$50 in Groceries Week 3

(If you’d like to read this challenge from the beginning, please check out: https://mamanthems.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/could-you-survive-a-month-with-only-50-in-groceries/)


Well, I’m happy to report this seems to be getting easier to figure out as we go. We have some leftover food items (like cereal from buying it two weeks in a row) and budget from last week that I am going to incorporate into this week’s plan, so even though we went a couple dollars over budget, I had the cash.

I was so nervous starting this challenge, but it’s really been just working on focusing on what we need and paying attention to prices. If I apply this concept to my grocery shopping all the time; then when I go back to pantry stocking, I should be able to adhere to my grocery budget a whole lot better than I have. 🙂

For this week my husband will be out of town for a few days, so I shifted my focus to more multi-meal dishes, like pasta salad to get through the odd days, and this week’s lunches are sandwiches (which I actually spent more trying to buy meat/cheese per pound than the deli packages we usually get, so I’m really not sure how to make that any cheaper other than getting a deal on the bread).

This Week’s Menu:

Monday: Spinach Pasta salad

Tuesday: Pantry

Wednesday: Egg-macaroni salad

Thursday: ham quiche

Friday: curried empanadas

Saturday: -Pantry/grill night-

Sunday: spaghetti with meat sauce


Groceries 

Wheat Bread– Double pack 4.00
tomato paste (2) 1.34
Milk 1.99
Shredded Cheddar cheese 3.99
Margarine .99
Bottle water 2.99
eggs (18 pk) 2.98
crackers 2.50
Minced garlic 4.99
Can of Canneli beans .99
Can of Cream of Mushroom Soup (2) 1.98
sliced provolone 5.24
Sliced Ham 8.23
Feta cheese 4.49
Strawberries 3.99
Spinach 1.77

 Grand Total:                                                                                                                              $52.36

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A New Year!

Hi everyone!

First off, just want to let y’all know I’m still couponing, saving an average of 52% when I go grocery shopping– and I’m always hunting new ways to save money.

It’s a new year, and with Spring working its way into the frigid nothern region in which I reside, I’ve decided to take this blog in a bit of a new direction. The main focus will still be frugality, because that’s one of the most important things in life. I truly believe you can live well without emptying your wallet, and I strive to enforce that philosophy on my own life. Like so many Americans right now, I am not exempt from consumer debt: I have student loans, credit cards, car loans that need to be paid. Beyond the debt, I want to live better and manage my finances better to taste the freedom of being debt free.

As I work towards those goals, I have also begun a journey towards a dream of self-sufficient living.That’s right folks, I want to homestead. I think it’s a logical step in my lifestyle changes and I honestly feel it’s a better and healthier option.

So, in terms for how the blog will change: I’ll still post finds, deals, and couponing help, but I’ll also start sharing recipes and gardening adventures as well, focusing on a frugal, more holistic lifestyle that I’ve started striving for. As a tidbit, I’ll post an amazing stain remover recipe I found online that works great for almost anything– grease, wine, tomato sauce, etc! Using only a few household ingredients, you may save a few bucks a month by giving up commercial stain removal booster products.

 

Mama’s Miracle Stain Remover

2 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. dish soap (preferably regular dawn or ajax)
3 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide

Mix baking soda, dish soap, and peroxide in a small bowl. Work stain remover into stains on dry clothing with a soft bristle brush (like an old toothbrush).

Wash clothes like normal! (For deep or older stains, try letting the mixture sit for 5 minutes before washing)

The Golden Rule

On a personal note, I have renewed faith in people today. I fell in love with and bought a desk for my crafting at Salvation Army yesterday. I came to pick it up today, and it did not fit in my car at all. Not phased because my car has 0 hauling capabilities, I called my fiancee to borrow his car since most of the time whatever it is will fit in his spacious back seat. Not this time. It was about a half an inch too wide on every side to fit into his trunk or back seat. I joked about and then seriously considered laying a towel down and strapping it to the roof of my car with some rope or something. My sweetie turned down that idea, so we stood there for a moment, scratching our heads. Right when I was ready to accept the fact that this was an irreversable error and I’d have to give up my desk, a pair of elderly good samaritans (who were watching and probably laughing at our attempts to fit the desk in his car) offered to haul the desk and follow me home. Their names are Lois and Fran Gehl, and I could not thank them enough. When we got the desk into the garage I tried to insist on some kind of compensation for them driving all the way out there, but all they wanted was me to pay it forward. Which I will… and for those who read this, be kind to a stranger today for me.