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Grocery Geek Presents: Eating From the Pantry, A Beginning

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 2, 2010 @ 5:06 am In Grocery Geek | 10 Comments

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This month my friend Crystal [5] and I are “eating from the pantry [6],” which basically means that we’re focusing on what we already have to build our menus for January. Since I know that my six children can eat a lot and that our family has decided to make some important changes to our diet [7], I lowered my grocery budget by 33% this month. I’m hoping that I can spend even less than my January allowance of $400, but I also want to set myself up for success. (I hate setting goals [8] that I can’t possibly meet.)

Even though this week straddled the months and the challenge didn’t technically start until today, I allotted myself $100 to spend on groceries, instead of my regular $150. I bought all that is pictured here, mostly fresh produce and dairy products. The prices at Costco and Sprouts were amazing:

32 oz yogurt – $2
organic tomato sauce – $0.09 after coupon
whole wheat flours – $2.50/5# bag
rice cakes – $2.59
extra lean beef – $1.88/#
chicken tenders – $1.88/#
braeburn apples – $.49/#
broccoli crowns – $.49/#
carrots – $.59/#
cucumbers – $.49 each
cabbage – $.49 each
avocados - $.49 each
iceberg lettuce - $.49 each
italian squash – $.49/#
mangoes  - $.49 each
romas - $.49/#
white onions - $.49/#
bananas $.69/#
nonfat milk – $1.98/gallon
whole milk – $2.43/gallon
romaine lettuce – $.50/head
organic spinach $3.49/#
2 # turkey sandwich meat – $7.08
bell peppers – $.90 each
whole grain baguettes – $2.25 each
Baby Brie – $5.29
2 # cheddar cheese – $4.59

All said and done, I spent exactly $77.57, staying $22 under budget. And $72 under what I’d normally spend. Yeah! Follow along with our eating adventures over at Good (&Cheap) Eats [9]

How did you do at the market this week? Did you score any great deals?


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[6] eating from the pantry: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/12/eat-from-pantry-challenge-join-us.html

[7] make some important changes to our diet: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/12/good-cheap-eats-food-goals-for-new-year.html

[8] setting goals: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/12/goal-setting-some-things-change-some.html

[9] Good (&Cheap) Eats: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/category/Eat%20From%20the%20Pantry%20Challenge

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