Is it just me or have grocery prices been outta control on some stuff?! Even generic butter is $3.00. I used to spend $30-$60 a week but lately it has been more like $70 or $80. It is easier to lower bills in the summer when we have so much produce, but I still need to try and keep it around $50. There are some things I want to try. I spend too much during the week on things I don't need, so I started taking out $100 at the beginning of the week. If I spend $50 on groceries, and maybe $20 or $30 on odds and ends (like the new mouse I needed for the computer today) that will give us a little extra spending money and a little left over for the savings. I have been using a lot of dry beans lately. We also started baking our own bread again.
The Family Homestead. It is soooo good and pretty cheap to make. I figured a pint jar costs about .80. I have heard that dressings are one of the worst things you can buy (due to preservatives, chemicals and what not), which I don't know much about it, but I figure if something has more then 20 ingredients (especially a condiment!), it is probably best to stay away from it! If you haven't checked out The Family Homestead before I highly recommend it. She is a mother of 8 and has amazing tips and recipes for the frugal homemaker.
In other news, we ordered our seeds. We got our first batch from the first company yesterday. Eek! I am always shocked to see all of those packets. Did I order all of those?! Lol! We saved a lot of seeds but still needed to buy a lot to. We just don't have the room to space plants out enough to save seeds. I have been obsessed with reading all of the seed catalogs and can't wait to start planting again. I am thinking about trying to grow some lettuce in unheated cold frames. I am going to give it a shot when the ground thaws a bit. I even started some basil, cilantro, and oregano on the shelves we have in the basement. I also sprouted some seeds in this neat little sprouter my mom got me. I would show you the picture I uploaded but blogger uploader isn't working again. Pretty basic system, but there are a lot of ways to sprout with household stuff. Here is a site about sprouting lentils. I get mine from the store, which some people say you can't do because they are processed and won't sprout but i don't have a problem. Plus I don't want to pay $4.00 for a 1/2 a pound like some places charge ;). I am hoping that next year I will can enough stuff, and store enough veggies in the cellar, that our grocery bill will be even less.