The month of September is recognized as National Preparedness Month. Therefore an important question to ask is what are you doing for National Preparedness Month (NPM)? During this month, people are reminded to prepare themselves and their families now and throughout the year. Most importantly NPM focuses on helping people to think ahead and prepare in the case of a disaster. If more people thought about this and prepared more people would be better prepared in the case of a disaster. If more people were prepared there would be less chaos and panic when disaster does strike.
Are you ready to say goodbye to summer? While we are not completely ready to say goodbye to summer, we can’t ignore that some apples which are typically not ready for several more weeks are already ripe and ready to be picked. Therefore, this week our family picked 100 pounds of apples at a local u-pick apple orchard. Every year we go to this orchard and pick a couple buckets of apples. Last year we picked 4 buckets of apples and this year we picked 5 buckets of apples. Each bucket of apples ends up being about 20 pounds of apples for the mere cost of $12.00 a bucket. If you did the math, that ends up being about $1.67 per pound.
How to save money on your groceries
Today we wanted to share our money saving grocery tips with you. We have a fairly strict grocery budget each and every month as we are working on becoming debt free. Therefore, we do everything we can to reduce the household expenses that we have control over. One of these budgets is our monthly grocery budget. We are working to keep this budget under $600 per month which includes food, eating out, and household expenses.
Today our family made a trip to the Oregon Coast. For this trip we visited the city of Newport and Nye Beach. With the arrival of our newest child we knew we wouldn’t be able to take an extended trip but we wanted our daughter to still have some summer fun. We are lucky enough to live just about an hour from the coast and we absolutely love visiting the beach and putting our toes in the sand. Today the weather was slightly overcast but it was pretty nice day for what us Oregonians would consider a nice day at the beach. We played in the sand with our daughter, put our feet in the water, walked on the beach and also spent some time just sitting and watching the waves wash up on the shore. We spent about 2 hours at the beach before leaving to get lunch.
These past two weekends have been sweltering hot here in Oregon, however, despite this we have managed to continue to add to our food storage. We live nearby a u-pick farm where we enjoy picking blueberries, raspberries, marionberries, and blackberries. Over these last two weekends we picked about 10 lbs of blueberries at the amazing price of $1.50 per lb. This is really the only way to go in our opinion as the cost of blueberries at the regular grocery is much higher for a much smaller quantity. In addition, the quality of the blueberries we can pick at our local u-pick is also much higher. We do have blueberry bushes planted on our property but they are not yet producing enough blueberries to meet our needs. Until then, we will continue to enjoy the experience of picking our own berries, supporting a local farmer, and contributing to our long-term food storage. We encourage you to explore local u-pick farms in your area. While the berry season may have passed for some berries in your area, the peaches, pears, apples, and other seasonal fruits are yet to come or may currently be available at a farm near you. Thank you for stopping by and visiting Sunup to Sundown!