Organized Pantry- Taken Care Of!!!

One of the keys to utilizing my pantry this month is to actually be able to find the food. In our last house we had a closet pantry, but in this house I have cupboards. Since moving in, I haven’t been able to develop a system to keep my pantry organized. My plan is to organize it today before I go to the store tonight.

Update- Thanks to the efforts of an 11 and 13 yo the pantry is finished! One of the many benefits of having your kids help you with a job like this is that they see the five boxes of pasta. So on the third spaghetti night of the week they are less likely to complain. The quicker the spaghetti goes, the sooner other items can be purchased. I also discovered that I will never need to buy powdered sugar again, I think we found ten pounds!

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My next goal will be to make an inventory sheet for my dry foods so I stop buying the same things over and over again just because I can’t find them!

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Menu Plan Monday

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My menu, the items from my pantry are in italics.

Monday

Breakfast- Oatmeal , English Muffins

Lunch- Muffins, Fruit, Cheese

Dinner- Tacos (and all the fixins)

Tuesday

Breakfast- Pancakes

Lunch- Sandwiches (pb&j or meat and cheese), Apples, Carrot sticks

Dinner- Bowtie Pasta w/ asiago cream sauce, french bread, salad

Wednesday

Breakfast- Cereal

Lunch- Soup & Grilled Cheese, Smoothies

Dinner- Burgers and Dogs, Sweet Potato Fries, Veggie

Thursday

Breakfast- French Toast

Lunch- Sandwiches (pb&j or meat and cheese), Apples, Carrot sticks

Dinner- Salmon Turnovers, Salad, Corn

Friday-

Breakfast- Pancakes

Lunch- Open Face Tacos, Apples, Carrots, Bananas

Dinner- Steak, Rice, Veggies

Saturday we are having friends in from out of town and Sunday we will be eating at a friend’s house after church so I am not sure what our menu will be for those days. I am also planning on cooking up a large pot of white beans and a batch of cornbread for my husband to take with him to work. Hopefully next week my menu will be more exciting. I shop tomorrow night and I would like to spend under $100.

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91 Cents

That was my total out of pocket expense for my CVS trip this afternoon. I also earned $19 in ECB’s. When I went to the register with my stack of coupons the cashier ( teenage boy) kind of rolled his eyes. But after he finished with the coupons he looked very surprised at my $0.91 total. His eyes grew even larger as he looked at the amount of ECB’s printing on my receipt. My loot is pictured below.

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Pantry Plan

2/5 Update – I shopped last night and was a bit disappointed. I wanted to spend $100 or less and ended up spending $115. But I did not add to my pantry stash. I only purchased items that I needed to complete our weekly menu, dairy, produce, and of course some potato chips!

Peggy has inspired me to use my pantry as a tool for meeting my grocery budget goal for this month. Normally I could feed my family and probably my neighbors on what is stocked in my pantry, but since I just moved, my pantry is not too full. At first glance I have several cans of soup, refried beans, three cans of tuna, five jars of spaghetti sauce, several boxes of pasta, two boxes of mac and cheese, two boxes of taco shells, four jars of peanut butter, one box of graham crackers, and lots of oats, rice, millet, and grain. It will be hard to pass up deals at the store this month, but I do want to clear out my pantry and start stockpiling in a more organized way. I will try and focus my shopping on produce, dairy and meat for the month of February and plan my meals around the food already in my house. I just hope we don’t get sick of eating spaghetti and oatmeal!

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Class of 2020

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This is a picture of the kindergarten class at our homeschool. I love this age because the work is easy and they don’t get frustrated. I take the relaxed approach to kindergarten with our kids. We don’t “do” school every day and some days we do extra. Today my son wanted to complete eight lessons in one of his workbooks so he did. Yesterday he completed two math lessons and today we only finished half of one. School with my little ones is about me, being purposeful with the time that I have with them, one on one, no distractions. It is about stories and coloring books, bright colored flash cards and lots of manipulatives. It is about having fun with mom, singing songs, making up motions to bible verses, and playing charades. Book reports, chapter reviews and tests will come soon enough. For now I am going to enjoy my time with the Class of 2020.

Our Kindergarten Curriculum

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Personal Finance Books that Influenced Me

When my husband I decided to become debt free, one of the first things I did was check out every personal finance, frugal living, and get out of debt book I could find at our library. Financial books and the bible were the only books I read that summer. There were many great books out there, and a few really bad ones. I did find that in most books I didn’t agree with every idea the authors were promoting, but I could glean something from almost every book.

Here is a list of the books I found particularly helpful:

The best thing about it was that it didn’t cost me a penny.

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