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Still working on eating down some of the freezer and pantry items. I’m happy to actually have a little space in the freezer and am planning ways I’m going to fill it up again. And thinking about some bulk pantry purchases in the next few months if my budget can handle it.

This week we went to one store and then picked up our milk from our cow share. For the cow share we pick up 2 gallons of milk a week but only pay once a month so you won’t see that in the spending until next week. I did end up buying a little more produce this week than what I had on my list and planned for my menu for the week. The produce actually looked quite good and the store had beautiful beets so I had to get those and update my menu plan. I love beets.

Here’s what we came home with:

    • 2 pounds Tillamook Cheddar Cheese
  • 2.23 pounds sweet potatoes


  • Bunch of beets


  • 2 gallons whole milk


  • 2 pounds carrots


  • 1 jalapeno pepper (.09 pound)


  • 1 lime


  • 2.47 pounds green cabbage


  • 1 pound brussel sprouts


  • 2 pounds unsalted butter


  • 4 little string cheese things


  • 5 pounds whole wheat flour


  • 1.5 pounds organic sugar


Total: $33.05

We had a class after church on Sunday which put us very late. We decided to stop at a local burger place for lunch. Total cost $16.44 for this weeks food spending total of $49.49 and a new monthly total of $157.74.

Let’s talk about cheese. I make kefir cheese and yogurt cheese and we sometimes buy raw cheddar cheese through Azure Standard but most of our cheese is Tillamook medium cheddar. At just under $4 a pound (less when I buy a 5 pound brick) it is the most economical compromise choice for us as far as cheese goes. I always choose Tillamook brand because it tastes great and all of the Tillamook farmers pledge to not use growth hormones on their cows. In the future, I hope that we will be making more of our own raw cheeses (once we can get our own milking goats provided I can talk Joe into that) but for now the Tillamook cheddar is a good choice for us.

Stop back by each Monday for the previous weeks food purchases.

This post is a contribution to the Grocery Cart Challenge Shopping Round Up.

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