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This week's groceries totalled $89.12   -  precoupons and "store loyalty card" it was $126.  Had I not needed two packages of batteries, I could have kept it to under $75 (dayum, batteries are expensive these days!  even on sale).

There were a lot of fresh fruit sales this week, which made me happy.  Even happier was that immediately upon unpacking the bags, Coop wanted to try the cantelope (which he loved).

I made two loaves of yummer honey whole wheat bread, and am feeling more confident in my bread making skills.  Also, as with all of my "fresh cooking" it is so nice to know exactly what is going in our food.

I found the local health food store that sells things in bulk - grains and flours and spices, oh my! I didn't really buy much, but I'm so glad to know there is that option.  It is something I have missed greatly since moving to the burbs.

I rotated our  two freezer stashes to insure we are eating older foods before newer - while I like to only have about 2 freezer meals a week, it is safe to say we could exist with NO fresh-cooked dinners for about 3 weeks if we had to.  We are also down to a nearly zero pre-packaged foods in the freezer stash as well - the only things that were not made at home are:  Fresh Fruit popsicles, frozen veggies, Trader Joe chicken nuggets (1 package), a few english muffins, and a box of pierogies.  Everything else has been homemade and frozen with love.

Next project is rotating the pantry, working really hard to use the existing prepackaged stuff I have there (ie the bottle of store bought marinade? why did I ever buy this - full of high fructose corn syrup).  I am stocked with about 10 different grains (brown rice, wild rice, white rice, quinoa, couscous, israeli couscous, etc) and pastas (whole wheat, regular, lasagne noodles, egg noodles).....

and then of course, trying to figure out how to feed us all for Passover this year.  Of all the holidays, THIS is not an easy one to feed a picky family during.  Especially with the overlap of Easter with all of its appealing (junky) treats!!


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Mar. 31st, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
I am mostly a lurker here but I wanted to say I enjoy your posts. Well this community really. Our grocery bills are ridiculous and I look forward to posts about saving money in that one area we can't quit..food.

p.s. I cannot tell you how bad batteries are for the environment, and how bad anything disposable is on our wallets. I know that rechargeables are an investment, but even if you can afford a four pack every couple weeks within a couple months they will have paid for themselves. EVERY SINGLE FREAKING TOY that my daughter has that is battery operated takes three batteries. It is not like she has that many but at three batteries a pop it adds up. After a year or so of buying a four pack or bulk pack at costco when we could afford it we now have a steady rotation and I cannot remember the last time we bought a battery. :)
Mar. 31st, 2009 10:45 am (UTC)
Thanks...I'm kind of making it like a "game" and feel that I am "winning" when I do well.

You are totally right about the batteries...I should investigate. I have visions of the earliest "rechargable" batteries from the 80's, with a clunky machine and a 24 hour "charge" and they drained so quickly. It was a nightmare. I'll need to look in to this.

Mar. 31st, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
You are totally winning! :)

re batteries: little tiny chargers that charge 4 at a time. Staright at the socket. (I know of the 80's chargers of which you speak lol) And the new ones do a quick charge in twentyish minutes I think. I don't know how long they last because mine are from back in 2005? and they take a few hours (I think maybe 6 from drained empty but less for say AAA and half charged AA's). And at the prices of name brand AA's these dyas, 8 bucks for a pack of four is not totally unreasonable.

There, I'm done. It is just that batteries are soooo terrible for the environment you know?

Apr. 3rd, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
I love your icon! :)
Apr. 3rd, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
Under $100! That's excellent. :)
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