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Meal Planning: The Final Week of the Pantry Challenge
Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 23, 2011 @ 12:00 pm In Meal Planning,Pantry Challenge | 8 Comments
It’s been harder than I expected in some ways. We’ve run out of milk and produce more often than I thought we would. Side dishes have been dwindling as well.
This challenge has been easier than I thought it would be in other respects. My freezer was pretty well stocked with proteins. In fact, I think I’ll still have a turkey and several roasts when this is all said and done.
Overall, it’s been good. I’ve been more deliberate in thinking through what’s left in my grocery envelope . But, I’ve also been a little more stingy — or felt that way — with my family. But, more on that next Sunday when I share a wrap up.
This month, meal planning was pretty easy. Each week I used a fillable planning page, page 95, to be exact, from my planner . On one side I listed all our breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. On the other side I listed the groceries that I didn’t already have to complete those meals. This was essential to making the Pantry Challenge work since I needed to focus my grocery spending on our “needs” first.
Here’s the plan for this week:
Yes, I know the Chargers are out of it. But, one can always dream of next year….
In comparing last week’s plan  to what we actually ate, I see that I didn’t exactly follow our plan. But, we had a target to shoot for. And that’s better than aiming at nothing.
Don’t forget to pop over to Organizing Junkie  for more meal planning inspiration.
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