Grocery Spending, Week 1

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My goal last week was to spend $80 or less at the grocery store. Since we’re doing a pantry cleanout, I’m trying to be smarter about using the items we already have and only purchasing essential ingredients or produce. I did really well, especially considering we decided to host Sibling Christmas and I hadn’t budgeted to entertain dinner guests within our limited grocery spending.

My spending on Sunday was $55.14 and I have another $15 that I’ll be spending tomorrow to pick up the two items Harris Teeter was out of when I went shopping on Sunday (whole chicken and lamb chops: HOW?). In total I’ll be right around $70. A little higher than I originally thought ($50), but I spent $11.30 on items for Sibling Christmas so I’m pleased with how we’re doing.

In terms of the fridge, freezer and pantry, it’s noticeably reduced. Every time I finish up a product and throw the container into the recycling bin the clank gives me a feeling of joy. I know we’re not wasting money by having something go unused for weeks or months. I took a cue from the blogger who inspired the pantry challenge and created an inventory list for the items that I really want to use up. The hardest ones are the ones that I know M won’t eat — beans, ratatouille, pumpkin puree — since I can’t transform those into dinners (at least when he is home). If it were up to me, I just throw the beans into the crockpot with some veggies and seasoning and call it vegetarian chili, but that won’t fly in this house. Time to get creative…

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5 Responses to Grocery Spending, Week 1

  1. Liz says:

    On that pumpkin puree, how about bread? I’ve made this before (http://www.howsweeteats.com/2012/09/whole-wheat-pumpkin-spice-english-muffin-bread-with-brown-sugar-cinnamon-butter/) and it makes two loaves, so you you can freeze one. Just wrap it in saran, foil and then a ziploc bag and toss it in the freezer. It’s a good dinner side paired with eggs and avocado!

    • jacki jacki says:

      Yum — that sounds delicious and I have all of the ingredients on hand. I might just make a loaf while M is working on Saturday morning.

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