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Friday Finals 6/11

on 6.10.2011 at 10:08pm

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I know you are getting tired of hearing me sing the praises of our weekly produce box.  But this week I truly realized that while it cost money up front to buy our share in the CSA, it is saving us a ton of money each week now that we have it.

I had absolutely no need to go shopping this week.  Our box was so full of produce that I just spent the week digging a meat out of our freezer and cooking vegetables every night.   Each night I grab a protein and then pick 2-3 veggies from the box.  One night this week we even had purple potatoes!

So far our week held: turnips, beets, purple potatoes, corn on the cob, green beans, kale, cabbage, onions, carrots and rutabaga.  You can only imagine trying to eat all of that we stay busy enough without adding in other foods from the grocery store!  There is a bit of stress added in because every Wednesday, whether we finished our box or not, we get a new box!!

We are headed on vacation in another week, so next week there is shopping in my future so we can get stocked on a few things.  The real question… who will eat our produce while we’re gone??

For those didn’t have a crazy amount of produce to eat this week, how did you do shopping?

    • Rmorgan39

      Seattles Best coffee is on sale at Kroger until tomorrow night.   It is $5.99 a bag.  I had a $2 off coupon from coupons.com and got it for $3.99.  Great deal to me!

    • Couponhigh

      I'm not seeing the link box?  Is it just me or are others missing it too?  Thanks.

    • Melissapepin

      I just started this couponing thing about a month and a half ago after watching your you tube video on shopping at Kroger. Since I started and REALLY delved into it..its been NUTS! We are saving SO much money! This week my big products were John Frieda hair care products and Starbucks bags of whole bean coffee.I had (3) $5 off coupons for the hair products and they were marked down at my local Kroger from $9.99+ to $5.99…so I bought 3 products for $.99 each. At check out it printed another $5 coupon and I plan on purchasing a few more for friends before the sales change on Sunday! With the Starbucks coffee, normally $9.99 per bag at publix, it was marked down to $6.49 per bag and I had (5) $1.50 off coupons so I got each bag for $5…felt awesome to get something we use every week for literally HALF of what I have been paying for years!

    • I didn't get a lot of groceries this week, but I did have some retail therapy for my birthday and saved 62% on some new clothes!

    • HaleiAlexis

      I went to ingles first and got baby food b/c they have the beach nut stage 2 on sale for 30 cent a jar. They also had a close out price for stage 3. It was 10 for 7 dollars. I got 64 jars of baby food, 3 Deli shaved meat, 8 loafs of bread (68 cent a loaf), 6 Gillette body wash, 2 4 pack activia, bounty napkins, 20 powerades (77 cents a drink), 2 cans of ingles baby formula. I got all that for 100.00. Then I got 10 cent of a gallon at the ingles gas station that was 3.45 a gallon. Filled his truck up for 60 dollars which is great.

      • HaleiAlexis

        oh and I got 2 family packs of meat to with that total, and 2 pizzas.

        • HaleiAlexis

          one more thing…trying to tell everyone from memory…I got 3 tubes of colgate toothpaste for 23 cents a piece.

    • HaleiAlexis

      I also went to Publix and got a can of baby formula for seven dollars, 5 knorr noodles, 2 rozoni pasta, 10 cans of ragu sauce, 1 gain detergent, 6 packages of ball park hot dogs, 2 packages of cheese, 3 boxes of hunny nut cheerios, 2 tubs of smart balance butter, 1 jumbo pack of pull ups,3 kens dressings, 1 bag of croutons, 2 v8 splashes for a total of 69.88. I saved $77.07 on this trip. The ingles one I saved 65.56.

    • This week I had two big shopping trips. One to Publix and one to Ingels.
      Publix I got 6 bayer's, 6 boxes of fruit roll ups, 2 flash lights, 3
      Combat's and 2 precise creams by Tylenol. Before coupons it was 93+ and
      after it was 14 and some change. Ingels 15 wisk cloths soap 6 men's body
      washes (and two suckers for the kids) before coupons and sales it was
      132.17 After coupons and sales it was 38.03. YAY!!!! Didn't take photos I will next time though.

    • Had a good week (posted my blog link above), but I just wanted to post the savings real quick here too:

      Total Spent: $94.50
      Total Retail Value: $279.67
      Saved: $185.17
      Savings: 66.2%

      And the highlight of it all was probably the basketball shorts my wife got me for Father's Day (at my suggestion, but the deal she personally found in the store) for $0.99 at Kohl's thanks to a one day sale combined with $10 Kohl's cash!!!

    • Coupon crazy

      What are you talking about when you refer to your box of produce? I am new to this.

      • Missyturnerlee

        She is a member of a CSA Comunity Supported Agriculture= you pay up front and get discounted local goods. My brother has one for grass fed beef on facebook called Holy Cow Farms CSA if anyone in interested in joining his Cow-Op.

      • Katkoupon

        I think you can use the search box up top, just type in “CSA” and somewhere in that list you should find a big post she did a few weeks back. Has links,etc…very helpful information.

    • Missyturnerlee

      I went to Earth Fare with 17 Springer Mountain Farms $1.50 chicken coupons. Got a case discount. Also had the free corn coupon. Picked up some organic brownie mix on sale and bananas. All totaled $49 before coupons but I ended up paying only $13.00.

    • Tabandjeff

      Good for you for supporting a local farmer.  More kids need to be eating vegetables with no pesticides on it.  I am a organic gardener and I love it when my grandson goes out to the garden and pulls a fresh carrot out of the ground and sits down and eats it.  He is only two and it makes me wonder how many children do not get to this.  So good for you!!

    • CindyB

      Jenny, thanks to reading your blog entry a few weeks ago about the CSA program, we signed up with a local farmer and got our first box of vegetables this past Wednesday. We love it! We are eating a lot more vegetables at every meal (and even in between meals).

      This week I spent $100 at Publix (got a lot of meat that should last a couple weeks) and saved almost $60, so if my calculations are correct it's almost a 40% savings. Next week I shouldn't have to buy anything except milk and eggs.

    • Dianna

      Thanks so much for your post!  I remember seeing something about this at our natural foods store and always meant to find out more info but never did.  After reading your post, I looked it up and found a CSA that delivers here!  It's $25 per week, is that pretty standard?  I think we might try it!

    • Wendy

      just stopping by to share my grocery haul I got yesturday with you all…. (10) Chef Boyordee (4) Peter Pan Peanut Butter (5) bottles of Ken's dressing (2) cans of Off much needed here in the south lol (3) Extra Srength Bayers (4) boxes of Ronzoni pasta (2) boxes of Dreamsfield Pasta (2) bags of Sargento Cheese (3) Hunts Ketchup (2) Ragu sauce= OOP $21.45 then after I mail in my reciept to Conagra I will get a $20.00 gift card Making my TOTAL ONLY $1.45!!!! Happy Dance!!! Savings Savings Savings LOVE IT!!!  Thanks Jenny for all you do it helps soooo much!!! You Rock!!

    • Saraandshane

      We need to look into local CSAs here.  I just finished a book called, “Food Matters.”  I was amazed to learn that the meat industry has done a great job marketing to convince us that meat = protein.  I learned that ounce for our spinach and lentils have way more protein then equivelent amounts of beef.  Just thought I would share…

    • Thanks for another great Friday Finals! I just added another trip since I got FREE razors at Target today :)

    • Katkoupon

      THANK YOU, JENNY!  I had never heard of CSA, didn't know how to get involved, or if one was available to us, but the post you did a while back was SO great and informative. I'd found one local farm which sold organic produce, but was a little expensive, so I decided to think about it. Well, somehow in my research on the localharvest site, I guess I signed up for something, b/c a few weeks later, I got an email from CSA about another local farm that was selling shares. The food isn't all organic, but local and fresh was the whole idea, and this one was more affordable for us. We've had 3 boxes now, and I am not “getting tired of hearing (you) sing the praises of (your) weekly produce box” b/c we are in the same situation. I get excited each week, wondering what will be in our “mystery box”. This week we were extra tickled to see our first fruits: watermelon and tomatoes. We have also had to get creative (3 weeks of cabbage, squash, cukes, and red potatoes), but everything has been wonderfully delicious, and we are so tickled about our fresh foods each week. It is a small challenge to make sure we get it all gone before we get the next box (I was raised on “waste not, want not”)…but so far we are doing great! I love putting fresh food on the table each day. I haven't gotten tired of anything yet. And your are right, it is an investment, and like you, I haven't spent much at all at the grocery store in the last few weeks. We're cutting back on processed foods and simple carbs, and combined with the fresh produce we get each week and lean proteins from our freezer, I have actually been able to lose a good bit of weight in the last month! I feel lighter and healthier. I was also happy to learn that our local farmer also sells free-range eggs, chickens, and grass-fed beef, and it is also reasonably-priced.

      Sorry this is so long, but I wanted you to know that you are not alone in singing your produce box praises, lol, and that my family and I are very grateful that you chose to share your knowledge on CSA. It has really helped us in our getting-healthy plans. THANK YOU, AGAIN!!!

    • Imollie

      how did you cook your purple potatoes?? we just got some ourselves!
      thanks for all you do!

      • Jdun

        Most CSA'a will give recipes with produce to help you with unfamiliar foods. I love to put purple potatoes in potato salad (mix then with yellow for great summer color). Just boil them alone because cooking them with other potatoes will turn your regular potatoes gray b I peel after cooking b/c the skin rubs right off.

        I'm sure a website like Food TV could give you more creative ideas.

    • Imollie

      Thanks Jenny! Potato salad sounds perfect…

    • JTS


      I have been doing a CSA for a while now. Sometimes the produce gets ahead of me and I end up with two weeks worth of veggies at one time. But one of the great things about CSA is that the produce is usually picked either day of or day before you get it, so it is super fresh and can last a few days longer in the fridge than the grocery store stuff. So when that happens, I just make a big batch, and freeze half to have in between CSA seasons. Works great! Glad to see another CSA lover!


    • Kelly Turner Davis

      I have an Excalibur dehydrator that I got recently and have been dehydrating extra zucchini from my garden!  For example, there's a recipe from BreadBeckers for “zucchini-roni” and I season it, then dehydrate.  When ready to use, I rehydrate it a little and use on a homemade veggie pizza.  Yum!  Invest in a dehydrator and the food retains way more of the nutrients than freezing or canning.