Friday, February 19, 2010


So, what do we eat? Answer: Beans and rice with a side of water.
Just Kidding.
Cereal with milk, cottage cheese, pbj sandwiches, ham sandwiches, ramen noodles, string cheese, chicken, chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, beef & black bean and tomato burritos, spaghetti with meatballs and homemade garlic bread, chicken haystacks with rice, cream cheese chicken with rice, baked chicken with spaghetti (a food storage favorite), yogurt, bacon, pancakes, we like our pancakes with chocolate chips, yummie, scrambled eggs, cream of wheat, pizza, pasta salads, macaroni and cheese (mostly just for the kids) bagels with cream cheese, enchiladas, cake, goldfish crackers, swedish fish, and other snacks that are on sale at the store. I do use powdered milk a lot when we run out of the real stuff, but honestly I can't tell the difference anymore between the real milk and the fake stuff. Morning Moo's is the best. And I try to make bread as much as possible. There you have it. They are not the most elaborate meals and I don't have teenagers yet, so I think that's why I haven't spent a lot on food, I'm curious to know though, what am I not buying that others are?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

A Crazy Challenge

I have been going to the second round of the financial class that is being offered at my church. Last Thursday we talked about getting Only Big Big Bargains and one lady commented that there is a website that shows you how you can spend $40.00 a week for a family of four. So I got the crazy notion in my head that I am going to give it a try, only with $50.00 per week since I have a family of five. Mr. and I are on step three of the program which is to finish building the emergency fund. So if I can pull this off for a little while to help build that fund we can get it done sooner and move more quickly to the next step. I usually spend $380 per month on groceries, averaging $95.00 per week and I have been doing pretty good. If I go over budget one week then I have to take it out of the next weeks budget. Anyway...I figured since I try to go shopping every other Monday, I could spend $50 at Costco and $50 at the grocery store. I gave it a try yesterday and clipped my coupons and sent myself to Costco first. I spent $59.00 there, (I bought a frozen pizza that I knew would take me over the budget, but it looked really good.) Then I headed over to Smith's and spent $17.75. It was hard just getting the bare essentials, but since I have also been establishing a food storage I can use that to supplement for the next couple weeks or months. I think this may work.
I know the picture has nothing to do with the post, I am just getting excited for warmer weather to return. Do you like the eyebrow he drew on himself?

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Loving Something New

I am loving the new shelves that Mr. built last week for our Food Room, and they extend under the stairs, which makes me love them even more. I now have more space for wonderful food storage items. They give me renewal on what the Prophets of the Church have been teaching for years and years and years..."Establish a Food Storage." With my new sense of renewal I went grocery shopping on Monday and saved more money than I spent. Loved It.
And I am loving the freshly painted door to the food room. I was even able to get the paint off of the beautiful old door handle. (I boiled it off)