Read the first post in our Frugal Food Series.
Happy Nativity of the Theotokos to everyone!!
This is the first great feast of the Church year, and we are celebrating!
Last night I diced up a bunch of apples, put them in a pan, slathered them in lemon juice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, chia seeds and date sugar and put them in the fridge. Iakabos heated them up when the kids were awake and we had cinnamon apples for breakfast.
After that I was planning on walking to the store but... there is a cold going through our house right now and today is the worst of it for me. So I just drove across the street instead. Here is my one day grocery "haul". If you can call it that lol!
Oh yeah and an adorable photo bomber. :)
So normally we wouldn't eat these things BUT it is a feast day after all! And, bonus points, everything is vegan! Woohoo! Did you know you could get vegan Pillsbury biscuits!? Neither did I. Obviously I just got a few treats today to supplement the food already in the house in order to celebrate the feast.
I'll go into a little bit of detail about the purchases. Everything I bought cost a grand total of $7.30. I had change in my purse, so I came out with $3.00 at the end to put toward our Bulk Food envelope. The first thing I did before going to the store was look for deals. I've never couponed before, but I'm giving it a shot. We'll see how it goes.
The cereal was a printable coupon for $1.00 off as well as a $1.00 rebate on an app called SavingStar. I'll get that rebate down the road that I can apply to groceries later, which will be nice. The biscuits were the same exact thing, printable coupon and SavingStar rebate. I also downloaded an app called Ibotta. That app gave me a$0.50 rebate on any purchase and a $1.00 bonus on any receipt I uploaded. So I will also get $1.50 back that way.
The brownies were just there. No sale, just deliciousness.... In the end, if all goes right, this shopping trip will have only cost me a net $3.80 when it's really worth $9.30. That's pretty good in my book! Although, it also would have been in budget without the coupons, so that's nice too.
We snacked on fruit and the cereal this afternoon and we had ham from the freezer and green beans from the pantry with our biscuits for lunch. Well, I had leftover pasta with my biscuits because of the whole vegan thing lol.
I still wasn't feeling up to par later in the day (sorry you poor quinoa stuffed tomatoes...) so more leftovers for dinner, supplemented with some carrots, grapes and olives we had on hand. And of course, brownies for dessert!
Feeling really good so far about this new routine. A blessed feast to you all!
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