Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Eat from the Pantry Challenge

Good Cheap Eats http://goodcheapeats.com/ is hosting an eat from the pantry challenge,

I have never formally participated in anything like this, but we do often just eat out of the pantry and freezer.  We have a deep pantry that I keep pretty full and a deep freeze that also stays full.  We are pretty well spent out right now because of Christmas and the El Salvador trip, so this is great!.

Most people are trying to spend about half of what they normally spend so I will go with that.  I normally spend about $500.00 a month at the store, so this month I will go with $250.00.  That includes household and grocery items.  I will, however, stock up on bargains when I find them, I just won't be spending as much on food items that are not necessary.

Last night I went to CVS and did my first shopping of the year.  This is what I got:

I spent $13.50 out of pocket and I got a $10.00 gift card back.  I was so glad that the toilet paper went on sale because we were down to the last pack that I got on sale last year.  I used coupons and some extra bucks that I had to bring the cost down.  The skinny cows were almost free.  They came just in time as I have started a new weight loss program.

So, I have spent $13.50 and that leaves me with $236.50 left for the month!


  1. I've been waiting and waiting for toilet paper to go on sale! Grrr...never does and then my coupon expired.

    Since it hasn't been on sale for the past 6 months (Scot extra soft brand) I guess I should just get over it already!

    Thanks for sharing your post.

  2. Isn't it crazy how the cost of paper products has gone up! Sometimes I can score big on Cottenelle toilet paper, but Charmin is our favorite.

  3. It is worth every effort it takes to be a stay at home mom in my mind. Come on over and link up if you would like at http://www.spendwise.org. I try to spend $50 per week for us now.