I’m behind in my posts this week, but I wanted to give you our report from week four. One more week has come and gone in the pantry challenge, and I’m still having fun. We have decided that instead of resuming our regular grocery budget, we will continue with the pantry challenge through the end of next week rather than stopping on Wednesday, the first of February. This should be interesting for a couple of reasons that I will get to later. Here’s the meal summary for week four.
Pancakes, eggs, bacon or sausage
Bacon and Egg Sandwich
Frozen Breakfast Sandwich
Avocado Toast or Toast with warm ham slices
Tacos or Cheese Nachos
Ham and Cheese Sandwich with Chicken Noodle Soup
Beef and Green Bean Teriyaki with Rice and cucumber salad (Leftovers)
Burgers and fries
Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Onions and added carrots (Leftovers)
Mixed Fruit Salad with Tajin
Takeout: Burgers and Fries
Parmesan Garlic Salmon, Caesar Salad, Rice Pilaf, and Broccoli
Beef and Green Bean Teriyaki with Rice and a cucumber salad
Buffalo Chicken Pasta–we had leftovers of this on a second night
Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters with Onions and Potatoes
Hot Dog Bar with Nachos
Cheesy Puff Corn
Money Spent on Groceries:
We began this week with $42.58. (Technically, some of these purchases were made last week, but I’ve already published that post, and I don’t want to change it.) Bus Boy and I were out of town and we found ourselves spending Saturday night in an area that was subjected to flood warnings last weekend. We weren’t sure if we were going to be stuck or not, so we got a few things at the store in case we had to spend an extra day or two. Because we stayed in someone’s unoccupied house, we brought a few things to cook and eat with us, but that was only for one night. If we got stuck, we wanted to just stay put at the house. We purchased 1/2 gallon of milk, some cocoa mix, some hot apple cider mix, a couple of cans of chicken noodle soup, and a package of Oreos. The total cost of these items was $10.10. This was a lot of money for not very much food. As you can see from the receipt, we also bought a few other things at the store, but the groceries totaled $10.10.Sunday, after a white knuckled drive back home through flooded roads, I went to the store and purchased bell peppers, cauliflower, some lunchbox sized apple pies, and some sports chews. The total at this store was $3.99. I realize I wrote $4.00 on the receipt, but the total was only $3.99. I also stopped at my regular grocery store and bought a gallon of milk, 2 packages of hot dogs, a package of hot dog buns, and 5 pounds of onions. The total spent at this store was $8.91.
Monday, I gave into temptation, and I purchased three bags of chips. Total Cost was $4.00.
Tuesday, Baker’s Man discovered that we were out of butter. He purchased 4 pounds at Costco for $10.49.
Thursday, I decided to take pity on Food Critic. Bus Boy had a medical appointment in civilization, and I stopped at Aldi to buy some Macaroni and Cheese. I confess that I planned to borrow from next week’s $21.00 to buy him an entire case of Macaroni and cheese. This would have taken me over budget by $2.91 because the cost for 24 boxes of macaroni and cheese was $8.00. Once I was in the store, however, I decided to go ahead and use the money for the coming week because I could get more for my money at Aldi than I could at my local grocery store. I used up almost all of week five’s grocery money, but in addition to an entire case of Macaroni and Cheese, I bought celery, cantaloupe, 2 packages of Italian sausages, avocados, limes, 10 pounds of potatoes, and two loaves of bread. The total cost was $20.32.
I left the store with two bags loaded with groceries. I was happy with my purchases, but this meant that I had only $5.77 left until the end of next week, which is also the end of the pantry challenge. We decided to finish the Pantry Challenge at the end of next week rather than stopping at the end of the month. We will resume our regular weekly budget the following week.
My total grocery expenses for this week were $57.81. I spent all of my surplus money from the previous weeks plus all of week four’s money. I also spent most of week five’s money, but I wasn’t worried. The $5.77 was enough to buy two more gallons of milk during the week, and I didn’t anticipate needing anything else.
Saturday morning began with a reminder that I had promised a friend I would go to her church and try their second chance food program. Now, before I get attacked for participating, this program is for anyone. There are no income requirements. The food being distributed is from warehouses, and is too close to it’s date to be distributed through regular channels before it is spoiled. The idea is that it is better to get the food into the hands of people who can use it rather than sending it to the landfill. Food waste in our country is a huge problem. Some studies say that 40% of all food produced in the US ends up in landfills. The program was pretty amazing. I spent $3.00 and received all of this produce.I also received two loaves of bread, a box of cereal, some frozen apple strudel, and an 18 count of eggs. I will definitely be telling every struggling family that I know about this program.
Heading into the final week of our pantry challenge, we have only $2.77 left in our grocery budget. Hopefully, all we will need is a single gallon of milk. If we need something else, I may have to barter with the neighbors.
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Thanks for Visiting Patty Cake’s Pantry.