When it comes to shopping this month, I plan to keep my goal of looking out for good deals on produce and maybe getting some preliminary canning done for the year. I'm hoping to run into more cheap apples on mark down or otherwise to make applesauce and apple pie filling for the year as I have loved having both of those things in the freezer waiting for me over the last year. We'll see how it goes, but I am hopeful.
I actually took store of my canning jars and have realized that I am low on quart jars from giving too many away as gifts over the years, so I'm going to be hitting the used stores (probably) over the next month and seeing if I can get a few here and there as I really don't want to have to buy a flat of one size of jar for 12.00 to 14.00 right now.
When it comes to the garden, for the most part I got early maturing date seeds that can go directly into the soil come planting season, so that will help to hopefully get more from the garden for decently cheap. I am hoping to pull out a few smaller pots this month and buy some soil to plant some basil indoors by seed and see how it does. After the fiasco I had it with it not growing at ALL well last year outside I'm going to just plan on growing the plants inside.
I also hope to buy some hanging baskets to hang on the front of my house this year where I will plant strawberries. So, those and some other planters to place around different parts of the yard to grow a few things (like a few cabbages) are on my list. So, I will be saving for those and watching the ads closely to see where I might be able to find some of those cheap.
I am also planning on buying more flowers this year to plant. I'm kind of nervous as to how they will fare as the spider mites are always a worry in the back of my mind, but if nothing else I figure some planters and some safety measures might make the yard prettier and also keep the flowers from getting the life (literally) sucked out of them by the little buggers.
So, anyway, onto the shopping goals (such as they are) for this month.
- Strawberries (as they are in season right now)
- Other produce if I can find it cheap.
- Shampoo (I try to buy a year's worth at a time if I can find a really good sale, so we'll see how that works out)
- Cameo Cleaner (stainless steel cleaner that I love)
- Cat litter
- Canning Lids
- Pectin (because I'm out)
- Garbage Bags
- Kitchen Sponges
- Canned Shrimp (this is a "maybe" if I have a few weeks with some wiggle room for extras)