I realized yesterday that I mentioned buying some groceries in bulk but never fully explained how I do so while also trying to save a few bucks!
I thought a simple list would suffice in showing you the items I purchased and how I saved in the process:
- Brown Jasmine Rice (this stuff is so yummy!)
Purchased 28 ounce bags at Amelia's for $1.79. This time I didn't find organic rice but the price was right so I scarfed up enough bags for at least eight meals.
- Eden Organic Pinto Beans
Purchased 6 cans from my local grocery store half-price clearance rack at around $1.50/can. We like that Eden doesn't use any yucky preservatives or corn-syrup in their beans. They're also organic and in BPA-free cans. Score!
- Sharp Cheddar Cheese
Purchased a 5-pound block of cheese from a local, Mennonite-run grocery outlet-- we are fortunate to have several of these in close proximity to our home!-- for $17.50 or $3.50/pound. I probably could have gotten a bit of a better deal but, again, I was pleased that this kind had no preservatives or artificial coloring and was actually from a local farm. Just the fact that I have enough cheese to last me a few months-- and will not have to run to the grocery store again-- will save us money!
- Late July Sweet Potato Tortilla Chips
Purchased a case from Amazon Warehouse Deals for around $2/bag. These chips make the perfect, less-guilt-ridden snack along with homemade salsa or as an add-in to our family-favorite Taco Salad with Catalina Dressing. Love this brand, love these chips. Enough said.
- Brown Rice Noodles
Purchased 12 bags of these from Amazon for a very decent price ($2.48/piece) and actually saved even more with the recent $5 back-to-school coupon Amazon was offering (since expired, sorry guys!). All in all these came out to be $2.06/piece. Not bad!
- Natural Value Tuna
Let me start by saying that this was not necessarily a steal on tuna fish. However, it was a very good deal on canned chunk tuna that was just tuna and spring water in BPA-free cans. So, they came out to be $2.67/piece. Anxious to have these on hand to make easy, healthy dinners of tuna salad and tuna cakes. Stay tuned.
- Earth's Best Crunchin' Crackers
Got a case these for 68 cents a box from Amazon Warehouse Deals. A quick, organic snack for baby. A no-brainer.
-Buddy Fruits Apple Bites
Another great Amazon Warehouse Deal find at 46 cents a packet. A nice, healthy afternoon snack option for the kiddos.
- Newman's Own Microwave Buttered Popcorn
Found boxes of these-- my favorite non-GMO popcorn-- for $1.99 (!) a box at another Mennonite-run grocery outlet. I've purchased these elsewhere for close to $4/box, so I was extremely pleased! I only bought two because some in this house are lactose intolerance and another has a corn allergy so I am the only [lucky] one who gets to enjoy these!
So, there you have it! A little glimmer of what our pantry is looking like these days. Some day soon I hope to update you on all the garden preserving we've been doing and hopefully will have some recipes to share, too. Until then, happy saving!