Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pantry Challenge #7 ... 2015


I know this is totally silly and at any other time in our lives, this would not be as an enjoyable task, but given our current financial situation, this was just plain fun … we got to go grocery shopping this week!!!!!  We had just a bit over $100 that we could spend and we bargain shopped and stretched that $100+ to the max.  Read on to see what we added to our pantry! 

My to-do list from last time:   

Can collards … Nope, didn’t get done!
Make turmeric capsules … this either!

In addition:
My husband brought in a bouquet of daffodils he cut from our yard this week. He does this for me every year … he knows I love daffodils I love that man!  When he brings in the daffodils we know spring is not far away.

Daffodils are not the only signs of spring at our house, my lemon balm, nettles, plantain and elderberry bushes are leafing out and coming up.

We used the last of a package of dental floss and instead of buying a new one I replaced it with one from my pantry.


I packaged up valentine treats for my grandchildren and put them in the mail this week.  I used part of our grocery money to mail the packages.  It’s important to us, even though we are far away from all our grandchildren, that we are an active influence in their lives.  Right now they are all under the age of 2 … such fun ages.  They don’t know us real well yet, in fact one of them we haven’t even met … yet, but we intend to be the best long distance grandmommie and granddaddy possible.  Have I mentioned that we love being grandparents!  We feel like the small amount of grocery money we spent on postage to mail these valentine treats to our grandchildren is well worth any sacrifice we might have to make … after all, we’re building relationships with our grandchildren … groceries can be replaced … good relationships with our grandchildren can’t!  The silly little things that we do for them now will hopefully help in building strong relationships with them as they grow up.  You will notice that none of these things cost very much money, we’re not trying to buy relationships with our grandchildren, we’re just trying to build them! 

We price matched a head of cabbage at Walmart.  Walmart’s price was $.58/lb while another local grocery store had it on sale for $.39/lb.



We found these M & M's on sale for $.25 each.  We purchased enough to use in the valentine treats we sent our grandchildren and in treats I gave to the children in the Sunday school class I teach each week.

I completed this little apron for the 3 year old twin girl that asked me to make one for her in this post.  I still have to make one for her twin brother … she specifically asked for an apron for her and her brother.   (I used materials I had on hand.)

I pulled a meatloaf that I had previously put together and frozen, out of the freezer to have for a meal one day.   It was a particularly busy day and being able to pull a freezer meal out of the freezer, thaw it, cook it and have it for dinner was so nice.

I earned enough Swagbucks for another $5 Amazon gift card this week.  This makes $25 in Amazon gift cards I’ve earned. 

We got up early one morning to go to Sam’s Club and upon entering the door we were offered muffins, coffee or fruit.  We each took a muffin (they were individually wrapped) and the greeter said I could have a banana too.  When we got home I put the muffins in a freezer bag and froze them (these kind of muffins are definitely not low-carb).  We’ll bring them out for a snack the next time the twins come for a visit.  What did I do with the banana … I brought it home too and cut it up into chunks.  I filled two snack baggies with enough banana chunks/slices to make a smoothie each and added them to a quart freezer bag.  Snacks and smoothie ingredients and we hadn’t even started ‘bargain’ shopping yet.

Here are the bargains we found at Sam’s Club that day ….



Chicken of the Sea Premium Shrimp Tempura from the refrigerator section.  Regular price ... between $8 - $10/box ... clearance price $.51/box.  The expiration date on each box was May, 2016.  We purchased 24 boxes.  These shrimp are breaded and since we’re eating low-carb after we cooked the shrimp we pulled the breading off.  It came off really easy and the shrimp stayed intact.



Jamba Organic Smoothies, Organic Strawberries Wild. Regular price, between $5 - $8 each …. clearance price $.51 per bag.  We purchased 12 bags.  This will make a lot of smoothies!

We also purchased bacon, sausage, milk, lemons, limes, hot dogs, hot dog chili, mushroom soup, cauliflower, peanut butter, pepperoni, frozen vegetables and onions.  We should be all set to go another month without buying any more groceries.

I found a spool of ribbon on clearance for $.10.  I also found two other spools for $.50 each. I purchased them, brought them home and added them to the gift wrapping part of my pantry.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
Since I didn’t get anything on my to-list done last week, I’ll just move them to this week …

Can collards
Make turmeric capsules

Now it’s your turn, what have you done to build up your pantry or live frugally?

  patsi
A Working Pantry

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16 comments:

  1. Really impressive grocery shopping!! Fabulous prices and very resourceful ideas for using them.

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    1. Thank you KayeB. We had fun that day!

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  2. Found bunches of cilantro for 10 cents each and got several. Ate some on salads.

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    1. I really like cilantro, if I ever find it at that price you can be assured that I will buy it too! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Patsi, you should be crowned the queen of bargain hunters! You find the best deals. I searched and searched at Sam's on friday but wasn't able to find any great deals like you find. Yesterday my daughter and her best friend wanted to do something for their other bestie's birthday but both were strapped for cash so they shopped in mom's store and found all the ingredients to make her a beautiful(They did a fantastic job) red velvet cake. They even made cream cheese icing from scratch. It made me so glad that I have a pantry. Thank you!

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    1. Aren't well-stocked pantries great!!!! You stand a better chance of finding bargains at Sam's Club early in the day. However, they do not have them everyday. It is a hit or miss thing. We don't make special trips to Sam's Club to bargain shop but when we are in the area we most always stop. Thanks for commenting!

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  4. Hi Patsy, fantastic bargain shopping! I will be adding a few small things to the pantry today with Extra Care Bucks, but not much other than that. I have been praying daily, we still do not know about unemployment and the house payment is due and we cannot meet the payment. I have faith, but then some days I think maybe I have not been good enough or have not done enough and the Father does not think me fit, but then I know it is still early in our circumstances yet. I hope to get my seeds started this week as I want to double my garden this year. Also I am planning a big decluttering session this week productivity always makes me feel better! Hope you have a blessed week!
    Vicky

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    1. Poppycock on our heavenly Father not thinking you good enough! If you are a Christian and in a right relationship with God, you are good enough! God's help comes in all kinds of shapes and forms. Pray, pray, pray and then get to work doing anything and every thing you can do ... I would start with calling the mortgage company and explaining what has happened. A lot of the time mortgage companies will work with you. Pray before you call. Does your husband have a 401K? If so, you should qualify for a hardship withdrawal. I know it is not the best thing to do, but sometimes there is no other choice. Pray and proceed is my motto. I work like it all depends on me and pray like it all depends on God. When I've done the very best I can do, both in action and in prayer, I accept the outcome as part of God's plan for me. I will continue to pray for you.

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    2. Look at the birds. They don't plant, or harvest, or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are? Vicky, I will be praying for you. Hang in there.

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  5. Hi Patsy; It is so hard having family, especially grandchildren living far away. Glad you were able to send some Valentine goodies to them. Nice shopping trip, you got a lot for your money. We have a Sams Club and Cosco here but I don't shop there. 2 major grocery stores are on the same stretch of highway and they price war, its great fun! They also have preselected meats at 5/$19.99 and once a month 6/$19.99. We hit each one when its 6 and come away with lots of meat. The packs are smaller but we are not great meat eaters anyway. Looking forward to tomorrow. Hugs, Doreen

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    1. 'grocery stores having a price war' ... I like that and you had better believe I would be taking advantage of it too!

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  6. Patsi, Our nearest Sam's Club is sixty miles away, but your shopping trips are so inspiring I'm planning on a special trip to check it out. Also, picking your own daffodils already?!?!? I'm jealous. Here in New England we're still covered by FEET of snow with no end in sight! Will be looking foe you on Facebook tomorrow. Donna

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    1. I hope you have a wonderful Sam's Club shopping trip and find lots and lots of bargains. Go as early as you can and check the shelf/price tags closely! So glad you will be able to join our Facebook festivities tomorrow!

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  7. I went to Sam's club to look for those great bargains. I only ended up with a 5lb bag of pinto beans for the pantry and bananas. I went for dates but they haven't come in yet. I enjoyed the samples along the way! We ate at home all week and watched some interesting things on Netflix.
    My daughter came home from my mom's house with a lot of craft items that no one else wanted. She is working on quilt project right now. She has enough needles and embroidery floss to last a long time. We still have a lot of rooms to empty so I expect that we will have a lot of things to bring home. Have a great week!

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    1. Keep an eye out for the specials at Sam's Club and try to go as early in the mornings as you can. Once you find your first one, you'll know what you're looking for. Great comment!

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