There comes a time when you have to make decisions for your family that others might not approve of. Not buying store bought chicken or eggs is now one of them. Last week, I made dinner with some store bought Perdue chicken. I have to say I was completely nauseated. The meat was dry and stringy and the flavor was off. Maybe it was just old meat. The stores only tell you the last day they can sell it. They don't tell you when the bird was slaughtered or frozen or how it was kept. I found a fellow homeschooling mom just up the road from me. She raises meat chickens and processes them for customers like me. These chickens are born and raised on this farm and are free ranged to enjoy all of the wonderful farm grass and worms they can manage to eat. We will no longer buy store bought chicken or beef. We are looking into purchasing organic grass fed beef from a local farm. It may cost us more but well worth it if you ask me.
I think our family still thinks we are a little crazy with all we've done. They laugh at us when we tell them we have chickens and eggs but they all come back and ask for more eggs because they make the fluffiest omelet or scrambled eggs you've ever had.
Our pantry was so well stocked last week that I didn't need to go grocery shopping at all. Sure, we had eggs for dinner one night-my family loves having breakfast for dinner. As long as the meal are good I have no issues. I've been able to cut our grocery bill in half compared to what it was and using coupons has become a part time job for me. But we are also working on becoming debt free so anything I can do to help, puts us that much closer to our goal.
Keeping things running smoothly in a house also requires some maintainence. I found this lovely fabric last night at Job Lot. It was an end lot sale and the original price tag said $18.00 a yard. I paid $6.00 for 3 yards and it will be enough to reupholster my dining room chairs.