Monday, April 25, 2016

This week I spent $21.62 at Aldi and $5 at Fareway (all that chicken you see was 33 cents/lb!!) bringing my total for the month to $98.78.  Pictured below is what I purchased.
The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Since I'm writing this report so long after the experiment ended I do not remember which day we ate what for breakfast and lunch since I did not record them like I did supper.  I do know that breakfast was either oatmeal with hemp hearts, milk, and brown sugar, egg burritos, or a quick egg and bread omelette.  Lunch for Scott and kids was PB&J with fruit and raw veggies and I ate leftover from the previous night's supper.

Sunday:
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls from the freezer
Lunch: pizza at my parent's house
Supper: popcorn and leftovers
Monday
Chicken cheese casserole and spinach
Tuesday
Kids's ate mac&cheese while Scott took me out to eat at Centro as a birthday present. 
Wednesday
Spaghetti and bean "not meatballs", green beans

The rest of the month:
On Wednesday evening my dad entered hospice and then early Friday morning went home to be with his Savior.  Since I was doing this challenge my house was completely cleared out of convenience foods and we had even eaten the last piece of bread for breakfast on Wednesday.  We had church family watching the kids while Scott and I were at hospice and since our kiddos were graciously being watched I did not want to add to the burden by requiring a from scratch meal be made in order to feed the kids.  I stopped at the grocery store to purchase a few boxes of mac and cheese, a bag or two of frozen broccoli, some bagels, sliced cheese, bananas, apples, and some bread.  The total came $25.51 which caused me to go over the $100 mark by $24.29.  If these extenuating circumstances has not occurred I believe that I would have been able to stick to my $100 budget since my meals were planned based on my grocery shopping mentioned at the beginning of the post.  I enjoyed this experiment as it forced me to be creative and not waste food, encouraged me to not be lazy even on tiring days, and freed me from the "which product should I get" debate at the grocery store because I was only looking for the cheapest and most versatile.  I could not be tempted by the delightful special buys that Aldi runs each week and quickly passed by the chocolates :)  I am, however, thankful that I do not have to live on $100 a month because it leaves much less wiggle room for meals when ill or when extenuating circumstances occur.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Week Three of the $100 Grocery Experiment

This week my grocery bill from Aldi was $25.48 bringing the monthly total to $72.16.  Below is a photo of what I purchased
The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Since I'm writing this report so long after the experiment ended I do not remember which day we ate what for breakfast and lunch since I did not record them like I did supper.  I do know that breakfast was either oatmeal with hemp hearts, milk, and brown sugar, egg burritos, or a quick egg and bread omelette.  Lunch for Scott and kids was PB&J with fruit and raw veggies and I ate leftover from the previous night's supper.

Sunday
Lunch: at my parent's house
Supper: popcorn and leftovers
Monday
leftover split pea soup (??)

Tuesday
Middle eastern lentil soup, rice, carrots 
Wednesday
Sausage & bean patties, Peaches(?), broccoli(?)
Thursday
I can't find my notes for this day and so I have no idea.  It was something out of my stores of food :)
Friday
Pizza
Saturday
Chicken congee



Week Two of the $100 Grocery Experiment

This week my grocery bill from Aldi was $25.48.  This brings my monthly total to $46.68.  Pictured below is what I purchased.

The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Sunday:
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls from the freezer
Lunch: Kusherie (a lentil and rice dish pictured below)
Supper: popcorn and leftovers
Since I'm writing this report so long after the experiment ended I do not remember which day we ate what for breakfast and lunch since I did not record them like I did supper.  I do know that breakfast was either oatmeal with hemp hearts, milk, and brown sugar, egg burritos, or a quick egg and bread omelette.  Lunch for Scott and kids was PB&J with fruit and raw veggies and I ate leftover from the previous night's supper.

Monday
Split pea soup, biscuits, salad, angel food cake.
This was the night we hosted men's Bible study for supper.  It was also the night I came down with a stomach bug which was then passed through the whole family.  Lots of fun.
Tuesday
scrounge what you could.  Mostly crackers for the sick ones.
Wednesday
Tangy Tuna Mac and broccoli
Thursday
Tortellini soup, bread, salad, apples

Friday
Pizza, apples
Saturday
Baked beans, cornbread, cabbage and carrot salad


Friday, February 5, 2016

Week One of the $100 Grocery Experiment

My grocery bill was $21.20 for the week. I shopped exclusively at Aldi.  Below is what I purchased:


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I was able to use the chicken in three different dinners and there is still some chicken soup leftover.  So far things have not been too hard to put together.  This week I found that I had much less food waste when I knew I was limited in what I had to use.  The kids have had much more limited snack choices and as a result they have hardly snacked (because apparently they aren't usually hungry enough to eat an orange but are hungry enough to eat the non-existent veggie straws. of course).  With the greatly reduced snacking has come much better appetites at meal time and much more appreciation for the food.  I might just have to keep this fruit or veggie only snack policy.  The kids ate the bananas for snacks although I did not record which days they consumed them.


I'm not a very good blogger, I didn't take pictures of all the food I made. In fact I only remembered to photograph a few things.


The items in red used the groceries I purchased for the week, the rest used ingredients I had in my pantry or leftovers in the fridge from the previous week.

Monday
Breakfast: oatmeal with brown sugar, hemp hearts, and milk
Lunch: PB&J with cinnamon apple slices- kids, leftover catalan meatball with boiled potatoes-me,    PB&J, veggie straws, almonds, salad, cheese stick, granola bar- Scott
Supper: bean & tortilla soup, cornbread
Tuesday
Breakfast: egg burritos with cheese
Post snow play snack: leftover seasoned crackers
Lunch: PB&J with cinnamon apple slices and pretzels- kids, pinto beans, leftover cornbread, half  avocado- me, pb&J, veggie straws, celery sticks, granola bar, almonds, cheese stick- scott
Supper: Roast chicken, baked sweet potatoes, roasted brussel sprouts
Wednesday
Breakfast: Egg & bread omelet, mandarin oranges
Lunch: PB&K sandwiches, apple slices
Supper: Chicken and bean enchiladas, cooked broccoli
Thursday
Breakfast: Egg & bread omelet, mandarin oranges
Lunch: mac & cheese, applesauce- kids, grilled cheese and tomato soup- me and Sabrina, cheese, bread, carrot sticks, granola bar, almonds – Scott
Supper: chicken noodle soup
Friday
Breakfast: egg burritos
Lunch: sandwich

Supper: unexpected babysitting so Scott and I went out to eat and split a Zombie burger and shake (not from groceries) 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

100 Dollars of Groceries for the Month of February

For the month of February I have decided to run an experiment with our grocery budget.  I plan to see how well we can eat on $100 for our family of 5. Listed below are the parameters I will be following:

-$100 for food (does not cover things like dish soap or trash bags. Only edibles)
-My frozen meat storage is off limits
-my dry good pantry and frozen fruit/veg is available for use

I plan to document what we eat for the month and if I’m really with it I will note what was purchased with the $100 and what came from my pantry. 

I will be feeding my husband, myself, and three children ages 4, 3, and 9 months.  We eat 3 meals a day at home (my husband takes his lunch to work).  In the month of February there is one birthday (mine) and we will be hosting dinner for my husband’s Bible study group (up to an additional 5 grown men to feed).

I will officially start the experiment on Monday, February 1st.  However, I will be doing my first grocery shopping of the experiment this coming Friday, January 29th.


Will I be able to feed the family well rounded meals? Let’s find out!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Stitch Fix Box

I received my second Stitch Fix box today and so I thought I would share with you what I received and get your thoughts on the items.  I asked for a floral dress since I am hosting a bridal tea this month for my little sister and a new dress would be perfect for the occasion.  Stitch fix did not have any floral dresses in stock when packing my box which was a bit sad, however I think they did a good job catching the spirit of a bridal tea with a modern take on floral and lace. I learned that previous box notes do not transfer to your next box. On my first box I requested my clothes to be made in the USA or from an ethical production company but that request was not considered in this box.  This box had clothes solely produced in China.  If I receive any good comments from Scott I will add them to my thoughts on the items.  Let me know what you think!

P.S. if you want to try Stitch Fix would you mind signing up through this link? I would receive credit for the referral. Awesome! 


The Items Sent:


 I really like this lace top.  I feel like the hemline is a little wonky but that could just be me.  The necklace goes really well with the blouse but I don't think it is worth $38 for how often it would be worn. The skirt is comfortable and basic. It is so basic I'm pretty sure I could whip one up over nap time for a fraction of the cost. 
 I love the color of the jean but they are a tad too tight for my comfort.  I'm not sure what I think about the ankle length. Stylish for sure, though I personally feel like I had a summer growth spurt and now my jeans are too short.
 mmmmmm not crazy about the top, although the floral is fun with the jeans.
No to this combination.
Please ignore the messy room. My sister's room was the only full length mirror available and there was no one to take my pictures during my naptime break :)

The photos include the following items:
#1 Pixley Statement necklace ($38), Renee C Lace Blouse ($58), & Pixley Swing Skirt ($68)
#2 Pixley Statement necklace ($38), Renee C Lace Blouse ($58), & Pink Martini Ankle Jean ($44)
#3 Kut From The Kloth Sheer Floral Top ($68) & Pink Martini Ankle Jean ($44)
#4 Kut From The Kloth Sheer Floral Top ($68) & Pixley Swing Skirt ($68)

What are your thoughts? What should I keep? Right now I'm thinking of only keeping the lace blouse.

Friday, April 4, 2014

{This Moment}

{this moment} - A Friday ritual inspired by Soule Mamma.
In her words: "A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember." If you're inspired to do the same, head over to her blog and leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments for all to find and see.