|Some of my deals|
BTW - Don't you like the name "Snappy" Popcorn?
$1.99 - 4 lbs. of granulated sugar
$0.99 – Regular popcorn
$1.49 – Head Lettuce
$2.00 – Two – 8 oz. packages of Kraft Shredded Cheese – on sale for $1.50 and
I had a $1.00 coupon off two packages
$0.99 – 5 lbs. of Russet Potatoes
$2.31 – 3 Red Sweet Peppers (.77 per pepper)
$0.66 – 1 loaf of white bread
$1.13 – All natural hot dog buns
$1.57 – Half Gallon 1% milk
$1.76 – 2 dozen eggs (.88 per dozen)
$1.12 – Bananas (.44 lb.)
$2.49 – 1 Gallon 1% milk
$18.50 – TOTAL SPENT SO FAR
Here's a good tip. I picked out three heads of lettuce that appeared the heaviest and then I weighed them so I could get the one that had the most lettuce. I use this kind of lettuce as a little base to my salads. I usually can get about 7 bowls of salad out of a head of lettuce. In the spring and summer I switch to leaf lettuce and romaine when they come into season.
I have carrots and apples in my fridge, but I will need to purchase some more apples by Saturday. Thankfully they have Stemilt apples on sale for 88 cents a lb.
I regret purchasing the sugar, as I realized later that I had plenty on hand. This would have saved me $1.99 that I could have put towards more apples and bananas.
I have plenty of all purpose flour, rye flour and whole wheat flour on hand along with yeast, honey and molasses for bread making. I will be making up a 1 week menu plan and will note what bread items I need to bake. My DS doesn’t like homemade bread at all, however he will eat store bought wheat bread. I will look for this type of bread when it is on sale.
One thing I need to learn to do is to make bagels as my husband eats a lot of bagels. Has anyone ever made bagels before? It is a process, but it kind of looks like fun too.
Instead of buying chips, I bought popcorn. I had to dig out my old hot air popcorn popper from my college days, dust it off and I popped a batch of popcorn. I leave the butter off or will add a very small amount sometimes.
I organized and inventoried my freezer and my pantry this week. From this information I have made the decision to eat from the pantry and freezer until the contents are almost depleted. But if I do this over the long haul, I am going to increase my weekly budget to $25 a week. I can do it on $20 a week but as we go into spring, we will see more fresh produce and such that I will want to purchase for my family.
What is the difference between what I am doing now and previous challenges? I really believe it is the encouragement I have received from those who leave comments on my blog and also from re-reading the Tightwad Gazette. The readings have encouraged me and propelled me to the point of really hunkering down and being more committed to living on less and saving money.
|A Portion of my Pantry|
|My Main Freezer|