Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Giveaway Winner!

All the valid entries(86 of them)were numbered in the order they were received and Random dotorg  selected comment/entry #66.

So this Giveaway's winner is.............


I love the pumpkin flavored everything.

Congratulations mgaltier.  Please email me(my address is on the right side bar)from the email address you supplied within the next 48 hours from when this post goes live with your complete name and mailing address and I'll get this prize box mailed out to you asap.

Thanks as always to everyone who plays along with these giveaways and thanks for reading the blog.
There may be another giveaway coming up in a week or so.  Keep watching for it!


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Last Chance for the Giveaway!

Today is the last day to enter the giveaway so get that last entry in before 11:59pm ET tonight, November 21st.
The link is HERE.

I'll pick a winner tomorrow.
Good luck!

Now I am off to thaw a turkey and make cornbread to put into the stuffing.


Monday, November 20, 2017

This Week on the Dining Table

The "What the ??" Edition--

When de-cluttering you never know what you'll find sometimes.  I found a shoe box full of S&H Green Stamps tucked into the cabinet over the refrigerator last week.  These came with us 17 years ago when we moved into this house.  My grocery store at the old house in the 1990's gave these out and evidently I had diligently collected them and pasted them into books.  I vaguely remember pulling them out a couple of years after we moved(as I was still unpacking moving boxes)and saw that you could turn these in to a website where there were now digital Green Stamps(called Green Points)which you can collect to earn things and gift cards.  But I guess I never sent them in and just tucked them away somewhere.
I also see that some folks buy old Green Stamps on eBay too.  Who knew? ;-)
This time I'll be getting rid of the Green Stamps one way or another.

Moving On....

Onward to the meal planning!

Here's what was planned last week--

1. Sunday--Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish rice and beans
2. Monday--Italian Sausage Patties w/Onions, Sauteed Cabbage
3. Tuesday--Beef Stew, Rolls
4. Wednesday--Leftover Rigatoni w/Sauce, Salad
5. Thursday--Fish, Cole Slaw, Sweet Potato Fries
6. Friday--?
7. Saturday--?

And this is what actually happened--

1. Sunday--Chicken Enchiladas, Spanish rice and beans
2. Monday--Italian Sausage Patties w/Onions, Sauteed Cabbage
3. Tuesday--Beef Stew, Rolls
4. Wednesday--Grilled London Broil, Garden Salad, Garlic Bread
5. Thursday--Leftover Chicken Enchiladas
6. Friday--Leftovers
7. Saturday--Fried Fish, Roasted Potatoes, Cole Slaw

Last week saw 5 nights of home cooked dinners, 2 nights of leftovers/fend for yourself and 0 nights of take-out. 

Last week's grocery spending included the Bread Outlet and Weis(where I spent $50+ to get a free turkey)and came to $70.16.  That brings November's food spending to $280.51.  There are 10 more days in my shopping month.

My savings percentages last week was 45.65% and the monthly savings so far ends up at 47.22%(without Rite-Aid trips added in).

Leftovers going into this week.......beef stew, chicken enchiladas.

Here is this week's "food plan".....

1. Sunday--Leftover Chicken Enchiladas
2. Monday--Tuna Subs
3. Tuesday--Pizza
4. Wednesday--Chinese Take-Out
5. Thursday--Turkey Dinner w/all the bells and whistles
6. Friday--Turkey Dinner leftovers
7. Saturday--?

This week will see 3-4 new meals cooked, 2 nights of leftovers and 1 night of Take-out.
Leftover stew carried forward into this week will be lunches for Hubs.  Not much interesting in the meal plan this week as I'm concentrating on turkey day.

The only thing I need to buy to make these meals is maybe some milk?

What is getting fixed and served at your house this week?

Was last week's plan successful, did you go off plan or did you not even plan what was going to be eaten last week?

Any great deals on food at your stores this week?


Saturday, November 18, 2017

End of Year Food Spending Chatter

Every year, during the last quarter of the year,  I stop and ponder what I've spent on food for my family for the year so far.

In 2016 I spent a grand total of $4696.81 on food/toiletries/HBA/paper goods.  You may recall that Daughter and her BF moved in with us halfway through that year.
Up until June we were on track to do a $3809.30 food spending for 2016(Jan-Jun spending was $1904.65).  We spent $887.51 over what the food was tracking at once Daughter and BF moved here.  Had they been here the entire year we could have topped $6K in food spending!

Then the BF moved back to Louisiana at the end of Jan. 2017 and over the next 4 months our food spending tracked at under $300 per month.  Hmmm.
I guess this is accurate as I was A--Cooking more food each night when he was living here, as there were more mouths to feed, B-- more food got thrown out as Daughter and BF didn't cotton to eating leftovers and  C--I was buying foods I don't usually buy as the BF had particular eating habits(or should that be peculiar?lol).  He had a preference for convenience foods and we all know that those cost more than what I call "basic" foods.

Anyway, with the BF no longer eating here the food spending has returned to a level I am more comfortable with.  We are currently at $3852.18 with 1.5 months to go.

Let's take a look at monies(other than regular income)I have to apply to the food budget for the rest of 2017.  I generally cash everything in(the cash rebates/cash refunds from the stores/post coupons/rolled coins saved)and apply it to December's food bill.

Rebate Apps--
* SavingStar  $27.55
* Checkout51  $79.00
* Ibotta  $19.25(though I can't cash out until I hit $20, but I'm close now)
* Walmart Savings Catcher  $4.23

Rebates & "Post Coupon" Refunds/Unexpected Cash
* Liquor  $15.00
* Schwarzkopf hair products  $9.62
* Right Guard Deo  $7.29
* Can't figure out what I wrote lol  $5.35
* Rite-Aid Post Coupon  $14.00
* Weis Refund  $4.00
* Rolled Coins  $55.00
* Nielsen  $1(they tucked into a "come back" letter)
* Cash for selling free TRU gift cards $42.00
* Carry over from 2016 that didn't get spent  $9.15

Food Store Gift Cards/Store Script
* Giant  $25.00
* Target  $77.68
*  Catalinas-Minute Maid  $4.00

All the above comes to $379.12 of "free" money to grocery shop.

If needed I also have the cash I have from selling stuff here like excess toiletries/diapers and unwanted items around the house......

Cash Sales
* Selling Toiletries  $89.00
* Selling Items around the house  $20.00
* eBay Sales  $81.44(net after fees/cost of goods sold)

So basically I am in good shape to not have to spend a penny of our regular income on food/toiletries in December and theoretically I could stay at or under $4K in food/toiletries/paper goods spending for 2017.  I'd love to be able to be under what was spent in 2016.

How about you?
Do you track your food spending for the year?
Do you apply any cash rebates/catalinas/rebates toward your food budget?