Sunday, March 1, 2015

Pantry Challenge #9 ... 2015

Can you believe that March is already here!  Where did January and February go?

This has been a week full of the unexpected which wrecked havoc with my nicely laid out plans!  It’s okay though; I’m just rolling with the events and will do the best I can.  Sometimes, life is like that, isn’t it?  We have to be flexible!

So, what did I get done in my pantry … let’s see!

My to-do list from last time:   
Make turmeric capsules.  Didn’t get done!

Check on the status of the collards and hopefully can them!  I’m afraid the collards are a no go!  I may be able to salvage enough for a meal but it looks like between the weather and life, they ruined in the garden.  This makes me feel wasteful and I don’t like that!   I’m glad that we have enough canned to get us through another year but you can be sure that I will make every effort to do better next year! 

In addition:
I needed butter so I went to the freezer part of my pantry and pulled some out. When butter was around $2/lb in November and December I purchased several and brought them home and froze them. I’m so glad I did!

I did the same thing with a gallon of milk.  I had run out so I pulled a gallon from the freezer part of my pantry.

We were invited to a birthday dinner for a young lady who was celebrating her 98th, yes 98th birthday.  I asked what I could bring and was told that she really liked pound cake.  I told them I had a recipe for a really good one and would bring it.  The recipe calls for a box of yellow cake mix so I went to the freezer part of my pantry and removed one that I had purchased on sale and frozen some time back. The only thing I had to purchase was 8 oz of sour cream.  Can I just say it again, I’m so glad I have a well-stocked pantry!

I enjoyed  kefir smoothies this week made using the organic fruit we got at Sam’s Club for $.51/bag that I told you about in this post.  I can get 8 smoothies from each bag!

Our Working Pantry Facebook group has a ‘Just One’ challenge each week and my first challenge was to make at least 100 vitamin c capsules.  I got 80 done instead … didn’t quite meet my goal but it’s better than none at all!

We did our monthly shopping this week and purchased the following: 

Plain flour (this one 5 lb bag will be enough to last us for 6 – 12 months)

A bulk bag of mozzarella cheese.  I will divide this up into 1 cup portions and freeze them.

A large tub of sour cream

2 large tubs of cottage cheese

4 lbs of sausage that we will get 8 meals from
and  2 cans orange juice concentrate

Our Sam’s Club “find” this week included ...
Vitamins ... the price ... $.81!  We purchased a year's supply!

These 2 bottles of spice blend ... the price ... $.81 each!

These cans of Campbell's cream of chicken soup for $5.01 per case (8 cans).  We purchased 16 cans.  The price breakdown for each can is $.63.
With a temporary reprieve in our current financial situation, I’ve started focusing on building back up the areas of my pantry that are in need of restocking.  This week I added 2 cans of evaporated milk to my pantry.  Normally 12 cans is a year’s supply, but one of the things that we have learned is that by stretching and getting more resourceful with the basics, we used more.  So I plan to double that 12 and turn it into 24 which means I have some work to do to get it to that level.

I’m getting ready to place an Amazon order using the gift cards I’ve earned the month of February doing Swagbucks.  (Look for a post later in the week on ‘how we’ve earned extra money for February’ which will include  Swagbucks.)

I finally got the Christmas cards we received this last year turned into gift tags for use in the next Christmas season.   I used my Sizzex machine and die cuts that were given to me as a gift several years ago.  (A link to the Sizzex machine I have can be found at the bottom of this page.)

I got to go to JoAnn’s Fabric this week!  I haven’t been doing much shopping at all during the past 3 months and especially not something as frivolous as a trip to a fabric store.  There were a couple of things I needed in order to finish an outfit I’m making for my newest little granddaughter.  The lack of these things had caused the project to come to a standstill.  When I found out that we would be making a trip to the airport in a larger neighboring town I asked my husband if we could go a little early and let me go to JoAnn’s Fabric. He said yes and even tracked down a couple of coupons I could use while I shopped.  I found what I needed and was able to use the coupons my husband found!  It was a nice treat!

We've started saving our change again and currently we have $10 in our jar.  Normally this would go toward Christmas, but considering the financial cloud that is hanging over our heads, we’ll save it to be used as an emergency fund.

Here’s my pantry to-d0 list for next week:
Divide and freeze the bulk bag of mozzarella cheese we purchased last week
Make Turmeric capsules
Check the local sale ads for bargains  (It sure is nice to have grocery money to work with again!)

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

A Working Pantry

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