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The Grocery Bill – Week Five

Hey hey, Sports Fans!
Guess who’s almost done her second cup of coffee for the day??


It’s a good day.


Yesterday we handled the whole “Week Five” shop, which only consituted milk. Here we go!

Week Five Groceries

  • 2 bags of 1% milk
  • 2 bags of 2% milk

TOTAL: $17.88

Huzzah! That puts us under the remaining budget of $22.78 by a whopping $4.90!!!! All right!

Is anyone else as excited about this as I am??

That means that I am actually under budget for the month of August, which is great because I’m fairly certain I was over budget some $3 last month. It all evens out in the end.

September should be even more hectic because *whimper* my baby is starting school in less than a week. And maybe even me come January, I’m still waiting to see if I’m approved for funding.

Cross your fingers!!!


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The Grocery Bill – Week Four

I’ve looked all over. Everywhere. But I can’t find the receipt for Week Four. Ally’s birthday party was this past weekend and I guess it was lost in the clean. Sigh. If it is ever found I will update this page with correct information.

In the meantime! My bank account tells me that this week’s total, I will try and remember what I bought.

Week Four (estimated) Groceries

  • apples
  • no name triscuits
  • green onions
  • green peppers
  • sour cream
  • 4 loaves of bread
  • tomatoes?
  • 1? bag of 1% milk
  • 1? bag of 2% milk
  • 2 bricks of cheese
  • bananas
  • box of fruit and nut granola bars

TOTAL: $72.27

That’s all I can remember for now. Sorry guys!

The budget for Week Four was $95.05, I spent $72.27 therefore the remainder for August is $22.78. That’s awesome. That should allow for another milk and apples shop this month. Which I’ll be doing today-ish. Win.

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The Grocery Bill – Week Three

The big-small-medium-small algorithm for August was supposed to make Week Three a ‘medium’ shop, but we ran out of 2% milk on the 16th so I added a fifth week (still within the same $240 budget for August) which would technically make the algorithm “big-small-small-medium-small”. Ah, technicalities.

Week Three Groceries

  • 2 bags of 2% milk
  • 1 bag of 1% milk

TOTAL: $13.41

Last week’s remainder was $108.46, subtracting this week’s small shop leaves a grand total of $95.05 for the rest of August. I could pretend to estimate how much I would spend in each of the last two shops, but since I’ve been so lazy in writing these posts I already know how much I spend for Week Four. Week Five’s still a mystery, but I have an idea of my budget and dairy needs.


The Grocery Bill – Week Two

Remember the big-small-medium-small algorithm for this month’s grocery shops? That makes Week Two a ‘small’ shop.

Week Two Groceries

  • 1 bag of 2% milk
  • 1 bag of 1% milk
  • bottle of lemon juice
  • bottled water for Wonderland

TOTAL: $12.80

That leaves $108.46 for the remainder of August. That should include a medium shop and another small shop. I’m going to approximate $80 for Week Three and $25 for Week Four.

Chicken Noodle Soup

No picture again. I forgot. Sorry guys.

After you have eaten delicious roast chicken, and then picked chicken off and made homemade chicken salad – perhaps even for wraps – you will be left with a chicken carcass and some jellied chicken drippings. Dump everything into a pot and fill it with water. Place a lid on said pot and boil on 7 for 4 hours. Or more. You will need to top up the water every hour or so. This is good.

After you have boiled the living snot out of your carcass you will need to place a strainer in a large bowl, then empty the contents of the pot into the strainer. Once the pot is empty you may lift the strainer out of the bowl and return the broth from the bowl back into the pot. Cover the broth and leave the pot on the burner to simmer. For fun. Walk away from your chicken carcass for 30 minutes or more to allow it to cool down.

Once your carcass has cooled down, pick all of the good pieces of chicken off the bones. This will be really easy because boiling your carcass loosens everything. Discard bones, cartilage and fat. If necessary, tear meat into smaller pieces for soup. Add good meat to the broth and turn the burner back up to 7.

Finely chop: two onions, four stalks of celery, carrots, potatoes, anything that you enjoy in chicken noodle soup. Cover and allow to boil independently for 20 minutes or so. Add 2 cups of raw pasta to boiling soup and set timer for however long you cook your pasta for. I added small shells and boiled them for about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat and enjoy.


The Grocery Bill – Week One

Welcome to August! Home of the Big-little-medium-little shop algorithm! The plan this month is to have four weeks of grocery shopping, in which the first week is a big grocery shop (approximately half of the monthly budget), the second week is a small shop to pick up milk and apples, the third week is a medium shop which refreshes items such as cheese and vegetables, and the fourth shop is another small shop that simply picks up milk and apples. The theory behind this is that we can purchase enough items for two weeks worth of food at one time, with the exception of milk since I cannot fit 8 bags of milk in my fridge in one go.

Week One Groceries

  • green onions
  • 3 bags of chips
  • 4 cans of mixed beans
  • 3 avocados
  • celery
  • bananas
  • 6 bags of pasta
  • 12 bagels
  • aluminum foil
  • 7 boxes of cereal
  • 1.32 kgs of tomatoes
  • sour cream
  • ranch sauce
  • 860 grams of green peppers
  • 1.75 kgs of apples
  • one bag of rice
  • mayonnaise
  • cream cheese
  • 2 bags of 1% milk
  • 2 bags of 2% milk
  • 3 bricks of cheese
  • one box of baby spinach
  • 10 tortillas

TOTAL: $118.74

This leaves $121.26 for the remainder of August 2012.

Chicken Salad Wraps

Sorry. No picture.

To make a homemade chicken salad you simply pick the leftover chicken off the carcass from the whole chicken you roasted last night. You are trying for one cup of chicken. If you get two cups, simply double the recipe.

One cup of chicken. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, one stalk of chopped celery and 1/4 cups of chopped green onions. Mix. Voila!

To make tasty wraps simply lay a wrap flat, place fresh baby spinach along the center line, top with approximately 3/4 cup of chicken salad. Wrap and eat.

Trés simple!