Sunday, May 31, 2015

Menu Plan Week of 5/31

Sunday: Hunt and Peck- cleaning out fridge

Monday: Pulling Slow Cooker Refried Beans out of freezer and eating with cheese, tortilla chips, and lots of veggies

Tuesday: More Refried Beans and Fixins

Wednesday: Santa Fe Rice and Beans, Fresh Veggies and Fruit

Thursday: Kids Request: Hot Dogs on Homemade Buns, Salad, Grapes

Friday: Homemade Cheese Pizza, Corn

Saturday: (Farmer's Market Yum) Ratatouille, Italian Sausages, Garlic Toasted Tomato Sandwiches, Cinnamon Rolls

Also making:
Slow Cooker Applesauce
White Sandwich Bread (trying this one out this week)
Caramel Apple Beer Bread

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Frugal Win/Fail


1) Winning a $20 Kroger gift card at a work raffle.

2) Keeping this week's groceries to less than $65.

3) Used a 50% off deal to take kids to the Butterfly Show. We saved $14.

4) Used a Frisch's gift card to eat out.

5) Made homemade pizza for $0.50.

6) Transplanted basil and cilantro seedlings. So far, basil is growing and cilantro looking iffy.

7) Cancelled after school care for my son since dropping from full time hours, to save us $40/week.

8) Sold our Baby Bjorn on Ebay.

9) Used Starbucks gift cards I earned at my work's wellness program as thank you gifts for my kids' teachers.

10) Bought diapers at Target at the stock up price of $0.11 per diaper. I bought two large packs and got a $25 gift card back.

11) Am having a friend with a cake business on the side make the cakes for my mother's retirement party at a lesser price than a large bakery (bonus allergy friendliness).

12) Submitted for reimbursement of my entire dependent care flexible spending account.

13) Used Kroger fuel points twice, getting 60 cents and 30 cents off per gallon at those two fill-ups.


1) Not planning for family in town and spending more on groceries last week then planned.

2) Threw out some rotten veggies from the fridge. Wasted food :(.

3) Took my daughter to Target with me and ended up buying clothes she picked up. A money fail, but life win, as she had been tantruming every morning and making us late because she doesn't like the hand me downs we inherited, and now she happily wears the few new things that she picked out.

4) Signed my son up for Robotics club in his new school district. Since we are transferring in this year, we only found out about it today, and had to pay a $15 late fee, as the deadline to apply was last week. Not 100% our fault but sucks nevertheless.


1) Made impromptu decision to go to a festival last weekend. The kids loved it and we spent a minimal amount on rides/games. We did spend $40, but won back $16 playing Bars and Bells. We kept the money instead of rebetting it. The kids tried their first ice cream cones ever.

Shopping Trips 5/30

Last week we spent $85 at Dorothy Lane (family in town) and about $50 at Kroger. This week I wanted to keep it as low as possible. I was lucky enough to get a $5 off $30 coupon in my email for Fresh Thyme and I won a $20 Kroger gift card at work.

This week, I spent $35.12 at Kroger and used my gift card, for an out of pocket of $15.12.

I spent $10.98 at Dorothy Lane for Hartzler Dairy milk in the glass bottles. When I return the bottles, I will get $3 back.

I also went to Fresh Thyme and bought fruits and veg for $30.35 after the coupon. We also stopped at the local farmer's market, which just started last week, and I bought tomatoes and green peppers for $6.

My out of pocket was $62.45. Pretty good for feeding 5 people! That is about $1.78 per person per day.

This week we are eating a lot of fresh fruit and veg, homemade pizza, homemade refried beans from the freezer, lentils and rice, and eggs. I am still working through the last couple dozen free farm eggs a friend gave us.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shopping Trips 5/16

Graduation gift: Used gift card and Discover cashback bonus to buy 3 books for $1.34 out of pocket

Subscribe and Save order: $67.14 for a 4-pack of Bob's Red Mill popcorn, 2 32-oz Organic Maple Syrup, and a giant box of Pampers baby wipes (2 cents per wipe). We have been eating so much popcorn that we found a cheap popcorn popper and are opting for home air-popped. In the long run, it's cheaper than microwaved.

Fresh Thyme:
$33.23 for as assortment of fruit and veg. I used a $5 off $30 coupon I got in my email.

$87.25. It was coffee stock-up month for my husband (he supplies himself at home and work), so I spent $18 extra today on coffee. Yikes!

Total in groceries was $177.48 (including the food portion of Amazon order).

It was my lucky day yesterday, though, and I won a $20 Kroger gift card in a work raffle, so that will hopefully be coming in the mail. Going to keep next week at $100.

I also used an Old Navy gift card and Old Navy sale to pick up 6 pairs of shorts, 2 T-shirts, and a larger sized hoodie for my son for $67. I can't find slim shorts used- in fact, I can barely find them new! I wasn't able to find any jean shorts in slim, so we settled for cargo ones. Thankfully, other than gifts for our niece, and barring any feet that grow faster than expected, we are done clothes shopping for the kids this year.

Menu Plan 5/17

Sunday: Lentil Shepherds Pie

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Shakshuka

Wednesday: Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Thursday: Hunt and Peck

Friday: Homemade Pizza, Corn on the Cob

Also making:
Homemade applesauce
French Bread
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies