This month, we’re shopping our kitchen in order to use up what we have so we can save money and clear kitchen clutter.
Here we go with Day 20 of the Pantry Challenge!
Can you believe the month is already ⅔ over? Crazy how fast it has gone! I know some of you will be continuing into February and that is awesome!
One of the things that helps me end my pantry challenge is the practice of shopping my kitchen week in and week out as part of the Good Cheap Eats System.
I buy what’s on sale that I know we use on a regular basis so I always have a good working pantry. That was one of the lessons of Pantry Challenge 2010, I believe: Don’t buy something that you wouldn’t want to be “stuck” with using up.
I meal plan based on what we have and then fill in the gaps as needed. This is the way that works best for us to keep a handle on our grocery spending and not wreak havoc on my time or my storage space.
This week’s digital deals at Ralphs were good enough to get me and the girls to the store today. We loaded up on almond milk, cheese, chicken sausages, yogurt, and coffee as well as some produce items. I also found gluten-free lasagna noodles.
January is typically when coffee is a screaming deal. Unfortunately, current inflation and supply chain issues messed with that yearly ritual. Peets was on sale, but not the typical $3.99 that I usually see. Instead it was $5.97, still a sale, but not as good as years passed. C’est la vie.
I ended up spending $119.85 which brings our monthly total to date to $472.43. Seeing as I bought two gallons of dairy milk and 2 ½ gallons of almond milk, we should be okay except for possibly needing eggs. The boys easily go through 4 dozen eggs a week. Yikes!
What We Ate
Remember there are just four of us home during the day.
Breakfast – I had avocado toast and a fried egg. My son ate the last two Breakfast Sandwiches from the freezer. The girls had
Lunch – Two kids had leftover pasta from last night; the third made a Snacky Lunch. I had Raclette with potatoes, ham, and cornichons that I shot today. I had bought the cheese months ago and finally got around to making it. Stay tuned for that post!
Dinner – We’ve moved date night to Thursdays to accommodate the girls’ schedules. Bryan and I walked along the Carlsbad wall for an hour (and 6000 steps!) and then went for tacos at Pure Taco.
The kids all made their own ramen bowls, their favorite, at home.
How did Day 20 go for you?