Sunday, August 2, 2015

Grocery Trips- 1st Week of August

Dorothy Lane:

$70.74

Mostly beer, deli food, waffles, and snacks. The waffles were cheaper here than at Kroger this week. My husband has had a hard week at work, and requested beer and chocolate cake.


Aldi:

$27.16

We will be traveling a bit back and forth to see family, and Grandma and Grandpa will be treating us to some meals, so I bought stuff for S'mores, fruit snacks, and a couple things to get us through the week when we aren't eating out. We are cleaning out the fridge and using up what we have still, so lots of lentils, rice, and simple meals like eggs and hot dogs this week.


Total:

$97.90

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Frugal Win/Fail

Win:

1) I got a $2 rebate check in the mail from a Yuengling beer purchase.

2) I picked up 3 half-day shifts this week.

3) We borrowed 6 more Magic Treehouse books for my son on the Ohio Digital Library.

4) I baked bread once this week.

5) I spent less than $100 for groceries for this coming week ($97.90).

6) Since I worked 3 afternoons this week, the kids played indoors and did water play on our deck for fun.

7) I sent a water bottle and simple fruit/graham crackers for my son's camp snacks this week.

8) Thanks to our alpaca dryer balls, I used fabric softener on only 2 of 9 loads of laundry this week. (Yes, that's a lot of laundry. We have a preschooler who still has accidents.)

9) I am signed up to do an online survey Mon-Wed for 20 minutes each day, which will pay as a $75 gift card. If they pick me for a follow-up conference call, I will get $50 more.

Fail:

1) My son was in video game design camp every morning this week. The closest one we could find was a 40 minute drive south, so that meant a lot of driving and more than a full tank of gas to get there for the week. A full tank is about $40 for our minivan.

2) We ended up renting a movie on Amazon for our date night on last Saturday for $4.99. Cheaper than the movies though, right?

3) I still haven't sold those lots of boy clothes, but my mom is considering setting up a booth at a big kid sale soon to sell them for me. The Angelcare Monitor is listed as a Buy It Now on Ebay, and no hits thus far.

4) We had Chick-Fil-A for breakfast one day, to the tune of $14.

Win/Fail?:

1) My kids wanted a day at Chick-Fil-A to eat and play at the indoor gym for their summer bucket list. We did that this week, after camp, and spent $18. It was within my entertainment budget though.

2) We bought camping supplies for our son- a sleeping bag, pad, and pillow, for cub scouts this year. It was $159, but I got 2% cash back from Ebates and free shipping. It was from LL Bean, so it is guaranteed for life.

3) Dinner last night was from the deli at Dorothy Lane, including some cake, as the mister and I worked late. The win part is that we included it as part of this week's groceries, so there is nothing extra spent.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Shopping Trips: Last Week of July


Kroger: $21.78

I took advantage of some ecoupons to get staples for a stock-up price. Other than yogurt and waffles, I doubt we will be eating much of these this week. I bought pectin to try a peach pie recipe I've been longing to try.



Aldi: $24.68


Weekly total: $46.46

Monthly total:

$46.46 + $103.63 + $132.11 + $99.52 = $381.72

How I think we got here:

* My fridge was still a little full this weekend, and we had a ton of fruit and veg left over, so I am trying to clean it out and use up what we have. I thought of going to Sam's for bulk bread flour, but we have too much going on socially, and I didn't go, leaving my weekly grocery total pretty low.

* I have been keeping an eye on food waste. It wasn't perfect; I think I bought too many tomatoes at the farmer's market last week and we threw out same baked beans. We have had more "hunt and peck" nights than my menu plan called for, as I did not accurately calculate how long we'd be eating those baked beans from last week and that lasagna from this week. Of the four dinners I planned to cook last week, I only made two.

* I also bought a few more things at Aldi that were on my list, such as dye free marshmallows and graham crackers for s'mores we will be making at grandma's, Goldfish Crackers, buns, and chocolate milk. All were cheaper than Kroger this week. We've been slowly trying out the Aldi brand to see if we like the taste, and so far everything has had a thumbs-up.

* I didn't buy any meat. We have ham, cheese, eggs, and plenty of lentils and beans already, and I have a few meats in the freezer.

* Our monthly Amazon Subscribe and Save order had only toilet paper and dishwasher detergent (that is a separate "household" category for me), so that brought down the monthly average. I have nixed most food items through Subscribe and Save, and only buy loose tea, maple syrup, and pancake mix with that every few months.

Average weekly grocery spending for the month of July:

$95.43!

This is $2.73 per person per day.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Frugal Win/Fail

Win:

1) I read a book, Zero To One, on the Ohio Digital Library. I borrowed two Magic Tree House books for my son as well.

2) I listened to a free history podcast about Diogenes.

3) I baked bread twice this week.

4) A friend came over, and we just chatted and drank mason-jar tea.

5) I used some money I got from selling my son's clothes to go out for a work dinner and to hit one of my favorite foodie joints for lunch with my cousin this weekend.

6) My mother took the kids overnight tonight (free babysitting) and the husband and I are having an in-home date night. I am using the B1G1 Chipotle coupon that was floating around this week to get burritos, and we watched a movie on Amazon Prime.

7) I only spent $47 in groceries this week.

8) I used my Y membership once and the kids played outside with the hose several times.

Fail:

1) I planned to sell 4 boxes of books to Half Price Books today, but left my license in the diaper bag at home, so I couldn't sell them.

2) I threw out a couple tomatoes and a bad orange. We also threw out a couple servings of baked beans from last week.

Win/Fail:

1) I tried to sell huge lots of clothing on Ebay, but people were not biting because of shipping costs. I ended up closing my listings and posting on a FB yardsale. One person showed interest but would not get back when I tried to plan and meet. Still waiting for those to sell.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Menu Plan


Sunday: Pesto Veggie Lasagna

Monday: Leftover Lasagna

Tuesday: BLTs on homemade bread, Roasted Broccoli, Nectarines

Wednesday: Cheese Quesadillas with Tomatoes, Green Onions, Sour Cream, Oranges

Thursday: Hunt and Peck, clean out the fridge

Friday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce and Onions

Saturday: Kids with Grandma, date night at home. Plans TBD


Also making:
Applesauce
Bread

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Grocery Trips- Third Week of July

Farmer's Market: $14. I nabbed the last dozen eggs! I could get this cheaper at a store, but who wants tomatoes that have been shipped from California, when I can get the real deal during the summer?



Aldi: $37.35



Kroger: $52.28


Weekly Total: $ 103.63

I wanted to squeak it smaller, but I can't seem to get less food without running out/complaints by Friday. Still, $20.73 per person per week is nothing to sneeze at! That's about $2.96 per person per day.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Frugal Win/Fail

Win:

1) I read The Cheapskate Next Door through the Ohio Digital Library (myeh, I wouldn't recommend it).  I also read the latest issues of OK magazine and Shape through a Nook reading app using the Ohio Digital Library.

2) I baked two loaves of bread, made my own pizza crust, and made a huge vat of Boston Baked Beans from dried navy beans.

3) I sold 3 boxes of books to Half Price Books for $32.

4) I paid $5 out of pocket for two 31-load bottles of All Free and Clear and a tube of expensive dry mouth toothpaste, thanks to multiple coupons and Extra Care Bucks at CVS. Original cost $24.

5) I was sorely tempted by the smell of McAllister's Deli next to Half Price books, but I did not give in!

6) I picked up one work shift this week.

7) I used my Kroger Fuel Points to get $0.50 off per gallon.

8) I only drove twice this week- to a local sprinkler park and today for gymnastics and grocery shopping.

9) The kids ran through the sprinkler and we visited a local park for entertainment this week.

10) I packed no work lunches for my husband, but for a month his work will be feeding him 3 times a week while they work some overtime, so that is a win! I'm a little jealous...

11) Prime Day was pretty much a bust, but I did pick up a 9 pack of 80-count Amazon Baby Wipes for $6.80 shipped. That's 2 cents per wipe, which is my stock-up price.

12) I bought a Wahl Color Pro Haircutting Kit on Amazon for $20 (50% off). I cut my son's hair at home today. It paid for itself with one haircut, as we usually spend about $20 for cut and tip at Big League Haircuts. It looks like it's still that price today.

13) I made cold-brewed iced tea in a mason jar for me to drink this week.

Fail:

1) My friend's daughters babysat for us Tuesday and stayed overnight. We ended up getting wings for dinner and ice cream for dessert. Cost: $50. I won't lie, we all had a yummy dinner and they got to try Dairy Queen for the first time.


Win/Fail:

1) The new sitter came and worked half a day as a trial. Cost: $40. I did get to work out on the treadmill and clean out my office, and it looks like we have a new sitter I will be happy with, so I can't call it a fail.