Thursday, August 13, 2015

$5 or Less Pantry Building Challenge: August 13th, 2015

How did you do with our $5 or less pantry building challenge this week?

Here’s what I added to my pantry for less than $5 …


... marked down bananas that cost $2.41!

As they ripen, I'll slice them into circle slices and freeze them in 'smoothie' size portions.

I hope you are beginning to see that it doesn't have to take a lot of money to build up a well stocked pantry!

What did you add to your pantry this week for $5 or Less?

patsi


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14 comments:

  1. Hi Patsy!

    I just recently found you and your FB page (which I joined). I have read a lot of this blog with great interest. I have gotten so much useful information and you are so inspiring! When I have time, I plan on reading your blog from the beginning :)

    I had a half a bag of cherries in my fridge that were starting to go bad, as well as some grapes, pineapple, cantaloupe, and some individual bags of apples. Everything but the cherries came from my mom after a recent vacation to the beach. One of the bags of apples was too yucky to save (mush and looked like it was starting to mold), but the rest were fine. I dehydrated everything but the cherries. The cherries I pitted, flash froze, and put into bags for smoothies (such a good idea!) I bought the cherries so long ago, I don't remember how much there were, so essentially, everything was free. As a side note, I tried the dried cantaloupe and did not care for it. It was too cantaloupe-y...lol.

    I also cooked a 10lb bag of chicken quarters I bought on sale last month for $4.90. Today I'm going to finish deboning the chicken, freezing the meat, and making stock.

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your ideas and wisdom on the blog!

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    1. Thank you Jenn for your encouragement and Welcome! I prefer to blend and then freeze cantaloupe in ice cube trays. That way I can use them in smoothies!

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  2. We are knee deep in tomatoes these days so aside from hubby's salsa - which he makes himself - I have been canning tomatoes, 12 pints this week and freezing some over the weekend,

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    1. We just finished our tomato preserving marathon and I have to say I'm glad it's over for this growing season!

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  3. Enjoy bananas while you can.... I just read an article that bananas as we know them will soon be gone. There is a fungus that is wiping out banana crops. Unfortunately most of the bananas in the world are clones of one type of banana. Monoculture it's called. Anyway, this fungus lives in the soil and they can't eradicate it. So..... soon there will be no bananas.

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    1. Oh no! I best be on the look out for more marked down bananas to add to my freezer!

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  4. I spent my 5.00 plus what I had from last week on 80/20 ground beef that was marked down, 3 pounds which I divided into 6 pack's and froze. To me that's 6 future meals.I was planning on buying rice but maybe next week.

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    1. Yeah, 6 meals for $5 plus what you had left over from last week's $5 challenge ... that is prudent shopping!

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  5. I was planning on purchasing pork steaks but they were not as cheap as I expected. I did find canned vegetables 3/1$. I picked up the limit of 12. I also grabbed seasoned tomatoes. One case added to my pantry. It saves money as you don't need to season them when you cook. My favorite flavor is chili ready.

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    1. The sign of a smart shopper is flexibility! WTG Mom at home!

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  6. I had a 5.5 lb. chicken...I roasted crock pot chicken, the first night, a rice and chicken stove top casserole, another night, and for Sunday night supper, tonight, I will serve chicken salad with curry on Croissants....Yummy! Three meals from one chicken....boy, do I feel resourceful!

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    1. Your of the chicken salad with curry does sound like it would be YUMMY,would you be willing to share how you make it?

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  7. I too found bananas - $.44/lb - so I grabbed four pounds. They were beginning to go brown in spots (hence the sale price, no doubt), but they're now in my freezer waiting to augment our smoothies! At the same time I found bags of spinach for $.44/each so I bought two - I suppose it was marked down because it was nearing an expiration date, but it stayed perfectly fresh and good and got used up. I considered both of those to be bonus finds!

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