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September's Grocery Shopping Plans

September Harvest The Prudent Homemaker

September 2016 Garden Harvest

After a month of no shopping, I'm planning to continue to live mostly from our pantry, freezers, and garden, with a few purchases. Our income is still rather limited. In 2012 and 2013, we had a budget of $100 a month for food and $65 a month for non-food items. Our income is now even less than it each of those years; those years were also considerably less than we made in 2007, the year we had no income for 8 months and began living exclusively from our pantry for over a year. I am grateful for the increase that we had in income the second half of last year (and the savings it allowed us to have that helped us this year). For now, I will continue to take each month as it comes.

I'm budgeting $100 this month to buy things.

This month's budget is very unusual in that I have some gift cards and freebie coupons to use towards purchases in addition to the $100. 

 

Target:

I will redeem 2200 Swagbucks on September first to get a $25 Target gift card. You can redeem one $25 gift card a month for 2200 points; after that, they are 2500 points. It usually takes me 2-3 months to get 2200 points, but this month I spent some more time earning points so that I would have this.

Diapers (1 large box that will last the month)

Children's chewable multi-vitamins (150 count bottle)

 

Winco:

Potatoes. I'll buy 50 pounds; the russets are currently higher than I like to spend (at $2.98 for a ten-pound bag) but I will be going above my price point on them this month (normally $2.25 a bag)  and hope that when I make it over there, the price has come down.

Gold N'Soft Light spreadable margarine in a 3-pound tub, which is usually around $2.24. (I use this on baked potatoes, to cook with, and on toast; it has 0 trans-fats). I'll pick up 3.

Carrots (10 pounds for $3.88)

Milk

Apples. I'm hoping to see sales between $0.79 and $0.99 a pound when the new crop of apples comes in.

 

Smith's:

Corn on the cob: 6 ears for $1 (no limit; I'll buy 24).

Chicken (a reader sent me some manufacturer's coupons for free chicken for a certain brand of fresh chicken that she can't get in her area; I'll pick these up and add them to my freezer).

American Beauty pasta. It looks like the new sales price is $0.69 ($0.49 looks like a price I won't see anymore). I printed several coupons for $1 off 2 packages from coupons.com and I will pick up pasta. I'll only buy the 16-ounce bags (rather than the 12-ounce bags) so that I can get the most food for my money. I'll buy 50 pounds of pasta. (I also added the Smith's digital coupon to my card for another $1 off coupon).

Friday freebie. I loaded the Friday freebie to my card and I'll pick it up when I'm there; it's a candy bar and I can give it as a gift to a child.

 

Albertson's:

Sour cream 10 for $10; I'll have my husband pick up 10  (which will save on gas as there is a store in the shopping center where his office is) and we'll enjoy them on potatoes as well as rice and beans. 

 

Sam's Club:

I still have a $25 Sam's Club gift card that I got from Swagbucks earlier this year. I kept meaning to use it every time I went but I kept forgetting it was in my purse! I plan on using the gift card to get the following:

25 pounds of Long grain rice ($8.34)

Ketchup ($3.83 for 114 ounces; we use it to refill 3 large bottles)

Oxi-Clean powdered stain remover (10.1 pound box), on sale through the 17th for $12.48

Pears in Silver Bowl The Prudent Homemaker

From the garden this month, I will harvest Bartlett pears, Swiss chard, oregano, basil, a few handfuls of red noodle beans, a few Armenian cucumbers (several of my vines died and bugs got to the zucchini plants last month; a couple are left but I never harvested any zucchini last month as the heat caused the flowers to wither and die before they ever opened), a few tiny tomatoes, green onions, chives, rosemary, and some other herbs as I need them for meals.

 

What are you planning to stock up on this month?

 

 

 

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  • Lorna September 02, 2017

    Hi Brandy and everyone from Australia :) .

    We have been picking turnips, spinach, lots of capsicums both red and gold and early Massey peas from the gardens. It has been incredibly dry here so we have been conserving water where we can to water in the new seedlings that have sprouted.

    This month we are working on increasing our food storage on flour by one storage bucket, raw sugar x 1 10lt storage bucket and 5 extra butters for the freezer and I have worked out that I can do this within budget which is fantastic thanks to being able to get grocery gift cards from our roadside assist club.

    Other items we will get on our 6 weekly shop will be -
    - eggs.
    - powdered milk.
    - cocoa powder.
    - cheese.
    - butter
    - 2kg of bacon
    - tinned mangos
    - sultanas.
    - macadamia nuts.
    - almonds.
    - plain flour
    - raw sugar
    - 2 x lip balm
    - 2 x cooling cake racks.
    - 2 x biscuit trays.

    We are so happy we have been blessed and will be able to increase our food storage :) .

  • Lone Star State Mama September 02, 2017

    This month I will limit my grocery budget to $250. This is for food/household items only. I already spent most of this yesterday and today buying staples from Sams (flour, beans, sugar etc) and WalMart. I hope not to do any shopping until the end of this month. We have a goal to reach and by staying out of the stores, I won't spend anything extra!

    Thank you to everyone that shared what possibly will be higher priced this coming season. I deliberately added extra flour, beans and sugar to my list because of the comments here. I can't do much about beef prices right now but I am able to buy extra staples. Hope everyone has a great month and reaches their goals.

    LSM

  • Tanja Brattinga September 02, 2017

    I find it so good what you are doing (or NOT doing) with your money. Lot of people are in debt these days, in the Netherlands also, but people do not want to cook from scratch or only drink water during the day or bake there own bread. They keep on buying confieniance (?)(sorry for my spelling) food and then moan about there money.
    I had a laugh about youre american beauty pasta, I thought it was some kind of facial cream or something....., so I googled it and it was pasta like spaghetti and stuff....lol, I wundered why you would buy so many.
    My freezer is almost filled with vegetables from my garden, we now eat most of the vegetables I harvest from the garden. Lots of beans this year, green beans that is and string beans all frozen. Lots of zucchinnis to, and beets and carrots. But there are also a lot of beets and carrots to harvest for eating right away. I have about 50 pots of jam/jelly each 500 ml. Lots of passata to.
    During the wintertime we can harvest kale and cabbage and sprouts and Red cabbage, so we will be oke.
    In the netherlands we don't need to stock a pantry for bad weather conditions like in the USA, we don't have hurricans and heavy floading and things like that. We hardly ever have power faillure, and when it does happen it never takes longer then a vieuw hours.
    And in the netherlands we don't have to drive very far to go to a supermarket as we are a very small country ofcourse.
    But I love reading about your lives and it's very inspiring.
    Goodbey everyone.

  • Margie From Toronto September 02, 2017

    I have taken out $150 for September's groceries and I spent about a third of that yesterday. I will really only need milk, yogurt, eggs and fresh fruit & veg for the rest of the month so will concentrate on stocking up on sale items. I will pick up some more peanut butter tomorrow but wait until I see what next week's sale flyers offer before purchasing much more. Normally, at this time of year I would expect to find canned soup (mushroom & tomato), along with pasta and canned veg on sale - so will concentrate on things like that.
    I will also use up meat from my freezer (just the top of the fridge) so I'll be making meatloaf, shepherd's pie and a few chicken dishes. I want to make room so that I can freeze some veg later in the month when onions, carrots & peppers go on sale.
    I currently have $60 worth of points saved up on my loyalty card and plan to restock my baking supplies with this money at the end of September. I also keep a coin jar which currently holds around $50 - I'll keep adding to it over the next 3 months and then use that money at the end of November to stock up on Christmas extras.
    I'm anticipating a no spend January & February (except for dairy and fresh fruit & veg) so I will be working towards that goal.
    I already have about 6 months worth of non food items saved up so only buy these sorts of things when the sale price is just too good to pass up - it makes such a difference!

  • Shara September 02, 2017

    We had a few months where I tried to keep the majority of our meals from things on hand so we were actually out of some items starting this month. I like that because it lets me know I am rotating my storage. Things have changed here (medical dietary restrictions) and our food costs have gone up some because of that and the fact that my daughter is back to taking lunches with her now that university has taken back in.

    I'm thinking I'll need dairy throughout the month, potatoes, and a few items. Anything else will be just because I find a good enough deal to justify not taking advantage of it.

  • Juhli September 02, 2017

    I don't know yet what will be on my non-routine shopping list but my plan is to make a comprehensive list of emergency supplies needed in case of an earthquake or other event that requires food, water and first aid supplies. We moved across the country 4 months ago and I have replace my backup water supply, bought extra canned foods and a battery powered lantern but not really studied what is needed. Also want to have minimum supplies in our car. Other than that I will be just doing the usual shopping for the 2 of us.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 02, 2017

    Juhli, here is my list of supplies to help you out:

    http://theprudenthomemaker.com/blog?view=entry&id=18342

  • Juhli September 03, 2017

    Thanks!

  • lynn September 02, 2017

    The first week back to school has been pretty hectic but I stuck to my budget gratefully!

    1. Was able to get a free planner, a coupon book, and some coupons for buy one get one free smoothies during the Back To School Booths on campus.
    2. Got a free Iced Coffee at 7-11 and a free Ben and Jerry Ice Cream through the 7-11 app. Little treats like this have been so helpful in sticking to my budget.
    3. I got a free photo collage from CVS and free prints with free shipping from Snapfish! This is helpful towards a frugal Christmas.
    4. Carried all my lunch items and snacks to work/class. It is helpful as my Mondays are 14 hour days!
    5. Signed up for a free "Paint and Punch" class through my library. Looking forward to it.
    6. Sold a top I never wore on Ebay.
    7. Completed a small Mystery Shop at Sam's Club. Only $2.00 but I was there anyway and I am up to 45 dollars in my paypal. Trying to cobble enough together to get a bike for my youngest for Christmas.
    8. Cooked a turkey we had gotten near Easter. It made many sandwiches, 2 nights of dinner and saved the rest for soup.
    9. Trying to find a book for a class assignment through the library.
    Frugal and Not so frugal. Our oven died yesterday. This would be the last un replaced appliance in the last 4 years. I even had to do the air conditioner this year :(.Lukcily a $40.00 part solved the problem. I graduate in 2019 so things will be lean till then as my husband doesn't have a job currently and I am finishing my schooling as a psychologist. Sometimes its overwhelming but I just keep plugging away.

  • becky in iow September 03, 2017

    our income took a down turn as well for grocery's for the month we will only be able to get cheese i am figuring harder times ahead. This week worked on two bday gifts and a wed gift and a little towards Christmas. i had froze all raspberries to make jam later in fall we have peaches on the trees those are small here in iowa they will be jam too. i make all our bread items. we lost a part time job we have had for yrs some one under bid us and we got very little but enough to hurt so we push on we have storage and have always used it as a pantry so we won't eat different but are now using without replacing which makes me nervous but when we get unexpected funds we use some to get needed replacements. but without this job things will be very hard.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 03, 2017

    I'm sorry to hear that, Becky.

  • becky in central iowa September 03, 2017

    we will manage we pay our tithing so we will be blessed we are 61 and not best of health feeling old you know that when you have no money you have to work extra hard at everything...but we did put in our storage as a big pantry and food wise we will eat the same. Thankful for warnings to be prepared and that we followed the Prophets encouragements to put up storage. I hope things improve for you as well

  • Lorna September 03, 2017

    becky in central iowa our family is thinking and praying for you and send you and your family reassuring hugs.

    I agree that if we follow the prophets words on our food storage we will be blessed and glad you have a good supply to tide you over. Hoping that you find some more work to even the family budget out for you.

    Lorna from Australia.

  • Susan Roberson September 03, 2017

    Brandy,
    How do you use or cook red noodle beans? We have some for the first time and I dont know what to do with them.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 03, 2017

    They're just a "green" bean (just like a "yellow" one would be). I steam them, and then serve them as I would green beans--with either sauteed onions, sauteed garlic, or lemon juice and of course, salt.

  • Ellie's friend from Canada September 03, 2017

    My friend and her family went camping so she cleared out some of the items in her fridge and gave them to me (cooked beets, a lentil patty, carrots (I pointed out to her they would keep for her return but she gave them to me anyway), green beans, kale. She also gave me some frozen applesauce and some frozen tomato sauce she'd made.

    I went to the farmers' market because I was close to it after a dentist visit. I bought a case of peaches for $20. Identical cases were being sold next to it for $30, the only difference being that the one I bought supposedly had to be used right away. In fact, I pointed out to them that they were still very unripe. I have been eating the tomatoes off of my plants almost everyday. Not enough to can but enough to eat fresh. I stocked up my freezer with 25 individual packages of cooked meat (turkey, ham, beef, etc.). I then only make one trip to the grocery store each month, saving on taxi fare. So I should be okay until the end of the month.

    Brandy, I admire how you make limited resources stretch. I hope things improve for you economically. We keep hearing how the economy is recovering in both countries but don't experience it ourselves.

  • Jessica Carter September 04, 2017

    September is going to be a tight month in this house...I suspect the next several months will be as well. I am attempting a new menu planning style that will allow us some more frugal options and make it easier when I start school at the end of this month. I'm hoping to pick up extra shifts the next few weeks to help cover some expenses and save for a few things such as a stock up trip to Costco and some Christmas items. With my crop of cherry tomatoes I am going to dehydrate them and look into putting them in oil and making them into Christmas gifts.
    My parents are coming over tomorrow I believe and they will likely bring over some meat for our freezer (yay!) which will go a long ways for us.
    My son is also very determined to build a go cart (I love his ten year old ambition) and we are helping him raise money to put it together.
    May the odds be in everyone's favor for the frugal life this month!

  • Libby September 04, 2017

    In September money has been set aside for PYO raspberries. These will be frozen and also made into jam. I need to buy bulk yeast and am planning to use a Swagbucks-earned Amazon gift card. I need to restock on bulk balsamic vinegar from the food coop. I use it to make homemade salad dressings. I'm hoping for a good sale on cranberry juice and toilet paper. Apple season!!

    Thank you for a head's up about future flour and beef prices.

    Brandy - do you meal plan a month at a time? How do you determine what to purchase for a month when you have a limited budget? Would love to read a blog post on how you do this.

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 04, 2017

    Libby, I don't meal plan for the month. I find I have to see what is ripe in the garden to determine what we are having, and I don't always know what day I will have enough of something ripe to make a meal. I have a huge pantry (if you haven't seen my pictures, they're here: http://theprudenthomemaker.com/cooking/learn/pantry ) and I have freezers with food as well. I base purchases on what shortages I see in my pantry as well as what sales I know are going to be that month.

  • Juls Owings September 04, 2017

    I ordered my fall garlic to plant today along with my ground cover to plant in the north garden. That stocks my garlic for next year.

    A big thank you to Brandy for this post and to all those that comment. I gather the wisdom daily.

    Hubby came home and told me the company is changing the retirement package for next year so he is coming out in early Dec. Changes annual physical, medication orders etc along with December is when I restock after Thanksgiving because I do the Christmas/yule candies and cookies for transport the week before Thanksgiving while Hubby is off work. The part time seasonal work he was offered doesn't start until April/May.Not sure what our income will be from Dec 1st to June 1st..so planning for the worst. He has CDL license, is an EMT, does small repairs of all sorts, does wood working, farming, animal care, and volunteers for SCARES that runs the HAM radio group for Homeland security. Our landlord already said he could work the rent,electric and propane off working the landlord's farm. Still, it's been over 20 yrs for me and over 30 yrs for him to go back to not having a steady paycheck and paying our own health ins.

    December stock up has been split into Sept/Oct/Nov. Our local potatoes come out in Sept. I really try to get them then as they last longer than the ones I order. Winter squash including pumpkins are rolling in. The Amish produce auction for pumpkins is Sept 22.
    My stock up is going to be HUGE...I'm blessed in the fact I was able to earn and save enough to cover most of it plus the gardens are blessing me with tomatoes. I ran out of pasta sauce the last 2 yrs. I should (after looking at the tomatoes today and praying I get them dealt with asap so I don't lose them) I should be canning tomatoes for the next 3-4 wks if not past the first frost (I will cover them if it frosts which is around Oct 9th my Hubby's birthday)
    http://chefowings.blogspot.com/2017/09/september-stocking-pantry.html

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