Meal Planning Monday & Pantry Challenge Wrap-Up

Dear January… 
I think we should take a break.  I just need some time apart.  It’s not you, it’s me.  It’s been a hectic month trying to adjust to my new routine as a working mom.  I’ve been trying to live a double life and have been making myself crazy trying to keep up with work, home, and family.  Admittedly, the massive amount of snow you threw at us wasn’t particularly helpful.  So, I guess it’s not all me.  Please don’t get upset!  I want you to know I’m really happy.  I spent all weekend being lazy and playing with my girl.  And it felt really good.  I know that this is for the best.  I hope you can forgive me.  I’m sure our paths will cross again and I wish you the best.
Sincerely,
Jen
Monday:  Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Green Beans
Tuesday:  Stuffed Pork Loin, Stuffing, Carrots (all things from the freezer)
Wednesday:  Chicken Pot Pie
Thursday:  Parmesan Tilapia, Rice, Veg
Friday:  Deep Dish Pizza, Salad

Drum roll, please!  Our final grocery spending for the month of January….. $153.80!

That’s about $100 less than our typical month’s grocery purchases.  I wish I could say that it’s going into a “fund” of sorts, but I’m not quite that organized.  Honestly, I’m going to be putting as much towards the credit cards as possible, so I’m sure it’ll get lost in the debt repayment chaos.  But more on that later.

But strangely, we didn’t make much of a dent in our pantry over the month.  It became apparent that most of what we eat are perishable staples.  Which I continued to replenish.  Because a life without cheese is a life not worth living. 

I also felt like I was going to the store more frequently.  Probably because I was refusing to buy anything we didn’t absolutely need.  So, there were a lot of little trips to the store.  But at least the spending during each trip was kept in check… mostly.


And it also became obvious that we eat variations of the same thing over and over again.  And we’re bored.  So bored that we actually ate out a few times the last half of the month.  (So I guess you could say the $100 we saved on groceries went to restaurant bills?)  It’s a bit of a double edged sword though, because when I branch out and try something new, it usually ends up being a hassle, taking twice as long to prepare.  But that will be something to work on in February.  And if you have any fantastically easy and delicious recipes?  Please send ’em my way!

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One Response to Meal Planning Monday & Pantry Challenge Wrap-Up

  1. Ryan and Kim says:

    chicken in the crock pot with a jar of salsa for chicken tacos.