• The kids were invited to a superhero birthday party and I maybe, just maybe put off getting a gift until right before the party. I thought about mixing up some play dough, but didn’t have enough cream of tartar, then I remembered cloud dough, which I made once before. Get this, it only requires 2 ingredients, 2 parts cornstarch to 1 part conditioner (yes like the kind you put in your hair, I know it’s weird, but it works). We whipped some up last minute and the kids made some cards. So if you ever procrastinate like me, this recipe  is super quick, no cooking or anything.
  • I’ve been listening to lots of music. God’s truth blaring at me in music challenges and encourages me in so many ways, and I’m so grateful for it! Spotifiy is a great way to listen to all kinds of music for free, I use it almost daily.

 

Pantry in our travel trailer we lived in for 2 years.

 

 

  • Shopped my pantry before making my menu and grocery list. I usually do this mentally, but I find that when I actually go look and see what I have then write it down, I realize that I have more than I thought. Speaking of eating from the pantry, have you read Money Saving Mom’s Eat From the Pantry Post?
  • I get the Shutterfly emails about deals and took advantage of 24 address labels for free (just $3.16 for shipping and handling). However I didn’t put our address on them, but tweaked them so I can use them in as a gift idea.

  • I was at Wal-Mart multiple times this week (I know…that’s not frugal to go to the store multiple times a week). But when there I checked the meat department and found some reduced for quick sale meat! Oh how I love those beautiful yellow stickers!

 

Not so frugal - Drove all the way to town yesterday, then realized I didn’t have my purse with me and had to drive all the way back home and then back to town again….Moral of the story: Loosing your mind can cost you time and money.

What are some things you did this week to spend less money?

Amy 

 

Pantry in our travel trailer we lived in for 2 years.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Have emptier more organized cupboards.
  3. 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.

Spent just under $42

So here’s the menu plan.

Breakfasts: oatmeal, smoothies, eggs, toast, breakfast rice, muffin recipes that use up leftover milk, sour cream and yogurt, like these banana muffins.

Lunches: sandwiches (grilled cheese, egg salad or chicken),  soup, leftovers

Suppers:

  • 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
  • Leftovers

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.

Amy 

I was rather appalled as I was tallying up October’s expenses and our grocery bill was higher than it’s been in a LONG time! Not sure why, I guess when you don’t keep on top of things, they can easily add up without even being aware of it. So this week I’m making our menu plan based almost all on what I already have around the house (thankfully their’s plenty here). I only spent $36 on food at the grocery store this week.

 

Breakfasts: Coconut granola, oatmeal, toast, eggs, fruit or smoothies

Lunches: Leftovers, burritos or sandwiches (egg salad, chicken or grilled cheese)

Suppers:

  • Vegetarian stuffed peppers & sauted spinach
  • Chorizo, egg and cabbage burritos with corn tortillas
  • Sausage barley stew and bread
  • Chicken quesadillas, chips, pomegranate and steamed broccoli
  • Lentil soup and bread
  • Oven roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and some kind of veggie
  • Leftovers

Pantry in our travel trailer we lived in for 2 years.

A guest post at Thankfully Thrifty called 5 Things You Won’t Find in my Pantry got me thinking and I came up with this post, which is the opposite. 5 things you WILL find in my pantry:
  1. Baking Supplies - White flour, whole wheat flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, etc… The wonderful thing about baking ingredients is you can whip up a variety of things, muffins, pizza crust, breads etc…
  2. Dry Beans – Instead of buying canned beans I usually buy bags of dry beans, it’s such a cheap source of protein and vitamins! I like to soak and cook a big batch and freeze them in bags for later use.
  3. Rice – Brown and white rice are a cheap staple for stirfrys, soups, breakfast rice and all kinds of things!
  4. Vinegar - I use this for salad dressing, window cleaning, occasionally laundry, and even in this cookie recipe!
  5. Oatmeal - Perfect for a breakfast of oatmeal, scrumptious granola, or toss in cookie, muffin and bread recipes.

 

What things are staples in your pantry?

”Amy”

 

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