It’s going on the third week of the pantry challenge and I’m actually feeling a little better. I have a rough, written inventory of about half of the stuff that was in my closet pantry. I’m using up items that are close to expiration dates and used some canned goods for dog food that I just knew we weren’t going to use. Some of it also went to the chickens.
I’m finding some big holes in my food storage. I thought I had more baking/making from scratch foods left. Problem is I’ve been making more meals from scratch and not paying attention to how much I’ve been using. I also discovered we are really low on toilet paper. As in one 4-pack left. Not good. Seems that other family members were replacing from the tote they were in and I wasn’t checking what was left.
I’m still winging it when it comes to meal planning. So far I’m only managing to do it one day at a time. But, that does include breakfasts, lunches and dinners. We are eating well.
I did find a menu planner posted at The Happy Housewife. I’m going to give that one a shot and see how it goes.
Oh, and so far? I’ve only spent $67. This has only happened because I’ve avoided the stores as much as possible and am buying only when we absolutely need something. I’m setting that extra money aside for…well, I don’t know what yet. I’m sure I’ll think of something good.