Well I did our first week of the pantry challenge and noticed a tremendous drop in my weekly grocery bill!!! Here is what I came up with (items in bold I pulled out of cabinets/pantry):
Ham sandwiches on mini rolls
Total cost of meal: 99cents for a fresh pineapple (Aldi has them on sale this week!)
We have an out of town volleyball game this evening and have to leave immediately after school, so this night is a bust!! I am going to deduct our dinner out from grocery money. We will be dining on:
As you can see the cost will only be for the sandwiches which will be about $10!
Spaghetti with sauce
Bread and butter
Green beans (can you tell I had plenty of beans socked away!)
Canned mandarin oranges
Shells from cupboard
Meat, cheese, sour cream purchased
What kills me every week are prepackaged snacks, breakfast items (bagels, cereal, frozen pancakes, waffles), and things for lunch. We don't do hot lunch so we need a variety of things for all 5 kids to take 5 days each week. I am running out of lunchtime creativity!!!!
This week I did also purchase yogurt, chicken strips, and milk.
Our grocery budget was under $100 which is pretty awesome for a family of 7!!!!
I will be doing the same thing next week!!! Stay tuned for more adventures from shopping in the pantry:)
I haven't done this in awhile, but I'm headed over to link up at orgjunkie.com to check out some new possibilites for meals!!!