Back to blogging and a new shopping plan

I haven’t blogged for a while and I am not sure if anyone is all that interested in what I write, but I am going to try and give it a shot again.  I have been doing some experimenting with different types of eating styles to try and figure out if my son and I have some allergies or sensitivities to certain foods.  That has made it hard to blog consistently.  I think that we have figured out that we all feel better if we limit our bread/wheat and dairy consumption.  I am trying to limit each one to once a day and focus more on eating grassfed, free range meats, fruits and vegetables.

I have also decided to try a new way of shopping.  I don’t know about you, but I have found myself spending way to much money on groceries lately.  I think part of the problem is that I am going to the store too often and the more I go the more I overspend and tend to impulse buy.  It normally looks something like this:

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(To read her full post go to http://crappypictures.com/2012/02/shopping-at-target.html)

So, in order to combat this I am going to try to do most of my shopping for the month at each store once and then each week go to the store only to get milk, juice, eggs, bananas, one fresh fruit, spinach or kale for my smoothies and maybe one other vegetable if needed.

My plan is this:

One order from Azure Standard  https://www.azurestandard.com/ (I just placed my first order with them and am excited to pick it up next week.)

One order from Wallace Farms.  This is an Iowa farm that brings grassfed beef, hormone free meat to a local store once a month. http://www.wallacefarms.com/

One trip to Target at the beginning of the month.

And one trip to Hy-Vee on the second Wed. of the month for their Health Market Sack Sale.

I will also pick up my CSA box from Bass Farms http://bassfamilyfarms.com/ once a week.

I am hoping that I can stick to this and really save some money while feeding my family pesticide free, hormone free, mostly junk free food.

I have already placed my Azure order and did my Target run for August.  We were completely out of milk and juice (which can lead to a major crisis :)), so I went ahead and picked up my August items yesterday.

Here is my Azure Standard Order: (Feel free to scroll past if not interested)

Code   Product Name                            Size        Qty    Price     Total
HB599  Jason Natural Biotin Conditioner        16 ozs.     1       $7.30   $7.30
HB598  Jason Natural Biotin Shampoo            16 ozs.     1       $7.30   $7.30
IC294  Nature’s Paradise Organics Baby 2 i     8 ozs.      1       $7.05   $7.05
NF086  Gamma Gamma Seal Lid for 2 Gallon P     1 each      1       $3.60   $3.60
NF087  Packaging Supplies Empty 2 Gallon P     1 each      1       $2.75   $2.75
FL123  Azure Farm Hard Red W.W. Flour (Uni     5 lbs.      1       $3.35   $3.35
FL055  Azure Farm Hard White W.W. Flour (U     10 lbs.     1       $6.85   $6.85
GR155  Lundberg Jasmine Brown Rice, Organi     2 lbs.      1       $4.45   $4.45
BP078  Red Star Yeast, Dry Active              2 lbs.      1       $9.30   $9.30
FG495  Stahlbush Island Classic Mixed Vege     3 x 10 ozs. 1       $5.60   $5.60
FG491  Stahlbush Island Broccoli Florets       3 x 10 ozs. 1       $5.60   $5.60
FG493  Stahlbush Island Cauliflower            3 x 10 ozs. 1       $5.60   $5.60
HB795  Nature’s Paradise Organics Hand Was     8 ozs.      1       $3.55   $3.55
QP172  Fresh Produce Potatoes, Yukon Gold,     5 lbs.      1       $4.25   $4.25
QP513  Fresh Produce Kale, Green Organic       1 Bunch     1       $2.00   $2.00
QP004  Fresh Produce Avocado, Small, Organ     3 ct.       1       $3.00   $3.00
SW194  Really Raw Honey Really Raw Honey (     1 lb.       1       $9.10   $9.10
SN529  Eden Foods Pistachios, Shelled, Dry     4 ozs.      1       $6.25   $6.25
SN643  Food Should Taste Good *Sweet Potat     11 ozs.     1       $4.85   $4.85
SN325  Mary’s Gone Crackers Herb Crackers,     6.5 ozs.    1       $4.00   $4.00
SN311  Kettle Foods Bakes – Hickory Honey      4 ozs.      2       $2.50   $5.00
DP134  Straus Family Creamery Yogurt, Plai     32 ozs.     1       $4.00   $4.00
CH052  LifeLine Montzarella Cheese, Organi     24 ozs.     1      $10.85  $10.85
CH057  LifeLine Cheddar Cheese, Sharp, Org     24 ozs.     1      $13.45  $13.45
QP317  Azure Husbandry Cherries, Rainier,      1 lb.       1       $3.25   $3.25
FG415  Bueno Corn Tortillas, Organic           3 x 8 ozs.  1       $4.20   $4.20
GY232  Farmer’s Market Pumpkin, Canned, Or     15 ozs.     1       $2.20   $2.20
GY932  Pacific Foods Cashew Carrot Ginger      17.6 ozs.   1       $2.80   $2.80
FL017  Bulk Vital Wheat Gluten Flour           1 lb.       1       $2.95   $2.95
DA013  So Delicious Coconut Milk, Unsweete     32 ozs.     4       $2.45   $9.80
BP059  Celtic Sea Salt Celtic Sea Salt Sha     8 ozs.      1       $5.95   $5.95
OL096  Wilderness Family Naturals Coconut Oil    16 ozs.     1      $10.65  $10.65

When placing my first order I found it helpful to see what other people ordered which is why I posted my order.  I also hope to post pictures of it when it arrives if I can figure out how to do that by then.  There are some great prices here and you can also buy things in bulk, like 25#s of flour and 50#s of other dried goods and such, but I thought I would try it out before I went that crazy.

At Target I got:

5 Things of Blueberry applesauce

A Big box of squeeze Strawberry Applesauce

Two small boxes squeeze Banana Applesauce

Two 10 pack boxes of Zone Bars

Two 6 pack boxes of Z Bars (they were on sale and I had a coupon for $1 off two boxes)

A 32 Container Maple Syrup

One bag Earth’s Best Chicken Nuggets- for the boys to eat while I am gone next week

Four bags of frozen vegetables- I had a coupon as well as I tried to get a couple of the microwave ones to make it easy for Jim next week

I also got Milk, Juice, Coconut milk, bananas, strawberries, spinach, and one bag of 72% dark chocolate squares.

Oh that reminds me I also placed an order at Endangered Species for 5 bags of dark chocolate for my chocolate fix each day.

 

Wow, if you read all of that you must have nothing to do 😉  Or you find this kind of thing interesting like I do, I may be a nerd and I know it. 🙂

 

If anyone is really interested I can also post what I ordered from Wallace Farms last week.  I hope to also post some meal plans and recipes soon.  Thanks for reading!

 

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About ahealthymom

I am a stay-at home mom to two boys who is very active in my church through Bible Study, Mops, Sunday School, small group and being a sponsor for our middle school youth group. I strive to live a healthy life everyday in all kinds of ways. The first in my relationship with God, also in healthy eating and exercise, healthy relationships to name a few. I have been following other blogs lately and decided to start my own where I would share ways I am living a healthy life, through my exercise plans, eating and recipes, Bible studies, parenting and various other relationships in life.
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