I have mentioned before that I feel like we have a well stocked freezers. So now I am trying to stock up the freezers with easy to prepare meals in addition to adding some needed items to the pantry.
I have been doing ALOT of shopping on Amazon this summer, in addition to it being the most convenient option for me, I have been able to find some great deals. I am using scribe and save- the subscription service. I am finding that some deals offer some additional amounts off for your first shipment. I am setting reminders all over the place to go back and check prices to make sure that the second and future shipment are still at the great deal. If not it is not difficult to cancel but the trick waiting till around a week before your shipment closes and then doing the math. I have purchased snacks (30 cent or less per pack), hand soap, school supplies, rice and all vitamins. This week I have found soup for around 80 cent a cup this is a HUGE convivence item for us!
Today I ventured out to Harris Teeter. I have not shopped this grocery store in over 18 months. I LOVE their sales but with COVID and the distance to get to the store I just have not had a chance. Today I was getting some work on the van so I was within a mile of a store. I spent $33.45 and saved 53% according to the receipt! There was only one small catch, none of the items purchased were a need. They all were to add to the pantry. I grabbed 4 boxes of pasta at $0.79 cent each. Canned beans, green beans and corn at thirty seven cent each and Hamburger helper at ninety-eight cent each. I admit that we use 2 boxes of Hamburger helper to one pound of ground beef but this is a quick and easy meal.
I am actually thinking that I have stocked up on most pantry items as well. My plan is to only shop sales for the rest of the summer! This months groceries will be a regular month but hopefully I will be able to reduce the grocery budget by half for the rest of the year! $300 a month sounds very doable starting in August.
We spent the last week on Oak Island NC. This was a new spot for us and I am really impressed. So impressed in fact that we have already reserved a condo in the same building for next year. Our only complaint this year was the mattress in the condo we had were HORRIBLE! But on the bright side for the first time in several years, both Amanda and Haley joined us at the beach. Braxton stayed 4 days, Amanda 2 days and Haley 1 day.
We turned the air conditioning up to 80 degrees while we were gone and unplugged all the computers and electronics. We are hopeful that this saved us some on the electric bill.
We did spend more of vacation. I don’t like to cook or clean on vacation. We did do at least one load of laundry per day. We purchased heat and eat breakfast items and ate at a restaurant at least one time a day!
Matt, Zach and Tim went deep sea fishing on Wednesday while us girls shopped. We did not expect any benefit from this trip but we are very pleasantly surprised to have brought home lots of mackerel (King and spotted) for our freezer. I also stopped on the way home to purchase 3 pounds of freshly caught shrimp to add to our freezer as well.
We arrived home to 20 pounds of tomatoes which is a great surprise considering this will be most if not all of what we harvest this year. I made 5 batches of spaghetti sauce. On Sunday, I decided to spread out the sauce, making a baked ziti, 2 baked spaghettis and 2 bags of meatballs along with 5 containers of spaghetti sauce. We also enjoyed the sauce for lunch!
Vacation is the time when all the money saving stops and we enjoyed what we have worked and saved for all year!
Summer vacation is speeding right along! And I do mean speeding. We are now entering week 5 of no oven with still no firm delivery date. I did end up caving last week and had several meal out just because I was tired and did not feel like dealing with stuff. I also blew the grocery budget but I am actually proud of it. We purchased 1/4 of a cow or approximately 150 lbs of meat. After our purchase we discovered that the wait for processing meat is currently at January 2022. I feel like we got a great deal and the meat quality is absolutely some of the best we have ever had. This week we are going to focus on not eating out, and Kendall’s birthday!
Breakfast– Saturday-Cinnamon Roll waffles Sunday- BLTs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday-choice of breakfast muffins, eggs, pop-tarts, sausage, oatmeal, cereal or grits, breakfast burritos, or omelets. Pretty much you find it and make it! I have a goal of making a batch of breakfast burritos this week but time will tell.
Lunch- Saturday–Party! Sunday- Red Robbins We have lots of garden produce from the Farmer’s market along with left-overs for lunch!
Dinner- Saturday- small pizza restaurant in Thomasville. It was ok nothing to repeat. . Sunday-left-overs Monday-Beef and Broccoli Tuesday- Pasta salad at swim meet. Wednesday- Grilled Chicken and salad or grilled veggies. Thursday- Golden Corral for Kendall’s birthday Friday-Pizza for Kendall’s birthday.
This will be a little different from my random post of 5 things. This time I am going to tell you 5 things that we have been spending money on this month.
- Mattress and box springs for Kendall- Kendall’s antique bed is technically a three quarters bed. It was given to me when I was single and needed a bed. Matt and i have been married 16 years so likely 20 years ago. The same mattress and box springs have been used the entire time. Definitely time for an upgrade. Total spend $500.
- Shoes- We spent most of Sunday shopping. Even needed new shoes. We ended up with the following Matt a pair of dress shoes, Kendall a pair of sneakers and slides, Lily a pair of sneakers and Zach two pair of sneakers. Kendall and Lily both bought themselves a pair of Van shoes as well.
- Clothes- Lily will be going to school in January for the first time in 6 years. Kendall is actually taller than me and Zach wanted.
- Hair and nails- I ended up with a cut and color this week. In addition I am getting my nails done every 2 weeks over the summer.
- Swim stuff- All three kids are swimming this summer. New suits and googles were needed.
I have plans for tomorrow to share some things that we are spending money on this week but first I wanted to share some ways that we are saving money this week.
First up shopping at Dollar Tree. I have discovered that for the boys and Lily, I can purchase body wash for $1 a bottle. This bottle last around 2 weeks so $2 for a month is much cheaper than $4 a bottle at most other places. I also buy conditioner just to change things up. This trip I was able to grab sandwich bags and snack bags for $1. I am not anti-plastic but it does bother me to spend 5 or more cent on a bag that ends up in the trash after one use. I found fold top sandwich bags as less than a penny each so I am good with tossing each day. I did also purchase sandwich bags with a zip top to use for other things. Snack bags will be used for freezing small serving such as 1/2 cups.
Ordering vitamins and supplements via Amazon. Both Lily and Kendall are on a daily iron supplement. I ended up saving 50% simply by ordering it on scribe and save on Amazon plus this allows me to order and forget about it!
I purchased a good bit of extra fruits and vegetables last week. Things have been slightly more hectic than I anticipated so we have not used up as much. Today, I made a new crockpot meal with sweet peppers. I also cut up and froze two bags of peppers and onions to be used in spaghetti sauce when our tomatoes start to come in. 3 cups of chopped celery was frozen. I discovered that I have purchased 3 bags of onions recently. So Kendall and I chopped up two bags to freeze. We ended up freezing 7 cups of diced onions. This way it will not go bad and they will be super convenient to use as well.
I was also able to use 5 small containers of vegetables that were sent to us from the school lunch program. This cleared up space in our freezer and also made an awesome pork fried rice meal.
Sheets were washed and hung on the line to dry in order to save electricity.
We have eaten all dinners at home this week which is a huge savings. I have eaten a couple of lunches out and one breakfast but these are much less expensive than even one dinner meal.
What have you been doing to save money?