Feeding 5 For $150 Per Week: 2nd Week of June 2017

Green Bean Delivery: $ 45.65

Of course I set everything up and forgot to take a picture! $10 in milk bottle return credits were deducted to get the final price.

We feel like we are still getting a bit too much food, so we are trying the U Pick option through Green Bean this week.

This week we had:
1 Each Onion, Vidalia-Organic $1.18
5 Each Nectarine, White $5.45
4 Each Kiwi-Organic $3.04
1 1-1.25 lb. Squash, Green&Yellow-Melon Acres $2.69
1 2 lb. Tomatoes, 2 lb. Roma-Organic $3.99
1 Each Lime-Organic $0.89
1 7-9 oz. Mushrooms, Portobello-Organic $3.99
1 Each Mango, Kent-Organic $2.49
1 Each Onion, Red-Organic $1.49
1 1 lb. Strawberries-Organic $3.99
1 5 oz. Spinach, Baby-Organic $3.99
1 1/2 lb. Mushrooms, Baby Bella-Organic $3.69
Produce Total $36.88
Groceries
2 1/2 Gallon Hartzler’s Milk, Whole $13.78
1 32 oz. Organic Valley Half & Half, 32 oz.-$4.99

Kroger Trip One: $47.22

Did you score the All detergent for $0.49?

Trip 2: $20

(The Mister bought beer and soy milk and iced tea before family came to visit).

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $112.87

Running total: $239.99

Feeding 5 For $150 Per Week: 1st Week of June 2017

Kroger: $75.54

My husband stopped and got soy milk and Clif bars for $18, so that isn’t pictured, but the total for all is above. He is going through more Clif bars as he goes through extra hockey practices in preparation for Nationals next week.

Green Bean Delivery: $51.58

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $127.12

End of Month total: $127.12

 

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Feeding Five For $150 Per Week: Last Week of May 2017

Kroger: $74.80

Aldi: $46.66

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $121.46

End of Month total: $593.10

 

Feeding 5 For $150 Per Week: 1st Week of May 2017

Green Bean Delivery: $55.87

Those half-gallons of milk are pricey at over $6 each, but that includes a $2 bottle deposit for each one. Having it delivered is so helpful, because I can just chuck the empty bottles in my delivery box and the cost of the deposit is deducted from my next week’s order. When we tried buying the milk from Kroger, we always forgot to schlep the heavy bottles back to the store,and honestly were less inclined to do so because it meant an extra wait at the service desk to return them.

Kroger: $40.13

Just ignore the diapers. The $8.50 for those came out of our household budget, which has thankfully shrunk since we potty-trained the youngest. We’re still not brave enough to let her fly swim diaper free in the community pool however. Hopefully this is our last year of buying any kind of diaper?

We don’t often buy single-serve snacks and drinks,but my son has a field trip this week to the Zoo, so I let him have a special treat.

Aldi: $33.92

In playing around with our new expanded grocery budget, I have learned that I really have to go to Aldi and Kroger every week in order to stay within budget. With only about 4 weeks of grad school work to go, this will rapidly become more easy to do every week. Every time I skipped the longer drive to Aldi, my costs jacked up.

Ele Bakery: $15

This week’s extravagance was to celebrate our 11th wedding anniversary. I spent all day (and was up until 1 am) doing grad school homework, so no time to play around with baking.

When I was pregnant with our 6 year old daughter, my coworkers threw me a shower and bought cupcakes from this bakery. They were some of the best I have ever had in my life, and The Mister has never lived down gobbling the three leftover cupcakes I brought home without leaving one for his pregnant wife. You know a cupcake is good when a man cupcake-blocks his own pregnant wife!

Monthly goal: $600

Weekly total: $144.92

Running total: $144.92

 

Feeding 5 for $125 Per Week: 2nd Week of April 2017

Green Bean Delivery: $59.15

My kids demolished that pineapple in an hour.

Kroger: $77.82

Tome it looks like there is nothing here, but the hard cider, two bags of coffee, Clif bars, and so milk are expensive. Our Easter prep includes buying chips and the fixins’ to make Easter egg shaped and colored Rice Krispie treats using Lucky Charms.

Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $136.97

Running total: $376.51

I’m pretty sure we’re going over this month, thanks to the extra Sam’s trip.

Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 1st Week of April 2017

Green Bean Delivery: $82.86

Grandma was here when it was delivered and put everything away for me. We got 4 half-gallons of organic local milk that comes in glass bottles, 2 12-oz slabs of uncured bacon, mushrooms,cabbage, red and yellow onions, green beans, kiwi, apples, carrots, lettuce, mandarin oranges, and two pints of cherry tomatoes.

Sam’s: $96.76

We only hit Sam’s every 6-8 months, and mostly get staples. Buying flour, sugar, cocoa, spices, and dried beans in bulk and storing them in food storage bins is how we keep our grocery budget lower. Last year, Sam’s started stocking bulk pinto beans, and now they are stocking dried black beans. It’s way cheaper than buying it by the pound. I find it’s cheaper to buy spices in bulk that we use frequently, so I buy bulk Lawry’s, cinnamon, cumin, pepper, and taco seasoning. I’m responsible for Girl Scout snacks this week, so I bought chips and applesauce. We have 20 girls in our troop. The extras I will keep for our family’s summer field trips.

Kroger: $59.92

This will leave us about $260.46 for the month. Let’s just say,  we’ll be doing a lot of rice and beans and other vegetarian meals this month.

Monthly goal: $500

Weekly total: $239.54

Running total: $239.54

Feeding 5 For $125 Per Week: 4th Week of March 2017

Kroger: $64.01

This is a 5 week month, so we have one more to go. This week I will start our weekly Green Bean Delivery, so I will have about $135 to spend. I anticipate my produce/meat/dairy delivery from Green Bean will be $60 after my $20 off discount for my first order, and the rest will be from Aldi and/or Kroger.

Health Food Unlimited: $37.51

Granola, tea tree oil, bulk pecans, and taco flavored fermented kraut.

Monthly goal: $625

Weekly total: $101.52

Running total: $489.02