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September's Grocery Shopping Plans

September Harvest The Prudent Homemaker

September 2016 Garden Harvest

After a month of no shopping, I'm planning to continue to live mostly from our pantry, freezers, and garden, with a few purchases. Our income is still rather limited. In 2012 and 2013, we had a budget of $100 a month for food and $65 a month for non-food items. Our income is now even less than it each of those years; those years were also considerably less than we made in 2007, the year we had no income for 8 months and began living exclusively from our pantry for over a year. I am grateful for the increase that we had in income the second half of last year (and the savings it allowed us to have that helped us this year). For now, I will continue to take each month as it comes.

I'm budgeting $100 this month to buy things.

This month's budget is very unusual in that I have some gift cards and freebie coupons to use towards purchases in addition to the $100. 



I will redeem 2200 Swagbucks on September first to get a $25 Target gift card. You can redeem one $25 gift card a month for 2200 points; after that, they are 2500 points. It usually takes me 2-3 months to get 2200 points, but this month I spent some more time earning points so that I would have this.

Diapers (1 large box that will last the month)

Children's chewable multi-vitamins (150 count bottle)



Potatoes. I'll buy 50 pounds; the russets are currently higher than I like to spend (at $2.98 for a ten-pound bag) but I will be going above my price point on them this month (normally $2.25 a bag)  and hope that when I make it over there, the price has come down.

Gold N'Soft Light spreadable margarine in a 3-pound tub, which is usually around $2.24. (I use this on baked potatoes, to cook with, and on toast; it has 0 trans-fats). I'll pick up 3.

Carrots (10 pounds for $3.88)


Apples. I'm hoping to see sales between $0.79 and $0.99 a pound when the new crop of apples comes in.



Corn on the cob: 6 ears for $1 (no limit; I'll buy 24).

Chicken (a reader sent me some manufacturer's coupons for free chicken for a certain brand of fresh chicken that she can't get in her area; I'll pick these up and add them to my freezer).

American Beauty pasta. It looks like the new sales price is $0.69 ($0.49 looks like a price I won't see anymore). I printed several coupons for $1 off 2 packages from coupons.com and I will pick up pasta. I'll only buy the 16-ounce bags (rather than the 12-ounce bags) so that I can get the most food for my money. I'll buy 50 pounds of pasta. (I also added the Smith's digital coupon to my card for another $1 off coupon).

Friday freebie. I loaded the Friday freebie to my card and I'll pick it up when I'm there; it's a candy bar and I can give it as a gift to a child.



Sour cream 10 for $10; I'll have my husband pick up 10  (which will save on gas as there is a store in the shopping center where his office is) and we'll enjoy them on potatoes as well as rice and beans. 


Sam's Club:

I still have a $25 Sam's Club gift card that I got from Swagbucks earlier this year. I kept meaning to use it every time I went but I kept forgetting it was in my purse! I plan on using the gift card to get the following:

25 pounds of Long grain rice ($8.34)

Ketchup ($3.83 for 114 ounces; we use it to refill 3 large bottles)

Oxi-Clean powdered stain remover (10.1 pound box), on sale through the 17th for $12.48

Pears in Silver Bowl The Prudent Homemaker

From the garden this month, I will harvest Bartlett pears, Swiss chard, oregano, basil, a few handfuls of red noodle beans, a few Armenian cucumbers (several of my vines died and bugs got to the zucchini plants last month; a couple are left but I never harvested any zucchini last month as the heat caused the flowers to wither and die before they ever opened), a few tiny tomatoes, green onions, chives, rosemary, and some other herbs as I need them for meals.


What are you planning to stock up on this month?




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  • Kim September 04, 2017

    I need to stock up on everything. Havent had the funds and things went from bad to worse. We have found ourselves 45 miles from home at the childrens hospital. Food is not cheap here. They do have snacks available at the nurses station that they will give you when you ask, but its harrd to make a meal out of it. Any money that i would have spent will be going towards gas for my husband traveling back and to work. I dont know when we will be leaving here, or whats in store fir us next. I do know that when we do leave, i probably will be staying home with my daughter 24-7 and wont be able to run here because watermelon iis on sale and run there because potatoes are on sale. My plan is to stock the freezer with pans of meals so that when we wind up at the hospital again, we have something to eat. I have a 25lb bag of cornbread that i scored for $3 last Week but i cant very well ask my husband to make me a laf of cornbread before he comesback tomorrow night. Ii plan to get a 50lb bag of flor, oil, beans and rice. I also want to get some extra peanut butter and powdered milk. I had been buying regular milk because the per ounce price was the same as powdered. I dont want to be in a predicament wherei need milk during the day and not be able to get any. Dum question but is it cheaper to buy a roisserie chicken from sams or a pack of chickrn for $1.99 a lb.... which would get me more meals?

  • LSM September 05, 2017


    I don't know your situation but I will be praying for blessings to be poured out on you and yours. I don't know about your chicken question as I can't remember last time I bought a rotisserie chicken. If I was in your shoes I would call around to places like the Ronald McDonald House or Salvation Army to ask for short term help. Explaining your situation may lead to them at least leading you to help. Salvation Army fed my family a lot when I was a child. They never turned their backs to us in time of need, which was often my first 12 years of life. Please keep us updated on how you are.

  • Athanasia September 06, 2017

    Kim, I am sorry to hear of illness in your family. I pray for speedy healing and reuniting your family at home as soon as possible.

  • Kandace September 06, 2017

    I've been cleaning out my pantry and am low on canned goods like soups, tomato paste, some pasta, etc. A local store has case lot items of their label products very inexpensive this week. Soups are .59 and .79 a can, tomato paste at .59. It's just my husband and me and we don't eat a lot of canned good (metal cans, that is), but I am going to stock up on some items to have on hand. I should be able to restock what we would use over the course of a year for about $20 to $30.

  • Heidi September 07, 2017

    Hi all,
    Restocking the pantry here after a very busy summer of travel. We see all of our extended, far flung family during June, July and August and then, typically don't leave home again until the following June! That may change this winter with a tentatively planned family vacation in Florida. This trip will replace all Christmas gifts. And spring birthdays as well. We have two of those. That remains to be seen, however. Money and weather permitting.
    The garden has so much bounty this year due to our rainy, rainy summer! Zucchini, basil, thyme, dill, onions, collards, kale, arugula, tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, beans, beets, carrots, apples, figs and more! It's very exciting. Now, if it would stop raining so I can get out there and harvest it all!
    I was able to buy storage onions, pickling cukes, and peppers for pepper jelly, maple syrup and corn on the cob at very inexpensive prices from our Amish neighbors up north where we see family during the summer. I've also found fantastic buys on tinned fish and canned chicken for the pantry, some canned vegetables and very inexpensive noodles and rice. Potatoes seem to be higher than I like but I did get two bags of organic reds for the price of one since they were about to sprout. That's okay - we'll eat them right up! I continue to get my locally sourced meat and milk from our milkman at a pretty good price and my hens are still laying like crazy so we've got lots of eggs. I'm hoping to NOT grocery shop for another two weeks. That's the plan anyway. We'll see how it goes. I'm sourcing most of our homeschooling supplies from either the library or used bookstores but I did have to pony up some serious cash for new cleats for a fast growing teenage boy. I wasn't happy about that but since I hadn't purchased any NEW not on clearance shoes or clothes for this child in several years, I decided it was okay. :) Hard to believe what they can get for a pair of cleats these days...
    Have a good weekend everyone.

  • TJ's Sweet Home September 13, 2017

    I'm just now beginning to try and catch up on my reading here.

    Oh how I miss having an Albertson's store in our area!

    Brandy, I'm curious, are you brand loyal to the American Beauty pasta? I may be mistaken since I haven't kept the best records over the years on sales & whatnot, but I thought pasta sales happened closer to the holidays. I have been holding out for them since I'm out of macaroni , shells & shorter pastas (I have plenty of fettucini, spaghetti and angel hair) so I hope I'm not mistaken and as I haven't seen any good pasta sales lately. I don't buy specific brands, only what goes on sale. Usually Skinner, judging by what's in my pantry. I sure hope I haven't missed the pasta sales thinking they haven't happened yet.:(

  • Brandy @ The Prudent Homemaker September 14, 2017

    I am not brand loyal on pasta. I just switched to American Beauty years ago because it was the cheapest (it used to be $.49 a pound) and Barilla used to go on sale for $0.79 a pound. But the other day I checked out Walmart's brand just to know and their store brand (Great Value) is $0.88 a pound, which would not be bad if you needed pasta and didn't get any at a sale (or if you only had a Walmart in your area, as many people do).

    The lowest price I see on American Beauty pasta has been only 2 and sometimes 3 times a year, and one of those is always in September. One is in spring. IF there is a third one, it's in summer, but I didn't see it this year or last year, so I think it's only going to continue twice a year this low. Otherwise, the sales prices are higher. By stocking up when the prices are lowest, I can make our money go further, so I try to hold out for those sales. Unfortunately, our stores have really limited their stock of American Beauty in the past two years in favor of the Kroger brand, which never goes on sale as low. One of the Smith's near me has spaghetti noodles and angel hair pasta but the other only stocks fettucini. One stocks penne and the other does not (all in the American Beauty brand). They used to both have lots more choices.

  • TJs Sweet Home September 14, 2017

    Thanks for the insight! Interesting. If I do see any pasta sales this fall/winter, I'll let you know. I hope my memory isn't that bad, lol. I keep thinking I loaded up at Kroger last year right around the time they were having all the holiday (Thanksgiving and Christmas) sales. Now this is going to bug me for a while...;)

  • Krissy in Sacramento September 18, 2017

    Also, in my area, Target's Market Pantry pasta is 77¢/lb box, and it often be combined with a 5% off Cartwheel (limit 4.) This week they had 1 lb boxes of Barilla for $1 a box- I bought 8 edition and 2 of the bow tie shape.

  • Krissy in Sacramento September 18, 2017

    Rotini, sorry- autocorrect!!

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