How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 33

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Vanilla Chex
  • Tuttorosso Tomato Sauce
  • Old Orchard Cran Grape
  • Lilly Sour Cream
  • UTZ Honey BBQ Chips
  • UTZ Plain Chips
  • Prune Juice
  • Heavy Cream
  • Milk
  • Chicken

What did I come home with?

  • Paper Towels
  • Plain Potato Chips
  • Honey BBQ Chips
  • Milk
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Muenster Cheese
  • Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Parmesan
  • Lilly Sour Cream
  • Vanilla Chex
  • Old Orchard Juice
  • Prune Juice
  • Cherry Pepsi
  • Tomato Sauce
  • Water Bottle
  • Veggie Wash
  • Heavy Cream
  • Frozen Chicken Breast

What was thrown out this week:

  • 5 yogurts… expired before I got to them

Anything from the garden?

  • Around 10 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumbers
  • 20 cucamellons (more on these later)

How much did I save this week?

$35.19… which is 31.45%… which is better than last week, but it still does not make me happy. I had some juice coupons expiring so I did stock up on juice this week (which was also on sale… thankfully) and I had to buy some frozen chicken as I wait for the fresh to go back on sale… eventually it will… hopefully.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

What’s local to me in August?

Mission: Rome 2011

What is local by you right now?

I had no idea, so I asked the internet what is local to my state and what should be freshest this month.

  • Basil (Growing well in my garden after looking dead for 2 months)
  • Butter Beans
  • Cabbage
  • Cantaloupes
  • Chard
  • Cherries
  • Chilies
  • Collard Greens
  • Cucumbers (Growing in the garden for grammie)
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green Beans
  • Greens
  • Green Onions
  • Kale
  • Melons
  • Wild Mushrooms
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Peaches
  • Peas
  • Pea Pods
  • Sweet Peppers (Growing slowly in the garden)
  • Radishes
  • Scallions
  • Shelling Beans
  • Summer Squash (Most have died in our garden)
  • Tomatoes (Growing too well in our garden… there are 25 in the dehydrator this morning)
  • Watermelons
  • Zucchini (Most have died in our garden)

We do have quite a bit that are year-round foods. My assumption is that this is due to storage of root vegetables/pods and greenhouses.

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Herbs (Thyme, oregano, mint, chocolate mint, pineapple sage, rosemary, hot lips sage growing well in the garden)
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Potatoes
  • Shallots
  • Sorrel
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes

What are your produce plans this month?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 32

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Powdered Milk
  • Onion Powder
  • Carrots
  • Finish Powerball Tabs
  • Fumano’s Tomatoes
  • Ocean Spray Cran-Lemonade
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Canned Chicken
  • Ocean Spray Citrus
  • Coconut Oil

What did I come home with?

  • Coconut Oil
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Ocean Spray Cran-Lemonade
  • Powdered Milk
  • Finish Powerball Tabs
  • Onion Powder
  • Canned Chicken
  • Angus Stew Mean
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Potato Gnocchi
  • Carrots

What was thrown out this week:

  • The romaine lettuce (I ate all of the salad toppings without the lettuce and the lettuce went bad while I waited for the next grocery list)
  • Half bag of tortilla chips headed to papa’s crows

Anything from the garden?

  • Around 25 tomatoes
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 50 cucamellons (more on these later)

How much did I save this week?

$19.14… which is 28.96%… which is terrible really… The Finish Powerballs were free after coupon. I could not pass up the deal on the stew meat and made a HUGE batch of crock pot stew last night. The turkey sausage was supposed to be on sale, but it did not ring up as being on sale on my receipt… drats.

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 31

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Corn Starch
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Yeast
  • Harris Teeter Pizza Sauce (2)
  • Colgate Toothpaste (2)
  • Italian Ice
  • Chicken Breasts
  • White Corn
  • Eggs (2 Dozen)
  • Helluva Good Cheese
  • Muller’s Pasta

What did I come home with?

  • Aquafina
  • Muller Macaroni
  • Ragu Pizza Sauce (Was supposed to be the cheaper Harris Teeter Version)
  • Yeast
  • Goya Chicken Bouillon
  • Hellmans Mayo
  • Corn Starch (4 boxes)
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Harris Teeter Pizza Sauce
  • Blueberry Syrup
  • Colgate Toothpaste (2)
  • Chicken Breast
  • Yellow Corn
  • Basil
  • Helluva Good Cheese
  • Eggs (2 dozen)

What was thrown out this week:

  • 2 Oranges (from Christmas?)
  • 1/2 Container of sour cream
  • Jar of salad dressing that went bad 1 week after purchasing… I need to check dates
  • Half a cucumber

Anything from the garden?

  • Around 10 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber

How much did I save this week?

$32.72… which is 50.14%… not too bad… I bought 2 adult toothpastes this week ($0.74 each), got Muller’s pasta for free (went  home with grandma),  and a jar of Hellman’s Mayo ($1.00 also went home with Grandma). Savings might have gone to at least 51% if I had grabbed 2 of the Harris Teeter brand pizza sauce instead of 1 of Ragu. Why do they put similar jars right next to each other?

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme

How Not To Use a Grocery List – Week 30

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Grocery shopping? I’m game! Here’s how I did this week:

What was on the list?

  • Goya Chicken Bouillon
  • Salted Butter Sticks
  • Cocoa Krispies
  • Broccoli
  • Grapes
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Saucer
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Vanity Fair Napkins
  • Huggies Wipes
  • Quart Zipper Bags
  • Rubbermaid Container with Easy Find Lid
  • Fish Sticks
  • Cupcake Liners
  • Gerber Baby Food (for donation)
  • Dill Pickles
  • Toms of Main Children’s Toothpaste (for donation)
  • Kikoman Soy Sauce
  • Texas Toast
  • Sargento Cheese

What did I come home with?

  • Cupcake Liners
  • Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
  • Quart size Ziploc bags
  • Gerber baby food (for donation)
  • Huggies Wipes
  • Cocoa Krispies
  • Chicken Bouillon
  • Cake Mix
  • Bottle of Water
  • Fuji Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Garlic Toast
  • Fish Sticks
  • Frozen Vegetables
  • Butter Sticks
  • Sargento Cheese
  • Napkins
  • Toms of Main Toothpaste
  • Kikoman Soy Sauce

What was thrown out this week:

  • Pear
  • 2 oranges from Christmas time
  • handful of chopped cucumbers

Anything from the garden?

  • Around 15 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 zucchini squash

How much did I save this week?

$65.77… which is 58.16%… not too bad… I was able to get the toothpaste, the fish sticks and the Gerber baby food for free. I also did a second list of mostly free items for my grandma to purchase to donate to her church’s food bank. I didn’t grab her receipt so I can’t give you that total as well. It was a super double week at Harris Teeter (coupons doubled up to $2) which was fabulous! What all went to the food bank?

  • 2 boxes of fish sticks
  • 2 ramen noodle meals
  • 4 packages of baby food
  • 1 jar of olives

What did you throw out this week?

~Emme