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April's Grocery Shopping Plans

Lemons on Cutting Board The Prudent Homemaker 

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As usual, this month I'm concentrating on filling holes in my pantry. We've continued to eat down the freezers, which has been fantastic, as I've found things that really need to be used up. This has given me the chance to clean out a couple of freezers before I start juicing lemons and adding lemon juice from our lemons to use throughout the year. My Meyer lemons can stay fresh on the tree from late November through April, but after that, it's too warm here, so they really have to be picked. Anything that we haven't already harvested will be picked and juiced this month. We'll freeze the juice and some zest as well. I plan on drying some zest to make my own lemon pepper seasoning.

Swiss Chard in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker

The Swiss chard in the garden goes to seed this month, so we've been eating loads of Swiss chard every week for the past month and will continue to do so this month. When it bolts this month, it grows 6 feet tall (2 meters) in a week! I plan on harvesting it before it bolts and then pulling the plants, except for one or two which I'll let bolt for collecting seeds to plant later.

Salad Produce The Prudent Homemaker

April is the best month for lettuce in my garden, so we'll have lots of salads. In April we usually have salad either with or for (as the main course) lunch or dinner every day, served with homemade salad dressing. A simple and very inexpensive meal we often have in April is black beans (seasoned with onion powder, garlic powder, and lime juice), rice cooked with tomato bullion powder, and a salad. Bean burritos (made with pinto beans) are another favorite of ours in April. As the weather warms, homemade lemonade and salads with homemade bread are a meal we have often as well. Often, we'll have a homemade soup as well.

We'll harvest lots of snow peas and green onions this month. Most of them will be enjoyed in my Museum Pasta Salad.

Spinach, radishes, and leeks are ripe in the garden this month as well. 

I'll cut and dry parsley to add to my pantry. My parsley is starting to bolt in the garden, so it needs to be harvested before it all goes to seed. This is an item I no longer purchase dried, as I grow enough in my garden to use fresh and dried throughout the year.

 

I'm not sure when I'll be out and about shopping in May after our new baby is born, so for April, I am upping our budget from $200 to $400. May's shopping plans will depend on our income.

Here's how I plan to spend my $400 grocery budget for my family of 10 this month:

 

Sam's Club:

Raisins (60 oz.) $9.98

Chocolate chips (72 oz.) $9.98

Brown sugar (7lbs) $4.38

Granulated sugar (50 lbs) $23.88

Rice (25 lbs) $9.48

Tomato Sauce (5 #10 cans) $2.98 a can

Diced tomatoes (5 #10 cans) $2.98 a can

Feta cheese  (24 oz.) $7.38

Mozzarella cheese (5 lbs) $10.48

Ketchup (114 oz.) $3.83

POM toilet paper (4 boxes) $19.98 a box

Milk (4 gallons) $2.35 a gallon for whole milk

 

Winco:

Potatoes

Onions

Carrots

Limes

Great Northern Beans (25 lbs at $0.89 a pound)

Kidney Beans

Salsa

Milk

Sour Cream (unless I find a lower sale elsewhere)

Spreadable margarine (3 lb container for $2.28)

 

Walmart:

Equate hand dishwashing soap

Dental floss

 

Smith's:

I'll look for sales on strawberries for $1.00 a pound or less; I'll buy several to make jam and to freeze.

I'll look for sales on chicken under $0.99 a pound to put in the freezer. In years past, I have found whole chickens for $0.79 a pound in April, which is a rock bottom price where I live.

The case-lot sale takes place over two weeks this month. I'll look for case-lot sales on canned Mandarin oranges and canned green chiles. Chiles are not on the case-lot sale this time.

Update now that I have the ad:

Mandarin oranges case of 24 11-ounce cans $14.16 ($0.59 a can)

Tuna fish case of 48 5-ounce cans $28

Canned corn case of 12 $6 (2 cases)

 

 

Going through the grocery ads last month, I can see so many items that can quickly up one's budget--even on sale. For example, strawberries were on sale, but they were $2.50 a pound. I know that in April strawberries are at their lowest price for the year in April as they are in season here at that time, so that's when I stock up for the year. Many stores have a limit, so I'll look for a store that doesn't (usually Smith's--our Kroger affiliate--has them for under $1 a pound without a limit, though some years the lowest sales price has been $1.25 a pound). My goal is to always look for the lowest price and stock up then. I know that some items are only at that price once or twice a year, which is when I aim to stock up, and why the prices you see me paying are as low as they are. Regular prices and regular sales prices are not that low all the time on many items that I buy. By waiting to purchase items until they are at their lowest prices for the year and stocking up, I save a lot of money.

I'm cooking several pots of beans in my solar oven and freezing any we won't use right away. This gives me a head start to making several meals on other days, including after the baby is born.

 

What sales will you be looking for this month? Do you plan on harvesting anything from your garden?

 

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  • Samantha April 05, 2018

    I purchased the Silpat brand- and absolutely loathed them for this reason. However, I gave the Amazon basics brand a try (MUCH more reasonable) and I use them everyday- literally. They are much better with nonstick properties, and I can toss them- sticky messes and all- right in the dishwasher. I highly recommend them!

  • Rhonda A. April 04, 2018

    I usally just spray my pans with cooking spray when cooking or baking. However, I have found the silicon bake mats are perfect for freezing produce. I blanch my veggies, dry them, then spread then out on bake sheets covered with the silicon bake mats. After the veggies are frozen, I use the bake mat to pick them up and use the mat like a funnel to pour the veggies into a freezer bag. I've tried using waxed paper or parchment, but I found the veggies would often freeze to the paper and caused frustration. The veggies don't stick to the mats!

  • Jeannie April 07, 2018

    I am convinced!!! I will buy some silicone mats! They sound too useful.
    Jeannie@GetMeToTheCountry.blogspot.com

  • Jess April 08, 2018

    I use them this way as well! Makes it so much easier. My grandma uses a "copper" baking mat. It's still flexible like that, but not sticky at all. I borrowed one from her to make cookies and it worked like a charm. I don't know how they would do for freezing though.

  • KathyL April 04, 2018

    Hi Brandy - Hope you are feeling as well as can be during the “homestretch!” What are your best prices on silicone mats? I buy parchment at Sam’s and it lasts a long time but am willing to invest in the mats if they save money in the long run.

  • Rhonda A. April 05, 2018

    Don't know about the U.S. but I bought my silicone mats at a "dollar store" here in Canada for something like $3 or $4 each. My mom also bought me a set of 3 from Costco for Christmas one year. I think they were around $10 or $15 for the set. I'd try checking Amazon. They are not excessively expensive for something that is reusable.

  • Cindy in the South April 03, 2018

    I am still working on the last of my frozen mulberries (fresh ones from the tree will be ready in May) and I still have lots of frozen figs to eat. I have so much of these two fruits, that I seldom buy other fruit, except for a very occasional bunch of bananas, a watermelon in the summer, and maybe one basket of peaches in the summer. I do keep a couple of cans of peaches just in case, but really, I try to use figs or mulberries for everything that requires fruit...lol. I am considering getting a dehydrator, if I can find one at a good price. I have been replacing things as I have run out. I ran out of flour, but I seldom use it, and it almost went bad before I used it. I eat mostly rice, noodles, potatoes, or cornbread for my starches, so I decided to just buy a small bag of flour from Walmart. I did the same with cornstarch. I ran out of canned green peas, and bought two cans for a $1 at Dollar General. I need to buy some imitation vanilla. I have reduced my food storage variety, because I have so many rice and beans, especially beans, I need to eat up, that I am concentrating on that. I bought garlic powder for 88 cents from Walmart. I have enough fresh turnip greens to last me two weeks, maybe longer, depending on how much I eat of them. Dandelion greens are out, and I mix them with the turnip greens, when I have both. I am running low on potatoes, and will probably buy more in a week or two, when I get a little bit lower. It is getting warmer and more humid, so I manage my potatoes carefully, so that they do not ruin. I buy far less in the summertime. I am also concentrating on paying off my mortgage, so I am doing a cheaper, less variety in food storage, and throwing the little bit extra at my mortgage. I have some cabbage that I need to eat this week, so I will be making more coleslaw, which I love. I tend to keep coleslaw and potato salad in my fridge, and eat on it all week long, because it is so easy to just pull it out after working all day, and eat it without turning on the stove. It is also cheap, especially if paired with beans, greens, carrots, and rice. This is the time of year, where I cook less, except for the greens. So, I guess I will buy the imitation vanilla, margarine for $1 (butter is so expensive here), eggs, and maybe a can of evaporated milk for a $1. I will also buy a jar of mayo, and maybe a little aluminum foil.

  • Lisa from Maine April 04, 2018

    you can store your flour in your freezer so it does not go bad before you finish it.

  • Rhonda A. April 05, 2018

    Cindy, you should try making bannock bread. It is very easy, tastes like a tea biscuit and has very minimal ingredients involved (all very cheap pantry items too). Also, you can cook it either in a fry pan or oven. Since you live in a very humid place, making it on top of the stove might be a better alternative to heating up the house with the oven. Here's a recipe link: https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/6919/bannock/. Just a note, you can divide the dough into smaller biscuit sized portions before cooking. That way, you will end up with several that you can eat over a few days.

  • CIndy in the South April 06, 2018

    Thank you...I have never made that...will have to try it.

  • SusanL April 06, 2018

    Cindy, have you ever tried making your own Sourdough bread? My family enjoys several loaves a week. It is by far the easiest and best tasting (I think) bread around. It only uses flour, salt, water and Sourdough Starter (which you feed and keep in your refrigerator). I know that it sounds crazy but each loaf has turned out tasty Every Single Time! Some may not look beautiful ;) but still taste just awesome. I have baked mine in a roundish loaf but the family likes it best when I just use loaf pans so that sandwich making and toasting is easier. I will have to try frying the dough to see if that works as well hmmm.

  • Cindi April 03, 2018

    Yesterday I pulled a head of lettuce that had volunteered in the greenhouse and ate it for lunch -- that will probably be all I harvest this month, since I am just starting to plant things in the greenhouse and it will be another few weeks before I can plant more cold-hardy things outside.
    We're going to make our quarterly Costco run this month, as we will be in the city where there is a Costco -- I'm stocking up on peanut butter, tuna, and coffee and chicken. I'm pretty well set for everything else and have been eating from the freezer and pantry, making space for summer harvests.

  • Luba @ Healthy with Luba April 03, 2018

    This month, I've already done most of our grocery shopping, using a 5% discount as well as a $5 off $50 coupon given to me by my aunt.
    Here is what I purchased:
    * Flour (to make homemade bread)
    * Pinto beans
    * Tomatoes (on sale)
    * Spinach
    * Chicken (mainly leg quarters)
    * Grape fruit
    * Onions
    * Garlic (it's still flu season here, hence the onions and garlic)
    * Frozen blueberries
    * Carrots
    * Bananas

  • Ja April 03, 2018

    We are waiting for the snow to melt and for spring to finally find us. Then we will plant snap peas followed by lettuce. Then slowly add everything else to the garden. We still have onions, carrots and potatoes from last years harvest.
    We will be enjoying ham for awhile as we stocked up at Easter prices.
    We need to continue eating from the freezer to make some room. Lots of venison is taking up space.
    I am traveling this week so I bought some convenience foods for the trip. I hated to pay the price but since I am gluten free I need to know the food I am eating is safe. I will save money by not eating in restaurants on the way because I will pack all of my meals.
    I heard of someone who was traveling right past where my sister lives in another state. I asked them if I could ride along and be dropped off to visit her. I am so thankful for this free trip.
    Thanks for your continued inspiration. You are a blessing.

  • Ann April 03, 2018

    The floss made me smile. A relative rinses and reuses her floss. I don't know why this seems strange to me, since I rinse and reuse my toothbrush twice a day!

  • Lea April 03, 2018

    Dentists highly recommend NOT doing what your relative does as the dental plaque buries itself in the floss in ways it doesn't on a toothbrush. This allows it to be moved around the mouth and actually promotes infection/disease. Dental floss is not made to be reused the way a toothbrush is. Recently this has been in many medical/dental publications since it's really become a thing, I guess.

    Something to pass along to your relative and anyone else who needs it,
    Lea

  • Jeannie April 03, 2018

    Lea, I had not thought about reusing dental floss but would have considered it a good idea. Thanks for the warning.
    Jeannie @ GetMeToTheCountry

  • Melissa April 03, 2018

    I have planned to spend $60 this month. I will probably go to the grocery store twice. I will mostly only buy dairy products and fresh fruits/vegetables. I have two freezers that are packed full, a huge pantry cupboard, hundreds of jars of home-canned foods, plenty of eggs, and every kind of spice/herb imaginable. I really need to use up some of the food I have on-hand. I tend to see things on sale and not wanting to pass up a good deal I buy them! This month I am focusing on using what I have.

  • Jo April 03, 2018

    I expect to have a half pig coming to me this month, so I have been trying not to fill my freezer.
    I shopped five times in March, as I shop on Fridays, so I hope I can do less shopping this month -- I blew my budget last month. I have quite a bit in my pantry, but cooking right now is difficult, because I'm on a food challenge diet; everything has to be tested one at a time, with a few days in between each test. I can't use much of what's in my pantry yet until it's tested, and some things I may never be able to eat again. It's frustrating, but unfortunately, it's necessary as well.

  • Laurie April 03, 2018

    I have 40 lbs of bacon coming in May. I paid for it last month when our return came. A little treat to look forward to :D

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