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Grocery Day!

Every Thursday is grocery day for our family. I spend all week gathering coupons that I will use for things like baby food, yogurt, spaghetti noodles and sauce, sugar, flour, eggs, cereal, stuff for Kevin’s lunches, and things like spaghetti O’s, ravioli, etc.

I dread grocery day every single week. Why? Because normally I have to take all 5 of the kids, unless Kevin gets home in time for me to go before dinner. That way I’m not out later by myself, nor are we taking kids out during the school year (they have a set bedtime while school is in session).

On actual grocery day, I do a quick mental inventory of all the food we have in the pantry and the chest freezer. Once I’ve done that, I can then start to make my mental list of what I need to purchase.

Today is going to be a pretty simple day. No pasta or sauce, no ground beef, no frozen pizzas, no canned veggies (we use them for quick week night sides for dinner), and very little for Kevin’s lunches.

I’m really hoping to get out of the store for under $100!

But we’ll see how that goes.

I don’t have many coupons for today, because I’m mostly buying fresh fruits and veggies, some chicken, some shredded cheese and maybe a few other little odds and ends.

InĀ  another post, I’ll tell you how I get my coupons. It’s almost time for lunch in our house, so I’d better go fix the little ones some food.

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Kitchen Accessories

Today’s post is about kitchen accessories that I want in my dream home. Hey a girl can dream, right? There’s nothing more fun than being able to dream big. So that’s what I’ll keep doing. I’ve always been a big dreamer.

 

Let’s start off with the necessities of a parent… Coffee/Latte Machine
I’m dying to get my hands on the Capresso Espresso & Cappuccino Machine. It runs about $120-$130 on Amazon. But if you’re into lattes and cappuccinos this machine is for you. While you may spend a little more money in the beginning to buy this machine, you’ll save yourself in the long run if you don’t go to your local coffee shop every day. My local Dunkin’ Donuts costs almost $7 for two medium lattes. Kevin and I get coffee at least 6 days a week. That’s over $160 a month, that’s not including days we get coffee in the morning and the afternoon (there are a few days like that each month). Just buying this machine, you’ve saved about $30 to $40. You can spend that on coffee beans/coffee, grinder (if you buy whole beans) and the Torani flavored syrup to make your lattes.
After living in our temporary home in Virginia (while Kevin was in the military), I’ve become one of those people who wants to be organized. If you know me from way back when, you’ll know that I used to love organized chaos. Well when it comes to my pantry, I want to be able to find things easily, plus that prevents me from overbuying if I know exactly what I have. So having some of these for soups, canned veggies, kids lunch stuff when off school, etc. I also like the fact that I can see exactly what is on the rack. Well worth the $26, if you want to be organized.
A Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer! Now I already have one of these, it’s currently sitting in storage in it’s original box. Kevin is one of those people who keeps the boxes for all the appliances and televisions for when we move (that’s the Marine in him coming out; always preparing for a move). My mom has had her Kitchen Aid Classic Mixer for as long as I can remember and then some. I’m 30 years old and that bad boy still runs like a champ. I think my mom got it as a wedding gift; so that means it’s about 38 years old. I had wanted one of these mixers since I was a mother myself, but didn’t get one until my second wedding anniversary with Kevin (in 2013). So my mixer is only two years old and has been in storage for almost a year. I’d really love to use it again, but I need a house to put it in. Hopefully soon, we’ll be able to get our dream home.
A new set of T-fal cookware. I cook a lot. When you have 5 kids and a husband who loves to eat, you need to cook a lot of food for each meal. Plus I got used to cooking for a few of the single Marines Kevin worked with while we were in Virginia. Breakfast on the weekends consists of pancakes/French Toast, hashbrowns, bacon & sausage, and sometimes eggs. Dinners are usually things like chicken/crab cakes/ground beef , a fresh steamed veggie, and biscuits, etc. So a new set of cookware would be nice.
This T-fal deep fryer would be nice to make homemade french fries, potato chips, and onion rings. Not to mention, it would be great for homemade chicken tenders, crab cakes, and more. Plus it’s not overly expensive (about $53), it would pay for itself quickly, since we won’t be going out to get fast food. Now I wouldn’t be using this every day, it would be more of a treat (or when a craving strikes).

 

These are just a few of the items I would love/plan on having in my dream kitchen. These are normal everyday kitchen accessories that the average person might have in their home, so they are very affordable and easily found online or in-stores.

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