Sunday, March 22, 2015

Pantry Challenge #12 ... 2015

Signs of spring are all around us, this week the red bud tree just off our front porch has been showing off its beautiful flowers.  I love the colors of spring!

My to-do list from last time:   

Vacuum seal the oats we purchased on clearance in quart jars.  I have this project started.  As I empty and wash jars I’m refilling them with oats!  Thus far I’ve added 3 quarts of vacuum sealed oats to my pantry. 

Can pecans. Done!  I added 9 pints of pecans to my pantry plus 1 pint for the freezer. The canned ones will last for several years … unless we eat them first! Want to know how to can pecans? Go HERE! 

Scour grocery store and drug store ads for bargains and shop accordingly.  Done!   We didn’t find any bargains from the store ads this week, unless you want to count the buy one get one free special Food Lion was running on Cadbury eggs … yes, I confess, I had two of them … twice!    

 In addition:

We found half gallons of milk on clearance for $1.00 each at Food Lion. We purchased 10 jugs, brought them home, removed 1 cup of milk from each and put the jugs in the freezer.

Our Sam’s Club purchases this week consisted of a bulk can of Swiss Miss chocolate mix on clearance for $3.71,  free toothpaste from the kisosk, Advil samples from a different kisosk, and free orange juice, muffins and a banana.  Not as good as this trip, but we’ll take it!

We were given some fresh clams and my husband made the best clam chowder out of them.  It was a lot of work in getting them from the shells to the table but it was one of the most delicious dishes I’ve eaten!  I am so thankful my husband likes to cook!!!!

We had rotisserie chicken for dinner one night this week and ate all of it except for the breast.  I cubed the chicken breast, vacuum sealed it and added it to the freezer to be used in soup, casseroles, chicken salad, etc.  I then took all the bones and added them to my on-going ‘bones for broth’ bag that I keep in the freezer.  I’m getting close to having enough to make a batch of broth.

I had a stalk of celery that I needed to do something with so I chopped it up and froze it in snack bags and then in quart freezer bags.  I added 9 snack size baggies to the freezer part of my pantry.  I stuck the root end part in a bowl of water to hopefully get it to start growing roots and if that is successful I will plant it in a pot outside and try to re-grow it.

I cashed in enough Swagbucks for a $25 gift card from Amazon.

I received a 60% off of one regular price item coupon from JoAnn’s Fabric so I ordered a bolt of featherweight pellon for my handwork.  Got it for $11.86 plus shipping instead of the $27 plus shipping that it would have normally cost.

We added $6.50 in change to our change jar!   It’s so nice to see this filling back up again.
Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
Continue vacuum sealing oats
Bargain shop!

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

A Working Pantry

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