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wishing4agirl's picture
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How Much

I was just wondering how much you all spend on groceries a week?

I strive for $50 but it's usually closer to $75 and that includes things like TP, shampoo and conditioner etc.

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I honestly haven't computed it. But, with my BIL and FIL having a farm, we do lots of freezing / canning. So tomatoes, green beans, corn, peas, carrots, squash, etc. all come from the farm. Most of the year, we buy eggs from a neighbor's farm. We get some beef from my BIL. And, I use coupons all the time and try to only buy when it's on sale and I have a coupon! The savings can really add up!

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That's AWESOME Christa!! I wish we could do some canning. It would help a lot. We are doing a garden and have been eating our salad and bush peas (Faith LOVE these). Our carrots are almost ready and we are going to have a ton of Tomatoes. I would love to use the tomatoes as my spaghetti sauce base but not sure how to do that. Do happen to have any tips? I'm the only one who will eat them as tomatoes so they won't get eaten very fast if I don't figure out how to use them.

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Super quick and easy -- although I don't think it freezes well -- you can buy Mrs. Wages pasta sauce mix. Just follow the instructions on the package. As a side note -- I love their pizza sauce mix and that does freeze/reheat well. We make lots of home made pizza!

Otherwise, for pasta sauce, if you peel and then crush the tomoatoes, you can just add a can of tomato paste to thicken the mixture and add your own combination of seasoning. Spice Island Italian blend is a hit at our house! Just let is simmer on low for a bit. I think if you make it ahead of time and let it sit in the fridge for a day or two, the spices really add good flavor. I also add veggies to the sauce such as mushrooms, diced/steamed carrots, shredded zucchini, etc.

I have a FoodSaver brand vaccuum seal system -- so I use that to freeze most everything. Plus, we do can green beans, tomatoes and tomato juice. -- use the canned tomatoes and juice to make homemade chili! Just add the tomatoes to cooked ground beef and chili beans. I typically add a chili seasoning mix to it too. The chili can be made in the crock pot too!

Hope that helps!

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I didn't even think of chilli or other things like that. Good idea. I guess when they are ripe I might be cooking in the crockpot for a while. If I make the food itself I can freeze like the chilli, etc. This should be interesting for our first of doing a garden.

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I am terrible at couponing or bargain shopping when it comes to food. I think I average $100/week and that is that neither kid eats that much yet. I get organic meats/produce, and don't really buy a whole lot of groceries that you can coupon with though. I'm ok with it. I have been growing a lot of veggies this summer so that has cut back a little.

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I would guess about $100-$125 a week, and that includes TP and all that stuff. Our prices are higher up here Sad although our Super Wal-Mart is almost ready(Sept. I think) so it will be interesting to see how much that cuts over shopping at Safeway.

I have stuff in the garden, I will try to freeze whatever we don't eat. I should go pick peas today, but they seem to ripen in bunches just big enough for a meal and not much more. Go figure.

I try to use coupons where I can, but our laws are different up here in regards to "extreme couponing" so I can't really do stuff like that. I got excited last week when I bought some toothpaste for Sierra, it was buy one, get one free at Safeway, and I had a $1 off coupon. Smile

My sister and I trade coupons, I said to her the other day that we should get a proper binder to organize them better, and start going shopping together all the time Smile

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"Andy1784" wrote:

I am terrible at couponing or bargain shopping when it comes to food. I think I average $100/week and that is that neither kid eats that much yet. I get organic meats/produce, and don't really buy a whole lot of groceries that you can coupon with though. I'm ok with it. I have been growing a lot of veggies this summer so that has cut back a little.

Yeah mostly what we buy here you don't have a coupon for either. I make a LOT from scratch because it's just cheaper.

Andrea - It will be interesting to see how much you save at the Super Wal-mart.