Make, Do and Mend

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My motto is "if you do stuff, stuff gets done"

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Pantry challenge-this weeks update

Good morning!
I did not intend to take a week off from blogging but you all know how life goes sometimes, right?

Anyway,  I am still  doing the pantry challenge.  We've ate at home every meal except lunch last Saturday when we went to the big city.  We also did a little grocery shopping while we there.
I've spent about $100 this month so far- a little more than I wanted but our normal grocery budget is $600 for the whole month and I hope to spend less than $200 this month.  

What I bought- 
produce at Sams like romaine, fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrots
also mixed nuts and goldfish
at Sprouts- fresh pineapple and bell peppers, balsamic vinegar and bulk red pepper
at Aldi- dry milk, red onions, 
At Walmart- diet soda (yep I fell off the wagon and that is OK)  
glow in the dark Pull ups that don't glow nearly as well in real life as they do on the TV commercial

I bought more than this but I don't have my reciepts in front of me 

This is a picture my son sent me,  it is his favorite "go-to" meal to serve his family.
It is a baked potato,  topped with Aldi roast beef in a can,  topped with grated cheese- served on a real plate!  
Bobby says the Aldi canned roast beef is really good,  I've never tried it but do plan on buying a can or 2 and trying it out. 

If you are doing this challenge,  how is it going?  


  1. I really like these ideas and will be using them when I shop this week. We have decided to eat at home until this flu epidemic is past. I like the meal your son put together so I'll be sure to get to Aldi's for a couple of cans of canned beef. I have cheese and will get potatoes too. You had a great list of mostly healthy items and I'll be getting those too. Thank you for sharing with us.

  2. Sounds like you are doing very well with the challenge overall!

    I like to get some produce at Sam's too.

  3. I smiled at "served on a real plate." Sam's has nice produce and the prices are pretty good.

  4. Still going strong at our home, only bought milk, eggs, and bananas so for far. A whole lot of leftovers going on but now it's time to cook up a little something, the fridge is bare!

  5. Sounds like you are doing very well with your challenge!

  6. Sounds like your sailing through the month! Question...how many people do you cook for? I'm asking because my normal monthly food budget is $250. for 2 people, that includes food, cleaning, paper, food bank donations and personal items. Thanks for taking the time to answer.
    Have a great week!

    1. Hi Coleen
      We just recently raised our grocery budget goal from $4oo to $600 a month when we had an income increase. Just my husband and I live here but our grandchildren are here a lot and we have lots of company- we frequently have houseguests for a week and our adult children are here often too.
      It takes lots of supplies to keep up with that and I just don't have the time to shop as carefully as some people do.
      I admire that you can stay with your budget and I think if my circumstances were different, I could do the same, but right now, the bigger budget is best for us.

  7. I'm envious every time I read that you visited Sprouts. That's the grocery store I miss most from home.

  8. Rhonda,
    Thanks for answering my questions.



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