Thursday, August 6, 2009

Penny Pinching Pantry Raid Update

We've just finished week 2 of the $100 grocery challenge for 4 weeks. I went to the grocery store on Tuesday and spent $20.81. Here's what I bought:

bread $2.99
strawberries $2.00
cheese cubes $2.00
spaghetti sauce $3.58
watermelon $1.91
lunch meat $3.79
bananas $.52
1 orange $1.19
1 onion $.44
eggs $1.49

That's great, right! WRONG! I sent Jordan to the store to buy 1 head of lettuce because we were having cheeseburgers (we had buns & the burgers in the freezer!) and I wanted to have lettuce for them. He comes home with several bags of groceries! I casually peeked into the bags and saw two tomatoes (which we already had tomatoes), 2 avocados (at $2 a pop), the lettuce, and a bag of cheddar sunchips. I said to him, you know I'm trying to only spend $100 this month on groceries, right? His reply, "Well, I'm not going to starve!" What?! I'm in the process of making dinner - we are 15 minutes away from eating and how is what you bought going to keep you from starving?! lol! Here's the damage:

2 tomatoes $2.73
2 avocados $3.98
head of lettuce $1.69
sunchips $3.00

With tax it came to $11.63 plus my $20.81 gives us a grand total of $32.44 for week two. We should have only spent $26.62 for week two so we went over by about $6. We had $73.87 left and now we have $41.43 for the last two weeks. Which is about $20 for each week. Yikes!

We've used a lot of food out of our freezer, which I think you can really tell by the picture.

Our pantry kind of looks the same to me as last week or at least not such a huge change like the freezer.

Honestly, I haven't been starving my husband. Here are a few meals that we've had for dinner:

London broil, perogies, steamed carrots, salad
Cheese burgers, sweet potato fries, corn on the cob
Spaghetti with sausage, garlic bread, salad
Mandarin orange chicken, broccoli, rice

And a few breakfasts:
Fried eggs & toast

Steak quesadilla from the london broil
Ham sandwiches
Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches
Left over's ;)

Even though we went over our amount for week two I am still feeling pretty happy about how much money we've been spending at the store. I think as long as I have some chips in the pantry my husband won't think he's starving! ;)


Anonymous said...

Jim has been in the same boat as i am determined to clear out the freezer{both of them} and the pantry! Duggan men are famous for loving to go to the grocery...especially without a firm list..surprised there were not oreos's in the bag..what helpers they are!!! Great job on the meals! Lynn

Ian said...

Lynn is famous for picking on the Duggan men.

Ian said...

I wonder what the charts and graphs would look like if you took everything in your fridge and wrote down the calories and nutritional content, then added it all up. I bet there's enough calories in there to run off of for a few weeks!

Stefanie said...

I think we could probably go another 2 weeks without buying any groceries and still have food to eat. It might be eating random cans of black beans, frozen fruit & dry cereal but we could definitely do it. I'm not taking this challenge that far though. :)

Jordan likes to snack on chips when he gets home for work - he's not a big cookie fan! I'm not sure I'd complain if he brought home oreos! ;)

Jamie said...

This is such a great idea, but I don't think we would survive one week! :)