Our cucumber kid (plus a grocery update for August)

Our little Ranger is going to be a big brother any day now– we’re so excited! When Erika asks him where the baby is, he alternately pats Erika’s tummy and his own tummy– could be he’s not quite grasping the concept. 🙂  But it will be really neat to see him with the new baby. His cousin Ascher is adjusting quite nicely to his little sister.  He calls her ‘Ona’ (short for Wilona) and is good at gently patting her head.

Here’s what Ranger did when we handed him a cucumber from our garden.  Do we have another cucumber lover?

Looks tasty!


Ack!  My tongue!

Maybe not.


Cucumber variety: Armenian (despite the expression on his face, it’s almost never bitter)

And if you’re wondering about our August grocery spending, we ended up at $635. Not as fabulous as I’d hoped– I gave in to a few more impulse purchases at the grocery store than I really needed to. Coconut coffee flavoring– come to mama! And watermelon, lots of watermelon.  We won’t be eating it in December. I also spotted a few meat sales that I really needed to grab while they were there– $1.88/lb ground beef is HARD to find these days! But considering that money fed 8 people for a month, and included several Sunday dinners for a crowd of 14 or more, that’s not bad. I’m going to try to stay in the $600 range for September too. I’ll keep you posted.

How did your August go?


  1. You inspired me and I did my own grocery challenge. $620 for a family of 13. I was disappointed because this week I gave in to some impulse buys (ice cream is my kryptonite!), but I really did think about what we currently had in the freezer and pantry and planned meals accordingly. I am now motivated to try harder with the grocery bill!

  2. I think it’s good to have ambitious goals because, even if we don’t quite meet them, we probably still come out far better than if we had had no goal at all. It looks like September and October are going to be very lean months for us, but instead of grumbling all the way, I’m going to view it as a challenge and see how well I can do! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Yup, I’m working to find a bit of Christmas money in our budget. In the past I have at times put part of Christmas on a credit card, but I really don’t want to do that this year. Looking forward to hearing how your budget goes.

  3. Christine says:

    I am in the middle of my own challenge. I was also inspired by the last post I read. I started mine August 17th and am taking it to September 17th. My original goal was to keep it within $600 for four of us, but I think I can do a little better than that. I have spent $333.66, but that current total includes a lot of things I won’t need for at least a month. We both went back to work this week (teachers) so I did a lot of cooking and freezing so we ate at home a lot. I am going to the store today to stock up on the things we need. My spending limit is $50.00. I still have a dinner for another entire week in my freezer and pantry. All I really need today is fresh produce and a few staples. Next weekend I plan on cooking again for the next two weeks, so next week’s trip will include more meat. It is amazing how much you can save when you pay attention.
    What a cute baby!!

  4. Wow! That is one big cucumber!
    I totally meant to start keeping my grocery receipts and forgot, but I have been very conscientious this month about no extras and using up what’s in the freezer. $1.88 for ground beef? I don’t even know when I’ve seen it that cheap around here, although our grocery store had it for $2/lb last week, and I almost had a heart attack! 🙂

  5. What an enormous cucumber! Precious photos and facial expressions you captured here. As to groceries, I was aiming for 50% of my usual grocery budget. I also found some ground beef on a price reduction – not nearly the price you got, but 30% cheaper than usual – and made a couple of not-strictly-necessary grocery purchases in order to make some new recipes that used other ingredients already at home. The result was keeping the groceries to 75% of the usual budget. I’m doing it again this month. I am again aiming for 50% but will be satisfied with 75%. Other than perishables, I don’t think I really need anything, so I don’t see why it shouldn’t be doable, but we’ll see.