Sunday, January 10, 2010

Pantry Challenge - part 4

It is the end of the first full week of January and I have to say, I've done pretty well!

Last week I shared with you my goal of only spending $100 on groceries/toiletries/paper goods, etc. for the month of January.  As of today, I have $65.95 left in my budget for the month.  I have to pick up some milk this week, but other than that, I don't think I need anything on my list for at least another week.  I planned my meals for the entire month and made sure the meals I knew I would need something to complete were near the end of the month.  On the 21st I have a babysitter coming to watch the children while I go shopping and take full advantage of my brain (and coupons, etc.) while I'm shopping!!!

I managed to stick with my meal plan and actually ended up not making two meals because we had so many leftovers to use up.

My plan for this week is:

Breakfasts: Pumpkin pancakes, oatmeal, cold cereal

Lunches: Mostly leftovers, otherwise, pb&j, fruit/veggie tray, odds-n-ends

Monday: Nachos (made with refried beans, cheese, homemade salsa, black olives, served on corn chips), fruit smoothies
Tuesday: Ordering pizza for Jacob's 6th birthday (this will count as our meal out for the week) - having a couple of friends over to share pizza and cake (which I ordered from Target and will come out of another part of my budget)
Wednesday: French toast, fruit smoothies
Thursday: Navy Bean Soup, bread w/butter
Friday: Sloppy joes, fruit smoothies and veggie sticks
Saturday: Veggie soup, bread w/butter, fresh fruit
Sunday: Baked marinated chicken, steamed veggies and rolls

You can catch up with my other Pantry Challenge posts here, here and here.

Be sure to head on over to Menu Plan Monday for more weekly menu inspiration!

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3 comments:

Victoria said...

MmMmmm nachos are on lots of blogs and sound great!

Colie's Kitchen said...

Great menu plan monday!! Thank you so much for sharing! I love new ideas!! www.colieskitchen.com

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

Hi Bloggin' Mama, wanted to comment over here in case you didn't come back to Manic to read my reply, but so glad you are OK after your troubles with the hemorraging (sp) after childbirth, and that you are able to donate blood again! WOW! And thank you for stopping by my blog to read about the drive! Next time you donate, please do take a pic to enter the contest-would LOVE to share your inspirational story on the blog and enter you into the contest! Thank God you are OK NOW! xo steph