Friday, January 26, 2018

My $5 or Less Pantry Building Challenge: Week #4

Last week I had $.96 left to roll over to this week which gave me $5.96 to spend.

Here's what I bought  .....



NOTHING!



I didn't go shopping this week!   This has been an eventful week ...  

(1) we've had bank robbers on the run in our area for several days which has kept everyone on edge and staying as close to home as possible (2 of the robbers have been caught but 2 are still on the run).

and 

(2) the flu is really, really, really bad in our area ... did I stress 'really' enough ... and we are staying out of the stores as much as we can.

So, there you have my $5 or less pantry building challenge update for this week.  Next week I'll have $10.96 to use to 'add' to/stock-up my pantry.

What about you, how did you do with your $5 pantry building challenge this week?

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She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27


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20 comments:

  1. Probably a good idea to stay home, Patsi! I pray they catch the other two robbers and that you and your DH stay healthy!

    I've been bad about posting...the week before last I added 20 packages of Ramen to my pantry and last week I added 5 jars of spaghetti sauce.

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    1. Jenn, you are doing good! Thank you for your well wishes and prayers.

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  2. Oh my goodness Patsy, we are thinking alike again! We've been staying out of the stores too because of the flu! It is so bad this year! I did spend my $5.00 this week though. I bought a toy that is usually $30 for $5!!!! I put it away in my gift "pantry" for future use! Hope you have a SAFE and relaxing weekend!

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  3. I got 4 bags of precooked meatballs ! (Yes, I DO know how to make them by hand!) They are normally $3.99/bag but they were B1G1F, making them $1.99 each but I had 4 coupons for $1 off each bag and the store lets me use $1 off coupon on each of the 4 bags so they were 99 cents per bag!!
    So, I saved time and money by getting the 4 bags of pre cooked meatballs to add to my freezer for a total of $3.96!!!

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    1. gardenpat, I would have done the same thing!!! That was a good deal you worked up!

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  4. Yes, we are trying to stay home as much as possible also (bc of the flu). For my pantry challenge I added two bottles of conditioner to the pantry for 54 cents total. I soooo wish it had been shampoo and then I would have bought every bottle they had :)

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    1. Wendy, I'm always on the lookout for good deals on shampoo and $.54/bottle would have definitely been a good deal!

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  5. Dear Patsy,
    I would be on edge with bank robbers on the loose too, wow! The flu is very bad here, as well. I am keeping John home as much as possible. Colton went to the city to buy John's high chair last Saturday and stopped by the Sam's that is closing. As much as I really wanted to go, it just wasn't worth the risk of exposing John. I pray God would keep sickness from your home and ours.
    Love, Kelsey

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    1. Thank you Kelsey, I join you in that prayer!

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  6. While picking up some needed items at Costco, I stumbled on granola bars that were marked $1.97 for 24 bars. I don't normally buy granola bars as they are usually quite pricy. However, for that price, I picked up 1 box. We will use these as easy portable snacks when we have appointments for DD right after school.

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    1. Rhonda, it sounds like smart shopping to me!!!

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  7. Dearest Patsy,
    Oh I do send safe & good health prayers to you and your family. I would not want to venture out either xx.
    This week I did up my budget 80 cents to $20.80 and I purchased 8 425gram tins of Tuna in Springwater. Having just done a menu plan for the last week of this month and the first week of February, I tried to keep it balanced having 2 dinners with red meat, 2 with chicken, 2 vegetarian and 1 fish. I dont usually buy the fish (last week we actually bought grilled fish from the takeaway shop or fish n chip shop, which was so yummy!!), but I thought to save the money from buying it from the takeaway, I would by tuna, we still get our omega 3's and its a fish dish at a much much cheaper price. I use 1-2 tins for one meal as we are a 6 person family.
    Have a safe and fabulous weekend Patsy :)

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    1. Rhiannon, you are a very smart and prudent shopper! Keep up the good work!

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  8. I bought 4 fresh pineapples and canned them yielding 12 pints for the pantry. It is yummy! Total 3.96 for the pineapples and $1 for the lids.

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    1. Lana, I've canned fresh pineapple before and you're right it is yummy! Smart shopping!

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  9. i didn't get to shop last week so i had 5.42 left from last week and my 5 from this week.... so 10.42...a store in the area called menards... its actually a home improvement store like lowes... but they have some food too.... they had the 24 oz packages of Applewood thick cut bacon for 4.99 a package so i bought 2 and my mom bought 2 and i canned it.....ended up with 4 pint jars each of canned bacon.....so yummy

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    1. Deb, good for you and your mom! You're right, it's yummy!!!

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  10. Last week, I did not shop at all for groceries. I just set aside my grocery money for when things ran out. This week, I made up for it.
    I bought 5 bags of Juanita tortilla chips for 99c/bag. I'm not sure if they are just here in the Pacific Northwest, or everywhere, but they are our favorite. That counts for last week's challenge, since we won't eat them all in a week--(we'd better not!!)

    I had my husband pick up 5 dozen eggs for $4.20 at Costco for the other week's pantry stocking.

    I was expecting 2 groups of company over the weekend, plus my autistic niece and special needs nephew. So, I shopped for the special foods the kids would eat, and the extra items to make meals for our friends. (I was expecting around 20-25 people, total). But, the flu reared it's ugly head around here, and only my niece and nephew made it. My husband and daughter both had the flu so bad, none of the friends chanced it, which was wise. My nephew got sick, too, but with something else.

    So, now we are extremely stocked for food:). Saturday was supposed to be taco bar. Sunday was supposed to be ham, baked potatoes and salad. Thankfully, I had not pulled the ham from the freezer when I realized our plans were changing. And, all the potatoes I bought will save. However, I do have a huge bowl of taco meat and lots of refried beans in the fridge. There is more produce than I usually keep on hand. Like avacadoes and tomatoes, lettuce, etc. So, I will simply target those foods until I get a handle on them.

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    1. Becky, I'm sorry the flu changed your plans, now comes the challenge of what to do with the extra food! I think you're up to the challenge!

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