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July's Garden Harvest and Shopping Plans

Fig Tarts The Prudent Homemaker

This month from my garden we'll harvest grapes, grape leaves, figs, Swiss chard, herbs, green onions, a few tomatoes, and a few peaches (from the tree in my white garden). 

I'm taking care of a friend's garden and chickens for two weeks this month, during which time we'll harvest cucumbers, tomatoes, and a few possible other items. We'll also 11-14 small eggs to bring home every day. 

I'm able to increase my budget for the month to $400, so I will stock up on some items.

I'm trying out Sprouts for the first time. They're a bit further than I normally drive to go shopping, as I usually stay within 1 to 2 miles of home to do my grocery shopping (except for one trip to Sam's Club, a whole 5 miles away).  They have cherries for the unbelievable price of $0.95 a pound; I've never seen cherries priced this low in my life, so I am definitely planning a trip.

Here are my planned sale purchases from the current ads, all of which are incredibly low prices right now:



Cherries $0.95 a pound

Corn 6 for $1



Whole chickens and chicken thighs $0.77 a pound

Boneless pork sirloin chops $1.47 a pound (I have never seen them this low)

Sour cream $1 a pound

Whipping cream $1 a half-pint



Diapers. There is a spend $100 on diapers get a $30 gift card deal this week. I buy the store brand in the bulk boxes. These will last me a few months.


And what I'm planning from Winco, Walmart, and Sam's Club:




Vegetable Oil

Ground Almonds (a small amount for a dessert)


Bell Peppers

Spreadable margarine (3-pound tub for $2.27)




Great Northern Beans



Mrs. Wages Dill Pickle Mix

Spray oil (I use my refillable sprayer for most cooking, but I found it doesn't work well in the waffle iron)

BBQ sauce


Sam's Club:

Tomato sauce in a #10 can

Popcorn 50-pound bag

All-purpose flour 25-pound bag (I will buy 100 pounds)

Mozzarella cheese 5-pound block

Mozzarella cheese 5-pound grated

Goat Cheese

Feta Cheese

Toilet paper

Pinto beans 50-pound bag


I'll also look for a sale at Smith's on ice cream in the gallon-sized buckets.


Pickles in Process The Prudent Homemaker

I plan to make dill pickles and sweet pickle relish with the cucumbers we're picking from my friend's garden.

I'll make pasta salads, Caprese salad, corn and tomato salad, grape juice, smoothies, popsicles, rice and beans, tomato pizza, BBQ chicken pizza, pork chops with fig sauce, stuffed grape leaves, tomato and cucumber salads with Italian dressing, grits with fried eggs, fried potatoes with fried eggs, BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, cherry clafoutis, Pavlova with cherries, brownies, and more this month.


What sales are you looking for this month? What do you hope to harvest from your garden? Do you have any favorite frugal summer meals?



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  • Elizabeth M. July 09, 2018

    The main shopping goal is to buy blueberries when they come in season, to freeze in 2 cup portions for use this winter. They are starting to come in this week, weather permitting, so probably next week or the week after they'll come into the stores in flats. I use the blueberries in cereal and in muffins. If I can afford it, I will also freeze raspberries. There are two places to do u-pick nearby.

    I am watching out for sales to help build my stock to cover August and September. Milk products and chicken are on good sales, so I got several pounds of butter for the freezer, and will buy some cheese and chicken as and if the cash becomes available. If my budget allows, I will take advantage of other sales to stock up on a few items. There seem to be more sales this year than usual in the summer. It just depends on how much I am able to earn each week on transcription, and whether there is anything left over after the bills.

    Produce from British Columbia is now in at very reasonable prices, so I am enjoying summer menus based on them. I also found a bag of 5 avocados for $1, which is a big treat to include in salads and omelettes.

  • Cindi July 09, 2018

    Wow -- those are some awesome prices. Definitely worth a little drive for those cherries!
    Local corn should be ready by the end of the month. the past two years the sale price has been 7 ears for $1. I bought 21 ears last year and still have about 1 cup left in the freezer, so I'll repeat that amount this year. I'm going to be in the nearest city with a Costco later this month, so I'll stock up on some things there.
    I have lots of green tomatoes, but don't know when they'll ripen.

  • Jane July 09, 2018

    Cherries are selling for a great price here also. I'm canning cherry juice as I write this. With any left over juice I'll make jelly. At the moment we have lettuce, kale, spinach, broccoli, peas, and cauliflower ripe. Our gardening season is just getting started.

  • Athanasia July 11, 2018

    Hi Jane! I miss reading HOPE AND THRIFT. You live in a good cherry area, I think, or at least not too far away. We get our cherries over here from Door County.

  • Jane July 12, 2018

    Hi Athanasia! My son lives in Kenosha and goes to Door County every year to buy cherries. Beautiful place!

  • Laurie in central NC July 16, 2018

    I second Athanasia! Miss you, and hope things are going well for you!

  • Carolyn July 09, 2018

    Our garden is progressing nicely. Green tomatoes are on the vines, small peppers on the plants and flowers on the cucumber, melon and squash plants. Blueberries are producing now! We picked 6 quarts yesterday. Most of our garden of kale, spinach, carrots and beans will be producing next month and the fruit trees, bushes and strawberry plants won’t be producing until next year. Plan to make pickles, can salsa and tomato sauce, as well as freeze vegetables. Our chickens have just started laying, so 2-3 eggs a day so far. Frugal planning in our garden and orchard will cut our grocery bill with healthier choices and I plan to sell fruit jams with the honey from our hives from the honestead and at craft fairs as my side gig.

  • Cindy in the South July 09, 2018

    I eat tomato and mayo sandwich on white bread during the summer...almost every day. I sometimes add vidalia onions. I will also eat cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches during the summer. Also,.....watermelon...I love watermelon.

  • Athanasia July 11, 2018

    Cindy, I am so looking forward to summer tomatoes. Tomato sandwiches are so good. Ours won't be ready for a bit so I bought a cluster of hydroponic tomatoes from Canada. We had 2 so far. Store tomatoes just do not ripen right and they are missing out on flavor, that is for sure

  • Lori W. July 09, 2018

    I shop Sprouts almost exclusively for produce. I have only had once where their prices could not be beat. My swiss chard is producing wonderfully, and I have green tomatoes on the vines. I have lots of blooms on my squash plants, so hopefully, we will have fresh squash too.

  • Annaliese July 09, 2018

    I am hoping to get cucumbers, tomatoes, okra, green peppers and lots of herbs out of my garden to can/dehydrate. Plan on canning pickles, salad cubes, salsa and spaghetti sauce. I am going to can extra to put away for Christmas gifts. I see the Sprouts ad but the nearest one is over 20 miles away. That is a good price on cherries!
    Neighbors have promised to give us some of their crop this year so hopefully I can put some of that up.
    Watching the sales for milk, butter, eggs and other things I can stock up for free for upcoming months.

  • mia July 09, 2018

    What are salad cubes?

  • Annaliese July 10, 2018

    It's a southern thing= it's just sweet relish but the cukes are cute into tiny cubes. Many ladies from the south use it in potato salad and stuff.

  • Athanasia July 11, 2018

    I looked it up and is same ingredients as my sweet pickle relish except you dice the vegetables a bit larger. I like to add relish to tuna salad and tuna melts. Sometimes I add to get salad or deviled eggs, but not every time

  • Athanasia July 12, 2018

    That is supposed to be egg salad. It autocorrected on the kindle, I corrected it, I thought, and I guess it went right back to get. Do not like autocorrect. Is there a way to turn it off on a kindle, does anyone know?

  • Juls Owings July 09, 2018

    Brandy, I spray of oil in a bowl and brush it on with a brush or paper towel on my waffle iron.

    I miss my gardens. We went to the produce auction and got candy onions that will last us about 2-3 months, zucchini I shredded for the freezer, pickle cucumbers I use a grape leaf in with Mrs Wages Dill pickle mix,Regular green beans I canned and Roma(wide Italian) green beans I canned.

    My girlfriend gave us a couple zucchini that I haven't done anything with yet. Our landlord here and the neighbor at 209 told us to come get sweet corn that will be ready in about a week. Both planted too much and was okay if I got some for daughter 4 (rest of kids prefer canned corn). Hubby just called and told me neighbor at 209 just gave him a dozen red beets and 11 zucchini. I will make refrigerator pickles at of some of the zucchini along with the mock pineapple I didn't have enough to do. Friend told me about making zucchini with pizza toppings so we will be trying that.

    I have processed all that I bought at store (http://chefowings.blogspot.com/2018/07/july-groceriesplease-sit-down.html) bagging everything into 2 servings instead of 3-4 that is normal to me. Hubby is trying to lose more weight and if I fix more than what we need he is grazing through it after I go to bed.

    I still have berries in the freezer so I won't be getting any more.

  • Athanasia July 11, 2018

    I'm always afraid to use the spray on my waffle iron as I worry about getting a gummy residue build up. I brush vegetable oil on with a paper towel.

  • Margie from Toronto July 09, 2018

    Funds are very tight this month so not sure if there will be the opportunity to stock up on much - although I always check out the flyers just in case. I find the best buys tend to be in August & September as our growing season is a bit later. If I can find Ontario strawberries at a good price I may try freezing a few but they are still too pricy to make it worthwhile - but worth the price to have fresh - so delicious!
    Purchases this month will be mainly dairy and lots of produce as I try to eat as many vegetables as possible! Low carb means lots & lots of veggies! I will also try to use up some of my canned sardines, tuna and salmon instead of buying more proteins this month. I went through the freezer this morning and took out a few things to use up over the next few days.
    The only non-food items I'm hoping to find on sale are TP and dish liquid - otherwise I'm OK for now.

  • Ingrid July 09, 2018

    Brandy, I don't know if your Walmart ad matches, but if you have a store in your area called Rural King, they have the Mrs Wages for $1.97. Worth a shot

  • Pat July 09, 2018

    Wonderful prices Brandy! It is also wonderful that your friend is letting you and your son take care of her greenhouse and chickens while she is gone. You will make good use of the things you harvest and the eggs.
    I told my son and the lady watching my cats to pick the strawberries ripening in the garden while we were in California. They didn't so my plants quit producing earlier than normal. I only got one gallon bag that I froze and will use in baking and for shortcake. We started with 12 plants 2 years ago and they have almost filled a 4x4 foot area. I have been clipping the runners to keep them contained. We have been harvesting yellow squash, zucchini, green onions, and green beans. There are lots of green tomatoes, squash and cucumber blossoms out there. My pepper plants are taking there sweet time growing this year. I took a yellow squash and mixed it with the one apple I had with some water and cinnamon and cooked it till soft and stretched the apple. We will eat it for dessert. I also grated some and will be slicing and cubing it to add to soups, roasted veggies and potato dishes. The zucchini I will slice for veggies and grate for breads and muffins.
    I have already done my stock up shopping at Sam's for July. I bought applesauce cups(lasts about 2 months), minced garlic(lasts 6 months or more), a 2 pack of Vidalia dressing for the month, a 3 pack of ketchup(3 months or more), 16 chicken apple sausages for the month and 5 lbs of cheddar cheese(lasts 3months).
    I have already spent $119.08 but will only need fresh produce and fruit for the rest of the month. I might run out of flour as well. I didn't check it before I went to Sam's. Insert sad face!!

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