Sunday, January 31, 2010

Day 4 Stocking up on Case lot Sales

It has been one week since I last bought any produce. Oranges and Grapefruit sold for 33 cents a pound. We purchased enough to last the whole three months. Citrus is an excellent source of Vitamin C and will store well in the garage in the winter months in the midwest. I have put carrots, potatoes and onions in a large tote lined with a blanket to insulate against the cement floor. The Citrus is on carpet next to the tote. Winter sqaush from our garden this year are being stored in a large cooler. We have enough fresh produce to last 90 days in addition to the cans of fruit and vegetables in stock.

I am missing a sale this week - potatoes dropped to 17 cents a pound. That is not the all time low for the year, but it is close. Last week I bought at 19 cents a pound. Buying food is like investing. Rather than thrash oneself for missing the lowest sale price, one just buys all the way down as the prices fall. The money you save is the money made. I reserve 5-15 dollars each week just to pick up loss leaders. That 15 dollars would have purchased 100 pounds of potatoes and fed us well for three months. Because of this blog I'll have to forgo this time around. Oh well.

Breakfast: Oatmeal topped with vanilla yogurt. Toast

Lunch: leftovers heated and served like a buffet. The children picked the dish they wanted - meat loaf, stir fry, rice pudding, baked potatoes. Waste not Want not and a meal is a meal. Everyone was delighted. The three year old said. "Potato skins were made for butter. That makes me happy." I was happy because a potato contains 45% of the RDA for Vit C mostly found in the skin. It is great to have happy healthy boys.

Dinner: Fresh out of the oven whole wheat bread and butter with a hot drink of milk made with canned milk diluted 50% with warm water and a teaspoon of sugar per cup.


  1. Hey there Crystal, did I read this right, dinner was only bread and butter with Milk?

  2. Yes! I went on a date and the children were home with nine loaves of hot bread, butter, honey, jam, and cinnamon. It is a meal for me and they enjoy it too. I don't feel guilty at all because the wheat is freshly gound and full of B vitamins, fiber and at least 3 grams of protein per slice. The warm milk called "Mormon Tea" is a nice bedtime snack.

  3. Is it possible to add cinnamon to the bread before baking? I love cinnamon bread but I've never tried whole wheat cinnamon bread. Have you tried it?

  4. 100 years ago that was typical. Big meal at "dinner" and lite supper.