Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pantry Challenge #46 ... 2015

Boy, do I have a lot to share this week!!!!

My mother gave my husband and I Christmas money early and we used it to further stock our pantry by shopping sales!  (Remember we’re getting ready for a really lean 2016!)

Come see how we used it ….

My to-do list from last week:

Shop sales and loss leaders  ( I've got my eye on a good butter sale ... we'll see what I'm able to do!) Done! I found butter on sale for $1.99/lb and purchased enough to last for a year … (until it goes on sale again this time next year)!

I also found and purchased these items on sale …

corn ... on sale for $.49/can

mushroom soup ... on sale for $.49/can

chicken broth ... on sale for $49/can
I don't usually buy chicken broth, but this was such a good deal, I couldn't pass it up!

green peas ... on sale for $.49/can

 Le Sueur young peas ... on sale for 10 for $10.  My husband loves these peas so when we found them on sale we purchased some.  They are normally well over $2 a can!

tomato paste ... on sale for $.49/can (regular price ... $1.69/can)

pasta ... on sale for $.49/box

evaporated milk ... on sale for $.79/can

sugar ... on sale for $1.39/4 lb bag

Here's something else I don't normally buy, but these were on sale for $.69/each and I just couldn't pass them up!

In addition:

I ordered a book for my husband for Christmas from Amazon. I got it used (in good condition) for $4.  The book lists for $20.59 new!

I found a 10 lb bag of Northern beans (white beans).  I’ve never seen the white ones in this size bag before so we purchased them, brought them home and now they are waiting to be canned!

I washed a ziplock bag and hung it to dry. I will use it for non-food items in the future.

We had one slice of onion left from a meal so I chopped it up and froze it.  It will be enough to use in a recipe that calls for onions.

I had several really good coupons for JoAnn’s so I purchased the following  ...   The patterns (most of them for doll clothes, I have several little girls in my life whose baby dolls need a wardrobe) were on sale for $1 each and I had 60% off coupons for the rest.  Yes, I had more than one 60% off coupon!

I downloaded Once Upon a Summer by Jeanette Oak from Amazon (it was free at the time I downloaded it).  

If you’re on the A Working Pantry Facebook group then you’ve already seen this.  A friend saw this at a craft fair and came home and made one to give me when we visited this week.  Isn’t it just the cutest thing!  It's body is a roll of paper towels!  This would make great Christmas gifts! 

The same friend had some roses that had seen better days and I asked her what she was going to do with them.  When she told me she was going to throw them away I asked if I could have them.  She asked what I wanted them for and I told her I wanted to make potpourri out of them.  They are now sitting in a dish on my window seal drying.  After they've finished drying I'll turn them into potpourri.

Here’s my pantry to-do list for the upcoming week:

Work on vacuum sealing candy in jars that we got for half price in the after Halloween sales.

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


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