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Anyone else planning to focus on eating from the pantry (and freezer and garden) this month?

I need to save some money and I want to be able to clean out/defrost my upright freezer and reorganize my pantry this summer. It won't be a No Spend month but I want to minimize what I buy.

I picked up my weekly milk and eggs today and had planned to stop at the grocery after but once I looked over my list carefully I realized I really didn't NEED to get any of it right away. So I put it off at least until Tuesday, when I will reevaluate and see if I need anything. I am working on a list of meals I can make with what we have on hand.

Today we had:
steel cut oats w/ fruit and nuts
leftover fried rice - made from leftover bits yesterday
"egg foo young-ish" for dinner, using leftover deli ham and kale from the garden
 

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I plan to tie this into my usual no spend/no drive so if you dont mind combining the threads I'm all in.
I had to pay rent, get a new tire, pay my shrink for last month and today i need to get a few groceries, i still have the electric bill, DTV and internet to go. Hoping for lots of no drive days and more no spend days. I have a dental appt on tuesday and that is going to be VERY costly.
 

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We are doing this out of necessity. We basically have been now for almost a month. We are in for July until the food runs out.


Breakfast was homemade waffles with syrup. Made a double batch and I'm putting away half for breakfasts during the week before work/camp. Lunch is assorted leftovers that the kids are making themselves because I'm all about lazy Sundays and kale salad from our container garden for me. Dinner will be a cookout for me at my boyfriend's parents' house and the girls are going with daddy overnight. I'm making brownies from scratch from pantry ingredients to bring to the cookout I'm heading to.
 

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I'm in! I need to rain in my spending. I started the envelop system on Friday for groceries and I've already spent the week's worth of $...and it's only Sunday!:eek: The good news is that fridge is fully stocked.

We had a giant breakfast so we'll likely skip lunch. For dinner I'm either going to make black bean and cheese tortillas or BBQ pork from the freezer. Tomorrow we're going to a BBQ so that will be pretty easy.

Let's do this!
 

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I am in...at least for the next 2 weeks...

Today I made pancakes and have enough for breakfasts this week to go with oatmeal...I have plenty of pasta and sauce stuff so we will eat a lot of that kind of stuff this week and there will be plenty of leftovers for lunches...I just pd rent and electric bills so the $$ is scarce for now!
 

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Today we had leftovers and then burgers on the grill at my brothers...so it was a pantry/no spend day!!
I barely even drove today so I didn't use much gas 😊

Hows everyone else doing?
 

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This morning was kind of a disaster. I ended up having not only myself and my 3 kids but my boyfriend stayed over(he does this like once a week or twice a week) AND I ended up with two extra kids. UGH. So breakfast was a bit messy. I heated up quiche for me, the bf finished an english muffin with an egg and the last 2 slices of bacon. I had a free bagel from the grocery store that two of my kids split. And we did 2 leftover homemade waffles and a chunk of banana bread for the others and some assorted fruit.

Lunch is free at camp for 2 and I had a veggie/hummus sandwich and my oldest had a salad.

Dinner is free pizza for the kids with their reading club bookmarks and lentil chili with a friend who's coming over to cook with me.
 

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I had typed up a post on Sunday but got logged out and lost it :irked

I have lots of cauliflower and peas in the garden right now and red lentils in the pantry so Saturday I made Indian food - red lentil soup with cauliflower and grain free samosas with potato/cauliflower/pea filling. I also had a big pile of rhubarb from the farm stand the week before so I made a rhubarb chutney to have with the samosas and froze the rest. It was all delicious, though a bit time consuming! Breakfast and lunch were leftovers.

Sunday - eggs and hasbrowns for breakfast, leftovers for lunch, roasted tomato soup (from jarred pantry tomatoes), polenta fries and french bread for dinner

Monday 4th - eggs/toast for me, husband made french toast for the girls with leftover french bread, leftovers for lunch, dinner we grilled out hotdogs and a couple small leftover steaks from the freezer that my parents left after their visit in June (they stayed a week and left us their leftover food!) plus roasted potatoes and salad from the garden

Tuesday - egg/toast for breakfast for me and hubby - girls had cereal. Leftover steak on salad for husband and I for lunch. Little one is having PBhoney on an english muffin and apricots (I bought a 24# box of #2s a couple weeks ago so we are eating a ton of them), older DD is at a friend's house. Dinner will be chicken soft tacos with chipotle slaw (cabbage from the garden)

Minor grocery run Sunday for lemons, limes, avocados, salsa. I have several quarts of frozen beans in the freezer and those things will help me turn those into good meals. Debating about whether to allow myself to buy coffee when I run out.....I have plenty of green tea so I can have that, but....coffee!

I need to make some things my girls can snack on. We've been out of crackers for a week so they aren't having their usual go to cheese/crackers/fruit snack. Anyone have a good cracker recipe? I've got plenty of flour and other ingredients......

This afternoon I'm trying a sandwich bread recipe. I usually make a no knead boule, which is great and versatile but my girls don't like it for sandwiches. Hope it turns out! I may also make some muffins....I've got a variety of frozen fruit left from last summer that I need to use up.

Spending some time meal planning today.
 

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We've been doing fine the last couple of days. Last night we ate leftovers and tonight we're having spaghetti tacos. The only thing we had to be were the scallions. DS gets free produce from his camp so we just game home with zucchini, broccoli, lettuce and snow peas. I'm so excited about that!

Tomorrow I'll make lettuce wraps or we'l have some kabobs on the grill. I really need to dig into the freezer to see what's even in there. I scarcely know what could be lurking in there! EEK.

I'm glad I've joined you. Y'all are very helpful with your ideas and motivation!
 

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Can I ask how to make spaghetti tacos? 😁
Thanks!
Sure! It's super easy. I just boil spaghetti, mix in sauce and sometimes cooked hamburger. Then I put the spaghetti in the taco shells and bake them in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350. We take them out and top with cheddar cheese, scallions and sometimes a little salt. It's SUPER easy, cheap and DS loves them. Surprisingly, I like them too.

Tonight DS is going to his godparents for dinner so I'll make something easy for us at home like salad and tortillas.
 
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Sure! It's super easy. I just boil spaghetti, mix in sauce and sometimes cooked hamburger. Then I put the spaghetti in the taco shells and bake them in the oven for about 5 minutes at 350. We take them out and top with cheddar cheese, scallions and sometimes a little salt. It's SUPER easy, cheap and DS loves them. Surprisingly, I like them too.

Tonight DS is going to his godparents for dinner so I'll make something easy for us at home like salad and tortillas.
That actually does sound yummy...we like to participate in the taco night theme here but my 8 year old isn't fond of traditional taco meat...too strong tasting I guess...she loves spagetti though! Great way to use leftovers the next night too...

Thanks 😊
 

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Tonight is a pork tenderloin from the freezer, mashed potato flakes, baked beans and left over fruit. frozen fruit pops for tonight.
 

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Tonight is a pork tenderloin from the freezer, mashed potato flakes, baked beans and left over fruit. frozen fruit pops for tonight.
I buy 2 large boxes of potato flakes a month...we eat a lot of them 😋

L is having gluten free chicken nuggets and tots...I am skipping food for now.
 

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Yesterday was eggs/toast or cereal for breakfast. Leftover chicken tacos for lunch. I intended to make cauliflower chowder for dinner (a new recipe) and I knew the girls wouldn't eat it, but even husband said NO WAY was he eating that lol. So I made bean tacos for everyone instead :) (I'm still going to make the chowder sometime because I think it has potential and I need to use up the cauli!!)

Today egg/toast for me and husband, cereal for littles. Lunch I took the girls to a cafe and let them get a 'snack' then I had leftover tomato soup for lunch. Dinner will be some vietnamese style rice noodle dish with veggies and chicken.

The bread I made turned out good! Haven't tried it for sandwiches for the girls yet though....it definitely isn't as soft as what we usually buy. I *really* want to get away from buying store bought bread products. I'd prefer we (they - I am gluten free) just not eat so much bready stuff in the first place but it has been hard to get away from that. Things we use regularly: english muffins, sandwich bread, french bread, tortillas, sometimes bagels, my gluten free boule (I get one every couple of weeks and slice it really thin and keep it in the freezer - but I want to try a homemade version!!).
 

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Yesterday was eggs/toast or cereal for breakfast. Leftover chicken tacos for lunch. I intended to make cauliflower chowder for dinner (a new recipe) and I knew the girls wouldn't eat it, but even husband said NO WAY was he eating that lol. So I made bean tacos for everyone instead :) (I'm still going to make the chowder sometime because I think it has potential and I need to use up the cauli!!)

Today egg/toast for me and husband, cereal for littles. Lunch I took the girls to a cafe and let them get a 'snack' then I had leftover tomato soup for lunch. Dinner will be some vietnamese style rice noodle dish with veggies and chicken.

The bread I made turned out good! Haven't tried it for sandwiches for the girls yet though....it definitely isn't as soft as what we usually buy. I *really* want to get away from buying store bought bread products. I'd prefer we (they - I am gluten free) just not eat so much bready stuff in the first place but it has been hard to get away from that. Things we use regularly: english muffins, sandwich bread, french bread, tortillas, sometimes bagels, my gluten free boule (I get one every couple of weeks and slice it really thin and keep it in the freezer - but I want to try a homemade version!!).
I hope to eventually go to making my own breads too...gluten free is so $$$$...My local store used to sell it for 3.99 loaf...guess they caught on cause its 6.99$ now 😡 There is no way!!

We are still doing well cleaning out the freezer and pantry...hoping to make it to next Thursday which is payday...we may run out of meat before then but will just switch to eggs...they had them .69 a dozen so I bought 2!!
Today for breakfast we had waffles and some leftover ham slices...For lunch L had a cheese sandwich with chips and fruit cup...I skipped lunch...
For supper I made some Dirty rice with green and red peppers and corn tortillas...
Leftovers for lunch tomorrow!!
 

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I was feeling really grumpy about having to do this today. Last night we went out to see a free band and I made dinner at home first (shrimp rice wraps), so I feel like I shouldn't have to do this again today. I've done so well at this the past several days and feel really ready to SPLURGE! But, that's not going to get me to my goals. So, I dug deep in the back of the pantry and found a Seeds of Change package of Quinoa & Brown Rice. YUM! Tonight I'll make that and add in the veggies from the fridge (zucchini & broccoli). It will be good and now I'm much less grumpy. :smile:
 

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Today we have stayed on track just because I am still fighting a tummy bug and have stayed home 😜
So its a no drive,no spend totally eat out of the pantry day....

For breakfast I made her some eggs, hash browns and sausage...

For lunch she made herself a turkey and cheese sandwich, some baby carrots and potato chips...

For Supper I heated up the leftovers...she is having beefy rice, tortillas, mac and cheese and leftover chicken....

My tummy says popcicles only...
 
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