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Pantry Challenge

When you are looking to save money……you know it is time for a pantry challenge.

I clean, when I start feeling emotions.

I organize, when I start feeling emotions.

I purge things, when I start feeling emotions.

I nest when I start feeling emotions.

Today, I did all of these things.

In an effort to ease my mind, reduce the need for a panic attack, and to save money, I cleaned out my pantry.

I knew that I was going to go to Sam’s for some staples.  We let our membership lapse a couple of years ago (to save money)….and now all that I bought (spices mainly) are a hair away from being gone.  The little bottles of spices are SO expensive, so I went to Sam’s and stocked up.

I knew that I would spend a pretty penny there, but I also know that most of what I buy will last for several months up to 2 years, so I knew that I would be saving money in the long run.

My goal is to get some bulk items to make breakfasts for my kids instead of buying cereal.  We go through SO much cereal.  It is about $4.50 a bag and when I buy it, I buy about 5 bags…and the kids devour it in 2 weeks.

I plan on making a mess of pancakes, some egg muffins, do toast/fruit, oatmeal, possibly make yogurt, and make granola.  I can do this in bulk and freeze most of it to pull out the night before so they can have something healthier then cereal.

Knowing that I was going to spend more money then I would like, I wanted to clean out my pantry and see what I have for suppers, without having to buy stuff for 7 full suppers, from scratch.

When I cleaned out my pantry and fridge….I found that I have zero vegetables….ZERO.

Like, none.

Zip, Zilch. Nada.

I did manage, however, to come up with 8 meals from things I already had on hand, therefore I had to buy VERY little to finish off these meals.

Pizza (Thursday night staple and I needed to buy everything but pepperoni for this):  sauce, crust, parmesan, mozzarella, frozen pizzas, mushrooms

Mama’s Tacos (again, I had to buy almost everything for this….I had pepperoncini peppers & butter):  Taco flavored doritoes, velveeta

Brunzi Baseball Casserole, Green Bean Casserole, Frozen Corn (all I needed were the green beans)

Mexican Casserole with Rice and Homemade corn tortillas (had everything for this)

Breakfast (had everything for this)

Pasta Bake, French Bread, Salad (had everything for this)

Cheesy Chicken Lasagna, Garlic knots (all I needed was 2 chicken breasts and evaporated milk)

Tomato and Spinach Bisque & Chili (had everything for this).

Garlic & Herbed Roast, Mashed potatoes, Lima beans (all I needed were Lima beans)

So, as you can see, there was VERY little I needed to complete my suppers.  We eat leftovers for lunch, but I did buy a little for lunch, and then I am bulk cooking for breakfast.

Always shop around what you have in your pantry.  It will save you money, in the long run.  Also, check into buying your meat in bulk.  We raised a pig to slaughter and we buy a whole cow every year.  We know what they are fed, we know how they are processed and when get good quality, grass fed beef for WAY less then what you can buy it in the store.

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