Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pantry Challenge 2011

Have you been stockpiling over the past year?  I've been picking up freebies as I can get them.  I had cut back to purchasing only two Sunday newspapers until October when I went back to buying four.  I continue to "purchase" the free items at the grocery store if we're going to eat them.  I also try to stockpile grocery items when they are less than a dollar.  

I'm not really interested in using up our stockpile without replenishing it.  We have a workable budget and I think we do pretty good with what we have.  I don't have any plans of decreasing our grocery budget.  I would like to purchase more healthy proteins.  After watching Food Inc., I would really like to add grass-fed beef and free-range chicken to our meals.  In my opinion, these seem to be a healthier option.  I'm still researching cost and soon will make our way to the Whole Foods market and Dekalb Farmers Market to do some price comparisons.  I'm looking into to purchasing fresh eggs from some local people so that will be a little more convenient than driving 30 miles to the Whole Foods.

So here's our pantry and freezer goals this year:
  • stay within our $75 weekly budget (this includes toiletries, diapers and wipes)
  • continue to purchase seasonal fruit and produce
  • continue to "purchase" free grocery items 
  • begin purchasing fresh eggs locally ($2-3 a dozen)
  • begin purchasing free-range chicken (price is unknown at this point)
  • begin purchasing grass-fed beef (hoping to spend no more than $3.50/lb)
  • buy hormone-free milk (Walmart started carrying this recently)
  • pick our own fruit and berries (last year we picked apples, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries; this year I'm hoping to add peaches to our list)
  • continue baking from scratch (cookies, cakes, pies - but in moderation, we really are trying to eat better and lose some weight)
  • make some Pantry Meals based on freezer inventory
Recently, I started sharing Pantry Meals using up some of those store freebies you might not like "as-is".  I made Yakisoba Chicken Noodle Soup a few weeks ago and I'll share a Super Easy Turkey Pie on Saturday. 

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Susie said...

This will be my 3rd year couponing/stockpiling. Last year was the first year that I actually started enjoying saving and with grocery prices on the rise, I hope to at least maintain the current budget.

Melissa said...

These sound like good goals. I wish I could get the knack of couponing, but I have trouble getting organized enough lol!

Rebecca Jean said...

Good for you for thinking about where your food comes from! A lot of people think they can't afford to eat organic/local foods. I beg to differ.

I used to be an avid couponer and stockpiler. Now I'm an avid cook from scratch and organic/local shopper - with no coupons! With less income even. I quit my job five years ago. We have managed to eat organic on one income {familly of 4} for the past 4 years.

Yes, it costs more but it can be done! It's all about priorities.

Best of luck on your new food journey!

♥ Rebecca Jean
Midnight Maniac

Sarah said...

I watched Food Inc this summer. What an eye opening. "Good" meat is so expensive compared to the normal stuff but probably a good thing to look into. I am like you, where I can get everything else for next to nothing, I could justify spending the extra.

Polish Mama on the Prairie said...

These sound like really reasonable goals.

I am doing the Pantry Challenge this month to use up some of our stockpile & so that we can save some $ this month to be able to purchase more organic foods next month.

We also switched to cloth diapers and washcloths for baby wipes several +months back and it has saved us some $ so that we can use it on better quality foods.

I also cook from scratch as often as possible.

Good luck with your goals. I will be interested in seeing how you do, perhaps it might give me more ideas how to do the same.


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