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February's Grocery Shopping Plans

February Radish The Prudent Homemaker

I'm grateful for the opportunity last month of not shopping to empty the fridge and work on clearing out the freezers. The freezers still have quite a bit left in them and I always strive to keep the pantry full; there is plenty there still. 

This month we'll work on eating more of the fruit from the freezers and pantry (as well as meat from the freezer). This will give me some space to stock up on some meat sales. There's already a great one starting today (whole chickens for $0.57 a pound!) so I'm glad that we've been eating from the freezer.

The seedlings in the garden slowed down their growth quite a bit when we had a frost and a cold week just recently, but the weather is warming and by February 10th it should be in the low 70ºs ( 22ºC). I'm experimenting with planting more seeds earlier than usual, going by the soil temperature rather than dates, with the hopes of a good harvest before it gets too hot for plants to flower in the summer.

We still have lots of beet greens and Swiss chard that we're harvesting several times a week, lemons on the trees, and various herbs that are ready. By the end of the month, I hope to begin to harvest a lot more from the garden!

 

Here's what's on my list:

 

Sam's Club:

Mozzarella cheese

Flour tortillas

Corn tortillas

Pinto beans

Almonds

Chocolate chips

Toilet paper

Goat Cheese

Feta Cheese

Ketchup

Tomato sauce

Eggs

 

Winco:

Milk

Plain Greek Yogurt (to use as a starter to make more yogurt)

Spreadable Margarine

Sour cream

Garlic

Potatoes

Carrots

Broccoli

Onions

Possibly other produce depending on prices; they have sales but no ads, so I'll see what prices are when I get there.

 

Alberston's:

whole chickens ($0.57 a pound)

avocados (medium ones are the jaw-dropping price of 3 for $1, with a limit of 6)

frozen petite peas 

 

Vons:

Boneless pork loin $1.79/lb

Raspberries (on sale for 0.99 for 6 ounces, which is incredibly low; limit 4)

avocados (medium 3 for $1, limit 6)

 

Target:

Diapers (There is an in-ad coupon that will give you a $25 Target gift card if you spend $100 on baby items. I'll buy 4 boxes of diapers).

Oxi-clean spray refill

 

I love having a full enough pantry that I can wait for the amazing sales and only stock up at the lowest prices!

My budget for this month is $400.

Arugula The Prudent Homemaker

 Arugula (Rocket) 

 

 

 

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  • Tiffany E. February 01, 2017

    Thanks for the Albertsons tip! I don't usually shop there, but will grab some of the whole chickens and petite peas to put in the freezer.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 01, 2017

    I don't think the peas are on sale though; I'm just hoping they are! I feel like I never see sales in the ad for them but then I get to the store and they're on sale. I'm going for the chicken and avocados and I'm going to see about the peas, because they are SO good, and my family loves them! I was only able to get 9 pounds the last time I went there when they were on sale because they didn't have any more. That's only 9 meals for us and we just ate the last bag last night.

  • Christine February 02, 2017

    Brandy, I would love to know how you cook the peas. Does your family like it plain?

  • Lachellie February 03, 2017

    March is national Frozen Food Month and lots of things go on sale , including veggies, often at the lowest price point of the year. Last year Albertsons had their veggies at 88¢ here in Louisiana, even the petite peas. One of the reasons for promoting frozen foods in March is to clear out stocks for the coming harvest.

  • Jenny Henderson February 01, 2017

    Our budget for the month is $500. Since we've been working to extend and bed-down the gardens till Spring we cannot plant until then, and that's because we're getting our Alabama Growers Permit (tomorrow). The state is particular about these things.
    We started using a new-to-us budgeting method this month and it has me scratching my head. I'm dead set on staying under budget.
    I can't figure out if we'll be over budget if I shop for a few items at Sam's and do the rest at our local grocery store. I don't grocery shop enough to know the stores prices by heart and they're so away, I'd hate to waste gas. I just started buying produce at the grocery store because we finished off the last of this past summers goods. I'm very frugal, so between the gardens being down and learning a new system, I'm stressed. Can ya tell? Lol
    Do you ever go over budget or forget to add an item to the budget? What do you cook on the days when you just don't feel like it? Quick meal ideas?

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 01, 2017

    Quick meals are a whole post in themselves, but let me answer the other questionsL
    Do I go over budget: Not usually, but if I do I lower the budget for the following month. Do I ever forget things? Yep, all the time. In that case I will just leave something off the list. Or maybe I'll decide that something is such a good deal that I'll hold off on buying something else. For example, last year I had oats on my list, and then I ended up not getting them but getting some other great sales, and so I just put oats on the list the net month instead. I try to buy BEFORE I'm out of something, so I'm usually fine, but once in a while I totally miss something (like today, when I realized we are completely out of pinto beans, unless I'm missing a 25-pound bag around here. . . which is totally possible! I just thought of one more place to double check as I am typing this . . . )

  • LynninRI February 02, 2017

    Had to giggle about the pinto beans...what is that silly saying "I've lost many things but I miss my mind the most"...Needless to say I am still looking for my free box of check refills that I put in a safe place...lol

  • Saryn February 02, 2017

    I would love to see a post on your suggestions on quick meals. We struggle with this and seem to always rely on our fallback of breakfast (eggs and toast), grilled cheese/ soup if available or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

  • mable February 02, 2017

    Just yesterday I moved some boxes and found FIVE quart jars filled with scallions I grew and dehydrated---not last summer, but the summer before! At least they last forever but I wish they were leeks instead because I have several great recipes for leeks.

  • cathy February 02, 2017

    I grew leeks last summer. I had a 5 gallon bucket full. I never thought to dehydrate them. I have a dehydrator. I am still using them. I left alot of the dirt on the roots and my garage is cool. They are still good.

  • cathy February 02, 2017

    I agree Brandy. I do the same thing. I have found so many markdowns and clearance items. I couldn't pass them up. I got black beans for .29 a pound. I got about 10 items of personal products all marked down 50-75%. I saw one store had inventory being done, so I assume that they are marking down a lot. I too, put things on my list and try to wait for a sale. It is hard to pay full price. I have a running list so that I keep looking for that on sale. I started doing that when my kids were small. Money was tight and I had to be so careful. It was the only way I could stay home with the kids. Thanks to all, your wisdom is appreciated.

  • Cindy in the South February 01, 2017

    I assume you are commercial farmers for the Alabama Grower's Permit???

  • Glenda Rainbolt February 04, 2017

    I am lost? Why do you assume this? I literally know nothing about Alabama Grower's Permits?

  • Melissa V February 05, 2017

    Her reply was to Jenny Henderson up top - the comments can sometimes get out of order.

  • juls Owings February 06, 2017

    probably because their state doesn't require a growing permit for a garden and Alabama does if you are going to sale any of your produce even if it's just an apple one time RO BARTER.I have several friends in Alabama that have gardens for their own use that do not have the permit because they aren't selling or bartering their produce. Though a few did get it because they didn't want to barter or sell not thinking and get nailed with taxes and fines. Better safe than sorry.

  • Lorna February 02, 2017

    Hello Brandy and all from Australia :) .

    We are concentrating on eating a lot of things in the pantries that need to be cycled through.

    In the gardens we have growing watermelon, rockmelon, pumpkins, spinach, silver beet, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cucumber, strawberries, snow peas and beans. We have been picking cherry tomatoes, strawberries, capsicums and shortly our watermelons will be ready :) . We are experiencing heat of 38 - 42oC here at the moment so a few things are struggling in the gardens but we do have a good supply of blanched and frozen vegetables to eat down.

    We are working on staying under our $280 grocery budget this month so we can put $100 or more into our home cash stash that we keep for bulk raw ingredients orders/meat and general emergencies in the home.

    Here is our grocery shopping plans for the month -

    Medical - Not expecting any expenses this month on this as we purchased bulk supplies last month.

    Groceries - Powdered milk, whole milk, cheese, sour cream, cream, eggs, plain flour, cocoa powder, tinned lychees & mangoes , citric acid, oranges, ammonia, dishwashing liquid.

    Clothing - Do need some cushioned socks for working in the garden but will get them on special if I find them. A new pair of leather work boots for DH we may have to save a few months for these.

    Household - New aa batteries as I have noticed we have run out of these, again we will wait and look for specials.

    Gardening - trailer load of cow manure and horse manure. I am yet to go through our vegetable seeds but know we are low on a few such as turnip seeds.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker February 02, 2017

    Lorna,

    Once it gets to be about 35ºC I always have trouble with my snow peas; they get powdery mildew and succumb within a couple of days. I am always amazed that you get yours to produce all summer. Don't the pods get tough for you when it is that hot? Mine get hard and the peas get huge right away inside the pods, instead of growing long and flat, once the heat goes up.

    It will be 35ºC here by mid-April, so I am working hard in the garden to make sure everything is planted early enough.

  • Lorna February 04, 2017

    Hi Brandy ours are sheltered under the canopy of a 15mt tall eucalypt tree in the heat of the midday heat :) . The secret is to pick them early and they will remain flat, even the ones I don't get to in time that turn a bit bulgy we still eat as with being under the shade they are still crispy and tender.

    If you have say fruit trees or other bushes that you could plant underneath then give it a try, I am hoping you will have the same success.

  • juls Owings February 06, 2017

    Brandy , check this site out , it's old but I have used the milk, baking soda and the vegetable oil, soap ones with rotating through them in the season.
    http://www.growingformarket.com/articles/powdery-mildew-solutions

    Hope this helps

  • Melissa February 02, 2017

    What will you do with the avocados? Do you use them right away or do you store them? Do you buy the broccoli in large quantities and then freeze it?

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