I am happy to say that my husband has found a part time job. That takes a lot of stress off our budget. It's probably only temporary, but every little bit helps. I'm still staying close too ur regular biggest, sometimes cheaper even though the cost of groceries has risen.
The USDA has increased it's stats, but not appreciably. When I was buying 5.50 a pound hamburger, I remarked to a lady that I remember when it was .88. Yes, she said, and that wasn't all that long ago. LOL.
I tried to get bulk yeast at Costco yesterday, they were out. They said that they had five in the morning and they all sold. That surprises me of Costco. I might try the business one since we have to go that direction today anyway.
Last night we had nachos for dinner. I try to keep a log of our meals, but have been lax the last week.
My daughter and I rotated stock in the pantry last weekend. It's important to do that of the item is something that you don't use up quickly. I wanted to count stock and rotate it before I went to Fred Meyers for .60 cent diced tomatoes.
I ise diced tomatoes more than any other tomato product because it simplifies things. If I want a tomato purée, I can always put ot in the blender. Ot also works, no well, but it works when you are I a pinch for tacos. It also makes salsa in a pinch when tomatoes are out of season. I had to pay 2.50 a pound for a tomato. I bought one. Roma tomatoes are usually a Better buy. They cost less and have more tomato and less seeds.
Large bags of carrots are a better buy than the baby carrots too. Unless you are making a veggie tray for company, you are better off using regular carrots. You can scrub them with a vegetable brush of you aren't into peeling,
I bought a bag of small apples this time because they were no dollar a pound apples. I try for a buck a pound for veggies. I don't always succeed and I feel like we need veggies and fruit for a well balanced diet. I am not found of a lot of canned fruit and vegetables. I buy green beans and corn.
Frozen veggies are a buck all the time at the dollar store. Sometimes they are cheaper at the chain grocery stores. You have to watch the size of the package. I got mixed veggies with cauliflower, carrots and snap beans from the dollar store.. The carrots were jullianed. . The snap beans were little pieces and the cauliflower was irregular on size. Some were small. Some were big. They tasted just fine, but not something I. Would feed company.
I got the instant mashed potatoes for .88 from Fred Meyer. They have some really interesting flavors. We like four cheese and some with peppers and bacon, but there are all kinds of baby reds, some that are like twice baked, and the list goes on.
In our house, we don't go through regular potatoes fast enough so many tomes they bombard before they are used up. So it's easier and less wasteful to have instant on hand. I got frozen French fries for a buck on sale at Fred Meyers. I filled the freezer bin. They are cooked on the oven and when cooked on convection, they have a crispy outside.
The darker the lettuce and the more red the grape, the more food value they have.
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