Friday, September 11, 2009

Busy Summer

Summer was pretty busy for us. The weather didn't cooperate as much as we would have liked, but we still had quite a bit of fun! We kept things frugal and still had a great time together. I never would have thought a $5 pool from Family Dollar would provide so many hours of entertainment, but that was probably the best summer investment we made! I spent quite a few hours out riding my bike around and the kids went to the park almost every day.

Now that fall is creeping up, it's time to get serious about keeping our grocery budget low. We don't worry too much over summer because we end up at a lot of potluck picnics and eating dinner at the camp for the family nights. This week I decided it was time to refocus and start stockpiling again and getting ready for the cut in pay we see when it's camp off-season for Matt.

Meijer, my coupon store of choice, was my biggest trip this week, but I was able to get quite a few staples in our menu on hand to start the pantry off:

Total spent: $30.70
Total saved: $67.77

So what will $30 buy you these days?

6 boxes of Hamburger Helper
4 bags of frozen veggies
7lbs of frozen turkey
8 Campbell's soup microwave soups
6lbs of chicken nuggets
3 "cups" of Oreo cookies
2 boxes of Pizza Rolls
4 Lysol toilet bowl cleaners
12 cans Campbell's cream of mushroom soup
BIC razor refills
1 box Honey Bunches of Oats
4pk of Activia yogurt

I end up buying quite a bit of snacks since Nathan prefers to take a lunch to school, and having a nice stash to pick from is nice so that he doesn't end up with the same thing every day.

Long Overdue Update

We are over 50% debt free now!