Yesterday I cleaned out the kitchen freezer to make way for this months challenge. I did leave in the few ice cream sandwiches we had left for hubby and Tyler as well as some homemade English muffins and corn meal. However I purchased more corn meal today to keep things within the rules. I am not going to open the fresh bag of corn meal just to have this bag wasted.
Other than milk, eggs, and condiments not much was left in the fridge.
AJ the beagle and I had a nice little nest to work on recipes last night while we tracked the severe weather that came in. Scary storms but no damage thankfully.
I decided today was the best day to do next weeks grocery shopping as I had some time on my hands. Should be cleaning but....... It was really hard to pick up most of this stuff as I have homegrown/dehydrated or canned/frozen setting in the pantry but I gotta play by the rules! Notice there is only canned fruit this week. I was afraid I would go over budget if I bought fresh.
This weeks meat purchases. I will pick up a roasted chicken on Sunday for next week as they are on sale for $4.99 each at that time. I got in on BOGO sales for the hot dogs and Kielbasa, so I am a little ahead of the game in the meat department for the month.
Potatoes were also BOGO, can't pass that up, they should last for the month. I think I bought more sugar than I needed but they were on sale and I had good coupons to boot.
This is our junk food for the week. I had a coupon for a free soda. What the heck why not take one home to pass on to the DD's or maybe even use it for Sunday dinner. Hubby nor I really drink soda's.
I was able to move things around a little in the kitchen to make room for this months pantry items. By the end of next week most everything will be used up.
This pork loin was marked down to $7.08. A 4 pack of pork chops were on sale for a little over $8.00. After taking a very small amount of time to cut the loin up we will now get two pork chop meals from this $7.00 roast. MUCH better deal!
The freezer after. We have enough hot dogs to last all month, more than likely we will have more than we can use. I know there will be plenty of Kielbasa for all month (I hate the stuff but hubby is a big fan) I made up patties from the pound of sausage, that will go for 2 rounds of breakfast.
It was so hard to buy groceries that I have in the pantry already but I am going to do my best to stick with the rules in place for the month. I am soooo not use to shopping for meals like this anymore. I spent countless hours working up a meal plan and grocery list yesterday that would hopefully stay within the weekly budget of $67.00.
Well I can tell you right now I failed :( I think I can still stay within budget for the month but having to purchase so many staples blew the budget. We should have many things that will last us the entire month, hopefully next week I can come out with a lower amount spent.
Here is the damage done. Total spent $94.36 Total save with coupons and sales $30.20 I am going to bump the total spent this week to $100.00 as I will be picking up that roasted chicken on Sunday.
Tomorrow is the big day, the start of eating only from what I have purchased for the challenge. I am going to make noodles later today for the freezer but will rotate them to the outside freezer as we already have some made up out there that I don't want to go bad. I think they will be fine but some habits are just hard to break, rotating food is one of them.
Hubby is unaware of this months challenge. It will be interesting to see if he will even notice. I think I have picked up what we need for meals and family favorite snacks but until I get this party started I won't really know. My sweet man is usually pretty good about going along with my odd idea's and ways of doing things but there have been a few times he has said "I didn't sign up for that challenge" Case in point when decluttering the attic was done with a little help from him. Ha he is also not totally on board with the No/Low spend challenges during the year but since he works out of state right now it doesn't affect him.
Off to get some of this house work knocked out as AJ the beagle seems to be more interested in sunning at the back door than stepping up to the plate.