Buying from Poshmark – Review

Have you ever wondered what Poshmark, the online used clothing marketplace is all about?

Poshmark is an online marketplace where people can buy or sell, new and used clothing, shoes and accessories.

Individual people sell items from their virtual “closet” to you so each item you buy mostly likely is from a different seller unless you are buying from one seller’s closet. You can even make an offer which they will accept or reject. If the seller sees that you “like” an item in their closet they may even send you a discounted price that is good for 24 hours to entice you to buy the item.

I love Poshmark and treat myself every now and then to a few items that I really need for clothes or shoes. I mostly look for and buy Banana Republic clothes because I know they will fit me properly. Full retail for that brand is way out of my budget so buying used from a thrifting source like Poshmark keeps me looking great without breaking the bank.

Poshmark can be a bit overwhelming though. It’s a gigantic marketplace, but you can set up a profile for yourself with size preferences and search for a specific designer or manufacturer.

Here are just a few things I have purchased and really loved:

I bought this Banana Republic dress for just $25 and wore it to my daughter’s wedding in Ireland!
These Banana Republic pants are light blue and were only $16!

I have had some misses of course when I bought something that I didn’t really like fit wise but really have had no major problems from buying from Poshmark.

Thousands of people just like you and me use Poshmark as their business platform which can be a very profitable online selling sideline for them. Many have turned it into to a full time business for themselves!

So my review for Poshmark is that I love it and give it an A!

Have you ever used Poshmark? Let me know what you think! -MM

Week 12 – What We are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022

Last week was a bit of a strange week in the food department because my son was gone until Wednesday and the Hubbs and I just winged it. We only ate out twice. On Friday we got a pizza and on Saturday we went out for lunch.

I usually grocery shop on Sundays after church but I needed to go to the store on Friday and with the gas prices being oh so high I decided not to make the trip twice so Friday it was.

Total spent on groceries this week was just $89.48 with the most expensive things I bought being a pork shoulder roast at $13.73 and ground beef at $13.72.

On the menu this week:

Dinners: Pulled pork everything! I plan on roasting the pork shoulder and at least have the pulled pork potato skins out of it which are to die for. Of course there will be sandwiches and other dinners made from it too. More on that later. I made Ratatouille which we are taking as leftovers this week for lunch. Also Lasagna roll-ups one night. Honestly this week I just plan on winging it again. Strange for me, I know, but our schedule is a bit screwed up still.

For Breakfast: Mango smoothies, breakfast grain bowls (I made the rice for it!), cereal, English muffins and quiche and oatmeal and fruit

Lunches are tuna cold plate, deviled eggs, mac salad, and leftover soup.

Even though I was exhausted from the bakery orders and deliveries I had this weekend I caught my second wind last night and did a ton of meal prep.

I finished a chicken soup I had started, made a mac salad, boiled and peeled a dozen eggs to have in the fridge for salad and breakfast, made J-ello with fruit, cooked a batch of wild and brown rice for side meals, then I prepped a whole bunch of veggies for easy steaming. Asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and celery for soups. We had three different containers of blueberries in the fridge so I sorted all of those and got them washed for topping oatmeal and such.

It felt good to get all of that accomplished. I still want to make a quiche and prep the green beans for dinners but I’ll get that done tonight.

All of this prep work gives us something to pull from all week which really helps the stress level and the itch to eat out.

I invested in a bunch of containers to help me with meal prep and storage. My favorites are the meal storage locking containers and what I like to call heavy duty deli containers. I use these containers for everything! They will take the heat of soup or the freezing of cake batter with ease. I purchased them all on Amazon.

I have a plan in place for growing our own food and preserving it this season. If you haven’t read my preserving goals yet here is a link to that post. https://marymargaretripley.com/2022/03/16/preserving-goals-for-2022/

How are you doing with your meals and keeping your costs down?

That’s it for now! Have a fantastic week 🙂 -MM

Preserving Goals for 2022

Last year was a bad year all around for preserving for us. The only thing I really got put up was tomatoes, chili sauce and jam which are of the utmost importance but there are so many other things I didn’t get done. I didn’t even get any herbs dried!

Here is a list I have come up with (yes it’s a long one) of what I would like to get preserved this summer.

  1. I would like to can: beans, peaches, apricots, pickle relish, bread and butter pickles, beets, tomatoes, sauce, chili sauce, and veggie soup
  2. I would like to freeze: peas, snap peas (for stir frys), applesauce, beet greens, chives, corn, blueberries, raspberries, pesto, prepared chili, and stuffed peppers, cut up peppers, and black raspberries
  3. I would like to store: potatoes, winter squash, carrots, cabbage, brussels sprouts, pie pumpkins, garlic, shallots and onions.
  4. I would like to dry basil, celery leaf, oregano, thyme, parsley, sage, lavender, peppermint and lemon balm and sweet chili powder I would also like to grow dry beans for storage too.
  5. I also plan on making strawberry jam, violet jelly, dandelion jelly, grape jelly, peach jam, apricot jam, black raspberry jam, red raspberry jam and harvest our honey for the first time.
  6. My goal is to also add asparagus, blueberry and rhubarb plants to the fleet this year.
  7. I would also like to work on making our own lip balm, lotions and potions this year.

That’s a lot right? I am sure I’ll add or delete as necessary but it’s a start!

Have you thought about your preserving goals for the season yet?

Next post, what I want to grow in the garden this year. -MM

Week 10-11 – What We are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022

I did not grocery shop last week. I was really sick and just didn’t get to the grocery store. I figured it would be a good week to just buy a couple of things we needed and otherwise skip shopping. With just a few things to buy we only spent $39.83 at the store last week. We did order out subs one night and that cost us $20.66 and Scott went out for breakfast one day and that cost $10. So all in all we did pretty good in the food department though I would like to try skipping shopping again when I actually feel better and can have a better plan.

Yesterday I grocery shopped and spent $144.60 which I didn’t think was bad considering!

On the menu this week:

Dinners: Hey it’s St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday so Corned beef and cabbage it is! We are also having taco salads, stuffed chicken breasts and veggies, Smoked Pork Chops, Pork Tenderloin (hopefully on the grill) and an easy dinner of a DiGiorno pizza one night.

For Breakfast: Mango smoothies, breakfast grain bowls, cereal, English muffins and quiche and oatmeal and fruit

Lunches are tuna cold plate, deviled eggs, mac salad, and leftovers.

In looking back at my last post for week nine I said I was getting overwhelmed by the amount of stuff on my to-do list. Not long after that post I started to feel a cold coming on and with the amount of stuff that I had to get done that week, what should have been a mild cold turned into a full blown infection that took me out for more than 10 days. I didn’t start to feel better until I got an antibiotic in me. This has to change for me. Getting myself so run down does not help anyone and the next time I feel that overwhelmed with tasks to do I will just stop pushing. Period.

I am working on multiple posts and hope to post again mid-week with my garden and preserving goals for the up-coming growing season.

Have a fantastic week 🙂 -MM

Domestic Discussions – Grocery Shopping Habits

I asked five friends if they would be willing to participate in a blog I was writing about grocery shopping habits and they all said yes! I sent them 12 questions that I thought would be the most interesting to know about their shopping habits. As you will read all of the answers are useful and very telling in an unprecedented time to feed our families. When I told my mother about the blog I was working on she said she wanted to participate too lol. So below are the questions and answers from six different women, some from across the country. Enjoy!

Shannon – Family of 4

1. How often do you shop? I shop about once per week to every other week.
2. Do you cook mostly at home? How often would you say that you eat out? We attempt to cook 5 nights a week if not more.  This becomes harder when kids are playing sports and schedules are chaotic.  
3. Do you prefer name brand items, off brand items or a combination of both? It depends on the item. I prefer brand name for many things.  Such as ketchup, mayo, Oreos, etc.  
4. Do you shop with a list? We use a shared app called any list.  Anyone can add to the list.  I use that list to shop from. 
5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Do you go alone or do you have help? We use Instacart most of the time through Wegmans or Tops.  I usually am the one who puts the order through.  Otherwise if we go in person we both go. 
6. Do you have a shopping strategy each time you shop like coupons, sales fliers, shopping multiple stores? I shop for convenience to save my time.  I use the shoppers club but I don’t shop flyers or coupons.  
7. Do you shop online, use grocery shopping services like Instacart or meal subscriptions? We use Instacart.  
8. About how much do you spend each shopping trip? 250
9. Does your shopping change with the seasons like in the summer local farmers markets or gardens?We try to buy local in the summer but we also camp a lot and buy more stuff near camp from locals.

10. What kind of grocery stores do you frequent? Large name brand stores, big bulk stores like Bj’s, smaller mom and pop stores? We use any of them but I love Wegmans.  When we lived in Wisconsin we had great stores there that I miss.
11. Do you plan your weekly meals? We plan Sunday through Thursday and then leave Friday and Saturday open.
12. Do you do any food prep? I try to.  If I make something like lasagna then I make more than one and freeze.  I also do this with soups, Mexican meatloaf and chili. 

Jen – Family of 4

1.How often do you shop? Usually one big shop day a week, but milk and eggs, oj as needed (I have two teenage growing boys)

2. Do you cook mostly at home? How often would you say that you eat out? 98% cooking done at home. We rarely eat out, unless going out with friends, and maybe special occasions.

3. Do you prefer name brand items, off brand items or a combination of both? A combination of both- must have Campbells soups, black label bacon, ocean spray, natures made, but it doesn’t matter with sugar or broth. Totally depends on product, and I will try off brands and then make decision

4. Do you shop with a list? Yes, all the time, helps me remember what I’m there for

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Do you go alone or do you have help? I’m the primary shopper, if someone goes with me they throw extras in my cart, and I have problems saying NO

6. Do you have a shopping strategy each time you shop like coupons, sales fliers, shopping multiple stores? Still clip coupons, circle items on flier, shop at multiple store (all on the same day). Many groceries I find are cheaper at Walmart, unless I have coupons for Tops. Also hit BJs for large items like paper towels, vitamins and use app for coupons

7. Do you shop online, use grocery shopping services like Insta-cart or meal subscriptions? No

8. About how much do you spend each shopping trip? Usually around $200-$275 and $40-$60 if we stop a extra time.  Notice prices are really going up as of late

9. Does your shopping change with the seasons like in the summer local farmers markets or gardens? Yes, enjoy farmers markets, we also get a deer every year, and purchase local beef

10. What kind of grocery stores do you frequent? Large name brand stores, big bulk stores like Bj’s, smaller mom and pop stores? Tops, Walmart, BJs  mainly (all near each other – so can hit them all in one day) If drive near Wegmans we get fish and enjoy the bakery bread

11. Do you plan your weekly meals? I usually know 5 or 6 meals and one day leftovers

12. Do you do any food prep? Not really, unless I’m making soup or putting something in crockpot in morning.

Rebecca – Family of 3

1. How often do you shop? I typically do a large grocery shop about every three weeks, this will be to stock up on the staples such as spices I may be running out of, butter, canned goods like crushed tomatoes, chili beans, and condiments, rice, pasta, baking supplies… along with the daily items such as yogurt, produce, meats, cheeses, coffee… then I may or may not need to make a small trip back in two weeks to purchase other items. Sometimes if a recipe calls for an item I don’t have or if I simply just ran out of something.

2. Do you cook mostly at home? How often would you say that you eat out? We typically only eat out, or get take-out about 2x per month.

3. Do you prefer name brand items, off brand items or a combination of both? I buy a variety of brand items. If I prefer a particular brand item, I’ll pay the extra for it, otherwise I buy off-brand to save the added expense.

4. Do you shop with a list? I keep a list on my refrigerator at home and as I run out of items, or think of something we may want to try, we write it down. I don’t stick to only the list while shopping, only that these items I don’t want to forget, but I generally purchase the same items each big shopping trip.

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Do you go alone or do you have help? I do the shopping for my household because I’m the sole cook in the house and I prefer to go alone as whenever I have someone with me, I always stray from the usual items and may spend more than anticipated.

6. Do you have a shopping strategy each time you shop like coupons, sales fliers, shopping multiple stores? I do have a particular store that I do my bulk (large) shopping in, Market Basket, but this isn’t always the case. I’ll often stop at SHAWS because it’s closer to home, and will very occasionally stop at a health food store for particular items or a special purchase, I’ll also make the very occasional shop at ALDI, just for a change. I live roughly 12 minutes from SHAWS and roughly 22 minutes from Market Basket. Market Basket usually gives me the better deals.

7. Do you shop online, use grocery shopping services like Insta-cart or meal subscriptions?I do not purchase groceries on line.

8. About how much do you spend each shopping trip? For my large shopping trip, I spend anywhere from $350-$425. When I stop at stores in between the “big shop”, I can spend anywhere from $40-$200, depending on what I want/need.

9. Does your shopping change with the seasons like in the summer local farmers markets or gardens?I definitely buy way less produce in the summer months because of gardening and local farms. I also cook different meals depending on the season.

10. What kind of grocery stores do you frequent? Large name brand stores, big bulk stores like Bj’s, smaller mom and pop stores? See answer #6

11. Do you plan your weekly meals? I do not typically plan a weekly meal schedule, but will plan the night before based on what I have in the fridge/cabinets.

12. Do you do any food prep? The only time I do any meal prepping is for the holidays, or say, if something needs to marinate overnight.

Danielle – Family of 4

1. How often do you shop? I usually do a large grocery trip for 2 weeks worth then shop for perishables as needed (weekly/couple times per week)

2. Do you cook mostly at home? How often would you say that you eat out? Yes, we eat mostly at home and going out to eat as a treat or special occasion

3. Do you prefer name brand items, off brand items or a combination of both? I don’t mind off brands, and usually buy a store brand option if possible

4. Do you shop with a list? Yes 

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Do you go alone or do you have help?  I typically do the shopping alone, once in a while my boys will be with me

6. Do you have a shopping strategy each time you shop like coupons, sales fliers, shopping multiple stores? I do shop multiple stores, starting with Aldi and finishing at Wegmans for things I can’t find at Aldi. I don’t use a lot of coupons, because I mainly buy off brand items. 

7. Do you shop online, use grocery shopping services like Instacart or meal subscriptions? I do buy some cleaning products online through Grove Collaborative, but mainly my shopping is in store 

8. About how much do you spend each shopping trip? It’s gone up, I just spent $350, but it was for a couple weeks worth of groceries (minus perishables) and some non typical purchases like a large quantity of garbage bags and plastic cups.

9. Does your shopping change with the seasons like in the summer local farmers markets or gardens?Yes, my bill will typically go down in the summer/fall  because I garden and shop at farmers markets

10. What kind of grocery stores do you frequent? Large name brand stores, big bulk stores like Bj’s, smaller mom and pop stores? Majority of my shopping is at Aldi then Wegmans, once in a while, BJs.  Sometimes I go to smaller mom and pop stores for things like olive oil, cheeses, etc.

11. Do you plan your weekly meals? Rarely, when I do I find it so much easier. This is an area I’d like to be more consistent with. 

12. Do you do any food prep? Another area I’d like to better with. I hardly prep (I assume you mean for weekly/monthly meals and not nightly meal prep)  I do prep for nightly meals vs buying pre chopped veggies etc

Kathy – Family of 2

1. How often do you shop? Usually once a week.

2. Do you cook mostly at home? How often would you say that you eat out? At home, we have eaten out twice in the past six months.

3. Do you prefer name brand items, off brand items or a combination of both? A combination. There are very few items that we select by brand.

4. Do you shop with a list? Always!

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Do you go alone or do you have help? DH does all the stocking of the pantry, but we make the weekly list together and often go together.

6. Do you have a shopping strategy each time you shop like coupons, sales fliers, shopping multiple stores? We primarily shop the deals of the week, but periodically do a pantry stocking run to top off beans, flour, etc.

7. Do you shop online, use grocery shopping services like Instacart or meal subscriptions? Never

8. About how much do you spend each shopping trip? Weekly shopping runs between $30 and $60, stocking up trips more like $100-$150.

9. Does your shopping change with the seasons like in the summer local farmers markets or gardens? Not a whole lot.

10. What kind of grocery stores do you frequent? Large name brand stores, big bulk stores like Bj’s, smaller mom and pop stores? We have Safeway and Walmart. We try to buy beef and pork on the hoof from local producers.

11. Do you plan your weekly meals? I have a general plan, but DH prefers to wing it, so I suggest things based on what needs to be used up in the fridge or freezer.

12. Do you do any food prep? I use left over roasts for a variety of second meals that go in the freezer, and we freeze left over enchilada sauce, and soups for a second go. I have sloppy joes, green chile beef, meatloaf, tamales and bierocks in the freezer right now for quick and easy meals. We have a big garden, raising enough of something to last for an entire year or two, so we eat from the pantry. We buy meat that is on sale and can it or freeze it for use later. We usually keep chickens, though we have none at the moment. 

Marcia – Family of 1

1. How often do you shop? – I go a couple of times a week for things I need. I like to stock up for winter months though.

2. Do you cook mostly at home? How often would you say that you eat out? I cook mostly at home but like to eat out a few times a months to get together with friends.

3. Do you prefer name brand items, off brand items or a combination of both? I buy a combination of both. Items like butter, sour cream and milk I buy off brands but I prefer Hellman’s mayo and Kraft salad dressing and Del Monte creamed corn, it’s the best!

4. Do you shop with a list? Most of the time, yes

5. Who does the grocery shopping in your house? Do you go alone or do you have help? just me

6. Do you have a shopping strategy each time you shop like coupons, sales fliers, shopping multiple stores? I like to shop multiple stores and use their ads

7. Do you shop online, use grocery shopping services like Instacart or meal subscriptions? No

8. About how much do you spend each shopping trip? about $35

9. Does your shopping change with the seasons like in the summer local farmers markets or gardens? Yes I like shopping farmers markets and between our gardens here at home.

10. What kind of grocery stores do you frequent? Large name brand stores, big bulk stores like Bj’s, smaller mom and pop stores?  A little of everything. I shop large stores, bulk stores and mom and pop stores.

11. Do you plan your weekly meals? I plan a couple times of week. I’ll start out the week knowing what I will have the first few days of the week, then I will shop again mid week and plan the rest of my meals for the last part of the week.

12. Do you do any food prep? Yes

I found everyone’s answers extremely interesting! The most interesting to me was the fact that pretty much all of the ladies said they rarely ate out and most did not shop online.

Thank you Shannon, Jen, Rebecca, Danielle, Kathy and Marcia for taking the time to answer all of these questions about your shopping habits.

What did you think about the questions and answers? I would love to hear your feedback.

I had fun with this blog post and plan on doing another Domestic Discussion Series post soon. What other topics would you be interested in?

Thanks for reading and have a great week! -MM

Week 9 – What We are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022

For week 9 I got away with spending just $150.30, which seems kind of funny to say because $150 for groceries is still a lot! The most expensive things I bought were pork tenderloin at $10.25 and bacon and creamer at $7.99 ea.

On the menu this week:

Dinners: salmon with rice and veggies, flatbread pizzas, chicken noodle soup and garlic bread, grilled pork tenderloin, tacos, breakfast for dinner and sausage and corn.

For Breakfast: Mango smoothies, breakfast pizzas, cereal, English muffins and quiche.

Lunches are pretty much leftovers and sandwiches.

I am happy to say we resisted going out for dinner this week. I did order lunch once but $10 to eat out for lunch is a lot better than spending $60 for dinner.

I am getting a bit overwhelmed with the amount of projects I need to get done this week. Add to that my husband’s aunt passed away last Wednesday and we will be traveling to Elmira for the calling hours and funeral.

On the docket for this week:

  1. Etsy listing and packaging of sales
  2. Finish getting the huge lot of inventory I received in two weeks ago photographed and edited
  3. I realize I don’t have all of the seeds I need for the upcoming growing season so I need to get everything ordered asap
  4. I need to get my cold weather seedlings started because I have a class I am doing at the end of the month and I want to give each student a seedling
  5. I am working on a blog post about shopping habits with six friends that kindly agreed to answer my questions. That’s coming this week
  6. Notes done for planning board (that’s now added to my side jobs)
  7. Twenty loaves of St. Joe’s bread delivered to the store
  8. Shop, cook, clean, pay bills, yada yada…. oh and be at work by 9:00 am every day with my head screwed on straight.

Welp, that’s about it for now. Keep on the look out for that blog post on shopping habits this week. Thank you to all who agreed to participate! Have a fantastic week 🙂 -MM

Week 8 – What We are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022 Plus a Bonus

For week 8 our grocery bill was $178.52.  The most expensive things I bought was ground beef and olive oil. Gotta have the olive oil right? Oh and I bought another 6 doz eggs from farmer guy because I have a ton of cake and cupcake orders and St. Joseph bread to get done in the coming weeks.

On the menu this week: (sorry this is so late)

Dinners: Grilled sandwiches, crockpot meat loaf, chicken cordon bleu, spaghetti and meatballs, smoked pork chops and leftovers.

For breakfasts: bagels, oatmeal with fruit, toast and eggs.

Lunches are pretty much leftovers and sandwiches.

In other parts of my house besides my kitchen I have been working on a project to house my seed starts. Usually I can keep the flats of plants right out on my counter in the basement but the cats (you know what jerks they can be) have shown to be untrustworthy around the delicate plants so I have come up with a new system.

Scott had an old dresser he wanted to throw out but after looking at it I thought I could turn it into a growing station. I removed all five drawers and they went to the curb for the garbage but the base was still solid so I painted it a pretty green with leftover paint. Scott installed grow lights in the top of each level for me and voila, a new growing center! I purchased the lights on Amazon for about $50. I only need 5 of the 6 lights for the dresser so that leaves one more light to use somewhere else in the house.

What do you think? I can grow a lot of plants in there!

Prices are not going to get any better for the foreseeable future on our groceries. There is never a better time than now to grow your own food and have people lined up that you know that grow the other things you may not able to grow, like beef, pork and chicken. Whatever you can do to ease the cost burden on yourself do it. Learn it. Make it a priority.

I’ll keep you updated on how the plant growing goes in this new system. Have a great week!-MM

Week 7 – What We are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022

So far I have spent a whole lot less for groceries this week than I did last week. Last week I spent over $200!

I ordered from Misfits Market this week but instead of fruits or veggies I decided I would try a cold pack which is meats and dairy. My entire order with them this week is salmon. I will be receiving five 12 oz packages of salmon for a total of $40.45 which includes shipping.

The most expensive thing I bought this week is obviously the salmon but the ground beef I bought should get an honorable mention too at $13.70.

I am still cooking for the other family I talked about in my last post this week, so some of our grocery bill includes extra for them.

So far I have spent $67.75 from the store and $40.45 from Misfits plus I received a credit from Misfits of $8.27 for damaged products last week so all things considered total for this week is $99.73.

On the menu this week:

Dinners: Chili with all the bells and whistles, Roasted chicken with veggies, crockpot pork ribs in chili sauce, salmon with wild rice and veggies, nachos, and scalloped potatoes and ham.

For breakfasts: bagels, oatmeal with fruit, toast and eggs, hopefully some St. Joseph’s bread.

Lunches are pretty much leftovers and sandwiches.

If you would like the recipe for St. Joseph’s bread here is a link to a past post I wrote Baking for Lent That post also includes a recipe for Hot Cross Buns which are to die for. Both recipes are so good!

I enjoy hearing from all of you. The conversations I have had about these posts have been really interesting!

What is on the menu for all of you this week? -MM

Week 6 – What We are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022

After only spending $86 last week on groceries I made up for it this week. I spent $159.02 from the store and $35.79 from Misfits market and $15 from the farmer up the street for eggs. I still need to get salmon from another store so well over $200 this week for groceries.

The most expensive things I bought were 6 dozen eggs for a total of $18, a gallon of vegetable oil at $10.99 and Folgers coffee and French vanilla creamer for $7.99 each. (We use a ton of creamer).

The gallon of oil and eggs were necessary because I have been getting a lot of cake orders, which is good so those are more or less a business expense and I was asked if I would be willing to cook two meals a week for a friend who had surgery last week and I said yes to that too so some of the expense is for that.

On the menu this week:

Dinners: Home made mac and cheese, salmon and wild rice, flatbread pizzas, beef stew, chicken stir-fry and fully loaded grilled burgers.

For breakfasts: English muffins (they were on sale BOGO), oatmeal with fruit, toast and eggs and chocolate chip, coconut, banana bread yum!

After spending so much this week I really can’t wait to get my garden started again so I can get these high priced shopping trips down in cost! What are you cooking this week? -MM

Week 5 – What we are Eating and How Much We Spent on Groceries 2022

Yesterday’s shopping trip was pretty small, thank goodness! Total spent was $86.63. I didn’t buy from Misfits this week.

The most expensive things I bought were bacon at $7.99 and believe it or not strawberries at a whopping $5.99. I guess I won’t buy strawberries again until they are on sale or growing in my garden!

I bought a few things that aren’t usually on my list, like a 32 oz container of Greek vanilla yogurt and lemons which I am going to use to make this fabulous Lemon Zucchini Bread from A Latte Food https://www.alattefood.com/lemon-zucchini-bread/ It is the best I have ever had and I still have a ton of frozen shredded zucchini from my garden I need to use.

I also bought ingredients to make 2 quiche. One for us and one for Scott to take to a friend’s house. Quiche is incredibly easy to make. Beat 6 eggs with 1-1/2 cups of either milk, cream or half and half (I use Lactaid so I can eat it without taking a pill) and salt and pepper to taste. That’s it! Then add whatever sounds good. I made one with just shredded cheese and frozen chopped spinach and one with ham, spinach and cheese. But the possibilities are endless especially when the garden is in full swing. I do add a tsp of garlic powder and parsley for more color and flavor too. Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 45 mins or so or until the center is not runny. You can totally used a store bought pie shell for this too!

I plan on making chicken and biscuits, beef and veggie soup and goulash this week. Otherwise I will get creative. Not sure what else will be on the menu.

For breakfasts the Quiche and Lemon Zucchini Bread will be the stars and lunches I bought cottage cheese and home-canned peaches and salads and leftovers for Scott. Big salads and pasta for lunches for Doug and I.

What do you plan on eating this week? -MM

One Hundred Dollars a Month

I am your typical housewife living in high maintenance suburbia. I have a handsome husband, 2 kids and a flock of pet chickens. I try and feed my family with $100 a month. With the help of coupons, gardening and bartering I am able to squeeze the most out of our grocery budget and still manage to have a little fun along the way.

Gardening Nirvana

Sharing my journey in and out of the garden

The Snail of Happiness

small steps to a kinder world

Cocktails In The Library

Talking about great books while enjoying tasty libations!

Autumn Leaves & A Spring Breeze

Leading a happy and sustainable lifestyle

Midwest mattie

just living my best life in the midwest.

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