Saturday, August 31, 2013
Stocking up the Pantry/Freezer
Taco Soup, oh my!! We love this recipe, its crock pot friendly, gotta love that, and super good. Our family likes it as a topping on nacho chips instead of soup. The recipe makes a ton so you better invite friends and family over for the big game. BTW Bama plays at 5:30 EST today, Roll Tide!
I had a surprise day off today as Kara's Daddy had a rare Saturday off. Whats a Nanny to do? Meet up with friends for breakfast and an extra cup of coffee, Ahhh. My buddy's headed off to some estate sales, me...my favorite place to shop, the grocery. Its a toss up between the grocery and fabric shops as to which is my favorite, groceries won out today. I have WAY TOO MUCH fabric.
Lots of great deals were to be had today at the grocery. Store brand Tomato juice was $1.02 for a 64 ounce bottle, I bought 8. Why 8 you ask? We like tomato juice for drinking but it would take forever to drink up 64 ounces, however my veggie beef soup recipe calls for 3/4 of a bottle. The leftovers are the perfect amount for us to quench our tomato juice craving. Does 8 bottles still seem like a crazy amount? When you get in the habit of buying ONLY on sale you sorta know how much you need of an item to see you through until the next sale. I know we will for sure have at least 8 pots of soup this fall/winter, humm now that I think about it maybe I need more! Ha The shelf life on tomato juice is 2 years. No way will I ever have to worry about it going bad on us. BTW the name brand of tomato juice is almost $3.00 and only 46 ounces per can. I pays to give the store brand a try, in the case of this juice there is NO difference.
Another nice surprise sale was on noodles. We are some noodle eating fools, or pasta eating fools if you want to use the correct term. I make up a few gallon baggies of home made noodles over the fall/winter for the freezer but store bought noodles have their place in the pantry. Today's surprise sale was 2/$3.00 or $1.50 each. Regular price is $2.89, can't pass up a deal like that now can you? The package's are 12 ounces each. If the gang is all here it takes a full package for whatever side dish/soup I am making. For Hubby and I maybe 1/4 of that amount. I picked up 10 packages. Seem like a lot? Na, not for us when you break it down to how many meals I will make with it. The shelf life? Now that is an interesting question, this particular brand had no use by date. Generally you can figure 2-4 years for packaged pasta. Let me assure you the only thing that lasts that long in our home is fabric. (maybe dust as well)
This is really a good time of the year to stock up on some staples for the pantry. Grocery stores seem to run pretty good sales at the beginning of the school year. Makes me wonder if they have to run good deals this time of year to get families in the store after they have spent so much on clothing/school supplies. Keep your eye out for some of these super deals during September to build up or beef up your own pantry. I know this month will be a spending month as far as the grocery shopping goes for us but the savings can't be beat. My weekly shopping trips during the spring/summer tends to run under $50.00 a week with some weeks as low as $10.00-$15.00. Milk, eggs, OJ, and banana's pretty much is all that's on the list during summer months. The pantry and garden are my go to store's during the summer. Since this summer was a tea total bust in the garden I figure our yearly grocery spending well be more than usual, gotta watch the sales even more closely!!
Lots more BOGO items that I paired with coupons. Nothing went in the buggy that wasn't on sale here's the damage.
Total bill $354.41 - GULP!!!
Total coupons/sales - $149.43 BINGO
Total spent - $204.98 - Much Better.