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May's Shopping Plans

 Apricots in White Garden The Prudent Homemaker


I awoke shortly after 4 a.m. to the sound of pouring rain.

Rain is very rare here, and when it does rain, it is usually so gentle and short as to only last 30 seconds. Pouring rain is unusual, and even more so in May!

I got up and closed the windows, went outside and into the garage and turned the drip irrigation and sprinklers off.

It's a beautiful May Day here, with cooler weather than usual thanks to the rain and clouds. We'll be back to 95° and even 98°(37°C) next week, but for four days this week, we are enjoying cooler temperatures.

The apricots will be ripe in my garden soon. I have two kinds of apricots: Katy and Royal (a.k.a. Royal Blenheim). Katy is generally ripe 3-4 weeks sooner than Royal, but wind and cold made it so only a few branches ripened on the tree, and then the rest of the Katy tree bloomed a month later. Whether they all ripen at once is yet to be seen. Katy usually ripens at the beginning of May and Royal towards the end of the month.

Blackberries 2 The Prudent Homemaker

Our blackberries will also be ripe in the garden this month.

In years past, we have also harvested peaches in May. As our tree was dying last year, we took it out. It will be a few years before we have peaches ripe in May again.

I am harvesting oregano, parsley, garlic chives, and green onions from the garden this month. I am also harvesting lettuce, spinach, and Swiss chard.


I plan on purchasing the following items this month:


Sam's Club:

Olive oil (3-liter bottle)

Mozzarella cheese (5-pound bag)

Powdered sugar (7-pound bag)

Brown sugar (7-pound bag)

Best Foods Mayonnaise (1-gallon)

Gatorade powder (We keep this on hand for when someone is sick, and as we had several people with flu earlier this year, it's time to replenish it).

Aveeno Body Lotion



La Victoria salsa (using $1 off coupon) 

Flour tortillas

Sour cream


Vegetable Oil



Suave shampoo (using 2 $1 off coupons)


I'll spend the rest of our $200 monthly budget on fresh produce and meat that I find on sale this month. 


Here is a month of typical spring meals in our house.


What are your grocery shopping plans this month?


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  • Kim in Florida May 02, 2018

    Im always on the lookout for inexpensive meat and inexpensive fruits and vegetables. I need to buy a few number 10 cans of tomatoes, will probably get them at Sams, they are the same price as the food service outlet, so I might as well get them without the dents. I'd like to stock up on some cases of corn and green beans, but only if I find them at a good price. Its so convenient to open a can of them, when you dont have much else to put on the table. The price of eggs near me have skyrocketed. They went fro 3¢ each to 11¢. Walmart did have a box of 60 eggs, expiring this month for $4. I bought one. Hopefully the egg price goes back down. Eggs were a big goto for dinner.

  • Rhonda A. May 02, 2018

    That's a pretty small list this month for your family, Brandy. I expected to see diapers on the list, but I guess you prepared for baby months in advance. It is sad that your peach trees had to be replaced. I hope you still have a few peaches in your pantry to enjoy.

    I have officially started back to work, which means I have less time and energy to shop. For this reason, I usually switch to shopping every other week during the summer. This also means my mom takes over the majority of the cooking. Therefore, my focus for meals switches to convenience meals and replacing items my mom prefers to cook, as well as a few extra lunch items, since I now require them too. My list for our regular grocery store will vary accondingly to our need.

    Last month I was able to finally check off a few long standing items on my Costco list, as they went on sale. Here is my list so far for Costco this month:
    -sweet potato fries (watching for sale)
    -parchment paper (watching for sale)
    -shampoo/conditioner (watching for sale)
    -peanut butter (watching for sale)
    -hamburger patties (hoping for sale soon to stock up for BBQ season)
    -hot dogs (hoping for sale to stock up for BBQ season)
    -liquid hand soap (hoping for sale soon as we are getting low)

  • Becky May 03, 2018

    I know it's not your preferred way to cook--convenience items, but you clearly have figured out that family peace is worth something, and that it's still cheaper than eating out every night or having the crew order pizza or something while you are at work! So, hang in there:). I think you are being wise by doing it that way, even though it's a bit difficult, as it's not your preference. It's a great compromise.

  • PJGT May 02, 2018

    As is usual, we continue to buy as little as possible while paying off medical bills and building our food storage. I will be buying coffee in bulk. Other than that, we purchase the same things every week (meats, salad, apples, almond or peanutbutter and milk) during these super busy times. We just do not like change when we are stressed and overwhelmed. Keeping it simple and frugal here!

  • Lilli May 02, 2018

    I have pulled 140.00 cash for the month. I have a list of needed items.
    Dog food
    Cat food and cat litter
    1000 sheet toilet paper
    Bug spray
    Dish soap
    Trash bags
    Vidalia onions 49 cents a lb
    Puppy needs flea meds
    I will check the salvage stores for anything I might be able to pick up there and after that , I will shop the lowest price points on my list.
    I will be using this month's SNAP to buy long term storage items in bulk from the farmers market.
    Gasoline is up 70 cents since the winter. Eggs were 4 cents and now are 25 cents a piece. My surcharges on my water bill have increased by 5.00 a month. I will continue to adjust my budget to accommodate the increases. The funny thing is that the budget doesn't actually increase. I am beginning to wonder how many more tricks we can actually find and use. I home that baby Simper is eating and sleeping like a champ. All is good here. Swagbucks make me smile. I used a few for various purchases this month.

  • Gaila May 02, 2018

    Hello Brandi I too am so happy to hear about your new arrival! Children are such a blessing! I am going to continue to work on food waste. I have been doing a lot of reading on the subject and decided to be more proactive in this area. So for this month I will be purchasing just the essentials ...milk , eggs, potatoes, flour, sugar if it is on sale, mayo, and tuna again if I find a sale, also some fresh fruit and vegetables. If I don't find a good price on items I will just readjust the menu plan and use what I have. Thank you for all your inspiration and for all your readers ideas I learn so much every time I read your blog. I look forward to seeing what you name your new little one :0)

  • Jenny May 03, 2018

    My shopping plans for May include buying dental chews for the dog. This may not seem immediately frugal but the alternative is paying a $800.00 vet bill to extract teeth. I also brush my dog's little teeth with a finger brush that costs $5.00.
    I will buy mince to make up a big batch of mince, with tomatos and onions that I got for free, and freezing portions with spaghetti or rice.
    I will buy chicken to make up sweet and sour chicken with ingredients I have, to freeze with rice.
    I also intend to make a batch of 36 cup cakes for church with ingredients I already have. The cup cakes will be iced with chocolate butter cream that I made a fortnight ago.
    I will cut kale and perennial leeks from the garden for salads. But I will purchase beetroot and asparagus and bread.
    I may also purchase some cup a soups for quick meals on the go. And they are shopping plans for May

  • Marybeth May 03, 2018

    My budget is $400 for the month. I do have money still from January when I did our pantry challenge. I am hoping to get ground beef and steaks this month because of Memorial Day. Also cheap condiments. We always buy milk, cheese, fresh fruit and veggies. I didn't get more toilet paper last month so I really want to get more in May. I will be shopping sales and looking at marked downs. Whatever I find at rock bottom prices I will get.

  • Marybeth May 05, 2018

    I got 4 huge London broils foe $1.99 a pound. I cut them all in half so I have 8 now. That was all they had. Hoping to get back for morning.

  • Jennifer O May 03, 2018

    I will try to eat down the deep freezer, so probably only some fresh vegetables and fruit to round things out. I probably won't plant a garden this year, as I have some serious spackling, paint and trim work to do inside and with the roof getting replaced they will probably trample any garden I plant.

  • loyda May 03, 2018

    I inventoried this week and was planning on spending only a certain amount each week for food but found out I am going to go watch my Gkids for 10 days this month so it changes what I will be buying. DH will stay behind and most likely he will pick things up along the way to eat. Never the healthiest but he does not like to cook for one. I am using more coupons for my nonfood items. Did really well at CVS yesterday my total was 77.04 but only spent 29.96 and got back 7.50 in rewards that I will roll over to next week. Purchasing Zyrtec is cheaper here in AZ than in OR and I bought some for my SIL and I'll take up to him when we go for the new baby in August. My usual budget for food is 100 a week and 100 for the month for nonfood items. I can usually keep it under but try to keep stocked up so I usually hit those amounts. This week started our higher electric rates so I will try to be very careful how much electricity I use in the kitchen during the 3-6pm hours....

  • Krissy in Sacramento May 03, 2018

    Loyda, I buy the generic Zyrtec ("Allertec") at Costco, it's less than $20 for one bottle of 365 pills. I figure my Costco membership basically pays for itself just by buying these. I take them all year long.

  • Mary in AZ May 05, 2018

    Sams club has the same. I used to take Zyrtec and when I talked to my dr he said the generic is the same but a lot cheaper. I take mine all year also. CVS also has a generic and I have used that when I did not have a Costco or Sams club membership.

  • Stephanie N. May 03, 2018

    Congrats on the little one! I had 12 brothers and sisters growing up and loved being part of a big family. I always wanted more than 3 children but that doesn't seem to be in the cards for me.
    Looking back on April I realized that easily half of our dinners were of the quick soup and a sandwich variety. No one complained they weren't satisfied and everyone seemed to be happy with the set up so that's probably going to happen more often in May. I still have several types of soup in the freezer to choose from but will also pick up some canned soup if I see any on sale.
    Aldi has avocados on sale for my target price this week. I'd like to pick up about a dozen to add to sandwiches and salads. I don't often buy them but most of my household loves avocados and it will be a nice treat. I'm hoping to find a good price on all beef hot dogs closer to the end of the month. If I find them for $1.50 or less I'll get as many as the limit allows and stick them in the freezer to carry us through summer barbecues. Most of the sales I'm seeing for meat this month are for pork and half of my household is Jewish and won't eat pork. It gets annoying because my kids and I love pork but DH and step kids won't touch it.
    My SIL will be coming to live with us next month. She's moving cross country and won't yet have a job and as such will not be contributing to household expenses. This month I'm trying to cut costs wherever possible and keep that extra money for next month. An additional adult in the house using groceries, hot water, electricity and maybe even needing some financial assistance from us is sure to have an impact on our budget. Starting June with a cash cushion will be a relief until we can adjust to the new living situation and get a feel for how it will affect us all.
    Have a good month everyone!

  • Rhonda A. May 04, 2018

    Stephanie, I hope you take advantage of the pork sales anyways, while they are availble. I would stock up and freeze it in small portion sizes. When your SIL arrives, the extra meat in the freezer will help you with your budget, especially if it was cheap. During the summer, you can just BBQ 2 different kinds of meat, to meet everyone's preferences!

  • Jenifer May 03, 2018

    We have $100 for the month for food and toiletries (2 people). I'm pretty well stocked except for fresh greens, fruit and TP.
    Eggs have gone up from 89 cents a dozen to almost $3. So I started subbing the chia seed and water for eggs in baking. Usually I can get the dozen to last the month that way. I can usually find ww bread for a $1 a loaf, when we have it - we can consume a loaf in a week. If I bake a small loaf of Budgetbytes honey ww bread that will also last us a week and costs about a quarter to make - so back to baking bread. :)
    I've finally started to listen to some studies/information/experts...about eating just 3 meals a day (I will have fruit as a snack if needed) vs grazing all day and have noticed food lasts/stretches longer and that has been helping me stay on task more with the grocery budget. The waistline is starting to slim down too. (so there is a silver lining to budgeting! HA!)

  • Pat May 03, 2018

    I did my major grocery shopping on May 1st. I bought 10lbs of oatmeal and a case of 45 applesauce cups that will last at least 3 months or more. I also got 40 small tortillas for $3 that should last a couple months. My big score was green beans. I got 25lbs for .88lb. Man that was alot of beans even after I shared with my adult children. We now have enough frozen veggies, except for carrots and cauliflower, for at least 6 months. I prefer frozen or over canned. I also bought salad stuff, mushrooms, zucchini, sweet potatoes and crackers. The only thing I need for the next 2 weeks is russet potatoes and they are on sale this week 10lbs for $1.88. I spent $69.59.

  • sue May 03, 2018

    I'm sitting pretty good. will watch the sales towards Memorial day for condiments and burger to take me thru the summer bbq season. I'm picking up cheese, taco sauce,etc that is on sale this week for cinco de mayo.

  • I May 04, 2018

    Will shop this morning.
    2 pk romaine hearts $2.00
    pasta- $1 per box
    strawberries-$2 lb
    mushrooms-$1 for 200 grams
    mango-$1 each
    green onions-.67 each

    I also need to look for cheap bandaids, yogurt, bananas ceasar salad dressing( one of our favourite summer dinners is chicken ceasar salad) . I have $10 in grocery pts to spend so will not be too costly.

  • annlees May 04, 2018

    Brandi I have been reading your blog for many years now, and always look forward to it. May I add my congratulations on the newest member of your family, and best wishes that you are both doing well. Now at 76, I also still enjoy your following posts, their efforts to raise families, keep the home fires burning and all that entails. Keep all those good ideas coming, I always find inspiration here. :)
    ann lee s, Vancouver island, bc Canada.

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