Monday, April 8, 2013

45 days of no shopping: week 1

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my husband said we spend too much money on groceries. I smelt a challenge. So we are going to try make it 45 days without grocery shopping. This not only will save us tons of money but will also force me to be more creative with the stuff we already have. Which is a lot. I spent the last week of march to take a quick inventory of our pantry, cabinets, freezer and fridge.  I have about 12 lbs of dried beans alone. So yeah, we shouldn't starve or anything. I have tons of freezer meals and meals in a jar from when I was preparing for baby. And lots of home canned goodies. Also we shop at Costco, so I have 25 lb bags of flour, sugar, salt etc.
I thought if we are going to do this I should at least keep track of what we are eating. And I decided to share it invade it inspires you to do the same. If nothing else it will be a great way to clean out the freezer and pantry. Or if your moving, to prepare you for the move. 
So here we go:

Week 1

Breakfast: oatmeal, milk and raisins
Lunch: leftovers from an amazing Easter dinner at a friends house
Dinner: freezer meal Mac and cheese
Snacks: crackers, rice cakes, oranges and fruit salad

B- mops breakfast of yogurt, bean brownies and quiche and persimmon bread that I brought.
L- ox tail soup leftover from Easter and chips
D- went to a friends house for dinner ( she will be brought up a lot, I'll call her S). We ate rice, chicken and chard.
Note: She ended up giving us tons of chard and potatoes from her garden
Snacks: crackers, rice cakes, apple, milk and fruit salad

B- ham, eggs, waffles and milk
L- tuna cheddar melt and pickles
D- steak from freezer, Swiss chard and freezer meal: enchilada casserole. With milk and German chocolate cake
Snack: chips and salsa, crackers, nuts, oranges and frozen fruit
Note: it was my husbands birthday so we ate good! And I made 20 extra waffles for the freezer. Also our church gave us all the extra ham, eggs, and milk from Easter breakfast. Score!

B- oatmeal, milk and raisins
L- bean rice and cheese burritos, juice, fish soup (leftover from Easter)
D- enchilada casserole and Swiss chard
Snacks: pineapple, pear, hard boiled eggs, apple sauce and fruit snacks

B- cereal and milk
L- tortilla, cheese, persimmon bread, sandwich from S
D- fundraiser: spaghetti, salad, roll, cookie $30 for the family
Snacks: crackers, fruit snacks, pineapple, pears, sunflower seeds, pop corn

B- cereal and milk
L- tuna sandwich on homemade bread, cheese sandwich on homemade bread, cookie left over from fundraiser, walnuts, and dried fruit.
D- freezer meal, she'll pasta with beef, beet greens from S's garden, BBQ beans with pork, milk
Snacks: crackers, pineapple, walnuts, and dried fruit

B-Cereal and milk
L- grilled cheese and chocolate chip muffins
D- dinner at a friends: ribs, slaw, and beans

Well we made it a week thus far with no problem. The key is to get invited over for dinner!

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