I awoke this morning to melting frost on my deck. Which means that fall is, officially, here to stay. We'll see how long the pea plants last after that as they are protected under the eave of the house, but still...frost is frost. We shall see. Kind of a neat experiment really.
So, yeah, to get to the point in a round about fashion (with me is there REALLY any other way to get there?) is that peas are not on my shopping list this month *laugh*.
Usually this time of year I'm in full blown planning mode to get the most out of our dividend checks next month and would be working tirelessly figuring out a shopping list and redoing it over and over again until I had it where I wanted it in the hopes I could at least somewhat fill the pantry for less than a grand. This year I figured I'd be panicking, hard, as dividends are reduced thanks to the governor and already spent for us (winter tires and dental bills oh my!). But, God's providence shown on us this year and I was able to get great deals on produce and things to help pad out home canned goods in the pantry, there have been awesome sales on meat to stock the freezer and I was able to get enough from the garden and other areas where I have an entire SHELF in my standing freezer packed full of fruits and vegetables on top of my home canned goods (and an entire shelf of my fridge freezer packed full of fruits and veggies too!). I'm feeling pretty darned good about that.
This month my shopping goals are going to be primarily done online, but I do have a few things I want to get at the regular stores, one of which I'm hoping to get today as Fred Meyer has honeycrisp apples on sale for 2.49 lb through today as part of one of their 3 day sales. Honeycrisp are not only my favorite apple, they are a good storing apple, so I want to get those to stock into the fridge.
With the online shopping, I am putting in a big order with Amazon this month and using money I have carefully set aside every month to stock up the pantry. Some things I'm ordering because I can't get them safe (or at all) locally, like rye flour for baking dark breads this winter.
I was going to get some hot chocolate mix and some oats from the LDS cannery, but found their hours to be terrible with my schedule, so I sought other options and actually found some cool stuff! One is that Swiss Miss hot chocolate, the regular stuff, is actually safe for my son's peanut allergy. This is HUGE for me as I've been getting really expensive hot cocoa mixes thinking that was my only option (when I wasn't making them myself and all). I doubt my son will actually drink hot chocolate anytime soon, but I like to be safe either way.
I was also able to get a bulk thing of Quaker Oats on Amazon one night super cheap, so I have those coming. I put in a bulk order for Wasa crackers/bread too. My husband has found that he loves the stuff after I got some to try on my son during feeding therapy and he blows through the stuff. At nearly 5.00 per package that starts to get cost prohibitive. He actually asked for it in bulk as he likes the crackers/flat bread better than chips for a snack. Works for me as it's a lot healthier! And I've loved Wasa bread since I was a kid as it was one of my dad's favorite crackers too. It's over HALF the price on Amazon compared to buying the packages at the store, so it's worth buying it there.
So, here we go. Shopping goals for this month!
- Honeycrisp apples
- Puff Pastry (I know you can make this yourself, but I want some for desserts in the freezer and with the price of butter and the labor involved? I find buying it to just be simpler and cheaper)
- Big thing of chicken boullion
- Local Carrots (if I can't find a good deal on them at the produce stand)...to blanch and freeze a few more for winter.
- Swiss Miss hot chocolate mix (Maybe. Going to comp shop that at Fred Meyer today to see if the big cans are available and how expensive they are)
- Quaker Oats
- Rye Flour (bulk)
- Flax Seeds (for bread baking)
- Wasa Bread, bulk
- Vanilla pudding mix (ran into 24 boxes super cheap on Subscribe and Save, so I'm hoping this will help to finish up the pudding stores for winter...I can add cocoa powder to make chocolate pudding if I need to ;).
- Cream of Chicken Soup, bulk (family does not like the SOS mix made into cream of chicken soup, although I can't really tell the difference and we've run out)
And there you are folks. My shopping goals for this month. What about you? Got anything on your list to buy?