Thursday, February 12, 2015

Smart shopping to buy Frye boots

Long time no see!

Well, I've been eyeing some boots for a year and a half. They are designer, name brand, expensive boots. It's snowy and wet and wintery where I live for at least 4 solid months (sometimes 6) out of the year. I think this deserves a quality pair of real leather boots that will last me at least 10 years. Let's not talk about the price right now.

In an effort to afford my boots, I am doing a month long "eat out of the pantry" challenge starting tomorrow, February 13th - March 13th. If I can cut my grocery budget by $75/mo, I can afford my boots if they are on sale and I can find a coupon code. :)

I will be allowed to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and dairy products (milk, butter, etc).

Breakfasts will be oatmeal, cereal, toast, eggs, etc.
Lunches are usually sandwiches, leftovers, quesadillas, macaroni, and ramen.

Dinner ideas for the next month:

13 - Marinated Pork loin, mashed potatoes, peas
14 - Leftovers or Sandwiches
15 - Tacos
16 - hot dogs with fries
17 - Chicken with leeks and pasta
18 - Korean BBQ
19 - BBQ tacos with leftover meat
20 - crockpot mexican chicken
21 - leftovers
22 - Chicken cacciatore
23 - lasagna
24 - chili topped baked potatoes
25 - leftovers (husband out of town for 2 weeks)
26 - chicken nuggets, veggies, fries
27 - ramen
28 - chicken curry

1 - grilled cheese sandwiches, fruit
2 - hot dogs
3 - taco salad
4 - leftovers
5 - breakfast for dinner
6 - Chili
7 - Leftovers
8 - Chicken and rice soup
9 - Chicken Chickpea salad - pinterest
10 - Shepherds pie
11 - Homemade Pizza
12 - Leftovers
13 - Clean out the fridge (sandwiches, leftovers, breakfast for dinner, etc.)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

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Monday, November 3, 2014

PlasmaCar for 50% off!! Today only!

Christmas season is upon us which means the online deals are starting!

Today's deal comes from amazon and is the Plasma car ride on.

Today only!!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Shopping trip

I went "grocery" shopping today for the items I need for dinners the next week.

I spent $27.

They included:

2 gallons milk
butter flavored crisco (the only way to make pie crust)
white vinegar - to disinfect my apple to make apple cider. Did I not mention I picked 2 full laundry baskets of apples yesterday? For free?
appliance lightbulb - my over the stove light has been burnt out since we moved into this house
dishwashing gloves - because heaven forbid I touch dirty dishwater.

And that's it!!!

It is really sick how much food I have in the house.
Fresh canned veggie that I did myself? check.
Fresh and canned and frozen fruit that I keep getting for free? Check.
frozen meat? Check.

Hoping to not spend any more money until next monday. Let's see if we can make it without buying milk.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting close

I still haven't made the posole that I planned on, and here's what we've eaten for the last week.

1 - Dutch oven dinner at church
2 - Chicken spaghetti
3 - Steak with baked potatoes and veggies
4 - leftovers
5 - chipotle turkey burgers and tater tots.
6 - taco soup

I've made another little dent in the freezer but still feel like I have a LONG way to go.

7 - posole
8 - skillet lemon chicken with potatoes
9 - leftovers
10 - pasta jumbalaya
11  leftovers or sandwiches
12 - steak with veggies, salad, rolls

Looking forward to having an empty freezer. I think it might take another 2 weeks!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meal Plans through September

My plans for eating for the next week are below.

eggs and toast with fruit
pancakes, waffles (homemade syrup!)
baked oatmeal

kids eat hot lunch at school

25 - pizza party for football (5 year old team)
26 - steak with assorted veggies
27 - hiking all day at Yellowstone - sandwiches and snacky things
28 - chili
29 - Posole
30 - Beef tips with pasta (I have them in the freezer already)

I've made a small dent

So I am a little over a week into my pantry challenge so I thought I would share what we've eaten the last little bit. This is dinners only.

Sept 15 - Mexican Casserole
16 - Chicken wings and veggies
17 - Chicken and rice casserole, sliced cucumbers and carrots, green bean casserole
18 - leftovers
19 - shredded chicken taco salad
20 - Burritos and other leftovers
21 - BBQ chicken, veggie tien, creamed corn, rolls
22 - breakfast burritos
23 - chicken coconut curry soup (did not go over well, threw the rest away)
24 - hamburgers with fries

I went to the grocery store this morning because I was out of milk and eggs. I spent $18 on the following:

2 gallons milk
3 dozen eggs
chicken bullion
hamburger buns
frozen juice (.50 each for 100% juice!)

I made 4 loaves of homemade bread yesterday so we could have bread to eat.

The really cool thing about where I live now is that everyone here is an amazing gardener! In the last week alone I have been given:

yellow squash
15 ears of corn
box of tomatoes (literally at least 25 pounds)
3 ice cream buckets full of plums
3 FULL laundry baskets of apples (made 3 gallons homemade cider, eating the rest)
bag of pears
potatoes (my friends dad is a potato farmer)

AND we have been given permission to "glean" the potato fields after harvest the next 2 weeks AND my neighbor's grandma has 4 apple trees she isn't going to use. Guess who is making applesauce?