My total spent for the month of January was $103. This was quite a bit more than my original $65. However, I am definitely feeling pretty darned good, considering I normally set myself a $75 per week goal. That means doing the pantry challenge saved me nearly $200 in groceries for the month, so I'm not even CLOSE to feeling sad that I went $43 dollars over my original goal. I knew I'd probably hit $80 anyway, considering my required calcium increase.
Plus, I still have many, MANY meals I can make out of my freezer. I think I'll continue eating from the pantry for at least another week. Here's where I'm at on my list of freezer meals.
Chalupa (pork and pinto beans already in freezer) served over shredded lettuce with tomatoes, avocado and Spanish Rice
Italian Wedding Soup, Homemade Bread
Crockpot Beef Roast and Veggies
Shepherd's Pie, salad
Turkey Burgers, Oven Fries, Green Beans
Philly Cheesesteaks, Sweet Potato Fries
And now, for the HOLY CRAPOLI part of this post...
I'm going to be a Grandmother in October. At the ripe old age of 35. Yep. I'm still completely in denial. My stepson and his wife are pregnant and will be welcoming a baby approximately one month after we welcome the newest member of our family. So, little Peanut will become an Aunt or Uncle at the ripe old age of one month. I've already decided, thanks to Brandy of Not Your Average Soccer Mom, that I will be Mimi, at least until I'm 40. That way, I won't be required to stock up on Poligrip, Depends, and nylons large enough to give me elephant ankles.