Thursday, July 31, 2014

Happy Homemaking


No matter where you live you can make it home.  I've rented places, lived in RVs - twice, and bought my own home too.  Those little things we do that make it our place also make it special.


 I find joy in the time I spend as a homemaker.  I love nothing more than the luxury of spending an entire day in the kitchen canning, cooking, baking, creating.

I love the warmth of a load of clothes pulled fresh out of the dryer.


The scent of clean sheets you've hung on the line to dry.

How good it feels to crawl into bed at night after a hard day's work.


Teaching my children how to do things.


A sweet little kitty curled up in my lap.


It's the simple things really.  Life is good.


Life is great!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Grocery Budget Update - July


This month I went over on both the food and nonfood budget by just a touch.  Next month I hope to do much better.

I spent $25.46 on toiletries, cat litter and laundry detergent.  Our monthly budget for non food items is $25.00.

I bought a lot of produce this month for salads.

Groceries
 $$$
Ground beef (3)
         6.27
Markdown
Ground turkey
         1.99
Sale/Coupon
Milk - gal.
         2.18
Spinach
         1.37
Sale
Bananas
         0.44
Markdown
Eggs
         0.98
Sale
Mixed veggies
         1.78
Sale
Chicken - 2.5# (2)
       11.98
Store Coupon
Pasta (2)
         0.58
Sale/Coupon
Tortilla chips (2)
         2.00
Sale
Cheese (2)
         6.99
Sale
Sour cream (2)
         1.98
Store Coupon
Popsicles (2)
         2.00
Sale
Radishes
         0.59
Green onions
         0.50
Sale
Lettuce (2)
         1.78
Mushrooms
         1.99
Sale
Bread (3)
         4.00
Store Coupon
Tomatoes
         0.65
Sale
Olives (3)
         2.97
Store Coupon
Onions
         0.72
Sale
Coleslaw mix
         0.99
Sale
Spaghetti sauce (2)
         1.78
Store Coupon
Frosting
         1.69
Store Coupon
Baking mixes (3)
         4.97
Sale
Flour - 5#
         1.59
Sale
Ramen -18ct
         2.98
Sale
Lunchmeat
         3.96
Sale
Mushrooms
         1.87
Sale
Wieners
         0.99
Sale
Ramen
         0.25
Milk - gal.
         2.19
Hot dog buns
         2.09
Sale
Marinade (2)
         2.96
Sale/Coupon
Olives 
         0.79
Sale
Lettuce (2)
         0.87
Sale
Bananas
         0.61
Markdown
Bread (2)
         1.98
Sale
Tomatoes
         0.68
Sale
Spinach
         1.37
Sale
Veggie mix
         1.78
Sale
Salad dressing
         1.50
Sale
Spaghetti sauce
         1.28
Eggs
         1.29
Italian sausage
         1.18
Markdown
Bananas
         0.56
Markdown
Lettuce (2)
         2.39
Sale
Spinach (2)
         2.39
Sale
Tomatoes
         0.59
Sale
Green onions
         0.50
Sale
Radishes
         0.50
Sale
Canned tomatoes
         0.78
Sale
Bread (2)
         1.96
Sale
Tortilla chips
         1.99
Sale
Hot dog buns
         0.59
Store Coupon
Hamburger buns
         0.59
Store Coupon
Wieners (2)
         1.18
Store Coupon
Eggs
         0.59
Store Coupon
Pasta (2)
         2.36
Sale
Ice cream (2)
         3.00
Sale/Coupon
Tortilla chips
         0.60
Sale/Coupon
Coleslaw mix
         0.98
Cheese
         3.50
Canned tomatoes (2)
         1.18
Milk - 1/2 gal.
         1.75
Soup
         1.99
Vegetable oil
         2.47
Sale
WW Tortillas
         1.59
Taco shells
         0.99
Sale
Total
 $  130.40

$130.40 ÷ 31 days ÷3 people = $1.40 per person per day! 

My stock up items are marked in red.  How were you able to save on your groceries this month?  What super buys did you find?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monthly Meal Plan - August


We will be doing things a little differently this month in anticipation of some upcoming expenses.  With school starting again soon and the expenses associated with that plus some other stuff going on I decided to make August a Pantry Month.

I think it will be a fun challenge as we prepare meals from our pantry and freezer with the food that is already on hand.  I imagine as the month wears on it could get pretty interesting.


I will still buy some fresh produce and milk, but that will be pretty much it.  I plan to keep those expenses to a minimum as well.  In keeping with that I also plan to try and not buy any nonfood items either.  Right now it looks like we have plenty of pet supplies, toiletries, toilet paper, laundry supplies and cleaning products so I don't plan to buy any of these things at all.

I'll be posting some of the meals we make each week in my "Last Week's Thrifty Moves" posts to keep you up on my progress.  Let's see how well we do!


Do you ever do a pantry month?