Sooooooo, the Pantry Challenge is going great........the sticking-to-the-menu-plan: not so much.
My grand plan of making a month-long menu plan seemed like a great idea at the time, although, I'm not sure I thought it through as well as I should have. It was only week 2 of the month-long plan, last week, but, we only stuck to 3 of the 7 meals planned!! Yikes!! That being said, though, we didn't spend any extra money on eating out, and we still ate from the pantry/freezer---just not what I had planned!! Life sometimes gets in the way of plans, so we just rolled with it. No one went hungry, so that's always a good thing!!
I still wholeheartedly believe in Meal Planning. There are just gonna be those days when all you can muster is the strength to stick in a frozen pizza, or have some cold cereal and toast---and call it good! :-)
Our goal of spending $100 this month on groceries looks like it might be a reality.....hopefully!!
Last week, we spent: $29.05
This week, we spent: $39.94
14 days left in the challenge and $31.01 left! A little less to spend these next two weeks, but I'm hopeful that I can make it happen!
I truly believe that we don't have to go back to our $400/month budget for groceries. Not sure we can stay at $100 each month, but I'm going to seriously reconsider our goal and shoot for something in between!!
So, now, on to our Menu Plan for the week---(A tiny bit revised!):
Monday 1/18: Crock Pot Ragout, (I'm going to make this one with slices of hot dogs, potatoes, corn, carrots, and green beans) Jello Salad, homemade Buttery Rolls (freezer)
I am a wife, a stay-at-home mom of three, and a frugal gal at heart. My family lives on an island in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, and is living and thriving on one income in a two-income world. God has been so good and so faithful to us.