Monday, October 19, 2009

GCC Shopping Round Up

I'm planning on making some homemade yogurt this week. I have about a ton of frozen bananas in my freezer that I need to use up and we like to make yogurt smoothies with them. I whipped up a fresh batch of Russian Friendship Tea and I've got some homegrown rhubarb in my freezer just screaming to be made into a pie.

Here's how the shopping went...

Franz Bread Store

3 loaves of bread and 2 bags of bagels $4.70

S & S Liquidators

2 large cans of V8 $1.98
Crystal Light $1.49 (for friendship tea)
Instant Tea $1.99 (for friendship tea)
2 bags starbucks coffee $5.00

Grocery Outlet

4 foil pans $3.96 (food gifts)
frozen berries $1.99
2 cans green beans $1.18


5 dozen eggs $3.98
12 chicken thighs $4.96
half and half $1.68
yogurt $1.78
2 lbs cheddar cheese $4.47
1.73 lbs tomatoes $2.73
2.73 lbs pears $1.86
3.88 lbs apples $3.80
.83 lbs bulk oat bran $.61
2.39 lbs bulk Tang $3.27 (friendship tea)
1/2 lb bulk craisins $1.84
1.8 lbs bulk macaroni $1.42
1.4 lbs bulk cocoa $1.39
1.77 lbs bulk powdered milk $4.81
3.38 lbs bulk brown sugar $2.13
.45 lbs bulk pecans $2.25
30 packets of bulk Equal $.90
Olive oil $3.98
5.91 lbs bananas $3.43

Grand Total $72.40
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Katie said...

OK so I have a silly question. I froze some bananas to use later, but I wasn't exactly sure how to go about defrosting them. Or do you just used them frozen in smoothies. I was hoping to use them for bread/muffins.

Anonymous said...

I have been following your blog for a while now. I was curious as to why you don't make your own bread? I am working on getting my grocery budget down, I will probably never be as low as you since my kids have a lot of food allergies and all the specialty foods and ingredients cost extra. But one way I have been able to bring it down is by making my own bread and bread products. Just curious.

Anonymous said...

When you buy in bulk do you put them in containers when you get home or do you just use it in the bag? I don't own a lot of tupperware type stuff so I am always passing by the bulk bins. I usually always try and find a cheap store brand instead.

Gayle said...

I store the bulk items in glass mason jars. Then I put sticky address labels on the sides with the name of what's in the jar so I can keep track.

Gayle said...

I do make some of our rolls, and artisan loaves. But we don't like the way homemade bread slices into sandwich slices so we prefer to buy that at discount.

Gayle said...

For smoothies I skip the ice cubes (used to thicken) and just use the frozen bananas. For baking I would microwave to thaw (they aren't going to look pretty) and then add to the recipe as called for.

Beth said...

Hi Gayle!

THANK YOU so much for this blog and for your inspiration!!

I see that you bought some foil pans this week for food gifts. Do you have any recipes to share that can be used for food gifts, easily frozen, frugal and yet yummy???

I often want to bring a dish to a family or friend in need and find myself either ordering them takeout or getting frustrated and not taking anything at all!

I would love to have one or two staple meals that I know won't break our budget and are easy to put together that I could take to friends and family.

Thanks again!!

Katy said...

You inspire me every week to do better with my grocery shopping! THank you!

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