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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Pantry Challenge #11 ... 2015

This week has found us making regular visits to a local hospice house, comforting a grieving grandmother and grandfather and purchasing $932.54 worth of grocerys for $46.56.  What a week it has been!

My to-do list from last time:   

Vacuum seal the oats we purchased on clearance in quart jars.  Didn’t get done!

Vacuum seal cream cheese and freeze.  Done!  I added 6 packages of cream cheese to the freezer part of my pantry.  See the tutorial on how I did it HERE!

Scour grocery store and drug store ads for bargains and shop accordingly.  I think I can safely say that we ‘knocked this one out of the park!’  To see what I mean read this post!  We are still in awe!!!! 

In addition:

I added four more cans of evaporated milk to my pantry.  I am trying to replace what we used during the time we were eating almost exclusively out of our pantry.  A little here and a little there and I’ll get it back to what it was before!

I had a few strawberries left from the ones we purchased last week that were still in the ‘flash freezing’ stage so I bagged them up in snack size bags, then into quart size bags and added them to the freezer part of my pantry.  There were 16 snack size baggies this time and when I added them to the 44 I did last week that gave me a total of 60 snack size baggies of strawberries ready to be used in smoothies.

We came across an older gentleman selling strawberries this week in a parking lot one day while we were out … the berries smelled really good … the berries looked really good …  I asked if I could taste one … the gentleman said yes … they tasted so ‘strawberryee’ … we bought some to eat and to make low sugar strawberry jam.  I made 6 half pints using Annabel’s method from The Bluebirds are Nesting.  It is super easy and delicious!  I will be using this method to make other types of jam.

We found mushrooms on sale again at Aldi’s and purchased another flat.  I brought them home and canned 8 pints and added to my pantry.

Someone told me that her Aldi’s had butter on sale for $1.89 so when I was in the area of our local Aldi’s I stopped in and sure enough, there it was!  Our Aldi’s had butter on sale for$1.89/lb too!  We purchased a case and brought it home and added it to the freezer part of our pantry.  We are set for the rest of the year on butter!

I’m closing in on having enough Swagbucks to redeem a $25 Amazon gift card.  Whooo Hooo!

We added $5.50 to our change jar!

I completed a Pinecone survey!
Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:

Vacuum seal the oats we purchased on clearance in quart jars. 
Can pecans

Scour grocery store and drug store ads for bargains and shop accordingly. 

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

A Working Pantry

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