Doing a Pantry Challenge is a great way to save money, avoid waste, and enjoy great meals because you’re forced to be creative instead of spend.
Here we are close to ending week 3 of the Pantry Challenge? How did that happen? Whew. We’re starting to see more white space in the fridge and freezer and even in the pantry.
There’s still some randomness, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve made a conscious effort to work through some of those lesser used items.
The goat cheese that I portioned and froze before we went to Hawaii, for one. Also, I’ve made a significant dent in our supply of stocks and roast drippings.
There are some packs of cooked chicken that I’m a little skeptical of tackling. Ahem.
Tonight I used up a container of blended bean soup that I made after someone had their wisdom teeth pulled. Spoiler: I used it in tonight’s Pantry Challenge Minestrone.
And no one was the wiser. 😉
I’m going to Ralphs tomorrow for some of their sale items and to cruise the clearance. We’re currently at $261 for the month (out of a monthly budget of $1000), so I think we’ll end up at or under my halfway goal.
Unless all hell breaks loose next week.
We’re out of some regular items, such as oats, avocado oil, and black beans, but I’ve got some things that I can use as substitutes. Those would normally prompt a trip to Costco, but I’d like to hold off on that until February, so we’ll see if I declare them “needs” before the end of the month.
There’s fish that we don’t love in the freezer, but I need to just bite the bullet and cook it. Maybe we’ll go the fish taco route and bury it under crema and salsa.
Anywho, we’re doing okay. We’ve got full bellies and more food left to eat.
I had the usual. No surprise there. Kids had a variety of smoothies, eggs, toast, and the last of the waffles and cranberry bread.
Lunch was a pull everything out of the fridge and fend for yourself kind of thing. I had a salad with the aforementioned goat cheese. One child had leftover lasagna and broccoli. One made mac and cheese from a box. The others had snacky type, throw-together stuff.
Since Bryan was feeling better today we had our date night. We went to a local taco shop and got there 1 minute before happy hour ended. They honored our request to order from that menu so we got $2 tacos and B had a $2.75 beer.
I had made the kids minestrone before we left and FishChick13 made Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits.
So it was a good day.