk I get from my goats. It won't work for everything but I will save where I can.

And of course our garden helps things along! Fresh food will be possible,  even if not for everything.

While my plan may not work for everyone and I'm sure that I may have a few holes somewhere I feel like I have a workable goal to strive for.

Proverbs 27:12 - 
“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.”

What about you? Do you store food for emergencies? Tell me more!!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Our Family's $121 a Week Grocery Meal Plan.

Yesterday I took the sale flyer from Brookshires and bought just what was on sale. Nothing more , nothing less. I spent $121. For a family of 8.
What did I get for that $121 and what will I make with it all?

Well the $2 bag of 5 pounds of apples will go into a cake. Leftover apples are a snack.

The gallon of coconut milk ... on clearance! ..will be used for coffee creamer and skincare.

The 2 bags of cheese will be used for homemade pizza.( I received 2 pizza crusts, 2 jars of pizza sauce and 2 packs of pepperoni free when I bought the cheese)

Speaking of pizza, frozen ones were on sale too and I bought a few for a quick  lunch.

I bought some tea, 4 bags of chicken ,2 boxes of taquitos ( yes I went there!) (Whiny kids can get on your nerves), a gallon of oj, 10 lbs of potatoes, 2 pounds of navy beans to make soup with, 4 boxes of waffles and 4 boxes of cereal ...yes I have slipped..we usually make our own, but these were organic and only $1.50 a box and the whiny kids and, and, and they were organic( did I mention that?)

Anyway..breakfasts will be waffles, cereal and more waffles and cereal _ we already have oatmeal and with 30 chickens...we have eggs...

Lunches will be pizza ( twice) , taquitos, and whatever else find around here ..I always have plenty of meal preps on hand, while supper will be chicken and rice, bbq chicken and potatoes,  chicken spaghetti ( I already had 12 lbs of noodles on hand as well as a garlic sauce hubby insisted on buying ( glad he did now!) bean soup, and chicken tacos ...other ingredients already present and accounted for)  and homemade pizza.

We are having apple cake and peach pie for desert this week plus oatmeal and raisin cookies as a snack ( who doesn't  have a jar of raisins on hand?!. I bought 3 lb bags of ORGANIC peaches for $1.75 a bag and bought all 10 bags. Hello freezer!!

And that pretty well sums up how I spent $121 on a week's worth of groceries and what we plan to do with them.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Freebies and Kohls

So far this week I have "purchased" 2 8x10 photos of my kids for the grand total of $0 !
Moneysaving mom had the link listed for both these offers...it is so worth it to sign up for  her deal texts!!

I have also , in the last 2 weeks "purchased" 60 4x6 prints thru 3 different photo companies and didn't pay one cent! Not even for shipping!

I spraypainted 2 soup cans and voila! Now I have a stylish way of storing my forks and spoons.

Kohls had boys underwear on sale so I grabbed a package. Those things are always so expensive! And by using my Kohls credit card I was able to save 30% more.!
Kohls is the only charge card I have and use. All the discounts I get make it worthwhile; as long as I pay off the balance every month. Last Christmas I was able to "buy" 7 gifts with no out of pocket expense!!

And why was I at Kohls if I am trying to save money? Well, they sent me a $10 gift card for my birthday and a $5 gift card for my anniversary with them! Combining discount codes with Kohls cash I had earned thru previous transactions and these gift cards I was able to get a pair of $15 earrings for $2 and a throw pillow and 3 bamboo cutting boards for nothing!

I added 2 cans of baked beans to my food storage.

My husband bought me roses and wanted to give me a vase at the same time. He creatively chose a thermos! That way , after the roses are gone, I will have a travel thermos for my coffee and a reminder of my beautiful gift.

What did you do this week? Did you shop at Kohls? Where do you like to shop?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

A Few Basics

I was asked to list a few basics to keep on hand and what to do with them. The ones I have listed are super cheap and will get you by without a lot of money. Feel free to eliminate any that you feel are not as healthful as you would like :)

Eggs...egg burritos one morning.. scrambled with a side the next and fried on toast the next. Hardboiled for a snack and egg salad for a supper.

Potatoes..fried for a lunch, baked with supper, raw as a snack ( sprinkle with pink salt) , in a soup for another supper, .

Rice...served with spices or sugar and cinnamon for a old-fashioned northern breakfast , as a side for supper, cooked with chicken in a Crock-Pot for another supper, combined with burger to stretch it for burritos, added to a soup to bulk it up

Oatmeal...as a breakfast, as an ingredient for no bake cookies, oatmeal raisin cookies, as a topping for apple crisp ( really any fruit)

Flour tortillas and hard taco shells...use for burritos and tacos one evening ,then as cheesy quesadillas for lunch and finally use hard shells for nachos and soft shells buttered and  sprinkled with either cinnamon or chili seasoning for a sweet or spicy snack.

Chili..use as a meal one day then top baked potatoes with it the next day. Top hot dogs ( nitrite free of course!) then next.

There you have a few basics and what to do with them. I hope that helps ! :)

Saturday, September 2, 2017

How I Cut My Grocery Bill by More Than Half

I have reduced my grocery bill by $250 a week! Yes, I was spending between $350 and $400 a week and now I'm not!

How did I do this?

Well, I have goats now and they provide more than enough milk. And since they forage all day my feed costs are only $8 a week. For almost 7 gallons a week! And this will only increase once their kids are weaned.
My 30 chickens give plenty of eggs and since they are free range and I only feed them scraps my feed bill for them is nothing.
We don't buy any snacks. Now I didn't say we didn't eat any, I said that I didn't buy any. Except popcorn...we buy popcorn. I snagged a $35 popcorn popper for only $10 on an Amazon lightning deal.
But all other snacks, cookies, crackers, and the like, we MAKE. From scratch.  We make our own flour too...from wheatberries I buy from various prepping companies.  They taste better than store bought and sure as heck don't have the chemicals that they do!

Breakfast in our house is usually a smoothie, since I am all about fruits and vegetables, especially organic.

Lunches are basically the same every week because they are made with what I have on hand always....spicy rice, cheesy quesadillas, fried egg sandwiches, pbj on homemade bread, egg burritos,  quiche, ...things like that. Simple and ingredients are always on hand. We almost aways add fruit and raw veggies as sidedishes.

So that only leaves suppers to plan . I keep a list of 80 meals that I know how to cook and when inspiration fails me I just consult the list and plan from there.

Another way that I am saving on my grocery bill is by ordering the items online at both Sam's Club and Walmart using the Swagbucks website. This earns me Amazon gift cards and prevents me from overspending because the food is either delivered to my home or in the case of fresh items, it is already packed up and waiting for me when I get there. No aisle wandering and throwing in "spontaneous" items!

As for other products that we use but don't eat, I buy those from the Amazon Subscribe and program using the gift cards I earned buying groceries. Every month I have shampoo, toilet paper , cleaning supplies ( I make all my own cleaners including detergent ) and herbal supplements delivered to my door. I make our toothpaste too.

So that is how I am saving money on our grocery bill. I would love to hear how you cut costs!

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