Friday, March 2, 2018

My $5 or Less Pantry Building Challenge: Week 9

In the last $5 or Less Pantry Building post, I shared that I had $6.52 left and would roll it over into this week.  I did and when I added the $5 from this week's allotment, it gave me $11.52 to work with.

  I like to have a variety of canned foods on hand so when I find them at a good price I try to stock up.  With that in mind, here's what I purchased ...

9 cans of sliced beets @ $.54 per can ... total before tax ... $4.86 ... total after tax ... $4.94. 

This will be enough beets to last us for several months!  We like beets and usually have them once or twice a month.

$11.52 - $4.94 = $6.58 and this is the amount I'll roll over into next week.

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

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  1. Dear Patsy,
    I am going to join in your pantry challenge starting this month. I have been keeping within our grocery budget but I haven't been able to stock up on things very well. So $5 a week is very manageable and I think will be a big help.
    Love, Kelsey

    1. Kelsey, I think you will be surprised at how quickly you can start to build up your pantry with just $5 a week when it is used just for stocking up. I look forward to seeing what you do.

  2. Yummy beets. Great price! I am the only one who likes them here so I rarely make them. My Mom always did pickled beets and eggs for Easter.

    We went to the discount surplus grocery this morning. I got a 22 ounce canister of fajita seasoning for $4.39. This will last a very long time since only 2 tablespoons are used per pound of meat. I was really happy to find that.

    We never know what we will find at that store and since I rolled $139 of grocery money over from last month we took advantage of so many great buys. Two pounds of whole bean coffee for 3.50. Two went in our freezer. Pasta at .50 a box. 500 packets of Sugar in the Raw for 8.39. I carry this sugar for coffee away from home since we do not eat much white sugar. They always have such treasures as stir fry sauces and jarred roasted peppers and kalamata oliveS and any kind of vinegar you could want in pretty bottles. I also got gourmet chocolate chips for 1.50 a bag. I am really careful not to buy what we will not likely use but it is a really fun place to go if you enjoy cooking and want to add to your pantry. Everytime we go the stock is different.

    We had a banner week for freebies, too. Twenty free cups of yogurt and 2 free soft cream cheeses from Publix.

    1. Lana, look at all you got and for great prices too! That is a good price for fajita seasoning ... you did good!

  3. Hello Patsy and everyone :) .

    Patsy well done on getting the tinned sliced beetroot at such a good price as here in Australia it is usually around 80 - 85c here for around the same size tin.

    We also like to stock tinned vegetables, fruit and long life tinned meats and vegetables when we see them on 50% off specials for when the prices are high on these items. It is sort of one method of beating inflation and product shortages that we use.

    We built our pantry by -
    - Adding around 1kg of fresh cucumbers and 1 cob of corn picked from the gardens for salads and dinners for $0 saving around $6.90 over purchasing.
    - I downloaded $12.91 from my online handmade items and saved garden seed selling into the bank account to bring our pantry stocking budget back to -$261.84 after our large e-voucher pantry stock up.

    On the 3rd of April I will save our pantry stocking budget of $80 for the two months and bank it to bring the pantry budget to $80 less and DH and I have agreed to put any money he is earning from gardening jobs and my earnings from internet sales back into this pantry stocking budget category too. We will soon be in positive territory again :) .

    Have a fantastic week ahead everyone.


    1. Sewingcreations15 you are so inspiring to me! I love all the things you do!

  4. Hi, Pasty!
    I see where you were charged tax. How is that figured for you? Our food is not taxed, unless it comes prepared, otherwise it’s 6%. You were charged 8 cents. Any way I look at it, I can’t come up with an answer. I’m sure it’ll be obvious when it’s explained but i’m at a loss. Thanks!


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