Thursday, January 7, 2010

Early shopping run...

In anticipation of the super cold next few days here in KC, I did my shopping a little early. I was lucky to have my husband home to watch the girls, so I didn't have to drag them out too. Yay for daddies!

I will admit that I am learning that the aftermath of our pantry challenge is harder than the pantry challenge it's self. I'm looking at today's purchase, and I'm wondering how it will see us through until next Friday. It's been awhile since the $50/week limit has really been a challenge for us. Really, $50 has totally been enough. Skipping a week of shopping did take it's toll, though. I knew that it would! I am still glad that we put the effort in to the challenge, though. It was necessary to keep things from aging too long in my pantry.

Now, here is what I picked up this week...

1 16 oz tub of generic cottage cheese
1 package of 100% whole wheat Earthgrains Thin Buns
1 Disney tin of popcorn (I didn't care about the popcorn, but I thought the tin would be good for toy storage! It was only $1)
4 bags of generic noodles
1 can of black beans
1 package of generic tuna
1 16 oz can of tomato sauce
4 boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese
1 1/2 gallon of all natural vanilla ice cream
2 large pizzas from the deli (1 was free)
2 boxes of Tornados
1 Hormel meatoaf
2 boxes of Hormel sausage
2 packages of YoPlait Plus
1 Glade mini candle (free)
3 boxes of various Glad ziplock bags
1 bag of generic shredded cheese
1 packages of Kraft singles
4 2 litres of Diet Coke (3 were free)
3.28 lbs of oranges
1.44 lbs of sweet potatoes
4 Ruby Red grapefruits

My pretax total was just slightly over $40. I do not plan on making another trip this week, but I may have to stop to get milk at some point later this week. I'm hoping to just stay below our $50 threshold this week.

Our meals this week will probably not be very fancy. Some of the things we'll be dining on are:

Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins
Yogurt and Fruit Smoothies
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothies
Tuna Noodle Salad
Salsa Soup
Blueberry Slump

I also have some of the usual standbys on hand - fish sticks and fries, grilled cheese and tomato soup and spaghetti with marinara. This weekend I'm also planning on sharing my mom's super delicious blueberry slump recipe! It is really something to look forward to. Yum!

See last week's purchase here.

See other weekly menu ideas here.


  1. I don't know how you DO get your grocery shopping done (well) with both girls in tow. I'm dreading my first attempt, I'm sure it will be a while before I try it.
    I think I need to try that Salsa Soup.
    I think 'it's self' is spelled 'itself'. I'm just sayin'. *wink*

  2. Oh dear, where did I say "it's self?" My blogging is also usually done with two children on my lap. Does that count for a reasonable excuse?

  3. Wow - you make $40 go a very long way and bring home a whole variety of goodies. Your menu plan looks great and I can't wait to hear more about the blueberry slump.

    Oh - and I'd say that blogging with lap visitors gives you a little leeway :-)



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