Grocery Geek: May Week Three

Want a glimpse into my shopping cart? Here’s how I’m feeding eight people on a budget. 

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It’s a good thing that I shopped sparsely last week. I made up for it this week. With a birthday in the fam and some good produce and Memorial Day sales, I did a fair bit of shopping. I’m not sorry though. I did some good stockpiling.

In my coupon days, we lived off our stockpile (aka full pantry). I would buy things on really good sales and fill the pantry. I might not have needed that item that week, but I knew it was a good deal and that we would eat it in the near future.

That last part is the key to successful stockpiling. Don’t stock up on something you don’t totally love. If it’s a new-to-you item, buy one and try it. Then go back and buy more if you like it. Ask me how I know.

This week, there were those kind of sales on blueberries, cantaloupe, hot dogs, sour cream, and crackers.

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Naturally Sweetened Apricot BBQ Sauce

Since it contains no sugar, this easy BBQ sauce is good for those watching their sugar intake and works for the Whole 30 diet. It’s great on burgers, pulled pork, pork chops, chicken or anywhere you want a little sweet and smoky.

Naturally Sweetened Apricot BBQ Sauce

While I confess that I love sugary things just as much as the next person, I’ve discovered the pleasant surprise that I can enjoy my favorite foods without the added sugar, which I know isn’t good for my health, if I’m honest with myself.

Over the last few years, I’ve figured how to sweeten family favorite recipes with fruit, honey, or maple syrup. Milk and Honey Cornbread, Mamabars, and Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes are all big hits at our house. And now, so is this BBQ sauce.

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5 Favorite Freezer Meals for Summer

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Want to get ahead of the game this summer? Fill your freezer with these easy and delicious meals that won’t heat up the kitchen.

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Cherry Limeade Recipe

Dye-free Cherry Limeade Recipe | Good Cheap Eats

Cherry Limeade is a fun and refreshing drink. At our house I’m making it with lime and tart cherry juice instead of dyed syrups and artificial flavors.

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Antipasto Pasta Salad

Antipasta Pasta Salad

Blend all your favorite antipasto flavors into a convenient pasta salad. This recipe blends spicy salami, tangy parmesan, hearty garbanzo beans, and the crunch of fresh vegetables.

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Grocery Geek: May, Week Two

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After a lot of shopping last week, I shifted down a gear for groceries this week. Here’s our grocery shopping report for our family of eight.

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Dijon Pork Tenderloin

Dijon Pork tenderloin plate

Season budget-friendly pork tenderloin with Dijon mustard and spices for a quick and easy grilled supper.

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Turkey and Pepper Lettuce Wraps

Turkey Pepper Lettuce Wrap

These Turkey and Pepper Lettuce Wraps come together easily on the stovetop, are freezer friendly, and taste delicious, making for a refreshing summer time meal.

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Kitchen Tools to Help You Make Dinner Quickly

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Want to get dinner on the table quickly? Then tool up with these kitchen helpers.

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Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade | Good Cheap Eats

Get ready for summer by stirring up a batch of Strawberry Lemonade. It’s a delicious way to cool off!

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