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June Bulk Shop & Menu Totals

I’m a little late on the menu post this week, but I did eventually get my shopping done! I made two trips to the store this week: my usual weekly trip to Walmart and my regular monthly bulk shop at Gordon Food Service. I do most of my shopping at GFS, buying ingredients in bulk to save money (and increase our health by cooking from scratch!) I did not write an actual menu this week like I usually do. There are several reasons for this: my oldest kid is at camp and the ones left at home don’t eat much we are going out to dinner Read More

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Weekly Menu: May 29th – June 4th

As you may have seen in my video last week, things sure are different around here with my husband out of town! One week down, eleven to go! As much as I miss him, one of the benefits of his absence is that I’m cooking a lot less! The kids don’t eat much, and I don’t either, so I only need to cook a few times a week and the leftovers last really long (a little too long, perhaps). I’m trying something a little different this week: I’m buying the ingredients for two full dinners, plus whatever fill-in items we need. But I’m not planning on Read More

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April GFS Bulk Shopping Trip

I just love shopping at Gordon Food Service for most of my family’s groceries! We get great deals on almost all of our staples: flour, sugar, rice, spices, eggs, cheese, sausage, and more! This month’s bulk trip turned out to be almost completely cheese! It’s my favorite food, so I guess it makes sense that we go through quite a bit of it! Here’s my receipt from my trip: What I got, and how long I expect* it to last: 2 canisters of oatmeal (1 month) 3 huge 5-lb bags of cheese: 1 each mozzarella, cheddar, and mexican blend (mozzarella – 4 months, cheddar – Read More

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March Bulk Shop at GFS

If you’ve been following my weekly menus here on the blog, then you know that the majority of my groceries come from my monthly bulk shops at Gordon Food Service. I try to make most of the things we eat from scratch, using whole ingredients like eggs, flour, chicken, beef, cheese, brown rice, etc. Here is my receipt from GFS this month: This is what I bought, and how long I *estimate* that it will last (my estimates are always a guess, as sometimes we go through things faster or slower than I anticipated): 15 dozen eggs – 6 weeks Mozzarella sticks – 1 month {impulse Read More

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February Bulk Shop (& February Grocery Totals!)

When I post my menus each week, I always share that the majority of my groceries come from my bulk shops at Gordon Food Service. If you haven’t considered buying in bulk, I highly recommend it! I buy huge 30-50 pound bags of brown rice, flour, popcorn, and other dry items. I get bulk spices, oil, oatmeal, nuts, chicken, cheese, eggs, pasta, and pretty much every staple in my fridge, freezer, and pantry. Take a look at what I bought this month, and how long I expect it to last! Huge can of spaghetti sauce, which I will re-can into smaller containers (4 months) Shortening (1 Read More

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Weekly Menu: January 24th-30th {& January Bulk Shop!}

We have a very special birthday tomorrow — my little Lia turns EIGHT. I plan on sharing more about our family’s birthday celebrations later, but I wanted to bring it up because part of our celebrations is letting the birthday child choose breakfast, lunch, & dinner on their special day! So take note that Tuesday’s menu was completely planned by Lia!   Here’s what we are eating this week! As usual, a few notes before we get started: Breakfast is not included in the menu, because in our house it is fend-for-yourself. But it is included in my budget and shopping. We pretty much eat oatmeal & Read More

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December Bulk Shop {& yearly totals!}

Each week when I post my weekly menus, I share that most of my groceries come from my bulk shopping trips to Gordon Food Service. Today I’m going to show you what I got this month (and how much it cost) — as well as my monthly average for the year! My purchases and how long I expect them to last: 15 dozen eggs (2 months) 1 gallon olive/canola oil blend — I usually buy just olive oil, but they were out, so I bought the blend. (6 months) 1 canister of oatmeal (3 weeks) Large case of sausage links (6 months) My total for Read More

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My November Bulk Shop

Some of my pantry stores were running pretty low, so I had a BIG bulk shop at GFS this month. I also found some great prices on some produce items, like apples and bananas, which are usually part of my weekly fill-in shops at Walmart. So let’s take a look at what I bought, and how long I expect it to last: 25 pound bag of brown rice — 24 months huge box of bulk tortilla chips — 1-2 months cheese sticks — 2-3 months 2 large bags of shredded cheese (1 mexican blend and 1 cheddar) — 2-3 months 30 pack of yogurt — Read More

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Weekly Menu: October 11th-17th

  I’m doing things a little differently this week! Usually, I do my big bulk shops at GFS, and all my weekly fill-in shops at Walmart. But this week I had an unbeatable coupon for potatoes from a local store (Great Scot), and there were a ton of great Aldi deals, so I decided to shop those stores instead! And since my Aldi is right next to GFS, I popped in there to buy my monthly bulk shop stuff at the same time. So let’s check out what we’re eating this week and what I bought! Again, a few notes before we get started: Breakfast Read More

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My September Bulk Shop

When I share my weekly menus each week, I always say how most of my groceries come from my bulk shopping at GFS. Today, I’m going to show you what I purchased this month! The things I bought at GFS this month were the following: There are a few things I wanted that I did NOT buy — namely chicken. But it was not on sale and I did not have a coupon, so I decided to wait. We are almost out of chicken, so I guess I need to go easy on chicken dinners for a while. I mentioned in July (the last time I bought Read More