Wondering how 2 adults and 2 kids are eating for $42 this week? I’m sure plenty of ultra-frugal folks and queens of couponing do this all the time, but I usually spend closer to $100 a week….so what’s the trick? I’m doing almost all of my grocery shopping from my own pantry and fridge this week!
First I grabbed a notebook and pen and went around writing down what things I had on hand in 5 categories: protein, veggies/fruit, grains/breads, dairy and other. To my surprise we have a HUGE variety in the grains section, not only do we have tortillas, wraps and bread, but we also have flours, wheat germ, rice, millet I didn’t know I had, and even more! I had more veggies than I realized too. The one category that was rather low was protein, although we have 4 kinds of beans and then lentils. I do cook quite a bit with beans, but don’t really feel like having beans every single day this week, so I bought some hamburger meat.
Reasons to eat from the pantry:
- Waste less food. I know if I fill my fridge up with fresh food, that fresh food (especially produce) will look more tempting that the older stuff making it more likely to never get eaten. Also, the fuller the fridge, the easier things get stuffed in the back of it and lost.
- Have emptier more organized cupboards.
- Save money. Because we’ll mostly be eating from what we already have, I was able to spend just under $42 on food at the store.
So here’s the menu plan.
Lunches: sandwiches (grilled cheese, egg salad or chicken), soup, leftovers
- Black beans and rice, chips, salsa, cheese and avocados
- Meal with some friends, I’m bringing mashed potatoes and a veggie.
- SUPERBOWL at friend’s house! I took popcorn and banana bread
- Taco salad with stretched taco meat
- Pizza pasta and salad
- Chili and corn bread
Are you shopping your pantry this week?
Oh, and I almost forgot, we have a new post at our ministry blog, What We’re Doing…in Pictures.
Linked at Organizing Junkie.