I did, indeed, end up getting five boxes of angel hair pasta at the store instead of going for 20 boxes through Amazon, as after digging around and organizing the pasta better in the pantry I found that I did have more than I thought I did and also it was only 1.00 a box at the store, which was cheaper than Amazon was charging. So, that was a nice (and much cheaper) find.
This month, when it comes to eating, I am working on figuring out a new system for planning menus (I'm hoping to work it out and finally get it written down definitively this week). My "plan" (if anything I do can be called that *laugh*) is to plan out basic meals that will probably be made once a week (for instance we've been having a breakfast dinner once a week lately) and then figuring out things that I would like to make for dessert and then planning how much of basic staples, like milk and eggs, I would need to buy to make it through the month on that plan. Then I can better plan on how much milk to buy in a week, how many eggs to buy for a month...things like that. I can only really do this with staples as with my son...his appetite is all over the place, so it's kind of hard to figure out how much of his "basics" I would need to make it through an entire month.
When it comes to shopping this month, dividends will be in this week for the family (Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend). Most of said dividends are already spent (or grabbed by our, insert nasty names here, legislature) as I'm going to pay off the chunk of my husband's dental bills that are due by November (only one more big chunk to pay off after this, thank goodness!). I usually spend some of the dividends to buy masses of food, which I AM buying some, but not as much as I used to by far. The majority of this food is being bought from Amazon this year. I'm trying to be careful with what I order, but am going to buy a few new things to try on my son that are peanut free (which anything peanut free, or heck anything "allergy free" period, is always expensive and, unfortunately, a lot of it has to be bought online). I am hopeful. I've failed many times over the years, but if ONE thing sticks and he picks up a new food? All failures are worth it.
Other things I'm ordering from Amazon are things that are just SO much cheaper to order from them than I can get at the store. Lately the son has decided he is in the mood for Goldfish crackers. I've tried about four different recipes that are supposed to taste like Goldfish and he won't even touch them, so I've been forced to buy them (which honestly, if it comes down to Goldfish and Cheetos, guess which one I would prefer him to eat?). The big carton of Goldfish (which I have to buy as he goes directly to eating his body weight in whatever he decides he wants to eat) is up to right around 10.00 at the store, which makes you want to pass out when you put that into your cart and realize that 1/4 of your weekly grocery budget is now shot. So, yeah, the bulk flat of Goldfish on Amazon it is!
Also on Amazon I am going to buy 3 oils that another mom suggested for helping eczema that I ran into as her son had awful eczema, like Alvah almost, from a young age and she found that the three oils helped her son's skin a lot (she's got a science background and studied oil compounds and things...the conversation went a BIT over my head, but I got the gist of it...I think *laugh*). She gives her son some in a smoothie as well so he gets them internally and externally, but since Alvah won't really eat smoothies or anything, I'm just ordering the gel caps of the oils and will break them into a home made skin cream and then maybe squeeze some onto his tongue or something later on if he takes to the oils. I pulled out my herbology text books to better study the oils and found that two of them are considered to be "women" oils (too much of them can actually mess with the "woman" hormones produced in the body, too, which led me to once again researching safe levels of oils for internal consumption per 50 lb increments. Amazing what kinds of things you research as a parent), which is probably why I never really studied them to possibly help the son's skin, but they do contain a lot of good things for the skin as well, so after really reading into them, I'm going to give them a shot (they ain't cheap, but nothing with the son ever is).
So, here's the list of things I'm buying this month, I hope.
Amazon.com (the following links contain associate links...sorry folks. Yup I'm a sell out. I admit it. But hey, at least I'm legitimately buying this stuff and consider it a good enough deal to purchase it...that has to count for something right?)
- Milano's Parmesan Cheese Tub (80 oz) This will be enough Parmesan Cheese to last us a year, I hope, and at 24.06 for 5 lbs of Parmesan cheese I couldn't pass it up. We eat Parmesan Cheese a LOT and it is one of the few "real food" items my son will eat on pasta, so I found this to be the most economical way of getting it (as the Kraft stuff is up to astronomical levels at the stores and the son won't do the store generic types). And double bonus is that it comes in ONE container, which will lead me to not having to throw out a small Kraft container all the time, so yay for that!
- Kraft Easy Mac Cups (10 Pack) Another "boy food" that I very rarely buy anymore. This will be used to split up other foods for school lunches. I got the 10 pack for 5.24 after Subscribe and Save discount and the coupon had been applied.
- Evening Primrose Oil
- Borage Oil Capsules
- Black Currant Seed Oil
- Don't Go Nuts Nut-Free Organic Roasted Soybean Spread, Variety Pack Once again a "try it on the son and see if he goes for it" type of experiment. I've found that soybean spreads like Wowbutter really do taste the most like peanut butter (and every other nut butter alternative I've tried on him, such as almond butter, have failed miserably), so I figure I'll try him on these different ones. If he goes for it, it'll be another source of protein for him. And YES I know, trust me I've read it all (I used to run an allergy food blog ages ago), about soy and the dangers of eating too much of it and such and yes I still think it's worth trying with him as right now the most protein he eats at one time is when he occasionally will eat Bumblebee Tuna Salad.
- Don't Go Nuts Nut-Free Organic Snack Bars, Gorilla Power, Chocolate Chip Granola (12 count) The son has eaten some raw oats a couple of times as a sensory seeking thing, so I'm hoping, maybe, between the chocolate chips and the oats that he might go for these. Note: I did get mine cheaper as they were offering a 20% additional discount on their bars earlier in the week, so I got these for 11.62...they are more expensive now. Fingers crossed that he likes them!
- Curel Itch Defense Lotion (the school requested their own container of lotion, so I gave them what I had of mine. I only gave them about 1/3 of my Puriya Mother of All Creams, so at least I still have that until it comes in to help stretch out the Puriya :).
- Annie's Mac and Cheese, Pack of 12 (okay, this was just cheap and will last us forever around here. I got the 12 pack of Shells and White Cheddar for 7.10 after coupon and Subscribe and Save discount. That's cheap for any macaroni and cheese anymore, but for actual REAL cheese macaroni and cheese that's unheard of cheap! I'm not a huge fan of Mac and Cheese but my daughter loves it).
- Zegerid OTC Capsules, 42 Ct (this my husband just needs as he's getting low and through Amazon, after the 15% Subscribe and Save discount for ordering 5 or more items is taken off, it is like 5.00 cheaper than buying it at the store! Totally worth it!)
- Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Cheddar, 30 Ounce (Pack of 6) See above for explanation on that one.
- Bread Flour (25 lbs...maybe 50...depending on price)
- All Purpose Flour (25 lbs)
- Trash Bags (cheapest place to get them right now that I can find)