How am I doing?
1. So far… okay. I’ll tell you in a minute why I have $45 left for this month. lol! I do think we will make it under $320 this month though – which is a savings of $80! That’s worth it!
2. Used my random udon noodles in my Chicken Stir-fry but haven’t used the soba noodles yet. Decided the can of almond paste really had been in there too long to use… haha! And definitely used up the pureed cauliflower in an awesome curried soup last week!
3. I just posted about how I postponed my freezer cooking day – but it is still on for the end of this month! I’m super excited and have it pretty well planned out.
4. Um… check. ;)
I wasn’t exactly running on empty by the end of last week, but I was close enough that I needed some of the basics like flour and sugar. Here’s what my “pantry” looked like, cupboard, shelf, fridge, and freezer (oh, and toddler):
PLUS my fave grocery store was having a Hot Deals sale this weekend! CRAZY deals like bananas for $.28/lb, ziplock bags 2/$1, avocados for $.98, bags of dried cranberries at 3/$5, and ramen 5/$1. The best was the bags of Kraft cheese on sale 5/$6 – with a $5 off your next purchase coupon printed at the check out! I bought kind of a lot:
My total ended up at $106.52 (YIKES! I hate big numbers!) but I saved $7.35 with my coupons (see my post on where I get printable coupons) on top of the great sales and then there’s that $5 off my next purchase. I guess I’m officially re-stocking my pantry now – but I feel so accomplished having emptied it for the most part and getting back into the habit of meal planning has been awesome!