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February's Grocery Shopping Plans

Lettuce and Parsley The Prudent Homemaker

Lettuce: Four Seasons, aka Merveille de Quatre Seasons, with Italian Parsley

 

This month I plan to continue to restock items in the pantry that are low.

After discussing our food needs, we have decided to buy more beans. As meat prices have continued to climb, we are eating beans more often, and I will go through a 25 pound bag of beans much more quickly.

I looked at the new order form at the LDS Cannery, and it looks like they haven't discontinued the bulk black and white beans in bulk like I had heard they would! This is wonderful news, since a 25 pound bag is $15. I want to get more of both of these.

I won't be buying any Valentine's candy. I will make candy for the children using supplies I have in my pantry. I have a silicone heart-shaped mold that I bought at the Dollar Tree a few years ago. I'll make some chocolates in it. I also will make heart-shaped cookies. I'll put their treats in these free printable bags that I've had pinned on my Valentine's Day Pinterest Board for a while. (I used a couple of ideas from my board last year; you can see photos here). For Valentine's Day, my husband and I will either have a special meal from something in the freezer, and/or I'll make us a special dessert for just the two of us after thc children are in bed. We'll have an at-home date that evening.

 

On my list this month:

 

Winco:

Oats

Gold n Soft spreadable margarine 

10 pound bag of carrots

 

LDS Cannery:

Black beans

White beans

 

Sam's Club:

Flour

Brown sugar

White vinegar

Mozarella cheese

Granulated garlic 

Milk

 

Albertson's or Smiths:

Asparagus (This is on sale for $1.28 a pound right now. I have a few spears just starting to poke out of the ground, but I still don't grow enough for our family, who loves asparagus. Even though this is the lowest in-season price, it's much higher than years past, where I could get it for .99 a pound. This means changing my price point on this item.  My mom picked up two pounds for me yesterday while she was at the store getting some for herself.)

Sour cream (I'll look for a sale price of $1 a pound if I can find it, or $1.25 if that is the lowest sales price. If there isn't a sale that low I won't get any; I generally find it on sale at this price every few months).

 

Walmart:

Oil

Washing soda

Blue Scotch Brite Pads

Great Value dishsoap

Powdered milk ( I don't remember if this is lower at Winco or Walmart, so I'll check. Walmart is $15.98 for the 64 ounce box, which makes 5 gallons. Powdered milk is about the same price as I pay for fresh milk right now, and sometimes a bit higher. However, I like having powdered milk in my storage for times when I need milk in baking and I'm not able to get to the store; I can just just a little bit in a recipe at a time. You can read more about powdered milk here.)

 

Target:

Oil of Olay bar soap (I'll look for a sale on these; I printed two $1 off coupons for these)

Up and Up trash bags (There is a Target coupon for these, plus a 5% off Target cartwheel offer. Hopefully there will be a sale sometime this month as well. This is the store brand. I buy the kitchen trash bags  in the largest box, and they sometimes go on sale for $1 off a box. )

I have a $5 gift card from Target that I got last month as part of a promotion to use as well.

 

Though that will take up most of my month's budget, I'll also keep an eye out for great deals and sales for both food and toiletries that are within what is left.

 urn crop

I will be making a trip to the nursery this month.  The nursery is my favorite place to shop--it's quiet, peaceful, and full of flowers! I'm limiting my trips there this spring (and it is very much spring here, with temperatures in the 60ºs and 70ºs!)  to reduce the tempation to buy things that I know aren't in my budget this year. My garden budget is not part of my grocery budget. I'll be buying some tomato plants and possibly a chocolate mint plant. I still haven't decided between the large or small tomato plants, and the comments I received last month gave me lots to ponder.

I'll also purchase some manure for both the garden and the lawn. I have a $10 off $50 coupon to use at the nursery. I'll keep it close to that amount. Most of it will go for manure on the grass (our nursery has a 2 cubic foot bag of manure for $1.99, which is much lower than elsewhere).  So far this year I have spent $79.90 on seeds. I bought extra large packets this year on seeds that have a 3 year shelf-life, to (hopefully) eliminate the need to buy more seeds next year (I also plan to collect seeds frm my open-pollinated plants this year). I am also still planting seeds that I purchased last year and the year before, as well as seeds that I gathered from my own garden last year

Swiss Chard in the Garden The Prudent Homemaker

Swiss chard

I'm harvesting in the garden every day. The variety that I can pick will increase as the month continues and my plants get bigger.

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Comments

  • Melissa February 05, 2015

    These posts are so inspiring! We're trying to limit our grocery shopping to $500 a month for our family of 5, but without a garden, it's difficult. Question--I'm growing collards indoors, but they got very leggy. (I planted them 11 days ago.) Is that normal? What can I do so they don't bend over because they're so tall and thin?

    I'm hoping with growing things indoors first and using the right soil combination to enrich this desert soil, we'll have a good garden this spring.

    Thank you, too, for the seeds. I just got them and can't wait to go through them this weekend!

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 05, 2015

    Melissa, you could have planted those directly outdoors since you are so warm. I would transition them to outside and get them planted outside soon.

  • Holly B. February 05, 2015

    I have had this trouble with growing plants indoors. They crave sunlight and this just happens when they don't have overhead lights. They make lights to help with this but i've never invest in one. Generally the plants get a bit better once they are outside.

  • Kathy February 05, 2015

    If they are leggy it means they need more sun. If it's warm enough where you are you can put them outside part of the day, or put them under fluoresce nor grow lights.

  • Missy February 05, 2015

    At my target in the seasonal permotional area they have 10 count boxes of 13 gal garbage sacks for 1.99. So with the 1.00 coupon .99 it hit my price point 0f .10 a bag not sure if it meets yours.

  • AshleyAshley February 05, 2015

    Hi Brandy, I was at Target today and saw some Olay bar soaps on clearance, they were on the end of the shelf cap near the soap aisle. There is also a great 5 off 20 meat coupon at Target this week. I'm planning on buying some turkeys with is, the small ones are 1.19 a lb, much cheaper than the price of chicken. I've decided moving forward that unless chicken is on a wonderful sale, I'll be buying turkey instead. Chicken in florida where I am ranges from 2.99 to 5 dollars a lb. I just cant find the prices for chicken reasonable anymore. Turkey is similar enough and to cook one we have meat for an entire week. So turkey it is for us in the future.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 06, 2015

    Smith's (Our Kroger affiliate) has chicken for .88 a pound this week (whole or pieces). But I know sales vary by region. It's a good deal and I'm tempted to buy some, but we still have chickens and turkeys in the freezers, so I am not getting any this month. I think your plan is a great one!

    I will look for some clearance soap; thanks!

  • Sandra hammer February 05, 2015

    Hi. I'm fairly new at gardening. I'm really enjoying it so far. I have saved seeds from store bought produce and also have some leftover seeds I bought. How do you store seeds for the next gardening season?

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 05, 2015

    You'll need to make sure the seeds from your store-bought produce are open-pollinated or heirloom types. Organic produce is still usually a hybrid seed, so it won't grow true to form and may even be sterile. I have stored seeds in seed packets as well as in canning jars.

  • Cindy O. February 05, 2015

    Oh, I love you dear Brandy! This is our lean time of year and it never fails that I will see a link on FB to your blog and it just brings me a sense of calm when I click through and read. Thank you!

  • Jenni February 05, 2015

    You may want to try starting your collards in a milk jug outside. I don't know what zone you live in, but here in Kansas, which is fairly cold, I started Swiss Chard and Kale outside in February by cutting a gallon milk jug in half and poking holes in the bottom. The lid can be removed to vent it, but basically, it acts like a mini green house and gets much more sunlight. My Swiss Chard and Kale grew really well here, and transplanted just fine into my garden.

  • Jenni February 05, 2015

    Brandy, do you mind sharing how much you budget for gardening? I'm just curious as to what it takes over a year to support a garden as I set my own budget.

  • Rhonda A. February 05, 2015

    Brandy, I agree with you wholeheartedly on the comment you made about powdered milk. I don't believe that the price I buy mine for is any cheaper than buying the regular milk either. However, my mother suggested buying it as a backup plan for emergency situations. If the hydro was out, we could still make up just enough milk as needed with bottled water to cook with and not have to worry about spoilage.

    We use ours all the time in baked goods or when making things like scalloped potatoes, so that we do not have to run to the store to get more milk. Although we still have to do a milk run once or twice between my every other week grocery shopping routine, it feels like it would be far more frequent without the powdered milk in our pantry.

  • Dianna Morales February 05, 2015

    Is there an LDS cannery close to you? Just wondering how you get the beans. Also do you not buy the powdered milk from LDS? Not sure about you're Walgreens but here in California their eggs are 1.29 dz, normally 3.40 a dz. I ended up buying 10 dz cage free no hormone, antibiotic and stimulant.free eggs 2.75 dz.... I can't believe I got those cheaper than traditional eggs, I hated buying them at that price but needed eggs and didn't see Walgreens until yesterday, juat.thought I would share for you to check you're area. I'm going to be getting into the garden this week/end cause it's a l weeds and I haven't used it for a year, I am also going to be doing a little garden in the back too. I'm going to plant swiss chard, tomatoes, bellpeppers, zucchini, and still deciding what else will work will be invading your pages since we are similar in zone and heat. ;)Thank you for all you do!

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 06, 2015

    There is a cannery close by.

    The short answer on the milk: I don't like the cannery's non-instant powdered milk. The longer, more detailed reason about the milk is on my powdered milk page, where I talk about the different types of powdered milk.

    That is a good price on eggs; thanks for sharing! Eggs are good for 4 to 6 weeks past their sell-by date, according to the American Egg board, so you could always buy more and use them next month.

    You can see what I grow on my gardening pages, if you need some more ideas for what will work in your area.

  • julie@frugallyblonde.com February 05, 2015

    I hope to start some of my indoor garden this month. I don't have a green thumb at all, but I like to grow basil for pesto. Your garden is always so beautiful, I just love it.

  • Shani February 05, 2015

    Hi Brandy,

    Just a quick note that you may want to think about purchasing extra powdered milk. I was reading "The Bluebird's are Nesting" blog on Monday and she had quite an eye-opening post on the shortage of powdered milk that is beginning to spread across the East and may be coming to the West. You can find it here ---> http://thebluebirdsarenesting.blogspot.com/2015/02/preparedness-and-pantries-what-will-be.html.

    Have a lovely week!
    Shani

  • Brandy@ The Prudent Homemaker February 05, 2015

    I hadn't heard of a shortage, but thanks for the heads' up!

  • Mari in MD February 06, 2015

    Shani, that post was referring to Australia, New Zealand, and China. When you said "east", I thought you meant the eastern United States and we aren't having shortages in Maryland (I've seen powdered milk in both Aldi and Wegman's, the two stores where I do the majority of my shopping). It was an interesting, thought-provoking article and it's always good to stock up because it could happen in the U.S., but right now in my corner of the world, it is not.

  • Shani February 10, 2015

    Yes, Mari, you are correct, the article was written in Australia and was discussing the shortage happening in the East. The shortage started out just in China, but with the amount of people needing powdered milk and baby formula they have begun to import it. Due to that, it has spread to Australia and New Zealand, and it just keeps getting worse. There are predictive factors that suggest that it could spread through Europe and then the United States. By bringing it to people's attention now, we here in the U.S. can stock up and secure a good supply for our families.

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