7/10/15 Food Stamp Shopping

Today is the best day of the whole month. We got our Food Stamps today. Shopping on food stamps is no easy task. I swear my brain spins trying to budget each month right. I try to a make room for bulk grains, meat and even a whole frozen food delivery each month.

This month I ordered about 100$ worth of frozen ingredients, and expected the delivery around 5-7pm. That gave me plenty of time to do the whole months worth of shopping done in the day before hand and save that 100 $ on the food stamp card for the delivery.

We also decided that we are going to start budgeting enough saved food stamps to make a weekly 15$ shopping trip to the local farmers market. We took a walk through and saw fresh fish being sold last week and we would love to have fresh fish each week every month. Living on the coast has its benefits and one of them is seafood that is fresh and readily available.

Speaking of, we are getting our fishing licenses asap. Like as in this week. My husband has a friend that spear fishes and catches crab when its in season, and its in season. He was offered to go kayaking and crabbing this whole month. So we are even gunna be blessed with fresh crab meat. I am so excited to start cooking more seafood. I am still not familiar with most sea foods, and we have it all here, so I should learn. My husband had a fishing license a few years ago and we had our fair share of fish off this coast and we love the fishing here.

The fishing is great, we can get salmon sometimes and blacks and link cod. Its been a whirlwind of trying new local foods once we have moved here, from different fishes to mushrooms and berries we have never heard of before. We may even have some fresh blackberries coming from a friend also. Man I love living in California, and even more on the coast. The food here is great, fresh and organic and we have a no gmo county, as in we cannot spray our crops with bad chemicals. All our farms are mostly organic in this sense.

Anyways, Today was a shopping experience I would rather forget. I did forget a few things, did get a few extra things. Did fill up the freezer with meat both dinner and breakfast meat. And even got some fresh chorizo from the local family owned Mexican store and sale tortillas. We love having homemade breakfast burritos.

The real key to shopping on food stamps is buying no food. I know that may sound funny, but I do not buy food, I buy ingredients to make great food. I barely buy anything that isn’t bulk, and I even got a great deal on baking flour today. I try to plan for some meals, like staples that we like. And since it is summer I got two racks of ribs in the freezer for this month. I buy ingredients from my frozen food people like meat and frozen veggies so I can make things like chicken pot pie easier and such. I like buying french frys frozen too and hash browns, since I still need to buy a good deep fryer machine.

Today I took 3 shopping trips and got the following items on food stamps: bulk baking flour, bulk bread flour, sugar, waffle mix, veggie oil, Rice, Eggs, milk and some cheap bread. I also got about 100$ worth of locally butchered meat and the freezer is looking great.

We did have a scare with our frozen food delivery tonight, about gave me a heart attack. I was suspecting something was wrong when it was 8pm and he had not shown up yet. Our scheduled delivery time was between 5-7pm. I got a call from my delivery man finally telling me that his delivery truck had broken down at our local hwy 20 and he was waiting for the tow truck driver to come help. He said he would not be back in town for another 4 weeks until August 7th. He asked if that delivery date was ok, and he is sorry. I said its not going to work because we only have food stamps after the 10th of each month, so I would have to take the service date after that. He said the one after that would be the 21st of august. I took the date, hung up the phone and was devastated. How could I not get my frozen ingredients until the next month, and even then the end of next month? It was heartbreaking.

After about 45 minutes he called back and said the tow truck helped him out and he could still come by, my worries were over. I was stressed. But now I have my frozen ingredient supply and my bulk food and meat and I am happy!

Funny thing happened to me I should mention here so we can have a picture for today. The other day my husband for the first time since we have had our own kitchen and apartment, asked to make something. I mean cook-bake something. I was more then thrilled to hear it. So we bought the ingredients for him to make corn bread in my awesome cast iron skillet. We got home and he got into my kitchen must have been thinking it was more stocked in supplies then it was. He asked me for more measuring things then I had set out for him, I said that was all I had. I am sorry if anything you need is missing that is all I have to work with. Its a medley of hand me downs and thrift store finds that were worn with age that you could barely read the labels on them. And I didn’t even have a 2 cup measuring cup. He was more then surprised that I have learned to cook so well, in such a short period of time that we have had our apartment and WITHOUT measuring cups.

Needless to say a whole new set of everything arrived in the mail for me today. Clearly labeled and new measuring spoons and cup set and even a Pyrex cup for measuring. If all I knew is that it took one time for him in my kitchen to buy me everything, than I would have made him cook sooner.

Here is a picture of what he got me.

new measuring sets
new measuring sets

I didn’t cook much today and what I did wasn’t good enough to blog about. Shopping was more interesting today for me than anything, I hope you had a good day.


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