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September's Grocery Shopping Plans

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Since I've lived here, September has always felt like the last month of summer, though we'll continue to run the air conditioner well into next month. With 5 months of over 90º weather, running the air conditioner is normal here from April through October. It's going to be 97º today.

The garden is not yet cool enough for me to direct sow seeds for lettuce (the soil temperature is 85º). We are getting pears, butternut squash, apples, a few cucumbers, a few tomatoes (very few) and some herbs. 

Smith's is having their case-lot sale this month. I'll pick up 24 cans of green beans ($0.50 a can when you buy 12), some shredded Tillamook cheddar cheese ($12.99 for 5 pounds), and brownie mix ($1 a box).  Pasta usually goes on sale this month for $0.49 a pound; if it does, I'll  stock up.



Cheddar cheese

Mozzarella ($2 a pound on sale this week in 8 0unce blocks, when you buy in multiples of 3)

Green beans 

Cream of mushroom and Cream of chicken condensed canned soup (I'd stopped buying cream soups but my husband loves them for sauces and asked me to put them back on the shopping list; these are on case-lot sale in cases of 48 cans for $.0.90 a can).


Ice cream (the Kroger Party pail is on sale $3.99 for 1 quart)

Boneless pork roast (on sale for $1.59 a pound)

Eggs ($3.99 for 5 dozen large)

Brownie mix







sour cream






I've already been to Target and Smith's (both last week). I'll go to Winco later in the month.

At the very end of the month, it should be cool enough for me to start sowing seeds for lettuce. I'm looking forward to it!








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  • Celeste September 12, 2016

    We had volunteer tomato plants grow and I didn't have the heart to pull them, so they are quite late for the east coast but I'm hoping we'll have a warm fall and get a few. They are small. I'm quite curious to see what kind is growing,

    I'm reference book shopping this month, I want some more garden ones for my permanent library and one on general DIY. I'm watching for a butter sale and chocolate.

  • kay chamberlain September 12, 2016

    And we think were hard done by in the UK because we get well into the 80s this week , but then again nobody much has air con its virtually unheard of except in the occasional hyper modern glass buildings , which are usually offices . We can grow lettuce till the frosts and then some if you cover them , its been a weird year in the garden , we lost the plums this year to gales , we have tons of decent apples and pears to come , our raspberries are just coming into their autumn flush , but the freezer is already flooded with the early summer ones , more jam to make ..Ive been out getting blackberries and done windfall jam with those , the little nut bushes are now big and look to be laden subject to the squirrels finding them , its a fiddling job shelling them and chopping them but i like cob nuts in my xmas cakes and they do keep forever . Im looking out for a few brassica plants just havent had time this year , if they go in now they give a spring harvest before anything else is ready , kale is always the quickest grower and chard is as tough as old boots . and i admit ive just found a tray of celery plants i had forgot about they can go in one of the cold frames , i may get lucky with them, the vagaries of the weather as usual i'm afraid

  • roynshelly September 12, 2016

    Hi Brandy,
    Did you make the condensed soup mix before adding the cream of soup back on the list? We use canned too but I had been considering making my own for a cost savings. Also, same question about the brownie mix? I'm trying to figure out what products are more cost efficient to make versus buy right now?

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 12, 2016

    I did try, but my husband wasn't a fan (on the cream soups). I only use them in a few recipes and I haven't bought them for years, so for now I am buying them.

    I haven't come up with a brownie recipe that I like that is less yet. I had hoped to, but it hasn't happened. Most call for chocolate (not cocoa powder). I keep hoping to find one!

  • Roberta in So. Cal. September 12, 2016

    Hi, Brandy.

    Years ago my mom gave me the Hershey's Chocolate Treasury cookbook (ISBN 0-307-49274-5). I just checked, and it has a few brownie recipes that call for cocoa powder rather than chocolate. You might see if you can get a copy of it through the library. If you can't, just let me know and I can copy the recipes and send them to you.

    I've only tried the "Best Brownies." They were tasty but much thinner than boxed mixes. We liked them, though. :)

    Since my diagnosis two years ago, I've had to avoid soy. That means virtually no packaged goods for me (soy is in just about everything--sigh). Fortunately, I have found some soy-free chocolate chips. Still, most of our chocolate treats must be made with cocoa power.

    Anyway, let me know if you'd like me to send you the recipes I have.

  • Susan in So Cal September 12, 2016

    I've used this mix and my family enjoyed it. The brownies don't come out fluffy like some of the box mixes. They are more dense but that's how we like them. It uses cocoa powder. :-)

  • Melissa V September 12, 2016

    I grew up with my Mom making her version of frosted brownies but what we now know are supposed to be called Texas Sheet Cake. The recipe I use uses cocoa powder in both the cake and the frosting and my kids love them!

  • JD September 12, 2016

    Brandy, this came in "The Kid's Cookbook" that my sister gave my kids years ago. I can testify that it's really good, although it does call for a lot of butter.
    Disgustingly Rich Brownies

    2 sticks (1 cup) butter
    2 cups sugar
    ¾ cup cocoa
    4 eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    ¼ teaspoon salt
    1-1/4 cups all purpose flour
    ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 or 9 inch baking pan with shortening or butter.
    Melt the 2 sticks of butter over low heat.
    In mixing bowl, combine cocoa and sugar. Stir in melted butter. Add eggs and vanilla and stir. Add flour and salt and mix until just smooth, not too much. Add walnuts, if using, at this time.
    Scrape batter into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
    Bake in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes, until sides begin to pull away from the edge of the pan or an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before cutting.

  • momsav September 12, 2016

    I've been looking for a cheap brownie mix, too. (My husband eats brownies Or, my chocolate chips.) I've found that the mixes are the cheapest for us. Here, i could get Duncan Hines for 1.00. (Less oil than the others.) Now, it looks like the best price has jumped to 1.25.

  • Melody September 12, 2016

    I use a similar recipe as this and they are limited by everyone. Brandy, I always just convert the recipe that calls for chocolate to cocoa. I believe it's 3TBS cocoa plus 1TBS oil to one square of chocolate.

  • Melody September 12, 2016

    Oops darn auto correct! Loved! Not limited!

  • Marcia September 12, 2016

    I have one but I'm sure you would want to double it, at least, for your family.

    My Mom's Brownies
    (the recipe calls them Miracle Brownies, so it must have come from a book or magazine but I don't know where.)

    3/4 cup flour
    1 cup sugar
    7 tbsp baking cocoa
    3/4 tsp salt
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    2/3 cup shortening (I use 1/2 cup canola oil)
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 tbsp corn syrup (Karo)
    1 cup nuts
    Sift 1st 5 ingredients into bowl. Add shortening, eggs, vanilla and corn syrup. Beat 200 strokes (or 2 min.)
    Stir in nuts, reserving a few for the top. Spread in greased 8x8x2 inch pan. Sprinkle remaining nuts over top.
    Bake at 350 degrees 40-45 minutes (original recipe) 30-35 min when I use a glass pan. They tend to get hard on the edges so I watch them carefully. I often sub about !/3 of a bag of chocolate chips for the nuts if I'm feeling chocolately.

    I have tried many recipes and came back to these as a good general brownie. I don't like them too soft and "uncooked" tasting in the middle.

  • Susan September 13, 2016

    I have been making brownies forever.. at least since I got married at 26! For years people would ask me for my recipe, and it was boxed Betty Crocker, or whatever name brand was on sale. No one believed me, as I am known for cooking and backing from scratch. I used two boxes in a 9x13 pan, and add chocolate chips! I think a cup and the larger ones as I bought in bulk when Sams C came into being. I also line the pan with parchment, cool a bit, and lift out, then cut out of the pan. I am divorced now, but my ex H a corporate ex as he went on, and I often sent those brownies when he requested for a work event. His partner, co worker did him a huge favor with a work related problem and in return my well mannered H said I would like to take you out to eat etc. He said well, I would rather have a pan of your wife's brownies! And the recipe! His partner who I knew well, I traveled with my ex for corporate, and often partner along. He was widowed at 39, and he had twin girls age 14, and a younger little boy. I had sent not only to work events, but brownies for him over the years. He now was doing all the cooking, and a few times would ask my advice! I was flattered, and truly I never get anyone that will not share a recipe! I always say, all the elaborate and complicated things I did make, all the entertaining over the years, and that is the recipe people ask about! And it is thrifty, and cheaper than making from scratch. I am alone now, and I still tempted when I see Pillsbury, or Betty box of mix for 1.00! You still add oil and eggs..

  • DD Kelly September 13, 2016

    I just tried this recipe and its divine! Best brownies I have ever made. Her tips are very helpful. I haven't done cost analysis tho. Here's the link

  • Athanasia September 14, 2016

    Brownies and Angel food cakes are the two things I make from a mix. We always buy the family size brownie mix for a 9x13 pan and follow the fudgy directions rather than cakey. When the mixes are on sale I buy as many as I can. We like to add nuts to the brownies. I've made from scratch and my recipe does use cocoa powder but in these instances the boxes work for us.

  • Nancy Wheaton September 14, 2016

    Look up "Brooks Bombshell Brownies". The recipe calls for cocoa powder and the brownies are the best I have ever eaten!

  • terry September 12, 2016

    If you are just using the cream soup for sauces Dollar General has cream of mushroom and cream of chicken for $.65 ea every day. Last year close to Thanksgiving they had Libby's canned vegetables at 3/$1 and I bought 2 cases each of corn, peas, cut and french cut green beans. Sure hoping they do that again this year.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 12, 2016

    I am hoping for those sales in November. We are out of green beans and I am still struggling to grow any as it is too hot and not humid.

  • Debby in KS September 13, 2016

    I will be watching for those! Thanks for sharing.

  • Erika September 12, 2016

    Ha! We're shopping buddies this month on the cream of chicken soup. My husband, like yours, wasn't a fan of the SOS mix (well neither was my daughter, but she doesn't like a lot of things at her age) and asked me to buy more canned. I just ordered 24 cans from Amazon for now because that was the cheapest price per can I could find, but I am hoping the cans still go on sale cheap around the holidays so I can get some cream of mushroom soup and more cream of chicken as well so I'm all stocked up.

    I need to start watching for sales on green beans as well as I think those are the one veggie I haven't really stocked up on for winter yet.

    I envy your case lot sales. I believe the only ones that do it here are the military commissaries on base. Enjoy stocking up for cheap :).

    Anyway, my list for the month can be found here...

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