Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Bare Essentials Challenge: This Week's Shopping Trips
First up my family and I stopped by "Bushes and Bunches" a local greenhouse business that runs a fruit and vegetable stand on the side as I saw that they were open for the year and really wanted to stop by and see if there were any good deals. And ohhhh yeah did I find some!
They had 30 lb boxes of potatoes on sale for 25.00, which works out to .83 a pound, which was right around where my target was for potatoes around St. Patrick's Day, but I could never find a deal below .99 lb. They had a bunch of different potatoes: fingerling/peanut potatoes, fiesta potatoes (they have pink lines running through them), viking potatoes (a good white potato...kind of like a Yukon Gold potato), blue potatoes and red potatoes. I was having a hard time deciding on which type I wanted as some of them I hadn't had before and the ones I had tried I loved, so I was sitting there undecided. The gal who worked there wasn't busy and in a totally awesome move made me a variety box of all the different types! And the best part was because she made one for me the box ended up being 34 lbs vs 30 lbs =D.
I can get months out of these types of potatoes by storing them in my fridge. The gal who worked there assured me that the wax box would help to keep them fresh and that I should just tuck the potatoes in at night like another child under a heavy blanket to keep the light out and they would last a lot longer in a cool dark location that way. So, I'm looking through my heavier materials to make a potato blanket really quick *laugh*.
I'm also seeing frozen grapes in our future as the grapes are ripe and I worry about them going bad before we can use them all. I've heard it's possible to can them, but I've never had home canned grapes, so I'm not sure if it is worth doing or not. Anyone ever done that?
So, all totaled I spent 27.50 at Bushes and Bunches.
All totaled I spent 20.39 at Fred Meyer.
I got a ton of apples, which are set to become applesauce this weekend, which I am hoping to can. I also got some limes (which I'll make creamy limeade with...I'll share that recipe when I make it as it is a wonderful summertime recipe :), some lemons, some grapefruit, some poblano peppers (which are getting cut up and thrown into the freezer pronto tomorrow as they are really wilty) and some pears (there were three, but one was so mushy that I washed and ate it as soon as I got home...it needed doing ;). I also got my freebies and a few cans of cat food. All totaled I spent 12.65 (of which I do not regret one penny!).
Total spent for the week: 60.54
And the best part about being pretty much right on budget (I raised my grocery budget to 60.00 so I could start buying produce and seasonal items again)??? I MADE it without going over as payday is tomorrow! Woohoo!!!
A couple of groceries I bought that I didn't take pictures of is I got 4 more pounds of butter while it was on sale at Carrs (I went on Tuesday right before it went off sale with the Easter sales). I had gotten 20.00 by selling an herbology book to a friend of mine that I was no longer using, so I used that cash to buy the butter (and a few things from the used store this week).
Overall, this week was all kinds of awesome on the shopping front. How did you do???